Kim Addonizio has two volumes of poetry from BOA Editions, The Philosopher's Club and Jimmy & Rita. She is co-author, with Dorianne Laux, of The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry (W.W. Norton). She lives in San Francisco. She is on the web at Kim Addonizio.
Nadya Aisenberg holds a Ph.D in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has taught most recently as Adjunct Associate Professor of Women's Studies at Brandeis University. She is the author of four non-fiction books, as well as four poetry books. Her next poetry book, Measures, is forthcoming from Salmon Press, Ireland. Len Anderson is a poet and physicist living in Santa Cruz. His work has been published in Inroads,Voyager, Dallas Review, Compact Bone, and ArtistWriter.
Rane Arroyo is the author of the books The Singing Shark (Bilingual Press, 1996), Columbus' Orphan (JVC Press, 1993) and Pale Ramón (Zoland Press, 1998). In 1997, he won the Carl Sandburg Poetry Prize for The Singing Shark, the 1996 Stonewall Books award for his chapbook The Naked Thief, and a Pushcart Poetry Prize. Arroyo earned his Ph.D. in English at the University of Pittsburgh and is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Toledo.
Frank A. Bella is an award-winning free lance illustrator. His work has appeared in The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Argonaut, The Louie Report, and The Doors Collectors Magazine. He has also designed promotional posters for Chet Helms' 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Summer of Love, the 1995 Jan Kerouac Benefit, and the Joe Satriani Concert sponsored by Bill Graham Presents.
Dina Ben-Lev's full-length collection of poems, Broken Helix, won the First Series Award at Mid-List Press and was published in May 1997. The collection was awarded an Eric Mathieu King Grant from the Academy of American Poets. Her poems have appeared in Field, Poetry Northwest, Poetry East, The Gettysburg Review and others. In 1994, she received an NEA fellowship in poetry.
James Bertolino's books Snail River and First Credo were published by the Quarterly Review of Literature Award Series at Princeton University. For the 1998-99 schoolyear, he will be a visiting professor at Williamette University in Salem, Oregon.
Sean Brendan-Brown is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and a former poetry editor for the Georgetown Review. He received a 1997 NEA poetry fellowship and has published with Windsor Review, Limestone, Maryland Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and the anthology Community of Saints (to be released by Texas A & M).
E. G. Burrows is the author of The Birds Under the Earth, a collection of poems from Owl Creek Press (1997). His poems have appeared in Comstock Review, Santa Barbara Review, Wisconsin Review, Potpourri, and others.
Diane Chang's poetry has appeared in many magazines and anthologies. Her fourth chapbook, The Mind's Amazement, is just out from Live Poets Society. She is also a novelist, short story writer and painter.
Julio Cortázar was born in Brussels in 1914 of Argentinian parents, raised in Argentina, and spent his most productive years in Paris, where he died in 1984. His many books translated into English include Hopscotch, Blow-up And Other Stories, A Change Of Light and We Love Glenda So Much, Cronopios And Famas, A Manual For Manuel, The Winners, A Certain Lucas, and Around The Day In Eighty Words. Save Twilight, translated by Stephen Kessler, is the first collection of his poetry to appear in English.
Patrick Daly works as a senior software engineer and believes with Philip Levine that beauty matters.
Larry O. Dean, although a card-carrying college graduate, is a non-academic both by choice and temperament. In addition to writing, he is a singer and songwriter, working solo as well as with numerous pop bands. His current band is called Post Office. He lives in Chicago.
Liljana Dirjan is one of Macedonia's most important poets. She received the Macedonian national book award for her second book, Live Measures, in 1985 - the same year that Yannis Ritsos received the Macedonian golden wreath for international poetry.
Juan Domingo was born in San Francisco in 1951. He grew up in Bernal Heights, then moved to a barrio in L.A., where the passion of Chicano culture made its mark, influencing much of his creative work. Juan lives and works in San Francisco, where he is an exhibiting artist, a published poet and short story writer, musician and member of the Latino ritual/performance group Xochipilli.
James Doyle is the author of The Sixth Day, a collection of poems from Pygmy Forest Press (1988) and The Governor's Office, a chapbook from Black Bear Publications (1986). His poetry has appeared in the anthology Literature: An Introduction to Critical Reading (Prentice Hall, 1996) and more than 100 journals, including Poetry, The Beloit Poetry Journal and The Literary Review. He lives in Colorado.
Penelope Duckworth's poems have appeared in The American Scholar, Yankee, Theology Today, Poetry Northwest, and others. Her book, I Am: Sermons on the Incarnation, is forthcoming from Abingdon. She is the Episcopal Chaplain at Stanford University.
