Bio Notes
Charles Blackstone is the author of The Week You Weren’t Here, a novel, and the co-editor of The Art of Friction, a literary anthology, which is forthcoming. His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Bridge, Arabesques, The Evergreen Review, Black Ridge Review, the Jacob’s Ladder 3 anthology, and others. He lives in Chicago.

Stephanie Cairns is an educator who lives, teaches and writes in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Justin Crouse lives in Mid-Coast Maine with his muse, Angie, and four-year-old Wild Thing, Max. Justin is currently working on a collection of short stories and a novel. His work has appeared, or is scheduled to appear, in Heat City Review, Powhatan Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Pebble Lake Review, Flashquake, and 3711Atlantic. He can be reached for comment at www.justincrouse.com

Jason Fraley works at an investment firm in West Virginia and is pursing his M.B.A. His wife and cat see him occasionally. He has been published in Redactions, Confluence, Words on Walls, Pebble Lake Review, Stirring, Eclectica, and elsewhere.

Anne Germanacos completed an MFA at Bennington in 2003. Her stories and essays have appeared recently or are forthcoming at AGNI online, Black Warrior Review, Florida Review, Chattahoochee Review, Salamander, The DiagramPindeldyboz, Santa Monica Review and others. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. A story published in Fourteen Hills recently received the Holmes Award for emerging writers.

Lori Horvitz' poetry, short stories, and essays have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies including Hotel Amerika, The Southeast Review, Quarter After Eight, Thirteenth Moon, and The Brooklyn Review. She has been awarded writer-in-residency fellowships from Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Blue Montain Center, and Cottages at Hedgebrook. Currently, she's an Associate Professor of Literature and Language at University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Emma Howell was a young poet who drowned off the coast of Brazil in 2001 while she was in a foreign exchange program with fellow students from Oberlin College.  At the annual wake her parents hold for her in Portland in January, her mother's house is always filled with the overwhelming spirit of Emma's continuing presence in the lives of all who knew her, & with the power of the words of her terrific poems.

Stanley Jenkins lives in New York City.  His work can be found in numerous online and print publications. He also writes a column for Eclectica Magazine.

Jami Macarty teaches English and creative writing at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. She recently completed her first manuscript, Relationships & The Proper Time of Day, a poem of which is published in the most recent issue of Volt.

Jerry Mirskin has worked as a herdsman, a carpenter and a new york state poet in the schools. His first full length collection, Picture a Gate Hanging Open and Let that Gate be the Sun was published in 2002 after winning Mammoth Books' open poetry contest. he teaches at ithaca college and is currently completing a new collection, entitled In Flagrante Delicto.

Bonnie Naradzay is a student in the Stone Coast low-res MFA program ; she lives in the Washington D.C. suburbs of Maryland "plodding away at my government day job and learning to play the violin, Suzuki-style, otherwise."

Maurice Oliver spent almost a decade working as a freelance photographer in Europe. Then, in 1995 after returning to America, he made a lifelong dream reality by traveling around the world for eight months, recording his experiences in a journal instead of pictures. And so began his desire to be a poet. His poetry has appeared in The Potomac Journal, Circle Magazine, WordRiot, Taj Mahal Review(India), & online at undergroundvoices.com, tmpoetry.com, girlswithinsurance.com, & others. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon where he is a tutor. His poetry blog can be visited at: www.bloxster.net/mauriceoliver.

Sam Pereira has written two previous books of poetry, with a third one due out sometime in the next year from Tebot Bach.  The book is called A Café in Boca.  Pereira lives in California with his wife, Susan, also a writer. Web site: http://members.aol.com/litsam Blog: http://litsam.blogspot.com

Allan Peterson is the author of two books: All the Lavish in Common, (2005 Juniper Prize), and Anonymous Or, 2002 (Defined Providence Press competition), plus four chapbooks, the most recent "Any Given Moment," is available as a free download from www.righthandpointing.com

Verandah Porche's two published books are The Body's Symmetry (Harper and Row) and Glancing Off(See Through Books). Two of her poems were included in Contemporary Poetry of New England, ed. Robert Pack and Jay Parini, and has poems forthcoming in the Feminist Quarterly and Meat for Tea. She works as a poet in residence in schools and community settings around New England and in the Pacific Northwest.

Greg Simon is the co-translator, with Steven F. White & Andrew Hurley, of Rubén Darío: Selected Writings (Penguin Books, 2005).  He recently spent a week in León, Managua & Granada, Nicaragua, attending an international symposium on Darío & meeting poets, professors, judges, bankers, a world champion boxer, & government officials.  It was summer there & his body had never been as warm as it was in Nicaragua, in January 2006.  The aches & pains of 57 years disappeared, as did a deep, long-lasting writing block.  The first public event he attended when he got back to Oregon was the annual wake held in honor of Emma Howell.  A rabbi sang a traditional song of mourning in honor of the memory of the only child of Chris Howell & Karen Checkoway. 

David Thornbrugh is an American poet now living in Poland, getting some distance from America's Roman period and absorbing "Old Europe" values, sights, experiences. He wasn't in Krakow in time to attend Czeslaw Milosz's funeral, but has attended a reading of another Polish Nobel Prize poet, Wislawa Zymborska. He runs an open mic venue in a great local English-language bookstore in Krakow. Stop by if you're in town.