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Diana Abu-Jaber was born in New York, into a Palestinian/Jordanian/Irish, Muslim/Catholic family. She teaches at the University of Oregon. Her novel, Arabian Jazz, won the Oregon Book Award in 1994, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway First Novel Award. The author received an NEA grant for Memories of Birth .
•"Hindee" is an excerpt from my novel–in–progress, Memories of Birth. Hindee's experiences of cultural conflict are similar to those I felt growing up in an immigrant home. The fear and violence of exile is insidious: it can permeate every aspect of a refugee's life, move from external battles to internal strife. I wanted to find some way of expressing that dreadful legacy, to cast the struggle in concrete terms, and it occurred to me that the dynamics of child abuse are, in some ways, one of the most potent and yet ironic expressions of political abuse.


Kim Addonizio, author of a poetry collection, The Philosopher's Club (BOA Editions, 1994), is Contributing Editor of ZIPZAP, an electronic arts and literary journal on the World Wide Web. Her new chapbook is included in Sextet, from Pennywhistle Press.
•"‘The Story' came from an account I read by Noam Chomsky. ‘Broken Sonnets' came from volunteering at a shelter in San Francisco; the persona of the poem is a mixture of myself, another worker (to whom the poem is dedicated), and someone I imagined. The poems share some similar concerns about art and suffering. What to make of the suffering of others—in the sense of both creative response and individual responsibility—is one of my obsessions. I hope these poems sufficiently question themselves. It bothers me that they might seem to redeem, however darkly, simply because they exist. So there was a tension inherent in writing them at all, and there's an ambivalence about whether their methods have succeeded."


Carolyn Alessio lives in Carbondale, Illinois. Her poetry and fiction appear in Antioch Review, Chicago Review, Quarterly West, and others.
•"I wrote ‘Artichoke Hearts' during a summer when I took a drawing class and realized I had very little talent. I decided to create a persona who was talented. Also, I was influenced by Etheridge Knight's poem, ‘The Idea of Ancestry.'"


Patricia Ammann was born in Zürich, Switzerland. She received her M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado-Boulder and teaches ESL in Boulder, Colorado.


Homero Aridjis is one of Mexico's leading literary and political figures. Honored for both his poetry and his fiction, Aridjis is also the president of Group 100, Mexico's international ecopolitical leadership organization. He has been active in the rescue of sea turtles, among many other animals. He is the author of Time of the Angels, Los ojos desoblados and Antologia poética 1960-1994, among many other books.


Rane Arroyo's book of poems, The Singing Shark, was published in 1996 by Bilingual Press (ASU), and has been nominated for the American Book Award. He has been published in Kenyon Review, Nimrod, Spoon River Quarterly and Americas Review.


Deborah Batterman is a fiction writer, essayist, and editor who has done work for a wide variety of publications and organizations. As a member of the Westchester Arts Council's Artist Roster and the Silvermine Guild Arts Center, she conducts elementary, middle, and high school writing workshops. In addition, she has been writer-in-residence at the Hudson River Museum. Her work has appeared in Many Mountains Moving, Sistersong, Palo Alto Review, The MacGuffin, React Magazine, and The Record Review. She recently became a semifinalist in New Millennium Writings Awards VII contest and has completed a novel, Just Like February.


Robert James Berry was born in Redhill, England in 1960, and was educated in the U.K., Ulster, and Scotland. Since 1991 he has lectured in English Literature and Language in England, New Zealand, and Malaysia. He currently lives and works in Selangor in West Malaysia. His poems have been published in poetry magazines and journals in the United States, England, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, Malaysia, Sweden, and Trinidad. Most recently his poems have been translated into German. He was a prize winner in the NST - Shell Poetry Competition. He is married to Ahila. He loves cats (especially his Siamese, Sheba), classical piano, and poetry.


Laure-Anne Bosselaar grew up in Belgium, where she published a collection of French poems, Artemis. Among other publications, her work has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Denver Quarterly, International Quarterly, New Virginia Review, and Sycamore Review. With her husband, poet and editor Kurt Brown, she is translating the work of Belgium's leading poet, Herman de Coninck. "From My Window, I See Mountains" was anthologized in The Writing Path (U. of Iowa Press, 1995, Michael Pettit, editor).


Frances Brown is a prolific writer who lives and works in the midwestern United States.


