Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
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Contributors

Melissa Fondakowski
Poetry: The Fall, Who Has All the Answers Knows This
Melissa Fondakowski's poems have appeared in Natural Bridge Literary Journal, So to Speak, and others; and can also be found in the Winter 2002 issue of the online journal, Blue Fifth Review. Most recently, she won the 2001 Sow's Ear Review chapbook competition for her volume, Impatiens, which will be available in spring 2002.

Kevin Stone Fries
Non-Fiction: The Felice Picano Diaries: Spring 1982
Kevin Stone Fries is Editor at Chi Rho Press, a small house located in Montgomery Village, Maryland specializing in books about sexuality and spirituality. He has been working with Felice Picano to publish Felice's diaries. Kevin is a Reiki practitioner who is working on various writing and editing projects. Portions of his own diary have appeared in Diarist's Journal.

Malka Geffen
Poetry: Not Quite a Year, Put Your Whole Self In, Heliotrope
Malka Geffen is working toward an MFA in creative writing at Mills College in Oakland, California. She moved to the Bay Area in 1997 from Tucson, Arizona where she was born and bred. Besides writing poetry and enjoying the lifestyle, Malka plays drums and considers her future unemployment with a furrowed brow.

Prince Gomolvilas
Featured Drama: Critical Mass
Prince Gomolvilas is playwright-in-residence at the New Conservatory Theatre Center. He is the author of Big Hunk o' Burnin' Love, Seat Belts and Big Fat Buddhas, The Theory of Everything, Debunking Love, and Bee. He is the recipient of the International Herald Tribune/SRT Playwriting Award, Julie Harris Playwright Award, PEN Center USA West Literary Award for Drama, and a grant from the NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights. His play, The Theory of Everything, will be available from Dramatic Publishing this spring. His short film (co-written by Robert C. Barker), Mulholland Drive Support Group, and other writings can be viewed at www.princegomolvilas.com.

Thea Hillman
Poetry: Fag Hag Gone Bad
Thea Hillman is the author of the critically acclaimed Depending on the Light (Manic D Press). A San Francisco poetry slam champion with an MFA in Creative Writing, Thea has performed her work at festivals, bookstores, and reading series across the country. Her writing has appeared in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Berkeley Review of Fiction, On Our Backs, and Noirotica 1 and 3. She performed a birdcall on The Tonight Show; appeared on the cover of the Oakland, California phone book; but is most proud of her tag-team haiku championship title. Visit www.theahillman.com for more information.

Daniel W.K. Lee
Poetry: Kama's Clay, Disarm, Desire Stays, Sequela
Daniel W.K. Lee is a New York City-based artist and writer on a one-man mission to restore the great love and appreciation for love poems. His work has appeared in Masque: A Journal of Queer Expression, ShoutOut Magazine, spoonfed: amerika, Vice, Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America, and Fourteen Hills. A retired go-go dancer / stripper, he now volunteers his talents as the Editorial Content Manager at HOOK -- a non-profit outreach project for, by, and about men in the sex industry, and as the writer of "The Brady Diaries" at Amateur Bastards.

Christopher Lord
Fiction: Cleaning Au Naturel
Christopher Lord was born in Astoria, Oregon. He has been published in Men on Men 7: Best New Gay Fiction, His 3: Brilliant New Fiction by Gay Writers, Amelia, Confrontation, Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly, The James White Review, Many Mountains Moving, and Blithe House Quarterly. He is the recipient of the 1999 Fellowship to Writers, at Literary Arts, Inc. He lives with his partner of ten years in Portland, Oregon.

Michelle Maihiot
Poetry: Bombers, Auto
Michelle M. Maihiot lives in Massachusetts with her beloved Siamese cat, Satan. She has been published in Bay Windows, Midwest Poetry Review, Sojourner, and The Rockford Review among other periodicals.

Sara McAulay
Fiction: Mild Steel
Sara McAulay grew up in Virginia but has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for most of her adult life. She is the author of three novels and numerous works of short fiction and non-fiction, and has received fellowships for her prose from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Since 1984 she has taught writing and literature at California State University Hayward and is looking forward to semi-retirement. In recent years, she finds herself drawn strongly back to her early loves: graphic arts and sculpture. She edits the online literary journal Tattoo Highway for which she also does most of the graphic design. When not writing, reading manuscripts or creating computer art, she can often be found hanging around salvage yards looking for scrap steel to weld. All things considered, she and her partner would just as soon travel as breathe.

Gerry Gomez Pearlberg
Featured Poetry: From Dyke Dialects / Lesbian Objects
Gerry Gomez Pearlberg's first book of poems, Marianne Faithfull's Cigarette, won the 1998 Lambda Literary Award. Her latest collection, Mr. Bluebird, reissued by University of Wisconsin Press in fall 2003, was awarded the 2001 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry from the Publishing Triangle.

Felice Picano
Featured Lodestar Writer: Non-Fiction: My Problem with Time
Felice Picano's first book was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Since then he has published twenty volumes of fiction, poetry, memoirs, etc. Considered a founder of modern gay literature along with the other members of the Violet Quill Club, Picano also founded two publishing companies: SeaHorse Press and Gay Presses of New York. He's been a regular writer for the San Francisco Examiner, The Lesbian Gay Review, Lambda Book Report and www.barnesandnoble.com. He's also a playwright, with productions across the U.S., and co-author of The New Joy of Gay Sex. Among his many award-winning books are the novels, Like People in History and The Book of Lies. His most recent novel, Onyx, came out to wide acclaim in 2001. His exhibit "Early Gay Presses of New York," debuted at the ONE Institute in L.A. and will be in San Francisco's Central Library from November 15, 2002.

David Pratt
Fiction: My Movie
David Pratt published his short story "All the Young Boys Love Alice" in Lodestar Quarterly, Issue 13. He has also published short fiction in Blithe House Quarterly, Genre, The James White Review, Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly, and other periodicals. He has written, directed, and performed work for the stage, including productions -- all in New York City -- at the Cornelia Street Cafe, Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, and in the Eighth Annual New York International Fringe Festival in 2004.

K.M. Soehnlein
Featured Fiction: Jones Was the Guy
K.M. Soehnlein is the author of the Lambda Award-winning novel, The World of Normal Boys. He lives in San Francisco. For more information, visit www.kmsoehnlein.com/normalboys.

horehound stillpoint
Poetry: A Mouthful of Queer
Other work by horehound stillpoint can be found in Poetry Slam, Poetry Nation, Tough Guys, Rough Stuff, Out in the Castro, and Of the Flesh. Writing as Greg Nott, his plays have been included in the last two San Francisco Fringe Festivals, his own production in 2000, then as part of the Daytripper's IV series in 2001. He is currently working on a novel.

Buddy Wakefield
Poetry: Fran Varian's Grandmother
Buddy Wakefield is a traveling poet in the midst of the two-year Some They Can't Contain Tour, dedicated to the art of spoken word, touring colleges (including the glbt orgs), festivals, slam venues and high schools throughout America and Canada. He is a tested and proven, highly competent, quality Gemini with zero defeats in milk chugging. He has skydiving, bull riding, river rafting, guitar playing, public speaking, team leading, two dozen ropes courses, uncommon memorizational skills, The National College Dean's List, a full-length CD, one novel, one chapbook, and dozens of first place Poetry Slams under his belt. He holds a degree in English with minors in General Business Administrations and Creative Writing. Buddy is well versed in most genres of music, books, movies, theology and in working with all grade levels. Jobs Buddy has worked to get here include: street sweeping, house cleaning, security guarding, resident assisting, redelivering, fast fooding, bartending, and teaching (where he realized the importance of Show-Not-Tell). Buddy Wakefield pretends that -- inside his skin -- he's got a friend who's willing to give him everything he ever wanted in exchange for all he's ever been.

