Contributors - Issue 118 (2009)
William Bryant was born in California and worked in the Middle East since before the first Gulf War, including a stint with the Saudi navy and more recently with Saudi Aramco. He has written biographies of Alfred Russel Wallace and Roger Casement (commissioned by Barney Rosset). An excerpt of his novel Ross: T. E. Lawrence Discovers America was published in Evergreen Review.
Brian Campbell's second collection of poetry, Passenger Flight, will be published by Signature Editions in Spring, 2009; "Fix" is from that collection. Campbell's poetry, reviews and essays have appeared in a number of journals, including Prairie Fire, The Antigonish Review, The New Quarterly, The Rover, Rock Salt Plum Review, and The Saranac Revew.
Jacob Collins is a graduate student in history at UCLA. He is writing a dissertation on the work of Régis Debray, first published in the United States by Evergreen Review.
Marvin Cotlar, an anarchist at heart, is a crotchety white male who came to writing late in life. He has just relocated to Woodstock, NY after spending seven years in Zimbabwe. It is not entirely a coincidence that his years in Africa coincided with the years of the Bush administration. "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" is his first published work of fiction; however, he has optioned two screenplays and his stageplay, Extreme Unction is in development pointing toward an Off-Off-Broadway opening later this year.
Richard Cummings taught international law at the Haile Sellassie I University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is the author of The Pied Piper, the play Soccer Moms From Hell, and for Playboy, Lockheed Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. He has recently completed a new novel, Prayers of an Ibo Rabbi, a ghost story about the Ibo slaves who drowned themselves off the coast of St. Simons Island, Georgia. His poetry has appeared in numerous publications.
Carmen Firan, a poet and fiction writer, has published twenty books including poetry, novels, essays and short stories in her native Romania. Since 2000 she has been living in New York. Among her recent books and publications in the United States are Words & Flesh (selected works of prose, Talisman Publishers, 2008), The Second Life (short stories, Columbia University Press, 2005), The Farce (novel, Spuyten Duyvil, 2003), In the Most Beautiful Life (poems with photographs by Virginia Joffe, Umbrage Editions, 2002), and three collections of poetry published in New York: Afternoon With An Angel, The First Moment After Death, and Accomplished Error. Firan is a member of the Pen American Center and the Poetry Society of America, and serves on the editorial boards of the international magazines Lettre Internationale (Paris-Bucharest) and Interpoezia (New York).
Prof. Barbara Foster / Belladonna
A longtime Greenwich Village resident-is the co-author of three non-fiction works: Three in Love: Menages a Trois from Ancient to Modern Times, (Harper Collins, 1997) and The Secret Lives of Alexandra David-Neel (Overlook, 2007). She has just completed her erotic memoir: The Confessions Club: the Secret Life of a Sexy Librarian.
Robert Gibbons posts new writing every day at his website robertgibbons.net. His fifth full-length book, Travels Inside the Archive, a transcription of the first full year's postings, is forthcoming. Additionally, Bent Sørensen of Aalborg University will translate 60 of Gibbons's prose pieces into Danish. The collection, Jagged Timeline, will be published by Eyecorner Press in Denmark. Robert is Poetry & Fiction Editor of Janus Head.
Zane Grant has taught Political and Cultural Geography at University of Arizona and University of Leipzig, Germany. His current projects include the co-writing the upcoming comic book series We Will Bury You on IDW Publishing, a blog at PopMatters, and a long distance music project with his sister.
Matthew Guenette's first book, Sudden Anthem, won the 2007 American Poetry Journal Book Prize from Dream Horse Press. If he's lucky, he''ll be on screen for at least a split second, playing the part of a junior senator, in the upcoming Michael Mann film Public Enemies. He lives in Madison, WI.
Kevin J. Hayes
Kevin J. Hayes, Professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma, has written several books, including The Road to Monticello: The Life and Mind of Thomas Jefferson, An American Cycling Odyssey, 1887, and The Library of William Byrd, for which he received the Virginia Library History Award. He is currently working on a book about George Washington’s intellectual life.
