Gale Acuff teaches English at Hunan University of Arts and Science (Changde, China). His poetry has been published in Ascent, Florida Review, Ohio Journal, Maryland Poetry Review, South Dakota Review, Potomac Review, Poem, Sou'wester, Birmingham Poetry Review, The Centrifugal Eye and others. His book of poems, Buffalo Nickel, was published last year by BrickHouse Press which will be publishing his second, The Weight of the World, next year.
Arlene Ang lives in a small town outside Venice, Italy. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Forklift Ohio, 42opus, Nthposition, Painted Bride Quarterly, Poetry Midwest, Poetry Salzburg Review, Rattle and Unpleasant Event Schedule. She was recently awarded The Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2006. Her website is www.leafscape.org/aang.
John Borneman writes poetry and speculative fiction when he is not wrangling statistics during his day job. He has been published in magazines such as Star*Line, and Illumen. He was nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association's 2005 Rhysling Poetry Award. John's web site is at http://brassman.blogspot.com.
Cheryl Chambers is a poet and fiction writer. Her poetry is forthcoming in FRiGG Magazine, Eclectica Magazine, and The Binnacle. Her most recently published work can be found in Buffalo's Artvoice, insolent rudder, and Word Riot.
Louie Crew has edited special issues of College English and Margins. He has written four poetry volumes: Sunspots, Midnight Lessons, Lutibelle's Pew and Queers! for Christ's Sake! The University of Michigan collects all his papers.
Samuel Eddington is a graduate of the University of Houston, where he was the winner of the 2002 Howard Moss Poetry Prize. His work has been published in several literary magazines, including Quercus Review, Pebble Lake Review, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. He currently lives in Stratford, Connecticut.
Margaux Fragoso is a first-year PhD student in creative writing at Binghamton University. Her poems have been published in Barrow Street, Banyan Review and forthcoming in The Bare Root Review. Margaux is a finalist for the AWP Award in fiction representing Binghamton University and recently received an Honorable Mention for her poem "Tiger Bride" by The Academy of American Poets College Prize.
Jason Fraley works at an investment firm in West Virginia and is pursuing his M.B.A. His wife and cat see him occasionally. He has appeared or is forthcoming in Redactions, Confluence, Words on Walls, Pebble Lake Review, Stirring, The Salt River Review, and elsewhere.
Shad Harrington resides in Waukesha, Wisconsin with his wife and two baby daughters. He has some degrees and published some poems here and there, but, at the moment, most of his free time is dedicated to acquiring new pumpkin bread recipes, eating pumpkin bread, and doing other pumpkin bread related activities.
Dixon Hearne lives in southern California, where he teaches English and tries his hand at palatable writing. His work can be found in recent issues of Cream City Review, Oxford Magazine, and Concho River Review. He received an Editors Choice award from Reflections Literary Journal for Best Short Story in 2003.
Lisa Hiserodt lives, works, and writes in Boston. She is pursuing a license in Architecture.
Sandy Hiss resides in Wyoming with her husband and two beautiful children. Her poetry has appeared and is forthcoming in several literary journals such as Autumn Leaves, True Poet, Ken*Again, Thick With Conviction, Defenestration, Zygote in my Coffee, Words-Myth, and Falling Star. Her first book of poetry, Ever Violet, by D-N Publishing will be out in Winter 2006.
Sharon Kapustinski is married and the mother of four children. She lives in Meriden, Connecticut. and is a member of both the Meriden and Connecticut Poetry Societies She has been published in Connecticut River Review, High Tide Literary Journal, Long River Run, Caduceus, Painting to Poem an Anthology, Well Versed Friends Anthology, Meriden's 200 Bicentennial book, The Meriden Record Journal and The People's Press. Sharon is an LPN and works part-time in a geriatric-rehab setting.
JL Kato is a native of Japan who grew up in central Indiana. He was the first host for the monthly poetry readings at the Education Center of Tipton County. He serves as an advisory board member of Etheridge Knight Inc. and also organizes the quarterly Heartland Incantations: Voices of Hoosier Poets for the Beech Grove Public Library. He resides in Beech Grove, Indiana, and is the features copy desk chief at The Indianapolis Star.
James Keane resides in northern New Jersey with his wife and son and a menagerie of merry pets. He has made his living in magazine publishing, public relations and advertising for the past 25 years. He earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in English Literature 100 years ago at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He has been privileged to have his poems appear in Underground Window, Half Drunk Muse, Lily, Plum Ruby Review, Open Wide, Southern Ocean Review, Autumn Leaves, poeticdiversity, the print anthology "Poems Written Whilst Staring Death in the Face" and True Poet Magazine.
L. Jody Kuchar is founder and Editor of ScribeSpirit, an international eZine (www.scribespirit.org). Jody has been a working visual artist for 15 years, and a writer since she could first hold pencil to paper. Her work has been published in numerous print and online publications including Other Voices International, recognized as a UNESCO heritage literary endeavor, Sparrowgrass Poetry Anthology (3rd prize winner 1996), New Century Writers Awards 1999 (Quarter-Finalist), The Door Voice, and forthcoming in Other Voices Anthology. Jody recently moved to Indiana from Wisconsin, is owned by a demanding but adorable parrot, and is happily married to her spouse and partner in life, Ken.
