Phoebe Wayne lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, cat, and dog. She studies library science at the University of Washington. Recent work appears in Vanitas.
Meg Hamill's second book Trillions & Trillions of Heartbeats is sitting in many heavy boxes in her living room. She currently lives in Santa Rosa California, where she works as a freelance writer/editor, and as a teacher with California Poets in the Schools. Read more and contact Meg at www.meghamill.com.
Vivek Narayanan is consulting editor for Almost Island and works at Sarai-CSDS in Delhi, but is currently spending the year on sabbatical in Chennai. He was born in India to Tamil-speaking parents, grew up in Lusaka, Zambia, and studied for degrees in the US.
Barry Schwabsky is an American poet and art critic living in London. His new collection of poems is Book Left Open in the Rain (Black Square Editions, 2008). "After K. Silem Mohammad" is part of a new project in which he is working with with his fellow poets' abandoned efforts.
Bill Freind is the author of American Field Couches (BlazeVox, 2008) and An Anthology (housepress, 2000). His poems have appeared in journals such as 88, Aught, Can we have our ball back, Combo, Jacket, and Spaltung. He lives near an abandoned golf course in South Jersey.
Jen Hofer’s recent publications include an epistolary and poetic collaboration with Patrick Durgin, The Route (Atelos, 2008), a translation of books two and three of Dolores Dorantes by Dolores Dorantes (Counterpath Press and Kenning Editions, 2008), lip wolf, a translation of Laura Solórzano’s lobo de labio (Action Books, 2007), and Sin puertas visibles: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by Mexican Women (University of Pittsburgh Press and Ediciones Sin Nombre, 2003). Her forthcoming books are from the valley of death (Ponzipo), Laws (Dusie Books) and a book-length series of anti-war-manifesto poems titled one (Palm Press). She has published poems and translations in numerous small-press publications, including 1913, Aufgabe, Black Clock, Bomb, DISASTER, The Brooklyn Rail, eough, Jacket, Mar con Soroche, Primary Writing and War and Peace. Jen lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches poetics in the MFA Writing Program at CalArts, works as a Spanish-language interpreter with the Los Angeles County Superior Courts, and is happily a founding member of the City of Angels Ladies’ Bicycle Association, also known as The Whirly Girls.
Noah Eli Gordon’s writing in this issue is from Bohr’s Model, a book-length fiction/poetry hybrid work forthcoming from Quale Press. He currently teaches at the University of Colorado Denver.
Francisco Reinking resides in Oakland, California. Poems he wrote will appear in The American Poetry Review and Projector.
Kristen Orser lives in Chicago where she pretends she can paint and teaches at Columbia College Chicago. She is the author of E AT I (Wyrd Tree Press, 2009) and Fall Awake (Taiga Press, 2008). Her work has appeared in FOURSQUARE, Ab Ovo, Indefinite Space, If Poetry Journal, Cannot Exist, and elsewhere.
erica lewis is a fine arts publicist in San Francisco and curator of The Canessa Gallery Reading Series in San Francisco. She received her MFA from Mills College and is the recipient of the 2008 Mary Merritt Henry Prize for poetry. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in P-Queue, Ur Vox, Cricket Online Review, alice blue, BOOG CITY, Work, Try, The Walrus, and Outside Voices 2008 Anthology of Younger Poets. Chapbooks are forthcoming from Etherdome Press (excerpts from camera obscura) and Queue (the precipice of jupiter).
Mark Stephen Finein earned his BFA from Buffalo State in 1986, specializing in surrealistic wood block printmaking, lithography, and 3D constructions. After a short stint as a graphic artist, he began performing, writing, and recording music, playing in the streets of Prague and in rock, blues, and folk clubs in Buffalo, San Francisco, Germany, England, and Wales. Now that he’s shaken off the demon of representationalism, he’s proud to be showing his visual artwork publicly for the first time in two decades. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in P-Queue and BOOG CITY; chapbooks are forthcoming from Etherdome and Queue.
Anne Boyer is the author of Art is War (2008), The Romance of Happy Workers (2008), Selected Dreams with a Note on Phrenology (2007), and Anne Boyer's Good Apocalypse (2006). She lives in Kansas.