Joby Bass: Armadillo Hunting with an Old Man
Joby Bass grew up in a small town in north Louisiana. He is currently a professor of geography at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Lisa Beatman: Fix-it Man
Lisa Beatman's work has appeared in Lonely Planet, Lilith Magazine, and the Hawaii Pacific Review, among other publications. Her book Ladies' Night at the Blue Hill Spa was published by Bear House Publishing.
Edward M. Belfar: Leaving the Chesapeake
Edward M. Belfar's works have appeared or are forthcoming in The Awakenings Review, The Baltimore Review, Dodobobo, Pennsylvania English, Potpourri, Soundings, Steam Ticket, and The Story Exchange. He lives in Maryland, where he works as an editor and teaches at Prince George's Community College.
Sara Berkeley: Banana Slug; Nereid
Sara Berkeley was born in Dublin and has lived in London and the San Francisco Bay Area since 1989. She has published three slim volumes of poetry, a collection of short stories, and Shadowing Hannah (New Island/Dufour), described by The New York Times as a "disturbing yet vibrant first novel." A fourth volume of poetry and second novel are brewing intensely.
Caroline Berry: Turning Twelve
Caroline Berry studied art and photography at UCLA in the early sixties. She has a BA in visual communications from San Francisco State University where she studied photojournalism. She survives by working part time as a dental hygienist and spends her summers in Marin County and winters in Mexico, where she paints and photographs the Mexican world.
Colin Berry: Family Car; Shattered
Colin Berry is a fiction writer who lives in Northern California. He is a regular contributor to NPR's "All Things Considered," Print, Wired, and other publications. He received an MA in creative writing from San Francisco State University, and is currently researching a title for Chronicle Books.
Dana Berry: Proper Etiquette; The Smell of Cut Grass
Dana Berry splits his time between San Francisco and Sacramento, California. He is currently attempting to broaden the scope of the word "aspiring" to include hints of humility, desperation, and slothfulness.
Joan Bieder: Einstein in Singapore
Joan Bieder is a senior lecturer at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley. She worked as a producer for ABC Network News for many years and taught journalism at Columbia University for a decade before coming to Berkeley. She frequently spends the summer in Singapore, doing research on freedom of the press, consulting with television news corporations there, and researching her project, "The Significance and the Disappearance of the Jews of Singapore."
Wendy A. Bilen: A Paige from History
Freelance writer Wendy Bilen has studied creative nonfiction at Northwestern University and will begin an M.F.A. program at George Mason University this fall. She lives in Evanston, Illinois.
Harrod Blank: Drive-By Shootings; The Man Behind the Machine
Filmmaker and photographer Harrod Blank's automotive artistry was inspired by his 1965 VW Beetle which became his first art car, Oh My God!. His documentary films include 1992's Wild Wheels and Driving the Dream (1997). The sequel to Wild Wheels is scheduled for release in 2002, and Harrod's photography can be found in the companion book of the same name (Blank Books, 2001). Harrod co-produces the annual ArtCar Fest in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to his art car projects, Harrod is working on Burning Man: The Movie.
Julia Bloch: Leisure
Julia Bloch grew up in Northern California and Sydney, Australia. Her work has appeared in Mirage/Period(ical), How2, 26: A Journal of Poetry and Poetics, Lodestar Quarterly, Small Town, Stolen Island Review, Laundry Pen, Involuntary Vision: After Akira Kurosawa's Dreams, and elsewhere. She has a chapbook out from Bigfan Press and she is a winner of the Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award. She lives in San Francisco.
Daria Brown: Dates—Not a Love Story
Daria Brown has been a journalist, translator, speechwriter, and an aid worker. She is mesmerized by the sound of bagpipes and still believes in love stories.
Blair Campbell: Lemons; Romancing the Dead; Solitary Thoughts on a Pajama-Party World
Blair Campbell is a senior editor at On the Page.
Laura Cary: Unfinished Business cover design
Laura Cary is a designer in Portland, Oregon, and a contributing designer to On the Page.
John Carnahan: The Same Gestures at Different Speeds: Work and Pleasure at the Movies
John Carnahan teaches film at California State University, Hayward, and therefore is paid to watch movies. As a freelance counterculture writer and editor he has also been paid to play fantasy games, describe the effects of marijuana, and read underground comix.
