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Contributors' Notes


Charles Barber is a writer and researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University. His essay, Songs from the Black Chair, is based on his decade of work in New York City homeless shelters. It is part of a memoir of the same title, to be published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2005. He is currently writing a book on the influence of biological psychiatry and psychiatric medication on American culture.


Hadara Bar-Nadav has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize in poetry. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Laurel Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Poet Lore, Spoon River Poetry Review, Puerto del Sol, Third Coast, West Branch, Malahat Review, Prairie Schooner, and Northwest Review. She is currently seeking a publisher for her first collection of poems, Becoming Animal.


Jasmine Beach-Ferrara lives in Asheville, North Carolina and is the Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow at Warren Wilson College. Her stories have appeared in The Harvard Review, Puerto del Sol, BlitheHouse Quarterly and other magazines. She is working on a collection of short stories.


Gloria Kurian Broder's stories have appeared in many literary reviews, including Carleton Miscellany, Kingfisher, 96 Inc, and Ploughshares. Her story, Elena Unfaithful, published in Harper's Magazine, was included in the anthology Great American Love Stories (Little Brown). She is the co-author, with her husband Bill, of a novel, Remember This Time (Newmarket Press).


Deborah Burand lives in Washington, DC, where she works in the microfinance industry as the Director of Capital Markets of FINCA International and as the President of Women Advancing Microfinance. She also is an adjunct law professor at Georgetown University. Rereading Carol Shields is dedicated to her gifted friend, Terry.


Ann Cefola's poetry has been published in California Quarterly, Confrontation and The Louisville Review; her essays in Ape Culture; and her translations in Rhino and Paintbrush. John Ashbery selected her work for the 2001 Robert Penn Warren Award. Ann holds an MFA in Poetry Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her website is anncefola.com.


Nicole Cooley's first book of poetry, Resurrection, won the 1995 Walt Whitman Award and was published by LSU Press in 1996. Her second book of poetry, The Afflicted Girls, about the Salem witch trials of 1692, is forthcoming from LSU Press in April 2004. She is Associate Professor of English at Queens College.


Cortney Davis, a nurse practitioner, is the author of two poetry collections and a memoir, I Knew a Woman, and co-editor of two anthologies of nurses' poetry. Her latest poetry collection, Leopold's Maneuvers, won the 2003 Prairie Schooner Prize and is forthcoming in the fall 2004.


Debra Anne Davis received her MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. She currently is writing a memoir.


Eugene Gloria's first collection of poems, Drivers at the Short-Time Motel, published by Penguin Books, was a National Poetry Series selection. He has recent poems appearing or forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Gettysburg Review, and The Pushcart Prize XXVIII: Best of the Small Presses. He teaches English and Creative Writing at DePauw University.


Sarah Hannah's full-length collection of poetry, Longing Distance, will be published by Tupelo Press in April 2004, and was a semi-finalist for the Yale Younger Poets Prize. Her poems are forthcoming in Pivot and Barrow Street and have appeared in The Southern Review, Parnassus, Western Humanities Review, Boulevard, Gulf Coast, and other journals. 


Susan Henderson, a recipient of an Academy of American Poets award, is Managing Editor of the Massachusetts-based magazine, Night Train. Her work has appeared in Zoetrope:  All-Story Extra, Today's Parent, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Alsop Review, Happy, Opium, Carve Magazine, The MacGuffin, Zacatecas: A Review of Contemporary Word, Ink Pot, North Dakota Quarterly, The Green Hills Literary Lantern, as well as in several pamphlets and training manuals used at Pittsburgh Action Against Rape.


Gray Jacobik's book, The Double Task (1998) received The Juniper Prize. The Surface of Last Scattering (1999) was the winner of the X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. Brave Disguises (2002) won the AWP Poetry Series Award. Jacobik is a distinguished professor of literature at Eastern Connecticut State University and a member of the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA Program.


Halvard Johnson is the author of four collections of poetry, now out of print, but archived online at http://capa.conncoll.edu. A recent volume called Rapsodie espagnole is available from http://www.xpressed.org. He has won grants, fellowships, and residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Ragdale Foundation. He lives and writes in New York City.


Jonathan Kaplansky lives in Ottawa. He most recently translated the memoir of a skipper, Georges Leblanc, Pushing the Limits. Part of his translation of the biography of film director Frank Borzage by Hervé Dumont, entitled Frank Borzage: Sarastro in Hollywood, was published in Spain. He also has translated Hélène Rioux's Traductrice de sentiments/Reading Nijinsky and Suzanne Harnois' The Perfect Woman. His translations of poems by Antonio d'Alfonso and Robert Dickson have appeared in ellipse. He has also written articles on translation for Circuits and Palimpsestes.


Peter Marcus has had poems published in Ploughshares, Poetry, AGNI, New England Review, Witness, Boulevard, Shenandoah and others, and has poems forthcoming in Cream City Review, Pivot, Mudfish and others. His unpublished collection of poetry, The Restorations, has been a finalist in several book competitions including the National Poetry Series and the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. He was awarded a grant from the Connecticut Commission of the Arts in 2001. Currently teaching in the Psychology Department at Central Connecticut State University, he holds a doctorate in clinical psychology.


