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Melvin Adams is a senior scientist living in Richland, Washington in the arid eastern part of the state. In addition to numerous technical papers on nuclear waste disposal, Mr. Adams is the author of Netting the Sun: A Personal Geography of the Oregon Desert published by Washington State University Press in May of 2001. His poetry has been published in several journals and has twice won the annual poetry award from the Mid-Columbia Writers Association.

Joan Griswold Anderson, B.A., M.A., Ed.D. has enjoyed a career in motherhood, graphic and fine arts, advertising, dance, education, and management. She is currently Activities Supervisor for a retirement community.

David Axelrod is the author of a collection of poems, Jerusalem of Grass, and a limited-edition chapbook of a long poem, The Kingdom at Hand. His essays and poems appear recently or are forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Boulevard, Cimarron Review, Hubbub, The Kenyon Review, Luna, and many others. He also co-editors the literary tabloid, Calapooya. The comet poems appearing in this issue of TMR are part of a longer piece that make up the middle section of The Snow on Mount Si.

Walter Bargen has published eight books of poetry. The most recent book, Harmonic Balance, from Timberline Press, was published in 2001. His poems appear in recent issues of the Iowa Review, Boulevard, Faultline, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Pleiades. He was the winner of the Chester H. Jones Foundation prize in 1997. His website is www.walterbargen.com.

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.

Hal Zina Bennett is the author of 30 successful fiction and non-fiction books on creativity, health, shamanism, and personal development. He teaches seminars throughout the U.S. and has support groups for writers in four states. As a creativity and writing coach working with writers, literary agents and publishers, he has helped over 200 other authors develop successful projects — including several New York Times best sellers and Oprah books. His own book titles include: Write From the Heart, Follow Your Bliss, Spirit Animals & The Wheel of Life, Spirit Circle, a novel, and Zuni Fetishes: Using Native American Objects for Meditation, Reflection and Insight.

Niní Bernardello (Argentina, 1940) is the southernmost contributor we are ever likely to have, as she lives in Río Grade, Tierra del Fuego, and her poems are illuminated by that Antarctic light.

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.

Cynthia Hart Breunlin, Oak Park, IL resident, is a long time Fair Housing advocate who enjoys the arts; she combines visual and written material to create playful constructions. Her success as a Ragdale Fellow has encouraged her experimentation. She is published in StreetWise, Nosotras, The Feminist Journal of Family Therapy, and the local press. Her oral presentations have included jazz musicians in studio, parlor, and gallery settings. Aspects of her Southern childhood echo in the dialogue of her poetry, as she explores the dichotomies of black and white; free and bound; old and young; and truth and lie.

Armand Brint is the author of two books of poems: Schools of Light, and the recently published, The League of Slow Cities (Tenacity Press). All of his poems included in this issue of TMR appear in The League of Slow Cities.

Alan Britt is a nationally known poet and editor. He has published a number of chapbooks, as well as poems and essays in Kansas Quarterly, New Letters, Christian Science Monitor, Exquisite Corpse, Epoch, Blank Gun Silencer, Santa Barbara Review, Duckabush Journal, and Potpourri.

Christopher Buckley teaches in the creative writing dept. at UC Riverside. His 11th book, Star Apocrypha, was published by Northwestern University Press in 2001. he has a new collection due in January 2003, Closer To Home: Poems of Santa Barbara 1975-1995, from Fountain Mountain Press. With Alexander Long he has just completed a book manuscript, A Condition Of The Spirit: On the Life & Work of Larry Levis. “Flight” first appeared in The Florida Review.

Wendy Taylor Carlisle’s book, Reading Berryman to the Dog, was published by Jacaranda Press in 2000 and her chapbook, Nine Parts Water is forthcoming. She and her husband David live in Texas.

Grace Cavalieri was the Producer/Host of the weekly public radio program, “The Poet and the Poem” (1977-1997). She has published more than 500 poems in American and British periodicals, has written twelve books of poetry and has produced eighteen plays for theater. She has been Writer-in-Residence at Castello Di Montegufoni, Tuscany since 1996 and has recently joined the staff of TMR as our Book Review Editor.

