KIRSTEN ANDERSEN was a 2002-2003 fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Rhode Island. She received her MFA in poetry from New York University and her work appears or is forthcoming in GSU Review and Spoon River Poetry Review.
HEIDI CZERWIEC BLITCH teaches at University of Utah where she received her PhD. Her manuscript, Cleave, was a finalist for the Pleiades Press First Book Competition. She received her MFA from UNC Greensboro.
GRETL CLAGGETT was born in Hannibal, Missouri, and has lived in New York City for the last fourteen years. She has worked as an actress, a video producer, and is currently an account executive at a marketing agency. She studies writing at Sarah Lawrence College.
BROCK CLARKE was raised in upstate New York and lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he teaches creative writing at University of Cincinnati. He is the author of the novel The Ordinary White Boy (Harcourt, 2001) and a collection of stories, What We Won’t Do (Sarabande, 2002).
LAWRENCE COATES teaches at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. His first novel, The Blossom Festival (University of Nevada, 1999), was chosen for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers series and won the Western States Book Award. His second novel is The Master of Monterey (University of Nevada, 2003).
CHARD DENIORD is the author of Asleep in the Fire (University of Alabama, 1990), and Sharp Golden Thorn, forthcoming this year from Marsh Hawk Press. He is director of New England College’s MFA Program in poetry.
ROXANNE HALPINE recently attended the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets and received her MFA from UNC Greensboro.
WILLIAM HARRISON is the author of two volumes of stories, eight novels, three screenplays, travel pieces, and essays. His stories have appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, Playboy, and other magazines.
RHETT ISEMAN was raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She recently completed her MFA at UNC Greensboro.
RICHARD JACKSON is the author of five books of poems, most recently Heartwall (University of Massachusetts, 2000), which was the winner of the 2000 Juniper Prize. He was also recently awarded the Order of Freedom Medal for literary and humanitarian work in the Balkans by the President of Slovenia. He teaches at University of Chattanooga where he directs the Meacham Writers’ Workshop.
BENJAMIN JAHN was born in downtown Eureka, California. A graduate of University of California at Davis, his work has appeared in ZYZZYVA and been anthologized in Sierra Songs and Descants (Hip Pocket, 2002).
TERESA S. MATHES is an advising editor for RHINO and teaches at DePaul University. Her work appears or is forthcoming in a number of journals, including Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, The Sun, and South Carolina Review. She is completing a collection of linked stories titled Fourth of July.
PATRICK MORAN teaches at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His poems and essays have appeared in The New Republic, Green Mountains Review, and Indiana Review, among other journals.
JIM MURPHY is the author of The Memphis Sun (Kent State University, 2000), which won the Tom Wick Poetry Award. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Puerto del Sol, Southern Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere.
STEVE ORLEN was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He is the author of four books of poems, the latest of which is This Particular Eternity (Ausable, 2001). He teaches at University of Arizona and in the low-residency MFA Program at Warren Wilson College.
JOYCE PESEROFF is currently Poet in Residence at University of Massachusetts, Boston. The author of three books of poetry, Mortal Education and The Hardness Scale, both published by Carnegie Mellon Press in 2000, and A Dog in the Lifeboat (Cornell University, 1991). She is editing a collection of essays concerning the life and work of poet Jane Kenyon.
MARY RUEFLE is the author of seven books of poetry, the most recent of which is Among the Musk Ox People (Carnegie Mellon, 2002). Her eighth collection, Tristimania, is forthcoming in 2004.
ALAN SOLDOFSKY directs the writing program at San José State University. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals including, Exquisite Corpse, Gettysburg Review, Grand Street, and North American Review.
RENEE SOTO lives in Savannah, Georgia, where she is Managing Editor of Southern Poetry Review and teaches at Armstrong Atlantic State University. Her work appears in Cimarron Review and Crab Orchard Review. She received her MFA from UNC Greensboro.
AMY STAEHR lives in Tanzania, where she works in a community library developing stories to be used as teaching aids. She grew up in Wyoming and spent several years living in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, teaching in a small rural high school. Her work is forth-coming in North Dakota Quarterly.
MELISSA STEIN works as a freelance writer and book editor in San Francisco. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Many Mountains Moving, and Seneca Review, and have been included in several anthologies.
MICHELLE TURNER lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she recently received her MFA in writing. This is her first published poem.
WILLIAM TYREE works as a writer and e-government advisor and is the cofounder of His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, North American Review, and elsewhere. He is at work on a novel.