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LIZ AHL lives in New Hampshire, where she teaches writing and tries to keep the squirrels out of the attic, both literally and figuratively.  Before grinding to a halt in northern New England, she lived in such varied climes as Nebraska, the Philippines, and Washington State. Her poems and reviews have appeared in dozens of literary journals, most recently in Alimentum, Prairie Schooner, The Women's Review of Books, Court Green, Margie, 5AM, White Pelican Review and Four Corners.

LEA ASSENMACHER lives and writes in Rochester, MN.

NORMAN BALL is a Virginia-based writer and musician whose work appears with regularity in a number of venues.

SALLY BELLEROSE has received many awards, including an NEA, The Barbara Deming Prize and The Rick DeMartinis Award. Her recently published work appears or is forthcoming in Rock and Sling, The Journal of Humanistic Anthropology, Passager, Cutthroat, Saint Ann’s Review, Cup of Comfort for Writers, Memoirs (and), Per Contra, and Crab Orchard Review. "Potatoes, Sex, and Security" appeared previously in Best Lesbian Love Stories 2004.

TARA BETTS teaches creative writing at Rutgers University. Her work has appeared in Gathering Ground, Home Girls Make Some Noise, Hurricane Blues, Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-Po Listserv, ROLE CALL and Thomas Sayers Ellis' Breakfast and Blackfist. Her work has also been adapted for Steppenwolf Theatre production "Words on Fire" and "Fingernails Across the Chalkboard" – an anthology and play talking about the impact of AIDS and HIV in the Black community. For more information and updates on her upcoming projects, visit

ANTOINETTE BRIM teaches Creative Writing, Literature and African American Studies at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock, Arkansas.  She earned an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Antioch University/ Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Language with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Webster University.  She is a Cave Canem Fellow and a Harvard University W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow (Summer Institute 2006).  She is also a recipient of the Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation Scholarship to the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown (July 2007).  Her poetry has appeared in various journals, magazines and anthologies. 

TONY BROWN is a poet from Worcester, MA, and has been publishing for many years. His work has appeared in various magazines, and was included in "100 Poets Against the War" (2003, Salt Publishing, London).

BRIAN DAUTH is a queer playwright and essayist living in Brooklyn with his husband Terrance. He has written on Joseph L. Mankiewicz for Senses of Cinema.

STEVE DE FRANCE is a widely published poet, playwright and essayist both in America and in Great Britain. His work has appeared in literary publications in America, England, Canada, France, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, India, Australia and New Zealand. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry in both 2002 and 2003. A few recent publications include The Wallace Stevens Journal, The Mid-American Poetry Review, Ambit, Atlantic, and The Sun. In England he won a Reader's Award in Orbis Magazine for his poem "Hawks." In the United States he won the Josh Samuels' Annual Poetry Competition (2003) for his poem: "The Man Who Loved Mermaids." His play THE KILLER had it’s world premier at the GARAGE THEATRE in Long Beach, California (Sept-October 2006). He has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Chapman University for his writing. Most recently his poem “Gregor’s Wings” has been nominated for The Best of The Net by Poetic Diversity. 

DEENA FISHER loves design, graphic arts, story and her family. She lives in Cleveland with her long-suffering librarian husband who feeds her love of books, pays her overdue fines, and supports her creativity; and 2 of her 3 children, a somewhat-gothic diva, and a trickster. The rock star grew up and moved away (but not too far).

SARAH GETTY is an award-winning poet, fiction writer, and teacher of creative writing. Her second book of poems, Bring Me Her Heart, was published in 2006 by Higganum Hill Books and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.  Her first collection, The Land of Milk and Honey (University of South Carolina Press, James Dickey Contemporary Poetry Series), won a Cambridge Poetry Award in 2002.  In 2004 she received the Barbara Bradley Award from the New England Poetry Club.  Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Calyx, The Eleventh Muse, and other leading magazines, as well as in the anthology, Birds in the Hand (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004).  Sarah has published fiction in The Iowa Review and in the anthology Still Going Strong (Haworth Press, 2005).  An excerpt from her upcoming novel, Spend All You Have, won Long Story Short’s Summer 2006 competition. Sarah offers coaching and editing to poets and fiction writers via mail or email.  She lives with her husband in Bedford, Massachusetts.

GUY LECHARLES GONZALEZ is a Mets fan from the Bronx, and has a beautiful wife and two amazing kids. He won some poetry slams, founded a reading series, co-authored a book of poetry, and still writes when the mood hits him and he has the time. He prefers Pumpkin and India Pale Ales or Skyy Vodka with cranberry, still reads comic books, and hasn't completely let go of his plans for world domination. He is the editor of Spindle Magazine.

