spring 2004 contributors

Sefi Atta was born in Lagos, Nigeria and lives in Meridian, Mississippi. Her short story is dedicated to her daughter Temi.

Jim Booth is associate professor of English and Director of the Effective Writing Program at the University of Maryland University College. A former touring rock musician, Jim currently operates the independent record label, Goat Boy Records. You can learn more about him at www.jimbooth.org. Jim is a widely published fiction writer and the author of the novels The New Southern Gentleman (Wexford College Press, 2002) and Morte D'Eden, or Tom Sawyer Meets the Rolling Stones (Beach House Books, 2003). He also writes the blog Pulling Out the Savoy Truffle at http://pullingoutthesavoytruffle.blogspot.com/ .

Emily Bowles lives in Auburn, Alabama, and graduated from the University of Georgia.

Born and raised in northeast alabama, Dennis Finley identifies with life in the country and feels at home in a rural setting. Dennis began drawing as a child. For many years, he worked as a mobile home technician (he set up house trailers) and had his own mobile home buisness. It was in the late 90's that Dennis decided to devote more time to painting art. Working in acrylic on canvas, Dennis chooses his subjects from imagination, striving for a dramatic play of light and shadow within. He has a strong sense of the unusual, and draws upon this to create paintings that are a rich blend of composition, color and depth--while conveying a more personal sense of "abstraction." See more of Dennis Finley's artwork at http://dennis.finley.tripod.com.

Cherryl Floyd-Miller is a poet/playwright/director living in Atlanta. Her work has been published in North Carolina Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, Open City, The American Muse, and several anthologies. She's held writing fellowships with Cave Canem, Caldera, Idyllwild Summer in Poetry, the Vermont Studio Center and the Indiana Arts Commission. She is an MFA candidate for playwriting and poetry at Goddard College.

Elizabeth P. Glixman's poetry, fiction, and interviews can be read in the archives of 3.A.M. Magazine, Wicked Alice, The Richmond Review, and Outsider Ink.

M. Ayodele Heath was recipient of the 2001 Emerging Artist grant from the Atlanta Bureau for Cultural Affairs. His poetry and fiction have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Chattahoochee Review, New Millennium Writings, and other journals. He lives and writes in Atlanta.

David LeMaster has published 20 separate titles with Brooklyn Play Publishing, including the upcoming drama, The 11th. He was the winner of the Coleman Jenkins Award for Children's Theatre through the Southwest Theatre Association and the co-winner of the national Three Genres One-Act Play Award. In addition to his titles with Brooklyn, he has published a novel, The Passers, with LTD Books in Canada, and short stories with The Kennesaw Review, The Exquisite Corpse, RE:AL, a Journal of Fine Arts, Always-I Entertainment, and The Southern Anthology. He is also published by Prentice Hall (play), Theatre Journal (reviews), Meriwether Publishing (in the Best Stage Monologues Series), The Journal of Popular Film and Video (essay), Encore Performance Publishing (play), This Month Onstage (short play), and Original Works Online (play). He is thrilled to be included in storySouth

Nathan Leslie's fiction and poetry has appeared Gulf Stream, Amherst Review, X-Connect, Fiction International, Adirondack Review, The Crab Creek Review, The Sulphur River Literary Review, and 3 A.M., among others. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and he has published two books of stories, Rants and Raves and A Cold Glass of Milk. He completed my MFA at the University of Maryland, where he won the 2000 Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize. He now teaches at Northern Virginia Community College.

Janet McAdams' collection of poetry, The Island of Lost Luggage, won an American Book Award in 2001. Her poems have appeared in Salt, TriQuarterly, the Kenyon Review, and other journals. She grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is a member of the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers.

Geronimo Madrid was born in the Philippines and raised in Virginia and New Jersey. His non-fiction has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Village Voice and The Rough Guides. "Leon's Rib" is his first published work of fiction. In fall 2004, Geronimo will attend the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Hunter College in New York City, where he lives with his wife. He is working on his first short story collection and a novel.

A native of eastern North Carolina, Kat Meads is the author of a collection of essays, Born Southern and Restless, and most recently a novel, Sleep, which she calls "something of a future feminist fairy tale, inspired (of course!) by insomnia." She received an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Allan Peterson's poems have appeared (or will soon appear) in Gettysburg Review, Marlboro Review, Shenandoah, Green Mountains Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Blackbird, Typo, Prairie Schooner, Arts & Letters, and Quarterly West. He is the winner of the 2002 Arts & Letters Poetry Prize and a recipien of fellowships from the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. His books include Anonymous Or and Stars On A Wire, and Small Charities.

Jerry Portwood was born in Florida but spent the better part of his life scuttling across the globe with his military family living in places as polarized as Wichita Falls, Texas, and Okinawa, Japan, before ending up in South Georgia. He earned a degree in English literature from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and later worked as an editor and writer for the city's alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing before chucking it all to move to Barcelona, Spain, to live with his partner. He continues to attempt to figure out this thing called writing.

Gregory Powell is an MFA student at the University of Alabama. His work has appeared in Callaloo, Cairn, Tar Wolf Review, Mosaic, and The Langston Hughes Review.

Will Roby is the poetry editor for Word Riot and currently a student at Texas Tech University.

Kevin Simmonds, a Cave Canem Fellow, has recently had work in The American Scholar, River City, and Nimrod. He lives in the US and northern Japan.

Marcus Slease was born and raised in Portadown, N. Ireland. Currently, he teaches Existentialism to freshmen at UNC Greensboro. Recent poetry has appeared (or is forthcoming) in Hayden's Ferry Review, Conduit, Columbia Poetry Review, Diagram, Gut Cult, Typo, Milk, Shampoo, Spork, and Octopus.

Maryanne Stahl, author of Forgive the Moon and The Opposite Shore, describes herself as "a writer, artist, teacher, mother, gardener, duck tender, puppy trainer and cat valet." Ms. Stahl lives in Thunderbolt, Georgia where she is working on her third novel. Forgive the Moon will be released in mass market paperback in June, 2004. Visit her website at http://www.maryannestahl.com.

Chris Tusa is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He now teaches at LSU. His first chapbook, Inventing an End, was published by Lone Willow Press. His first full length book, The Drowned Light is currently under consideration.