some notes on some contributors

Bendi Barrett is, at twenty years, a kind-of-hopeful junior at Cornell University. He has no website, but bleeds his heart out frequently on He aspires like it's his occupation.

John Brewer is a UK artist working in early photographic processes. He has had work published in several national and regional publications and has represented an award winning theatre company. He is particularly interested in, and influenced by, the Dada and Surrealism movements.

Brian Collier scrapes a living from the red-clay of the southern United States where he enjoys Kentucky Bourbon and carries on an intimate relationship with Melville Dewey's decimal classification system. According to his great-grandmother, Brian has been telling stories since he could talk. Of course to her telling stories was a euphemism for lying, but isn't that what fiction is, a really good lie?

Jeff Crouch is an amateur artist in Grand Prairie, Texas. He plays at art as though it were a game of hide and go seek and has been published in numerous ezines.

Daniel Y. Harris, M.Div, is the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County, in the wine country of Northern California. He is Poetry Editor of Muse Apprentice Guild. His forthcoming chapbook, Unio Mystica, will be published by Cross-Cultural Communications.

Pamela Dane Hayes has been writing since she first heard Paperback Writer on the radio at the age of nine. A decade later, she studied poetry and writing under the direction of Herbert Scott in Kalamazoo. Her work can be seen in Poetry in Public and The Copper Bar and other places. She and her blind dog enjoy lurking in the local cemetery among the dead and famous.

Mark Howard Jones lives in Cardiff and has had stories published in magazines, websites and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic. His latest collection 'Night Country' is available from or through the Whispers of Wickedness website.

Marc Lowe is an at-times reclusive nomad who has recently returned to the U.S. after two years of living and teaching in Japan.  His fictions, hybrids, and essays can be read in various online journals, including:  The Angler, elimae, Internet Fiction, Mindfire Renewed (featured experimental writer, winter '06), Opium Magazine, Pindeldyboz, Pinstripe Fedora (forthcoming), and Thieves Jargon.  Work is also slated to appear in two innovative fiction print anthologies, as well as in Monkey Bicycle Issue #5 (all-humor issue).  Marc is a fiction/whatnot editor for the online multimedia magazine Mad Hatters' Review.  Visit his website at for more information.

Corey Mesler is the owner of Burke's Book Store, in Memphis, Tennessee, one of the country's oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores.  He has published poetry and fiction in numerous journals including Rattle, Pindeldyboz, Quick Fiction, Cranky, Thema, Mars Hill Review, Adirondack Review, Poet Lore and others.  He has also been a book reviewer for The Memphis Commercial Appeal and Memphis Flyer.  A short story of his was chosen for the 2002 edition of New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, published by Algonquin Books.  Talk, his first novel, appeared in 2002. Nice blurbs from Lee Smith, John Grisham, Robert Olen Butler, Frederick Barthelme, and others. His new novel, We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon, came out in January 2006. It garnered praise from George Singleton, Marshall Chapman, Steve Stern and others. His latest poetry chapbooks are Short Story and Other Short Stories (2006), The Hole in Sleep (2006), The Lita Conversation (2006) and The Agoraphobe's Pandiculations (2006). His poem, "Sweet Annie Divine," was chosen for Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac. He also claims to have written "Gitarzan."  Most importantly, he is Toby and Chloe's dad and Cheryl's husband. He can be found at

Guido Monte teaches Italian and Latin literatures at the Liceo A. Einstein of Palermo (Italy). Blending is his writing aim: in his most recent works he blends languages, noises, archetypes, voyages "beyond", writers and ancient poets, from the only Book ever composed. Petronius' melting pot, Dante's Divine Comedy, Virgil's Aeneas and Sybil into the Hades, Blake's visions, are only one voyage, through  existential and archetypal mysteries.

J D Nelson lives, writes and wrangles in Colorful Colorado. His bizarre poems have appeared in many online and print publications, including 'The best of the Dream People Poets' chapbook. J.D.'s experimental novella 'kHz' was a finalist in the 2003 Eraserhead Press First Book Contest. For more information, visit his website:

Camille Osborne is a library assistant working for Cambridge University. She writes fiction and poetry and has a passion for reading. She also enjoys going to the cinema and spending time with her sisters and nephews.

Caleb Puckett currently has work in Tryst, The Shore Magazine, Dreams That Money Can Buy, and other publications.

