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.

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.



Robert A. Clay
The poem After A While was written for a friend's family after their 35 year old son
was killed by a drunk driver on New Year's Day 1998. It is excerpted here from my new book Within These Walls.






Ruth Daigon
Ruth Daigon, winner from KotaPress Anthology Contest Vol 1, Issue 2, print book to be released in May 2001, former professional singer, now editor/performancepoet and winner of the Ann Stanford Poetry Award, 1997, the Greesnboro Poetry Award, 2000 was founder/editor of Poets On: for twenty years and regular on Internet publications (chapbooks on Web Del Sol, Pares Cum Paribus (Chile), The Alsop Review).... Her latest collections are "The Moon Inside" (Gravity/Newton's Baby) 1999 and forthcoming "Ruth Daigon's Greatest Hits 1970-1990" (Pudding House Publications) plus:

Ruth Daigon's PAYDAY AT THE TRIANGLE (Small Poetry Press, Select Poets
Series) is now available. This book about the Triangle factory fire, In New
York City, in 1911 where 147 young lives were destroyed is a collage of
poetry in the voices of the survivors, the dead, the onlookers, the firemen,
the families...old photos, clippings, news accounts...

TILLIE OLSEN: "Ruth Daigon's poetry gives life to those who perished in the
fire as no one has done before.....poignant and beautifully written
account...makes it a MUST."

STUDS TERKEL: "Ruth Daigon;'s poetic remembrance...touched me as profoundly
as any I've read in years. It brought forth feelings of anger and
sorrow.....It is so contemporary.....a MUST... "

Available from
Ruth Daigon, 86 Sandpiper Circle, Corte Madera, CA 94925
single copy $9.00 (includes postage)




Susan Erickson
Susan Erickson's word for this year is Yeah! as inspired by her two-year-old grandson's approach to life. Her work has appeared in Bellowing Ark, Switched-on Gutenberg, Raven Chronicles, The Lyric and various anthologies.
If you'd like to contact Sue, please send a note to info@kotapress.com and we'll pass your message on right away.






Charles Fishman
Charles will be reading at the KotaPress reading in Seattle on Friday, May 4th at 7pm and at Elliott Bay Book Shop in Seattle at 2 PM on Sat.,the 5th of May. Charles Fishman's books include Mortal Companions, The Firewalkers, Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust, and The Death Mazurka, which was selected by the American Library Association as one of the outstanding books of the year (1989) and nominated for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. His new collection of poetry, Country of Memory, will be published by Rattapallax Press in Spring 2002. He currently serves as Associate Editor of The Drunken Boat, www.thedrunkenboat.com. He is a winner from KotaPress Anthology Contest Vol 1, Issue 2, print book to be released in May 2001.





Gwen Flowers
My husband Henry and I have been married for 22 years. Together we have shared the blessings and sorrows of 12 pregnancies. Seven of our precious children live with us in Miami. They include survivors of placental abruption and tangled cords..the other five wait for our arrival in heaven, where we will meet again.
See more from Gwen at ThemeStream, click here!



Goldie Gendler Silverman
I have been writing non-fiction prose all my life, published by big national presses--textbooks, cook books, outdoors books, work that other people asked for. Now that I have retired from that and am writing for myself, the poems just happened. I am so grateful!
If you'd like to reach Goldie, please send email to info@kotapress.com and we'll get your message to her immediately.






Cathy Gonzalez
I'm me. Idon't know what else to say. I am a college graduate who works for the state of New York as a computer person designing databases for persons with disabilities. I work as an Advocate for persons with disabilities. Poetry has always been an outlet for me to release stress and I have written at least one poem each week for the past 26 weeks to Jason, so he knows how much I love him.
If you'd like to contact Cathy, please send us email at info@kotapress.com and we'll get you message right to her.








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



Max Haynes
Max Haynes is a children's author and illustrator, (at least that's his favorite title) with 12 books published. He has been creating art for greeting cards, t-shirts, books, and a whole range of other products since 1982. Born and raised in Iowa with a degree from the University of Iowa, Max now lives in Minnesota with his lovely wife, Jane and his two exceptional children, Madeline and Riley.





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, Australia.