Christopher Bursk is the author of four books, the latest being The Way Water Rubs Stone. He is a recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, and currently an employee of Bucks Community College.
•"These poems rise out of my number of years of experience working in the corrections field as a counselor and teacher."


Clarise is a professional guidance counselor and free-lance graphic artist, living and working in the Western United States.


Samantha Coerbell has been active on the NY poetry scene since 1991, and has performed with numerous musicians and writers. She holds a BFA in English Literature & Creative Writing from Brooklyn College. Samantha uses performance to incite minds and engage emotion. Her interest in the power of a voice through art expresses itself in workshops in which she encourages participants to draw on their experiences to generate their unique expression. A native New Yorker with Trinidadian roots, Samantha has spent the past year writing and performing in London. She is currently at work at Washington Square Arts booking performance tours in the US & UK. Visit her homepage at
this link.


Alice Rose Crow is a Yup'ik Eskimo woman, born and raised in Bethel, on the Kuskokwim River, in Southwest Alaska. For the last year, she has resided in Alaska's Matunuska-Susitna Valley.


Maimuna Dali is from Bangladesh. She has studied in the U.S. for the past six and a half years. The work reprinted here from Many Mountains Moving represents her first publication.
•"My writing comes from the myriad of images and moments captured from life and dreams. In my writing, memories and fantasies become blurred into the single body of fiction. To me, writing is just that—a unique entity distinct from anything I could ever have experienced."


Catherine Daly lives in Los Angeles and New York. She has a software development company, e.g., and teaches online poetry workshops and an upcoming Love Poetry practicum through UCLA Extension.


Jim Davis-Rosenthal, a graphics diva par excellence, received his BA in Fine Arts from University of Southern California, after which he earned his Masters in Creative Writing and his doctorate in American Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. A connoisseur of creative cadence and crafty cadets, Dr. Rosenthal holds court as an educator at the University of Colorado, and as the venerable Arts Editor for STANDARDS. See his self-portrait at this link.


Emmanuela Copal de León is a bisexual, bifocal, contrary compilation of youth, sagacity, verve, ennui, desire, and inscrutable discernment. A native of Southern California, she began painting after all else failed, and ended up being pretty happy about it.


Patricia Villalobos Echeverría: 1965 Born to Salvadorian parents in Memphis, Tennessee; 1966, moved to Managua, Nicaragua; 1972, earthquake in Managua; 1973-90, civil war and contra war in Nicaragua; 1979 moved to New Orleans, Louisiana; 1988, BFA from Louisiana State University; 1990, MFA from West Virginia University; 1992, New Forms Regional Grant Program Fellowship; 1992, Research Fellowship, The Studio for Creative Inquiry, CMU; 1993, Individual Artist Fellowship, Oregon Arts Commission; 1993, Triada Triouloajo Triad, radio piece for National Public Radio, collaboration with Lloyd P. Pratt; 1997, Mesótica II: Regeneraciones, exhibition travelling to Europe, Central and North America; 1997, Curated Allographies at University Museum and Kipp Gallery, Indiana University of PA; 1998, contested territories: from the earthquake series/ terriotorios controvertidos: de la serie terremoto, sound installation at Harlan Gallery; 1999, snow mixed media installation at Foreland Street Studio Gallery.


Jim Elledge is the author of four collections of poetry. Into the Arms of the Universe won the 1994 Stonewall Series competition for gay, lesbian, and bisexual poets. His novel, The Chapters of Coming Forth by Day, was a finalist in the James Fellowship for novels-in-progress, and his Grace To Be Born and Live: Love and Homosexuality in the Poetry of Frank O'Hara is forthcoming from Nosukommo of Australia. His poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous journals, including Chicago Review, Paris Review, and Black Warrior Review.
•"These pieces are two ‘chapters' from my experimental novel, The Chapters of Coming Forth by Day. They grew out of a number of conversations I had with my lover about why we tend not to like gay fiction. We'd grown tired of the cliches and myopia which plague much gay fiction. I'd been writing a series of works that were a hybrid of the prose poem and short-short ("flash") fiction. When I sat down with all of the series I'd written spread out before me, I realized that, read together, they were a ‘novel,' not a typical one because, for example, they weren't linked together by a single narrative thread; instead, my novel requires that readers create the narrative that the individual ‘chapters,' each which is a very brief moment in a gay man's life, imply."


