Julia Alter receives poetic sustenance from fellow Emerald Street Poets of Santa Cruz. She eats chaos and coffee for breakfast and was raised by a seamstress and a few stray wolves. This is her first poem published online.

Norman Ball lives in Northern Virginia where he runs a small telecomuunications consulting company. His 45-sonnet CD collection "Return to One", read by Edward Gero of The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC, will be available in March.

Glenda Cooper's poetry has appeared in paper publications and e-zines including Mobius, Baker Street Irregular, Eclectica, Thunder Sandwich, and The Professional Touch Press Anthology 2000.

Guy Jean Genevier resides in Paris, France and does creative photography, digital artistry with a surrealistic style, and graphic design. Guy Jean studied cinema, data processing, and graphic design, and has directed art videos : (Memoire Anterieure -1991) and (Darkroom Memory -1992), and recieved an award for Memoire Anterieure in a video clip festival in France. Publications include Création Magazine, La Banque de l'image, andAttic Magazine. More work may be viewed at http://www.gate2art.com.

Wilfried Gabriel, born 1944 in a smalltown in Southern Austria, lives in Spittal/Drau, Carinthia, Austria. He is married and has one daughter and two sons. photography has been his one great passion for several decades, and he has recently begun working on collages which he composes of material he finds in magazines, books and art anthologies. Contact him via his daughter (miss_moonie@hotmail.com).

Jane Hirshfield's fifth volume of poem's, Given Sugar, Given Salt is appearing this month from HarperCollins; the poems presented in this issue of Disquieting Muses are taken from that collection. Ms. Hirshfield is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations as well as the Poetry Center Book Award, Bay Area Book Reviewers Award, and other honors. Hirshfield teaches in the Bennington College M.F.A. Writing Seminars. Recent poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Nation, The Oxford American, Slate, The Threepenny Review, and Agni.

Richard Jones is the author of The Blessing: New and Selected Poems from Copper Canyon Press. His most recent publication is Body and Soul, a conversation about the art of poetry available on compact disc.

Rain Jordan's photographic work can also be viewed at Rain Jordan Visuals.

Christine Boyka Kluge has received five Pushcart Prize nominations, and was the winner of the 1999 Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award from The Bitter Oleander. She also received an honorable mention in Red Rock Review's 1999 poetry contest, judged by Dorianne Laux, and received a First Honorable Mention in the 1999 Dana Award in Poetry, judged by Michael White. She recently earned an honorable mention in the tenth New Millennium Writings Awards in poetry (2000). Her writing has been published by or is forthcoming in various journals including Arts & Letters, The Bitter Oleander, Quarterly West, Poet Lore, New Millennium Writings, Red Rock Review, Fine Madness, and The Listening Eye.

Sebastian Levy resides in Dublin, Ireland, where he works as a technical project manager. Sebastian says that he's been writing poetry and short stories for four years. amd that he's had five poems published previously, two in an electronic magazine and three in paper magazines.

Galina Lukshina lives in Kiev, Ukraine. Galina was educated at graphic chair of Kiev Typeset Institute, has worked in an animation films studio, as artist-illustrator in a few newspapers and in publishing house, and freelance. Galina is a member of Union of Ukrainian cinema artists, and won second prize in the 4th Internet International Art Contest (Japan, 2000). Galina "works in laborious technique indian ink/pen/paper." More works may be viewed at her website: http://www.is.svitonline.com/lukshin .

Kathleen Lynch publishes poetry, fiction, essays and art photographs. Her chapbook, How to Build an Owl, won the Small Poetry Press Select Poets Series award in 1995. Her poems appear in many journals including Poetry, Nimrod, Poetry East, Poetry Northwest, Chariton Review, Slipstream, English Journal, Quarterly West and The Midwest Quarterly. She received the Spoon River Poetry Review Editor's Choice Award 2000 and the Salt Hill Poetry Award 2000. She lives in Loomis, California, where she teaches writing workshops and studies sculpture.

Haze McElhenny of UrbanDecay.Org is a professional artist of digital and traditional media from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She is also co-editor of ThunderSandwich.Com, and is Pennsylvania Charter President for the Women's Art Recognition Movement. Her work has appeared in various web journals and in numerous galleries and exhibitions in the U. S. and abroad.

Joseph Keller McNeilly's book, Out Here was published in 2000 by Chatoyant. Joseph says that the first twenty-seven years of his life were shaped by the rural poverty of his family and his connections to the Amish communities of Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan. In 1976 he went to Vancouver, B. C., to study writing at the University of British COlumbia; he now resides in Santa Cruz County, California.

Jean Meriam lives in Waldheim, SK, Canada with her husband, five children, two dogs and two cats. She divides her time between writing, running a small business, and running in circles. Her first publication was a short story in a local newspaper when she was eight.

Roger Pfingston retired from teaching English and photography at the secondary level in 1997 and now devotes much of his time to writing and photography. His poems and photographs have appeared in various journals including New Letters, Shots, The Sun, Ontario Review, Wisconsin Review, Poet Lore, Chiron Review, InPosse Review, and Poet's Canvas. He also has poems in the anthology Intimate Kisses: The Poetry of Sexual Pleasure from New World Library.

Kay Ryan is the author of Say Uncle, Dragon Acts to Dragon Ends, Strangely Marked Metal, Flamingo Watching, and ELephant Rocks. Flamingo Watching was a finalist for the 1995 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, awarded by the American Academy of Poets. She has received two Puschart Prizes. Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New Republic, and many other magazines.

Ruth Smith lives in London with her husband, Brian. Her poems have appeared in several magazines and anthologies including First Pressings (Faber &Faber), The Interpreter¹s House, Staple, Smith¹s Knoll, Pause, Interactions Magazine, and Imago Magazine at the University of Brisbane, Australia. She won the London Writers Competition in 1996. Until five years ago, Ms. Smith taught English in a secondary school for girls; she now writes full-time.

Elaine Thomas is a poet and photographer living in the desert southwest, where much of the time it's warmer than elsewhere. Her work has appeared in a variety of paper and online publications.

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