Tim Applegate is a poet and freelance writer in western Oregon. His poetry
has been published in The Florida Review, The South Dakota Review,
Rhino, Talking River Review, and Fireweed, among others. His
film retrospectives appear in the onling journals Kamera, 24 Frames
Per Second, and The Film Journal.
Dean Borok was born in Roswell, New Mexico, the natural child of an Albuquerque
cocktail waitress and her alien abductor. As a very young man, Borok found
he had the talent to see through walls, and he was hired by French intelligence
to conduct industrial espionage in Paris but was soon dismissed when he
was discovered spending all his time in the alley behind the dancers'
dressing room of the Crazy Horse Saloon. He now lives in New York, where
he has an apartment adjacent to the YWCA, and he works as a moving target
at the Shoot The Freak paintball attraction in Coney Island.
Fiction: Papu's Declaration of Love
Humor: The Houston Ship Canal
Anselm Brocki has had poems published in over 590 publications. He taught
high school for several years, was a senior editor for Houghton Mifflin,
was editorial coordinator for the Los Angeles City Schools, and is currently
running his own editing business.
Poem: Public Speaking
R.G. Cantalupo is an honors graduate from University of California Santa
Cruz and a teaching fellow at Loyola Marymount, making a living as a nonfiction
writer and teacher. Most recent publications include Nimrod, Rattle,
Sou'wester, The Aurorean, The Cape Rock Review, Green's Review, The Comstock
Review, The Blue Collar Review, The Southern Review, War, Literature and
the Arts, JAMA and The Green Hills Literary Lantern.
Poem: An Urban Fable
Keltic Corman, proofreader 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.
Wild Violet webmaster and art editor 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.
J. M. Cornwell is a nationally syndicated journalist, security columnist,
author, professional editor with 28 years of experience, and chief webmistress
Rose & Thorn literary ezine, writes Grammar Goofs, a column
on grammar, for Scribe
& Quill, Occam's Razor, a paranormal column, for Whim's
Place and edits erotica and mystery/suspense novels for Another
Chapter and runs Creative Ink, LLC, a professional editing service.
Visit her blog
on Dead Journal.
Fiction: First Kiss
Mark Cunningham received an MFA from the University of
Virginia and still lives in the Charlottesville area it's an easy
day trip to the museums in Washington, D.C. Poems have appeared in The
Prose Poem: An International Journal and Small Spiral Notebook;
a larger selection, of poems on parts of the body, is on the Mudlark
Poem: Prothonotary Warbler
Richard Davis currently teaches writing and literature all over Grayson
County in Texas and has poems out recently in 32 Poems, Passages
North, and The Wallace Stevens Journal. When he is not grading
papers, Richard likes to read, write, and hang out with the other local
Poem: The Little Redhead Girl
William Dauenhauer is a lifelong resident of northeast Ohio, a 1971 graduate
of Lakeland Community College (Kirtland, Ohio), where he received a liberal
arts degree, and he's been writing free-verse poetry as a sort of creative
writing self-help therapy for approximately thirty-five years. Although
he has numerous poems published in numerous periodicals, he had but one
smallish digest-sized book printed while a student on the college press.
Poem: Methodical Lovers
Holly Day's poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have most recently appeared
in Canadian Woman Studies, Phoebe, and Whiskey Island. She
currently works as a reporter and a writing instructor in Minneapolis,
Minnesota, and lives with her two children and her husband.
Poem: No Picture on the Box and Half the
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;
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
Reviews: Hollywood Ending,
directed by Woody Allen,The Stranglers -
Getting Slowly Strangled
Probe: Fun Lovin' Criminals
Helene wrote "National Security" shortly after moving from bohemian
East Village to the suburbs of Rockland County. The piece is from a larger
collection entitled BETWEEN ROCKLAND AND A HARD PLACE: AN EAST VILLAGE
MOM MOVES TO THE SUBURBS (POST 9/11). These essays are a new twist
in Helene's work which includes developing a movie script for Todd Graff
(Camp) and a television show (Stolen Car Productions), a nonfiction
book for independent film producers, and a whole lot of business writing.
Helene is a consultant for The Big Bam!, a breast cancer foundation and
Select Media's HIV/AIDS story writing contest and film production for
inner-city and at-risk youth.