Rohana McCormack (nee Jeanne Eagles), born in North Carolina, has lived in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and in West Lafayette, Indiana. She is currently active in the Writers' Center of Indiana, reading and publishing. Rohana was among the Indiana Sesquicentennial Poets in a collection by that title, anthologized in Purdue University Miscellany, Indiannual (vols 1-5) and was recently accepted in an upcoming Pudding House Press anthology, Hymns to the Outrageous. She has been variously published in little magazines like Kayak, Sparrow, No Exit Quartet and Flying Island. Rohana was a winner of the 2005 Writer's Digest Writing Competition.
J M McDermott's first novel, Last Dragon, will be available in 2008 as part of a new speculative fiction imprint from Wizards of the Coast. He has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston.
Catherine McGuire's poems have appeared in Folio, Connecticut River Review, Green Fuse, TapJoe, Portland Lights, Raising Our Voices and MReview. She is a board member of the Oregon State Poetry Association and maintains its website. She is a writer, artist and art therapist. Her work can be seen at www.cathymcguire.com.
Beth Mink is an aspiring poet who is published in the IUPUI literary journal Genesis and has essays appearing online at www.scribespirit.org. She thanks the editor of the Tipton Poetry Journal for creating a place to display her work.
Cheryl Soden Moreland has lived most of her fifty years in Kokomo and Indianapolis, and with that has come a fondness for, and a history rich in, all-things-Hoosier. She is a community volunteer and a freelance writer, having written for NUVO, Indianapolis Star, and two essays in Urban Tapestry: Indianapolis Stories.
Yvonne Morris is an English Instructional Specialist and adjunct communications instructor at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. She is a member of The Heartland Review editorial board at ECTC and has been published in print and online journals, including Kalliope, Poetry Magazine Online, SubtleTea, The Blue Fifth Review, and The Pedestal.
Kristine Ong Muslim has more than three hundred stories and poems published or forthcoming in mostly genre professional and small press magazines and anthologies. Her mainstream poems have been published or will appear in Adbusters, Bleeding Quill, FireWeed, Free Verse, Jones Av, Megaera, The Pedestal Magazine, T-Zero: The Writer's Ezine and others. Her publication credits are listed at .
Mary C. O'Malley has MFA and MSW degrees and is the mother of five children including two sets of twins. Some of her work has appeared in Whiskey Island, Mid America Poetry Review and online in The Box Car Review, Cezanne's Carrot, Poetry Midwest and Lunaristy. She also has been published in the recent anthology Cleveland in Prose and Poetry.
Ann Pearce, whose photograph "Snow Leaf" appears on this issue's cover, was a photographer who lived most of her life in Kokomo, Indiana. Ann died in 2005.
Jeffrey Owen Pearson lives in Muncie, Indiana, where he serves as co-director of The Humpback Barn Festival of Poetry and Art, which is on hiatus in 2006. His work previously has appeared in Maize, Flying Island, and Country Feedback Literary Magazine, and on The Poet's Weave.
Richard Pflum has published two collections (A Dream of Salt and A Strange Juxtaposition of Parts) and has recorded a CD (Strange Requests). His poems have appeared in Sparrow, Event, Kayak, The Reaper, The Exquisite Corpse, Tears In The Fence, Arts Indiana Literary Supplement, Indiannual, The Flying Island, The Hopewell Review, Ploplop, The Indiana Experience and Bear Crossings. His chapbook, The Haunted Refrigerator and Other Poems, is forthcoming from Puddinghouse Press.
Kenneth Pobo's work appears in magazines such as Southern Indiana Review, Nimrod, forpoetry.com, three candles, Colorado Quarterly and elsewhere. His radio show, "Obscure Oldies" can be heard at WDNR.com on Saturdays from 6pm-8pm Eastern Time.
Tom Sheehan has published 7 books in the last 6 years: mysteries, poetry, memoirs, short story collections. They include Epic Cures, short stories in 2005; A Collection of Friends, memoirs, in 2004; and This Rare Earth & Other Flights, poetry, in 2003. He has six Pushcart nominations, a Martha Albrend memoir nomination and a Silver Rose Award from ART for short story.
Maureen Sherbondy lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her poetry has appeared in Feminist Studies, Cairn, Calyx, Roanoke Review and other journals.
Indira Sinton is a Canadian author who writes on topics ranging from leadership to the environment and is a consultant in the field of Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness. Indira lives with her husband and children in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Copperfield Review, and Women's Concerns Magazine. Some of Indira's poetry can be viewed at http://sinton.ca/poetry.
Felino Soriano lives in California and is employed as a behavioral assistant. He counsels, cares for and learns from developmentally disabled adults. Current poetry can be seen at Pen Himalaya, Megaera, Ygdrasil, A Little Poetry, Alba, The Sidewalk's End, and others. He loves classic jazz.
Michael E. Strosahl runs a newspaper distribution operation and currently resides in Elwood, Indiana. Michael is president of the Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs and hosts a monthly poetry reading in Alexandria, Indiana, meeting at the Lighthouse Cafe. His poem "Just Once" was selected by the Arts Council of Indianapolis for IndyGo's "Shared Spaces/Shared Voices" 2006 public art contest.
Janet Thorning's work has been published in various magazines including, Slow Trains, anderbo.com and Wild Child Publishing. Upcoming publications include Prose Toad and Agency Magazine. She is currently working on her first novel.
Davide Trame is an Italian teacher of English, born and living in Venice, Italy, writing poems exclusively in English since 1993. His poems have been published in around 200 literary magazines in the United Kingdom, the United States and elsewhere. His poetry collection, Re-Emerging, was recently published by Gatto Publishing (www.gattopublishing.com).
Ann Walters is a mother of two, writer, and physical anthropologist. Her poetry has appeared in Bonfire, Strong Verse, NOÖ Journal and others.