Portrait of the Artist, Stacked Teapot, Saint Mickey of the Landmines, Untitled, Painted Lady Series, House Divided, and Behind the Scenes—LENNY DOWHIE is professor of art at the University of Southern Indiana, where he has taught ceramics since 1978. His work is in numerous public and private collections including the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and the Australian National University. He continues to widely exhibit his work at the national level.
Memorial Day, Evansville, IN; Mourning Drum; Monk with Umbrella—Thailand; and Woman of Islam—Thailand—GENIE WOOLMAN is a world-traveled and widely exhibited artist. Her works are included in collections as far away as Africa, the Philippines, Thailand, and the Woman’s Museum of Art in Washington, D.C. She studied at the prestigious Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, where she came into contact with numerous other artists of her time as well as their master works. Additionally, she worked as a WPA artist during the 1930s. She resides in Evansville, Indiana, and continues to produce art.
“Pittsburgh Morning After Rain”— JIM DANIELS’ most recent book is STREET, a collection of his poems and the photos of Charlee Brodsky, published in 2005 by Bottom Dog Press. Also in 2005, he wrote and produced Dumpster, an independent feature film. He is the Baker Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University.
“Signal-to-Noise Ratio”—TIM KAHL’S work has been published or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, American Letters & Commentary, Berkeley Poetry Review, Fourteen Hills, George Washington Review, Illuminations, Indiana Review, Limestone, Nimrod, Ninth Letter, Notre Dame Review, South Dakota Quarterly, The Journal, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Texas Review, and dozens of other journals in the U.S. He has translated Austrian avant-gardist, Friederike Mayröcker; Brazilian poet, Lêdo Ivo; and the poems of the Portuguese language’s only Nobel Laureate, José Saramago.
“Letting Words Fall”—CHRISTY EFFINGER is a graduate student in English at Indiana State University, where she won an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her flash fiction has appeared in elimae. Christy is an assistant editor for Snow*Vigate, an online journal of prose poetry and flash fiction.
“Roots”—IVER ARNEGARD’S ancestors were Norwegian homesteaders who settled in western North Dakota near the rim of the Badlands. His poetry and prose have appeared in such journals as the Missouri Review, Willow Springs, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. He is working on his first novel, Killdeer.
“Giving Thanks”—PRISCILLA ATKINS grew up in Illinois, attended college in Massachusetts, lived in Hawaii for ten years, and is currently the arts/reference librarian at Hope College, in Holland, Michigan. Her poems appear in recent issues of Raritan, Poetry London, Southern Humanities Review, and Shenandoah.
“Fort Scott Cemetery”—ELIZABETH SCHULTZ centers her poetry in the space where nature and people intersect, not only in Kansas and Michigan where she lives but also on the oceans’ islands to which she sails.
“The Lazarus Division”—PATRICK HICKS teaches creative writing at Augustana College and his work has appeared in over seventy-five publications. He was recently a Visiting Fellow at Oxford, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and was a finalist for the New Letters Literary Award. Although he frequently visits Ireland and England, he lives in Sioux Falls where he enjoys thunderstorms rolling across the prairie. He is the author of Traveling Through History (2005) and Draglines (2006). His third collection, Finding the Gossamer, was recently accepted for publication by a press in Ireland.
“The Heart of it All”—PETER DESY’S migraines have greatly abated since he’s taken early retirement from the Ohio University English Department. He has poems recently published or forthcoming from Shenandoah, Green Mountains Review, Ontario Review, Connecticut Review and many other journals. Desy has published a full-length poetry collection, Driving from Columbus, and two chapbooks.
“August”—ALISON BAUMANN suffers late-summer droughts on a small farm in Posey County, Indiana. Her poems and essays have been published in numerous regional journals as well as the Hudson Review and the Southern Review. She is honored to be making her second appearance in the Southern Indiana Review.
“Dementia”—GREG MOGLIA is a veteran of twenty-seven years as adjunct professor of Philosophy of Education at N.Y.U. and thirty-seven years as a high school teacher of physics, psychology and chemistry. His poetry has been accepted in over seventy journals in the U.S., Canada, and England, as well as five anthologies. Moglia is a four-time winner of an Allan Ginsberg Poetry Award sponsored by the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College. His poem “Why Do Lovers Whisper?” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2005. He lives in Huntington, N.Y.
