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Elmaz Abinader is an Arab American author, playwright and poet and the winner of the 2002 Goldies Award for Literature. Her poetry collection In the Country of My Dreams... won the 2000 Josephine Miles/ Pen Oakland Award. Her memoir Children of the Roojme chronicles the lives of 3 generations of Lebanese immigrants.. With the Country of Origin Band, Elmaz has presented her plays to audiences throughout the Middle East, Central America, Europe and the United States. The play, Country of Origin won two Drammies, (Oregon Drama Critics Awards).She is a co-founder and faculty member of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) which hold summer writing workshops for writers-of-color. She teaches at Mills College and lives in Oakland. www.elmazabinader.com

William Allegrezza edits the e-zine Moria and the press Cracked Slab Books. He has published five books, In the Weaver's Valley, Ladders in July, Fragile Replacements, Collective Instant, and Covering Over; one anthology, The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century ; seven chapbooks, including Sonoluminescence (co-written with Simone Muench) and Filament Sense (Ypolita Press); and many poetry reviews, articles, and poems. He curates series A, a reading series in Chicago dedicated to experimental writing. In addition, he occasionally posts his thoughts at http://allegrezza.blogspot.com.

Steve Almond is the author of My Life In Heavy Metal, Candyfreak, and The Evil B.B. Chow. Winner of two Pushcart Prizes and widely anthologized, Almond is also a regular music critic for the L.A. Times and the Boston Globe.

Charlie Anders is a half-woman, half-trilobite monster. She's the author of Choir Boy and the co-editor of She's Such A Geek: Women Talk About Science, Technology & Other Nerdy Stuff. She publishes other magazine and organizes the Writers With Drinks reading series.

Peter Anderson's stories have appeared in Storyglossia, THE2NDHAND, The Angler, Dogmatika and other fine venues, and he also has three novels-in-progress which he fully intends to finish someday. A financial analyst by trade, he writes fiction to ease the crushing monotony of corporate life. He lives in Joliet, Illinois, with his wife Julie, daughter Madeleine, and two literature-averse cats.

Arlene Ang lives in Spinea, Italy. She serves as a poetry editor for The Pedestal Magazine and Press 1. Her chapbook, "Secret Love Poems" is currently available from Rubicon Press. More of her writing may be viewed at www.leafscape.org.

Stan Apps is a poet and essayist in Los Angeles. His books include Info Ration (Make Now), God's Livestock Policy (Les Figues), and Handbook of Poetic Language (Eohippus Labs). A big ol' book of essays is forthcoming from Combo Books. Stan's poems have appeared lately in Try!, WORK, Joyland, Abraham Lincoln, Shampoo, and in the e-chap Grover Fuel from Scantily Clad Press. Stan is an Acquarius and is most compatible with fire and/or other air signs; he enjoys science-fiction novels and discussing the U.S. Presidents and dogs with his son Leo (three-and-a-half).

Joe Balaz lives in northeast Ohio . He is the editor of 13 Miles from Cleveland and is the author of Domino Buzz, a cd of music-poetry. He is also coauthor, with photo-artist Mary Ellen Derwis, of JOMA—online, an online gallery of concrete poetry and photography. His recent work has appeared in or is forthcoming from various publications online.

Jon Ballard is a poet as well as an occasional literature and writing instructor at Oakland Community College in Royal Oak, Michigan. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The MacGuffin, Boxcar Poetry Review, Rock Salt Plum Review, The Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Centrifugal Eye, and Blue Earth Review, among others. His first chapbook, Lonesome, is
forthcoming in 2007 from Pudding House Publications. Originally from Michigan, he currently lives in Mexico City, Mexico.

Rosemary Banks is a 2004 graduate of Rutgers-Camden Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program. During her studies with author Lisa Zeidner at Rutgers she discovered an ability and passion for creative writing. In 2005 she was chosen from an international group of applicants to study with author, professor and MacArthur award recipient, Sapphire, at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. In 2006 she attended the Natalie Goldberg writer's workshop in Taos, New Mexico. She began the Rosemont College Creative Writing MFA program in spring of 2006 and will complete in May 2007. After graduation she plans to teach aspects of the novel and writing. Her intent is to create a “room of [her] own” to dedicate her life's work to writing fiction. Rosemary is the single parent of 13-year-old twins and lives in Clementon, New Jersey. She is originally from Portland, Oregon where she earned a BS in Arts and Letters and a Certificate in Black Studies at Portland State University. She is currently completing her Master's thesis, a novel titled, A Polka Dot Tragedy into the Exceeding Brightness. “Being Zarathustra” is her first published work after three years of submissions.

Jessica Baron is currently teaching composition and poetry in Fort Collins, Colorado. She will receive her MFA in poetry in May of 2009 from Colorado State University. She has a publication forthcoming in "Matter." In a previous life, Jessica was a professional actor, living and performing in New York City, and eventually found an artistic home at the Creede Repertory Theatre in Colorado. She is currently working on a poetry manuscript which uses the text, An Actor Prepares by Constantin Stanislavski, as a source text.

Jan Baross' writing has been a diversified endeavor. She has authored several screenplays, some of which she later produced and directed. Her film reviews and articles have appeared in several publications in the US and in Mexico. She has served on the board of the Literary Arts Council, and wrote an opera libretto entitled Mata Hari, that debuted in Dallas, Texas. José Builds A Woman, Jan’s first novel, has already won the Kay Snow Award for First in Fiction 2003. Her earliest artistic expression came in the form of painting. Her travels to Mexico have influenced much of her art, down to the medium itself. She incorporates indigenous materials into her art, like the cochineal dye made from cactus insects. Jan's career in filmmaking began in 1976 and now has over 40 documentary and animated films to her credit. Many of her films have won awards at several competitions including: The International Film and Video Festival, The Canadian International, The American Film Festival and The Athens Film Festival. Her films, Oregon Jews and Pioneer Women, aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting and the A&E channel respectively. Jan has made the Pacific Northwest her home for over 30 years. She is currently at work on a new novel, and a series of travel sketchbooks filled with commentary on her adventures in Asia, Africa, Europe and Afghanistan.

Jennifer Bartlett was a 2005 NYFA Fellow. Her first book of poetry is Derivative of the Moving Image (UNM Press, 2007). She lives in Brooklyn, NY with the writer Jim Stewart and their son, Jeffrey.

Gary Beck's recent fiction has appeared in 3AM Magazine, EWG Presents, Nuvein Magazine, Babel, Vincent Brothers Review, L'Intrigue Magazine, The Journal, Short Stories Bimonthly and Bibliophilos. His poetry has appeared in dozens of literary magazines. His plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes, and Sophocles have been produced Off-Broadway. He is also a writer/director of several video documentaries.

F.J. Bergmann's work has appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Cannibal, Malleable Jangle (AU), Margie, and Unpleasant Event Schedule. Her chapbook Aqua Regia was just released by
Parallel Press.

Mike Blake is a writer working in Rhode Island with a novel in progress, but always finding the time for shorter stuff and poems. His writing appears online in 3711 Atlantic; Stick Your Neck Out, Fiction on theWeb, Madswirl, Hackwriters, Zygote In My Coffee, Cerebral Catalyst and Exposed.

CL Bledsoe is an editor for Ghoti Magazine. He has work in over 150 journals including Margie, Nimrod, The Cimarron Review, 42 Opus, and Eyeshot.

Summer Block has published essays, short fiction, and poetry in a variety of publications, including McSweeneys, Small Spiral Notebook, Tarpaulin Sky, DIAGRAM, the San Francisco Chronicle, Hamilton Stone Review, Monkeybicycle, Stirring, ALARM, Identity Theory, January Magazine, and Rain Taxi. Find her work at www.summerblock.com.

Ana Bozicevic emigrated to NYC from Croatia in 1997. Her first book, Stars of the Night Commute, will be published by Tarpaulin Sky Press in Fall 2009. I.e., stars will appear in the sky. For more, visit nightcommute.org.

Davin Brainard is the co-founder of Time Stereo art collective. Some of Time Stereo's projects include films, coloring books, and cassette-only releases from bands like Princess Dragon Mom, the Crash, Godzuki, New Grape and Noise Camp.

David Brazil, poet, translator and editor, is the author of several chapbooks, including Meet Me Under the War Angels (OMG! 2010). With Sara Larsen he edits TRY Magazine out of the Bay Area, and also with Larsen he curates The Life Long Dream Come True series. With Kevin Killian Brazil he edited The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater 1945-1985.

Randolph Bridgeman grew up in the Pacific Northwest and settled in Southern Maryland after a 26 year Navy career. He graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland with a BA in English and is the recipient of the Edward T. Lewis Poetry Prize (2004), for the most promising emerging poet. He is widely published in poetry reviews and anthologies and is the author of two collections of poems, South of Everywhere and When Left to My Own Devices, bothpublished by Shadow Poetry Inc.

Jais Brohinsky has lost most perspective and all reference, and is too unsure about his occupation, education, or interests to affirm them as part of an identity. He is a magician, piano technician, animal trainer, student, writer, inventor of games, inlcuding a new "four player" chess modification, and aspiring Chancellor of the World Domination Society (Olympia Chapter).

Julian T. Brolaski is the author of the chapbooks Hellish Death Monsters (Spooky Press,  2001), Letters to Hank Williams (True West Press, 2003), The Daily Usonian (Atticus/Finch, 2004), Madame Bovary’s Diary (Cy Press, 2005), Buck in a Corridor (flynpyntar, 2008) and the blog herm of warsaw.  Brolaski’s first book gowanus atropolis is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2010.  Brolaski lives in Brooklyn where xe writes poetry, serves as a Litmus Press editor, sings and plays guitar with The Low & the Lonesome, and curates Mongrel Vaudeville.

Mary June Brown lives in California, at the northern tip of the Golden Gate Bridge. She and her husband are busy raising two small, incredibly energetic boys. When she’s not chasing after her kids, she’s writing. She is a member of ‘B’ Street Writers in Marin County. Her short stories have recently been published in Static Movement, and her writing can be found at maryjunebrown.wordpress.com.

Elizabeth Bryant co-curates the Bard Roving Reading Series, edits the ongoing experimental writing project known as Defeffable, and is the author of the forthcoming full-length serial poem, (nevertheless enjoyment, due out fall 2009 from Quale Press. Her most recent writing will soon be published in Dusie, and Coconut.