Lauren Wheeler
Poetry: in the east, to be a cocktail waitress, you must
Globetrotter Lauren Wheeler was born in Chicago, raised in Miami Beach, did a stint in Ithaca, New York while getting her BA in English Lit from Cornell University, hung out in Berkeley for a little while for the sake of her sanity, lost it all over again in Los Angeles, and is presently living in Oakland. She represented the Mission District at the 1998 National Poetry Slam and Ithaca in 1999. Lauren was also the host of the Tongue & Groove and Re-verse poetry series in Ithaca. She has featured on both coasts and performed the Bay Area dates of 2001's Ignition Tour with Daphne Gottlieb. Lauren may be reached at laurenwheeler@aol.com.

Contributors

Julia Bloch
Poetry: I dream I'm the death of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Julia Bloch grew up in Northern California and Sydney, Australia. She earned an MFA at Mills College. Her work has appeared in Five Fingers Review, Mirage/Period(ical), How2, 26: A Journal of Poetry and Poetics, Suspect Thoughts: A Journal of Subversive Writing, Small Town, Stolen Island Review, Laundry Pen, and the "new brutalism" anthology from Avenue B Involuntary Vision: After Akira Kurosawa's Dreams. She has published a chapbook with Bigfan Press, and in 2003 she won the Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award. She lives in San Francisco, where she works as an editor and writes epistolary poems to Kelly Clarkson, the tow-headed winner of the first American Idol reality TV series.

Robert Dunbar
Fiction: Full
Robert Dunbar is a writer/producer of daytime programming (mostly for public television and the Discovery Channel) and author of the novel The Pines. Several of his plays have been produced in regional theaters, most recently the one-character comedy BATS. His articles and reviews have appeared in publications as diverse as Art & Understanding, Lambda Book Report, OUT, The Washington Blade, The Front Page, Writer's Digest, and Onstage Magazine; and his short fiction has been published by dozens of small press and literary magazines in the United States and Great Britain. While his agent markets his new novel, Dunbar is also completing a collection of stories.

Katherine V. Forrest
Featured Lodestar Writer: Non-Fiction: The Politics of Pride: A Personal Journey
Katherine V. Forrest is twice winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Mystery, and has been recently honored with the Pioneer Award from the Lambda Literary Foundation. She has been profiled in virtually every major lesbian and gay publication in America, as well as in numerous magazines and newspapers abroad. Senior fiction editor at Naiad Press from 1984 to 1994, she now teaches classes and seminars on the craft of writing. Since the publication of her bestseller, Curious Wine, Katherine Forrest has emerged as a preeminent voice in gay and lesbian fiction and an award-winning author of mystery novels featuring lesbian LAPD homicide detective and ex-Marine, Kate Delafield. Her novel Murder at the Nightwood Bar is under option by film director, Tim Hunter, who also directed River's Edge. Her next book, Daughters of an Amber Noon, the long-awaited sequel to Daughters of a Coral Dawn, is due from Alyson Publications in September 2002.

Craig Fox
Drama: Far From Springer
Craig Fox received his Masters in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University in 2001. He was awarded the 2001 Highsmith Playwriting award for the play Far From Springer, which will be performed in summer 2002 in San Francisco. He is also co-writer of Girl Meets Girl, which tours the United States in 2002. Since 2000, he has written a narrative non-fiction column in the national magazine, Unzipped. Currently, he is working on his third book and looking to team up with an agent.

Ragan Fox
Poetry: Kate, the Cursed, Into the Woods, DNA Test
Ragan Fox is a queer spoken word artist living either in San Francisco, Austin, or Tempe. Ragan received his MA in Performance Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of the 2000 and 2001 Austin team at the National Poetry Slam. His duet poem, titled "In the Back," was featured in the 2001 National Poetry Slam finals held in Seattle, Washington. His cutting-edge words have appeared in In Our Own Words Volume 3, Mass Produced Goodness, The Multivoice Showcase CD Anthology, and Birth of Verse. In addition to being one of the premier queer slam poets in the nation, he has written, directed, and acted in two award-winning one-man shows, Raganomics and Penises and Vaginas. In the fall of 2002, Ragan will attend Arizona State University's PhD program in Communications. His Web site is Ragan Fo(XXX) [link defunct].

Garret Jon Groenveld
Featured Drama: A Couple (long story on a short arc)
Garret Jon Groenveld is a poet and playwright in San Francisco. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Modern Words, Fourteen Hills, frisson: disconcerting verse, and Blue Satellite. His play about Sarajevo, The Blood Winter, was featured in 1999's Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He has been awarded the Playground Emerging Playwrights award five times. Recently he was named the First Playground Fellow, which includes a commission for a new play. His original musical, Off-White Party Weekend, co-written with John Morace, premieres August 2002 at Theatre Rhinoceros in San Francisco.

Trebor Healey
Fiction: Vincent James Malone, Wholly at Large and For Good
Trebor Healey is the author of the 2004 Ferro-Grumley and Violet Quill award-winning novel Through It Came Bright Colors. His poetry collection Sweet Son of Pan is due out from Suspect Thoughts Press in June 2006, and a short story collection, A Perfect Scar and Other Stories, is will be released by Harrington Park Press in 2007. Trebor lives in Los Angeles where he is at work on his second novel. www.treborhealey.com.

Joyce Luck
Fiction: How to Break Your Lover's Heart
Joyce Luck, author of the rock biography, Melissa Etheridge: Our Little Secret, writes for Girlfriends, The Bay Area Reporter, and The Windy City Times. She teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Cogswell Polytechnical College and the College of San Mateo. This is her first published fiction.

Shane Luitjens
Poetry: Colon: Right Parenthetical), Dating
Shane Luitjens, a.k.a. Torque, is a 27-year-old writer/designer/photographer living in Boston whose written work has appeared in the Lambda Awards finalist Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology, Periphery, Anything That Moves, and many other literary and art publications. His published collections include Assaults on the Marathon, Blood for Wings, and Every Ineloquency. He will be appearing in an upcoming anthology of queer slam poets and the online journal, Suspect Thoughts. Currently, an award-winning senior designer for Monster.com, he is also director and founder of the national grassroots project HOOK, a program by, for, and about men in the sex industry. More information on design and photography is available at Torquere Creative, and more information on his writing and other artwork at LethalWhiteTrash.

Dani Montgomery
Poetry: butch femme east county love poem, bad breakup, poem for a revolutionary who doubts herself, love poem in a burning year
Dani Montgomery is a 24-year-old poet and activist. She teaches creative writing and runs a youth internship program for the San Francisco Arts Commission's WritersCorps program. She also works for The Center for Young Women's Development, an organization that works with young women involved in the juvenile justice system and underground street economies to promote social change and self-determination. She has been published in a number of magazines and anthologies, including: Revolutionary Voices, The Civil Disobedience Handbook, The Santa Clara Review, and Anything That Moves.

Elizabeth Stark
Featured Fiction: Anniversary
Elizabeth Stark is the author of the novel Shy Girl, a finalist for the 1999 Lambda Literary Award and for the 1999 Ferro-Grumely Award. She is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Pratt Institute and lives in New York City and San Francisco.

