Kathryn Atwood's poetry and reviews have appeared (or are forthcoming)
in numerous print and online journals including The Aurora Review,
Afterimage, Void Magazine, War, Literature, and the Arts, The Naked Press,
Book Pleasures, and Midwest Book Review. When she's not writing
or driving her kids around somewhere, she's either teaching at a local
music studio or performing with her husband (www.HistorySingers.com).
Reviews: The Sisterhood of the Traveling
Pants, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,
Peter Austin lives with his wife and three daughters in Toronto, Canada,
where he teaches English at a community college. He has had over 40 poems
published, in various magazines in the USA, Canada and the UK and also
writes plays, three of which have been produced.
Humor: One-Eighty, Milkmaid
Matthew James Babcock
Matthew James Babcock recently started using his middle name in all professional
correspondence because his wife said it sounded more literary and urbane.
He is a former advertising copywriter, treadmill tester, assembly line
worker, substitute teacher, freelance sociology textbook proofreader,
construction worker, burlesque musical theater cast member, and Dairy
Queen ice cream cone architect. He was born in San Francisco the year
the Zodiac Killer terrorized the city. To support his writing habit, he
teaches literature, composition, and creative writing. He lives in Rexburg,
Idaho, with his wife, three daughters, and unfinished basement. His fiction,
poetry, and essays have appeared or will appear in Ibbetson Street,
Illuminations, Weber Studies, Spillway, Rattle, Poem, Poetry Motel, The
Pacific Review, The South Dakota Review, Entre Nous, Irreantum, Aethlon:
The Journal of Sport Literature; and Children, Churches, &
Fiction: Mr. Souffard, My High School History
Tala Bar is a retired teacher turned writer living in Israel. She holds
an M.Phil. degree from the London University, and she's had a number of
books, stories and articles published in Hebrew and English, both in print
and on the Net.
Essay: Tristan and Isolde
Jean Baur is a fiction writer who has published short stories in literary
journals (both online and hard copy), and whose literary agency, Levine
Greenberg, is currently looking for a publisher for her novel, The
Real France. Jean has won several awards for her fiction and is known
for her humor.
Fiction: I'm Jewish: The Story of Two Cats
After spending many years in France studying the art of gavage, or the
force-feeding of geese for foie gras, Dean Borok returned to America where
he operates a training camp for competitive eaters in Far Rockaway, New
Poetry: Satan's Gumbo
Patricia Kennedy Bostian
Patricia Kennedy Bostian teach English at Central Piedmont Community College
in Charlotte, North Carolina, while she is busy raising her young children.
She was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her work has been
published in Edgz!, Frogpond, Potpourri, The Southern Poetry Review,
The Main Street Rag, Forpoetry.com,
and Yemassee, among other journals.
Poetry: To Rhiannon, Who Will Know
E.G. Burrows has had four poetry collections, a verse play and five chapbooks
published. He is a retired broadcaster with poems in more than 200 periodicals,
including most recently: Poetry East, Good Foot, Ship of Fools, Asheville
Review, Grove Review, South Dakota Review, Pebble Lake, Mochila Review,
Comstock Review, and others.
While earning a B.S. degree from Maryland University, Bill played tenor
sax in dance bands. He says he might have stayed in music but, soon married,
he had to go to work. At medical research institutions, he
wrote interpretive matter for laymen, learning a lot I wouldnt
have known otherwise. Now retired, he lives in Sarasota, Florida,
and writes fiction. Five novels can be sampled at BillCarrigan.com,
and he is seeking an agent for his latest, a realistic doctor love
story. When not writing, Bill heads a critique group, reads widely,
and visits his daughters in Florida and Oregon.
Essay: How We Came to See Clearly, Both Near
Keltic Corman, copy editor extraordinaire, was born in 1991 in the rolling
green hills of downtown Baltimore. After wandering in and out of many
a school in the county, he packed his bags and headed west....about
five miles, whereupon he was never heard from again. That is unless
you're on the Internet. That being his only contact with the outside
universe, he created a world
just like any other and rocked the masses with this knowledge of cheap
places to eat around his place. To this day you can still find him
on the net skulking around web pages and creating stories that will
never see the light of day...or night.