Larry Rapant will be three years old in a few days. The pepper has departed his beard which is now pure salt. He lives in Costa Rica with his three wives. The only time he tells a lie is when he uses words.

Nanette Rayman Rivera is a writer and actress living in New York City and dreaming of living on a warm beach.  She has published fiction, non-fiction and poetry in The Berkeley Fiction Review, The Worcester Review, Dragonfire, MiPOesias, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Carousel, Wicked Alice, The Pebble Lake Review, andwerve, Barnwood, The Centrifugal Eye, Words and Pictures, Her Circle, Arsenic Lobster, Stirring, Flashquake, A Little Poetry, Pedestal, DMQ Review, Verse Libre, Erosha, Three Candles, Snow Monkey, Small Spiral Notebook, Carve Magazine, 5 Trope, Mindfire Renewed,  Concrete Wolf, Rogue's Scholars, remark, eye-rhyme, Central Avenue, Red River Review, Mannequin Envy, Underground Window, and many more.  Upcoming: Velvet Avalanche Anthology, Jack, Poesia, Wicked Alice and Wanderings.  Her first poetry collection, Stay the Lunatic Course will be published by Foothills Publishing later this year.

Charles P Ries lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His narrative poems, short stories, interviews and poetry reviews have appeared in over one hundred print and electronic publications. He has received three Pushcart Prize nominations for his writing and most recently he read his poetry on National Public Radio's Theme and Variations, a program that is broadcast over seventy NPR affiliates. He is the author of THE FATHERS WE FIND, a novel based on memory. Ries is also the author of five books of poetry - the most recent entitled The Last Time, which was just released by The Moon Press in Tucson, Arizona. He is the poetry editor for Word Riot and he is on the board of the Woodland Pattern Bookstore in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You may find additional samples of his work by going to and you may write him at

Peter Schwartz holds his B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing. He's lived and traveled through Israel, Egypt and Holland. He plays classical piano by ear. He is the editor of 'eye' which can be seen at He has appeared in such journals as: Anthology, Barbaric Yawp, Curbside Review, Freefall, Poetalk, Porcupine, The Silt Reader, Writers' Journal and Zillah.

Dan Smith lives in Cleveland, OH. where he subsists on memories, dreams and the friendship of fellow Deep Cleveland poets.

Peter Tennant is the book reviewer for International Horror Guild Award winning magazine The Third Alternative, soon to be relaunched as Black Static (, and non-fiction editor for the Whispers of Wickedness
print-zine and website ( His chapbook "The Cold Blue Collection" and novella "A Halloween Story" are available through the Whispers online store. Peter has had more than 150 stories and over 400 reviews published in the UK Small Press, plus poetry, articles, opinion columns etc. An almost complete bibliography can be found at Midnight Street and Peter was the featured writer in #2 of that magazine. In the past he has been part of the editorial team at British Fantasy Society Award winning horror magazine Peeping Tom and Hugo nominated Interzone, and he still proofreads for the latter. He can be contacted via message boards at Whispers or TTA.

The Name Is Dalton is a punk rock bass player with too many beers in his fridge and too many Bukowski books on his shelves. His work has appeared in Culture Freak, Flash Flooding, Flash Forward, Acme Shorts and Long Live The King.

Peter Wild is the editor of a forthcoming series of books for Serpent's Tail, the first two of which - Perverted by Language: Fiction inspired by The Fall & The Empty Page: Fiction inspired by Sonic Youth - will be published in 2007. He is also editor of The Flash, which will be published by Social Disease in February 2007. His fiction has appeared in WordRiot, Pen Pusher, Scarecrow, Thieves Jargon, Rumble, The Beat and a bunch of other places. He also runs the Bookmunch website. You can read more of his stories at

D Harlan Wilson's books include The Kafka Effekt (2001), Stranger on the Loose (2003), Pseudo-City (2005) and Dr. Identity (forthcoming in 2007).  He has published hundreds of stories in magazines, journals and anthologies throughout the world in several languages, and he is the editor-in-chief of The Dream People  journal of Bizarro literature.  He lives in Ohio with his wife Xtine and teaches literature and writing at Wright State University-Lake Campus.  For more information on Wilson and his work, visit his official website at

Romy Sai Zunde can be contacted at