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M. ELIZA HAMILTON ABÉGÚNDÉ -- Please click here for an interview with Eliza and more in-depth details about her work.

KELLI RUSSELL AGODON's poems have appeared or will soon be appearing in Rattapallax, The Seattle Review, Parnassus, Calyx, Crab Creek Review and other publications. She is an Artist Trust GAP grant recipient and a graduate of the University of Washington. To read more of her work, visit www.agodon.com.

PEDRO DE ANTONIO ALARCÓN [1833-1891] was a journalist, poet and playwright famous for mastering the Spanish literary form, the costumbrismo.

KATHLEEN ALCALÁ is a Chicana writer whose trilogy on nineteenth century Mexico ( Spirits of the Ordinary, The Flower in the Skull, and most recently, Treasures in Heaven) were published by Chronicle Books. She's also authored the collection, Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist, and a recent book of essays, The Skeleton in the Closet. Her work has received the Western States Book Award, the Governor's Writers Award, a Pacific Northwest Bookseller's Award, and a Washington State Book Award. A co-founder and contributing editor to The Raven Chronicles, Kathleen was recently a visiting lecturer at the University of New Mexico. Her nonfiction has been produced for public radio, and she co-wrote, with director Olga Sanchez, a play based on her novel, Spirits of the Ordinary that was produced by The Miracle Theatre of Portland, Oregon.

KELLY LENOX ALLAN has poems and translations in Big Bridge, RHINO, nidus, Gobshite Quarterly, Switched-On Gutenberg, Poet Lore and forthcoming in Ellipsis. Her chapbook Chasms (PM Books), translations of the Slovene poet Barbara Korun, was published in 2003; other translations appear in Voice in the Body (Ljubljana: Litterae Slovenicae, 2006) and are forthcoming from Arc Publicaitons in the U.K. She was a finalist for the 2004 Writers @ Work Fellowship and is a contributing editor for Hunger Mountain. Kelly is currently editing an anthology of contemporary Slovenian poetry.

NAOMI AYALA is a poet, educator, and community activist. She is the author of Wild Animals on the Moon, and her poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals in the US and beyond, including Callaloo, The Village Voice, The Caribbean Writer, The Massachusetts Review, Red River, the Potomac Review, and Hanging Loose.

AARON BADY a graduate student at UC Berkeley studying African and early American literatures.

CELESTE RITA BAKER writes: "Born in New York, raised on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and now living in Harlem, I am a middle-aged Black woman of Caribbean descent. It's taken me this long to be able to begin to think seriously about writing. ... One of my short stories, 'The Dreamprice, was published by The Caribbean Writer under the name 'Celeste R. Deary,' although that was over ten years ago. ... My long term project is the completion of a speculative fiction novel about a spirit who inhabits the body of a Black woman, set in a futuristic New York in which Black people are practically enslaved. When I was young, an 'other mother' of mine gave me a journal titled How Can I Know What I Know Until I See What I Say and that, for me, is one of the great fringe benefits of writing."

RAJEEV BALASUBRAMANYAM was born in Lancashire, England in 1974. His first novel, In Beautiful Disguise (Bloomsbury, 2000), was the winner of the Betty Trask Prize and was nominated for the Guardian Fiction Prize for 2001. He is also the winner of the Ian St. James' Short-Story Award for 2001, the Clarissa Luard Award in 2004 and an Arts Council of England Writers' Award.

ANJANA BASU has taught English Literature at Calcutta University. She writes fiction, features and poetry and has published a book of short stories. Her work has been anthologized as well as broadcast by the BBC. You can find her previously published stories in The Blue Moon Review, Recursive Angel, Monsoon and other journals.

BRANDY BAUER has a B.A. from Smith College and recently earned an M.F.A. from Minnesota State University in Mankato. Her poetry has been published in Black Bear Review, The Blue Skunk Companion, Mankato Poetry Review and River King Poetry Supplement. "The Mapmaker" is her first published fiction.

ELLEN BEHRENS's novel, None But The Dead and Dying, was published in 1996. Her short fiction and articles have appeared in Fiction, Echoes, Crazy Quilt, Paragraph, Bridal Guide and many other periodicals. She is former Fiction Editor for Mid-American Review and received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 1993.

PETER DAMIAN BELLIS -- Please click here for an interview with Bellis and more in-depth details about his work.

AIMEE BENDER -- Please click here for an interview with Bender and more in-depth details about her work.

JOE BENEVENTO completed his Ph.D. in 1983 at Michigan State, where he wrote a dissertation comparing the works of Walt Whitman to Jorge Luis Borges. He is a professor at Truman State University, poetry editor for Green Hills Literary Lantern. His work is widely published.

STEPHEN BENZ has published his work in numerous journals, including TriQuarterly, Tar River Poetry, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Mangrove and Creative Nonfiction. He has also published two book-length travel narratives: Guatemalan Journey (University of Texas Press) and Green Dreams (Lonely Planet Publications).

