Issue 3: Rising Sun
Bill is indigenous to the eastern part of the planet and sustains his
family teaching engineering courses at various colleges in South Carolina.
Other occupations have included pumping diesel, mining coal, peddling
heavy equipment and fixing traffic lights.
Snapshot of a Conversation
Born in Ottawa, Rick worked as a technician for 20 years. Married once,
divorced eons ago, with no kids, he moved to Perth in 1998 and turned
his focus to photography. His photographs
are available for websites promoting Canada.
Tae Chung is currently studying illustration. Someday he would like
to draw comic books or make movies. Otherwise, he is a slacker with
many things piling up on his list of things to do.
designer of the Wild Violet logo for Issues 1, 2 and 3, 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.
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.
Jillian, a self-taught artist, calls herself 'A Jill of All Trades', because
of her varied career history. A recent solo art exhibition having been
entitled 'A Jill of All Shades'. New to book cover and illustration work,
she is best known for her house portraiture in pen and ink, having done
over 9,000! Second to that would be her rubber stamp designs which 'only'
number in the hundreds. Two of her fine art works have won major art awards.
Her website contains more examples
of her work.
Artwork: Catching a Train at Victor
Tanya Evans grew up restless in rural Northeastern Pennsylvania. After
graduating from Penn State with an English Degree, she dabbled in teaching
English as a Foreign Language in Pusan, Korea, and English as a Second
Language in Woodstock, Illinois, before finally enrolling at Northern
Illinois University for her teaching certificate. Tanya now teaches Shakespeare,
Homer, Cisneros, and Steinbeck to rowdy high school freshmen in a "challenged"
Baltimore High School, where she also advises the staff of the school's
literary magazine, WAWOYAKA. She started writing her vignette series to
use as a model for a descriptive writing unit, but it became something
she could not share in the classroom. She hopes someday she can.
Fiction: Four Vignettes
Jack Goodstein was a Professor of English for over thirty years. After
retiring he turned to acting and is currently seeking stardom, which is
seemingly just beyond his grasp. He has written plays (e.g. productions
at the Pulse Ensemble Theatre in New York and Northern Lights Theatre
in Edmunton, Alberta), fiction ( e.g.The Maine Review, The Jewish Digest,
Eclectica), and non-fiction (e.g. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, College English).
He has also been reviewing books for The
Fiction: A Monologue for Mandelbaum
Leib ben Gordon
Avram enjoys several mental illnesses. He proudly proclaims himself to
be a marijuana addict in need of treatment (of what sort he won't say).
A.G. is the author of, among other things, the first nationally published
review of Redfield's The Celestine Prophecy (New Frontier Magazine, 9/1993),
a series of drug policy articles for underground newspapers in PA (1990-1997),
and a peer-reviewed technical paper purporting marijuana to be an ancient
mammalian defense adaptation against a class of illnesses caused by environmental
pollutants (1996). Currently, A.G. is an electrical apprentice and nightclub
bouncer in Athens, Georgia, and is working on his autobiographical science
fiction thriller which details his past adolescent dabblings with time
machines, UFOs, clairvoyance, er, um, psychedelics, and well, you get
John Haag took degrees from the University of Washington, where he was
a Woodrow Wilson fellow, and held a Fulbright fellowship at Reading
University in England. Recently retired as professor of English at Penn
State, he is the author of three books of poetry: The Mirrored Man
(Reading, 1961), The Brine Breather (Kayak, 1971), and Stones
Don't Float: Poems Selected and New (Ohio State, 1997), winner of
The Journal Award.
Poetry: Stalking the Light
Brian Hinkle is an unpredictable and crazy short story/political opinion
writer, who has trouble starting conversations at parties because they
inevitably turn out to be a U.S. policy debate. As evidenced by his
short story "Escape," he also sometimes forgets what a paragraph is.
Jackie Joice resides in Long Beach, CA and writes fiction, screen plays,
poetry, and has a novel in progress entitled Jambalaya Sunset. Jackie
directed and filmed the feminist punk documentary Punk Pretty. Punk
Pretty profiles young women in the Southern California punk scene. She
loves eating breakfast early in the morning and believes that she was
killed on railroad tracks in a past life.
