Denise Duhamel ("The Beast and Beauty" & "How I Met Pinnochio, after He Became a Real Boy") is the author of three chapbooks and three full-length books: Girl Soldier, The Woman with Two Vaginas, and Smile! Her work is included in such magazines as The American Poetry Review, Wormwood Review, and Sheila-Na-Gig.
Lucy Harrison ("Sanctuary's for the Birds") is a graduate student in Library Science at Florida State University in Tallahassee. By day Ms. Harrison answers reference questions at a medical library for paramedics. This is the third story Ms. Harrison has written for Oyster Boy Review.
Jay Jansheski ("Untitled") contributed cover art and other illustrations for OBR 2, 3, 4, 6, and 15. View more of his work at Very Dog!.
Jay Jones ("Pop Dream" & "Guaranteed" & "Mona Lisa") has recently published poems in Abbey, The Plastic Tower, Fault Lines, New Growth Arts Review, Hawaii Review, Cotton Gin, and Misnomer. Mr. Jones lives in Athens, GA, but works and plays drums in a band in Atlanta. He also has a ten-year old wart on his right index finger.
James G. Koch ("Apres le Pluie" & "Inside Information") has appeared in Poet, Eidolon, de Medici, Best Poems of America, Cambridge Review, Glasglow Review, Being, Poetry, and, of course, Oyster Boy Review. Mr. Koch has one book of poetry published, In Grecian Glory; Or The Dawn of Pan, and a chapbook due out this fall, The Homecoming. He served as a Company Commander during the Gulf War. Mr. Koch lives in Pittsboro, NC.
Kevin McGowin ("So It's Me and Cellini, Forging that Gold & Iron Modern World" & "Libras on Paxil"), formerly of Gainesville and then Micanopy, FL, is presently Assistant Editor of Black Belt Press, a publishing company based in Alabama. To date Mr. McGowin has published over 100 poems in numerous magazines, as well as a play and a few short stories. He has been recently commissioned to write a libretto, loosely based on Edison, for the noted composer James Christensen; and, having completed his first full-length book of poems, he's talking with publishers about a 1996 release. Mr. McGowin welcomes correspondence and can be reached in care of Oyster Boy Review, in which, he says, he's proudly appeared twice.
Geoffrey Neal ("a prayer") is currently seeking to publish a small collection of poems entitled Not Even Light. Mr. Neal was contributor, then editor of Ransom Street Magazine, which was laid to rest last year. His work has also appeared in Windlover, the literary magazine of N.C. State University.
Jennifer M. Pierson ("Familiar") was born in New York City in a Times Square hotel. Raised by nuns and old vaudevillians, she takes a seriously comic view of religion. Moondog was her first mentor, and she secretly wishes to return to that sidewalk in front of Carnegie Hall. Ms. Pierson's poems have appeared in Half Tones to Jubilee, Metropolitan, Voices, and Oyster Boy Review.
C. C. Russell's ("What I Wrote Invisible on Your Arm the First Night in the Cave" & "So Now We Turn to the Next Section") poetry has appeared throughout the US and Canada in magazines such as The Black Fly Review, Hiram Poetry Review, Mobius, The Plastic Tower, and Cotton Gin.
Damon Sauve ("Editor's Note") lives in Carrboro, North Carolina.
Christy Sheffield Sanford ("Blown" & "Ermine" & "Swamp") is the author of Italian Smoking Piece, Bride Thrashing through History, The Spasms of a Requiem, Only the Nude Can Redeem the Landscape, The Cowry Shell Piece, and The Kiss. In 1994, Ms. Sanford won the Columbia Magazine Fiction Competition, and in 1995, The White Eagle Coffee Store Press Long Fiction Contest. A new book, Sur les Pointes, is forthcoming from White Eagle Coffee Store Press. Ms. Sanford's work has recently or will shortly appear in Fiction International, Private, Membrane, Central Park, To: A Magazine of Poetry, Prose + Visual Arts and elsewhere. Ms. Sanford was recently a Writer-in-Residence at The University of Toledo. Ms. Sanford currently has two mixed media works on the web: Red Mona and Eye of the Aquifer.
Chris Stafford ("Letter from an Editor" & "Share") works at the YMCA in Greensboro, NC and spends his time and spare change on publishing Cotton Gin, a small collection of songs and poems, stories and art, all run-of-the-mill characters, holding on to hope. Mr. Stafford's favorite line this week: "be an angel if you can see it."
C. E. Whitehead ("The Hitchhikers") has studied with poets John Peck, Richard Pevear, Donald Justice, and with the fiction writer Padget Powell. Ms. Whitehead was Poetry Editor of Pegasus at Mount Holyoke College, and has read poems with the Gainesville Downtown Theater Association. Two more of her poems will appear in the March 1996 issue of Oyster Boy Review. She lives in Gainesville, FL.