Zach Buscher always lives and writes, and occasionally teaches and serves as Poetry Editor for Sonora Review, in sunny Tucson, AZ. He's currently finishing up his MFA at The University of Arizona, where he is a Beverly Rogers Fellow. Recent poems appear online in 42opus, SHAMPOO, and 580 Split, with some more forthcoming in My Name is Mud. You can find him using the powers of Twitter for good through a series of 140-character poetry fragments at http://twitter.com/PoetryTwit

Tom Carey was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, with time off for good behavior in Philadelphia, and currently resides in Ann Arbor. Tom has exhibited his drawings, paintings and prints extensively in solo and group shows in the above mentioned cities. His work has also been on view in the Flat Files collection of Pierogi 2000 Gallery in Brooklyn, and a handmade book of linocuts in the Print Collection of the New York Public Library. Tom's imagery comes out of comparitive mythology filtered through the lens of vernacular American culture. The wet and wild aesthetic quality of his angels and demons are meant to jolt the populace out of comatosis into collective dreaming. To learn more please visit www.rustynailstudio.blogspot.com.

Patrick Carrington is the author of Hard Blessings (MSR Publishing, 2008), Thirst (Codhill, 2007), and Rise, Fall and Acceptance (MSR Publishing, 2006), and winner of New Delta Review’s 2008 Matt Clark Prize and Yemassee’s Pocataligo Contest in poetry. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in The Bellingham Review, West Branch, The Connecticut Review, American Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing in New Jersey and serves as the poetry editor of Mannequin Envy.

Jared Carter is from Indiana. He has published three books of poems. A fourth, Cross this Bridge at a Walk, was recently issued by Wind Publications in Kentucky. The book consists of a series of narrative poems dealing with incidents in American history from the Revolution to the present. His poems have also recently appeared in Pemmican. Carter’s most recent reading was at Wright State University in Dayton in October of 2006. In April of 2007 he will assume a week’s residence on the campus of Cleveland State University. He will be joined for readings and talks by Barbara Presnell, of Lexington, North Carolina, whose first book of poems, Mill, was chosen by Carter as the winner of the 2006 First Book Competition administered by the Poetry Center at Cleveland State. For more information please visit Jared Carter's web site at http://www.jaredcarter.com.

Janet Cannon was born in the Boston area but she has lived in NYC, San Francisco, Taos, and now she lives in the Seattle area. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa where she studied psychology as an undergrad and fine art as a graduate student. Her poems have been published in many literary magazines such as Helicon Nine, G.W. Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, Beatitude, New Mexico Humanities Review, and New York Quarterly, among others. She has two published chapbooks (percipience and the last night in new york), and she is listed in the Directory of American Poets and Writers. As a single mom Janet has paid the rent by working as a teacher, electrician's assistant, corporate manager, poetry radio host, waitress, editor, and technical writer. Her Web site is: http://www.IsleWrite.com

Yu-Han Chao was born and grew up in Taipei, Taiwan.  She received her MFA from Penn State University and currently lives in northern California.  Her poetry collection, We Grow Old, is forthcoming with The Backwaters Press, while her short story collection, Passport Baby, is forthcoming with Rockway Press.

Cecelia Chapman lives in Northern California and makes art exploring the human hunger for adventure, mystery and illusion. Please go to her site at www.ceceliachapman.com

Kim Clark most often writes from the heart of the Sunshine Coast. Disease and desire, mothering, and the mundane propel her ongoing journey between poetry and prose. Kim's work can be found in The Malahat Review, Portal, Ascent Aspirations, Artistry, Poor Mojo's Almanac(k), and upcoming in Chronically Canadian (Fall 2007). Kim has been a winner in six Capilano College, Cecilia Lamont, and Sechelt Library contests.

Lisa K. Clark is a freelance writer who lives in Bulgaria with her husband. Her son, a Marine Reserve corporal, has served two terms in Iraq so far. His observations were invaluable in writing this story. Clark's other publications include both articles and short stories.

Joel Chace has published poetry and prose poetry in print and electronic magazines such as 6ix, Tomorrow, Lost and Found Times,
Coracle, xStream, Three Candles, 2River View, Joey & the Black Boots, Recursive Angel,
and Veer. He has published more than a dozen print and electronic collections. Recently from BlazeVox Books is CLEANING THE MIRROR: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, and from Paper Kite Press is MATTER NO MATTER, another full-length collection. Just out from Country Valley Press is SCAFFOLD, the first part of an ongoing poetic sequence, and "(b)its," from Meritage Press. For many years, Chace has been Poetry Editor for the experimental electronic magazine 5_Trope.

Andrew Coburn is the author of 12 novels, 3 of them made into French movies. His work has been translated into 13 languages.

Juliet Cook’s poetry has appeared in Diode, Diagram, Octopus, Robot Melon, SIR!, WOMB and many other fine online and print sources. She is the editor of Blood Pudding Press. She is the author of numerous quirky little chapbooks, most recently including ‘Gingerbread Girl’ (Trainwreck Press), MONDO CRAMPO (coming soon from the dusie kollektiv 3) and PINK LEOTARD & SHOCK COLLAR (coming soon from Spooky Girlfriend Press). Her first full-length poetry collection, ‘Horrific Confection’ was recently published by BlazeVOX. For more Juliet information, please feel free to visit her website.

Stephen Cope is the editor of George Oppen: Selected Prose, Daybooks and Papers (U. of California Press, 2008). His poems, reviews and essays have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Jacket, Review of Contemporary Fiction, XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics, and elsewhere. He hosts a weekly podcast of cross-cultural, popular, experimental, and often poetic musics entitled "Conference of the Birds" and has taught most recently at Bard College, Ithaca College, and in the Poetics Program at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He lives in Ithaca, NY where he is a founding editor, with Eula Biss and Catherine Taylor, of Essay Press, an imprint dedicated to the publication of innovative, culturally relevant essays in book form.

K.R. Copeland is a widely published poet slash occasional digital artist. Google her when you finish with Jeff.

Jeff Crouch is an internet artist in Grand Prairie, Texas. Google him.

Andrew Csank, poet, is a recent graduate of The Evergreen State College.  His work has appeared in Slightly West.

Peter Cunniffe is a husband, father, and business person living in the Philadelphia, PA region.  In his spare time, he reads and writes short fiction.  He has recently been published in Philadelphia Stories.

Ryan Daley writes and teaches in New York City. His translations have appeared in Golden Handcuffs Review. Poetry and reviews have appeared in Spooky Boyfriend, Death Metal Poetry, GlitterPony, Sawbuck, Jacket Magazine and Galatea Resurrects. His most recent chapbook appeared thanks to Airforce Joyride (The Greying Ghost Press), and his first book, Armored Elevator, was published by BlazeVOX Books in 2007. He blogs at Giver.

Ellen Dannin is a Professor of Law at Penn State University. Before entering teaching, she was a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board in Detroit, Michigan. Her most recent book is the acclaimed Taking Back the Workers’ Law – How to Fight the Assault on Labor Rights (Cornell University Press 2006).

Kristina Marie Darling's first full-length collection Night Songs, was recently released from Gold Wake Press. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where she is currently pursuing a master's degree. She is the author of five chapbooks of poetry and nonfiction. Her poems and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in New Letters, The Mid-American Review, CutBank, Illya's Honey, Redactions, and other journals. Recent awards include residencies from the Centrum Foundation and the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts.

Tina Darragh has been writing poetry in the D.C. area for over 40 years. Her most recent work is a collaboration with the poets Jane Sprague and Diane Ward published as the belladonna Elders Series #8 (belladonna 2009). Deep eco pré, her collaboration with poet Marcella Durand, has just been published as an LRL e-edition by Little Red Leaves.

Lightsey Darst lives in Minneapolis, where she writes on dance, curates mnartists.org’s “What Light” poetry contest, and teaches English and humanities. In 2007 she received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. Publications include The Antioch Review, The Literary Review, Gulf Coast, and New Letters.

Devin Wayne Davis, once called "ink (or inc.)" in an seaside vision, has written well-over 2, 000 poems; he likes concise verse.
His work is printed in the Sacramento Anthology: 100 poems; Sanskrit; Dwan; Poetry Depth Quarterly; Dandelion, Coe Review, Rattlesnake, and 35 chapbooks. devin.davis@cdva.ca.gov

Steve De France is a widely published poet, playwright and essayist both in America and in Great Britain. His work has appeared in literary publications in America, England, Canada, France, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, India, Australia, and New Zealand. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry in both 2002 and 2003. A few recent publications include The Wallace Stevens Journal, The Mid-American Poetry Review, Ambit, Atlantic, and The Sun. In England he won a Reader's Award in Orbis Magazine for his poem "Hawks." In the United States he won the Josh Samuels' Annual Poetry Competition (2003) for his poem: "The Man Who Loved Mermaids." His play THE KILLER had it’s world premier at the GARAGE THEATRE in Long Beach, California (Sept-October 2006). He has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Chapman University for his writing. Most recently his poem “Gregor’s Wings” has been nominated for The Best of The Net by Poetic Diversity.

Gianna D'Emilo is a senior at The Evergreen State College, focusing on poetry, poetics, and philosophy of language, specializing on the later Wittgenstein.

Mary Ellen Derwis lives in northeast Ohio. She is coauthor of JOMA—online, an online gallery of concrete poetry and photography with Joe Balaz. Her photography has appeared in or is forthcoming from Oregon Literary Review, AdmitTwo, Eleventh Transmission, Otoliths, Subtle Tea and Neon Literary Magazine. What interests her in the field of photo-art is the unpredictable and synergistic nature of photography in general. Capturing an image that can be enhanced in different ways to bring about a visual dialogue between viewer and photograph is what drives her work.

Caitlin Doyle works in London as a children’s book editor, as well as the curious jobs of translating American to English and back again. She has written and collected stories for as long as she can remember, but so far, they’ve been allowed to frolic in open spaces only as far as a handful of readers. Caitlin’s stories were recently etched to life in a glass artwork exhibition, Tales from the Glass Forest. Stories that Ate Children, a collection of short stories illustrated by her sister, will be published in 2006.

Jamie Easter is an illustrator, a sculptor, a painter, an animator, and a chief member of Detroit's freakey performance group ODD CLOUDS.

Xujun Eberlein's writing has appeared in AGNI, Walrus, PRISM International, Stand (UK), StoryQuarterly, Meridian, Post Road and other magazines. She grew up in China, and lives with her husband and daughter in Massachusetts.

