Summer 2008, #15
       "Convenient Acts of Human Behavior"

#15 Contributors

Peter A. Balaskas has appeared in Bewildering Stories, The Aroostook Review, Pale Skies, Sage of Consciousness, Rogue Worlds, and his critical essay on Harlan Ellison's "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" was published in Criterion.  His supernatural thriller, "The Grandmaster" will be published by Bards and Sages Publishing in September of 2007. After finishing his first short story collection---In Our House---Peter is beginning his second short story collection, Out Through the Exit Door, which he hopes to finish by Spring of 2008.

Mary Jo Bang is the author of four books of poems including *Louise in Love* and *The Eye Like a Strange Balloon*. Her fifth collection, *Elegy*, from Graywolf Press was released in October of 2007. She is professor of English and director of the creative writing program at Washington University in St. Louis.

Mary Beth Caschetta is a recipient of the prestigious Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award and the W.K. Rose Fellowship for Emerging Artists.  Her award-winning stories have appeared in Small Spiral Notebook (forthcoming), the Mississippi Review, Seattle Review, Bloom Magazine, the Harrington Quarterly Review, Blithe House Quarterly, Altar Magazine, and Red Rock Review, among others.  She is the author of a short story collection published by Alyson Books, which Ms. Magazine called "a spectacular collection of women and girls, fugitives and ghosts, invalids and activists... a sensitive and telling portrait of contemporary American life…." Mary Beth lives in Massachusetts with her wife, the writer Meryl Cohn, and their literary standard poodle, Violette Leduc.

Adam Dickinson's second and most recent book Kingdom, Phylum was a finalist for the 2007 Trillium Book Award for Poetry.  His work has appeared in anthologies and literary journals in Canada, the U.K., and more recently (through translation) in China.  He teaches poetry and poetics at Brock University in St. Catharine's, Ontario.

Chris Dombrowski's poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Poetry, Orion, and others. A chapbook of poems, Fragments with Dusk in Them, was recently released from Punctilious Press, and a full-length collection, By Cold Water, is forthcoming from Wayne State University Press.

Ann Garvin has appeared in various literary journals including The Potomac Journal. Her first novel, On Maggie's Watch, is currently being reviewed by a major publishing house.

Madhushree Ghosh's fiction has appeared or were finalists in Glimmer Train, Cerebration, Sawnet, Gulf Coast and others. Her feature and non fiction articles have appeared in various US and international magazines such as Nirvana Woman, Mantram, The San Diego Jewish Times, The Times of India, The Pioneer and others. Her plays have been performed and were finalists in the San Diego Actors Alliance Festivals and Lamia Ink. She is a founding member of OliveUs Productions, a theater group with an international flavor, as well as the well-respected La Jolla Writing Series. Her mixed media artwork has been sold and exhibited at various San Diego art galleries. She is currently working on her fifth novel, titled Back When.

Diane Lockward is the author of What Feeds Us (Wind Publications, 2006) which was awarded the Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize. She is also the author of Eve's Red Dress (Wind Publications, 2003), and a chapbook, Against Perfection (Poets Forum Press, 1998). Her poems have been published in several anthologies, including Poetry Daily: 366 Poems from the World's Most Popular Poetry Website and Garrison Keillor's Good Poems for Hard Times. Her poems have also appeared in such journals as Beloit Poetry Journal, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. A former high school English teacher, Diane now works as a poet-in-the-schools.

Amy Newman is the author of four collections, most recently _fall_ (Wesleyan). Poems and essays appear or are forthcoming in Seneca Review, Hollins Critic, Sentence, and Born Magazine. She teaches modern and contemporary literature and creative writing at Northern Illinois University.

Daniel Morrow's work has appeared in The Potomac Journal, 5_Trope, and in several academic journals including Quarterly West.

Michael Neff is the editor of Del Sol Review. His work has been published in many literary journals including Conjunctions and The Literary Review. His first novel, Year of the Rhinoceros, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press.

Brad Richard is the chair of the creative writing program at Lusher Charter High School in New Orleans. 2002 Poetry Winner in the Poets & Writers, Inc., Writers Exchange competition, he has published one book of poems (Habitations, Portals Press, 2000) and a chapbook (The Men in the Dark, Lowlands Press, 2004). His poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Bayou, Hunger Mountain Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, Passages North, Literary Imagination and other journals.

F. Daniel Rzicznek's first book of poems, Neck of the World, winner of the 2007 May Swenson Poetry Award, appeared in 2007 from Utah State University Press. He is also the author of the chapbook Cloud Tablets (Kent State University Press, 2006). He currently teaches English composition at Bowling Green State University.

Avery Slater's work has appeared or is forthcoming in North American Review, Chelsea, Borderlands, Permafrost, Cold Mountain Review, North Dakota Quarterly, and other journals. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Washington

Jason Tandon is the author of Flight (Finishing Line Press) and Rumble Strip (sunnyoutside). His poems have appeared in many journals including the Adirondack Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Laurel Review, Euphony, Poetry International, and Poet Lore.