DAPHNE GOTTLIEB stitches together the ivory tower and the gutter just using her tongue. She is the editor of Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader (Soft Skull Press, 2005), as well as the author of Final Girl (Soft Skull Press, 2003), Why Things Burn (Soft Skull Press, 2001) and Pelt (Odd Girls Press, 1999). Final Girl was the winner of the Audre Lorde Award in Poetry for 2003 from Publishing Triangle. Additionally, Final Girl was named one of the The Village Voice's Favorite Books of 2003, and received rave reviews from Publisher's Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Village Voice. Why Things Burn was the winner of a 2001 Firecracker Alternative Book Award (Special Recognition — Spoken Word) and was also a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for 2001. Her most recent book is Kissing Dead Girls, forthcoming on Soft Skull Press.

DEBORAH GRABIEN is a contributing editor for The November 3rd Club.

JAMEY HECHT’S work in poetry, fiction, politics and the history of ideas has appeared in periodicals including Black Warrior Review, River City, Rattle (forthcoming), The Sycamore Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Cloverdale Review, Block, Free Inquiry, Nerve, English Literary History: ELH, The 16th Century Journal, Poetry Calendar, The Progressive Populist, Counterpunch, Sundry, Berlinerkunst, Media Monitors Network, Global Outlook, American Book Review, Shofar (forthcoming), From the Wilderness: FTW, and The Kennedy Assassination Chronicles. His first book was Plato's Symposium: Eros and the Human Predicament (Macmillan, 1999); the second, Sophocles’ Three Theban Plays: A Translation with Notes and Commentary (Wordsworth Editions,  2004). His first book of poetry, Limousine, Midnight Blue: Fifty Frames from the Zapruder Film will be published by Red Hen Press in December of 2008.  He is the development associate at Red Hen Press and the poetry editor at its Los Angeles Review.

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.

JANIS BUTLER HOLM lives in Athens, Ohio, where she has  served as Associate Editor for Wide Angle, the film journal. Her essays, stories, poems, and performance pieces have appeared in small-press, national, and international magazines. Jonesing for  Samantha, a one-act play, was produced at Manhattan Theatre Source in September.

TRENT MARTIN KIRCHNER lives at Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia. He thrives on the following in no specific order and with varying degrees of obsession depending on his energy and inspiration at the time: music, nature, writing, art, surfing, food and the odd game of  ‘hack’ on a hot summer’s day with a refreshing lager in hand. Previous work has been published on, Metromania Magazine and Halt Magazine (Aus). He is currently working on a collection of short stories, poetry and hedonism.

DORIANNE LAUX is the author of Facts About the Moon (W. W. Norton 2005), Smoke (2000), What We Carry (1994), finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Awake (1990), which was nominated for the San Francisco Bay Area Book Critics Award for Poetry. With Kim Addonizio, she is the co-author of The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry (1997). Among her awards are a Pushcart Prize, an Editor's Choice III Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Laux is an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon's Program in Creative Writing. Laux lives in Eugene, Oregon with her husband, poet Joseph Millar.
JOHN LIEBHARDT is a freelance journalist living in Burkina Faso. His work can be found on the following Web sites: and

LISA SUHAIR MAJAJ, a Palestinian-American writer and scholar, was born in Iowa, raised in Amman, Jordan, and educated at the American University of Beirut during the war years and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She currently lives in Nicosia, Cyprus. She has published her poetry and creative essays in over fifty journals and anthologies in the U.S. and internationally, and in two poetry chapbooks. She has been an invited poet and speaker at cultural and academic institutions across the U.S., as well as in Germany, Bahrain, Jordan, Jerusalem, the West Bank and Cyprus. She is co-editor of three collections of critical essays. She is currently co-editing an anthology of Arab-American Literature for Rutgers University Press. "No" first appeared in Nerve: Linking Artists, Activists, Poets, Thinkers, Creative Folks and Community.

JACK MCGUANE was born in 1927 in Valley Stream, Long Island, and lived there until he was almost 30. In 1957, he married Kathleen Moriarty and that is still going on. His five children are grown and are growing children of their own, six so far. In 1974 they all moved to Lakewood, Ohio, where he and Kathleen still live in the same house along with two of the above children. He retired from "productive " employment in 1997 and has been writing, resting and annoying his wife ever since.

MINDY NETTIFEE lives in Long Beach, California where she writes poetry, works with non-profit arts and housing organizations, and is editor-in-chief of  Her heroes include Vaclav Havel, Pam Grier, and all single mothers and single fathers everywhere, busting their asses to keep their kids in crustless peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  She considers herself a "both/and" kind of person rather than an "either/or," (not that it's important to decide.) Her work has been published in various journals and her poem “Metal Detectors and Other Important Thresholds” was a nominee for the Pushcart Prize.  Her newest collection Sleepyhead Assassins is out on Moon Tide Press.  She can be reached psychically or at

JAMIE O’HALLORAN was born on Long Island, and was raised there, in  New Orleans and Seattle. Her poems have appeared in dozens of journals, including Prairie Schooner, Poetry Flash and yankee; and in several anthologies, including Mischief, Caprice and Other Poetic Strategies and Grand Passion: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond. She lives in Los Angeles, not far from Fairfax High School where she teaches English.

