Bio Notes
Sheila Black received her MFA in 1998 from the University of Montana. Her poems have appeared in numerous print and on-line journals, including Copper Nickel, LitPot Review, DMQ Review, Willow Springs, Poet Lore, Ellipsis, Blackbird, the Pedestal and Puerto Del Sol. In 2000 she was the U.S. co-winner of the Frost-Pellicer Frontera Prize, given to one U.S. and one Mexican poet living along the U.S. Mexico Border. A chapbook “How to be a Maquiladora,” was published in January 2007 by Main Street Rag Publishing, Inc. Her first book, “House of Bone” is forthcoming from Custom Words Press in March 2007. She lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico with her husband and three children where she works as Development Director for the Colonias Development Council (CDC), an organization that does community organizing in border colonia communities.

Tony Burfield lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and works at the Carnegie Library. Running wild in the streets is his favorite pastime, but he also spends a lot of time reading, skateboarding, and walking the neighborhoods.

Michael Scott Cain was born in East Point, Georgia, and grew up commuting between there and New York City, so that no matter where he lived, he was the kid with the weird accent.  He is currently working on a manuscript of poems about the people of East Point, real and imagined.  These poems are from that manuscript.  His most recent novel is Midnight Train (Publishamerica) and he now lives in Frederick, Maryland, splitting the difference between Georgia and New York.

Flavia Cosma is an award winning Romanian-born Canadian poet, author and translator. To date she has published twelve books, of which nine poetry collections. Her work is represented in numerous anthologies, in different countries and languages. a new poetry chapbook, "Gothic Calligraphy" published by Cervena Barva Press, Somerville, Massachusetts. For more info about Flavia Cosma:

Katherine Holmes' work has appeared The South Dakota Review, Phantasmagoria, WordWrights, Minnesota Poetry Calendar, Porcupine, Amarillo Bay, Avatar, Denver Syntax , Eclectica, Facets , Frigg, Hamilton Stone Review, The King's English and many others.

David Brendan Hopes is professor of literature and language at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, an actor, singer, painter, and widely produced playwright. 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 recent book of nature writing, "Bird Songs of the Mesozoic," appeared from Milkweed in February, 2005. His latest volume of poetry, "A Dream of Adonis," has been accepted for publication in 2006 by Pecan Grove Press. His works has appeared in periodicals such as The New Yorker, Audubon, Christopher Street, The Sun and others.

Glenna Luschei is the founder and publisher of the poetry journals Café Solo and Solo (1969-2007) and is the author of many chapbooks, special editions and trade books, the latest being Seedpods published by Presa Press in 2006. She was named Poet Laureate of San Luis Obispo City and County for the year 2000. Luschei has also published an artist book of her translation of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s "Enigmas," Solo Press, 2006.  "Libido Dreams" is scheduled for release in May 2007 by Artamo Press.

Mark McBride's fiction has appeared in Southern Hum, the Yale Review, and Skylight. He teaches writing at Brevard Community College and lives on the east coast of Central Florida, with his wife and two sons.

Frances Ruhlen McConnel had a chapbook of haiku and other short poems published last year by Alaska's Bucket of Type Printery--white birches, black water.  In June or so Seattle's Bellowing Ark Press will publish a full length book of her poems--"The Direction of Longing."  She will also have a poem in the spring issue of ZYZZYVA and a short short in the next issue of Pearl.  Also, 3 prose poems will appear in an anthology of prose poems coming out in early 2008:  Bear Flag Republic. Prose Poems and Poetics from California.

Noah McGee is a graduate of the Creative Writing Department of Carnegie Mellon University, where he won the Adamson Award for short fiction.  Noah's work has appeared in Ghoti Magazine and 42opus.  When he's not working or writing, you can find Noah riding his bicycle up the hills of Pittsburgh or drinking beer with his wife at D’s Six Pax and Hot Dogz. 

Tiffany Promise recently self-published “Broken,” a collection of short stories and poems. She has written numerous poetry chapbooks, performed in off-Broadway plays, and has also been the featured poet at many venues across the country. She was involved in the writing programs at both Sarah Lawrence College and Eugene Lang College. She graduated in 2006 with a B.A. in writing and literature. She lives alone with her pet chinchilla, Mojito, in Jersey City, New Jersey. She likes tattoos, books, Hello Kitty, and body parts. To contact her or to see when she will be performing next, go to

Alexis Quinlan is a writer living in New York City. She teaches creative writing at William Paterson University in New Jersey and has published poems in The Denver Quarterly, Borderlands: A Texas Poetry Review, and The Paris Review

An American/Canadian writer, Nathaniel Rounds has been published in Scrivener, Pottersfield Portfolio, Deep Chicago Junkmail Oracle, and blueShift, to name a few. He writes: "I am told that my work reflects elements of the paradoxism movement, to which I can only say, 'Schmaybe'."

Margo Solod's poetry has been published in more than 70 magazines, most recently in Versal, Poemelon, Chiron Review, Heat City Review, The Horsethief's Journal, and Potomac Review. Her chapbook, "Outside The Kremlin," won the 1995 Kingman Page Award and was published by Nightshade Press; three other chapbooks have been published by Tortilla Press, Talent House Press and Flying Turtle Press. "Some Very Soft Days," a book, was published in 2005 by mayapple press.

Donna D. Vitucci is a development advisor for local nonprofits in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her fiction has appeared in dozens of venues, including Beloit Fiction Journal, Mid-American Review, Faultline, Hawaii Review, Zone 3, Meridian, nidus, Literary Mama, and MO: Writings From the River. Current work appears online in Ward 6 Review and in the inaugural issue of Steel City Review.