Contributors' Notes


Colleen Abel has studied writing in America and England, and has an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She recently moved to the Chicago area from Astoria, Queens with her husband and hairless cat.

Amanda Auchter is the editor of Pebble Lake Review and recipient of the Howard Moss Poetry Prize. She was a finalist in the Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition and won third prize from Writer's Digest for creative nonfiction. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Born Magazine, Cimarron Review, DIAGRAM, Phoebe, and Sulphur River Literary Review.

Alice Ayers' fiction has appeared in various literary journals, including Other Voices and The Literary Review, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Raised in South Carolina and a true Southerner at heart, she currently lives in Phoenix with her husband and two daughters. She teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.

Craig Boyer's essays have appeared in Nostalgically, Blueline, and How Running Changed My Life. He was also a finalist in The New Millennium Writing Awards. He teaches writing and philosophy at Calvin Institute, a private school and psychological clinic. He is currently writing a book that combines his training in philosophy with his experiences with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Craig and his wife Elizabeth live in St. Paul, Minnesota and expect their first child this spring.

William Bradley is a graduate student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he is studying the history of the personal essay and writing a memoir. His work has appeared in The Missouri Review, and he is the former nonfiction editor of Center: A Journal of the Literary Arts. His cancer has been in remission for almost five years; he hasn't watched General Hospital in nearly five months.

Seth Carey lives in the same house in West Falmouth, Cape Cod in which he grew up. ALS has taken away his ability to fish or cook, his previous passions, so he now uses his efforts to write. Paralyzed, he uses an infrared sensor to monitor his eye blinks. As the computer program scans the alphabet, he blinks to build words one letter at a time.

Eugenia Chao grew up in California and Taipei City, Taiwan. She currently is pursuing an MFA in fiction at Penn State. "Silence Manager" comes from a larger manuscript, A Bowl of the Real Thing. Eugenia's writing is forthcoming or has appeared in The Cream City Review, Potomac Review, and The New Review of Literature. She also writes for and helps edit a Middle Eastern dance journal, The Gilded Serpent.

Elizabeth Biller Chapman's work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, BlueLine, Yankee, POETRY, and Best American Poetry, 2002. Her chapbook, Creekwalker, won the (M)other Tongue Press international competition. Her poetry collection, First Orchard, was published by Bellowing Ark Press. Candlefish, her second collection, was chosen as one of four books to inaugurate the new poetry series of the University of Arkansas Press. Chapman lives in Palo Alto, California.

Zdravka Evtimova has published six collections of short stories and three novels. She has received numerous international awards for her writing. Her work has been published in the UK, USA, Canada, Germany, France, India, Argentina, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Macedonia, and Serbia. Evtimova lives with her husband, two sons, and daughter in Pernik, Bulgaria.

Alice Rose George's poems have been published in The Paris Review, Bomb Magazine, The New Republic, Fence, and The Atlantic.  Her poetry collection, Ceiling of the World, was published in 1997 by Spuyten Duyvil.  She lives and works in New York City as a photography editor and curator.

Amy Hempel is the author of four collections of short stories, most recently The Dog of the Marriage. Her stories have appeared in Harper's, Vanity Fair, GQ, and The Quarterly. She teaches in the graduate writing program at Bennington College, and lives in New York City.

Judy Katz received her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied with Marie Howe, Billy Collins, and Vijay Seshadri. Her poems have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Big City Lit, Lumina, Salamander, and The Women's Review of Books. Judy works as a producer in public television and documentary film. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Jennifer Santos Madriaga resides in Henderson, North Carolina. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Bamboo Ridge and Crab Creek Review.

Bryan Maxwell lives in California, where he is a medical student at Stanford University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Louisville Review, The Eleventh Muse, The Village Rambler, Curbside Review, Word Choice, and an anthology of medical creative writing.

Rebecca McClanahan has published four volumes of poetry, mostly recently Naked As Eve; three books about writing, including Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively; and a book of personal essays entitled The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings. Her work has appeared in The Best American Essays, The Best American Poetry, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, and Kenyon Review. McClanahan, who received a Pushcart Prize in Fiction, the Wood prize from Poetry, and (twice) the Carter prize, lives with her husband in New York City.

Margot Zucker Mindich's work has appeared in Creative Writers Journal, Lynx Eye, Nimrod and the Paterson Review. She was a finalist for the 2002 Nimrod/Hardman Award, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has recently completed a collection of poems inspired by five decades of stories from her extended family, who emigrated from Paris during WWII. The collection ends with poems about their children and hers.

