Vol. 1, No. 2



Contributors to our current issue are:

Martin B. Anderson studied art at Long Beach City College and California State University Long Beach. From 1976-1979, he was drawn into an unusual project doing large collaborative paintings on the streets of Los Angeles. From 1983-1988 he had his own sign business in Long Beach, California, which gave him a broader and deeper view of art. His work has been shown at the Museum of People's Art, the Salem Art Fair, the Portland Arts Festival, the Bellevue Art Museum and elsewhere.

LeAne Austin is a freelance writer and photographer whose work has been published in the Pacific NW Inlander, Spokesman Review, Oregon Herald eForum, Caregiver Magazine and several other regional presses. Her first book, a collection of essays for women entitled, "Rooms Where I Live," was published in 2004, by Luminary Press.

Turiya Autry is working on her M.A. in English at Portland State University.

Brandy Bauer has been living and working as a writer and editor in Kabul, Afghanistan for almost three years. An MFA graduate from Minnesota State University, Mankato, she is currently working on a collection of essays, Ghosts of Persia, about her escapades in the Persian-speaking world.

Patricia Bollin’s poetry has appeared in Pegasus, Manzanita Quarterly, The Grove Review, The Clackamas Literary Review and is forthcoming in Pearl. Her book reviews have appeared in Writers NW and CALYX. She is a recipient of a residency at Soapstone, a writing retreat for women. She lives in Portland, Oregon where she works as a program officer for the national service program, AmeriCorps.

Allen Brings studied with Otto Luening, Gardner Read, and Roger Sessions. He has twice served as chairman of the eastern region of the American Society of University Composers and is vice-president of Connecticut Composers. Each year since 1975 he has received an ASCAP Award. In 1988 he was awarded an Individual Artist Grant by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. His published compositions have been recorded by Capstone, Centaur, Grenadilla, Contemporary Recording Studios, North/South Consonance, Arizona University Recordings, and Vienna Modern Masters.

Fred Bubbers received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the State University of New York at Albany in 1982. He currently lives in Columbia, Maryland. His essays and short stories have appeared in Seeker Magazine, The Angler, Word Riot, and The Square Table.

Martin Burke is a poet and playwright. His poems have appeared widely in journals in the UK (Stride, Shearsman, more), the United States (Verse, Drunken Boat, more), Ireland (Virtual Writer, The Dublin Quarterly, more), Austria (Poetry Salburg Review), and Sweden (Ars Interpres). His two most recent books are The Other Life (FootHills Publishing, NY, 2004) and The Weave That Binds Us (Inner Circle Publishing, Iowa, 2004) with two new books scheduled to appear soon. His plays have been performed in the UK, the US and Belgium. Burke was born in Ireland but now lives and works in Brugge, Belgium.

Nancy Calef paints people juxtaposed in ordinary situations while humorously addressing issues facing society. Her addition of the 3rd dimension (breaking the plane of the canvas with sculpture and found objects) creates a dynamic and unique style. She has also created a plein air body of work through her travels while studying the culture and landscape of many countries. Her work has been shown at the Gage Gallery, Roosevelt University, Chicago; the Fresno Art Museum; Koo's Gallery, Long Beach; and elsewhere.

Tom Chambers was born on a farm in the religiously conservative area of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After high school he joined the Navy and spent a year on a patrol boat base in Vietnam which profoundly affected his outlook on life. Chambers earned a BFA from the Ringling School of Art and Design. His work has been widely exhibited throughout the United States, including OK Harris Gallery, New York; Photo Eye Gallery, Sante Fe; and ArtSpace Gallery, Raleigh, NC. He has received numerous awards and honors for his work including a 2000-2001 Fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and a 2005-2006 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts fellowship.

