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Jan/Feb 2007   Contributor's Notes

E-Mail Tom Dooley co-founded Eclectica in 1996. In the ten years between earning a Bachelors in English literature from the University of Chicago and a Master's in public administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he taught middle and high school English in Alaska, Arizona, and Wisconsin, amassing fond memories, dubious experiences, and debt. He now works for the Federal Government by day, remodels his house by night, and feels very grateful for the blessings he has received—chief among them being married to the sweetest gal and the best poet he knows. He and said gal reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with their four cats and two dogs.

E-Mail Web Page Paul Sampson is Eclectica's Nonfiction and Miscellany Editor and has been a regular contributor to the Salon. A professional writer and editor for many years, he worked until recently for a mammoth corporation. He has since been downsized, although he remains the same height and weight as formerly. Some of his essays and poems have been published in Image, The Alsop Review, The 2River View, Illya's Honey, The Sulphur River Literary Review, the British publication World Wide Writers II, and the anthology Best Texas Writing (Rancho Loco Press). He lives on the outskirts of a small town east of Dallas, Texas.

E-Mail Web Page Colleen Mondor is Eclectica's Review Editor. She also reviews for Bookslut, the Voices of NOLA, and Booklist. Short story excerpts from her novel on Alaskan aviation have recently appeared in failbetter and Storyglossia. She maintains a daily blog on all things literary (and sometimes not) at her site, Chasingray.com.

E-Mail Web Page Elizabeth P. Glixman is Eclectica's Interview Editor. Her fiction and poetry have appeared online and in print in Wicked Alice, In Posse Review, 3 A.M. Magazine, Tough Times Companion, a publication of The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Her Circle Ezine, Frigg, and Velvet Avalanche, an anthology of erotic poetry. Besides Eclectica, her author interviews, articles, book reviews, and creative non-fiction pieces have appeared in The Pedestal Magazine, Whole Life Times, Spirit of Change, Hadassah Magazine, and the anthologies Chocolate for A Woman's Soul II and Cup of Comfort For Women. Elizabeth's story, "Mother's Bony Behind," was chosen one of the notable online stories of 2006 by the Million Writers Award. "Good Girls Don't Get Sick," an Amazon Short, can be read by clicking on the web link.

E-Mail Jennifer Finstrom is Eclectica's Poetry Editor. A former spotlight author, her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Atlanta Review, Cider Press Review, Primavera, RHINO, and Tar River Poetry. She will be the featured poet in the print edition of miller's pond 2007. Originally from Wisconsin, Jennifer lives in Chicago, where she is completing her epic fantasy novel.

E-Mail Pamela Mackey is Eclectica's Copy Editor. She teaches English at a community college in central New York. Earlier in her career, she wrote feature stories for newspapers, including The New York Times. Even earlier, she was a researcher and editor in the magazine industry, holding staff positions at LOOK and Saturday Review magazines. She writes poetry and is the mother of a gifted young novelist.

E-Mail Web Page Sam Adams is a former reporter/photographer and editor at newspapers across Kentucky. He now works as a writer, consultant, and sometimes teacher. His true-crime book Precious Blood will be published in April 2007 by Pinnacle Books. He lives with his wife and two children in America's first frontier, the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky.  

E-Mail Web Page Arlene Ang lives in Spinea, Italy. She is the author of The Desecration of Doves (iUniverse, 2005). This is her tenth appearance in Eclectica, and she has also appeared or is forthcoming in Bare Root Review, Blackmail Press, Envoi, Liminal Pleasures, Nthposition, Rattle, and Unpleasant Event Schedule. She was awarded The Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2006.

E-Mail Tala Bar lives in Israel, holds an M.Phil. degree in literature from London University, has taught Hebrew and English languages and literature before becoming a full time writer, and has a number of books, stories and articles published in print and on the Net, both in Hebrew and English. Some of them appear in Bewildering Stories, Unlikely Stories, and Scribal Tales.

