We'd like to thank everyone for contributing to this issue. We look forward to working with all of you in the future again soon. Be sure to submit your work for the next issue, too! See Journal Guidelines for details.

Heather Arnet
If you wish to contact Heather, send email here to Kotapress and we'll forward it to her asap.

Tom Flynn
Tom has an MA in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is currently a PhD candidate at Pacifica in the same curriculum. His poetry has appeared in a number of anthologies in the Seattle area, mostly recently in Water Colors. His first chapbook of poems, Complexions, was published by Kota Press in 2000. Tom is also an essayist and his most recent work appeared in The New Times. He is a proud father of two children and lives in the Seattle area. If you wish to contact Tom, send email here to Kotapress and we'll forward it to him asap.



He has been singer, composer, and song writer since Hector was a pup.  You can often find him in various Seattle venues performing his music live with his poet wife. 
He also enjoys his day job of creating web sites. If you like what you see here, then you like his work.  He and his wife started KotaPress in memory of their son Dakota. hawk@kotapress.com



Rebecca Hersh
Rebecca Hersh is 15 years old and attends school at Eastern Christian High
School. She lives in Ringwood, New Jersey with her mother and stepfather.
Rebecca has been published only one other time in a teen literary magazine,
as she is oviously a new writer. Rebecca has taken a Creative Writing class
though her school and been though numerous workshops. If you'd like to contact Rebecca, please send us email at info@kotapress.com and we'll get you message right to her.



Trevor Hewett
Trevor Hewett is an Englishman who lives and writes in his native Cornwall.
Published widely in the UK and internationally, he has a short collection of
work - 'The Patchwork Woman' - available from Mockfrog Design Press,




Kara L.C. Jones
Friend to turtles, Speaker of the word "NO!", Tamer of ludicrous thoughts, Mother of a dead child, Goddess of Hawksville, Huntress available for Catwomyn's productions at a moment's notice, and Taker of absolutely no more bullshit.



Alyssa A. Lappen
Ms. Lappen's poems have been published in International Poetry Review, Blueline, Touched by Adoption: Stories, Letters and Poems, (Green River Press, 1999), Ruah: A Journal of Spiritual Poetry, HEArt Quarterly, ForPoetry.com, Kudzu: A Digital Quarterly (www.etext.org/Zines/Kudzu), Switched-on Gutenberg (http://faculty.washington.edu/jnh/), New Works Review (www.new-works.org), Out of Line, Earth Beneath Sky Beyond (Outrider Press, 2000), Major Signs, Poetry & Story magazine (www.poetrystory.com) and she was recently a reader at the Phoenix series in New York. She won honorable mention 2000 New Millennium Writing competition, and has acceptances from The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Poetry Motel and Neovictorian Cochlea. Ms. Lappen was a staff journalist for 25 years for such publications as The New Haven Register, Forbes, Working Woman, Corporate Finance and Institutional Investor. She currently writes for a major money management firm.

Her website is at: http://hometown.aol.com/alyssaalappen/myhomepage/index.html and she can be reached by email at: aalappen@aol.com




Carrington MacDuffie
Carrington MacDuffie is a singer, composer, and multimedia performer whose
poetry has appeared in literary journals across the country, including The
Amicus Journal, The Crab Creek Review, 4th Street and many others. She has
performed extensively at a range of venues in New York, L.A. and the
Northwest, incorporating music, spoken word, painting and visual projection
into her various acts. She holds a B.A in English from Boston University,
and recently received the O'Mara Prize for Literary Creativity. She makes
her living as a voiceover actress, specializing in reading books on tape.
Send email inquiry to us and we'll forward asap.



Lesley McConnell
A native of England, Lesley has spent the last 21 years in Washington State, mostly on an island north west of Seattle. She has now developed webbed feet and a passion for the Internet and ferry boat schedules. Lesley has been writing poetry since she was 8 years old -- when she realized that it was safer than writing a journal because nobody could figure out the meanings. To make up for this childish behavior, as an adult she has tried vociferously to make poems easier to understand. As a volunteer, Lesley takes poetry into the schools and performs "Poetry off the page". Most recently, she organizes poetry 'slams' in the area where participants are given three words and twenty-five minutes to write a poem, at which time they get up and perform it in front of three local judges. Lesley credits these bi-monthly slams with keeping her mental juices flowing. If you wish to contact Lesley, send email here to Kotapress and we'll forward it to her asap.

Susan Mello
She sprouted up in the suburbs of New York City and got the-hell downtown as soon as possible. During her time in New York, she took up black & white photography, and gleefully burned negatives during her 8 years there. City burn-out brought her to the Pacific Northwest to be soothed by plantlife, mountains, and mild weather. Here, creativity bloomed again in the form of musical studies, jazz singing, piano & flute. Baking and gardening became passions. A recent trip to Kenya produced images, sounds, and stories which will be featured in her upcoming website. Comments, questions, requests for prints, mailing list membership to:




Richard Messer
Richard Messer grew up in Glenwood Springs, a small town in the Colorado
Rockies and earned his Ph. D. at the University of Denver. He has pursued
post-graduate work in Analytical Psychology at the C. G. Jung Institute in
Zurich. A poet, fiction writer, and potter he has made his living by
teaching at various colleges. His poetry and fiction have appeared in The
Nation, Psychological Perspectives, The Sun, The Black Warrior Review and
many other magazines. His book of prose and poetry, Murder in the Family,
published by Bottom Dog Press, was awarded the 1996 Nancy Dasher award by
the College English Association of Ohio.
If you'd like to contact Richard, please send a note to info@kotapress.com and we'll pass your message on right away.




Kimberly Sauter
Kimberly was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 1992 at the young age of 26. Cancer was a wake-up call for her and resulted in a complete life transformation. In her pursuit of healing, she found her creative spirit and has since been exploring her feelings through the mediums of poetry, collage, drawing, painting, and writing. In 1999, she married her soul mate and is now living her dreams.
Homepage: My Healing Journey




Todd Schneider
He's a 95% self-taught photographer, 12 years after receiving a 35mm camera for high school graduation. "I've primarily used photography as just another element in other artworks (illustrations, sculptures, graphics, fanzines) but, in recent years, I've been treating it as itself by studying the finer points of the image and experimenting with infrared and recording films. My current, never ending, photo study is collapsing, and consequently disappearing, homestead and farm buildings." He makes his base on the south shores of Bainbridge Island, Washington from where he creates, hikes, cycles, snowboards, travels, and searches out great music.




Terri L. Tanner
40-something, yet eternally young. Wife, mother of two sons, Logan, 11, and Travis, 8. Born in Michigan, live in rural Alabama--can you say "culture shock"? Have been a librarian, hotel sales rep, newspaper reporter, advertising sales person. Currently working in a coffee shop and dreaming of owning my own where all the cool artist types and social outcasts can hang out. If you'd like to contact Terri, please send a note to info@kotapress.com and we'll pass your message on right away.



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