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Contributors Summer 2009

Astrid Cabral is a leading poet and environmentalist from the Amazonian region of Brazil. She is the translator of Thoreau’s Walden and Civil Disobedience into Portuguese. Recent collections of her poetry include The Anteroom, Gazing Through Water, and Cage. Her work has appeared in over forty anthologies in Brazil and abroad. In this country, over fifty of her poems have appeared in Amazonian Literary Review, Cincinnati Review, Confrontation, Calque, Dirty Goat, Evansville Review, Home Planet News, Northwest Review, Osiris, Per Contra, Pleiades, Poetry East, Runes, Sirena and Two-Lines.


Stephen Dixon taught fiction at Johns Hopkins University. He published fourteen collections of short fiction and fifteen novels. His most recent novels are Phone Rings (2005) and The End of I (2006) and Meyer (2007). He has received two NEA fiction fellowships, a Guggenheim, a Literature Award from the Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters, an O.Henry Prize, a Stanford University Stegner fellowship, 1964, and the Train Prize (Paris Review).


Zdravka Evtimova was born in Pernik, Bulgaria. Her short stories have appeared in American journals such as Antioch Review, Massachusetts Review, Belvue Literary review, Hobart,  the anthology “New Sudden Fiction” 2007  etc, as well as in various journals in UK, Canada, Australia, Austria, Germany, France, Japan, Russia, India, Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Argentina, Turkey, Romania, Nepal, Iran, South Africa, Macedonia, Albania and Serbia.


Her short story collection, Bitter Sky” was published by “Skrev Press” UK, 2003, her short story collection “Somebody Else” was published by MAG Press, USA in 2004, her novel “God of Traitors” was published by Books for a Buck, USA in January 2007. Her short story collection “Miss Daniella” was published by Skrev Press, UK, in April 2007.


Her short story “Vassil” was one of the 15 award winning stories in the BBC world-wide short story competition 2005. In was broadcast by Radio BBC UK in February 2006.  Her short story “It Is Your Turn” was one of the ten award winning story, which after a world-wide competition was included in the anthology “Dix auteurs du monde entire” (Ten Writers from All over the world’ In Nantes, France, 2005. Her short story “Blood of a Mole” was included in the anthology “New Sudden Fiction” USA 2007, containing the best short stories under 2000 words published in USA since 2000.


In Bulgaria Zdravka Evtimova has won a number of literary awards including the Gencho Stoev 2004 literary award for a short story by a Balkan Author, the Razvitie Literary Award for best Bulgarian contemporary novel in 2000, Best Prose Work 2003 award of the Union of Bulgarian Writers for her novel “Thursday.” etc.


Mary Feuer makes her living as a screenwriter, working primarily in television and feature films. Her original web series, "With the Angels," created for the online network Strike.TV, was recently honored with Streamy Award nominations for writing and directing, and can be seen at Mary's short story, "Valentine's Day at the Psych Hospital," appears in the anthology “What Was I Thinking: 58 Bad Boyfriend Stories” from Saint Martin’s Press. She has been a finalist for both the Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize for Fiction and the Mary C. Mohr Fiction Award, and her story “House on Fire” won the Grand Prize in the 2006 Writer’s Digest competition (which had more than 19000 entries).


Anne Frydman, who passed away last spring, was a poet and translator whose original poetry has appeared in a number of literary magazines, as have her translations. Many of her translations of Sergei Dovlatov’s work were published in The New Yorker. She translated Osip Mandelstam: 394 with Jean Valentine. Among her translations from the Russian, OURS: A Russian Family Album, By Sergei Dovlatov was a New York Times Notable Book in 1989. She also translated Dovlatov’s The Compromise, (1983) and At His Side: The Last Years of Isaac Babel, by A. N. Pirozhkova, (with Robert L. Busch) (1996). She was a Fellow in the Columbia University Society of Fellows in the Humanities. She was also on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University.


Gwenna Johnson is from Eastern Pennsylvania.  She graduated from Drexel University and is a member of Sigma Tau Delta.  She worked for Drexel's Publishing Group and also collaborated with the Painted Bride Quarterly.  While continuing to write, her plans are to pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine.  Her experiences as a veterinary intern on dairy farms in Southern Pennsylvania inspired the piece "Freshening."


Donald Kuspit click here for biographical statement.


Alexis Levitin click here for biographical statement.


Ed Meek has published articles, fiction and poetry in magazines and newspapers including The North American Review, The Paris Review, Yankee, North Dakota Quarterly, The Boston Globe, etc. His latest book of poems, What We Love, was published by Blue Light Press and is available at Amazon. He teaches Composition and Creative Writing at Austin Preparatory School .


Elliot Richman has won both an NEA and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. He has published four full collections: The World Dancer; Honorable Manhood: Poems of Eros and Dust; Walk On, Trooper; and Franz Kafka's Daughter Meets the Evil Nazi Empire!!!: Holocaust-tainted Poems.  Presently, he works on US Navy warships.


Steven Schrader has published four collections of short stories, the most recent of which is What We Deserved (Hanging Loose Press 2006).  He was the Director of Teachers & Writers Collaborative for ten years and still serves as co-chair of its board.  He was the publisher of Cane Hill Press, which specialized in fiction. The three pieces in this issue are from a work in progress, A Writer's Life.


David Slavitt click here for biographical statement.


Alice Teeter writes poetry. Her chapbook String Theory won the Georgia Poetry Society’s 2008 Charles B. Dickson chapbook competition, judged by Lewis Turco. A new collection of poems entitled When it happens to you… was published by Star Cloud Press in January 2009.


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