E-Mail Robert James Berry lives and writes in Auckland, New Zealand. His work has been published widely. Seamark, his third collection, appeared in late 2005 (Ginninderra Press: Canberra, ACT, Australia).

E-Mail Web Page Ryan Bird is a tutor, operator of Um, Yeah Press, and the editor of Twaddle. His newest poems are in the current/upcoming issues of Carousel, dANDelion, filling Station, Zeugma, and Ripe Magazine.

E-Mail Rumjhum Biswas lives in Chennai, India, and has appeared in Crannog, Nth Position, Lily Literary Review, Paumanok Review, Poems Niederngasse, Unlikely Stories, Cerebration, Amarillo Bay, Gowanus, Loch Raven Review, and Southern Ocean Review. Her poem "Cleavage" was on the longlist of the Bridport Poetry Competition 2006. She is working on a novel and writing shorter fiction and poetry in between.

E-Mail Nora Jean Bonner moved to Bangkok, Thailand, not long ago, where she observed the recent coup.

E-Mail Bob Bradshaw is a programmer living in Redwood City, CA. He is a huge fan of the Rolling Stones. Previous work of his can be found at Paumanok Review, Slow Trains, Red River Review, Poems Niederngasse and flashquake, among other publications.

E-Mail Beebe Barksdale-Bruner has an MFA in poetry from Queens University and a forth-coming book of poetry from Press 53 in 2007. She has a background in fine arts with a BFA in painting from UNC-Greensboro, and work and awards in ceramics.

E-Mail Elizabeth Bruno lives and works in Wisconsin, where she recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin Parkside with a B.A. in English. She says she has a beautiful, energetic little boy named Uriah and a fiance named Sam who is the love of her life. She also has two quirky cats named Frida and Calmness. She and her family just bought their first house, and she feels especially excited because she finally has a space where she can write without disruption. Her previous publications include Lily, The Potomac, and Eclectica.

E-Mail David Cates plays the flute while not composing his memoirs in Maplewood, NJ.

E-Mail Andrew Coburn lives in Andover, Massachusetts. He has written 12 novels, three made into French films. His work has been translated into 13 languages. He recently returned to writing short stories. "Gemma" was inspired by a lovely woman with a classically beautiful Roman nose.

E-Mail Barbara De Franceschi is an Australian poet who lives in Broken Hill, a small mining town in outback New South Wales. When not writing poetry or committed to family and business, Barbara involves herself in community work. She was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2002 for her achievements in the area of multiculturalism. Her poetry has appeared in various literary journals Australia-wide and online in the USA and Switzerland. Barbara is an adventuress writer who is continuously trying to find new ways and forms to present her work; she has experimented with sound and musical composition to enhance her recitals, with stimulating results. Her first collection, Lavender Blood, was published in 2004, and the manuscript for a second collection is well under way. Barbara is a member of the performance group "The Silver Tongued Ferals" and performs at caravan parks, arts festivals, etc., and has read her poetry live to air on ABC Radio on a number of occasions.

E-Mail Colette Dunne grew up in Dublin, Ireland. She studied English and History at University College Dublin and once had poetry selected for an anthology edited by Brendan Kennelly. She worked as an English literature teacher in Dublin and a Media and Communications lecturer in Scotland. She co-founded a multimedia company in the late 90's in the South East of England and directed and wrote scripts for a variety of video productions. She lives in London, UK, and has read extracts from work in progress in various creative writing workshops since 2003. She's written six short stories, has been short-listed for competitions, and recently completed her first novel, The Day at Nightfall.

E-Mail David Ewald has appeared in Spectrum and Into the Teeth of the Wind. A former ESL teacher in the Czech Republic, he now lives and works in San Francisco, California.

E-Mail Ali Fahmy has appeared previously in Eclectica and has also online in Pindeldyboz, Exquisite Corpse, Identity Theory, and Hobart. He's lived in Sweden (his birthplace), Egypt, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota. He now lives in Los Angeles. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, he enjoys surfing and Scrabble.