Patricia O'Hara's personal essays have appeared in The Sycamore Review, Yale Journal for the Humanities in Medicine, Newsweek, and Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. She is completing a memoir, presently titled Fall Back, from which "Stories from the Other Side of Silence" is excerpted. She chairs the English Department at Franklin & Marshall College, where she teaches Victorian literature and creative nonfiction.

Joseph Carlton Porter was born in 1948. His father was a civil engineer, his mother a registered nurse. Following college, he enlisted in the army and served in Vietnam. Intent on becoming a writer, he studied fiction writing at Syracuse University and later graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He had worked as a newspaper reporter, and currently is an adjunct professor at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.

Joy Rhoades was raised in a small country town in rural Australia. She qualified as a lawyer in Sydney and has lived and worked in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan. She has made her home in New York since 2000. Isolation and dislocation are important themes in her work.

Susan Rich is author of The Cartographer's Tongue / Poems of the World, which won the PEN West Poetry Award and the Peace Corps Writers Award. She received a Fulbright Fellowship to South Africa, worked for Amnesty International, and has been an electoral supervisor in Bosnia. Her poems appear in North American Review, Poetry International, and Witness. Rich's collection, Cures Include Travel, is forthcoming from White Pine Press. She lives in Seattle.

Katherine Riegel's work has appeared most recently in 88: A Journal of Contemporary American Poetry, Clackamas Literary Review, and the Cimarron Review. She lives in Oswego, New York.

Harriet Rzetelny is a psychotherapist in private practice and Associate Professor at the Shirley Ehrenkranz School of Social Work at New York University. Her short fiction has been published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and she has had film scripts produced for the American Cancer Society and the Food and Drug Administration.

Whitney Scharer lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, where she works as the program administrator for Grub Street Writers, a non-profit literary arts center. Currently, she is at work on a collection of linked short stories. Whitney received an MFA from the University of Washington, where she was the recipient of the Loren D. Milliman fellowship. Her work has appeared in the Cimarron Review and Mare Nostrum.

Steven Schwartz is the author of two collections of stories, To Leningrad in Winter and Lives of the Fathers, and two novels, Therapy and A Good Doctor's Son. His fiction has received the Nelson Algren Award, the Colorado Book Award, the Sherwood Anderson Prize, and two O. Henry Awards. He directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Colorado State University.

Floyd Skloot's most recent book is the memoir In the Shadow of Memory, which won the 2004 PEN Center USA Literary Award. Louisiana State University Press will publish his fourth collection of poetry, The End of Dreams, and Tupelo Press will publish his fifth, Approximately Paradise. He lives in Amity, Oregon.

Alan Steinberg lives and works in upstate New York. He recently has published fiction and poetry in Peregrine, The Litchfield Review, and Blueline. St. Martin's Press has published his novel, Cry of the Leopard.

Virginia Chase Sutton's new book of poetry, Embellishments, was published in 2003. Sutton has been the recipient of many national awards. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Antioch Review, Ploughshares, Western Humanities Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and Witness. She currently is at work on a collection of poetry and a book of creative nonfiction.

Lois Taylor was born in Vancouver, Canada. She has won a fiction award from Story Magazine, and a poetry award from the Associated Writing Program. Her work has appeared in The Nation, The Yale Review, StoryQuarterly, Glimmer Train, and Mid-American Review.

John Thompson lives in Media, Pennsylvania, with his wife Jayne and six cats. His work has appeared in Raven Chronicles, Bayou, Northeast Corridor, Piedmont Literary Review, Widener Review and Working Hard for the Money: America's Working Poor, an anthology published by Bottom Dog Press. Philadelphia's InterAct Theatre Company's "Writing Aloud" has read his work. After decades at various jobs, he now tutors writing, and rehabs houses in "his own time."

Angela Wheelock has worked as a journalist, teacher, and archivist, and now is an editor and writer. Her essays have appeared in Notre Dame Magazine, Milkweed Press's Liveable Cities Website, and a forthcoming piece in Geist. Wheelock lived for more than a decade in the Yukon, but has recently moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where she lives with her husband, son, and cat. She is currently working on a mystery set in the Yukon and on a memoir.

Gayle Whittier has published fiction in Editors' Choice, two Pushcart Prize anthologies, and elsewhere. Her work is forthcoming in Primavera. She teaches Literature and Medicine at Binghamton University, where she formerly directed the Creative Writing Program.

Richard Wollman's first full-length poetry collection will be published in 2005 by The Sheep Meadow Press. He is the author of a chapbook, A Cemetery Affair. New poems appear or are forthcoming in New England Review, Prairie Schooner, American Literary Review, Crazyhorse, and at Poetry Daily. He teaches literature and creative writing in Boston at Simmons College.