TISA BRYANT was born in Tucson, AZ, and was raised in Boston and Plymouth, MA. She was a member of the Dark Room Collective in Boston/Cambridge, MA, which hosted a literary series and writing workshops focused on African diasporic culture. In 2004, she earned an MFA from Brown Universitys Program in Literary Arts. Ms. Bryants writing has recently appeared in Bombay Gin, Cross Cultural Poetics, Curve, Hatred of Capitalism, Long Journey Home, Mosaic, SHORT FUSE: The Global Anthology of New Fusion Poetry, Step Into a World and in gallery/museum shows for visual artist Laylah Ali. She is the author of a chapbook, TZIMMES, from A+Bend Press. A novella, Letters to Regret, and a prose project, [the curator], are forthcoming. She is co-editor of the new annual publication, Encyclopedia. Tisa made her BHQ debut as a fiction writer in BHQ3.2 and served as our in-house women's fiction editor in 2001 and 2002.
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 will be 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.
Visit Aldo Alvarez's homesite at http://www.blithe.com/aa/
Kurt Heintz' interview with Aldo Alvarez
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 novel, ENOUGH, was published in June 2004. More info can be found at http://www.pearlstreetpublishing.com. His work has appeared in Blithe House Quarterly (BHQ6.3), Riverbabble, Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly and Tatlin's Tower. He lives in London.
LISA ALVARADO is a poet, performer, and installation artist, focusing on identity, spirit, and the body. She is the founder of La Onda Negra Press , and is author of RECLAMO and THE HOUSEKEEPER'S DIARY, originally a book of poetry and now a one-woman performance, and is the recipient of grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs, The NEA, and the Ragdale Foundation. The Housekeeper's Diary, which dealt with her experiences as a domestic for one of Chicago's wealthiest families, premiered nationally in Washington, D.C. in 2001, as a co-production with Sol y Soul and Gala Hispanic Theater. In March of 2002, The Housekeeper's Diary had its Chicago premiere to critical acclaim, under the auspices of Insight Arts. She has performed through out the U.S. and in Ajijic, Jalisco in Mexico. Lisa and her work has been featured in the Chicago Reader, The Chicago Tribune, Windy City Times/En La Vida, Latino USA/National Public Radio, and Public Radio International. Lisa is completing her first novel SISTERCHICAS, along with co-authors Ann Hagman-Cardinal; and Jane Alberdeston-Coralin. SISTERCHICAS is a coming-of-age-story about 3 Latinas in Chicago, and has just been purchased by Penguin/NAL.
NONA CASPERS serves as Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University. Her fiction has appeared recently in The Iowa Review, Cimarron Review, and Salt Hill Literary Review. Her work has been honored with an Iowa Fiction Award from The Iowa Review, a Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Grant and Award and a Barbara Demming Memorial Award.
At twenty-seven years old, EMBRIALLA CHASE has worked on tug boats, lived in London for a time and has driven through the Wendy's drive-thru naked on at least one occasion. She makes her home in New York City where she is currently working on a novel.
C. BARD COLE is the author of BRIEFLY TOLD LIVES (St. Martin's Press), a collection of short stories. Currently he lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is hard at work on a collage project involving stuffed animals and discarded cemetery flowers, as well as a master's thesis. Bard's His weekly diary may be read online at http://www.cbardcole.com. C. Bard Cole's short stories have been previously featured in BHQ1.1, BHQ2.4, BHQ4.1, and BHQ7.2.
JOHN KEENE is the author of ANNOTATIONS (New Directions) and, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, of the chapbook SEISMOSIS (Center for Book Arts). A 2003 Fellow in Poetry from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, he teaches at Northwestern University.
ANA M. LARA is a writer and performance artist, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic of American and Dominican parents. Her work focuses on modern day dilemmas resulting from the Middle Passage between Africa and the Caribbean. She has published essays including "Spirit of the Ancestors" in Canadian Women's Studies Journal (July 2004), and several works in progress for the new anthologies: YO HABLO, YO SOY, Y QUE! and DOMINICAN LESBIANS/LESBIANAS DOMINICANAS. Currently she and the artist Wura-Natasha Ogunji are running the performance piece Dinner at the Crossroads.
ALI LIEBEGOTT's book-length poem, THE BEAUTIFULLY WORTHLESS, will be published in February 2005 by Suspect Thoughts Press. She's currently finishing a novel, THE IHOP PAPERS, and an illustrated novel, THE CRUMB PEOPLE. She teaches creative writing at UCSD and basic reading and writing skills at San Ysidro Adult School.
ROB NIXON is a freelance writer, playwright and filmmaker based in Atlanta. His writing has appeared in such publications as James White Review, Southern Voice, Southern Exposure, and many others. His plays -- among them Casse-Tete, Kiss It All Goodbye, Mantrap, You Belong to Me, and the theatrical version of The Lies of Handsome Men -- have been produced in Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, Birmingham, and Tallahassee, FL. His new play, Heartbreak will be produced at Atlanta's PushPush Theater early in 2005. Rob also coordinates the Dailies Project, a collaborative film/video/theater endeavor at PushPush, where he is the Producing Artistic Associate.
JOHN REOLI graduated in 1992 from Carnegie Mellon with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. His fiction has previously been published in Pittsburghs Out, The Oakland Review, The James White Review and Harrington Gay Mens Fiction Quarterly. His one-act play One Seat in the Shade was produced in the inaugural season of the Pittsburgh Pride Theater Festival at the Penn Avenue Theatre in June, 2004. He is currently working on other stories, poetry and plays. He lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
KATE SCHATZ is a Californian temporarily living in Rhode Island where she attends Brown University as an MFA candidate in fiction. She is a co-founder and editor of Encyclopedia, a multifarious annual publication. At the moment, points of interest include violence, speeches, cats, celebrity information, and the television. Her work can be read in LTTR, Bitch!, Kitchen Sink, Roux, Red Wheelbarrow, and many others. Locate Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOSHUA THOMPSON lives in the Puget Sound region. Like all good Washingtonians of his generation, his free moments are consumed by musical pursuits. His writing has appeared in a number of places, some reputable, others not. Most often they are published under the names of his own characters. He is currently working on a novel but is not sure who is writing it.
RONALDO V. WILSON holds an MA from New York Universitys Creative Writing Program, an AB from the University of California at Berkeley, and is currently a doctoral candidate and MAGNET Presidents dissertation year fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he is writing his dissertation: Black Bodies Black Field(s): 20th Century and Contemporary Poetics of the Black Body in African American Poetry and Visual Culture. He was a 1999-2000 winter poetry fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and has held residencies in poetry at Cave Canem, Squaw Valley, the Vermont Studio Center and with NEAs WritersCorps. He is also co-founder of the Black Took Collective. His poetry and prose appear most recently in BEYOND THE FRONTIER: African American Poetry for the 21st Century, Corpus, Fence, Harvard Review, Interim, Nocturnes (re)view of the Literary Arts and Provincetown Arts.
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