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Rami Saari: Saari was born in Petah Tikva in and studied at the universities of Helsinki, Budapest and Jerusalem, where he received his PhD degree in Semitic languages. Since 1988, Saari has published five books of poetry: “In A Remote Village” is from The Book of Life (2001). He has translated more than twenty books into Hebrew, both prose and poetry, mainly from Albanian, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian and Spanish. Saari won the Israel Prime Minister's prize for his poetry in 1996 and the Olschwung Foundation Award in 1998. His work has appeared in English in Modern Poetry in Translation (London), Poetry International (San Diego), View from the Loft (Minneapolis), Ariel (Jerusalem) and on The Drunken Boat web site. Saari is editor of the Israeli pages of the New Rotterdam Poetry International web site: ( ). Winter 2003, Featured

Natasha Sajé: Sajé, whose honors include the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize and the Robert Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America, is the author of two books of poems, Bend (Tupelo, 2004) and Red Under the Skin (Pittsburgh, 1994), and many essays. Her poetry has appeared in such journals as The Gettysburg Review, The Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, and New Republic. She teaches at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, and in the Vermont College M.F.A. in Writing Program. Winter 2004, Featured / Blue Fifth Reader

Aleah Sato: Sato is a freelance writer and co-owner of Ricksticks Inc, a visual communications firm in Toronto. She is the author of three collections: Badlands, Extinct, and No Peaceful Sleep. Her work has appeared in Nthposition, Women Writers, Wicked Alice, and Eclectica. She can be reached at Fall 2006, I

Aimea Saul: Of her own work, Saul writes, “The ideas to create the imagery come to me in pieces. Most times, I do not have a preconceived idea of what I want to create. When the mood strikes, I sit down in front of the computer to look at numerous thumbnails of my stock photography, elements, etc. and allow my mind to pick out images to be put together with other images that catch my eye. The necessary color and filters are then applied. I end up with an image that comes from the depths of my subconscious. Often, the finished image will reveal to me something that I did not realize I was thinking or feeling. It is a wonderful, insightful process to create snapshots of the soul.” Her influences are James Abbe, Maxfield Parrish, Icart, Mapplethorpe, Klimt, H.R. Giger, and Salvador Dali. More of her work may be viewed at Spring Supplement 2004, Featured / Summer 2004, Cover / Blue Fifth Reader / The Broadside Series, Contents

Tim Scannell: Scannell lives hard against the boundary of Olympic National Park, WA. His credits include 1,000 poems and over 300 poetry book reviews and articles. He writes for Chiron Review, Small Press Review, Frank Review, and online at nycBigCityLit. Summer 2002, II, Credo

Gerald Schwartz: Schwartz writes that he “has lived all over Upstate New York, including Albany (where he frequented many houses of libation.” Presently, he lives and writes from West Irondequoit, New York. Summer 2002, I

Nic Sebastian: Sebastian hails from Arlington, Virginia and travels widely. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Shit Creek Review, Loch Raven Review, Words on the Web, Lily, The Adroitly Placed Word and River Walk Journal. She sometimes blogs at Very Like a Whale. Winter 2008, II

Fariel Shafee: Shafee is a PhD candidate at the physics department of Princeton University. She writes, “I was born in a family of mixed cultural heritage. Also, spending my childhood at places as diverse as South Asia and Europe, I was able to appreciate how people with differences in their opinions and ideologies can create uniquely beautiful cultures, yet remain tied with the basic values of humanity. In my paintings too I try to portray the vivid colors of the several lively cultures I had been so fortunate to live in.” Her website is Winter 2004, Featured / Spring Supplement 2004, Featured

Sharon Shahan: Shahan has had poetry published throughout the internet and in print. Most recently her work has appeared in Filling Station and online at Pedestal Magazine. She is the editor for the online journal, Samsära Quarterly. A few of her favorite poets include Regie Cabico, Brooks Haxton, May Swenson and Campbell McGrath. Supplement 2002, Cover, III / Summer 2002, III

Daniel M. Shapiro: Shapiro has edited a lingerie catalog, broken his collarbone by jumping from a moving vehicle, and been called “gorgeous” by Burt Reynolds. He has been collaborating with Jessy Randall since sixth grade. Spring 2009

Cathryn Shea: Shea’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in MARGIE, Gargoyle, The Ghazal Page, Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, Soundings East, Poet Lore, and Poem, among others. In 2004 she received the Marjorie J. Wilson Award for Poetry judged by Charles Simic. She is editor for Marin Poetry Center Anthology and currently works as a writer at Oracle. Fall 2008, III / Winter 2010, III

