A journal of narrative writing.
Credits & Contributors

Colleen Abel earned her MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, West Branch, Bellevue Literary Review, Notre Dame Review, Mid-American Review, and many others. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Abel is also former Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow at UW-Madison. She lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Victoria Anderson lives in Chicago where she heads the Writing Program and teaches Creative Writing at Loyola University. She is the recipient of a 2007 Illinois Arts Council Grant in poetry and the author of This Country or That. She has had work appear recently in Agni, New South, Gulf Coast and Greensboro Review.

Brandon Dameshek's poetry has been published in Portrait, The Coe Review, The Cimarron Review, The Columbia Poetry Review, The Harrisburg Review, and, most recently, The Wildwood Journal. The Fall 2004 issue of Memorious published an interview he conducted with poet Bruce Weigl. He received the Eileen Lannan Prize for Poetry in Spring 1999. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) English Department.

Jim Daniels' next book of poems, Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry, will be published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2011. He won the 2007 Blue Lynx Poetry Prize for his book, Revolt of the Crash-Test Dummies. Two other books were published in 2007: his third collection of short fiction, Mr. Pleasant, and his eleventh book of poems, In Line for the Exterminator. He has received the Brittingham Prize for Poetry, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His poems have appeared in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. He is the Thomas Stockman Baker Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University.

Janet McClaskey is a writer and artist currently living among the pines and mountains of Colorado. Her creative inspiration comes from personal interactions with people and places she meets in her extensive world traveling. Her publications include professional and personal articles in English Journal and Delta Kappa Gamma’s Bulletin as well as Asian Cha other content journals. Through color, pictures, and words, she makes meaning of her own experiences and honors the truths of the people she meets.

William Hathaway lives in Surry, ME. His last book of poems, Promeneur Solitaire, is a letter-set, hand bound book from Chester Creek Press.

Stacy Heiney earned her MFA from The Vermont College of Fine Arts and currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. His most recent book is The 5th Inning, a second memoir. Mr. Miller is also the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies and is often heard on National Public Radio.

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker, Conte and elsewhere. For more information, including his essay "Magic, Illusion and Other Realities" and a complete bibliography, please visit www.geocities.com/simonthepoet.

Ali Shapiro lives on a boat in Seattle, WA, where she freelances in various writing-related capacities. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Southeast Review, Linebreak, and on anderbo.com, among others. She's won various prizes for her writing and other exploits, including a Bertlesmann World of Expression scholarship, a Dorothy Sargeant Rosenberg Poetry Prize, and a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. Recently, two poems were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Find her online at www.ali-shapiro.com.

Ian Singleton was born in southeast Michigan and has lived in Alabama and now in Massachusetts. He attends Emerson College in Boston as an MFA student and works as a librarian at Harvard University. He teaches in the PEN Prison Writing Program. He translated and published a story by Rainer Maria Rilke. This is the first publication of a story of his own.

W. Bryan Smith is currently a student in the Bennington Writing Seminars MFA program. He resides in Southern California, and is the author of two novels, Buddy & the Jack, and Starry Night. His website is www.authorsden.com/wbryansmith.

Kenneth Womack is Professor of English and Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Penn State Altoona. He has published widely on twentieth-century literary and popular culture. His most recent book is Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles.

Harry Youtt is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, essayist and short story writer who teaches creative writing classes in fiction, creative-nonfiction, and poetry at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. He also serves on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed international Journal of Consciousness, Literature and the Arts. "Narrative" and "accessible" are his favorite literary words, and in a long-ago academic paper, he coined the term that now titles his popular workshop: 'Plain-speech Resonance Poetry.'


Conte is:

Adam Tavel, Editor

Robert Lieberman, Editor

Andy Hefner, Producer

Brian Safdie, Producer


issue design by Andy Hefner


Volume 5, Issue 1

©2009 the Conte Online staff



All original works are Copyrighted (©2009) by their respective authors. Authors retain all rights and privileges associated with their work as delineated in our blanket copyright policy, and reprinting, copying, or reproducing in any fashion any of the works contained in this issue without the creator's express consent is strictly prohibited. For information on contacting any of the authors featured in this issue, please email poetry@conteonline.net or prose@conteonline.net.


Sabai, sabai.