Bio Notes

Kelly Bancroft is a poet and fiction writer living in Youngstown, Ohio, where she teaches poetry and coordinates an arts education program for urban students. Her work has appeared in Mudfish, Cortland Review, XConnect, West Branch and others. She is a recipient of Ragdale Foundation Fellowships and an Ohio ARts Council Independent Artist award.

H. Palmer Hall's most recent book is Reflections on Writing, Publishing and Other Things. His forthcoming book, To Wake Again, is due out from Pudding House Press in early 2005. He teaches and directs the library at St. Mary's University in San Antonio.

Juana de Ibarbourou of Uruguay, who died in 1979, was one of the most popular poets of Spanish America. In 1929, Juana, wearing white robes and a gilded replica of the goddess Minerva's helmet, was consecrated and married to America (the continent, the entity) in front of poets, diplomats, and thousands of her fellow Uruguayans.

Originally from NYC, Allen McGill lives, writes, acts and directs theatre in Mexico. His published fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, photos, etc., have appeared in print as well as on line: NY Times, The Writer, Newsday, Poetry Midwest, Herons Nest, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, World Haiku Review, and many others. He is haibun editor for Simply Haiku.

Gwyn McVay lives. She has written.

Selena Millares is an essayist, critic and poet from the Canary Islands. She currently lives in Madrid and teaches at the Universidad Autonoma. In 2003 Trask House Books published a chapbook of her poems, Paginas de arena (Pages of Sand), translated by Carlos Reyes.

Pablo Neruda (a.k.a. Neftali Reyes) kissed many women, married some of them, and wrote many poems. The 100th anniversary of his birth is being commemorated this year by poetry readings around the world, and the publication of an excellent new biography of the Chilean Nobel Prize winner by Adam Feinstein.

Carlos Reyes recently returned from a visit to Ecuador where he was feted as the translator of that country's national poet, Jorge Carrera Andrade. The handsome, three volume bilingual edition of Andrade's Obra Poetica weighs in at about 1,000 pages. Also in a celebratory mood is Portland book designer and typographer Karen Checkoway who married Carlos in a rose garden ceremony this summer, about the same time that his book of Irish poems, At the Edge of the Western Wave, was published by Lost Horse Press of Sandpoint, Idaho.

Carole Rosenthal has published a book of short fiction, It Doesn't Have To Be Me. She has stories and articles in many magazines and anthologies. She is a Distinguished Professor at Pratt Institute, where she teaches literature. She lives in New York City.

Stan Sanvel Rubin has work forthcoming in Laurel Review, 32 Poems, Atlanta Review, The Iowa Review, White Pelican Review, Poetry Midwest and Great River Review. His fourth collection, Five Colors, was published in August by CustomWords. His essay-reviews appear regularly in Water~Stone Review. He directs the low residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma WA.

Lex Runciman's new book is Out Of Town from Cloudbank Books. Along the way, his work has appeared in Antaeus, Missouri Review, New England Review, Verse, and Northwest Review and in such anthologies as Portland Lights and From Here We Speak. He teaches at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

Eric Low Soon Liang lives and works in Singapore in the audio-visual industry; wishes he could live a little more and work a little less.

Mark Wekander is a resident of Puerto Rico, but was born and raised in the Midwest of the U.S. He has had poems published in The Atlanta Review, Cottonwood, The Southwestern Review, and Punta y coma. He teaches at the University of Puerto Rico.

Dale Wisely has poems published or forthcoming, in America, Amaryllis, Birmingham Poetry Review, National Catholic Reporter, Main Street Rag, Blue Collar Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of two chapbooks, Visitation (Mercy Seat Press), and Seven Stars. He is the editor of the online literary journal, Right Hand Pointing.