Matthew Bernstein Sycamore
Fiction: Tainted Love
Matthew Bernstein Sycamore is the editor of Tricks and Treats: Sex Workers Write About Their Clients, and the forthcoming Dangerous Families: Queer Writing Beyond Recovery. His writing has appeared in Best American Erotica 2001; Best American Gay Fiction 3; Best Gay Erotica 2000, 2001, 2002; Blithe House Quarterly, and numerous other publications.

Emanuel Xavier
Featured Poetry: Newfound Morality, Magdalena, Undone, Verbal Graffiti, Verbal Graffiti 2
Emanuel Xavier is the author of poetry collections Pier Queen and Americano and the novel Christlike, and he is the editor of Bullets & Butterflies: queer spoken word poetry. He is also the founder of the House of Xavier and creator of the annual Glam Slam competition. He has appeared on television as a host of In The Life, on Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry, and he has co-starred in the feature film The Ski Trip. He is a recipient of the Marsha A. Gomez Cultural Heritage Award and a New York City Council citation. Visit www.emanuelxavier.com for more.

Contributors

Meliza Bañales
Featured Poetry: Do the Math, Ana, In Parts, Flood
Meliza Bañales is a spoken-word artist and the author of and I've been fighting ever since (Chula Press, 2002) and Girl with the Glass Throat (Chula Press, 2001). She has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines including Transfer, Las Girlfriends, and Revolutionary Voices, the latter of which was nominated for a Lambda Book Award in 2001. She's been called "the girl with the sense of humor of a jackknife." The first Latina ever to win a Bay Area Grand Slam Championship, she's been on three national poetry slam teams and has also competed as an individual at the nationals. She is the winner of the Burning Bush Press People Before Profits Poetry Prize 2002.

Alexander Chee
Featured Fiction: 13 Crimes Against Love, or, the Crow's Confession
Alexander Chee's first novel, Edinburgh, is forthcoming in paperback in October 2002 from Picador USA, and is the winner of a Lambda Literary Award, the Michener Prize in fiction, and the Asian American Writers' Workshop Literary Award. His short fiction and essays have been anthologized in Loss Within Loss, Boys Like Us, His 3, Take Out, Best Gay Erotica 2002, Men On Men 2000, and The Man I Might Become. He is a Visiting Writer at Wesleyan University and lives in New York City.

Matthew Clark Davison
Fiction: Leaving
Matthew Clark Davison lives in a small town in the North of Italy where he writes and teaches English. His short fiction has appeared in or on The Atlantic Monthly's Unbound Fiction, Argestes, MiamiGo, 580 Split, and The Pacific Review. His now-completed novel, entitled Roadmap, won the 2000 Clark/Gross Novel-in-Progress Contest and was granted a Stonewall Alumni Association Award. He is currently at work on his second book-length work, from which Leaving is excerpted. Matthew can be contacted at mcdavison@tin.it.

Nicola Harwood
Featured Drama: Horse Latitudes
Nicola Harwood is a writer and educator whose work has been produced and published in Canada and the United States. Horse Latitudes was first produced in workshop through the Alchemy Program at Jon Sims Center for the Arts in San Francisco and was directed by Tracy Ward.

Cris Hernandez
Poetry: La 'Ruca Swings
Cris Hernandez is a queer, working-class, chicana, feminist -- raised, living, and writing in the Los Angeles area. She has taught in the History and Women's Studies departments at California State University, Long Beach. Earlier works have appeared in The Blue Mouse and Las Girlfriends, and she has hosted poetry venues at Huntley Bookstore in Claremont, California and Sacred Grounds in San Pedro, California. She's also been involved with Watershed, and Una Mujer Como Yo -- organizations that support artists and educational art programs in the Los Angeles area.

Tennessee Jones
Fiction: The Men in my Family
Tennessee Jones is an Appalachian-born transman currently living in New York City. He is the editor of the punk lit zine Teenage Death Songs. His first collection of short stories, Deliver Me from Nowhere, is expected in March 2005 from Soft Skull Press.

Michael Lassell
Featured Lodestar Writer: Poetry: Boys in Foreign Climes, The Passing of an August Saturday, Death and 42nd Street, The Day George Harrison Died
Michael Lassell's first book, Poems for Lost and Un-lost Boys, was the winner of Amelia's first annual book award; his second, Decade Dance, won a 1990 Lambda Literary Award. He is the author of A Flame for the Touch That Matters, Certain Ecstasies: Bedtime Stories, Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA: Bringing the Broadway Show to Life, and Disney on Broadway, as well as co-editor, with poet Elena Georgiou, of The World in Us: Lesbian and Gay Poetry of the Next Wave, a finalist in the Library Association of America's annual lesbian and gay book awards as well as a Lammy finalist. He is currently articles director for Metropolitan Home.

Randall Mann
Poetry: Fetish, Song
Randall Mann was awarded the 2003 Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry. His first collection of poems, Complaint in the Garden, is forthcoming from Zoo Press in the spring of 2004. He has individual poems forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, Poetry, and Salmagundi. He lives in San Francisco.

Michael Mastrofrancesco
Poetry: Everlasting
P. Michael Mastrofrancesco is a poet and short story writer. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pacific Review, North American Review, Poet Lore, Mid-America Poetry Review, Illya's Honey, Snow Monkey, Rubber City, Rosebud, and Bay Windows, as well as other literary journals. He was a finalist for the H. E. Francis Literary Competition, and the Say the Word National Cosmological Poetry Competition. He earned a MFA from American University and is an adjunct professor in Washington, DC.

Heather Mitchell
Fiction: Choices
Heather Mitchell received her BA from Mills College in 1997, but abandoned graduate school after realizing her true calling was as a mixer of near-perfect martinis. She currently lives in her hometown, Vancouver, BC, with her honey, Lynda, and can most often be found riding her motorcycle in the general vicinity of her favorite tattoo parlor. A certified wine geek, she's studying to become a sommelier and working on a novel (or two). Her work has been previously published in Hot and Bothered 2: Short Short Fiction on Lesbian Desire.

Travis Montez
Poetry: Over Me, Time Piece, Mixed Emotions
Poet/activist Travis Montez is a third-year student at New York University School of Law where he is preparing for a career in juvenile justice and community organization. He has performed his work in venues all over the world, including the American embassies of Spain and Senegal. He's been featured in productions at Nuyorican Poet's Café, Brooklyn Café, New York University, and The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church. Recently, Travis Montez lent his talent to the Words to Comfort benefit for the World Trade Center Relief Fund and is a regular feature in Emanuel Xavier's annual Glam Slam.

Sara S. Moore
Poetry: Rollerball Revolutionary, how I survived the great mammal die-off of 2000
Sara Moore is a 29-year-old poet and queer activist/organizer who has lived and performed on open mic stages since she was 17 and in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1995. She leads the curator team of the queer spoken word series San Francisco in Exile. Her work has been published in Silverfish Review, Kye Zine, Crossing Centuries, and Crescent Moon Anthology of Pagan Verse. Her new self-published effort is Aunt Sara's Little Corner of Grief.

Shauna Rogan
Poetry: Dream of a Paperless Office
Shauna Rogan is a bisexual, polyamorous, twenty-something who enjoys saying that five times fast. Among other places, her work has appeared in Comet Magazine, Spike Magazine (under the cheezy pseudonym "Lisa Stopless"), Mississippi Review, and Seven Stories. She's performed at readings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and will probably be coming to a time zone near you on her fall/winter tour.

