Vol. 1  No. 2  Summer 2004


BRUCE BOSTON is the author of forty books and chapbooks, including the novel
Stained Glass Rain. His fiction and poetry have appeared in hundreds of
publications, including The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Year's Best Fantasy and
Horror, and the Nebula Awards Showcase. His poetry collection Pitchblende won
the 2003 Bram Stoker Award. For more information, please visit

MICHAEL FANTINA has had dozens of poems published over the past two
decades both here in the US and in the UK. His verse has appeared in The Lyric,
Candelabrum, Romantics Quarterly, The Book of Eibon and many others.

DAVID ANTHONY FILL writes, "I'm 21 years old. I was brought up in a small
seaside town on the North Wales Coast, but I now live in an inner city area of
Liverpool. From an early age I have had a disability known as dyspraxia, this is a
malfunction of the brain signals to active organs such as hands and feet.
Subsequently I have never been able to write with a pen without being in
immense pain. It wasn't until after I left school and discovered computers that I
was able to write, this is where my passion for literature began to take off. The
poem 'Friday Night' was only the second poem I had written, in the summer of
last year. It reflects on the days back in Wales, when I worked in a nightclub. It
was usually a fun job but Friday nights were always full of violence, full of
teenagers (most barely eighteen) who would arrive early and skulk around the
nightclub for other gangs to fight. By midnight the club was half empty because
of all the people we had to throw out! I am currently studying for a BA in
Imaginative Writing at John Moores University. I live with my partner Michelle we
are expecting our first child in November."

JOHN HAYES is a playwright and actor. His last stage performance was as Al
Lewis in The Sunshine Boys. He has appeared on Homicide as a scurvy corpse.
He is currently exhibiting sculpture at the Liriodendron Gallery. He has previously
published in such magazines and anthologies as Dead Blue Eyes, The MacGuffin,
Carleton Arts Review, Lynx Eye, Flesh and Blood, and Baltimore Review.

J. PATRICK LEWIS' poems have appeared in Gettysburg Review, Kansas
Quarterly, New Renaissance and a hundred other small magazines and literary
journals. He has published 38 children's picture poetry books with Knopf, Simon
& Schuster, PenguinPutnam, Harcourt, DK Ink and Little, Brown. His web site is at

M.L. MCCARTHY is a formalist poet who was born in Liverpool. He comes from an
Irish immigrant family. He read Latin at Liverpool, lived by doing various manual
jobs for about ten years, and then became a back-room journalist. He is the
editor of Candelabrum (f. 1970), Britain's longest established formalist fringe
poetry magazine. His interests include English, French, Latin and German
literature, theatre, cinema, classical music, fell-walking and animals' rights.

In a lifelong love affair with peace and obscurity, RICHARD MOORE has published
a novel, a book of essays, translations of plays by Plautus and Euripides, and ten
books of poetry, the first of which scared him to death by being nominated for a
Pulitzer Prize. His web site, www.moorepoetry.com, has fresh goodies every

JACIE RAGAN is a previous winner of The Lyric Memorial Award, the Leap of
Lunacy Chapbook Contest, and Byline's annual poetry award, among others. Her
poetry has appeared in such places as Writer's Digest, Negative Capability, & The
Formalist. Her favorite band is Joy Division, her favorite book is Lord of the
Rings, and her favorite movie is Blade Runner.

ANN K. SCHWADER lives and writes in Westminster, CO. Her poetry has
appeared in The Formalist, Mythic Delirium, Strange Horizons, Star*Line, and
elsewhere. Work in Iambs & Trochees is forthcoming. She was a finalist for the
2002 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. Her most recent chapbook of dark verse,
Architectures of Night, was published in 2003 by Dark Regions Press, and her
fiction collection, Strange Stars & Alien Shadows appeared in the same year from
Lindisfarne Press. More information about her work can be found at

LEE SLONIMSKY has poems published or scheduled to appear in Blue Unicorn,
The Classical Outlook, Cold Mountain Review, Connecticut River Review, The
Hiram Poetry Review, Iambs & Trochees, The Lyric, The New York Times, Phi
Kappa Phi Forum, and Poetry New York, and has received three Pushcart Prize
nominations, most recently by the poet Daniel Hoffman. His first collection, Talk
Between Leaf and Skin, was published in 2002 by SRLR PRESS of Austin, Texas.
He is the manager of a hedge fund, Ocean Partners LP, and also teaches poetry
writing at The Writer's Voice of the West Side Y in Manhattan.

R.F. TRIPP is a psychotherapist in private practice. He also teaches as an adjunct
lecturer in psychology.

ROBERT WOOTEN earned an MFA in poetry at the University of Alabama (1998)
and an MA with a creative writing focus at North Carolina State University (1994).
Numerous periodicals have published his poems, including Möbius. A limited
edition chapbook of his poems, Raymond Poems, was published in 1999.

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