Karen Russell -- Help Wanted
Sarah Micklem -- "Eft" or "Epic"
Bruce McAllister -- Mary
John Trey -- At the Rue des Boulangers Bridge Cafe
Benjamin Rosenbaum & Paul Melko -- Collaborations . . .
Michael Northrop -- The Beard of God
Ellen M. Rhudy -- Crown Prince
Sarah Monette -- The Half-Sister
Geoffrey Goodwin -- Dear Miss Wonderment
Richard Parks -- Lord Goji's Wedding
Stepan Chapman -- The Life of Saint Serena
Mark Rich -- Nicholas
Amy Sisson -- gray's boadicea: unlikely patron saints, no. 4
Neal Chandler -- The Truck
Nan Fry -- Four Poems
Mary A. Turzillo -- FAQ
Carol Smallwood -- Three Poems
Suzanne Fischer -- Three Poems
William Smith -- The Film Column: The Tenant
Some Writers -- Some Records
Gwenda Bond -- Dear Aunt
Lawrence Schimel and Sara Rojo -- The Well-Dressed Wolf
this issue ads for books and chapbooks, Trunk Stories, Jubilat,
Odyssey, a tiny thing about Bill Sikes, a tiny legal call
for non-violent Jefferson-approved revolution, a plea to subscribers
to send us their new address if they move, and The Future of
Soul to Soul and other Sound Systems We Loved and Then Which
Disappeared Or Became Somewhat Uninteresting.
the public from Lexington, KY. Despite the title of her web
journally thing (Shaken & Stirred), she'd generally prefer a
glass of white wine, thank you. And a book. She liked that NBA
have you read that yet?
Chandler is a former soldier, missionary, emergency room
orderly, furniture store owner, German professor, editor, and
chauffeur. He teaches in the English Department at Cleveland
State University, coordinates creative writing, and helped create
NEOMFA, a new graduate writing program spanning four universities.
He has published essays, short stories, and a story collection,
He and his wife live in Shaker Heights, OH. Their eight children
live everywhere else.
Chapman, sub-chairman of research for the Institute for
Further Study and manager of the Aphasia Gorge Wild Insect Preserve
of Waxwall, Arizona, has published historical studies in such
scholarly journals as The Baffler, Happy, and McSweeney's
Quarterly, and in such anthology series as Orbit, Leviathan,
and Polyphony. His major works are The Troika
Fischer lives in Minneapolis, where she bicycles all winter
long. She is currently writing a dissertation on wax museums.
teaches in the Academic Studies Program at the Corcoran College
of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., and is the author of
a book of poetry, Relearning the Dark. Her poems have
also appeared in Plainsong, Calyx, and the anthologies
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror and Poetry in Motion
from Coast to Coast.
the stories Geoffrey H. Goodwin touches get a little
Lieber is the cover artist. His groovy comics includelots
of big-company things, Family
Circle with Sean Stewart, and Me and Edith Head
with Sara Ryan. He's very nice and will illustrate for you if
you ask nicely and so on.
McAllister has had fiction in Omni, Asimov's, F&SF,
literary quarterlies and "year's best" anthologies
since the '70s. He was away from writing for most of the '90s,
and is happy to be back. He has three wonderful children (Liz,
Ben and Annie), is married to the choreographer Amelie Hunter,
and, after an eternity in academe, now works as a writing coach
and book and screenplay consultant.
Micklem worked as a graphic designer for twenty years
but was pestered by the idea that she ought to write something.
She wrote on and off for more years than she cares to admit
before completing a novel, Firethorn.
She is now working on the sequel. "Eft" or "Epic"
is her first published short fiction.
years, Sarah Monette
is no longer a student. What, she wonders, will she do with
Northrop grew up in the northwestern corner of Connecticut,
which is very nice, before inexplicably moving to New York City,
which is fraught with peril. He works as an editor at Time Inc.,
and his fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Snake Nation
Review and McSweeney's (web).
Parks' first pro sale was published in Amazing Stories
in 1981. In 1994, after a 13-year hiatus, his second story appeared
in Science Fiction Age. Since then his work has appeared
in Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, and Black
Gate. His first collection, The
Ogre's Wife: Fairy-Tales for Grownups, was a World Fantasy
M. Rhudy just bought a guitar. She knows how to play three
chords and spends most of her time playing these chords or fondling
her guitar. Her fiction has appeared in Hanging Loose
and Smokelong Quarterly. She edits a lit zine, Frothing
at the Mouth, and is currently writing a zine about working
in a Christian bookstore. She lives in a very very small room
with some books and dirty clothes.
Rich writes, "Mark Rich writes all the time but
still has that basic insecurity that he is not really a real
writer. He is the author of some books (Foreigners
& Other Familiar Faces, Lifting, Funny Gace,
Baby Boomer Toys, Toys A-Z), but that's something different.
Right now he's writing about himself . . . a further cause of
discontent. Is this what he should be doing? Is all writing
this unsettling and unbalancing?" He draws pictures, too,
and has little to say about that.
Russell is a girl who lives in New York and likes to write
about alligator wrestlers and sleep-disordered kids and the
moon. She hopes you like her story. It's the first one she's
Schimel & Sara Rojo
have published over a dozen children's books in Spanish and/or
English such as No Hay Nada Como el Original, Andrés and
the Copyists, & Misterio En El Jardín. They also
create graphic novels for older readers, such as the full-color
Mixed Blessings (Germany, Fall '05) and the b&w romantic
vampire comedy A Coffin for Two (U.S., Spring '06). They
live mostly in Madrid, except when Sara is in Cadiz or Lawrence
is in New York.
Sisson is a librarian of the non-shushing variety who
was recently transplanted to Houston, TX, where she lives with
husband Paul Abell and a collection of ex-parking-lot cats.
She is a member of the Clarion West (2000). She invites you
to visit her website for more about the unlikely patron saints.
to fiction and poetry, Carol Smallwood's books such as
Michigan Authors were published by Scarecrow, Libraries Unlimited,
and others. Her work has been in The Detroit News and
dozens more; forthcoming in Meridian Anthology of Contemporary
Poetry 2005, Möbius, Parnassus Literary Journal, Poetry
Motel, Zillah. In 2004 she appeared in Who's Who in America
and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Trey attempts to exploit whatever meager talents he possesses
from an old house in a suburb in the midwest, where he keeps
all brooms locked safely in a closet. His fiction has appeared
in LCRW, Spellbound, MarsDust, and Fortean Bureau.
When not writing, reading, or critiquing, he often can
be found playing with his daughter, listening to jazz, or pondering
the mysteries of invisibility.
A. Turzillo's novel, An Old-Fashioned Martian Girl,
was serialized in Analog from July-November 2004. She
won a Nebula for her novelette, "Mars Is No Place for Children."
If you sense an obsession with Mars, it might be because her
husband, Geoff Landis, is a Mars scientist. She is also obsessed
with death, but she likes Mars much better.
Smith publishes Trunk Stories from Brooklyn, NY, where
one day there will be a Grand Sichuan International. Until then,
he will occasionally make the trip over the river. Besides publishing,
managing a bookshop, and writing about films, he is a paper
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