Lance Cutler is a winemaker and writer living in Sonoma Valley. He is
the author of The Tequila Lover's Guide to Mexico and two volumes
of hilarious wine columns under his pseudonym of Jake Lorenzo. Cutler
is also an honorary citizen of New Orleans and has worked regularly
in the city for the past twenty years.
Essay: New Orleans: The City That
Doris E. Dhillon
Born in Cleveland Ohio, Doris Dhillon is the only child of a Scottish
Marine officer and his Swedish wife. She earned a B.A. at Ohio State
University and a M.A. from Drew University, and she and Raghbir married
in 1962. After retiring, she went to India to fulfill her dream of opening
an orphanage. She and her husband were in the process of purchasing
the property when the Indian police made false allegations that she
was a CIA terrorist. On returning to America in 1989, she began chasing
her second dream, of writing fiction.
Fiction: Indian Mythologies
Raghbir S. Dhillon
Born in Punjab India, Raghbir Dhillon's father was an English professor
and famous writer. He excelled academically, graduating first in his
class in college with a B.A. and topping the university when he earned
a BSCE in 1947. For 11 years he was a railroad engineer in India before
immigrating to America, where he earned his MSCE from Purdue University.
He served with several consulting firms in America, retiring in 1987
as chief engineer with Campbell & Associates. Together with his
wife, he has written 90 stories and had a few of them published in Indian
papers and American magazines. They have also completed four novels.
Fiction: Indian Mythologies
Djurica is a Serbian freelance journalist who has done correspondence
work for the Tiker Press Agency and has had articles published in British
Sunday and daily newspapers, including the Scottish newspaper, Sunday
Post; in Woman Abroad magazine; and at Storyhouse.org.
She has served as assistant editor, reading manuscripts for the Reading
Writers Service; has published articles with the SCN Television
Network in California; is a freelance columnist for the British monthly
magazine Code Uncut; and wrote about Serbia's International Bitef Festival
of contemporary theatre for Zowie Wowie Magazine, an American
Essay: Zagreb International Film Festival
Reviews: Red Eye, Sin
City, Megalodon, Eros
Probe: Massimo Savic
Margarita Engle is a botanist and the Cuban-American author of several
books about the island, most recently The Poet Slave of Cuba
(Henry Holt & Co., April, 2006, Booklist Starred Review). Short
works appear in journals such as Atlanta Review, Bilingual Review,
California Quarterly, Caribbean Writer, Georgetown Review, Hawai'i Pacific
Review, and Thema. Awards include a San Diego Book Award,
a Cintas Fellowship, and a 2005 Willow Review Poetry Award. Margarita
lives in central California, where she enjoys hiking and helping her
husband with his volunteer work for a wilderness search-and-rescue dog
Cuttings: The Storytellers, Osmosis
Alex Galper came to America with his parents at the age of 18. However,
he still writes in Russian and is considered a cult underground poet
in his homeland. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and translates his
poetry with his friends. He has been published in numerous magazines
in Russia, USA, Canada, and Romania.
Anthony R. G. Heffernan
Anthony R. G. Heffernan resides in Melbourne, Australia, where he works
as a published writer, sculptor and cartoonist. Beginning his writing
career in August 2002, he's since had over 40 short stories accepted
and published in both print and on the Internet. To name a few publications,
he's appeared in Alien Skin Magazine, Project-M-Magazine, The Dark
Krypt, and Monthly Short Stories, where his story, "Werewolves
from Earth," won best of issue. On a personal note, he's a family
man and enjoys time spent with his wife. He also savors the many hours
spent at the nearby beach with his two dogs (which he treats as though
they were his children). He aspires to give something back to the world
through his writing, sculpting and cartooning, and hopes that the world
will enjoy his craft (more so, it puts food on his table, and Pal in
the dogs' bowls).
Humor: What's My Neighbor's Name?
