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Charles Alexander's books of poetry include Hopeful Buildings (Chax Press, Tucson, 1990) and arc of light / dark matter (Segue Books, New York, 1992), Pushing Water: parts one through six (Standing Stones Press, Morris, MN, 1998), and Pushing Water: part seven (Chax Press, Tucson. 1998), and Four Ninety Eight to Seven (Meow Press, San Diego, 1998). He edited Talking the Boundless Book: Art, Language, & the Book Arts (Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1996). He is the founder and director of Chax Press in Tucson, Arizona.

Jefferson Carter has lived in Tucson, Arizona for 47 years, the last 15 of them with his wife and son. He is currently the Writing Department Chair at Pima Community College. He has been previously published in Carolina Quarterly, Salt River Review, and Kimera. His chapbook Tough Love won the Riverstone Poetry Award in 1993.

Brigham Dimick is the art editor of CrossConnect. He teaches at the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania and at St. Joseph's University.

Kevin Dolgin is originally from New York, but has lived in and around Paris for most of the past fifteen years. He has been published in "Zoetrope All Story Extra", and has upcoming work in The Berkley Fiction Review in January. In addition, Kevin recently published a novel excerpt in the web-based Absinthe Literary Review.

Bill Embly has covered a wide scope of occupations in his lifetime: journalist, bartender, baker, route driver, fiction editor, and most recently -- for the last twelve years -- a bookseller. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has published work in The Gorey Detail (Ireland), Green's Magazine (Canada), Palo Alto Review, RE:AL, and many others. He has upcoming work appearing in Cicada, Zero Hour, The Prague Revue (Czech Republic), and more.

Leonard Gontarek's poetry has appeared recently in American Writing, Poetry Northwest, The Quarterly, and Exquisite Corpse. He was awarded a poetry fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 1994, and recently published a book of his poems, Van Morrison Can't Find His Feet (Spring, 1996).

Davin Granroth is a creative non-fiction writer living in East Lansing, MI with his wife and their plant George. Davin has studied creative writing at Michigan State University, and is employed by the MSU Division of University Relations as their Web Coordinator.

Halvard Johnson is a regular contributor to CrossConnect. Four poetry collections now out of print are archived online at the Contemporary American Poetry Archive and has had recent poetry published at Poetry New York; Gargoyle; War, Literature & the Arts; The Florida Review; and Confrontation; as well as online at Salt River Review; Blue Moon Review; Crania; For Poetry; Riding the Meridian; and Pares Cum Paribus (Chile). He and his wife Lynda Schor, who writes fiction and teaches fiction writing at the Lang College of the New School University and is also a visual artist, divide their lives between Baltimore and New York City.

Alex Joseph has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and his work has appeared in The James White Review and The New York Times.

Patrick Kelly lives and works in Philadelphia. He is a regular contributor to CrossConnect. His work also appears in Lip Magazine and American Poetry Review's, Philly Edition.

Dorianne Laux is the author of three collections of poetry from BOA Editions: Awake (1990), What We Carry (1994), and Music in the Morning (forthcoming, spring 2000). She is also co-author, with Kim Addonizio, of The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry (Norton), and is Associate Professor and Director of the University of Oregon's Program in Creative Writing. She also judged this year's AWP Poetry competition for a first book of poems.

Patrick Lawler's poetry has been published in many well-regarded journals across the country, including The Iowa Review, Shenandoah, and The New York Times Book Review. He has been awarded a grant from the New York State Foundation for the Arts, and in 1991 received a fellowship from the NEA. He is an associate professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, teaching courses in writing, creativity, and literature.

Hank Lazer received an A.B degree in English from Stanford University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English from the University of Virginia. A Professor of English at the University of Alabama where he has taught since 1977, Lazer is Assistant Dean for Humanities and Fine Arts. Lazer has published widely, including a collaboration with poets Charles Bernstein and James Sherry. Lazer's books include Doublespace: Poems 1971-1989 (Segue) and INTER(IR)RUPTIONS (Generator Press).

Teresa Leo is an electronic publications specialist at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Philadelphia Inquirer, Painted Bride Quarterly, among other places. She is an advisor to CrossConnect, and a regular contributor to the magazine.

Aaron Levy is a writer, photographer and this year's resident and junior fellow at the Kelly Writers House. He has a photography exhibit open for November at Fox Gallery, here at the University of Pennsylvania, and a forthcoming book of visual prose poetry from Handwritten Press.