JAMES BERTOLINO's poetry is widely published and anthologized, and has been recognized by a National Endowment For The Arts Fellowship and the Discovery Award. First Credo (1986) and Snail River (1995) are available from the QRL Award Series, Princeton. His latest collection is 26 Poems From Snail River (2000, Egress Studio Press). He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Western Washington University.

ELENA BERTONCINI-ZÚBKOVÁ is a professor in the Department of African and Arabic Studies at the Istituto Universitario Orientale in Napoli, Italy. She teaches Swahili language and literature in Naples, and has taught intensive courses at INALCO (Paris) and other European universities. She has an extensive list of publications about Swahili, and contributed several thousand example sentences culled from Swahili literature that are incorporated into the Kamusi Project lexicon.

JODI BINGAMAN is an attorney and a student of Buddhism, literature, poetry and philosophy. She's the studio director and founder of The Yoga Garden.

JACQUELINE BISHOP is the founding editor of Calabash: A Journal of Caribbean Arts & Letters. She holds a Master's degree in English and an MFA degree in Creative Writing from New York University, where she currently teaches prose writing. She has been widely published and has won several literary awards for her creative works.

KATHERINE GRACE BOND is an award-winning writer of fiction who lives in Washington state's Snoqualmie Valley. Her poetry has been published widely, and she is the author of a chapbook, The Sudden Drown of Knowing (Brass Weight Press; 2000). She is at work on a collection of short stories.

WYATT BONIKOWSKI is currently working toward a Ph.D. in English at Cornell University. He has published stories in The Cafe Irreal, Exquisite Corpse and The Berkeley Fiction Review. He serves as Consulting Poetry Editor for Margin.

CAROLE BORGES is author of Disciplining the Devil's County (Alice James Books). She learned the art of storytelling from fishermen and river folk and also from the river itself—the stories it whispered and the lessons it taught about poverty, survival and the ecology of the human heart. Her work has been published in Poetry, Kalliope, Crosscurrents, Soundings East and other journals.

ANITA K. BOYLE is proprietor of Egress Studio, a graphic design and illustration business, and Egress Studio Press, a publisher of poetry chapbooks. Boyle organizes the Whatcom/Skagit Poetry Series, which spotlights regional poets at the Lucia Douglas Gallery in Bellingham and the Depot Arts Center in Anacortes.

ALLEN BRADEN has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, an Artist Trust grant and fellowship, the Witness Emerging Writer Prize and the Grolier Poetry Prize. He has published in the New Republic, Virginia Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, Shenandoah, Southern Review, Threepenny Review and elsewhere. He lives in Washington state near Steilacoom, Gravelly, American, Carp, Waughop, Louise and Lost Lakes.

GAYLE BRANDEIS has published poetry, fiction, and essays in numerous magazines and anthologies. She won the 1998 Quality Paperback Book Club/Story Magazine Short Story Award. Her book FRUITFLESH: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write was just published by HarperSanFrancisco; it debuted as the #4 pick on the March/April BookSense 76 list compiled by independent booksellers nationwide.

JOHN BRANSCUM works as a stock analyst and technical writer. He spends his spare time weight-lifting, feeling guilty about being Catholic, and fanatically playing Uno with his love, the poet Cynthia Arrieu-King.

JAMES BRAZIEL's poetry has won several awards and appeared in various journals including Hayden’s Ferry Review, International Poetry Review and California Quarterly. In 2002 his work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and in January 2003, Finishing Line Press released Weathervane, a chapbook of his poetry.

JOHN BRIGGS is Senior Editor at Connecticut Review and professor and professional writing coordinator for the Department of English Language/Comparative Literature and Writing at Western Connecticut State University. He has published fiction in The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Northwest Review, Parting Gifts, Pudding Magazine, Art Times, New Novel Review and others. A recent issue of River Oak Review featured several of his fractal dream stories and a lengthy interview about the relation of science and literature.

JASON LEE BROWN was born and raised in central Illinois and lives in Sullivan where he is an editor for News Progress. He has work forthcoming in Gulf Stream, Spoon River Poetry Review and Eureka Literary Magazine, and has recently been featured in Agora, a Journal of the English Department, Eastern Illinois University. He has work forthcoming in Green Hills Literary Lantern.

MAIRÉAD BYRNE's recent publications include three chapbboks, An Educated Heart (Palm Press 2005), Vivas (Wild Honey Press 2005) and Kalends (Belladonna* 2005). You can read current work at www.maireadbyrne.blogspot.com. She teaches poetry at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.

EWING CAMPBELL is the recipient of an NEA grant and author of The Rincón Triptych and Piranesi's Dream: Stories. He has published work in Chicago Review, Kenyon Review and New England Review. Campbell is the author of Madonna, Maleva and other works of fiction, and is currently at work on a manuscript called A Foot in the Garden of Enchantments, which includes "Two Men Do Not Dream the Same Dream."

GUILLERMO CASTRO's work appears in La Petitezine, Barrow St., Frigatezine, and other journals; and anthologies such as The New Breed, Short Fuse, Poetry Nation, among others. His translations of Argentine poet Olga Orozco, in collaboration with poet Ron Drummond, appear in Visions and the U.S. Latino Review. He's currently working with composer Doug Geers on a very twisted musical version of The Little Prince as a grown man.