Linda Oatman High
Linda Oatman High is a Pennsylvania author of books for children and
teens who presents oftens at schools and conferences. Her programs and
writing workshops may be found on www.lindaoatmanhigh.com
Reviews: Days Awake at the Bitter End
Essay: Smuggler's Notch
Margaret Karmazin's credits include short stories in over seventy magazines,
including North Atlantic Review, Confrontation, Virginia Adversaria,
Weber Studies, Mobius, Chiron Review, and Carve Magazine.
Her stories in The MacGuffin and Eureka Literary Magazine
were nominated for Pushcart awards. Pipers Ash Ltd. published
a chapbook of her sci-fi stories, Cosmic Women, and her fantasy
novel, Bones, the story of a prehistoric Native American shaman,
is available on Amazon.com.
At present, she is writing another novel.
Fiction: Echoes (Or the Case of the Smashed
Malcolm Laughton lives in Glasgow, Scotland. He is a member of Glasbow
Science Fiction Writers Circle and has degrees in English and psychology.
He has worked for a number of years as an advice worker in welfare benefits
and now works for a Scottish charity.
Fiction: Moonlight and Whisky and Reflections
on the Water
Mike Magazinnik's texts and translations have appeared in US, UK and
Russian magazines. He is the editor of Magazinnik, a Russian-language
litmag based in New York, and a co-founder of Koja Press.
Poetry: Prediction (translated)
Janine Margiotta has been published by Small Brushes, Haz Mat Review,
Parnassus Literary Journal, and Quercus Review, among others.
Originally from New York, she now finds herself in Oregon with nature
all around her. She enjoys riding with her husband Scott on their Harley,
fishing and camping when time allows, and serving as part of "the
staff" when it comes to her animals.
Poetry: Fortune Telling
Humor: Her Lipstick
David Martin teaches writing and humanities classes at the Milwaukee
Institute of Art and Design. Lately he's been collaborating with designers
and artists in producing large-format posters and digital animations
of his poems. He's also been fortunate to have groups of high school
students and high school art teachers create animations of his poems.
He says it's exciting (and liberating) to watch how teams of creative
people make visual and dynamic sense from a primarily verbal form. Samples
of his work can be found here.
Poetry: Patsy Cline
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.
Humor: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,
Chris Martinez lives in a shoebox under your bed.
Kyle Matthews is eighteen years old and was born in San Francisco, California.
He is presently a freshman at The Evergreen State College. He has never
been published before but has been writing consistently since third
grade, when a windy day inspired him to write a poem. Day to day he
reads every bit of science fiction and fantasy literature he can get
his hands on, and doggedly pursues the epiphany of his fully developed
voice. He can be reached by e-mail.
Fiction: A Bone Picket Fence
H. D. Moe is one of most original and experimental of the Baby
Beat poets. He is the author of more than 30 books of poetry and
philosophy, including Jazz Pajamas, Always Home, Birth
to Birth, Ozone Allah, The Logic of Snowflakes, How
To Be God Now, and many others. His writings have appeared in numerous
journals and anthologies, including Northwest Review, Practicing
Angels, New Now, Smoking Mirror, and Maui Muses. He lives
in the Bay Area, and conducts a weekly seminar called The Living
Philosophers. He is working on a novel about a real and
imaginary journey called Royal Poetopia and the Wild
Law Civilization. His website is www.hdmoe.com.
Susan Kling Monroe
Susan Kling Monroe has been a librarian in the public and school sectors
for over 20 years. She is now running a specialized library, where she
plays with books and toys. Actively involved in Otakon,
the Asian cultural and anime convention for which she was convention
chair in 2002, Susan reads and shares her love of literature with a
husband, two children, a cat, and various stuffed animals.
Reviews: The Road of Silk by
Matt Afsahi & Barbara Dysonwilliams, Bucket
of Blood: The Ragman's War by R.S. Sukle
H. H. Morris is an old Ozark Mountain boy who went bad in the '50s and
'60s by earning an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy and a couple
of college degrees. He taught over 30 years in a community college in
Maryland while writing on the side. He's been published in a variety
of magazines over the years and finds placing a story as much joy now
as it was the first time back in 1963.
