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joe ahearn is the founding editor of Rancho Loco Press and the editor ofVEER magazine. Two books of his poetry are forthcoming: Five Fictions from Sulphur River Review Press, and sin thet ik from Fireweheel Editions. His criticism, translations, and poetry have appeared in a large number of periodicals, including The Quarterly, 6ix, Haight-Ashbury Literary Review, Five AM, Black Dirt, Dallas Review, Mudlark, Recursive Angel, Sulphur River Literary Review, and many others. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize six times, most recently in 1998. His work has been collected in the limited-edition chapbook, Kyoko At Play (Harvest Publications, 1994) and in two anthologies: CrossConnect: Writers of the Information Age (CrossConnect, Inc., 1997) and Other Testaments (Incarnate Muse Publications, 1997). Ahearn lives in Dallas, where he writes poetry, essays, and books about advanced software development.

sarah m. balcomb lives in New York. Her fiction has appeared in the online journals and, as well as the Americana Project reading series and the forthcoming American Journal of Print. She is known to say that her first novel is almost complete.

j.j. blickstein is a native New Yorker, poet/visual artist, and the editor of Hunger Magazine & Press. He lives with Jen, a biologist/herbalist, and her two children, as kind-hearted predators next to the river. His works have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in: Sundog: A Southwestern Literary Review, Heavenbone, The Temple, Pitchfork, Rattle, Long Shot, Fish Drum, Shampoo, The Louisiana Review & the following anthologies: The Subterraneans (Poet's Gallery Press, 1998), American Diaspora: Poetry of Displacement (University of Iowa Press, 2001), Dyed-in-the-wool (Wet Paint Publishing, 2001)

megan burns is coeditor of Trembling Pillow Press and managing editor of Limn, a literary journal that showcases work by students and faculty at The New Orleans School for the Imagination. Megan is also a contributing writer for the Double Dealer Redux. Her work has been published in magazines and journals such as Ellipsis, Creative Juices, Trope, Exquisite Corpse, Pigs 'n Poets and The Double Dealer. In the spring of 2000, she was awarded the Robert F. Gibbons Prize for Poetry by the University of New Orleans. In the fall of 2000, Megan was chosen as a finalist for the Marble Faun Prize for Poetry, an award given annually by the Faulkner Society.

bob castle has had work work appear the last few years in Gadfly, Film Comment, The Monocacy Valley Review, The Timber Creek Review; online, in UnderCurrent, 3 AM, and 24 Frames Per Second. He works as a History teacher at a small academy outside Trenton, NJ.

peter h. conners' work has appeared most recently in Beloit Fiction Journal, The Comstock Review, and Black Bear Review where in December 2000 he was awarded 1st place in their annual Poems of Social Concern competition. He has two novels under representation by the Linda Roghaar Literary Agency, and maintains a website:, which includes spoken word mp3's, a visual art collaboration, excerpts, Links, contact info, etc.

jon davies is a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles, and the University of Mississippi. He currently lives in Texas. His work has appeared in such publications as The Yalobusha Review and Cutbank. He is also the proud owner of four foldout chairs.

linh dinh is the author of two chapbooks of poems, Drunkard Boxing (Singing Horse Press 1998), A Small Triumph Over Lassitude (Leroy Press 2001), and a collection of stories, Fake House (Seven Stories Press 2000). A poem of his is anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, and he is also the editor of the anthology Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (Seven Stories Press 1996).

stacey duff remains something of an enigma.

fred muratori's poems and reviews have appeared in Talisman, New American Writing, Denver Quarterly, Fourteen Hills, The Georgia Review, and others. His last book is Despite Repeated Warnings (1994). Nothing in the Dark, from which these pieces were taken, is seeking a publisher. Visit his website here.

mark o'neil lives in Saratoga Springs, NY. He works as a sports editor for a media information gathering company. His work has appeared in The Cortland Review.

jerome rothenberg's most recent book of poems is A Paradise of Poets, his tenth from New Directions, and his latest anthology is A Book of the Book: Some Works & Projections About the Book and Writing (Granary Books, 2000). The two-volume Poems for the Millenium: The University of California Book of Modern & Postmodern Poetry, co-edited with Pierre Joris, appeared in 1995 and 1998, and he and Joris are currently translating the collected poetry of Pablo Picasso for Exact Change Press in Cambridge. A Book of Witness will appear from New Directions in 2002.

jim ruland is a leading authority on practical uses for camel dung. His work has recently profaned Exquisite Corpse, Linnaean Street, and McSweeney's.

ken sparling's latest book, Hush up and listen stinky poo butt is a bitch to get ahold of (it's rebuilt out of old books and duck tape), but you shouldn't let that stop you from trying to get your hands on it, because it's one helluva good book.

eugene thacker teaches technology & culture at Rutgers University, where he directs [techne], a media arts organization. His experimental prose and have been shown/published at: Ars Electronica, 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.