Bio Notes
Jack Boyle is a recent graduate of The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. He plays in a rock band and currently works at a boarding kennel for dogs and as a Grant Writer for non-profit organizations.

Alex Cigale's poems recently appeared in The Cafe, Colorado, Global City, Green Mountains, and North American Review, Hanging Loose, and Zoland Poetry and are forthcoming in Eleven Eleven, Gargoyle, Many Mountains Moving, Redactions, St. Petersburg Review, Tar River Poetry, and 32 Poems. His translations from the Russian can be found in Crossing Centuries: The New Generation in Russian Poetry and in The Manhattan and Yellow Medicine Review. He was born in Chernovtsy, Ukraine and lives in New York City.  Links to some of his work online follow.

Flavia Cosma is an award winning Romanian-born Canadian poet, author and translator. She is also an award winning independent television documentary producer, director, and writer, and has published seventeen books of poetry, a novel, a travel memoir and four books for children. Her work has been represented in numerous anthologies in various countries and languages, and her book, 47 Poems, (Texas Tech University Press) received the ALTA Richard Wilbur Poetry in Translation Prize. She was awarded Third Prize in the John Dryden Translation Competition- 2007, for co-translating In The Arms of The Father, poems by Flavia Cosma, (British Comparative Literature Association & British Literary Translation Centre). Her website is at

Carmen Firan, a poet and fiction writer, has published twenty books of poetry, novels, essays and short stories in her native Romania. Since 2000 Firan has lived in New York. Her writings have appeared in translation in numerous literary magazines and anthologies in France, Israel, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Canada, the U.K., as well as the U.S. Recent books and publications here include The Second Life (short stories—Columbia University Press, 2005), The Farce (novel—Spuyten Duyvil, 2003,) In The Most Beautiful Life (poems with photograph—Umbrage Editions, New York, 2002), and three other books of poetry published in New York, Afternoon With An Angel, The First Moment After Death, and Accomplished Error. The poems included here are from Firan’s new collection, Rock asnd Dew, to be published by Sheep Meadow Press in 2009. Poems from this book have been published in Talisman , Asheville Poetry Review, Notre Dame Review, Poetry Miscellany, The Broome Review and Barrow Street.

David Graham is the author of several books of poems, most recently Stutter Monk, and an essay anthology co-edited with Kate Sontag: After Confession: Poetry as Autobiography.  His online Poetry Library collects a wide variety of resources on poetry:
He is Professor of English at Ripon College in Ripon WI.

Taylor Graham writes: I’m a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler in the Sierra Nevada. My poems have appeared in American Literary Review, International Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, The New York Quarterly, Notre Dame Review, Poetry International, Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere.

H. Palmer Hall's most recent book is Coming to Terms (Plain View Press, 2007).  Foreign and Domestic (Turning Point) is due out this fall.  His work has appeared in North American Review, The Texas Observer, Palo Alto Review and other literary reviews and anthologies.  He's also been in SRR before.  He's a librarian in San Antonio, Texas, where he directs Pecan Grove Press.  His website is at

This is James Hawley's first publication in Nahuatl.

Derek Henderson writes: "I'm alive and well in Salt Lake City and, at the moment, am pleased that E. E. Cummings has the goodwill to speak so fondly of 'unkempt adoration'."

Laura Jensen scans some family photos, uses public transportation, or walks or rides a bike. In 2006 Laura Jensen's 1972 book, Memory, was reprinted at Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporaries.   This year when one of her poems appeared in the anthology In Tahoma's Shadow: Poems from the City of Destiny, its editors commented on her anthology editorial work from thirty years earlier in their Introduction.  In March her third year of blog entries began at Spice Drawer Mouse.

Jane Lazarre's books include Some Place Quite Unknown, a novel, the memoirs, The Mother Knot and Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness, and many other works. She has won grants and awards for her fiction and non-fiction. Her work is taught in colleges and universities across the country. For many years she directed the undergraduate writing program, and taught creative writing and literature at Eugene Lang College at the New School. Excerpts from her recently completed novel, Inheritance, have appeared in Lilith, Persimmon Tree, and Hamilton Stone Review. She has recently completed her fist book of poems, Bodies of Water.

