Alexander Best is 45 years old, a native of Toronto, Canada. He has poems online at Church-Wellesley Review (1999, 2000) and at VerseLibreQuarterly (fall 2004, spring 2005). To keep from starving he stuffs envelopes, mops floors, etc. He loves snowstorms, thunder, lightning...and the dull days, too.

Gary Cadwallader lives in Warrensburg, Missouri, with a bunch of horses who don’t really like him. He’d love to hear from you, but he’s deaf. He’d love to see you but he’s so damn nearsighted you gotta hold this magnifying glass up to your face and still you gotta stand outside the window. email:

Susan H. Case is a college professor in New York. She has recent work in or forthcoming in Eclipse, Georgetown Review, Gulf Stream Magazine, Karamu, Pebble Lake Review, Saranac Review, Slant, Tar Wolf Review, The Comstock Review, and The GW Review, among others. She is the author of The Scottish Café (Slapering Hol Press, 2002) and Hiking the Desert in High Heels (RightHandPointing, 2005).

Mark DeCarteret’s work has appeared in AGNI, Chicago Review, Conduit, Phoebe, and Salt Hill, as well as such anthologies as American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon Press, 2000) and Thus Spake the Corpse: An Exquisite Corpse Reader 1988-1998 (Black Sparrow Press, 2000). Recently his work has been featured online at Killing the Buddha, Maverick Magazine, and Mudlark. His books of poems are Over Easy (Minotaur Press, 1991), Review: A Book of Poems (Kettle of Fish Press, 1995), and The Great Apology, published three years ago by Oyster River Press for which he also co-edited the anthology Under the Legislature of Stars: 62 New Hampshire Poets.

Terry DeHart lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and three daughters. His stories have appeared in The Barcelona Review, Night Train, SmokeLong Quarterly, Zoetrope All-Story Extra, and other places. He is currently writing a novel and seeking representation for his short story collection.

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. His prose and poetry can be read at  and

Steven Gillis is the author of the novel The Weight of Nothing (Brook Street Press, January 2005) Steve’s first novel, Walter Falls, was published in 2003 and went on to be named a finalist for both the 2003 Book of the Year for Literary Fiction by ForeWord Magazine and also a finalist for the Independent Publishers Association 2004 Book of the Year—the only novel to be named a finalist for both awards. He is currently at work on a new novel, Temporary People. Steve’s stories, articles, and book reviews have appeared in many journals, including The Beat, Gargoyle, Facets Magazine, FRiGG, The Paumanok Review, Arriviste Press, DJN, Rain Taxi, Detroit Free Press, and The Ann Arbor Paper. Steve teaches writing and literature at Eastern Michigan University and is the founder of 826 Michigan, a nonprofit mentoring and tutoring organization for public school students specializing in reading and writing, and a chapter of Dave Eggers’ 826 Valencia, a San Francisco-based reading and writing program for kids ages 6 to 18. All author proceeds from Steve’s novels go to his 826 Michigan foundation. Steve lives in Ann Arbor with his wife, Mary, and children, Anna and Zach.

Richard Grayson is the author of several books of fiction, including With Hitler in New York, I Brake for Delmore Schwartz, and The Silicon Valley Diet. His nonfiction has appeared in a previous issue of FRiGG as well as in The New York Times, The Arizona Republic, The San Jose Mercury News, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He is a high school English teacher in Phoenix.

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.

Brian Hardie is 20 years old and he has been writing poetry for the latter half of his life. His work has been published by as well as

James Lineberger’s poems have appeared in Berkeley Poetry Review, The Centennial Review, Coal City Review, Djinni, Exquisite Corpse, Hanging Loose, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Mediphors, The New Laurel Review, New York Quarterly, Ontario Review, Oxford Magazine, Pembroke Magazine, Prairie Schooner, Snake Nation Review, Sonora Review, Verse, and a number of online publications. He has published six volumes of poetry.

Thomas O’Malley was raised in Ireland and England. His work has appeared in such magazines as Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Shenandoah, Natural Bridge, Blue Mesa Review, Crab Orchard Review, New Millennium Writings, Vanguard, and Mississippi Review. He also the author of the novel In the Province of Saints (Little, Brown & Co., August 2005) A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has most recently been a Returning Writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he was the recipient of the Grace Paley endowed Fellowship.

Gus Sacks attends high school at the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia. He’s been taking photos for about two years now, working as the photography editor for his school’s paper, The Mirror, and the school’s yearbook, The Class Record. He made the semifinals in the HP You Take 5 Contest, and has been published in numerous online literary magazines. Gus also makes films; drums in his jazz quartet, Rehash; writes short fiction; and hopes to attend college for filmmaking next year.

Jenny Sadre-Orafai writes both poetry and prose. Her first chapbook, Weed Over Flower, has been chosen for publication by Finishing Line Press and will be available fall 2005. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the following publications: Wicked Alice, Poems Neiderngasse, SubtleTea, Lily, Verse Libre Quarterly, can we have our ball back?, Red River Review, Sein und Werden, Spillway Review, Vs., Ink Pot, Churchyard, and Plainsongs. Her prose has appeared in Rock Salt Plum and in the forthcoming Seal Press anthology, Waking Up American. Sadre-Orafai has hosted numerous open mics, in addition to competing in slams. She has also recorded a spoken word album. She currently lives in Atlanta, where she is an MFA candidate at Georgia State University. She is an Instructor of English at Kennesaw State University. More information about Sadre-Orafai can be found on her Web site, my words are better.

Matthew St. Amand is author of three published books, As My Sparks Fly Upward & Other Stories, Forever & a Day, and Homunculus. His short fiction and poetry have been accepted by magazines such as North American Review, The Toronto Review, Opium, and Pindeldyboz. He lives in LaSalle, Ontario, with his wife.

A native of New Hampshire, Jay Surdukowski is in his final year at the University of Michigan Law School where he served during his first two years as president of the Law School Student Senate and founded Term of Arts, an annual show of law student art. He also raised funds for revival of the law school’s literary journal. He is currently the managing editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law and has spent his law school summers at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia prosecuting war criminals by day and writing and painting by night. His work has appeared in Poet Lore, The Iconoclast, Diagram, Bogg, Frogpond, and The New Yinzer.