Diana Chang’s short stories will be the subject of a bio/bibliographical critical appraisal to be published by Greenwood Press in 2003.

Earl Coleman has had more than a dozen short stories and over 300 poems published in such journals as Amelia, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Friends Journal, Chattahoochee Review, and Hellas. In 1999 his short story “Weight and Weightlessness” was nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize; in 2001, a second story, “Big C, Little a” was so honored. Several completed novels and volumes of his short fiction currently await publication. His first solo book of poetry, A Stubborn Pine in a Stiff Wind, was published by the Mellen Poetry Press in October of 2001. http://www.nearbycafe.com/stubbornpine/stubbornpine.html

Jon Cone edited the international literary review, World Letter, for nearly nine years. He has had poems published in Lost and Found, ZYX, The End Review, Slope, and Idiolect, and is presently seeking a publisher for his manuscript, What Got Done. (E-mail: hollowman57@hotmail.com).

Susan Kelly-DeWitt is the author of three chapbooks: A Camellia For Judy (Frith Press, 1998), Feather’s Hand (Swan Scythe Press, 2000) and To A Small Moth (Poet’s Corner Press, 2001). Her work has been included in national anthologies such as Claiming the Spirit Within (Beacon Press, 1997) as well as regional collections such as Highway 99: A Literary Journey through California’s Great Central Valley (Heyday Books, 1996) and The Sacramento Anthology: One Hundred Poems (Sacramento Poet Laureate Program, 2001). Awards include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University and the 1998 Chicago Literary Award.

Carolyn Dille was an Emily Dickinson Award finalist in the Poetry Society of America’s 2002 competition. Her poems have appeared recently in the Many Mountains Moving Special Edition Literature of Spirituality, The Wallace Stevens Journal, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and other journals, reviews, and anthologies. She’s working on a collection, Memory’s Body, and seeking a publisher for it. She lives in Santa Cruz, California where, in addition to poetry, she writes on food and cooking, and teaches meditation and writing.

James Doyle is the author of The Silk at her Throat, a poetry book from Cedar Hill Publications (1999), 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.

Paul Dunlap’s poems have recently appeared in Image and The Greensboro Review. He teaches creative writing and other English courses at Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto, CA.

Jean Emerson is a poet and a novelist who believes in the redemptive power of words properly respected.
W. A. Emerson has worked as an engineer since graduating from the University of Texas in 1951. He has recently retired and now combines a love of science and aviation with a writing career.

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 in two hundred magazines, published four poetry books, appeared in eleven anthologies, read at thirty universities, and been in-residence at four art colonies. Flaherty has recorded his work at Harvard, and read on stage at the experimental branch of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. His new two act play has been given a reading at the award winning Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Flaherty’s digital art is on display at various commercial galleries.

Ted Gehrke was born in Portland, Oregon and lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the midst of redwoods. He’s finishing the follow-up to his book, Dedicate Me To Your Favorite Charity, and working on a novel. He produces a free blues festival in San Jose, California.

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. He received the 2002 Dragonfly Press Award for Literary Achievement.

John Grey is an Australian born poet, playwright, and musician. His work has recently appeared in South Carolina Review, GSU Review, and Blueline with work forthcoming in Bogg and New Laurel Review.

Richard Holinger has recently published poetry, short fiction and book reviews in The Texas Review, Witness, and Midwest Quarterly respectively. His weekly column in The Geneva Sun can be accessed at suburbanchicagonewspapers.com.

Marla Kay Houghteling lives, writes and teaches in northern Michigan. Her poems, essays and short stories have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Passages North, Voices of Michigan, Driftwood Review, and Living on the Edge: Fiction by Peace Corps Writers.

Anne Hughes exhibits widely nationally and in Canada. She states, “Through layered associations to nature, evolution, science and the human spirit, my work deals with mysteries of interconnectedness.”

