Elena Borta is a literary researcher, essayist, and freelance translator from English and Scandinavian languages. She has taught at the University of Bucharest and has worked as a researcher at the Institute of Educational Sciences, Bucharest. Her translations of Ioan Flora with Adam Sorkin appear in Chase Park, Visions International, and Compost.
Aliki Caloyeras is a poet and translator who divides her time between New York City and Athens. Since receiving her MFA from the University of Houston in 1999, she has received grants for the translation of modern Greek poetry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the Ouranis Foundation. Her work was most recently published in Poetry Greece.
William J. Cobb is a novelist, essayist, and short fiction writer whose work has been published in The New Yorker, Mississippi Review, American Short Fiction, The Antioch Review, and elsewhere. His first novel, The Fire Eaters, was published by W.W. Norton in 1994, and his book of short stories, The White Tattoo, recently won the Sandstone Prize and will be published in 2002 by Ohio State University Press.
John Dalton’s short fiction has appeared in Story, Alaska Quarterly Review, and other literary journals. He has been awarded a Henfield Transatlantic Review Award, a James Michener Fellowship, and first- and second-year fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts (1994, 1997). “Experience” is a chapter from a novel-in-progress presently titled Heaven Lake.
Jim Ray Daniels’ first book of short stories, No Pets, was published by Bottom Dog Press. His next book of poems, Landscape with Drive-By Shooting Stars, will be published by New Issues Press in 2002. He directs the Creative Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon University.
Darren DeFrain’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous journals and magazines. He is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. He lives in Appleton, Wisconsin, with his wife, Melinda, daughters Madchen and Ava, and three slobbery dogs.
Shira Dentz lives in Brooklyn. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in 13th Moon, Salt Hill Journal, Web Del Sol, Cimarron Review, Evergreen Chronicles, Phoebe, Barrow Street, and Escaping the Yellow Wallpaper. She had a story selected as a semifinalist in the Nelson Algren competition and as a finalist for the Heekin Foundation’s fiction fellowship; she was a semifinalist twice in the “Discovery”/The Nation contest.
Kiki Dimoula was born in Athens in 1931 and is one of Greece’s leading contemporary poets. She has published ten poetry collections, including two winners of the Greek State Prize for Poetry, The Little of the World (1971) and Farewell Never (1988). Her work has been translated into several languages, and in 1996 a full-length volume of her poems in English translation was published by Nostos Books.
Cecily Dixon is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She is currently working on a collection of short stories and a novel about art forgers.
Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland. Two of his essays, “Altar Boy” and “The Meteorites,” were selected for Best American Essays collections (1998, 1999). He is the author of Credo, a collection of essays, and (with his father, Jim Doyle) of Two Voices, a collection of their essays. He and his wife, a painter, have three children, among them the poet Joseph Doyle (q.v.).
Joseph Doyle hammered “Ggfddfg” single-fingeredly on a typewriter in the basement at age three, when he was supposed to be helping his father fold the laundry.
Ioan Flora has authored twelve books of poetry, among them Lecture on the Ostrich-Camel (1995), Fifty Novels and Other Utopias (a dual-language collection with translations by Andrei Bantas and Richard Collins, 1996), The Swedish Rabbit (1998), and Medea and Her War Machines (2000), translated by Adam Sorkin. Born in Yugoslavia in the Serbian Banat, Flora now lives in Romania and works at the Romanian Literature Museum in Bucharest.
Jennifer Haigh’s fiction has appeared in The Idaho Review, Global City Review, and elsewhere. Her story “Slow Boat to Georgia” won the 2000 Kestrel Fiction Award. A student at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, she is at work on a first novel.
Roger Hart’s story collection, Erratics, won the George Garrett Fiction Prize and will be published by Texas Review Press this fall. He is a student in the MFA program at Minnesota State, Mankato, along with his wife, Gwen. Their dog, Tango, growls at critics and eats all rejection slips. Roger is presently working on a novel (and running).
A. E. Hotchner’s writing career has spanned many genres: articles, short stories, novels, two memoirs (including King of the Hill, later a Steven Soderbergh film), a Broadway play that was also performed in the East Room of the White House, and several television plays for Playhouse 90. In Papa Hemingway, Hotchner chronicled his thirteen-year friendship with Ernest Hemingway. With actor Paul Newman he co-founded Newman’s Own in 1982; the profits from the sale of its food products are donated entirely to charity.
Brent House, originally from Necaise Crossing, Mississippi, now lives in Tucson, Arizona. His work has appeared recently in The Yalobusha Review and Denver Quarterly.
Philip L. Hu has an MFA from San Diego State University and currently lives in Mountain View, California. He teaches composition, literature, and Asian-American literature at West Valley College. His teachers have included Indira Ganesan, Quincy Troupe, Sandra Alcosser, Marilyn Chin, and Glover Davis. Most recently, his works have appeared in Pacific Review and RATTLE, with a four-poem feature in Rio Grande Review.
Mark Johnston’s poems have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Centennial Review, and elsewhere. His book of poems, Out into the End of Time, was published by Mellen Poetry Press in 1998. He is a Professor of English at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.
Christine Boyka Kluge has received five Pushcart Prize nominations. She was the winner of the 1999 Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award from The Bitter Oleander, where she is the featured writer in the fall 2001 issue. Her work appears in Arts & Letters, Quarterly West, New Millennium Writings, Luna, Fine Madness, Kestrel, Red Rock Review, and other journals.
