Vol. II Issue 3 (Zen Garden)            

Anselm Brocki

Anselm Brocki has been published by more than 550 publications, including the Maryland Poetry Review, Piedmont Literary Review and Walt's Corner. He's had a paperback of 100 poems, "Mornings at the All-Nite," published by Alpha Beat Press in 1996 and a broadside published recently by Lucid Moon.
Poetry: Bowdlerized, Incorrigible

Eric S. Brown

Eric S. Brown is the author of 153 accepted short stories, nearly 40 articles, and a five time editor for publications like Alternate Realities and the Smoky Mountain News. He is the co-author of the chapbooks Dark Karma and Bad Mojo. His first two co-authored collections Space Stations and Graveyards and Poisoned Graves are on sale now at Double Dragon Publishing as well as places like He is 28 years old and lives in western NC with his wife Shanna.
Fiction: Zakku Al-Rada (The Winds of the Fey)

Jenny L. Collins
After following the Dead and now the Mariners, Jenny Collins is following her heart. She began writing again one year ago. Her successes can be found here and in the Muse Apprentice Guild. She also won the NCAA bracket at The Ship Tavern in Portland, Oregon, where she pours beer most days. Alas, the jackpot was about the same as recent court fees.
Humor: Touched

Keltic Corman
Keltic Corman, proofreader extraodinaire, 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.

Amanda Cornwell

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

Tony D'Arpino
Tony D'Arpino, originally from the Philadelphia/South Jersey area, spent many years in Hawaii and is now based in San Francisco. He's had poetry published recently in Branches, Runes, and Pavement Saw. He has work forthcoming in The Blue Bottle Project (Smiling Dog Press), in which the poems are published in sealed bottles and set afloat. An excerpt from his novel "St. Bonaventure's Island" is forthcoming in Terra Incognita (Madrid). He recently received a Djerassi Foundation fellowship for the 2003 season.
Poetry: The Different Forms of Flowers

Joelle Delaney

Joelle can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew, cover it in chocolate and a miracle or two.
Cutting: Go, Go Greenspace

Jessica DiMaio

Jessica DiMaio is a freelance writer from Chicago, Illinois. She has had her work in various publications, including NewCity (a Chicago alternative paper), Bust magazine, Bitch magazine,,,, and the trade magazine American Drycleaner (*sing* one of these things is not like the others, one of these things isn't the same...).
Fiction: Seven Minutes

Rada Djurica
Radmila 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 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 e-zine.
Interview: Saint Etienne
Reviews: The Bourne Identity, Red Dragon, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Film Festival: Fest-o-polis, Photos, Ken Russell Interview, Lucija Sherberdzija Interview, Michael Colgan Interview, 25th Hour, 28 Days Later, About Schmidt, Adaptation, Chicago, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Far from Heaven, The Hours, Punch-Drunk Love, The Ring, Solaris, Spider, The Quiet American.

John Grey

Australian born poet, playwright, musician, John Grey was recently published in Confluence, Nebo and Blue Collar Review, with work upcoming in Abbey, South Carolina Review and Ship Of Fools.
When Conversation Camps Out

Amelia Hayley
Amelia is a TV addict who would go to a support meeting if there weren't so many good shows on...
Cutting: My Role Model, Uhura

Marcy Jarvis

Marcy Jarvis has pink flower poems in bloom at her own poetry page and The Adventures of Amarandi, a novel-in-stories-and-poems, coming out this summer.
Blue Flower Poem

Thomas D. Jones
Thomas D. Jones is the author of "Genealogy X," his first book of poetry, published by The Poets Press out of Providence, Rhode Island. His poetry has recently appeared in Scrivener’s Pen and Write-Away online journals, and his work has also been published in numerous magazines throughout the country. Originally from northern New Jersey, he has a BA in English from Seton Hall University and an MA in Publishing Studies from New York University. After twelve years in the publishing field, he decided to change his career and become an adult educator, teaching composition and ESL at colleges in the New York/New Jersey area. Since moving to Rhode Island in 2001, he has done freelance publishing and now teaches ESL and computers at adult education centers. He is also the publisher and poetry editor of Wings Online Magazine, in existence since 1991.
Humor: To Poets Who Would be Fastidious

Jarret Keene

Jarret Keene's Pushcart-nominated stories, essays and verse have appeared in recent issues of American Literary Review, The Carolina Quarterly, The Chattahoochee Review, The Greensboro Review, The Florida Review, Louisiana Literature, The New England Review, Passages North, The Texas Review and Utne Reader. His debut collection of poems, Monster Fashion (Manic D Press, 2002), is now available. As well as being the arts and entertainment editor for the alternative weekly Las Vegas CityLife, he teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Interview: Charles Harper Webb

Beth Lane
Beth Lane resides in western New York with her three sons, four cats and Caleb the dog. Ms. Lane has been published in numerous online humor magazines, including most recently, Laughter Loaf Mag. More of Ms. Lane's writing can be found at in the "writers on the loose" section.
Humor: The Writing Life

Jane MacDonald

Jane MacDonald, born in Texas of tough, sophisticated, opinionated European immigrant parents in 1964, now lives in Boston. A former athlete, she works part-time as a professional career counselor. The rest of her days she spends taking care of two preteen children and a husband, and engaging in various church and civic activities. In all these endeavors, as well as in writing, she has found being nearly six feet tall an asset. Her stories and essays have appeared in LoveWords, The Sidewalk's End and Blue Magnolia. More of her immortal work may be found on her website.
Exotic Sex Queens

