Ellery Akers is the author of Knocking on the Earth. She has won awards from the Poetry Society of America and the Academy of American Poets.

Len Anderson is a poet and physicist living in Santa Cruz, California. His work has recently appeared in Bellowing Ark, Sarasota Review of Poetry, The Montserrat Review and Quarry West. He is a winner of the Dragonfly Press Poetry Competition and the Mary Lonnberg Smith Poetry Award.

Glenda Cooper currently resides in Dallas, Texas. Her poems have appeared in paper publications and online journals including Baker Street Irregular, Disquieting Muses, Eclectica, Mobius, and Thunder Sandwich.

Tom Fugalli is a freelance copywriter and editor (and a recent dot-com casualty) living in Queens, New York. His poetry has previously appeared in The Western Humanities Review and 12th Planet, and is forthcoming in Exquisite Corpse. His poetry translations from the Spanish appear in The Roads of the Roma: A PEN Anthology of Gypsy Writers.

Nick Flynn's poems and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Nation, Fence, TriQuarterly and elsewhere. His book, Some Ether (Graywolf Press, 2000), won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award.

Garth Greenwell is a student in the Literature and Lesbian and Gay Studies programs at Purchase College, SUNY. A recipient of the 2000 Grolier Poetry Prize, he is currently a contributing editor for InPosse Review.

Jane Hirshfield's fifth volume of poems is Given Sugar, Given Salt (HarperCollins, 2001); the poem presented in this issue of Disquieting Muses is 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.

Rain Jordan is a photographer as well as a poet; samples of her photographic work can be viewed at Rain Jordan Visuals.

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.

Nicole Miller is a fine artist and illustrator residing in California. She won her first awards in local competitions at the age of nine and has appeared on a PBS special displaying her work as a teenage artist. Nicole won a 1991 Student Art show contest at a local college and Honorable Mention in the 1992 St. Louis Banner Contest. Other projects included graphic design for small businesses and illustration for a self-published author.

Idra Novey lives in Valparaíso, Chile where her poems are forthcoming in Voces Emergentes, a collection of new voices in Chilean poetry. This past year, her poetry received two awards from Barnard College of Columbia University and from the on-line journal The Poet´s Canvas. She is currently editing an anthology of essays by Chilean women writers.

James Shadle, native born to the beautiful state of Florida, writes that he "has observed with great dismay the destruction of our natural places. In the name of progress more and more of the remaining natural habitats are being replaced by urban sprawl, golf courses and highways. Others are being dried up due to over pumping from the aquifer and rivers to quench the insatiable thirst of Human progress. Through my Photography I hope to inspire and educate others about Florida's remaining natural beauty and wonder."

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.

Robley Wilson retired a year ago after 31 years editing the North American Review. His most recent poetry collection is Everything Paid For (1999); his story collection is The Book of Lost Fathers, forthcoming next month from Johns Hopkins.

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