Summer Contributors

RUTH BEHAR was born in Havana, Cuba and grew up in New York City. She is the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Distinguished Alumna Award from Wesleyan University. Latina Magazine named her, in 1999, one of the 50 Latinas who made history in the twentieth century.

Behar has worked as an ethnographer in Spain, Mexico, and Cuba. Her books include The Presence of the Past in a Spanish Village, Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza’s Story, and The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart. Behar is co-editor of Women Writing Culture and editor of Bridges to Cuba, a pioneering forum of culture and art by Cubans on the island and in the diaspora.

A respected, visible, and provocative scholar, Behar is also known for her essays, poetry, fiction, and work as a filmmaker. Her classic essay, “Juban América,” appeared in King David’s Harp: Autobiographical Essays by Jewish Latin American Writers and her short story, “La Cortada,” was selected by Joyce Carol Oates for inclusion in Telling Stories: An Anthology for Writers. Behar’s poems have been published in Sephardic American Voices: Two Hundred Years of a Literary Legacy, Little Havana Blues: A Cuban-American Literature Anthology, and The Prairie Schooner Anthology of Jewish-American Writers. A chapbook of her poems, Poemas que vuelven a Cuba/Poems Returned to Cuba was published in Matanzas, Cuba by Ediciones Vigía, an editorial collective that produces handmade artisanal books in small editions. Her collection of prose poems, Everything I Kept/Todo lo que guardé, exploring the theme of loss, was published by Ediciones Vigía in 2001.

Behar wrote, directed, and produced Adio Kerida/Goodbye Dear Love: A Cuban Sephardic Journey, an 82-minute video documentary distributed by Women Make Movies  The documentary is based on the life stories of Sephardic Cuban Jews living in Cuba, Miami, and New York. It has been shown in film festivals all over the world. As an emerging filmmaker, she seeks to bring her humanistic and poetic vision of cultural anthropology to the art of the documentary film.

Behar received her B.A. in Letters (1977) from Wesleyan University, and her M.A. (1980) and Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology (1983) from Princeton University. She is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Further information about her work is available on her web site:

Randall Brown is a teacher who lives outside of Philadelphia with his wife Meg, a cabaret singer, and their two children. He is a Pushcart nominee, a fiction editor with Smokelong Quarterly, and on the editorial board of Philadelphia Stories. He holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Vermont College (June 2006) and a BA from Tufts University. His stories, poems, and essays have been published widely, with work forthcoming in Clackamas Literary Review, Cairn, Del Sol Review, and The Saint Ann's Review.  He’s currently working on a short short collection, Mad To LiveRandall was a fiction contributor in the first issue of Per Contra.

Shulamith Caine is the author of two books of poetry Love Fugue (Silverfish Review, l997), which won the Gerald Cable Poetry Prize for a first full-length book, and World and Local News, which won a chapbook competition by Alms House Press. Her poetry has won many awards, including first place in the Annual Poetry contest of Rock River Review, and the International Merit Award of the Atlanta Review. She is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship for Literature and (also from PCA) a Special Opportunity Stipend. Under the United States government sponsorship, he has read her original poetry and lectured on American poetry in Bangladesh, India, Korea, The Philippines, Taiwan, China and Japan.

Paula Marantz Cohen is Distinguished Professor of English at Drexel University. She is the author of four nonfiction books: The Daughter's Dilemma: Family Process and the Nineteenth-Century Domestic Novel and The Daughter as Reader: Encounters Between Literature and Life (both from U of Michigan Press), Alfred Hitchcock: The Legacy of Victorianism (U Press of Kentucky), and Silent Film and the Triumph of the American Myth (Oxford UP). Jane Austen in Scarsdale or Love, Death, and the SATs is her third novel, following Jane Austen in Boca and Much Ado About Jessie Kaplan (all from St. Martin's Press). She is Co-Editor of jml: The Journal of Modern Literature and the host of The Drexel InterView, a cable talk show. Her essays and stories have appeared in The Yale Review, Raritan, The American Scholar, The Hudson Review, Boulevard, and others. She also writes frequently for The Times Literary Supplement (London).

Gordon Fellman is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies Program (PAX) at Brandeis University.  He has been a member of the Brandeis faculty since 1964, having previously obtained a BA from Antioch College and a PhD. in Sociology from Harvard University.  During his tenure at Brandeis, Professor Fellman has been both a witness to, and a participant in, many campus events that had national significance. In the late 1960s and early 1970s the occupation of Ford Hall and the organization of the National Strike Center were seminal moments in the history of American and African- American student activism. In the 1980s Professor Fellman was active in the American Anti-Apartheid movement, and in particular opposing the use of University investments in South Africa. He has been crucial in bringing world attention to the plight of Tibet and in organizing the 1998 visit of the Dalai Lama to Brandeis. His publications include The Deceived Majority: Politics and Protest in Middle America (1973), and Rambo and the Dalai Lama: The Compulsion to Win and its Threat to Human Survival (1998).

