Bio Notes
Brent Appling is a student and a writer in Columbia, South Carolina. His poems and short stories have appeared in various litereary publications including The Blotter, the Lettered Olive, and the Subtle Tea. He is currently working on a chap book entitled Insincere Interests and a collection of short stories entitled Thieves, and other stories.

John Bryan has been published in various journals such as Unlikely 2.0, Mipoesias, Stylus Poetry Journal, The Hiss Quarterly, Verse Libre Quarterly, Triplopia, Outsider Ink, Apt, Barfing Frog Press and The Indite Circle to name a few.

Lindsay Faber Chiat is a former New York City crime reporter whose news writing has appeared in several newspapers and magazines throughout the country. A graduate of Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania, she lives with her husband in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her second-ever published poem will appear this winter in Barrow Street.

Mike Conley and his wife, Susan, live on the water north of San Diego. Both retired a few years ago from long careers with McDonald's Corporation. Michael writes full time now, and in addition to the acceptance of "Welcome to the Global Community" by Salt River Review, has had five other stories published, as follows: "Best Intentions," 2004 new year edition of Skyline Magazine; "Small Town Heroes," spring 2005 issue of JMW; "Scared Womanless,"spring 2006 issue of; "Wading in Brooklyn," in Victory News, June 15, 2006; and "Boy Interrupted," in Perigee: A Publication of the Arts, July 15, 2006

Hugh Fox has had eighty-five books published, among them The Gods of the Cataclysm (Harper's Magazine Press, 1976), First Fire: Central and South American Indian Poetry (Doubleday Anchor Books, 1978), The Mythological Foundations of the Epic Genre: The Solar Voyage as the Hero's Journey (Edwin Mellen Press, 1989), all concerning mythology/anthropology; novels such as Honeymoon/Mom (December Press, 1978), Leviathan (Carpenter Press, 1980),and The Last Summer (Xenos Books, 1995). His books of poetry include The Face of Guy Lombardo (The Fault, 1975), Almazora 42 (Laughing Bear Press, 1982), Jamais Vu (Dusty Dog, 1991), The Sacred Cave(Omega Cat Press, 1992), and Once Me (Lummox Press, 2000). Stories, parts of novels, poetry, articles and plays in Midwest Quarterly, Home Planet News, Michigan Quarterly Review, Triquarterly, The Kansas Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, Wisconsin Review, and others.

P.L. George is a local writer from Oklahoma City. His work can be found both on the web and in print. He is looking for a publisher for three books, one a memoir, one a journal on the writing life, and the other a collection of short stories, One of his stories "Dinner" was made into an indie film by last year. Any interested parties can email him at

Vanessa Hua is a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she covers Asian American issues. Her work has won the Cream City Review fiction contest, and received an honorable mention in the Stanford magazine fiction contest. She has also been published on Fiction Attic. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she graduated from Stanford with a bachelor's in creative writing and a master's in media studies. She is working on a collection of short stories and a novel.

Halvard Johnson has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and Baltimore City Arts. He has had several residency grants at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a poetry fellowship at the Ragdale Foundation. Four collections of poetry: Transparencies and Projections, The Dance of the Red Swan, Eclipse, and Winter Journey from New Rivers Press are out of print and now are archived at the Contemporary American Poetry Archives Recent collections include Rapsodie espagnole, G(e)nome, The Sonnet Project, Theory of Harmony, all from, and The English Lesson, from Unicorn Press. A new poetry collection called Guide to the Tokyo Subway is recently out from Hamilton Stone Editions. He is poetry editor of the Hamilton Stone Review and lives in New York City when he's not in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Charles Kaufmann is a bassoonist, organist, composer and writer. He performs and records regularly in ensembles made up of "many of North America's top early music specialists" [James McQuillen, The Oregonian] and "national original instrument all-stars" [Richard Dyer, Boston Globe]. His SATB choral composition "The Peace of Wild Things" (a Wendell Berry poem) was one of six finalists in the 2003 23rd Annual Ithaca Choral Composition Competition. He can be heard reading another story, "The Beach Ball," in Bound Off Short Story Podcast: Issue 4 ( He lives in Portland, Maine.

Raud Kennedy is a dog trainer in Portland, Oregon.

