fall 2002 contributors

Jack B. Bedell was born and raised in south Louisiana. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches before attending the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, where he earned his M.F.A. He now teaches at Southeastern Louisiana University where he serves as Editor of Louisiana Literature. His first book, At the Bonehouse, won the 1997 Texas Review Prize, and his chapbook, What Passes for Love, was the winner of the 2000 Texas Review Chapbook Competition.

Beau Boudreaux, a New Orleans native, is currently a Professor in English at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He is completing a book of poetry titled Trust Me.

John Bush is Associate Director and Associate Editor of the Words Work Network, a project at Web Del Sol. He is also the Director of Split Shot: A Journal of Literary Art and the former Chairperson for The Young Georgia Writers and the Writing in the Schools programs in Georgia. His poems have appeared in Conspire, 2River View, Disquieting Muses, The Best of Pif off-line and on-line, and The Paumanok Review, among others. He has poems forthcoming in Del Sol Review.

A native Texan, Gerald Duff has published six novels, among them Memphis Ribs and That's All Right, Mama: the Unauthorized Life of Elvis's Twin. His most recent, Coasters, appeared in 2001 from NewSouth Books. His fiction has won the Cohen Prize from Ploughshares Magazine, and has been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award, an Edgar Allan Poe Award and an International eBook Award. He is the academic dean at McKendree College in Illinois.

Tom Foley grew up the son of american communists--an authentic "red diaper baby"--and was deeply affected by the McCarthyism of the 1950s. Growing up, he loved to sing, and that led to a degree in music and theater from the University of Minnesota. Shortly after graduation, he purchased an Argus C3 and some outdated film at a garage sale for $10, and realized that he liked taking pictures better than singing and dancing. He's been a professional photographer ever since--nearly thirty years. He makes his home in the town of his birth, Minneapolis.

Angela E. Gabriel, a Birmingham, Alabama native, is a professional screenwriter and author. In the film industry off and on for seventeen years, she began her screenwriting career doing major rewrites in 1995. Her first feature length film, "Valley of Lost Souls" was written in 1996, and from there her credits include two feature length, a documentary on WWII, and her current feature length, "When Love Steps In". Her novel, "St. Charles and the Lake People" will be completed by Christmas. She works as an Assistant Director, UPM, and in other facets of the industry. From a casting call this non-fiction piece unfolded. Angela is currently on target for Director's Guild of America status. Upcoming projects include another documentary, and two more full length films.

Elizabeth Roberts-Hamel is a third generation Floridian. She graduated from Flagler College in 1994 with a degree in English, and lived in Saint Augustine for over ten years. She currently works for the National Park Service on Florida's west coast, where she lives with her husband Ray and a cat named Potato.

Peter Huggins teaches in the English Department at Auburn University. He is the author of two collections of poems, Hard Facts (Livingston Press/University of West Alabama, 1998) and Blue Angels (River City Publishing, 2001). His novel for middle readers, In the Company of Owls, is forthcoming from NewSouth Books.

Now residing happily north of New Orleans with the tired laughing girl and three dogs, J. M. Scoville is a former tortilla baker in a Mexican foods factory, farmhand, political cartoonist, barista, puller on a shrimp boat, bookseller, busboy in a Chinese restaurant, produce manager, massage bootlegger, etc. Twice he has almost died. Once when attempting to swim across Silver Creek (whose environs suffered recently in the Sour Biscuit fire in Oregon), he was caught by an undercurrent and carried a good distance towards the rapids. The second time was when he was driving up a Fire Service road with a friend to the fire lookout tower on Bald Knob. The car fell off the mountain. Only a four-inch tree and two small boulders saved his car from falling several hundred feet. There were no other trees or rocks for fifty yards either way, keeping J. M. Scoville alive to be published in this publication. Most recently his work has appeared in the newly defunct Freudian Shrimp, with a promise of publication in the next issue of Mesechabe. He can reached at Chimmychunck@aol.com.

Julie Ann Shapiro currently lives in sunny San Diego, California, but her roots are deep in the south. She says, "I was born in Savannah, Georgia, and spent countless childhood summers chasing fireflies with my cousins, enjoying mounds of grits, and peach cobbler." Her stories have been published in BlueCollarPress.homestead.com, author-network.com, Mega Era Magazine, PacificNWpotpourri.com, Millenniumshift.com, Cenotaph, Orgease Journal http://www.alternatespecies.com, and her story "Old Woman In The Dream" will be published in a print anthology in the spring. She is presently working on a book of interconnected stories, whose central character Brad is a photographer who photographs one shoes. Julie makes a living as a marketing consultant and business writer. For more information on her marketing communications services, check out her website at http://www.gotdot.com.

Tom Sheehan, retired for 12 years, has work in or coming in The Paumanok Review, Tryst, Comrades, Literary Potpourri, Small Spiral Notebook, 3amMagazine, Eastoftheweb, Stirring, Samsara, Three Candles, Kudzu Monthly, Megaera, and Dakota House Journal, among others. He was cited with a Silver Rose Award for Excellence in the Short Story by ART (one of 12 awards out of a 1000 stories reviewed), nominated for Pushcart prize and for inclusion in The Zine Yearbook and E-2-Ink. He also won Eastoftheweb's 2002 non-fiction competition. His novel, "Vigilantes East," was recently issued by Publish America and a second one, "An Accountable Death," is serialized on 3amMagazine. He is co-editor of the sold-out issue of "A Gathering of Memories, Saugus 1900-2000," for which he and committee borrowed $60,000 to have the book printed and paid the loan off in five weeks.

Tony Tost lives in Fayettevile, Arkansas, in his fourth year of a four year MFA program at University of Arkansas. He has recently published poems in FIELD, Onthebus, Spinning Jenny, and Quarter After Eight.

Chris Tusa was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he spent his childhood. He holds a B.A and an M.A from Southeastern Louisiana University and an M.F.A. from the University of Florida, and his poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Passages North, Spoon River, The Louisville Review, Tar River Poetry, The New York Quarterly, The Southeast Review, and others. With the help of a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, he was able to complete his first chapbook of poems, Inventing an End, which was published in May of 2002 by Lone Willow Press. Presently, he teaches in the English Department at Louisiana State University.