Jonis Agee is the author of nine books, including the novel The Weight of Dreams (Penguin) and the short story collection Taking the Wall (Coffee House). “Here We Are” is from a forthcoming collection, Acts of Love on Indigo Road. She teaches creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Eric Anderson lives in Elyria, Ohio. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in SU Review, Diner, Confluence, Rio Grande Review, Margie, Kit-Cat Review, Poetry Motel, Concrete Wolf (featured poet), and other journals.
Thomas Aslin received his MFA from the University of Montana. He is currently shopping his manuscript,Indian Summer.
Cary Barbor was recently a Knight Journalism Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she studied malaria in western Kenya and botulism in Alaska. She lives in New York City and is at work on a novel. This is her first published work of fiction.
Wendy Bishop, Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English, teaches at Florida State University. Her books includeThirteen Ways of Looking for a Poem and Metro and four poetry chapbooks: Second Nature, Touching Liliana, Mid-Passage, and My 47 Lives. She lives in Tallahassee and Alligator Point, Florida, with her daughter Morgan, son Tait, and husband Dean Newman.
Gaylord Brewer is an associate professor at Middle Tennessee State University, where he founded and editsPoems & Plays. His most recent books of poems are Four Nails (winner of the 2001 Snail’s Pace Poetry Prize) and Barbaric Mercies (forthcoming from Red Hen Press). His poem “The Standard of Forgiveness” appeared inNatural Bridge no. 7.
Victoria Brockmeier has worked as a waitress, a web designer, a drive-thru girl, an artists’ model, an Air Force marketing specialist, and a palmist. Her work appears in LIT, New Letters, American Book Review, and other publications. Currently, she lives and teaches in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Lynne Burris Butler has published two books of poetry, Sunday Afternoons With Tolstoy and Forever Is Easy, as well as two chapbooks. She is the recipient of a Literary Arts Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and is the Laura Harrison Professor of English at the University of North Alabama.
James Charlesworth grew up eighty miles east of Pittsburgh and received a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in 1999. He currently lives in Boston, where he is enrolled in the MFA program at Emerson College and is Prose Editor for the Beacon Street Review. He was a finalist for Glimmer Train‘s Fall 2001 Short Story Award for New Writers.
Jaimee Wriston Colbert‘s novel, Climbing the God Tree, won the 1998 Willa Cather Award in fiction. Her short story collection, Sex, Salvation, and the Automobile, won the Zephyr Prize in fiction. Her stories have appeared in numerous literary journals and have been broadcast on National Public Radio. She is a professor of creative writing at SUNY-Binghamton.
Michael Czyzniejewski grew up in Chicago. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such asStoryQuarterly, The Chariton Review, Quarterly West, Another Chicago Magazine, and Connecticut Review. He teaches literature and writing at Bowling Green State University, where he serves as Editor-in-Chief of Mid-American Review.
Martin Galvin‘s poems have recently appeared in Poetry, Orion, Notre Dame Review, and Painted Bride Quarterlyand are forthcoming in Zone 3, Midwest Quarterly, Evansville Review, and elsewhere. Bogg, an American-British publication, recently issued his chapbook Appetites.
Jennifer Haigh lives in Baltimore. Her story “Princess Palm” appeared in Natural Bridge no. 6; other fiction has been published in Good Housekeeping, The Idaho Review, Global City Review, and Kestrel. Her first novel, Mrs. Kimble, will be published by William Morrow in February 2003.
Susan Hubbard‘s books include Blue Money, winner of the Janet Heidinger Kakfa Prize, and Walking on Ice, winner of the AWP Award in Short Fiction. Her stories have appeared in TriQuarterly, The Mississippi Review,Ploughshares, and other journals. She is an associate professor of English at the University of Central Florida.
Peter Huggins has published two collections of poems, Hard Facts (1998) and Blue Angels (2001). A novel, In the Company of Owls, is forthcoming from NewSouth Books. He teaches in the English Department at Auburn University.
Allison Joseph teaches at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where she also serves as editor of Crab Orchard Review and director of the Young Writers Workshop, a summer creative writing conference for high school students. Her new book of poems, Imitation of Life, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2003.