Drew Huebner is the author of American By Blood (2001) and We Pierce (2003). He is working on a collection of speculative autobiography about the late last century when downtown NYC was an open air adhoc artist collective and falling apart was cool. With Sarah, Henry, Gus and Eleanor, he lives in the Bronx and teaches writing at Hostos Community College.
Paul Kavanagh has been published in Sleeping fish, Burnside Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal and Marginalia.
Tim Keane writes poetry and fiction. Poems from his first collection Alphabets of Elsewhere (Cinnamon Press, 2007) originally appeared in Modern Painters, Denver Quarterly, Poetry New Zealand, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and many other magazines in US, Canada, UK, and Asia. He was awarded an NEA fellowship in fiction in 2000. Excerpts from his novel That Strange Flower the Sun have been widely published. His translations from the French have appeared in Cipher, Drunken Boat and Parthenon West Review. He lives in the East Village in New York City.
Clif Mason is working on a collection of poems, titled In a Black Flame’s Heart. He’s also just finished a novel, Elsinore, that is a magical realist re-telling of the Hamlet story, set in contemporary times.
Alistair Quietsch is currently a 3rd year student at the Glasgow School of Art studying painting. He has been published in a few small publications and set up his own zine in 2008, The Glaikit. His painting work differs to his more personal poetry, dealing instead with political and social themes.
Liz Reich hails from Chicago but lived briefly in Florence where she was a contributing writer for ViviFirenze. She has most recently been published in American Concierge and The Daily Vidette, where she is a columnist and former reporter. While she has primarily written for newspapers (The Forest Park Review, The Rough Draft) she explores fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry in her free time.
Benjamin Schmitt currently resides in Boise Idaho. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has worked a variety of odd jobs while writing poetry, fiction, newspaper articles, and a brand new style he likes to call flabbergastonia which he cannot yet release into the world lest it cause massive rioting in the streets and layoffs at furniture outlet stores.
Aaron Lake Smith
Aaron Lake Smith has written for the New York Times, the Brooklyn Rail, Truthout and worked fact checking and researching at Harper's Magazine. His zine Big Hands has been featured in the New Museum's "Generational: Younger than Jesus" show. He has a novella coming out this fall on Microcosm Press titled Unemployment.
Nick Sweet's first novel Gemini Games was praised by acclaimed authors Andrew O'Hagan, D.M. Thomas, and D.J. Taylor. His short stories have appeared in #117 of Evergreen Review, Cutthroat online (summer 2007 issue) and Descant #106, and a further story has been accepted by Black Robert Journal. Nick's second novel, Winter Trees, has just been published, while his third novel has been accepted for publication. His slim volume of poetry, Call Me Paranoid, received very good reviews. He currently lives in London, where he writes and teaches.
Nancy Lynn Weber
Nancy Lynn Weber’s work first appeared in the Evergreen Review (Issue #111), and has since been published in Dicey Brown, VerbSap, and Fringe Magazine. In October 2007 she attended the Vermont Studio Center Writer’s Residency Program on a full Fellowship. She is the Youth Program Director for NY Writers Coalition, a non-profit organization providing free creative writing workshops to under-served populations throughout NYC.
Adrian West lives in Philadelphia. His story "The Balloon" was published in McSweeney’s 21. In addition to short fiction, he has also completed a translation of the medieval Spanish masterpiece Cárcel de amor.
Joe Wilkins was born and raised north of the Bull Mountains of eastern Montana. He teaches writing at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, and his stories, poems, and essays appear in the Georgia Review, the Missouri Review, the Southern Review, Mid-American Review, Indiana Review, and Slate, among other magazines and literary journals.
Jerry Williams lives in the Bronx and teaches at Marymount Manhattan College. In 2003, Carnegie Mellon University Press published his collection of poems, Casino of the Sun, and a new collection, Admission, is forthcoming. He is currently preparing an anthology of breakup and divorce poetry for The Overlook Press, called It’s Not You, It’s Me, which is due out in 2010.