Katie I.
Katie is mommy to her angel Charles. She enjoys journal writing to help her through the healing process, since losing her son. Katie is working towards a degree in elementary education. She has a dream of someday publishing a children's book and possibly more poetry.
To reach Katie, send email to us at info@kotapress.com and we'll get your message right to her.




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







Joseph Lisowski
From 1986-1996, Joseph Lisowski was Professor of English at the University of the Virgin Islands. He is currently teaching at Mercyhurst College North East, along the shores of Lake Erie. He is a winner from KotaPress Anthology Contest Vol 1, Issue 2, print book to be released in May 2001. Other recent work can be seen in The Cortland Review, Poems Niederngasse, Stirring, Words on a Wire, Serpentine, Poet's Canvas, A Writer's Choice, Born Magazine, The Isle Review, Poetry Repair Shop, Thunder Sandwich, and 2River View. He is currently poetry editor for New Works Review:




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.† Iíve 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:






Stephanie Marottek
Stephanie is a stay home mommy and likes to crochet, make cards, garden and take care of houseplants. She is also involved in our church and enjoys chatting with friends. Stephanie is also the creator of these two sites in memory of Amanda Joy:


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:




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.





Eileen Murphy
I am the oldest of nine children, born in Chicago, but raised in Florida.
Although I have a law degree, I recently moved back to Lakeland, Florida, to
escape the big city (Chicago) and concentrate on writing.

I served as an editorial assistant for RHINO magazine (before my move to
Florida). I also have an M.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia College

I have published poetry in The Louisville Review, Emergence, The Kerf, Poetry
Motel, Neovictorian/Cochlea, George & Mertie's Place, Lonzie's Fried Chicken,
The Post Amerikan and Black Dirt, and short stories in Hair Trigger and
Emergence. I also am a photographer; a black and white photo of mine,
entitled "Bathroom Woman," appeared in Calyx.

Right now I am trying to work on revising a mystery novel tentatively titled
Those Obnoxious People Upstairs..






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.









Kevin M. Simmonds
Kevin M. Simmonds studied music and writing at Vanderbilt University, Mills College and Middle Tennessee State University. His writings have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Bear Review, Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, Folio: A Literary Journal, and the anthology Beyond the Frontier, among others. He teaches in Tono, Japan. He is a winner from KotaPress Anthology Contest Vol 1, Issue 2, print book to be released in May 2001. If you'd like to contact Kevin, please send a note to info@kotapress.com and we'll pass your message on right away.







Leslie Traylor
Leslie Traylor springs from a short line of radical phoenixes and other characters who “do only what they want to”. Shed has just begun to learn to trust the help of others. She lives with her daughter, who mentors her in the fine art of being a child.
If you'd like to contact Leslie, please send a note to info@kotapress.com and we'll pass your message on right away.







Phibby Venable
I live in Abingdon, a small town in southwest Virginia. My poems have been published in Appalachian Journal, the Layman, Afternoon, Poetry Magazine, and various other journals and magazines. Have one chapbook, Indian Wind Song. I work for Appalachian Resources, a small group of women specializing in public relations, project management, and grantwriting. I have several poems appearing in Moondance later this month. At this time I am working on a story, Women of the Round Table.






Allegra Wong
Allegra Wong has a BA in English Literature from Wheaton College (Norton), and has done extensive graduate work in English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University. Her poetry and prose have been published in numerous journals including Modern Haiku, Turnstile, The Montserrat Review, The 2River View, 3rd Bed, Blue Food, Brevity, Oyster Boy Review, KotaPress Journal, and (Harvard) Scriptorium. She teaches poetry, haibun, and autobiography at Writers On The Net, lives in Boston, and has one son. She is a winner from KotaPress Anthology Contest Vol 1, Issue 2, print book to be released in May 2001. If you'd like to contact Allegra, please send a note to info@kotapress.com and we'll pass your message on right away.




Lisa M. Zaran
I am a poet and essayist residing in Mesa, AZ with my husband and two children. When not writing I work for the Phoenix Branch of a national brokerage house. My father, who passed away five years ago, inspired this piece of writing.
If you wish to contact Lisa, send a note to us here at info@kotapress.com and we'll be sure to pass your message along right away.



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