Bio Notes
Marcus Bales lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio at http://www.designerglass.com

Novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist and poet Mario Benedetti was Born in Uruguay in 1920 and now divides his time between his native country and Spain . He has published over 40 books and has been translated into 18 languages. In addition to Rincón de los haikus (1999) he has published La vida ese paréntesis [Life that Parenthesis]and Las soledades de Babel [The Solitudes of Babel](1991). Though he is justly famous for his short fiction he is also very well known as poet and is currently very popular on the poetry reading circuit in Spain. Among other honors, he was recently awarded the VIII Premio Reina Sofía de Poesia Iberoamericana and honorary doctorates at the University of Alicante and the University of Valladolid in Spain.

Wendy Taylor Carlisle lives in east Texas. Her book, Reading Berryman to the Dog, was published by Jacaranda Press in 2000.

Jefferson Carter is currently Writing Department Chair at Pima Community College, the Downtown Campus, where he has taught composition and poetry for twenty-five years. His work has appeared in such journals and e-zines as Barrow Street and CrossConnect.

MTC Cronin’s most recent book is beautiful, unfinished ~ Parable/Song/Canto/Poem (Salt Publishing, UK, 2003). Her 2001 book, Talking to Neruda’s Questions, is being translated into Spanish by the poet, Juan Garrido. She is currently working on her doctorate, The Law of Love Letters ~ Prose, Poems, Law & Desire at UTS.

When not picking fights with the mentally weak or shaking her fist at her computer, 20-year-old auteur-du-jour Dot DeLuitzo spends her time constructing the Great American Novel in her head. Unfortunately, she can't get past the page of contents. Give her constructive criticism at dot@alivingdisaster.com.

Halvard Johnson lives in NYC, breathing only air certified healthy by the EPA.

Jesse Lee Kercheval was born in France and raised in Florida. She is the author of the novel The Museum of Happiness and the memoir Space. Her second poetry book, Dog Angel, is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her poetry and prose appears in recent issues of such magazines as Poetry London, Poetry Ireland Review, Salzburg Poetry Review, Blue Moon, Hotel Amerika, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, and the Virginia Quarterly Review among others. She is the Sally Mead Hands Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin where she directs the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.

Edith Konecky , a resident of New York City, is the author of the novel A Place at the Table. Her earlier novel Allegra Maud Goldman recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a new edition from The Feminist Press, the first in their series of Classics by American Women. Her short stories, widely published, have been collected in Past Sorrows and Coming Attractions. All her books are currently in print.

Muriel Nelson has one full-length collection of poems, Part Song (Bear Star Press, 1999), and a chapbook, Most Wanted (ByLine Press, 2003). Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in The New Republic, Ploughshares, The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Prague Post, The Marlboro Review, Northwest Review, Graven Images, and others. She holds master's degrees from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the University of Illinois School of Music.

Poet and translator Carlos Reyes lives in Portland, Oregon while not traveling to exotic places such as Ecuador, Spain and Ireland. His books of poetry include A Suitcase Full of Crows (1995) and forthcoming from Lost Horse Press this winter, At the Edge of the Western Wave. He has translated : Josefina de la Torre's Poemas de la Isla/Island Poems (Eastern Washington University Press, 2000) and Edwin Madrid's Puertas abiertas/Open Doors (Eskeletra, 2000). Reyes's translation: Open Doors has now been translated and published in Arabic. Recently he has translated the Obra completa poética/Complete Poetic Works of Jorge Carrera Andrade, Ecuador's preeminent twentieth century poet.

"Grasslands" and "Soft Wax" are from a group of "poems in 5/4 time" which Tad Richards has been writing over the past couple of years -- a repeating syllabic pattern of four lines, laid into five-line stanzas. Richards most recent book is Situations, a novel in verse, and his current project is creating handmade books of poetry and drawings. More on both of the above at www.opus40.org/TadRichards, and more than you could ever want to know by writing tad@opus40.org

Derek Sheffield won the 2003 James Hearst Poetry Award sponsored by the North American Review and judged by Li-Young Lee. His work is forthcoming in Passages North, Nimrod, and Margie/The American Journal of Poetry. He teaches English at Wenatchee Valley College.

Claudia Smith attended the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University in 1992-1993. Since then she has worked as a teacher and a reference librarian. She lives in Austin, Texas. Her stories are forthcoming online in Pindeldyboz, Word Riot, Pig Iron Malt, hobart, and Zacatecas: A Review of Contemporary Word.

Dara Wier's most recent books are Hat On A Pond (Verse Press 2002) and Voyages In English (Carnegie-Mellon University Press 2002). New poems have been recently featured in American Poetry Review and The Poetry Miscellany. She teaches in the program for poets and writers at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.