Essay: National Security
Jason Fritz was born in 1978 in Richmond, Kentucky, where he spent his
childhood and young adult life. He is a graduate of Haverford College,
a recipient of the Terry M. Krieger Award, a prize given to the Haverford
senior demonstrating the greatest achievement in writing during the junior
and senior years. His poems have appeared in the Journal of the American
Medical Association, Friends Journal and The Haverford Review.
He was a staff member at A Better Chance in Lower Merion for three
years and is now an academic advisor/board member. A Better Chance, or
ABC, is a non-profit that takes students from underprivileged backgrounds
and places them in some of the premiere public and private high schools
in the nation. He lives in Haverford, Pennsylvania, with his wife and
teaches American Literature and Physical Science at St. Pius X High School
in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
Cutting: Bar Fights
Lynn Frost is an unintentionally macabre writer. Many times she has attempted
to write straight genre fiction such as romance, but her heroes and heroines
foil her best efforts by stumbling over dead locusts and fresh cadavers.
She writes dark humor, speculative horror, slipstream fantasy, poetry,
creative nonfiction, Southern gothic, and erotica. She has a B.S. in English
and Professional Writing from the University of North Alabama. In the
year 2000 she won the Ferry Scholarship to the University of Indiana.
She has also won awards and publication in the Light and Shadows
literary magazine. She currently lives with her family in a small town
in Mississippi and works as a psychological technician.
Fiction: A Safe Place
Wanda Galey is a high school teacher who shares a passion for writing
with her students. Writing flash fiction, haibun, and YA are some of her
favorites. Her writing muse has been very helpful during 2003-2004, yielding
three ezine acceptances. ICL, online writing workshops, and Wildacres
Writers' Retreat are her favorite writing haunts. She also cannot walk
into a bookstore and NOT buy books a true addiction now.
Cutting: The Falls
B.A. Goodjohn, originally from the UK, now resides in Forest, Virginia.
Her poetry and short stories have appeared in or are due to appear in
The Texas Review, The Cortland Review, Flashquake, E2K, Wind Magazine
and other journals. She welcomes e-mail.
Alan Gordon is the author of the upcoming book Two Trees and how
its hidden meanings may shed light on modern drug use and treatment.
Cutting: Two More
Carol Hamilton was the poet laureate of Oklahoma from 1995-1997 and received
the Oklahoma Book Award for her chapbook of poetry, Once the Dust.
She received a Southwest Book Award in 1988 for a children's novel, The
Dawn Seekers. She has been published widely. Her most recent books
include Breaking Bread, Breaking Silence; Gold: Greatest Hits; I, People
of the Llano; and I'm Not from Neptune.
Poem: Horace Walpole's "Dogmanity"
Ann Hite's formative years were spent in Atlanta, Georgia, during the
sixties with her extended family, who believed the south was a country
of its own. From this lethal combination was born a writer, who to this
day finds the characters from her family's past creeping into her prose.
She says, "It's the stuff that makes writing interesting." Ann
has published numerous short stories and essays, both online and in print
with publications like Skyline Magazine, Cold Glass, Dead Mule
and Fiction Warehouse. If you'd like, visit her website, The
Fiction: Buttoned Down Life
Dexter Johnson lives in Salem, Oregon with his three children.
They keep him very busy.
Cutting: Defying Gravity
Margaret Karmzin's stories have appeared in Potato Eyes, North Atlantic
Review, Mobius, Virginia Adversaria, Reader's Break, Aim Magazine, Chiron
Review, West Wind Review, Weber Studies, and more. Her story in Eureka
Literary Magazine was nominated for a Pushcart prize and Piper's Ash
Ltd. in England recently published a chapbook of her sci-fi stories. Her
fantasy novel, BONES, is available at Amazon.com
and other online book sellers. In addition, she is an artist, with illustrations
in SageWoman, A Summer's Reading and regional magazines. She lives
by a lake in Northeast Pennsylvania with her husband and two cats.
Fiction: Love of Botany
Michael Keshigian from Londonderry, New Hampshire, musician and educator,
works in Boston, performing with various symphonic ensembles while teaching
on the collegiate level. He holds an undergraduate music degree from Boston
Conservatory and graduate degrees from New York University and Boston
University. Writing poetry since the mid-90s, he has been widely published
in numerous national and international journals. He has written two chapbooks:
Translucent View (Four-Sep Publications) and Dwindling Knight
(BoneWorld Publishing), with a third, Silent Poems, due out this
summer. He is a 2003 Pushcart Prize nominee.
is from New York City's Washington Heights and Naperville, Illinois, now
living in Baltimore. He writes for a living.