Mimi Chakarova: The Distance Between Us; Images of Cuba
Mimi Chakarova teaches photography in the Bay Area. Her work has been featured in exhibitions and in permanent collections.
Susan Chambers: The Skin Magician Confesses
Susan Chambers is a poet living in San Francisco. She has an MA in English and Creative Writing from UC Davis. Her work has been published in The Greensboro Review and The New York Quarterly. She was recently a finalist in Glimmer Train's Poetry Open contest.
Andrea Coombes: Sharing Talia
Andrea Coombes is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. She and her daughter, Talia, often go for a bike ride when the stack of dishes in the sink gets too high.
Lindsey Crittenden: Like This
Lindsey Crittenden writes, edits, and teaches in San Francisco. Her collection of stories, The View from Below, was published in 1999. Her stories and essays have appeared in Quarterly West, Santa Monica Review, River City, Bon Appetit, and Health, among others.
Deborah Crooks: The Fool
Deborah Crooks' fiction has appeared in Northern Lights, The Dickens, The Boulder Planet, The Colorado Daily, and Beyond Bread. She regularly writes for a variety of national and local publications including VeloNews, Women's Sports & Fitness, Film/Tape World, The Pacific Sun, AOL's Digital City San Francisco, bike.com, and Astrocenter.com.
Darcy Cummings: Return
Darcy Cummings lives in Laurel Springs, N.J. Her work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Journal of New Jersey Poets, and Timber Creek Review, among other publications. She is currently working on a series of poems about a (fictional) 19th-century woman photographer.
Lyn Dacanay: Hearty Hosting Fare; spring fling menu; valentine's day for one
Lyn Dacanay graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in English literature. She thought she would be a writer, chef, or travel editor, but ended up in high tech instead. She's currently devising plans to take over Martha Stewart's empire.
Ruth Daigon: Indecision on Aisle Seven
Ruth Daigon was founder and editor of Poets On. Her poems have been widely published in both print magazines and online, including Shenandoah, Poet & Critic, Alaska Quarterly, Crania, Cross Connect, and Zuzu's Petals. She is the recipient of numerous poetry awards and will be part of the Pudding House Publications Poetry Chapbook Series, "Ruth Daigon's Greatest Hits 1970–2000." Stained Glass Cantatas (Cedar Hill Publications), a collection of her poetry, will be published in 2002.
Todd Dayton: Dive Bars of San Francisco
Todd Dayton is the author of San Francisco’s Best Dive Bars (Gamble Guides, 2004).
Marion de Booy Wentzien: Loops
Marion de Booy Wentzien's short stories have won the P.E.N. Syndicated Fiction Award in both 1986 and 1987, and the New Letters Literary Award in 1991. Her fiction has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle and Seventeen, among others. She lives in Saratoga, California.
Ana Djordjevich: Shared Spaces cover photo
Ana Djordjevich is a photographer in San Francisco who also enjoys a career in the nonprofit community.
Dušan Djordjevich: Losing One's Cool; Never Surrender
Dušan Djordjevich's writing has appeared in Salon, The San Jose Mercury News, Two Lines, Central Europe Review, and Extra!, among other publications. He is a doctoral student in history at Stanford University.
Nada Djordjevich: Encounters with Sex, Drugs, and Activists; Girl Gets Job, Loses Boy; 'Open Letters' Opens Up; Should You Bowl Alone?; Reviews; Notes from the Publisher
Nada Djordjevich is editor-in-chief of On the Page.
Vera Djordjevich: The Good, the Bad, and the Freaks; Haunted by the Past; The Jar by the Door; Surviving the High-Speed Road to Happiness; Reviews
Vera Djordjevich is senior editor and art director at On the Page.
Vincent Eaton: How to Pant to Porn
Vincent Eaton, a novelist and an award-winning playwright, lives in Brussels, Belgium, where he earns his living as a digital storyteller. He has also acted on stage, in films, and on television, and is a voice-over professional and stand-up storyteller.
Christina Eng: Orange Was Retro
Christina Eng, a former arts and entertainment writer for The Oakland Tribune, is currently a graduate student in the literary nonfiction program at the University of Oregon.
Debbie Epstein: Science and Art in the Kitchen
Debbie Epstein is the owner of Debbie Does Dinner, a full service catering company specializing in delicious homestyle cuisine, located in San Francisco, California. Baking is in Debbie's blood; the original Betty Crocker was her ancestor. Debbie's mother reports that "cookie" was Debbie's first word.