Tom Sheehan: Sheehan's fourth poetry book, This Rare Earth & Other Flights, was issued in 2003 by Lit Pot Press, as was his third novel, Death for the Phantom Receiver, from Publish America. He has a Silver Rose Award from American Renaissance for Twenty-First Century (ART), four Pushcart nominations and has won east of the web's 2002 nonfiction competition. He has appeared in Tryst, Eclectica, Literary Potpourri, Paumanok Review, Eleven Bulls, Small Spiral Notebook, storySouth, Megaera, Nuvein, Fiction Warehouse, Three Candles, and C/Oasis. His e-mail address is Winter 2004, Featured

Carolee Sherwood: Sherwood is a painter, mixed media artist and poet. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming online at Qarrtsiluni, Literary Mama, and Ouroboros, and in print at Ballard Street Poetry Journal, The Tipton Poetry Journal, and others. A member of The Poetry Collaborative, this moody mother of three young boys uses poetry as an emotional crutch. To share this coping mechanism with others, she is trained professionally as an expressive arts facilitator and helps others access the healing nature of the arts. Spring 2009

Nichole L. Shields: Author of One Less Road To Travel: A Collection of Poetry, Shields is a two-time recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award. Her works have appeared in The Iowa Review, Nexus, Rhapsody, and 360º: A Revolution of Black Poets. She is a contributing writer to two New York based magazines, Mosaic Literary Magazine and BlackLines Architectural Magazine. Shields' most recent book of poems is Cousin Rita. She died in 2009. Winter 2001, III / Summer 2001, I / Blue Fifth Reader

Evie Shockley: Shockley is the author of The Gorgon Goddess (Carolina Wren Press, 2001). Her poetry also appears in Beloit Poetry Journal, Brilliant Corners, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, HOW2, The Melic Review, nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, Poetry Daily: Poems from the World’s Most Popular Poetry Website, Role Call and numerous other journals and anthologies. Shockley is a graduate fellow of Cave Canem and was awarded a residency at Hedgebrook Retreat for Women Writers in 2003. She is Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University. Winter 2005, Featured / Summer 2005, III / Broadside #1, W06 (Audio) / Winter 2006 / Fall 2006, II

Dan Sicoli: Dan Sicoli, living in Niagara Falls, New York, is a co-editor with Slipstream Magazine and press ( Cars, broken guitar strings, and coffee beans have often made their way into his poetry. Pudding House Publications recently released his chapbook, Pagan Supper and another chapbook, the allegories, will be released in 2004. Other poems have appeared in Concrete Wolf, Whirligig, Re)verb, Barbaric Yawp, Maelstrom, and numerous litmags. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he performs his work regularly, often in collaboration with other writers. His e-mail address is Winter 2004, Featured

Eleni Sikelianos: Sikelianos received an M.F.A. in Writing & Poetics from the Naropa Institute. She is the author of Earliest Worlds (Coffee House Press, 2001), The Book of Tendons (1997), and To Speak While Dreaming (1993). The Monster Lives of Boys & Girls, her latest book, and a 2002 National Poetry Series selection, will be published by Green Integer/Sun & Moon Press by the end of the summer of 2003. She is also the author of a number of chapbooks, including From Blue Guide (1999), The Lover's Numbers, and Poetics of the X (1995). Receiving numerous honors and awards, she is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative American Writing. Sikelianos currently works as poet-in-residence for Teachers & Writers Collaborative in New York City and teaches Literature and Thinking & Writing for Bard College's Clemente Program. Winter 2002, I / Summer 2003, Featured / Blue Fifth Reader

Sam Silva: Silva has published well over 150 poems in magazines including Samisdat, The ECU Rebel, Sow’s Ear, St. Andrews Review, Dog River Review, Third Lung Review, Main St. Rag, Charlotte Poetry Review, Parnasus, Rio Del Arts, Megaera, Big Bridge, Views unplugged, Comrade Magazine He has had nine chapbooks with the following presses: Third Lung Press, M.A.F. Press, Alpha Beat Press, Trouth Creek Press. He is also the author of Eating and Drinking (Bright Spark Creative). Winter 2008, I

M. E. Silverman: Silverman’s poetry has appeared in Nexus, The Delta, The Review, The Flask Review, Orange Room Review, Blood Orange Review, Ceremony, and Midwest Poetry Review. He won first place in The Journal of College Writing. Winter 2008, III

Karen Kowalski Singer: Singer’s poetry has appeared in Slipstream, Eratica, Tiger's Eye and most recently, in Inhabiting the Body, an anthology from Woman Made Gallery and Moon Journal Press. Summer 2002, II

Askold Skalsky: Skalsky, a professor at a community college in Hagerstown, Maryland, has had work accepted in over 200 poetry magazines, most recently in freefall and Tipton Poetry Journal. In 2009 he received an award from the Maryland State Arts Council for his poetry. Spring 2009

