Margin: Exploring Modern Magical Realism

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J.L. NAVARRO writes: "I began writing in my mid teens, with some success in getting my early stories published in various literary magazines and a collection, Blue Day On Main Street, published in 1973. For over a decade I was in creative hibernation and finally came back to life a few years ago after learning how to operate a computer at its most basic level." Navarro has published work in many places since, including Cafe Irreal, 3A.M. Magazine and Aphelion. Additional work can be found at Navarro's website at www.jlnavarro.com

Chicago native PAUL NELSON is co-founder of Auburn, WA’s SPLAB!—The Northwest SPokenword LAB. Nelson has been a professional broadcaster since 1980, is father of thirteen year old Rebecca Rose, has interviewed Open Form luminaries Michael McClure, Allen Ginsberg, Diane di Prima, Wanda Coleman, Jerome Rothenberg and Anne Waldman, has finished the manuscript of an epic poem re-enacting Auburn history entitled A Time Before Slaughter and writes one American Sentence every day. He has begun his graduate studies on Open Form in North American Poetry: A Path to Liberation through Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and works on-air weekends at 1077-The End.

SHEILA NICKERSON, former Poet Laureate of Alaska, has received two Pushcart Prizes for her poetry, which has appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies and chapbooks. Her most recent nonfiction titles are Disappearance: A Map and Midnight to the North: The Untold Story of the Inuit Woman Who Saved the Polaris Expedition.

OZZIE NOGG is an independent member of the American Jewish Press Association; her feature columns explore the history and customs of Jewish holidays and festivals and are found in weekly newspapers around the country as well as on-line at Jewish Family and Life. Her poetry can be read on-line at Archaeology Magazine. Ms. Nogg is also a professional storyteller.

DORENE O'BRIEN's fiction and poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Alkali Flats, Binx Street, The Driftwood Review, Huckleberry Press, The New Press Literary Quarterly, Peregrine and Princeton Arts Review. She teaches writing at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit and is currently working on a collection of short fiction.

GINA OCHSNER's first collection, The Necessary Grace to Fall, won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and was published by the University of Georgia Press. It also won the Oregon Book Award for Short Fiction and the PNBA award for short stories and was an Austin Chronicle Top Ten Pick. Ochsner lives in western Oregon with her husband and four children.

CAROL D. O'DELL's work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines including Atlanta Magazine, Storyteller Magazine, Chicken Soup Celebrates Sisters, Flashquake, Words of Wisdom, Tickled by Thunder, Blue Moon Review and AIM: America's Intercultural Magazine. She is a member of AWP and the Zona Rosa Writers. She teaches creative writing at community centers and speaks around the south on writing, caregiving and adoption issues.

NNEDIMMA OKORAFOR-MBACHU 's first novel, Zahrah the Windseeker (Houghton Mifflin), was published in September 2005. Her second novel, Ejii the Shadow Speaker, will be published by Hyperion Books for Children in 2007. Her short story, "The Magical Negro" (a finalist for the 2005 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award) and her essay "Her Pen Could Fly: A Tribute to Virginia Hamilton" were published in Dark Matter II: Reading the Bones in January 2004 (edited by Sheree R. Thomas, Warner Aspect). Learn more about the author at: www2.uic.edu/~nokora1

DANIEL OLIVAS —Please click here to read an interview with Olivas and sample his work.

WILLIAM OREM 's short stories, poetry and journalism have appeared in numerous small preses, including AQR, Sou'wester and Exquisite Corpse.

ANNA MARIA ORTESE was born in Rome on June 13, 1914, one of seven children, and grew up in southern Italy and in Tripoli. Her formal education ended at age thirteen. Her first book, Angelici dolori, was issued in 1937. In 1953 her third collection, Il mare non bagna Napoli, won the coveted Viareggio prize; thereafter, Ortese's stories, novels, and journalism received many of the most distinguished Italian literary awards, including the Strega and the Fiuggi. Although she lived for many years in Naples following the Second World War, she also resided in Milan, in Rome, and for most of the last twenty years of her life in Rapallo. In addition to Ortese's most famous novel, The Iguana, McPherson & Company has published two volumes of her selected stories under the collective title A Music Behind the Wall, also translated by Henry Martin. Anna Maria Ortese died in Rapallo on March 9, 1998.

