Kenneth Ashworth's past publications include Adirondack Review, Stirring, and The Melic Review.

Jeffery Bahr divides his time between Colorado and California, writes poetry and short fiction, and is on the editorial staff of The Alsop Review. His work has been accepted by various publications including Barrow Street, Indiana Review, Plainsong, Iconoclast, Pearl, Borderlands, Portland Review, and Underwood Review.

Mary Bass was born in Miami, Florida in 1946 and began writing poetry and short stories as a child. She has won awards in the Texas Arts and Letters Competitions in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000. Mary is a member of Texas Area Artists, The Mesquite Arts Council, The Texas Literary Association, The International Poetry Society, Dallas Arts Life, The Academy of American Poets, and The National Author's Registry.

Glee Bohanon has been a stable hand, a cub reporter for a small paper, a student, an office nerd, a database designer, a cook, a waitress, a housekeeper, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. She lives near Ann Arbor on a small farm with 5 horses, 2 cats, 1 golden retriever, and, in summer, dozens of hummingbirds.

Robert Bohm is a poet. He was born in Queens, NY.

John Branseum has worked as an ESL teacher in the Czech Republic, a rhetoric instructor, an environmental litigation researcher, a journalist, a Cajun cook, and is presently employed as a stock analyst. He is a recipient of the Helen Mercedes Rosebury Award from the University of Louisville and a Cambor Fellowship from the University of Houston, as well as other awards. His publications include fiction and poetry published and upcoming in The North American Review, 3rd Bed, In Possee Review, and many other magazines. “An Account of the Door” and “A Savage at a Cocktail Party” are part of his collection of prose-poems entitled Men’s Toys (presently seeking a publisher).

Ian Brook lives and works in Yorkshire, England. His poetry and fiction has been published in various magazines, both online and print.

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

Todd Czapski is a writer who probably will be living in Providence, Rhode Island by the time you read this. His work has appeared in Krater Quarterly, Übermidget, The Grand Inquisitor, and Slugpudding. He also performs stand-up comedy at least once per week on the East Coast.

James Flick was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. A resident of central Florida since 1984, he is a professional Land Surveyor and Mapper.

Sarah Goodwin's poetry and fiction has appeared in Long Shot, The Absinthe Literary Review, Fuel, George & Mertie's Place, 2 River View, and Poetry Super Highway. In 2000, she was a recipient of an Amy Award for poets under thirty. You can read more about her work on her webpage:

Claudia Grinnell was born and raised in Germany. She now makes her home in Louisiana where she teaches English at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Her poems and short stories have appeared in various print and ezines, such as Hayden's Ferry Review, Princeton Arts Review, New Orleans Review, Exquisite Corpse, Blue Moon Review, Phoebe, Bottomfish, California Quarterly. Her manuscript of selected poems, Conditions Horizontal, is slated to be published later this year.

Steve Harris lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and three children. Steve is a past contributor to the Melic Review, and his poems have appeared in various print and electronic journals. He is currently a book reviewer for the online Samsära Quarterly.

Anna Hood is the author of dozens of short stories and articles which have been published in small magazines and newspapers across Canada and the United States. She lives in Prince Edward Island Canada with her husband and two cats.

Ward Kelley has seen more than 800 of his poems appear in journals world wide since he began publishing in 1996. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Kelley's publication credits include such journals as: ACM Another Chicago Magazine, Rattle, Ginger Hill, Sunstone, Spillway, Porcupine Literary Magazine, Melic Review, Pif, 2River View, Offcourse, Potpourri and Skylark. He has been honored as featured poet for Seeker Magazine, Physik Garden, Poetry Life & Times, and Pyrowords.

Marc Kipniss holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington-Seattle. His fiction has appeared in Black Warrior Review, American Letters & Commentary, Salt Hill, and many other magazines. A chapbook of his short-shorts, Reptile Appliance, is available from Broken Boulder Press. He has stories out or forthcoming in New Orleans Review, Wisconsin Review, Oregon Review and Denver Quarterly.

Susan Kornfeld is currently working on an MA in English at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, after having pursued nearly every type of career from dog clipping to waitressing to corporate to entrepreneurial. She writes poetry and stories and just about anything else that can be squeezed on a page.

