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Laurie Aron
Laurie Aron has been a freelance writer and reporter for the last 15 years. Her work has appeared in over 25 publications, from The New York Times to the Ladies' Home Journal. Her poetry has appeared and/or is forthcoming in Red River Review, Poetry Motel, Sea Change, Jews., Apples & Oranges and Wicked Alice. She has fiction in or forthcoming from Moondance and Jews. One story she wrote made the Top 25 of Glimmer Train's last summer's fiction open.

Janet Buck
Janet Buck is a six-time Pushcart Nominee. Her poetry has recently appeared in PoetryBay, CrossConnect, Poetry, Offcourse, MiPo, Stirring, Runes, Scrivener's Pen, Niederngasse, Kimera, Megeara, Southern Ocean Review, Ariga, Facets Magazine, Three Candles, The Montserrat Review, and hundreds of journals worldwide. In 1999, Newton's Baby Press published her first print collection entitled Calamity's Quilt. Buck's work is forth-coming in Recursive Angel, Red River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, and Zuzu's Petals Quarterly. Janet's second print collection, Tickets to a Closing Play, was the winner of the 2002 Gival Press Poetry Award; the book is scheduled for release in October of 2003.

William Doreski
William Doreski's work has appeared in various print and web magazines, including Atlanta Review, Adirondack Review, Salmagundi, Yale Review, etc. He is currently teaching at Kene State College (New Hampshire).

Griffin Epstein

Griffin Epstein enjoys toasted sandwhiches and electric blankets, among other things.

Lisa Flowers
Lisa Flowers is a freelance proofreader residing in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Rich Furman
Rich Furman, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Colorado State University, his poetry has been published or is soon to be published in Hawai’i Review, The Journal, The Evergreen Review, Black Bear Review, Red Rock Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Penn Review, Free Lunch, Colere, Pearl, The Journal of Poetry Therapy, Impetus, Poetry Motel and many others. He has preformed throughout the United States, as well as in Nicaragua, Mexico, and Guatemala. His work has been described as “neither street nor beat nor meat nor academic, but an emotionally evocative mix of styles that can be brutally imagistic or powerfully terse.” His scholarly writing is concerned with social work ethics, international social work, friendship, social work theory, social work practice and the uses of poetry in social work and research. He teaches group and practice courses in the BSW and MSW programs. Mostly, he just likes to live as fully as possibly and mess with the poem. He welcomes feedback, comments and dialogue about his work. Snorting Dog Press published two of his chapbooks, of only average intent, 2002 and Gleaming and Faded, 2003. He also has an e-book on the Internet Poet’s Cooperative website. He is currently seeking a publisher for three full length manuscripts. As of July 2003, he will be moving to Omaha to teach at the school of social work at University of Nebraska-Omaha, and can be contacted at until he gets his new e-mail address.

Elizabeth Galaida

Elizabeth Galaida writes from her home in Union Bridge, MD while commuting to The NEA Foundation in Washington, DC. She earned her BA in French and Spanish from Wake Forest University in June 1993 and her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University of Los Angeles in June 2002. She won First Place for Humorous Short Fiction in the Random House Adult Writing Contest in November 2002. She is also a pianist, vocalist and songwriter. She is currently working on a collection of short stories and a novella.

Jonathan Hayes
Jonathan Hayes is the author of Echoes from the Sarcophagus (3300 Press, 1997) and St. Paul Hotel (Ex Nihilo Press, 2000). Recently published by Sidereality, Some Words and Tin Lustre Mobile; he edits the literary / art magazine Over the Transom.

Nancy Henry
Nancy Henry's poems have appeared in Animus, Southern Humanities Review, Pedestal, Poetrybay, Poetry International, The Hollins Critic, Spoon River Poetry Review, and over 200 other publications in the US, UK and AU. She is an Associate Editor of The Café Review, and teaches English composition and literature at Southern Maine Community College. She was a co-editor of the Maine poetry anthology A Sense of Place. Her chapbooks "Anything Can Happen" and "Hard" were published by MuscleHead Press. She has received a Pushcart Prize nomination and an Atlanta Review International Merit Award.

Jenn Ruleman Holl
After earning a Master of Arts in English from Virginia Tech and spending a few years writing arts and entertainment stories for the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Va., Jenn Ruleman Holl now resides in Brooklyn, N.Y. She continues to write poems for family members, but no longer in crayon. Her poem, "27," was recently selected for publication in the Summer 2003 edition of Beginnings Magazine.