JACQUELINE OSHEROW is the author of four previous books of poems: Dead Men's Praise (1999) and With a Moon in Transit (1996), both from Grove; and Conversations with Survivors (1993) and Looking for Angels in New York (1998), both from University of Georgia Press. Her work has appeared in many contemporary anthologies, including The Best American Poetry. She has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and has received the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, as well as a number of prizes from the Poetry Society of America. Osherow is Distinguished Professor of Engish at the University of Utah.

MARY OVERTON -- Please click here for an extensive review of Overton and her work.

STEPHANIE PARENT is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. She currently lives in Baltimore, MD, where she works as a freelance writer and piano teacher.

MARY ELIZABETH PARKER-- Please click here for an extensive review of Parker and her work.

OONA PATRICK's nonfiction and book reviews have appeared in Provincetown Arts, Pif Magazine, and Post Road. She has degrees from Brown University and the Bennington Writing Seminars, has had a grant from the Provincetown Community Compact, and was the 2001 McClennen fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts.

RICHARD PEABODY wears many literary hats. He is editor of Gargoyle Magazine (founded in 1976), has published books of poetry and fiction, and co-edited seven anthologies with Lucinda Ebersole, including Mondo Barbie, Conversations with Gore Vidal and the forthcoming Sex & Chocolate. Peabody teaches fiction writing at Johns Hopkins University.

DAVID PENDERY is an American living in Taipei, Taiwan. He teaches English speaking and writing to high school and college students and working adults. He writes that living in Taiwan has been fascinating, not least because being immersed in the Chinese language and culture has opened up magical new worlds for him.

ROBERT PERCHAN has published work recently in The Prose Poem: An International Journal, 5 AM, Runes and other journals. His prose poem novella, Perchan's Chorea: Eros and Exile was recently translated into French. His poetry book, Fluid in Darkness, Frozen in Light, won the Pearl Poetry Competition in 1999 and was published the following year by Pearl Editions. Most recently his poetry chapbook manuscripts Overdressed to Kill and Mythic Instinct Afternoon were winners of the 2005 Weldon Kees Poetry Chapbook Prize (Backwaters Press, Omaha) and the 2005 Poetry West Press Poetry Chapbook Prize (Colorado Springs) respectively.

SIMON PERCHIK "... is the most widely published unknown poet in America..." according to Library Journal. His work has been published in 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 volume of poems, Hands Collected (Pavement Saw Press: 2000), is a comprehensive work, housing all 16 of Perchik's poetry chapbooks.

RAFAEL PÉREZ ESTRADA, before his death in 2000, was one of the leading figures of avant-garde poetry and narrative in Spain. A several-time finalist for Spain's Premio Nacional de Literature, Pérez Estrada's work has been compared to that of Federico Garcia Lorca and Rafael Alberti. His poetry and fiction have been translated into at least five languages.

JON PICCIUOLO is retired and writes for pleasure. His work has been published in Aboriginal Science Fiction, Argonaut, Eclipse, Lite, Lost Worlds, Midnight Zoo, Paper Radio, Rosebud, The Silver Web, Skylark, Space and Time, Vision and others.

WILLIAM PIERCE is Senior Editor of AGNI. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in American Literary Review, The Cream City Review, The Dos Passos Review and elsewhere.

REGGIE POCHÉ won the UM-St. Louis MFA graduate fiction award, as well as the Margery McKinney Short Fiction prize. His work has been published in Zahir, Ellipsis and Ginger Hill.

ROBERT POPE has published stories in many magazines, and has published two books as well: a collection, Private Acts, and a novel, Jack's Universe. Robert teaches at The University of Akron, in Akron, Ohio.

