of young artists, JARRETT WALKER rode his stepfather's shoulders through
Vietnam war protests carrying his own handwritten signs, which always had too
many words to be read from a distance. Throughout his youth, he helped sell jewelry
and batik in craft fairs across the Pacific Northwest, which led logically to
a B.A. in Mathematics (Pomona College), a Ph.D. in Drama and Humanities (Stanford),
and a career as a city planning consultant. His work on Shakespeare's Coriolanus
appeared in the Summer 1992 Shakespeare Quarterly, while his current book
project, HUMAN TRANSIT: Public Transportation for a Civilized World, emerges with
difficulty through a stream of ruminative travel writing. Eligible but not desperate,
he spends his spare time scouring cafes for literati, hiking the Cascades, and
maximizing the oxygen output of Portland's smallest Japanese garden, also known
as his front yard. He guest-edited the Cascadian
Issue of Blithe House Quarterly.|
For a sampling of his travel writing and essays on the idea of place, visit http://members.aol.com/sitingsessays/.
SHERYL FOWLER is currently slinging books at one of those horrifying chain stores deep in the wilds of suburban Virginia. Her work has appeared in Blithe House Quarterly and Aubade, and her snide comments about the work of others regularly appears in the Lambda Book Report. When asked to comment on herself, she said "Huh?" Her work was previously featured in Volume 1, Number 2, Volume 2, Number 1, Volume 2, Number 2, Volume 2, Number 3 and Volume Four, Number 1 of Blithe House Quarterly.
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.
BENSUSSEN has published poems in Blue Mesa Review, Sinister Wisdom,
Earth's Daughters and other journals, and has published stories in EARLY
EMBRACES II and BEGINNINGS,
both edited by Lindsey Elder.|
MATTHEW LOREN COHEN is a twenty-four-year-old composer and improvisational pianist who performs frequently in New York, where he lives. More of his written work will appear in MTV's PIECES, a short story compilation to be published in August 2000. Additionally he is co-creator and co-editor of Tapioca. "Toys" is his first published work.
DREW FERGUSON says: My work's appeared in Blithe House Quarterly (which I swear is the only journal committed to short fiction and to taking risks) (Volume 1, Number 2 and Volume 2, Number 4), The James White Review, The Great Lawn, Hair Trigger (issues 19, 20, and 21), and other places. I live in Chicago, and hold an MFA in creative writing from Columbia College.
NANCY FERGUSON is a native Chicagoan lesbian writer who lives alone with 852 books and not a single cat. She went to college back during the beginning of the deconstructionist movement in literary criticism, and has been running away from academia ever since. She works in bars to support her writing habit, where she steals characters and conversations verbatim, without the need to ever be creative, and changes names to protect the guilty. Her raunchy lesbian humor articles can be found occasionally at Lesion Nation, an online humor site. She can be reached at email@example.com.
JENNIFER NATALYA FINK is the author of a novel, THE MIKVEH QUEEN, for which she won the Dana Award for the Novel, and is co-editor (with May Joseph) of PERFORMING HYBRIDITY (Minnesota: 1999). Her new novel, BURN, is about America's favorite pastimes: persecuting Jewish communists and female pedophiles. She is Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute, and has published her short fiction in a variety of lesbigay publications.
Visit Jeniffer Fink's site at http://www.gorillapress.com.
FRANKIE HUCKLENBROICH pursued a wild and predominantly illegal life as a street butch for twenty years. Since 1980, she has 'turned respectable', acquiring a college degree, working in the corporate world, and writing passionately about the often-invisible lesbian women she knows so well. Her work may be found in the anthologies CHLOE PLUS OLIVIA, WOMEN ON WOMEN 3 and THE PERSISTENT DESIRE: a femme/butch reader, as well as LESBIAN POETRY: an anthology and SPEAKING FOR OURSELVES: American Ethnic Writing, a college textbook. Her critically acclaimed (and admittedly-autobiographical) first novel A CRYSTAL DIARY -- published by Firebrand Press -- was an Amazon.com gay and lesbian editors' choice, received a two-page review in The Lesbian Review of Books, and was one of five nominations for a Lammy in lesbian fiction in 1998.
(Additional reviews, an excerpt from A CRYSTAL DIARY and a photo may be found at http://www.mindspring.com/~honorine/Crystal_diary.html)
Now disabled, Frankie Hucklenbroich lives in Atlanta, plans a return to California soon, and is beginning to write again. Her work was previously featured in Volume 3, Number 4 and Volume 4, Number 1 of Blithe House Quarterly.
ALEX JOSEPH (BSALJO@aol.com) lives in New York City, where he teaches fiction for the Gotham Writers' Workshop, and is a staff writer for F.I.T. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The James White Review, The Evergreen Chronicles, and the online magazine When Falls the Coliseum. His essay, "Throwing up on Mary Gaitskill" is forthcoming on Salon.com.
Check out Alex Joseph's home on the web at http://hometown.aol.com/BSALJO/index.html
GABRIEL LAMPERT says: "I live in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where I teach statistics, mathematics, and Jewish literature at New Mexico State University. I had heard stories about a man who died fighting a fire in a New Mexico town, whose hero status was revoked when the town (not Las Cruces) found out too much about him. It was impossible not to write this story. The narrator and his family are my invention." His work previously appeared in Volume 3, Number 2.
Visit Gabriel Lampert's pages at http://www.jhat.com/poems.htm
DAVID MUELLER is a 13 year resident of San Francisco, California, where he lives in paralyzing fear of losing his reasonably priced apartment. His short, short stories have appeared in QUICKIES and QUICKIES 2, and he is the former West Coast correspondent to My Comrade magazine. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Born in 1967, VAL ZOMMER is based in London, works in Germany and dreams about New York. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art, UK, Val has embarked on an undistinguished career as an advertising creative. Currently responsible for several dubious campaigns all over Europe.