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Chris Glomski was born in Pueblo, Colorado in 1965. Raised in Illinois, he has also made his home in Iowa and Italy. His first collection of poems, Transparencies Lifted From Noon, was published last fall by MEB / Spuyten Duyvil Press in New York. His poems and critical writings have appeared in Notre Dame Review, Chicago Review, The Octopus, Pom2, and ACM. Recently, he has been translating poems by the Italian Nobel laureate Eugenio Montale.

Kerri Sonnenberg lives in Chicago where she directs the Discrete Reading Series at the Elastic Arts Space in Logan Square. Her books include The Mudra (Litmus, 2004) and Practical Art Criticism (Bronze Skull, 2004). Other writings can be found in recent issues of MiPoesias, Factorial, Magazine Cypress and Unpleasant Event Schedule.

Krista Franklin is a poet, visual artist and educator who hails from Dayton, OH, and currently works and resides in Chicago, IL. Her poems and art have appeared in/on several literary journals and websites, including Nexus Literary and Art Journal, Warpland, Obsidian III, nocturnes 2: (re)view of the literary arts,,,, and has also been published in the anthologies The Bust Guide to the New Girl Order and Bum Rush The Page, and is a Cave Canem alum.


Davis Schneiderman is a multimedia artist and author of Multifesto: A Henri d’Mescan Reader (Spuyten Duyvil 2006), as well as co-author of the novel Abecedarium (Chiasmus Press, forthcoming) and co-editor of the collections Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization (Pluto 2004) and The Exquisite Corpse: Creativity, Collaboration, and the World’s Most Popular Parlor Game (Nebraska, forthcoming). His creative work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and accepted by numerous publications including Fiction International, The Chicago Tribune, The Iowa Review Web, Exquisite Corpse, 3rd Bed, Other Voices, The Little Magazine, Gargoyle, and Happy. Dr. Schneiderman is Chair of American Studies and an Assistant Professor of English at Lake Forest College, a board member for &NOW: A Festival of Innovative Writing and Art, and a contributor to NOW WHAT: a collective blog of alternative prose writers and publishers (

Raymond L Bianchi lived for most of the 1990's in Latin America in Brazil and Bolivia. A native of suburban Chicago and the child of Italian Immigrants, he worked in international publishing since 1996. His poetry has appeared or is upcoming in Antennae, Near South, Tin Lustre Mobile, 26, Moria, Red River Review, Sentence, Bird Dog, Literatura e Cultura and his essays have appeared in the Economist and the Financial Times. He is the section editor of the fall 2006 issue of Aufgabe, which includes a translation section of contemporary Brazilian poetry that he translated. His book book Circular Descent was published by Blaze Vox Press in 2004, and a chapbook, The American Master, was published by Moria Books in 2006. He is the publisher of Cracked Slab Books in Chicago and edits the website

The Jimmy Wynn Ensemble is composed of Chicago writers Dale Barrigar, Michael Antonucci, and Garin Cycholl. The Ensemble's previous work has appeared with Exquisite Corpse, Admit 2, and the Guild Complex Series.

Thea Goodman is a fiction writer. She has just completed a collection of stories, A Wife By Any Other Name. Her work has appeared in New England Review (Pushcart prize Special Mention, 2002,) Confrontation, and Columbia (Columbia Fiction Prize, 2005) among other journals and is forthcoming in Other Voices this fall. She is at work on a novel and teaches in the Writing Program at The Schol of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jennifer Scappettone's current book projects include From Dame Quickly (poems), Locomotrix: Selected Poetry of Amelia Rosselli (translations from the Italian), Venice and the Digressive Invention of the Modern (a study of the obsolescent topos as crucible for modernism), and Exit 43 (an archaeology of the landfill and prosaic opera of pop-ups in progress, commissioned by Atelos). Recent work appears or is forthcoming in Bay Poetics (Faux Press, 2006), War and Peace, Volume II (O Books, 2005), Bombay Gin, Chicago Review, Drunken Boat, FourSquare, Jacket, PMLA, P-Queue, and Zoland Annual. She just moved to Chicago from Berkeley, Middletown, Brooklyn, and Sunnyside.