LIA SCOTT PRICE's short fiction story "Without Wings" is featured alongside the works of Rainier Maria Rilke, Octavio Paz and others in the anthology, The Spirit of Writing, Classic and Contemporary Essays Celebrating the Writing Life . Her novel, The Frog Asylum is set in a similar venue as her short story: a little-known Spanish port city in the Philippines. Price's novels can be found on iuniverse.com.

CHRISTOPHER PRIEST won the Arthur C. Clarke award and the British SF award for his alternate history of the second world war, The Separation. His previous novels include The Prestige, The Extremes and The Quiet Woman.

LAWRENCE RAAB's sixth book is Visible Signs: New and Selected Poems (Penguin, 2003).

GREGORY RABASSA -- Scroll to the bottom of the link to learn more about Rabassa's latest work.

AMY RATTO received her MFA and MA from the University of Montana. Her poems have been published in various literary journals and her award-winning chapbook, Bread and Water Body, was released in 2004. She teaches English at the University of Montana in Missoula, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

CARLOS REYES is a long-time noted Portland poet, writer and translator. His latest book of poetry At the Edge of the Western Wave, was published by Lost Horse Press in 2004. He's also published these books of translations: Poemas de la Isla/Island Poems by Josefina de la Torre (Eastern Washington University Press, 2000), Puertas abiertas/Open Doors by Edwin Madrid (2000), Hojas sueltas/Scattered Leaves by Josefina de la Torre (2002) and Páginas de Arena/Pages of Sand by Selena Millares (2003). Open Doors has been translated into Arabic and this year was published in Baharain. Reyes has completed translating the Obra poética completa (Complete Poetic Works) of the preeminent Ecuadorean poet Jorge Carrera Andrade, which will be published in 2005 in a bilingual edition in Ecuador. His current translation project: Mario Benedetti, Rincón de los haiku / Corner of Haikus. Reyes is publisher and editor of Trask House Books, Inc. and a former poetry reviewer for Willamette Week.

SHIRA RICHMAN is delighted to have her work published or upcoming in Crab Creek Review, Cranky, Promethean, and Snow Monkey. She was the 2005 recipient of the Raymond Patterson Award at City College New York. Richman recently agreed to assist the Periphery IV staff with production of its special hurricane relief edition, Southern Revival, which has been slated for release in April 2006.

JAMES MILLER ROBINSON has published poetry recently in GWReview, Bellingham Review, Mochila Review, Mid-America Poetry Review, Manzanita, Rattle and others. Robinson teaches Spanish at Huntsville High School and at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

ALICITA RODRIGUEZ lives in a ghost town in Colorado with her paranoid Jewish boyfriend and their three wild dogs. She teaches literature and creative writing at Western State College. Recently, her work has appeared in the anthology, Coloring Book, and in Weber Studies, Passages North and The Bilingual Review.

BRUCE HOLLAND ROGERS lives and writes in Eugene, Oregon, the tie-dye capital of the world. His fiction is all over the literary map. Some of it is SF, some is fantasy, some is literary. He has written mysteries, experimental fiction, and work that's hard to label. He is a writing life columnist for Speculations and the author of Word Work: Surviving and Thriving as a Writer as well as the recent short-story collection, Thirteen Ways to Water and other stories.

MARJORIE ROMMEL’s work appears in Riverbabble, Signal International, Mr. Cogito, Dark Orchid (Inkpot Press), Voices in the Trees (Evergreen Press), Ghost in the Garden (GodZillah Gospel Press), A Loving Voice (The Charles Press), Labyrinth (PWJ Publishing), and others. She was a 2000 Willard R. Espy Literary Foundation resident, and received an Adam Family Foundation White Bridge Traveling Fellowship in 2001.

SUSAN RONEY-O'BRIEN's work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Yankee, Beloit Poetry Journal and other publications. A chapbook, Farmwife, won the last Willliam and Kingman Page Poetry Prize in 2000.

LARRI ANN ROSSER is a systems engineer and martial artist who has recently begun to write as another means of exploring the world. Her fiction and poetry have won awards in the Paul Gillette Memorial Writing Contest and the TWW Black Gold Writers contest, and in addition to Margin, she is published in DFW Poetry Review.

