Lara Gularte is a graduate student in the M.F.A. creative writing program at San Jose State University, where she
was poetry and art editor for Reed Magazine. Her poetry has appeared in such journals as the
Santa Clara Review, The Montserrat Review, and the Haight
Ashbury Literary Journal. Her chapbook Days Between Dancing was published by Poet's Corner Press in
2002. Gularte's poems have been translated into Portuguese by the University of the Acores and featured in the literary supplement,
SAAL-Suplemento Acoriano de Artes e Letras, da revista Saber/Acores.
Elaine Bartlett was the recent recipient of the Yemassee prize in fiction. Her poetry and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as The Antietam
Review, The Comstock Review, Calyx, Fourteen Hills,
Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley and San Joseís
Downtown Magazine. She lives in San Jose with her husband and daughter.
Luis Ledezma is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he earned a B.S. in
electrical engineering. He is currently the webmaster of Convergence, and the town of Tuxca (www.tuxca.com). Ledezma resides in San Jose.
Lytton Bellís work has appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Poetry
Now, and the Sacramento News and Review, among others. She is the author of
A Path Before Winter and The Book of Chaps. She was the recipient of a scholarship to the Pennsylvania Governorís School for the Arts for poetry and graduated
magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in English literature. She currently lives in Sacramento with her husband, the poet David T. Gay, and their son.
Jane Blue was born and raised in Berkeley, Calif. She has an M.A. in English with an emphasis on creative writing from UC-Davis. Her poems have appeared in, among others,
The Chattahoochee Review, The Montserrat Review, Poetry
International, Antigonish, The Louisville Review, Spoon River Poetry Review and
Salt Hill. Her work has also been featured in the anthology Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge: Poems about
Marriage. Her most recent book is The Persistence of Vision. She lives in Sacramento, Calif. with her husband, Peter Rodman.
Dane Cervine has published frequently in small-press journals, and his poetry appears in several recent anthologies:
To Love One Another: Poems Celebrating Marriage, Working Hard for the Money: Americaís Working Poor in Poem &
Story, and The Paganís Muse. Cervine has also published a number of chapbooks, the most recent of which is
Speaking In Tongues.
Cervine lives in Santa Cruz, Calif. with his wife and two children and is a member of the Emerald Street Writers group. He is the chief of childrenís mental health for Santa Cruz County.
Amari Hamadene is the editor of Arabesques magazine in Algeria. His poems
have appeared or are forthcoming in
The Seneca Review, Snow Monkey, Retort Magazine, Eclectica,
Main Street Rag, Poesia, Diner, Konch and The Cork Literary
Stephanie Lee Jackson
Stephanie Lee Jackson studied at the University of Texas-Austin and the San Francisco Art Institute. She co-founded the Three Muses Artspace in San Francisco and founded the New York gallery and healing space Healing Arts in Williamsburg. Her work has been exhibited in Texas, Mexico and San Francisco. She currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Nirmala Nataraj is a poet, playwright, filmmaker, actress and critic. Her creative work includes
Series for a Boudoir, a play that she wrote, produced and directed in San Francisco in July 2003, and
Respectable Hedonism, a film about strippers in San Francisco, which she wrote and directed in May 2001. She has been a regular contributor to publications like
Bitch Magazine: A Feminist Response to Popular Culture, SF
Station, iStyle Magazine, and Hubris Magazine. She lives in San Francisco.
Angela Narciso Torres
Angela Narciso Torres was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Manila, Philippines. She received a masterís degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in the
North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, Asian Pacific American Journal and
Sand Hill Review, and in the anthology Going Home to a Landscape: Writing by Filipinas. She received second prize in the 2003 James Hearst Poetry Prize competition. She has attended the Napa, Esalen and Idyllwild writersí conferences, and was awarded a space at the Bread Loaf Writersí Conference in 2004. She lives in Santa Clara, Calif.