Denise Duhamel's most recent book is The Star-Spangled Banner (winner of Crab Orchard Review's poetry prize and forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press in May 1998). Her other books and chapbooks of poetry include Exquisite Politics (with Maureen Seaton and Tia Chucha, 1997), Kinky (Orchises, 1998), Girl Soldier (Garden Street, 1996) and How the Sky Fell (Pearl Editions, 1996).
Kenneth Ellsworth has been published in Buffalo Bone, Etcetera, Troubador, and others. He is an editor of DAYbreak magazine and teaches E.S.L.
Robert W. Evans has had poems published in Blue Unicorn, Santa Clara Review, Cape Rock, the Piedmont Literary Review, and others. One of his poems was nominated for a 1996 Pushcart Prize. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and works as an arborist and teacher in Palo Alto, California.
Clifford Paul Fetters has published poems in Cross Currents, Light, Crab Creek Review Press, and others. He lives in Seattle, where he is also an actor.
Doug Flaherty has published poetry, fiction and reviews in The New Yorker, The Nation, The Quarterly Review of Literature, North American Review, and others. He has published five full-length books and been included in three anthologies. He teaches creative writing at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and is working on a poetry anthology.
Lara Gularte lives in San José. She has been published in Zambomba, Writing for Our Lives, and the San Jose Mercury News.
Wendy Herbert, winner of the 1997 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize, was also a finalist in the 1997 Phyllis Smart Young Prize and a nominee for the Pushcart Prize. She is a professional flutist.
Parthenia M. Hicks is a Northern California poet, of Cherokee and German-Jewish descent. She makes her living juggling a variety of writing activities, such as proofreading, editing, and grant writing. She considers the panther one of her personal totems.
Jane Hirshfield's books of poetry include Alaya (1982), Of Gravity and Angels (1988), The October Palace (1994), and The Lives of the Heart (1997). She has also co-translated and edited The Ink Dark Moon: Poems by Komachi and Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Japanese Court (1986) and Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women (1994). In 1997, she published her first book of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. The three poems accompanying the TMR interview first appeared in The Lives of the Heart, published by HarperCollins in 1997.
Glenna Holloway has had poems published in Western Humanities Review, Southern Poetry Review, The Hollins Critic, Georgia Review, The Cape Rock, ELF, and others.
Colette Inez is the author of eight books of poetry, the latest of which, Clemency, has just been released by Carnegie Mellon University Press. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, and twice from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently an associate professor with Columbia University's Writing Program.
Esther Kamkar was born in Iran. She lived in Israel for seven years before she came to this country 26 years ago. She lives and works in Palo Alto, California.
Greg Keith was born in San Francisco and spent his childhood in Oklahoma and Oregon, on dairy farms where his father worked. At different times, he worked as a truck driver, carpenter, gardener, and at intervals through the `60s and `70s fed himself as a singer and guitar player in bars and coffeehouses. He made his home in Santa Cruz, California, and worked the last 18 years of his life as a computer programmer. He died of cancer earlier this year, soon after the publication of his first full-length book of poetry, Life Near 310 Kelvin (SLG Books, Berkeley - http://www.slgbooks.com).
Susan Kelly-DeWitt's poems have been published in Poetry, Nimrod, New Letters, Yankee, Prairie Schooner, and anthologized in I've Always Meant To Tell You: Letters To Our Mothers (Pocket Books, 1997), and Richer Lives (Redwing Press, 1997). Her awards include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship for Poetry and a 1996 Pushcart nomination.
Stephen Kessler's poems, translations, essays, and journalism have appeared variously in the independent literary and alternative press. His latest book, a translation, is Save Twilight: Selected Poems by Julio Cortázar (City Lights).
Mark Kraushaar's work appears in Cimarron, Shenandoah, Gettysburg Review, Southern Poetry Review, and others. He's received Poetry Northwest's Richard Hugo Prize, and his book manuscript, Anyone on Earth, twice a Walt Whitman finalist, is in search of a publisher.
Judy Kronenfeld's poems have appeared in Passages North, Poets On, Chariton Review, Kansas Quarterly, and others. A book of her poems, Shadow of Wings, came out in 1991 (Bellflower Press). She teaches in the Creative Writing Department at the University of California, Riverside.
Kenneth Michael Lamb's poems have appeared in Puerto Del Sol, The Harbinger, Porter Gulch Review, and Mind in Motion.