GARRETT ROWLAN, a frequent contributor to Margin, has been published recently in Fiction International, with a prize-winning story to appear in flyway.

THADDEUS RUTKOWSKI is a writer and editor living in New York who has held residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and the Ragdale Foundation. He released his first novel, Roughhouse, in June 2001, and his work has been published in places which include The New York Times.

JOHN RYAN teaches high school English. He completed his MFA in Creative Writing at UM-St. Louis in 2003 and served as an editorial assistant for Natural Bridge magazine. His poetry chapbook, Elements of Surprise, was published in 2002. His poetry has appeared in River Styx, U.S. Latino Review and elsewhere.

SUSAN SAN MIGUEL is co-editor of Xeriscapes, a city-wide anthology of poetry and prose for San Antonio's youth. Her work has been published in Southwestern Women: New Voices, Texas Short Stories and TEX!. Her work was also adapted into plays for presentation at the 1998 US West Theatre Fest in Denver.

BORIA SAX holds a doctorate in Intellectual History and German from SUNY Buffalo. He is founder of the non-profit organization Nature in Legend and Story (NILAS), dedicated to “promote understanding of traditional bonds between human beings and the natural world.” He is also the author of many critically acclaimed books, especially on animals in human culture, including Animals in the Third Reich (2000) and The Mythical Zoo (2001), both of which were both named by the journal Choice as among the “outstanding academic titles” of the year. His books have been translated into Japanese, Czech, French, Turkish, and Korean, and his shorter pieces have been translated into many additional languages. He currently teaches literature at Mercy College, where he also works as Director of Online Research Development and training. Widely recognized as an authority on distance learning, he won the Sloan Consortium award for “Online Learning Effectiveness” in 2002.

CATHERINE SCHERER has more publishing credits than we can print here. You'll find she's a frequent contributor to Asylum, Central Park, Chicago Review, Exquisite Corpse, Haymarket, Kenyon Review, Light, The MacGuffin, Potomac Review and Sweet Annie and Sweet Pea Review. Her work has been anthologized.

PATRICIA SCHIAFFINI is Assistant Professor of Chinese and Director of the Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages and International Relations at Pomona College. She has written several articles on modern Chinese literature and Modern Tibetan literature written in Chinese, and is now co-editing a volume of essays on Modern Tibetan Literature.

LOIS SCHLEGEL's work has been seen in The West Wind Review, Joy Magazine, The Mindfulness Bell, Southern Oregon Parent and other publications. Her story, "The Gate," was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is currently a student in the MFA program at Antioch University.

MATT SCHUMACHER is a 1993 graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop. His poems have appeared or will soon appear in Exquisite Corpse, Sheila-Na-Gig, Spillway, California Quarterly, Slightly West, and others. His poetry has been performed live on stage by a punk rock band, The Iowa Beef Experience. He teaches English and Humanities at two Seattle area community colleges.

ANNE SELDEN has had over 150 poems published in various newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband and three children.

TAMARA KAYE SELLMAN has published (or will be publishing) works of magical realism in Gargoyle, Rosebud, Faultline, Words of Wisdom, Hair Trigger XIII, Other Voices, Red Rock Review, suspect thoughts, HerMark 2004, ByLine and Switched-on Gutenberg. She is Margin's editor and publisher.

OLIVE SENIOR -- Please click here to read a feature about the poet.

Moroccan-born RUTH KNAFO SETTON is Writer-in-Residence at Lehigh University, a Visiting Professor in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Georgia College & State University and the Fiction Editor of Arts & Letters: A Journal of Contemporary Culture. Her first novel, The Road to Fez, was published in 2001. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Best Contemporary Jewish Writing, With Signs and Wonders: An International Anthology of Jewish Fabulist Fiction, Tikkun, Another Chicago Magazine and Tiferet.

