Contributors' Notes


Renée Ashley's books include Salt, The Various Reasons of Light, The Revisionist's Dream, and a novel, Someplace Like This. She has received fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the NEA. Ashley is on the faculty of Fairleigh Dickinson University's MFA Program and is poetry editor of Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature. She will be Distinguished Poet-in-Residence at Wichita State University in 2005.


Catherine Bergart was raised in Toronto, then moved to the U.S. to study experimental theater at New York University. Currently, she is an advertising copywriter. Her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, and she is at work on a full-length memoir.


Robin Black's fiction has appeared, or is forthcoming, in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Colorado Review and Indiana Review. She has also published book reviews and personal essays. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she received a 2003 Leeway Foundation Emerging Artist Grant for Fiction and Creative Nonfiction. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three children.


Paula Bohince received an MFA from New York University and recently completed a residency at the MacDowell Colony. Her poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review, Southern Poetry Review and others. She lives and teaches in New York City.


Andrew Bomback lives in North Carolina, where he is an internal medicine resident. His stories and poems have recently appeared in Pindeldyboz, Hobart, Snow Monkey, Crab Orchard Review, New York Stories, Elysian Fields Quarterly, and Diagram.


Jan Bottiglieri is a technical editor living in Schaumburg, Illinois. Her poetry has appeared in journals including Moon Journal, Rhino, Oyez Review, and in the anthology Illinois Poets: Where We Live. In 2003, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she is currently working on her second chapbook, Wire.


Walter Cummins has published more than 100 stories in such magazines as Kansas Quarterly, Other Voices, Connecticut Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Confrontation, and on the Internet. His story collections are Witness and Where We Live.  He also has published novels, essays, articles, and reviews.  From 1984 to 2002, he was editor-in-chief of The Literary Review.  He teaches in the MFA program at Fairleigh Dickinson University and serves on the editorial board of Web del Sol.


Frederick Davis is a psychiatrist. A self-taught poet, he has published one book of poems, Suite Polonaise, with Mellon Poetry Press.


Stephen Dixon has taught in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University for twenty-four years. Pain is part of a story collection, End of I, that Dixon is currently circulating. His twenty-fourth book of fiction, a novel entitled Old Friends, will be published in 2004 by Melville House. Dixon is assembling a three-volume compendium, Selected Uncollected Stories, of stories entirely rewritten, which have never been published in book form. He plans to retire from teaching in June 2005 to concentrate on writing, napping, reading, and looking after his geraniums.


Robin Fast is the author of an essay collection published by Washington State University Press. His work has appeared in The Seattle Review, Weber Studies, Writing on the Edge, and other journals.


Sandra Giedeman won the 2003 Mudfish Poetry Prize, and earned Honorable Mention in the 2003 Soul-Making Literary Competition sponsored by National League of American Pen Women. Her work has been published in Poetry, Critic, and Press Magazine.


Robert Gregory's books of poetry include Change, The Skinny Man, Boy Picked Up By The Wind and Interferences.  His work has appeared recently or is forthcoming in Willow Springs, Marlboro Review, Midwest Quarterly, Berkeley Poetry Review, Hanging Loose, Good Foot, Branches, 12th Street, 5 AM, Spire, Raven Chronicles, and The Massachusetts Review


John Grey is an Australian-born poet, playwright, and musician. A U.S. resident since the late 70's, his latest book is What Else Is There, from Main Street Rag Press. His work has appeared recently in The Xavier Review, Riversedge, and Brilliant Corners.


Gail R. Henningsen's short stories have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, The Gettysburg Review, Fan, and Poemmemoirstory. She has recently transplanted to mid-coast Maine, where she is at work, again, on a novel and a memoir.


Jenni Lapidus received a special mention in the 2002 Pushcart Prize and was nominated for another Pushcart Prize in 2003. She has published stories in Glimmer Train, Hampton Shorts, Literal Latte, and Happy. Jenni lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she is at work on her first novel.


Roy Lowenstein lives in Denver, Colorado, where he edits The Denver Psychoanalytic Society Newsletter, part of his day job as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He is a charter member of an ongoing writing group led by David Milofsky, whose work also has appeared in the BLR.  Other short fiction has been published in The Santa Fe Literary Review.