H.E. Lehmann is a Swiss-born autobiographer whose writings focus on mystical experience as the existential ground for world peace. He is the founder of the Hobblestock Peace Poetry Competition.
Barbara Leventhal-Stern is a painter and printmaker who also uses art therapeutically with children in hospitals and institutions. Esther's Bear was inspired by Esther Kamkar's poem, "In the Throat of the Bear."
Denise Levertov (1923-1997) is regarded as one of the finest poets of this century. Her books included Collected Earlier Poems, (1940-1960), Breathing The Water, A Door In The Hive, and Sands Of The Well; all from New Directions.
P. H. Liotta's recent poems, prose poems and translations have appeared in Chelsea, Hudson Review, New England Review, Connecticut Review, and others. His next book of poems, The Ruins of Athens, will be published in 1999.
Gian Lombardo is the author of Standing Room, a collection of prose poems from Dolphin-Moon Press in Baltimore. His poems and translations have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Agni, The Iowa Review, The Prose Poem: An International Journal, and others. He is the editor of key satch(el), a journal dedicated to the prose poem. The pieces in this issue are from a collection called Who Lets Go First. key satch(el) Quale Press
Jim Lyle closed his professional design firm in 1991 to allow time for painting and writing. An alumnus of Wichita State College in Kansas, he attended graduate school at the University of Chicago and taught design at the college level. He maintains that writing is cheaper than undergoing psychiatric treatment.
Marjorie Maddox has published one full-length book, three chapbooks, and more than 200 poems in such literary journals as Poetry and Prairie Schooner. She is an associate professor of English at Lock Haven University.
Margaret A. Mahony, M.D., is a gynecologist practicing in San José. She is deeply concerned about the sweeping changes brought on by managed health care, particularly with respect to the deleterious effects rendered to the doctor-patient relationship. She has written a number of essays on this subject and is in the process of writing a book.
Morton Marcus' seventh book of poems, When People Could Fly, was published by Hanging Loose in 1997. His poems have appeared in more than 70 anthologies, most recently in The Party Train and American Poets Say Good-bye To The 20th Century.
B. D. Margolis lives in New York City.
Tom McKeown has published in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic, and The Yale Review, and has authored six books of poetry. He lives with his wife, Patti, two toddlers and lots of paint and brushes in Middleton, Wisconsin, and is active in the International Order of St. Luke, a healing prayer ministry.
Maude Meehan, a native New Yorker, has published three collections of poetry, including Washing the Stones: Selected Poems 1975-1995, from Papier-Mache Press. Her work has appeared in the anthologies Lovers (Crossing Press, 1989) and The Tie That Binds (Papier-Maché Press, 1992), and she has edited and co-edited several anthologies, including Moonjuice I-IV.
Ben Miller's stories have appeared in Rosebud, Literal Latté, Century, Magic Realism, and others. His awards include a short story prize from American Short Fiction and a creative writing fellowship from the NEA.
Katherine Mary Mills teaches theater at a liberal arts college in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1996, she was a finalist in the Atlanta Review International Poetry Contest and the National Writer's Union Contest judged by Philip Levine.
Rich Murphy has published more than 200 poems in such magazines as Grand Street, New Letters, Rolling Stone, Negative Capability, and others. He teaches at Bradford College in Massachusetts.
Charlotte Muse teaches poetry and has authored two collections of poems.
Myrrh has been a widely exhibited artist for 31 years, drawing upon science for inspiration. In 1981, she founded Ylem: Artists Using Science and Technology, n international non-profit arts group.
Alejandro Nicotra was born in Argentina in 1931. He has published twelve books of poems, including one translated into Italian, but has received relatively little attention among Argentine poets of his generation, probably because he is firmly rooted in his native provincial capital of Córdoba, from the literary salons of Buenos Aires. The poems in this issue are from a selection entitled Poesía 1976-1993, published by Alción in 1994.
Eve Page Mathias teaches Studio Art and Humanities at San José City College. She also serves as an Arts Commissioner for the City of San José, California. Her art work has been exhibited regionally and nationally.
Veronica Patterson has published one collection of poetry, How To Make A Terrarium (Cleveland State University Poetry Center) and one collection of poetry and photography, The Bones Remember: A Dialogue, (with photographer Ronda Stone, Stone Graphics Press). Her poems have appeared in The Southern Poetry Review, The Louisville Review, The Mid-American Review, and others. She was awarded first place in the Peregine Prize Fiction and Poetry Contest and the 1997 Salt Hill Journal Poetry Competition.