Charles Fishman: New Car Blues; Sleeping Near Water
Charles Fishman''s books include Mortal Companions, The Firewalkers, and Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust. His book The Death Mazurka was selected by the American Library Association as one of the outstanding books of 1989 and nominated for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.
Maureen Tolman Flannery: Utopia
Maureen Tolman Flannery is editor of Knowing Stones: Poems of Exotic Places and author of Secret of the Rising Up: Poems of Mexico and Remembered into Life. Her poems have appeared in thirty-five anthologies and journals including Meridians, The Mid-America Poetry Review, Evansville Review, and Atlanta Review. She lives in Chicago with an actor and their four children.
Carolyn Foley: Talking with Pam Houston
Carolyn Foley is an editor at On the Page.
Zoë Francesca: A Conversation with Ira Glass; Dot Com Denouement; Society's Failure: A Conversation with Barbara Ehrenreich; Stoned Wheat Thins
Zoë Francesca is the poetry editor of On the Page.
Jason George: Plastic Jesus
Jason George is 33 years old and lives in Berkeley, California, with his dog, Phoenix. He still hangs out with all the guys he grew up with.
Maria Mazziotti Gillan: The Dodge Silver Hawk
Maria Mazziotti Gillan was the founder and Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and the editor of The Paterson Literary Review. She has written seven books of poetry and edited, with her daughter Jennifer Gillan, three multicultural anthologies published by Penguin Putnam. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Prairie Schooner, Poetry Ireland, The New York Times, The Connecticut Review, and Rattle.
Maggi Grace: Ironing My Hair
Maggi Grace is a writer and visual artist in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has an MFA from UNC-Greensboro and has taught creative writing for the past 12 years. Her poetry and fiction have been widely published in literary magazines and anthologies. Her paintings and mosaics are available in galleries in North Carolina and Georgia and can be viewed on her Web site.
Melissa Green: Mud Eyes, Fish Head
Melissa Green calls San Francisco home. She has a master's degree in counseling psychology and works at a residential facility for people with AIDS.
John Grey: All Hell at 55
John Grey is a poet, playwright, and musician. His latest book, What Else Is There, was published by Main Street Rag.
Rachel Haas: Hedgehog
Rachel Haas is from a small town in western Pennsylvania. She has lived in the Silicon Valley for six years and works as a technical writer. Her hobbies include cross-country skiing, road trip vacations, and taiko (Japanese drumming).
I. Halpern: Quid Pro Quo; Seder in Prison
I. Halpern lives and writes in Central Islip, New York, where he records books for the New York Braille Institute World Library for the Blind and Seeing-Impaired. He presents his own poetry and conducts workshops for Poetry in the Schools and National P.E.N. Writers in Prison. His poems have appeared in the Long Island Quarterly, the California Poetry Quarterly, and Beyond Lament, a publication of Northwestern University Press.
Mary Hamrick: New York’s Pull
Mary Hamrick’s poetry has appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat, Phoenix Press, and Red Hills Reader, among other publications.
Roger Hart: Synchronicity
Roger Hart is a student in the MFA program at Minnesota State University. His story collection Erratics recently won the George Garrett Fiction Prize and will be published this fall by Texas Review Press.
Kate Haug: The Geography of Waxing
Kate Haug was born in 1969 and hopes to stick around as long as the weather holds out. An experimental filmmaker, her short films PASS and Deep Creep have been screened at international festivals including Croatia's Split Festival of New Film, the Czech Republic's Brno Sixteen, the London Film Festival, and New Directors/New Films in New York. She has also published scholarly essays on film, art, and the representation of women.
Charles Herman: Over the Edge and back in Time for "Law and Order"
Charles Herman is a producer with ABC News. He lives in New York where he is trying, once again, to find his tap groove.
Kake Huck: A Failure of Intelligence
Kake Huck holds a PhD from the University of Utah and is currently taking part in the MFA Creative Writing Consortium, organized through the California State University, Chico. She has published in Weber Studies, Pearl, Spindrift, and Harpur Palate. She lives in Oregon.