MICHELLE CASWELL has worked as a travel writer in Turkey, studied Hindi in India, and done fieldwork on immigrant communities in Trinidad. Her work has been published in the Let’s Go travel series and online at Belief.net and AsiaSource.org, where she was the arts and culture editor for two years. Michelle holds a bachelor of arts degree in religion from Columbia University and a master’s degree in world religion from Harvard Divinity School.

Novelist, playwright, former opera student and ex-porn star CANTARA CHRISTOPHER divides her time between San Francisco and Paris. Her work has been performed off-off Broadway and her stories have been published in -- among other publications -- Comrades, Brevity, Doorknobs & Bodypaint, Undershorts, and 3AM. She is co-founder of the international writers support group, PariSalo n4665.

MICHELLE CLIFF was born in Jamaica and grew up there and in the United States. She was educated in New York City and at the Warburg Institute at the University of London, where she completed a Ph.D. on the Italian Renaissance. She is the author of novels (Abeng, No Telephone To Heaven and Free Enterprise), a short-story collection, (Bodies of Water) and poetry collections (The Land of Look Behind and Claiming an Identity They Taught Me to Despise), as well as numerous works of criticism. Her essays have appeared frequently in publications such as Ms. and The Village Voice. She is also the editor of a collection of the writings of the southern American social reformer Lillian Smith entitled The Winner Names the Age. Cliff now lives in Santa Cruz, California.

RICHARD CODY is both prose writer and poet. He has appeared in a diversity of publications -- Talking Raven, Shoofly, Wired Art, Tattoos For Men and Palimpsest, among others. He lives in Orlando with his wife and a small cat.

The Fablesinger was JUDITH WOOLCOCK COLOMBO's first novel. Published in 1989 by The Crossing Press, it was republished in 2001 as an Authors Guild Backinprint.Com Edition. Ms Colombo’s second novel and first mystery is Night Crimes, published in 2001 by America House. She is currently working on a new novel.

A.D CONRAD lives in New England and writes everyday.

PAOLA CORSO — Please click here for in-depth details about Corso and her work.

BAINARD COWAN is a member of the editorial board at Janus Head. He was Guest Editor for their special Magical Realism edition which appeared on-line in 2002.

JOAN CROOKS is a poet who teaches composition at Illinois State University in Normal, IL. She grew up on a southern Illinois farm, where her parents read a hodgepodge: the King James Bible, The Prairie Farmer magazine, Cosmopolitan, Catcher in the Rye, etc.. She writes: "My kind of folks view unexplainable events/items/people (e.g., water-witches) as legitimate and necessary."

MARK D'ANNA is a writer and editor living in Playa del Rey, California. His fiction has previously appeared in Silent Voices, Pale Skies, as well as the short-fiction collection, A Flash of Red.

JOÃO DE MELO -- Please click here for in-depth details about de Melo's work.

S.L. DEEFHOLTS prowls for good cinema wherever she can find it. She is Margin's consulting editor for fiction and a busy film reviewer.

ALLISON DEFREESE was formerly a James A. Michener Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin, where she completed an MA in English and MFA in Poetry and Playwriting. Her creative nonfiction and poetry have appeared in publications including The Indiana Review, Borderlands, Many Mountains Moving and Puerto del Sol. She has worked as both a journalist and English instructor in Mexico, Bolivia, India and Southeast Asia and currently writes in Shizuoka-ken, Japan.

Although KATHLEEN DEGRAVE currently teaches American literature and creative writing in Kansas, at Pittsburg State University, she comes from northern Wisconsin where most of her stories are centered. Company Woman, a novel, and Swindler, Spy, Rebel, a scholarly book, were published in 1995. She has also published a few short stories.

MARY VICTORIA DOMBROWSKI is an active participant in Living Water Theatre, a performance poetry and liturgical drama project. She lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington.

MARCIA DOUGLAS was born in England and raised in Jamaica. She is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Ohio State University and was awarded a doctorate in English by the State University of New York, Binghamton. Her first volume of poetry, Electricity Comes to Cocoa Bottom, was recently published in England by Peepal Tree Press, where it received the recommendation of the Poetry Book Society of the British Arts Council. Her novel, Madam Fate, was published by Soho Press in New York in 1999.

TONY DOWLER writes and lives in Seattle, Washington. He has been published in Cafe Irreal, NetSlaves, The Spleen and Slave River Journal He was born and raised near the Arctic Circle in Canada and finds almost everywhere else quite astonishing.

CHRISTOPHER KRITWISE DOYLE will be studying creative writing at the University of Baltimore in the fall of 2005. Currently, he resides in Iowa City, Iowa. His story, "The Missing Scroll," contemplates, through a blending of historical fact and invention, how Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra might have written Don Quixote.

JAMES DOYLE's latest book, Einstein Considers a Sand Dune, won the 2003 Steel Toe Book Contest. His work has appeared widely (ACM, Chelsea, The Ohio Review, Puerto Del Sol and others) and in 2004 was presented by Garrison Keillor for NPR's poetry programming.