Humor: Hephaestus and the Valkyries
Against her inclinations, Marta Palos almost became a lawyer in her
native Hungary when history and circumstance stepped in. Tossed about
in the world awhile, she landed in America and turned her attention
to literature, her old love. Her life revolves around words she
writes, reads, translates and edits them.
Reviews: Araujo's Stone by
Peter Roderick, Wave Watcher by
Craig Alan Johnson
Donna Marie Robb
Donna has published a fantasy fiction novel through a small press. She
has also had stories published in Dark Moon Rising, Enigma, Femspec,
Alien Skin Magazine, Midnight Times and Tales of the Talisman.
She works as a children's librarian during the day and enjoys traveling
with her husband, Ron Atmur.
Margaret A. Robinson
Margaret A. Robinson grew up in New England, now lives in Swarthmore,
Pennsylvania, and teaches at Widener University in the Writing Center
and creative writing program. She has two triolets in the spring 2003
issue of Rattle and three poems in the spring 2003 issue of Chiron
Review. Abbey just brought out her cheapo chapbook, Sleeping Outdoors
in the Suburbs 18 pages, fifty cents a copy available
at Book Source in Swarthmore. Pudding House Publications has accepted
her chapbook, Sparks.
Maggie Ruff lives in a cave in Maryland where she writes and entertains
her two pesky cats. She's published short stories both on the Net and
in print, and now she's making a foray into novel writing.
Cutting: Moving House
Wild Violet assistant designer Mike Ryan has a distressingly common name.
He's not the lawyer or pharmaceutical salesman or the pool club owner.
He's the information services manager. The one that loves anime and science
fiction. No, not the one from New York, the one from Pennsylvania. Yeah,
Clarise Samuels originally hails from New Jersey but now resides in Montreal,
Quebec. She publishes poetry and fiction and is also an experienced journalist.
She has a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in German Literature, and she
is the author of a scholarly tome on the acclaimed poet, Paul Celan. Samuels
has written a novel entitled Loving Brynhild, excerpted in this
issue. She has begun work on a second novel about love, perplexity, and
Kabbalah and is presently working on a collection of poetry. Her interests
include painting and sculpture. She also takes care of her two children.
Fiction: The Exile of Brynhild
Mather Schneider turned thirty-six on January 8. His mother told him he
was born in the middle of the night during the worst snow storm of the
year. This was back in Illinois. He is now a cab driver in Tucson, which
is forty-five minutes from Mexico, in the Sonoran Desert. He has no girlfriend,
pet, or university degree, but he has a chapbook, Poormouth, available
from Interior Noise Press at myfavoritebullet.com.
His poems have appeared in the small press for about ten years. "Modern
Day Witch" is from a series called "Dreck" about life in
a used bookstore. Gregg, the person in the poem, was one of Mather's co-workers.
Poetry: Modern Day Witch
Ed Tasca has made a living writing, but probably should have done something
else, because he has always envied the professions of others, except roofers.
His favorite color is blue, and much of his work begins to make sense
on the second or third reading. He's originally from Philadelphia, and
is still hoping to be accepted into the seminary, if he could remember
where he wrote down the address.
Humor: Special Relativity
Ann Tinkham is a writer and instructional designer based in Boulder, Colorado.
She has written over 30 online courses in subjects ranging from emergency
preparedness to energetic healing. Ann is working on a nonfiction book,
Lessons from Bad Girls, and a novel, Analyzing Abbey. In
addition to writing, Ann has talked her way out of an abduction and talked
her way into the halls of the United Nations. She hitchhiked up a mountain
in Switzerland and worked her way down the corporate ladder. Ann has flown
on a trapeze and traded on the black market in Russia. She cycles up steep
canyons, hikes to glacial lakes and mountain peaks, and blazes her own
Fiction: The Era of Lanterns and Bells
Although he's an award-winning technical writer by day, John C. Tremblay
has more fun writing fiction; in particular, fantasy romps set in the
teapot-shaped kingdom of Ratrilpot, a land of magic, mayhem, and mystery.
His flash fiction story, "Mother Knows Best," was published
in AlienSkin Magazine last year. And his Web
site was named a finalist in the 2005 Best Writer's Web Site contest
sponsored by Writer's Digest. He's currently wrapping up the first
novel in a planned trilogy, and when he's not writing (which is rare),
he divides his time between reading, traveling, spending time with friends,
and (on occasion) sleeping.