Frederick Adolf Paola is Affiliate Associate Professor in the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa. He is a practicing hospitalist and a medical acupuncturist in Naples, Florida. His short stories have appeared in Tatlin's Tower and the Canadian Medical Association Journal.    


Linda Tomol Pennisi's first book of poems, Seamless, was supported by a Greenwall Fund Grant from the Academy of American Poets.  Her work has appeared, most recently, in Hunger Mountain, Faultline, Cimarron Review, and Lyric Poetry Review.  She received her MFA from Vermont College and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.


Allan Peterson is the author of Anonymous Or. He has been awarded a 2002 Arts & Letters Poetry Prize, Florida Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, and a NEA Fellowship in Poetry. His work is published or forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Passages North, Arts & Letters, Quarterly West, Typo, Beloit Poetry Journal, Story South, Poetry East, and Mid-American Review.


Nahid Rachlin's publications include three novels, Foreigner, Married to A Stranger, The Heart's Desire, and a short story collection, Veils. Her stories have appeared in over fifty magazines, including Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, Shenandoah, Fiction, Minnesota Review, and Redbook. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Natural History Magazine. She has received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.


Frances Richey's first book of poetry, The Burning Point, won the ninth annual White Pine Press Poetry Prize, and was published in 2004. Her work has appeared in Salmagundi, Notre Dame Review, Cream City Review, Gulf Coast, River Styx, and Poetry Northwest.  She teaches yoga, meditation, and writing workshops in Manhattan.


Joe Romano lives in Davis, California.


Liz Rosenberg is the author of two novels, several children's books, and three books of poems, with a fourth collection, Demon Love, appearing in 2005 from Mammoth Press. She has published fiction in The Atlantic Monthly, The Quarterly, The Seattle Review, and elsewhere. She teaches English at the State University of NY at Binghamton. 


Hollis Seamon's collection of stories, Body Work, was published in 2000 by Spring Harbor Press. Her novel, Flesh, is forthcoming from Avocet Press in 2005. Seamon's stories have appeared in The Nebraska Review, Fiction International, The Chicago Review, and Calyx. Her stories have been anthologized in The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe, A Line of Cutting Women, Sacred Ground, and Food And Other Enemies. Seamon teaches at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York.


Paula Sergi is the co-editor of Boomer Girls: Poems by Women from the Baby Boom Generation. She has received a Wisconsin Arts Board Artist Fellowship, and residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ragdale. Her poetry has appeared in Primavera, Crab Orchard Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review. Sergi is a former Public Health Nurse. She received an MFA from Vermont College, and is a lecturer in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin.


Enid Shomer is Poetry Series Editor for University of Arkansas Press. Her poems and stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic, Best American Poetry, and New Stories from the South. Her fourth poetry collection is Stars at Noon. Imaginary Men won the Iowa Prize and the LSU/Southern Review Prize for the best first collection of stories by an American. In 2004, she received Virginia Quarterly Review's Emily Clark Balch Fiction Prize.


Amber Dorko Stopper is the former editor of night rally magazine, and is the new owner of a 19th century-style iron handprinting press. She lives in Philadelphia.


Benj Vardigan lives in San Francisco and calls Michigan's two peninsulas home. His poems have appeared in The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Washington Square, and Comet Magazine.


Dorothy Wall has taught poetry and fiction writing at San Francisco State University, U.C. Berkeley Extension, and Napa Valley College, and is coauthor of Finding Your Writer's Voice: A Guide to Creative Fiction. Her poems and essays have appeared in Under the Sun, Witness, Prairie Schooner, Cimarron Review, Puerto del Sol, and JAMA. She works as a writing consultant in Berkeley, California.


Joan Wilking's short stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Other Voices, The Mississippi Review, Ascent, The Barcelona Review, Pindeldyboz, and The MacGuffin. She is a three-time finalist for Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Award. Her story, Proper Dress, was included in the anthology, Politically Inspired, edited by Stephen Elliott and published by MacAdam/Cage. She lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts and works as an art director for a Boston-area advertising agency.



David Watts's biography was inadvertently omitted from the Spring 2004 issue.  Watts is a physician, poet, and NPR commentator for All Things Considered. Three books of his poetry have been published: Taking The History, Making, and Blessing. He is director of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers workshop on Writing The Medical Experience and the producer of a one-hour special for television entitled Poetry and the Art of Medicine.