Gale Acuff has had poetry published in Ascent, Ohio Journal, Maryland Poetry Review, Florida Review, South Carolina Review, Adirondack Review, Descant, and many other journals. He has written two books of poetry: Buffalo Nickel (BrickHouse Press, 2004), and The Weight of the World (BrickHouse, 2006). He has taught university English in the U.S., China, and the Palestinian West Bank.

Stella Brice received her degree in English lit. from Rice University and has worked, variously, as housecleaner, tarot reader, and performance artist. Her writing has appeared in Frank, Fine Madness, Southern Poetry Review, and many others. Online, her work can be found at Right Hand Pointing, Radiant Turnstile, and Clean Sheets. Her poems have been anthologized in Tierra Cruzada/Crossed Land, Bleeding on the Page, and The Weight of Addition: An Anthology of Texas Poetry. She is a winner of the John Z. Bennet Prize and is the author of two chapbooks. Her latest is a book of dark fairy tale poems called Outgrow (for ordering information, write to Stella lives with her husband, David, in a 101-year-old house in Houston.

Stefanie Freele was born and raised in Wisconsin and currently lives on a river on the West Coast. Her recent credits include American Literary Review, South Dakota Review, Westview, Permafrost, Hobart, and Contrary. She will have upcoming work in Glimmer Train, Talking River, Writers Journal, and in a speculative fiction anthology titled Futuristic Motherhood. Stefanie received the 2008 Kathy Fish Fellowship and is the Writer In Residence for SmokeLong Quarterly. She will complete her MFA in Fiction from the Whidbey Writers Workshop in Washington this August.

Matt Getty, the self-proclaimed world’s best writer ever, is the award-winning author of You Will Behave, the first book-length work of fiction written entirely in the second-person future. Getty’s short fiction has also appeared in Opium Magazine, Streetlight Magazine, Pindeldyboz, Rainbow Curve, Tatlin’s Tower, and The GW Review. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters where he maintains, a Web site filled with what he describes as “free entertainment for people who are smarter than me.”

Katherine Holmes’ creative work has appeared in more than 25 print journals, includingThe South Dakota Review, Cider Press Review, Phantasmagoria, Marginalia, Minnesota Poetry Calendar, and Porcupine. On the Web, she’s been published at Amarillo Bay, Avatar, Eclectica, Facets, Fringe, The King’s English, Perigee, Review Americana, Shadowtrain, Word Riot, and others. Her Web site is here.

Kuzhali Manickavel lives in a small temple town on the coast of South India. Her debut collection, Insects Are Just Like You And Me Except Some of Them Have Wings, is available from Blaft Publications. Her work can also be found at Subtropics, Per Contra, The Cafe Irreal, and Quick Fiction.

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. Rafts (Parsifal Editions) is his most recent collection. Family of Man (Pavement Saw Press) is scheduled for fall 2008. For more information, including his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities“ and a complete bibliography, please visit his Web site here.

Meg Pokrass lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in 971 Menu, The Rose and Thorn, Thieves Jargon, Eclectica, Chanterelle’s Notebook, 34th Parallel, Literary Mama, Blossombones, elimae, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Ghoti. She has performed with theatre companies throughout the United States and considers writing a natural extension of sensory work developed as an actor.

Kevin Spaide’s work has appeared in The Summerset Review, Dogmatika, Ghoti, Punk Planet, Straight From The Fridge, The Flash Anthology (Social Disease Publishing), and other places. He lives in Madrid.

Lafayette Wattles, a graduate of Spalding University’s MFA program, has spent most of the past six months working on two young adult novel-in-verse, A Boy Called Mo: The Fictionalized Tale of a Very Real Life and A Place for Happy Endings: The Unofficial Autobiography of a Dead Girl, but has managed to procrastinate, here and there, by sneaking in time on some stand-alone adult poems, placing a number of them in journals such as Underground Voices, Stirring, Segue, Big Toe Review, Thick With Conviction, Not Just Air, Mannequin Envy, Ruminate, and Boxcar Poetry Review, among others.

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