MELINDA ADAMS was born in New Orleans and moved to San Francisco, when she was 18.  She is a pagan, patron of the arts, and plans shows for, assists, meddles in the lives of, and cast spells for many Bay Area artists.   She normally writes under the name Lily Cattail and has had writing up regularly in, the San Francisco Reader,  and  She has additionally written for various other zines, web sites, Me!dea Magazine, and the Nose. Also, she has her own web site, which is an artist resource.   Recently she has gone through a literary self help therapy, and would to thank all the folks that have helped her intentionally and accidentally along the  way.   Finally she says “goddess bless and kisses to you all.
PS. Sorry Mr. Kittyfeet.

ERIC KARL ANDERSON is the recipient of the Pearl Street Publishing first book award for his forthcoming novel "Enough." His short fiction has been published in the Blithe House Quarterly and is forthcoming in the Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly and Tatlin's Tower. He lives in London.
PAUL BECKMAN has had his short stories published in numerous magazines including, Other Voices, Playboy, The Connecticut Review, 5 Trope, Parting Gifts, Sugar Mule, The Writer's Voice & others. He has stories upcoming in Tight & Onthebus. Beckman has received 3 Pushcart Prize nominations--the latest for his recent story in The Connecticut Review. He had a collection of short stories Come! Meet My Family and is now seeking a publisher for The Town Jew Convention and other stories.
JANET BUCK is a six-time Pushcart Nominee and the author of four collections of poetry. Her work has recently appeared in Three Candles, Red River, Pierian Springs, Stirring, PoetryBay, Arbutus, Poetry, Ygdrasil, The Green Tricycle, Niederngasse, Offcourse, The American Muse, and hundreds of journals world-wide. In 2002-2003 Buck's poetry and essays are scheduled to appear in Zuzu's Petals Quarterly, Mississippi Review, Artemis, The Montserrat Review, Recursive Angel, The Foliate Oak, Southern Ocean Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Coelacanth, Cordite, CrossConnect, and The Oklahoma Review.
RAFAEL JESÚS GONZÁLEZ was born in the bicultural/bilingual setting of the El Paso/Juárez area and attended the University of Texas at El Paso, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, & the University of Oregon. Professor of Creative Writing & Literature, he has taught at the University of Oregon, Western State University of Colorado, Central Washington State University, the University of Texas at El Paso, and Laney College, Oakland (where he founded the Mexican and Latin American Studies Dept.) He has also taught in the grade schools under Poets in the Classroom. His poetry and scholarly articles appear in reviews & anthologies in the U.S., Mexico & abroad; his collection of verse El Hacedor De Juegos/The Maker of Games published by Casa Editorial, San Francisco, went into a second printing. He has thrice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Also a visual artist, his work has been exhibited at the Oakland Museum of California; the Mexican Museum of San Francisco; the Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee; & others in the U.S., Mexico, and abroad. He was Poet in Residence at the Oakland Museum of California and the Oakland Public Library under the Poets & Writers "Writers on Site" award in 1996 and has been selected for the Annual Dragonfly Press Award for Literary Achievement for 2002. He is on the Board of Directors for the University of Creation Spirituality/Naropa University, Oakland; on the Latino Advisory Committee of the Oakland Museum of California; and on the Alameda County Office of Education Arts Advisory Board.
PRASENJIT MAITI is a political scientist by occupation and a writer by compulsion! His print credits include 2River View, Blue Collar Review, Brittle Star, Brobdingnagian Times, Carillon, Circle, Concrete Wolf, Diner, Famous Reporter, Green Queen, GW Review, Harlequin, Hermes, Homestead Review, Konfluence, Micropress Oz, Monkey Kettle, Nightingale, Nomad, Paper Wasp, Parting Gifts, Peeks & Valleys, Phoenix, Poetic Licence, Poetry Church, Poetry Depth Quarterly, Poetry Greece, Poetry Scotland, Promise, Pulsar, Quercus Review, Rattle, Red Lamp, Reflections, Skald, Skyline, South, Spinnings, The Journal, WinterSPIN and Xtant. Dr Maiti has been widely published in electronic journals as well in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. His CD-ROM credit till date is Heist. He of late tends to specialize in monologic prose poetry. email:  
RICHARD MEYERS was active in the Berkeley, California, Civil Rights and the free speech movement of the early sixties. He went to India to serve in the Peace Corps for two years after which he continued in India, Central and South East Asia for another four years working as a teacher of English. Later in Europe and the United States he helped develop Alternative and Co-Operative communities. Participating in many aspects of spiritual community organizing, he contributed to a number of works in Journalism, Film and Fiction Publications. His short stories have been published in Moondance: Song and Story, Kenagain, Web del Sol, InPosse Review, Spinnings and SFSalvo. He has published two volumes of his collected poetry, The Journey's Loom and Striptease of the Soul through Gondarva Press. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. His other works include the novels The Journey That Never Was Made, Alms For Oblivion, Under Indian Skies and A Maze for Infidels. Prolific in all genres, his short stories, essays and plays include "Rivers of Babylon," "Dark Rituals" and "Last Train to Simla." Currently he teaches English at City College of San Francisco.
WILLIAM STARR MOAKE grew up in Michigan and worked as a journalist in South Florida for several years. He majored in anthropology in college and later freelanced as a travel writer and photographer. Moake is the author of two published books of fiction, a novel and a short story collection. When he is not writing, he works as a freelance web designer and software programmer in Honolulu, Hawaii.
CHRISTOPHER NOVAK is a San Francisco filmmaker and photographer. His work covers a broad range of media; however, the underlying themes have centered on the relationship between "natural" and "synthesized" environments
HELOISA PAIT ( has just defended her dissertation at The New School University, where she investigated the communicative challenges of our lives with television. She published several of her stories in Brazilian and American magazines, having received the Guimarães Rosa Literary Award in 1993. She wrote the play "Lig-Lubaa" for actress Renata Jesion in 1999 and they are now joining efforts in a new production. Heloisa is also a contributor for Brazilian newspapers and a teacher, and her trademark is a mix of poetry and theoretical investigation of our complicated lives in a globalized society. She is 34 and has two very cute nieces, to whom she is presently showing the beauty of Portuguese "palavrões."
ELLEN WHITE REULAND is a retired registered nurse who lives in the Atlanta Ga. area. She was married to her childhood sweetheart,Jim, for 41 years until the time of his death in 2001. She is mother to four adult children who live in the area and grandmother to nine grandchildren who also live in the area and who keep her very busy. Since the time of her husband's death she has returned to writing poetry as a way of dealing with her grief and hopes to publish a poetry book dedicated to other grieving widows in the near future. Many of her poems appeared in her college literary magazine in the fifties but she has not published any since that time.  Lester G. , a published author, served as a mentor to her when she began writing short stories in the late seventies. She recently was thrilled to connect with several of his adult children who are also published writers and who, like Lester, have become special to her and who are so like him in their warmth and humor that she feels she has not lost him entirely as he lives on in his beautiful children and grandchildren.
BRENDA ROSS was born and raised in England. After her marriage she spent 5 years in West Africa before she and her late husband moved to British Columbia, Canada where she worked as a Community Librarian for many years. Her book "On The Other Hand" sub-titled "the inner conflict of an opinionated freelance writer" is published by White Mountain Publications. Her stories and articles have recently appeared in several print and on-line publications including Cenotaph Pocket Edition, Kudzu Monthly, Seven Seas Magazine, Writer's Life, Thoughtcafe, Rainy Day Corner, Wynterblues Thunder, and Writer's Crossing. In May 2002, she won 1st prize in the Dorsal contest at Doorknobs and Bodypaint. Her novel "The Silver Arrow" was launched as an e-book by Wt~ E-books on November 24th 2002 More of her work can be found at her websites:
Shaking the Kaleidosope--
Rosie and Me--

