ADAM BERLIN teaches writing at Columbia University and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. He is the author of Headlock: A Novel (Algonquin Books, 2000) and Belmondo Style, forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press this spring. His stories and poems appear in numerous journals.
GAYLORD BREWER is the founder and editor of Poems & Plays. His most recent books are Barbaric Mercies (Red Hen, 2003) and Exit Pursued by a Bear, forthcoming from Cherry Grove Collections in 2004.
LAURA S. CRUSER was born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina. She received her BA in English from UNC Greensboro and is currently a student in the MFA writing program at Arizona State University where she serves as co-editor of poetry for Hayden’s Ferry Review.
DON EZRA CRUZ attended University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he studied creative writing, painting, and drawing. He is completing his MFA in writing at UNC Greensboro.
ANGIE DECOLA grew up in Texas and now lives in North Carolina where she works as an editor and studies flamenco and African dance. A recent graduate of the MFA Writing Program at UNC Greensboro, her work is forthcoming in The Iowa Review.
MIKE DOCKINS lives in Atlanta, where he is poetry editor of Terminus and a co-founder and editor of Redactions. His poems have appeared in a number of journals, including The Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, The Cream City Review, and Poetry Daily. His band CLOP is completing its fourth album.
RUSTY DOLLEMAN grew up in rural western Maine. He recently received his MA in fiction from University of New Hampshire and teaches in the Maine Community College System.
RON EGATZ lives in Bronxville, New York. Widely published in literary reviews, he has won the Glimmer Train Poetry Open and the Greenburgh Poetry Award. He is Editorial Director of Camber Press, Inc.
ERICA FUNKHOUSER lives in Essex, Massachusetts, and teaches poetry writing at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her work appears in numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, and The Paris Review. In 2002, she was honored as a Literary Light by the Boston Public Library.
ANNIE GEBLER lives in San Luis Obispo, California, where she works as a veterinary technician. She is a recent graduate of University of California at Los Angeles.
AMY GRIMM lives in Asheville, North Carolina, and works for the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Her work appears in Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking and Light Industrial Safety.
PAUL GUEST won the 2002 New Issues Poetry Prize for his first book, The Resurrection of the Body and the Ruin of the World (New Issues Poetry Series, 2003). Recent work appears in Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Mississippi Review, and Gulf Coast. He lives in Rossville, Georgia.
ANNA SUNSHINE ISON is a native of Rowan County, Kentucky. She studied beauty pageants in Venezuela through a Fulbright grant and now works as a freelance writer in Greensboro, North Carolina. She received her MFA in writing from UNC Greensboro.
LINDA JENKINS lives in Virginia with her husband and daughter. In 2002, she won a “Discovery”/The Nation Award. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Flyway, Pleiades, and Poet Lore.
DAVE KOCH is founding editor of The Land-Grant College Review. He was a Bread Loaf Scholar at Middlebury College in 2002 and a Tennessee Williams Scholar at The University of the South in 2003.
SJOHNNA BRUCE MCCRAY has recently relocated to Canton, Georgia, from the Bronx, New York, where he taught ninth- and tenth-grade English. His poems have appeared in Shenandoah, Willow Springs, and Black Warrior Review.
JOAN MENEFEE teaches children’s literature and writing at University of Wisconson-Stout. She is working toward a PhD at University of Minnesota.
AMANDA PRITCHARD MOORE has traveled extensively and lived in Costa Rica, England, and Thailand. Her poems appear in several journals, including Green Mountains Review, Poet Lore, and Third Coast. She lives just outside of Detroit, Michigan, with her husband, whom she married in the backseat of his ’65 Chevy.
JOHN SHERIDAN is originally from Dayton, Ohio, but lives in England, where he is finishing a doctorate in English literature at Oxford University. He received his MFA from UNC Greensboro.
D. JAMES SMITH lives in California’s central valley. His books include the novels My Brother’s Passion (Permanent Press, 2004), Fast Company (Dorling Kindersley, 1999), and Boys of San Joaquin, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster. His collection of poems is titled, Prayers for the Dead Ventriloquist (Ahsahta, 1995).
DIANA SPECHLER grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, and now lives in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Her essays, poems, and stories appear in Lilith Magazine, and Women in Judaism, among others. She is the recent winner of The Madison Review’s Chris O’Malley Fiction Prize. “Close to Lebanon” is from her book-in-progress, Who By Fire.
MATT VALENTINE works as a teacher, writer, and photographer. He earned his MFA at New York University where he was fiction editor and managing editor for Washington Square.
ROBERT VOEDISCH lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “Zamboni Blues” is his first published story.
WILLIAM WENTHE is the author of two collections of poems, Not Till We Are Lost (LSU Press, 2003) and Birds of Hoboken (Orchises Press, 1995), which is now in its second printing. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Georgia Review, Southern Review, Poetry, and TriQuarterly, and he has twice been anthologized in The Pushcart Prize. He is the poetry editor of Iron Horse Literary Review.
RYNN WILLIAMS lives in Manhattan. Her poems have appeared in The Nation, Field, North American Review, and Prairie Schooner, among others. She has been awarded a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a scholarship from Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and residencies from the Ragdale Foundation and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony.
ROBERT WRIGLEY has published six books of poetry, the most recent of which is Lives of the Animals (Penguin, 2003). He was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, and grew up in the nearby coal-mining town of Collinsville. He lives in Idaho, where he teaches in the MFA Writing Program at University of Idaho.