David Humphreys has published two books of his own poetry My Shepherd and Our Father Who, both available at bn.com and amazon.com, and a third book As It Is In is coming soon. He has had poems published in many journals, papers and online publications such as Perihelion: Web Del Sol, Poetry Now, ZamBomba, Tule Review, Cæsura and PDQ, and as founder of the Poet’s Corner is currently a part of the Marian Jacobs Literary Forum of the Stockton Arts Commission, Stockton, California.

Halfdan O. Hussey’s experiences are rich and unique. From driving hot cabs in New York City to earning Summa Cum Laude in Literature (University of Colorado) to making feature movies (He’s Still There, Seizing Me) to founding a leading film institution, Halfdan has proven time and again that he is the embodiment of the maverick spirit. After receiving rave reviews for his film directorial debut (Venice Film Festival), Halfdan co-founded the Cinequest Film Festival which was recently ranked one of the Top 10 film festivals in the world. He has also completed his first novel, Whirlwind of Whores, and is currently working on his latest screenplay, To the Dogs.

Individual entries on Richard Kostelanetz appear in Contemporary Poets, Contemporary Novelists, Postmodern Fiction, Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, A Reader’s Guide to Twentieth-Century Writers, the Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature, Webster’s Dictionary of American Authors, The HarperCollins Reader’s Encyclopedia of American Literature, and the Encyclopedia Britannica, among other distinguished directories. Living in New York, where he was born, he still needs $1.50 (US) to take a subway.

Joel Long’s book, Winged Insects, was published in 1998 from White Pine Press. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Willow Springs, and Mid-American Review among other journals and in several anthologies.

Calder Lowe is the Executive Editor of The Montserrat Review. Her writing has appeared in numerous small press journals and anthologies. She was awarded an artist residency at the Ragdale Foundation in Spring, 2000.

Joanne Lowery’s poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Spoon River Poetry Review, Laurel Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Poem, and River Styx. She lives in Michigan.

Jim Lyle was born and raised in Texas and Oklahoma. He attended college in Wichita, Kansas and at the University of Chicago, and served in the USAF and the USAF Reserves with a discharge rank of Captain. Jim was a twenty year partner in a design business. In 1994, he retired to hunt rocks, paint, and write.His book, Things Seen in the Desert, was published by Earthen Vessel Productions in 2001.

James Magorian, poet and fiction writer, attended the Universities of Nebraska, Illinois State, Harvard, and Oxford. He is the author of Haymarket Square (1998) and many poetry collections, children’s books, and the satirical novels America First (1992), The Man Who Wore Layers of Clothing in the Winter (1994), Hearts of Gold (1996) and Souvenir Pillows From Mars (1996). His most recent book is Los Encantos (Centaur Books, 1999).

Elizabeth Murawski is the author of Moon and Mercury (Washington Writers Publishing House, 1990) and Troubled by an Angel (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1997). Work has appeared in The Yale Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Field, et al.

Rich Murphy has published more than 200 poems in such magazines as Grand Street, New Letters, Poetry, Rolling Stone, Negative Capability, and others. He teaches at Emmanuel College.

Charlotte Muse teaches and writes poetry. She wishes she could define what success means to a poet, and perhaps be more successful. She is too old to be young and too young to be old.

Ron Offen is the Editor of Free Lunch: A Poetry Miscellany.

Antony Oldknow is a British-born writer, translator, editor, and publisher who teaches at Eastern New Mexico University. His work has been published in many distinguished North American and British periodicals, including Antaeus, Fiddlehead, Poetry, The Literary Review, and The Montserrat Review.

Veronica Patterson’s publications include two full-length collections of poetry, How to Make a Terrarium (Cleveland State University, 1987) and Swan, What Shores? (New York University Press, 2000), and one chapbook of prose poems, This Is the Strange Part (Pudding House Publications, 2002). Her poems have appeared in numerous publications including The Southern Poetry Review, The Colorado Review, Another Chicago Magazine, The Malahat Review, The Bloomsbury Review, Willow Springs, Many Mountains Moving, The Montserrat Review, and New Letters. She received creating writing fellowships from the Colorado Council on the Arts in 1984 and 1997.