Aaron Shurin
Fiction: Three Scenes From the Sauna at the YMCA
Aaron Shurin's books include the poetry collections A Door, The Paradise of Forms: Selected Poems, and Into Distances, and the prose work, Unbound: A Book of AIDS. He co-directs and teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.

Contributors

Dallas Angguish
Poetry: Embrace, I Never Called You That
Dallas Angguish is a poet and writer based in Australia. He has been published in Australia, Asia, and the United States. He is currently writing a novel, For The Love Of Winter, expected to be completed by the end of 2005. His favourite animal is the wombat.

Julianne Bonnet
Poetry: Marriage Mirage, The Grateful Hangover
Julianne Bonnet has an MFA in creative writing from Mills College where she co-founded the graduate literary magazine 580 Split. She is the co-founder and poetry editor of Rainbow Curve and the creative writing editor of the East Bay Voice. Her work has most recently appeared in Red Rock Review, Clackamas Literary Review, and Kalliope.

Eric Brandt
Fiction: Devour Me, Once More
Not knowing a soul, Eric Brandt fled the Midwest United States for New York City in 1980. His first job was as a live-in volunteer at a shelter for the homeless on New York's Lower East Side. Eventually, he received a PhD from Columbia University. In 2000, he published the anthology Dangerous Liaisons: Blacks, Gays, and the Struggle for Equality, which won the Randy Shilts Award for gay non-fiction. He currently lives in San Francisco and is working on a novel titled The Butterfly Effect.

Shelley Ettinger
Fiction: Not Alone
Shelley Ettinger lives in New York City. Her work has appeared in Blithe House Quarterly, Tattoo Highway, Snow Monkey, Mudlark, Samsära Quarterly, and other journals. "Not Alone" is excerpted from her novel-in-progress, Vera's Will, for which she received a research grant from the Money for Women / Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She was a summer 2001 writer-in-residence at Norcroft Writing Retreat for Women. She co-founded the Lesbian and Gay Labor Network and co-authored We Won't Be Slaves: Workfare Workers Organize.

Jewelle Gomez
Featured Lodestar Writer: Poetry: for the Streetcar, Femme to Femme, Femme to Butch, Our Own Viet Nam: 7 random snapshots
Jewelle Gomez is a writer and activist and the author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories. Her publications include three collections of poetry: The Lipstick Papers and Flamingoes and Bears, both self-published, and most recently, Oral Tradition. She edited with Eric Garber a fantasy fiction anthology entitled Swords of the Rainbow and selected the fiction for Best Lesbian Erotica 1997. She is also the author a book of personal and political essays, entitled Forty-Three Septembers, and a collection of short fiction, Don't Explain. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship and two California Arts Council fellowships. Her adaptation of the book for the stage -- Bones & Ash: a Gilda Story -- was performed by the Urban Bush Women company in thirteen U.S. cities.

Andrew Horwitz
Fiction: Perimeter
Andy Horwitz is a writer/performer based in Brooklyn. His essays and criticism have been published in Seattle's alternative weekly The Stranger. His poetry has been published in various 'zines and journals and his adult-oriented stories have been published in Torso and in the anthologies Slow Grind and Best Bisexual Erotica 2000. He has performed at poetry venues throughout the country, and his spoken word piece "4th of July" was released on the Epic CD Home Alive: The Art of Self-Defense. He is currently performing a new solo show "Potty Mouth" in New York. He can be found online at Andy's Chest.

Krandall Kraus
Poetry: Christmas
Krandall Kraus is the author of five books. His collection of poetry, The Christmas Poems, was published in 2002. His non-fiction book, It's Never About What It's About: What We Learned About Living While Waiting To Die, co-authored with Paul A. Borja, won a Lambda Literary Award in 2000. He also has published three novels: The President's Son; Bardo; and a mystery, Love's Last Chance. He has been a college professor, served as consultant to The White House during the Ford and Rockefeller administrations, was Acting Head of Publications and Media for The Library of Congress, and raised millions of dollars as grant writer for the San Francisco AIDS Office.

Mary Meriam
Poetry: Transplanted
Mary Meriam was born in New Jersey in 1955. She is a lesbian poet/activist, with a BA in Poetry from Bennington College and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. Her poems have been published in Bay Windows, The Write Dyke, So to Speak, and Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly.

T. Cole Rachel
Featured Poetry: this is as close as we get, the sweetness, found
A native Oklahoman and former resident of Kansas, T. Cole Rachel now makes his home in New York City. His work has appeared in The Ontario Review, Visionaire, Westview and Illuminations. His first collection of poems, Surviving the Moment of Impact, was published in 2002 by Soft Skull Press.

Priscilla Rhoades
Poetry: Things I Haven't Said
Priscilla Rhoades is a writer of poetry, short stories, and feature articles whose work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, In Posse Review, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and other publications. A transplanted Californian, she now lives on two acres in the mountains of western North Carolina with her partner Loretta, their three dogs, and one annoyed cat.

Brian Thorstenson
Featured Drama: Half-Light Dances
Brian Thorstenson lives in San Francisco. His first play, Heading South, received a Bay Area Critics Circle Nomination and was part of the 1996 Berkeley Art Centers' performance series. His play Summerland was selected for the 2000 Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the 2000 Z Festival of New Performance, and opened in New York City at Wings Theatre Company. The play is included in the anthology Plays and Playwrights 2002. His poetry has been published in Transfer and Six Thousand Five Hundred. Brian has received writing fellowships from the Djerassi Resident Arts Program and Blue Mountain Center. He currently is a lecturer in playwriting at San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University.

Robert Weaver
Fiction: From a Summer Morning in 1864
Robert X Weaver, 42, lives in Fort Lauderdale. He has slept on a yacht, explored hidden caves, seen ancient skeletons, painted portraits on glass, acted in two plays in New York, spoken with ghosts, chauffeured Tennessee Williams, and performed double axels and triple salchows on ice. He is currently writing a novel.

Jess Wells
Featured Fiction: Excerpt from The Mandrake Broom
Jess Wells (www.jesswells.com) is the author of thirteen volumes of work, including the historical novel The Mandrake Broom, available from Firebrand Books in September 2006; AfterShocks, which was reissued as a Triangle Classic by InsightOut Books; and the novel The Price of Passion. She is the editor of HomeFronts: Controversies in Nontraditional Parenting and Lesbians Raising Sons. A three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, she has published five collections of short fiction.

Contributors

Noël Alumit
Featured Fiction: The Dreams that Made Delya Arraya Cavanaugh Weep
Noël Alumit is the award-winning novelist of Letters to Montgomery Clift. His second novel Talking to the Moon is forthcoming in 2006. His work has appeared in USA Today, The Advocate, and others. Noël is also an accomplished performance artist.

Lisa Asagi
Poetry: soundtrack for home movie no. 29, Desert Island Ghost Story
Lisa Asagi is the author of two foldout chapbooks Physics and Twelve Scenes From 12 A.M. designed by artist Gaye Chan and published by Tinfish Press. Throughout the month of March 2003, a project of reworked and remodeled found books created in collaboration with fellow writers Justin Chin and R. Zamora Linmark called Book2, commissioned by the Potrero Nuevo Fund, will be on exhibit at the Youth Speaks Library & Reading Room in San Francisco.