Karyn Eisler is a creative sociologist on the faculty of Langara College, Vancouver, Canada. She teaches courses on introductory sociology, animals and society, and the sociology of popular culture. www.karyneisler.com

Lawrence Eisler is a contributing editor of Building/Art. He lives in Alberta, Canada and practices design/architecture/graphic design/photography/art/artifacture/interior design and landscape architecture.

Stephen David Engel may be likened to a spry teddy bear lacking tact, or an overgrown cherub whose downy tufts suggest unearthly origins. He attends The Evergreen State College, where he enjoys a public liberal arts education.

A former engineer, John Evans holds undergraduate degrees from Miami University and the University of Colorado, Boulder, as well as a MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. "The Novelty of Sinking Low" is taken from his as-yet-unpublished collection, The Art of Falling Down. He lives in Dagu, South Korea, where he is a Visiting Professor of English at Kyungpook National University.

Pat Falk, an award winning poet, teaches writing, literature and women’s studies at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York. She was educated at the City University of New York, and publishes poetry, memoir, essays and reviews. Her research is focused on feminist poetics, interdisciplinary approaches to writing, the confluence of poetry and politics, and human rights. She’s listed in Poets & Writers Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers, NCC's Speaker's Bureau,and is a frequent reader and workshop leader in the New York tri-state area. Visit Pat Falk at www.patfalk.net.

Born in 1947 and unable to believe the numbers, Dion Farquhar is an ex-New Yorker living in Santa Cruz with the love of her life and their twin teenage sons. A poet and prose fiction writer, as well as college lecturer, writing tutor, and editor, her poems appear in Epiphany, Otoliths, Poems Niederngasse, languageandculture.net, Perigee, AUGHT, Xcp: Streetnotes, Rogue Scholars, City Works, boundary 2, Hawaii Review and Painted Bride Quarterly. Her poetry chapbook, Cleaving, won first prize in the 2007 Poet’s Corner Press contest and is available from dnfarquhar at yahoo dot com.

Jesse Patrick Ferguson was born in Cornwall, Ontario, and he’s the author of 5 poetry chapbooks. He has contributed to Canadian publications such as: Grain, echolocation, The Dalhousie Review, dANDelion, The Antigonish Review, and The New Quarterly. He is a poetry editor for the Fredericton-based journal The Fiddlehead, and he is a celtic ballad collector, playing several musical instruments. If you stacked all of his poetry books on top of each other, you'd likely have a big mess.

Adam Fieled is a poet based in Philadelphia. He has released three print books: "Opera Bufa" (Otoliths, 2007), "When You Bit..." (Otoliths, 2008), and "Chimes" (Blazevox, 2009), as well as numerous chaps, e-chaps, and e-books, including “Posit” (Dusie Press, 2007) and “The White Album” (ungovernable press, 2009). He has work in journals like Tears in the Fence, Great Works, The Argotist, Upstairs at Duroc, Jacket, and in the &Now Anthology from Lake Forest College Press. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he also holds an MFA from New England College and an MA from Temple University, where he is completing his PhD.

Andrea Fitzpatrick is. Her work has appeared (or will soon appear) in Hobart, elimae and Treganza Anthropology Museum Papers.

Brian Fligner is an award-winning animator, a vegetarian, and a graduate of The Evergreen State College. See the rest of his work at www.vimeo.com/brianfligner.

Skip Fox has published two books (Ahadada and Potes & Poets) and four chapbooks of poetry, and has published poetry in little magazines and literary reviews heavily for over twenty years. After working in warehouses, factories, plants, and mental institutions for years, suporting his life as a poet, as well as a family, he graduated from Bowling Green State Univbersity and now teaches in the English Department of The University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and lives in a log cabin in the country.

Kristin Fouquet, a native of New Orleans, is a fine art photographer and writer. Her work has been published online and in print. Fortunately for Kristin, she lives in a city rich in culture, offering endless subjects. You are invited to view more of her work at Le Salon.

Jason Fraley works as an investment advisor and compliance officer in Columbus, OH. In his spare time, he is an argyle sock. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Forklift Ohio, No Tell Motel, The Hat, The Pedestal Magazine, Caketrain, and Fifth Wednesday Journal. He has a mini e-chap, Apropos of Nothing, online at Gold Wake Press.

Emily Kendal Frey lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches writing at Portland Community College. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in Corduroy Mountain, Fou, Handsome, Inch, Mudlark, New York Quarterly, 42opus and Spinning Jenny. Collaborations with Zachary Schomburg can be found in Anti-, Diode, Sir! and jubilat.

Elisa Gabbert is the poetry editor of Absent. Her poems have recently appeared or will appear in Colorado Review, Diagram, Eleven Eleven, Meridian, Pleiades, Salt Hill, Typo, Washington Square and other journals. A chapbook, Thanks for Sending the Engine, is available from Kitchen Press. She is also the author, with Kathleen Rooney, of Something Really Wonderful (dancing girl press, 2007), and That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (Otoliths Books, 2008). Their collaborations can be found in Boston Review, Caketrain, jubilat, and No Tell Motel.

Patrick Gallagher is a PhD candidate in Comparative Liteature at New York University. His fiction and editorial work has appeared in numerous journals, most recently Mr. Beller's Neighborhood.

Originally from Massachusetts, Keith Gamache came to New York City while studying art at NYU. Upon graduation he began teaching art at South Side High School in Rockville Centre, NY.  He received his MFA from Johnson Sate College/Vermont Studio Center in VT in 1999. He has been working in his Long Island City studio since and lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Michelle and two-year old son, Everett. His work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in NYC and Long Island and has been reviewed in the NY Times by critics Phyllis Braff and Helen Harrison.

Ricky Garni is a writer, piano player and graphic designer living in Carrboro, North Carolina. His most recent publications include TAJ MAHAL REVIEW, IOTA, KULTURE VULTURE, DMQ REVIEW , UNPLEASANT EVENT SCHEDULE, and OPIUM MAGAZINE.

Jamey Genna teaches writing in California and is a graduate from the masters in writing program at the University of San Francisco. Her short fiction has been published in many literary magazines including Storyglossia, Cutthroat, Dislocate, Shade, Pinyon and many others. Her collection of short-short fiction I’ll Tell You That Story in a Minute was a finalist for the 2007 Elixir Press Chapbook Awards.

Robert Gibbons received a John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund grant to travel to the University of Stirling in Scotland in order to read his work at their Poetry & Politics Conference. He has published three full-length books of prose poems, reviews of which have appeared in the Evergreen Review and Cercles from France. A recent chapbook, Beyond Time was published online out of Dublin. His prose poems have appeared in The Literary Review, Mississippi Review, and are forthcoming from Jacket.

Steven Gillis is the author of the novels Walter Falls (2003) and The Weight of Nothing (2005), both finalists for the Independent Publishers Book of the Year and ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year. Steve's third novel, Temporary People, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2008. Steve's stories, articles and book reviews have appeared in over three dozen journals. A 6 time Pushcart nominee and 4 time Best Of... Notable Stories, a collection of Steve's stories - titled Giraffes -was published in February, 2007. A member of the Ann Arbor Book Festival Board of Directors, and a finalist for the 2007 Ann Arbor News Citizen of the Year, Steve teaches writing at Eastern Michigan University and is the founder of 826 Michigan - www.826michigan.org - and the co-founder of Dzanc Books -www.dzancbooks.org- in partnership with Dan Wickett.  All proceeds from Steve's writing goes to his nonprofit programs.  steve@dzancbooks.org 

This is the bio of Tasha Marie Glen. First published poem titled "lice are nice" a touching tribute to bloodsucking friends in rhyming couplets. Unabashed of zeugma smeared on lapishly. Tasha Glen found this: Tasha Glen painted this MOUSE when she was age 11 with limited colors of yellow and brown. Size 9 by 12. $25.00, when google searching her name. this is a true thing. do this. google search her name.

Shahar Gold writes and studies philosophy. His writing centres on issues such as derangement. He also makes collages.

Ann Gonzalez is due to earn her MFA from the Whidbey Writers Workshop. The first MFA degree offered by a collective of writers outside of a university. She has previously published works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry in VerbSap, In The Family, Aikido Today, Her Circle Ezine, Women Writers and Lunch Hour Stories. This past year, NANOWRIMO prompted her to complete Shh, Shh, Shh, her first novel. It, also, reflects on the pain of schizophrenia for the schizophrenic and her family.

Anne Gorrick’s work has been published in many journals including: American Letters and Commentary, Bird Dog, the Cortland Review, def, Fence, Glitterpony, Gutcult, No Tell Motel, Otoliths, the Seneca Review, Shearsman, Sous Rature, Sulfur and word for/word.  Collaborating with artist Cynthia Winika, she produced a limited edition artists’ book called “Swans, the ice,” she said with grants through the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.  She also curates the reading series, Cadmium Text, which focuses on innovative writing in and around the New York’s Hudson Valley.  Find out more about the readings at: www.cadmiumtextseries.blogspot.com. Her first book, Kyotologic, is available from Shearsman Books (Exeter, UK).

Garth Graeper is a librarian in New York City and an editor at Ugly Duckling Presse. He makes small books and often leaves them unattended in parks.

Claudia Grinnell was born and raised in Germany. She now makes her home in Louisiana, where she teaches at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Her poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Exquisite Corpse, Cream City Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, New Orleans Review, Review Americana, Triplopia, Logos, Minnesota Review, Diner, Urban Spaghetti, Fine Madness, Greensboro Review and others. Her first full-length book of poetry, Conditions Horizontal, was published by Missing Consonant Press in the fall of 2001. Ms. Grinnell was the
recipient of the 2000 Southern Women Writers Emerging Poets Award. In 2003, she was a finalist in the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize Competition. In 2005, she received the Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship in poetry and was nominated for a Pushcart prize in 2006.

