Kent Annan lives with his wife, Shelly, in Haiti, where he works for the grassroots development organization Beyond Borders. Other essays have appeared recently in The Sun.
Barry Ballard’s poetry has most recently appeared in The Connecticut Review, The Apalachee Review, Puerto del Sol, and Phoebe. His most recent collection, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, is Plowing To The End of the Road(Finishing Line Press). He writes from Burleson, Texas.
Stacey Lynn Brown was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a graduate of Emory University and of the MFA program at The University of Oregon. Her poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared widely.
Ayse Papatya Bucak teaches in the MFA program at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. She is currently at work on a novel.
Trevor Dodge is the author of Yellow #10 and co-edited the 2003 anthology Northwest Edge: Fictions of Mass Destruction. He is currently working on Everyone I Know Lives On Roads, his first collection of short fiction.
Denise Duhamel‘s most recent poetry titles are Two and Two (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), Mille et un sentiments (Firewheel, 2005) and Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (Pittsburgh, 2001). A winner of an NEA Fellowship in poetry, Duhamel is an associate professor who teaches poetry at Florida International University in Miami.
Camille Dungy, author of the forthcoming What to Eat, What to Drink and What to Leave for Poison (Red Hen Press, 2006), has been awarded fellowships and prizes from organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. Her work has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, Poetry Daily, Mid-American Review, The Crab Orchard Review, and other places. Dungy lives in Lynchburg, Virginia where she serves as Assistant Professor of English at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.
Rebecca Dunham is a senior advisor at The Missouri Review, and is pursuing her Ph.D. in English at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has poems forthcoming in North American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Gulf Coast, and others.
Keith Ekiss has new poems in Chelsea, Faultline, and Southwestern American Literature. He is the recipient of a 2004 Witter Bynner Translators’ Residency from the Santa Fe Art Institute for his translations of the Costa Rican poet Eunice Odio, which have appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation, New England Review, Poetry International, Puerto del Sol, and other journals. He lives in San Francisco.
Ross Gay‘s poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, North American Review, andSulfur, among others. The Cold Loop, a collaborative chapbook with Kimberly Thomas, was published in Spring 2005 by Q Avenue press. He is a basketball coach, a demolition man, and a teacher.
Beckian Fritz Goldberg is the author of four books of poetry, including the winner of the 2004 Field Poetry Prize, Lie Awake Lake (Oberlin College Press, 2005) and Never Be the Horse (University of Akron Press, 1999). She teaches in the MFA program at Arizona State University.
Rigoberto González has written two poetry books: So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water until It Breaks, a National Poetry Series selection, and Other Fugitives and Other Strangers; two children’s books: Soledad Sigh-Sighs andAntonio’s Card; the novel Crossing Vines, winner of ForeWord Magazine’s Fiction Book of the Year Award; and a memoir, Butterfly Boy. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and of various international artist residencies, he writes a monthly Latino book column for the El Paso Times of Texas and is the poetry editor of Swink Magazine.
Brandi Homan has been published in Barrelhouse, Fugue, DIAGRAM, CutBank, and Yemassee, among others. She earned her master’s degree in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently at work finishing her first book.
Kimberly Johnson‘s poetry has appeared recently in The New Yorker and The Southern Review. Recipient of an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, she is the author of two poetry collections: Leviathan with a Hook (Persea Books, 2002) and the forthcoming A Metaphorical God.
Tayari Jones’ second novel, The Untelling, was published by Warner Books in April of 2005.
Jacqueline Jones LaMon is a Chancellor’s University Fellow at Indiana University and Associate Director of the Indiana University Writers’ Conference. Her poetry has been published in Crab Orchard Review, WarpLand, andFugue, among other journals. Her first novel, In the Arms of One Who Loves Me was published by One World/Ballantine Books in 2002.
Timothy Liu is the author of five books of poems, most recently Of Thee I Sing (University of Georgia Press), chosen as a 2004 Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly. A new book, For Dust Thou Art, is out this fall from Southern Illinois University Press. He lives in Manhattan.
Adrian Matejka’s first collection of poems, The Devil’s Garden, won the 2002 New York/New England Award from Alice James Books. He is a graduate of the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, and Painted Bride Quarterly, among other journals and anthologies.
Melinda Misuraca lives in Northern California where she self-medicates with spicy food, Rhumba Congolese, and writing. She teaches at New College in San Francisco. “The Basket” is part of a collection Melinda is currently combing through for figurative nits.
