Jan/Feb 2000

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.

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.

Susan Derby recently moved to San Francisco, after two years in London. She is the Clubs Editor at a publication called SF Weekly, coordinating club and concert listings, as well as writing music-related articles and previews once in a while. This is the second poem she's published; the first appeared on-line in Sapphire Magazine. Her poem "Unleashed" is dedicated to Mathew Marlowe, 1975-1997, a good friend and an unforgettable spirit who contracted the AIDS virus.

Jennifer Finstrom lives in West Allis, Wisconsin.

Annette Marie Hyder is a freelance writer whose credits include regular contribution to an international bridal magazine, short stories and magazine articles. Recent additions to her poetry portfolio include The Green Tricycle, The Horsethief's Journal (Issue #6), Mentress Moon, Niederngasse (the ezine), Stirring (forthcoming) and Niederngasse Print Journal, Jan. 2000. She sees life as a poem that is constantly altering its form to accommodate one's world view/experiences. She believes that in love you should not say it with flowers, you should say it with words. "Diamonds, however, are always acceptable."

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.

Dennis Kaplan lives in San Francisco, makes his living in the computer field, and has been obsessed with gravity since he was five. He has written fiction and nonfiction, some of which has appeared in: GRUE MAGAZINE, PIERIAN SPRING, THE NEW YORK TIMES SYNDICATE, and THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN. He has also written a science fiction novel, which is currently making the rounds through his agent.

Michael Katz

Coultas W. Kemp is a freelance folk writer of 'outsider' essays, his work has appeared on ezines, and in Central Texas periodicals and newspapers.

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).

Mitchell Metz graduated from Brown University in 1981, where he admits he played football and wrote bad poetry for four years. He is now bald, his degree is irrelevant, and football is just a morning ache in his shoulder. But his writing, he thinks, is getting pretty good.

Ezra Olman was born in Washington D.C. in 1973 and spent his childhood shuttling betweeen school years in Baltimore with his mother and summers in Israel with his father. He has a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and served in the Israeli Army for a year. After a half-year stint in a Talmudic seminary, he settled down in Beit Shemesh, Israel, in a newly built hilltop community that he shares with everyone from Romanian laborers to hyenas to ex-pat Americans like himself. He lives with his wife Jane and 17-month old daughter Avigail.

Jessy Randall is a rare book librarian in Philadelphia. Her poems have appeared in print in Mudfish and Antietam Review, and online in The Blue Moon Review. The 2River View published an illustrated online collection of her poems at www.daemen.edu/~2River. She is very drawn to retellings of myths: Margaret Atwood's poem "Siren Song," for example.

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

Suzanne Thomson is a former Eclectica 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.

Francis Till currently lives in New Zealand surrounded by volcanoes and oceans, realizing how poorly he understood the simplest things on first reading. He believes his story "Pony" is a dark fable that owes more to Russell's notion of subsistence than to Plato's universals.

Frank Van Zant is an award-winning teacher of near-dropouts, new poetry editor of Sport Literate, and father of three. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a semi-finalist at Discovery/The Nation, his first book The Lives of the Two-Headed Baseball Siren is due in ‘99 from Kings Estate Press.