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Eric Anderson is a poet and fiction writer who lives in Elyria, Ohio. When he was very young, he watched Night of the Living Dead without his parents’ permission. Since then, he sometimes mistakes ordinary things, such as the snow-covered bushes in his front yard, for zombies.
Poe Ballantine recently prepared enchiladas for author Russell Banks but drank too much pinot noir and made an ass of himself. His second novel, Decline of the Lawrence Welk Empire, is coming out in April 2006 from Hawthorne Books.
Joseph Bathanti lives in Vilas, North Carolina, with his wife and two sons.
Florin Ion Firimițã grew up in Romania. As a teenager he spent long hours writing in his journal, which he hid in a sack of salt to keep Communist apparatchiks from discovering it. He lives in Winchester, Connecticut.
Lindsay Fitzgerald likes to stop and read the messages written in the sidewalk cement. She has new fiction in the anthology Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles, forthcoming in October 2005.
Ann Humphreys lives in Carrboro, North Carolina. Her chapbook Which Lies Are Necessary? will be published by Hollyridge Press this fall.
Ilya Kaminsky came to the United States in 1993 from Odessa, in the former Soviet Union. He lives in California and is the author of Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press).
Li-Young Lee’s most recent book of poetry, Book of My Nights (BOA Editions), won the 2002 William Carlos Williams Award. He lives with his wife and two sons in Chicago.
Bruce Holland Rogers is a freelance writer living in Eugene, Oregon. He is the author of Word Work: Surviving and Thriving as a Writer (Invisible Cities Press).
Sy Safransky is editor of The Sun.
Jessica Stein’s work has appeared most recently in Heliotrope, the Jewish Women’s Literary Annual, and her own ‘zine, Stockholm Syndrome. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she makes toast in the oven.
Katherine Towler is the author of the novels Snow Island and Evening Ferry (both MacAdam/Cage). She lives in New Hampshire.
Jeff Walt has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize two years in a row. His poetry has recently appeared in Runes, the Comstock Review, and the Cream City Review.
Saint James Harris Wood was on the road with his psychedelic punk blues band, the Saint James Catastrophe, when he picked up the heroin-smoking habit. This led to his imprisonment in a California high-desert penal colony, where he reinvented himself as a writer of the darkly absurd. Correspondence can be sent to: Saint James Harris Wood T30027 P.O. Box 4430 A1-217 Lancaster, CA 93539.
Roy Arenella lives in Forest Hills, New York.
Rita Bernstein is a photographer, but she fantasizes about being a veterinarian or a neuroscientist. She lives in Philadelphia.
Gene Beyt is a photographer and physician who teaches at Tulane University and lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
James Carroll is a photographer living in New York City.
William Carter is the author of several books of photographs, including the nude study Illuminations (Editions One). He lives in Los Altos Hills, California.
Wes Cheney displays his photographs in his studio at d’Art Center in downtown Norfolk, Virginia.
Martin Fishman is a photographer living in Brooklyn, New York.
Robert E. Hannan is a photographer who lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children.
Roger Harmon lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but spends much of his time in Southeast Asia, where he takes photographs, trains Peace Corps volunteers, and leads educational tours for Westerners.
Michele A. Hubbs loves making pictures, but right now she’d rather be holding her baby son than her camera. She lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Edis Jurčys recently published his first book of photographs, Gijos (Thread). He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Gene Monette is a photographer who lives in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
Adrienne Moumin lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. She has spent most of her life making photographs.
Matt Nighswander lives in Chicago, where he is pursuing an MFA. For more than ten years he played in a band that you’ve never heard of.
Roger Pfingston is a photographer, poet, and retired English teacher. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and is trying to curb his passion for pastry before high cholesterol does him in.
Randall Richards is a photographer who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He thinks all guns, TVs, and other weapons should be destroyed and all dairy products banned.
Mark Townsend is a photographer who lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Harry Wilson is a photographer living in Bakersfield, California.
Tanya Boggs took this photo of her daughter soaking in a hot spring on the Colorado River. Boggs lives in Vail, Colorado, and is currently pursuing an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute.
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