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Juan Manuel Arango lives outside of Medellín, where he is able to devote his time to his poetry and his grandchildren. He has translated Whitman, Dickinson and Williams. “Lluvia” is from his sixth book, Montañas, published by Editorial Norma in 1995.

J. P. Dancing Bear’s poems have appeared in hundreds of publications around the world including The Clackamas Literary Review, Borderlands: The Texas Poetry Review, Ellipsis, and The Mid-American Poetry Review. He is the editor-in-chief of The DMQ Review (formerly Disquieting Muses), owner of Dream Horse Press, the host of Cupertino public radio station KKUP’s weekly poetry program “Out of Our Minds,” and an advisory board member for Poetry Center San José.

Frank A. Bella is an award winning illustrator and web designer currently residing in Chico, CA. He recently illustrated the cover for the book, Poets on 9/11. (www.bellastudios.com).

Armand Brint is the author of two books of poems: Schools of Light, and the recently published, The League of Slow Cities (Tenacity Press). The poem, “Stars Over a Blue Field,” appears in The League of Slow Cities (Tenacity Press).

Ten Speed Press has just published John Briscoe’s most recent book, Tadich Grill. Falsework, a collection of his poetry, was published in England in 1999 and is about to be published in the United States by Landmark Press. He is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley (where he has been guest lecturer in Robert Hass’s poetry class), special advisor to the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva (which is hearing the environmental claims against Iraq arising from the Gulf War), and he chairs the Advisory Board of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at St. Mary’s College.

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.

Janet Buck is a six-time Pushcart Nominee and the author of four collections of poetry. In 2003, Buck’s work is scheduled to appear in Zuzu’s Petals Quarterly, Artemis, Recursive Angel, Southern Ocean Review, PoetryBay, The Oklahoma Review, and dozens of journals world-wide.

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 Jan. 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.

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 is the Book Review Editor for TMR. Look for her online book reviews for TMR beginning in May, 2003.

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.

Jon Cone edited the international literary review, World Letters, 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).

Johnny Cordova’s poems have appeared in Slipstream, Chiron Review, Long Shot, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, and other magazines. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently lives in Prescott, Arizona. He is the Editor of Sho, a literary journal.

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.

Sharon Doyle’s work has recently appeared in the anthology, The Cancer Poetry Project (Fairview Press), and in Apostrophe, Brooklyn Review, Confluence, Folio, and Razor Wire.

Paul Dunlap’s poems have recently appeared in Image and The Greensboro Review. He has work forthcoming in Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge: An Anthology of Poems on Marriage, (Grayson Books, 2003). He teaches creative writing and other English courses at Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto, CA, where he also serves as the Instructional Supervisor of the English Department. “Your Next Move”first appeared in The Greensboro Review (Number 65).

Jean Emerson is a poet and a novelist who believes in the redemptive power of words properly respected. Her work has appeared in The World and I, Salt Lick Press, Caesura, and numerous other journals. Her book on writing in community will be published later this year. Her poem, “In the Beginning There was the Word” first appeared in Passager.

Matthew Fox is the author of 24 books, including the best selling Original Blessing; A Spirituality Named Compassion; Breakthrough:
Meister Eckhart's Creation Spirituality in New Translation; Natural Grace
(with scientist Rupert Sheldrake), and One River, Many Wells. His most recent book is called Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet. A great deal of credit goes to Dr. Fox for the recent awakening interest in the works of medieval mystic Hildegard of Bingen. He was the first to translate her work into English in Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen, 1985, and Hildegard of Bingen's Book of Divine Works with Letters and Songs, 1987.

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 is the 2002 recipient of the Dragonfly Press Award for Literary Achievement.

Karen Hammond lives on the Maine coast and writes in a tiny office tucked under the eaves of her funky Victorian house. A graduate of UNH and SUNY-Binghamton, she has won several awards for poetry.

Wendy Herbert received the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize and was a finalist in the Atlanta Review, American Literary Review, Madison Review, and Flyway Literary Prizes. Her poetry, fiction, and reviews appear, or are forthcoming, in The Connecticut Review, Crazyhorse, The Southern Poetry Review, Ascent, Nightsun, and others. A semifinalist in the Discovery/The Nation competition, she is also a Pushcart Prize nominee.