Jared O. Hughes
Jared O. Hughes was born in the year of our Lord 1983 in the most haunted city in the US.- Savannah Ga. He lives at home with a dog and a computer.

Kerry Jones
A native of the Allentown, Pennsylvania area, Kerry Jones attended Mansfield University and Temple University, and received her MFA in creative writing from Wichita State University, where she now teaches. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The GSU Review (fiction contest finalist, 2002), Yalobusha Review, Orchid: A Literary Review, and Night Train, where she won the 2002 Richard Yates Short Story Award.

Thomas Kristopher
Thomas Kristopher was born in Charleston, SC, in 1976; reared in Mississippi. His prose, plays, and poetry are steeped with religious dogma and his personal struggle between sexuality and spirituality. Critics have described his diction, in no short terms, as challenging to comprehend, and, at times, difficult and frustrating. He feels that it's perfectly representative of his actual frustration in discerning good vs. evil where God is concerned. In his eyes, there should be no apology for truth.

Amy Mondry
Amy Mondry is a fourth-year English student at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in Illinois. She is debating the M.F.A.. She is a mother and avid reader of much fiction published before 1950. She enjoys outside, night, sweatshirts and music. Amy's poetry tends to attempt to reconcile 14 years of Catholicism with 8 years of non-practice. She writes about relationships between herself and the world, art, etc.. She mentions Moses, she doesn't sell him. She makes up her own words where she sees fit. The narrative connection is consistently missing. In her work, 'you' may not be you. Amy maintains that she is not an artist.

Neil Octavia
Neil Octavia was born in 1975 in Madrid Spain. He currently works at the local library in Austin Texas.

Olatayo Osunsan

Catherine M. Rich
Katie happily lives in Chicago, and is disturbed by the statistic that, in America, there are more plastic flamingos than real ones.

Cheryl Snell
Cheryl Snell’s work has appeared in many journals, including Antietam Review, Petroglyph, Comstock Review, Washington Review and River Oak Review. Her novel Shiva’s Arms won an honorable mention from the Dana Literary Awards and was a finalist for the Omaha Prize. Her chapbook of poetry, Flower Half Blown, published in 2002 by Finishing Line Press, was nominated for the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry.

Robin Tettenhorst
Robing Tettenhorst is a poet from the Columbus, Ohio area. Her poetry has recently appeared in Mocha Memoirs ( and will appear in 2003 in "Erased, Sigh, Sigh," "Dream Fantasy International," and "Kaleidoscope Review."

Anca Vlasopolos

Anca Vlasopolos wrote No Return Address: A Memoir of Displacement (Columbia University Press, 2000), for which she was awarded the YMCA Writer’s Voice Grant for Creative Non-Fiction in 2001, the Wayne State University Board of Governors Award and the Arts Achievement Award in 2002; she was published in Peninsula: Essays and Memoirs by Michigan Writers (Michigan State University Press, 2000); has a poetry collection entitled Through the Straits, at Large; a chapbook of poetry entitled The Evidence of Spring; and a detective novel entitled Missing Members; as well as short stories and over two hundred poems in literary magazines such as Porcupine, Poetry International, Barrow Street, The Larcom Review, Short Story, Natural Bridge, Center, Evansville Review, Santa Barbara Review, Cumberland Poetry Review, River Styx, Spoon River Poetry Quarterly, Weber Review, Lynx Eye, etc., and in The Christian Science Monitor.

Kelley White
Kelley White was born and raised in New Hampshire, has degrees from Dartmouth College and Harvard Medical School, and has been a pediatrician in inner-city Philadelphia for the past twenty years working with families challenged by poverty, substance abuse, and domestic violence. She writes to survive. She started sending work out three years ago with very modest goals, but has had somewhat surprising success, with 1200 poems accepted or published by 250 journals including American Writing, The Café Review, Chiron Review, Feminist Studies, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Medical Humanities, The Larcom Review, Minnesota Review, Nimrod, Poet Lore, Rattle, and Whiskey Island Magazine. A book of her “medical” poems, The Patient Presents, was published by The People’s Press in Baltimore and a chapbook of very different material, “I am going to walk toward the sanctuary,” was published by Nepenthe Books/Via Dolorosa Press. She received a Pushcart nomination for an experimental piece (from Gravity Presses) in 2000, and again in 2002. This spring she received a contract to publish a second chapbook, “Blues: Songs for Desdemona,” with Via Dolorosa Press and to publish At the Monkey-Feast Table with ZeBook Company, a new online poetry publisher. The People’s Press has recently accepted another manuscript, tentatively entitled “Late” for publication in January 2004.


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