R. A. Skeens: A retired coal miner and poet who lives in Bristol, Virginia, Skeens has been published in a number of magazines. He won a first-place award in the Virginia Highlands Festival Creative Writing contest in 1998, and recently received a second-place recognition from the Virginia Poetry Society. Summer 2001, III

Amy Small-McKinney: In 2004, Small-McKinney’s chapbook Body of Surrender was published by Finishing Line Press and was showcased, that same year, at Poet’s House in New York. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2004 and 2006. Her work has appeared in print and on-line journals, including The Cortland Review, The Pedestal Magazine, ForPoetry, Elixir Press, Mad Poets Review, Schuykill Valley Journal of the Arts, upstreet, Umbrella, Wild River Review, and wordsonwalls Literary Fresco. She was guest editor for the June 2006 issue of The Pedestal Magazine and interviewed Pulitzer Prize nominee poet, Bruce Smith, for their April 2006 issue. Small-McKinney has a Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology from Drexel University and makes her living as a group facilitator and counselor for families and children. Summer 2007, II / blue collection 1, Spring 2010

Cheryl Snell: Snell’s books include a novel, Shiva’s Arms, and four collections of poetry: Flower Half Blown, Epithalamion, Samsara, and the forthcoming Prisoner’s Dilemma. She serves as book reviews editor for Alsop Review, and manages two blogs: ( and Fall 2008, II

Maureen Solomon: A poet, photographer, graphic designer and editor, Solomon lives in the country, where she is a dedicated gardener. Her poems have been published in Peregrine, Central Florida Airboaters News, Springfield Journal. She is a member of a poetry workshop that has been meeting for six years. For the past ten years Solomon has been organizing coffee house readings in Monson, Massachusetts. Summer 2001, II

Felino Soriano: Soriano lives in California where he is employed as a behavioral assistant; he is also currently studying philosophy. Through his occupation, he is able to counsel, care for and learn from developmentally disabled adults. Classic and avant-garde jazz are muses. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in several online journals including Blaze VOX, Ygdrasil, Bergen Street Review, Houston Literary Review, Persistent Mirage. Summer 2007, I / Winter 2008, II

Julia Spantchak: Spantchak, originally from Ukraine but currently living in Boston, wrote, “Somebody gave me a camera once. So I pushed a button. People told me I was good at it. I said, ‘I’ve been practicing this button pushing on people for years.’” Winter 2002, I

Marcus Speh: Marcus Speh lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He's published flash fiction as himself and under the name Finnegan Flawnt in many places. Though German is his native tongue, he only writes fiction in English. When asked why, he quotes Nabokov: 'I think in images.' He blogs at Fall 2010, Featured

Jeanne Marie Spicuzza: Spicuzza is a poet, performance artist and actor, author of novels, children's stories, plays and screenplays, watercolor painter and illustrator, musician, composer and herbalist. She is the founder of Seasons & a Muse, Inc. Fall 2010, I

Greg Stant: Stant writes, “Creating seems to have a truth we can't explain, can't grasp, or are afraid to show. Overcoming the fear, maybe we'll create something larger. Something above ourselves. There are two kinds of artists. The first likes to create. The second has to create just to keep even. Want to. Have to. Sometimes people talk and I know less about them when they are finished speaking than when they were silent. Fear is pervasive. Fear is the mother of entropy. I start with a blank canvas of fear and try to find a way to manage. I try to tell you who I am. If I do a good job you'll know too much.” His website is Winter 2004, Featured / Spring Supplement 2004, Featured

Jordan Stempleman: Stempleman's poetry has previously appeared in magazines such as Columbia Poetry Review, Milk Magazine, MiPoesias, Moria, New American Writing, Otoliths, Private, Shampoo, Softblow, and Word For/Word. His first book, Their Fields is available through Moria e-books. Summer 2005, III / Fall 2006, II

Eve Stern: Stern was born in 1962, in Washington, DC. She graduated from Harvard 1984; was awarded Mellon Fellowship in Humanities in 1986; studied fiction writing at Boston University's Graduate Writing Program, 1988-89. Mostly a performance poet, Stern represented Boston at the 1997 National Poetry Slam, then toured the country with her work, appearing on stage, television, and radio. She is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Whenever Wonder Knocks and Passport Photos. In addition, Stern's written work has been widely published and anthologized, from Passionate Attachments: Psychoanalysts Thinking About Love, to Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry. She lives, works, and teaches, in Cambridge, MA. Supplement 2002, I / Winter 2006

Mark Stirner: Stirner is a painter, photographer, digital artist, musician, journalist and philosopher from Helsinki, Finland. His innovative art is based on, as he defines it, “Conceptual hallucinations”. More of his work may be viewed at the following site: Winter 2002, Contents, II