Rulan W. Geiger studied art both in China and the United States. She received an M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.F.A. from the Graduate School of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China. She has taught at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Philadelphia Textile & Science College. Her work is in collections at Wellesley College and Harvard University. She has had one person exhibitions, among other places at Harvard University, The University of Pennsylvania and JKD Gallery in Santa Monica, California. Among her group exhibitions are the National Museum of Art in Beijng, China, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as being included in an Art Exhibition by one hundred Chinese Women Artists in Hong Kong. Her work is included in and the subject of articles in The New York Times, Painters and Politics in The People's Republic of China (University of California Press). and A Collection of Art Work by 20th Century Chinese Women Artists, (File Publishing House, Beijing), Contemporary Chinese Women Painters , Foreign Language Publishing House, Beijing).

Alicia Gifford lives in the Los Angeles area where much of her short fiction is set. Her stories appear in a number of journals including Narrative Magazine, Confrontation, Best American Erotica 2005, 2005 Robert Olen Prize Stories, The Barcelona Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Smokelong Quarterly, Ink Pot and more. Her short story "Toggling the Switch" won Best Online Story for 2004 in the Million Writers Award. She is the fiction editor of the literary magazine Night Train.

Nettie Hartsock is an essayist, fiction writer and veteran e-business journalist. She is also a proud graduate of Goddard College. She is a contributing editor to and is currently working on her one woman show titled, "I'll Take the Husband and Two Kids with A Vagina on the Side to Go." Nettie's favorite comedic writer is Rob Nash. Nettie's Website can be checked out for more in-depth bio content and one can find a pretty good picture of Nettie and Willie Nelson who once profoundly said, "Most of the stuff I've read about me is true." Nettie hails from near Austin, Texas in the Hill Country where folks still wear larger than life hats, and some are still hunting for the elusive jackalope.

Zhi Lin is a graduate of the China National Academy of Fine Arts, the Slade School of Fine Art at the University of London (MFA 1989), and the University of Delaware (MFA 1992).

Lin has shown his work in a number of important institutions in U.S., U.K., and China, including the Princeton University Art Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Art, Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology, the Frye Art Museum, the Cambridge University, the Contemporary Arts Institute In London, and the China National Fine Art Museum.

Lin's work is included in the collections of the Princeton University Art Museum, the Frye Art Museum, the Slade School of Fine Art, the Rothermere Foundation, the Michael Marks Foundation in London, and the China National Fine Art Museum in Beijing. His work is represented by the Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles, and the Howard House Gallery in Seattle.

Lin has been the recipient of the following: Fellow in the Humanities Council and the Tang Center for East Asian Art at the Princeton University, the University of Washington Royalty Research Scholar and Research Fund, Creative Capital Foundation Grant in Painting, Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Artists at Giverny France Grant, Art Matters Foundation Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship in Painting, NEA/Regional Artist's Project Grant, Washington State Arts Commission/Artist Trust Fellowship, Missouri Arts Council Visual Artists' Biennial Grant, and Delaware State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, among many others.

His works were reviewed and published by many national and international print media, including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Kansas City Star, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Artnews, Art in America, American Arts Quarterly, Artweek, and Art Review in London, as well as many others in Chinese language media. His work also was the subject for two monographs, and three special TV programs.

Currently, Zhi Lin holds an appointment as Associate Professor of Painting & Drawing at the School of Art, and as an Affiliated Associate Professor at the China Studies Program, Jackson School of International Studies, at University of Washington, Seattle, where he has lived and worked since 2001. Previously, he taught at the Missouri State University, the China National Academy of Fine Arts, and the Huazhong Normal University in China.

Antonios Maltezos feels lucky to be alive. He's jumped off a canoe into a black lake pissed drunk in his underwear. He's jumped off a tool shed and a second story window. He's driven too fast, rolled a few cars, broken several bones. He's fallen down the stairs in his loose slippers, installed a light fixture on a three-way circuit. He's even answered his cell phone while pouring gas. He climbed one of the Rocky Mountains feeling lucky to be alive, and he has a couple of yellow finches nesting in the red maple outside his morning window. He's made a life with his beautiful Nicole. He tucks his children in every night, and is sure they'll remember the stories he's told, the songs he sang slightly out of tune. Presently, he is hard at work completing his novel told entirely through flash.

Max Mason (III) grew up in Lincoln, Massachusetts. After graduating from Vassar College with a degree in Geology in 1975 he came to Philadelphia to study at the University of Pennsylvania with Neil Welliver in 1981. He is represented by the Gross McCleaf Gallery where he has shown his landscape, still life and baseball paintings since 1985. He has painted several murals for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and recently completed a 10’x 160’ mural, “Pennsylvania Agriculture”, for the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, A life long baseball fan, he began painting baseball subjects at Penn and had a one person show of baseball paintings at the Butler Institute of American Art in 1991. He was commissioned by the Phillies to paint three 10’x 30’ murals of Philadelphia baseball stadiums for Citizens Bank Park. Check them out at “Harry the K’s”, the restaurant under the large scoreboard in left field.