Ricardo Cortez Cruz teaches English at Illinois State University and is the author of the novels Straight Outta Compton and Five Days of Bleeding, compositions short and funky and with grooves as their only guide. He recently stitched together a third def(t) body of (s)language, Premature Autopsies: Tales of Darkest America, remixing and reconstituting himself as if his very lively 'hood depended upon it.


Chuck Stebelton works as Literary Program Manager at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee. He is the author of Circulation Flowers (Tougher Disguises, 2005) and Precious, an Answer Tag chapbook. Newer work appears in recent issues of Antennae, Jubilat, Verse, LVNG, Magazine Cypress, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Chain 12: Facts. He recently collaborated with Cindy Loehr on Revival, "a cathedral of flame with a pre-recorded oration inside."

Becca Klaver attended the University of Southern California, where she entered as a screenwriter and left as a poet. Currently she is an MFA candidate at Columbia College Chicago, where she is co-editor for Columbia Poetry Review. Becca is also a poet-in-residence for the Poetry Center's Hands on Stanzas program.

Hanna Andrews has worked at both Paper magazine and BUST magazine, where her music and film reviews have been published. She is a native New Yorker and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied creative writing. Currently, she is an MFA poetry candidate at Columbia College Chicago and co-editor of Columbia Poetry Review.

Brandi Homan's chapbook, Two Kinds of Arson, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press in January 2007. Her work has appeared in magazines like Salt Hill, North American Review, Fugue, CutBank, Natural Bridge, and others. She recently completed her first book-length manuscript, The Valentine Factory.

Kristin Aardsma is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. Her work has appeared in RHINO, the Chicago Tribune, and the Columbia Poetry Review. She was a 2005 Bucknell Summer Seminar fellow. Kristin enjoys binding books and gambling.

Kristy Odelius is a poet and Assistant Professor of English at North Park University (Chicago, IL) where she teaches poetry and 19th century British literature. She is a co-founder of Near South, a Chicago-based journal of innovative writing. Her poems, essays and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Notre Dame Review, Chicago Review, Combo, Versal, ACM, Pavement Saw, La Petite Zine, Diagram and others.

Aaron Belz has published poems in Fence, Fine Madness, Painted Bride Quarterly, Matter, Mudfish, and other places, and has new work forthcoming in Lit, The Hat, and Van Gogh’s Ear. Of his book soon to be published by BlazeVOX, Denise Duhamel writes: “Aaron Belz is a gravely hilarious poet. The poems from The Bird Hoverer are part Discovery Channel, party History Channel, part E!—his ferocious intelligence, his love of glitz, and his wry take on relationships (both human and animal) are irresistible. Belz's voice is bold, wise, inimitable.”

Sterling Plumpp's collections of poetry include Hornman, Blues Narratives, Velvet BeBop Kente Cloth, and Ornate with Smoke. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award, the Carl Sandburg Literary Award for poetry, the RiverRoad Lifetime Achievement Award, and three Illinois Arts Council awards. He taught English and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago until 2001, when he became professor emeritus.
Musicians with Sterling Plumpp

Daniel Godston teaches through The Poetry Center of Chicago, The Center for Community Arts Partnerships, Snow City Arts Foundation, and at Columbia College Chicago. His poetry and fiction have appeared in Chase Park, Versal, Drunken Boat, 580 Split, Kyoto Journal, Eratica, California Quarterly, after hours, and other print publications and online journals, and his nonfiction has appeared in print and websites such as Teaching Artist Journal, Afropop Worldwide, and The Jazz Institute of Chicago Newsletter. He also composes music and plays the trumpet and other instruments in The Ways & Means Trio and with other groups.