Simon Perchik’s poetry has been published in the Partisan Review, Poetry, The Nation, North American Review, Beloit, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Southern Humanities Review, Osiris, The Small Pond Magazine, and The New Yorker, among others. His most recently published books are The Autochthon Poems (Split Shift, 2001) and Hands Collected: The Books of Simon Perchik Poems 1949-1999(Pavement Saw Press, 2001). (www.geocities.com/simonthepoet/)

Robert S. Pesich is a Poetry Editor for The Montserrat Review. New work is forthcoming in The Bitter Oleander, Mediphors, and The Montserrat Review. His chapbook, Burned Kilim, was published by Dragonfly Press in Summer, 2001. He works as a research associate studying the genetics of cancer. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Allan Peterson is Chair of the Visual Arts Department at Pensacola Junior College. His poetry has been published in Agni, Gettysburg Review, Negative Capability and The Midwest Quarterly. He has had two books of poetry published: Stars on a Wire (Parallel Editions, 1989) and Small Charities (Panhandler Press, 1995). 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. He also won the Defined Providence Press Book Competition for Anonymous Or. (http://pjc.edu/VisArts)

Dan Phillips holds a masters in creative writing from San Francisco State University, and teaches English and creative writing in public schools and junior colleges. He has published poems and short stories in the small press, including a cooperatively edited anthology, Coast Lines, with seven other Santa Cruz poets. He has also written three novels and numerous screenplays, two of which have been optioned for production.

Liza Porter lives in Arizona. Her work was recently published in Slipstream 22, and her manuscriipt Missing is being considered for publication by Pennywhistle Press of Santa Fe. She is a menber of Fandango 8, a Tucson poetry troupe.

Linda Ramey is a Rhode Island Arts Council Fellowship winner. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The MacGuffin, and other journals. She has just completed her first poetry collection, Beyond the Reef.

Valerie Robles’ recent work appears in CAIRN, White Pelican Review, and Many Mountains Moving.

RMRocco lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and works in medical research at a biotechnology company. His poetry has appered in numerous literary magazines.

Paul B. Roth’s third collection of poetry, Fields Below Zero, was published in 2001, by Cypress Press of California. Current work of his may be read in The Louisiana Review, The Connecticut Review, Portland Review, Borderlands, The Montserrat Review, The Comstock Review, Steaua (Romania), and Cüdice (Mexico).

Biman Roy is a psychiatrist at the Nathan Kline Institute, New York and a clinical faculty at NYU. His poems will appear in The Paterson Literary Review and Full Circle.

Luis Omar Salinas is a Senior Chicano poet, recently turned 65. Sometimes Mysteriously, his seventh book, appeared in 1996 and won the Salmon Run Press’ national contest. Greatest Hits 1969-1996 is just out from Pudding House Publications in Ohio. In the current issue of Quarterly West he is interviewed by Christopher Buckley. He lives in Sanger, CA and is completing a new book of poems, Amores.

Mark Sanders is the publisher of Sandhills Press, and his first full-length collection is Before We Lost Our Ways (1996).

Ken Siegmann is a Pulitzer-nominated journalist who left the San Francisco Chronicle five years ago to earn a masters in psychology and write poetry. His latest book of poems is Sanity Went on Vacation (Bent Eagle Press). His poetry has also appeared in Central California Poetry Journal, Poetic Express, Pyrowords and Moondance.

John Oliver Simon’s books of poetry include Roads to Dawn Lake (Oyez, 1968), Rattlesnake Grass (Hanging Loose, 1976), Neither of Us Can Break the Other’s Hold (Shameless Hussy, 1982), Lord of the House of Dawn (Bombshelter, 1991), Son Caminos (poems in Spanish, Hotel Ambosmundos, Mexico City, 1997) and Caminante (Creative Arts, fall 2001). Approximately 290 of his translations of contemporary Latin American poets have been published in journals and anthologies in this country. He is a former director of California Poets In The Schools and a member of the American Literary Translators Association. He is a contributing editor to Poetry Flash and Temple. His journal of travels among the Latin American poets, The Road to Iguazú, is currently seeking a publisher, as is his (auto)biography of his mother, A Lucky Woman.