Lyn Lifshin’s Another Woman Who Looks Like Me was published by Black Sparrow at David Godine October, 2006. It has been selected for the 2007 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence for previous finalists of the Paterson Poetry Prize. (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. Lifshin’s other recent books include Before it’s Light published winter 1999-2000 by Black Sparrow press, following their publication of Cold Comfort in 1997. Just out are Desire from Word Parade and 92 Rapple from Coatism.: Lost in the Fog and Barbaro: Beyond Brokenesss and Light at the End, the Jesus Poems. For other books, bio, photographs see her web site:: Persephone was published by Red Hen and Texas Review just published Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness.

John Morgan has published three books of poetry and has a "new and selected" coming out next year from Salmon Poetry. He lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, and recently served as the first writer-in-residence at Denali National Park.

Allan Peterson's latest book, All the Lavish in Common, won the 2005 Juniper Prize. Recent print and online appearances include: Gulf Coast, Northwest Review, Ourorboros, Notre Dame Review. Work forthcoming in Shenandoah, Denver Quarterly. Recent prizes include the 2009 Dos Cosas Award, the American Poet Prize, and the 3rd Boom Chapbook Prize. His "Omnivore" is forthcoming from Bateau Press.

Tim Poland  lives and works in the New River Valley near the Blue Ridge Mountains in southwestern Virginia where he’s a professor of English at Radford University.  He’s the author of a novel, The Safety of Deeper Water (Vandalia Press/West Virginia University Press, 2008), Escapee (America House, 2001), a collection of short fiction, and Other Stones, Kinder Temples (Pudding House, 2008), a chapbook of poems. His work has appeared widely in various literary magazines. He’s the recipient of a Plattner/Appalachian Heritage Award (2002), and his work has been included in the Best of the Net anthology (2007) and has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize

Paul Silverman has been published frequently in print and online,has received Three Pushcart nominations, and was twice shortlisted for Million Writers’ Award.
Editor's note: Shortly before this issue was to go online, we received word that Paul Silverman had passed away on August 10th, having taken his life after a period of severe depression. His obituary (8/18/09) at the Boston Globe notes: "Mr. Silverman studied history and government at Boston University, graduating with a bachelor’s in 1962, and the following year received a master’s in the history of ideas from Brandeis University. Initially, he wrote for trade magazines and newspapers in New York and Massachusetts, publishing short stories and a slender novel on the side. . . With a background in philosophy and a love of off-beat humor, Mr. Silverman could guide a conversation from the deep thoughts of German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel to a joke that would make everyone groan, sometimes in a single sentence." Mr. Silverman is survived by his wife, Teresa, and a daughter, Miranda.

Greg Simon is our erstwhile contributing editor sequestered in Portland, Oregon, where the women are strong, the men smell of seaweed, and tanning is something one does to a hide.

Adam J. Sorkin, translator of Carmen Firan recently published Memory Glyphs, a collection of three Romanian prose poets (Twisted Spoon, 2009), and Ruxandra Cesereanu’s Crusader-Woman, translated with Cesereanu (Black Widow, 2008). He has published more than 35 books of Romanian translation.

Known mainly as a poet/teacher, Barry Spacks has brought out various novels, stories, three poetry-reading CDs and ten poetry collections while teaching literature and writing for years at M.I.T. & U C Santa  Barbara. His most recent book of poems, Food For The Journey, appeared from Cherry Grove in August, 2008.

Charles Springer has degrees in anthropology and is an award-winning painter, having lived much of his life in Cincinnati, Philadelphia and New York. He currently eats, sleeps, bicycles and writes from the family homestead in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania where he earns a living in advertising and is constantly trying to keep his barn from falling down. Over the years Charles has enjoyed publishing in Apalachee Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, The Cincinnati Review, Cold Mountain Review, Faultline, Heliotrope, Licking River Review, Oak Bend Review, Bijou Poetry Review and the recent Editor’s Edition of The Café Review, among others. New poems appear in Pemmican, Lines+Stars, Stone’s Throw Magazine, and Oxford Magazine. He is pleased with this, his first appearance in The Salt River Review.

Tad Richards' major project right now is turning his novel, Nick and Jake, a lighthearted romp through the McCarthy era, into an audio podcast starring Alan Arkin, Tom Conti, Ali McGraw, Ambassador Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame. It should be online some time this winter. He writes an online column on writing, creative and otherwise, at He does not plan to neglect poetry, although the sound editing for Nick and Jake is all-preoccupying at the moment.

Douglas Walker has had stories published in Beginnings Magazine and the Scruffy Dog Review.  Currently he live in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and three sons.