E-Mail Web Page Michaela A. Gabriel lives in Vienna, Austria, where she assists adults in acquiring computer and English skills and gets together with the muse as often as possible. She has been published in English, German, Italian, and Polish, both online and in print, most recently in Loch Raven Review, Underground Window, The Hiss Quarterly, MindFire, and Niederngasse's Erotica Supplement. Her first chapbook, apples for adam, is available from FootHills Publishing, and her collection, the secret meanings of greek letters, will be published by Dancing Girl Press in 2007. When she is not writing, she is reading, listening to music, watching movies, blogging, communicating with friends, playing tennis or travelling—usually several of these at the same time.

E-Mail Web Page Robert Gray owns Fresh Eyes Now LLC, a consulting company that offers a frontline bookseller's perspective to publishers, agents and authors. He is a columnist for Shelf Awareness, a publishing industry newsletter, and works part-time as a bookseller for The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany, NY. He was a bookseller/buyer for the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT from 1992 to 2005, and was named the store's first Master Bookseller in 2000. Gray's written work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Publishers Weekly, Tin House, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and Cimarron Review. He earned an MFA in Writing & Literature from Bennington College in 2003 and is currently working on a book about reading from a bookseller's perspective.

E-Mail Corey Habbas has been published in BlazeVOX, Underground Window, Outsider Ink, Raintown Review, and Red River Review.

E-Mail Ira Joel Haber provided the artwork for this issue. He was born and lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he teaches art at the United Federation of Teachers Retiree Program. He is a sculptor, painter, book dealer, and teacher who sometimes writes poetry and movie reviews. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in USA and Europe and he has had nine one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum, and The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. His paintings, drawings, and collages have been published in many online magazines, including Rock Heals, Otoliths, Winamop, Melancholia's Tremulous Dreadlocks, Barfing Frog, The Raving Dove, Foliate Oak, Siren, Prose Toad, Triplopia, Thieves Jargon, Opium, Dirt, The Centrifugal Eye, the DMQ Review, Broadsided, Hotmetalpress, Double Dare Press, Events Quarterly, Unlikely Stories, Coupremine, Cerebration, and Chick Flicks. Over the years he has received three National Endowments For The Arts Fellowship, two Pollock-Krasner grants, and most recently in 2004 received The Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant.

E-Mail Michelle Hartman is returning to normal after working on the campaign to elect Kinky Friedman as Governor of Texas. Kinky's slogan was "How hard can it be?" Michelle can tell him.

E-Mail Stephen Healey is director of the World Religions Program at the University of Bridgeport, a position he assumed in 1998 after completing the Ph.D. at Boston College. In 2005 he was named Distinguished Teacher of the Year. He has published non-fiction articles on topics such as human rights, conversion, religion and conflict, and religion and economy. “The Resurrection of Lucille Posh” is part of a collection of stories entitled The Religious Adventures of Reverend Jeremiah Posh that Healey is writing about individuals who find Something Big—whatever that is—in the damnedest place: their own lives. Other stories in this sequence previously have appeared in Eclectica (v9n3) and The Culture Star Reader. Healey also is writing a non-fiction book entitled Religion and Conflict Analysis. He says, "Some readers may find shocking the combination of religion, sexuality, and vulgarity in 'The resurrection of Lucille Posh.' I don't intend to give offense, but I risk it because I find separating the fleshly details of life from spirituality not only offensive but blasphemous. Posh's all-too-human brokenness is also fully human, fully divine, or both—depending on the heresy of which you wish to find me guilty."

E-Mail Alicia Marie Howard lives in Brooklyn and teaches middle school in Manhattan. She earned her MFA at Brooklyn College under the keen eyes of L.S. Asekoff, Joan Larkin, and Julie Agoos, among others. Her work has been published in Hanging Loose, Big City Lit, and Lungfull! magazines.

E-Mail Web Page Thomas J. Hubschman is a regular contributor to Eclectica's Salon, the author of the novel Billy Boy (Savvy Press), and the publisher of Gowanus, an ezine for authors in and from the so-called Third World. He is also editor of The Best of Gowanus: New Writing from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean (Gowanus Books). His short stories, articles and reviews have appeared in The Blue Moon Review, Morpo Review, New York Press, on the BBC World Service and in numerous other print and online publications.