After traveling and working in central Europe and Turkey, ERIK SHELDON has returned to his native San Francisco Bay Area, where he is waiting to begin a master's program in linguistics. His work can be seen in Flashquake and Continuum.

STEPHEN SICILIANO has been writing as a poet, journalist, novelist, and screenwriter for over two decades. He lives in Los Angeles and his thoughts on politics, poetry and prose can be found at Highway Scribery.

CHARLES SIMIC is an internationally recognized poet, essayist, translator, and editor. He has published more than sixty books, among them Jackstraws (1999), Walking the Black Cat (1996, a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry), A Wedding in Hell (1994), Hotel Insomnia (1992), The World Doesn't End: Prose Poems (1990, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry), Selected Poems: 1963-1983 (1990), and Unending Blues (1986). He has also published many translations of French, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, and Slovenian poetry, and four books of essays, most recently Orphan Factory (University of Michigan Press, 1998). He was also the guest editor of The Best American Poetry 1992. His many awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has been Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire since 1973.

SARAH SLOAT grew up in New Jersey, where she attended university. Her poems have appeared in Pebble Lake Review, Stirring and Nth Position, among other publications. Sarah lives in Frankfurt, Germany, where she works for a news agency.

JAN C. SNOW has published features, fiction, poetry and essays in publications across the U.S.. Her commentaries are syndicated as a feature of "Weekend Radio." She lives and works in Lakewood, Ohio, one city to the west of Cleveland.

ISABELLE SOJFER is a Parisian author who has published a short novel and several short stories in French literary magazines, including Nouvelle Revue Française. She started writing in English in 2000 and recently published a short-short story in Café Irreal.

KATHERINE SONIAT's fourth collection, Alluvial, was released this winter by the Bucknell University Press Poetry Series. A Shared Life won the Iowa Prize given by the University of Iowa Press, and also a Virginia Prize for Poetry. A recipient of two Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowships and the William Faulkner Award for Poetry, Soniat is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech. Her The Fire Setters (2003) is available through Web Del Sol's Online Chapbook Series.

SANDI SONNENFELD works as a ghost writer and media relations director for a public relations agency in Seattle. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Her work has appeared extensively, in publications which include Emrys Journals, Sojourner and Voices West, and she has placed work in three anthologies.

ANNE SPOLLEN has published fiction and poetry in Amelia, The Brownstone Literary Review, Calyx, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Interim, Pandora, Reed and others. She has work forthcoming in Chocolate For A Mother's Soul, Eureka and The Sulphur River Literary Review. In 1998 she received a Pushcart Prize nomination. She has an M.A. in English Literature. "Field" is her first attempt at writing magical realism.

JODEE STANLEY is the editor of Ninth Letter. She received her MFA in creative writing from Emerson College and has served on the editorial staffs of the Missouri Review, Ploughshares and, most recently, New England Review, where she was the managing editor. Her short fiction has appeared in the North Atlantic Review, Sycamore Review, Sou'wester, Beacon Street Review and Electric Velocipede. She received special mention in the 2001 Pushcart Prize anthology.

JAN STECKEL is an Oakland, CA writer and former pediatrician. Her writing has appeared in LitPot, Problem Child, the Harper SF anthology WomanPrayers and elsewhere. She is working on a story cycle set in the Dominican Republic, where she was a Peace Corps volunteer. Read more of her work at www.jansteckel.com.

STEVEN J. STEWART works as a writing specialist in the English Department at the University of Nevada, Reno and also serves as the book review editor of the e-journal, sidereality. His translations have appeared in such publications as Crazyhorse, Atlanta Review and Poetry Daily. His book of translations of the selected poems of Spanish poet Rafael Pérez Estrada, Devoured by the Moon, were published by Hanging Loose Press in 2004. A book of selected poems by Carlos Edmundo de Ory will appear in late 2005. He is currently translating work by the Spanish poet Angel Crespo.