Lynn Strongin: An American poet living in Canada, Strongin has published eight books of poetry, and appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, most recently in the award-winning Visiting Emily: Poems Inspired by the Life & Work of Emily Dickinson. In Spring 2006 the University of Iowa Press will publish her anthology The Sorrow Psalms: A Book of Twentieth Century Elegy. Winter 2006 / Broadside #5, W08 (Audio) / Winter 2008, I

Janaka Stucky: A co-founder of the Guerilla Poets, a poetry performance group located in Boston, Massachusetts, Stucky is editor of Speak These Words: A Guerilla Poets Anthology (Writer’s Publishing Cooperative and Kersarge Mountain Press). Summer 2001, I

Virgil Suárez: Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1962, Suárez has, since 1974, lived in the United States. He is the author of four novels, The Cutter, Latin Jazz, Havana Thursdays, and Going Under, and of the collection of stories, Welcome to the Oasis. His memoirs, Spared Angola: Memories of a Cuban-American Childhood and Café Nostalgia: Writings from the Hyphen, chronicle his life of exile in both Cuba and the United States. Suárez is the author of four collections of poetry: Garabato Poems, You Come Singing, In the Republic of Longing, and Palm Crows, forthcoming in 2001 from the University of Arizona Press in its prestigious "Camino del Sol" Series. His essays, stories, poems, and translations have appeared in numerous journals such as Field, TriQuarterly, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, and The Southern Review. He is a professor of creative writing at Florida State University. Summer 2001, Featured / Blue Fifth Reader

Tim Suermondt: Suermondt’s poems have appeared in many magazines including Poetry, Southern Poetry Review, Indiana Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Barrow Street, and Poetry Northwest. The author of the chapbook The Women with Their Cellos (1998), he is a “headhunter of stockbrokers” and lives Jamaica, Queens. Winter 2002, IV / Summer 2002, III

David Hunter Sutherland: Sutherland’s work has appeared in The Hollins Critic, Anthem, The Great Midwest Quarterly, CrossConnects, and others. A winner of numerous awards and citations, among them the Rhysling Award and the Small Press Writers Award, he is the author of Steel Umbrellas and Between Absolutes. Winter 2002, III / Supplement 2002, II

r. l. swihart: Teaching math to inner-city Los Angelinos to support his artistic habits, Swihart has work placed in numerous journals such as Electric Acorn, Niederngasse, Adirondack Review, In Posse, The Melic Review, Samsära Quarterly, The Drunken Boat, and Conspire. Winter 2002, I / Supplement 2002, III / Summer 2002, I / Summer 2003, II / Summer 2005, I / Winter 2008, I

Elizabeth Kate Switaj: Switaj is the author of Magdalene & the Mermaids (Paper Kite Press), Shanghai (Gold Wake Press), and The Broken Sanctuary: Nature Poems (Ypolita Press). She edits Crossing Rivers Into Twilight and Gender Across Borders. She has reviewed poetry for Galatea Resurrects, Experimental Fiction & Poetry, and Mad Hatter's Review. For more information visit Fall 2009, II

Eileen Tabios: Tabios has written, edited or co-edited fourteen books of poetry, fiction and essays since 1996 when she traded in a finance career for poetry. She also has released three e-poetry collections, two through xPress(ed) ( and one through Tamafhyr Mountain Poetry ( She released a new collection, I Take Thee English For My Beloved (Marsh Hawk Press, 2005) and Footnotes to Algebra: Uncollected Poems 1995-2009 (BlazeVOX Books, 2009). Recipient of the Philippines' National Book Award for Poetry, she is the author of the infamous poetics blog, The Chatelaine's Poetics at She also founded Meritage Press (, a multidisciplinary literary and arts press. Spring Supplement 2004, Featured / Summer 2004, IV / Blue Fifth Reader / Summer 2005, I / Spring 2009

Barbara Taylor: Taylor’s poems have appeared on Poemeleon, Kaleidowhirl, Stylus, New Verse News, Triplopia, Umbrella, Lynx, Simply Haiku, Salt River Review, Loch Raven Review, 3 Lights Gallery, Contemporary Haibun On Line and others, including Modern English Tanka anthologies, Landfall and Atlas Poetica. She lives on a mountain top in Rainbow Country, Northern NSW, Australia. Her diverse poems with audio are at Fall 2006, I / Winter 2008, IV / Spring 2009

M.J. Tenerelli: Tenerelli is a poet, freelance writer and mother of two small children. Her work has a appeared in a number of journals, both online and off. They include Zuzu's Petals, Long Island Quarterly, The American Muse,, Feminista!, Facets, Big City Lit, The Poetry Superhighway, and She has appeared as a feature poet in number of New York area venues, including The Bowery Poetry Club, the Cornelia Street Cafe, and ABC No Rio. Summer 2004, III

