Contributors' Notes



Seth Abramson, a 2001 graduate of Harvard Law School, is the poetry editor of the New Hampshire Review. His poems have recently appeared in the Iowa Review, Boston Review, AGNI, Antioch Review, Colorado Review, Quarterly West, and the Southern Review.

Angela Armstrong holds an MFA in poetry from California State University, Fresno. She teaches math and computer-aided drafting at a local high school during the daylight hours, and assembles her poetry manuscript by night. She is currently at work on her first novel.

John Calderazzo’s poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Audubon, Georgia Review, North American Review, and Orion. His most recent nonfiction book is Rising Fire: Volcanoes & Our Inner Lives, and he is completing a book of poems, At the Night Window. He teaches creative writing at Colorado State University, and lives in the foothills outside of Fort Collins.

Kathleen Cohn has written numerous children’s books, a nonfiction book, as well as lyrics for children’s television. “The Cure” is her first published short story. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and her Belgian sheepdog sidekick.

Cortney Davis is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Leopold’s Maneuvers, winner of the Prairie Schooner Poetry Prize. She is co-editor of Between the Heartbeats and Intensive Care, anthologies of poetry and prose by nurses. A memoir about her work as a nurse practitioner, I Knew a Woman: The Experience of the Female Body, was published by Random House in 2001.
(www.cortneydavis.com)

Kate Evans is the author of a poetry collection, Like All We Love; a book about lesbian and gay teachers, Negotiating the Self; and a forthcoming novel, For the May Queen. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in the North American Review, Seattle Review, Cream City Review, Santa Monica Review, and Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly. She has been nominated for the LA Times Book Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, and Pushcart Prizes in fiction and creative nonfiction.
(www.kate-evans.com)

Annette Gendler’s work has appeared in Under the Sun, South Loop Review, and on www.flashquake.com. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte, and teaches memoir at StoryStudio Chicago and on www.writers.com. She has three young children, and works as project manager for a human resources consulting firm in Chicago.

Rigoberto González is the author of two poetry books: So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water Until It Breaks, which was a National Poetry Series selection, and Other Fugitives and Other Strangers. He has written two bilingual children’s books and a memoir. His novel, Crossing Vines, won the ForeWord Magazine’s Fiction Book of the Year Award. González is a recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships. He lives and works in New York City.

Sarah Hannah’s first book, Longing Distance, was a semi-finalist for the Yale Younger Poets Prize and was nominated for the Norma Farber Award, The Kate Tufts Discovery Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and the Foreword Prize. Her second book, Inflorescence, is forthcoming this year. Poems from this book have been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes. She grew up in Newton, and teaches poetry writing and literature at Emerson College.

Judith Harris is the author of two books of poetry, Atonement and The Bad Secret, and a critical book on psychoanalysis and literature, Signifying Pain: Constructing and Healing the Self Through Writing. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Southwest Review, Southern Review, Cincinnati Review, Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, and Boulevard.

Douglas Haynes is a poet, essayist, and translator whose work has appeared in many journals, including North American Review, Orion Online, and Poetry Ireland Review. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Writing at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire.

Pamela Hull is an interior designer, painter, essayist, and mother of two children. She wrote Where’s My Bride? a memoir about her physician-husband, Paul, who died in 2001 of pancreatic cancer. An excerpt from the book was published in Lumina, the literary review of Sarah Lawrence College. She has just completed a second memoir which is presently under consideration.

Alison Jarvis received the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America and the Guy Owen Prize from Southern Poetry Review. Her poems appeared, most recently, in Chelsea, Cream City Review, Gulf Coast, Notre Dame Review, Seattle Review, and Southern Poetry Review. A psychotherapist in private practice, she lives and works in Manhattan.

John Kay has an MFA from the University of Arizona and works as an education counselor in Heidelberg, Germany. His poems have appeared in Kayak, New York Quarterly, Wormwood Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Chiron Review, Pearl, and Jewish Currents. He has published three chapbooks, the most recent, Further Evidence of Someone. His poem “Cold Kiss,” in this journal, is the first poem in his full-length poetry collection, Coasting Toward God.

Sheila Kohler is the author of the novels The Perfect Place, The House on R Street, Cracks, Children of Pithiviers, and Crossways. She has also published three collections of short stories: Miracles in America, One Girl, and Stories from Another World. Her latest novel, Bluebird or the Invention of Happiness, will be published this year by Other Press.

Lorie Kolak earned a BA in English literature and theology from Valparaiso University and an MA in writing from DePaul University. She won second prize in the 2005 young writers’ fiction contest sponsored by the Union League Club and has published nonfiction in Third Coast Press. She lives in Chicago and works at DePaul University library. “Presidents, Space, Medical Miracles” is her first short story published in a literary journal.