“Breaking Bird at KFC—JON TRIBBLE’S poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Ploughshares, Poetry, Crazyhorse, Quarterly West, and The Jazz Poetry Anthology. He teaches at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he is the managing editor of Crab Orchard Review and the series editor of the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry published by SIU Press.
“Against the Abstract”—DAVID JAMES’ most recent chapbook is I Will Peel This Mask Off from March Street Press, 2004. Six of his one-act plays have been produced off-Broadway in New York. He teaches for Oakland Community College in Michigan.
“Vow”—MATTHEW GUENETTE’S poetry, prose, and book reviews have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Diagram, The Greensboro Review, Indiana Review, Interim, Melic Review, Passages North, Poetry Midwest, Poetry & Plays, Quarterly West, Sarasota Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, WordsOnWalls and many other publications. His chapbook, A Hush of Something Endless, was just published by RopeWalk Press.
“When Jesus Calls”—LIAM CALLANAN is the author of The Cloud Atlas. His new novel, All Saints, comes out next spring. He teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
“Judy’s Circ”—H. WILLIAM TAEUSCH, a physician and graduate of a few summers at Squaw Valley Community of Writers, has been writing fiction for over twenty years. His short stories have been published in Manhattan Literary Review, Epicenter, Red Cedar Review, and Hurricane Review. A novel, Products of Conception, is completed and another is on the way to delivery.
“Lung Girl”—STEPHANIE DICKINSON’S poetry and fiction have appeared in Waterstone, Northwest Review, Mudfish, Portland Review, Green Mountains Review, Columbia Review, Feminist Studies, among others. Along with Rob Cook she co-edits the literary journal Skidrow Penthouse. Half Girl, her first novel, won the Hackney Award (Birmingham-Southern) for best unpublished novel of 2002. It will be published this year by Spuyten Duyvil. Her story “A Lynching in Stereoscope” was reprinted in 2005 Best American Series Nonrequired Reading, edited by Dave Eggers.
“A Public of Two”—LINDA LAPPIN lives in Rome and Vitorchiano, Italy, where she directs the Centro Pokkoli Creative Writing Center, which hosts the Kenyon Review Italy Writing Workshop ( www.pokkoli.org ). Her novel, The Etruscan (Wynkin deWorde, Galway, Ireland, 2004) was reviewed in the Fall 2005 issue of Southern Indiana Review. ( www.theetruscan.com )
“The Cuba in My Mind”—STEPHEN DUFRECHOU is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and a graduate of the University of Memphis. He has contributed poetry to The Sequoya Review. Currently he is working on a novel as well as a memoir about his family’s experience in Revolutionary Cuba.
“Bake Off!”—DIANE SHIPLEY DECILLIS is a graduate of University of Michigan. Her poems have appeared in Nimrod International Journal, Rattle, William & Mary Review, South Dakota Review, Puerto del Sol, Poet Lore, and other journals. She is the winner of the Crucible Poetry Prize 2005 and the 2005 MacGuffin National Poet Hunt. She owns an award-wining gallery in Southfield, Michigan, and is co-editor of Mona Poetica, an anthology of poetry on the Mona Lisa published by Mayapple Press (Winter 2005).
“Breakfast for Izzy”—CALVIN MILLS was raised in Eureka, California. He now lives and writes in Port Angeles, Washington. “Breakfast for Izzy” is an excerpt from a memoir in progress. Other excerpts are forthcoming in Quills and Pixelsand Toyon. His short stories have appeared in The Caribbean Writer and The Timber Creek Review and are forthcoming in Short Story and Equinox. Mills was awarded the Charlotte and Isidor Paiewonsky Prize from the Caribbean Writer in 2005.
“Elusive Answers: The Collected Poems of David Wojahn”—GAIL EISENHART serves on the Board of directors of the St. Louis Poetry Center and is a RopeWalk Writers Retreat Alumna. Her poems have been published in the Saturday Evening Post, St. Charles County Journal, Mid-America Poetry Review, and Mid Rivers Review. She is a retired Executive Assistant.
“Sigrid Nunez: The Best of Her Kind”—PAMELA GARVEY has published poetry and short stories in many literary journals including The Spoon River Poetry Review, North American Review, Poetry International, Pleiades, Sou’wester, Sonora Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review and others. In 2003, she was a semi-finalist for the “Discovery”/The Nation poetry award; most recently she won the 2006 poetry award from Words and Pictures Magazine. She is an assistant professor of English at St. Louis Community College-Meramec and lives with her husband and son in the city of St. Louis.