Melanie Braverman
Poetry: Love (fragments)
Melanie Braverman is the author of a novel, East Justice (Permanent Press, 1996), and a collection of poems, Red (Perugia Press, 2002). She lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Michael Carroll
Fiction: Study in Sepia
Michael Carroll's fiction has appeared in The Ontario Review and such anthologies as M2M (AttaGirl Press), Men on Men 7, Boys Like Us, and, most recently, The New Penguin Anthology of Gay Short Stories (editors David Leavitt and Mark Mitchell). He is at work on a novel, October: A Romance.

Avery Crozier
Featured Drama: Walking to Buchenwald
Avery Crozier (averycrozier@yahoo.com) is the author of Eat the Runt, which was honored in the 2001 Top 10 Off Broadway Plays listing by the New York Daily News. In 1996, she was one of the writers for Endangered Species, a play-length monologue presented at Interact Theatre in North Hollywood as part of its Interactivity festival. In Walking to Buchenwald, Avery's second full-length play, he once again exploits the temporal nature of theatre with non-gender-specific roles that can be cast male or female.

Holly Farris
Fiction: Papillote
Holly Farris is an Appalachian who has worked as an autopsy assistant, restaurant baker, and beekeeper. Her first book, To Have and To Hold, has been accepted for publication. Holly's articles, poems, and stories have appeared in journals as diverse as Phoebe and Tattoo Highway. Her vampire micro-fiction, printed on a Story House coffee label, premiered at Halloween. During one stint of writing a dream interpretation column for lesbians, she was known, officially, as DreamDyke. Contact her at hfarris@naxs.com.

Rigoberto González
Poetry: Other Victims, Widower's Welcome, Grayer Landscapes
Rigoberto González is the author of So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water until It Breaks, a selection of the National Poetry Series. His work was recently published or is forthcoming in Creative Nonfiction, Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, Chelsea, Colorado Review, and ZYZZYVA. The recipient of a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and writing residencies to Spain, Brazil, and Costa Rica, he has also written a book for children, Soledad Sigh-Sighs, and a novel, Crossing Vines, both titles forthcoming in 2003. He is currently writing the biography of Chicano writer, Tomás Rivera, and translating the works of Mexican writer, Salvador Novo. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and is a book reviewer for El Paso Times of Texas.

Frances-Kim Russell
Poetry: Hardtack, Domestic Partners
Frances Kim-Russell is a Master's student in East Asian Studies at Stanford University, though lately she has been working more on her poetry than on her thesis. Her work has appeared in The Red Wheelbarrow, and she also has work forthcoming in ONTHEBUS, and in the anthology Invasian: Asian Sisters Represent.

Bara Swain
Fiction: Big Man
Bara Swain is the recipient of a dozen writing grants for new plays and fiction. Her prose appears in Long Shot Magazine; the anthology Love Is Ageless: Stories about Alzheimer's Disease; and the chapbook Daifuku: Delicious Short Fiction and Poetry. Her work is also featured in Stickman Review, Tattoo Highway, Moxie, Riverbabble, and Pulse. Bara's award-winning plays have been performed in New York, Missouri, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Iowa. Venues include the Dubuque Fine Arts One Act Play Festival, Tennessee Williams Ten Minute Play Festival, Lamia Ink!'s International One Page Play Festival, and the Turnip Theater Festival. Bara is the Dorsal Editor at Doorknobs & BodyPaint. She is a graduate from the New School's MFA Creative Writing Program.

Michelle Tea
Featured Poetry: percentages, nature video, my place in the world, the big one's not coming, the biggest mistake i made all year
Michelle Tea is the author of several memoirs, a couple anthologies, and a book of poetry. Her most recent book is the illustrated novel Rent Girl, with art by Laurenn McCubbin.

Neil Thornton
Fiction: Blue
Born and raised in Schenectady, New York, Neil Thornton received his BA from Carnegie Mellon University, and his MFA in fiction from the University of New Orleans, where he now works as an English Instructor. He's currently at work on both the novel and the screenplay of Blue, and probably will be for a while.

Edmund White
Featured Lodestar Writer: Fiction: Mississippi Tales
Edmund White was born in Cincinnati in 1940. His fiction includes the autobiographical tetralogy A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony, and The Married Man, as well as Caracole, Forgetting Elena, Nocturnes for the King of Naples, and Skinned Alive, a collection of short stories. He is also the author of a highly acclaimed biography of French writer, Jean Genet, a short study of Proust, States of Desire, and Our Paris. He lives in New York City and teaches at Princeton University.

Contributors

Don Adams
Poetry: The Rain it Raineth Every Day, Nights in Paradise
Don Adams teaches creative writing and modern literature at Florida Atlantic University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is currently in the middle of a two-year Fulbright grant to Vietnam, where he is reading American literature with college lecturers in Ho Chi Minh City, who are teaching him a great deal.

Jeffery Beam
Featured Poetry: Flowering Apricot, Entomology, Pastoral
Jeffery Beam is the author of ten works of poetry including The Fountain, Visions of Dame Kind, the IPPY Ten Best Books and AIGA Fifty Best Books award-winning, An Elizabethan Bestiary: Retold, and the Audio Publishers Association Audie Award in Poetry finalist CD collection, What We Have Lost: New & Selected Poems 1977-2001. Beam's work has appeared in numerous magazines and he has been a frequent reviewer for Lambda Book Report and other literary reviews. Recipient of a Mary Duke Biddle Foundation grant, Beam also performed his work at Carnegie Hall in 2002. He is a botanical librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and poetry editor of the print and online literary journal Oyster Boy Review. The Beautiful Tendons: Uncollected Queer Poems will appear next year from Off the Cuff Books. He is currently working on a commissioned opera libretto based on the Demeter/Persephone myth.

C. Bard Cole
Featured Fiction: Sadomasochism, My Own Child
C. Bard Cole is the author of Briefly Told Lives, a collection of short stories. His current projects include a bimonthly column appearing in The Readerville Journal, his weekly web diary, Alabama is the New Soho on www.cbardcole.com, and, in collaboration with Ned Schenck, a short film about candy bar hustlers tentatively titled Edward Slingblade.

Alicia A. Curtis
Fiction: All Things Must Fall
Alicia A. Curtis currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Professionally, she teaches reading seminars to students of all ages through a Berkeley-based institute. Outside of this work, she is deeply involved with the local arts scene. She participates in political and environmental activism, and she has recently taken part in Poets Against the War and read work as part of an Emory University conference entitled Re-membering Self. Her fiction has appeared in Blithe House Quarterly. Her poetry has appeared in Agniezska's Dowry, Issue 10, an anthology of A Small Garlic Press, and an anthology for LadyFest South 2002.

Lou Dellaguzzo
Fiction: Secret Shoppers
Lou Dellaguzzo is a freelance copywriter. Another of his stories, "Close Quarters," will appear in a future issue of Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly. Currently, he lives in Washington, D.C., where he is working on a collection of short stories.

Trebor Healey
Poetry: Milarepa

Troy Hill
Featured Drama: Home Again
Troy Ernest Hill (misterhill@nyc.rr.com) is a playwright and actor in New York City, originally from Atlanta, Georgia. In the eighth grade he won the "Most Outstanding Student Award," and in the eleventh grade the Creative Writing Award. Since that time, it's been more or less a downward spiral. He is currently in the Off-Broadway smash Birdy's Bachelorette Party, and he is a white belt in karate.