Rita Brady Kiefer is a full-time writer in Colorado, where she also conducts weekly writing sessions at a local safe-house. Recently, Nesting Doll was published by the University Press of Colorado. She has numerous awards and grants and a Pushcart Prize nomination. Over 100 poems have appeared in journals and magazines.
Christine Boyka Kluge‘s first book is forthcoming from Bitter Oleander Press. She has received six Pushcart Prize nominations and was winner of the 1999 Frances Locke Poetry Award. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Tupelo Press’ prose poetry anthology, Arts & Letters, Quarterly West, Rattapallax, Tar River Poetry, and Natural Bridge (“Drowned Castle,” no. 6).
Al Maginnes is the author of two poetry collections, Taking Up Our Daily Tools (1997) and The Light In Our Houses (2000). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Brilliant Corners, Southern Poetry Review, Controlled Burn, and Asheville Poetry Review. He teaches at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Mary Makofske‘s poems have recently appeared in Natural Bridge (“In His Thirty-Fourth, Ultimate Summer,” no. 6), Poetry, Mississippi Review, The North American Review, Clackamas Literary Review, and Cumberland Poetry Review. She is the author of The Disappearance of Gargoyles and Eating Nasturtiums and is currently circulating a new manuscript, The Uniform of Flesh.
Lee Martin is the author of a novel, Quakertown (2001); a memoir, From Our House (2000); and a story collection, The Least You Need To Know (1996). He teaches in the creative writing program at The Ohio State University.
Michelle Matz teaches poetry to youth in San Francisco’s Mission District. She has been published in numerous journals, including The Berkeley Poetry Review, New Delta Review, 580 Split, and, most recently, So To Speak. She was awarded the Mary Merritt Henry Prize for Poetry in 1998. She lives with her dog, Bailey.
Jo McDougall‘s latest and fourth book of poems is Dirt (2001). Her awards include a DeWitt Wallace/Reader’s Digest Writing award, fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, and Arkansas’ Porter Prize for literary excellence. She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Joel D. Molinoff lives in New York City with his wife. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School and works in the financial services industry. “Casting Blind” was selected as a finalist in the 2001 William Faulkner Writing Competition and is Joel’s first published fiction.
Tamara L. Pavich, born and raised in Iowa, is a master’s candidate at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. She has earned several awards, including first prize in the Patsi Sumie Saiki Short Fiction Contest and a Clark Award with Distinction. She is at work on a novel in stories.
Dan Pope graduated from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop in 2002. He has published short stories in The Gettysburg Review, McSweeney’s, The Iowa Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Shenandoah, Natural Bridge (“Leave,” no. 3, and “My Brother’s Apartment,” no. 6), and elsewhere.
Julia Rizzo lives in Bedford, New Hampshire, with her husband and three children. In addition to writing fiction and poetry, she co-directs the Children’s Ministry programs at the Presbyterian church and is a storyteller of folk and sacred tales.
Michael Salcman is a physician, brain scientist, and occasional essayist on the visual arts. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Raritan, Barrow Street, Harvard Review, Notre Dame Review, Smartish Pace, Poet Lore, Chiron Review, and Asheville Poetry Review.
Margot Schilpp‘s first book of poems, The World’s Last Night, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2001. Her poems have appeared in Chelsea, The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Denver Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. This year she’s teaching creative writing at the University of Cincinnati.
R. T. Smith is the author of several collections of poems, including Trespasser (1996), Messenger (2001), andBrightwood (forthcoming 2003), all from LSU Press. He received literature fellowships from state agencies in North Carolina, Alabama, and Virginia, as well as from the National Endowment for the Arts. He editsShenandoah and lives in Rockbridge County, Virginia.
Virgil Suárez was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1962. He is the author of several novels, collections of stories, and essays. Most recently he has published the poetry collections Palm Crows, Banyan, and Guide to the Blue Tongue. His poem “Lucia’s Father” appeared in Natural Bridge no. 2.
Emily Tuszynska is, among other things, a poet living in Fairfax, Virginia.
Emily Winakur is a 25-year-old transplanted Texan living in Seattle, where she received an MFA from the University of Washington. Her poems have appeared in The Comstock Review and are forthcoming in Asheville Poetry Review. In addition to writing, she enjoys teaching, making things out of yarn, eating green M & M’s, and playing with dogs.