E-Mail Michael J. Hulme lives and works in Norwich, UK, and edits Norwich-based creative writing magazine nr1. His fiction has been published and broadcast by the BBC, performed on stage, and published online and in various magazines including Ink Pot, 7th Quark, and Strange Horizons. He has been selected for a British Arts Council Escalator award, given to promising young writers.

E-Mail Stanley Jenkins has appeared in Amelia, 32 Pages, The Blue Moon Review, CrossConnect, and the Oyster Boy Review. A former Spotlight Author, Stanley is a regular contributor to Eclectica's Salon and holds the record for greatest number of appearances in our issues. He lives and works in Queens, New York.

E-Mail Web Page Anju Kanumalla holds a day job in the pharmaceutical industry as a medical writer, which allows her to feed her addiction to yarn and science books. Much of her other work can be found at Two-Penny Words. She is also a contributor at The Bitter Quill.

E-Mail Julia Braun Kessler is a journalist who has written and published on the arts in magazines nationally (Family Circle, Travel & Leisure, and Modern Maturity). Under the pseudonym Julia Barrett, she is the author of three novels: Presumption, The Third Sister and Jane Austen’s Charlotte, and the forthcoming Mary Crawford.

E-Mail Web Page Christopher Lake was born in New York, and over the course of his 34 years has lived in Texas, Toronto, Canada, and finally Albuquerque, New Mexico. Of all these locales, he feels most at home in the wide-open spaces of the Desert Southwest; its deserts, mountains, and plains figure as a near-constant presence in his work. Christopher is married with a stepson and is attending graduate school with the intent of becoming a high school English teacher. His poetry has been published in Odyssey Magazine, Artless & Naked, The Hudson River Almanac, and Central Avenue, a local print zine. He says, "I don't usually write prose poems. To me prose poems are pieces that could not be bent into the confines of stanzaic verse. 'La Frontera' is about Mexico, but it is also about the shadow cast by it all across the Borderlands. It hints at the voices that will never be heard—the missing women of Juarez, the deported... And we, the ones with voices, are left to live in this negative space. We call it home."

E-Mail Web Page Dorothee Lang is a German writer and net artist. She is author of Masala Moments, a travel novel about India, and editor of the BluePrintReview, an online journal of unintended prose and poetry. Her work has recently appeared in Mississippi Review, Pindeldyboz, Word Riot, Hobart, and Cautionary Tale, among others. To see some of her latest pieces, visit her virtual gallery at BluePrintReview.

E-Mail Scott Malby lives and writes from Coos Bay, Oregon.

E-Mail Web Page Eric Melbye is an assistant professor of English/Creative Writing at Miami University Middletown and editor of Segue, an online literary journal. His creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in The University of Colorado's divide: creative responses to contemporary social questions, The Paumanok Review, 5_Trope, Samsara Quarterly, Identity Theory, the University of Southern Mississippi's Product, and others.

E-Mail Shabnam Nadiya is a writer, poet, and translator. Her work has appeared in the anthologies Galpa: Short Stories by Women from Bangladesh (Saqi Books, UK), From the Delta, Different Perspectives: Women Writing in Bangladesh, The Escape and Other Stories, and 1971 and After (all from University Press Ltd, Bangladesh), and New Age Short Stories (New Age/writers.ink). Her prose, poetry and translations have also been published in various print and online periodicals, including World View, Storyglossia, Her Circle, Bonfire, Texts' Bones, The Beat, Words Without Borders, Cerebration, and Kali O Kalam. Recently, she won the 3rd Prize at the Another Look Short Story Contest 2006 (Torrevieja, Spain). Nadiya lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with her husband and daughter.