Susan Tepper: Tepper is a poet and fiction writer. Over 100 of her poems have been published worldwide in journals that include Salt Hill, Ibbetson Street Press, Poetry Salzburg, Orbis, Revival, The Stony Thursday Book, The Cortland Review, New Millennium Writings and elsewhere. Blue Edge her chapbook was published by Cervena Barva Press, 2006. A full length book of poems is slated for publication by that same press later this year. Fall 2010, III

Susan Terris: Terris’ books include CONTRARIWISE, NATURAL DEFENSES, and FIRE IS FAVORABLE TO THE DREAMER. Her work has appeared in many journals, including The Southern Review, The Journal, and Ploughshares. A poem of hers appeared in Pushcart Prize XXXI. She is the editor of Spillway Magazine. She is also poetry editor of In Posse Review and of Pedestal. Her new book THE HOMELESSNESS OF SELF will be published in 2011. Winter 2003, Featured / Blue Fifth Reader / Summer 2005, I / Winter 2007 / Broadside #9, W08 / Winter 2008, I / Fall 2008, III / blue collection 1, Spring 2010

Gerhardt Thompson: Thompson is an artist who lives in Sydney, Australia. He has published two books Gerhardt - The Book and The Sun Drenched Nude. Thompson’s website is Spring Supplement 2006 / Fall 2006, II, IV/ Winter 2007, Cover / blue collection 1, Spring 2010

Steve Timm: Timm is the author of an e-book, Disparity (Blazevox 2006) and two chapbooks, Stragetics (Bronze Skull 2006) and Averrage (Answer Tag 2004). He teaches English as a second language at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Spring Supplement 2006 / Fall 2006, IV

Micah Towery: Towery writes, “I live a hodgepodge existence, working as a church organist, Coca-Cola delivery man, and sometimes bus driver in the perpetually rainy city of Binghamton, New York.” His poetry has appeared in Gulf Stream, Paterson Literary Review, and Big Hammer, as well as a smattering of local journals and chapbook series. He founded The Cartographer Electric! Summer 2007, I

Cheryl A. Townsend: The decade-plus editor of Impetus and head honcho of Implosion Press and Women's Art Recognition Movement, Townsend opened her own bookstore, Cat's Impetuous Books & Stuff, in Kent, Ohio. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, but she "shies away from the bravado of bios". Summer 2001, IV / Winter 2002, III

Sam Vargo: Vargo has an MA in English from Youngstown State University, and has worked as a newspaper reporter. He was fiction editor of Pig Iron Press, Youngstown, Ohio, for 12 years. His poetry and fiction have appeared in Ascent, The Circle, Clark Street Review, Connecticut Review, The Cynic, Dandelion, Edifice Wrecked, Electric Acorn, Licking River Review, Lynx Eye, The Nocturnal Lyric, Red Dancefloor, Reed, Small Press Review, and Verve. Winter 2008, I

Deborah Vatcher: Vatcher is a graduate of Binghamton University where she majored in Biology and music. She played oboe professionally for a number of years, and attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts. She had a busy internal medicine practice for nearly twenty years, until sidelined by lupus. Her poems have appeared in several journals including Fetishes, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, The Rio Grande Review, and upcoming issues of The Gentle Strength Quarterly. Vatcher currently lives in southeastern Massachusetts with her family. Fall 2008, III

Angelo Verga: Verga hosts the Cornelia Street Cafe Reading Series in Greenwich Village, New York City. He is the author of The Six O'Clock News (Wind Publications) and, most recently, A Hurricane Is (Jane Street Press). His poetry has also been featured on Poetry Daily. Verga writes, "I live and also teach poetry near "Ground Zero" and would gladly answer email sent to" Winter 2002, III / Winter 2004, Featured / Blue Fifth Reader

Jessicca Vidrine: Vidrine’s work has appeared in the Southwestern Review, Girls with Insurance, Yemassee, Perigree, storySouth, and is forthcoming in The Porch and The Litchfield Review. She also has a chapbook, What Gets Left Behind (2002). She is working on her master's degree at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Vidrine is also the founding editor for Southern Hum and Southern Hum Press. Fall 2006, IV

Andrew Baruch Wachtel: Wachtel is the Herman and Beulah Pearce Miller Research Professor, and is the Chair for the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Northwestern. He also directs the Program in Comparative Literary Studies and the Consortium for Southeast European Studies at N.U. Winter 2003, Featured

Ann Walters: Walters lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her poetry has appeared in various publications, including Carousel, The Aurorean, Folio, Poet Lore, and Poetry International, as well as the recently released anthologies, Eating Her Wedding Dress and In the Telling. Fall 2010, II

Yun Wang: Yun Wang’s first poetry book, titled The Book of Jade, won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize from Story Line Press and was published in 2002. Her poetry chapbook, The Carp, was published by Bull Thistle Press in 1994. She has published poems in numerous literary journals, including Kenyon Review, Green Mountains Review, International Quarterly, Poet Lore, and many others. Fall 2008, I / Broadside #12, F08