Sarah Patton has had poems published in Open Places, Wisconsin Review, Atlanta Review, The Little Magazine and others, and has won several awards. She has just completed a full-length book called The Joy Of Old Horses.
Robert S. Pesich, poet, and one of TMR's Associate Editors, has been published in Cutbank, Rain City Review, Bitter Oleander, The Oyez Review, and others. He was awarded second place in the 1993 Villa Montalvo Biennial Poetry Competition judged by Alice Quinn, editor of The New Yorker.
Beverly Peterson has published work in The Boston Poet, Block's Magazine, The West Crook Review, Poet's Forum Magazine, and others. She is currently working on two chapbooks, one about men's and women's relationships in business and in marriage. She lives in Hingham, Massachusetts.
Marge Piercy is the author of fifteen collections of poetry, among them, What Are Big Girls Made Of? published by Knopf in 1997. A collection of her early poetry, Early Grrrl, will be brought out from Leapfrog Press in March 1999, and a collection of her Jewish-themed poetry, The Art Of Blessing The Day, will be brought out by Knopf in late March, 1999. She has written thirteen novels; all are still in print. Fawcett published City of Darkness, City of Light, in 1996. Storm Tide, a novel written with her husband, Ira Wood, was published by Fawcett in June 1998. Her work has been translated into sixteen languages.
Magda Portal, a Peruvian women's rights advocate and activist for peasant, Indian, and impoverished workers' rights, was co-founder (with Victor Raúl Haya de la Torre) of the revolutionary APRA Party of Peru. She authored two key feminist works, Hacia la mujer nueva (Toward the New Woman) and El Aprismo y la mujer (Women in the APRA Party) in 1933, and a political meditation novel, La Trampa (The Trap) in 1954. Portal died in Lima at age 89. ( Poems by Magda Portal are translated and reprinted by permission of Graciela Pareja Moreno, The Estate of Magda Portal.)
Linda Ramey holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. In 1998, she won the Rhode Island Art Council Fellowship in literature. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner and other journals.
Julie Reid loves dramatic hats and musical instruments, though the only one she can play is the raisin box. She can't whistle either, but once while dreaming she was a whistler, it was effortless.
Roberto Fernández Retamar, born in 1930, is a major figure in Cuba's cultural life following the 1959 Revolution, and is distinguished as a poet, critic and director for many years of the journal, Casa, published by Casa de las Americas in Havana and influential throughout Latin America. He has traveled and lectured throughout the world, devoting himself to indefatigable work on behalf of Cuban and Latin American cultural development. He is probably best known in the U.S. as the author of Caliban , a seminal study of culture and ideology. (Please note: translations and Spanish text by permission of Roberto Fernández Retamar and CENDA, Cuban Center for Authors' Rights, Havana.)
Eve Robillard's work has appeared in Madison Review, Midway Review, Great River Review, Wisconsin Poets at the Elvehjem, and others.
Paul B. Roth lives with his family in upstate Now York, edits and publishes The Bitter Oleander and has two books of poetry entitled Half-Said, and Nothing Out There. His poems have appeared in Avocet, Black Moon, Yefief, The Glass Cherry, and others.
Noelle Rydell's poetry has appeared in Amelia, Wisconsin Review, and Wisconsin Academy Review. Her fiction and poetry have been published in Lonesome Traveler Press anthologies. She works as an editor and program coordinator at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.
Dixie Salazar's poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, The Antioch Review, The Black Warrior Review, and others. Her poems have been anthologized in Piecework: 19 Fresno Poets, Many Californias: Literature from the Golden State, Unsettling America, and What Will Suffice. She has a chapbook, Hotel Fresno, published by Blue Moon Press in 1988, and a novel, Limbo, published by White Pine Press in 1995. Her newest book, Reincarnation of the Commonplace will be published by Salmon Run Press in the fall 1998.
Richard Silberg is Associate Editor of Poetry Flash, and frequently writes for publication in the Flash. He hosts the Poetry Flash at Cody's reading series. Totem Pole is his most recent book of poetry. He teaches at U.C. Berkeley.
John Oliver Simon recently spent nine months traveling throughout Latin America interviewing poets. His journal of that experience, The Road to Iguazu, is currently seeking a publisher.
Henryk Skolimowski's The Participatory Mind was published by Penguin Books in 1994. He was educated in Warsaw, and received his D.Phil. at New College, Oxford. He is Prof. Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and was in 1991 appointed Chair of Ecological Philosophy at the Technical University in Lódz, Poland.