SHARON DOYLE published her poetry 20 years ago in a number of journals, then put aside her work as a poet to raise five children and teach at two colleges. She recently retired and has begun writing again, hopefully putting to good use the experiences of her life. Her most recent publications include The Cimarron Review, Confluence, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Nimrod, and others.

DOROTHEA DUENOW was a graduate student in the Fiction Department of Columbia College. Although most of her life is spent drumming in her rock band DUENOW, www. duenowmusic .com, she still finds time to write some fiction. She is excited to have her story "Abilene" be correctly classified as a story of magical realism in MARGIN.

LAWRENCE DUNNING has published work in or has been accepted by The Carolina Quarterly, Descant, High Plains Literary Review, Seneca Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review and Weber Studies. His story, "Eclipse", was inspired by a newspaper clipping and is now being used as required reading at a university literature class in Bombay.

JANICE EIDUS is a novelist, short story writer and essayist from New York. She has twice won the O. Henry Prize for her short stories, as well as a Redbook Prize, a Pushcart Prize and a National Writers Voice Residency Award. She is author of the short story collections The Celibacy Club and Vito Loves Geraldine, and the novels Urban Bliss and Faithful Rebecca. Please click here for an interview with Eidus by Thaddeus Rutkowski.

NORMANDI ELLIS has published fiction and nonfiction widely, most recently in Parabola and Southern Humanities Review. She has published several books, includingVoice Forms (WaterSign Press, 1999) and Feasts of Light (Quest Books, 1999). She refers to her story, "Boiled Him," as "a Baba Yaga fairy tale."

Writer and translator G.S. EVANS is co-editor of Cafe Irreal.

MARGARITA ENGLE's writing is generally inspired by family and emotional ties to Cuba, as well as travel, wilderness, spiritual questions, and the small absurdities of daily life. She has work of the "experimental" style forthcoming or published in such journals as Bilingual Review, LUNA and Harpur Palate.

KELLY MADIGAN ERLANDSON's work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Barrow Street, The Massachusetts Review, Puerto del Sol, Hawai'i Review and South Dakota Review. Her manuscript, Born in the House of Love, won the Main-Traveled Roads Chapbook Award in 2004.

BRIAN EVENSON is the author of six books of fiction, most recently Dark Property (2002). His short stories have been published in The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, McSweeney's, Leviathan 3, Third Bed, Conjunctions, The Southern Review and other magazines. He most recently taught at University of Denver, where he was the Director of Creative Writing, and will begin to teach at Brown University in the Fall of 2003.

B.H. FAIRCHILD's Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest (Norton, 2003) received the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author of The Arrival of the Future, Local Knowledge, and The Art of the Lathe, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, the California Book Award, the PEN Center West Poetry Award, and an award from the Texas Institute of Letters. He is the recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller/Bellagio and NEA Fellowships, and recently received the Arthur Rense Poetry Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in California.

GUSTAVO PEREZ FIRMAT is professor of Humanities at Columbia University, as well as a poet, fiction writer and author of many books, including Life on the Hyphen, which won the Eugene M. Kayden University Press National Book Award.

ERIC RAANAN FISCHMAN is a Creative Writing major and poetry editor at Hunter College's The Olive Tree. His poems have appeared in Confused Muse, Shampoo, Twenty3 Magazine, The Hiss Quarterly, and What's Up Magazine, a Boston area nonprofit benefitting the homeless. He has also had work in various collegiate publications including Northeastern University's Spectrum and John Jay College's The Thin Line, as well as an absurdist play entitled, "Leave it to Bacchus," reprinted in John Jay's Finest. Currently he has seven pieces forthcoming in a chapbook from Seven Writers Project and is ever-producing in a Hunter College workshop.

CHARLES FISHMAN is director of the Distinguished Speakers Program at Farmingdale State University, Associate Editor of The Drunken Boat and Poetry Editor of New Works Review. His books include Mortal Companions, The Firewalkers, Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust and The Death Mazurka, which was nominated for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. His fifth book-length collection, Country of Memory (Uccelli Press), was published in April, and his tenth chapbook, 5,000 Bells (Cross-Cultural Communications), will be out in August 2004.

MAUREEN TOLMAN FLANNERY's latest book, Ancestors in the Landscape: Poems of a Rancher's Daughter, was nominated for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Her other books are Secret of the Rising Up: Poems of Mexico and Remembered Into Life, and the anthology Knowing Stones: Poems of Exotic Places. Maureen grew up on a Wyoming sheep ranch but she and her actor husband Dan have raised their four children in Chicago. Her work has appeared in forty anthologies and over a hundred literary reviews including Midwest Quarterly Review, Amherst Review, Slant, Buckle& and Atlanta Review.

ERIN FRISTAD's flash fiction, "The Collector," recently appeared in Periphery, Margin's magical realist print 'zine. She has spent the majority of the last 13 years on the waters stretching from Togiak, Alaska to the Columbia River. She's finally washed ashored in Port Townsend, WA, where she writes and teaches poetry workshops.