Ioanna Warwick: Born in Poland, Warwick came to the U.S. when she was seventeen. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Best American Poetry 1992, The Iowa Review, New Letters (1989 New Letters Poetry Award), Madison Review (Felix Pollak Poetry Prize, 1994), Nimrod, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Texas Review, The MacGuffin, Southern Poetry Review, and many other magazines. Her translations from Polish poetry have appeared in American Poetry Review, kayak, Seneca Review, Wisconsin Review, Jacaranda Review. Living in San Diego, California, she works as a freelance medical writer and occasional part-time instructor. Winter 2004, Featured / Blue Fifth Reader

Hiroshi Watanabe: Watanabe was born in Sapporo, Japan. After graduating from Department of Photography, College of Art, at Nihon University in 1975, he moved to Los Angeles, California, and became involved in the production of Japanese TV commercials, eventually working as a producer. He later established his own production company and produced more than 300 commercials for Japan. He received an MBA degree from UCLA Business School in 1993. In 1995 his passion for photography rekindled, and since then he has traveled worldwide, extensively photographing what he finds intriguing at that moment and place. In 2000 he closed the production company in order to devote himself entirely to the art and became a full time photographer. His work has been published in Japan, England, South America, and USA, and he has exhibited in many galleries across the United States. He has also received awards from Advertising Photographers Association in Japan, Los Angeles Times, Western Art Directors Club, London Photographic Awards, Advertising Photographers of America, Photo Review, and Center for Photographic Art. His prints are collected by Philadelphia Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and George Eastman House. Winter 2004, Featured / Spring Supplement 2006

William John Watkins: Watkins is a member of the founding faculty at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey, where he teaches American Literature and Introduction to Literature. More than 400 of his poems have been published, among others, Rhino, South Carolina Review, Hellas, Formalist, and Commonweal. His sonnet "Wife of My Youth, Look Back, Look Back" won the 1994 Hellas Award. His short story "Beggar in the Living Room" was a Nebula Award finalist in 1993. His educational software, The Jaws of Poetry, won the IBM Competition for Excellence. His hobby is racing motorcycles off road with his son, Chad. Winter 2002, II

Greg Weiss: Weiss’ work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Now Culture, The Columbia Review, The South Carolina Review, The Oklahoma Review, The Margie Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology: Mississippi, and others. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Mississippi. Winter 2010, II

Ann White: Ann began writing poetry in 2003, after a career as a journalist and magazine editor. She received a Pushcart Prize nomination from the editors of Triplopia, and her poetry has appeared at online and print journals including HLFQ, The Pulse, Barbaric Yawp, Lily, Lotus Blooms and Pebbles. She has a day job at a community college in Jacksonville, Florida, and writes an online column for the local paper. Summer 2004, I

Kelley Jean White: Born and raised in New Hampshire, White has degrees from Dartmouth College and Harvard Medical School, and has been a pediatrician in inner-city Philadelphia for the past twenty years. After a major change in her life, White only since 1999 began sending out her work for publication, and, to date, has had over 450 poems to be accepted or published by more than 100 journals including American Writing, The Café Review, Feminist Studies, The Chiron Review, Minnesota Review, and Rattle. A book of her "medical" poems, The Patient Presents was published this spring (2001) by The People’s Press and a chapbook of very different material, "I am going to walk toward the sanctuary," was published by Nepenthe Books/Via Dolorosa Press (2001). Winter 2002, IV / Summer 2003, III / Summer 2005, V / Fall 2006, I

Gary J. Whitehead: Author of two chapbooks of poems, Walking Back to Providence (Sow's Ear Press, 1997) and A Cool, Dry Place(White Eagle Coffee Store Press, 2000), Whitehead’s first full-length collection is forthcoming from Salmon. Individual poems appear recently in Crab Orchard Review, Kestrel, The Midwest Quarterly, Beloit Poetry Journal, and online at The Drunken Boat ( A former Pearl Hogrefe Fellow at Iowa State University, Whitehead is a recent recipient of an NEH Institute Fellowship and an Individual Artist's Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He teaches English and Creative Writing at Tenafly High School in New Jersey and resides in Warwick, New York, where he runs Defined Providence Press. Winter 2001, IV / Summer 2001, II / Supplement 2002, Featured

Anne Whitehouse: Whitehouse graduated from Harvard College and Columbia University. She has been awarded the Mademoiselle Poetry Prize, the Joan Grey Untermeyer Poetry Prize at Radcliffe College, and the Hackney Literary Awards in Poetry and Fiction. Whitehouse writes poetry, fiction, essays, feature articles, and book reviews. Poems recently appeared in Earth’s Daughters, Soul Fountain, Amarillo Bay, Brink Magazine, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Gander Press Review, The Golden Lantern, letteR, and Sixers Review. Winter 2010, I

