Jeffrey Alfier: I live in Tucson, Arizona, hold an MA in Humanities, and have served as an adjunct faculty member with City Colleges of Chicago's European Division. I am a member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. Publication credits include Because I Fly (McGraw-Hill, 2001), and the journals Columbia Review, Conspire, CrossConnect, Melic Review, Niederngasse, Perihelion, Poetry Greece, Stolen Island Review, and War, Literature and the Arts.

Michael Anguiano is an off-white male, currently residing in Tallahassee, Florida. He has managed to acquire degrees in History and Law but practices in neither field, much to the chagrin of his family. He is surviving quite nicely without a personal website, thank you very much, but can be found via e-mail at

Rodney Armstrong is an engineer, teacher, and proud father of two beautiful daughters. He stakes his sod in the highlands of eastern West Virginia, USA, where he enjoys little renown as a poet. Nevertheless, you may occasionally find a poem of his published online, most recently in the Summer 2001 issue of Avatar Review.

Silvia Antonia Brandon Pérez, born 1949, La Habana, Cuba, mother of 4 sons, 1 daughter, and new abuela to two beautiful little girls; presently living in Pennsylvania, published in various online and print journals, including Conspire, Disquieting Muses, Eclectica, Recursive Angel, Third Muse, The Poet's Canvas. Poems in Spanish included in a print anthology called Juntos published in Barcelona this past fall. Editor of Spanish edition of Niederngasse, an online and print poetry journal.

Howard Camner is the author of 15 books of poetry. He was nominated for Poet Laureate of Florida in 1980. Camner's works are included in major literary collections worldwide. He currently represents the United States in the Poet 2000 Sculpted Library; an international exhibition of the works of contemporary poets.

Richard Denner lives near Sebastopol, California, where he is a poet-in-the-schools. He was for many years the proprietor of Fourwinds Bookstore and Café in Ellensburg, Washington, and the manager of a Tibetan Buddhist Dharma store for Tara Mandala Retreat Center in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. In his spare time, he publishes dpress chapbooks. You are welcome to visit his website:

Suzanne Frischkorn is the author of three collections of poetry, The Tactile Sense, (Alpha Beat Press, 1996) Exhale, (S.O.P, 2000) and New Jersey Made Me Reckless, scheduled for release in 2002. In addition, her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Mangrove, Wisconsin Review, Paterson Literary Review, Pif Magazine, ForPoetry, and The Pedestal Magazine. She was a finalist for the 2001 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and is associate editor of Samsara Quarterly.

Michael Gates, a freelance business writer and copy editor by trade, also writes short fiction, poetry and personal essays. His work has appeared in The 13th Story, Twilight Times, Cenotaph, Poems Niederngasse, Think: A Newspaper of Literary and Visual Art, 3 AM Magazine, and Red River Review. Gates grew up in the wilds of upstate New York, then lived in New York City for several years. He currently resides in Weird, New Jersey, with his wife and son. Visit his website at

Coral Hull was born in Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She is the author of over thirty books of poetry, prose fiction and digital photography. Her work has been published in literary magazines in the USA, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. E-mail: Website:

After publishing for ten years in such literary magazines as The Malahat Review, Limestone, Midwest, Grain, and Whetstone, Joy Hewitt Mann embraced the Web. In 2000 her poetry was published online at Poetry Now, Rose and Thorn, The Absinthe Review, The Melic Review, Poetry Bay, The Paumonok Review, and many more. Her first fiction collection, Clinging to Water, was published in June of 2000 by Boheme Press, Toronto. Then Joy took a year off to finish her first novel, Lacrima Christi, which will be published in 2002, and her first full-length book of poetry Bone on Bone, which will be published in 2003. This past summer she returned to writing short stories and poetry and submitting again. She appeared most recently at The Dakota House, Red Booth Review, and Little Brown Poetry, and has been accepted for the Winter issue of Moondance. Joy lives with her husband and three children in Spencerville, Ontario, Canada, where she runs a large junkstore.

Jack Martin is the father of one's mother or father. He is a step-like formation, as with troops or aircraft. He is the rounded prominence of a joint.

Christine L. Reed is the editor of Maelstrom, the editorial manager for Moondance, and a mother of three, living a reclusive existence in Tranquility, NJ. Her work has been published in print and online at Zuzu's Petals Quarterly, The Journal of New Jersey Poets, Kimera, Thorny Locust and others.

Will Roby is a student at an oppressively Texan university. His work has appeared in Rising, The Higginsville Reader, and will soon be seen in experimental forest press and Karawane. He is new at this.

Lauren Sanders is the author of a novel, Kamikaze Lust, which won a 2000 Lambda Literary Award and was excerpted in The Mammoth Book of New Erotica, 2000. Her short fiction has appeared on and in the Best Lesbian Erotica series. She is currently at work on another novel, With or Without You. E-mail:

Sherry Saye lives in Colorado and has published in several print and e-zine publications, including Borderlands: Texas Poetry Journal, Colorado Springs Independent, Waterlines, Zuzu's Petals, and Terrain. Songwriter Rick Carnes comments, "Combining earthy detail and celestial leaps of fantasy...Saye's poetry brings us in touch with the divinity of the terrestrial."

Gary Sloan: I retired in 1999 from Louisiana Tech University, where I was George Anding Professor of English. Since retirement, I have become a regular contributor to such freethought publications as Free Inquiry, Skeptic, American Atheist, American Rationalist, Freethought Today, and The Freethinker (London). I live in Ruston, Louisiana, with my wife, LaRue, the Shakespeare specialist at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. E-mail:

R L Swihart: Though I am many, I'll be contented to spotlight only my quadruplicate-self which, like a nested Matryoshka doll, consists of me and the-family-within: RLS (I'm shy, so until we're more intimate the initials will do), Ania (the devoted wife), Katia (just finished kindergarten), and Nadja (quite the fledgling at 2 yrs.). I read heavily. Imbibe moderately. Work when I have to (math teacher). Am hounded by all nine muses at once.

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

Bill Trudo: I currently live in Chicago, Illinois. My work has appeared in print in Signal and also online in The Poet's Canvas, Poems Niederngasse, Apples & Oranges, Prairie Poetry, and Poetry Superhighway.

Urquiza Vicente: Entrepeneur currently on sabbatical attemping to become pro golfer. Current work appears in: Miambiance summer 01, Blue Monk fall 01, Exquisite corpse fall 01, vespers winter 02.

Kemel Zaldívar is a twenty-five year old math instructor at Miami-Dade Community College. He was born in Havana, came to Miami on the Mariel, and has been nomadic since 1998. Kemel began writing poetry in April 2001 after being summarily discharged from the US Navy. He has been published in a handful of e-zines and has twice placed in the IBPC.

—COVER ART: Lamentation; Käthe Kollwitz, 1938.—