Colombia-born EDUARDO GARCÍA AGUILAR studied political economy at the University of Paris, then moved to Mexico City where he eventually became assistant director of the press agency, Agence France-Presse. He currently lives in Paris, where he works for AFP. His latest novel is Tequila Coxix (Colibri, 2004).

FRANK X. GASPAR -- Please click here for an interview with Gaspar and more in-depth details about his work.

ZELDA LEAH GATUSKIN -- Please click here for an artist's statement and in-depth details about Gatuskin's work.

PHILLIS GERSHATOR lives in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Publications include children's books—most recently, The Babysitter Sings (Holt) and Wise and Not So Wise (JPS), and stories and poems in the Cricket Group magazines. She is also a regular contributor to Home Planet News and The Caribbean Writer.

STEPHEN GIBSON received his PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. His work has appeared in The Southeast Review, Quarterly West, StoryQuarterly and elsewhere.

MARY CLAIR ERVIN GILDEA's father loved poetry and introduced her to his favorite poems when she was small. She currently takes creative writing classes in Arlington, Virginia. Two of her poems were accepted for publication by PoeticallySpeaking. She is currently writing short stories based on her childhood in Mississippi as well as a mystery novel set near Baltimore and Ocean City, Maryland.

SHELLEY GILLESPIE has lived a migratory life for the last nine years, dividing her time between Central America and the Northwest, between coffee farming and urban dwelling. She recently graduated from the Evergreen State College with a BA in creative writing.

RICHARD JAY GOLDSTEIN has been writing fiction and non-fiction for a dozen-something years. He supported himself with a day job in emergency medicine until recently, and is now much happier writing full-time, being a grad student at St John's College, and living on debt. He lives in the mountains east of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where it's nice and quiet, thanks. His wife is a professional percussionist. They have two boys, now thirty and twenty. He's published about thirty stories, essays, and poems in the literary and fantasy/sci-fi press, including a couple of anthologies, and he's had two Pushcart nominations.

GILES GOODLAND is a widely published, award-winning poet whose work has appeared in such publications as Boston Review, Diagram, Edinburgh Review, Exquisite Corpse, Haiku Internation, London Magazine, New Welsh Review, Poetry Ireland, Poetry NZ, Poetry Wales and Ulitarra. He has published two books: Littoral (Overstep Books, 1996) and A Spy in the House of Years (Leviathan Press, 2001). He currently writes reviews for Poetry Quarterly Review and Leviathan Quarterly. He is also Senior Assistant Editor for the Oxford English Dictionary.

G.L. GREY received her MFA from Eastern Washington University. She has been published in The Wisconsin Review and Center and recently won a very short fiction contest sponsored by The Alchemist Review.

RAFAEL GUILLÉN was born in Granada, Spain. He has published more than twenty books and is cited in the History of Spanish Literature as belonging to the so-called "50s Generation." In 1994, he was awarded the National Prize for Literature, having been a finalist for the Critics' Prize.

RAFAEL GUILLÉN es español, nacido en Granada. Ha publicado más de veinte libros y figura en la Historia de la Literatura Española dentro de la llamada Generación del 50. En 1994 obtuvo el Premio Nacional de Literatura, tras ser finalista del Premio de la Crítica.

HEDY HABRA was born in Egypt of Lebanese origin and has lived several years in Belgium. She received and MFA from Western Michigan University in 1989. She holds an MA in English, as well as an MA in Spanish. She teaches Spanish at WMU where she is completing her PhD in Spanish Literature. Her work has appeared widely, in such journals as Negative Capability, Puerto Del Sol, Nimrod, Hispanófila, Latin American Literary Review and Chasqui.

ATAR HADARI has published short stories widely, in such places as American Poetry Review, Bomb, Forum, Metropolitan and Partisan Review. Hadari's volume of translations from the Hebrew poet Bialik, entitled Songs from Bialik, was published by Syracuse University Press last fall.

CATHERINE HAMMOND has published poetry in North American Review, Chicago Review (with a Pushcart nomination), Mississippi Review, and many others. Her work has been anthologized in Fever Dreams: Contemporary Arizona Poetry (U of A Press, 1997) and in Yellow Silk II. She has been a semifinalist in "Discovery"/The Nation four times. She holds an MFA from Arizona State University.

IAN HANINGTON is the editor of Th e Georgia Straight.

GEORGE HARRAR is the author of a dozen stories, published in literary reviews such as Story, StoryQuarterly, Dickinson Review and Quarter After Eight. He has published two novels, First Tiger and Parents Wanted, a young-adult novel released in 2001 by Milkweed Editions.

ANNA HARRINGTON has been writing for over fifteen years and has published work in Fugue, Aura, Yemassee, Re:al, Red Cedar Review and other journals. She currently teaches writing near Memphis.

ADRIANNE HARUN is the award-winning author of the short story collection, The King of Limbo and Other Stories.

DOLORES HAYDEN's poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, Southwest Review, Slate and Verse Daily. She's won the Poetry Society of America The Writer Magazine/Emily Dickinson Award. Her poetry collection, American Yard, is forthcoming in 2004 from David Robert Books. A former Guggenheim and NEA fellow, she is also the author of several books about American cities, including Building Suburbia (Pantheon, 2003). A Field Guide to Sprawl is forthcoming (W.W. Norton, 2004). She is a professor of architecture at Yale University who has spent a good deal of time on Vieques, Grenada, St. John and Tortola.