E-Mail Web Page Susan O'Neill is the author of Don't Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Viet Nam (UMass Press), a collection of linked stories very loosely based on her service as an Army nurse during the Viet Nam war. She has published fiction and non-fiction in an absurdly wide variety of magazines and ezines, is hawking three short stories and an essay on Amazon Shorts, maintains a blog of sometimes-humorous essays that can be reached through a link on her homepage, and is trying to sell a novel about the craziness of family life.

E-Mail Shin Yu Pai is the author of Unnecessary Roughness (xPress(ed)), Equivalence, (La Alameda Press) and Ten Thousand Miles of Mountains and Rivers (Third Ear Books). Works on Paper (Convivio Bookworks) and Nutritional Feed (Tupelo Press) are forthcoming. She edits for The Dallas Morning News.

E-Mail Bojan Pavlovic is a Canadian author with roots in Bosnia-Hercegovina. He was born in Sarajevo, former Yugoslavia, in 1979, and immigrated to Canada in 1992, where he now lives and works in Toronto. He has written a number of short story collections and poetry compilations. Most of his works deal with themes of history and historicity, the role of myth in national consciousness, topics of nationalism, of war and of identity. His first novel, Newcomers, Temporaries, was published in 2006. He has won a number of literary awards, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2004 and 2005 for his short-story work.

E-Mail Cedric Popa lives in London and dreams of snow, mountains, and skiing. When he's not writing, he does some modelling (unfortunately, in Excel rather than on the catwalk) and writes business reports, which, he maintains, are not pure fiction. He has published short fiction in Seventh Quark and Antipodean SF, in addition to Eclectica, which was his first fiction publication in 2004. He is a member of Alex Keegan's Boot Camp writer group.

E-Mail Web Page Gilbert Wesley Purdy has published poetry, prose and translation in many journals, paper and electronic, including: Jacket Magazine, Poetry International (San Diego State University), The Georgia Review (University of Georgia), Grand Street, SLANT (University of Central Arkansas), Consciousness Literature and the Arts (University of Wales, Aberystwyth), Orbis (UK), Eclectica, and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. His Hyperlinked Online Bibliography appears in the pages of The Catalyzer Journal.

E-Mail Jason Kelly Richards was born in Kentucky in a classic year for Chevrolets, raised in North Carolina during the best decade of music and is currently searching for sanity in the Sunshine State. His work has appeared in print in Pearl, The Chiron Review, and others, and online at ThunderSandwich, PoetsCanvas, Underground Voices, 66Channels, Red Booth Review, and many others. He is the proud father of Ashley, who graduates in 2007 from Florida State University.

E-Mail Justin Ringsak lived for a while in Chicago, where he wrote technical medical reports by day and made blues-like noises in dingy bars during the evening, traveling between these activities on a ten-dollar bicycle. Now he lives in Montana, pretending to be a freelance technical writer.

E-Mail Web Page Memphis Saltos is a writer and photographer. See her work on her homepage.

E-Mail Stephanie Sesic lives in northeast Ohio, where she teaches creative writing at Kent State University and writes way too many poems about the sky.

E-Mail Kenneth Shand lives in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied for an MSc in Creative Writing at Edinburgh University and has had poems and stories published in various magazines and anthologies. He has been awarded a New Writer's Bursary by the Scottish Arts Council and was short-listed for the inaugural Scotsman/Orange Short Story prize.

E-Mail Alex Shishin resides in Japan, publishes fiction and non-fiction, and is also a photographer. His most recently print-published short story is “Counterparts” (Prairie Schooner, Spring 2006). In 2006 he self-published a print-on-demand (POD) book, Rossiya: Voice from the Brezhnev Era, his memoir about traveling through the Soviet Union and Poland. It is available from Amazon, iUniverse, and other online book stores. Alex's “Bulldozer,” published in Fiction Warehouse, won a Million Writers Award from storySouth as one of the top online short stories for 2004. Another short story, "Mr. Eggplant Goes Home," first published in Prairie Schooner, received an Honorable Mention from the O. Henry Awards in 1997 and was anthologized in Student Body (University of Wisconsin Press, 2001). His short story "Shades" was anthologized in Broken Bridge (Stonebridge Press, 1997).