Peter Ciccariello is a visual artist and writer living in Providence, Rhode Island. He is Co-owner of The Creative Matrix, an Internet artist community that focuses on both digital and non-digital mixed media art. Ciccariello has been the featured artist at the Tryst Online Journal (Issue XII, March 2005) and has done many shows, including one at Dudley House, Harvard University (February, 2005). His work also appears in the first issue of Oregon Literary Review.

Sage Cohen received her MA in Creative Writing from NYU. Her poems have been published in journals such as Poetry Flash, Mudfish, The San Francisco Reader, La Petite Zine and Comet. She recently completed a collection of poems titled Like the heart, the world.

Don Colburn won the 2005 Cider Press Review Book Award for his book of poems, As If Gravity Were a Theory. His poems have won The Iowa Review's McGinnis Award, The Madison Review's Felix Pollak Award and the Discovery/The Nation Award.

Rob Collier has his music featured on the CD, The Century of Aeroplanes. He recently won a competition held by the Kentucky Music Educator’s Association for his composition “A Long, Long Rope” (2004). As part of the award, the composition will be performed at KMEA’s annual convention in Louisville in the spring of 2006. As a founding member of the Louisville based alt-bluegrass group, Fire the Saddle, Rob has recorded three full length CDs.

Maaike Davidson is currently seeking an MFA in Dramatic Writing at the University of Idaho and like all writers has delusions of grandeur.

Louis Delegato is an artist who has exhibited widely.

Sandra de Helen has a long history of writing for the stage. Any stage. She was a founder of both the Actors’ Sorority in Kansas City, Missouri and the Portland Women’s Theatre Company in Oregon. Currently, de Helen’s play The Bobbsey Twins Go to Hell is being filmed by Moon Tribe Studios. Her recent work with language-based experimental plays adds to her repertoire of comedy, drama, musicals, full-length, one act, 10-minute, and well-made plays.

Barbara Drake writes poetry and prose. Her chapbook, Small Favors, was recently published by Traprock Press. She is also the author of Peace at Heart: an Oregon Country Life, a collection of personal essays published by Oregon State University Press, Writing Poetry, a college creative writing textbook published by Heinle (formerly Harcourt), in print and widely used since 1983, and several collections of poetry including What We Say to Strangers, Love at the Egyptian Theatre, and others. She teaches at Linfield College.

David Eames-Harlan is a marketing strategist and writer for one of the largest companies in the world. He is a regular contributor to Woodcraft Magazine and has published two books on web programming. His plays have appeared in the University of Idaho’s DNA Festival of Very, Very, Very Short Plays and his fiction has been featured in the online magazine Haypenny. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Dramatic Writing at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.

George A. Freek is a playwright and poet. His play Waiting for Julia was published by Playscripts and Concerto Grosso by JAC Publishing. His poetry has appeared in The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Rough Road Review, Wazee Poetry Journal, Springboard Journal and Mastodon Dentist. Laws of Necessity was produced in New York City by Blue Box Productions.

Erik Gauger writes: "I write to humor, entertain, and come up with a set of ideas about the places I visit for my readers to think about." He maintains the website Notes from the Road, "a world of rough roads, rum, world history, ecology, geography and human nature."

Geoffrey Gordon has written orchestral and chamber music--vocal and instrumental--as well as scores for theater, film and dance. His music has been called "brilliant" (Philadelphia Inquirer), "stunning" (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel), "wonderfully idiomatic" (Salt Lake Tribune), "haunting" (Strings Magazine) and “remarkable” (Fanfare). During the past year, Mr. Gordon's works were performed more than fifty times on three continents. He has been nominated for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Elise Stoeger Prize, which honors achievement in chamber music composition, and is the 2003 recipient of the Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship in Music Composition.

Leanne Grabel is a poet, spoken word performer and illustrator who teaches Language Arts and Creative Writing throughout the tri-county area, most currently at Rosemont Rehabilitation Center and School and Marshall High School. She is also the co-founder of the legendary Cafe Lena.

Devlin Hudson has studied theatre and film at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California and Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania and now studies philosophy at Portland State University.