Mary Matus
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.
Review: I'll Take You There by Joyce Carol Oates

Joe Schaffer
Joe Schaffer used to labor away in advertising. He now works a few hours a week in an outdoor store
and backpacks as much as possible. He never writes on unused paper.
Cutting: Space

Wayne Scheer
After teaching writing and literature in college for twenty-five years, Wayne Scheer recently retired to follow his own advice and write. Some of his stories have appeared in Flashquake, StoryOne, E2K and The Phone Book. In 2002, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Humor: A Truly Harmonic Convergence

Tom Sheehan

Tom Sheehan lives in Saugus, Massachusetts, and has been retired for 12 years. He has authored the novels "Vigilantes East" (2002), and "An Accountable Death," now serialized on 3 AM Magazine, and co-edited the sold-out 2,500-copy edition of "A Gathering of Memories, Saugus 1900-2000," for which he and a committee borrowed $60,000 to print a book not yet written and paid off the loan five months after receiving the book from the printer. He has been cited with a Silver Rose by ART for excellence in the short story, and has been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes. He won EastofTheWeb's 2002 nonfiction competition and has more than 150 appearances online. His work appears in Tryst, Fiction Warehouse, The Paumanok Review, StorySouth, Three Candles, Small Spiral Notebook, Pierian Springs, Pindeldyboz and Literary Potpourri, among others. In 2001 he met with four comrades he had not seen since 1951 in Korea.
A Sweater Too Long Hung

Laura Stamps

Laura Stamps has had poems, short stories, poetry book reviews, and interviews published in literary journals, magazines, anthologies, and broadsides, including The Louisiana Review, Ibbetson Update, Poesy Magazine, Poetry Motel, Maelstrom, American Writing, Lummox Journal, and Concrete Wolf. She is the author of more than twenty books of prose and poetry. Her most recent poetry collection is "Restore My Soul" (2002, Kittyfeather Press). She grew up in the mountains of north Georgia.

Berlin St. Croix

Berlin St. Croix knows why the smurfs are evil. She made them that way. Berlin is gother than you.
Cutting: This Space Intentionally Left Blank

Don Stockard

Don's background includes growing up on a homestead and working as a commercial clam digger, a miner, and a geophysicist. He spent ten years in school studying math and science at Carnegie Tech, Dartmouth, and Caltech. He's also spent quite a bit of time bike touring in Europe, mountain climbing, and sailing. Over the last ten years he has accumulated over 180 credits, 140 of which are short stories.
Fiction: Cubicle

Tracy Yaffa Teague

Tracy has learned all she needs to know about zen gardening from earthworms. She hopes never to live in Las Vegas, the most boring place on earth.
Cutting: Beauty is in the Gaps

Sam Vaknin
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 for Central Europe Review, United Press International (UPI) and eBookWeb and the editor of mental health and Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory, Suite101 and Until recently, he served as the Economic Advisor to the Government of Macedonia. Visit Sam's Web site at
Essays: Mind of a Narcissist (The Ghost in the Machine, No One Counts to Ten, The Disappearance of the Witnesses, Being There).

Peggy Vincent
Peggy Vincent, a retired Berkeley, California, midwife, has delivered more than 3000 babies, including 1000 home births. Her memoir, "Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife," was released by Scribner in April 2002. Having published many nonfiction pieces in various newspapers, magazines, and anthologies, she is now dabbling in fiction while waiting for the muse to bless her with inspiration for a second nonfiction book. Meanwhile, she keeps busy teaching writing classes. Peggy may be reached by email, and her web site is
Humor: Essential Oils

Clay Waters

Clay has had short stories and poems published in The Santa Barbara Review, Slugfest, Burning Sky, Liquid Ohio, Poet Lore and Listening Eye. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, and is the director of He is trying to finish his college murder mystery novel, "Pledging Christine." He has never lived in England, but has of late watched way too many episodes of "Dr. Who."
Fiction: Nyssa and the Time-Stopper of Clapham

James R. Whitley
James R. Whitley's work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and published in several journals including Coal City Review, HEArt, Paumanok Review, Peregrine, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and Xavier Review. Also, his first book, Immersion (Lotus Press, 2002), was selected by Lucille Clifton as the winner of the 2002 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award.
The Golden Web

Skeeze Whitlow

Skeeze Whitlow sailed in the Merchant Marine. He settled in Arlington, VA, to write. A graduate of Marymount University, he believes life to be a good thing.
Fiction: Estrella

Alyce Wilson
Wild Violet editor Alyce Wilson is not quite comfortable having a name come after hers alphabetically; she's used to being last. When she and her dog aren't enjoying the weather, she's working on Musings, an online journal of sorts.
On Healing

Reviews: Iron Butterfly, The Diaries of Emily Saidouili, The Way I See It

Wayne H.W. Wolfson
Wayne is a California-based author. He recently completed a collaborative CD with Boston based producer/composer Grenadier titled "The Last Martini." For more information on Wayne, visit his site. Click here for updates and information on the CD.

Poetry: Yo Sin Ti (Me Without You)

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