Essay: The Making of Punk Pretty (part
Marsha Jordan, a grandma disabled by Lupus, lives with joint and muscle
pain, fatigue, and poor vision. She helps sick children from her living
room in northern Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband of 26 years
and her toy poodle, King Louie (who rules their household with an iron
paw). She enjoys entertaining (when she has the energy), decorating with
antiques, and rubber stamping. Her HUGS
AND HOPE CLUB has won several awards for exceptional achievement in
helping children and Marsha was named "Angel of the month" by
Essay: Angel Hugs
Robert Suter Lindsay is a freelance writer in the Seattle area. A native
of Kentucky, Mr. Lindsay attended Pennsylvania State University, where
he somehow managed to survive both employment in the Audio-Visual Department
and membership in the Monty Python Society. On weekends, he enjoys playing
jai alai and vandalizing espresso bars.
Humor: Memoirs of a Visual Man
Erik Kestler is from New York City's Washington Heights and Naperville,
Illinois, now living in Baltimore. He writes for a living. He says send
Poetry: The Lover No Longer Longed For,
Where We Lived, Reststop.
Carol Parris Krauss
Carol Parris Krauss has been writing poetry all of her life but only recently
publishing her woven words. She is a teacher who lives in the Ft. Lauderdale
area with her daughter/muse, Kelly, and a bevy of animals.
Poetry: Honeysuckle, Flashback
G Kumar is a writer, astrologer and programmer who has 25 years research
experience in the esoteric arts. He has a scientific and philosophic background
and he set up an Astrology website
in 1999 to provide astrological service to mankind. He has written more
than 50 e-articles on New Age subjects and has compiled six e-books as
well as software in Astro Science. He invites e-mail.
Essay: Vedic Astrology (Lessons 1-3)
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: Winter Wonderland?, Jury
Review: "Middle Age: A Romance"
by Joyce Carol Oates
Amit Raghunath Mehra
Born in north India, Amit Raghunath Mehra always wanted to be a filmmaker.
He wrote his first film story at the age of 6, 'MYSTERY OF THE LAST DROP'.
It was a murder mystery where a mad scientist kills people by serving
them drinks where only the last drop is poisonous. He couldnt pursue this
story, though, as even he couldn't solve the mystery. After graduation
and film schooling in Mumbai (the Indian counterpart toHollywood), he
joined the film industry as an assistant director. Today, 11 years hence,
he has written and directed several television shows and a few advertising
commercials. He is currently involved in writing three feature film screenplays
and one book about the dark side of Indian spirituality. Though he started
writing full length screenplays and stories only about 2-3 years back,
writing always fascinated him as a medium to express himself and his inner
thoughts. He realized he could be more honest in his writing then in real
life, and yet writing is how he connects to the real world.
Essay: Ego, My Live-In Girlfriend
D. G. Opperwall
D. G. Opperwall is currently a freshman at Oberlin College, where he studies
philosophy and dreams of one day filling the streets of Paris with the
sounds of his scribbling and the smoke from his pipe. Fortunately, he
already looks really good in a pair of half-eyes. He makes his permanent
home in Detroit, Michigan, where he enjoys brewing beer and, of course,
Claudio collaborates with many zines and magazines around the world, providing
artwork and cartoons. Last year he was a guest of the BREAK 21 Festival
in Ljubljana-Slovenia. Among his books of illustrations and of comics
are: ''The Halved Nightmare," "The Slavering Rat" (BGA
Comix, Innovation Studio, Italy); "Black Kisses and other Stories,"
"The Book of Secrets" (La Cafetiere Editions, Belgium); "Story,"
"Il Bombarolo" (Progetto Siderurgiko, Italy); "Jeanne Dark
you got Balls" and "The Frogs Ballet" (self-produced).
To view more of his work, visit his site.
C.C. Parker lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter. As for publishing,
he's appeared in the following. Ezines: Deviant Minds, Alternate Realities,
Planet Magazine, Suspect Thoughts, Apocalypse Fiction, October Moon, Dark
Muse, Demensions, The Murder Hole, Fuzzclog, Tantalus Fire, No Boundaries,
Fantastic Metropolis, Iniquity Nine, The Shadowshow, Tenthousandmonkeys,
New Graffiti, and SHZine. Hardcopy journals (upcoming): Flesh and Blood.
He's been writing for as along as he can remember, and he doesn't intend
A Sweet Bird Called Home
Andrew Penland works in a warehouse, unloading trucks and sweeping floors.