Jeff Marx. Born and raised in Detroit, tenor saxophonist, Jeff Marx has been playing the horn since 1973 with his work showcased coast to coast and in Europe. From his early years in San Francisco, to playing with the greats in New York, Detroit and Chicago, Marx has left his mark on the world of jazz. His distinctive style has been compared to a combination of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Joe Henderson.
Marx's interest in jazz began in Detroit while he was a young man. From his earliest recollection, jazz was his music of choice. Seeking to learn more, in the '70's Marx made it to Berkeley to study with Hal Stein on the West Coast. In Oakland and San Francisco the Jazz scene was hot and Marx played with greats like Eddie Henderson and Mark Levine.
Once jazz was in his blood, Marx went to New York for 14 years where he played with Reggie Workman, Steve Slagle, Guitarist Kevin McNeil, Donald Byrd, Ed Schuler, Jim Pepper, Gene Jackson, Ira Coleman, Santi DeBriano and Dave Stryker among others. For five years, he co-led in Second Sight with John Esposito, Jeff Siegel and Dave Douglas who was named Downbeat's "Musician of the year in 2,000."
Increased visibility led him to tour overseas where he played in the Cascais Portugal Jazz Fest and throughout Europe. In addition, Marx played at the Greenwich Jazz Festival and for Columbia College radio in New York. Although sad, he was honored to play for the National Radio memorial program for his former colleague, Jim Pepper.
In the '90's Chicago has been Jeff Marx's home. Most recently Marx played at the 2002 Detroit Jazz Festival. Between Chicago, Detroit, New York, Milwaukee, and Ann Arbor, Jeff has been busy with gigs at notable area clubs. The sound of Marx can be heard on his own CD, "Great Unknown", on Don Bennett's CD "Reaching for a Star" with Jessie Davis on Alto Sax and Malachi Thompson on trumpet, as well as on "Second Sight" by the group, Second Sight. Now you can hear Marx on Soluna Records label with his newest release, "Treading Air, Breathing Fire."

Stacey Levine is a Seattle-based fiction writer whose books include My Horse and Other Stories and Dra--, a novel, both published by Sun & Moon Press of L.A. Her second novel, Frances Johnson, was published in 2005 by Clear Cut Press of Portland, Oregon. Her work has appeared in the Notre Dame Review, the Denver Quarterly, Fence, the American Book Review, The Stranger, Fodor's travel guides, and even scarier venues. Formerly a creative writing instructor, she is now working on a second collection of short fiction.

John Tipton is the author of surfaces (Flood Editions, 2004). His translation of Sophocles' Ajax is forthcoming from Flood.

Matt Briggs, winner of the American Book Award, has published four books: The Remains of River Names, The Moss Gatherers, Misplaced Alice, and Shoot the Buffalo, and his stories have been published in many journals, such as The Cortland Review, The Mississippi Review, Semantikon, and The Seattle Review.


Kass Fleisher is the author of The Bear River Massacre and the Making of History (SUNY Press, 2004); Accidental Species: A Reproduction (Chax Press, 2005); The Adventurous (forthcoming from Factory School in 2006); and Talking Out of School: Memoir of an Educated Woman (forthcoming from Dalkey Archive Press in 2007).

Robert Archambeau is a poet and professor who resides in Highland Park, Illinois, north of Chicago. His first full-length collection of poems, Home and Variations, was published by Salt in 2004. Wild Honey Press also published two chapbooks: Citation Suite, poems, and Another Ireland, an essay on experimental Irish poetry, in 1997. Robert teaches at Lake Forest College and is the mastermind behind Samizdat Blog.

Reb Livingston ( is the author of Your Ten Favorite Words (Coconut Books, Fall 2007), Pterodactyls Soar Again (Whole Coconut Chapbook Series, 2006) and co-author of Wanton Textiles (No Tell Books 2006). She's also the editor of No Tell Motel ( and publisher of No Tell Books (

Carly Sachs teaches creative writing at George Washington University. Her first collection of poems, the steam sequence won the 2006 Washington Writers’ Publishing House Book Prize and was published in August 2006. She is the founder and co-curator of the Burlesque Poetry Hour at Bar Rouge in Washington, D.C.



Stefania Heim is co-founder and co-editor of CIRCUMFERENCE, a biannual journal of poetry in translation. She received her MFA in poetry from Columbia University, and her poems and criticism have recently appeared in the Boston Review, Harp & Altar, La Petite Zine, and the Literary Review, among other publications.