Geof Huth is a writer of textual and visual poetry. He writes frequently about visual poetry, especially on his weblog, dbqp: visualizing poetics . His chapbooks include Analphabet, The Dreams of the Fishwife, ghostlight, Peristyle, To a Small Stream of Water (or Ditch) , and wreadings. Huth recently edited &2: an/thology of pwoermds, the first-ever anthology of one-word poems. His most recent book was a box of pages entitled water vapour. Next up is the chapbook Out of Water from Paper Kite Press.

Lawson Fusao Inada is a professor of writing at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. His most recent books of poetry are Legends From Camp and Drawing The Line. He is also the editor of a new collection of writing Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience.

Barbara Jenni has been published in Lands' End, Down East, Yankee, Bicycle Magazine, Portland Press Herald, and elsewhere. She has received several honorable mention awards, including the National League of American Pen Women and the Masters Literary Award. But her biggest award is the reward of having a husband who has laughed at her jokes and articles for 49 years.

Bo Björn Johnson is a student at Portland State University, where he is pursuing a Masters degree in Book Publishing. He has been writing on and off since high school—but mostly off. Primarily an editor he finds working with other authors and their words to be a much more rewarding experience. In addition to his studies, Johnson is in the process of launching a comic book publishing company, Bowler Hat Comics, which will be an imprint within a larger publishing house whose name is yet to be determined.

Donna Kuhn is a poet, author, artist, dancer and creator of experimental videos.

Barbara La Morticella is the author of Rain on Waterless Mountain, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.

Danielle Larson lives in Portland, Oregon and is the mother of three grown children. She is a painter, author and poet. The creative arts have been her salvation.

JiGuang Li is an Oregon poet. He recently completed a masters degree in the TESOL program at Portland State University.

Dimitris Lyacos was born in 1966 in Athens. His trilogy Poena Damni, translated in English, Italian, Spanish and German, has been performed extensively in Europe and the United States. A voice installation of Nyctivoe produced by the Austrian Cultural Forum opened last March in London and is currently touring Europe.

Will Luers is the winner of the 2005 Nantucket Film Festival screenwriting competition and Showtime Tony Cox Award. Along with screenwriting, he has over fifteen years experience shooting and editing video documentaries and experimental shorts. A world traveler, he has taught video production and film studies in Italy, Japan, Spain and Cuba. He currently teaches film history in the Media Arts Department of Pacific University. Will holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in Folklore and Folklife and an MFA in Film from Columbia University.

Julie Mae Madsen is a freelance writer, regular contributor to 100words.net, occasional Distributed Proofreader, co-founder of THWACK writing group, a dogged NaNoWriMo participant, INTP and member of CCBC – Portland Clowns.

Shannon Martin is an attorney from Anchorage, Alaska. His inspiration for writing screenplays came from a short stint as a mailroom clerk and agent's assistant at United Talent Agency following law school. At present, Shannon actively practices law, though he is devoted to and passionate about screenwriting, and would like to become a working screenwriter. His screenplay Talent is based on his one-act play of the same name.

Carolyn Reynolds Miller has published poems in Poetry Northwest, Ironwood, The Malahat Review, and in the 2002 anthology, Millennial Spring. Her book, Rising & Falling was a 2002 finalist for the Oregon Book Award in Poetry.

Gay Monteverde was a fiction writer until Northwest Children's Theater's artistic director (who is also her son) suggested she write for the stage. Her first play, Harriet Tubman: An American Hero, was a finalist in the 2000 American Alliance of Theater and Education new play competition. The Arabian Nights was a finalist for the 2004 Oregon Book Award's Angus L. Bowmer Award for Drama. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches writing and works as a freelance writer/editor.

Scott Nadelson is author of two short story collections, The Cantor's Daughter and Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories, winner of the Oregon Book Award for short fiction and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. He teaches at Willamette University.