The work is drudgery. When he isn't doing that, he spends almost all of
his time writing poems and drawing. You can see more of his artwork (and
buy some) here
Martha D. Peterson
Mostly a house frau until age 55, Martha then took two jaunts with the
Peace Corps in Sierra Leone and Pakistan. She's taught Bible Wisdom in
The Ukraine, made three trips to China to teach English, and lately returned
from teaching English in India. She's an organist, pianist, student of
languages, science and the spiritual path. In print: Inspiration, facetious
essays, poetry, interviews and travel. She welcomes feedback.
Essay: Assignment in Pakistan
Patrick has spent the last 17 years writing nonfiction and marketing materials
for high technology companies. They have been published widely in trade
magazines, internal company materials, and on the Internet. He has sold
his short fiction to FUTURES and Virginia Adversaria, both literary periodicals,
twice to CityTalk, a local Chicago newspaper with circulation of 180,000
and twice to Liguorian, a Catholic Magazine with circulation of 350,000.
In March of 2002, his latest project became a finalist in the FUTURES
magazine contest for in-progress Mystery novels. "The Toll Collector"
was previously published in the February 2001 issue of FUTURES.
The Toll Collector
Jonathan Santos is an internet software engineer schooled in the field
of high energy physics. With more than 24 launched websites and numerous
graphical interfaces (custom kiosk designs for Mercedes, Nike, Paramount),
his interests lie in the crafting ofintuitive connections to people and
machines. Jonathan proudly accepts the label of "Untrained designer wannabe"
and pursues passions of all of the art mediums from pen & ink to digital
Artwork: St. Francis
Stephanie Scarborough is a confused English major who doesn't know what
she wants to be when she grows up. Her last name is pronounced scarborough,
she is a vegetarian, a pisces, and wants to rule the world, or at least
a corner of her bathroom. She also has her own excuse for a website.
Wayne Scheer recently decided to follow
his own advice and write after teaching writing and literature in college
for the past twenty-five years. He writes a monthly humor feature in NovelAdvice
and some of his stories have appeared in Kafenio, LoveWords, Dead Mule,
Sugar Mule (no relation), ProseAx, Flashquake and Wee Ones Magazine. He
lives in a small room in Atlanta with his computer. His wife comes home
every evening and reminds him he's free to move about. He likes email:
Fiction: An Old Lady in a Faded Dress
Chuck Shandry, former Navy Photographer and rabid anime fan, fondly remembers
the days of Speed Racer and Kimba, the White Lion. Currently, he attends
and helps out at Katsucon, since '96, and Otakon since '95, two anime
conventions held on the East Coast of the U.S. (in Baltimore, Maryland).
He lives in York, Pennsylvania, and tries to blend reality (a job) and
fantasy (anime) as much as possible. Getting too old to admit his true
age, he nonetheless tries to spread the word of Japanese animation at
Interview: Tristan MacAvery
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 colour: blue.
Cutting: Had a Dream
Sam Vaknin is the author of "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited"
and "After the Rain - How the West Lost the East". He is a columnist in
"Central Europe Review", United Press International (UPI) and ebookweb.org
and the editor of mental health and Central East Europe categories in
The Open Directory, Suite101
and searcheurope.com. Until
recently, he served as the Economic Advisor to the Government of Macedonia.
His web site: http://samvak.tripod.com
Critical Essay: The Matrix
The editor of Wild Violet, Alyce
Wilson, no longer takes the bus or the train to work. She now works
from home, writing business briefs, exercising to her kick-boxing and
Pilates tapes, and working on WV. Her dog is very happy. To check out
another of her projects, visit Otaku
Research and share your thoughts about Japanese anime fandom.
Poetry: The 113, Bus
Signs, Sometimes Even a Recording Gets Tired,
ManGod on Train, Recurrent
Reviews: "Triopia" by Bryan Richards,
"For the Sake of Peace" by Daisaku Ikeda
Wilsonís fiction has appeared in a number of magazines, most recently
in Doorknobs & BodyPaint, Redsine, Diagram, The Cafť Irreal, Driverís
Side Airbag, The Dream Zone, Fables, Locus Novus, Thunder Sandwich and
3 A.M. Magazine. A chapbook of his stories was published in 2000, and
his first full-length book, a collection of forty-four stories called
The Kafka Effekt, was published in 2001. Wilson holds two M.A.
degrees, one in English Literature (University of Massachusetts-Boston),
the other in Science Fiction Studies (University of Liverpool). Currently
he is working on his Ph.D. in Twentieth Century American Literature and
Theory at Michigan State University.
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