Philip Levitas teaches creative writing at Lehman College. He graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and received an MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. “Flash Fires” is his first published work.

Sarah Liu received her PhD in English from UC Berkeley, where she teaches Modernist literature and Holocaust Studies. Currently on leave recovering from a brain tumor, she is working on a book describing the relationships between medical staff, patients, family, and friends during serious illness.

Wendy Marcus wrote for the Vancouver Columbian and Seattle Times before founding The Mazeltones, the Northwest’s first klezmer revival band, in 1983. Marcus is music director at Temple Beth Am in Seattle’s North End. She recently completed a collection, Polyglot, titled after the story in this issue of BLR, about Washington State’s wet side. Another story from the collection, “Shutterbug,” is forthcoming in Paper Street Press.

Wendy Mnookin is a poet living in Newton, Massachusetts. Her books are What He Took, To Get Here, and Guenever Speaks. The poem published in the BLR will be included in The Moon Makes Its Own Plea, forthcoming from BOA Editions. She has new work in the Greensboro Review, Harvard Review, Prairie Schooner, and Rhino. A recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, Mnookin teaches in Boston area schools. (www.wendymnookin.com)

Berwyn Moore’s book of poems, Dissolution of Ghosts, was published by Cherry Grove Collections in 2005. She has poetry and nonfiction published in the Southern Review, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, Kansas Quarterly, JAMA, Pennsylvania Review, and Public Health Reports. She is an associate professor of English at Gannon University, where she teaches a medical humanities course called “Literature and the Healing Arts.”

Kristine Ong Muslim’s poems and stories have been published or are forthcoming in many places, including Cordite, Lily, Pedestal Magazine, Poetry Midwest, T-Zero, Thieves Jargon, and Turnrow. She lives in the Philippines.

Oaz Nir, the son of Israeli parents, is pursuing a PhD in Health Sciences and Technology in a joint program between MIT and Harvard Medical School. He imagines a career that balances scientific research with patient care. “The Little Gray and Black Box” is his first published story.

Barbara Oken has degrees from Syracuse University and Columbia University Teachers College. She has taught in elementary schools and at Job Corps, has been Director of Volunteers at Goldwater Memorial Hospital, and served as Public Health Educator/HIV counselor at the Queens House of Detention for Men. “Legacy” is her first published poem.

Joanna Pearson’s poetry and essays have appeared in Best New Poets 2005, Mississippi Review, JAMA, Journal of Medical Humanities, storySouth, Yemassee, and others. She is currently a third-year medical student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Susan Rich is the author of Cures Include Travel. Her book, The Cartographer’s Tongue: Poems of the World, won the PEN USA Award for Poetry and the Peace Corps Writers Award for Best Poetry Book. She has received an Artist Trust Award and a Fulbright Fellowship. Her poems have recently appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Green Mountains Review, and Quarterly West. She is an editor of Floating Bridge Press, dedicated to publishing poets from Washington State.

Elaine Schear, a teacher and writer, has published articles and book reviews in several education research journals. More recently, her poetry has appeared in Rive Gauche Literary Review, Spare Change News, Blueline, and the forthcoming Carquinez Poetry Review. Her poems were finalists in the Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Contest, 2006. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her partner and two daughters. She is completing work on her first poetry collection.

Alanna Schubach is currently an MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College. Her short stories and nonfiction have appeared in Lumina, the Subway Chronicles, and Edifice Wrecked. She lives in New York City, where she works at Lincoln Center Institute, a non-profit organization for the arts in education.

Anya Silver has published poetry in Image, Christian Century, Crab Orchard Review, Cream City Review, and Southern Poetry Review. A chapbook, Saints of Autumn, was published by Redbone Chapbooks. She teaches in the English Department at Mercer University in Macon, GA, where she lives with her husband and son. She is a survivor of inflammatory breast cancer.

Trenton Streeting lives in New York City. “Recoil” is his first published story; it is also the opening story in a novel-in-stories on which he is currently working.

Elaine Terranova was named a Pew Fellow in the Arts for 2006. Her most recent books of poems are The Dog’s Heart and Not To: New and Selected Poems, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Susan Varon is a poet and artist living in New York City. She began writing poetry in 1992, after suffering a severe stroke. Her work has appeared in over forty publications, and she has won fellowships to The MacDowell Colony and other residencies. She is an ordained Interfaith Minister.

Emma Wunsch has recently published fiction in Passages North, Lit, Brooklyn Review, Fugue, and Inkwell. She teaches English at Brooklyn College.