Contributors' Notes


Jill M. Allen teaches writing and is the creative writing coordinator at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. Her poems and essays have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, TriQuarterly Review, MARGIE, Southeast Review, RUNES, and Creative Nonfiction.

Barbara Bowen's poems have appeared in online and print journals, and in the 2005 and 2006 anthologies of the Washington Poets Association. She is the recipient of a 2007 Artist Trust grant for a suite of poems re-imagining ancient objects looted from the Iraqi History Museum in Baghdad. Barbara is a freelance knowledge cartographer, and a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Guillermo Castro's work appears in Nthposition, EOAGH, The Recluse, Bloom, Barrow St, Lapetitezine, Frigatezine, La Fovea, and the anthologies My Diva, This Full Green Hour, Saints of Hysteria, This New Breed. His translations of Olga Orozco, in collaboration with Ron Drummond, are featured in Guernica, Terra Incognita, Visions, and the U.S. Latino Review. He is a native of Argentina and lives in New York City.

Catharine Clark-Sayles is an internist in Northern California. She graduated from the University of Colorado in 1979 and moved to San Francisco for training and a stint in the Army, rediscovering poetry about fifteen years ago. Her first book of poetry, One Breath, was published by Tebot Bach Press in 2008.

Buffy Cram was the recipient of a Canadian National Magazine Award in 2007. Her fiction has appeared in Prairie Fire, and has been shortlisted in contests run by Cutbank and Glimmer Train. After living in Vancouver, Montreal, Boston, South Korea and South America, Buffy has decided to settle for a while in Austin, Texas. She is currently working on a novel and a collection of short stories.

Nancy Devine teaches high school English in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where she lives with her husband Chuck and their dogs. She co-directs the Red River Valley Writing Project, a local site of the National Writing Project. Her poems have appeared in online and print journals; her essays have appeared in Matter, a Fort Collins-based literary magazine.

Dina Elenbogen, an award-winning poet and prose writer, is the author of the poetry collection Apples of the Earth. She just completed a hybrid collection, Houses of Learning: Essays and Four Fictions. Her poetry, essays, and stories have been widely published in magazines and anthologies. She has an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and teaches at the University of Chicago Writer's Studio. (

Katherine Ellis recently completed her first short story collection, Who in This Room. In 2007, the title story won first place in the Adult Short Story Category of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest. Her work has also appeared in Gastronomica. She works in Seattle and the San Juan Islands of Washington State while her husband keeps their one-year-old daughter from kissing the dog on the lips.

Seth Fleisher is currently finishing a collection of stories about fathers and terror. He lives and writes in Berkeley, California and does international development work in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Previously, he did doctoral work in South Asian social history at Harvard. Fiction from his collection-in-progress recently appeared in Pearl, and he was a top finalist in Glimmer Train's fiction competition. For muses, he has two small and rather opinionated sons. (

Christina Marsden Gillis has published in the Journal of Medical Humanities, Death Studies, Raritan, and Island Journal. Her most recent book, Writing On Stone: Scenes from a Maine Island Life (2008), is a memoir of place and loss drawn from her experiences as a summer resident on a small Maine island. Previously, she administered the Townsend Center for the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley, organizing programs on social suffering, death, and dying. Conference proceedings and a video of one of these programs-Seeing the Difference-were published in 2001.

Kalindi Akolekar Handler is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania, Teachers College at Columbia and the MFA program at the City College of New York where she was awarded the Tony Kushner Creative Writing Award in 2006. She has taught English for twenty years, the last five as an adjunct instructor at City College. A lifetime ago, she published book reviews and two young adult novels. "Baba" is her first published short story.

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

Stacy Kidd is Poetry Editor for Quarterly West and a Teaching Fellow in the Creative Writing PhD Program at the University of Utah. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, the Iowa Review, Washington Square, and WITNESS.

Amanda Leskovac lives in Pittsburgh, where she teaches composition and creative writing. Her work has appeared in The Chimera and Sylvan Echo. She is currently finishing her memoir, Cock-Eyed View. She celebrated her 12th anniversary in a wheelchair this year.

Celeste Lipkes is a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University, where she studies writing, history of science, and bioethics. She is a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship from Hopkins and a Davidson Fellowship in Literature from the Davidson Foundation. She has attended workshops at Lake Forest, Kenyon, and Sarah Lawrence College. This is her first publication.