Ali Lemer
Poetry: Everything A Nice Girl Needs To Know About The Big Secret
Ali Lemer is a native New Yorker whose non-fiction writing has appeared in publications as oddly diverse as Fangoria, Cybersurfer, Publishers Weekly, LGNY, Women's Hockey, and Black Entertainment. Her poetry has previously been published in the literary journals Aubade and Surgam. With degrees from Columbia University and the University of Chicago, she is officially the most overeducated and underpaid member of her family.

Chip Livingston
Poetry: Praisin' Jesus
Chip Livingston's poetry and fiction have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Ploughshares; Cimarron Review; Rosebud; Blithe House Quarterly; In the Family; Gents, Bad Boys, and Barbarians: This New Breed; and other journals and anthologies. He lives in New York City and will begin the MFA program in poetry at Brooklyn College in fall 2003.

Sean Meriwether
Fiction: The Things I Can't Tell My Father
Sean Meriwether's fiction has been defined as dark realism. His work has been or is expected to be published in Best Gay Love Stories 2006, Skin & Ink, and the second installment of Best of Best Gay Erotica. In addition to writing, he has the pleasure of editing two online magazines, Outsider Ink and Velvet Mafia: Dangerous Queer Fiction. Sean lives in New York with his partner, photographer Jack Slomovits, and their two dogs. If you are interested in reading more of his work, stalk him online @ penboy7.com.

Alan Pedder
Poetry: Adamant
Alan Pedder is a PhD student in Statistical Genetics and Bioinformatics at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. This is the first time his poetry has been formally published, but a feature on gay poets is scheduled to appear in reFRESH magazine and a paper on haplotype reconstruction in the scientific journal, Genetic Epidemiology. He has recently completed work on his first collection of poems, A Swan Dive With No Safety Net, and is looking to get them published in the next year or so.

sara seinberg
Poetry: a wet shell back, the emerald city
sara seinberg is a writer and visual artist who lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Her work can be found in a gang of anthologies: Sex and Single Girls, Will Work for Peace: New Political Poems, Thrills Chills Pills and Heartbreak, and Lowdown Highway, and her photographs appear in galleries and magazines including Ms., TimeOut New York, and The Stranger. She has a nice Taurus dog named Gus.

Randy Turoff
Fiction: Blanche
Randy Turoff teaches Writing at the University of San Francisco. She is the author of the novel Lust Never Sleeps, and the editor of the anthology Lesbian Words: State of the Art. As a journalist and critic, her many articles and reviews have appeared in a variety of magazines, newspapers, and journals. "Blanche" is an excerpt from one of her works in progress. She can be reached at randyturoff@earthlink.net.

Patricia Nell Warren
Featured Lodestar Writer: Poetry: Introduction, Untitled Poem, Case History, Anti-Season, Excerpt from "Some Kind Of Kasida", The Matador's Prayer, Excerpts from "Minimal Poems", Memoirs
Patricia Nell Warren has 40 years' experience in publishing. Starting in 1959 at The Reader's Digest, she rose to book editor, working with a number of prominent authors, till 1980. Her own author career started in 1971, with a first novel from Dial Press. She published bestsellers The Front Runner, Harlan's Race, and Billy's Boy. Today she is co-owner and co-founder, with author/publicist Tyler St. Mark, of Wildcat Press, an independent author imprint. She belongs to The Authors Guild, is active in the ad-hoc group working to launch a gay publishing association, and serves as consultant for a growing number of self-publishing authors.

Contributors

CAConrad
Poetry: From "7MARCHES", Celebrities I've Seen Offstage
CAConrad lives and writes in Philadelphia with The Philly Sound poets. His book Frank is forthcoming from The Jargon Society, while advancedELVIScourse is forthcoming from Buck Downs Books, and Deviant Propulsion is forthcoming from Soft Skull Press. He curates the project 9for9, edits Banjo: Poets Talking, and co-edits Frequency Audio Journal with Magdalena Zurawski. He can be reached at CAConrad13@aol.com.

Brian Bouldrey
Interview: Gabbing with Robert Glück
Brian Bouldrey is the author of Monster, a collection of personal essays, and three novels, The Genius of Desire; Love, the Magician; and the forthcoming The Boom Economy. He has edited such collections as Writing Home: Literature of the New West, Traveling Souls, Wrestling with the Angel, and the Best American Gay Fiction series, and was the recipient of the Joseph Henry Jackson Award from the San Francisco Foundation, a Lambda Literary Award, and the Western Regional Magazine Award. He also served for seven years as the Associate Editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian's "Lit" Supplement, and is a frequent contributor to that weekly.

Taylor Mac Bowyer
Drama: The Hot Month
Taylor Mac Bowyer's plays include The Hot Month (recipient of the Ensemble Studio Theater's "Next-Step Fellowship"), Red Tide Blooming, Dilating (an evening of one-acts), The Levee (published by Vintage), Blue Grotto, and the solo-play Okay. He is a member of the Circle Repertory Lab and has acted with The Jean Cocteau Repertory, Mabou Mines, Dixon Place, and at several regional theaters. As drag performer, Taylor Mac, he has performed in venues such as Joe's Pub, FEZ, and the San Francisco Opera House.

Allison Burnett
Fiction: January
Allison Burnett grew up in Evanston, Illinois, the son of a Northwestern University professor. After graduating from N.U. with a degree in Speech, he moved to New York City, where he was a fellow of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting program at the Juilliard School. For the next decade, Allison wrote plays and fiction, while earning his living as a legal proofreader and a tutor of English. In 1990, he moved to Los Angeles, where he works today as a studio screenwriter. In 1997, he directed his first feature film, Red Meat. Christopher marks his debut as a novelist.

Daniel Curzon
Featured Drama: My Unknown Son
Daniel Curzon's works include the landmark gay protest novel Something You Do in the Dark (1971), The World Can Break Your Heart (1984), Superfag (1996), Only the Good Parts (1998), and Not Necessarily Nice: Stories (1999) as well as the play Godot Arrives (winner of the 1999 National New Play Contest). He has also written and published non-gay fiction and plays.

Ryka Aoki de la Cruz
Featured Poetry: As the Sun Falls Away, Sleeping Against the Wall, My Father Holds Me Like a Bible, Before the Last Dance
Ryka Aoki de la Cruz is a transgendered goth dyke with a second degree black belt in Kodokan Judo, a University Award from the Academy of American Poets, and a Gothic dancing prize. Her work has appeared most recently in Beyond the Valley of Contemporary Poets, Girlchick.com, Liquidgothic.com, Southern Poetry Review, Rising, and Tsur. Ryka has work forthcoming in the anthology Poetry is Not a Luxury: Poems by L.A. Women of Color. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University, is a founder of Cornell University's Asian American Playhouse, and was coach of Cornell's 1990 Ivy League Judo Championship Team. She has worked with the American Society of Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors, and two of her compositions have been adopted by the group as its official "Songs of Peace." Ryka has been featured at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles Poetry Festival. She performed at ForWord Girls and Intercourse -- A Sex and Gender Recipe for Revolution, in San Francisco, Cliterati in Atlanta, Not the Vagina Monologues in Los Angeles and Gen Estro in Minneapolis. She teaches writing at Santa Monica College. For more, visit rykaryka.com.