Dory Hudspeth: Coffee First; Funeral Food
Dory L. Hudspeth is an herbalist and co-owner of a business writing firm in Kentucky. Her poetry has appeared in a number of publications including Poet Lore, Thema, Wavelength, Potpourri, and Now & Then.
Anne Jennings: East vs. West: A Search for the Perfect Chowder
Originally from Gainesville, Florida, Anne Jennings now lives and writes in San Jose, California. She is a recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize, and her work has appeared in ZYZZYVA.
Denice Aldrich Jobe: Wild Birds of the Food Court
Denice Aldrich Jobe's work has appeared in The Washington Post Magazine, ENC Focus magazine, PBS Online, and WilmingtonBlues.com. She lives in Northern Virginia.
Nina Jordan: Naked Trees; Searching for the Redemptive Moment
Nina Jordan is a writer and teacher currently replenishing her music collection.
Rikke Jorgensen: A Taste of France
Rikke Jorgensen is a San Francisco-based freelance writer. Her work has appeared in many publications including The San Francisco Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, the San Antonio Express-News, Eurowoman, and Our Animals, the San Francisco SPCA magazine. This essay was previously published on KineticTravel.net.
Jaron Kanegson: And what about people you see crying in public
Jaron Kanegson's work appears in the upcoming issue of SpoonfedAmerika, as well as in several anthologies. Jaron has taken BART, MUNI, CalTrans, and AC Transit all over the San Francisco Bay Area, and also spends time in other public places.
John Dylan Keith: No More Hot Dogs
John Dylan Keith is a writer and musician living in Brooklyn, New York. You'll find his portfolio online at www.jdkeith.com.
Emily Koehn: Something to Do with All Night Classical Bowling
Emily Koehn currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey, and teaches writing at Rutgers University. She has previously been published in Malahat Review and Seneca Review. She likes cats and bric-a-brac.
Jacob Kornbluth: The Secret
Jacob Kornbluth has written and directed two feature films, The Best Thief in the World and Haiku Tunnel.
Roberta Kwok: The Insect Parade
Roberta Kwok graduated from Stanford University with a degree in biology. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, she now lives in San Francisco and works in the biotech field.
Erik Leavitt: Fox; His name is like a ham sandwich; Macho; Sulking as a Spectator Sport
Erik Leavitt is an MFA student in Boise, Idaho. His work has appeared in AGNI and the New York Quarterly.
Jennifer Lehr: The Light Switch
Jennifer Lehr, the author of Ill-Equipped for a Life of Sex: A Memoir (ReganBooks, 2004), is working on her new book, Why Have Kids?.
John Lehr: The Scariest Place
John Lehr is a writer/comedian who has appeared on television, film, and off-Broadway and is married to a woman who wrote a book about his lack of sex drive.
Bob Levy: Benjamin, Hatless
Bob Levy's fiction has appeared in a number of publications, including Other Voices, Cottonwood, Flashpoint, and The MacGuffin. His prize-winning stories include "Three Stories" (1998 Short Fiction Award from New Millennium Writings), "Cloak and Dagger" (Kansas University's 2001 Langston Hughes Award), and "When the Dodgers Meant Brooklyn" (1998 Lone Mountain Short Fiction Award). His collection, When the Dodgers Meant Brooklyn, was a 1998 finalist in both the Mid List Press First Series Award for Short Fiction and the Ohio State Sandstone Prize.
Gayle Leyton: Brother
Gayle Leyton is a native San Franciscan. Her work has been published in Salon, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Mercury News, and The Paterson Literary Review. She has worked as a high school English teacher, a law clerk, and a jewelry designer, but prefers to sit in the fog at the beach composing haikus.
Gerren Liles: Mirror Image
Gerren Liles is a poet and author in Brooklyn, New York. His first volume of poetry, On The Road To Damascus, has developed a readership throughout the United States and Europe. He is a group leader at a children's center and Events Coordinator for Black Alchemist Press, Ink.
LindaAnn Loschiavo: A Fig Tree Grows in Brooklyn
A native New Yorker, LindaAnn Loschiavo is an award-winning journalist, reviewer, and poet. She was a featured poet in the journal Italian Americana (Winter 1997) and one of the poets featured at "First Night Out in New Jersey" in 1998. Her translations of nineteenth century Sicilian poems will appear soon in Arba Sicula along with her essay and research into the previously unpublished oral literature of the Eolian Islands.