Theresa McLaren lives on the North Coast of California with her husband and daughter. She spends half her time writing, often inspired by the beauty of the area, and half of her time at the Humboldt State University Natural History Museum, where she feels guilty getting paid because the job is so fun. She and her husband have written and published a community newspaper. Recent poetry publication includes "Tide Pool" in the Kerf.

Virginia Marion is the single mother of two girls. She has been serious about her writing for about a year now. This is the first time she has sent anything out.

Jack Martin lives in Colorado with his wife and sons. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, Mudlark,, River Styx, and other journals.

Mark Melton is a poet/writer currently residing in Melbourne, Australia, although various fragments of himself have been known to surface, mysteriously, in certain parts of Europe and the United States. Apart from writing, he dabbles in web design and edits 3rd Muse Poetry Journal. His hobbies include playing computer games, procrastinating, and writing about himself in third person.

Scott Murphy: I live in Denver and earn my living designing and supporting computerized climate control systems. Recently, I've had poems appear in Sulphur River Review, and here at Melic. I spend my free time with bicycles and friends. We save each other.

Dan Pearlman has written a series of fantastical stories and novellas that began appearing in 1987 in publications such as New England Review, Quarterly West, Amazing Stories, The Silver Web and Magic Realism. His books of fiction include the newly-released collection The Best-Known Man in the World & Other Misfits (Aardwolf, 2001), the novel Black Flames (White Pine Press, 1997) and The Final Dream & Other Fictions (Permeable Press, 1995). He gives seminars on fiction writing at the University of Rhode Island.

Barbara Quinn's short stories have appeared in small print and online magazines and journals, including The Ledge and laZer. Her work has won awards from Writer's Digest and the National Writers Club. She is Co-Managing Editor of the award-winning The Rose & Thorn Literary E-Zine. She also contributes a weekly Travels With Duct Tape column online, for writers and travelers. Her novel, Hardhead, was released in September through Xlibris. She is also the author of three other novels.

Dave Ruslander: Born 1949. I live on a 15 acre horse farm with my wife, two horses, dog, cat, and 3 cockatiels. I'm a computer engineer by day and poet by night. I wrote my first poem at the young age of 50. I currently have a manuscript at Loper Literary Agency.

Tracy Scarpino studied writing and literature at Bennington College and now lives in Ventura, California. She recently had poetry published in Poems Niederngasse and has had micro-fiction published in Poetry Motel. She is working on a short story collection, a novel, and other questionable projects.

Tom Sheehan has published three books of poetry: Ah, Devon Unbowed, The Saugus Book, and Reflections from Vinegar Hill. He is a Co-editor of the sold-out issue, (2000 copies sold in four months) A Gathering of Memories, Saugus 1900 - 2000, the printing of which was covered by a $60,000 loan paid off four weeks after delivery of books from the printer (9/7/00). He and committee did their own warehousing, packaging and mailing and provided a self-sustaining scholarship for students with the proceeds. He has had work in/coming in electronic magazines, Aileron, 3AM Publishing, New Works Review, Electric Acorn, Fluid Ink Press, and has nine novels captured in his computer waiting to be set free by a publisher.

Bob Slaymaker: My poetry has appeared, or will soon appear, in Callaloo, The North American Review, Orbis, Poetry Ireland Review, and River Styx.

Tasha AKA Petra Klein lives in the Chicago area. She is a receptionist for a retirement facility and a telecommunications business. She is inspired by the poetry of Anne Sexton, Jim Morrison & E.E. Cummings. She has been published in numerous web eZines: Conspire, Stirring, 2RiverView, Friction Magazine, Mentress Moon, Gumball Poetry, Snakeskin, Poems Niederngasse, 3rd Muse Poetry Journal and so on.

Diane Dees Tobiason is a psychotherapist and writer in south Louisiana. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, including Mississippi Magazine, Eclectica, and The Dead Mule. Diane writes a quarterly column for Moondance. She and her husband are webmasters of, a virtual rock and roll restaurant.

Shari Diane Willadson is a writer living in Washington State with her husband. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and baking. Some of her favorite credits include Gravity, Poetrynow, and The Floating Bridge Press Anthology Pontoon: an anthology of Washington State poets.