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 most recent poetry book, Measures, was published by Salmon Press, Ireland.
Brett Axel is a Parkhurst Award-winning poet and playwright with six published books, including his latest, First on the Fire (Genesis/Fly By Night Press). His work has appeared in hundreds of periodicals and anthologies including Longshot, The Princeton Arts Review, and The Algonquin Quarterly. Visit his web site at: www.mybizz/~axels/mna.html.
Michael Bates is a U.S. citizen who has lived abroad since 1971 for professional reasons. Currently, he works as a freelance marketing representative for a group of American and European technical and scientific publishing houses. His territory is all of South America, so travelling is a basic requirement for the position, along with a proficiency in the Spanish and Portuguese languages.
Frank A. Bella was a winner in the 1999 Film Roman Fine Art Competition. His work appears in San Francisco's The Independent, where he collaborates regularly with radical journalist, Warren Hinckle, and in Michael J. Vaughn's illustrated short story, An Agnostic Christmas, recently published by Dragonfly Press (Chicago). He lives in Mountain View, California with his wife and daughter and can be reached at www.bellastudios.com
Jane Blue is editor of The Tule Review, published twice-yearly by the Sacramento Poetry Center. Her poems have been published in Spoon River Review, Calyx and The Prose Poem. She has also worked as a reviewer of dance and books for a weekly newspaper in Sacramento.
Barbara Swift Brauer is the co-author, with artist Jackie Kirk, of Witness: The Artist's Vision in The Face of AIDS (Pomegranate Books, 1996). Her poem, Painter's Room was the subject of a video collaboration with Kirk and Judith Selby.
Dorothy Brummel has published two chapbooks, Kaleidoscope and A Scald of Love. Her poems have been published in The Wisconsin Review, Pegasus, Words, Light, and an anthology titled If We'd Wanted Quiet, We'd Have Raised Goldfish. She is the coordinator of the New Playwrights Competition of the White-Willis Theatre.
Christopher Buckley has received an NEA Grant, a Fulbright Award in Creative Writing and four Pushcart Prizes. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares and Poetry, and his latest book of poems, Fall From Grace, was published recently by the University of Misouri, Kansas City. He is Chair of the Creative Writing Department at the University of California, Riverside. The three poems accompanying Buckley's essay on Georgia O'Keeffe in this issue of TMR, first appeared in Still Light: Twelve Poems on Paintings, published by Sutton Hoo Press in 1994.
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, and Potpourri.
Charles Cantrell teaches English at Madison Area Technical College. His poems have appeared in recent issues of Barnabe Mountain Review and Borderlands. New work is forthcoming in Buckle & Defined Providence, and Yankee.
Carol Carpenter 's poems and stories have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Yankee, and Indiana Review. She received the 1997 Richard Eberhart Prize for Poetry (Florida State University) and first place for poetry in the 1992 Writer's Digest Competition.
Grace Cavalieri is the author of eight books of poetry, the most recent Migrations. (1995). She has had 19 plays produced for stage and radio throughout the country, most recently, The Sticker Tree, at the Quaigh Theater, NYC. Grace was named Humanitarian of the Year in 1996, receiving the Washington, D.C. Public Humanities Award. For twenty years she hosted The Poet and the Poem on WPFW-fm in Washington, D.C. Cavalieri has received grants from the NEA, the DCCAH and the DCCHC. Her most recent book, Pinecrest Rest Haven has been issued as an audiocassette book-on-tape and adapted to the stage. Her articles and features appear in The American Poetry Review, Poets & Writers, and other national journals. She is on the poetry faculty of St. Mary's College of South Maryland.
Joseph Chaney 's poetry has appeared in The Nation, The Beloit Poetry Journal and Black Warrior Review. He teaches Shakespeare and creative writing at Indiana University, South Bend.
Diana Chang's poetry has appeared in many magazines and anthologies. Her fourth chapbook, The Mind's Amazement , was recently published by Live Poets Society. She is also a novelist, short story writer and painter.
Glover Davis' poetry has appeared in The New England Review, The Southern Poetry Review and Quarterly West. He has published three books, Bandaging Bread and August Fires with Cummington Press, and Legends with Wesleyan University Press. He directs the MFA program at San Diego State University.
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, and Poetry Northwest. Her book, I Am: Sermons on the Incarnation, was recently published by Abingdon. She is the Episcopal Chaplain at Stanford University.
Roberto Tinoco Durán is the author of three books of poetry, A Friend of Sorrow, Triple Crown (Bilingual Press), and Reality Ribs (Bilingual Press). He is the subject of three video documentaries produced by Italian filmmaker, Emilio Ratti, entitled Disturbing the Peace - Three Strikes You're Out, and Do Not Cross the Lines. He is also the recipient of the 1999 Dragonfly Press Literary Achievement grant.