Steve Patterson is the author of over 25 plays, with works produced in Portland, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, Tampa, and, recently, Christchurch, New Zealand. His plays "Bombardment" and "Altered States of America" have been finalists for the Oregon Book Award. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, a former board member of the Northwest Playwrights Guild, and is a member of Portland Center Stage's PlayGroup playwrights workshop. He is also the co-founder and co-artistic director of Pavement Productions.

Paulann Petersen has published poems in Poetry, The New Republic, Prairie Schooner, Willow Springs, Calyx, and the Internet’s Poetry Daily. A collection of her poems, The Wild Awake, was published by Confluence Press in 2002; Quiet Lion Press published Blood-Silk, a volume of her poems about Turkey, in 2004; and a third collection, A Bride of Narrow Escape has just been released from Cloudbank Books. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she serves on the board of Friends of William Stafford, organizing the January Stafford Birthday Events.

Maria Pollack has been published in The Little Magazine, The Loyalhanna Review, Wings, Quantum Tao, Art Times, The Ghost in the Gazebo: An Anthology of New England Ghost Stories and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, New York.

Ann Powers has worked as an environmental lobbyist and as an English professor. Currently she pursues an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop. She has published fiction in Byline and Camus, and articles in environmental magazines. "In the Land of Perfect Children" is an excerpt from her newly completed manuscript, Starting Late: essays on marriage, motherhood, and adoption. This is her first published non-fiction essay.

Ginger Rankin has an MA in Education and is soon to complete her MFA in Theater - Dramatic Writing - at the University of Idaho. Her ten-minute play Spice Island was a finalist in the 2004 ACTF competition, and two of her short stories are included in the upcoming anthology, "Under the Julie Tree" from Macmillan/Caribbean. She has had several plays produced in the DNA Short Play Festival 2004 -2006. Her children's play POW! was produced summer 2005 as the Idaho Repertory Theater for Youth selection.

Carlos Reyes is an Irish-American poet and translator. His books of poetry include The Shingle Weaver’s Journal, a finalist for the Elliston Prize; Nightmarks, and A Suitcase Full of Crows. He has also published nine chapbooks including The Windows, The Prisoner, The Orange Letters, At Doolin Quay, Open Doors, and a translation of Edwin Madrid’s Puertas abiertas. Hundreds of his poems appeared in national and international literary journals and anthologies.

Lily Barmor Rose earned her Ph.D. in Music Composition and Theory at the University of Oregon. While developing into a well-rounded musician, she won composition and piano competitions, awards, scholarships, and graduate assistantships. As an accomplished soloist, chamber musician and accompanist, she performed in Schwanter's In Evening's Stillness with the Oregon Wind Ensemble, aired on Iowa Public Radio in Rachmaninoff's second piano concerto as a Young Artist concerto competition winner, and premiered piano works of James McCray on Iowa Public Television.

Vern Rutsala is the author of twelve collections of poetry, including The Window, Laments, The Journey Begins, and Little-Known Sports. Among the awards for his work are a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA grants, the Juniper Prize, an Oregon Book Award, two Carolyn Kizer Poetry Prizes, the Duncan Lawrie Prize, a Pushcart Prize, the Akron Poetry Prize, the Northwest Poetry Prize, and a Masters Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Arthur Saltzman teaches at Missouri Southern State University and is the author of several books, including the essay collections Objects and Empathy, which won the First Series Creative Nonfiction Award from Mid-List Press, and Nearer, which came out this spring from Parlor Press. His work has appeared in such journals as Gettysburg Review, Cream City Review, Iowa Review, Black Warrior Review, Fiction International, Florida Review, Ascent, and many others.

Guilherme Schroeter is a composer of Neoclassical music, Jazz, and Pop. He was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1960 to a family of musicians. He received his Music Degree in 1988. He has been a concert pianist as well as a composer. Schroeter has written over 200 works.