ALICIA SUSKIN OSTRIKER is an award-winning poet, critic and midrashist whose writing appears in many anthologies and journals. She is professor emerita at Rutgers University and the author of For The Love of God, The Nakedness of the Fathers and No Heaven, among other works. Her poetry collection The Imaginary Lover was the winner of the William Carlos Williams Award, and her collections The Crack in Everything and The Little Space: Poems Selected and New were both National Book Award Finalists.

RICHARD PATRICK holds a Master of Arts Degree in Writing from The Johns Hopkins University.  His work has appeared in The Dead Mule: School of Southern Literature, Penn-Union, and The Moonwort Review.  His first screenplay, Cold Hunter, received a “consider” in Creative Screenwriting’s 2007 AAA Screenplay Contest.  He is currently writing a screenplay about Darfur, as well as working on a series of short stories about horse racing. Richard has been a high school football coach, surveyor, construction worker, lead singer in several rock/blues/country bands, and a Congressional aide.  He grew up in Atlanta and now lives in Washington, DC.

WILLIE PERDOMO is the author of Where a Nickel Costs a Dime and Smoking Lovely which won a PEN America Beyond Margins Award.  He lives in New York City.

MICHELLE SALVAIL is a student in the English Department at Sonoma State.
She has been previously published by Wicked Alice, Mad Cow Nipple, Zaum,
Crazy Child Scribbler and Project Censored.

ELLEN RITSCHER SACKETT is a writer who lives near Dallas. She writes a regular column for a women's e-zine and is soon to launch a food/travel review site. She wrote a commentary on her brother that was aired on Chicago Public Radio's 848 on the first anniversary of his death.

LARRY SMITH was born in the industrial Ohio Valley in the 1940's, and has worked as a steel mill laborer, a high school teacher, a college  professor, and a writer.  A graduate of Mingo Central High School, Muskingum College, and Kent State University, he is the author of six books of poetry, a book of memoirs, two books of fiction, two literary biographies, a life biography, and a book of translations from the Chinese. He is the director of the Firelands Writing Center and Editor -in-Chief of Bottom Dog Press, Inc. Recently retired, he may be reached at  BGSU Firelands College where he still teaches writing, literature and film.

MICHAEL SCHEIN of Seattle has work in Slow Trains, Chrysanthemum, The Ledge, Penitalia, Pontoon, American Drivel Review, Elysian Fields Quarterly, RockSaltPlum, rains from the ground up, Runes, Lilies & Cannonballs Review, American Atheist, Drash, and an anthology, The Art of Bicycling (Breakaway Books 2005). His work has received various awards, including a Pushcart nomination. Michael serves on the Board of the Washington Poets Association, and as Executive Director of Tieton Arts & Humanities, an organization dedicated to bringing arts events to Central Washington, and uniting artists East and West of the Cascades. Michael is the author of two historical novels, and will buy beers for agents or publishers. To learn more, please visit

JEREMY TUCKER lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, with his girlfriend, Kimberly, and their three lovely cats, Cub, Pigeon and Warrior. By trade, he is a drum instructor and freelance musician. In the last two years, he has written several novels, poems and essays. One of his short stories, “The Tragedy of the Tragedy of Mind,” won third place in the 2007 West Moreland Arts and Heritage Festival. This summer, he plans to move to Portland, Oregon, to study Community Development and to join the Peak Oil movement.

GENEVIEVE VAN CLEVE is a poet and activist based in Austin, Texas.

KEVEN WALTMAN is currently an instructor at the University of Alabama, where he received his MFA in Creative Writing in 2005. His first novel, Nowhere Fast, was published by Scholastic in  2002, and his second novel, Learning the Game, was published by Scholastic in 2005. He also has published short-shorts at Six Bricks Press and, and has a short story forthcoming in The Emerson Review.

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.

FLORENCE WEINBERGER is the author of three published collections of poetry,The Invisible Telling Its Shape (Fithian Press,1997) and Breathing Like a Jew (Chicory Blue Press, 1997), and Carnal Fragrance, (Red Hen Press, 2004). Her poetry has appeared in a number of literary magazines, including The Comstock Review, Antietam Review, Jabberwock, The Literary Review, Solo, Rattle, Rivertalk, Pacific Review, Askew, California Quarterly, Confluence, Red Dancefloor, West/Word, Calyx, Blue Unicorn, Jacaranda Review, Manhattan Poetry Review, onthebus, Another Chicago Magazine, The Pedestal and The Los Angeles Review.