Tiel Aisha Ansari is a Sufi, martial artist, and computer programmer living in the Pacific Northwest. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in several print and online venues including Islamica Magazine, Shit Creek Review, The Lyric, and the VoiceCatcher anthology from Portland Women Writers. She is the author of the poetry collection Knocking from Inside, published by Ecstatic Exchange. Visit her online.

Kim Bridgford is a professor of English at Fairfield University, the editor of Dogwood and Mezzo Cammin, and a resident faculty member of Fairfield's new M.F.A. program on Enders Island, off the coast of Mystic, Connecticut. The recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, she is the author of three collections of poetry: Undone, Instead of Maps, and In the Extreme: Sonnets about World Records. She is currently working on a three-book poetry and photography project with visual artist Jo Yarrington, focusing on journey and sacred space in Iceland, Venezuela, and Bhutan. She was the 2007 Connecticut Touring Poet.

B. J. Buckley is a Wyoming/Montana poet and writer who has worked in Arts in Schools programs throughout the West for over thirty years. She lives with her sweetheart, a blacksmith, three dogs, and a cat, in the woods of the northern Bitterroot Valley of Montana, in a cabin with no running water or electricity. Her most recent book, with co-author Dawn Senior-Trask, is Moon Horses and the Red Bull, from Pronghorn Press in Greybull, Wyoming. Her prizes and awards include a Wyoming Arts Council Literature Fellowship; The Cumberland Poetry Review's Robert Penn Warren Narrative Poetry Prize; Poets & Writers Writers Exchange Award in Poetry; The Rita Dove Poetry Prize from the Center for Women Writers at Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC; and the Joy Harjo Prize from CutThroat: A Journal of Arts and Literature. She has poems in the new or forthcoming issues of Epiphany, Pilgrimage, and the online magazine HoboEye.

Terese Coe's poems and translations have appeared in Poetry, Agenda, The Cincinnati Review, Smartish Pace, New American Writing, 32 Poems, Nimrod, Measure, Threepenny Review, Orbis, and Poetry Nottingham, among numerous others, and her first collection of poems, The Everyday Uncommon, won a Word Press publication prize and was published in 2005.

Carol Dorf's poems have appeared in Fringe, The Midway, Poemeleon, Heresies, Edgz, Runes, Feminist Studies, New Verse News, Coracle, Poetica, Responsa, The NeoVictorian, Caprice and elsewhere. She is a former editor of Five Fingers Review and the Barnard Literary Magazine. As an undergraduate, she studied with Marilyn Hacker, Kenneth Koch, and David Ignatow. She has taught in a variety of venues including Berkeley City College, a science museum, and as a California Poet in the Schools. She now teaches at Berkeley High School.

Jehanne Dubrow received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Hudson Review, The New England Review, Shenandoah, and Gulf Coast. She is the author of a chapbook, The Promised Bride (Finishing Line Press). Her full-length collection won the 2007 Three Candles Press First Book Prize and will be published in 2008.

Nicole Caruso Garcia was born in New Jersey in 1972. She earned her B.A. in English from Fairfield University, and after seven years in corporate industry, she left to earn her M.S. in Education from The University of Bridgeport. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in literary journals such as Soundings East, The Ledge, and Small Pond Magazine of Literature. She and her husband live in Connecticut, where she now teaches literature and creative writing at Trumbull High School.

Ona Gritz's poetry has been published in numerous online and print literary journals. In 2007, she won the Inglis House poetry contest, the Late Blooms Poetry Postcard competition, and was nominated for two Pushcart prizes. Her chapbook of poems, Left Standing, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2005. Ona is also a children's author and columnist for the online journal, Literary Mama.

Kathryn Jacobs is a poet and medievalist at Texas A&M University--Commerce with a doctorate from Harvard University and a chapbook called Advice Column forthcoming with Finishing Line Press. She has published roughly four dozen poems in poetry journals here and in the U.K in journals like The New Formalist, Measure, Acumen, Eclectic Muse, Barefoot Muse, Slant, and Poetry Midwest. She also has a scholarly book and sixteen articles in journals like Chaucer Review and Mediaevalia.

Allison Joseph lives, writes and teaches in Carbondale, Illinois, where she's on the faculty at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She serves as editor and poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review, director of the Young Writers Workshop, and moderator of CRWROPPS, an online listserv of literary contest information for writers.

Susan McLean is an English professor at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota. Her poems and translations of poetry from French and Latin have appeared in Hunger Mountain, Arion, Measure, Literary Imagination, The Lyric, and elsewhere. In 2004 she won a McKnight Artist Fellowship/Loft Award in Poetry. In 2006, her poetry chapbook, Holding Patterns, was published by Finishing Line Press.

Marilyn Nelson's most recent book is a collaboration with Elizabeth Alexander called Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color. Forthcoming in October 2008 is a new book called The Freedom Business. She is the author or translator of twelve books and three chapbooks. Nelson is a professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut; founder and director of Soul Mountain Retreat, a small writers' colony; and the former (2001—2006) Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut.

Meg Schoerke is the author of Anatomical Venus (Word Press 2004). With Dana Gioia and David Mason, she co-edited Twentieth Century American Poetry and Twentieth Century American Poetics: Poets on the Art of Poetry (McGraw-Hill 2003). A professor of English at San Francisco State University, she teaches courses on 19th and 20th century poetry.

Janice D. Soderling is an award-winning writer whose poetry is scheduled at Anon, Other Poetry; Blue Unicorn; and the following online sites: Innisfree Poetry Journal, Right Hand Pointing, and Umbrella. Other poems are available online at Apple Valley Review, Autumn Sky Poetry, Babel Fruit, The Barefoot Muse, Beloit Poetry Journal, Loch Raven Review, and Lucid Rhythms. Her fiction has appeared in print in Glimmer Train, The Fiddlehead, and Acumen; online at 42opus, Our Stories, Cezanne's Carrot and Word Riot. Recent translations are in The Chimaera.

Jane Sutherland is a representational painter whose interest in the natural world and in art history is reflected in expressive works that convey a high regard for the enduring power of imagery. Born in Cambridge MA, Jane Sutherland lives and works in Fairfield, CT. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and at age 19 attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Following these studies she moved to Mexico City and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of the Americas. After returning to the U.S. she began her teaching career at Fairfield University where she is now Associate Professor Emeritus. Since 1998 she has taught in the summer seminars at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation in Colorado Springs, CO. She is also the author of a monthly column, "Technical Q & A" in American Artist Magazine.

Shanna Powlus Wheeler studied poetry at the Pennsylvania State University, where she received her M.F.A. in 2007. Poems from her manuscript "Lo & Behold" have appeared or are forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, North American Review, The Evansville Review, The Christian Century, Christianity and Literature, Relief: A Quarterly of Christian Expression, Watershed: The Journal of the Susquehanna, and other journals. Native to central Pennsylvania, she directs the writing center and teaches composition at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA.

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Marly Youmans is the author of six books of fiction and a collection of poetry. Her latest novel, Val/Orson, satisfies her long-time desire to write a book set in trees. The story also finds some of its inspiration in the legendary account of twins, Valentine and his "wild child" brother, Orson. It will appear in two limited editions from P. S. Publishing (U. K.) in September, 2008.

Jane Sutherland: I choose subjects that I cherish, or that spring from deep rooted feelings, or that come to me intuitively--dogs, roses, cranes, an iconic work of sculpture; and I concentrate on the details and slightest disparities in color, tone and textures in order to show how extraordinary are things we think we know and take for granted. The process of painting for me is connected to the physical properties of the subject as well as to its meanings, associations, and memories.
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