Rainer Gross has exhibited his paintings and works on paper in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as France, Spain, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark. He has had numerous solo exhibits and museum shows.
“…..This New York based artist makes sensuous abstract paintings by a process of his own invention that involves fusing two paintings face to face and the pulling them apart. Exhibited singly or as diptychs, the paintings look like flaking wall sections. They have lush, supersaturated colors and dry, crusty surfaces that look like velvet from a distance.” (Ken Johnson in the New York Times, May 2nd 2003). His website: www.rainergross.com

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn New York. He is a sculptor, painter, book dealer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum & The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. His paintings, drawings and collages have been published in many on line and print magazines including Rock Heals, Otoliths, Winamop, Melancholia's Tremulous Dreadlocks, Barfing Frog, The Raving Dove, Foliate Oak, Siren, Prose Toad, Triplopia, Thieves Jargon, Opium, Dirt, The Centrifugal Eye, the DMQ Review, Broadsided, Hotmetalpress, Double Dare Press, Events Quarterly,Unlikely Stories, Coupremine,Cerebration,Chick Flicks, Softblow Eclectica Magazine Backwards City Review,Right Hand Pointing, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, Brew City Magazine, Fiction Attic, Blue Print Review, Ellipsis,The Indelible Kitchen, Cricket, Entelechy, So To Speak, Taj Mahal Review, The Fifteen Project, The Externalist, Why Vandalism,Mungbeing Magazine, Lamination Colony, Paradigm, Lily, Literary Fever & Glassfire Magaine. Over the years he has received three National Endowments For The Arts Fellowship, two Pollock-Krasner grants and most recently in 2004 received The Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant. Currently he teaches art at the United Federation of Teachers Retiree Program in Brooklyn.

Marja Hagborg is a Finnish-Swedish-American writer/artist/cartoonist - and maybe a sloth - living in Chicago with a Viking husband and twin cats. She received a MFA from University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and she also studied creative writing at Northwestern University in Chicago. Her flash fiction has appeared in Mad Hatters' Review, Hackwriters, Anemone Sidecar, Street Cake and Snow Monkey, among other publications.

Rob Halpern is the author of Rumored Place , Imaginary Politics, and Snow Sensitive Skin (a collaboration with Taylor Brady). His new book, Disaster Suites, is just out from Palm Press, as is a new chap, Weak Link (Slack Buddhah Press).He’s currently co-editing the poems of the late Frances Jaffer together with Kathleen Fraser, and translating the early essays of Georges Perec.  An active participant in the Nonsite Collective, he lives in San Francisco.

Matthew Hamity is a student in the MFA program at Columbia University. His work has appeared in Our Stories Literary Journal.

Curtis Harnack, born in 1927, son of an Iowa farmer, began his education in a one-room schoolhouse. He is author of three related novels portraying rural Iowa and small-town life at mid-twentieth century: The Work of an Ancient Hand (1960, Harcourt); Love And Be Silent (1962, Harcourt); Limits of the Land (1979, Doubleday). His acclaimed memoir of childhood, We Have All Gone Away (1973, Doubleday) has been continuously in print for three decades. A sequel, The Attic: A Memoir (Iowa State U. Press, 1993) completes the account of his growing-up years. Under My Wings Everything Prospers (1977, Doubleday) consists of six short stories and a novella. Persian Lions, Persian Lambs (1965, Holt) describes a year of teaching in Tabriz, Iran, as a Fulbright professor of American literature. Gentlemen on the Prairie (1985, Iowa State U. Press) relates the history of a colony of wealthy British settlers who attempted to re-create Victorian England on the Midwestern prairie. He taught English at Grinnell, 1952-56; at the Iowa Writers Workshop, 1957-58 and again, 1959-60. With Paul Engle he co-edited the O. Henry Collection, Prize Stories, 1958 and 1959 (Doubleday). For the decade of the 1960s he was on the literature faculty of Sarah Lawrence College, where he co-founded the American Studies program. From 1971-87 he was president of Yaddo, the artists colony in Saratoga Springs, New York; and from 1992-97 he was president of the School of American Ballet, the training academy of the New York City Ballet. He has lived for periods in England, France, and Italy, as well as Iran. Under State Department auspices, in 1979 he toured Hungary, Yugoslavia, and Romania lecturing on American literature; and on a U.S./China Arts Exchange program in 1986, he traveled to China. A resident of New York City, married to writer Hortense Calisher, he also lives in upstate New York; and he is a frequent visitor to Iowa, where he continues to own part of the family farm.

A member of the Writer’s Center of Indiana, Barry Harris is editor of the Tipton Poetry Journal and has published one poetry collection, Something At The Center, and one chapbook, The Soul At Work: Poems From The Office.   Barry lives in Zionsville, Indiana and works as a systems analyst for Eli Lilly & Company in Indianapolis.  His poetry has recently  appeared  in Lily, Subtle Tea,  The Centrifugal Eye,  Flutter Poetry Journal ,  Houston Literary Review and Night Train and is forthcoming in The Hiss Quarterly and Snow Monkey.

Daniel Y. Harris, M.Div, is Adjunct Faculty at Sonoma State University. His poetry chapbook, Unio Mystica(2007), will be published by Cross-Cultural Communications. His recent publication credits include: Zeek, The Pedestal Magazine, Exquisite Corpse, In Posse Review, Mad Hatters’ Review, Sein und Werden, Poetry Salzburg Review, Poetry Magazine.com, Convergence, The Other Voices International Project, and The Denver Quarterly,. The Jewish Community Library of San Francisco, Market Street Gallery, The Euphrat Museum, The Center for Visual Arts and Dolly Fiterman Fine Arts are among his art exhibition credits. His website is www.danielyharris.com

Jenny Hawkins Lecce is a freelance writer and author of several plays including "Flyfishing in Tribeca," "Henry's Day," "Second Cousins," Getting Consent" and "Dinner at the Evergreen." NYC productions include Pace University, Neighborhood Playhouse, Douglas Fairbanks Theater, Westbeth, Brooklyn College: New Works on Film/Public Access, Creative Place Theater and more. She is a member of Charles Maryan's Playwright and Director Laboratory in NYC. Her recent full length play "A Dog's Tale" is scheduled to premiere at the Hole in the Wall Theater in Connecticut in 2007. This Wheelhouse debut marks the first time Jenny's short fiction has been seen beyond a sparsely attended open mic.

Bennett Hart is a law student in Washington state.

Sheyene Foster Heller is an award-winning writer of creative non-fiction and essays. Heller currently lives in Los Angeles and teaches English and creative writing courses online. She is also finishing her first memoir, Natural Disasters. Selections from this book have been published in W.W. Norton’s In Brief, Brevity, Nebraska Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Pennsylvania English, American Cowboy, and elsewhere. Heller recently was a recipient of the AWP Intro Journals Award in Nonfiction, and the piece selected (based on a chapter of her memoir) is forthcoming in Tampa Review.

Steve Heller is an award-winning novelist, essayist, and short story writer. Jonis Agee calls Steve Heller "an authentic American voice who teaches us about the human heart, haunted by misdeeds, mysteries, and longing." He is the author of two novels, The Automotive History of Lucky Kellerman (winner of the Friends of American Writers First Prize for Fiction) and Father's Mechanical Universe. Heller's short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and national anthologies, and twice have received O. Henry Awards. He has also received an Individual Fellowship Grant in Fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently serves as the Chair of the Creative Writing Department at Antioch University, Los Angeles.

Heller Levinson lives in NYC where he studies animal behavior.  He has published in over a hundred journals and magazines including Sulfur, Hunger, Talisman, First Intensity, Laurel Review, Omega, The Wandering Hermit, Jacket, The Jivin' Ladybug, etc.  His most recent publication, Smelling Mary, is newly out from Howling Dog Press and has been nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the Griffin Prize.  He is the creator, originator, and founding father of Hinge, and Hinge Theory.  Please visit www.hellerlevinson.com for more information. 

Christiane M. Herr and Thomas Fischer are Germans who live with their daughter in Hong Kong and China where they teach architectural and industrial design. http://www.tfischer.de

Donora Hillard is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection Theology of the Body (San Franciso Bay Press) as well as Bone Cages: A Lyric Memoir (BlazeVox [books], 2007) and Parapherna (dancing girl press, 2006). Her creative nonfiction, fiction, photography, and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Night Train, The Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction, Pebble Lake Review, Segue, and elsewhere. She has taught writing at Penn State University and lives in Detroit, Michigan, where she is a PhD candidate in English at Wayne State University.

Stephen Dunn says of Tung-Hui Hu, "The Book of Motion is an exciting debut" and Linda Gregerson has remarked of the young poet that, "in an age, too often, of surfeit and stall, these poems chart the feft alignments of silence and sublimity, minimal brush stroke and maximal wit, deadpan ad-lib and the swerve of philosophic penetration." Tung-Hui Hu received his M.F.A from the University of Michigan and his first collection, The Book of Motion, was chosen for the Contemporary Poetry Series by Georgia Press and won the Avery Hopwood Award. He is hard at work on his second collection, Mine, which will be published in 2007. Wheelhouse is proud to give readers a glimpse of this new work, as well as to share a piece from The Book of Motion.

Brenda Iijima is the author of If Not Metamorphic (Ahsahta Press, 2010) Revv. You'll--ution (Displaced Press, 2009), Subsistence Equipment (Faux Press, 2008) Animate, Inanimate Aims (Litmus, 2007) and Around Sea (O Books, 2004). She is currently the editor of Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. Iijima has most recently edied the collection of essays by poets concerning poetry and ecological ethics titled )((eco (lang)(uage(reader). She is the art editor at Boog City -- a newspaper and online source for artists and poets in the East Village -- and she is a visual artist. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and teaches at Cooper Union.

Sarah Ruth Jacobs grew up in Bangor, Maine and currently lives in Queens, New York.  Her writing has won awards from Poets & Writers, The Cornell Council for the Arts, and The New York Times.  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Brooklyn Rail and The Mississippi Review.

Eddie Jeffrey used to deliver appliances, and was also once a cemetery groundskeeper, as well as a short order cook. His other stories have appeared at JazzTimes, Dogmatika, Blaze VOX, and most recently at Cautionary Tale. He lives in Baltimore.

Jac Jemc writes, sells books and makes monsters in Chicago. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming from Caketrain, Pedestal, Opium, No Colony, Hotel St. George, Sleepingfish, A Handsome Journal, Bird Dog, Circumference, Tarpaulin Sky, Zoland Poetry, 5_trope, The Denver Quarterly, Lark Magazine, No Posit, Prick of the Spindle and elimae. She completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. You can view a blog of her recent rejections at jacjemc.wordpress.com.

