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Alice Ayers has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Her work can be seen in the upcoming issue of Other Voices #31 this spring.

Dennis Barone's newest book is Temple of the Rat, a novella from Left Hand Books.

Jason DeBoer currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, where he is creating a new literary and philosophical publishing house called Trembling Sun Press. He is the managing editor of Eighteenth-Century Studies, an academic journal based at Northwestern University. His work has recently appeared in numerous journals, including The Barcelona Review, Rampike, Libido, and The Absinthe Literary Review. At the moment he is working on Stupor, his debut novel.

Kyle Conner received his M.A. in creative writing from Temple University in 1995, where he studied with Toby Olson and Rachel Blau Duplessis. In the summer of 1998 he published a first chapbook, entitled Songs for South St. Bridge. He has poems and book reviews published in MASS AVE and St. Mark's Poetry Project Newsletter and work forthoming in BIVOUAC, The Hat, Brooklyn Review Online and Oyster Boy Review. He co-curates the Highwire Reading Series in Philadelphia, and has taught several semesters of remedial and college composition at Temple and Community College of Philadelphia.

Tom Devaney is author of The American Pragmatist Fell In Love (Banshee Press 1999). His poems are included in American Poetry: The Next Generation and in the catalogue for "Greater New York" at the P.S. 1 art space. His prose has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Poetry Flash and Poets & Writers Magazine.

Linh Dinh is the author of a chapbook of poems, Drunkard Boxing (Singing Horse Press 1998) and a soon-to-be-released collection of short stories, Fake House (Seven Stories Press 1999). His stories, poems and translations have appeared in recent issues of New American Writing, Chicago Review, Sulfur, Denver Quarterly, American Poetry Review, New York Stories and VOLT.

Annette C. Earling is managing editor of CrossConnect and publishes an occasional column in the Philadelphia City Paper.

Charles Coleman Finlay's poems have appeared recently in The Bitter Oleander, Ekphrasis, Rattle and elsewhere.

Greg Fuchs is the author of Came Like It Went (Buck Downs Books, Washington, D.C. 1999) and Uma Ternura (Canvas and Companhia, Porto, 1998). He has work in Thus Spake The Corpse: An Exquisite Corpse Reader 1988-1998 (Black Sparrow Press, California, 1999). He is a member of subpress, a collective of writers, dedicated to publishing poetry. Currently, he is editing a forthcoming volume of poetry, After School Session, by Brett Evans. He coordinates, with Kyle Connor, the Highwire Gallery Reading Series (Philadelphia).

Amy Holman has previously been published in 4th Street, Zone 3, Literal Latte, The Metropolitan Review, The Brooklyn Review Online, The Best American Poetry 1999, and is forthcoming in Poet Lore. She directs the Literary Horizons Program at Poets & Writers and write articles on publishing issues.

Wrenford Jones holds an MA in English from the University of Alabama and an MFA in Film Production from American University. His screen credits include Austin Powers II, Cookie's Fortune, more than 60 episodes of Xena and Hercules, and award-winning shorts. This is his first short-fiction publication.

Ron Klein specializes in sculptural assemblages of ordinary objects. He is also known for his fascination with exotic places. His recent work, under the exhibition title Burmese Nature, melded two distinct cultures - American and Burmese.

Teresa Leo is a contributing editor for CrossConnect and The American Poetry Review, and a staff writer for Lip Magazine. Her work has recently appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia City Paper, Painted Bride Quarterly, APR, and the anthology Whatever It Takes: Women on Women's Sport (FS&G, 1999).

Stuart Lishan has work published or scheduled to appear in magazines such as Arts & Letters, Kenyon Review, Boulevard, Chicago Review, and American Literary Review.

Marek Lugowski is a contributing editor for CrossConnect. He is the editor of A Small Garlic Press and co-edits Agnieszka's Dowry.

Michael Magee is a contributing editor for CrossConnect and founding editor of COMBO. He is finishing his dissertation "Emancipating Pragmatism: Emerson, Jazz and Experimental Writing," at Penn, and has new poems out or due to appear in Cafe Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Ixnay, The East Village Poetry Web and 6ix.

Phil Metres has poems and translations of Russian poets published in numerous journals, including Artful Dodge, Crab Orchard Review, Field, Glas, Luna, Modern Poetry in Translation, New Orleans Review, Ploughshares, and in the anthology In the Grip of Strange Thoughts: Russian Poetry in a New Era (Zephyr Press, 1999). He has just completed A Kindred Orphanhood: Selected Poems of Sergey Gandlevsky.

Joseph Millar has poems that can be found in recent editions of Ploughshares, New Letters, Shenandoah, Passages North, and Doubletake. He lives in Oregon.

