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.

Robin Atkins
She moved recently to San Juan Island. Primarily a bead artist, she teaches at the Coupeville Arts Center and for various groups around the country. Robin also creates artist's books which combine beadwork, bookbinding, paper art, and her poetry. She wishes to acknowledge Shelley Tucker as her poetry mentor. robinspoetry@hotmail.com


Dana Gerringer
She is a Seattle poet whose interests vary from performance poetry to natural medicine. She has been published in several Austen Press anthologies and is currently working on her first book which will be published by KotaPress in 2000. If you wish to contact Dana, you can email to the address below, and we'll forward your message to her.

Esther Altshul Helfgott
Esther Altshul Helfgott is an independent scholar and poet. She holds a doctorate in History from the University of Washington, has published extensively and has been teaching writing classes and facilitating workshops for over 20 years. Shelter, as a practical reality and as a metaphor for living in community, is at the core of Esther's thinking. She views the page as a haven, not for the purpose of hiding, but as a means of cultivating that place within the self that works most effectively to bring about real and metaphorical shelter - regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual preference to all who live among us -- the homeless, the mentally ill, the disabled, the different, the old ... Her book-length poem, The Homeless One, about homelessness and schizophrenia, will be published in January 2000 by Kota Press.

Charles Adés Fishman
He served as director of the SUNY Farmingdale Visiting Writers Program for 18 years and was the originator of the Paumanok Poetry Award. His books include Mortal Companions (1977), The Firewalkers (1996), Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust (1991), and The Death Mazurka (Texas Tech, 1989), which was listed by Choice as one of the outstanding books of the year. Fishman currently serves as poetry editor for Gaia (www.whistle.org) and Cistercian Studies Quarterly, and he is a poetry consultant for the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. His many awards include a New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (1995), the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize of the Southern California Anthology (1996), and the Eve of St. Agnes Award from Negative Capability (1999).  fishman@SNYFARVA.CC.FARMINGDALE.EDU

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

Kara L.C. Jones
Writer, poet, editor, publisher, Dakota's mom, Hawk's wife, Nanna's & Jiddu's daughter, friend, sister, lover of life, mourner of death, and her own person.  ladyh@kotapress.com

David Mayfield
He is a recent graduate of the University of Washington, Seattle. He is first and foremost a scientist with an MS in Environmental Health. Most of his poetry contains scientific themes with threads of love and other emotions. He is an novice poet attempting to spread his thoughts across the universe. He has recently started an online journal called GreenWords (www.geocities.com/greenwords). Questions/Comments -- dbmayf@aol.com

Matt Meko (Mekosun)
"I'm an artist who represents my Living/Spirit process through self-reflective projects. Lately, I've been releasing old fears and habits and learning to trust and play again. I live in Seattle, Washington, with my Pookie Mark." Send questions or comments to info@kotapress.com and we'll forward your message to him.

Susan Mello
"I have been taking pictures for quite some time, but I really got passionate about it 8 years ago. I especially enjoy capturing people's natural relaxed selves in black & white portraiture, and capturing nature in all it's glorious displays."

Marjorie Power
She has approximately two hundred and fifty poems published in magazines and journals such as The Atlanta Review, Mississippi Mud, The Seattle Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Puerto Del Sol, Southern Poetry Review, Blue Unicorn, and more poems are forthcoming in Sing Heavenly Muse! and Poet Lore.  Her books include Cave Poems from Lone Willow Press (1998), Tishku, After She Created Men from Lone Willow Press (1996), and Living With It from Wampeter Press (1983).  She lives with her husband in Olympia, Washington.

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 Taylor
Currently married to a goddess of understanding and patience. Blessed with three children, two cats and a pair of budgies. Kevin writes for others to enjoy. He is far too lazy to write for his own pleasure alone. Mumbling has never been recognized as a valid performance art. And so he suffers as no poet should and almost every one does. Published occasionally in both print and photonic journals. Nine months without a cigarette.

Susan Terris
Her book CURVED SPACE was published by the La Jolla Poets Press in January, 1998. In 1999, she has had two new poetry books published: EYE OF THE HOLOCAUST (Arctos Press) and ANGELS OF BATAAN (Pudding House Publications). Other recent books are: KILLING IN THE COMFORT ZONE (Pudding House Publications) and NELL'S QUILT (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). In 1998-99, Ms. Terris was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, won first place in 4 poetry competitions, and was a 2nd place winner or finalist in 16 other national competitions. The Antioch Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Painted Bride Quarterly,Southern California Anthology, Nimrod, and The Southern Poetry Review. On-line she has had work (partial listing) in Recursive Angel, Conspire, Web De Sol, Perihelion, New Works Review, The Blue Penny Quarterly, Blue Moon Review, In Vivo, Switched-on Gutenberg, Kudzu, Gaia, Realpoetik, Thunder Sandwich, Ariga:Visions, Zero City, Wise Women'sWeb, & Zuzu's Petals.

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