Per Contra

Summer 2007


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Jennifer Anthony received her MFA in Writing for Children from Spalding University. Her short story series, Tonics, appears/will appear in the spring/summer/fall/winter 2007 issues of The First Line ( When she’s not writing or working at a not-for-profit education policy firm, she divides her time between travel and mentoring for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. You can visit her website at

Cheryl Chambers is a poet and fiction writer.  Her work has been published at The Hiss Quarterly, Ascent Aspirations, eclectica and FRiGG, among others.  She reads for the flash fiction publication Vestal Review.

Kelly Cherry is the author of sixteen books and eight chapbooks of poetry, fiction, essay, and memoir. Her most recent title is History, Passion, Freedom, Death, and Hope: Prose about Poetry (U of Tampa Press 2005).  Louisiana State University Press will publish her seventeenth book, Hazard and Prospect: New and Selected Poems, in the fall. She is Eudora Welty Professor Emerita of English and Evjue-Bascom Professor Emerita in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives with her husband on a small farm in Virginia.

Liesl Jobson is a South African musician. Her writing has appeared in The Southern Review, The Mississippi Review, Snow*vigate, elimae, Noö Journal, LICHEN and in South African journals Chimurenga, Timbila, New Coin, New Contrast, Green Dragon and Fidelities. She won the 2005 POWA Women’s Writing Poetry Competition and the 2006 Ernst van Heerden Award from the University of the Witwatersrand . She is a poetry editor at Mad Hatters’ Review and her anthology of short-short fiction will be published by Botsotso later this year.

Leonard Kress spent 40 years in and around Philadelphia before moving to the Great Black Swamp in Ohio, where he teaches religion, philosophy, art history, and creative writing at Owens College.  He has published 4 collections of poetry, most recently, Orphics, Kent State University Press and a translation of the 19th century Polish Romantic epic, Pan Tadeusz by Adam Mickiewicz.  Recent poetry, fiction, and translations have appeared in Iowa Review, Massachusetts Review, Missouri Review, Electronic Poetry Journal.  You can read his blog at:

Mark Rudman is the author of eight books of poetry including The Rider Quintet for which the title volume received the National Book Critics Circle Award.  A section of the fifth volume Sundays on the Phone can be heard as a radio play on with the actress Martha Plimpton in the role of the poet’s mother. Sections from works in progress have appeared in recent issues of The New York Review of Books Classics, Raritan, The American Poetry Review, TLS, London Review of Books.  A revised twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Robert Lowell and the Poetic Act will appear in 2007 with Parlor Press,

Stephen Sandy’s latest collection of poems is Weathers Permitting (2005). Surface Impressions, or The Mystery of Things, a poem in eight parts, appeared in 2002. In 2006, he received an award for exceptional accomplishment in literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Lesley C. Weston lives and writes in New York City. Her work has or will appear in Smokelong Quarterly, Ars Medica, UR Paranormal, Duck & Herring Field Guide, GUD Magazine, Alien Skin and The Pisgah Review, among others.


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