BRIAN BAUMAN is a bona-fide playwright, poet, and performer. His plays have been seen in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. His work has been published online, in print, and performed at Collective Unconscious in NYC and the San Francisco Public Library, among others. Brian has made copies, coffee-runs, and hung lights for NYC's Target Margin Theater, organized poetry events and film screenings for the Ladyfest*East queer and feminist festival in NYC, and has collaborated on pieces that have been performed in queer bars, nightclubs, classrooms and small theaters.
GARY BECK'S poetry has appeared in dozens of literary magazines. His recent fiction has been published in numerous literary magazines. His plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes, and Sophocles have been produced Off-Broadway.
TONY BROWN is a poet living and working in the Worcester, MA, area.
RICHARD CAMBRIDGE'S poetry and theater productions address controversial themes on the American political landscape. His poetry has appeared in The Paterson Literary Review , Heartland Journal , Asheville Poetry Review and others. His awards include The Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize and he was a finalist for a residency at the Fine Arts Work Shop in Provincetown, MA. He is a long-time resident of Cambridge, MA, where he curates the Poet's Theater at the legendary Club Passim, and helps run Squawk! a weekly open mic coffeehouse in Harvard Square. He was a member of the Boston Slam team that won the championship in 1992, and in 1997 won the individual Master's Slam at the National Poetry Slam. In 2003 he received the Cambridge Peace and Justice Award for the contributions of his art and activism.
COREY COOK lives and works in New Hampshire. His work has appeared in Baby Clam Press, Brevities, Ibbetson Street, Northern New England Review, Ship of Fools, Taproot Literary Review and others. New work is due out soon in Entelechy International , Mobius and Nerve Cowboy . Corey is one of the editors of The Orange Room Review.
LORI DESROSIERS is a student in the MFA in Poetry program at New England College, and runs a weekly poetry series in Westfield, MA.
FERD EGGAN'S essay will appear in the Soft Skull anthology That's Revolting:
Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation , edited by Matt Bernstein Sycamore.
ADAM FIELED is an American poet based in Philly. He released the spoken-word album Raw Rainy Fog (Radio Eris Records) in 2002, ran the Philly Free School reading series from 2004-'05, has work in Jacket, Rain Taxi, Nth Position, Eratio, Mipoesias, Blazevox, Word for Word, Cordite, hutt, Great Works , the Argotist, Cake Train and the Philadelphia Independent . He edits the blogs PFS Post & Stoning the Devil , is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, & holds an MFA in poetry from New England College.
JERRY GARCIA is a poet, photographer, and filmmaker. He is a native of Los Angeles, California, who is too old to have been named after The Grateful Dead guitar hero. He spent his childhood fearing the bomb and was fourteen years old during the Summer of Love. He studied Communication Arts at Loyola Marymount University during the Watergate Era and became a film editor the year Annie Hall won the Academy Award for Best Picture. He has produced and edited television commercials, documentaries, and film trailers. His interest in poetry resurfaced in the 1990s when he attended classes in the Writer's Program at UCLA.
SAM HASSAN translated this poem from his original in Portuguese.
BOB HOEPPNER was born in Connecticut and was raised there and in NY, OK, and IL. As a teenager, he joined the Navy where he earned his dolphins serving on a nuclear fast attack submarine. After leaving the Navy he lived in Times Square and wrote plays, getting one staged reading on Off Off Broadway. He's been published in several places, both print and online.
MATTHEW HOTHAM is an MFA student at Syracuse University and Assistant to the Director of the Chenengo Valley Writer's Conference at Colgate University. During the school year he works on the staff of the Salt Hill literary journal. In his spare time he teaches creative writing workshops to middle school children in the Syracuse area and on the nearby Onondaga Nation Reservation. His poems have appeared previously in Poetry Harbor, Poetry Motel, The Boise Weekly, and The Colgate Portfolio among others.
KASANDRA LARSEN lives in New Orleans. Her poetry has appeared in Babylon Burning: 9/11 Five Years On, 100 Poets Against the War , and Short Fuse: The Global Anthology of New Fusion Poetry , among others. She enjoys corresponding with other poets.
CHERYL LATIF , an expatriate of her native Southern California, found hermitage on Bainbridge Island (just off the coast of western Washington) for five years before finding her way to West Seattle, where she writes poetry, promotional copy and the occasional column. She has poems in literary journals here and there, a couple of awards collecting dust, and loves the many languages of the fine Northwestern skies under which she now lives.
FRANKY LA MOUCHE and BUCKY JONES are artists living in the Worcester, MA, area.
