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Winter 2006 (Issue No. 8)




Table of Contents, Issue 8

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Thaddeus Rutkowski
     In Cars

Jason Rice
     A Knock at the Door

Darryl Halbrooks

Raymond Federman
     Concerning Hotel Soap
     Love in Soapland




Katherine Holmes

Mary Rising Higgins

Sam Pereira
     The Talk Shows Will Answer Everything

Harry Nudel
     E = MC2

Cortney Davis
     When We Lived on the Third Floor
     Onset Beach, Cape Cod, September 24
     Lucid Dreaming                    

Bruce Covey
     Pear Trellis Rust

Alan Sondheim
     Why We Love George W. Bush

CL Bledsoe

Jon Leon
     from Diphasic Rumors

James Cervantes
     Music School
     Found Radio

Richard Kostelanetz
     from Inserts—III


Contributors' Notes


CL Bledsoe lives in Roanoke, Virginia. Recent work of his appears in Nimrod, Margie, The Cimarron Review, Hobart Pulp, The Potomac Review and Clackamas. He, with others, edits Ghoti Magazine.

James Cervantes’s fourth collection of poetry, Temporary Meaning, is now available from Hamilton Stone Editions. He lives in Mesa, Arizona.

Bruce Covey is Adjunct Lecturer of Creative Writing at Emory University and author of three collections of poetry—The Greek Gods as Telephone Wires; Ten Pins, Ten Frames; and the forthcoming Glass Is Really a Liquid (Spring 2007)—all from Front Room Publishers. His recent work also appears in 26, Bombay Gin, Jacket, Explosive Magazine, Pool, CrossConnect, Big Bridge, MiPoesias, Softblow, Boog City, Cranky, GutCult, No Tell Motel, La Petite Zine, and other journals. He edits the web-based poetry journal Coconut and curates the “What’s New in Poetry” reading series in Atlanta.

Cortney Davis, a nurse practitioner in women’s health, is author of Leopold’s Maneuvers from University of Nebraska Press, winner of the 2003 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Her other poetry collections are Details of Flesh (Calyx Books) and The Body Flute (Adastra Press). Her memoir, I Knew a Woman: the Experience of the Female Body came out from Random House in 2001. Poems of hers have appeared in Poetry, Witness, Poetry East, Massachusetts Review, CrazyHorse, Antigonish Review, and, online, in Poetry Daily and the Writer’s Almanac.

Raymond Federman had three new books published in 2005: My Body in Nine Parts [Starcherone Books, Buffalo], More Loose Shoes & Smelly Socks [Six Gallery Press, Los Angeles, and Retour au Fumier [Editions Al Dante, Paris], which was selected as one of the ten best novels of 2005. A play adapted from Federman’s fiction was performed last July at the Avignon Festival—seventeen sold-out performances. Federman, as author, took bows on stage at each performance.

Darryl Halbrooks’s work has been published in Slow Trains, Spoiled Ink, Kudzu, The Chaffin Journal, Clean Sheets and Dispatch Literary Journal. He has three collections of short stories and a fourth one is pending. Mr. Halbrooks is a painter and professor of art at Eastern Kentucky University. His artwork has been exhibited in the US and abroad. More of his artwork and fiction can be seen at http://www.darrylhalbrooks.com/ .

Mary Rising Higgins’s most recent book is Cliff Tides (Singing Horse Press, 2005). Other books of hers include Locus Tides (Potes and Poets Press, 2003); Mary Rising Higgins Greatest Hits, 1990-2001 (Pudding House Publications, 2002); Oclock (Potes and Poets Press, 2000), RED TABLE(S, Selected Poems (La Alameda Press, 1999). The renku in this issue will appear next fall in Borderlining: r & B, from the Small Chapbook Project, Peter Ganick, publisher. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Katherine Holmes’s work has appeared in The South Dakota Review, Phantasmagoria, WordWrights, Talking River Review, The Minnesota Poetry Calendar, Porcupine, Sidewalks, Skyways and Ice Houses (a Walker Art Center exhibition catalogue). Her work appears online in Full Circle, Gin Bender, The Front Street Review, Facets whimperbang, Eclectica, and The King’s English. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota, where she works with used and rare books.

Richard Kostelanetz is the subject of entries in Contemporary Poets, Contemporary Novelists, Postmodern Fiction, Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, A Reader’s Guide to Twentieth-Century Writers, the Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature, Webster’s Dictionary of American Authors, The HarperCollins Reader’s Encyclopedia of American Literature, NNDB.com, and the Encyclopedia Britannica, among other distinguished directories. Living in New York City, where he was born, he still needs two bucks to take a subway.

Jon Leon’s Diphasic Rumors is a serial poem in 100 parts, some of which have appeared or will soon appear in Word for/Word, MiPoesias, Backwards City Review, Coconut, Fell Swoop and Kulture Vulture. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he edits the upstart poetry magazine Wherever We Put Our Hats.

Harry Nudel was born in 1946 in a DP camp in Gleiwitza, Poland, the largest town near Auschwitz, coming to the United States in 1949. He studies at CCNY and earned a Ph.D. at SUNY Buffalo. He lives in New York City, where he works as a bookseller, scout, etc.

Sam Pereira has published two books of poetry: The Marriage of the Portuguese (L’Epervier Press, 1978) and Brittle Water (Abattoir Editions/Penumbra Press, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1987). His poems have appeared in such magazines as Antioch Review, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Manoa, Cutbank, and Salt River Review. His new book, A Café in Boca, is to be published by Tebot Bach, Inc.

Jason Rice has written book reviews online at Ain't It Cool News for the past five years. He's also written three novels—The Murder Rule, Why Wolves Are So Strong and Salad Days—all unpublished. After receiving his BFA in photography from The Rhode Island School of Design he wound up in the South of France, teaching. He's worked for Joan Rivers, Hal Hartley, and on various movies and television shows. His stories have appeared online at the Istanbul Literature Review, 3ammagzine.com and in the literary magazine Writers Notes. At work on a new novel, he lives in New Jersey with his family.

Thaddeus Rutkowski's first novel, (Kaya Press), was a finalist for an Asian-American Literary Award. His second novel, Tetched, was published recently by Behler Publications. His work has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter. His Web site can be found at www.thaddeusrutkowski.com.

Alan Sondheim’s books include the anthology Being on Line: Net Subjecti-vity (Lusitania, 1996), Disorders of the Real (Station Hill, 1988), .echo (alt-X digital arts, 2001), Vel (Blazevox 2004-5), Sophia (Writers Forum, 2004), Orders of the Real (Writers Forum, 2005), and The Wayward (Salt, 2004). His videos and films have been widely exhibited. Since January 1994, he has been working on an “Internet Text,” a continuous meditation on philosophy, psychology, language, body, and virtuality. He is currently working with the Swiss dancer/ choreographer Foofwa d’Imobilite on new work to be premiered in Switzerland and Italy. In May 2006, he will have a major solo show at Track 16 Gallery in Los Angeles.








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