Mark Tardi is from Chicago, and grew up a scant mile from Midway Airport. His first book, Euclid Shudders, was a finalist for the National Poetry Series and was published by Litmus Press. He has served as an editor at Dalkey Archive Press, and currently is on the editorial board of the literary journal Aufgabe.


Jennifer Karmin is a poet, artist, and educator who has experimented with language throughout the U.S. and Japan. She curates the Red Rover Series with fiction writer Amina Cain and is a founding member of the public art group Anti Gravity Surprise. Her multidisciplinary projects have been presented at a number of festivals, artist-run spaces, community centers, and on city streets. Jennifer teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman College and works as a Poet-in-Residence for the Chicago Public Schools. Recent publications include Bird Dog, Milk Magazine, The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century, and Growing Up Girl: An Anthology of Voices from Marginalized Spaces.


Eckhard Gerdes earned an MFA in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, but not before one teacher threatened to choke Eckhard to death for producing writing that was too innovative. Eckhard's true teachers have been the voices he heard through literature—Brautigan, Patchen, Joyce, Beckett, Federman, Barth, Jaffe, Burroughs, Acker, Moorcock, Calvino, Ionesco, and the amazing Arno Schmidt to name a few—and the voices he has heard through other art forms, such as Clyfford Still, Picasso, Pollack, Kraan, Captain Beefheart, Firesign Theatre, Pere Ubu, Stockhausen, Webern, and, of course, the Doors. These are the voices of the idiosyncratic. They will be heard long after the weak voices have faded.

He lives near Chicago with two of his sons, Ludwig and Ulysses. His oldest son, Sterling, is away at college at Georgia Tech. Occasionally, Eckhard publishes The Journal of Experimental Fiction. At times, he writes about literature for The Review of Contemporary Fiction, American Book Review, and Electronic Book Review. His fiction appears in various journals every now and then. Przewalski's Horse and The Million-Year Centipede are his fifth and sixth published novels. Two more, Nin & Nan and The Unwelcome Guest are scheduled for fall publication by Six Gallery Press.


Simone Muench’s second book Lampblack & Ash received the Kathryn A. Morton Prize (Sarabande, 2005). Her latest chapbooks are Orange Girl (dancing girl press) and Sonoluminescence (with Bill Allegrezza, Dusie Press). She has poems appearing in Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, LUNA and the anthology The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century. She directs the Writing Program at Lewis University, serves on the board for Switchback Books, and is an editor for Sharkforum.


Tim Yu's collection Journey to the West, which won the Vincent Chin Memorial Chapbook Prize from Kundiman, appeared as part of the Winter 2006 issue of Barrow Street. His work has recently appeared in Seven Corners, 2nd Avenue Poetry, and The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century. He teaches at the University of Toronto, lives in Toronto and Chicago, and sometimes blogs at


William Allegrezza teaches and writes from his base in Chicago. His poems, articles and reviews have been published in several countries including the U.S., Holland, the Czech Republic and Australia, as well as in several online journals. His chapbooks, e-books, and books include Lingo, The Vicious Bunny Translations, Covering Over, Temporal Nomads, Ladders in July, Ishmael Among the Bushes, and In The Weaver's Valley. He is the editor of Moria Poetry, a journal dedicated to experimental poetry and poetics, and the editor-in-chief of Cracked Slab Books, which just released the The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century. His latest book is Fragile Replacements (Meritage Press, 2007).


Jordan Stempleman lives in Iowa City where he attends the Writers' Workshop. He is the author of Their Fields (Moria, 2005) and What's the Matter (Otoliths, 2007). Recent work has appeared in New American Writing, Noon, Otoliths, and P-Queue.


Visual artist, writer, & feminist activist Lauren Levato is the author of at the hotel andromeda (Dancing Girl Press, 2007), an image and text collaborative project with Kristy Bowen, and the poetry chapbook Marriage Bones (Fractal Edge Press 2006). Her poetry has appeared in After Hours, Her Mark, MoonLit and Wicked Alice; her poetry awards include a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. She is also the curator of the Woman Made Gallery poetry series. Levato earned degrees in Professional Writing and in Women’s Studies from Purdue University, and in Political Journalism from Georgetown University. Since 1997 she has worked as a writer, editor, and editorial advisor at several different daily and monthly publications, including PISTIL Magazine, and is one of the founding editors of Ink (&) Ashes: a journal of the senses. In addition to exhibiting internationally, her artwork has appeared in many publications, including Calyx and Wicked Alice, and been used as cover art by Dancing Girl Press and Finishing Line Press. Levato is currently the gallery director at the Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago.


