Contributors

Grant Bailie’s fiction has appeared in Night Train, McSweeney’s Internet Tendencies, Tiferet, SmokeLong Quarterly, Opium, and numerous other publications both online and in print. His first novel, Cloud 8, was published in 2003.

Matt Bell lives in Saginaw, Michigan, with his wife, Jessica. His writing has appeared in many fine literary magazines, including The Driftwood Review, Monkeybicycle, Cellar Door, and Me Three, with upcoming stories in Hobart and Barrelhouse. He is currently editing his first novel, Basic Beautiful Loser, and his first play, The Weight of the World, will be produced in June 2005. He can be found on the web at www.mdbell.com.

Born in Scotland, Alan Black currently lives and works in London. He is a self-taught photographer and computer operator. He has a passion for all kinds of photography, especially black and white images. He edits his photographic work using Photoshop CS. He works with both film and digital, specifically a Hasselblad 6x6 T System medium-format camera and a Nikon D70 digital camera. See more of his work at blinkred.com, eppingstudio.com, and ethnicwoman.co.uk.

Gary Britson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, during the Warren G. Harding administration, and has, at the insistence of his probation officer, remained there ever since. He writes because it is the only pastime that he can afford and because it is the only recreation allowed by his cardiologist. He holds the current world record for most rejection slips received by a member of the Iowa Bar. He specializes in collecting worthless documents, chief among which are the autograph of Marv Throneberry, a complete set of programs from the 1961 World Series, and a license to practice law in the state of Iowa.

Terri Brown-Davidson’s first novel is Marie, Marie: Hold On Tight (Lit Pot Press); her first book of poetry is The Carrington Monologues (Lit Pot Press). She’s completed a first collection of short fiction, Dangerous Mothers, and is working on a second, The Nebraska Penitentiary. She is on the fiction and poetry faculty of Gotham Writers’ Workshop (www.writingclasses.com). Her visual art is on display at The Pedestal Magazine’s gallery and is for sale at ArtMajeur.com.

Jeffrey S. Callico has resided in Atlanta since 1975. His first book of short fiction, Fighting Off the Sun: Stories, Tales, and Other Matters of Opinion, was published in June 2004 and is available on Amazon and at various booksellers worldwide. Much of his fiction appears online on The New Absurdist, and his prose and poetry have been published in online literary journals, including Dreamvirus, Insolent Rudder, The New Dodsley Pages, TFU Magazine, and Eyeshot. His personal Web site can be found at www.xanga.com/wiredwriter.

Dave Clapper is the founding editor of SmokeLong Quarterly. His fiction has appeared in numerous venues, including 3 AM Magazine, NFG, and InkPot. Reprints of his published work can be found at untruecrimes.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 SaucyVox. Two of Sean's poems here, “No Milk and Cookies” and “Purgatory,” are part of his Byzantium series (a long poem in progress), which connects the personal terror of child abuse with the general nightmare of destruction on 9/11/2001 at the World Trade Center. His prose and poetry can be read at www.seanfarragher.com  and www.byzantium2001.com.

Heather Fleming lives in New York. Her fiction has been read on NPR and published in The Barcelona Review, Carve Magazine, Ink Pot, and other journals. “Promiscuities” is part of a novel in progress. You can read more at www.promiscuities.blogspot.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 can be read 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 completed a BFA degree at Clark University. Landscapes and clothed and unclothed people are her favorite subjects for the work she does with pencil, pen and ink, acrylics, pastels, photography, and fabric. Elizabeth’s writing often reflects her interest in the visual. 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.

Paul Hostovsky’s poems appear in Slant, Rhino, Spoon River Poetry Review, New Delta Review, Poetry East, Atlanta Review, Carolina Quarterly, Free Lunch, and others. He has won the Comstock Review’s Muriel Craft Bailey Award, and has been featured on Poetry Daily. He works in Boston as an interpreter for the deaf.

Stephen Oliver is the author of twelve titles of poetry, including Night of Warehouses: Poems 1978-2000 (HeadworX Publishers, 2001). He has lived in Paris, Vienna, London, San Francisco, Greece, and Israel. He signed on with the radio ship, “The Voice of Peace,” broadcasting in the Mediterranean out of Jaffa. He freelanced as production voice, newsreader, announcer, voice actor, journalist, radio producer, and copy and features writer. His poems are widely represented in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, USA, UK, South Africa, and Canada. Recently published are Deadly Pollen, a poetry chapbook (Word Riot Press, 2003) and Ballads, Satire & Salt—A Book of Diversions  (Greywacke Press, Sydney, 2003). Three of his books, Unmanned, Night of Warehouses: Poems 1978-2000, and Deadly Pollen, are freely available as e-books from Project Gutenberg, Oxford Text Archive, and Online Books Page/University of Pennsylvania. Stephen is a transtasman poet and writer who currently lives in Sydney. Forthcoming: A new collection of poetry, Either Side The Horizon (Titus Books, New Zealand, 2005). Books published: Henwise (1975), & Interviews (1978), Autumn Songs (1978), Letter to James. K. Baxter (1980), Earthbound Mirrors (1984), Guardians, Not Angels (1993), Islands of Wilderness—A Romance (1996), Election Year Blues (1999), Unmanned (1999), Night of Warehouses: Poems 1978-2000 (2001), Deadly Pollen (2003), Ballads, Satire & Salt—A Book of Diversions (2003), Either Side The Horizon (2005).
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Gabriel Orgrease makes a living fixing old historic buildings and has a particular passion for the conservation of single-occupancy structures. He is currently at work on a screenplay involving a double-decker outhouse in Phelps, New York, the sauerkraut capital of the world. His written work has appeared in Magazine Minima, Opium, In Posse Review, Bonfire, Stoney Lonesome, Stile, Insolent Rudder, and Gator Springs Gazette, for which he writes a regular column, “Orgrease Bait & Tackle.” Between flits of inspiration and irritation at his existenz, Gab has been experimenting with podcasting for the spoken word. He can be found at www.orgrease.org.

Grant Perry began writing fiction when his promising career as a glassblower was curtailed by chronic asthma. Though yet to achieve the acclaim he garnered for his glasswork figurine “The Kiss,” depicting Madonna and Britney, his literary endeavours have met with limited success, appearing in The Orphan Leaf Review, Snow Monkey, Eyeshot, Pindeldyboz, Thieves Jargon, Megaera, Uber, Thunder Sandwich, and elsewhere. He was born in Glasgow, raised in Leeds, and currently lives in south London.

David Starkey teaches at Santa Barbara City College and in the MFA program at Antioch University-Los Angeles, and he is the author of a textbook, Poetry Writing: Theme and Variations (NTC, 1999), as well as several collections of poems from small presses, most recently Fear of Everything, winner of Palanquin Press’s Spring 2000 chapbook contest, and David Starkey’s Greatest Hits (Pudding House, 2002). Over the past fourteen years he has published more than 300 poems in literary magazines such as American Scholar, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cutbank, High Plains Literary Review, The Journal, Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, Notre Dame Review, Poet Lore, Poetry East, South Dakota Review, Sycamore Review, Texas Review, and Wormwood Review.

Paul A. Toth lives in Michigan. His novel Fizz is available from Bleak House Books. Fishnet, his second novel, will be published in July 2005. See www.tothworld.com for more information.