Contributor's Notes
Rane Arroyo is the author of nine books of poems and stories.  In 2008, The Roswell Poems and also The Buried Sea: New & Selected Poems will be published.  He lives and writes in Toledo, Ohio and can be contacted at

A recent Pushcart Prize nominee and Bread Loaf participant, Janee Baugher’s poetry and prose has been widely published, as well as adapted for the stage and set to music.  Baugher’s first manuscript, “Coördinates of Yes,” was a semifinalist for the 2005 Tupelo First Book Prize, and is available through inter-library loan.  In 2006 her second manuscript, “The Body’s Physics,” was a semifinalist for the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize and a finalist for the Ontario Prize.  She teaches Fiction and Poetry in Seattle, WA and Interlochen, MI.
Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill is an Irish-language poet of international reputation. Her most recent collection, The Fifty Minute Mermaid, was put out by Gallery Press this past October with translations by Paul Muldoon. Pharaoh’s Daughter, The Astrakhan Cloak (also containing translations by Muldoon), and The Water Horse are also available through Gallery Press.
Rebecca Morgan Frank's poems have been published or are forthcoming in such journals  as The Georgia Review, Cincinnati Review, Prairie Schooner, Sou'wester, and Calyx. She is co-founder and editor of the online literary journal Memorious: A Journal of New Verse and Fiction, www. She teaches at Emerson College and Grub Street in Boston.
Michael Heller's Uncertain Poetries: Essays on Poets, Poetry and Poetics (2005) and Exigent Futures: New and Selected Poems (2003)  are available at, and good bookstores.  Survey of work at: Collaborations with Ellen Fishman Johnson at:

Paul Hoover's most recent poetry collections are Edge and Fold (Apogee Press, 2006) and Poems in Spanish (Omnidawn, 2005).  With Nguyen Do, he edited and translated the anthology Black Dog, Black Moon:  Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry (Milkweed Editions, January 2008).
Eliza C. Kane earned her BA in English literature from Emmanuel College.  She is a regular contributor to the human rights publication, The Survivor, and is currently working on a collection of short stories about life in the nonprofit sector.
Jason LaCroix, a painter/printmaker, received a B.F.A from Massachusetts College of Art, studied at the Scuola Lorenzo d' Medici in Florence, Italy, and at the Chautauqua School of Art in New York. Jason has shown at Oxbow Gallery, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Attleboro Arts Museum, and recently participated in the 20th Annual Drawing Show at the Boston Center for the Arts Mills Gallery.
Northern Irish poet and translator Paul Muldoon won a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for his collection Moy Sand and Gravel. He teaches at Princeton University and is recent poetry editor of The New Yorker.
Matthew Murphy lives and paints in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his BFA in Painting/Drawing at Massachusetts College of Art, studied at the Chautauqua School of Art in New York, and received his MFA in Painting/Drawing at the University of Washington. He has shown at galleries on both coasts and teaches drawing at University of Massachusetts in Boston.
Sheila E. Murphy's most recent book publications are The Case of the Lost Objective (Case), from Otoliths Press (2007) and Continuations (with Douglas Barbour), (The University of Alberta Press, 2006). She edited with M.L. Weber >2: An Anthology of New Collaborative Poetry, (Sugar Mule Press, 2007). Murphy has lived in Phoenix, Arizona all of her adult life. Her consulting firm is devoted to executive development.
Jane Joritz-Nakagawa's two books of poetry are Skin Museum (2006) and Aquiline (2007), both published in Japan, where she works as an associate professor at a national school of education. Other poems have recently been featured in New American Writing, Tinfish, One Less, 580 Split, Otoliths and dozens of other journals, anthologies and zines. An untitled chapbook is slated for 2008.
Lou Rowan began writing poetry, fiction, essays in the heyday of experimentation associated with St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery in New York City. Of Lou’snewest collection, Sweet Potatoes, byAhadada Books, Rochelle Owens has written“These stories . . . are brilliantly-rendered in a mesh of grim and exuberantly funny shifts of highly original tale-telling.” His critical essays have appeared most recently in The English Studies Forum and The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Lou lives in Seattle, where he edits Golden Handcuffs Review, a journal of contemporary writing in all genres.
Gloria Oden was born in 1923 in Yonkers, N.Y.; finished high school in 1939 in New Rochelle, N.Y.; graduated from Howard University and its law school in 1944;1948. She taught creative writing at University of Maryland Baltimore County from 1971 – 1996. Her enlarged collection of poems Resurrections will be reissued by Tarsier Press, a subsidiary of Saru Press.
Judith Skillman’s tenth book “Heat Lightning: New and Selected Poems 1986 – 2006, “ was published in 2006 by Silverfish Review Press. “The Carnival of All or Nothing” is forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press. Skillman is the recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets, The King County Arts Commission, and the Washington State Arts Commission.Her poems have appeared in Poetry, FIELD, The Southern Review, Northwest Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals. She is a faculty member at Richard Hugo House in Seattle, Washington.  Please see for more information.
Elizabeth Smither has published 16 collections of poetry. The most recent are The Year of Adverbs (Auckland University Press, 2007) and Horse Playing the Accordion (Ahadada Books, 2007). She was the first woman New Zealand Te Mata Estate poet laureate (2001-3) and received an Hon D.Litt from Auckland University in 2004. She has also written novels and short stories.
Liz Sweibel is a visual artist whose work explores such questions as, How do we build a life from the fragments of daily routine? How do we live with fragility and emptiness? How do we reconcile our essential solitariness with relationships?  Most recently, Liz’s work was included in Neo-Abstraction at AG Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.  In the fall of 2008, she will be in Many Kinds of Nothing at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA.  Liz’s work can be seen in The Drawing Center’s Viewing Program ( and the Irving Sandler Online File at Artists Space ( Liz received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and her MFA from Maine College of Art. She lives and works in New York City.
Eileen R. Tabios has released 14 print, four electronic and 1 CD poetry collections, an art essay collection, a poetry essay/interview anthology, and a short story book. Recipient of the Philippines' National Book Award for Poetry, she recently released The Light Sang As It Left Your Eyes (Marsh Hawk Press, 2007) and SILENCES: The Autobiography of Loss (Blue Lion, 2007).  In her poetry, she has crafted a body of work that is unique for melding ekphrasis with transcolonialism. She is also the editor of the review journal Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry Engagement).