Peter Sears won the 1999 Pergrine Smith Poetry Competition for his book of poems, The Brink. His first book-length collection, Tour, was published in 1987. He has also published four chapbooks of poetry and two teaching books, Secret Writing and Gonna Bake Me a Rainbow Poem. His work has been published in many magazines and literary journals and widely anthologized.

Floyd Skloot is a nonfiction writer, poet, and novelist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Poetry, American Scholar, Georgia Review, Sewanee Review, Southern Review, Boulevard, Creative Nonfiction, Shenandoah and elsewhere. He's published eleven books. His awards include the 2004 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction; the 2004 Independent Publishers Book Award in Creative Nonfiction; Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award; Oregon Book Awards in both Creative Nonfiction and Poetry; a Pushcart Prize; two appearances in The Best American Essays, The Best American Science Writing, The Best Spiritual Writing, and The Art of the Essay.

Michael B. Sowinski became a professional performer with the award-winning group "Borrowed Reality," where his repertoire expanded to include sax and drum performance. Sowinski wrote and collaborated on several pieces for the band's 1997 CD More Than You See. His first classical piece, "Windsong," was commissioned and completed in 2001 for a North Carolina Bed and Breakfast business by the same name. It was utilized continuously by the facility until its sale in 2003, then incorporated into Sowinski's 2006 classical CD entitled Windsong: A Mountain Journey.

Kim Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, a zone of exploration in creative writing. He holds a Ph.D. in medieval literature from the University of Oregon, and is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, most recently Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford (Graywolf Press, 2002) and The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft (University of Georgia Press, 2003). He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he seeks to invite many voices to create literature as part of the healing of the world.

William Stafford published his first major collection of poems, Traveling Through the Dark, when he was forty-eight. It won the National Book Award in 1963. He went on to publish more than sixty-five volumes of poetry and prose. Among his many honors and awards were a Shelley Memorial Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Western States Lifetime Achievement Award in Poetry. In 1970, he was the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a position currently known as the Poet Laureate). Oregon's Poet Laureate, Stafford died at his home in Lake Oswego, Oregon, on August 28, 1993.

Beverly Standish has written and performed all kinds of music, from music for live theater and film, to rock and roll. After teaching music in Portland Public Schools for 23 years, Bev decided to focus her interests on writing music for motion pictures, which has naturally led to proficiency in computer technology. She has become an independent film producer and 3D animator. She is currently writing music and doing 3D animation for a fantasy/thriller/music education video called, “The Escape of Middle C.”

Rick Steber is the author of 27 books. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his achievements in Western literature, including the 2005 Spur Award for Best Wastern Novel for Buy the Chief a Cadillac. Other awards include the Favell Museum Western Heritage Award, Benjamin Franklin Award, Mid-America Publishers Book Award, and Oregon Library Association Award. He is a member of the Western Writers of America.

Shorsha Sullivan was born in Dublin in 1932. He studied Classics at Leeds and has spent most of his working life in England. He has a special interest in modern Greek theatre and poetry.

Luca Vanneschi was born in 1962, in Montepulciano, Italy. He studied composition under Detlav Glanert, Carlo Alberto Neri, David Graham, and Dinu Ghezzo. His pieces are performed and broadcast worldwide, and he has received a shower of awards. Since 2002, he has been a fellow in the North American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dorothy Velasco, of Springfield, Oregon, has written over thirty plays produced around the United States and in Canada, Mexico and London. Her outdoor drama, Oregon Fever, played for eleven summers at Oregon City. She co-authored the feature film, Raising Flagg, starring Alan Arkin, and wrote and co-produced several award-winning documentaries. Velasco has received an Oregon Institute of Literary Arts Playwriting Fellowship, an Oregon Individual Artist Fellowship, Eugene Arts Foundation Arts & Letters Award and the John Alvord Award for Service to the Arts.

Zachary J. Zerzan is an undergraduate English major at Portland State University.