Jan/Feb 1999

Tom Dooley co-edits Eclectica, teaches high school English, and coaches wrestling in Tucson, Arizona. He wants to buy a house. He owns many compact disks.

Laura Bagby hasn't told us anything about herself, but she knows a lot about calendars.

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.

Robert Berry writes from West Malaysia.

Stephen Bett has had two books of poetry published--Cruise Control (Ekstasis Editions, 1996) and Lucy Kent and other poems (Longspoon Press, 1983)--and his work has also appeared in over 40 journals in the U.S., Canada, and England, as well as in two anthologies.

Gabrielle Bomgren graduated with an MFA from University of Utah in fiction writing. She is also published in Strike a Prose and Pif.

Brad Bostian is a current and former Eclectica Spotlight Author. He lives in Charlotte with his wife and two dachshunds, where he is finishing up a novel and an MFA degree at USC-Columbia. He has studied under James Dickey and hopes to teach creative writing "somewhere, anywhere, someday."

Dail Bridges was born and raised in North Carolina and moved to Seattle, Washington in 1984, where she got a job with the National Marine Fisheries Service working on Japanese and Soviet fishing vessels in the Bering Sea. Dail has spent much of her adult life adventuring, working, and living around the world--locations include New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Africa, Russia, Ukraine, and the Caribbean. She currently resides and writes in Seattle, where she has taken on a whole new adventure: her son, Willis, born with passport in hand!

Anthony Lee Brown is currently serving a life sentence at the Spring Creek Correctional Facility. The work he has published in past issues of Eclectica has resulted in disciplinary action and loss of privileges, which have consequently prevented his appearance in this issue.

C.E. Chaffin has published work on-line in everything from The Alaska Quarterly Review to Zuzu's Petals. Mellen Press released his first volume of poems in 1997, entitled Elementary, available through Amazon.com. A second-generation native Californian and family physician, C.E. lives near LA in a high rise on the ocean with his wife and three daughters. He is co-editor of Melic Review and a member of the on-line workshop, Zeugma.

Dancing Bear is of Chippewa and Swedish ancestry. He lives in the San Francisco bay area. A previous contributor to Eclectica, his poems and art have been published in many other journals, including New York Quarterly, Zuzuís Petals Quarterly, Slipstream, Poetry Motel, and Rio Grande Review. He is the editor of several books and chapbooks, the latest of which is titled "Disjointed Constellations," available from Toth Press.

Jeff Farmer lives in Ohio.

Deanna Madsen Fogel

Stanley Jenkin's stories and essays have or will appear in Amelia, 32 Pages, The Blue Moon Review, CrossConnectand the Oyster Boy Review. A former and current Spotlight Author, Stanley is a frequent contributor to Eclectica. He lives and works in Queens, New York.

Michael Largo has been published in Eclectica before.

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 a former and current Eclectica Spotlight 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.

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.

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

A.Y. Tanaka comes to us from Kealakekua, Hawaii.