Lorraine Mavis Lupo: Living with Strangers; Maria's New Job, Washing Cars, Tuna Helper
Lorraine Mavis Lupo lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and dog. She has received the Ardella Mills prize in fiction and has a short story forthcoming in ONTHEBUS.
Shahe Mankerian: King
Shahe Mankerian calls Pasadena home. He received his graduate degree in English from California State University, Los Angeles, and wrote a book of poetry entitled Children of Honey. Recently, his work was featured in Birthmark, an anthology of Armenian-American poets.
Angela Mankiewicz: The Touch of Her Skin
Angela Mankiewicz has published two chapbooks, Cancer Poems (UB Press) and Wired (Aquarius West Press). Her work has appeared in Lynx Eye, Lummox Journal, The Temple, The Montserrat Review, Pemmican, and Hawai'i Review.
Jono Marcus: I'll Give You Ten, Game to Eleven
Jono Marcus imports clothing from Indonesia, writes for travel publications, and volunteers as a grantwriter for Peaceful Streets. He has a math degree from Wesleyan University and a master's degree in English literature from San Francisco State University. Jono lives in Northern California and on the front range of Colorado.
Janet McCann: Lazy Sunday; The Red Ink
Janet McCann has been a professor at Texas A&M University in the Department of English since 1969 and has been published in the Kansas Quarterly, Parnassus, Nimrod, Sou'wester, New York Quarterly, Tendril, Poetry Australia and McCall's. She has co-edited two anthologies, Odd Angles of Heaven (1994) and Place of Passage (now in press with Story Line.) Her most recent book is Looking for Buddha in the Barbed Wire Garden (1996). She was awarded a NEA Creative Writing fellowship in 1989.
Scott McKee: Eating His Lunch
Scott McKee is a portfolio manager for an affiliate of a major U.S. financial institution. He has worked on Wall Street in a variety of roles for almost 20 years. A Midwesterner by birth, Scott was educated on both coasts, and has called New York home since the early 1980s.
Dan McKinney: On the Road with the Art Car Tsar
Dan McKinney was born to Jewish and Irish parents in 1972. Twenty-nine years later, he is an up-and-coming, big-time documentary filmmaker. His work includes Eye Level With Little People of America (2000), Kvell With the Schwartz Family (1999), and Yiddish Theater and Striptease in Moscow (1999).
Alfred Milanese: The Graduation Present
Alfred Milanese moved to New York City in 1976 where he wrote and published poetry. In 1982 he began a pretzel business whose success took him away from his writing career for the next seventeen years, until he returned to write fiction. He currently has two projects underway: a memoir about pretzels and manic-depression and a novel about pregnancy from the man's point of view.
Brenda Miller: Getting Yourself Home
Brenda Miller’s collection of essays, Season of the Body (Sarabande Books, 2002), was a finalist for the PEN American Book Award. She has received four Pushcart Prizes for her work.
Pete Mulvihill: Rebound for Glory: More Thoughts on Woody
Pete Mulvihill runs Green Apple Books, a landmark bookstore in San Francisco, and teaches expository writing at the University of San Francisco.
William Nations: Saving My Grandparents
William Nations was born and raised in central Arkansas. For the last five years he has lived in New York City, where he works as an Internet consultant.
Marco North: Emily
Marco North lives in New York City. "Emily" was written over the course of seven years and is intended to be part of a larger work titled The Year of the Horse. Other selections from this unfinished collection have been published recently in Stray Dog, Colere, The Raven Chronicles, and The Red Wheelbarrow.
Doug Oakley: Aftermath; People at Work
Doug Oakley is a photojournalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work is online at www.dougoakley.com.
Joyce Odam: Hide and Seek
Joyce Odam is an editor at the Poetry Depth Quarterly. Her most recent chapbook, "The Power of the Moment," was published by Red Cedar Press in 1998, and her poems have appeared in the Bellingham Review, the Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, and the Wormwood Review.
Blair Oliver: Point B
Blair Oliver teaches literature and creative writing at Front Range Community College in Ft. Collins, Colorado, where he also serves as editor of the Front Range Review. His stories have appeared in CutBank, Talking River Review, and The Dickinson Review.
Estelle Padawer: Lost and Found
In addition to writing poetry, Estelle Padawer leads a Yiddish Club, where her chief function is to prod the participants to "say it in Yiddish." Her poems have appeared in At Our Core: Women Writing about Power and Inside Grief: An Anthology on Death, Loss and Bereavement. She is a member of Bergen Poets.
