Ryan Able claims to be a paradoxically eccentric and average (though handsome) guy whose poetry sometimes gets him in trouble and sometimes gets him requests to sell his secrets to Venutians who want the information to improve Venutian-Martian relations.  Being a peaceful kinda guy, he hopes to contribute to those efforts by writing poems.  There's no money in it, but it does make him feel closer to his childhood dream of being an astronaut.

Timothy Allen  lives in London and works for the "Independent' national Newspaper. Prior to that he freelanced for all the broadsheets in London and various magazines. Timothy began his career in professional photography about a year and a half ago. Before that he was an environmental teacher in Indonesia for three and a half years having graduated from Uni with a degree in Zoology.

Jeff Alu  (bio not available).

Josh Brees has been writing most of his life, and occasionally he scares himself.  He is 28 and lives in Connecticut with his wife and daughter, who seldom read his poetry.

Sheheryar Hasnain is a Chicago-based photographer who has been focusing on imaging Karachi (Pakistan), his birth place, over the past few years.  His photographs have been exhibited at various venues, most recently at the University of Chicago. His work has also been published by various journals, most recently in Zameen (Zameen Publishing, London) and Public Culture (Duke University Press).  In addition to having taught photography at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, Sheheryar continues to participate in events and workshops related to documentary and street photography.

Jim Hayes was born and raised in Troy, New York.  After completing a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1979, he moved to Loveland, Colorado, to work as a research and development engineer for Hewlett Packard Company.  He began the study of photography in 1984; in 1992 he left Hewlett Packard to devote himself to the art.  He completed a degree in Graphic Technology in 1993, and in 1994 began using digital techniques to create his photographs.  Jim  now resides in the foothills west of Loveland with his wife and cat and a PC named Dick (sometimes termed the “Dark Tower”).  His recent shows include the Salina, Kansas 20th annual Jurored Art Exhibition, the International Conference for the Fantastic in Art (ICFA 18), and the International Digital Photography exhibit (LandEscapes 98) sponsored by Bradley University and the Peoria Arts Guild, where his photograph “Untitled XXII” won first place.  More of his work can be seen at .

Martin Hickel has been no where and done nothing but despite this handicap continues to write poetry as best he can. His work has appeared in the Bainbridge Arts Review, Fish Dance, Disquieting Muses, the 3300 Review and the like. He has published three chapbooks and hopes to host once more the Dr. Insomnia's Poetry Series in Novato, Calif.

Cauline M. Holdren  (bio not available).

Mike Hovancsek writes:“I work in a large variety of media formats, including photography, writing, music, and video.  My work is based on the principles of cognitive processing.  I am interested in using these methods to increase the psychological impact that my work has on the audience.  I also address a lot of social / psychological / political issues about the human form in my work.  I am especially interested in creating abstract images that require the viewer to question conventional ways of viewing the body.”

Robert Johnston is a New Zealander of Irish-Scottish descent. From the time of his childhood on a dairy farm, literature has been important to him. He has written poetry for decades and has been published in a few magazines, real and virtual.

Bess Kemp is a New Englander by birth, now living in the Napa Valley, California. Her poems have appeared in Papyrus, Perimeter, Gray Matter Tapestry, Thunder Sandwich, Cerberus, ZZZ Zyne, Milestones, SanFrancisco Salvo, Moria and Mind Fire Poetry Journal among others. She is the editor of the on-line poetry journal Some Words: A Place for Poetry.

Sonserae Leese (bio not available)

James Lineberger is a professional playwright and screenwriter. His poems have appeared in Afternoon, Berkeley Poetry Review, Bluff Magazine, The Centennial Review, Coal City Review, Djinni, Exquisite Corpse, Gangway, Hanging Loose, Hayden's Ferry Review, Mediphors, New York Quarterly, Ontario Review, Oxford Magazine, Pembroke Magazine, Poetry Now, Poetry Super Highway, Prairie Schooner, Rag Mag, Snake Nation Review, Sonora Review, Unlikely Stories, and Verse.