Parthenia M. Hicks is a freelance writer and a Poetry Editor of The Montserrat Review. She won the Villa Montalvo 1999 Biennial Poetry Competition and has attended the Breadloaf Writers Conference twice. She is currently working on a series of short stories and two chapbooks: Firewalk and One Night She Swallowed the Moon.

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.”

Kathie Isaac-Luke is editor of caesura, the journal of the Poetry Center San José. Her poetry has appeared in Sarasota Review and Connecticut Review.

Robin Jacobson is a California Poet in the Schools and leads creative writing workshops for adults. She has won several prizes, grants, and residencies for her poetry, which has appeared in such magazines and anthologies as Atlanta Review, Earth’s Daughters, Barnabe Mountain Review, Poetry Flash, and Hard Love: Writings on Violence and Intimacy. Her chapbook, Eye Drops (Ruah, 1999), won the third annual Poetry of Power Competition.

Joel Katz works as a computer systems analyst in Silicon Valley. He’s a member of Waverley Writers and his work has appeared in Disquieting Muses, Sand Hill Review and West Wind Review.

Judy Kronenfeld’s poems, short stories, creative nonfiction, essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals. Her critical study, King Lear and the Naked Truth, was published by Duke University Press in 1998. A poetry chapbook, Disappeared Down Dark Wells, And Still Falling (The Inevitable Press) came out in the spring of 2000.

H.E. Lehmann is a Swiss-born autobiographer whose writings focus on mystical experience as the existential ground for world peace.

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, and was recently selected as a finalist in the annual Copperfield’s Books, The Dickens Competition. "Arithmetic" apppeared in the anthology, Will Work for Peace(Zeropanik Press, 1999).

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.

Margaret Luongo teaches writing in Gainesville, Florida where she lives with her husband and three cats. She is currently working on a collection of short stories titled What Nina Wants. Her stories have appeared in Tin House and Jane magazine. Her story, Pretty has been nominated for this year’s Pushcart Prize.

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 Clothinq in the Winter (1994), Hearts of Gold (1996) and Souvenir Pillows From Mars (1996). His most recent book is Los Encantos (Centaur Books, 1999).

Angelo Consolo Mankiewicz has had two chapbooks released in recent years. Cancer Poems was published by UBP Press in 1995 and Wired was published by Aquarius West Press in 2001. Her childrens’ stories, The Grummel Book, were recorded on audio-cassette by Shoofly in 1995. Her writing has also appeared in Slipstream, Chiron Review, Hawaii Review, Karamu, Clark Street, ArtWord, Comstock Review, and Interbang. The editors of Hammers nominated her for a Pushcart in 1998. She is also the contributing editor for Mushroom Dreams.

Clive Matson (MFA Columbia University) has published poetry since 1964, and says the most interesting thing he’s done lately is help edit the anthology of 9/11 poems An Eye For An Eye Makes The Whole World Blind (Regent Press, Oakland, 2002). Mostly he writes from the itch in his body. He has taught more than 2,000 workshops nationwide, and his how-to-write-text Let The Crazy Child Write! (New World Library, 1998), honoring the creative unconscious, is being used by a number of groups around the world. His seventh book, Squish Boots (Broken Shadow, Oakland, 2002), was placed, amazingly, in the coffin of his mentor, John Wieners. “Delightful and penetrating at the same time, these poems are a revelation,” comments Susan Griffin. Matson lives with his wife, poet Gail Ford, and their five-year-old son Ezra, in Oakland, California.

Tom McKeown is working on his seventh book of poems. He has published previously in Atlantic, Harper’s and The New Yorker. He also paints in oils, acrylics, and watercolors. He received the 2003 Dragonfly Press Award for Literary Achievement. His poem, “White Avenue by the Sea,” appeared in the Cream City Review.

Ben Miller’s stories, essays and poems can be found in recent issues of The Cimarron Review, LIT, Rattapallax, 3rd Bed, turnrow, Fourth Genre, One-Story, The New Orleans Review, Green Mountains Review, among others. Awards include a creative writing fellowship from the NEA.

