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Contributors' Notes

Karina Borowicz has recent work in American Letters and Commentary, Cream City Review, and the Southern Review. Her translations have appeared in AGNI Online and Poetry Daily.


Jerry M. Burger is a professor of psychology at Santa Clara University. His short stories have appeared in Potpourri, Wind Magazine, Karamu, and Lynx Eye.


Regie Cabico is a spoken word pioneer and has won the Nuyorican Grand Slam. His work appears in The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, Bum Rush the Page: Def Poetry Jam, and My Diva: 65 Gay Men and the Women Who Inspire Them. He has received literary fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the DC Commission for the Arts, and the 2006 Writers For Writers Award for his work with at-risk youth at Bellevue Hospital. He resides in Washington, DC.


Nancy Naomi Carlson is the prize-winning author of Kings Highway, Complications of the Heart, and Imperfect Seal of Lips. She is an associate editor for Tupelo Press and an instructor at the Bethesda Writer's Center. Her work has appeared in such journals as Agni, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, and the Southern Review. She is the K-12 counselor specialist for the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland.


P. Philip Cheung has been dividing his time since 1987 between his hometown of Toronto, Canada and various cities in China where he lives, writes, and teaches ESL. His father was a physician at the former Toronto Hospital for Tuberculosis for thirty years. His mother's side of the family now includes the fifth generation of Torontonians of Chinese descent. His writing has appeared in Gaspereau Review, lichen, and Metropolis.


Claudia Cortese is a recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College's MFA program, where she was the poetry editor for Lumina Magazine and a featured graduate reader at the Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival. Her work has appeared in At-Large Magazine. She teaches English at Montclair State University in New Jersey and lives in New York.


Magda Montiel Davis immigrated to the United States as a child, shortly after the Cuban Revolution. She is an immigration lawyer, a former Democratic nominee for U.S. Congress, and the author of the nonfiction manuscript Kissing Fidel. Somewhere along the line she had five children and four grandchildren. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, Ira Kurzban.


Kelly Flanigan teaches high school English, instructs yoga, and works part time at a funeral home.  She writes short stories and poetry, focusing primarily on young adults and the end of life. She lives in Shakopee, Minnesota with her puppy, Gatsby. She was named as an Honorable Mention for Fiction in the 2006-2007 Loft Mentor Series in Minneapolis. This is her first print publication.  Her blog is: stephenkingsgirl.blogspot.com


John Kay is a poet and photo-artist who lives in Heidelberg, Germany. He has an MFA from the University of Arizona, and previously taught writing at the University of Maryland in the European Division. He has three chapbooks and a forthcoming book, Phantom of the Apple, from Beginner's Mind Press. His photos can be viewed at www.pbase.com/jakay.


Amy Kitchell-Leighty holds an MFA in poetry from Bennington College's Writing Seminars. Her work has appeared in Rockhurst Review, White Pelican Review, and All Things Girl.


Anne Korkeakivi recently completed her first novel, When Last I Saw You, and is compiling a collection of short stories about displaced and misplaced persons. Some of these stories have appeared in the French Literary Review and the Berkshire Review. Her nonfiction has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Times (London). A native New Yorker, she currently lives in Switzerland.


Itzhak Kronzon has published over eighty short stories, both in his native Israel and in America. Three books-Mother, Sunshine, Homeland; Who Will Get Belgium? and A Long Day's Journey into the Heart-were published in Hebrew. He is a cardiologist and professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine, as well as a senior professor at Tel Aviv University, and director and consultant at Escorts Heart Institute in New Delhi, India.


Jacqueline Jones LaMon is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, UCLA School of Law, and Indiana University Bloomington, where she received her MFA in Poetry. A graduate fellow of Cave Canem, her first poetry collection, Gravity, U.S.A., received the Quercus Review Press Poetry Series Book Award. Her first novel, In the Arms of One Who Loves Me, was published by One World/Ballantine Books. She is Director of Creative Writing at Adelphi University, where she teaches creative writing, literature, and pedagogy.


Patricia Lockwood's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Letters & Commentary, Bat City Review, Chelsea, Cincinnati Review, Quarterly West, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and Witness. She lives in Florida. 


Matt Lombardi received an MFA from The New School. His work has appeared in Details, Court Green, and Forklift Ohio. He teaches English at Baruch College and lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently finishing his first novel.


Flavian Mark Lupinetti is a cardiothoracic surgeon in southern Oregon and an MFA candidate at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Among his recent and forthcoming publications are stories in Barrelhouse, Cutthroat, New Fables, Yellow Medicine Review, and ZYZZYVA, some of which can be read at www.lupinetti.com.


Luther Magnussen's fiction has appeared in the Yale Review, Harvard Review, the Antioch Review, and Harper's and is also forthcoming in the Pushcart Prize Anthology XXXIV. He lives in New York City.


