Dancing Bear lives in San Jose. His poems and art have been published in New York Quarterly, Zuzu's Petals Literary Quarterly and Slipstream. He is the editor of several books and chapbooks, including the online journal Disquieting Muses, and hosts the KKUP-radio show, "Out of Our Minds." His latest chapbook is Disjointed Constellations.
Frank A. Bella was a winner in the 1999 Film Roman Fine Art Competition. Mr. Sharon Stone, the satirical comic strip he draws with the San Francisco Independent's Warren Hinckle, recently appeared in the international tabloid The Globe. He lives with his wife and daughter in Mountain View, California, and can be reached at www.bellastudios.com
Judith Bishop came to California from New England, where she worked for 12 years as a symphonic violinist in Maine and won the Academy of American Poets University Prize - judged by W.H. Auden and Marianne Moore. Her The Longest Light won the 1991 Five Fingers Review Chapbook Award in San Francisco, and her first full book, The Burning Place, was published by Fithian Press in 1994.
Douglas Blazek's poetry has appeared in APR, The Nation, Triquarterly and Ploughshares. His books include Exercises in Memorizing Myself, Flux and Reflux and Edible Fire. He lives in Sacramento.
Sean Brendan-Brown's poetry has appeared recently in Nightsun, Pennsylvania English, and Notre Dame Review. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, a former poetry editor for the Georgetown Review, and recipient of a 1997 NEA poetry fellowship.
Christopher Buckley has received an NEA Grant, a Fulbright Award in Creative Writing and four Pushcart Prizes. He is the author of ten books of poetry and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Poetry. His latest book of poems, Fall from Grace, was published last year by the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He is Chair of the Creative Writing Department at the University of California, Riverside.
Joe Cadora is at the end of a chain of guitar teachers/performers leading directly to Blind Lemon Jefferson. His stories have appeared in various literary magazines, including the Southern Humanities Review, and he reviews literary fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle. Gumbo is an excerpt from The Devil's Music, "a novel of the blues" that took first prize for unpublished novels from the Jack London Writers' Conference.
Julio Cortázar was born in Brussels in 1914 of Argentinian parents, raised in Argentina, and spent his most productive years in Paris, where he died in 1984. His many books translated into English include Hopscotch, Blow-up and Other Stories, A Change of Light and We Love Glenda So Much, Cronopios And Famas, A Manual for Manuel, The Winners, A Certain Lucas, and Around the Day in Eighty Worlds. Save Twilight, translated by Stephen Kessler, is the first collection of his poetry to appear in English.
Bruce Cutler's Fifth Gospel is a series of poems, a section of which has appeared in The Beloit Poetry Journal. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.
Glover Davis' poetry has appeared in The New England Review, The Southern Poetry Review and Quarterly West. He has published three books, Bandaging Bread and August Fires with Cummington Press, and Legends with Wesleyan University Press. He directs the MFA program at San Diego State University.
Carolyn Dille lives in San Jose, California, where she writes poems and books and articles on food, cooking and gardening. Her work appears nationally and locally in reviews, magazines and bookstores.
James Doyle is the author of The Sixth Day, a collection of poems from Pygmy Forest Press (1988) and The Governor's Office, a chapbook from Black Bear Publications (1986). His poetry has appeared in the anthology Literature: An Introduction to Critical Reading (Prentice Hall, 1996) and more than 100 journals, including Poetry, The Beloit Poetry Journal and The Literary Review. He lives in Colorado.
Roberto Tinoco Durán is the author of three books of poetry, A Friend of Sorrow, Triple Crown (Bilingual Press), and Reality Ribs (Bilingual Press). He is the subject of three video documentaries produced by Italian filmmaker, Emilio Ratti. He is also the recipient of the 1999 Dragonfly Press Literary Achievement grant.
Elizabeth Eastmond is a writer who lives in Riverside, California. The storms and angst of her teenage years have diminished; now the writing of her novel is what keeps her up at night.
Robert Fagan has published poems and stories in many magazines ranging from Partisan Review to Stand. Recently, he's published most often in Witness, Another Chicago Magazine and Mississippi Mud.
Allen C. Fischer brings to poetry a background in business where he was director of marketingfor a large corporate travel firm. His poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, Indiana Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner and the 1997 Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry.
Doug Flaherty has published poetry, fiction and reviews in The New Yorker, The Nation, The Quarterly Review of Literature and North American Review. He has published five full-length books and been included in three anthologies. He teaches creative writing at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.