LORRAINE HEALY is an Argentinean poet and photographer living on Whidbey Island, WA. The winner of several national awards, including a Pushcart Prize nomination for 2004, she has been published extensively. She is currently an MFA candidate at New England College in New Hampshire.

HUGH HENNEDY's poems have appeared widely in such places as Beloit Poetry Journal, Tar River Poetry and James Joyce Quarterly. He has published two books of poetry: Old Winchester Hill (Enright House, 1993) and Halcyon Time (Oyster River Press, 1991). A New Englander by birth and inclination, he lives now in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

MICHAEL HETTICH has authored two books of poetry and numerous chapbooks -- most recently, Singing With My Father (2001) and Greatest Hits, a 2002 release -- and his work has appeared in numerous journals, including TriQuarterly, Witness, The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Indiana Review, Rhino and others. He is professor of English at Miami-Dade Community College.

JEFF K. HILL considers Gabriel García Márcia Marquez, Salman Rushdie and Günter Grass to be magical realism's Big Three contributors. Hill is the author of the novel, The Last Decadent.

PAULINE HOLDSTOCK, originally from England, came to Canada in 1974. She writes novels, short fiction and essays. Her collection of essays, Mortal Distractions, is published by Thistledown. Her most recent novel, Beyond Measure, published by Cormorant Books, was a finalist for the 2004 Giller Prize and the regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and fiction winner of the BC Book Prizes. Under the title A Rare and Curious Gift, it is published in the US by W.W. Norton. For more info

CAROL HUNTER-CLARKE -- Please click here for details about her work.

PAMELA HUGHES' poetry has appeared in The Minnesota Review, Timber Creek Review, Brooklyn Review, The Paterson Literary Review and elsewhere. Hughes has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College and has taught Creative Writing and Freshman Core classes at Bloomfield College for 12 years.

CHRISTINA HUTCHINS is a Ph.D. candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, adjunct professor at Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, and a United Church of Christ minister. In addition to a chapbook and a CD, Collecting Light (Acadia Books, 1999), her poetry and academic essays appear widely in literary journals and anthologies.

BARBARA JACKSHA is an editor and co-founder of the literary journal Cezanne’s Carrot. Her work has appeared in such publications as Beloit Fiction Journal, The Summerset Review, Vox, Mad Hatter’s Review, Peregrine, Poetry Midwest, Tattoo Highway, Mindprints, Quercus Review and Carve Magazine. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and will appear in the 2006 W.W. Norton anthology, Flash Fiction Forward.

ZYSKANDAR A. JAIMOT writes: "If it matters, I have been published in Europe and the Americas in various journals, anthologies and online—with several awards and grants. Poetry is a long summer night full of fits and starts where dark walls come close to suffocating me in my airless cubicle and only eventually am I able to peel the sweaty sonnets from my spent skin. This poem was a spasm of memory not brought about by stock or recipe tips from dowdy Martha Stewart."

GAYE JEE lives and writes in the southeast of England and has had stories published in both small press and mainstream magazines, as well as in the anthologies Not for Bedtime (Infinity Junction Press) and Practice to Deceive (Wear Valley Writers). She holds an MA in creative writing from the University of Sussex and teaches writing for the University of Kent.

RANDY JONES has written several articles for Montpelier, a magazine published by James Madison University.

D. KASTINOVICH lives in Southern Oregon, has spent much time in Portugal and The Azores, and has written a number of stories set on the islands, as well as a novel, The Undiscovered Island.

ANTHONY KELLMAN was born in Barbados and lives in Atlanta. He received his BA in English from the University of the West Indies and his MFA in creative writing from Louisiana State University. A creative writing teacher at Augusta State University, he's the author of three books of poetry (most recently, Wings of a Stranger) and two novels (most recently, The Houses of Alphonso). He's the editor of the first full-length U.S. anthology of English-Language Caribbean poetry, Crossing Water. His book-length poem, Limestone, was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2005.

BRIGIT PEGEEN KELLY is the author of Song (BOA Editions, 1995), which was the 1994 Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets, and To The Place of Trumpets (1987), which was selected by James Merrill for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Her poems have appeared in many periodicals, including The Gettysburg Review, The Kenyon Review, and The Yale Review, and her work was chosen for the 1993 and 1994 volumes of The Best American Poetry. Her many honors include a "Discovery"/The Nation Award, the Cecil Hemley Award from the Poetry Society of America, a Pushcart Prize, the Theodore Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest, and a Whiting Writers Award, as well as fellowships from the Illinois State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New Jersey Council on the Arts. Brigit Pegeen Kelly is a professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

SONDRA KELLY-GREEN received her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in 1999. She is currently at work on a second novel and a collection of short stories. Her story, "Crashing," received Honorable Mention in the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition 2000, and her novel, Between Lives, was a semi-finalist for the Heekin Group Foundation's Writing Fellowship Program in 1999. Kelly-Green lives on the central Oregon coast and conducts writing workshops in local public and private high schools.