Daniel Johnston has spent the last 20 or so years exposing his heartrending tales of unrequited love, cosmic mishaps, and existential torment to an ever-growing international cult audience. Initiates, including a healthy number of discerning musicians and critics, have hailed him as an American original in the style of bluesman Robert Johnson and country legend Hank Williams. In January, 2005, the feature-length documentary "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" premiered at Sundance Film Festival and at film festivals around the world that year. His drawings were exhibited in the Whitney Biennial :: Day for Night 2006 in New York.

Majid Kathiri is a poet and teacher from New York City.

Raud Kennedy is a dog trainer. His poetry chapbook, Glimpses, is available at Lulu.com, and he is currently promoting his new novel, Mad Rabbits. To learn more visit: MadRabbitsTheNovel.com

Amy King is the author of I'm the Man Who Loves You and Antidotes for an Alibi, both from Blazevox Books, The People Instruments (Pavement Saw Press), Kiss Me With the Mouth of Your Country (Dusie Press), and forthcoming, Men by the Lips of Women (Pudding House) and Slaves to Do These Things (Blazevox Books), a collaboration with Derrick Tyson. Amy edits the Poetics List, sponsored by The Electronic Poetry Center (SUNY-Buffalo/University of Pennsylvania), moderates the Women's Poetry Listserv (WOMPO) and the Goodreads Poetry! Group, and teaches English and Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College. Her poems have been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes, and she has been the recipient of a MacArthur Scholarship for Poetry. Amy King was also the 2007 Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere. She is currently editing an anthology, The Urban Poetic, forthcoming from Factory School. For information on the reading series Amy co-curates, go to The Stain of Poetry: A Reading Series blog or visit her current blog.

Donna Kuhn is a poet, author, dancer, visual and video artist living in Northern California.

Rahul Kumar is an associate professor of philosophy at Queen’s University, Canada. Before teaching at Queen's, Kumar was an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. His principal interests are in moral and political philosophy, and he has published on issues in non-consequentialist moral theory. His book, Consensualism In Principle, has recently been released to critical praise by Blackwell Publishers.

Sahra Kuper is an MFA drop out working as a Career Counselor and loving it. Previous publication includes "Monologues for Women By Women" with a monologue about a woman with a sex change who wants to tell us what is actually so great about peeing standing up.

Jane Rosenberg LaForge has published criticism in Paradoxa; fiction in Pebble Lake Review; and poetry in Rain City Review and La Petite Zine. She teaches English in New York City and is the mother of a future killer whale scientist.

Dorothee Lang lives in Germany, edits the BluePrintReview, and currently is into collaborations. For more about her, visit her at www.blueprint21.de.

Sara Larsen co-edits the Bay Area lit/art zine, TRY magazine, along with poet and editor David Brazil. Larsen and Brazil also curate/host The Life Long Dream Come True reading series, at their place of domesticity. Larsen's chapbooks include "to paradise a dashboard" (autonomous earth press), "doubly circulatory" (artifact press), "2000 decembers" (ampersand press), "23 Chromosomes for David Wojnarowicz" (earthworm press & projects), and most recently "NOVUS" (earthworm press & projects". "The Hallucinated" is forthcoming this spring.

Julia LaSalle has had stories published in Mississippi Review, Spirit Magazine, Drunken Boat, and KnitLit Three. KnitLit Three is a collection of short stories published by Three Rivers Press, a division of Random House. She is currently co-editor of Steel City Review. Julia was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Fall 2005 Short Story Contest for New Writers.

Rob Lavender is an MFA candidate at Queens University of Charlotte. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Swink, Monkeybicycle, Descant, Aura Literary Arts Review, Happy, and Zone 3.

Bethany Tyler Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of North Texas, where she has served as the Production Editor for American Literary Review and Creative Nonfiction Editor for North Texas Review. Her work has appeared in Hayden's Ferry, Puerto del Sol, and Sojourn.

Southern California: land of dislocation and assimilation. It is a place Diane Lefer knows well. In California Transit, she uses conversational prose and macabre wit to zero-in on a Mexican woman detained indefinitely by immigration officials, isolating her from her American family; or a zoo employee considering what to do with a euthanized antelope's head; or, in the title novella, a lonely woman, riding buses all day, who cannot avert the violence building within her. This collection explores the difference between justice and law through a lens unfiltered by moralistic or didactic intention. Like a surveillance camera meant to record crime, not to stop it, Lefer presents a world gone wrong, not because of people's hatred for one another but because of their impossible, unfulfilled yearning to connect. Visit Diane's website here.

Michael Leong’s poetry career began in the sixth grade when he won his first and only poetry prize in Mr. Harrison’s class for a haiku about a snake. Since then, he has received degrees in English and Creative Writing from Dartmouth College, Sarah Lawrence College, and Rutgers University and has published poems and translations in journals such as Action Yes, Bird Dog, Double Room, jubilat, Marginalia, Opium Magazine, Pindeldyboz, and Tin House. He is the author of I, the Worst of All (blazeVOX [books], 2009), a translation of the Chilean poet Estela Lamat, and e.s.p. (Silenced Press, 2009). He currently lives in New York City.

Marc Leuthold is an artist and art professor who maintains a studio in Harlem in New York City.

Reb Livingston is the editor of the online poetry magazine No Tell Motel and publisher of No Tell Books. She's the author of YOUR TEN FAVORITE WORDS (Coconut Books) and co-editor of THE BEDSIDE GUIDE TO NO TELL MOTEL anthology series. Her next book, GOD DAMSEL, is scheduled to be released in early 2010.

Sam Lohmann lives in Portland, works at a preschool, and edits the semiannual poetry zine Peaches and Bats. He's the author of several chapbooks and pamphlets, including Onlooking, Fluted Octaves (for nothing) and Unless As Stone Is. He was recently interviewed by Will Owen for SMALLS.

Andrew Lundwall is the editor of Scantily Clad Press. His work has appeared in numerous print and electronic literary journals internationally, including Seven Corners, PFS Post, Big Bridge, Shampoo, Moria, Near South, Miami Sun Post's Mad Love, 88: A Journal of Contemporary American Poetry, Otoliths, rock heals, and Blazevox. He has released two chapbooks, klang (deep cleveland press, 2006) and funtime (Funtime Press, 2007), a collaboration with Adam Fieled.

Travis Macdonald, a graduate of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, is currently pretending to be a professional copywriter in Santa Fe, NM. In his spare time, he co-edits Fact-Simile Editions (www.fact-simile.com) and publishes his poetry in places like Bombay Gin, Hot Whiskey, Matter, The American Drivel Review and elsewhere.

Sarah Mangold is the author of Household Mechanics (New Issues) and the chapbooks Blood Substitutes (Potes & Poets), Boxer Rebellion (g o n g), Picture of the Basket (dusie kollectiv), Parlor (dusie kollectiv) and Cupcake Royale (forthcoming '08). She lives in Seattle where she publishes Bird Dog, a journal of innovative writing and art and co-edits, with Maryrose Larkin, Flash + Card, a chapbook and ephemera press.

Matthea Marquart is delighted to have her work published in this progressive publication.  She is a long-time feminist and was a 2005 V-Day Vagina Warrior for activist work including speaking at schools about gender issues.  A new writer, her fiction has been published in 10X10X10, Altar Magazine, Defenestration, and Poor Mojo's Almanac(k).  By day, she directs the training department of a nonprofit that provides free tutoring to children from low-income communities.  Her training-related work has been published in T+D Magazine, TrainingMag.com, The Accidental Trainer, LEARN, NY Nonprofit Press, and Education.com. 

C.J. Martin lives in San Marcos, TX, where he co-edits Dos Press with Julia Drescher, Little Red Leaves (www.littleredleaves.com) & LRL e-editions. He is the author of 3 poetry chapbooks: WIW?3: Hold me tight. Make me happy (Delete Press, 2009), Lo, Bittern (Atticus/Finch, 2008) and CITY (Vigilance Society, 2007). His essay on Rob Halpern's work and the cosmetic appears in the second issue of ON: Contemporary Practice. He teaches at TX State University-San Marcos.

Clare L. Martin is a poet-mother-wife living with a diagnosis of bipolar disease since 1992. She is a graduate of University of Southwestern Louisiana. Clare's creative writing has appeared or is forthcoming in several literary journals, including Farmhouse Magazine, Blood Lotus, Lily Lit Review and Blue Fifth Review. She is also the playwright of "Waterlines" produced in April and November 2006, and May 2007 as part of the project Sustained Winds, a collaboration of Louisiana artists responding to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Sustained Winds was performed to great critical reviews in New York City in August 2007 as part of the New York International Fringe Festival.

Matt Maxwell's fiction can be found at madhattersreview.com, eyeshot.net, flashquake.org, and writesideup.net; his work will also soon appear at thegreenmuse.net and noojournal.com.

John McClellan is a poet/monad/human/father/citizen/artist from Ventura County, CA. He is interested in sentiency, ego, negative and positive exposure, perpetual birth, saints, dictators, sorrow, sex drive, stereotype, mind, mercurial laughs, the buckling of space, family, friends and the great feast the normal stuff of love and emancipation. McClellan was published in Art/Life & Brick publications a few times each in the 90s.

Maureen McHugh is pursuing a degree in English with a minor in Classics. She has previously been published in the literary magazines
Stylus and Stirring and is forthcoming in The Blue Fifth Review as well as The South Carolina Review. She is editor of University of
Maryland's independent literary journal That Far Down, and won the Jiminez-Porter literary prize in 2007.

Kevin McLellan has recent or forthcoming poems in journals including: Barrow Street, Drunken Boat, Hunger Mountain, Interim and others. His first manuscript was a finalist for the 2007 Barrow Street Book Prize and a semifinalist for the 2008 Beatrice Hawley Award, the 2008 Kathryn A Morton Prize, and 2008 St. Lawrence Book Award. Kevin lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Michelle McMahon is a writer of short stories, experimental fiction, and poems.  She completed her MFA in fiction at Antioch University Los Angeles.  Her work has appeared in River Walk Journal, Getgo Magazine, SHAMPOO, Hot Whiskey Magazine #2, The Chickasaw Plum,the anthology The Year of the Blue Jay, and on the experimental fiction website Cut ‘n’ Mix.  She grew up in three countries, four states, and eight cities and now lives in Los Angeles, California, with seven dogs, two pigs, a chicken, her husband and son (all of them imaginary, except the husband and son). 

Meghan McNealy is a recent graduate of The Evergreen State College. She is former editor of the journals Slightly West and Inkwell. She is a performer and multi-media artist, co-creater and founder of Combinatorics Theater. Her poetry has appeared recently in Bird Dog, Admit2, and BraKit: An Anthology of New Writing.