Ted Gehrke was born in Portland, Oregon and lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the midst of redwoods. He's finishing the follow-up to his book, Dedicate Me To Your Favorite Charity, and working on a novel. He produces a free blues festival in San Jose, California.
Matthew Goodsell (cover art) did not make the decision to develop his artistic talent until after he graduated from Oregon State University where, oddly enough, he studied not art, but molecular genetics. He has been painting on and off for the past five years. Even more recent is his decision to devote his time to establishing himself as a professional illustrator. The painting Dark Days was originally commissioned by the e-zine Recursive Angel and appears on their website at www.calldei.com/~recangel. Goodsell resides in Reno, Nevada.
Rafael Jesús González collection of verse, El Hacedor De Juegos/The Maker of Games, published by Casa Editorial, went into a second printing. Also a painter, sculptor, and installation artist, his work has been exhibited at the Oakland Museum, the Mexican Museum of San Francisco, and the Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee. The Oakland Museum commissioned Mexican composer Guillermo Galindo to set González's performance poem, Descent to Mictlan, to music. The poem "The Hands" first appeared in Second Coming, Volume 14, Number 1.
Greg Hall was born in Birmingham, Alabama and also in Big Sur, California. He intends, like Giacometti, to go to the very end and see what can be done. He lives in San Jose.
Mickey Hart was drummer and percussionist for nearly three decades for the Grateful Dead. His passion for percussion, trance and world music has led him into dozens of ventures in performing, recording, composing and publishing. He is the author of three books, Drumming at the Edge of Magic (with Jay Stevens and Fredric Lieberman), Planet Drum (with Fredric Lieberman and D.A. Sonneborn) and Spirit into Sound: The Magic of Music (with Fredric Lieberman), all available from Grateful Dead Books.
Dianna Henning is a California Arts Council Artist-in-Residence for the year 1999/2000. Her work has appeared in Louisville Review, California Quarterly, Red Rock Review and Spoon River Poetry Review.
Glenna Holloway is a winner of a 2001 Pushcart Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Western Humanities Review, Southern Poetry Review, The Hollins Critic, Georgia Review, The Cape Rock, and ELF.
Colette Inez is the author of eight books of poetry, the latest of which, Clemency, was released last year by Carnegie Mellon University Press. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, and twice from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently an associate professor with Columbia University's Writing Program.
Phil Johnson's poems have been published in Counterpoint: An Anthology of Modern Poetry, Reed Magazine, Bloody Someday and Poetry Motel. Johnson and electronic music composer Jon Appleton created and performed Synaeresis, a piece for voice and keyboard which was premiered at Reed College and aired over public radio.
Stephen Kessler's poems, translations, essays and journalism have appeared variously in the independent literary and alternative press. His book of translations, Save Twilight: Selected Poems by Julio Cortázar, was published by City Lights in 1997. His most recent release, After Modigliani: Poems, was published in April by Creative Arts Book Company.
Mercedes Lawry has been publishing poetry for more than 20 years. Recent publications include Rain City Review, Switched-on-Gutenberg, Madison Review and Caprice. She has also published stories for children, most recently in the audiomagazine Shoofly. She lives in Seattle.
Alexander Long's work has appeared in The Cream City Review, The Lowell Review, The BlackWater Review and Steam Ticket: A Third Coast Review. His chapbook, Obituaries and Elegies, was a finalist in the 1998 Center Book Arts Chapbook Competition. He lives in Maryland.
Calder Lowe's work has been published in numerous small press journals and anthologies. Her book, Lost to the Locust, is forthcoming from Jacaranda Press. She is the Executive Editor of The Montserrat Review and a proponent of sock puppet therapy. The poems "It Happens" and "More Joy" first appeared in Poetry Now.
Joanne Lowery is the author of Double Feature, a collection of poems from Pygmy Forest Press (Eureka, California). Her poems have appeared in Columbia, Florida Review, Northwest Review and Seneca Review. She lives in Northern Indiana.
Marjorie Maddox has published one full-length book, three chapbooks, and more than 200 poems in such literary journals as Poetry and Prairie Schooner. She is an associate professor of English at Lock Haven University.
Clive Matson is the author of two books of poetry, Hourglass (Seagull Press, 1988) and Equal in Desire (Manroot, 1983). His poems have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Nimrod, Fine Madness and Hanging Loose.
