Stephanie Beechem is seventeen and lives in the fabulously liberal Eugene, Oregon. she loves artichokes and periodically throws televisions out of hotel windows.
Melissa R. Benham is contemplating a career move to kissing booth operator after a period of “brief stints.” excerpts from her new book, codeswitching (Subday Press).
Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal works in the mental health field. he looks forward to his next vacation, though he has no particular destination in mind.
Mike Bucell’s favorite baseball teams are the Red Sox and the Cubs. when he’s not crying in his beer, he writes. he doesn’t write too often.
William Cannon is 28 years old, resides in Indian Mills, New Jersey, and has been writing for 15 years. he has been involved with Atomicpetals Summer 2001 edition and was the featured short fiction writer for Outside Ink Fall 2003. he has written 13 volumes of poetry, a play, and is currently working on a novel entitled Entry 11. he plays guitar in a punk rock band, works for an architectural firm designing retail stores, and attends the University of Phoenix Online Program for Business Management. he dislikes condiments.
William Charles Delman received an International Merit Award from the Atlanta Review for his poetry in 2003. his new cat, Charlie Poodragon, goes through 20 lbs. of litter a week.
Jason Earls is a writer and computational number theorist who lives in Blackwell, Oklahoma. and once, after informing his wife he’d just written a poem, she said, “fuck poems. that’s sissy-boy shit.”
Michael Farrell blubbed through Remember the Titans. he is reading a book about talking heads & is the editor of xmas special elves 1-3.
Andrew Felsinger edits a wonderful little pearl of an internet ’zine known as VeRT. go there now and read whatever it is they publish there. also, Andrew writes a poem or two here and again, some of which appear around.
Drew Gardner was disappointed to have missed the free Cat Power in Central Park recently. his latest book is Sugar Pill (Krupskaya).
C. E. Gatchalian’s drama collection, Motifs & Repetitions & Other Plays, was published in May 2003, and his work has appeared in such publications as MAS-Zine, the Georgia Straight, and sub-Terrain. when not indulging in his literary habits, he is busy scraping together a living as a freelance journalist and business writer.
Adriana Grant’s writing has appeared in Bird Dog, Monkey Puzzle, The Stranger, Rain Taxi, and Art Access, on Seattle Metro buses. she is working on a collection entitled Sampling, alluding to the fact some of the lines in her work are borrowed. her visual art has been exhibited in Seattle at Consolidated Works, the University of Washington’s Ceramics and Metals Arts Gallery, The Bemis Building, and at Cornish College of the Arts, where she works. most recently, she had a solo show at the Little Theatre Gallery, and is currently part of a Shrinky Dink Invitational Exhibit. she is currently catless, but plans to rectify that situation after the holidays.
Tom Hamill ran an intermittent kabob house named Chez Hamimul…had an accent somewhere between Budapest and Istanbul, but it ran out without paying…“who you gonna believe, me or reality?”
Yuri Hospodar has lived in Pennsylvania, Boston, Paso Robles, San Francisco, Prague, San Francisco, Boston, and probably soon San Francisco. he is easily confused. he has also vowed to stop being such a hermit, but when asked for details replied “and that’s about all I have to say about that,” before slowly shutting the door to his creaky little cabin while muttering darkly to himself.
Laura Jent’s poetry has been featured at Scarlet Letters, the attic which is desire, and is slated to appear in the next issue of Solanas Online. she is ankle-deep in a novel and knee-deep in a project collaborating with visual artists. she is also up to her neck in an Indian Summer.
Jill Jones lives in Sydney where she most often dreams. her last big book, Screens Jets Heaven (Salt Publishing) won the 2003 Kenneth Slessor Prize and she’s looking forward to a little book, Struggle and Radiance, from Wild Honey Press.
Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, when freed of her ruminating (room rating? ruin in waiting?) duties, teaches English and Ed Psych in Japan. other poems of hers can be found in New American Writing, ACM, Aught, Free Verse, Milk, Moria, Big Bridge, JACK, and quite a few other places besides under the dresser.