Elizabeth Fischer: born in hungary, lives in canada, painter writer musician, now mostly into digital, exhibited in a bunch of places, played in a bunch of places, published in a few places. At
NWHQ, she's the tyrannical editor, also did all the art and wrote stuff. Likes to mutilate others with incomprehensible Hungarian folk-sayings. Example: When it's dark, like in a cow, the light at the end of the tunnel may only be the barn. And then she cackles and says, Truth, no?


Steven G. Fullwood is a freelance writer in New York. His work can be seen in on-line magazines such as Mosaec Magazine, Blacklight Online and at Africana.com. His e-mail is stevenfullwood@yahoo.com


Ray Gonzalez is the author of five books of poetry, including The Heat of Arrivals and Cabato Sentora, both from BOA Editions. His seventeen anthologies include Muy Macho: Latino Men Confront Their Manhood and Touching the Fire: Latino Poets at the Turn of the Century, both from Anchor/Doubleday Books. He is a professor of English and Latin American Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
•"‘Ode to the Family of Spiders' and ‘Object' are responses to the need for silencing the internal details of a poet's life. They were written at a time when the visual and audio senses needed to go beyond the normal expectations of an evolving poem. When the poet is able to weave the detailed processes of catching himself alone in the world, spiders, unknown objects, badgers, and the unexplained voices complete the poem on their own."


Jonathan Holden is a distinguished professor and poet in residence at Kansas State University. His latest book is American Gothic (U. of Georgia Press). He lives in Manhattan, Kansas. His essay, "American Anaesthetics," appeared in the inaugural issue of Many Mountains Moving and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.


Bruce Jacobs is a free-lance writer and hired hand on horse farms near Baltimore. His poetry has appeared in American Writing, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Atlanta Review, and other journals, and will appear in upcoming issues of African-American Review and Obsidian ll. Jacobs hosts a poetry series at Irina's Cafe in Baltimore, has a B.A. from Harvard University, and is a native of Rochester, New York. He had a writing residency at Chateau de Lesvault in France, and will be a Ucross Foundation fellow in Wyoming. He was 1993 First Runner-Up in the national Faux Faulkner contest. The author has a chapbook, Cathode Ray Blues (Tropos Press), and an audio tape of poems, It Makes You Laugh.
•"The Beer Joint" comes from a childhood experience of living around the corner from a bar; my mother was very protective, and the poem comes from my first experiences of wondering at forbidden things. "Masons" has to do with the things that men symbolize to one another. Both poems are from a yet-to-be published manuscript tentatively titled M&Ms.


Canéla Analucinda Jaramillo is a homegirl from Califas, who has worked for ten years as founding editor and editor-in-chief of STANDARDS. She holds a BA in Literature/Writing from the University of California at San Diego; a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado at Boulder; a Masters in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University; and a Ph.D. in English Literature/American Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Despite all this "formal" education, Dr. Jaramillo is rumored to have absolutely no diplomacy skills, and very little common sense. She is a writer, editor, and web page designer in Colorado, in the company of her three marvelous children.


Claine Helen Keily was born in England 1963. She has lived in Australia for the last thirty-four years. Claine has several degrees from The University of Sydney, one of them being a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Women's Studies. The subject of her thesis was "Style as Sign in the Writings of Luce Irigaray and Helene Cixous." She has worked as a visual artist in the mediums of printmaking, sculpture and film, and more recently, is putting together a collection of collages. She was co-editor of a small independent press for a number of years named "Viola Tusk." This publication, along with artist books which contains her images and writings, have been collected by libraries within Australia. Currently living in Sydney, she plans to move to the alpine region of rural Australia in the next couple of years.


Patrick Lawler has two books of poetry, A Drowning Man is Never Tall Enough (University of Georgia Press) and (reading a burning book) (Basfal Books). His poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Red Brick Review, and numerous journals.
•"The two poems are from my third manuscript, as yet unpublished. Feeding the Fear of the Earth.. One of the major concerns is ecological, and, viewing the central theme of ecology to be the vision of interconnectedness, I transport this "concept" to other arenas. The titles of the various poems reflect conflict, interconnectedness, and a "re-contextualization" of ideas. The poems strive to challenge preconceived boundaries: time, culture,discipline, gender, race, and genre. They are essentially dialectical (or perhaps multi-lectical), working within the tensions created by the ideas invoked by the names used in the titles."


