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.

Mark Allen
A psychic, writer, and spiritual counselor with his practice based in Seattle, WA. Sessions available upon request.



Aidan Baker
I am a writer and musician from Toronto, Canada. I have had writing published internationally in such magazines as Mind Caviar, The 12 Gauge Review, and Suspect Thoughts (forthcoming). I am the author of a poetry chapbook, The Adventures of Me & You (Eraserhead Press), and a book of poetry, Fingerspelling (Penumbra Press). Website at:



Danielle Boss
I received a full athletic (soccer) scolarship to attend Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. I recently graduated with a BA in Special Education, Specific Learning Disibilities. Next fall I will attend graduate school at Kansas University here in Lawrence. I am presently employed by the Leavenworth County Special Education Cooperative to teach 7th and 8th grade students at Basehor-Linwood Middle School.



Janet I. Buck
She is a two-time Pushcart Nominee and her work has recently appeared in The Pittsburgh Quarterly, The Paumanok Review, Born Magazine, pith, Saothar Portfolio, Poetry Magazine.com, The Eclipse, and Comrades. She is the author of three collections of poetry: Calamity's Quilt, Reefs We Live, and Bookmarks in a Hurricane. Art Villa Records is soon to release her first CD entitled Before the Rose. To read more of Janet's work, go to:
Hot Links: Janet I. Buck.



Julie Cederberg
Julie, native of the Pacific Northwest, has counted influential in her writing, life experiences, family and relationships.  (Not necessarily in that order).  Julie has studied creative writing with Esther Altshul Helfgott, Waverly Fitzgerald, and David Norling (Garbonzo Behnenzahler).



Lou Faber
Louis Faber is a corporate attorney and poet residing in Fairport, NY. He has been writing and publishing for more than ten years and his work has appeared in Exquisite Corpse, The Worcester Review, Borderlands, European Judaism, The Amethyst Review (Canada), Vigil (U.K.) and elsewhere.
Website at:



Kara Fell
I will be 17 years old this month (December). There are many things I do that inspire me to write. I am active in my church youth group, I have played the piano for eight years, I am on my school's swim team, and I am also involved in track and field. I am a member of several clubs as well, Ruritan, a service orginization, I am the secretary of the Spanish club, in the drama club, and an editor on our school newspaper. I have many things to keep me busy, however I try my best to not overlook the little things that are so vital to our happiness. Like love, adventures, and of course, dreams.
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John Fox
John is a poet and certified poetry therapist. He is an associate professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California. He also teaches in the Graduate School of Psychology at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California and the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California. John offers workshops at Esalen and Omega Institutes and throughout the United States in hospitals, churches and schools. He is the author of Finding What You Didn't Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity Through Poem-Making and Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making (Jeremy P. Tarcher/G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1995, 1997). His work is featured in The Soul of Creativity edited by Tona Pearce-Myers and published by New World Library. John is the recepient of the National Association for Poetry Therapy's 1995 Distinguished Service Award. He lives in Mountain View, California.
website: www.poeticmedicine.com



Alan Gann
I am an 18 year transplant to Dallas, Texas from North Carolina and earn my daily bread as a microchip designer. I share my living quaters with two bossy (but loving) cats, am an avid acoustic and world music fan, and an active member of the Dallas Poets Community workshop group. My poems have appeared in many journals including 11th St Ruse, Borderlands, Friends Journal, Expose, and the anthology Other Testaments.



Dana Gerringer
Dana writes because if she stopped, she might cease to exist. Her drug of choice? Adventure! She thanks God everyday for her superhuman powers and loves to hang out at headquarters with all her superfriends. In between working on writing the best thing that will ever be written, she plots the way she may forever escape the daily tedium of survival and write full time. Until then, she has devoted her free time and backyard to her word sanctuary where pieces wounded by red pen and harsh criticism are nursed back onto her pages. She is sorry that Tom Robbins is married, Jeff Buckley is dead, and that Salman Rushdie is probably too old for her.
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Jared Gullage
My name is Jared Gullage.  I am 20 years old and am currently a junior majoring in English and minoring in Spanish at Auburn University in Alabama.  I have been published in The National Library of Poetry's anthology, "Sketches of the Soul," the Poetry Guild's anthology, "The Harvest Season," and in Wellspring: A Journal of Christian Poetry.  My brother, Jason, died in 1997 in a car accident, and I often write poems to remember him.
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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



Mary Harrison
Mary has a Master of Science degree from University of Connecticut. Her poetry and prose have been published in several journals including "Kansas Quarterly," "Midwest Poetry Review," "Mediphors" and "Poetry Motel." She is currently writing a memoir and a book for her son, Scott. She is a retired psychiatric clinical nurse specialist and has four sons.



