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about the editors

Cheryl E. Klein received her MFA in writing from California Institute of the Arts.  Her fiction has appeared in journals including Blithe House Quarterly (BHQ7.4), CrossConnect and The Absinthe Literary Review, and is forthcoming in the anthology Jane's Stories III (Jane's Stories Press).  She also manages the California office of Poets & Writers, Inc.

Chip Livingston's writing has been published this year in The New York Quarterly, Barrow Street, Ploughshares, New American Writing, The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, Brooklyn Review, Apalachee Review, Stories from The Blue Moon Café, This New Breed, and Velvet Heat.  He lives in New York City.

Check out Chip's short story in BHQ5.2.

Aldo Alvarez is the author of Interesting Monsters (Graywolf Press), featured as one of the best short story collections of the Fall 2001 book season by The Washington Post Book World. A nominee for the 2002 Violet Quill Award, City Pages called Interesting Monsters"experimental fiction meant for wide audiences -- very accessible and entertaining...It is also queer fiction that has grown up past adolescence; it's affectionate and funny, but reasonable."

Aldo received a Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Columbia University in the city of New York and a Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University (SUNY). He was a Fiction Scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in 1998 and was featured in OUT Magazine's OUT 100 list of "gay success stories of 2001".  In October 2004, he was presented with a Trailblazer Award; the Bailiwick Repertory Trailblazer Awards honor "members of the GLBT community who have had an impact in the fields of arts, journalism, community activism, and sports".

Aldo founded Blithe House Quarterly in 1997 and currently serves as its Executive Editor, Designer and Publisher. He is a professor of English at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago. He loves to get e-mail from BHQ readers.

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Read Kurt Heintz' interview with Aldo Alvarez about "the basics of BHQ and his aspirations for it" at Plain Text.



Valeria Vegas writes novels, prose poems, essays, and plays.  Her work has been produced and published in venues large and small, including "How To Fix Your Ford" at Luna Sea Theatre in San Francisco and a redneck epistolary pornographic novella titled XOXO, BOBBY JO, out on H.E.A.D. Press.  Her essays and stories have been published in over 35 magazines and anthologies including Tattoo Highway, Edifice Wrecked, and REGENERATION: Telling Stories from Our Twenties.  She is the editor of XX magazine and STEWED, SCREWED, AND TATTOOED, an anthology of today's most fucked geniuses, due out in Fall of 2005.  She lives in San Francisco and designs baby accessories and clothes for punk rock mamas and their spawn.


Eric Karl Anderson's first novel, Enough, was published in 2004. More info can be found at His work has appeared in Blithe House Quarterly (BHQ6.3), BiMagazine, Riverbabble, Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly and Tatlin's Tower. He lives in London.

about the photographer

Aaron Gang is a professional photographer specializing in actor's headshots -- a photographer with an MA in creative writing (poetry). Who knew?

about the authors

Maggie Harrison’s short fiction has appeared in Sinister Wisdom and Transfer and is forthcoming in Harrington Lesbian Literary Quarterly.  She writes and teaches in San Francisco, where she is pursuing an MFA in fiction at San Francisco State University.  In 2005 she read a chapter of her novel-in-progress, Grace In The Age of Terror, at the Southern Women Writers Conference.

Marie Holmes moved out East from Portland, Oregon to study at Columbia. She has an MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and currently earns a living teaching Spanish to New York City high school students. She is working on a novel about a lesbian couple raising children in Portland.

Nairne Holtz is a Montreal-based fiction writer who has recently completed a novel and whose short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She has co-edited No Margins: writing canadian fiction in lesbian (Insomniac, 2006), an anthology of award-winning fiction featuring writers such as Dionne Brand, Nicole Brossard, and Ann-Marie MacDonald. She has also created an annotated bibliography of Canadian literature with lesbian content that contains reviews of more than one hundred books (see

Thomas Kearnes is an author and photographer from Tyler, Texas. His work has appeared previously in Wicked Hollow and Southern Hum and is forthcoming in Citizen Culture. He has worked as a film critic and a crime reporter. "Fair Trade" is part of his novel-in-progress, The Sons of Judas. Born on America's bicentennial, Kearnes is an atheist and an Eagle Scout.

Jay Michaelson is the chief editor of Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture, and the director of Nehirim: A Spiritual Initiative for GLBT Jews.  An active member of Pride in the Pulpit and the Gay Spirit Culture Project, and a contributor to the White Crane Journal, Jay is very active in spiritual and religious programming within the GLBT community, and in advocating for that community within the larger religious world.  He has lectured and written extensively on queer Jewish theology, scriptural issues around homosexuality, and GLBT Jewish culture, and has led numerous workshops and seminars, including Nehirim's monthly Queer Theology Salon.  His workshop on "Sexuality and Scripture" was recently featured on NPR.  Jay's recent work includes "Da'at" published in Mentsh: On Being Jewish and Queer (2004), The Inflected Letters: Stories of Faith and Desire, and a collection of homoerotic mystical love poems entitled The Embrace (both forthcoming), as well as regular features in the Forward newspaper.  His next book is God in Your Body, due out from Jewish Lights press in 2006.

Michael Montlack's work has been published in Cimarron Review, New York Quarterly, The Cream City Review, Christopher Street, Vignette, The Ledge, Mudfish, Lodestar Quarterly, Skidrow Penthouse, Gay and Lesbian Review (Worldwide), and other journals.  This spring he was awarded a University of Connecticut Soul Mountain Retreat Fellowship to complete his book: Liz Taylor in Levittown.  He was a Semi-Finalist for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center's Winter 2005 Fellowship and won First Place in Gertrude's Annual Poetry Contest.  He lives in New York City, graduated from New School's MFA program, and teaches at Berkeley College.

Amy Silver lives in Washington State with her cat.  Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Pindeldyboz, Outsider Ink, Lodestar Quarterly and Harrington Lesbian Literary Quarterly.

Bill Valentine's memoir, A Season of Grief was recently published by Haworth Press. His stories have been published in Lynx Eye, The Marlboro Review, South Dakota Review, and The Baltimore Review, among others.

Victoria A. Walsh is a non-profit fundraiser and part-time library science student.  She writes short stories and short shorts.  Her other recent work can be seen in the upcoming issue 1.2 Amusement of Suitcase Magazine.  She lives in Massachusetts.

Robert Warwick’s fiction has appeared in numerous journals including The James White Review, The Mississippi Review, and The Literary Review.  In addition, he is the author, as RJ March, of two books of gay erotica, Hard and Looking For Trouble, and has appeared regularly in Advocate Men, Freshmen and Nightcharm.  He currently resides in upstate New York.