Nature Walk, The Blues, A Shining Moment, and Bead It—JANICE GREENE is a graphic designer at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library. She received her M.A. in printmaking from the University of Evansville. Greene has exhibited extensively throughout the Midwest, and her artwork is included in many corporate and private collections. Her interest in mixed media art includes ceramics, printmaking, and handmade paper.
Amanda with Hydrangeas, Stephanie, The F Drawing, Amanda, and Pzycho Noir—Monty Helm, a painter living in Owensboro, Kentucky, is chair of the Art Department at Owensboro Community College. Helm received his M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1988. His current work, The Gothic Series, consists of twenty life-scale portraits of women immersed in gothic culture.
"Me and My Shadow"—ANNE SILVER earned an M.A. in poetry from San Miguel de Allende in 1972 and an M.S. in psychology from California University Los Angeles in 1982. Before she passed away in October of 2005, she was an internationally recognized author and co-host of Moonday at Village Books Poetry Series in Pacific Palisades, CA, with Alice Pero. Her recent publications appeared in The Atlanta Review, English Journal, Nimrod, Red Wheelbarrow, and Minnesota Review. Her books include Bare Root: A Poet’s Journey with Breast Cancer and Ark for One.
"Madness and the Brackets of March"—AUSTIN HUMMELL’s books are Poppy (Del Sol Press) and The Fugitive Kind (University of Georgia Press). He teaches at Northern Michigan University and is poetry editor of Passages North.
"Persimmon Moon"—INSUK JO earned her M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from Goucher College and teaches English at the University of Southern Indiana. She is looking to publish her memoir in the near future.
"Interdisciplinary Studies"—TOM C. HUNLEY is an assistant professor of English at Western Kentucky University and the director of Steel Toe Books. His latest book is My Life as a Minor Character (Pecan Grove Press 2005), and his next book is Towards a Rhetoric of Poetry Writing Instruction (Multilingual Matters LTD. 2007). Hunley’s most recently published poems are in Poetry East, Rhino, and River City.
"Hornets’ Nest"—STEPHEN HAVEN is the director of the Ashland Poetry Press at Ashland University, where he also teaches American literature and co-directs the Creative Writing Program. His book of poems, The Long Silence of the Mohawk Carpet Smokestacks, was published by West End Press in 2004. Haven's poetry and essays have appeared in Crazyhorse, American Poetry Review, Salmagundi, Image, Western Humanities Review, The Missouri Review, The Christian Science Monitor, and many other journals.
"Joshua Trees" and "Dust Bowl"—JAMES DOYLE'S book, Einstein Considers A Sand Dune (2004), won the Steel Toe Books contest. Doyle is married to poet Sharon Doyle and has poems coming out in Poems & Plays, The Briar Cliff Review, Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, River Styx, and Xavier Review.
"Young Man"—MARC ELIHU HOFSTADTER has a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz and has taught American literature at Santa Cruz, the Universite d'Orleans (on a Fulbright), and Tel Aviv University. He has published two books of poems, House of Peace and Visions, and another volume, Shark's Tooth, will soon be out. His poems, translations, and essays have appeared in numerous magazines including Talisman, Exquisite Corpse, The Malahat Review, The Hawai'i Review, Rattle, Home Planet News, andConfrontation. He lives with his partner in Walnut Creek, California.
"The Promise"—DAVID SIEGEL lives in New Paltz, NY. He teaches English at two local colleges and is a home tutor for elementary and high school students.
"The New Physics" and "Forgetful Fugue"—RICHARD JACKSON is the author of nine books of poems, most recently Half Lives: Petrarchan Poems, Unauthorized Autobiography: New and Selected Poems, and Heartwall. He has published four chapbooks of adaptations from Petrarch and other Italian poets. His own poems have been translated into a dozen languages. In 2000, he was awarded the Order of Freedom Medal for literary and humanitarian work in the Balkans, and he won his fifth Pushcart Prize in 2003. Jackson teaches at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and in the Vermont College low-residency MFA program.
"Victory in the Hands of the High Priestess"—BARBARA HAAS has published short stories in Glimmer Train, The Georgia Review, Western Humanities Review,The Antioch Review, and others. She is a repeat contributor of fiction to The Hudson Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The North American Review. Haas teaches fiction writing at Iowa Sate University.
"Body Art," "Death of an Ironist," and "Previews"—PHONG NGUYEN is a writing instructor at UW-Milwaukee, where he edits the literary journal Cream City Review. In 2006, his stories will appear in AGNI, Florida Review, Iowa Review,Inkwell Journal, Massachusetts Review, Meridian, Rosebud, and others.
"Cathedral Pace"—KRISTINE SOMERVILLE works at The Missouri Review as marketing coordinator and teaches at Stephens College and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her short stories and prose poems have appeared in various magazines, including The North American Review, Hayden's Ferry, River City,Passages North, Southern Indiana Review, and Quarterly West. Her essay “Katie Suber” received notable mention in Best American Essays 2000.
"Roses"—FORREST ASHBY is a 2005 Pushcart Prize nominee. His stories have appeared in Water~Stone Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Hotel Amerika. He teaches and writes in Arizona.
"The True Israelites"—MARK DOSTERT holds an M.A. in history from the University of North Texas. He was an undergraduate student in Chicago during the early 1990s and volunteered at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center where he later became a full-time employee. “The True Israelites” is adapted from a book he is writing about his experiences there.
"A Geometry of Desire: Julia Wendell’s Dark Track"—ERIC NORTON is a teacher and writer who lives in Cambridge, MA. He holds an M.A. in English and American Literature from Boston University.
"Richard Newman’s Borrowed Towns: A Review"—BRENDA DeMARTINI teaches writing and literature at Purchase College in New York. Her stories and poems have appeared in Confrontation, the Sun, the Minnesota Review, Three Rivers Poetry Journal, Mississippi Mud, and Kansas Quarterly.