Marie Lee's work has been published in Kenyon Review, American Voice, and Norton's New Worlds of Literature. She has been a visiting lecturer at Yale University.
•"Part of this story was inspired by a Maine friend's recounting of introducing some land-locked Native American students to lobster. I have always thought lobsters look unappetizingly like giant cockroaches, and I guess the students sort of thought so, too."


EA Lynch has never done anything of notable merit, and, in her future endeavors, does not anticipate accomplishing much of lasting value.


Carol Mahler, at four years old and before she could read, pretended to read to the neighborhood children gathered on the front stoop, and made up stories to entertain her mother confined to bed rest in the latter stages of a difficult pregnancy. Ever since, she has taught, written, and presented story-times for children, mentally handicapped adults, college students, church, youth and community groups. She has published poems, essays, articles and is working on a novel.
•"Impending doom of all kinds seems to be a part of modern life. Perhaps the thawing of the Cold War has mitigated the particular fear of holocaust somewhat, but other disasters—global, communal, individual loom. How one confronts that feeling fuels ‘Dawn.'"


Cynthia Martinez is a photographer, parent, and flight attendant.


Esteban Martinez lives in Denver, Colorado and teaches at the Community College of Denver. The reprint appearing here from Many Mountains Moving represents his first major publication.


Walter McDonald is the Director of Creative Writing at Texas Tech University. He has written sixteen collections of poetry and fiction, including Counting Survivors (U. of Pittsburgh Press, 1995); Night Landings (Harper Collins); After the Noise of Saigon (University of Massachusetts Press); The Flying Dutchman (Ohio State U. Press); and Where Skies Are Not Cloudy (U. of North Texas Press). Three others won Western Heritage Awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame: Rafting the Brazos, The Digs in Escondido Canyon and All That Matters. His work has been in magazines such as The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Poetry, and in Carolyn Forché's Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (Norton, 1993).
•"After Saigon" began as most of my poems do, with a snippet of language that wandered by one dawn while I pecked away at the keyboard, hoping to spook up something to track down and lasso. "Ghosts when I was six," I typed, not knowing where the line would go, what they would lead me to. After awhile, it turned into merely a child's poem, a nightmare easily calmed.
Starts of unrelated poems went by before the ghosts led me to juxtapose several of them into this one poem, "After Saigon," to old friends' names on the wall in Washington. For instance, one autumn night in Texas I saw "Geese clipping the moon" and wrote the next day that they "go without knowing how swift/how beautiful they are." One spring, while I wrote in a cabin in Colorado, "Hummingbirds banged and banged...and the screen door twanged."
For years, I felt something was there under those early drafts, trying to get in. Last summer, looking at several inert little poems like pieces of broken bottles, I thought of where I was—not six anymore, but here this side of a war long gone, sometimes working all night combining words. Therefore, when the last line came, it brought a familiar payoff to all the work and affirmed the delight of writing—a discovery of what I never dreamed I would say but believed I would recognize when I found it. "A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom," Frost wisely wrote, and Edward Albee added, "A writer is someone who's trying to discover what he means."
For me, that sums up the wonder, the unexpected twists of imagination that I depend on: suddenly, after years of stumbling and wondering what ghosts and geese and hummingbirds had to do with each other and with a city I had written about many times, I discovered some of what I wanted to say about fleeting wonders and old friends and losses that haunt me. The last line brought a sense of awareness that made all the work worthwhile—closure for the poem and calm for a feeling of restless stress, when I realized "Any ghosts worth calling are already here."


Christal McDougall has an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado. She has won several awards for her poetry, including a scholarship to the 1993 Aspen Writers' Conference. Recent poems will appear in the prize-winning issue of The Ledge, Alligator Juniper, and the forthcoming anthology Details Omitted from the Text: Revisionist Poems on Biblical Women. As a contributing editor for Women's Magazine, she has published numerous articles; recent fiction has appeared in Women's Work and will appear in Alligator Juniper.


Rusty Morrison's poems have been published by Poetry Flash, The Hiram Review, and other small press magazines. She was a finalist in the 1994 New Letters Poetry Competition.
•"Many of my poems come out of the meditative early morning hours when I am still close to the landscape of dream and most able to open that inner eye and follow phrase after phrase without worrying where I am being led. Both ‘This Time' and ‘Waiting' began this way. Each had its own lesson for me of intriguing connectedness. ‘Teaching About The Hungry Woman' came directly from my experiences teaching ESL. It is impossible to teach English to a class of students from as many as six to ten different ethnicities without attending to the essential work of learning how to hear each other, to respect what is heard from such diverse cultural backgrounds and personal life experiences. I use a lot of teaching time discussing issues such as trust, respect for self and others, and the willingness to risk. ‘Hungry Woman' is important to me because it reminds me that things don't always go smoothly, but each time we face the issues, doors can begin to open, sometimes in surprising ways."


