Contributors' Bio Notes:

Edward Byrne, a professor of English at Valparaiso University, has had four collections
of poetry published. His most recent book, East of Omaha (1998), has just been released by
Pecan Grove Press.

Joseph Duemer's most recent book of poems is Static (Owl Creek Press1996), and he
is the co-editor, with Jim Simmerman, of Dog Music: Poetry about Dogs (St. Martin's 1996).

Will Hochman is Director of Writing at the University of Southern Colorado, poetry
editor of War, Literature and the Arts, and contributes criticism to small press review.
His most recent collection of poems is Stranger Within and he has published poems, stories
and essays in over fifty magazines, journals, zines, and newspapers.

Laura Jensen's books include Bad Boats, Memory, and Shelter. An essay of hers appears
in the recent Field Guide. Dina Ben-Lev has written a monograph on Jensen's work for the
Western Writers Series.

Halvard Johnson writes and teaches in Baltimore, Maryland, where he and his wife,
Lynda Schor, dream of long, hot, dry summer days in the Southwest.

Rose Martula's first publication of a short story was in Merlyn's Pen when she was
seventeen. She attended the school of Visual Arts for screenwriting, won the Young Playwright's
Festival, and became involved in the Soho Rep Theater. She has moved to Arizona to clear
her head of the city and concentrate fully on her writing.

Gwyn McVay is the author of two chapbooks of poems, Brother Ikon (Inkstone Press,
1996) and This Natural History (Pecan Grove Press,1997). She is editor of So to Speak: a feminist
journal of language and art
. Other work is forthcoming inPoetry New York and Ploughshares.

Jared Messinger is a Jersey boy living in the southwest. He says, "Although I've had
nothing published, my grandma thinks my writing is excellent."

John Quintos is, according to his creative writing instructor, the inventor of "quintoisms,"
which are "made-up words without reference points." Quintos' other work "can be found in small,
underground fanzines, if you're small enough and underground enough to find them."

Peggy Shumaker's most recent book is Wings Moist from the Other World (Pitt Poetry Series).
She teaches in the MFA program at University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has new poems in The Women's
Review of Books
and Quarterly West.

David Tammer has published poetry in Poetry Northwest, Rocky Mountain Review,
Epoch and other journals. He holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona and teaches
English in Eastern Arizona.

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