Aug/Sep 1998

Tom Dooley co-edits Eclectica, teaches high school English, and coaches wrestling in Tucson, Arizona.

Chris Lott co-edits Eclectica, scans his junk mail for patterns, and works as an instructional technology specialist in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Bruce Bentzman has been orbiting the sun since 1951. Presently, he supports his writing habit by working for AT&T as a Communications Technician. Bruce's short stories and poems have appeared in The Alsop Review, The Free Cuisenart, Gruene Street, In Vivo Magazine, The Morpo Review, Southern Ocean Review, and Zuzu's Petals Quarterly. He also writes a column about suburbia for Snakeskin.

Anthony Lee Brown is currently serving a life sentence at the Spring Creek Correctional Facility.

Michael Deanis an odd little man who lives in San Francisco. He enjoys sex, cats and rock n' roll. He is currently employed as a ditch digger and as an elevator operator in a ballet school. He sings for the group "Michael Dean and the Kitties on Flame With Rock and Roll.".

Timothy Hodor hasn't yet told us anything about himself.

Kevin Hoffman was born in 1976. He graduated from Washington College with a degree in philosophy in 1998. He currently works for the Associated Press in Philadelpia, where he drives inn the morning in glasses that are very silly looking. He's a Virgo.

Stanley Jenkin's stories and essays have or will appear in Amelia, 32 Pages, Eclectica, The Blue Moon Review, CrossConnectand the Oyster Boy Review. He lives and works in Queens, New York.

Alan Kaufman's most recent book is Who Are We?, a collection of poems. His poetry appears in magazines & anthologies, including Identity Lessons: Learning American Style, ALOUD: Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Tikkun, Witness & Long Shot. He writes: With this particular rant I now emerge as the new Miss Lonely Hearts of the next millenium.

Alex Keegan took up writing after recovering from a 36-death train-wreck, in Clapham, London late 1988. In October 1992 he decided to go full-time and five and a half years on he has published five mysteries and seventy literary short with a number of prizes. He is a monthly "how-to" columnist at The Internet Writers Journal and this year will be guest editor for eScene. He also edits the dead tree quarterly World Wide Writers.

Mark Leeper publishes MT Void, a weekly science fiction newsletter as well as movie reviews all over the net.

Peter Leonard writes: suppose I view writing poetry much like kicking a dandelion puff: once a word or phrase is on the wind I have no idea where it will lead until I am taken there. Meaning then, in a linear sense, is only ever of secondary importance in my writing as I am far too occupied with the thrill of discovery in chance associations. I currently live and write in Ottawa, Ontario (Canada).

Eric Longley is a freelance writer in Durham, North Carolina.

Don Mager has published some 250 original poems and translations from Czech and German over the last 30 years, including two books: To Track The Wounded On(1986) and Glosses (1995).

Kevin McGowin is our featured author. He was born in Birmingham, and holds degrees from both Auburn University at Montgomery and the University of Florida, where he presently teaches English, American Literature and Humanities. He lives in Gainesville with his wife Bonnie, a photographer and artist, and his work has appeared in numerous national magazines and journals, including Oyster Boy Review, to which he is a regular contributor.

Lee Moskow's poetry has appeared or will be appearing in over thirty journals, including Eclectica and The Black Bear Review. He is also Editor of two ezines, Papyrus and Zen Rubies.

Chris Null is a writer and media critic based in Austin, Texas. He is a Contributing Editor for Film for Mike's Feedbackan Austin, Texas monthly. In addition to writing, Null Set Productions (the film production company he began with his brother) produced its first offering in Fall 1996.

D. L. Olson writes: "if you ever met me you would be quite surprised to see how totally unlike any of the characters in "Hope Chest" I am. I mean I'm a middle-aged guy who has never had any kids!

Shann Palmer writes: I am a musician/teacher, sing and do keyboards in a jazz combo, direct music in an Episcopal church, teach at a private high school where I never have class any earlier than 12:30pm. Husband, two kids (boy and girl) and I'm working on the great American novel, or maybe three or four of them. About this poem: there is a small movie called "Whatever Happened to Gilbert Grape?" in which the mother is portrayed by and as a very large woman, the type you might find on Jerry Springer or Maury Povich. The story literally revolves around her; she cannot leave the house.

Rolf Potts has poetry, fiction and an essay in this issue. He teaches English at Dong-Eui College in Pusan, South Korea. He grew up in Kansas, attended college in Oregon on a track scholarship, and spent most of 1994 traveling around the United States and living in a van. Next year he will leave his academic post for a year of traveling, trekking, and chasing the millennium in Asia, Europe, and North Africa. His work has appeared in Salon Magazine, PIF, and Zuzu's Petals.

Fu'ad Rahman lives and writes in Cape Town, South Africa.

A. E. Sadler lives and writes in Southern California.

Paul Sampson labors heroically as a technical writer for a mammoth corporation. He has been a professional writer and editor for many years, but he prefers to do the kind of writing you can't make a living from. Some of his recent essays and poems appear in The Alsop Review, The 2River View, the British publication World Wide Writers II, and the new anthology Best Texas Writing (Rancho Loco Press). He lives on the outskirts of a small town east of Dallas, Texas.

Oren Shafir has appeared in Eclectica numerous times. He writes: I am a truly international person. My mother is American. My father is Israeli. And I am married to a Dane, which explains why I've been living in Denmark for the last seven years. I have two amazing children and am expecting a dog in the near future (we just bought a house).

Shaggy Bob may possibly have the world's biggest ego, but it's backed with the wisdom beyond any mortal means. He has answers to all questions. And he's never wrong.

Ann Skea is author of Ted Hughes: The Poetic Quest (UNE Press, Australia).

Margo Solod has published over 60 poems in magazines and anthologies. She has 2 chapbooks, Outside the Kremlin and Still Life with Trucks. This is her first electronic publication. Margo currently lives in Lexington, VA, where she is opening new restaurant. She has received Fellowships at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center.

Richard K. Weems writes out of New Jersey. His work has appeared in The Crescent Review, The Beloit Fiction Journal, and The Mississippi Review, among others. He lifts weights, he wrestles with his dog (LizziBeth), he sits before Buddha. His cat is not all that bright, but it loves to climb. Ask him of his favorite cheese, and he will say with a smile, "Armenian string." Of this piece he writes: "This work was done during a visiting artists' gig at the school where I teach. The visiting writer was Aldona Middlesworth—she deserves much credit."