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Marcia Aldrich teaches in the Department of English at Michigan State University. She is the author of Girl Rearing, published by W.W. Norton and selected as a Barnes and Noble Discover New Authors book. She has just completed a follow up collection titled The Mother Bed. As of January 2008, she will be the senior editor of The Fourth Genre. [email]

Ash Bowen's bio was unavailable for comment. His bio has previously commented in Black Warrior Review, Diner, Rattle, and elsewhere. His bio can be enjoyed for another semester in the MFA program at the University of Arkansas (provided this bio makes it to the crackling ether of the Web before May 2008). [email]

Katherine Factor was born in Galesburg, Illinois, where she won the Illinois Young Authors' contest for her 4th-8th grade fiction entries, one story of which was written in the voice of a sea anemone. [email]

Richard Froude was born in London and raised in the Westcountry. He has lived in the US since 2002 and is the author of the chapbooks Tarnished Mirrors: Translations of Charles Baudelaire (Muffled Cry, 2004) and The Margaret Thatcher Trilogy (Catfish Press, 2007). He lives in Denver, Colorado, seven miles lower than where he spent his preceding adult life. [email]

Brent Goodman believes the brain implants are having a positive effect on his creativity and general sense of well-being. Prior to an unexplained 5-year absence, he published two chapbooks, Trees Are the Slowest Rivers and Wrong Horoscope, winner of the 1999 Frank O'Hara Award. His first full-length collection, The Brother Swimming Beneath Me, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press.. [email] [blog]

Amelia Gray lives and works in Austin, TX, where it is a daily struggle to keep from fitting her cats with tiny clothes as if they were people. Her fiction is published or forthcoming in McSweeney's, Caketrain, Swivel, Guernica, Bound Off, and Bust Down the Door and Eat All the Chickens, among others. [email]

Elliot Harmon was born in Pierre, SD, and lives in San Francisco, CA. Recent publications include First Class, NOÖ Journal, and Poems from the Big Muddy: The 2004 National Poetry Slam. [website] [email]

Luis Felipe Hernández was born in Mexico City in 1959. He is the author of several books, including Circo de tres pistas y otros mundos mínimos (2002) and De cuerpo entero (2004).

Toshiya Kamei is the translator of The Curse of Eve and Other Stories (2008) by Liliana Blum, La canasta: An Anthology of Latin American Women Poets (2008), and the chapbook Collection: Ekphrastic Poems by Ericka Ghersi (2007).

Paul Klinger now lives in Austin, Texas. He recently lived in Tucson, Arizona, where he was a member of the POG poetry collective. He has recent work at Glitter Pony, String of Small Machines, and Eyeshot. His first book, FESCUE, will soon be published by Dusie Press. [email]

Jami Macarty teaches contemporary poetry and poetics in the English Department and the Writing & Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University. Poems from her first manuscript, The Notion of Hollow, have been published in EOAGH, The Café Review, Salt River Review, Spork, and Volt, among other necessary journals. She has poems forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Istanbul Literary Review, and Town Creek Poetry. She is absolutely delighted to be a part of the conversation in DIAGRAM! [email]

Gary L. McDowell's poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, The Southeast Review, Bat City Review, No Tell Motel, RHINO, Copper Nickel, Memorious, Bateau, Pebble Lake Review, and many others. He currently teaches Creative Writing at Western Michigan University. He was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is the Assistant Poetry Editor at Third Coast and an editor at New Issues Press. [email]

Sara Michas-Martin lives in San Francisco and is a former Stegner fellow, now Jones Lecturer at Stanford. Work has appeared or is forthcoming in Court Green, Gulf Coast, Pool, Prairie Schooner, Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. [email]

Alexis Orgera lives in southern California with her thirty throats. She works in a secondary school library, teaches creative writing to high school juniors and seniors, writes poems, goes on hikes and swims, makes collages with sticks and paper, and is finally learning how to ride a skateboard. There are some recent poems of hers in various enjoyable magazines. [email]

Adam Peterson lives in Lincoln, Nebraska. His work has recently appeared in Ninth Letter, CutBank, and Redactions among other journals. His chapbook, My Untimely Death, is currently out from Subito Press. [email]

New work by Dan Pinkerton is forthcoming in Quarter After Eight, Subtropics, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Poetry East. A story of his appeared recently in the 2008 Best New American Voices anthology.