Lina ramona Vitkauskas is the co-editor of the 8-year running, online literary magazine, milk magazine, Her poetry chapbooks include: THE RANGE OF YOUR AMAZING NOTHING (Ravenna Press, 2007), Failed Star Spawns Planet/Star (dancing girl press, 2006), and Shooting Dead Films with Poets (Fractal Edge Press, 2004). Her poetry and fiction have been included in many anthologies and publications including The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (Cracked Slab Books, 2007), Van Gogh's Ear (Paris), Rampike (University of Windsor), The Prague Literary Review, The Chicago Review, MiPoesias, Moria , and Paper Tiger (Australia), among others.Forthcoming publications and upcoming projects include poetry in 2008 Outside Voices Anthology (Outside Voices, 2008), Another Chicago Magazine, Aufgabe, Arabesques (Algeria), and Cervena Barva Press. She has her MA in Creative Writing from Wright State University and is also the upcoming Lithuanian editor/advisor of UniVerse, a United Nations of poetry Her web site is at


Joshua Corey keeps a blog on poetry and poetics at, and he is the author of two full-length poetry books, Selah (Barrow Street Press, 2003) and Fourier Series (Spineless Books, 2005), as well as two chapbooks: Compos(t)ition Marble (Pavement Saw Press, 2006) and Hope & Anchor (Noemi Press, forthcoming). He lives in Evanston and teaches English and creative writing at Lake Forest College.


Evan Willner is the author of a 7450-syllable apparatus, "homemade traps for new world Brians" (BlazeVOX [books], 2007), parts of which have been published recently in 6x6 and Jubilat. Having earned a Ph.D. in English at Boston University, he now teaches at DePaul University.


Cris Mazza is the author of over a dozen books of fiction, most recently Waterbaby. Her other fiction titles include the critically notable Is It Sexual Harassment Yet?, and the PEN Nelson Algren Award winning How to Leave a Country. She also has a collection of personal essays, Indigenous: Growing Up Californian. A native of Southern California, Mazza grew up in San Diego County. Currently she lives 50 miles west of Chicago and is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Ray Hsu is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His first poetry collection, Anthropy, won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award and was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. He has published poems in The Walrus, New American Writing, and Fence. Hsu won a Humanities Exposed Evjue Research Award for establishing a creative writing community and ged tutoring program in a prison. He was featured in Heart of a Poet, a documentary series on the television network Bravo.

Steve Davenport is the Creative Nonfiction Editor of Ninth Letter. His Uncontainable Noise (2006) was short-listed for this past year's NBCC finalist category in Poetry. He's won an Illinois Arts Council Finalist Grant in Non-Fiction Prose, and a recent work, "Murder on Gasoline Lake" (Black Warrior Review 33.1) is listed as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2007 and will be published as a chapbook early next year by New American Press. His fiction has been published in magazines like Berkeley Fiction Review, 580 Split, Diagram, and Fiction International.


Originally from the Upper Mississippi River Valley, Betsy Wheeler studied poetry and the art of the book at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse where she was a Maple House Fellow for Sutton Hoo Press. She received her MFA in poetry from The Ohio State University in 2005, then lived, worked, and wrote as the Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University's Stadler Center for Poetry from 2005-2007. Her poems have recently appeared in MiPOesias, Pebble Lake Review, Forklift Ohio, Ping Pong, and Absent. Her chapbook, Start Here, is available from Small Anchor Press. Co-editor of Pilot and Pilot Books, she lives in Northampton, Massachusetts where she works for Wondertime magazine.


Joshua Marie Wilkinson was born and raised in Seattle and has since lived in Arizona, Ireland, Slovakia, and Colorado. He is the author of three books, and two more which are forthcoming next year: The Book of Whispering in the Projection Booth from Tupelo and an anthology of younger poets in conversation with their mentors from University of Iowa Press. His film about the Chicago-based band Califone is nearly complete, and he teaches creative writing and literature at Loyola University.