VIRGIL SUÁREZ is a prolific and internationally published Cuban-born writer now living in Florida. His work spans many forms, including novels, memoirs, translations, story and poetry collections, essays, short stories, poems and film scripts. He is the recipient of an NEA grant in poetry and a Florida Individual Artist fellowship. He has edited numerous anthologies of poetry and fiction and works as professor of creative writing at The Florida State University.

ISAAC SWEENEY is currently at work on his MA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing at James Madison University.

BRUCE TAYLOR's book, Kafka's Uncle and Other Strange Tales was published in 2005 by Afterbirth Books with an introduction by Brian Herbert. He is also author of a collection of stories, The Final Trick of Funnyman and Other Stories. Afterbirth Books also recently released The Bizarro Starter Kit with four of Bruce's stories. Bruce will soon have an on-line novel being released at the WorldCon Science Fiction Convention, Edward: Dancing on the Edge of Infinity. Taylor is co-editor of a new anthology, The Univese Next Door: The Intersection of Science Fiction, Surrealism and Magic Realism with Elton Elliot. He has served as a consulting editor for Margin since 2003.

DAVID THORNBRUGH writes: "I have been writing poems again for the past five years after a drought of about ten years. I published in numerous small press mags back in the seventies, probably Mississippi Mud is the only one that's still around, then went to Japan for seven years and let prose take over my synapses. Now I live in Seattle and work as a tech writer for a software company. I have been writing poetry regularly again and performing at local open mics. I have had work published in Calliope, Open Bone, Real Change and Snow Monkey, among others."

THUMPER is the prolific book reviewer for the African American Literature Book Club website, considered "the most popular website dedicated to books by or about African Americans."

CARINE TOPAL writes and teaches in Los Angeles, California. She was a resident poet for the City of Manhattan Beach as well as artist-in residence for Manhattan Beach elementary schools. Carine participated in the grassroots organization California Poets in the Schools. Since 1982, she has anthologized the poetry of special needs children. Her work has appeared in Scrivener Creative Review, Water-Stone, Caliban, Pacific Review, Oberon, The Best of the Prose Poem, and many other journals. She is the recipient of many poetry awards.

GIRIJA TROPP lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her work has been published in Boston Review, Visible Ink and Zoetrope: All-Story (Extra).

MARK TURSI received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Colorado State University and then taught literature and writing in China at the International College of Beijing. He is currently living in Denver, Colorado and working on his Ph.D. in Creative Writing at the University of Denver.

WAYNE UDE has published four books of fiction: Buffalo and other stories; Becoming Coyote, a novel; Three Coyote Tales, a limited fine-press edition; and Maybe I Will Do Something: Seven Tales of Coyote, for ages 10 and up. His short stories have appeared in many places, including North American Review and Ploughshares.

KATIA ULYSSE is a Haitian-born writer now living in Maryland. Her short stories, poetry and personal essays have appeared in several literary journals, including The Caribbean Writer, Peregrine, MaComère, Phoebe, Calabash, Poui and Wadabagei, and her work has been anthologized in The Butterfly’s Way (Soho Press: 2000), edited by Edwidge Danticat.

GLORIA VANDO’s most recent book of poems, Shadows and Supposes (2002, Arte Público Press), won the 2003 Latino Poetry Book Award from the Latino Literary Hall of Fame and the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award. It was also a finalist for the 2003 Binghamton University Book Awards. Her first book of poems, Promesas: Geography of the Impossible (1993, Arte Público Press) was a Walt Whitman finalist and won the Thorpe Menn Book Award. Other awards include a River Styx International Poetry Prize; two Billee Murray Denny Poetry Prizes; a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant; a Kansas Arts Commission Poetry Fellowship; the Governor’s Arts Award (Kansas); and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines Editors Grant. Her work has appeared in many magazines, texts and anthologies (including Poetry on Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work 1888-2006 [Shout Factory]) and has been adapted for the stage and presented in productions off-Broadway and at Lincoln Center. She is coeditor of Chance of a Ghost: An Anthology of Contemporary Ghost Poems and Spud Songs: An Anthology of Potato Poems to Benefit Hunger Relief, and serves as editor of The Helicon Nine Reader. Vando is publisher/editor of Helicon Nine Editions, an independent non-profit small press. She and her husband, Bill Hickok, cofounded The Writers Place, a literary center in Kansas City. A Puerto Rican born in New York City, Vando divides her time between Kansas City and Los Angeles.