MONICA KILIAN's work has appeared in Café Irreal, Pindeldyboz, Tatlins' Tower and The Morpo Review. She has work forthcoming in QWF (UK). She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and recently joined the editorial team at The Rose & Thorn. She is currently working on a short-story collection and a novel.

KATHRYN KULPA has published short fiction in in The Pedestal Magazine, The New Renaissance, Indigenous Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction, and Leviathian. She was the winner of the 2000 Florida Review Editor's Awards and a winner in the 2000 Bridport Prize competition. She received the Mid-List Press First Series Award for her short story collection, Pleasant Drugs, forthcoming in 2005, and is working on a novel, Picolo, which mingles elements of realism and magical realism.

ROBERTA KUSIAK's story, "Ivan Evanochick's Last Confession," won the H.E. Francis Award for Short Fiction from the University of Alabama a few years ago. Kusiak has also been the recipient of playwriting grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is currently marketing a short story collection.

LAURA TAYLOR LAMBROS works on the editorial staff for Other Voices. Her collection of stories, Plastic Has a Memory, was recently performed as part of the New Short Fiction Series, and her writing has appeared in several journals, including Zahir, another journal which features magical realism.

DOROTHY LAURENCE founded the Ipswich Poetry Group for poets to discuss their work and offer poetry readings. Her work recently appeared in The Pagan's Muse.

A.J. LEFLAHEC's background is in philosophy. She is bi-national and multi-lingual. "Smokes" is her first published short story.

CATHARINE LEGGETT's short stories have appeared several times in Event, as well as in The New Quarterly and The Antigonish Review. Her story “Snowstorm” was broadcast on CBC radio. “Ruthie and the Big Blue Sky” won the Okanagan Award for short fiction and appeared in Canadian Author Magazine. She is currently looking for a home for her unpublished young adult novel manuscript, The Invention of Paradise.

MARIA DE LOS ANGELES LEMUS is a freelance writer, designer and yoga instructor who lives just six blocks away from the Atlantic Ocean on Miami Beach. She is "owned" by a little macaw named Samba Soledad and spends part of her spare time tending to exotic orchids. Maria's prose poem, "Fragments of a History," won the 1998 Charlotte and Isidor Paiewonsky Prize for first time publication in The Caribbean Writer. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Maria has published fiction and travel pieces in Caribbean Travel and Life and the Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, among others. Her self-published blog, Meridian, is a set of vignettes about a woman traveling alone in Spain, ranging from the baudy to the sublime.

J. ROBERT LENNON is perhaps best known for his books, The Funnies and The Light of Falling Stars, the latter having won the Barnes & Noble 1997 Discover New Writers Award. His short fiction has appeared widely, in publications such as Story, Fiction, American Short Fiction, Tin House and Night Rally, and his work can be found in various anthologies.

LK LEU has been published in Blind Man's Rainbow, Flint Hills Review and San Joaquin Review. She currently attends Buffalo State College as an undergraduate English major.

ELLEN LINDQUIST's stories and poems have appeared in journals such as The Small Pond Magazine, 5:AM and US1 Worksheets. Her prose poem, "The Erstwhile Wire-Woman," was nominated for a Pushcart prize by Purdue-Calumet's Skylark magazine. She was a winner in E2K's Net Author Flash Fiction Contest (2003), Fiction Inferno's Very Short Fiction Contest (2002), Lotus Bloom Journal's Anniversary Contest (2004) and the Dekalb Art Council's Fiction Contest (1998). She was also a semifinalist in Mid-American Review's Fineline Competition (2001). She was recently invited to submit poetic texts to the 2004 London Art Biennial.

THOMAS DAVID LISK's recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Borderlands, Free Verse, LIT and Redivider. His poem, "Balloons at the Louvre," appeared on the Poetry Daily website. His published books are A Short History of Pens Since the French Revolution and Aroma Terrapin.

LAURA LOOMIS is a social worker in the San Francisco area, currently looking for a publisher for her novel about child protective work. Her fiction has appeared in Anotherealm and ken*again, and is forthcoming in Out of Line.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA [1898-1936] was a well-known gay Spanish poet who popularized the notion of duende and who was exiled and censored even after death during the Spanish Civil War and the rise of Franco's regime. (Read his treatise on duende.)

STEFAN LOWRY is looking for a home for his unpublished manuscript of poetry, The Quixote Stanzas.

ADELAIDA LUCENA DE LOWER is a freelance writer living in Seoul, South Korea, a contributor to the English-language magazine Arirang and a book reviewer .

MARJORIE MADDOX is an award-winning poet of more than 250 poems published in magazines such as Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and American Literary Review. She has published five chapbooks: Nightrider to Edinburgh in 1986, How to Fit God in a Poem in 1993, Ecclesia in 1997, Body Parts in 1999, and When the Wood Clacks Out Your Name, 2001 (winner of the Redgreen Press chapbook competition). Her full-length book, Perpendicular As I won the 1994 Sandstone Book Award. She holds an MFA from Cornell University, where she received the Sage Graduate Fellowship.