Jill Crammond Wickham: Wickham is a poet, artist and teacher funding her writing passion by running a children’s art studio and gallery. A member of The Poetry Collaborative, her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Boxcar Poetry Review, Ouroboros, Thema, Blueline, and others. Without collaborative poetry, she would be just another lonely poet, writing in her pajamas. Spring 2009 / Broadside #14, Su09

Lori Williams: A born and bred New Yorker, Williams works as a legal assistant by day and chases her muse by night. She has been writing since her early teens, is the mother of one teen-aged boy and one loveable feline, and thinks poetry has saved her thousands of dollars in therapy fees through the years. Her work has been published online in The Melic Review, Neiderngasse, and Dakota House Journal, among others, and in print in an eclectic mix of literary paper goods, including journals, newsletters and home-made birthday cards. She is working on her first chapbook, tentatively titled Woman on the Brink. Summer 2002, III

Ernest Williamson III: Ernest Williamson III, a self-taught painter and pianist, has published poetry and visual art in over ninety online and print journals. He holds the B.A. and the M.A. in English/Creative Writing from the University of Memphis. Currently, Ernest is a doctoral student at Seton Hall University in the field of Higher Education and he is a member of The International High IQ Society based in New York City. Fall 2006, Cover, Contents, III

Martin Willitts, Jr.: Willitts has been in five poetry anthologies and has several books including Falling In and Out of Love (Pudding House Publications, 2005), an online chapbook Farewell---the journey now begins ( 2006), and a full length book of poetry The Secret Language of the Universe (March Street Press, 2007). Summer 2007, IV / Winter 2008, IV / Spring 2009 / Winter 2010, I

David Wolach: Wolach is professor of text arts, poetics, and new media at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and visiting professor in Bard College's Workshop In Language & Thinking. Author of a few small books of poetry and essay, Wolach's most recent are Prefab Eulogies Vol. 1: Nothings Houses (BlazeVOX Books, forth. 2009-10), Occultations (Black Radish Books, forth. 2010), Hospitalogy (Scantily Clad Press, forth. 2009-10), Acts of Art/Works of Violence:Ten Essays (SSLA/U. of Sydney, forth. 2010), and book alter (ed) (Ungovernable Press, 2009). Wolach's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming from various journals, most recently, No Tell Motel, 5_Trope, Dusie, Ekleksographia: An Imprint of Ahadada Books (Amy King Ed.), XPoetics, Fact-Simile, Bird Dog, CRIT, Little Red Leaves, and BlazeVOX. Often collaborative and employing multiple media, Wolach's work has been performed at venues such as Buffalo Poetics, The Stain of Poetry, PRESS Literary Conference, and The American Cybernetics Conference 2009. Wolach is also editor of the left arts & politics journal and press, Wheelhouse. Fall 2010, I

Kenneth Wolman: Wolman writes that he “grew up in New York, currently lives at the Jersey Shore, and has had work published in (among other places) Defined Providence, The Paterson Literary Review, Journal of New Jersey Poets, The Asheville Poetry Review, Disquieting Muses, and The Lowell Review.” He was a 1995-96 Fellow in Poetry of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Summer 2002, III

Pui Ying Wong: Wong, born and raised in Hong Kong, writes in both Chinese and English. Her poems have appeared or upcoming in the Asian Pacific American Journal, China Press, DMQ Review, New World Poetry, New York Quarterly, and Poetz. Her chapbook Memento has been published by the Finishing Line Press in 2007. Wong, by day a social worker in a healthcare facility, lives in Brooklyn, New York. Summer 2007, IV

Robert E. Wood: Wood teaches in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at Georgia Tech. He is the author of Some Necessary Questions of the Play, a study of Hamlet. His poetry has appeared recently in Quiddity, Quercus Review, Blue Fifth Review, Ouroboros and Umbrella, and is to appear in War, Literature, and the Arts, Jabberwock Review, Blue Unicorn, Prairie Schooner, and Minnetonka Review. A chapbook, Gorizia Notebook, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Fall 2008, III / Broadside #15, Su09

Diana Woodcock: Woodcock’s chapbook, Mandala, is forthcoming in 2009 from Foothills Publishing as part of their Poets on Peace series. Travels of a Gwai Lo, also a chapbook, will be published in 2009 by Toadlily Press as the fifth in their Quartet Chapbook series. In 2008 she received first and second prizes from Artists Embassy International (Dancing Poetry Festival), an International Publication Prize from Atlanta Review, and Flyway’s ‘Notes from the Field’ Award (Finalist). In 2007 she won the Creekwalker Poetry Prize. She’s been awarded residencies at MICA/Rochefort-en-Terre, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Everglades National Park. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets 2008, Nimrod, Atlanta Review, Crab Orchard Review, Portland Review, and other journals and anthologies. Fall 2006, II / Spring 2009

