Alexander Best is forty-seven years old, a native Torontonian. Cornered by a crisis in 1998 he began to make poems and wrote his way to freedom. He experimented with this new-ancient art and drew influences from John Clare, Constantine Cavafy, Emily Dickinson, Paul Celan, and, of course, the King James version of the Bible. He has worked as a janitor, data-entry drone, and walking messenger to keep himself in poems. He loves the sound of the train horn and the nighthawk.

Tara Deal is a writer, book editor, and New Yorker currently living in London. Her poems have appeared in a number of magazines, including West Branch, Flyway, The King’s English, and Failbetter. Her first chapbook, Wander Luster, was published by Finishing Line Press in June. Contact her at

Anne Elliott is a fifteen-year veteran of the NYC spoken word circuit, and a former member of the postfeminist talk group, The Pussy Poets. She has performed solo at numerous venues including the Whitney Museum, Lincoln Center, PS122, and KGB Bar. Her fiction has appeared in Hobart, Pindeldyboz, SmokeLong Quarterly, and others. She seeks a home for a first novel, Starving Hysterical Naked, and blogs on writing, art, and feral cat management at Ass Backwords.

Alicia Gifford is an L.A. woman and story writer. Her short fiction appears or is forthcoming in swell places that include: Alaska Quarterly Review, Narrative Magazine, StoryGlossia, Confrontation, 3:AM Magazine, SmokeLong Quarterly, The Barcelona Review, The Mississippi Review, Per Contra, Opium, Eyeshot, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Ink Pot, elimae and more; and has been anthologized in Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories 2005, Best American Erotica 2005 and forthcoming in Best of Best American Erotica 2008, See You Next Tuesday, and Open Road English Skills, second edition, a Canadian ESL textbook, of all things. Her short story “Toggling the Switch” won the Million Writer’s Award for Best Online Story, 2004. She is fiction editor for the literary journal Night Train.

P. H. Madore was imprisoned between time of submission and time of publication. He doesn’t care about his writing as much as he cares about his magazine, dispatch litareview.

Stefani Nellen is a psychologist-turned-writer living in Pittsburgh and Groningen (the Netherlands) with her husband. Her short fiction appears or is forthcoming in SmokeLong Quarterly (16 and 17), Hobart, Bound Off, Cezanne’s Carrot, VerbSap, Apex Digest, and other places.

After almost a decade of working as a freelance photographer in Europe, Maurice Oliver returned to America in 1990 to work for the Los Angeles Times. Then, in 1995, he made a lifelong dream reality by traveling around the world for eight months. But instead of taking pictures, he recorded the experience in a journal, which eventually became dozens of poems. And so began his desire to be a poet. His poetry has appeared in The Potomac Journal, Circle Magazine, The MAG, Tryst3 Journal, Eyeshot, Pebble Lake Review, Wicked Alice, The Surface, Word Riot, Taj Mahal Review (India), Stride Magazine (UK), Dandelion Magazine (Canada), Retort Magazine (Australia), and online at Thieves Jargon, Girls with Insurance, Unlikely Stories, Subtletea, Interpoetry (UK), Kritya (India), Blue Print Review (Germany), and elsewhere. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works as a private tutor. He is the editor of the literary e-zine Concelebratory Shoehorn Review at:

Thomas Plain is taking a sculpture course this summer. He suffers from Wally Pipp’s disease, a rare infirmity that forces him to sit out life for long stretches of time. He once bunted and ran immediately to third. Baseball, sculpture, and long bus rides in the rain are his passions. He’s married to a woman he can’t quite understand.

Farrah Sarafa has been reading and writing poetry since she was very young. She won a Hopwood, at the University of Michigan and other awards, and has been published in several literary magazines such as Arabesques and Ascent Aspirations. A graduate student at Columbia, Farrah works as a cultural and literary activist in New York City, and is the associate editor of The Global Nomad magazine ( ). These poems reflect the cultural multiplicity and cosmopolitanism that are preeminently thematic in her written and life’s work.

Suzanne Scarfone’s poems have most recently appeared in Ducts, Phoebe: A Journal of Feminist Scholarship, Cider Press Review, Earth’s Daughters, Natural Bridge: A Journal of Contemporary Literature, and Switched-on Gutenberg. She is writer-in-residence in Detroit with InsideOut Literary Arts Project and with VSA arts, an international organization that showcases the accomplishments of artists with disabilities. She has produced two music and poetry compact discs, The Poetry Harmonium and Arts at an Exhibition, in collaboration with composer Christian Kreipke and poets Carol Carpenter and Anca Vlasopolos.

Gail Louise Siegel’s work can be found online in 3:AM, Juked, Post Road, Pindeldyboz, Ink Pot, Zoetrope ASE, Brevity, Flashquake, Outsider Ink, The Salt River Review, Tattoo Highway, Night Train, FRiGG, and in many print journals and anthologies.

Jared Smith lives in Utah with his wife, Sarah. His work has appeared in Night Train, American Drivel Review, Juked, and Like Water Burning.

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