Contributors

Bob Arter lives and writes in Southern California. His stuff has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story Extra, Absinthe Literary Review, The God Particle, Opium, SmokeLong Quarterly, Pindeldyboz, Ink Pot, Quintessence, Night Train, and elsewhere. Ai yi yi he’s a stud-point-two.

Jeff Blechle: “I’m a liar, a poser, and quite possibly a woman with a lofty, if not devastating, imagination. I’m into nauseating little proxy gatherings in Prome, Denver, and Prolix. Nobody sees me coming. It amuses me to capitalize letters, it exhilarates me to lowercase them, it bores me to read them. I stay hip by visiting five-star brothels in the Whitechapel district. I buzz with swarms of paracletes and swim with schools of sandhis, bathos, ethos, and weirdos. Things I savor by instinct are vapid; things I spit out are seldom salable and are never for all tastes. Selling out to the service of others, for all its merit, is better than being drooled on, trust me. Divergence (def. 3) is a superfluous entity and essential to all I see. I am fairly certain that someday, after my death, I’ll be horribly famous, and for this fair certainty, and for this alone, I’m keeping my day job swinging a lantern down on the quay.”

C.L. Bledsoe is an editor at the Hollins Critic and Ghoti Magazine. He has work in Margie, Natural Bridge, Eyeshot, Nimrod, storySouth, and Hobart Pulp, among other places. He currently attends the M.F.A. program at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.
Randall Brown lives outside Philadelphia. He is a fiction editor at SmokeLong Quarterly, an M.F.A. candidate at Vermont College, and a recipient of a 2004 Pushcart Prize nomination. Work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Iconoclast, Ink Pot, The MacGuffin, Timber Creek Review, and Del Sol Review.

Daphne Buter lives and works and makes the best of it in the Netherlands. She’s a writer of fiction and her books are published by the publishing house De Bezige Bij in Amsterdam. As a graphic designer she worked for Elsevier Science Publisher. She worked for eight years as a creative assistant at Joop Geesink’s Dollywood animation film studio, in the Netherlands. Currently she works as an illustrator for two small newspapers for annoying smart children in Holland, published by an organization called LICH. She is a painter who doesn’t paint anymore since she’s a writer. She hasn’t worked anywhere as a photographer—she just likes to shoot pictures, maybe because her father was a professional photographer. The Internet makes it possible for Daphne to work with FRiGG.

Peggy Duffy’s short stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Brevity, Octavo, Drexel Online Journal, Three Candles, Pierian Springs, Literary Mama, SmokeLong Quarterly, and So to Speak, where “Suspension” first appeared. Her fiction was recognized by the Virginia Commission for the Arts as a finalist in the Individual Artist Fellowship program for literary artists. Two of her stories were selected by storySouth for the Million Writers Award, Notable Online Short Stories for 2003. She maintains a web site at AuthorsDen.com.

A critic wrote recently about one of Sean Farragher’s poems: “... it’s erotic, psychopathic, and poetic.”  Bill Beaver, editor of Valley Fever, in his review of Taxi Murders, Sean Farragher’s hyperfiction opus: “Sean is an original, an author who has entered the field of hyperfiction on his own without much of the conceptual baggage that is floating around.” Sean was recently featured as poet of the month at the e-zine SaucyVox. His prose and poetry can be read at his web site seanfarragher.com and at byzantium2001.com.

Elizabeth P. Glixman’s poetry, fiction, and interviews have appeared in Outsider Ink, Erosha, Wicked Alice, storySouth, Eclectica, Edifice Wrecked, 3 AM Magazine, and Women of the Web, a poetry anthology. Recent work is at Laura Hird.com and Surface Art Magazine online. Her interview with poet Dennis Mahagin is forthcoming in
3 AM Magazine. She studied studio arts at the School of the Worcester Art Museum and has a B.F.A. from Clark University. Landscapes and people are her favorite subjects for her works in pencil, pen and ink, acrylics, pastels, photography, and fabric. Her art has appeared in Gator Springs Gazette (print and online) and will be in the next issue of Graphology.

Steve Hansen lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife, Pam; two dogs, Boo Boo and Daisee; his rat, Tif; and his infant son, Sam. He’s been published in FRiGG, The Paumanok Review, Samsara Quarterly, and The Danforth Review.

Allison Heim holds a B.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Arizona. A former poetry editor for Sonora Review, her work has appeared in various publications, including Sacramento News and Review, Quarterly West, Spillway, Poetry Motel, and Faultline. She lives in Sacramento, California.
Miriam N. Kotzin teaches literature and creative writing at Drexel University where she directs the Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing and serves as advisor to Maya, the student literary magazine. Her poetry was nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize in 2004. Her poetry and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in many print and online publications. Her web site gives links to her work: miriamnkotzin.tripod.com. She also writes fiction collaboratively with Bill Turner, with news and links to their work found on their web site, kotzinturner.com.

Jeff Landon lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his wife and two daughters. He’s published stories in Crazyhorse, Night Train, Other Voices, New Virginia Review, Phoebe, SmokeLong Quarterly, Pindeldyboz (online), Another Chicago Magazine, and 64 Magazine.

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 ambition to be a poet. His poetry has appeared online in Ink-Mag, Retort Magazine, Tamaphyr Mountain Poetry, Deep Cleveland, readingdivas, Dicey Brown, Spitjaw Review, Alba Magazine, SubtleTea, dash30dash.com, poesiamag.com, in One Forty Two Magazine, Somewhat Magazine, Holy Ignorance, Eyeshot, The Surface, Slow Trains, Tryst3 Journal, The Potomac Journal, Circle Magazine, Taint Magazine, Stride Magazine (UK), Say Magazine (UK), Taj Mahal Review (India), and Bullfight Review. He presently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works as a tutor.

Anca Vlasopolos wrote No Return Address: A Memoir of Displacement (Columbia University Press, 2000), for which she was awarded the YMCA Writer’s Voice Grant for Creative Non-Fiction in 2001, the Wayne State University Board of Governors Award, and the Arts Achievement Award in 2002; she has a poetry collection entitled Through the Straits, at Large; a chapbook of poetry entitled The Evidence of Spring; and a detective novel entitled Missing Members; as well as short stories and over 200 poems in literary magazines such as Porcupine, Poetry International, Branches Quarterly, Barrow Street, Nidus, Full Circle Journal, Short Story, Natural Bridge, Center, Evansville Review, Santa Barbara Review, and River Styx. Her manuscript, The Japanese Odysseus, a historical nonfiction novel, is circulating.

Scott Whitaker teaches drama and composition in rural Virginia where he is the head ghost hunter and tour director of Cape Charles Haunted Walking Tours. His recent musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet was funded by the NEA. He has recently finished a magical realism novel, Mulch. In 2005, Finishing Line Press will publish his first chapbook of poems, The Barleyhouse Letters. Contact him at esteph20@hotmail.com.

Wayne E. Yang’s writing has appeared in The North American Review, The Christian Science Monitor, Asian Review of Books, and other publications. His writing and photography can be found at www.wayneyang.com.