|Wendy Taylor Carlisle's book, Reading Berryman to the Dog, was published by Jacaranda Press in 2000 and she has just completed a chapbook, Nine Parts Water. She and her husband David live in Texas.
Antoinette Nora Claypoole is co-editor of Wild Embers a newly formed collective literary press (www.wildembers.com). But about 15 years before this, she met members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) and eventually wrote her first book, Who Would Unbraid Her Hair; the legend of annie mae ( Anam Cara Press, 1999), a tribute to AIM warrior Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash. Antoinette's writings have also appeared in The West Wind Review, Journal of Belighted Fiction, varied anthologies in the North and South west, and will be included in the upcoming winter issue of This Hard Wind (Los Angeles).
Her next book is called Rivers In Her Eyes, a tribute to the Dine' of Big Mountain, Az. and her current writing project is about the Vesta cult and ancient Sassi of Southern Italy. For now, Antoinette lives in Taos, New Mexico, working there as the new executive director of World Poetry Bout Association, of Taos Poetry Circus fame. Loving road trips,Antoinette believes that the whole world is a claw foot tub, filled with warm spring water from the Rio Grande.
Larry Goodell writes: I'm a 67 year old poet who started a little magazine called duende back in 1964 and from then on got intriqued by radicalizing the poetry reading format by performing poems in home-made visual settings where every "prop" was related to the poem, whether it be a mask, a cloth backing for the poem, a backdrop erected for the reading, a stuffed ceremonial object or costume. I even provided my own lighting often since I didn't like the flourescent, class-room like look of most academic settings. But all that has passed and I'm just a plain poet now sometimes spitting marbles back in jars for emphasis as I satirize different poetry-reading styles. Here on Earth (59 sonnets) from La Alameda Press and Firecracker Soup (Cinco Puntos Press) are now available to the curious.
e-mail is readily available if it means someone might want me to resurrect one of my dinosaur performance readings or wants me just to read an evening of poems.
Laura Jensen's work appears in the anthologies Hard Choices (Iowa Review), Crossing Boundaries, Field Guide and Field Symposia. She lives in Tacoma, Washington.
Sybil Kollar's work has been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies including The American Voice, Chelsea, Columbia, The Literary Review, Pivot, and Rattapallax. She's a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and won the first Chris O'Malley Fiction Award from the University of Wisconsin as well as the CCS Fiction Prize, New York City. She's been awarded writing residencies in Germany and Scotland, and Water Speaking to Stone, a collection of her poetry, is forthcoming from Pivot Press in spring of 2003.
Frances Ruhlen McConnel, though still a Northwesterner at heart, lives in Southern California where she teaches in the Creative Writing Department at the University of California, Riverside. She is presently working on a book of Haiku by and about cats. You can find her work online at: 2River Review , Mudlark, Sprawlopolis , and Haikuhut.
Roger Pfingston's new poems are scheduled to appear in Red River Review, The Louisville Review, Southern Indiana Review, and Poetry Midwest. A Chapbook, Singing to the Garden, will be published in 2003 by Parallel Press at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Robin Reagler is a poet. She lives in Houston, Texas, where she serves as the Executive Director of Writers in the Schools (WITS). Her poems have been published in Ploughshares, American Letters & Commentary, Colorado Review, and many other journals.
Tobias Seamon's work has appeared in numerous journals including 3rd Bed, Cutbank, The Melic Review, and The Mississippi Review, with work forthcoming at The 13th Warrior Review, The Blue Moon Review, Small Spiral Notebook, and Snow Monkey. He lives in Albany, NY and co-edits Whalelane, an online journal of the arts.
Derek Sheffield lives in Home, WA, which started out as a utopian community on the Puget Sound in the 19th century. There's at least one anarchist left. His book of poems, A Mouthpiece of Thumbs, was published in 2000 (Blue Begonia Press). Recent poems have appeared in Clackamas Literary Review, The Bellingham Review, and Poetry Northwest.
Gail Louise Siegel directs a public interest group in Chicago, IL, USA and is writing for an MFA at the Bennington Writing Seminars, where "The Lighter Collection" won the Maxwell Steele Mini-Max Award for Short-Short Fiction. Her work has appeared under various names in Zoetrope All-Story Extra , FictionFix, The Salt River Review ("Sparta to Elroy" and "The Telemarketer's Point of View") Brevity, Flashquake , Outsider Ink , 3am Magazine, and is upcoming in Literary Potpourri.
Tracy Singer was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She received her bachelor's degree in English with a Creative Writing minor from the University of Alabama in 1994. In May 2001, she completed her MFA in Creative Writing at Arizona State University. Currently, she resides in Tempe, Arizona. This is her first publication.
Joe Somoza and his wife, Jill, a painter, are building a studio addition onto their house in Las Cruces, where they've lived for 30 years. His most recent book is Cityzen (La Alameda Press, Albuquerque, 2002).
Richard K. Weems' stories have appeared in The Mississippi Review, The Beloit Fiction Journal, The Crescent Review and The Florida Review. He has work forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review. He teaches world literature and creative writing at Bergen Academies in Hackensack, New Jersey.