Caroline Mercurio is a freelance editor, designer and publisher living in Asheville, North Carolina. She teaches writing at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina and online for Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Maine. Her poems have been published in the Asheville Poetry Review, Louisiana Literature, and Vermont Magazine, among others. She earned her MFA in Writing from Vermont College in 1999, then founded and until recently served as the Managing Editor for Hunger Mountain, The Vermont College Journal of Arts & Letters

Corey Mesler's work has appeared in many publications including Turnrow, Adirondack Review, American Poetry Journal, Paumanok Review, Yankee Pot Roast, Monday Night, Elimae, H_NGM_N, The American Drivel Review, Poet Lore, Forklift OH, Euphony, Rattle, Dicey Brown, Cordite and Cellar Door. His novel-in-dialogue, Talk, was published by Livingston Press in 2002. His new novel, We are Billion-Year-Old Carbon, is also from Livingston Press. His poem, “Sweet Annie Divine,” was chosen for Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, and he has received several nominations for the Pushcart Prize. He's been a book reviewer, fiction editor, university press sales rep, grant committee judge, father and son. With his wife he owns Burke’s Book Store, one of the country’s oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores. He can be found at www.coreymesler.com.

Erika Meyers graduated from Kent State University last May with an English degree with a minor in Writing. Her recent publications include The Blue Collar Review and The New Writer.

June Michaels has a blasted good time selling used furniture out her own store in Lakewood, Arizona. When she isn't busy selling old stuff, she's writing memoir, fiction, and poetry. This is her first publication.

Jessica Milby is a Philadelphia artist, originally from Alabama. Her work in print-making and painting has been shown throughout the Northeast. Her etchings have recently been described as both "otherworldly" and "meticulously reminiscent of the19th century Japanese masters-with a subtle touch of post-modernity" by Core Magazine. She also works as an archivist at the Philadelphia Art Museum.

Ben Miller is a writer and teacher from New York City.

Robert Mittenthal is author of Value Unmapped (Nomados), Martyr Economy, Ready Terms (Tsunami Editions), and the forthcoming Wax World (Chax).  Irrational Dude, a chapbook of collaborative work with Nico Vassilakis, was recently published by tir aux pigeons (http://tir-aux-pigeons.blogspot.com/).  He lives in Seattle where he has been a curator of the Subtext Reading Series. A new blog is at http://rmutts.blogspot.com.

Sally Molini's work has appeared in or is forthcoming in LIT, Mad Hatters' Review, Ab Ovo, 32 Poems, Gargoyle, Salt Hill, Segue, Calyx, Stirring, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of Warren Wilson College's MFA Program and lives in Nebraska.

Nathan Murphy is a poet and actor living in Olympia, Washington.

Christopher Mulrooney has written poems in Beeswax, Delmarva Review, Guernica and Vanitas.

Uche Nduka -Poet,Essayist,Lyricist- was born and brought up in Nigeria. His books include Flower Child (1988), Second Act (1994),The Bremen Poems(1995), Chiaroscuro (Which won the Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Prize for 1997), If Only The Night (2003), Heart's Field (2005), eel on reef (2007). Nduka has lived in Holland and Germany. He presently lives and works in New York City, USA.

Karen Neuberg’s poems have appeared in Diagram, Ditch, elimae, Buffalo Carp, Mannequin Envy, and others. She’s a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, holds an MFA from the New School and is an associate editor at Inertia Magazine. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn , NY and West Hurley, NY. Her chapbook, Detailed Still, is available from Poets Wear Prada Press.

Carol Novack is the publisher of multi-media Mad Hatters' Review and a former Australian government grant recipient and criminal/constitutional attorney in NYC. She’s the author of a poetry chapbook, collaborative CD, and digital film. A collection of her short fictions, fusions and poems will be published in 2010. Works may or will be found in numerous journals, including American Letters & Commentary, Diagram, Exquisite Corpse, Fiction International, First Intensity, LIT, and Notre Dame Review, and anthologies, including “The Penguin Book of Australian Women Poets,” “Heide Hatry: Heads and Tales,” and “Online Writings: The Best of the First Ten Years.” Works have been translated into several languages.

Alicia Oltuski is an MFA candidate at Columbia University and a manuscript reader at the Paris Review. She also writes a weekly Arts and Culture page for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin. Her publications include Touchstone Literary Journal, Prairie Margins, The Penn Review, Peregrine, New Voices, and the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin.

Eliza Tucker Osborn is a freelance writer, essayist and historical novelist. Her nonfiction can be found in City Legacy Magazine, Pittsburgh Parent Magazine, and the anthology, Stories from Beyond the Sidewalk, and she is a contributor to the “Unusual Historicals” blog. Eliza resides in the Midwestern capitol of crime, Youngstown, Ohio, with her husband and daughter. She can be found on the Web at www.elizatucker.com.

Both an internationally shown artist and also experienced geneticist, Hunter O'Reilly reinterprets science as art through abstractions, digital art and installations. She holds a Ph.D. and Master's degree in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California-Berkeley. She teaches biology and art at Loyola University Chicago. She created a course, Biology Through Art, where students have the opportunity to create innovative artworks in a biology laboratory.

Peter Orner is the author of Esther Stories and The Second Coming of Mauala Shikongo. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, and Best American Short Stories. Born in Chicago, he currently lives in San Fransisco and teaches at San Francisco State University.

Cami Park often wonders. Her work can be found in places like Smokelong Quarterly, Forklift, Ohio, No Tell Motel, Hobart, Juked, FRiGG Magazine, Rumble, and elimae. Plus she has a blog at http://oddcitrus.wordpress.com.

Chaz Park was born in South Korea and currently works as a Civil Engineer in Portland, Oregon. His drawings and collages are produced solely in Microsoft Word Paint 2.0. Wheelhouse Magazine is proud to debut Mr. Park's work.

Kathleen Paul-Flanagan is the mother of three wonderful beasts. She's been married to a very nice man for twenty years. She stopped writing for a long time and in 2004, decided to try again. Since then, she's had poems published in Nerve Cowboy, My Favorite Bullet, Zygote in My Coffee and quite a few other places. In 2005, she took over editing "remark." and made it into a print 'zine.

Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collection Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords 2008) as well as chapbooks from Furniture_Press and Stockport Flats Press. Her writing is forthcoming or has recently appeared in journals such as Coconut, Ploughshares, Filter Literary Magazine, Denver Quarterly, and FOURSQUARE Editions as well as in the anthology A Sing Economy (Flim Forum 2008). Assistant Professor of English at Pace University Westchester, she teaches creative writing, contemporary fiction and theory. For more, visit http://deborahpoe.com.

Frederick Pollack is the author of two book-length narrative poems, The Adventure and Happiness, both published by Story Line Press. Other of his poems and essays have appeared in Hudson Review, Southern Review, Fulcrum, Salmagundi, Poetry Salzburg Review, Die Gazette (Munich), Representations and elsewhere. Poems have most recently appeared in the print journals Iota (UK), Orbis (UK), Naked Punch (UK), and are forthcoming in The Hat and Magma (UK). Online, poems have appeared in Big Bridge, Snorkel, Hamilton Stone Review, Diagram, Words-Myth, BlazeVox, Can We Have Our Ball Back?, The New Hampshire Review, elimae, and elsewhere, and are forthcoming in nthposition and Mudlark. Pollack is an adjunct professor of creative writing at George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Aside from his internationally shown visual work, Chris Pottinger is a stalwart of the experimental Detroit music scene as a member of the band Odd Clouds. Visit him and the rest of Odd Clouds at www.tastysoil.com.

Glen Pourciau's stories have been published in recent or forthcoming issues of Cimarron Review, Confrontation, Harpur Palate, Mississippi Review, New England Review, and New Orleans Review.  One of his stories won Ontario Review's Cooper Fiction Prize and received special mention in the 2007 Pushcart Prize annual. 

Liz Prato's fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Iron Horse Literary Review, ZYZZYVA, Subtropics, the Berkeley Fiction Review, Gertrude Press, and Contrary. She won 1st place in the Berkeley Fiction Review’s 2005 Sudden Fiction contest, and was a winner in the 2006 Oregon Writers Colony contest.

Nate Pritts is the author of two full length poetry collections – Sensational Spectacular (BlazeVOX) & the forthcoming Honorary Astronaut (Ghost Road).  The editor of H_NGM_N, an online journal of poetry & poetics, he is also a frequent contributor to Rain Taxi.  Originally from New York, he lives in Louisiana with his family and teaches gifted students at Bolton High School in Alexandria, LA.

Nahid Rachlin, born in Iran, came to the United States to attend college and stayed. She has been writing and publishing novels and short stories, in English. Among her publications are a memoir, PERSIAN GIRLS (Tarcher/Penguin), four novels, JUMPING OVER FIRE (City Lights), FOREIGNER (W.W. Norton), MARRIED TO A STRANGER (E.P.Dutton), THE HEART'S DESIRE (City Lights), and a collection of short stories, VEILS (City Lights). Her individual short stories have appeared in about fifty magazines, including The Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Redbook and Shenandoah. While a student she held a Doubleday-Columbia fellowship and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship (Stanford). The grants and awards she has received include the Bennet Cerf Award, PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. website: http://www.nahidrachlin.com/

Francis Raven’s books include the volumes of poetry Provisions (Interbirth, 2009), Shifting the Question More Complicated (Otoliths, 2007) and Taste: Gastronomic Poems (Blazevox, 2005) as well as the novel, Inverted Curvatures (Spuyten Duyvil, 2005).  Poems have been published in Bath House, Chain, Big Bridge, Bird Dog, Mudlark, Caffeine Destiny, and Spindrift among others. My critical work can be found in Jacket, Logos, Clamor, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, The Electronic Book Review, The Emergency Almanac, The Morning News, The Brooklyn Rail, 5 Trope, In These Times, The Fulcrum Annual, Rain Taxi, and Flak.

Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Gravities of Center (Arkipelago, 2003), Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish, 2005) which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, and Diwata (BOA Editions, 2010). Visit her online at http://bjanepr.wordpress.com/

Nanette Rayman Rivera lives in New York City. She has been published in The Berkeley Fiction Review, Dragonfire, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Pedestal, Carousel, Wicked Alice, The Pebble Lake Review, Sein Und Werden, andwerve, Barnwood, The Centrifugal Eye, Words and Pictures, Her Circle, Poesia, Arsenic Lobster, Stirring, Flashquake, A Little Poetry, DMQ Review, Velvet Avalanche Anthology, Verse Libre, Erosha, Three Candles, Snow Monkey, Jack, Flutter,
Small Spiral Notebook, Carve Magazine, 5 Trope, Mindfire Renewed, Wanderings, Concrete Wolf, Rogue’s Scholars, remark, eye-rhyme, Central Avenue, RedRiver Review, Mannequin Envy,
and Underground Window, among others. She was nominated for two Pushcart Prizes this year: Arsenic Lobster for poetry and Dragonfire for memoir. Her first poetry collection will be published in March by Foothills Publishing.

Ellen Rittberg is a poet, fiction writer and screenwriter. Her poems have been in Kansas Quarterly, Long Island Quarterly, and Flutter and she was one of the winners of the Border's Bookstore Poetry Contest. Her plays have been performed off off Broadway, in festivals and in Los Angeles. Her essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times and Newsday op ed pages and she was a frequent contributor the Daily News.

Linda Rodriguez is the former Director of the UMKC Women's Center and was a co-convenor of the Women & Environment Caucus at the United Nations international conference, Women 2000: Beijing Plus Five. She is a founder of the University Women’s Leadership Institute and the Missouri Women's Leadership Coalition and serves on a number of community boards. Now, as a writer and personal coach, she works with individual clients and gives workshops in creativity, diversity awareness, leadership, time management, and writing. Linda has a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has published poetry and fiction in literary magazines, such as The Kansas City Star, New Letters, Potpourri, and Plainswoman, and a chapbook of poetry, Skin Hunger (Potpourri Publications, 1995).

Shauna Rogan is a San Francisco based writer and performance artist. Her writing has appeared in nearly twenty print and online publications including Exquisite Corpse, In Our Own Words Vol IV, Suspect Thoughts, Mississippi Review, and Comet. She is also the Poetry Editor for Other Magazine, and author of the chapbooks Drinking, Dancing, Kissing, Yelling, The Art of Restraint, and Dabbling in Babylon. Currently in production is a performance ritual exploring the dilution of myth in modern culture called ‘Snow White Lies in Wait.’ She readsall hate mail and love notes sent to shaunarogan@hotmail.com and would love to hear from you.

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and the author of Reading With Oprah (University of Arkansas Press, 2005), Oneiromance (an epithalamion) (Switchback Books, 2008), and Live Nude Girl (Arkansas, 2009). Find her recent poems in Court Green, Subtropics, The Pinch, and The Cincinnati Review and essays in Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, Southern Humanities Review, and Another Chicago Magazine.

Jim Ruland lives in San Diego and works at an Indian Casino. He is the host of Vermin on the Mount, an irreverent reading series in the heart of L.A.'s Chinatown, and the author of Big Lonesome.

Natasha Saje is a professor of English Literature at Westminster College. She has published two books of poetry, Bend (Tupelo Press, 2004) and Red Under the Skin (winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize). Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications including The Paris Review, The Iowa Review, Shenandoah, Prairie Schooner, Antioch Review, and Ploughshares.

Alfie Casaus Salazar belongs to a poetry group called "Las Compañedas," a Spanish word meaning “The Companions.”His work has been published in Nuestras Raíces, the journal of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America, and on the website of El Escritorio Publishers.

Arthur Saltzman is the author of ten books, including the essay collections Objects and Empathy, which won the First Series Creative Nonfiction Award from Mid-List Press; Nearer, which came out last spring from Parlor Press; and two collections forthcoming in 2007, Solve for X (U. of South Carolina Press) and The Obligations of the Harp. He is a Professor of English at Missouri Southern State University.

Amy L. Sargent lives outside of Pittsburgh, PA in a tiny, lopsided house with her husband and their four cats. Amy teaches freshman composition courses at a local community college, and her poetry has appeared (or is forthcoming) in The Dalhousie Review, Plain Spoke and juked, among others.

Teresa Schartel is an MFA student at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, PA.  Her poems have appeared in Empowerment 4 Women and elimae.

Rebecca Schmidt's life had been, for years, devoted to Columbia University President, Lee. C. Bollinger, the self-appointed leader on affirmative action within white America. Unfortunately, he would not leave his wife. These are the first of her poems, debuting here, at Wheelhouse Magazine. She currently resides in New York and is the mother of two.

Zachary Schomburg is the author of The Man Suit (Black Ocean 2007), the forthcoming Scary, No Scary (Black Ocean 2009) and two forthcoming chapbooks: I Am a Small Boy (Factory Hollow 2009) and The Pond (Greying Ghost 2009). His translations of Andrei Sen-Senkov and Irina Shostakovskaya are in Circumference, Mantis, and Jacket. His collaborations with Emily Kendal Frey are in jubliat, Diode, Anti-, and Sir! He co-edits Octopus Magazine and Octopus Books. He lives in Portland where he teaches at Portland State and Portland Community College.

David Schulz is a freelance illustrator and artist from Middletown, Connecticut. His work has been exhibited at the Brick Gallery in Essex, Connecticut and is currently on view at the Russell Library. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications, including the Hartford Courant, and he recently illustrated two books by Connecticut author Gina Greenlee.

Eden Schulz is a union organizer at Local 2110, United Auto Workers, in New York City. She has served as an artistic consultant and editor for numerous unionist publications and public relations campaigns. Over the years she has designed logos, art posters and websites for some of the leading labor organizations, including the UAW and the New York City Central Labor Council. She is also the managing editor of Wheelhouse Magazine.

Jonah Schulz is a freelance artist in Brooklyn, NY. Visit his website at www.jonahschulz.com.

Peter Schwartz is the editor of 'eye' and the associate art editor of Mad Hatters' Review. His
artwork can be seen all over the Internet but specifically at: www.sitrahahra.com. He has almost 200 poems published in such journals as Porcupine, Vox, and Sein und Werden. Currently he is working on paintings for an exhibit at the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in Chelsea, New York City.

M. Bartley Seigel teaches literature and creative writing at Michigan Technological University and is editor of Pank: New Writing & Art.

Paul Siegell is the author of jambandbootleg (A-Head, 2009), wild life rifle fire (Otoliths Books, 2009), Poemergency Room (Otoliths Books, 2008) and the e-chap JAM> (ungovernable press, 2008). He is a staff editor at Painted Bride Quarterly, and has contributed to The American Poetry Review, BlazeVOX, Coconut and other fine journals. Kindly find more of Paul's work at ReVeLeR @ eYeLeVeL.

Spencer Selby is the author of eight poetry books, three compilations of visual work and a study of film noir. He coordinated The Canessa Park Reading Series for six years and created The List of Experimental Poetry/Art Magazines in 1993. He lives in Oakland, California.

Tom Sheehan’s Epic Cures, (short stories), from Press 53 won a 2006 IPPY Award from Independent Publishers. A Collection of Friends, (memoirs), 2004 from Pocol Press, was nominated for PEN America Albrend Memoir Award. His fourth poetry book, This Rare Earth & Other Flights, issued by Lit Pot Press, 2003. Print mysteries are Vigilantes East and Death for the Phantom Receiver. An Accountable Death is serialized on 3amMagazine.com. Six novels seek publication. His short story collection, Brief Cases, Short Spans, will be issued in 2008, and The Quickening Source has been completed, as has Silas Tully, Saugus Cop Now and Then. He has nominations for eight Pushcart Prizes and two Million Writers Awards, a Silver Rose Award from ART for short story excellence, and many Internet appearances. He can be reached at tomfsheehan@comcast.net. He is a veteran of the Korean War (31st Infantry Regiment), a Boston College grad after Army service, and has been retired for 16 years.

Larissa Shmailo has been published in Barrow Street, Fulcrum, Rattapallax, We (Naropa), Big Bridge, and many other publications. Larissa translated the Russian Futurist opera Victory over the Sun by A. Kruchenych; a DVD of the original English-language production is part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She also contributed translations to the recent anthology Contemporary Russian Poetry published by Dalkey Archive Press. Her poetry CDs, The No-Net World (SongCrew 2006) and Exorcism (2008) are frequently heard on radio and Internet broadcasts. Her new chapbook is A Cure for Suicide (Cervena Barva Press 2008). Larissa’s first collection of poetry, In Paran, will be published by BlazeVox Books in spring 2009.

Sarah J. Sloat grew up in New Jersey, and after university lived in China, Kansas and Italy. For the last 15 years, she’s lived in Germany, where she’s an editor for a news agency. Sarah’s poetry has appeared in Third Coast, RHINO and Juked, among other publications. Her favorite poets include Pier Giorgio di Cicco and Vasko Popa.

Anthony Neil Smith is the author of two novels--PSYCHOSOMATIC and THE DRUMMER (named one of January Magazine's Best of 2006). His work has appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Bellevue Literary Review, Natural Bridge, Flyway, Void Magazine, Juked, Murdaland, plus many others. Originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, he's currently far far away on the creative writing faculty at Southwest Minnesota State University.

John Sperling has been published in Pearl, Spout, Swinkmag.com, and Smokelong.com.  His influences range from John Fante to Judge Judy, and he enjoys avocados, dry heat, and sitting quietly.  He is currently finishing his first novel.

Caty Sporleder grew up in Emmett Idaho. After 18 years she traded her big sky for the dense tree cover of Olympia, Washington, and The Evergreen State College. She received her MFA from Antioch University in 2008. Her favorite book is The Letters of Mina Harker by Dodie Bellamy.

Matina L. Stamatakis is a poet, digital artist, and "noise technician" operating under the name Viscera[e]. Some of her works have appeared, or are forthcoming, in La Petite Zine, Intercapillary Space, and Otoliths. She has one chapbook, ek-ae: a journey into ekphrastic poetry (Dusie, 2007), and one more book of collected poetry, Twine Galleries, currently seeking publication.

Jill Stegman lives on the central coast of California, where she teaches at an alternative high school. Her work has most recently been published, or is forthcoming, in such journals as Del Sol Review, Lynx Eye, North Atlantic Review, Isotope, Storyglossia, and RE:AL. She has recently been named a finalist in the Glimmer Train Short Story Contest for New Writers.