VALERIE LAWSON'S poetry has been published in literary journals, anthologies, and web sites. Her chapbook, Ribbon Anvil , was a finalist for Best Poetry Publication at the 2002 Cambridge Poetry Awards. Lawson was the winner of Female Spoken Word, Best Narrative Poem, and shared the award for Best Poetry Troupe with Doctor Brown's Traveling Poetry Show at the Cambridge Poetry Awards in 2004. Lawson has traveled to Sweden, Ireland, Scotland, and Germany to perform poetry. She is a participant in Optimal Avenues, a mixed media cultural exchange between Massachusetts and Ireland, celebrating the United Nation's International Decade for the Culture of Peace. She is a contributor to the Culture of Peace and Next of Kin, exhibits of art and poems currently touring New England. Lawson will be releasing a new book of poems, Dog Watch, in the winter of 2006.
DAN LEWIS' work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal , Southern New Hampshire University Journal, Diner (feature, Spring, 2003), The Worcester Review, Sahara, and Eclectica. In 1999 he was third place winner in the Worcester County Poetry Association's annual contest, judged that year by Wesley McNair.
DANIEL MCGINN is a native of Southern California. His poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including: Spillway, 51%, OC Weekly, FTS, Blue Satellite and the 1999 Valley Contemporary Poetry Anthology. He is the author of several chapbooks, including Amateur Surrealist Descending a Staircase, For Lori and Chemistry Set (written in collaboration with his wife Lori.)
RACHEL MCKIBBENS , in her first year of slamming, helped her team earn the 2001 West Coast Regional Poetry Slam championship team with a perfect score. That same year, she was voted "Best New Poet" by OC Weekly. She has made National Poetry Slam teams for six consecutive years, ranked third in the 2003 Individual World Poetry Slam and appeared in the fourth and fifth seasons of HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam. She is currently the SlamMaster for NYC/louderARTS and is an Urban Word mentor teaching poetry through The Healing Arts Program at Bellevue Hospital. Though often coined a "confessional" poet, she prefers the term "sincere."
CHAD PARENTEAU has lived and and worked in the Boston area for over a decade. A winner of local awards and chapbook author (Se lf-Portrait in Fire, Sarcastic Haiku ), his work can be found in such online and print journals as Backwards City Review, Main Street Rag, Wilderness House Literary Review, Wolf Moon Press, and others. He has written commentary and articles for the local magazine Whats Up and was published in the Poets Against War website. He helps organize the weekly Stone Soup Poetry readings in Cambridge ( http://stonesouppoetry.blogspot.com .)
ANTONIA PESTALOZZI a conceptual artist and Wobbly (IWW member) who lives in Oakland, CA.
SUZANNE ROBERTS is an English instructor at Lake Tahoe Community College and a PhD candidate in Literature and the Environment at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her poems have most recently appeared in ZYZZYVA, Smartish Pace, Eclipse, Spillway, Gulf Stream, The Hurricane Review, and The Quercus Review.
ANDREW RECTOR is an independent filmmaker living in Los Angeles.
NINA SERRANO is a San Francisco Bay Area writer, storyteller, and independent media producer. She has produced two films on Nicaragua: Despues Del Terremoto/After The Earthquake, a drama, co-directed with Lourdes Portillo which won a prize at the Krakov International Film Festival, and a documentary, Back From Nicaragua, co-produced with KTEH-TV and Valerie Landau, featuring Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Holly Near and The Looters. Her books include Heart Songs: the poetry of Nina Serrano and Pass It On: how to start a senior storytelling program in the schools.
JOHN SHUCK is a former Vietnam-era veteran who has somehow become an RN in a nursing home. Many of the WWII vets that pass through the nursing home are very much against what we are doing in the Middle East. God bless 'em!
ANDREW SORGE is an unpublished writer, scribbling some things during voluntary periods of unemployment from the hospitality industry, and living on the Canadian prairies.
ANDREW WATT used to work for a Republican congressman before he saw the light, changed his political stripes and became a teacher - beg your pardon, a force for change. He lives in northeastern Connecticut. This piece was originally developed as an improvisation at the GotPoetry Live reading, at Reflections Café in Providence, RI.
TONY WILLIAMS is the author of Structures of Desire: British Cinema, 1939-1955, The Cinema of George A. Romero and Body and Soul: The Cinematic Vision of Robert Aldrich, among other books. He has also written on contemporary Asian cinema, the Viet Nam War in film and literature, the fiction of Jack London and James Jones, and topics in classical Hollywood cinema.