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louis armand teaches art history and cultural theory at Charles university in Prague. His books include Seances (Prague: Twisted Spoon Press, 1998), Anataomy Lessons (New York: x-poezie, 1999), Erosions (Sydney: Vagabond, 1999) and Land Partition (Prague: Antigen, 2000). A collaborative project (with John Kinsella), entitled Synopticon, was recently published online by Mudlark. The Garden is being published in its entirety in book form by Salt Publishing in May. He is poetry editor of The Prague Revue and editor of Semtext (Plastic).

michael basinski is the Associate Curator of The Poetry/Rare Books Collection SUNY at Buffalo. His most recent books include: Beseechers (Light & Dust Books) and Shards of Shampoo (Writers Forum). For more on Basinski see:

brian beatty remains an unknown quantity.

shelley berc is a novelist and playwright. Her previously published novel was The Shape of Wilderness and A Girl's Guide to the Divine Comedy. Her fiction has been seen in Bomb and Exquisite Corpse. Her plays have been performed at Yale Rep, the ART, and the Classic Stage Company in New York. She is currently a recipient of a Pew Fellowship/National Theatre Artist.

matt blackburn is currently trying desperately hard not to be clever. He is neither a recovering werewolf and does not enjoy full-contact mah-jong. He is finishing an MFA at the University of Idaho.

peter ganick, born in 1946, was until recently publisher of Potes & Poets Press, in Elmwood, CT. His new publishing venture is "poethia: writing-online" available from <>. Since his book, a ' s a t t v, he's had two other books come out: Around A Corner: an epidermis (1-28) and ''. Forthcoming are podiums: autobiographical cafe fictions and MATHEMATIC(s).

joe keenan reports that this poem is his first published work.

hank lazer, over the past five or six years, has completed a trilogy—Days (which includes the poems in 5_Trope), Elegies & Vacations, and most recently The New Spirit. His most recent book of poems is 3 of 10 (Chax Press, 1996).

william p. osborn is also published in such journals as Texas Review, Sequoia, ACM, Carolina Quarterly, Synaesthetic, The Coe Review, Mississippi Review, Southern Humanities Review, Sycamore Review, Cream City Review, Louisville Review, Faultline, and Gettysburg Review. He teaches Shakespeare, American lit, and fiction writing at Grand Valley State University near Grand Rapids, Michigan.

david ryan's writing has appeared in BOMB Magazine, The Mississippi Review, Tin House, and BookForum. He lives in New York City.

heather thomas wrote The Fray (Kutztown Publishing, 2000) as a collaborative project of poetry and embroidery with fiber artist Barbara Schulman, which was issued as a Kutztown University-funded chapbook. Heather's latest book is the full-length collection, Practicing Amnesia (Singing Horse Press, 2000). She has two other chapbooks, Voiceunders (Texture Press) and Circus Freex (Standing Stones Press; Pine Press). Heather co-edits the literary journal 6ix and is a professor of English/Professional Writing at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

amy trussell has had work published in Poetry Flash, Mesechabe, Savannah Literary Journal, The New Orleans Review, and The Prague Review, among others. Her poetry has also been included in anthologies, most recently in THE VISION, published by Indian Heritage Publishing in Morristown, Tenn. She also explores and performs the mythos aspect of poetry by combining it with live music and dance, which she has done extensively on the West Coast, Nashville, and New Orleans. Currently she is working on a book of collaborative poetry, tentatively entitled UNGULATIONS with A. di Michele.

chad woody is a graduate of Southwest Missouri State College and the University of Florida where he studied art and poetry. He lives in Springfield, Missouri where, among other things, he has been gainfully employed at a Hobby Lobby and momentarily suspected of murder.