CLAUDETTE RUBIN enjoys American films and early-mid 19th century European music. She has multiple lovers, some of whom she also likes. Her preferred authors are Dostoyevsky, Homer, and Nietzsche when he's not making a fool of himself. She liaises in linguistics with a nation of generally democratic principles. She's hindered to occasional, near-paralysis by obsessive compulsive disorder. She also likes telescopes though she's never owned one and doesn't recall looking into one at any time in her life, but she loves everything in existence because she operates by a categorical imperative of magnanimity; this allows her thorough latitude at being as bold as she wishes. Why? Why, because it stems from love. Ahhh, love; yes, indeed.
BARA SWAIN is the recipient of a dozen writing grants for new plays and fiction. Her prose appears in Long Shot Magazine, the anthology, Love Is Ageless: Stories About Alzheimer’s, and the chapbook, Daifuku: Delicious Short Fiction and Poetry. Her work is also featured in Stickman Review, Tattoo Highway, Moxie, and Pulse. Bara’s award-winning plays have been performed in NY, Missouri, NJ, Tennessee and Iowa.   Venues include the Dubuque Fine Arts One Act Play Festival, Tennessee Williams Ten Minute Play Festival, Lamia Ink!’s International One Page Play Festival, and the Turnip Theater Festival. Bara is the Dorsal Editor at Doorknobs & BodyPaint.
JESS SWAIN loves creative writing, acting and all aspects of the theater. She has performed in mainstage dramatic readings with Sticks and Stones Productions, and served as House Manager, Assistant Stage Manager and Props Master. As a member of the Sticks and Stones Players interactive youth theater company, Jess has performed many roles, and choreographed and written several songs and raps for productions at the Kaufman Theater, American Museum of Natural History (NYC). She also performed her own material in the Second Stage Theater Outreach Program, "In the Door." Jess is currently the Assistant Director of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" at Hunter College High School, NYC, where she is a junior.
JAMES VELDON is an English graduate with a poetry fetish and a love of horror movies. He has had a handful of works published in various web magazines and one poem in a printed collection. He hopes not only to have more works published but also to achieve his ambition of being able to capture the halting nature of language in prose. He is currently engaged in an attempt to construct a modern literary erotica and finish a poem started several weeks ago. As well as these projects he is considering reconstituting his dissertation and doing a better job of it this time. This and dieing his hair silly colors.

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