A journal of narrative writing.
Credits & Contributors

J.S. Absher (jsabsher.bluedomino.com) has been an offset printer, missionary, bank teller, janitor, and consultant, sold mutual funds, surveyed scrub timberland, and taught freshman English in North Carolina, hospital reimbursement in Taiwan, and a course on the folk and literary ballad in Belize. He currently works in records management and is executive editor for the Petters Research Institute in Dangriga, Belize. His chapbook, The Burial of Anyce Shepherd, was published in 2006 by Main Street Rag Press. His son is a graduate student in math at NC State University. In his spare time, he goes dancing with Patti.

Lois Bassen is a retired educator whose publication career began in 1984; since then, she has been featured in many literary magazines, including The Kenyon Review, Contexts South, American Scholar, and John Gardner's Binghamton Review. Her stories, poetry, and plays have won several writing awards, and she has co-authored a memoir, Thistle & Chrysanthemum, with the Scottish widow of Japanese industrialist Hajime Kawasaki. Married for 40 years, Lois has two adult daughters, and recently moved from NYC to Rhode Island.

Kathleen Boyle lives in San Francisco. She is currently rather obsessed with persimmons.

Barbara Daniels’ book, Rose Fever, will be available in March from the Cherry Grove imprint of WordTech Press: http://www.cherry-grove.com/. She received two Individual Artist Fellowships from New Jersey, completed an MFA in poetry at Vermont College, and was awarded a full fellowship from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to the Vermont Studio Center.

Elrena Evans holds an MFA from The Pennsylvania State University and is coeditor of the essay anthology Mama, PhD: Women Write about Motherhood and Academic Life. She writes the monthly column "Me and My House" for Literary Mama, and her work also appears in various mother-centric literary magazines as well as the anthologies Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers and How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family, and her website is www.elrenaevans.com.

Roxanne Halpine received her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her work has appeared in the Greensboro Review and Saw Palm, and poems are forthcoming in the Coe Review and Hawai’i Pacific Review. She lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA.

Donora Hillard is the author of the poetry collections Theology of the Body (Maverick Duck Press, 2008) and Parapherna (dancing girl press, 2006) as well as the lyric memoir Bone Cages (BlazeVox [books,] 2007). Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in Common Ties, Pebble Lake Review, The Pedestal Magazine, and many others. She has been an instructor of writing at King's College and presently teaches at Harrisburg Area Community College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Paul Hostovsky’s poems appear widely online and in print. He has two recent chapbooks, Bird in the Hand (Grayson Books) and Dusk Outside the Braille Press (Riverstone Press). Visit his website at www.paulhostovsky.com.

Sean Lause has published fiction in The Mid-American Review and poetry in Poetry International, The Minnesota Review, Epicenter, Writer’s Journal, Out of Line, River Oak Review, European Judaism, Frog Pond and The Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. He teaches courses in Shakespeare, The Holocaust, Composition and Introduction to Literature at Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio.

Cheluchi Onyemelukwe is currently a doctoral candidate in law at Dalhousie University, Canada. Her short fiction has been published in Author Africa 2006, Farafina Online Magazine and is forthcoming in Open Wide Magazine.

Claudia Putnam lives among the Indian Peaks of Colorado. She has other work in Facets, Artful Dodge, Flint Hills Review, Roanoke Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, Cimarron Review, MARGIE, Rock & Sling, Switched-on Gutenberg, Literary Mama, and RHINO, among other journals.

Award-winning author Tanyo Ravicz lived in Alaska for many years and still maintains a homestead on Kodiak Island. He currently resides in California. The story "Fishes and Wine" will be included in his collection Alaskans, due out in 2008. His website is www.tanyo.net.

Most of Carol Reid's stories fall somewhere in the genre of speculative fiction, and even those that do not, such as "Pirates", have a touch of darkness at the edges. She lives on the west coast of British Columbia, just a few short steps from the Pacific Ocean."

A widely published poet, fiction writer, essayist, and book critic, John Repp's stories have appeared in The Journal, The King's English, Pearl, and In Posse Review, among others. He lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Sarah Scotti-Einstein is an essayist and fiction writer living in Morgantown, WV. Her work has appeared in Kestrel, Conflict Resolution Notes, and most recently, Fringe Magazine.

Currently serving time at Chili's in D'Iberville, Mississippi, J. Marcus Weekley quilts, writes, and photographs as much as is humanly possible most days. He continues to learn how to quilt from his mother, and is teaching his sister Aubrey how to do sashing strips, borders, and binding. Marcus's books include from four years, Look Out Below and Other Tales, Texas Dance Halls: a Two-Step Circuit (his photographs accompany the essays of Gail Folkins), and others. You may view some of his work at both www.flickr.com/photos/whynottryitagain2 and www.lulu.com/whynottryitagain.

Martin Willitts Jr. is a Senior Librarian in New York. Recent publications in Hurricane Blues (anthology), Hotmetalpress.net, Bent Pin, Slow Trains, Primal Santies (anthology) and others. He has a fifth chapbook Falling In and Out of Love (Pudding House Publications, 2005), an online chapbook Farewell--the Journey Now Begins on www.languageandculture.net (2006, in archives), a full length book of poems with his art The Secret Language of the Universe (March Street Press, 2006), another chapbook Lowering Nets of Light (Pudding House Publications, 2007), and another online chapbook News from the Front at www.slowtrains.com (2007). He has edited a poetry anthology about cancer, Alternatives to Surrender (Plain View Press, 2007) from a 2007 Individual Artist Grant.


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