Mercedes Lawry was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and has lived in Seattle almost thirty years. Primarily a poet, she's published in such journals as Poetry, Nimrod, Seattle Review, and others. She's also published fiction in 3711 Atlantic, Melic Review, The Pomegranate, Palimpsest, and others. Among the honors she's received are awards from the Seattle Arts Commission, Hugo House, and Artist Trust, and a residency at Hedgebrook.

Robert Lietz's poems have appeared in numerous print journals and e-journals.† His eight published collections include At Park and East Division, The Lindbergh Half-century, Storm Service, and After Business in the West "Precis 3" is part of a collection of poems, Keeping Touch, recently revised for submission to book publishers.

Marilyn McCabe writes and works in Saratoga Springs, NY. Her work has appeared in Nimrod, Hunger Mountain, BlueLine, and is forthcoming in Natural Bridge. Her chapbook with authors Elaine Handley and Mary Sander Shartle, Notes from the Fire Tower: Three Poets on the Adirondacks, won the 2006 Adirondack Center for Writing poetry prize. In 2004 she was awarded a New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant.

Michelle Morgan grew up in Sabattus, Maine and moved to Columbus, Ohio three years ago. She received her BA in Arts and Humanities from the University of Southern Maine in 2003, and currently works for the Upward Bound program at Ohio Wesleyan University. When she finds herself with a spare moment, she exhausts it by either writing or collaging.

Ignacio Ruiz Perez is a promising young poet from Tuxla, Gutiérrez, Mexico. He received a B.A. in Hispanic Literature from Universidad Veracacruzana (1994) and currently teaches at the University of Texas, Arlington. He has published articles in La Palabra y el Hombre and Columbre. He was awarded the National Poetry Prize Alí Chumacero in 2000. He is the author of Ejecuciones (2002) and La canción de los desterrados [Song of the Exiles](2004). More recently he was awarded the Premio Rodulfo Figueroa 2005 for his book of poems La señal del cuervo, from which the two poems for this issue of SRR come.

In addition to his translation of Ignacio Ruiz's The Sign of the Crow, Carlos Reyes has translated the complete works of Ecuador's Jorge Carrera Andrade and several books by Canary Island poet Josefina de la Torre, of the Spanish generation of 1927. Later this month, Reyes will read from the latest book of his own poems, At the Edge of the Western Wave (Lost Horse, 2004) in the White House that is the legendary White House in Limerick, Ireland. Also known simply as Eamon Gleeson's, the pub is the scene of a long-standing poetry reading series, where in the past such notables as Ezra Pound and Robert Graves have pilgrimaged to sip Eamon's twelve- year- old Irish whisky drawn from giant oaken cask tucked safely behind the bar. Reyes latest poetry manuscript is The Stones We Bring with Us.

Peter Robertson is a Scottish author, based between Madrid, Buenos Aires and London. His work has appeared to date in a number of publications including Spike Magazine, Eclectica and the Cafe Irreal. He is currently engaged in writing his first work of fiction.

Albert Sgambati presently works as journalist in Mexico City. His fiction and poetry have appeared in a number of publications, including: the Bryant Literary Review, the Atlanta Review, Poliester, Facets, Heaven Bone, and many more. He is the winner of the Miami University Novella Prize, for, The Waiting Room, which will be published in September 2006 by Miami University Press.

Emeniano Acain Somoza, Jr, 36, hails from Siquijor Island, a beautifully mysterious island located in the Philippine Visayan islands. His literary mission is to anthologize his stories, fiction and nonfiction, all about the island - its rich traditions, mystical folks, superstitious beliefs and practices. Most of his stories have been published by Philippine Graphic, the country's leading literary magazine; The Philippine Free Press, another highly-esteemed litmag in the Philippines; and Philippine Studies, an internationally-refereed literary journal published quarterly by the Ateneo University Press. He currently works as the Copy Group Head of an advertising agency based in Manila.

Donna Vorreyer lives and writes in the suburbs of Chicago where she spends her days trying to teach teenagers that reading and writing are important. Her poetry has been featured in numerous literary magazines and her poem "Disconnect" was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Flashquake magazine.

Abbas Zaidi's writings have appeared, inter alia, in New York Press, Exquisite Corpse, The Salisbury Review, New Partisan, Best of GOWANUS, and Killing the Buddha. He divides his time between Brunei Darussalam (where he teaches English) and Sydney (where his wife and kids live).