Bio Notes
Carlos Barbarito was born in Pergamino, Argentina in 1955. He has published over fifteen books of poetry throughout Latin America and has edited several collections of literary criticism and criticism of visual arts.
His translator,
Jonah Gabry studied Translation and Latin American Studies at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He met Mr. Barbarito while researching contemporary literature in Buenos Aires.

Novelist, short story writer, dramatist and poet
Mario Benedetti was born in Uruguay in 1920 and now divides his time between his native country and Spain. He has published over 40 books and has been translated into 18 languages. In addition to Rincón de los haikus [Haiku Corner] (1999) he has published La vida ese paréntesis [Life that Parenthesis] and Las soledades de Babel [The Solitudes of Babel] (1991). Though he is justly famous for his short fiction he is also well known as a poet.
His translator,
Carlos Reyes, is a noted Portland poet and translator. His most recent book of poems is At the Edge of the Western Wave (Lost Horse, 2004). At present he is at work on the manuscript of his New and Selected. As a translator he has published, among others, Obra completa poética de Jorge Carrera Andrade / Complete Poetic Works of Jorge Carrera Andrade (Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, 2003) and Poemas de la isla / Island Poems by Josefina de la Torre (Eastern Washington University Press, 2000). In March of 2007 at the invitation of the Canary Island government he presented a paper on the life and work of de la Torre at the University of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. His most recent translation project is La señal del cuervo / The Sign of the Crow by Ignacio Ruiz-Pérez which will be published in a bilingual edition by Eastern Washington University Press in 2009.

The Mango Tree" is from
Pablo Antonio Cuadra's Seven Trees Against the Dying Light, published in the fall of 2007 in a bi-lingual edition by Northwestern University Press.  Cuadra, who died at the age of eighty-nine  in 2002, composed the book during the Sandinista uprising against the Somozas in 1978-79.  Steven F. White is a professor of Spanish at St. Lawrence University and a corresponding member of the Nicaraguan Academy of Language.  He and Greg Simon are the co-translators of the poetry of Garcia Lorca, Ruben Dario, Gaston Baquero, and Pablo Antonio Cuadra.

Denis Emorine is the author of short stories, essays, poetry, and theater. He was born in 1956 and studied literature at the Sorbonne (University of Paris). His works have been published in France, Belgium, India, Luxembourg, Romania and the USA. His theatrical output has been staged in France and Russia. He has a great interest for Eastern Europe. In 2004, he won first prize for his poetry at the Féile Filiochta International competition. His poetry has been published in many journals, including Pphoo (India), Blue Beat Jacket (Japan), Snow Monkey, Cokefishing and Be Which Magazine (USA). See 
About the translator: 
Phillip John Usher is the founding editor of Annetna Nepo( ) a print and on-line poetry review. He earned his PhD in French from Harvard University and currently teaches at Brooklyn College (City University of New York).He has also translated "Dans les impasses du monde " (No through world) by Denis Emorine ( Ravenna Press, USA, 2004) and various other texts (poems, short stories) by the same author.

Julie R. Enszer is a writer and activist living in Maryland. She has previously been published in Iris: A Journal About Women, Room of One’s Own, Long Shot, the Web Del Sol Review, and the Jewish Women’s Literary Annual. You can read more of her work at

Andrea Fitzpatrick has no plans for the future.  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Caketrain, Hobart, DIAGRAM, Night Train, VOX & Lamination Colony.  She is also an associate editor for the delightfully decadent Mad Hatters' Review, a multi-media journal of experimental writing.

Tsipi Keller is a novelist and translator. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, of CAPS and NYFA awards in fiction, and is the author of the novels Jackpot (2004), and Retelling (2006), both published by Spuyten Duyvil. Most recently, her short fiction appeared in StorySouth, Quick Fiction, Elimae, and is forthcoming in Big Bridge and Spuyten Duyvil’s anthology of 21st century women writers.

Elizabeth Laborde writes: My poems have been published in Opus 42, The 2 River View and LeConte. Currently, I live on the Monterey Peninsula and my poems are influenced by landscapes where I’ve lived including Oregon, southern California and rural Alaska. 

Norman Lock is the author of A History of the Imagination (FC2), ‘The Book of Supplemental Diagrams’ for Marco Knauff’s Universe (Ravenna Press), Land of the Snow Men (Calamari Press), Trio (Triple Press), Two Plays for Radio (Triple Press), The Long Rowing Unto Morning (Ravenna Press), Cirque du Calder (Rogue Literary Society), and Émigrés / Joseph Cornell’s Operas (elimae). Stage plays include Water Music, Favorite Sports of the Martyrs, Mounting Panic, The Sinking Houses, The Contract, and The House of Correction (Broadway Play Publishing). Women in Hiding, The Shining Man, The Primate House, and Money, Power & Greed were broadcast by wdr, Germany. The Body Shop was produced by the American Film Institute. He received the Aga Kahn Prize for fiction, given by The Paris Review, in 1979.