Poem: From the Greek
Melody Mansfield is a high school marm who lives near a pretty little
concrete lake with her bugs, lemon tree, roses, and writer/teacher husband.
Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in publications including
Thought Magazine, Inside English, and Parents Magazine.
Her first novel, The Life Stone of Singing Bird, was published
by Faber and Faber, Inc. in 1996. She is currently at work on revising
a second novel, and on completing a collection of bug stories,
entitled (appropriately enough) A Bug Collection. Ephemeroptera
was the first story written for the collection, and will be the fourth
Stephanie Modkins is a writer who lives in Renton, Washington. Growing
up as an A.B. (Airforce Brat) provided her a crash course in different
cultures, such as those found in the Phillipines and also Puerto Rico.
She mainly focuses on creating a variety of short stories, essays and
poems that entertain and provoke thought.
Fiction: Quick Silver
Rhoda Novak is a physicist and computer scientist who designs innovative
space systems. This piece, part of her in-progress memoir, was written
in one of her memoir and short story seminars with Carolyn See at UCLA.
She is published in anthologies, newspapers, online literary zines, poetry
journals and engineering publications. She has won numerous writing awards
and cash prizes from Barnes & Noble, USC Long Beach Writers' Conference,
ByLine Magazine, Writer's Digest and Writers' Journal.
She was a featured poet on community TV. Her passions are her family,
writing, art quilting, her garden and reading the comic section of the
paper to put things in perspective.
Cutting: Irrational Lust
Hungarian born Marta Palos writes short stories and novels, translates
and edits fiction. Her grandmother, the first U.S. immigrant in the family,
is buried somewhere in Philadelphia, her bones thrown away or supporting
the foundation of City Hall. In the dead of night her ghost lingers about,
trying to warn the granddaughter against her impractical activities.
Fiction: Viking Love
Laura Perlberger is a junior at Haverford College, studying anthropology
and peace andconflict studies. In her writing, she tries to incorporate
surreal and conflicting imagery. She writes to convey and entertain, but
also as a self-exploration of the many feelings, transitions, and mini-dramas
that shape her life.
Poem: Carnival Evening Sisters, 1987
Wes Prussing is a middle-aged (assuming he lives to be 98) sales and marketing
manager living in south Florida. He's been writing short stories off and
on for about five years or so. When not working, writing, reading, jogging
or chauffeuring carloads of 9-year-old gymnasts about the state, he attends
(via the Internet) the University of Phoenix OnLine. He hopes to complete
his graduate degree before he retires. His short stories have appeared
in a number of e-zines: Ken-Again, The Fairfield Review, The Moonwort
Review and DigiZine, to name a few.
Fiction: Way to Hustle
Julie Richmond is a wife, mother of two very small children and successfull
businesswoman who lives in Milton, Massachusetts. She enjoys writing fiction,
as it gives her the opportunity to hide out in her basement in front of
her computer. The children are not allowed in the basement, and neither
is their father. You will be hearing a lot more from Julie in the future.
Fernand Roqueplan has been published in the Indiana Review, Poetry
East, Southern Humanities Review, Manhattan Review, and The Texas
Review. He works as an interpreter for social services and, seasonally,
as a steelhead fishing guide (that is, babysitting retired federal judges
and attorneys and those moguls who feel an "itch" to be in the
wilds but don't want to drown, get lost or compete with bears).
Poem: That Part of the Garden the Water Wouldn't
Kelly Rothenberg has been a published writer since 1994 and has almost
sixty-five publications to date (as of May 2004). His fiction has appeared
in Ascent, Shadowdance, Redsine, Dark Tome, Gathering Darkness
and others, and his articles, book reviews and biographical publications
include Griot, Magill's Literary Annual, Popular Musicians Encyclopedia,
Survival Kit and Americana.
His most famous article on tattoos has been published many times, most
recently by Gale Group in their series Examining Pop Culture
Body Piercing and Tattoos. The last time he submitted a poem it was
published in Odradek in 1994 and won third place in their poetry
contest. He lives in Georgia, is married to a wonderful librarian and
is surrounded by animals of all kinds, just as he likes it. His web site
is Undead Remains.