Farrah Sarafa is a writer, teacher, editor and cultural activist, living in New York City. Published in several literary journals and Palestinian-Iraq war-related sites, her interests and pursuits as a writer/editor in the field of comparative literature, over the years, has rendered her quite active in the Mediterranean (french-Italian-Spanish- Palestine) and Middle-Eastern cultural spheres. She continues to edit and write for Voice of the Global Nomads, (see www.janera.com), Beyond Race Culture/Arts Magazine, has published a chapbook, and has 3 forthcoming poetry manuscripts. [email]

Dallas Simpson has performed at the London College of Music a couple of years ago with composer Chris Thorpe, in York with Chris Thorpe and Linda Merrick (2000); in Glasgow in 1999 as part of the Drift environmental sound art / acoustic ecology project, with Max Eastley and Helmut Lemke at Creswell Craggs several of years ago. His work has been selected, against an open world field, for inclusion in every themed sound art compilation for the past three years curated by Colin Fellows of the John Moores Liverpool University (Hope, Trace and Zero). Dallas' tracks have been released through Time Recording's EMIT series (abha - EMIT 2296, waterpump - EMIT 1197). He was included as a composer in the regrettably one-off "Music for Spaces" series on BBC Radio 3 some four years ago. [website]

Daniel Torday's work has appeared in Esquire Magazine, The Kenyon Review, and the New York Times. He is at work revising his first novel, and currently teaches creative writing at Bryn Mawr College. [email]

Kellie Wells (née Ingeborg Traumschlaf) was born by flickering lamplight on an inclement night in 1872, in the village of Röcken bei Lützen. Her father, a struggling cobbler with thin-fingered, prematurely arthritic hands that were knobby and gnarled as the feet of a dead chicken, made and repaired only left shoes and always longed for a life on the German stage. A loquacious sleeper, Theodor Traumschlaf could be heard throughout the town orating as he slept, and his nightly somniloquys moved resident dreamers nearly to abjection. Wells’s mother, Elisabetta Traumschlaf, had perfect pitch and twittered in her sleep like a zebra finch, and thus the Theatre of Dreaming was born. She died at the age of 27 giving birth to Wells’s older sister, Ludmilla (who would later sleep professionally). Wells, a congenital guttersnipe, lived a life of withering privation, cadging food from stern and sleepless neighbors, until she was discovered selling winter dreams of questionable provenance on the streets of Vladivostok, discovered by Herr Dr. Sigmund Freud himself, the very sight of whom produced in her aphonia, which he cured with a swift kick and a teaspoon of honey. The good doctor took Wells back with him on a train, where they both slept dead and dreamless as they traveled through tunnels, and at home he gave her a bed whose ticking was laced with sweet valerian and caused her to sneeze in her sleep. She later confided that she’d spent each night of her adolescence dreaming of him, dreamt he was lying naked, save for a decorative beard, in a field of timothy, which he informed her meant she would soon lose her teeth, and she did. She died standing up, toothless and singing, in 1984, in Kingdom Come, Kansas, the capital of misspent sleep. This story was written posthumously. [email]

Cori A. Winrock grew up in a village outside Rochester, NY near an emu farm. She was chosen as editor's choice for MAR's James Wright Poetry Award & was an Annie Finch Prize finalist. Her poems are waiting in the wings of The National Poetry Review & Crab Orchard Review. Her work is an assemblage of glass lungs & autopsy. [email]

Jon Kelly Yenser was born and raised and educated in Kansas. He has lived in various places—Iowa, Illinois, Oregon and, now, Idaho. He lives with his wife, the writer, Pamela Yenser.