Nov/Dec 1999

Tom Dooley co-edits Eclectica, teaches high school English, and coaches wrestling in Tucson, Arizona. On Thursday nights, he sings karaoke.

Julie King has an MA in creative writing and teaches at University of Wisconsin, Parkside. One of her poems appears in Iowa Press's Boomer Girls. A former contributor, Julie is now a co-editor of Eclectica.

Rachel Baron is a twenty-something graduate student in Western New York. After a year-long hiatus, she has begun to write poetry again and can cite Eclectica as her second professional publication. In addition, she edits 12th Planet, an online literary journal.

Tara Brever attends the University of Wisconsin at Parkside and is a student in Julie King's poetry class. She feels everyone should take Julie King's poetry class. She describes her childhood as "hunting and gathering": maiming, killing, and collecting material for poems.

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.

Dan Bullock attends the University of Wisconsin at Parkside, where he's studying English and Communications and is a student in Julie King's poetry class. He is 20 years old and states that if he could be anything in the world, he would be a poem or a song.


Michael David Coffey's life wanders through the canyons of experience.

Allen Gaborro was born March 4, 1966 in Manila, Phillipines. He is presently working as an Editorial Analyst and as a freelance writer. Allen graduated from College of Notre Dame in Belmont, CA with B.A. in Political Science. He has other work featured in AKDA Philippine Literary Magazine and in Ed's Internet Book Review.

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 Spotlight Author, Stanley now writes a regular column for the Salon. He lives and works in Queens, New York.

Chris Johnson attends the University of Wisconsin at Parkside and is a student in Julie King's poetry class. She is an English major because she wants to be able to say 'do you want fries with that?' really, really well.

S.K. Kelen

Carol La Foret lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with her husband Walt and children Jake and Elisabeth, where she writes poetry and music. She has had 63 poems published in 30 literary magazines, and her work has been included in six anthologies.

Lili C. Love

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).

Patty Mooney has appeared in Eclectica before. She lives in San Diego where she and her husband own and operate a video production company, Crystal Pyramid Productions, and stock-footage library, New & Unique Videos. She will be honored this year, for the second time, as one of the Top 100 Producers of the year. She welcomes visitors at her website.

Laurence Overmire is an actor/director/writer who has worked on stage, film and television. His poetry has been or will be published in a number of online publications, including Kimera, The Penwood Review, Nuthouse, and Lynx Eye.

Shann Palmer is now Editor in Chief of La Petite Zine at Web del Sol. She has appeared in Eclectica twice before. Her nephew has been missing from Wasilla, Alaska, since June 4th. He is 15 and left a party, not to be seen since.

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.

Shoshauna Shy has been published in Tintern Abbey, Gravity, Taproot Literary Review, Whiskey Island, The Wisconsin Poets' Calendar, Fresh Ground and about twenty other journals and litmags. Her first chapbook is forthcoming from Pudding House Publications.

Ann Skea lives in Australia and is author of Ted Hughes: The Poetic Quest (UNE Press, Australia). She writes darn good book reviews.

Suzanne Thomson is this month's spotlight author. Now Suzanne d’Corsey, she is the author of short fiction, plays, experimental writing, poetry, essays, and book reviews. More than a dozen of d’Corsey’s stories have been published in literary journals and on the web, and poems in publications such as The Anglican Theological Review, Poet Magazine, and others. Her plays have been produced by the Oklahoma Repertory Theatre Company, a radio play broadcast by an NPR affiliate, plus shorter works in various festivals.

Jay Walsh is twenty-nine years old and lives in Boulder, Colorado. He has an MFA from the Naropa Institute. His work has been published in The Sun magazine, Lullwater Review, Damaged Goods, and in an upcoming issue of 2wice Magazine (May 2000). In 1997 he received honorable mention in the Richard DuPrey Awards for his poetry; in 1998 he won the Jack Kerouac Award for fiction. Jimmy currently works for PeerCare, an Internet community of support groups for those affected by illness or disease. He recently finished his first novel, ROLL AGAIN, which is being serialized by Savoy Magazine, beginning next March, and for which he is seeking an agent/publisher.

Christopher Watkins has been a professional songwriter and musician for seven years, and has released four albums under the name PREACHER BOY, with a fifth due in the spring of 2000. In the spring of 1999, he began his first forays into 'pure' literature, which has so far culminated in the writing of a first novel and a collection of short stories. He has lived in Iowa, Michigan, Washington, California, England, Italy, Ireland, and currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

Jim Wright hasn't told us anything about himself yet.