April Eiler is a long-time dancer, performer, writer and teacher, always looking for new forms of expression and unusual collaborations. Her poems have appeared in The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Blue Unicorn and The Comstock Review.
Kenneth Ellsworth has been published in Buffalo Bone, Etcetera, and Troubador. He is an editor of DAYbreak magazine and teaches E.S.L.
Jean Emerson has a Master's degree from Antioch University of Yellowsprings, Ohio. Her poems have appeared in The World and I, Buffalo Bones, Passager, The Texas Observor, and numerous other journals. He has published two books of poetry, Not Alone and Cycles of the Moon Vine. She has been the recipient of several awards from the Chaparral Poetry Society, and was nominated for a 1997 Pushcart Prize.
Laverne Frith's poetry has appeared in The Chistian Science Monitor, California Quarterly and Modern Haiku. He is co-editor of the poetry journal Ekphrasis. He was Grand Prize Winner in the 1997 Artists Embassy International Poetic Dance Competition; the winning poem was later choreographed and performed at San Francisco's Lincoln University.
Ethan Gilsdorf won First Prize in the 1999 Hobblestock Peace Poetry Competition. He lives in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Rafael Jesús González has been widely published in reviews and anthologies in the U.S., Mexico, and abroad. His collection of verse, El Hacedor De Juegos/The Maker Of Games, published by Casa Editorial, San Francisco, went into a second printing. Also a painter, sculptor, and installation artist, his work has been exhibited at the Oakland Museum, the Mexican Museum of San Francisco, and the Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee. The Oakland Museum commisioned Mexican composer Guillermo Galindo to set Mr. González's performance piece poem, Descent to Mictlan, to music. Mr. González was also commissioned to produce and perform in this collaborative effort at the Museum in November of 1999.
Don Gralen is a retired lawyer turned poet trying to overcome thirty-five years of legal writing.
Carolyn Grassi's book of poems, Journey to Chartres (Black Swan Books) was edited with an introduction by Louise L. Martz of Yale. She received an Ingram-Merrill Foundation Grant Award towards a second volume's publication and a San Francisco Bay Area Writers' Award. Her poetry has been published in Passages North, Negative Capability, Santa Clara Review, San Jose Studies, Studia Mystica, Caesura, Rhino, Oyez Review, Psychological Perspectives and the chapbook Words Save Lives: Poets for Amnesty International.
Carolyn Wing Greenlee is the founder of Earthen Vessel Productions, a publishing, music and video company based in Lake County, California. She has written two books on microcurrent theory, two volumes of poetry and books on her father's and mother's early lives (his as the son of a slave, hers as a little girl growing up in a Chinese laundry). She has also worked as a professional photographer.
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.
Glenna Holloway's poetry has appeared 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, was released last year 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.
William Jeske waxed irritatingly hilarious as slice-o'-life columnist for his university newspaper in 1996 and waxed cinematic as the film pundit for the Santa Clara Vision in 1997. He currently resides in San José, California where he doesn't wax whatsoever.
Phil Johnson's poems have been published in Counterpoint: An Anthology of Modern Poetry, Reed Magazine, Bloody Someday, Worshipers, and Poetry Motel. Mr. Johnson and electronic music composer Jon Appleton created and performed Synaeresis, a piece for voice and keyboard which was premiered at Reed College and aired over public radio.
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.
Susan Kelly-DeWitt 's poems have been published in Poetry, New Letters, and Prairie Schooner. Her work also appeared in the anthologies I've Always Meant To Tell You: Letters To Our Mothers (Pocket Books, 1997), Richer Lives (Redwing Press, 1997), and Claiming The Spirit Within (Beacon Press, 1996). Her book of poems, A Camellia for Judy, was published by Frith Press in 1998. Her awards include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship for Poetry and a 1996 Pushcart nomination.
Phyllis Koestenbaum is the author of seven poetry books and chapbooks. She has won poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arts Council of Santa Clara County. Her book, oh i can't she says was one of the Best Titles of 1981 on the Library of Congress small press list and her poems have been anthologized in two volumes of The Best American Poetry series and elsewhere. She is a Senior Scholar at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Stanford University and teaches poetry workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Dean Kostos is the author of the chapbook, Celestial Rust, published by Red Dust Press, and a full-length collection, The Sentence That Ends with a Comma, from Painted Leaf Press. His poems have appeared in Boulevard, Southwest Review and The Bitter Oleander. He is trained as a visual artist, and has exhibited his work in the Brooklyn Museum.
Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda is a poet, painter, sculptor and teacher. Her many awards include three Artist-in-Education grants, an Arts-on-the-Road grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, a Council for Basic Education fellowship award, and a National Scholastic Teacher Portfolio Award. In 1992, she was named a Virginia Cultural Laureate for her contributions to American lierature. Her poems and writings appear in such magazines and journals as Hispanic Culture Review, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, Mid-American Review, Antioch Review, Passages North and The Journal of Teaching Writing. She has published three books of poetry, Contrary Visions, Gathering Light, and Death Comes Riding.
Joanne Lowery's poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Columbia, Florida Review, Northwest Review, Seneca Review, and River Styx. She lives in northern Indiana.
Jim Lyle, an alumnus of Wichita State College in Kansas, attended graduate school at the University of Chicago and taught design at the college level. In 1991, he closed his professional design firm and in retirement, successfully maintains his flawless financial reputation by painting pictures and writing poetry, neither of which imperils his meager social security income.
Helen MacKinlay is a journalist, poet, photographer, and arts administrator. While living in Singapore from 1988-1996, she wrote articles for Photo Asia Magazine, as well as numerous articles on mountain climbing for inflight publications, and reviews of the visual and performing arts for women's magazines. Her poetry has appeared in Buffalo Bones and Pudding House publications, and a book of her black and white photographs was published in 1992. She is the former Director of the San Jose Art League and helped promote literary opportunities for young writers through her involvement with the Montalvo Center for the Arts in Saratoga, California.
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.
Laura Marello has written four novels, a collection of novellas, and a collection of short stories. She is winner of the Aniello Lauri Award for Fiction from VIA, the Quarterly West Novella Contest, an NEA Grant, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, and a Fine Arts Work Center Provincetown Fellowship. Her work has appeared in The Quarterly, New Directions and The Voices We Carry: Italian American Women's Fiction (Guernica Press), and in the PEN syndicated Fiction Anthology. She is currently teaching in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University, Los Angeles.
B. D. Margolis lives in New York City.
Carol Masters won Second Prize in the 1999 Hobblestock Peace Poetry Competition. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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, 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.
B. Z. Niditch is a poet, playwright and teacher. His work appears in Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry, Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and Art, and The Literary Review. His collection of poetry, Crucifixion Times, was recently published by University Editions.
Kristy Nielsen's poetry has appeared in Mid-American Review, The Prose Poem and Spoon River Poetry Review. Three editors have nominated her poems for Pushcart Prizes. She was born in Detroit and lived in Michigan and Illinois until five years ago when she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. She has yet to experience an earthquake and that is just fine with her.
Antony Oldknow is a British-born writer, translator, and publisher who currently teaches at Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, where he also operates Scopcræft Press. His work has appeared in such magazines as Antaeus, Chelsea, Ironwood, Nation, and Poetry. He recently completed a new translation of Beowulf.
Elizabeth Oness lives in La Crosse, Wisconsin with her husband and son. Her poems have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Hudson Review and Shenandoah. A chapbook of poems, Sure Knowledge, is forthcoming from Parallel Press. She recently completed a novel, Twelve Rivers of the Body.
Eugene Paré's poetry has appeared in Reed, Art & Literary Review and Amelia. He has received the Marjorie M. Folendorf, Anne Lillis and Phelan awards for his poetry and fiction, and the Mary Steffey award for his play, Waiting for Godiva. He was born in Santa Monica, grew up in Santa Clara and got his Masters in English at San Jose State University.
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, developed with photographer Ronda Stone. She also has a book of poems forthcoming from New York University Press in Spring 2000.
Gus Pelletier's work has appeared in Notre Dame Review, Kentucky Poetry Review and Maryland Review. He is a native of Cohoes, New York, educated at Siena College, Yale and Cornell.
Allan Peterson is Chair of the Visual Arts Department and Director of the Visual Arts Gallery at Pensacola Junior College. His poetry has been published in Agni, Gettysburg Review, River Styx, Epoch, Green Mountain Review, Black Warrior Review, Negative Capability, The Midwest Quarterly, The Florida Review, Southern Poetry Review, and numerous other literary journals. He has had two books of poetry published: Stars on a Wire (Parallel Editions, 1989) and Small Charities (Panhandler Press, 1995). During the past year, he was awarded an Individual Artist's Fellowship from the Fine Arts Council of Florida, and shared the first prize for poetry from the New York journal, Literal Latté.
Marge Piercy is the author of fifteen collections of poetry, including What Are Big Girls Made Of? and a collection of her Jewish-themed poetry, The Art of Blessing the Day, both published by Alfred A. Knopf. A collection of her early poetry, EARLY GRRRL, was published in Spring of 1999 by Leapfrog Press. She has written fourteen novels, all still in print. Her latest novel, Three Women, was published recently by William Morrow & Co.
