Bio Notes
Ankur Betageri, born on the 18th of November 1983, is a bilingual writer based in Bangalore. He has published a collection of poetry in English entitled The Sea of Silence (2000, C.V.G. Publications) and two collections in Kannada entitled Hidida Usiru (Breath Caught, 2004, Abhinava Prakashana) and Idara Hesaru (It's Name, 2006, Abhinava
Prakashana). He holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Christ College, Bangalore.

Charles Blackstone is the author of The Week You Weren’t Here, a novel, and the co-editor of The Art of Friction: Where (Non) Fictions Come Together. His short fiction has appeared in Esquire, The Journal of Experimental Fiction, and Bridge. He lives in Chicago.

Rosemarie Dombrowski holds a full-time faculty position in the School of Letters and Sciences at the ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus.  She received her BAs in English and Anthropology and her PhD in English (American Literature).  She is the founder and editor of the poetry journal Merge, and her creative work has appeared in numerous literary publications. She is an advocate for autism research and lectures occasionally on the subject.

Hugh Fox has had 100 books published, among the most recent, Defiance (Higgamus Hill Press, 2007). Founder of COSMEP, the International Organization of Independent Publishers, former editor of Ghost Dance: the International Quarterly of Experimental Poetry, he is currently a contributing reviewer to Small Press Review and SMR. And lots and lots more.

Rebecca Gaffron lives in the lush, agrarian valleys and mountains of Central Pennsylvania where, in addition to writing, she passes the time as a home schooling mom of three catapult building sons and a partner in a small graphic design firm. Her stories have appeared/will be appearing in a Litopia.com podcast, SNReview, Literary Tonic and Conceit Magazine. She is currently hard at work on her second novel.

David Graham lives in Ripon, Wisconsin, where he's taught English at Ripon College for 21 years.  His most recent books are Stutter Monk (Flume Press) and After Confession, an essay anthology co-edited with Kate Sontag (Graywolf).

James A. Hawley is a graduate of Arizona State University and Columbia University. His poems have appeared in Porch Magazine, Telescope, The Brooklyn Review, American Letters & Commentary, Clockwatch Review, The Iowa Review and Salt River Review, among others. He is currently at work on completing a manuscript of poetry entitled "Vezelay." He lives near Rolesville, North Carolina.

Halvard Johnson was born in Newburgh, New York, and grew up in New York City and the Hudson Valley. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and Baltimore City Arts. He has published many collections of poetry--Transparencies and Projections, The Dance of the Red Swan, Eclipse, and Winter Journey--all from New Rivers Press and, now out of print, archived at the Contemporary American Poetry Archives. Recent collections include Rapsodie espagnole, G(e)nome, The Sonnet Project, Theory of Harmony--all from www.xpressed.org-- and The English Lesson, from Unicorn Press. Guide to the Tokyo Subway was published in 2006 by Hamilton Stone Editions, which has published another collection (Organ Harvest with Entrance of Clones) in 2007. He has lived and worked in Chicago, Illinois; El Paso, Texas; Cayey, Puerto Rico; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Maryland, and New York City. For many years he taught overseas in the European and Far East divisions of the University of Maryland, mostly in Germany and Japan. He currently lives in New York City, and spends his real quality time in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Pat MacEnulty is the author of three novels and one collection of short stories, all published by Serpent's Tail Press. Her most recent novel is From May to December. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Tad Richards' recent projects are a chapbook of poetry, Take Five:Poems in 5/4 Time (Ye Olde Font Shoppe Press), and a series of artchapbooks based on Film Noir images.

Jeannine Savard is an Associate Professor of English at Arizona State University and is Director of the Undergraduate Concentration in Creative Writing. Her most recent book of poems, My Hand Upon Your Name was published by Red Hen Press in 2005.

Nic Sebastian hails from Arlington, Virginia. She has two sons and travels widely. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Lily, The Adroitly Placed Word, River Walk Journal, Mannequin Envy, Poems Niederngasse, Avatar Review and elsewhere. Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale .

Lynn Strongin, b (1939) in NYC was raised in the Northeast, early studies in music composition led to a major in English. She has twelve published books, her forthcoming books being Crazed By The Sun: Poems of Ecstasy, (an anthology to balance The Sorrow Psalms) Nikko's Child, a novella due this spring and Albino Peacock: Tales of a Southern Jewish girlchild. A five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she makes her home British Columbia and has for the past twenty-seven years although she considers herself intrinsically an American writer.

Donna D. Vitucci raises funds for local nonprofits through grants and other development activities in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Her stories have appeared in dozens of journals online and in print.  She was once a Catholic school girl, smoked True cigarettes, worked in insurance, and visited Maine.  Thus the extent of similarities between author and character.

Mark Wekander is an English professor at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, where he has worked for four years. Puerto Rico has been his home since 1985. His most recent publications have been in Caribbean Writer, Edgz, and Fire. He has published poetry, prose poems, and non-fiction in The Salt River Review.