Jami Macarty teaches literature and creative writing at Simon Fraser university in Vancouver, British Columbia. Poems from her first manuscript, RELATIONSHIPS & THE PROPER TIME OF DAY, have been published in The Cafe Review, Salt River Review, Spork, and Volt, among other necessary journals. Poems are also forthcoming in Memewar and EOAGH.

Jerry Mirskin's first book, Picture a Gate Hanging Open and let that Gate be the Sun was published in 2002.  The poems in this issue are from his new ms., In Flagrante Delicto, forthcoming from Mammoth Books.

New Yorker
Carol Novack is the author of a chapbook of poetry , a collaborative CD and two collaborative films. Writings may or will be found in The Penguin Book of Australian Women Poets, American Letters & Commentary, Action Yes, Anemone Sidecar, Big Bridge, Del Sol Review, Diagram, First Intensity, 5_trope, Gargoyle, Journal of Experimental Fiction, Knock, La Petite Zine, LIT, Milk, Notre Dame Review, Otoliths, Salt River Review, Segue, The International Literary Quarterly, and other publications. Carol publishes and edits the multi-media e-journal Mad Hatters' Review, curates a reading series, and runs lyrical fiction writing workshops. She's been accepted for an August '08 residency at The Vermont Studio Center, and one of her fusions will appear in the Star*Vigate anthology of the best writing published online during the past 10 years. For additional details, see her blog and hear a few tracks from her CD at myspace.

Lee Passarella teaches English at Georgia Perimeter College and acts as senior literary editor for Atlanta Review magazine and as associate editor for the new literary journal FutureCycle. Passarella’s poetry has appeared in Chelsea, Cream City Review, Pudding, Louisville Review, The Formalist, Antietam Review, The Literary Review, Edge City Review, Slant, Cortland Review, and many other periodicals and ezines. Swallowed up in Victory, his long narrative poem based on the American Civil War, was published by White Mane Books in 2002. Passarella’s poetry collection The Geometry of Loneliness (David Robert Books) appeared in 2006. His poetry chapbook Sight-Reading Schumann will be published by Pudding House later this year.

Doug Ramspeck writes: More than 250 of my poems have been published or are forthcoming by journals that include West Branch, Rattle, Confrontation Magazine, Connecticut Review, Evansville Review, Nimrod, Hunger Mountain, RHINO, The Cream City Review, and Seneca Review.  I direct the Writing Center and teach creative writing and composition at The Ohio State University at Lima.  I live in Lima with my wife, Beth, and our seventeen-year-old daughter, Lee.

Tad Richards is president and artistic director of Opus 40, in Saugerties, NY . His novel in verse, Situations, is currently being serialized at Fieralingue. His poems have appeared recently in Snakeskin (U.K.), Cortland Review, Limestone, Chronogram, Fragments (U.K.), Hamilton Stone Review and Muniyori Poetry Review. A critical exegesis of one of his poems can be found in From Haiku to Lyriku, by Bob Grumman.

Matt Sadler's work has appeared in Poetry East, Passages North, Versal, and other literary magazines, and his poems have been recognized by the MetroTimes summer writing contest, the Poetry Center of Chicago, and Best of the Net 2006 (for a poem that originally appeared in Salt River Review).  He currently teaches English at Detroit Country Day School in Michigan, and is hard at work completing his first novel and trying to fit together a manuscript of poems.  More importantly, his first daughter recently joined us in this world, and she is sooo perfect.  Email him at to comment about the poem published here.

Lisa M. Steinman teaches at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Her fifth book of poetry, Carslaw's Sequences, was published by the University of Tampa Press in 2003; a third book about poetry —  An Invitation to Poetry —  is scheduled to appear in January, 2008 from Blackwell.

Steve Trebellas writes: I live, and sometimes look for work in Burlington Iowa, which is on the banks of the Mississippi, about 200 miles upstream of St. Louis. I finished my undergrad degree late in life (49) and was going to call it good when a teacher talked me into doing the MFA. It was too much fun for an old man! Since then I've been e-published by Cezannes Carrot, Hiss Quarterly, Boxcar, Lunarosity, Stone Table, and Poemeleon.