Jed Allen is very interested in collaborative projects involving poetry, the visual arts, and music, and has initiated a series, "Ekphrasis," at Phoenix College where he teaches English and directs the Creative Writing Program. He holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College, and is seeking a publisher for his manuscript, The Fear of Algebra.
Lee Byrd was born and raised in New Jersey but has spent most of her life in the Southwest and Texas. With her husband, poet Bobby Byrd, she operates Cinco Puntos Press. They publish fiction, non-fiction, poetry and childrens bilingual literature from the American Southwest, the U.S./Mexico border region, and Mexico. Lee and Bobby have three children and four grandchildren, and live in El Paso. Lees collection of short stories, My Sister Disappears, was published by Southern Methodist University Press in 1993. It received a Southwest Book Award and the Stephen F. Turner Award from the Texas Institute of Letters for the best first work of fiction in 1993. In 1997, she was the recipient of the Dobie-Paisano Fellowship.
M.D. Coverley's (Marjorie Coverley Luesebrink) interest in hypertext fiction and web hypermedia dates to 1995, when she published "The Virtual Mausoleum," one of the early web narratives. Her full-length novel, Califia, is available on CD-ROM from Eastgate Systems and a collection of Web hypermedia short stories, Fingerprints on Digital Glass will appear in 2001. Coverley has received an NEH Grant for electronic literature, and her work has been featured at the Boston Cyberarts Festival, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Transcriptions Series at UCSB, the Digital Arts Center at UCLA, and Technology Platforms for the 21st Century at Brown University. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Literature Organization.
Catherine Daly lives in Los Angeles, where she has a small technology company and teaches online and in person at UCLA and UCLA Extension. This is her first poem published in The Salt River Review.
Halvard Johnson has written four volumes of poetry, Winter Journey, Eclipse, The Dance of the Red Swan and Transparencies and Projections. His poetry and fiction can be found in periodicals such as Ironwood, Minnesota Review, Monks Pond, Puerto del Sol, El Corno Emplumado, Cayey Revista, Granite, The Florida Review, Stony Brook and the Wisconsin Review.
Walt McDonald is Texas Poet Laureate for 2001. Some of his recent books are All Occasions (University of Notre Dame Press, 2000), and others from Harper & Row, Massachusetts, Ohio State, and Pittsburgh.
Gwyn McVay is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Brother Ikon and This Natural History. Her work has appeared in Quarterly West, Sulfur, Exquisite Corpse, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She is trying to become less reclusive and can frequently be found at firstname.lastname@example.org (linked above).
Jeffrey Morton is a Terran who studies and teaches mathematics, occasionally communicating through words. A recent visit to an unfamiliar suburb of his home planet inspired those which appear here.
Terry Savoie writes: "My work has been received by more than ninety literary journals, anthologies, and small press publications. These include American Poetry Review, The North American Review, Many Mountains Moving, Poetry, Another Chicago Magazine, Ploughshares and (would you believe it?) Porch. How could I resist a second bite of the apple?" [editor's note: Porch, a print magazine, was edited by SRR's poetry and review editors in 1976-1981]
Writer, pianist and teacher, Henry Shapiro studied at Columbia and Oxford Universities. He teaches at Eugene Lang College in New York City, where, as a pianist, gives recitals, and plays with the West End Trio, which he helped found. This is his first published story, and he gives thanks to Nora, Ann, and his wife Marijo.
Luis Cameons (1524-1580) is the national poet of Portugal. To his credit, before he set out for a second time in exile to Goa, which he called "that grave of honest poverty," he wrote: "I set out as one leaving this world for the next." Greg Simon is occasionally at work translating the last 250 lines Camoens wrote from classical Portuguese, "Attend to me, O constant recorders...," in which Camoens tries to even the score with those who caused him grief during his life. "Since misfortune was what I was born with,/ I have always known that misfortune was a sin;/ those who are anxious to call me a fool/ won't blame me should I also err in this./ But I've been denied even the refuge/ of blameless speech, or the freedom to err./ Sad, that one is consoled by so little."
David Starkey writes: "I teach in the writing program at the University of California-Santa Barbara, and I am the author of a textbook, Poetry Writing: Theme and Variations (NTC, 1999), as well as several books of poems from small presses, most recently Fear of Everything, winner of Palanquin Press's Spring 2000 chapbook contest. I have published more than 250 poems in literary magazines over the past thirteen years, including work in recent or forthcoming issues of GSU Review, Open City, Paumanok Review, The Pedestal, Rattle, Red Rock Review, and Stirring."
Yermiyahu Ahron Taub is a librarian at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York. His English language poems have appeared/are forthcoming in such publications as Chiron Review, Evergreen Chronicles, Fauquier Poetry Journal, Grasslands Review, James White Review, Kinesis, KotaPress Poetry Journal, Little Brown Poetry, Parnassus Literary Journal, Pearl, Pif Magazine, and Prairie Schooner. His Yiddish language poems have appeared in Lilliput Review, Tsukunft, Yiddish Forward (Forverts), and Yugntruf.