Humor: A Poem for Our Dog of Little Brain
Wild Violet proof reader 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,
Humor: A Studio Full of Ninjas: The Making
of a Modern Animation Classic
Wayne Scheer wants everyone to know he's still young, although he took
an early retirement from college teaching to write. In the past four years,
he's published over fifty stories and essays. His latest work can be found
in Laughter Loaf, Flashquake, Whistling Shade, Whim's Place and
The Phone Book. In 2002, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Wayne lives in Atlanta with his wife, and he welcomes e-mail.
Fiction: Closet Prude
G. David Schwartz
G. David Schwartz is the former president of Seedhouse, the online interfaith
committee. Schwartz is the author of A Jewish Appraisal of Dialogue,
and coauthor, with Jacqueline Winston, of Parables In Black and White.
Currently a volunteer at Drake Hospital in Cincinnati, Schwartz continues
to write essays and fiction.
Essay: Review of the Idea of the Dictionary
E.A. Short is a writer with accomplishments that include selling her soul
at county fairs, fashioning acronyms for good dental hygiene, and losing
her lunch on the Bering Sea. After devoting her youth to bad music in
Alaska, she now lives in Bellingham, Washington, where she and her man
raise their cat, L. Spout.
Fiction: The Green Gate
David Spiering's fifth chapbook of poetry will be published by Snark Press:
Cooked Litanies. He's had four printed before that. He's had poems
published in Charon Review, Staple Gun Review, The West Wind Review
and many others, and fiction in Liquid Ohio and others. His influences
are Baudelaire, Kafka, the English romantics, Donne, Shakespeare, and
others. He's working on a full length poetry collection, getting his novella,
The Wild Oak, ready for submission, and finishing off his stories of the
Fiction: The Excitable Boy Turns Over
in North Country Restaurant
Terry Thomas is a Scorpio so he doesn't miss much of what occurs; therefore,
the world is not just a stage but a page waiting to be scripted in a reduced
fashion. If a novel is the redwood forest, chipped into chapters, et cetera,
then a poem is a bonsai tree, constructed into pleasurable or painful
Poem: Death and Life in St. Maurice,
Sam Vaknin is the author of Malignant Self Love Narcissism Revisited
and After the Rain How the West Lost the East. He served as a columnist
for Central Europe Review, PopMatters, and eBookWeb , a United Press International
(UPI) Senior Business Correspondent, and the editor of mental health and
Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory Bellaonline, and
Suite101. Until recently, he served as the Economic Advisor to the Government
of Macedonia. Visit Sam's Web
site for more essays.
Essays: The Psychology of Torture, The
Mind of a Narcissist (The Self-Deprecating
Narcissist, A Holiday Grudge, The
Alyce Wilson is editor of Wild Violet and finally bought a cool bathing
suit. In her copious spare time, she works to Re-elect
Gore and keeps an online journal, Musings.
She's self-published a book of poems, Picturebook of the Martyrs,
available in print
or as an e-book.
Reviews: Books (The Damp Chamber
and Other Bad Places by Frank Chigas, In
Lieu of Heaven by Kevin Archer, The
Simple Truth About God by Christine Lenick, Selected
Verses by C.S. Scott Jr. and Jeffrey Neal Cooper, A
Corporal's War by Pauline Hayton), Movies (The
Park, directed by Chow Lok Yuen, Josee,
The Tiger and the Fish, directed by Isshin Inudo, Nine
Souls, directed by Toshiaki Toyoda, Hair
High, directed by Bill Plympton, Piccadilly,
directed by Ewald André Dupont, Beyond
the Valley of the Dolls, directed by Russ Myers, Breakfast
with Hunter, directed by Wayne Ewing, Shorts,
directed by various)
Humor: A Studio Full of Ninjas: The Making
of a Modern Animation Classic
Probe: Bill Plympton
Proof reader Elli Wilson is a certified massage therapist, recently graduated
Penn State alumnus and a multi-media artist. She lives in State College
with her fiance and two adorable pets, Emma and Beaner.
Gerald Zipper's work has been published in a great many literary journals.
Wounded Hopes, a collection of his poetry, was published in 1987. In 2002,
he was named one of the state's top poets by The Journal of New Jersey
Poets. He has been featured on National Public Radio and has lectured
on writing poetry at the New School in New York City. He was recently
nominated for a Pushcart Prize Award.
Poetry: The Working of Love