Christopher Lowe's fiction has appeared in the online journals Fiction Weekly and Superstition Review. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, he was educated at Mississippi University for Women (admitting men since 1982) and McNeese State University. He lives with his fiancée in Lake Charles, Louisiana where he is at work finishing his first novel, Those Like Us. "The Egg Bowl" is his first print publication.

Jack Lynch holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music Theater from the New School, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Hunter College. His work has appeared in Ology, POZ Magazine, Paterson Literary Review, and the forthcoming anthology My Diva (University of Wisconsin Press).        

Amanda McCormick is a recent graduate of the Columbia University MFA program in Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Heeb magazine, the Village Voice, and online at Mr. Beller's Neighborhood. She works for the Film Society of Lincoln Center and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

David Milofsky has published four novels as well as short stories, essays, and reviews. He has won fellowships from the NEA, the MacDowell Colony and Bread Loaf. He writes the "Bookbeat" column for the Denver Post and teaches at Colorado State University.

Missy-Marie Montgomery is a humanities professor at Springfield College in western Massachusetts. Her poems have appeared in Poetry International, Lyric Poetry Review, Connecticut Review, Crab Orchard Review, Cimarron Review, Poet Lore, Bark, and Rattle. Her chapbook, The Blue Gate, was recently published by Pudding House Press.

Amy Nolan, born and raised in Michigan, currently teaches creative writing, film, and literature at Wartburg College in Iowa. She is writing her first memoir, Whirlpool.

Hollis Seamon is the author of a story collection, Body Work, and a novel, Flesh. Her stories have appeared in the Greensboro Review, Pindeldyboz, the Nebraska Review, Fiction International, Calyx, and Chicago Review. Her work has been anthologized in The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review, The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe and Other Stories of Women and Fatness, A Line of Cutting Women, Sacred Ground: Writings About Home, and Consuming Desires: Food and Other Enemies. A recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fiction Fellowship, Seamon teaches writing and literature at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.  

Noel Sikorski has published poems in The American Poet: The Journal for the Academy of American Poets, Painted Bride Quarterly, and also a limited edition broadside for the Center For Book Arts in New York City. She lives in New York City and teaches in the Expository Writing Program at NYU.

Sofia Starnes' award-winning collections are The Soul's Landscape (Aldrich Poetry Prize), A Commerce of Moments (Transcontinental Poetry Prize, Editor's Choice), and Corpus Homini: A Poem for Single Flesh (Whitebird Poetry Prize). Her work has appeared in the Notre Dame Review, Southern Poetry Review, Hayden's Ferry, Pleiades, and Hawai'i Pacific Review (Best of the Decade Issue). She serves as poetry editor of the Anglican Theological Review.

Toni Thomas' poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Takahe (New Zealand), Hayden's Ferry Review, Poetry East, Weber: The Contemporary West, Gingko Tree Review, Eclipse, Slipstream, Lake Effect, Lullwater Review, Alimentum, and in the Southern California Poetry Anthology as part of the 2005 Ann Stanford Poetry Award. She lives in Oregon with her family and enjoys studying the quiet disposition of the moon.

David Watts' essay "Facts and Lies" is the lead piece in his new collection of stories, The Orange Wire Problem and Other Tales from the Doctor's Office, just released from The University of Iowa Press ( He writes prose (Bedside Manners) and poetry (five narrow volumes) which he uses to illuminate lectures on the "Art of Medicine" at various medical and nursing schools. He founded Writing the Medical Experience, a workshop for writers on the medical subject and he is a commentator on NPR's All Things Considered.

John Willson is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize and awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Artist Trust of Washington. John's poems have appeared in numerous journals and in such anthologies as Under Our Skin: Literature of Breast Cancer and Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry. A two-time finalist in the National Poetry Series, John lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington, where he is employed as a poetry workshop instructor and a bookseller at an independent bookstore.

Stephen Wilson is a retired psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He has worked in Oxford, UK, since the early 1970's, where he was a faculty member in the University Department of Psychiatry. His first collection of poems, Fluttering Hands, was published in 2008 by Greenwich Exchange in London and is available online. He is also the author of The Bloomsbury Book of the Mind, Introducing the Freud Wars, Sigmund Freud (A Pocket Biography) and The Cradle of Violence: Essays on Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Literature.