SANDRA MADDUX-CREECH received a B.A. from Antioch College, after spending three years as a music composition major. She received an M.F.A. from Colorado State University. She is currently seeking an agent for her first novel, and is at work on her second.

WADE MAJOR is senior film critic for Boxoffice Magazine and a regular contributing critic for L.A. CityBeat. His work has also been published by the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News and ABCNews.com, among others. He has written and contributed to several books on Asian cinema, numerous DVD commentaries and most recently produced the feature-length documentary, Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies. He holds a degree in Film and Television from UCLA.

DEVONA MALLORY is a doctoral student at Illinois State University, concentrating on Magical Realism in Women's Literature. She is also a contributor to the recently published The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry, a five-volume collection of more than 900 essays discussing American poets (especially women poets and poets with diverse ethnic backgrounds) from the colonial period to the present.

HENRY MARTIN translates contemporary Italian literature and regularly contributes as a critic to a number of international art magazines, including Art News and Flash Art. In addition to his translations of Anna Maria Ortese (The Iguana and A Music Behind the Wall) and Giorgio Manganelli (All the Errors), he has written extensively about art, including two volumes in collaboration with the Italian artist Gianfranco Baruchello, How to Imagine and Why DuChamp, both published by McPherson & Company. Martin lives with his wife, the artist Betty Skuber, in the mountains of southern Tyrol not far from Bolzano, Italy.

ROBERT MCCRUM is The Observer's literary editor and the author of, among other books, My Year Off.

MARIAN MCDONALD taught writing and literature in Los Angeles secondary schools, produced educational and trade programs, and published poems in such literary journals as Arnazella, Art Access, Between The Lines, Exhibition, Paper Boat, Poetry Motel, Pontoon, Scotch Broom, Spindrift, and Westwind Review.

Translator SANDY MCKINNEY has been writing poetry for fifty years, translating Spanish poetry for forty or so of them. In 1979 she met Rafael Guillén in Granada, Spain, and their literary partnership has persisted ever since. The proudest moment of her life so far was when I'm Speaking, a bilingual edition of 28 of Guillén's poems with her translations, was presented by Northwestern University Press in the Spring of 2003.

MAUREEN MCQUERRY is a writer and teacher in Washington State. Her poetry was a finalist for the Hearst, Pablo Neruda and Beulah Rose awards and appears in various journals including: The Atlanta Review, Southern Review, North American Review, Smartish Pace and Nimrod. She was the McAuliffe Fellow for Washington State in 2000. Her fantasy novel, Wolf Proof, is scheduled for publication in October of 2006 with Idylls Press.

Portuguese-American writer JOHN MEDEIROS is currently a student in the MFA program at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. His poetry has appeared in The Evergreen Chronicles, Chiron Review, Christopher Street, Wellspring and Art & Understanding; his work has also been anthologized in Gents, Badboys and Barbarians: An Anthology of New Gay Male Poets.

HERMINE MEINHARD -- Please click here for an interview with Hermine and more in-depth details about her work.

LIANNE MERCER is a Certified Poetry Therapist living in Fredericksburg, Texas. Her short stories have appeared in the anthology, Tales of Magic Realism by Women: Dreams in a Minor Key, as well as Hayden's Ferry Review, Thema, New Texas and other journals and anthologies.

JALINA MHYANA is editor of Ro ck Salt Plum poetry review. She is the author of Spikeseed (Bad Moon Books), a book of poems. Jalina's poetry has been published, or will be published, in Room of One's Own, Japanophile Press, Slow Trains, Erosha, Eclectica, Peshekee River Poetry, Verse Libre Quarterly, Spitjaw Review, Scrivener's Pen, Salt River Review and others. She has lived in northern Japan for the past six years, where she has owned and operated an American massage therapy college and massage practice. Jalina is now in the process of relocating to Frankfurt, Germany. Jalina can be contacted at edi tors@rocksaltp lum.com.

For complete information on DR. ALAN MINTZ, click here.

CAROLYN MOORE — Please click here for in-depth details about Moore and her work.

WILLIAM MORRIS became enthralled with the idea of Mormon literature when he discovered two-and-a-half shelves of Mormon fiction and poetry in the library of the Berkeley LDS Institute and became the first person in decades to check out such titles as Clinton F. Larson's The Mantle of the Prophet and Cracroft and Lambert's groundbreaking Mormon literature anthology, A Believing People.

MICHAEL VALDEZ MOSES is Associate Professor of English at Duke University and was a Fellow at the National Humanities Center in 2000-01. He is the author of The Novel and the Globalization of Culture (Oxford University Press).

PEGGY MUNSON is a poet, essayist and fiction writer who has published work in Literature and Medicine, Spoon River Poetry Review, 13th Moon and others. She has received residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Ragdale Foundation and Hedgebrook. Her work has been anthologized in places like Hers3: Brilliant New fiction by Lesbian Writers (Faber & Faber). She is the editor of the book Stricken: Voices From The Hidden Epidemic of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (The Haworth Press, 2000).

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