contributors summer 2005

Shane Allison is the author of four chapbooks of poetry. His fifth book, I Want to Fuck a Redneck is fortcoming from Scintillating Publications. He is friends with poet, Jarret Keene.

Guy Cobb lives in Memphis, Tennessee and is continuing to experiment with a series of Braille paintings which incorporate tactile objects and heavily textured paints to allow the blind to interpret these works "hands-on". The series also serves as a reminder to the sighted of how many recognizable symbols and images we can see every day but cannot be seen by the blind. Christian Brothers University in Memphis will be hosting a large exhibit of Guy's paintings in the Spring of 2006. You can see more of his paintings at http://www.guycobb.com/

Angie DeCola is a pastry chef in Durham, North Carolina. Her poems have been published in DIAGRAM, the Iowa Review, and Crazyhorse. Angie is a recipient of the Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with her husband and their little black dog.

Elizabeth P. Glixman interviews creative people. Her recent and archived interviews can be read at Eclectica.org. Her own work has appeared online and in print in publications including In Posse Review, 3 AM, Moondance, and Chocolate For A Woman' s Soul II published by Simon and Schuster. New poetry wiil appear in future issues of Frigg and Mindfire Renewed.

Catherine Hamrick, born in Birmingham, now lives in Chapel Hill. Her work has appeared in Southern Living, Cooking Light, Southern Accents, and Better Homes and Gardens.

Max Heine's literary work has been published in Image, Christianity & Literature, Mars Hill Review and Windhover. Following a 23-year newspaper career, he works as editorial director of Overdrive, the leading trade journal for owner-operator truckers. He lives in Northport, Alabama.

Tom C. Hunley is the husband of Ralaina Ruvalcaba and the father of Evan Joel Ruvalcaba Hunley. He has degrees from Highline Community College (AA), University of Washington (BA), Eastern Washington University (MFA) and Florida State University (Ph.D.), where he was the recipient of a 2002-2003 Kingsbury Fellowship. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Western Kentucky University. Before settling on a career in academia, he worked as a public relations writer, a sportswriter, a technical writer, a warehouseman, a Salvation Army bellringer, an enumerator for the U.S. Census Bureau, a typist, a data entry clerk, a file clerk, a fry cook, a cashier, a dishwasher, night manager of a convenience store, and a canopy construction worker. He is the editor/publisher of Steel Toe Books.

Gretchen McCullough was raised in Harlingen, Texas. After graduating from Brown University in 1984, she taught in Egypt, Turkey, and Japan. She earned her M.F.A from the University of Alabama in 1995, and was awarded a Fulbright Lectureship to Syria for 1997-99. Excerpts of her novel, The Ccleopatra School, have been published in The Texas Review and Alaska Quarterly Review. Other of her works have been published in Archipelago, Exquisite Corpse, Iris, and the Barcelona Review. A radio essay about her experiences in Syria was aired in April 2000 on “All Things Considered.” She teaches at the American University in Cairo.

Krista McGruder's work has appeared in The Best of Carve Magzine Volume III, The North American Review and storySouth, among others. A book of short stories titled Beulah Land is forthcoming from The Toby Press in 2003. She attends the New School's fiction MFA program.

Jeff Newberry is a student in the creative writing program at the University of Georgia in Athens, on leave from his position as an assistant professor of English at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. His poems have appeared in California Quarterly, G.W. Review, Permafrost, storySouth, and Dowtown Crowd. Poems of his will appear in the next Eleventh Muse.

Tony O'Brien has published numerous short stories and have had three stories accepted for short story anthologies which are due to be published later this year. Another story, "Mrs. Mafua’s Hat," has been produced for radio, and has been filmed by Rachel Walker (you can see the stills on Rachel's website http://www.littlesisterfilms.com). Tony works as a mental health nurse and lectures in mental health nursing. He is married with three adult children and can be contacted at joanandtony@xtra.co.nz.

Allan Peterson's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Octopus, Typo, Mid-American Review, and storySouth. His book, All the Lavish in Common was recently awarded the Juniper Prize for Poetry by the University of Massachusetts Press, which will publish the book in 2006. Peterson lives in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

Nate Pritts' new work appears in The Southern Review, POOL, Cimarron Review, Forklift, Ohio, DIAGRAM, TYPO, and horse less review. His chapbook, The Happy Seasons, is online from Swannigan & Wright. The editor and sole shareholder of H_NGM_N, an online journal of poetry, poetics. Nate lives in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Tomi Shaw's work has appeared in Absinthe Literary Review, Outsider Ink, Pindeldyboz, Smokelong Quarterly, Snow Monkey, Penthouse, The Blotter, Literary Mama, Edifice Wrecked and elsewhere, with works coming soon to The Rose and Thorn, Gator Springs Gazette and The Dead Mule. She has guest edited for All Story Extra and is currently co-editor of PrairieDog 13 Magazine. More about Tomi Shaw's work can be found at www.tomishaw.com.