Robert H. Kneib, a St. Louisan and recent Washington University graduate, has worked as a carnie, Georgia park trash man, Kentucky field hand, sales clerk, pool hall manager, and at other jobs. He writes fiction but is dedicated to writing to preserve the natural environment. He is a plaster-tender at St. Louis Public Schools, where he has worked for the last five years.
Dorie LaRue has published two books of poetry, Seeking the Monsters and The Private Frenzy, as well as short stories and articles. She has received awards from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Shreveport Regional Arts Council, and the Louisiana Division of the Arts. She teaches English at Louisiana State University in Shreveport and has one son, Michael LaRue.
Mary Makofske’s poems have appeared recently in Poetry and Cumberland Poetry Review and in her book The Disappearance of Gargoyles (Thorntree) and chapbook Eating Nasturtiums (Flume). Her awards include the Robert Penn Warren Poetry Prize and the Lullwater Review Poetry Prize. She teaches at Orange County (NY) Community College.
Meg Moceri’s stories have appeared in Crab Creek Review, Storyquarterly, The Dickinson Review, Natural Bridge (“Proper Fires,” issue no. 1), and other journals. Her story “How to Faint” was nominated for a 2000 Pushcart Prize. She lives with her husband and children in Michigan, where she is currently at work on her first story collection, tentatively titled Peninsulas.
John C. Morrison received his MFA from the University of Alabama. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two boys. His poems have appeared in Cimarron Review, The Seattle Review, and Poetry East.
Lela Nargi is a writer and reporter who lives in Brooklyn. She is currently working on a book about a four-month trip she took to India in 1999.
Elizabeth Oness is an assistant professor of English at Winona State University. Her story collection, Articles of Faith, received the 2000 Iowa Short Fiction Prize. She directs marketing and development for Sutton Hoo Press, a literary fine press.
Harry Mark Petrakis, whose fiction has earned praise from Isaac Bashevis Singer and Kurt Vonnegut, has published sixteen books, including novels, short stories, and memoirs. He has twice been nominated for a National Book Award, and his work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s Bazaar, and Playboy. With his wife, Diana, he makes his home in the Indiana Dunes, across the lake from the city of his boyhood, Chicago.
Dan Pope has published short stories in McSweeney’s, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Shenandoah, Portland Review, and Natural Bridge (“Leave,” issue no. 3). He was a recipient of a 1999 grant in fiction from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and currently attends the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.
Kathlene Postma has a Ph.D. in fiction writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she was Editor of The Cream City Review. Her stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Clockwatch Review, Event, Permafrost, Red Rock Review, Passages North, and other literary magazines. Presently she is an assistant professor of creative writing at Pacific University in Oregon.
B. A. St. Andrews, whose poems and stories have appeared in JAMA, The Paris Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Journal of General Internal Medicine, and The New Yorker, teaches medical creative writing and medical humanities in the Center for Bioethics & Humanities in Syracuse, New York.
David Salner has been an iron ore miner, steelworker, garment worker, and machinist. He has been active in union and civil rights struggles and currently lives with his family in Maryland. Recent poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Literary Review, Forpoetry.com, Cimarron Review, Borderlands, and Potomac Review and are forthcoming in 5 AM.
Purvi Shah was born in Ahmedabad, India, and currently lives in New York City. Her poems have appeared in Borderlands, Crab Orchard Review, Descant, Weber Studies, and Contours of the Heart: South Asians Map North America (a 1997 American Book Award-winning anthology). She serves as an editor for The Asian Pacific American Journal and also is learning Kathak dance.
Michael Sinclair lives with his wife, Norma Sinclair, in Cosgrove, Iowa, where he coordinates seasonal writers’ retreats. He has completed a book of poetry, Eyes in Jars, and is completing a book of nonfiction, Norma’s Man, which includes “Riot in the Storm House.” He highly recommends reading William Maxwell while listening to Etta James sing.
Sybil Smith’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Northern Review, Ithaca Women’s Anthology, Vermont Woman, Spectrum, The Albany Review, Northeast Corridor, and Yankee Magazine. Her poems have appeared in New England Review/Bread Loaf Quarterly, Southern Poetry Review, Peregrine, The Poetry Review, The Worcester Review, and The Seattle Review. Work is forthcoming in New Virginia Review and The Sun.
Adam J. Sorkin has published thirteen books of translations of contemporary Romanian poetry, and his collaborative poetry translations have appeared widely in little magazines. Recent titles include Sea-Level Zero by Daniela Crasnaru (BOA Editions) and The Triumph of the Water Witch by Ioana Ieronim (Bloodaxe). Sorkin’s translation of Marin Sorescu’s deathbed volume, The Bridge, is forthcoming from Bloodaxe.
George Staehle grew up in Ohio and now lives in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area. After a career in physics, he turned to poetry in the mid-nineties. His poems are published regionally and nationally. He plays competitive sports, including basketball and table tennis, and canoes, hikes, and paints watercolors. His poetry topics include surrealistic nature, romance, politics, and humor.
Rhonda Zangwill is fortunate to be able to read and write and teach for pleasure and for a living. Her students are mostly under ten and mostly in the embrace of the New York City public school system. Her work has appeared in Toward Freedom, The Moscow Times, Teachers & Writers Magazine, and Gotham Gazette.