Currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Columbia College in Chicago, Drew Ferguson's work has appeared in Weird Earth, Chicago Arts and Communications, Hair Trigger 19, The Great Lawn, and several newspapers.
Sheryl Fowler currently works as an Electronic Classroom Support Consultant at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Assorted poetry and the short story "The Garbo Summer" have appeared in Aubade, the literary magazine of Mary Washington College. "Body" is one of four linked short stories that keep threatening to make a novel of themselves, if only the right union emerges.
Susan Koppelman : Born in Cleveland, now living outside of Tucson. A feminist literary archaeologist recovering lost U. S. women's short stories (WOMEN IN THE TREES: U. S. WOMEN'S SHORT STORIES ABOUT BATTERING AND RESISTANCE, 1839-1994 (Beacon, 1996)). Now writing my own stories. When "TWO FRIENDS" AND OTHER NINETEENTH CENTURY LESBIAN STORIES BY AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS (Meridian, 1994) was published, many asked if this was my coming out book. I was born in 1940; I am not a centenarian. An American Jewish (Ashkenazi) fat woman disabled by chronic illness since 1976, I have been a social justice activist most of my life: anti-racism since 1956, peace since 1961, a feminism since 1966, anti-homophobia/lesbophobia since 1972, disability rights since 1980, and an anti-anti-Semitism since 1948 when I first saw the films documenting the liberation of the concentration camps.
Visit the WOMEN IN THE TREES page at http://188.8.131.52/nathan/witt.html
Ellen Orleans is the author of four books of lesbian humor, including the Lambda Award winning THE BUTCHES OF MADISON COUNTY. Her first play GOD, GUILT AND GEFILTE FISH was a hit in Boulder and is looking for a home for future productions.
Jacques Servin was born into a coal-mining family in Byelorussia. At fifteen he found favor with a member of the local intelligentsia who harbored royalist inclinations; as a result, Servin was educated in the imperial manner, which meant a strenuous regimen of Latin, rowing and Gogol. At eighteen the thoughtless youth left his benefactor and set out for America, where he had heard the streets were paved with avant-garde literature. Servin now lives in Tokyo, where he is writing a history of Communist music. His benefactor moved to Odessa.
Visit Jacques Servin's site at http://www.quake.net/~jacq
Felice Picano is the author of sixteen books, among them Book of the Month's Club's newest Triangle Classic, THE LURE, THE NEW JOY OF GAY SEX, and the international bestseller LIKE PEOPLE IN HISTORY, winner of the 1996 Ferro-Grumley Award and Gay Times of England Award for best gay novel. His third volume of critically acclaimed memoirs, A HOUSE ON THE OCEAN, A HOUSE ON THE BAY was published in April 1997 by Faber & Faber and is already a bestseller. Picano was a member of the legendary Violet Quill Club, considered to be the founders of contemporary gay literature. He opened the first East Coast gay publishing company, Seahorse Press in 1977. He co-founded the Gay Presses of New York in 1981, and was editor in chief for twelve years. Picano also helped launch the lesbian and gay Publishing Triangle Association, based in New York City.
Christopher Shinn was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1975. He lives now in New York City, where he received a BFA in dramatic writing from New York University. His poetry and fiction have appeared recently in Flyway and The New York Quarterly. He currently studies creative writing at Columbia University. This December, his play SOCKDOLAGER will be presented at Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Virginia Shirley is a figment of her own imagination. Currently, she teaches Creative Writing and various English classes at Binhgamton University. Other publications of her fiction include "Breaking Fast" in Northern Virginia Review, "Ballroom Dancing" and "Wildcard" in The Aubade. Her novel OPULENT CHANCE is held in the special collections at Mary Washington College, and is currently awaiting release, as are we all.
Aldo Alvarez 's collection of short stories, INTERESTING MONSTERS, is forthcoming in September 2001 from Graywolf Press. He teaches creative writing as a Visiting Writer at Indiana University at Bloomington. His short fiction has seen print in The ARK/Angel Review, Pen & Sword Hypersite, The Blue Moon Review/Blue Penny Quarterly, Amelia, Art & Understanding, GayPlace Magazine, Christopher Street, CONTRA/DICTION: New Queer Male Fiction (Arsenal Pulp Press) and BEST AMERICAN GAY FICTION 1 (Little, Brown/Back Bay Books). He 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.
Visit Aa, Aldo Alvarez's homesite, at http://www.blithe.com/aa/