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dave brinks lives in New Orleans and is editor and publisher of Trembling Pillow press. He teaches at The New Orleans School for the Imagination , an alternative school for the arts founded with Andrei Codrescu in fall 2000. His work has appeared recently in A Gathering of the Tribes, Exquisite Corpse, BigCityLit, New Orleans Review, and New Laurel Review. His poems have been featured in two anthologies, Thus Spake the Corpse (Black Sparrow Press, 1999) and From a Bend in the River (Runagate Press, 1998). His books of poetry include The Snow Poems (Lavender Ink, 2000), How Birds Fly (Red Dot, 2001), Trial and Eros (Melquiades 2001), and The Secret Brain (Fell Swoop, 2001). He is currently working on The Treehouse Aquarium Cathedral Room, a book-length poem collaboration with Bernadette Mayer.

rachel blau duplessis has a book of poetry forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press in October 2001, that collects Drafts 1-38, Toll; she is also the author of the recent Genders, Races and Religious Cultures in Modern American Poetry, 1908-1934 (Cambridge University Press, 2001). She is the author of seven books of poetry and several critical works, among them The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice (Routledge, 1990). In addition, she edited the Selected Letters of George Oppen (Duke, 1990).

bob grumman is probably slightly less unknown as a literary columnist (for Small Press Review and Lost & Found Times) than as a poet. He has a poetry website, Comprepoetica, where you can find, among other oddities, a sample of his mathematical poetry. He also composes visual and cryptographic poetry as well as exclusively textual poetry ranging from conventional sonnets to such mixes of the infraverbal, surrealism and who knows what else as "Poem, Caught Unawares by an Anti-Porn Oration." In real life, he is a substitute teacher at Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda, Florida.

joy kaplan has recently returned to Massachusetts after living abroad for many years, principally in Japan and Egypt. Her spiritual home is Kishinev. Excerpts from her e-mail novel, The New York Boyfriends, appear on-line in Realpoetik, Gravity, and Exquisite Corpse. Her work will appear in print in Neotrope (Broken Boulder Press) in the fall.

sara levine teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her stories and essays have appeared in Fence, WebConjunctions, Teacup, Puerto del Sol, River Teeth, and Southern Humanities Review.

norman lock's fiction appears in major online and print reviews in the U.S.a nd in Europe. He has also written for the stage, radio, and film. His play, *The House of Correction* was voted the best new play of 1988 and (for its revival) in 1994 by the Los Angeles Times. It was called the best new play of the 1996 Edinburgh Theatre Festival. It has been performed widely in Germany, as have his radio dramas. Lock is the author of a collection of linked fictions titled *A History of the Imagination,* one of which appeared in 5_Trope in 2000. The fictions published here are from Joseph Cornell's Operas, a collection available from Elimae Books —together with a second prose suite: Emigres.

peter markus's Good, Brother, a collection of short fictions, is now available from AWOL Press. His work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Quarterly West, New Orleans Review, Northwest Review, Third Coast, The Prose Poem: An International Journal, as well as on, a site he highly recommends paying a visit. He is the writer-in-residence at three inner city Detroit schools as well as at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Email him.

richard eoin nash is a writer and performance artist in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His recent work can be found in Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, Ironminds and La Petite Zine.

john rybicki's poems and stories have appeared in the Quarterly, the North American Review, the Ohio Review, Field, Quarterly West, Alaska Quarterly, Bomb, Poetry East, as well as in various anthologies. His first book of poems, Traveling at High Speeds is out on New Issues Press. He currently teaches Creative Writing at Interlochen Center for the Arts, to inner-city children in Detroit, and out of his own living room. And he likes to roll around in the dirt doing carpentry whenever he can. Email him.

eugene thacker is an assistant professor of new media at Georgia Tech, where he directs [techne], a media arts organization. His experimental prose and have been shown/published at: Ars Electronica, DIAGRAM, Black Ice, Ctheory, Degenerative Prose (ed. Amerika/Sukenick, FC2), Flashpoint, frAme, Leonardo, and Turbulence. He is part of the art group Fakeshop, and part of the editorial collective of AltX Digital Publishing. Email him.


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