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.
E. J. Myers was born in Colorado and grew up in Denver, Mexico, and Peru. The author of several psychology books and novels, he currently lives in New Jersey.

E.J. Myers was born in Colorado and grew up in Denver, Mexico, and Peru. The author of several psychology books and novels, he currently lives in New Jersey.

B. Z. Niditch is the artistic director of THE ORIGINAL THEATRE in Boston. His work appears in Columbia:A Magazine of Poetry and Art, The Literary Review, Denver Quarterly, Hawaii Review, Le Leopold Bloom (Budapest), Writer’s Forum, Antioch Review, and Prairie Schooner.

Lorin Oberweger’s work has appeared in dozens of magazines, including Story Quarterly, Amelia, Woman of Power, and The Sarasota Arts Review. An award-winning author, Lorin also serves as an Editorial Director of the acclaimed Writers Retreat Workshop.

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.

Sarah Patton has had poems published in Open Places, The Little Magazine, Wisconsin Review, Slant, Atlanta Review, Defined Providence, and other journals and has won several awards. She has published two books of poetry, The Joy Of Old Horses and Sanctuary (Scoepcroft Press). Sarah was the winner of the Dragonfly Press Award for Literary Achievement in 2001.

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.

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.

Andrea Potos lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Her poems appear in many journals and anthologies, including CALYX Journal, Prairie Schooner, ArtWord Quarterly, and Mothers and Daughters (Harmony Books.) Her chapbook, The Perfect Day, was published by Parallel Press of UW-Madison Libraries.

Stephanie Pressman is a graphic artist who owns her own desktop publishing business. She is the book designer for Jacaranda Press. Through the years, she has taught English at the high school and college level. Her writing has been seen in Bridges, The MacGuffin, Sing Heavenly Muse, The Kerf, Z Miscellaneous, and other small press magazines.

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.)

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

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), & Cüdice (Mexico).

N. Jesse Ryan is a poet and painter (watercolorist). She is the author of Junebug Prophecy, a chapbook which won the 1996-97 Winter Chapbook Competition at Still Waters Press. She also works as a psychotherapist in San Jose, CA. She likes writing about family, relationships, and upstate New York, where she was born and lived as a child.

Noelle Rydell’s poetry appears in Poet Lore, Calyx, Many Mountains Moving, Comstock Review, Poetry Depth Quarterly, and Willow Review. She recently won first prize in Madison Magazine’s short fiction contest.

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).

Dolores September began her memoirs in 1999 during the first of three consecutive residencies at the Ragdale Foundation. Furthermore, she was awarded a five-week stay at Hedgebrook. She lives in Portland, Oregon where she is also established as a portrait photographer.

Jane Pray-Silver’s poems have been published in small presses and she often participates in the selection of finalists in the annual Young Coastside Writers Poetry Competition. From her company, Silverfyre, Jane designs online courses, then develops the graphics and multimedia to make them interactive. Similar to the leaps between words in a poem, she strives to craft learning that is an aesthetic leap into understanding.

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.

Carolyn Stoloff’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, Yankee, Agni Review, and others. She has work forthcoming in ACM, Hubbub, and Witness. Her work has been anthologized in The New Yorker Book of Poems, New Directions Anthology # 53 and Rising Tides. Her book, You Came to Meet Someone Else, was published by Asylum Arts in 1993. Reaching for Honey, her most recent book, will be released by Red Hen Press this Spring.

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.

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.

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).

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 was published by Teachers College Press.

The originals of Irving Weiss most recent visual poetry collections, Visual Voices (1994) and Number Poems (1997), are now in the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry. His work can also be found in the group exhibit Word Works, Diane Lowenstein Gallery, Miami, March 7-31. His complete translation of Malcolm de Chazal’s Sens-Plastique will be published in 2003 by Sun and Moon Press. Web page http://members.tripod.com/~sialbach/

Donald Wolff’s recent work has appeared in Calapooya, The Watershed Anthology, and Oregon East. His chapbook, Some Days, will be published by Greenhouse Review Press in 2004.

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