Annika Barranti lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a large collection of books she has never read. Not included in this collection (though still extant) is Annika’s first novel, The Old Well In The Creek, which she wrote and illustrated at age 5. She is from New York, where her favorite streets aren't straight. She has never, to her knowledge, been on a date with a killer.

Michael Blackstock (Ama Goodim Gyet) RPF, C.Med. MA, is a Canadian author, artist, forester and mediator of Gitxsan heritage.  He has published two books: Faces in the Forest (McGill-Queen’s Univ. Press, 2001), and Salmon Run: A Florilegium of Aboriginal Ecological Poetry (Wyget Books, 2005, He is an independent scholar who lives in Kamloops, BC, Canada.

Cynthia Chatman is an African-American artist who lives in Brooklyn.  She teaches art in the public school system, and shows her work with BWAC (Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition), where she currently serves as a Board Member.

Tony Demarest received his Ph.D. in Old English and Old Norse Literature from Fordham University in 1975. He has published poetry in Segue, Polyphony, and the venerable New York Quarterly where he recently gave a poetry reading. He is presently professor of medieval literature at Felician College in Lodi, NJ.

Ruth Kessler is an Israeli poet, fiction writer and translator living in Rochester, NY. Her work appears in numerous literary publications and she is the recipient of NYSCA grants and Yaddo and MacDowell fellowships. The poems in this issue are from her manuscript Geographies.

Lyn Lifshin's recent prizewinning book (Paterson Poetry Award) Before Its Light was published Winter 1999-2000 by Black Sparrow Press, following their publication of Cold Comfort in 1997. Another Woman who Looks Like Me will be published by Black Sparrow-David Godine in 2005. ( Also recently published is A New Film About a Woman in Love with the Dead, March Street Press. She has published more than 100 books of poetry, including Marilyn Monroe and Blue Tattoo, won awards for her non-fiction and edited four anthologies of women's writing including Tangled Vines, Ariadne's Thread and Lips Unsealed. Her poems have appeared in most literary and poetry magazines and she is the subject of an award-winning documentary film, Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass, available from Women Make Movies. Her poem "No More Apologizing" has been called "among the most impressive documents of the women's poetry movement" by Alicia Ostriker. An update to her Gale Research Projects Autobiographical Series, "On the Outside, Lips, Blues, Blue Lace," was published in Spring, 2003. Texas Review Press will publish her poems about the famous, short-lived, beautiful race horse, Ruffian: The Licorice Daughter: My Year with Ruffian. New books include When a Cat Dies and Another Woman's Story, Barbie Poems and forthcoming books include Mad Girl Poems and The Daughter I Don't Have. A new collection, Persephone, will be published by Red Hen Press. She is working on a collection about poets, Poets, (Mostly) Who Have Touched Me, Living and Dead. All True, Especially the Lies. For interviews, more bio material, reviews, interviews, prose, samples of work and more, her website is:

Among others, Laurie Mazzaferro's publication credits include Barrow Street, Poet Lore, West Branch, Pearl, 5 AM, New Delta Review, Unlikely Stories and Poems Niederngasse. She is recipient of two pushcart nominations and the winner of the 2000 Slipstream chapbook contest. Presently, she teaches creative writing, worries about her son, a talented visual artist, who attends Kent State, and rides a motor cycle. Hey, life's too short.

Lisa Reardon is a playwright and novelist who lives in Chicago. Her third novel, The Mercy Killers, appeared in paperback in September. You can find out more about Ms. Reardon at

Frederic Stell, MBA is a certified trainer of NLP, business consultant, seminar leader and personal coach. In his work, he combines NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis with his more than a decade of business experience coaching and mentoring individuals. Co-Author of the book A Guide to Getting It: Passion and Purpose, he is also the president and founder of the Life Purpose Forum, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing resources to the public for the discovery and conversion of life purpose. Feel free to contact Frederic through email or visit his website at

Femke Stuut, is an internationally certified NLP trainer and meta-coach (neuro-semantics). She has an extensive background in international business and specializes in organizational change as well as personal and professional leadership. She is founder of "Completely You - The human quality headquarters" in the Netherlands. Her vision is to facilitate in connecting people with their core so they can live the purpose of their existence. In December more background information will be available online on (will contain an English version).

By day, James Swingle does business training and personal growth workshops and coaching, which you can find out about at  By night, he founded and edits Noneuclidean Cafe where he hangs out with writers and other dangerous types.

Jeff Tikari hails from India and has worked on the tea plantations of northern India for twenty years, and on coffee and tea plantations in Papua New Guinea for fifteen years. He now lives on the outskirts of Delhi, where he runs a Homeopathic clinic and does all his writing from there.  His first book on spiritualism and philosophy: ‘The Future Intelligence” was published in 2000. He has since published short articles in magazines around India and in the UK, and has self-published a book, "Masala Tales & Random Thoughts".


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