E-Mail Paul Silverman is this issue's Spotlight Author. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, sandwich man, olive packer, and advertising creative director. One of his commercials won a Silver Lion at Cannes. His stories have appeared in Tampa Review, The South Dakota Review, Word Riot, In Posse Review, The Pedestal Magazine, The Timber Creek Review, The Jabberwock Review, Jewish Currents, The Coe Review, Hobart Online, The Adirondack Review, The Paumanok Review, Smokelong Quarterly, Subterranean Quarterly, and others. His piece, “Getaway,” published by Verbsap, is on the 2006 Million Writers Award shortlist list of Notable Online Stories. Byline Magazine, Lily, and The Worcester Review have nominated his stories to the Pushcart Committee. New work was recently accepted by The Pikeville Review, Oyster Boy Review, Cricket Online Review, and Alimentum.

E-Mail Web Page Ann and David Skea live in Australia. Ann is the author of Ted Hughes: The Poetic Quest (UNE Press, Australia).

E-Mail Maryanne Snell spends most of her time taking care of her beautiful new baby daughter. In the rare times when said daughter is sleeping, Maryanne attempts to cram in all the reading, writing, and reviewing to which she previously had hours to devote. During that limited time, she is working on a mystery novel set in the 1920s.

E-Mail Ray Templeton is a Scottish writer and musician living in St. Albans, England. His poetry has appeared in Magma, Iota, and at Poems Niederngasse, The New Verse News, and The Argotist Online. He is a member of the editorial board of Blues & Rhythm Magazine, and his writing on various kinds of music has also appeared in Musical Traditions, Keskidee, and others.

E-Mail Jennifer Trudeau appeared most recently in Fringe Magazine (9/06) and Storyglossia (12/06); she has fiction forthcoming in Identity Theory in January. Her writing has won two Hopwood Awards and she is finishing up her first novel, The Bible of Hell.

E-Mail Mary E. Whitsell grew up in California, but has lived most of her life elsewhere. She spent 17 years in Japan, studying Japanese and working as a teacher, proofreader, rewriter, and translator. Mary has also lived in the Netherlands, Wales, and Scotland, where she currently resides with her family. She writes short stories, poems, and non-fiction pieces. She won first prize in the Killie Writing Competition in January, 2006, and the United Kingdom Noise Association's short story competition. Her poem "Mrs Victoria Mustapha, I Too Could Use a Break" is published in the Winter edition of Flashquake.

E-Mail Kajsa Wiberg is a freelance writer, translator, and a former horse trainer. Her work has appeared in The River Walk Journal, Long Story Short, and Insolent Rudder. She has traveled all over the world and studied in three different countries. She lives in Cardiff, California, where she's at work on her second novel.

E-Mail Leonore Wilson has been published in such magazines as Quarterly West, Laurel Review, Third Coast, Madison Review, Pif, Poet and Critic, and others. She lives and teaches in Northern California.

E-Mail Martha Graham Wiseman has appeared in Many Mountains Moving, Standards, Clackamas Literary Review, Karamu, Eclipse, and Poetry East. Her prize-winning story "Double Vision" was published as a chapbook in 2004 by White Eagle Coffee Store Press. She has also published work on Marcel Proust and translations from the French. She teaches at Skidmore College.

E-Mail Web Page G.K. Wuori is the author of over sixty stories published throughout the world in the U.S., Japan, India, Germany, Spain, Algeria, Ireland, and Brazil. A Pushcart Prize winner and recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, his work has appeared in such journals as The Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, Night Train, The Barcelona Review, The Taj Mahal Review, Other Voices, Flaunt, The Massachusetts Review, and Five Points. Stories recently published or forthcoming can be seen in StoryQuarterly, Mad Hatters Review, Shenandoah, Spork, and TriQuarterly. His story collection, Nude In Tub, was a New Voices Award Nominee by the Quality Paperback Book Club and his novel, An American Outrage, was Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year in fiction. He lives in Sycamore, Illinois, where he writes a monthly column called Cold Iron and blogs.

 

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