Courtney Bambrick worked in theater as both a costumer and an administrator until enrolling in Rosemont College’s MFA writing program. She is originally from the Philadelphia area, but attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and lived in Ireland twice. Her work has appeared in Rosemont’s Parlor, in Philadelphia Poets, and Mad Poets Review.
Amina Gautier is an Assistant Professor of English at St. Joseph’s University and a fiction editor for Storyquarterly. Her fiction appears or is forthcoming in Chattahoochee Review, Kenyon Review, North American Review, Shenandoah and Southwest Review among other places. She has been the recipient of the Jack Dyer Prize, the William Richey Award and a Pennsylvnania Council on the Arts Award and has been a Breadloaf Waiter, a Ucross Fellow and a Sewanee Scholar. “Make Me Over,” which is reprinted here was the 2004 William Richey Award winner and was first published in Yemassee. It was presented in the Writing Aloud series of Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre.
Joe “Hoagie” Hauser is an avid consumer (and critic) of film and television, and has the physique to prove it. He has a B.A. in Communications and an M.B.A. from La Salle University, where he first learned that it’s even more fun to critique a movie than to watch it. Joe is particularly interested in the relationship between the written word and its translation to screen, large or small. He firmly believes in living live 24 frames a second.
Karla Huston (Appleton, WI) is the author of five chapbooks of poetry, most recently: Virgins on the Rocks (Parallel Press, 2004) and Catch and Release (Marsh River Editions, 2005). Her poems, reviews and interviews have been published in Cimarron Review, 5 A.M., Margie, and others. Ellaraine Lockie has recently been to Kenya on a poetry fellowship, to Centrum in Port Townsend, WA, for a poetry residency, has received her tenth Pushcart nomination and has won the Elizabeth Curry Award from SLAB at the University of Slippery Rock. Forthcoming is a Rooftop Chaplet from Adrienne Lewis' series and a chapbook, Blue Ribbons at the County Fair, from Patricia Wellingham-Jones' PWJ Publishing. Dan Maguire’s work has won numerous prizes and awards, including two nominations for the Pushcart Prize. His work has appeared in The Schuylkill Valley Journal, The Comstock Review, The Mad Poets Review, The Paterson Literary Review, Big City Lit, the Philadelphia Inquirer and others He has studied with Robert Bly. His first volume of poetry, Somewhere Between, was published by Brief Candle Press, through a grant from the English Speaking Union. Among his honors are two firsts at the Philadelphia Writers Conference and a reading at the Library of Congress.
Stephen Massimilla (Sea Cliff, NY) is a poet and visual artist. His book Forty Floors From Yesterday (Bordighera Press) received the Sonia Raiziss-Giop Series Bordighera Poetry Prize. Other honors have included a Van Rensselaer Prize and an Academy of American Poets Prize. His poems have appeared in dozens of journals and anthologies Including Bellingham Review and Provincetown Arts.
Ann E. Michael (www.annemichael.com) writes poems and essays from her home in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, where she lives with her husband and two chldren. Her work has been published in many journals, including Poem, 9th Letter, The Writer’s Chronicle, Natural Bridge, and Runes. She is a past recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Her chapbooks include More than Shelter, Small Things Rise & Go, and The Minor Fauna.
Daniel Polikoff (Mill Valley, CA) received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell and his Diploma in Waldorf Education from Steiner College. His first poetry collection, Dragon Ship, will be published by Tebot Bach Press in 2007. He has completed a translation of Rilke’s “Sonnets to Orpheus” (eleven of which have been published in The Chariton Review and Porcupine.)
Harold Quinn (Chapel Hill, NC) is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and Tulane Medical School. He practiced and taught ENT surgery in Shreveport, LA for 33 years. In 1995, he retired to Chapel Hill, NC to continue his interest in literature. His poetry has appeared in Hollins Critic, Negative Capability, and Vital Signs, among others.
Tree Riesener has published poetry and short fiction in numerous literary magazines. A winner in the Authors in the Park Short Story Competition and in England's Ian St. James Competition, she also won a double first for the Short-Short Story and the Literary Short Story at the Philadelphia Writers Conference. Her achievements include the Semi-Finals of the Pablo Neruda Competition, three short stories staged in the Writing Aloud productions of InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia, a Hawthornden International Writing Fellowship, a Pushcart nomination, and the William Van Wert Fiction Award. She is Editor of the Schuylkill Valley Journal’s online edition, SVJ LIT. The author of Liminalog, a chapbook of ghazals and sijo, she is active in Philadelphia area spoken word events. She has two new poetry collections: Inscapes from Finishing Line Press and Angel Poison from Pudding House Publications.
Bill Wunder’s poems have twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and in 2004 he was named Poet Laureate of Bucks County., Pennsylvania. His poems have been finalists in the Robert Fraser Poetry Competition, the Mad Poets’ Society Competition twice, and the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards three times. Recently, his work has appeared in The Manhattan Review, Lips, The Paterson Literary Review, Mad Poets’ Review, Drexel University On-Line Journal, Wild River Review and others. Via Dolorosa Press in Cleveland, Ohio published Bill’s chapbook title A Season of Storms. His book Pointing At The Moon is forthcoming from Wordtech Communications.
Robert Zaller is the author of five books and chapbooks of poetry, including The Year One, Lives of the Poet, Invisible Music, For Empedocles, and, most recently, Islands (Somerset hall Press). With Lili Bita, he has translated Thirty Years in the Rain: The Selected Poetry of Nikiforos Vrettakos, as well as books by Lili Bita, including Sister of Darkness: A Memoir, and Women of Fire and Blood. Professor of History at Drexel University, Robert is also the author of The Parliament of 1621: A Study in Constitutional Conflict, Europe in Transition, 1660-1815, and The Discourse of Legitimacy in Early Modern England, as well as a critical study, The Cliffs of Solitude: A Reading of Robinson Jeffers. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and his honors include a Guggenheim fellowship