Daniel Lipowitz graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 from the Graduate School of Education. He currently teaches English, Creative Writing, and Film at Unionville High School in Chester County, PA. In addition to writing, he directs plays at the school, and has produced a children's album, "Music for Little Humans", contributing four songs to the recording.

Mark Lueders graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 from the Graduate School of Fine Arts. For the past four years he has been a full-time lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, currently building a Clay program with the Department of Fine Arts. Mark's work has most recently been exhibited in The Philadelphia Foundation Group Show and NCECA Clay National.

Michael Lunney currently lives in New York City and has been published in recent issues of The Indiana Review, The Global City, and The Chariton Review. Michael has produced a number of plays in New York, most recently "God is Cat Spelled Backwards" at Synchronicity Space.

Daniel Meltz resides in New York City. His work has been published in American Poetry Review, Mudfish, and other journals.

Robert Miltner is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Kent State University, Stark Campus, in Canton, Ohio. His poems have appeared in The Prose Poem: An International Journal, The New York Quarterly, key satch(el), and Birmingham Poetry Review. He is the author of three chapbooks of poems: The Seamless Serial Hour (Pudding House), On the Off-Ramp (Implosion), and Against the Simple (Kent State University Press). Against the Simple won the Wick Chapbook Award.

Sheila E. Murphy's Letters to Unfinished J. will appear in 2000 from Sun & Moon Press. Also scheduled for release this coming year is The Indelible Occasion from Potes & Poets Press. This fall, she is appearing in the annual Brisbane Writers Festival in Queensland, Australia. Additional upcoming performances within Arizona include collaborative concerts of poetry and celtic harp music with harpist Megha Morganfield. For the past twelve years, Murphy has coordinated the Scottsdale Center for the Arts Poetry Series.

Gil Ott is a widely published essayist, poet, and editor of Singing Horse Press. He is the author of 11 books of poetry, and has won several awards, including fellowships from the Headlands Center for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Most recently, he has published The Whole Note, by Zasterle, and his complete Traffic will appear soon from Chax. In addition, the University of Pennsylvania's Kelly Writer's House Philly Talks is preparing a special issue on his work, and Gil's Singing Horse Press will soon publish its twentieth book, Norman Fischer's Success.

Standard Schaefer, a native of Texas, currently lives in Los Angeles where he received his BA from Occidental College and his Master's from USC. He is founder and co-editor of the literary magazine RHIZOME: A Language You Can Think and a co-editor of RIBOT. NOVA, his first book, was chosen by Nick Piombino for the 1999 National Poetry Series. It will be published by Sun & Moon Press. His first chapbook WALTZING THE MAP has just come out by a+bend. He teaches at East L.A. Community College and at Otis School of Art and Design.

Michael Schwartz is an engineering student at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been previously published in Pif Magazine.

Peter Jay Shippy lives and works in Massachusetts. His work has appeared in The Denver Quarterly, Epoch, Ploughshares, and Rosebud.

Ryan G. Van Cleave is a freelance photographer originally from Chicago, and his poetry has appeared in recent issues of Slant, Willow Review, Oxford Magazine, and Poems & Plays. He has new poems forthcoming in Maryland Review, Quarterly West, Mid-American Review, and Southern Humanities Review. Ryan is also the poetry editor for Sundog: The Southeast Review, and he serves as a coordinator for the annual "World's Best Short Short Story" competition.

Josh Wallaert is an undergraduate at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. His poems and essays have appeared in Alternatives, Imbroglio, and The Hearthfire Journal. His work has recieved awards from the Oregon State Poetry Association.

Carole Waterhouse has a Ph.D. in 20th Century Literature from Ohio University and an MFA in Fiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently teaches creative writing at California University of Pennsylvania, and has been published in The Massachusetts Review, The Artful Dodge, Ceilidh, Ball State University Forum, Eureka Literary Magazine, and Half Tones to Jubilee.

Gerald R. Wheeler was born in Columbus, Ohio. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is a retired criminal justice administrator, the author of Counter Deterrence (Nelson-Hall), contributed a chapter in Faces of Delinquency (Prentice-Hall) and authored over 50 professional publications. He lives in Katy, Texas. His fiction and poetry have appeared or is forthcoming in Pivot, Poetry Depth Quarterly, JAMA, RE:AL, descant, Small Pond, Whole Notes, Black Bear Review, Aethlon, and Concho River Review.

D. W. Young currently lives in New York City and is working on his first novel.

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