Johannes Beilharz, born 1956, currently lives in Southern Germany. His M.A. in Creative Writing is from CU Boulder (1981), and he writes in German and English. His poetry, prose and poetry translations have appeared in various German and American magazines. Beilharz's web site is at http://www.jbeilharz.de/
Michael Bowden has work forthcoming in Hayden's Ferry Review, Luna, Natural Bridge and Verse. His prose poem, "Horse Drowned in a Sea of Blue Wildflowers, is for his wife, Maria, in memory of her father, Ramon Tovar.
Chas Clifton teaches literature and creative writing at the Johnstown campus of the University of Pittsburgh, where he writes poetry and plays.
M.T.C. Cronin writes: My work first appeared in print in early 1993. Since then I have had hundreds of poems, a handful of short stories and numerous reviews published in over 100 different journals, newspapers and anthologies (also on tapes and CDs) in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the UK, Canada and the USA.
Four collections of my poetry have been published: Zoetrope we see us moving (FIP, Aust., 1995); the world beyond the fig (FIP, Aust., 1998); Everything Holy (Balcones International Press, USA, 1998); and Mischief-Birds (Vagabond Press, Rare Object Series, Aust., 1999, limited edition of 100 signed copies). My fifth and sixth collections Bestseller and Talking to Neruda's Questions (Vagabond Press, Aust) - will be out in 2001.
After working for most of the nineties in law, I have recently begun teaching literature and creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney, in the Department. of Writing, Social & Cultural Studies. I am also writer-in-residence at two Sydney secondary schools. I live in Newtown with my partner, a musician, and our two young daughters.
Deborah Finch lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband and daughter and makes her living as a research biologist and technical writer. Her poetry has been published or is in press in a variety of online and hard print journals including Arizona Writer and Photographer, Owen Wister Review, Santa Fe Poetry Broadside, Mentress Moon, The Dragonfly Review, 3rd Muse Poetry Journal, 2River View, Melic Review, and others.
David Hopes is professor of literature and language at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, founder and editor of Urthona Press, founder and director of the Black Swan Theater Company (Swanthtre@aol.com). He is the author of the Juniper Prize and Saxifrage Prize winning book, The Glacier's Daughters, and of Blood Rose (Urthona Press, 1997), the Pulitzer-nominated A Childhood in the Milky Way (Akron University Press), and A Sense of the Morning (Milkweed Editions, 1999). His works has appeared in periodicals such as The New Yorker, Audubon, Christopher Street, The Sun.
Fred Marmorstein writes: I am currently a Language Arts teacher for an alternative education school in Manassas, Virginia, grades 9-12. I'm the father of a 3 year old girl who loves hiking in the woods with me.
Joan Newburger's story is: I have been writing off and on for about twenty-five years, the "off" years attributable to personal upheaval, as well as lack of time owing to the necessary day job. In 1976 and 1977, soon after I had begun writing, I attended the Bread Loaf Writers Conference as a "contributor," where I was trashed by the best, including John Irving, who liked my subjects, my prose, my characters, but said my stories were a "mess." My first hiatus was from 1977 to 1981. I received an M.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from New York University in 1987, where my advisor was Russell Banks, who also liked my subjects, my prose and my characters, but said my stories were a "mess." My second hiatus occurred between 1995 and1998. I am now retired from that day job, and enjoying the writing life more than I can say. "Death and Taxes" is my first published story.
Chris Orlet's stories have appeared in more than eighteen online literary publications. He lives in Belleville, Illinois.
Sam Pereira has published two books of poetry: The Marriage of The Portuguese (L'Epervier Press, 1978) and Brittle Water (Penumbra Press/Abattoir Editions, 1987). He has been anthologized in a number of editions, most recently The Body Electric (W.W. Norton, 2000). This Spring, some of his work will be included in the anthology How Much Earth: The Fresno Poets, published by Heyday Books. Pereira's homepage is at http://members.aol.com/litsam
Anthony Robinson has taught creative writing and English composition at the university level, and is currently associate poetry editor at the Northwest Review. His poems and essays appear in print and online, most recently in Able Muse, Caffeine Destiny, Samsara Quarterly, Pif, For Poetry.com, SLIDE, Goodfoot, and in the anthology RE:Verse!
Max Ruback has fiction forthcoming in OysterBoy Review, Crab Creek Review, Illuminations, ProseAx, and Fiftygod.com. This spring, Carolina Quarterly will be publishing an interview he conducted with Lewis Nordan. He lives in Florida, currently.
T. B. Rudy is currently an MFA candidate at Cornell University where he is finishing his manuscript Dead Already, Dead Again. He twice has been a guest reader for the National Writing Project at Kennesaw State University. Poems of his have previously appeared in Allegheny Review, Lullwater Review, and Clackamas Literary Review.
Greg Simon writes of the poems in this issue: These two new poems are from a sequence in which I am going to attempt to identify my own place in the pantheon of 20th century literature, since I am now fairly sure that no one else is going to do that for me. (Hmm. Perhaps pantheon is too strong a word. Outbuilding might be better.) All of the stories I am going to tell, while hearsay, are true. "My Readers" is based on a poem of the same title by Akhmatova's first husband, Gumilyov, who was executed by the Bolsheviks during the Russian Civil War. He left her once, early in their marriage, to go to Africa, and when he came back she was writing poetry. His most recent translator, Richard McKane, refers to Gumilyov's somewhat dubious poetic practice of revising older poems to fit the needs of his subsequent, post-Akhmatovan love affairs.
Pamela Stewart co-owns and works Tregellys Fiber Farm in Hawley, Ma.