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Monica Berlin’s poems have appeared in Third Coast, Dislocate, The Artful Dodge, horseless review, After Hours, and The Missouri Review, among others, and her essays on teaching have been published with MLA’s Profession and Dalkey Archive Press. She has received four Pushcart nominations, and was awarded an Illinois Arts Council grant in 2005. Currently an Assistant Professor at Knox College in Galesburg, IL, Berlin teaches poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, and serves as the Associate Director for the Program in Creative Writing.

Mary Buchinger's poems have appeared in RUNES, The Massachusetts Review, Versal (Netherlands), and other journals. Her collection, Roomful of Sparrows, (Finishing Line Press, 2008) was a semi-finalist in the New Women's Voices Series. She is a repositioned Michigander who teaches writing and communication studies at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston. [email]

Nolan Chessman was born in Michigan and now lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where he is an MFA candidate and poetry instructor at Washington University. He writes terribly unfunny bios for himself. [email]

Donald Dunbar grew up in the Midwest. He currently lives in Portland, OR.

Lauren Eggert-Crowe is working on a chapbook consisting almost entirely of poems about dead animals. Fresh produce also tends to feature in her poetry. The two are not related. She is interested in 'zines and any field of study with "ethno" tacked onto the beginning of it. e.g. Ethnobotany. [email]

Peter Golub is a Moscow born poet and translator. His translations can be found in Asheville Poety Review, Absinthe: New European Writing, Caketrain, Cimarron Review, Circumference, Rhino, St. Petersburg Review, and online at Word Without Borders and Jacket Magazine. A bilingual edition of his poems, My Imagined Funeral, was published in 2007. He teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he is finishing his MFA in poetry. [email]

Geof Huth is an American who has lived on most continents on earth. Over the years, he has created visual and other poems in a wide variety of formats: lineated verse, prose, paintings, drawings, pollen, and films. He has been published in venues as diverse as The American Poetry Review, Dreams and Nightmares, Kalligram, Lost and Found Times, Modern Haiku, La Poire D'Angoisse, Prakalpana Literature, ZYX, and atop bandaids. His chapbook of visual poems, Out of Character, was published last year by Paper Kite Press. The 366 poems that make up Longfellow Memoranda are due out as a book in 2008. He writes almost daily on visual poetry and related subjects at his [blog]. [email]

Michael Jauchen is right now living in Portland, Oregon, but unfortunately, he won't be living there much longer. Some of his work has appeared or is forthcoming at Quarter after Eight, Santa Monica Review, KNOCK, and Lamination Colony. [email]

Eric Kocher is a student in the MFA program at the University of Houston. He has work forthcoming in Rattle, Third Coast, and H_NMG_N. [email]

Stephen Charles Lester is a senior business analyst at a software company in Denver. His work has recently appeared in or is forthcoming from the Absinthe Literary Review, Matter Journal, Iconoclast, failbetter, and Juked. [email]

A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz is an instructor and student in the University at Buffalo's Department of Media Study. He is also Assistant Editor of Digital, Visual, and Sound Poetry at Anti-, where he edited the short anthology POWER CRAZY SENIOR GENERAL THAN SHWE in response to the jailing of the Myanmar poet Saw Wai. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Cranky, The Eleventh Muse, Word for/Word, and the Zaoem Festival of Contemporary Poetry in Ghent, Belgium. [email]

Carlo Matos is a poet and playwright. He has had readings and productions of his plays in major cities across the country. He has also published poems in 63 Channels, Underground Window, A-pos-tro-phe, Zaum, Crawdad, and The Mad Hatters' Review. He currently lives in Chicago where he teaches English at the City Colleges of Chicago.

Carol McCarthy makes a living as a writer/barista/waiter/English instructor in New Orleans. Her work has appeared recently in Pebble Lake Review, Rattle, and Red Clay Review, among others. [email]

Philip Metres is the author of To See the Earth (2008), Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941 (2007), Instants (chap, 2006), Primer for Non-Native Speakers (chap, 2004), Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Selected Poems of Lev Rubinstein (2004), and A Kindred Orphanhood: Selected Poems of Sergey Gandlevsky (2003). His poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry and Inclined to Speak: Contemporary Arab American Poetry. He teaches literature and creative writing at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. Were it not for Ellis Island, his last name would be Abourjaili. [website] [blog] [email]

Brian Oliu is originally from Hunterdon County, New Jersey and lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. His work is featured or forthcoming in Swink, New Ohio Review, Brevity, Southeast Review, and Best Creative Non-Fiction Vol. 2. This is an automated message. [blog] [email]

Lia Purpura is the author of, most recently, On Looking (essays), a finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle Award, and King Baby (poems) which won the Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Press. She is Writer in Residence at Loyola College in Baltimore, MD.

Doug Ramspeck’s poetry collection, Black Tupelo Country, was awarded the 2007 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and will be published in the fall of 2008 by BkMk Press. His poems have appeared in West Branch, Connecticut Review, Seneca Review, Confrontation Magazine, Rattle, Nimrod, and numerous other literary journals.  He directs the Writing Center and teaches creative writing and composition at The Ohio State University at Lima.  He lives in Lima with his wife, Beth, and their daughter, Lee. [email]

Kathryn Regina is a member of Venom Literati, a literary collective in Chicago. She has work at elimae, Juked, Sleepingfish and Word Riot, and her chapbook i am in the air right now is forthcoming from Greying Ghost Press. [blog] [email]

Benjamin Solomon lives in Atlanta. He is coeditor of The Open Face Sandwich. [email]

Fydor Svarovsky immigrated from Moscow to Denmark at the age of nineteen, where he lived for six years. In 1997 he returned to Moscow and took up work as a journalist. He currently works as a supplement editor for Vedomosti Forum. His poems can be found in Vozdukh and Kreschatik. The book of poems, Everyone Wants To Be A Robot, was published in 2007. [email]

Cheryl Clark Vermeulen, once a Midwestern child, has been living in Boston for ten years where she has grown a faster walk, an insistency to visit New York, and a love for New England signage that predates U.S. independence. Her works have appeared in, or are forthcoming in, such journals as Carve [poems], Third Coast, admit2, eXchanges, Dispatx, and the anthology Connecting Lines: New Poetry from Mexico. Her chapbook Dead-eye Spring (Cy Gist Press) will be out in Fall 2008. [email]

Christian Ward is a 27 year old London based poet whose poetry can be currently seen in Poetry Salzburg Review and is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review and The Warwick Review. He recently crossed the Mojave and can now understand the definition of Hell. Thought he saw Dante asking for a lift somewhere along the route. [email]

Joshua Ware lives in Lincoln, NE. Recent and forthcoming work appears in Bat City Review, Caketrain, EOAGH, Lamination Colony, New American Writing, and Packingtown Review. He is the co-author of the forthcoming, collaborative chapbook I, NE: Iterations of the Junco (Small Fires Press, 2009). [blog] [email]

Kerri Webster is a visiting poet at Washington University in St. Louis. Her first book, We Do Not Eat Our Hearts Alone, was published by Georgia in 2005.