Ben Miller's fictions, poems and essays have appeared in many publications and new work can be found in recent or upcoming issues of McSweeneyıs, Other Voices, Seneca Review, VOLT, First Intensity, Spinning Jenny, Web Del Sol, New York Stories, American Letters & Commentary, Fence, Century, The Montserrat Review, and Happy. In addition, he has co-authored an adaptation of Alfred Jarry's "Ubu sur la Butte," mounted in 1999, at The Medicine Show theater in New York City. His awards include a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His work has also appeared in issue v4i3 of CrossConnect.

K. Silem Mohammad has work in recent or forthcoming issues of Kenning, Combo, Rhizome, and 9 to 0. His serial poem hovercraft will be published this Summer as a single-author chapbook issue of Kenning.

Rick Moody's novels are Garden State (Pushcart Press, 1992), The Ice Storm (Little, Brown & Co., 1994), and Purple America (Little, Brown & Co., 1997). He also has a collection of stories, The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven (Little, Brown & Co., 1995), and has co-edited, with Darcey Steinke, the anthology Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited (Little, Brown & Co., 1997). His short work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper's, Esquire, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, and elsewhere. His forthcoming collection of stories, Demonology, will be published in winter of 2001.

Daniel Nester's poems have appeared in Mudfish, Minnesota Review, Poetry New York, Borderlands, Poet Lore, and others. He is an editor of Painted Bride Quarterly in Philadelphia and lives in Brooklyn.

Michelle Oosterbaan is a member of the co-op gallery, Nexus, in Philadelphia, PA. Her current light and paper installation, "Red", can be viewed in the Window at Broad Street. She currently teaches at The University of the Arts, Drexel University, and Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia.

Mark Parsons received an MFA from the University of Arizona. He is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in creative writing at Oklahoma State University.

Lev Rubinshtein is one of the foremost Russian avant-garde conceptualist poets to emerge from the underground in the 1970s-90s. Rubinshtein has been widely published, at home and abroad, and has been anthologized in the English-language anthology The Third Wave (1992). Rubinshtein's texts are written on a series of note cards, often mirroring or distorting the various discourses of language, particularly philosophy and conversational language; "Thursday Night" and "Catalogue" romp through the philosophy and the arts, while "Six-Winged Seraphim" references 19th Russian literary culture.

Mike Scofield's first short story was published in Anthology in the spring of 2000. Previous non-fiction work includes an article on architecture in the regional magazine Mohawk Valley, USA.

Andrew Shields holds a Ph.D. (Comparative Literature) from the University of Pennsylvania, and has lived in Europe since 1991, when he moved to Germany. These days, he earns a living teaching English at the University of Basel in Switzerland. His poems, prose, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in PN Review, Poetry, Grand Street, International Quarterly, and Mr. Knife, Miss Fork.

Ron Silliman's most recent collection isÒ,  published by Drogue last year. Additional work includes MultiPlex, a chapbook that contains his work and that of Karen Mac Cormack, published by Wild Honey Press in Ireland. Quarry West 34 is a special 200 pp. issue devoted to his work and life. Copies are available via SPD or c/o Porter College, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA 95064. Silliman is a former Pew Fellow in the Arts and lives with his wife and children in Paoli, PA.

Jack Smith has published fiction in The Southern Review, Happy, The Roswell Literary Review, B&A: New Fiction, Ceteris Paribus, and will have upcoming work in Seed Cake. His reviews have been published in The Texas Review, RE:AL, Pleiades, and one will be upcoming in the The Missouri Review; additional work will also appear soon in Flying Horse. He currently edits The Green Hills Literary Lantern.

Guggenheim award-winner Robert Sward teaches at U Calif. in Santa Cruz. Chosen by Lucille Clifton to receive a Villa Montalvo Literary Arts Award, he is the author of 16 books including Four Incarnations, New & Selected Poems (Coffee House Press). Contributing Editor to the magazine The Blue Moon Review, he is working now on Portrait of an L.A. Daughter & Other Poems.

Steven Thompson is originally from South Carolina, and a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He currently lives in New York City.

Kirsten Thorpe is a senior creative writing and psychology major at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Senior Capstone Project involving a poetic and visual scrapbook of Philadelphia "A Scrapbook of Intersections: Places Where Philadelphia and I Have Met" was recently presented at the Kelly Writers House.

Tanya Tulchinsky is a long-time translator of Russian poetry.

Shawn Lynn Walker lives and works in West Philadelphia. She recently published her first chapbook The Purchase of a Day (Handwritten Press). She is a graduate of Penn's creative writing program, recipient of the Thuron Award and was a founding member of the Kelly Writers House.

Rebecca Wolff is the editor of Fence. Her first book of poems, Manderley, is forthcoming from Provincetown Arts Press.

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