James Bertolino's most recent volume is Snail River from the Quarterly Review of Literature Poetry Series. His poems are being reprinted in The Literature of Jazz from Oxford University Press, Prayers for a Thousand Years from Harper/SanFrancisco, Urban Nature from Milkweed Editions and The Talking of Hands from New Rivers Press. This year he is a visiting professor at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
Julie Dworecki was born in Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated with an English degree from Indiana University, earning a distinction of Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, she worked in England and traveled. Julie has just recently begun creative writing pursuits.
John Gilgun. B. 1935. Have been a college teacher since 1960 and retire in six weeks. Have published five books--a novel, poetry, short fiction. I am also an artist. I write a poem each morning between four and six. I make a ceramic mask almost every afternoon.
"Are you a real poet?" "Yes, I write a poem each morning."
"Are you a real artist?" "Yes, I make a mask each afternoon."
I give the masks away--well, most of them. I post the poems to the Crewrt-l list and then forget them--well, sometimes.
My name is Linda Sue Grimes. I live in Muncie, Indiana. My serious hobby, besides writing, is my website at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/7008. I'm a big fan of southern California; I travel to LA every year to attend the SRF Convocation; I also love Encinitas and hope to live there someday. I have published poems in Sonoma Mandala, Rattle, The Berkeley Poetry Review, ELF, and in the online mag Free Zone. I have published essays in The Explicator, and my fables and children story appear in the online journal ALL MIXED UP.
Halvard Johnson, having eluded fame and fortune all these years, is heading into springtime again, carrying a dufflebag full of out-of-print poetry collections (click http://capa.conncoll.edu ) and not-yet-into-print poetry collections (Americans Playing Slow-Pitch Softball at an Airbase near Kunsan, South Korea; Blonde Dying; The English Lesson; Rapsodie Espagnole) with which to decorate the countryside. His profile may be low, but his spirits and chin are high.
Janine Kelly writes: "'Safari' is the Swahili word for journey. Poems are safaris; poets the cartographers of the human heart. Editor of Southwest Literary Magazine and a teacher for 26 years, I write in search of Ithaca, for each of us is an Odysseus. The tension between adventure and home, between suffering and beauty resonates in my poetry, which is akin to painting rather than music. If poetry, as Wordsworth says, communicates the 'sad still music of humanity,' then my poems are grace notes rendering the world view of a Catholic mother, who like Jacob wrestles with God, the first poet who made words incarnate."
The last time I saw Greg Simon, we stood on the cultivated banks of the once mighty Columbia, talking about Woody Harrelson, not Woody Guthrie, & the wind ruffled gently what was left of his once gloriously frizzy hair. The mane returns to him in dreams, he claims, when he gazes into a mirror. His dear friend Mary Jo told him, as she wielded the clippers while he sat on a piano stool in her driveway: "I've always liked you, Greg, but I never liked your hair..."
Patricia Valdata has work in Grasslands Review, Onion River Review, So to Speak and Phoebe: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Feminist Scholarship. Her novel, Crosswind, was published in 1997 by Wind Canyon Publishing. She lives in Elkton, Maryland, and her day job is writing print and web-based employee publications for a pharmaceutical company.
Andrew Marshall Zec is a poet, author, editor, and journalist who currently teaches at Mesa Community College as an associate instructor of English. His first chapbook, St. Christopher's Monkey, was published by Kerry Shawn Key's Pine Press in 1996. His creative and journalistic credits include Flagstaff LIVE!, The Harrisburg Review, 13 Magazine, the Wildwood Journal, and work in the anthologies, All About Animals and The Blue Guitar.