Pamela McClure's recent work appears in Shenandoah, American Literary Review, Colorado Review, and Southern Poetry Review. She teaches English at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Tom McKeown has published in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic and The Yale Review, and has authored six books of poetry. He lives with his wife, two pre-schoolers and lots of paint and brushes in Middleton, Wisconsin, and is active in the International Order of St. Luke, a healing prayer ministry.
Ben Miller's stories have appeared in Rosebud, Literal Latte, Century and Magic Realism. His awards include a short story prize from American Short Fiction and a creative writing fellowship from the NEA.
Errol Miller's poetry has appeared recently in Berkeley Poetry Review, Amelia, Another Chicago Magazine and Georgetown Review. A recent chapbook is The Downtown Diner and recent collections are Blue Atlantis and Forever Beyond Us. Miller has been writing and publishing since 1972.
Robert Miltner, who teaches creative writing at Kent State University, Stark Campus, is currently writing prose poems and flash fictions, those literary mongrels barking at the edges of the acceptable.
Elisabeth Murawski's poetry has appeared in Grand Street, APR, Shenandoah and American Voice. Her book, Troubled by an Angel, was published in 1997 by Cleveland State University Press. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
Evan Oakley is a professor of English and the Humanities at Aims Community College in Colorado, and a past editor of the Dry Creek Review. He received his MFA in Poetry from Georgetown University in 1992. He has been a recipient of the Colorado Council on the Arts poetry fellowships as well as a recipient of grants from the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities. His poems have appeared in various journals, including Ploughshares and The Lullwater Review.
Veronica Patterson's collection of poetry, How to Make a Terrarium, was published in 1987 by the Cleveland State Poetry Center, and a collection of poetry and photography, The Bones Remember: A Dialogue, was developed with photographer Ronda Stone. Patterson's latest book of poems, Swan, What Shores? was recently published by New York University Press.
Robert Pesich is an associate editor for The Montserrat Review. His work has appeared recently in The Bitter Oleander and Split Shift and is forthcoming in Mediphors and Disquieting Muses. The chapbook, Burned Kilim, will be released later this year by Dragonfly Press. He works as a research associate studying the genetics of hypertension, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is hypertensive.
Allan Peterson is Chair of the Visual Arts Department at Pensacola Junior College. His poetry has been published in Agni, Gettysburg Review, Negative Capability and The Midwest Quarterly. He has had two books of poetry published: Stars on a Wire (Parallel Editions, 1989) and Small Charities (Panhandler Press, 1995). During the past year, he was awarded an Individual Artist's Fellowship from the Fine Arts Council of Florida, and shared the first prize for poetry from the New York journal, Literal Latté. This is his second appearance in The Montserrat Review.
Dan Phillips holds a masters in creative writing from San Francisco State University, and teaches English and creative writing in public schools and junior colleges. He has published poems and short stories in the small press, including a cooperatively edited anthology, Coast Lines, with seven other Santa Cruz poets. He has also written three novels and numerous screenplays, two of which have been optioned for production.
Paul B. Roth lives with his family in upstate New York, edits and publishes The Bitter Oleander, and has two books of poetry entitled Half-Said and Nothing Out There. His poems have appeared in Avocet, Black Moon, Yefief, and The Glass Cherry.
Dixie Salazar's poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, The Antioch Review and The Black Warrior Review. Her poems have been anthologized in Piecework: 19 Fresno Poets; Many Californias: Literature from the Golden State and What Will Suffice. Her novel, Limbo was published by White Pine Press in 1995, and her book of poems, Reincarnation of the Commonplace, was published by Salmon Run Press in 1998.
Dennis Saleh's work has appeared in Poetry, Paris Review and Triquarterly. He has five books of poetry, including This is Not Surrealism, which won the 1993 Willamette River Books chapbook competition. With his own press, Comma Books, he has done two books in co-imprint editions: Science Fiction Gold: Film Classics of the 50s (Comma/McGraw-Hill) and Rock Art: The Golden Age of Record Album Covers (Comma/Ballantine).
S.A. Schopfenheimer's writing has appeared in commercial and literary publications, including The South Carolina Review, Palo Alta Review, Highlights for Children, The Christian Science Monitor and publications of the Mennonite Publishing House. She teaches creative writing at KSU Center (an extension of Kennesaw State University).
Aurelie Sheehan's story collection, Jack Kerouac Is Pregnant, came out with Dalkey Archive Press in 1994. Her poetry and prose have been published in The American Voice, Confrontation, Critical Quarterly, and The New Orleans Review. She teaches in the creative writing department at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Glenn Sheldon's work has appeared in Black River Review, Central Park, Puerto del Sol and Whiskey Island Magazine. He lives in Toledo, Ohio, where he teaches English, and is composing a series of poems based on rivers and creeks in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, sponsored by a grant from the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo.
