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A native Oregonian, ron bayes has been Writer-in-Residence at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, NC, since l968. He has fourteen books of poetry to his credit and two years ago received the NC Writers' Network lifetime-achievement award (its first) and was honored by having it named for him.

megan burns is completing her MFA at the University of New Orleans. She has been published in Exquisite Corpse, Brown Box, Kitty Litter Press, and the Double Dealer Redux. She lives in New Orleans with her husband, poet Dave Brinks, and their baby daughter, Mina Evelyn.

peter conners' writing appears regularly in various publications. He is Marketing Director for BOA Editions in Rochester, NY. For information on his writing and literary projects, visit

kari edwards, winner of New Langton Art's Bay Area Award in Literature (2002), author of a day in the life of p., subpress collective (2002), a diary of lies -Belladonna #27 by Belladonna Books (2002), and obLiqUE paRt(itON): colLABorationS, xPress(ed) (2002). Edwards' work can also be found in Aufgabe, Fracture, Bombay Gin, Belight Fiction, In Posse, Mirage/Period(ical), Van Gogh's Ear, PuppyFlower, Vert, 88: A Journal of Contemporary American Poetry, Narrativity, Shampoo, xStream, FIR at, muse-apprentice-guild, and Panic.

ian alexander faring's short story in list form is from a series entitled "The Alphabet Spits Out Its Spaces." Faring lives in Hastings-on Hudson with his wife-to-be, Britta Steiner. His first novel is nearing completion. He has published in Bluster, Taint, and Ring.

thomas fink is the author of four books, most recently Gossip: A Book of Poems (Marsh Hawk Press, 2001) and "A Different Sense of Power": Problems of Community in Late-Twentieth-Century Poetry (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2001). His work has recently appeared in Aught, Barrow Street, Lit, Muse Apprentice Guild, Off Course, Rife, Shampoo, and Sidereality.

jeff harrison's poetry has appeared in Moria, VeRT, Poethia, BlazeVox (e-book), Word for Word, M.A.G., Sidereality, XStream, Great Works and other publications.

catherine kasper's work has been published in 3rd bed, McSweeney's, Quarter After Eight, and the Chicago Review. Optical Projections, her chapbook of short fiction, is forthcoming from Obscure Publications in spring 2004. She is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

christopher kennedy is the author of two collections of prose poems, Nietzsche's Horse (Mitki/Mitki, 2001) and Trouble with the Machine (Low Fidelity, 2003). His poems have appeared in many journals and magazines, including Grand Street, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, The Quarterly, Mississippi Review, and Double Room. One of the founding editors of the literary journal 3rd bed, he is Director of the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at Syracuse University.

jukka lehmus was born in 1970 in Helsinki, Finland, and lives in Espoo with his wife and three children. He received no formal education and worked at miscellaneous day jobs from 1993 to the present, dealing with commercial graphic design, computer programming, statistics, bird carrions, and security technology. He is currently employed as the database administrator in the Helsinki University of Technology Library.

norman lock's plays have been staged internationally. The Los Angeles Times voted The House of Correction among the best of 1988 and 1994, for its revival. It was called the best new play of the 1996 Edinburgh Theatre Festival. His radio dramas, in German translation, have been broadcast by WDR and NDR, Germany. He is also the author of a film, The Body Shop, produced by The American Film Institute. His fiction appears regularly in leading reviews in the U.S. and in Europe. A History of the Imagination will be published by Fiction Collective Two in 2004. Two extended prose collections -- Joseph Cornell's Operas and Émigrés -- are published by Elimae Books. They will be brought out by an Istanbul publisher in 2004 as part of its New World Writing Series. Lock won the Aga Kahn Prize for fiction, given by The Paris Review, in 1979. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Helen. They have two children.

samantha peale is a writer living in Chicago.

magdalen powers lives in Brooklyn, NY.   Her work appears previously in 5_trope, as well as in Paragraph, Surgery of Modern Warfare, The Morning News, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Hand Over Fist, is available from So New Media Books.

jerome rothenberg's A Book of Witness, his twelfth book of poems from New Directions, is scheduled for publication in spring 2003. His latest Assemblages are Poems for the Millennium, co-edited with Pierre Joris, and A Book of the Book, co-edited with Steven Clay. Other scheduled works include the collected poems of Pablo Picasso, also with Joris, and his own Writing Through: Selected Translations and Variations. He recently received a PEN USA West translation award, his second, for Antilyrik & Other Poems by Vitezslav Nezval, which he translated from Czech in collaboration with Milos Sovak.

mike topp's most recent books are Happy Ending (Future Tense Books) and Where We Found You (Angry Dog Press Midget Editions). He is currently guest editor of RealPoetik, where he's published William Wegman, Eileen Myles, David Berman, Jeni Olin, and Thurston Moore, among others (to subscribe, contact him by e-mail). [email)]

lina ramona vitkauskas' short fiction and poetry have appeared in The Chicago Review, The Mississippi Review, The Wisconsin Review, Mudlark, Big Bridge, La Petite Zine,, canwehaveourballback?, 3 AM, Shampoo, Cokefish, Hubris Magazine, In Posse Review Multi-Ethnic Anthology (edited by Ilya Kaminsky), Bridges (The Lithuanian-American Journal), JACK, ZuZu's Petals, AUGHT, Sidereality,, the elements (Down In The Dirt Press, 2002), and Del Sol Review. She received an Honorable Mention for STORY Magazine's Carson McCullers Award (1999) and a recent semi-finalist nod in the CSU (Cleveland State University) Open Poetry Series (2002). Forthcoming work: Joe Massey's RANGE, In Our Own Words: A Generation Defining Itself (Volume 5) (Mw Enterprises, 2003), Lituanus (Lithuanian Quarterly Journal), Risen from the East (anthology edited by Ravi Shankar), and Drunken Boat.


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