Mark Palermo: The Odd Success of the Food Film
Mark Palermo an award-winning film critic and freelance writer whose works have appeared in Canadian Screenwriter and The Coast. He presently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Susan Parker: The Car I Have Become; Room at the Inn
Susan Parker's work has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Sun, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and Salon, among others. She was the recipient of the 1999 Richard J. Margolis Award. Her memoir, Tumbling After, will be published by Crown Books in spring 2002. A resident of Oakland, California, Suzy teaches nonfiction writing classes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Edith Pearlman: On Our Own
Edith Pearlman's recent collection of short stories, Love Among The Greats, won the Spokane Prize for fiction. It was published in October 2002 by Eastern Washington University Press.
Stephanie Pearson: Dreaming of Disaster
Stephanie Pearson is a senior editor at Outside magazine.
Mary Jo Pehl: The Snake Pit
Mary Jo Pehl’s book, I Lived with My Parents and Other Tales of Terror, was published by Plan 9 Publishing in 2004. She has contributed to NPR’s “All Things Considered” and is a former writer for “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”
Victoria Polk: What We Do without Money
Victoria Polk sails with her yacht captain husband and lives in Rhode Island. Her work has been published in The Caribbean Writer.
Michael Allen Potter: Le Roi Inconnu
Michael Allen Potter holds degrees in English and Creative Writing from Union College and San Francisco State University.
Kathee Rebernak: Malibu; Perfection
Kathee Rebernak grew up in Missouri and has been living in New York since 1995. She is a writer, a corporate communications consultant, a recovering attorney, and, as of January 2001, a mother. She has published short fiction, poetry, and academic work and is currently working on a novel.
Sue Repko: Little League
Sue Repko's fiction has appeared in The Kelsey Review and New Millennium Writings. She recently completed a novel, Tilting at Cadillacs, about a nanny who works for a dysfunctional family in New Jersey.
Greg Roden: Dive Bars of San Francisco
Greg Roden's photographs have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle and The Dallas Morning News, among other publications.
Leone Scanlon: Bedtime Story
Leone Scanlon has published poems in Negative Capability, Common Ground Review, and The Maxis Review. A poem will appear in the fall issue of The Worcester Review.
Susan Scheid: Fake Lezzie; Frog Green Glory
Susan Scheid's stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Cottonwood, Hayden's Ferry Review, Oasis, Prairie Schooner, and Willow Review. Her short stories include "The Order of Things" (Oasis, October–December 2000), nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and "The Woman Who Felt Things," which received the 2001 Willow Review award for fiction.
Todd Schindler: The Devil's Food; The Magnificent Kornblatt; McDadd Arrives Late to the Party
Todd Schindler is a writer, filmmaker, and semi-professional paranormal investigator who lives in Los Angeles. His work has appeared in Men's Journal, Metropolis, Condé Nast Epicurious, Fodor's, and on public television. His forthcoming album of filthy limericks, Songs of Detest, is available for purchase through his e-mail address.
Samantha Schoech: Oh, Give Me a Home; Vermont Is So Unlike California; Why You Shouldn't Have Gone in the First Place; You Can Count on Me, trust me.
Samantha Schoech's fiction has appeared in Seventeen, The Sun, and Glimmer Train, among other publications. She is co-editor of the anthology Tied in Knots: Funny Stories from the Wedding Day (Seal, 2006).
Ana Schwartzman: A Full Set of Teeth
Ana Schwartzman is a writer and teacher living in San Francisco. She has written for food, health, and technology publications and is currently working on a collection of personal essays. She gets her Latin temper from her Argentine mother and some of her best recipes by accosting strangers in the grocery store.
Elaine Sexton: Coming & Going
Elaine Sexton's poems have recently appeared in American Poetry Review, Hubbub, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, and Frigate. Her collection of poems, Sleuth, is currently a finalist in three competitions. Ms. Sexton holds an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City, where she works in magazine publishing.
John Shaw: Home Plate
John Shaw writes short stories and lives in Cranston, Rhode Island.
Mark Sisson: Road Rage
Mark Sisson grew up in Oregon and has degrees from Cal Poly and Northwestern University. He is currently employed by JWD, an architecture and engineering firm in Oakland. His hobbies include cycling, tennis, and solving vexing transportation problems.