Andrea Potos lives in Madison with her husband and daughter. Her poetry has appeared in Calyx, Silverfish Review, and in the anthologies I Feel a Little Jumpy Around You (Simon & Schuster) and Claiming the Spirit Within: A Sourcebook of Women's Poetry (Beacon Press).
Stuart Presley is a photographer living in Santa Cruz, California. A poet, as well, he is active in readings in the Bay Area and San Luis Obispo County. It was in the hills of the latter, where he grew up, that he acquired his passion for landscapes with things added - objects which would help to explore feelings, the unconscious, the ineffable.
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.
Eve Robillard's work has appeared in Madison Review, Midway Review, Great River Review, and Wisconsin Poets at the Elvehjem.
Paul B. Roth lives with his family in upstate New 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, and The Glass Cherry.
Barbara A. Rouillard won Third Prize in the 1999 Hobblestock Peace Poetry Competition. She lives in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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.
Dennis Saleh's work has appeared in Poetry, Paris Review and Triquarterly. He has five books of poetry; his most recent, This Is Not Surrealism, won the first chapbook competition from Willamette River Books in 1993. With his own press, Comma Books, he has done two books in co-imprint editions: Science Fiction Gold: Film Classics of the 50s (Comma/McGraw-Hill) and Rock Art: The Golden Age of Record Album Covers (Comma/Ballantine).
John Oliver Simon spent nine months traveling throughout Latin America interviewing poets. His journal of that experience, The Road to Iguazu, is currently seeking a publisher.
Maurya Simon's fifth volume of poetry, WEAVERS (Blackbird Press, 1998), is a collaborative work based upon the Weavers paintings by Los Angeles artist Baila Goldenthal. She has received a University Award from the Academy of American Poets, Celia B. Wagner and Lucille Medwick Memorial awards from the Poetry Society of America, and a Fulbright/Indo-American Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in more than fifty journals and a dozen anthologies. She teaches at University of California, Riverside.
Michael Stein's poetry has appeared in Doubletake, The Quarterly, and Chariton Review. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
Mary Stebbins won first place in both a New Millennium and a Poetpourri contest. Her poetry has been published in The Bitter Oleander, Blueline, Voices International, Lake Effect, Seasons, Last Stop Before the Desert, and numerous other journals. She teaches creative writing at SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry and was a finalist for the Syracuse Slam team in 1997.
Phyllis Stowell's work-in-progress, House of Intervals, was a finalist in the Poetry Society of America's Di Castagnola Award. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Columbia and The Virginia Quarterly Review, and her chapbook, Who Is Alice? is available from Small Press Distribution (Berkeley, California). She is a professor of English literature at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California.
Katherine Tassi's work has been published in The Northwest Review, The Dickinson Review, The Dominion Review and Calapooya Collage. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
Mary Lou Taylor's poems have appeared in caesura, Artist/Writer, and The Montserrat Review, and been anthologized in Double Exposure. She also has work forthcoming in Tundra and Bellowing Ark. She is working on a series of poems on The Fringes of Hollywood and another titled Straits. Currently a trustee at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California, she is involved there in Literary Arts.
Dezi Thomas is an incurable creative personality who has written scripts and short stories, as well as composed musical scores. She has collaborated on numerous performances with poet Calder Lowe. An educator in the holistic healing arts, Dezi lives in San Jose, California with her cat Daphne.
Stacy Tuthill, author of Pennyroyal and House of Change (poetry) and Taste of Smoke: Stories About Africa (fiction) and two prize-winning chapbooks, has won national contests in poetry, fiction, and prose.
Michael J. Vaughn, the author of Frozen Music, a choral novel from Soho Press (Salt Lake City, 1995), has a second novel, Gabriella's Voice, forthcoming from Dead End Street Publishing. His poetry has appeared in Eclectic Literary Forum, Orange Coast Review, North Atlantic Review, and countless other literary journals. Michael, Fiction Editor for The Montserrat Review, has been a Pushcart Prize nominee and has worked as a photo-journalist for Explore Publications, Metro Newspapers and Embarcadero Publishing. In 1998, he received a novelist fellowship from the Arts Council of Silicon Valley.
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.
Ioanna-Veronika Warwick was born in Poland and came to this country when she was 17. She has been published in Ploughshares, Poetry, and Best American Poetry 1992. She teaches creative writing at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California.
Jeff West is an illustrator and graphic designer on the beach side of Silicon Valley at Aptos, California (www.axxactamundo.com). He creates illustrations and diagrams that illuminate information for people nationwide using his left hand and selected areas of his right brain.
Donald Wolff directs the Oregon Writing Project at Eastern Oregon University. His work has appeared in HUBBUB, Solo, Calapoolya, The Berkeley Poetry Review, The International Fiction Review, The South Florida Poetry Review, and the Watershed Anthology