Coral Hull
Coral was born in Paddington, New South Wales, Australia in 1965. She is a full time writer and visual artist specialising in poetry, experimental prose fiction, prose poetry, literary articles and digital photography. Her work has been published extensively in literary magazines in the U.S.A., Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. She has several books in print currently plus the CDRom titled Remote which features the art work you see here and much more. She is also the Editor of The Book of Modern Australian Animal Poems, an anthology of Australian poets writing about animals from 1900-1999. Coral is an animal rights advocate and the Editor of Thylazine, www.thylazine.org, an electronic literary journal featuring articles, interviews, photographs and the recent work of Australian writers and artists working in the areas of landscape and animals. For full bio see:

Tim Hulley
Tim is a professional website developer and author of three poetry chapbooks: Hopes Are Breadcrumbs, New Chords, and Nestled in Silence. He enjoys celebrating the divine gift of life through poetry, music, and art. Current passions include singing the sacred music of Hildegard Von Bingen and talking with his Grey Parrot companion of 11 years, Sharky, who often reminds him: "Don't worry, be happy."



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.



C. E. Lennon
She resides in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where she edites the online e-zine "The Eclipse." She is a web designer and freelance artist.



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



Linda Lisowski
Linda lives in Erie, PA with her husband Joseph and 6 year old son Yuzi. She has an abiding interest in literature, music, and quantum physics. This is her first published poem.



Carrington MacDuffie
Carrington has published poetry in The Amicus Journal, The Crab Creek Review, PoetsWest, ONTHEBUS and many others. She's a singer, songwriter and multimedia performer, as well as a poet, and frequently performs her poetry in Seattle and Los Angeles. She makes her living as a voiceover actress, specializing in reading books on tape.


Malama MacNeil
I am a native Californian, though I lived five years in community on the south fork of the Shenandoah River (Virginia), and four years in Kailua (Oahu), Hawaii.  I’ve been married thirty years to Hasan; we have five adult children and live now in Chico, California, where I care for Fiona, our middle daughter, do hands-on healing work, and practice taijiquan.  I am currently developing a one-woman performance piece on the theme of the transformative work of grieving which blends poetry, narrative, movement, and exposition. Thank you for reading my poem.  I welcome responses. You can reach me at:



Katie McAllaster Weaver
I am a member of the SCBWI. Most recent sales include WEST WIND REVIEW, HAZMAT,  WRITERS' FORUM, INK BLOTTER, CHANCE, KOTA PRESS, AETHER and THUNDER SANDWICH among others. I also have poems forthcoming in Scholastic, Milkweed and HarperCollins anthologies. This is an exclusive submission.



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:



Janie Moore
Janie is a poet in the midst of change.
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Rebecca Page
A poet her whole life, Rebeccas poetry took on a new form upon the near loss of her sister. During the past four years her collection of poetry has grown to exceed 500 poems. The main themes in her writing are loss and depression, although light is also reflected on occasion. Her dream is to be published.




James Penha
A native New Yorker, James Penha teaches at the Jakarta International School in Indonesia. Among the most recent of his many publications are a story in Columbiaand poems in Thema.A new chapbook of his selected poems is available from Pudding House as part of its “Greatest Hits” series honoring the work of small-press poets.



David L. Sutton
He is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Auburn University. His life partner is Charlotte Decker Sutton, an associate professor in the College of Business at Auburn University. The Suttons have two children (Scott and Alison), one dog (Sandy), and two cats (Princess and Shadow).



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.



Cree Wolfe
I am a singal female...was close to getting married to jessicas father, but he kinda of dissapeared off the face of the earth...anyway I am currently trying to get my life straightened by looking for a job, and keeping it...but I haven't had much luck in that department at all...My life is ok...but not great and right now there are still alot of things I need to work on...I think I might have some clinical depression, but I am working on that, too.







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