Kate Lutzner received the Robert Frost Poetry Prize while a senior at Kenyon College.  Her poetry has appeared in The Antioch Review, Mudlark,and The Squaw Review. She received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been working at the Discovery Channel for the past five years.  Kate lives in Washington, D.C.

Haze McElhenny is a professional artist of digital and traditional media from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  She is an active member of The Women's Art Recognition Movement and a featured artist at D'Art and Passion4Art. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions by legends TRADITIONS & friends, Bethlehem, PA, The Impecunious Gallery, Kent Ohio, and MAC 21 1999 & 2000 (an international exhibition held annually in Malaga Spain). Her poetry has been published by WebStatic, Cherry Sucker, Rogue Scholars, Wilmington Blues, A Writers Choice, The Ho!d, MoonDance, and Thunder Sandwich. Her work also appears in print in In Our Own Words, A Generation Defining Itself, Volume 2 and will appear in the first Webstatic Anthology, scheduled for publication in June 2000.

John Nettles teaches English at a small college in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and loves the view from his porch. He lives with his wife Shari, a wonderful poet, and their two children, both of whom excel at the extemporaneous rant. His work has shown up in various publications and websites, including The Cafe Review, Recursive Angel, Gravity, Conspire, Moveo Angelus, The Dead Mule, Maelstrom, and The Astrophysicist's Tango Partner Speaks.

Sharon Olson is a reference librarian at the Palo Alto City Library. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Kalliope, Santa Clara Review, and The Seattle Review, and in the anthologies Peace or Perish and Fire in the Hills.  Her chapbook, Clouds Brushed in Later, was selected by Carolyn Forche as the winner of the first Abby Niebauer Memorial Chapbook Award.

Dan Sicoli is co-founder and co-editor of Slipstream Magazine and Press, now in  its 20th year of publication. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, e-zines, poetry tabloids, audio cassettes, and anthologies including Planet Detroit, ZZZ Zyne, Zero City, Alpha Beat Soup, Damaged Goods, Flower Thief, Spunk, Pure Light, Artvoice,  American Contemporary Headcheese, ("a new geography of poets" -- University of Arkansas Press), Sweet Nothings:  An Anthology of Rock and Roll in American Poetry (Indiana University Press),  and others.

Gary D. Smith lives in the San Fernando Valley with his wife and two dogs.  He works as a systems analyst at a major biotechnology company.  He writes poetry and short stories that turn on the edge of normal and paranormal.  His poems have appeared in Kimera, a Journal of Fine Writing.

Perhaps better known for her poetry, Elaine Thomas is now branching out with a more visual approach to creative expression.  She lives in the desert southwest, where sources of inspiration are never lacking.

JC Watson hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and resides now in California. She has studied with Elizabeth Hull, Frances Mayes, Richard Maxwell, Robert Hass and briefly with Sherod Santos, Sharon Olds, Galway Kinnell, John Logan, Bill Dickey, and recently, Ellery Akers.  She attended college for twenty years while raising two brilliant young men; she possesses a B. A. in Psychology and an M. A. in English. JC's credentials include a first place prize in the Poetry Contest at Villa Montalvo, and she was a winner that same year of and published in the Chester H. Jones National Anthology contest.  She very recently won a second place award and publication from Common Ground Review.  Other publications include Iowa Woman, Americas Review, Backwoods Home Magazine, Razzmatazz, Coastlight Poetry Anthology, Bellowing Ark, Impetus, Crone's Nest, Monserrat Review, and Santa Clara Review.

Andrena Zawinski, born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is new to the Bay Area where she is working freelance as a publicist and editor.  Her work has appeared in print publications that include Quarterly West, Gulf Coast, Nimrod International, and Santa Clara Review; it has won awards for free verse and for poetry of social concern as well as two nominations for a Pushcart Prize. Her book of poetry, Traveling in Reflected Light, was released by Pig Iron Press as a Kenneth Patchen Prize in Poetry.  She is the Features Editor at and a member of The Valley of Saying Writers Workshop.

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