Charles Blackstone lives in Chicago and is the co-editor of a forthcoming literary anthology, The Art of Friction: Where (Non) Fictions Come Together (University of Texas Press, 2008). Blackstone's short fiction has appeared in Bridge, Identity Theory, The Evergreen Review, and others. He is a regular contributor to Chicago Public Radio.


Cheryl Pallant is a writer, poet, dancer, writing coach, and university instructor. She is the author of five books: Contact Improvisation, her book on dance from McFarland and Company; two poetry books from Station Hill Press, Uncommon Grammar Cloth and Into Stillness; and two chapbooks, The Phrase from The Feral Press and Spontaneities from Belladonna Press. A new nonfiction book, on embodied writing, is currently underway. Poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous print and online magazines such as Fence, HOW2, Tarpaulin Sky, and Oxford Magazine, and in several anthologies like Food for Thought by William Morrow and Company and An Introduction to the Prose Poem by Firewheel Editions. She has published over 200 reviews and interviews with dancers, performance artists, and writers from around the globe and was a critic for a local newspaper for twelve years.


Kristy Bowen is the author of the fever almanac (Ghost Road Press, 2006) as well as several chapbook projects, including feign (NMP, 2007) and at the hotel andromeda, a collaborative book arts project inspired by Joseph Cornell. Her second collection, in the bird museum is forthcoming from Dusie Books early this year. Another, girl show, will be published by Ghost Road Press in 2009. She edits the online litzine wicked alice and runs dancing girl press & studio, which publishes work by women poets.


Sarah Rosenthal is the author of three chapbooks: How I Wrote This Story (Margin to Margin, 2001), sitings (a+bend, 2000), and not-chicago (Melodeon, 1998). Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Bird Dog, Milk, Xcp (Cross Cultural Poetics), can we have our ball back, 14 Hills, Tripwire, Shampoo, Tin Lustre Mobile, Mirage/Period/(ical), Tinfish, and Bombay Gin, and her work has been anthologized in hinge: A BOAS Anthology (Crack Press, 2002), the Faux Press Bay Area Anthology (Faux Press, 2005), and The Other Side of the Postcard (City Lights, 2005). Her interviews with Bay Area poets have appeared or are forthcoming in Aufgabe, Jacket, How2, Rain Taxi, and Xantippe.


Kim Chinquee's collection of flash fiction, OH BABY, published by Ravenna Press is available here:


Jesse Seldess recently relocated from Chicago to Berlin. In Chicago, he co-curated The Discrete Reading and Performance Series with Kerri Sonnenberg. In Berlin, he organizes The Floating Series of exhibitions and events with Leonie Weber as well as continues to edit Antennae, a journal of experimental writing, music, and performance. Chapbooks of his poems have been published by Answer Tag Home Press, Bronze Skull Press, and the Chicago Poetry Project, and his first full-length book of poems, Who Opens, appeared on Kenning Editions earlier this year.


Hugh Tribbey is an assistant professor of English at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, where he teaches literature and creative writing. His poetry has appeared in "ixnay" and "Lost and Found Times", and the e-zines "The Dream People", "poethia", and "POTEPOETZINE", and Xstream. Work is forthcoming in "Flint Hills Review", and the e-zines "Red River Review", "The Dream People", and "Sidereality". He holds a Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.


Gina Frangello is the Executive Editor of the award-winning literary magazine Other Voices and its new fiction imprint OV Books. Her short fiction has been published in many literary journals, including Swink, StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner , two girls review, Blithe House Quarterly and Fish Stories. She guest-edited the anthology Falling Backwards: Stories of Fathers and Daughters (Hourglass Books) and has been a freelance journalist for the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Reader. A graduate of the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois-Chicago, she has taught literature and creative writing at several Chicago universities and is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council literary award and individual fellowship. She lives with her husband and their twin daughters.


