Stephen Bitterolf

Stephen Bitterolf was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a child and has lived both in the U.S. and Europe. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn. The works in this issue were a part of his 2005 exhibition Mostly Cloudy, at ZieherSmith in New York. The drawings also appeared in the group exhibition Radical Vaudeville at Geoffrey Young Gallery, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Work

Nellie Bridge

Nellie Bridge grew up in Washington State. She earned her MFA from NYU as a New York Times Fellow, and was recently awarded the Amy Award for Poetry. Her poems are forthcoming in Rattapallax. She works at the Authors Guild, where she helps writers build and maintain their own websites. Work


Frank Fields

Frank Fields hales from Toad Suck, Arkansas where he spent his childhood aniticipating the annual Toad Suck Daze Festival.Located on the Arkansas River, this place was a popular spot for the bargemen to pull over and drink rum and moonshine. They are said to have "sucked on bottles until they swelled up like toads." Though not a bargeman, Frank has been known to keep the tradition alive. This is the first piece Frank has ever shared with anyone, though he has been writing longer than Methuselah walked the earth. Work


Kevin Gallagher

Kevin Gallagher teaches at Boston University and lives in Gloucester,MA with his wife and newborn son. His poetry has been published in Harvard Review, Partisan Review, Green Mountains Review, LitVert, Jacket, and elsewhere. His recent books are Putting Development First: The Importance of Policy Space in the WTO, and Free Trade and the Environment: Mexico, NAFTA, and Beyond. Work

Steven Gillis

Steven Gillis is the author of the novel The Weight of Nothing (Brook Street Press,2005) Steve's first novel, Walter Falls, was published in 2003 and went on to be named a finalist for both the 2003 Book of the Year for Literary Fiction by ForeWord Magazine and also a finalist for the Independent Publishers Association 2004 Book of the Year; the only novel to be named a finalist for both awards. (Water Falls was recently released in paperback.) Currently at work on a new novel, Temporary People, Steve's stories, articles and book reviews have appeared in over a dozen journals, most recently in the new editions of Monkeybicycle, Orchid and the next Gargoyle. Steve teaches writing and literature at Eastern Michigan University and is the founder of 826 Michigan, a nonprofit mentoring and tutoring organization for public school students specializing in reading and writing and a chapter of Dave Eggers' 826 Valencia. All author proceeds from Steve's novels go to his 826 Michigan foundation. Steve lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Mary, and children Anna and Zach. Work


Jayson Iwen

Jayson Iwen has had work published in journals such as New American Writing, Clackamas Literary Review, Fence, The Cream City Review, Poetry Motel, and Southern Indiana Review, An interview he conducted with Paul Hoover was recently reprinted in Fables of Representation, by the University of Michigan Press. He has work forthcoming in Onthebus, The Marlboro Review, Third Coast, and REED. Jayson is an Assistant Professor of English at the American University of Beirut, in Lebanon, where he lives with his wife and three cats, and where he recently ran his first marathon. Work


Brett Kell

Brett Kell is a writer, husband, gourmand, and public relations professional. In 2004, he earned a Master's degree in Management with a paper on corporate social responsibility in the fast food industry. Brett has contributed to various publications, websites, and media. His poetry has most recently appeared in Clare, KNOCK, and Paj Ntaub Voice. Brett is currently assembling his third chapbook, Nonce Words. He and his wife Lauren live in Milwaukee, WI. Work

Anastasios Kozaitis

Anastasios Kozaitis lives in New York City with his wife and son. He has published his poems and translations in The New Republic, Nedge, LA Times Book Review, Mantis, VeRT and The Guardian. A 2002 graduate of the Bennington Writings Seminar, he edits the electronic poetry service PotD and was one of the founding editors of Compost magazine. Work

Ernest Loesser

Ernest Loesser is a writer and journalist in New York City. His non-fiction has appeared in Tokion; in his most recent work, The Fix, he investigated the underground network of former addicts in New York and across the US conducting addiction-interruption therapy with the illegal substance Ibogaine. His fiction has appeared in Anathema and the High Horse Zeitung published in London. He lives and works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Work


Jerry McGuire

Jerry McGuire has published two books of poems, The Flagpole Dance (Lynx House) and Vulgar Exhibitions (Eastern Washington University). Much of his work is poetry, drama, and experimental fiction done in collaboration with musicians, dancers, and visual artists, and designed for specific performance environments. He is Director of Creative Writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.Work


Molly McQuade

Molly McQuade's books include Barbarism, Stealing Glimpses, An Unsentimental Education, and By Herself. Her writing has appeared recently or will soon appear in Southern Review, Parnassus, TriQuarterly, Jubilat, and the Paris Review. She contributed an essay about J. D. Salinger's use of parentheses to the recently released anthology, Letters to J. D. Salinger. Her column, "Works in Progress," appears regularly in Booklist, the national magazine of the American Library Association. A critic as well as a writer and an editor, she reviews frequently for The Washington Post , The Chicago Tribune, Newsday and others; for the last four years, she has served as a member of the board of the National Book Critics Circle. Recently the writer in residence at The James Merrill House, she taught last spring at Johns Hopkins University and at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Work

Francis Raven

Francis Raven is a graduate student in philosophy at Temple University. His first novel, Inverted Curvatures, will be published this fall by Spuyten Duyvil. Poems of his have been published in
Mudlark, Conundrum, Untitled, Pindeldyboz, Big Bridge, Le Petite Zine, and Can We Have Our Ball Back? Essays and articles of his have been
published in Jacket, Clamor, In These Times, The Fulcrum Annual, Rain Taxi, Sauce, and Pavement Saw. Work

Henry R. Williams

Henry R. Williams was born and raised in the piedmont of North Carolina; he currently resides and works in New York. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming from The Southern Humanities Review, Fire (Oxfordshire), The Brooklyn Review, The Emergency Almanac, Offerta Speciale (Torino), among others. His new collection Seasons Smooth & Unperplext is currently in search of a publisher. Work


Emna Zghal

Emna Zghal was born in Tunisia, North Africa. She received her BA from L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Tunis and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Tunisia, France, USA, Germany, Japan, Kuwait, India, Libya, Lebanon and Italy. She was part of the 1997 edition of the New Delhi Triennial and 1995 edition of the Kuwait Biennial. Zghal has received fellowship residencies and done projects with the Newark Art Museum, The Lower East Side Print shop, The MacDowell Colony, The Weir Farm Trust, The Vermont Studio Center, Blue Mountain Center and La Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris. Emna Zghal's portfolio of prints "The Prophet of Black Folk" was acquired by The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library. Work


Scott Zieher

Scott Zieher was born and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin. His poetry has recently appeared online at Eleven Bulls, Flaneur, Slurrymagazine, and Diagram. In March, 2003, he and his partner, Andrea Smith, opened ZieherSmith Inc., a contemporary art gallery featuring artists in all media and located in the Chelsea district of Manhattan. Scott won the Emergency Press book contest in 2004. His book, Virga, was published in January of 2005. Work