Bob Slaymaker’s poems have appeared in many literary reviews, newspapers and magazines. These include Callaloo, Exquisite Corpse, The Christian Science Monitor, and Essence. A product of Columbia’s MFA program, he has taught at the University of California, The State University of New York, the University of Hawaii, Long Island University, the City University of New York, and NYU. (www.york.cuny.edu/~slaymake.).

K.M. St.Claire lives and writes in her treehouse in Menlo Park, CA. She has won several poetry and fiction awards. Her poetry has appeared in The Sand Hill Review.

Doreen Stock’s recent artistic residencies include: Corfu, Greece, Arad, Israel, Jerusalem. Her novel in progress, Two Letters (From the Geniza of Cairo), is set in France and Spain during the Middle Ages.

David Sutherland had the recent honor of being the judge for “The Wallace Stevens Poetry Award” sponsored by the NSFPS. His second collection of poems, Steel Umbrellas, was published by Archer Books, and he is currently completing a third collection tentatively titled, Heart of the Fugue. He is the Editor of Recursive Angel, now in its twelfth year of publication.

Cynthia Tedesco is the author of Letters Found After… published by Sesquin Press, 1997. Her book has been reviewed in Talisman, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Apex Of The M, Barrow Street, Columbia Poetry Review, Gargoyle, Rain City Review, No Roses Review, Talisman and www.Archipelago.org amongst others.

Michael J. Vaughn is the author of Frosted Glass, a novel from Dead End Street LLC (deadendstreet.com). His poetry has appeared in more than 40 journals, including Many Mountains Moving and Yarrow. He is the fiction editor of The Montserrat Review.

Patrice Vecchione is the author of Writing and the Spiritual Life: Finding Your Voice by Looking Within, out in 2001 from McGraw-Hill. Her book of poems is Territory of Wind. Patrice is the editor of several anthologies, including Storming Heaven’s Gate: Spiritual Writings by Women. Her newest anthologies are for young people: Whisper & Shout: Poems to Memorize, for Children is from Cricket Books, and The Body Eclectic, for teens, is from Henry Holt. Her anthology Truth & Lies, published in 2001, was named one of the year’s best books by School Library Journal. A teacher of poetry and creative writing for twenty-five years, Patrice is a frequent speaker on the writing process and on writing as a spiritual practice. She lives in Monterey, California.

JCWatson’s writing has been published by Iowa Woman, Crones Nest, Chester H. Jones, Backwoods Home, Montserrat Review, Common Ground (second place––annual poetry contest), Americas Review, University of Alabama, The Bellowing Ark, University of Santa Clara, Sandhill Review, Coast Light, Arsenic Lobster, DMQ Review, Implosion Press, and The Loyalhanna Review. The first chapter of her fictionalized autobiography, titled, You Can’t Get There from Here, will be published in Spring, 2003 in Some Floating, Some Fallen––an anthology of the Catholic experience from Fountain Mountain Press.

Irving Weiss is a former professor of English and Media at the State University of New York. He has published two selective translations from Malcolm de Chazal’s Plastic Sense (1972, introduction by W. H. Auden) and Sens-Plastique (1980). Visual Voices: The Poem As A Print Object and Number Poems are two of his most recent collections of visual poetry. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, and in volume 2 of A Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky: The Best of the Sun.

Theresa Whitehill lives in Ukiah, California. Her literary letterpress broadsides are in the collections of major universities and libraries, and she performs her poetry frequently in Mendocino County and beyond. “Eucharist” has been published previously in Wood, Water, Air, and Fire, an anthology of Mendocino County Women Poets (Pot Shard Press, December 1998) and in Semi-dwarf Quarterly (Pygmy Forest Press, Summer 1998).

Fredrick Zydek’s work has appeared in The Antioch Review, Cimmaron Review, The Hollins Critic, New England Review, Nimrod, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Yankee, and others. His fifth collection of poetry, Takopachuk: The Buckley Poems, is forthcoming from Winthrup Press.

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