Deirdre O’Connor’s first book, Before the Blue Hour, received the 2001 Cleveland State Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Painted Bride Quarterly, CrossConnect, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and other journals. She lives in Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania and works at Bucknell University.
Allan Peterson‘s poems have appeared in Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, Green Mountains Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Blackbird, Typo, Prairie Schooner, Arts & Letters, and Quarterly West. He is the winner of the 2002 Arts & Letters Poetry Prize and a recipient of fellowships from the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. His books include Anonymous Or and Stars On A Wire, and Small Charities.
Sapphire is the author of two books of poetry, Black Wings and Blind Angels, and American Dreams, a collection of poetry that was cited by Publisher’s Weekly as, “One of the strongest debut collections of the nineties.” Her novel, Push, was published in 1997 and won the Book-of-the-Month Club Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s First Novelist Award, and in England, the Mind Book of the Year Award. Sapphire’s poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous journals including The New Yorker, Spin, Bomb, and The Black Scholar.
Murzban F. Shroff is a Bombay-based writer. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, Fourteen Hills Review, The South Carolina Review, The North Dakota Quarterly, The Minnesota Review, The South Dakota Review, The Mochila Review, Reading Room, Phoebe, Carve, Confrontation, Aesthetica, Speakeasy, In Posse Review, and Wisconsin Review. He has completed two collections of short stories, a book of poems, a chapbook of classical literature, and is at work on a topical novel. He is a recipient of the John Gilgun Fiction Award (2003).
Kevin Simmonds is a writer and musician from New Orleans. Field, Massachusetts Review, Poetry, Rhino and other journals have published his work. He divides his time between northern Japan and the US.
Allyson Stack teaches creative writing at SUISS in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has just completed an historical fiction novel titled Star Mansion. Her work has appeared in Vignette, Sonora Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review and on National Public Radio. She is currently a doctoral degree candidate in literature at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where she lives with her husband, Thomas Legendre, and their daughter, Nicole.
D. E. Steward‘s “Marzot” is one of 221 months in a series running month-to-month since 1986. Over half the months are out in independent magazines like Sulfur, Conjunctions, Temblor, Chelsea, Caliban, Central Park, New American Writing, First Intensity, and in university magazines like Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Massachusetts Review, Northwest Review, and Fiction International.
Jason Stumpf holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, and currently teaches at Providence College. Recent work has appeared in LIT, New American Writing, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere.
Bogdan Suceava has published seven books in the Romanian. “Daddy Wants TV Saturday Night” is his first text of fiction published in English. His short stories have won two national awards in Romania.
Kimberly Thomas received her B.A. from Lafayette College and an M.F.A. (concentration in painting) from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught painting, two-dimensional design, and drawing at Lehigh University and Lafayette College. Kim has devoted much of her artistic career and studio life to the exploration of the visual narrative and the symbolic power of imagery.
Brian Turner served for one year in Iraq with the U.S. Army’s 2nd Infantry Division. His book Here, Bullet will be available from Alice James Books in November. “2000 lbs.” will also appear in the upcoming Voices In Wartime anthology.
Sarah Vap is an MFA candidate in poetry at Arizona State University, and is the co-poetry editor for 42opus.com.
Ryan Vine has had his work in numerous journals, most recently in the Sonora Review. He lives and works in Duluth, MN as an assistant professor in the English Department of the College of St. Scholastica.
Virgil (70-19 B.C.) lived in one of the most violent periods in Roman History, during the death of the Roman Republic and the birth of imperial Rome. The Georgics, written in 29 B.C., consists of over two thousand lines of poetry and provides didactic commentary on agriculture, viticulture, animal husbandry, and beekeeping—though the entire text is rich with political overtones.
Wendy S. Walters is a poet and lyricist. Her chapbook, Birds of Los Angeles, is published with Palm Press (www.palmpress.org). Poems have appeared in HOW2, Seneca Review, The Yalobusha Review, Nocturnes (Re)view and Callaloo, among others. At present, she is writing the book and lyrics for Loving Family, an original work for music-theatre in collaboration with composer Derek Bermel.
Mike White lives in Salt Lake City where he serves as poetry editor at Quarterly West. He has recent or forthcoming work in journals including The Antioch Review, The Iowa Review, Margie, Poetry East, and Pleiades.