Michael Stein's most recent work appears in Doubletake, The Quarterly, and Chariton Review. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
Carolyn Stoloff's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, Yankee, Agni Review, and others. Her work has been anthologized in The New Yorker Book of Poems, New Directions Anthology #53, and Rising Tides. Her most recent book is You Came to Meet Someone Else (Asylum Arts, 1993).
Jeff Taylor was awarded first place in the Riff Magazine Jazz Poetry Competition in 1994. He resides in Pennsylvania, where he works as a software engineer.
Stacey E. Tuthill is the author of two books of poetry, Pennyroyal and House of Change, and two chapbooks, Necessary Madness (University of Alaska, Fairbanks) and Postcards from Zambia (The Educational Publishing Company, Zambia) -- both prize-winners. One of the stories in The Taste of Smoke: Stories About Africa, was a PEN syndicated fiction winner. Her latest publication is Laurels: Eight Women Poets, an anthology about the eight women poets who have served as laureates or consultants to the Library of Congress. She lives in Maryland.
Paulina Vinderman was born in Argentina in 1944, from a generation traumatized by the Proceso of the 1970s. The poems in this issue are from her sixth book, Escalera de incendio, published In 1994 by Ultimo Reino.
Joan Morse Vistain is a retired school secretary living in Antioch, Illinois. Her publishing credits include Midwest Poetry Review, The Rockford Review, Byline magazine, and Muskie magazine.
Cintio Vitier , born in 1921, is one of Cuba's most distinguished poets and intellectuals. He is the author of many volumes of poetry and criticism, including lo cubano en la poésia, (The Cuban in Poetry). He has done monumental work on behalf of Cuban literature, editing numerous critical editions and anthologies of Cuban poets. Associated with the Center for the Study of José Martí, he prepared the scholarly edition of Martí's writings, in over twenty volumes. In the 1940s, he and his wife Fina García Marruz were central figures in the Orígenes group, associated with the journal by that name directed by José Lezama Lima. (Please note: Translations and Spanish text by permission of Cintio Vitier and CENDA, Cuban Center for Authors' Rights, Havana).
Candace Walworth lives in Boulder, Colorado, where she is an assistant professor at the Naropa Institute.
JCWatson is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who resides in Mountain View, California. Her poems have appeared in the Santa Clara Review, Americas Review, Razzmatazz, and Coastlight: An Anthology of West Coast Writers. Her work was published in the 1983 Chester H. Jones National Poetry Competition anthology and she was awarded First Prize in the Montalvo Poetry Competition. She holds a Masters in English from San Francisco State University.
Kathleen Weaver is co-editor of two anthologies of international women's poetry: Penguin Book of Women Poets (1978), and The Other Voice: Twentieth Century Women's Poetry in Translation (Norton, 1976). She has also translated works from Spanish, including Nicaraguan Sketches by Julio Cortázar (Norton, 1989). Her work, Magda Portal: Portrait of a Peruvian Rebel, is forthcoming from Teachers College Press.
Theresa Whitehill's poetry, essays, and articles appear in a variety of publications, including: Art/Life, New Settler, and Yellow Silk, and will be forthcoming in Appellation Magazine. Ms. Whitehill's book of poetry, A Natural History of Mill Towns, was published by Pygmy Forest Press in 1993. Colored Horse Studio
Allegra Wong has a B.A. in English Literature from Wheaton College (Norton), and is completing an M.A. in English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University. Her poetry and prose have been published in Modern Haiku, Mayfly, Turnstile, Paragraph, Black Bough, The Writing Self, Oyster Boy Review, The Montserrat Review, New Works Review, and (Harvard) Scriptorium. Her collection of autobiographical writings, The Shapes of Desire, is under review for publication. She is the founder of READINGWRITE (on-line creative writing workshops), divides her time between New York City and Dartmouth, MA, and teaches an autobiography class at Writers on the Net.
Jane Yongue Wood has an MA in English Literature from San Francisco State University, where she won their outstanding graduate student award in literature. She was formerly an R.N. working in ICU units, and later a registered nurse practitioner for Women's Health Care. She has published in Coracle, The Santa Fe Review, and Barnabe Mountain Review, and is currently at work on her first novel.
Robert Wrigley's most recent book, In the Bank of Beautiful Sins, won the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award. His new book, Reign of Snakes, will be published by Penguin in 1999. He lives in Idaho.
Muriel Zeller's poems have appeared in Squaw Review, the Acorn, ZamBomba, and the Poet's Guild, and are forthcoming in Free Lunch and Over This Soil: An Anthology of World Farm Poems. She lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Stockton, California.