Sylvie Massicotte lives in Montreal. She has published three collections of short stories: Le cri des coquillages, Voyages et autres déplacements and L'œil de verre, as well as a memoir entitled Au pays des mers at Leméac. She also has written four children's novels: Tu rêves, Pitchounette?; C'est la vie, Pitchounette; Le plus beau prénom du monde; and Les habitués de l'aube , and now edits a poetry series. She writes text for songs, movies, dance, and leads creative writing workshops in Canada and in Europe.


Suzanne McConnell's first novel, Fence of Earth, was a finalist for the James Fellowship. Her stories have appeared in The Saint Ann's Review, Calyx, The Fiddlehead, Green Mountains Review, The Little Magazine, and Personal Fiction Writing, her non-fiction in Poets & Writers, Discovery Channel Publishing's travel series, and Cape Women, and her poems in Earth's Daughters and A Sense of Place. Her experience working as a nurse's aide one summer inspired her first short story. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and teaches fiction writing at Hunter College, Rancho La Puerta spa in Tecate, Mexico, and in private workshops.


Samuel Menashe was born in New York City in 1925. In 1943, he enlisted in the Army and was sent to the Infantry School in Fort Benning, Georgia. After training in England, he fought with the 87th division in France, Belgium (The Battle of the Bulge), and Germany. In 1950 he was awarded a doctorat d'université by the Sorbonne. His first book, The Many Named Beloved, was published in London in 1961. In 1996, his poems were featured in Penguin Modern Poets (London), Volume 7.


Elisabeth Murawski lives in Alexandria, Virginia. She is the author of Moon and Mercury and a chapbook, Troubled By an Angel. Her work has been published in The Yale Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Chelsea, Grand Street, Doubletake, Field, The Literary Review, Crazyhorse, The American Voice, American Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, The Ohio Review, and Shenandoah.


Robert Oldshue is physician in Boston who specializes in medicine and pediatrics. He is completing an MFA at Warren Wilson. His fiction has appeared previously in the Bellevue Literary Review.


Alicia Ostriker is a poet-critic who has published 10 volumes of poetry. The Crack in Everything, a finalist for a National Book Award in 1996, includes 12 poems called The Mastectomy Sequence. Her most recent book of poetry is The Volcano Sequence. Her most recent book of prose is Dancing at the Devil's Party: Essays on Poetry, Politics, and the Erotic. Ostriker teaches English and Creative Writing at Rutgers University.


Dannye Romine Powell is the author of two collections published by the University of Arkansas Press, the most recent of which is The Ecstasy of Regret. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the North Carolina Arts Council. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Field. She is a journalist in Charlotte, NC.


Ruthann Robson's essay Studies in the Subjunctive appeared in the Spring 2003 issue of the Bellevue Literary Review. She is Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law and the author of several books, including novels, a volume of poetry, and scholarly works.


Elizabeth Rollins received a 2003 prose fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts. Stories from her fiction collection, Seeing Voices, have been published as the Philadelphia CityPaper Fiction Winner, in Washington College Magazine, friskmagazine, The Redwood Coast Review, storyglossia.com, PMS(poem/memoir/story), and GW Review. She teaches creative writing in Collingswood, NJ, and currently is writing a novel. At the Window is from a larger collection of non-fiction work entitled The Fringe Life.


Lisa Rosen has poems forthcoming in the penwood review. Her writing has appeared in Hubbub, Artisan, and Memoirs of the Soul. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she has taught writing to at-risk youth.


Hal Sirowitz is the Poet Laureate of Queens. He is a recipient of a 2003 New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. He has a poem in Garrison Keillor's anthology of poetry. Another of his poems was featured in the Poetry In Motion series, displayed on buses and subways in New York City.


Louise Farmer Smith, granddaughter of pioneer dugout dwellers and chip gatherers, grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Letters. She has Master's degrees from Yale University and Goddard College. Her work has appeared in anthologies and in journals including Virginia Quarterly Review. She lives in Washington, DC, where she is writing a novel about an Oklahoman away from home.


Katherine Soniat's fourth collection of poetry, Alluvial, was published in 2001 by Bucknell University Press. Her chapbook, The Fire Setters, is available through Web del Sol and The Literary Review (webdelsol.com or theliteraryreview.org). Her collection, A Shared Life, won the Iowa Poetry Prize. Poems are forthcoming in the Southern Review, Iowa Review, Seneca Review, Prairie Schooner, and Women's Review of Books. She teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech.


Scott Temple is a clinical psychologist at the University of Iowa, where he conducts research on cognitive-behavior therapy for schizophrenia and mood disorders. Scott is the author of three unpublished novels. Undaunted by past rejections, currently he is at work on another. The University of Iowa is not the medical center described in his story, A Roomful of Christmas.


Tim Ziegenhagen teaches literature and creative writing at Northland College in northern Wisconsin. Hickory is from a collection of stories set in a fictional casino, the Cansa'yapi. Ziegenhagen has a Ph.D. in British Romanticism, and his scholarly interests revolve around literature, science, and the history of medicine.