Robert Glück
Featured Lodestar Writer: Fiction: On the Boardwalk
Robert Glück is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction, including Denny Smith, Jack the Modernist, Margery Kempe, Elements of a Coffee Service, and Reader. His work has also been published in New Directions Anthology, two volumes of Best New Gay Fiction, Best American Erotica 1996, The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction, and other anthologies. His critical articles have appeared in Poetics Journal, The London Times Literary Supplement, Artforum International, and The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Mr. Glück was previously an Associate Editor at Lapis Press, Director of Small Press Traffic Literary Center, and Director of The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University. He was the recipient of a California Arts Council Fellowship in 2002, and a San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant in 2003. He prefaced Between Life and Death, a book of Frank Moore's paintings published by Twin Palms.

Shannon Holman
Poetry: In Heat, Summer Kiss
Shannon Holman's poems have appeared in Crowd, Diagram, Goodfoot, La Petite Zine, Pierogi Press, and elsewhere. She studied poetry at Oberlin College and New School University and is the poetry editor of LIT magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Tom House
Fiction: Fishers of Kids
Tom House's fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Harper's, Genre, New England Review, Chicago Review, Men on Men 2000, and most recently, M2M: New Literary Fiction. The Beginning of Calamities, his first published novel, is a nominee for the American Library Association's Stonewall Award and a finalist for InsightOut book club's Violet Quill. For more information, or to read some of Tom's short stories, please visit www.HouseStories.net.

Randall Mann
Poetry: Old Haunts, The Future Tense

Anya Miller
Poetry: Slip, Conversion
Anya Miller writes personal essays and poetry. Her work appears in Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, ScarletLetters.com, Moxie Magazine Online, SoapBoxGirls.com, Revolutionary Voices, Escaping the Yellow Wallpaper, and the forthcoming anthologies The Pagan's Muse and No Such Thing. She lives in San Francisco and is working towards an MFA in writing and literature at Bennington College.

Peggy Munson
Featured Fiction: Solstice
Peggy Munson's poetry has been published in Best American Poetry 2003, Spoon River Poetry Review, Literature and Medicine, 13th Moon, and Sinister Wisdom. Her fiction has been published in Margin: Exploring Modern Magical Realism, Blithe House Quarterly, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and in anthologies such as Hers3: Brilliant New Fiction By Lesbian Writers. Find out more at www.peggymunson.com.

Jenie Pak
Fiction: Trance
Jenie Pak received her MFA in Poetry at Cornell University. She has work published or forthcoming in Alligator Juniper, Asian Pacific American Journal, AsianWeek, Blithe House Quarterly, Five Fingers Review, Love Shook My Heart II, Many Mountains Moving, The Oakland Review, and Watchword Press. Currently, she is working on a queer Korean-American soap opera script as well as learning the awesome possibilities of digital video.

Gerry Gomez Pearlberg
Poetry: OCTO9

D. Travers Scott
Fiction: Catafalque, Pedestal
D. Travers Scott's new novel, One of These Things is Not Like The Other, is slated to appear in 2005. He has previously published Execution, Texas: 1987, a novel, and Strategic Sex, an anthology, as well as appeared in venues ranging from Harper's and This American Life to Holy Titclamps! and Steam. He lives in Seattle.

Rafaelito V. Sy
Fiction: Captain America
Rafaelito V. Sy was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and is presently residing in San Francisco. Among the other places he has lived in are Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris, Boston, and New York. He obtained his BA in English from Tufts University and his MFA in fiction from Cornell University. He is currently searching for an agent and a publisher for two novel-length manuscripts: Daughter of a Nation, which covers the colonial history of the Philippines through the perspective of a young woman, and Potato Queen, which touches on racism in the American gay community as experienced by a gay Filipino man.

Contributors

Maria Benevento
Fiction: Girltalk
Maria Benevento lives in Milton Keynes, England. In addition to being a single parent, she is the author of Metamorphosis and is working on her second literary work, titled Diary Of A Women's Chat Room, which was inspired by the original short story appearing in Issue 8 of Lodestar Quarterly. Ms. Benevento also studies media, design, and journalism at the University College of Northampton, England.

Clint Catalyst
Featured Fiction: Farewell to the Shade
Clint Catalyst is the Southern-fried, sissy-fied author of Cottonmouth Kisses and co-editor (with the fabulously talented Michelle Tea) of the anthology Pills, Thrills, Chills and Heartache: Adventures in the First Person. His writing has been published in LA Weekly, SF Bay Guardian, Hustler, Instinct, Permission, and Surface magazines. Clint loves punk rock papi chulos and literate boys who visit him at www.clintcatalyst.com/blog.

Linda Eisenstein
Featured Drama: Marla's Devotion
Linda Eisenstein's plays and musicals have had over 100 productions throughout the world. Her award-winning plays include Three the Hard Way, The Names of the Beast, Marla's Devotion, Discordia, Star Wares: The Next Generation, and Rehearsing Cyrano. Her plays and monologues have been published by Dramatic Publishing and appear in anthologies by Smith & Kraus, Heinemann, Penguin, and Vintage Books. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Blithe House Quarterly, Kalliope, Whiskey Island, and Anything That Moves. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Allen Ellenzweig
Fiction: Excerpt from The French Professor
Allen Ellenzweig has published as an art and photography critic, and cultural journalist, in such periodicals as Art in America, The Village Voice, and The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide. He has more recently published fiction, including stories in the anthologies Men on Men 7 and Kosher Meat. He is also the author of The Homoerotic Photograph: Male Images from Durieu/Delacroix to Mapplethorpe (Columbia University Press, 1992). He is seeking to publish a novel, The French Professor, from which an excerpt appears in Issue 8 of Lodestar Quarterly. He lives and works in New York City.

Amy King
Poetry: Adolescing Season
Amy King's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Riding the Meridian, Spork Magazine, Muse Apprentice Guild, Tarpaulin Sky, Unarmed: Adventurous Poetry Journal, and Word For/Word. Her e-book, The Citizen's Dilemma, is available at Duration Press. Amy teaches English at Nassau Community College. For more information, visit www.amyking.org.

Ali Liebegott
Poetry: Excerpts of The Beautifully Worthless
Ali Liebegott has five chapbooks: The Daze of My Life, No Pink Bows, Live From The Rotten Apple, I'm A Lot More Stable Than I Used To Be, and The Beautifully Worthless. Excerpts from these, her novel The IHOP Papers, and her illustrated novel The Crumb People have appeared or are forthcoming in Solo, Bloom, Longshot, The Brooklyn Review, ARTlife, and many other journals and anthologies. In 1999, she received a Poetry Fellowship from New York Foundation For the Arts; and in 1997 and 1999, she toured the United States with Sister Spit's Ramblin' Road Show. All this said -- her favorite things in life are feeding ducks and teaching adults GED and ESL. She now lives in San Diego, California.

Raymond Luczak
Poetry: Farewell Sestina to A.R.
Raymond Luczak is the author of Silence Is A Four-Letter Word: On Art and Deafness and This Way To The Acorns: Poems. His first collection of poetry was St. Michael's Fall. He also edited the Lambda Literary Award-nominated anthology Eyes Of Desire: A Deaf Gay and Lesbian Reader. Twelve of his stage plays have been performed from New York to California. Snooty: A Comedy, perhaps his best-known play, is expected to be published in spring 2004 as a book. He wrote, produced, and directed his debut feature film Ghosted; his full-length documentary Guy Wonder: Stories and Artwork was released in 2003 on DVD. His Web site is www.raymondluczak.com.

