|As a mother, poet and activist in Indian Country before the deluge, Antoinette Nora Claypoole feels poetry and art revive what customs declares a throwaway. As editor of Wild Embers, a renegade literary press founded in Taos, New Mexico (www.wildembers.com). Antoinette calls Taos and the Ashland, Oregon she met in 1982, home.Both places help Antoinette know that old Crazy Horse spin....dreams are where we really live. Who Would Unbraid Her Hair: the legend of annie mae, a poetic biography about American Indian Movement activist, Anna Mae Aquash (1945-1976?)was antoinette's first book (1999, dist. Clear Light Books, Santa Fe, N.M.) In january 07 antoinette was named recipient of a 2006 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship in Literary Non-Fiction. The fellowship honors her efforts in research/writing of the lost works of Louise Bryant (1885-1936).
Douglas Cole has published over fifty poems and short stories in literary journals and small magazines, with recent work in The Connecticut River Review, Louisiana Literature, Cumberland Poetry Review, and Midwest Quarterly. He currently has poems available for viewing on the following websites:
He is also a winner of the Leslie Hunt Memorial Prize in Poetry for a selection of work called, "The Open Ward." He now lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife and two sons, and teaches writing and literature at Seattle Central College, where he is also the advisor for the literary journal, Corridors.
Zoë Gabriels poems have appeared in Locust Magazine, Centrifugal Eye, Unlikely Stories, AntiMuse and Cadenza. She loves books, spicy food and colorful socks. She is from Europe and lives in Maryland.
Nick Goulding was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and grew up near Boston. He has since lived in New York City and Italy. He now lives in Austin with his wife, Jessica, and their son, Nathaniel, who currently weighs just over fourteen pounds.
Jim Gourley has been living in Tianjin, China for eight years, though for the past two years he has been involved with Tibetans in the countryside and grasslands of Amdo in Qinghai Province. He maintains a website of his photos of China at http://www.rudenoon.com.
Laura Jensen's book from 1982, MEMORY, was reprinted in 2006 by Carnegie-Mellon University Press. Poems appeared in a new anthology from Poetry Northwest, relocated to Portland, Oregon. She read poems briefly at the Wave Books Poetry Bus Homecoming Party at the Space Needle in October, 2006.
Marc Lowe's fictions, hybrids, and essays can be read in various journals, including: The Angler, elimae, Internet Fiction, Mindfire Renewed (featured experimental writer, winter '06), Opium Magazine, Pindeldyboz, Pinstripe Fedora (Issue #3; forthcoming), Sein und Werden, and Thieves Jargon. Work is also slated to appear in two forthcoming innovative fiction print anthologies, and in Monkey Bicycle Issue #5(all-humor issue). Marc holds a Master's degree in Japanese literature, edits for the online multimedia journal Mad Hatters' Review, and is working on his second novel and a novella. Visit his website at malo23.com for more information.
Lyn Lifshin's Another Woman Who Looks Like Me was just published by Black Sparrow at David Godine October, 2006. Also out in 2006 is her prize winning book about the famous, short lived beautiful race horse, Ruffian: The Licorice Daughter: My Year With Ruffian from Texas Review Press. Other of Lifshin's recent prizewinning books include Before It's Light, published winter 1999-2000 by Black Sparrow press, following their publication of Cold Comfort in 1997. She has published more than 120 books of poetry, including Marilyn Monroe, Blue Tattoo, won awards for her non fiction and edited 4 anthologies of women's writing including TANGLED VINES, ARIADNE=S THREAD and Lips Unsealed. Her poems have appeared in most literary and poetry magazines and she is the subject of an award winning documentary film, "Lyn Lifshin: Not Made Of Glass," available from Women Make Movies. Her poem, ANo More Apologizing@ has been called "among the most impressive documents of the women's poetry movement" by Alicia Ostriker. An update to her Gale Research Projects Autobiographical series, On The Outside, Lips, Blues, Blue Lace, was published Spring 2003. Tsunami is forthcoming from Blue Unicorn. Arielle Press will publish Poets (mostly) Who Have Touched Me, Living And Dead. For interviews, photographs, more bio material, reviews, interviews, prose, samples of work and more, her web site is www.lynlifshin.com. She is working on a new collection of selected poems.
New Yorker Carol Novack (JD, ESQ, MSW, but no MFA) is the author of a chapbook of poems and the former recipient of a creative writer's grant from the Arts Council of Australia, where she lived during tender years. Her poetry and prose have appeared and are forthcoming in many publications, including The Penguin Book of Australian Women Poets, Action Yes, American Letters & Commentary, Anemone Sidecar, Big Bridge, BlazeVOX, Del Sol Review, Diagram , Elimae, First Intensity , 5_trope, La Petite Zine, LIT, Milk, Mindfire Renewed, Muse Apprentice Guild, Notre Dame Review, and Word Riot. She's the publisher/editor of Mad Hatters' Review, and is co-editing a future anthology of innovative fictions. She also teaches inventive fiction writing at an arts organization. Carol's prose poem "Destination" was selected as a "best" of webdelsol fiction. Her blog's I am not who I think I am or is it whom.
Carlos Reyes is poet and translator. His latest translation: La señal del cuervo / The Sign of the Crow by poet Ignacio Ruiz Pérez of Chiapas, México. In March he will present a talk at the University of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. He has been invitated there to celebrate the 100th anniversay of the birth of Josefina de la Torre, whose work he has translated extensively,notably: Poemas de la isla / Island Poems (Eastern Washington University Press, 2000).
Jody Stewart lives on a farm in Hawley, Massachusetts. The farms' latest addition is a 6 week old llama/alpaca cross named Tsering Lama by a visiting Tibetan monk.
Lynn Strongin graduated from Hunter College cum laude in 1962, and, having won a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, went to Stanford University where she obtained an M.A. in 1964. After graduating from Stanford, Strongin taught at various post-secondary institutions in New York State and California. It was when she was teaching in the Berkeley/Oakland area, that she connected with writers such as Denise Levertov, Robert Duncan, Kay Boyle, Paul Mariah, and Josephine Miles. In 1971, Strongin moved to Albuquerque to start her Doctoral studies at the University of New Mexico. In the same year, she received a National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Creative Writing grant; her first book, The Dwarf Cycle, was published the next year. n 1979, Strongin moved to Canada for what was intended to be a short stay. She remained, and now lives in her adopted land, British Columbia, Canada. Her forthcoming books are The Birds of the Past are Singing (Cross-Cultural Communications, Merrick, New York, December 2006); Short Visiting Hours for Children (or Rembrandt's Smock) to be published early in 2007 by Plain View Press, Austin, Texas; Portable Debit Machine (May 2007, Dale Wisely's Right Hand Pointing electronic chapbook series).
Mark Wekander moved to Puerto Rico in 1985 and immediately started a new career teaching English. He taught at the University of the Sacred Heart in San Juan until 2004 and has taught at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras for the last two and a half years. He went to school in Northfield, Minnesota (1969-1973), Puebla, Mexico (1975-1976), Copenhagen, Denmark (1979-1980), New York City (1983-1985) and Lafayette, Louisiana (1997-2000), where he finished his Ph.D. in creative writing. He has published poetry, short stories, translations from Danish and Spanish, and creative non-fiction in literary journals. His novel The New Corn Goddess was a finalist in the Great American Book Contest in 2000. He also published a collection of poetry called Partial Places in 2000.
James Willis is an old poet and writer, unpublished, who welcomes this opportunity as being less complicated and distracting. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.