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About The Editors

FELICE PICANO was also a member of the Violet Quill Club. His best known novels are THE LURE, LIKE PEOPLE IN HISTORY, THE BOOK OF LIES and ONYX. Other books are short stories, poetry, co-authorship of THE NEW JOY OF GAY SEX, and three memoirs. His work has appeared in scores of magazines and anthologies (including Blithe House Quarterly -- BHQ1.2, BHQ3.4, and BHQ5.4) and he's been a finalist for many literary awards, including the PEN/Hemingway Award and five Lambda Book Awards. Among his honors are the Ferro-Grumley Award for LIKE PEOPLE IN HISTORY and a 2001 InsightOut Books Honorary Award.


ALDO ALVAREZ is the author of INTERESTING MONSTERS (Graywolf Press), a collection of short fiction. 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. Aldo Alvarez was recently honored by OUT Magazine's OUT 100 list of "gay success stories of 2001".

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About The Designer

STEVE MACISAAC graduated from the Unviersity of New Brunswick in 1994, somehow earning a Master's Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing during those few moments he managed to stray out of the radio station. He spent the next six years working in alternative radio and alternative media before immersing himself in interdisciplinary studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where he is learning how to write with images.

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About The Authors

DONNA ALLEGRA's fiction, poetry and essays have been included in over thirty lesbian/feminist anthologies. Her book of short fiction WITNESS TO THE LEAGUE OF BLOND HIP HOP DANCERS -- a novella and stories (Alyson Books, October 2000) \was a finalist for a Violet Quill Award in 2001. She's currently at work on two novels.


LUCY JANE BLEDSOE is the author of the novel, WORKING PARTS, winner of the1998 American Library Association Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Award for Literature, and of SWEAT: Stories and a Novella. Her new novel, FREE FALL, will be published next year. In 1999-2000, Bledsoe traveled in Antarctica for three months as a recipient of a National Science Foundation Artists & Writers fellowship and is currently working on a novel set there.



TREBOR HEALEY's fiction has appeared in Blithe House Quarterly (BHQ3.3), QUEER DHARMA: Voices of Gay Buddhists (Vol. I and Vol. II), WILMA LOVES BETTY, MAMA'S BOY: Gay Men Write About Their Mothers, SIGNS OF LIFE and BEYOND DEFINITION: New Writing from Gay and Lesbian San Francisco,which he co-edited. He lives in Los Angeles where he has recently completed his first novel, SCAR.

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ANDREW HOLLERAN was a member of the pathbreaking Violet Quill Club, considered co-founders of contemporary gay literature. His novels are DANCER FROM THE DANCE, NIGHTS IN ARUBA, and THE BEAUTY OF MEN. His other books are essays from Christopher Street magazine in GROUND ZERO, and a collection of stories, IN SEPTEMBER THE LIGHT CHANGES. Holleran's fiction and non-fiction have appeared widely in many magazines and he's been a finalist for many literary awards. He received the Ferro-Grumley Award for THE BEAUTY OF MEN and a 2001 InsightOut Books Honorary Award.


JENIFER LEVIN's novels include WATER DANCER, SNOW (nominated for the PEN/Hemingway Award), SHIMONI'S LOVER, and THE SEA OF LIGHT. Her most recent book is a collection of stories, LOVE & DEATH AND OTHER DISASTERS, a Ferro-Grumley award finalist. She received the 2000 Publishing Triangle Judy Grann Award for nonfiction editing, and was a PEN/Hemingway Award finalist. She's written essays for The NewYork Times, MS, The Advocate and Rolling Stone, and taught at the University of Michigan, The Center, and The Writers Voice.


DAVID PRATT has published short fiction, poetry and essays in Blithe House Quarterly (BHQ5.1), The James White Review, A&U, Manifesto, Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly, Lodestar Quarterly, the late, very-much-missed Christopher Street, and other periodicals.  He has read/performed in NYC at the Cornelia Street Café, Dixon Place, Fez, and on WBAI-FM.  He has completed one novel, started another, and is working on two theatre pieces.  He is pleased that his work is appearing alongside that of longtime writing pal, Donna Allegra, and of teacher extraordinaire Jenifer Levin.



ROB STEPHENSON recently co-edited a book of quirky, edgy, gay male erotica with Bill Brent tited TOUGH GUYS, information for it is available at Rob has published poetry in Fish Drum Magazine and non-fiction in Black Sheets and Twist. Two chapbooks, the autobiographical. "Some Notes On Art and Architecture," and the story, "Angel" are available by contacting him at


ANN WADSWORTH's novel LIGHT, COMING BACK was published by Alyson in October 2001, and is a finalist for both the 2002 Stephen Crane First Fiction Award and the 2002 Violet Quill Award. She has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow and a Wellspring Fellow. She lives in Boston.


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