Fiction: The Fourth Kiss
John Vanderslice was born on the East Coast of the U.S. from rather varied
Irish-American stock his parents grew up on opposites sides of
the tracks in Philadelphia but later migrated to the deep south
in search of grad school fellowship money and has never really left. Currently
he lives, more or less amiably, among Bible Belters in Conway, Arkansas.
He stayed way too long in grad school, earning not one but two terminal
degrees in English/creative writing. On the other hand, a lot of his stories
have found their way into print. So maybe all that learning wasn't for
Fiction: Genesis Two
Born in New York City, Mylan Vaugeois graduated from New York College
of Osteopathic Medicine and is currently a psychiatry resident. She adores
music, anime and role playing games. In her spare time, she helps with
Otakon's Gofer Operations
department. She also writes fanfiction and poetry, and is currently planning
a wedding to an amazing fiance.
Review: The Road of Silk by Matt
Afsahi & Barbara Dysonwilliams
Joanna M. Weston
Joanna M. Weston was born in England and is married with three sons and
two cats. She writes poetry, short stories and reviews and has been published
internationally in journals and anthologies. Her middle-reader The
Willow Tree Girl was published 2003.
Poetry: Witchcraft, Where
Would I Go If It Were Yesterday?
Alyce Wilson is Wild Violet editor and in her copious spare time writes
humor and poetry, keeps an online journal, Musings,
and betters herself through classes in improvisational comedy and dog
obedience. She has self-published a book of poems, Picturebook of the
Martyrs, and an e-book, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on
Getting Published in Lit Mag, both of which can be ordered from her
Reviews: Life: The Beautiful
Struggle by John J. Deleo, Selected
Poems, 1972-2005 by Eric Greinke, Comes
Rushing Like a Raging Fire by Rick W. White, Chainsaw's
Justice by Allen "Skip" Roth, The
Jesus Habits by Jay Dennis, Nurture
the Heart, Feed the World by Leon
Hesser, Reflections by Christopher
P. Obert, The Comanchera: Shadow
of the Great Owl by B. Ray Mize, Sweet
Robert's Serenade by Peter Thomas,
Walking Away from Texas by Sharon
Bradley, Justice Follies
by Robert Johnson, Beneath Wings of
an Angel by Janice Romney Farnsworth,
Probes: Tom Purdom, Greg
Mary Jarrett Wilson
Mary Jarrett Wilson lives in Vermont with her husband, 1-year-old son,
dog and cat. She has just received news that another child is on the way,
who in the last sonogram looked like a koala bear. Her short stories can
be read at Hackwriters.com.
Reviews: The Ballad of the Blue Eagle
by Steve E. Jones, Adventures
of Riley: Mission to Madagascar by Amanda Lumry & Laura Hurwitz
Amelia Winger-Bearskin is currently an MFA candidate at the University
of Texas in Austin, where she is majoring in Transmedia, the study of
time based art, which includes video art, performance art, and time based
installation. Amelia is greatly interested in exploring the fourth dimension
in art, that begins to push not only our experience visually but our temporal
connection to artistic experience. Her mother is a traditional native
storyteller from the Seneca Cayuga tribe of the Iroquois nation. Stories
of all kinds weave themselves into her works and are re-contextualized
to shape her work, unfolding destination, space and time. She currently
is working on a series of installations about the experience of a Native
Women in modern society and women of mixed race backgrounds and the effect
of their culture on their psyche and creative spirit. You can see her
online gallery at StudioAmelia.com.
Artwork: Lobby Show, Medicine
Wheel, Story Teller
Paul Worthington lives in Indiana, where he enjoys both idling through
the teeming masses and scurrying about in the hinterlands. He reads novels,
short stories, novellas, novelettes, articles, essays, reviews, interviews,
maps, nonfiction books, understands little of it, and sometimes writes
his own versions of these things. He also enjoys referring to himself
in the third person. If you are struck by any of his works, you can tell
Fiction: Beyond the Mist