Dr. Maria de la luz Matus-Mendoza, a language educator and sociolinguist. Currently she is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Drexel University. Her research explores language variation and geographical and social movement. She is also interested in language in the media, bilingualism and second language acquisition. She is currently working with attitudes towards language and ethnic groups among Mexicans residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Wadzanai Mhute was born and raised in Zimbabwe. Though she now resides in the United States, her home will always be Zimbabwe. She has been writing for a number of years now but having graduated with a Computer Science degree she realized that writing would always be her number one passion. Her articles have been published in the Philadelphia Weekly, MethodX and Mimi Magazine. She is working on a collection of short stories.

Captain K. Knox Nunnally is a Founding Board Member of “Veterans for Freedom,” this is an advocacy group for all Iraqi War veterans and families of Iraqi War veterans in which their voice and beliefs gained through firsthand experiences and actions in the war may be shared with the American public. DECORATIONS: Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device.  Award for heroic achievement in actions against hostiles in Ar Rutbah and Al Qaim, Iraq during third Iraq tour. Awarded by the Commanding General of the Second Marine Division. Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device.    Feb 2004 – Sept 2004.  Award for heroic achievement in actions against hostiles in Al Fallujah and Al Karmah, Iraq during second Iraq tour. Awarded by the Commanding General of the First Marine Division.  Purple Heart Mar 2004.  Awarded for being wounded in action in downtown Al Fallujah, Iraq by shrapnel from a 60 mm mortar round on 18 March. Awarded by the Commanding Officer of Regimental Combat Team I. Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Feb 2003 - May 2003. Distinguishing device. Award for heroic achievement in actions against hostiles in An Nasiriyah, Iraq during first Iraq tour. Awarded by the Commanding General of the First Marine Division.

Sandra Peart, professor of economics at Baldwin-Wallace College, obtained her PhD in economics from the University of Toronto.  Specializing in the history of economic ideas, she has written extensively on the transition from classical to neoclassical economics.  She is President-Elect of the History of Economics Society, a fellow with the American Council on Education for 2005-6, and the Director of the Summer Institute for the History of Economic Thought at George Mason University.  Her most recent book, The Vanity of the Philosopher:  From Equality to Hierarchy in Post-Classical Economics, co-authored with David M. Levy, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2005.  The authors argue that classical economics was characterized by a form of "analytical egalitarianism" that was overthrown with the coming of biological influences late in the century.  Peart's blog, AdamSmithLives! discusses these and many other ideas in the history of economics.

Anthony Pirnot has had stories and essays appear in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Fence and others. For several years, he lived in Poland, where he taught English as a Peace Corps Volunteer and then as a Fulbright Scholar, studied Polish literature and wrote a novel. He currently lives in Washington D.C. where he works for the U.S. Foreign Service. He is also a recent graduate of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Larry Silver, Farquhar Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, also has taught at Berkeley and Northwestern.  He served as President of the College Art Association and as Editor in Chief of their on-line reviews journal,  Author of a survey textbook, "Art in History" (1993;Prentice-Hall, now out of print), he has also published books, articles and exhibition catalogues in his specialty of Northern European paintings and prints, featuring such artists as Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, and Rembrandt.

David R. Slavitt is the author of 86 books, including his own fiction and poetry as well as his translations from the Greek and the Latin, including, among others: Seneca, Ovid, Virgil and Aeschylus. His translation of OedipusTyrannos will be published this fall by Yale University Press. His non-fiction includes a book on Virgil (also published by Yale) and Physicians Observed, Doubleday, as well as his account of running for office, Blue States Blues, published in April 2006 by Wesleyan University Press. He has also published under the names Henry Sutton, David Benjamin, Lynn Meyer and Henry Lazarus.

Kathrine Varnes is the author of a book of poems, The Paragon (2005), and co-editor with Annie Finch of the University of Michigan poetics handbook, An Exaltation of Forms (2002). Her new play, Listen, will be produced in the University of Missouri Theatre Department's Comedy-in-Concert series in Summer 2007. On line, she coordinates groups of poets to write collaborative sonnet crowns, one of which — What Lips — appears in the current issue of Zinkzine <>. Another crown, Intertidal, is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner.  Varnes recently moved with her family to Lexington in order to teach writing at the University of Kentucky.

Eleanor Wilner's most recent books are The Girl with Bees in Her Hair (2004) and Reversing the Spell: New and Selected Poems (1998), both from Copper Canyon. She is currently on the poetry faculty of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.


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