Ayyappa Paniker's publications include Selected Poems of Ayyappa Paniker (Modern Book Centre, India), from which the featured poems are taken.
•"I was in Bloomington, Indiana from 1969 to 1971, doing my Ph.D. at Indiana University, taking Poetry with Samuel Yellen. I was perhaps writing simultaneously in Malayalam, my mother tongue, and in English, my second language. In the early days it wasn't quite easy to get used to the new surroundings and to make friends with Americans. Not quite the culture shock they speak about. It was the sixties culture and campus atmosphere. Eventually I did make many fast friends."


Mary Park was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. She is a graduate of Princeton University and the creative writing program at the University of Montana. "The Iron Lung Girl" is her first publication, and is reprinted here from Many Mountains Moving.
•"For all the people who like to ask after they hear one of my stories: did that happen to you? Yes. Maybe. I mean, no. I did have a party like that once. The deserted house filling up with friends, noise, purloined lawn furniture: it stayed with me, an image of a life I was trying to cobble together out of pop songs and headlines from old newspapers and completely erroneous ideas about sex. So that's where I began writing. Then Sheryl came on the scene, and the narrator turned into a boy, and the rest is a different story than the one I had in mind. But what story isn't?"


Michael Ramos lives in Denver and has just completed Polboron: Tales and Stories from the Phillipines. Stories from the collection have appeared in Indiana Review and Many Mountains Moving.
•"In one of my other stories, an old lady tells her grandson about her sister. She was a great beauty. The mayor's son once sent a pig to my father to try to win her hand. 'When the Soldier Sleeps in the Field' began as a story about the sister. Some of the details of the story come from my own family history. My grandfather was schoolteacher who taught as a guerrilla in the resistance movement during the war. He was also captured by the Japanese. My grandmother's family is from Batac, and I visited the town a couple of years ago. Writing these stories has been a wonderful way to explore my family's history and heritage."


Elizabeth Rosner is a native of Schenectady, New York, and currently resides in Berkeley, California. She received her M.F.A from the U.C. Irvine, and teaches creative writing and composition at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California. She has completed a family memoir about the holocaust, Souvenirs & Silences, and a novel, Still Life with Rita. She is at work on a new group of poems, and on her second novel.
•"I was recently named ‘New/Emerging Poet' in the ninth annual Anna Davidson Rosenberg Contest for Poems on the Jewish Experience. Three of the four poems included in this journal originally appeared as longer prose pieces in my unpublished family memoir, Souvenirs & Silences. My parents are holocaust survivors, and much of my writing has been influenced by their legacy of pain and hope.


Julian J. Samuel was born in Lahore, Pakistan. After living in the UK he moved to Canada, first to Toronto, then to Peterborough, Ontario, where he completed a degree in English literature at Trent University. He has resided in Montréal, where he gained an Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University in 1981. Samuel has taught graduate level courses in Film Studies at Concordia University and at John Abbott College. He has produced and directed short and medium length films and videos: Black Skin; White Masks (1973-79); Dictators (1982), Resisting The Pharaohs (1984; on the Montréal arms-export industry), and Red Star over the Western Press: Archive; Algeria, 1954-62 (1987), which is the first attempt to dramatize the work of Frantz Fanon. This tape was invited to the London Filmmakers co-op and at an international conference in Algeria in 1987. His work has been exhibited in Canada, England and the USA; his articles have been published in Canadian Literature, Fuse, Serai, Ba-zzar, Public, and Borderlines. Julian Samuel has published Lone Ranger in Pakistan (1986), The Raft of the Medusa (with Joceylne Doray) and a novel, Passage to Lahore (1995). He has produced, directed and edited the following four-hour video essay which analyzes the relationship between the Middle East and the West: The Raft of the Medusa: five voices on colonies nations and histories (1993); Into the European Mirror (1994); City of the Dead and the World Exhibitions (1995) and Fatwa 447 (1999). He was artist in residence at The Banff Centre in 1993 and 1998.