Nicole Steinberg is the co-editor of LIT magazine and the curator and host of EARSHOT, a Brooklyn-based reading series dedicated to emerging writers. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Coconut, BOMB, Eleven Eleven, Barrelhouse, Barrow Street, and elsewhere, and her chapbook Gamblers is due this year from Taiga Press.

Elizabeth Kate Switaj has two full-length collections of poetry forthcoming: Magdalene & the Mermaids from Paper Kite Press and How to Drink a Floral Moon from Blue Lion Books. Her chapbook, The Broken Sanctuary: Nature Poems, is currently available from Ypolita Press and her echap, Shanghai (has more capital), from Gold Wake Press. She edits Crossing Rivers Into Twilight (www.critjournal.com), blogs for Fringe Magazine, and serves as assistant editor for Inertia Magazine. Her professional experience includes teaching in cities throughout Japan, China, and the US as well as conducting media research and writing online copy for a kimono import company. www.elizabethkateswitaj.net

Ron Tanner has published stories in such magazines as The Iowa Review, the Massachusetts Review, the Literary Review, Story Quarterly, and dozens of others. His work has been anthologized in Best of the West, the Pushcart Prizes, and Twenty Under Thirty: Early Work of America's Influential Writers. Awards for his short fiction include a James Michener Fellowship from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, first prize in the New Letters national fiction competition, gold medal in the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society national competition for short fiction, and many others. His first collection of short stories, A Bed of Nails, won the first-annual G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize, sponsored by BkMk Press at he University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Marilyn Taylor’s poems have appeared in Poetry, The American Scholar, Smartish Pace, The Formalist, Evansville Review, and many other literary journals. Her second full-length collection, titled Subject to Change (David Robert Books), was nominated for the 2005 Poets’ Prize. Marilyn is a Contributing Editor for THE WRITER magazine, where her articles on poetic craft appear regularly. Her chapbook manuscript titled Going Wrong was just accepted by Parallel Press, and is scheduled for publication in 2009.

Andrew Topel doesn't much like writing about himself.

J. Townsend has poems and essays published or forthcoming in Bombay Gin, The Cultural Society, Gam, Diagram, Fact-Simile, Volt, & Jacket. With Nicholas DeBoer, he edits con/crescent press, a chapbook publisher & print magazine focused on discursive essay / creative non-fiction. He writes and performs with the New Philadelphia Poets, & lives in E. Kensington, Philadelphia.

Jen Tynes lives in Denver, edits horse less press, and is the author or co-author of Heron/Girlfriend (Coconut Books), See Also Electric Light (Dancing Girl Press), The Ohio System (w/ Erika Howsare, Octopus Books), and The End of Rude Handles (Red Morning Press). a chapbook, Pins & Needles, is forthcoming from Cinematheque Press.

Among Lourdes Vasquez' latest books are: Sin ti no soy yo (Puerto, 2005), La estatuilla (Cultural, 2004), Bestiary: Selected Poems (Bilingual Review Press, 2004), finalist of the Foreword Book of the Year Award 2004; May the Travesties of my island (Belladona, 2004), Salmos del cuerpo ardiente (Chihuahua Arde, 2004), Hablar sobre Julia (SALALM, 2002), and Park Slope (Duration Press, 2003). Her short stories, essays and poetry had been widely published in anthologies, journals and newspapers abroad. She is winner of the International Juan Rulfo Short Story Award, 2002 (France). Her work is translated in English, Swedish, Portuguese, Italian, Galician and Mixtec. She has collaborated with a great group of artists. In all collaborations the process had been participatory and dynamic, nurturing through dialogue, workshops or rehearsals. Among the artists she has worked with are Teo Freytes, Jane Gilday, Maia Sorensen, Andrea Hasselager, Lene Lavtsen, Kim Quiley, Consuelo Gotay, Adál Maldonado and Tere Martínez. Her website: http://www.lourdesvazquez.net/

Nico Vassilakis works in both textual and visual poetry. He is a curator for the Subtext Reading Series in Seattle. His vispo videos have been shown in exhibits and festivals of innovative language arts. Nico's recently published TEXT LOSES TIME is available from ManyPenny Press.

Kevin Vaughn is a 2006-2007 United States J. William Fulbright Fellow at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, where he is the Director of the Translation Project in African American Literature & Culture. He is a Cave Canem Fellow and previously an editor at the magazine PARNASSUS: Poetry in Review. He holds a BA from Vermont College and will soon be awarded his MFA in poetry from Columbia University. His poetry has recently appeared in Mississippi Review.

Paul Vidich writes short stories early in the morning before his family gets up. It's the only time that he has to himself. He is a senior executive in a large media company, and he has taken creative writing courses with Nahid Rachlin at the New School and the 92nd Street Y. Several of his stories have been workshopped on Zoetrope's website. He actively supports the arts and sits on the boards of Poets & Writers and Intar Theater.

William Walsh's stories and derived texts have appeared in New York Tyrant, Juked, Caketrain, Lit, Rosebud, Crescent Review, Quarterly West, Elimae, Fringe, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and other journals. His first novel, Without Wax, will be published in March 2008 with Casperian Books, and an illustrated chapbook entitled "The Snowman on the Moon" is forthcoming with Uptown Books. http://questionstruck.blogspot.com

Eric Weinstein is currently finishing an AB in English and Philosophy at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He was born in Macon, Georgia and grew up in Nashua, New Hampshire. As of June he will be living, working, and writing in New York City. His poetry has previously appeared in The Archive, Duke's literary journal, and has won several awards, including the Anne Flexner Prize in Poetry.

James R. Whitley's poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared or is forthcoming in several publications, including Barrelhouse, elimae, Mississippi Review, Pebble Lake Review, Poetry Southeast, the strange fruit, and Texas Poetry Journal. His first book Immersion won the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. His second collection This Is the Red Door won the Ironweed Press Poetry Prize and will be published in 2007.

John Moore Williams is a poet working in visual and verbal strains. He has authored three chapbooks so far: I discover i is an android (Trainwreck Press, 2008), writ10 (VUGG Books, 2008) and, with Matina L. Stamatakis, Xenophoria (forthcoming, 2009). Poems have appeared in such journals as Shampoo, Otoliths, fieralingue, BlazeVox, Turntable + Blue Light, The New Post-Literate and ditch, among others.

Elizabeth Williamson is an assistant professor of English Literature at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. She has lectured widely on Reformation Aesthetics and the History of Drama, as well as modern cinematic interpretations of Shakespeare. Her articles on Renaissance politics and religion are forthcoming in Studies in English Literature and The International Shakespeare Yearbook. In addition to her academic pursuits, Elizabeth served as co-chair of GET-UP (Graduate Employees Together, University of Pennsylvania), the union of teachers at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been an advocate of unionism, civil rights, and prison reform in the United States, and continues to pursue these subjects in her teaching at Evergreen.

David Wolach is a text and multi-media arist and is professor of poetry, poetics, & philosophy of language and music at The Evergreen State College. During the summer he is visiting professor in Bard College's Workshop In Language & Thinking. Author of the poetry books Fractions of M and The Transcendental Insect Reader; a study of avant-garde German opera, Acts of Art/Works of Violence; and a CD collection of sound poetry, Strophic Measures, David has various things forthcoming from Bird Dog, Night Train, Diode, Venereal Kittens, CRIT, The Concelebratory Shoehorn Review, AB OVO, The Duplications, Poetry Midwest, and elsewhere. David's fourth book, bookended by a multi-media power point presentation with audio, Prefab Eulogies, has been or will be performed at venues such as Buffalo Poetics Reading Series, The American Cybernetics Conference 2009, The Stain of Poetry Reading Series, and to self on long plane rides. The book, however, is still looking for a small press that does letterpress and CDs and willing to lose precious resources trying to put the thing together. David is founder of Wheelhouse Magazine & Press.

Michael Wolach teaches English literature in the Bronx at the School for Social Justice. He is also the union representative for his school and has been an amateur photographer ever since he picked up his first camera in 1995.

Ian Wood was born in Lynnwood, Washington, home of the Alderwood Mall, in 1981, the Year of the Rooster. He is a young and upcoming artist just beginning his work in film. He began his artistic endeavors in music, forming Sloppy Sevenths, a rock band (for lack of a better term), whose hiatus remains indefinite. His hands have dabbled in various media, including music, collage, video, photography, writing, and the conglomeration of all of these: film. Tsunami Escape is his first film. He is currently in production on a short film titled River-Oceans. Contact/Feedback: tsunamiescape@hotmail.com

Sandra Yannone’s poetry and reviews have appeared in Ploughshares, CALYX, Prairie Schooner, and The Gay and Lesbian Review. Top, a chapbook, is available from Ultima Obscura Press. Past awards include an AWP Intro Award and the Academy of American Poets University Prize. She currently is a faculty member and Director of the Writing Center at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.

Joshua Young studies creative writing as a graduate student at Western Washington University. He has two novels There and Have You Heard of Wes Anderson? published by indie press Lines and Blood books and a forthcoming collection of his stories and poetry is due out October. He and his twin brother are both filmmakers working with a community of writers, actors, and filmmakers in Bellingham, Washington.

Changming Yuan grew up in rural China, authored three books before immigrating to Canada and lives a marginalized life as a tutor/writer in Vancouver, with poems just appearing or forthcoming in Barnwood, Canadian Literature, Drunken Boat, New Quarterly, Orbis, Queen's Quarterly, Saranac Review, Sentence and others.

Maged Zaher was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt and came to the U.S. to pursue a graduate degree in Engineering. His English poems have appeared in magazines such as “Columbia Poetry Review”, “Exquisite Corpse”, “Jacket”, “New American Writing”, “Tinfish”, and others. He performed his poems at Subtext, Kootenay School of Writing, Bumbershoot, St. Mark's Poetry Project, Evergreen State College, and other plaes.

Rachel Zolf's fourth full-length book, Neighbour Procedure, was released by Coach House Books in spring, 2010. Zolf’s previous collections include Human Resources, which won the 2008 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, Masque, Shoot & Weep, and Her absence, this wanderer. Her work is included in anthologies such as Prismatic Publics: Innovative Canadian Women’s Poetry and Poetics (Coach House) and a forthcoming anthology of conceptual writing from Les Figues Press. She has worked in documentary film and communications and was the founding poetry editor for The Walrus magazine. Her collaborative MFA in Creative Writing can be followed at thetoleranceproject.blogspot.com. Born in Toronto, Zolf lives in New York.Born in Toronto, Zolf lives in New York.