Daniel Borzutzky is the author of The Ecstasy of Capitulation (BlazeVox, 2007) and Arbitrary Tales (Triple Press, 2005). He is the translator of, among other works, Port Trakl, poems by Jaime Luis Huenún (Action Books, forthcoming) and a special issue on the work of Chilean fiction writer Juan Emar in the Review of Contemporary Fiction (September, 2007).


Melissa Severin is originally from Omaha, Nebraska where she spent many summers detasseling corn. She doesn't have a dream job—her dreams do not involve jobs—but she earned her MFA in Poetry from New England College and is managing editor for Switchback Books. Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in Moonlit, 42opus, Wicked Alice and Ectoplasmic Necropolis. Brute Fact, her first chapbook, is available from dancing girl press.


Catherine Wagner is the author of Macular Hole (Fence, 2004), Miss America (Fence, 2001), and many chapbooks, most recently Everyone in the Room is a Representative of the World at Large (Bonfire, 2007) and Hole in the Ground (Slack Buddha, 2008). She teaches at Miami University in southwest Ohio.


Chuck Stebelton works as Literary Program Director at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee. He is author of Circulation Flowers (Tougher Disguises, 2005). Chapbooks include A Maximal Object (Mitzvah Chaps), Flags and Banners (Bronze Skull Press), and Precious (Answer Tag Home Press). His work currently appears at Seven Corners and in The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century. Newer writing appears in recent issues of Kadar Koli and The Cultural Society.


Srikanth Reddy's first collection of poetry, Facts for Visitors, received the Asian-American Literary Award for Poetry in 2004. Mobius Crowns, a collaborative chapbook written with Daniel Beachy-Quick, was recently published by Queue Books. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the doctoral program in English at Harvard University, Reddy is currently an assistant professor at the University of Chicago.


Richard Meier is the author of two books of poetry: Shelley Gave Jane a Guitar and Terrain Vague, both from Wave Books. He lives in Chicago and is writer-in-residence at Carthage College.


Lisa Fishman is the author of The Happiness Experiment and Dear, Read (Ahsahta), as well as an earlier collection (The Deep Heart's Core Is a Suitcase) and two recent chapbooks. She has new work in recent or forthcoming issues of A Public Space, The Laurel Review, and Upstairs at Duroc.


Suzanne Buffam is the author of one collection of poetry, Past Imperfect (House of Anansi Press), and a chapbook, Interiors (Delirium Press). Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in various journals, including Boston Review, A Public Space, jubilat, The Canary, Denver Quarterly, and Fou. Born and raised in Canada, she currently lives in Chicago, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago.


Eirik Steinhoff lives in Chicago, where he edited Chicago Review between 2000 and 2005.


Quraysh Ali Lansana is the author of They Shall Run--Harriet Tubman Poems (Third World Press, April 2004) and the poetry collection southside rain (Third World Press, 2000); a children's book, The Big World (Addison-Wesley, 1999); and a poetry chapbook, cockroach children: corner poems and street psalms (nappyhead press, 1995). He is the editor of Glencoe/McGraw-Hill's African American Literature Reader (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2001), and I Represent and dream in yourself, which are two anthologies of literary works from Chicago's award-winning youth arts employment program, Gallery 37 (Tia Chucha Press, 1996 and 1997, respectively). He is also co-editor of Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art (Third World Press, 2002). He is currently Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing and an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Chicago State University. He is also a former faculty member of The Juilliard School's Drama Division. Quraysh also serves as Poetry Editorial Review Board Director for Third World Press, Associate Editor-Poetry for Black Issues Book Review, and serves on the Editorial Board of Tia Chucha Press. Passage, his poetry video collaboration with Kurt Heintz, won the first ever Image Union/Bob Award from WTTW-TV (PBS).


Michael Slosek is the author of INTERDICTION (chapbook), A Sequence for Cinematic History (chapbook), By the Weight of an Arrow (chapbook written with Luke Daly).


Kathleen Rooney is the editor of Rose Metal Press and the author of Reading with Oprah: The Book Club That Changed America (University of Arkansas Press, 2005) and the forthcoming memoir Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object (Arkansas, 2009), as well as the poetry collections Oneiromance (an epithalamion) (Switchback Books, 2008), Something Really Wonderful, and That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (the latter two written collaboratively with Elisa Gabbert). She lives in Chicago.