Anne Silver is an international expert witness when court cases involve Chinese, Hebrew, Farsi and English handwriting. She holds advanced degrees in poetry and psycholog and is a winner of the Chester A. Jones contest, the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs’ contest. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Speakeasy, Massachusetts Review, Southern Humanities Review, Spoon River, and California Quarterly.

M. J. Smith, a long-time reporter, has worked as the AP correspondent in Trinidad, at The Providence Journal in Rhode Island, the AP in Little Rock and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. He is now in Paris, studying at the Sorbonne, writing and trying to find manual labor so he can afford to buy cheap wine.

Steven Ray Smith is the editor of Texas Poetry Journal. His work has appeared in Skidrow Penthouse, Creative Pulse of Austin, The Austin Chronicle, Pudding House, and Parnassus Literary Journal, among others.

Lynn Strongin's "Audubon Wallpaper" is a part of her memoir Indigo. In 2006, the University of Iowa Press will publish her anthology The Sorrow Psalms: A Book of Twentieth Century Elegy . She also has two chapbooks of poems coming out in 2006: Dovey & Me (Solo Press) and The Birds of the Past Are Singing (Cross-Cultural Communications, New York).

Sheree Renée Thomas is a Memphis native now living in New York. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in literary journals and anthologies, including Obsidian III, Harpur Palate, Mojo: Conjure Stories, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, and So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Suzanne Thurman is a former history professor who now spends her time writing and taking care of two small children in Florence, Alabama. Her non-fiction book on the Shakers, O Sisters Ain't You Happy? (Syracuse University Press) won a 2002 Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award. Her poetry, fiction, book reviews, and essays have appeared most recently in The Mochila Review, Nineteenth-Century Prose, The American Historical Review, The Cresset, Poem, The Square Table, RE:AL, and Aries.

Daniel Cross Turner earned his Ph.D. in 19th and 20th century American Studies from Vanderbilt University and will begin an Assistant Professorship in American literature at Siena College this fall. His primary research interests include poetry and poetics, contemporary literature, southern literature, and film. He has published articles on the poetry of Langston Hughes, James Dickey, Kate Daniels, Harryette Mullen, and Judy Jordan, and is currently revising for publication his dissertation, “Sustaining Power: Intersecting Forms of Poetry and Memory in the Contemporary American South.”

Chris Tusa holds an M.F.A. from the University of Florida. He is the author of Haunted Bones and Inventing an End. His work has appeared in Texas Review, Prairie Schooner, South Dakota Review, The Southeast Review, Passages North, Spoon River, and others. Aside from teaching in the English Department at LSU, he also acts as Online Editor for Louisiana Literature and Managing Editor for Poetry Southeast. His first novel, Sons of God, is currently under consideration.

Jack Williams is from Stone Mountain, Georgia. He holds a degree from Georgia State University and has spent his working career in private business. He now works in Atlanta as chief operating officer for a real estate development company called Ashwood Development Company. He lives in Marietta, and has published poetry in several journals, including The Quarterly and Chattahoochee Review.

Charles Wright was born in Pickwick Dam, Tennessee in 1935. He spent his youth and early adulthood in eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. He graduated with a B.A. from Davidson College in 1957, then joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Verona, Italy from 1957-61. After his time of service, Wright earned an M.F.A. at the University of Iowa in 1963, then was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Rome, 1963-65, as well as a Fulbright Lectureship at the University of Padua, 1968-69. He has taught at the University of California at Irvine and now teaches at the University of Virginia. Wright has published fourteen volumes of poetry as well as translations of Italian poets Eugenio Montale and Dino Campana. He has also produced two collections of nonfictional essays and interviews, Halflife (1988) and Quarter Notes (1995). His stature as one of the most compelling voices at work in contemporary American poetry is evident in his numerous prestigious awards for his verse, including a PEN Translation Prize in 1979, an Ingram Merrill Fellowship in 1980, a Lenore Marshall Prize for Chickamauga (1995), a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award for Black Zodiac (1997), and an Award of Merit Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.