Bio Notes
Nahrain Al-Mousawi is a doctorate student in comparative literature. Her work has appeared in publications like Adirondack Review, Evergreen Review, Nidus, Fireweed, and Rattle.

Tania Casselle contributed to the short fiction anthologies Harlot Red (Serpent's Tail) and The Sensitively Thin Bill of the Shag (Biscuit Publishing). Her fiction has appeared/is forthcoming in South Dakota Review, Wild Strawberries, Carve Magazine, Bitter Oleander, etc. She teaches creative writing workshops in the US and UK. Contact: wordworkers@juno.com.

Rosemarie Dombrowski is a teaching associate and doctoral candidate in Literature at Arizona State University. In the past year, her poetry has appeared
in Pemmican, Poetic Diversity, Branches and Merge. She is the founder and editor of Merge, an independent poetry journal that features the work of local writers.

"The Women of Auschwitz" will appear in Dear Ghosts,, a substantial book of new poems to be published by Graywolf Press in May 2006.  Several of these poems, written in Port Angeles, are addressed to or explore the memories of Tess Gallagher's mother, Georgia Bond, who became one of the dear ghosts on September 9, 2005. 

David Hopes is professor of literature and language at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, founder and editor of Urthona Press, founder and director of the Black Swan Theater Company (Swanthtre@aol.com). He is the author of the Juniper Prize and Saxifrage Prize winning book, The Glacier's Daughters, and of Blood Rose (Urthona Press, 1997), the Pulitzer-and-National-Book Award-nominated A Childhood in the Milky Way (Akron University Press), and A Sense of the Morning (Milkweed Editions, 1999). His new book of nature writing, Bird Songs of the Mesozoic, appeared from Milkweed in February, 2005, and yet another volume of nature, writing, The Third Soul, will appear from Blue Raven Press in 2005..

Paul C. Howell has published in The Wisconsin Review, The Pegasus Review, The New Quarterly, The Fiddlehead, The Alley, The Edison Review, The Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature, and the Frost Festival Anthology. He has made appearances to talk about Rilke, Les Murray and Paul Muldoon. He is the author of several novels: Joseph's Hardware, Eustis Circle, Rags of Time, and People You Can Trust. His novel about the 1968 US election, Politics of Joy, was published by Alter Ego Press, Beebe Plain, VT in 1997 and 1999. He lives in Montreal, Canada.

Mark LaMonda's fiction has appeared in the journals Painted Bride Quarterly, Lullwater Review and Santa Barbara Review.

Ann Neuser Lederer's poems and creative nonfiction have been published in such journals as Cross Connect, Brevity, Diagram, Moria, Can We Have Our Ball Back, No Tell Motel, Wind, and Kalliope, in various anthologies, and in chapbooks "Approaching Freeze," (Foothills) and "The Undifferentiated," (Pudding House).

Nathan Leslie has published two collections of short fiction, most recently A Cold Glass of Milk (Uccelli Press, 2003). His next book of stories, Drivers, will be published in December by Hamilton Stone Editions. Nathan’s stories, poems, and essays have been published or are forthcoming in over 100 literary magazines including North American Review, South Carolina Review, Chattahoochee Review, Sou’wester, Tulane Review, and Orchid. He is currently the fiction editor for The Pedestal Magazine.

John Morgan has published three collections of poetry, as well as a number of chapbooks. In addition to SRR, his work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, APR, The Paris Review, and many other journals. He lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Muriel Nelson has a full-length collection of poems, Part Song (Bear Star Press, 1999), and a chapbook, Most Wanted (ByLine Press, 2003). Her work has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in The New Republic, Ploughshares, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Northwest Review, and others.

Matt Sadler's poems have appeared in Passages North, Versal, Red Ink and other literary journals. Most recently, he was runner-up in the Metro Times (Detroit) Flash Fiction contest. In the past, he has been Editor-in-Chief of Sonora Review. His new manuscript, Letters to Trees, is currently seeking a publisher. He lives and works in Bangor, Maine.

Judith Strasser's poetry collection, The Reason/Unreason Project, won the Expedition Award from Lewis-Clark Press and will be published in 2006. She is also the author of a memoir, Black Eye: Escaping a Marriage, Writing a Life and a chapbook, Sand Island Succession: Poems of the Apostles.

Amos Tang was born in Shanghai. He has made experimental short-films that were shown at The Substation, 0107@MICA and Singapore History Museum in Singapore. His poems have appeared in Lily Literary Review, QLRS, Softblow, Can We Have Our Ball Back? and Eratio Postmodern Poetry.

Girija Tropp is a writer/artist living in Melbourne, Australia. She has fiction published in Agni, The Boston Review, a Visible Ink anthology; online at Opium, Smokelong Quaterly, Zoetrope All-Story Extra, Margin, Word Riot, Pineldyboz, Front Street Review, Temenos and Pig Iron Malt. Forthcoming in Best Australian Short Stories 2005, The Sleepers Almanac 2006, Cranky.