DENNIS VANNATTA teaches English at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has published stories in many magazines and anthologies, including The Quarterly, Antioch Review, and the Pushcart Prize anthology (XV). Two of his collections have been published by White Pine press: This Time, This Place in 1991 and Prayers For The Dead in 1994.

KATHERINE VAZ -- Please click here for an extensive review of Vaz and her work.

CONSTANCE VOGEL is a graduate from Marquette and Northeastern Illinois Universities. She has published over 150 poems in such journals as Spoon River Poetry Review, River Oak Review, Rhino, Whetstone, The MacGuffin, Thema, Blue Mesa Review, Willow Review, Karamu, Oyez Review, The New York Times and Poetry.com. Her work has been anthologized in Prairie Hearts and Jane's Stories. She has also earned numerous other literary accolades, including a nomination by Skylark for the Pushcart Prize.

MELODY WARNICK lives in St. George, UT with her husband Quinn and their daughter Ella. She has been published in a handful of small journals, including Irreantum, Philosophical Mother and Inscape.

ROSANNA WARREN teaches Comparative Literature at Boston University. Her most recent book of poems is Departure [2003, Norton]. Anne Verveine is the name of a fictitious poet Warren created for the anthology, The Imaginary Poets [2005, Tupelo Press].

TIM WEED's work has appeared in Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Rivendell, Borealis, Vermont Literary Review and other literary journals and magazines. He holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and is currently working on a novel. He spent the summer of 2004 in Cuba directing a five-week creating writing program.

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, J. MARCUS WEEKLEYcurrently lives and works in Lubbock, Texas. He is a photographer and a poetry editor for Iron Horse Literary Review. His writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Iowa Review, Modern Haiku and Quick Fiction, among other places.

JANET A. WELLS is a freelance writer based in Berkeley, California. Her nonfiction credits include the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Chronicle and Audubon. She is currently enrolled in the MFA creative writing program at San Francisco State University.

JOEL WHITNEY is a Brooklyn-based writer whose work has appeared in Guernica, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Paris Review, The Nation, Agni and Críticas. In 2003, he was awarded The Discovery Prize by The Nation and the 92nd Street Y for his poetry. He teaches at Fordham University in Manhattan.

IAN WILD lives in Enniskean, West Cork, with his wife and two children. He has been writer-in-residence in Tig Filí (Poets' House). His story, "The Woman Who Swallowed The Book of Kells, won Ireland's Fish Short Story prize in 1999. His short story collection, and The Woman Who Swallowed The Book of Kells and Other Stories, was published in 2000. He is currently writing a novel. Copies of the short story collection can be obtained by Fish Publishing, Durrus, Bantry, West Cork, Ireland.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and National Book Award winner CK WILLIAMS is the author of numerous books of poetry. Among his many awards and honors are an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award, the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, and a Pushcart Prize. Williams teaches in the creative writing program at Princeton University and lives part of each year in Paris.

CHRISTOPHER WOODS' most recent books are Heart Speak: Stage monologues for actors and actresses and Heart Speak: Prose poems and brief fiction.

FRANZ WRIGHT -- Please click here for an extensive review of Wright and his work.

CAROL ZAPATA-WHELAN has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA, and teaches Spanish American literature at California State University, Fresno. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times News Syndicate, and El Andar, and she has published scholarly work on Walt Whitman and Isabel Allende. She has forthcoming fiction in The Raven Chronicles and a Red Hen Press book anthology, and is working on a screenplay about Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP), a rare genetic disorder that affects one of her children.

JANE ZIMMERMANN holds an MA in Therapeutic Writing from Leslie University. She teaches The Artist's Way and other writing workshops throughout the New England region. She lives in a cottage at the edge of Buzzards Bay with her husband of thirty years.

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