Chris Sproul: Disaster in Our Dream
Chris Sproul has been with the Environmental Protection Agency since 1987. He is a Staff Attorney in Region 9 in San Francisco.
Michelle Steele: Dottie the Datsun
Michelle Steele currently works at Clif Bar Inc as a Project Manager. She tries to stay happy and healthy and does not keep a picture of Dottie at her desk.
Rick Stern: Letter from Missoula
Rick Stern is an environmentalist, freelance writer, softball player, bass guitarist, and now, homeowner, living in Missoula, Montana.
Bara Swain: Chevy Paul
Bara Swain is the recipient of a dozen writing grants from the American Museum of Natural History for dramatic readings of original one-act plays and short stories. Her award-winning places have been performed in New York, New Jersey, Missouri, Iowa, and Tennessee. Bara recently completed an MFA in creative writing at the New School University in New York.
Susan Terris: Chickens Have No Myths; Natural Defenses; Palatino
Susan Terris's recent books of poetry include Curved Space, Eye of the Holocaust, and Angels of Bataan. She has also published Susan Terris: Greatest Hits and Nell's Quilt, among others. Her work has been published in journals such as The Antioch Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, Nimrod, Southern California Anthology, and The Southern Poetry Review.
Chris Togneri: Don't Throw It in the Danube
Chris Togneri was born and raised in Oakland, California, went to college in Nebraska, and from there made his way to Bratislava, Slovakia, to coach baseball. A switch to journalism led him to The Slovak Spectator, an English-language weekly, where he has served as staff writer, news and culture editor, and travel editor. He currently files reports for the Spectator as the Eastern Slovakia correspondent.
Peter Tomassi: The Next Religion
Peter Tomassi's work has appeared in numerous publications in the United States and abroad, including Beauty for Ashes Poetry Review, The Cafe Review, The Comstock Review, Magma (London), Paris/Atlantic (France), PoetryMagazine.com, and Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine. His debut book of poetry, Mixing Cement, was recently published by Thunder Rain. Mr. Tomassi lives in New York.
Leo Vanderpot: Paul Caponigro
Leo Vanderpot lives in Gallatin, New York, where he writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction. His work has appeared in the Palo Alto Review, Lynx Eye, The American Gardener, Berkshires Week, and Snowbound. Mr. Vanderpot attended high school with Paul Caponigro, whose photographs have been published in Aperture and exhibited at George Eastman House, the Siembab Gallery, the Andrew Smith Gallery, and at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mr. Caponigro did not show up at the Revere (Massachusetts) High School class of 1950 reunion.
Elaine Verdill: Corona
Elaine Verdill lives in Colorado where she works at JILA, an interdisciplinary institute for research and graduate education in the physical sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her own photos are on exhibit there. She has published poetry in Poetry Nottingham, Voices International, and Illuminations.
Sarah Brown Weitzman: Whiskey
Sarah Brown Weitzman was a two-time finalist in the Academy of American Poets' Walt Whitman Award contest and received an NEA Fellowship in 1984. Her poems have appeared in Abraxas, The Madison Review, Mid-American Review, Poet & Critic, High Rock Review, The Croton Review, and Kansas Quarterly. Ms. Weitzman currently lives in Delray Beach, Florida.
Maureen White: Winter Dinner for Six
Maureen White currently resides in Manhattan, but is proud to be from Flint, Michigan. She is an actor and host of a local cable television talk show. She cooks whenever she can and is currently working on a line of sophisticated comfort food.
Linda Wojtowick: Hammer
Linda Wojtowick ives in Portland, Oregon, where she indulges her film habit without restraint.
Andrena Zawinski: The Mother with Claws
Andrena Zawinski is the Feature Editor of PoetryMagazine.com. Her poems have appeared in Adirondack Review, Disquieting Muses, Poets4Peace, Quarterly West, Santa Clara Review, Crab Creek Review, and elsewhere. Ms. Zawinski's poetry collection, Traveling in Reflected Light, was published as a Kenneth Patchen Prize in Poetry by Pig Iron Press.
Heidi Zeiger: What We Touch
Heidi Zeiger is a Chicago-based photojournalist whose works have appeared in America 24/7 and The Village Voice.