Notes on Contributors




John Azrak is the former English Chair at Walt Whitman High School on Long Island. He has a book on alternative education, The Learning Community, and has published poems and short stories widely in literary magazines, most recently, Poetry East, the Santa Clara Review, and the Coe Review.


Annie Dawid is Director of Creative Writing at Lewis & Clark College. Her story, “The Closer You Were, The Less You Knew” won the Glimmer Train Fiction Open and will be published in 2006. Her last book was, Lily in the Desert,  a collection of short fiction, Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her first book, York Ferry, Cane Hill Press, is now in its second printing.  


Phillip Gardner teaches at Francis Marion University, Florence, SC. His most recent work appears in North American Review, Apalachee Review, and Rainbow Curve. He has a collection of stories, Someone To Crawl Back To(Boston, Raleigh).


Maggi Ann Grace is a writer and visual artist in Carrboro, NC. She earned her M.F.A. from UNC-Greensboro. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in magazines and anthologies; her artwork is available in certain galleries, restaurants, and online at Sipping Steam, her nonfiction book about accompanying her partner to India for heart surgery is forthcoming.


Paul Hostovsky's poems have appeared in many magazines including Poetry East, Atlanta Review, Carolina Poetry, Free Lunch, and New Delta. He makes his living as a braille instructor and interpreter for the deaf. He plays a mean harmonica, and has been known to write harmonica poems now and then, such as the one included here.

Katie Kingston is a recipient of the Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Blue Mesa Review, Ellipsis, Lumina, Puerto del Sol, and Southwestern Literaturature. She has taught Spanish and English at middle school, high school, and college levels. She currently lives in Trinidad, Colorado. Katie's poem first appeared in City Art: A Literary Journal, SLC, Utah.

Jackie Davis Martin has been a teacher since she was seven or eight and corralled the local children to sit around her basement blackboard. A three-time NEH Fellow, she has taught and chaired departments in New Jersey and California. Retired now, concentrating on her writing, she still teaches an honors section at Alameda High School and a writing course in San Francisco.

Greg Moglia is a veteran of 27 years as Adjunct Professor of Philosophy of Education at N.Y.U. and 37 years as a high school teacher of Physics, Psychology and Chemistry. His poetry has appeared in Paterson Literary Review, Birgminham Literary Review, Lips, Black Buzzard Review, Chiron, Hazmat, and others. He is a three time winner of the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award sponsored by the Poetry Center at Passaic C.C.

Yolanda Nieves was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1960, and educated at Loyola University and Northeastern Illinois
U. Her stories and poems have been published by Arizona Bilingual Press, Rattlecat Press, De Paul University's Dialogo Magazine, and other presses. She currently teaches developmental reading at Wilbur Wright Community College in Chicago.  


Henry Reed (1914-1986) was born in Birmingham, England, earned a B.A. from the University of Birmingham (1937), worked as a teacher and free-lance writer (1937-1941), and served in the British Army (1941-1942). His early poetry dealt with political events before and during World War II. "Naming of Parts" was based on his frustrating experience in cadet training.


Sapphire currently teaches at Brooklyn College. She has taught creative writing at The New School and Trinity College. She is the author of two books of poetry and a novel. She is working on a new novel and another collection of poetry. She lives in Brooklyn.


Matthew Wolfe will begin his twentieth year of teaching in September 2005.  He is a writer, poet, musician, and the father of a thirteen-year-old daughter, Katie, who also enjoys writing and music.  When he is not creating
or teaching, Matthew can be found twirling wrenchs on his '53 Ford truck.


William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was born in Ireland and educated in both Ireland and London. Much of his poetry and many of his plays reflect his fascination with the history of Ireland, particularly the myths and legends of its ancient, pagan past. Yeats's preeminence as a poet was recognized in 1923, when he received the Nobel Prize for literature.