SALLIE BINGHAM is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction. “The Big Bed” will be included in her most recent collection of short stories, Transgressions, forthcoming from Sarabande Books. She is the founder of the Kentucky Foundation for Women and The American Voice and has been the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
RACHEL CANTOR has published fiction in The Paris Review, DoubleTake, and New England Review. She lives in Philadelphia, where she is at work on a novel.
MELANIE CARTER teaches writing at East Los Angeles College. Her poems have appeared recently in The Antioch Review, Shenandoah, and The Spoon River Poetry Review. She lives in Pasadena, California.
JENNIFER S. DAVIS is a native of Dadeville, Alabama, and holds degrees from the University of Alabama and the University of Montana. She is the recipient of the 2001 AWP Summer Seminars in Prague Fiction Fellowship and teaches at the University of Miami, where she is finishing her first collection of short stories.
WILLIAM ASHLEY JOHNSON is completing his MFA in writing at UNC Greensboro. He attended Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he worked as a boat captain for the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team, a volunteer maritime-rescue organization.
JARRET KEENE is the son of a Tampa firefighter and a Cuban schoolteacher. His stories appear in American Literary Review, The Carolina Quarterly, and Utne Reader, among others. His debut collection of poems, Monster Fashion (Manic D Press), is forthcoming this spring. He teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
CHRISTINA MILLETTI teaches fiction and twentieth-century literature at Eastern Michigan University. Her work has most recently appeared in Best New American Voices (Harcourt 2001). “The Religious” is from her recently completed collection Traveling Companions. She is an editor of The Little Magazine.
MILDRED VERBA MORRIS has been a secretary, homemaker, art teacher, and copywriter. She is the winner of a J.R. Humphreys Fellowship at Columbia University as well as a New Jersey Arts Council Fellowship. Her short stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review and The Iowa Review, with work forthcoming from The Crescent Review, Other Voices, and Fugue.
PATRICK J. MURPHY has worked as an electronic engineer for NASA/Ames Research Center, served in the U.S. Navy on an oceangoing minesweeper, and is now completing his Ph.D. in English at Florida State University. His work has been published in journals and anthologies such as The Hawaii Review, New Orleans Review, and 100% Pure Florida Fiction (University of Florida Press).
JILL OSIER grew up in Greene, Iowa. She completed her MFA at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, where she now lives. Her poems appear in Green Mountains Review and Frisk, with work forth-coming from Prairie Schooner.
MARTIN OTT is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles, California. His poems and stories appear in magazines such as Connecticut Review, The Hawaii Review, and New Letters. He is a former associate editor at the online magazine Pif, and former managing editor of The Southern California Anthology.
JIM PETERSON was born in Georgia and raised in South Carolina. His newest collection, The Owning Stone (Red Hen Press), won the 1999 Benjamin Saltman Award. He is currently Coordinator of Creative Writing at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he lives with his wife, Harriet, and his corgi, Dylan Thomas.
BOB ROGERS is Associate Professor of English at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and lives in Memphis. His work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, and Puerto Del Sol, among other journals. He was recently awarded a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts for the purpose of writing a long poem.
CURTIS SMITH has work in over a dozen literary reviews, including Antietam Review, Mid-American Review, and William and Mary Review. His collection of short stories, Placing Ourselves Among the Living (March Street Press), was released last year.
RON TANNER has published work in many journals and been included in The Pushcart Prize anthology. “Boom, Like That” recently won the Faulkner Society Award for short fiction and is the first chapter of his novel-in-stories, A Nation of Children. He teaches at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland.
TERRI TRESPICIO is completing her MFA at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. She was the recipient of the 1998-99 Editor’s Choice Award from Beacon Street Review and was named a finalist in Glimmer Train’s 2001 Poetry Open Competition. She works as a copywriter.
JAKE ADAM YORK is a recent graduate of Cornell University’s MFA/Ph.D. program. His work appears in The Texas Review, The Southern Review, and Shenandoah, where he is currently a contributing editor. He teaches American literature and creative writing at the University of Colorado at Denver and serves as the poetry editor for the online magazine
ÉLAN YOUNG grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and now lives in North Carolina, where she is completing her MFA in writing at UNC Greensboro. This is her first published poem.