Jeffery Beam ("Forbidden Words: Selected Poetry, by Eugénio de Andrade" & "Various Works by Dylan Thomas" & "250 Grams of Poetry, by Spike Hawkins" & "Selected Poems and Prose, by Paul Celan" & "Voices, by Antonio Porchia & Transparence of the World, by Jean Follain" & "Various Works by John Martone" & "The Selected Poems, by Denise Levertov" & "The Collected Poems, Kathleen Raine" & "Minima St., by Joseph Massey" & "The Complete Poems, by Kenneth Rexroth") is the poetry editor for OBR.
David Berthy ("All the Girls") recently moved from Missoula, Montana, where he was studying fiction, back to Los Angeles. He has published a story in the Greensboro Review, and his work was included in the Doublewide Press anthology L.A. Under the Influence: Twenty Los Angeles Writers and their Influences.
Michael Estabrook ("Two Poems") is "a medievalist at heart (and by training) disillusioned with the modern world, particularly with the materialism and mercantilism bludgeoning life, smashing our brains into the ground, our hearts into dust."
Jonathan Greene ("Three Poems") is the author of over twenty books, the most recent from Mountains & Rivers and Longhouse Presses. His next book, Fault Lines, and his correspondence with Thomas Merton should be published in 2004.
Reginald Harris ("Home Movies of Narcissus, by Rane Arroyo" & "Beyond the Water Dance, by L. Teresa Church" & "Mahrem—Things Men Should Do for Men: A Suite for O, by Edward Foster") is the author of Ten Tongues: Poems (Three Conditions Press, 2002) and head of the Information Technology Support Department at the Pratt Library in Baltimore, Maryland.
Lucy Harrison ("Liars and Saints, by Maile Meloy") lives in Tallahassee, Florida. She is currently at work on her second novel.
Michael Hetherton ("Tool Push") lives and writes in Saskatchewan, Canada. His stories have appeared in the likes of the Greensboro Review, Northwest Review, Event, South Dakota Review, and Grain Magazine. His collection of short stories, Grasslands, was released in 2003 by Coteau Books.
Josh Hockensmith ("Haiku: Poetry Ancient and Modern, by Jackie Hardy & The Japanese Haiku, by Kenneth Yasuda") is a writer, translator, and book artist who lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He was editor of the journal South by Southeast: Haiku & Haiku Arts from 1998-2000 and still serves as a contributing editor.
A. C. Koch ("The Everything-Goes Garage Sale of My Love") lives in central Mexico where he teaches English and edits fiction for Zacatecas (www.zacatecas.org). He won the 2003 Raymond Carver Short Story Award. He recently finished a novel about puppeteers in Paris, called Things Fit Together.
John Martone's ("Ancient Teachers") work appears under his imprint, Dogwood & Honeysuckle. He is the editor of Frank Samperi's selected poems, Spiritual Necessity, from Station Hill.
Robert McDonald's ("In Pursuit of What Happiness There Is") work has appeared in Mudfish, New York Quarterly, Rhino, Red Cedar Review, and many other zines and literary journals.
Jeff Moss ("The Power of the Universe is in the Mind") lives with his wife Peggy and son Ian in Southern California. He has been a musician, truck driver, psychiatric nurse, and presently is a schoolteacher.
Patricia Moyer ("Fresco: Selected Poetry, by Luljeta Lleshanaku" & "Echoes of Memory, by Lucio Mariani") is a visiting scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She taught English literature, creative writing, and women's studies at the University of Exeter in the U.K. for about 500 years before taking early retirement. Publications include poems of women speaking in Vermeer paintings, an edition of Anne Treneer's Cornish autobiographies, and essays on the use of Euripides by Hilda Doolittle and Wole Soyinka.
David Need ("The Blue Hour, by Carolyn Forche" & "Taping Images to Walls, by Dan Stryk") is a poet and teacher who lives in Durham, North Carolina, with wonderful wife, son, and cats.
David Preece ("Let Those Who Appear, by Kazuko Shiraishi") lives in Northamptonshire, England, where he works with autistic children and writes poetry. He is researching for his Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham.
Claudio Parentela ("Four Untitled Drawings") is a painter, illustrator, mail artist, and cartoonist whose work has been published online and in magazines from around the world.
Priyadarshi Patnaik ("Emergence") is a faculty, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He writes poems, fictions, and metafictions, and translates from Oriya to English. He has published two books of poems, a book of criticism, and a number of poems, stories and papers in national and international journals.
Matthew Raymond ("The Muddy Season") is a drop-out of Columbia University's M.F.A. program. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Euphony, Permafrost, and a few other places.
Mark Allen Roberts ("A Palpable Elysium: Portraits of Genius and Solitude, by Jonathan Williams") writes at his home in Virginia and teaches literature and writing at Virginia Intermont College. He is poetry editor of the online journal Nantahala: A Review of Writing and Photography from Appalachia (www.nantahalareview.org).
Andrea Selch ("Twentieth-Century Valentines") has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Ph.D. in English from Duke University. Her chapbook, Succory, was published by Carolina Wren Press in 2000. She lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with her partner and their two children, and one dog, two cats, and a horse.
Reginald Shepherd's ("I Will Say Beauty, by Carol Frost" & "Spar, by Karen Volkman") fourth book of poems, Otherhood, was published in spring 2003 by the University of Pittsburgh Press. He lives and writes in Pensacola, Florida, where the live oaks and magnolias are evergreens.
Corvin Thomas ("Blues for Cannibals, by Charles Bowden"): "46 years old, husband, father of a son and a baby due in February. Work: televsion news reporter 'in the heartland.' Stories: OBR, Appalachian Heritage, Heist, The Sun, Occupationalharzard (i think)."
Karen Trimbath ("You Shall Know Our Velocity, by Dave Eggers") is a freelance writer who recently hung out with John Updike's former high school classmate while researching an article about Pennsylvania writers and their hometowns. She has an M.F.A. in Fiction from Penn State.