W.B. Keckler’s Sanskrit of the Body won in the National Poetry Series 2002 and cries out for blood, blood will have blood, they say…or simple purchase at Amazon.com. you decide. Keckler recovers dinosaurs escaped from advanced research facilities for a living.
Lewis LaCook smiles as the smoke combs through her eyes. his “work”—poetry, music, web art and
software—has appeared in Aught, Lost And Found Times, Cauldron & Net, Rhizome, Rhizomes, Wired Art from Wired Hearts, furtherfield, Score, 88, 5_trope, and runme.org, among others. his shoes don’t match this morning, and neither is tied.
Bobbi Lurie’s first book, The Book I Never Read, is being published by CustomWords this month (November 2003). she says the editor’s asking for one sentence without reference to poetry credentials is the kindest thing anyone in the “poetry world” has asked her for a very long time. she is shocked by the blank space it leaves in her/ how hard it is for her to honor such a request with a true yet unself-conscious sentence. she offers a moment of silence.
Bruna Mori’s poems most recently appeared in ZYZZYVA and Trepan (CalArts), and were presented at City Lights and the American Museum of Natural History. she received her MFA at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and teaches at the Southern California Institute of
Architecture. her contributions to SHAMPOO were written at the ends of New York subway lines, though lately, she’s been spending more time at airports.
Gordon Moyer is an abstract painter who used to work in acrylics. he grew dissatisfied with them and searched for another medium. recently, he made an artistic breakthrough; he writes, “tell everyone you know! I’ve created the greatest abstract painting in the world; I painted it with perfume, and you stand in a dark room and smell it.”
Chris Murray says “there are way too many Googlies named Chris Murray, so instead just
find me here!”
Christopher Rizzo’s latest book of essays, Limitrophe: The Unspeakable Horror of the Literary Life is forthcoming by the University of Mozambique Press, in 2010. he lives in Brighton, Massachusetts.
Suzy Saul keeps us up-to-date on things most important.
Todd Shalom needs a warm and shady yurt year. more of his work can be found at beautymarsh.
Ron Silliman has written and edited 24 books to date, including the anthology In the American Tree, which the National Poetry Foundation has just republished with a new afterword. since 1979, Silliman has been writing a poem entitled The Alphabet. volumes published thus far from that project have included ABC, Demo to Ink, Jones, Lit, Manifest, N/O, Paradise, (R), Toner, What, and Xing. he is a 2003 Literary fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and was a 2002 Fellow of the Pennsylvania Arts Council as well as a Pew Fellow in the Arts in 1998. he lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two sons, and works as a market analyst in the computer industry.
Chris Stroffolino just saw the musician Kelley Stoltz at the Hush-Hush room in San Francisco last night. other local musicians he’s been diggin lately include Jolie Holland, The Slow Poisoners, The Grave Brothers Deluxe (especially that Jose Jimenez song they do), The Kirby Grips, Hudson Bell, and Winifred Eye E. he plays in Continuous Peasant.
Todd Swift is the author or editor of at least 6 books of poetry, including 100 Poets Against The War. he is poetry editor of nthposition, London, UK. he was story-editor for the last season of Sailor Moon. he prefers fur fedoras to bowler hats, black spats to low-lying gnats.
Eileen Tabios recommends herself. for a sample, eye-listen to her mischief at her infamous blog, CorpsePoetics (formerly WinePoetics). contrary to popular opinion, she does not drink wine daily. she whines daily, and drinks wine hourly.
Zinovy Vayman is a hybrid who lives in parallel or divergent countries—USA, Russia, Israel, Japan. his life resembles an expedition since it is so much full of hardship. and he writes.
Alli Warren is a rowdy runt not knowing her grammar. she’s done it once before and won’t do it again, preferably with you.
Nico Wijaya rules the kingdom of busted gadgets. he’s quite fashionable, too.