Ken Siegmann is a Pulitzer-nominated journalist who left the San Francisco Chronicle five years ago to earn a masters in psychology and write poetry. His latest book of poems is Sanity Went on Vacation (Bent Eagle Press). His poetry has also appeared in Central California Poetry Journal, Poetic Express, Pyrowords and Moondance. He lives in Mountain View, California.
Edward Smallfield has an M.A. in creative writing from San Francisco State University and teaches a poetry workshop at University of California Extension. His poems have appeared in Fourteen Hills, Manoa, Yellow Silk and ZYZZYVA. He lives in Albany, California, with his wife and daughter.
Adam J. Sorkin has thirteen books of translations of contemporary Romanian poetry, including Sea-Level Zero by Daniela Crasnaru (BOA) and The Triumph of the Water Witch by Iona Ieronim (Bloodaxe). Sorkin is working on a book-length volume of Mihai Ursachi's poetry, Madness and Light.
Michael Spence drives a public transit bus. His work has appeared in The American Scholar, Poetry, Press, and The Georgia Review. His second book, Adam Chooses, was published in 1998 by Rose Alley Press (Seattle).
Jim Standish hosted a monthly reading in Palo Alto and a weekly poetry program on KKUP-Radio in Cupertino, and also performed frequently in the San Francisco Bay Area, accompanying his poetry with flute, harmonica and drums (though not all at once). He has been published in Tundra and Zapizdat, and recently had two major life-changes — moving to the Idaho panhandle, and becoming a grampa.
John Tagliabue's poetry has appeared in Chelsea, New York Quarterly, New Letters and Kenyon Review. In 1998, the National Poetry Foundation published his New and Selected Poems, 1942-1997. He lives in Providence.
Mary Lou Taylor's poetry has appeared in caesura, Artist/Writer, Tundra, Bellowing Ark, and the anthology Double Exposure. She is working on a series of poems on "The Fringes of Hollywood" and another titled "Straits," and is a trustee at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California, where she works on the literary arts.
Ron Thomas owns a landscape business on the San Francisco peninsula, and lives in Sebastapol, California. He is $140 ahead in poetry competitions over the last four years — his wife encourages him to keep installing gardens.
Juanita Torrence-Thompson's poetry, short stories and feature articles have won awards and been widely published. She reads poetry in the U.S. and abroad from her Spanning the Years and Wings Span to Eternity, and seeks a publisher for her third manuscript.
Mihai Ursachi, one of Romania's most eminent writers, has published eight volumes of poetry. His biography includes three years as a political prisoner, exile to the United States for a decade, and a return to post-communist Romania, where he is a national celebrity. He is Professor of Poetry at the A.I. Cuza University of Iasi, Romania.
Michael J. Vaughn is the author of Gabriella's Voice, an opera novel from deadendstreet.com. "Jackie Simmer" is excerpted from the novel Courting the Seventh Sister, forthcoming from Great Britain's onlineoriginals.com. Vaughn is the fiction editor of The Montserrat Review, and recently took second prize at the Austin International Poetry Festival. He lives in San Jose, California, and can be reached at through his website.
Lidia Vianu, a poet, novelist, translator and scholar, is on the English faculty of the University of Bucharest. A former Fulbright lecturer at SUNY Binghamton and U-Cal Berkeley, she is the author of Censorship in Romania.
Ken Waldman's poetry has appeared in Tar River Poetry and Poet Lore. He lives in Juneau, Alaska.
Candace Walworth lives in Boulder, Colorado, where she is an assistant professor at the Naropa Institute.
Ioanna-Veronika Warwick was born in Poland and came to this country when she was 17. She has been published in Ploughshares, Poetry and Best American Poetry 1992. She teaches creative writing at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California.
JCWatson recently took second prize in the Common Ground Literary Review poetry contest. Born in Pittsburgh, just as the steel industry began dying, she now lives in California, where she self-published a book of poems, Argument for Mercy in 1998, and finished her first novel, Current Wisdom, in 1999. Her poetry has appeared in Americas Review, Santa Clara Review and Iowa Woman.
Phyllis Wax has studied with Carolyn Forch and Michael Denis Browne. Her poetry has appeared in Wisconsin Academy Review and others.