Issue 1: All Hallows
Mick Choder is a performing singer-songwriter
from the Philadelphia area. His lyrics comprise many letters of the
alphabet in different combinations, usually in groups of two or more,
although the letter "i" often stands alone. For more information, visit
webmaster Amanda Cornwell is a highly suffanciacated multimedia artist
and computer junkie--coexisting with her computer and art supplies somewhere
in Maryland... for more exploration of her cranium visit www.geocities.com/suffanciacator.
Artwork: Gemini Undone
Dunne is a former fiber optic engineer. He renounced the corporate monastic
lifestyle for the world of academia. He hopes to gain dual degrees in
psychology and history; this would enable him to better study the transfer
of french fries to frenzied consumers...
Essay: Corporate World and Lessons Learned
is the network manager for a consulting firm in suburban Philadelphia.
He wrote the sales-management software for a multinational retail
organization and produces a yearly two-hour live comedic show which
drew an audience of 4000 people in 2001. In his spare time he has
been attempting to reconcile the Aquinian view of a just and caring
deity with the resurgence of Carrot Top's career.
Cutting: Ben and Jerry's
Fluent in over 14.2 languages, versed in more than 34 international
ethnic dances, and holding Ph.D.'s in microbiology, quantum physics,
and hermaphrodite studies, Chris Martinez is a typical Pennsylvania
Mary is an aspiring Dave Barry/aspiring Stephen King (and will acknowledge
the weirdness of that combination) who has lived all her life in rural
PA (otherwise known as the Land of Cows and Corn.) When not writing,
she works as a typesetter in the composing departments of three newspapers
(leading to the occasional confusion.) She was once a reporter for
Standard-Journal Newspapers and still occasionally writes for the
Luminary, a weekly newspaper in Muncy, PA. She is a 1999 graduate
of Susquehanna University, where
she received a bachelor of arts in English literature and journalism
and was active in The
Crusader student newspaper. She has recently been published in
the online magazine Wilmington
Blues. In her free time, she is an avid bookworm, reading anything
ranging from Toni Morrison to Dean Koontz.
Fiction: It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
Humor: Stand By Your Team
is a senior English major at Penn State University in State College,
PA. When she's not reading for classes or pleasure, she's tutoring
at the Penn State writing center or having a soothing 2% double latte
at a nice little used bookstore located a block away from campus.
She also digs spending time with her friends, her parents, who also
live in State College, PA, and her sweet little cat Fluffy, who recently
celebrated an eighth birthday. Does anyone know how old that is in
Interview: James Morrow
a descendant of German thieves and Irish preachers, was raised by ingrates
in the Rocky Mountains. She has had so many occupations that she has
given up all ideas of settling into one job and become a career mercenary.
She hates to write but continues to do so in the far-fetched hope that
one day she might make a lot of money at it. Sadie gives buya props
to Ted Griesser for inspiring the plot of "Holeshot", for his invaluable
advice on motocross racing and character dialogue, and for laughing
in all the right places.
Andrija Popovic exists. A resident of Stafford, Virginia, he has
published short stories in several zines. This is his first exploration
into poetry of any form.
name is Berlin St.Croix, but she prefers to be known as Black Death.
She has danced with the Devil in the pale moonlight, sipped cranberry
juice from a skull-shaped mug, and worn black to a wedding. Berlin
is Goth-er than you.
Peeled Feet, Snapshots
of Historic Philadelphia
A flourishing alcoholic and thief of time, Arasa's great goal in life
is to start a naughty version of "Whose Line is It, Anyway?"
Dr. Doolittle Funk
Jules St.John grew up with a hippie-biker dad and a horse-crazy mom
who never cussed. Currently living in DeKalb, Illinois, St.John has
spent 2 years on the road, living in a van, on the streets, traveling
hobo-Kerouack-style from town to town writing poetry all across the
country. Swapping poems for spare change, a bite to eat, a place to
sleep, named The Poet of Santa Cruz, honorary poet laureate of Pasadena,
California, and owning, editing and operating "The Liberal", a poetry
mag, has all made for gleanings on writings and expression. Favourite
The editor of Wild Violet, Alyce
Wilson went as Marilyn Monroe for Halloween this year. In normal
life, she looks more like a cross between Janis Joplin and Norma Jean
Baker. She'd like to thank the Mysterious Mr. R for designing the WV
logo, for aiding and abetting her efforts, and for inadvertently inspiring
the name of this literary magazine.
God Spelled Backwards, Banana
Tyranny of Photographs
Humor: Halloween, Unleashed: The Truth
Reviews: Every Six Seconds by Saliva,
Squares and Courtyards by Marilyn Hacker,
On the Bus with Rosa Parks by Rita Dove
Cuttings: Things I've Been Obsessed