Kurt Magsamen has a degree in English from Colorado State University and a degree in American Studies from Utah State University. Among other jobs, he has worked as a craps dealer, hazardous materials laborer, and geographic-information-systems technician. He currently teaches English at the University of Pavol Jozef Šafárik in Košice, Slovakia.


MaryLee McNeal writes fiction and poetry. "Smart Enough" is from her manuscript titled Another Wyoming.  "Blown to Cheyenne," from that collection, won the 2004 Palo Alto Weekly Short Story competition, and "Winter Light" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize after publication in the BLR. McNeal lives near San Francisco, where she teaches with the California Poets in the Schools, and leads poetry workshops at Hope House, a drug and alcohol recovery program.


Sandra Meek is the author of three books of poems-Biogeography, winner of the Dorset Prize; Burn; and Nomadic Foundations-and editor of Deep Travel: Contemporary American Poets Abroad, winner of a 2008 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal. She is Poetry Editor of the Phi Kappa Phi Forum, Co-founding Editor of Ninebark Press, Director of the Georgia Poetry Circuit, and professor of English at Berry College.


Sequoia Nagamatsu was born in Ventura, California and grew up in Hawaii and Silicon Valley. He studied anthropology at Grinnell College, Iowa, and has produced stage performances in California and taught English in Japan. He is currently working on a novel and a story collection focusing on the Japanese Diaspora. His stories have appeared in Elimae and One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories


Joanna Pearson recently received her MFA in poetry from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, and she will complete her MD at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2010. She received Honorable Mention for the 2007 BLR prize in poetry. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2005 and is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Tar River Poetry, Measure, and Valparaiso Poetry Review.


Paola Peroni was educated at the University of Pennsylvania. Her stories have appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, the Antioch Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Fence. One of her stories was selected for the 2009 Prize issue of the Mississippi Review, edited by Frederick Barthelmy.


Patrick Pfister is the author of two books of travel literature: Pilgrimage: Tales from the Open Road and Over Sand & Sea. His work has been selected for several Travelers' Tales anthologies, including Best Travel Writing 2007. His stories and poetry have appeared in Pearl, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Alimentum, International Quarterly, and Chiron Review. He lives in Barcelona, Spain. www.patrickpfister.com


Ines P. Rivera Prosdocimi's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Afro-Hispanic Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Border Senses, Brush Mountain Review, Hispanic Cultural Review, PALABRA: A Magazine of Chicano & Latino Literary Art, and Revista LENGUA. In 2008, she won first-runner-up in the Pan African Literary Forum (PALF), Africana Poetry Contest. Ms. Rivera just completed an MFA in Creative Writing at American University.


Helen Klein Ross is an advertising executive who lives in Manhattan. Her poetry and fiction can be found in Salmagundi, Mid-American Review, and Quick Fiction. Essays have appeared in the New York Times. She has received a Pushcart Prize nomination and is at work on a novel.


Christopher Schacht is a native Nebraskan who is currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at New Mexico State. He graduated from Simpson College in Iowa with a BA in English and History, and briefly attended law school before escaping with his soul. "Shark Eyes" is his first published story.


Amie Sharp lives with her husband in Colorado Springs, where she teaches English at Pikes Peak Community College. A recent graduate of the Seattle Pacific University MFA program, her work has appeared in the 2River View and the New Formalist.


Hal Sirowitz is the former Poet Laureate of Queens, New York. He has had Parkinson's for sixteen years and recently underwent a deep brain stimulation operation. He is the author of four collections of poetry. His first-Mother Said-was translated into nine languages. His most recent book is Father Said.


Melissa Stein's poems have appeared in Southern Review, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, and North American Review. Her work has won several awards, and she has received residency fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, Djerassi, Montalvo, Ragdale, and VCCA. She has an MA in poetry from the University of California at Davis, and is a freelance writer and editor in San Francisco.


David Wagoner has published eighteen books of poems, most recently A Map of the Night. One of his ten novels-The Escape Artist-was made into a movie by Francis Ford Coppola. He won the 1991 Lilly Prize and six prizes from Poetry. He was chancellor of the Academy of American Poets for twenty-three years. He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and twice for the National Book Award. He edited Poetry Northwest until 2002. He is professor emeritus of English at the University of Washington.


Maria Williams-Russell received an MFA in poetry from Goddard College and a BA from Eugene Lang College of The New School. Her poems have been published in Sous Rature, Chronogram, and Holly Rose Review. She is the editor of the fine-arts website ArtId.com and teaches English Composition at Greenfield Community College. Maria lives in Greenfield, Massachusetts with her husband and two children.


Wendy Wisner's first book of poems, Epicenter, was published in 2004. Her poems have appeared in the Spoon River Review, Natural Bridge, Flint Hills Review, RUNES, and 5AM. Wendy received an MFA in poetry from Hunter College, and her awards include the 2003 Amy Award. She lives in Bayside, New York with her husband and son.


Hazel Kight Witham is a writer, artist, and middle school teacher in Los Angeles, California. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University-Los Angeles and is working on a novel and a memoir about her family's history with mental illness. www.hazelwitham.com