Thomas Wooten: Wooten’s fiction and poetry have appeared in various journals, including The Georgia Review, The Quarterly, Snow Monkey, Birmingham Poetry Review, Rattle, elimae, Poem, and Apalachee Review. Currently he contributes to The Ravenna Hotel: a Virtual Entertainment ( He lives in the American South. His email address is Winter 2004, Featured

Kirby Wright: Wright was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu and the University of California at San Diego. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where he studied under the tutelage of Frances Mayes. Kirby has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and is a past recipient of the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Browning Society Award for Dramatic Monologue, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and The Novel. Before the City, Kirby’s first book of poetry, took First Place at the 2004 San Diego Book Awards. Summer 2002, IV / Summer 2003, IV / Blue Fifth Reader / Summer 2005, V

Jim Yagmin: Yagmin is originally from Massachusetts. His work has previously appeared in Laurel Moon and Where the Children Play. He writes poetry, fiction and translates Ghalib’s ghazals into English. He holds a B.A. in English/American Literature, Creative Writing, and Computer Science from Brandeis University, where he was the recipient of the Andrew Grossbardt Memorial Poetry Prize. He is the Vice President and co-founder of Bookrags, Inc., an on-line research site for students which combines e-books, study guides, literary criticism and over 4 million pages of content from education databases, at He currently resides in San Francisco, California, where he is completing his first novel. Summer 2007, II

Bill Yarrow: Yarrow is the author of WRENCH (erbacce-press 2009). His poems have appeared in Central Park, Confrontation, Berkeley Poets Cooperative, Poem, The Literary Review, Mantis, The Orange Room Review, blossombones, Angelic Dynamo, ditch, The Centrifugal Eye, Rio Grande Review, Up the Staircase, New Aesthetic, DIAGRAM, Arsenic Lobster, PANK and other literary magazines. He lives in Illinois. Fall 2010, III

Ikuyo Yoshimura: Born in Kyoto, Japan in 1944, Yoshimura graduated from Doshisha University and received her M.A. from Aichigakuin University. She bagan to write poetry in her college years and studied haiku under Kaneko Tohta. An Associate Professor of English at Asahi University (Gifu), In 1987, Yoshimura founded “Evergreen,” an English-Japanese Haiku group. A contributor to Kaitei, she is a member of the Modern Haiku Association. Her publications of haiku include Small Pictures (1966), At the Riverside (1990), Linked Poems by College Students (1995), Spring Thunder (1996), Cats in Love (2000), Honeysuckle (2000), Haiku Troubadours 2000 (2000). Her books: The Life of R.H.Blyth (Dohosha 1996), Internationalization of Japanese Short Poems: Haiku, Tanka & Senryu(Chuugainippou sha 2002) and The Introduction of English Haiku (The Japan Times 2002). She has published numerous articles on haiku in English. The recipient of several haiku awards, including the Aichi Prefecture Prize, the Special Merit Book Award given by Australia Day Council, and the Haiku Four Seasons Award given by Newsweek, Yoshimura lives in Gifu City with her family. Winter 2003, Featured

Changming Yuan: Changming Yuan grew up in rural China, authored three books before immigrating to Canada, and currently teaches writing in Vancouver. Yuan's poetry appears in Canadian Literature, Drunken Boat, Exquisite Corpse, Istanbul Literary Review, London Magazine, Poetry Salzburg Review, Quarterly Literary Review of Singapore, Southern Ocean Review, Taj Mahal Review and more than 100 other literary journals/anthologies worldwide. Fall 2009, II

Kristin Camitta Zimet: A widely published poet, Zimet has received awards from the Pen & Brush Club of New York, Now & Then magazine, and the Poetry Society of America. Sow’s Ear Press published Take in My Arms the Dark, her first full-length collection of poems. During a decade in Northeast Tennessee, she was one of the founders of the Appalachian Center for Poets and Writers and of the Coalition for Jobs and the Environment. Now living in the Shenandoah Valley, Zimet works as a nature interpreter in the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia. Winter 2001, III

Thomas Zimmerman: Zimmerman teaches English, directs the Writing Center, and edits two literary magazines at Washtenaw Community College, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His poems have appeared recently in Goblin Market and Yellow Mama. Three of his chapbooks are available at Winter 2010, I

Arianne Zwartjes: A wilderness educator and writer who has hung her hat in many parts of this country as well as in Asia, the Middle East, and Central America, Zwartjes is currently based in Tucson, Arizona. She has had poems published in Catch Our Breath: Writing From the Heart of AIDS (Ed. Joan Logghe, Mariposa Publishing, 1996), and in the journals Fireweed and the US Latino Review. She has a B.A. in Cross-Cultural Education/Social Change from Long Island University, Friends World Program. Summer 2003, I

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