K. Satchidanandan is the editor of Indian Literature.


Barry Silesky's collection of short prose, One Thing That Can Save Us (Coffee House Press), came out last spring. Many of those pieces have been in various magazines, such as New Directions Annual, Witness, Fiction, Trafika, Boulevard, and Exquisite Corpse. Silesky has also authored a collections of poems, The New Tenants (Eye of the Comet Press, 1992) and a biography, Ferlinghetti: The Artist in His Time (Warner Books, 1989).
•"The piece here grew from an article and reproduction I saw at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where I teach writing and literature, and try to go around with my eyes open—which last, for all of us, always sounds easier than it is."


David Sims writes fiction and poetry, draws comic strips, plays blues harp, and dobro. He's the father of three children, teaches writing and literature, and lives in an old farmhouse where the water comes from a hand-dug, century-old well.
•I lived in Nevada about fifteen years ago, where I worked in a seed mill and lived in a trailer. The landscape still speaks to me, in dream and memory. The story itself emerged many years after I left the desert; the characters use me to tell their tales. I try to do all the voices justice.


Alison Stone's poems have appeared in Paris Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and a variety of other journals and anthologies. She was awarded New York Quarterly's Madeline Sadin Award, and Poetry's Frederick Boch Prize. Her first book, Persephone Returning, has been a finalist in a number of competitions and is currently seeking a publisher. She earns her living as a psychotherapist in New York city.
•"‘Stillborn' is for my cousin. Her baby died in the eighth month, but she had to go through the birth process anyway. Her description of the whole thing moved me so much, I needed to write this. ‘The Book' is about the change process. As a therapist (and client), I'm constantly awed by the ability of people to heal and recreate their lives. ‘Sea Song' is about those snippy, under-the-surface disappointments and rages that characterize so many relationships. ‘In A Palace of Snow' began about love in the time of AIDS, with a line I cut out, ‘Darling, let's cheat death together.' Love between men and women does cheat death in a sense, because it frees us from the cartoon stereotypes (ice maiden, heartless warrior, etc.) we're conditioned to become. ‘And it was Morning...' was a gift from the Goddess of poetry. It came to me ‘out of nowhere' in its completed form, and when I read the words, it was like seeing them for the first time."


Natalie Sudman has published her poetry in Many Mountains Moving and other prominent journals.


Karen Swenson's poems have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Beloit Poetry Journal, The New Yorker, The Nation, The Saturday Review, Paris Review, American Poetry Review, and Poetry. Her books include An Attic of Ideals (Doubleday, 1974) and A Sense of Direction (The Smith, 1989). Her latest book, The Landlady in Bangkok (Copper Canyon Press, 1994), won the National Poetry Series.


Grace Tsao is a young Chinese-American woman, currently in graduate studies in the United States. "Growing Up Asian American with a Disability" is her first major publication.


Jack A. Urquhart is a former English teacher, who lives with his partner in San Francisco and is employed as a California civil servant.


W.D. Wetherell is the author of nine books, including the novel Chekhov's Sister, and the story collection The Man Who Loved Levittown. His newest book is the novel The Wisest Man in America (University Press of New England, 1995.) He is currently working on a new collection of stories about women.
•"My hunch is schools are where the thematic action is in contemporary America—the real political fights, the important trends, the future for good or bad that's waiting to be born. So, I don't suppose it's accidental I've hurried some of my characters there to see for themselves what's up, including an appropriately cynical children's artist/writer who finds all is not as it seems. Remember the old Crosby, Stills and Nash song: Teach your children well...Maybe that's the point of this story—that we've taught them too well."


Martha Graham Wiseman was born in New York City, the daughter of an actor of Russian Jewish heritage and a singer from a Southern Baptist-liberal-intellectual family. Martha grew up mainly in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and attended high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, where she majored in acting. She graduated from Barnard College in New York City in 1975 with a degree in English, then spent five years as a modern dancer and choreographer. She began writing seriously when she stopped dancing. In New York she earned her living for nearly 15 years as an editor, first in textbooks and later in magazines. She moved to Dorset, Vermont, in November 1994, happily leaving New York City behind her.


John Young is an architect and writer who likes to denigrate architecture in his writing. He has a pugnacious nature and three daughters.


Lydia Yukman is two girls, panties in the freezer, phd (pronounced "fud"), glen livet, clarinet, 20 short story pubs, lit crit cross-dresser,bi, good pasta eater, fairly rude, literary terrorist, and fako-academe (especially at a poker table). she liveseatsfuckswrites in oregon right now. go figure.


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