Steve Halle published his first book with Cracked Slab Books. It is titled Map of the Hydrogen World. He edits the online site Seven Corners.


Philip Jenks wrote two volumes of poetry, On the Cave You Live In (Flood Editions, 2002) and My First Painting will be “The Accuser” (Zephyr Press, 2005). He teaches English at University of Illinois and studies the apocalypse in contemporary cultures. His poems and translations appear in many journals he loves and respects. His collaborations with Simone Muench appear in The Canary, Zoland, Moonlit, barrelhouse, and Eleven Eleven and elsewhere. He also sings, plays percussion, drums (even reads an occasional poem) with The Howling Hex on Drag City Records. .


A D Jameson is a writer, video artist, and performer. This year he completed both a prose collection, "Amazing Adult Fantasy," and a poetic novel, "Giant Slugs." His work has appeared in The Denver Quarterly, Fiction International, elimae, and various other journals. Adam's currently working on a second novel and several novellas..


Marie Buck writes poems and does grad school in Detroit. She also co-edits the little mag Model Homes with Brad Flis. You can find a chapbook online, at Beard of Bees, and her first book, Life & Style, is forthcoming from Patrick Lovelace Editions. .


Brad Flis is the author of the book, Peasants (Patrick Lovelace Editions), and the chapbooks Health Pack (Chuckwagon Press) and, with Steven Zultanski, USA Equals Not Sees (Nocturnal Editions). He co-edits the journal Model Homes with Marie Buck in Detroit. .


Anna Vitale is from Detroit and lives in Ann Arbor. Her work has recently been published in Model Homes and Shifter. She co-edits the online audio journal textsound and has been a freeform DJ at WCBN-FM Ann Arbor for almost 10 years. .


Jonathan Messinger is the author of the short story collection, Hiding Out, which was named one of the best books of 2007 by the Omaha World-Herald. He's also the books editor of Time Out Chicago and founder of The Dollar Store Show, a literary and comedy series featuring performances inspired by junk purchased from a dollar store. He co-publishes Featherproof Books, a small press publishing novels and downloadable mini-books. His fiction has most recently appeared in Other Voices and Awake! an anthology from Soft Skull Press, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. .


Naomi Buck Palagi has made her way to Northwest Indiana via many stops, including a "homesteader" childhood in rural Kentucky, complete with goats and lots of bare feet, some years in the Mississippi Delta as, among other things, a furniture maker and ballet teacher, and several years in Chicago doing the small theater rounds as an actor and director. She enjoys shaping tangible things-wood, fabric, sound, words. She has work published or upcoming in the journals Otoliths, Big Toe Review, Moria, P.F.S. Post, and Blue Fifth Review, among others. .

Kristina Marie Darling is an M.A. candidate at Washington University, where she completed an undergraduate degree in English in 2007. She has published seven small press collections of poetry and nonfiction, among them Fevers and Clocks (March Street Press, 2006), The Traffic in Women (Dancing Girl Press, 2006), and Night Music (BlazeVOX Books, 2008). She has also written on contemporary poetics for The Boston Review, New Letters, The Mid-American Review, Third Coast, The Warwick Review, Smartish Pace, and other journals. Her creative work has been supported by residencies from the Centrum Foundation, Rockmirth, Writers and Books, DRAW International, and the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts. .

Janet Holmes is author of five books of poetry. A professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Boise State University, she is also director and editor of Ahsahta Press, a 34-year-old all-poetry imprint. She lives in Boise, Idaho, with her husband, novelist and poet Alvin Greenberg..


Tyrone Williams teaches literature and theory at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of two books of poetry, c.c.(Krupskaya Books, 2002) and On Spec(Omnidawn Publishing, 2008). He also has several chapbooks out, including AAB (Slack Buddha Press, 2004), Futures, Elections (Dos Madres Press, 2004)and Musique Noir (Overhere Press, 2006). A new book of poems, the Hero Project of the Century, is forthcoming in 2009 from The Backwaters Press. He recently completed a manuscript of poetry commissioned by Atelos Books. His website is located at the following link: .