|F. Brinley Bruton was born and raised in Latin America. After a stint in international economic development, she became a journalist, which took her to Mexico City, West Chester, PA, and New York City. An alumna of Barnard and Columbia J School, she now lives in London with her husband Duncan and cat George.
M.T.C. Cronin has had six books and one booklet of poetry published, the most recent being Talking to Neruda's Questions and Bestseller (both Vagabond Press, 2001) and My Lovers Back: 79 Love Poems, (UQP, 2002). An eighth collection, beautiful, unfinished ~ Parable/Song/Canto/Poem, is forthcoming in 2003 through Salt Publishing (UK).
Avital Gad-Cykman was born in Israel and lives in Brazil with her husband and children. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in: Glimmer Train, Imago, Raven Chronicles, Snow Monkey, Zoetrope All-story-Extra, Salon, In Posse of Web del Sol, Carve Magazine, Absinthe Literary Review, and elsewhere. She is a Pushcart nominee and a prizewinner of the Israeli contest, "Hamegeira".
Tess Gallagher now resides full time on the Olympic Peninsula. Her poem about the war in Vietnam, "Sugarcane," was included in the 30th anniversary issue of Ms. New stories that she is writing with the Irish painter, Josie Gray, have also appeared this summer in Doubletake. And Leconte Editore in Rome recently published a bilingual edition of Raymond Carver's story, "Cathedrals," Tess' story, "Rain Flooding Your Campfire," a conversation between Tess and her Italian translator, Riccardo Duranti, and a very unique bibliography, illustrating various points of conjunction between Tess and Ray with photographs, book covers and manuscript pages. "Orange Sutra" is from a new, as-yet-unnamed manuscript of poetry.
Jascha Hoffman was born in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1979. After living in California, France, Senegal and Brazil, he graduated from Harvard College in 2002. His poems have appeared in the Dudley Review.
Laura Jensen's work appears in the anthologies Hard Choices (Iowa Review), Crossing Boundaries, Field Guide and Field Symposia. She lives in Tacoma, Washington.
Halvard Johnson has published four collections of poetry. Recent poems are in Can We Have Our Ball Back?, Salt River Review, Tattoo Highway, Valparaiso Review, Poethia, Sugar Mule and CrossConnect. For many years, he taught overseas for the University of Maryland. Currently, he lives in New York City with his wife, the prize-winning fiction writer and painter, Lynda Schor.
Dr. Prasenjit Maiti is a political scientist by occupation and a writer by compulsion. His print (and forthcoming) credits include 2River View, Blue Collar Review, Concrete Wolf, DINER, Poetry Greece, Poetry Scotland, Porcupine, Promise, and dozens of other journals.
Walt McDonald was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and served as Texas Poet Laureate for 2001. Some of his recent books are All Occasions (University of Notre Dame Press, 2000), Blessings the Body Gave, and The Flying Dutchman (Ohio State, 1998, 1986), Counting Survivors (Pittsburgh, 1995), Night Landings (Harper & Row, 1989), and After the Noise of Saigon (Massachusetts, 1988).
Paulann Petersen reached a milestone age recently, and to celebrate will publish a full-length collection of poems, The Wild Awake, with Confluence Press at the end of summer. Meanwhile, she is writing with the energy of a twenty-year-old, and has completed manuscripts of poems from recent trips to Greece and Turkey, as well as a book-length sequence based on her readings in Whitman's Leaves of Grass.
Carlos Reyes was born in 1935. He recently translated the Complete Poems of Jorge Carrera Andrade, which will be published in three bilingual volumes in Ecuador this fall. He is also the translator of The Island Poems and Scattered Leaves, two collections by Josefina de la Torre, friend of Lorca and Alberti, who died recently in Madrid at the age of 95. Carlos lives in Portland, Oregon, where he tends to his press, Trask House Books, the twenty-six windows in his ancient VW bus, and a growing flock of grandchildren.
Greg Simon recently drove home from a dinner with friends under a full moon shining through the car's moonroof which the late late Salvador Dali was trying to turn into a silver-plated corkscrew. (Where are the translation police when you need them?) This may or may not have something to do with his current immersion in the glass and jewelry imagery in the poetry of James Merrill, but is more likely a subliminal reaction to the fact that his oldest daughter Natalie starts high school this fall.
Leslie Shinn received her MFA in 2001 from Warren Wilson College. Her work has appeared in American Writing. She lives and works in Philadelphia.
Isi Unikowski works for the Australian Government. He lives in Canberra with his wife Lidia and his children, Alexander and Miriana.
Kathrine Varnes is editor with Annie Finch of An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art (University of Michigan Press, 2002). She lives in Missouri.
Ian Randall Wilson is the managing editor of the poetry journal 88. Recent work has appeared in The North American Review and The Gettysburg Review. His first fiction collection, Hunger and Other Stories, was published by Hollyridge Press.