Marty McConnell
Featured Poetry: all the way down, (desire unbound)
Marty McConnell transplanted herself from Chicago to New York City in 1999, after completing three national tours with the Morrigan, an all-female performance poetry troupe she co-founded. She received her MFA in creative writing/poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and went on to compete in the 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003 National Poetry Slams with the NYC/Union Square team. She is a member of the louderARTS Project, which runs two reading series, ongoing workshops and collaborative performances in NYC. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies, including Will Work for Peace and In Our Own Words: Poetry of Generation X, as well as literary magazines including Fourteen Hills, Prairie Schooner, and Blue Fifth Review.

Ron Mohring
Poetry: The Sign, Compassion, Common, Pelargonium, Fifty, Invisibility
Ron Mohring has had work published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Artful Dodge, Maize, Pool, and Southeast Review. His poetry chapbooks are Amateur Grief, The David Museum, and Beneficence; his full-length collection, Survivable World, won the 2003 Washington Prize and is expected to appear in 2004 from The Word Works Press. The recipient of the 2003 Oscar Wilde Award from Gival Press, he teaches literature and creative writing at Bucknell University, where he is Senior Associate Editor of West Branch. He can be reached at rmohring@ptd.net.

Marshall Moore
Fiction: For Your Own Good
Marshall Moore is author of the novel The Concrete Sky and the forthcoming short story collection Black Shapes in a Darkened Room. He lives in Seattle, Washington. For more information, visit www.marshallmoore.com.

Peggy Munson
Poetry: I Saw An Image of the Virgin Mary, The Moon Burned a Scar on My Wrist, Sleeping on the Edge of the Prairie

Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Drama: Meaningless
Peter Nachtrieb is a San Francisco Bay Area-based playwright, actor, and director. His solo show The Amorphous Blob, which he wrote and performed, was seen at San Francisco's Venue 9 in 1997 and at the Seattle Fringe Festival in 1998. His short play, Self Help, received the 2000 Emerging Playwright Award from Playground Theater Company in San Francisco. He is a frequent sketch comedy writer for the very popular San Francisco performance group Killing My Lobster. He has written two one-act plays, Thread and Multiplex. Meaningless his first full-length play.

Andy Quan
Fiction: Ants
Andy Quan is a Canadian living in Sydney, Australia and author of the short fiction collection Calendar Boy and the poetry collection Slant. His work has appeared in many anthologies and magazines. He writes for work as well as play -- as an international policy officer for the Australian Federation of AIDS Organizations. More than you ever wanted to know at www.andyquan.com.

Susan Stinson
Fiction: In the beginning, Lake
Susan Stinson's third novel, Venus of Chalk, was published in 2004 by Firebrand Books and named in a Book Marks syndicated column by Richard LaBonte as one of the top ten fiction books of 2004. Her other books are Martha Moody, Fat Girl Dances with Rocks, and Belly Songs. Her livejournal can be found at www.livejournal.com/~susanstinson. A short story and an article about fat queer writers and artists is expected to appear in the December 2004 issue of Lambda Book Report, and she'll be reading in San Francisco on March 13, 2005 at the Writers With Drinks spoken word variety show. She is currently at work on a novel about eighteenth century preacher Jonathan Edwards. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Doric Wilson
Featured Lodestar Writer: Drama: Now She Dances!
Doric Wilson was one of the first playwrights at New York City's legendary Caffé Cino and a pioneer of the Off-Off-Broadway movement, writing, directing, producing and designing over a hundred productions. He was a founding member of Circle Repertory Theater and the Barr/Wilder/Albee Playwright's Unit, a participant in all three nights of the Stonewall Riot, and was active in the early days of New York's gay liberation movement as a member of Gay Activist Alliance and as a "star" bartender and manager of the post-Stonewall gay bar scene, where he opened such landmark institutions as The Spike, TY's, and Brothers & Sisters Cabaret. His plays can also be read at www.doricwilson.com.

Contributors

Joneil Adriano
Fiction: The Secret Lives of Mice
Joneil Adriano is a New York-based writer and journalist. Born in the Philippines and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he holds a Bachelor's degree in Women's and Gender Studies from Columbia University. His fiction previously appeared in Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America, published by the Asian American Writers Workshop.

David Caudle
Featured Drama: Feet of Clay
David Caudle is an award-winning playwright and artist from Miami, Florida. His play, Hell's Cuisinart premiered at the Samuel Beckett Theatre in New York in 1997 to strong reviews, and was subsequently produced in Miami and Los Angeles. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries along the east coast, as well as in Madonna's video, "Nothing Really Matters." Pieces from his current series of grisaille paintings depicting the gay pride parade were exhibited at the Ambrosino Gallery in Miami, and at the GLBT Community Center in New York City.

Minal Hajratwala
Poetry: Angerfish, Miss Indo-America dreams
Minal Hajratwala's non-fiction book about the Indian diaspora as lived by her extended family is expected to be published by Houghton-Mifflin in 2005. Her poems and performance works have been published in various literary journals and anthologies. She was a writing fellow at the Sundance Institute in 1999, an artist-in-residence at the Jon Sims Center for the Performing Arts in 2000, and a fellow in the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University in 2000-2001. Her solo performance work, "Avatars: Gods for a New Millennium," premiered at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco in 1999. She lives in San Francisco and is a graduate of Stanford University.

Philip Huang
Featured Fiction: The Chair
Philip Huang lives in Berkeley, California. His poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous anthologies, including Queer PAPI Porn, Charlie Chan is Dead II, Best Gay Asian Erotica, Take Out: Queer Writing From Asian Pacific America, and Fresh Men: New Voices in Gay Fiction. In 2005, he completed American Widow, a collection of short stories. He may be contacted at philiphuang@aol.com.

Maya Khosla
Featured Poetry: Under Wolf Paw, Ravens' Undoing, Return to Grand Canyon
Maya Khosla was raised in India, England, Algeria, Burma, Bhutan, and Bangladesh. Those cultures as well as her background in biology strongly shaped her writing. Keel Bone, winner of the 2003 Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize, is her first full-length poetry manuscript. She is also the author of Web of Water, a creative non-fiction manuscript, and Heart of the Tearing, a chapbook collection of poetry. Individual poems have been featured in journals like America's Review, Permafrost, Poetry Flash, and Seneca Review. She has performed at venues such as Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival and at Headlands Center for the Arts, where she was writer-in-residence in 1998.

Michel Paulin Laurent
Featured Art: Bleeding on Canvas
Michel Paulin Laurent was born in France, where he lived until 1986. He studied French literature and foreign languages, and traveled throughout France and around Europe before moving to New York in 1986 to study fashion design at The Fashion Institute of Technology. For more information about his work, e-mail him at mpl1160@hotmail.com.

R. Zamora Linmark
Poetry: Aftersex, In-Transit
R. Zamora Linmark was born in Manila, educated in Honolulu, and presently resides in San Francisco. His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies such as The Best Gay American Fiction of 1997, Premonitions, and Charlie Chan is Dead.

Shani Mootoo
Non-Fiction: This is the Story You Must Write, Excerpts from A House By the Sea
Shani Mootoo's first book, Out on Main Street, is a collection of short stories. Her first novel, Cereus Blooms at Night, was nominated for The Giller Prize, the Chapter's First Novel Award, and the BC Book Prize; and she was awarded the New England Book Sellers award in 1998. Her book of poetry, Predicament of Or, was published by Polestar/Raincoast in 2001. She has just completed her second novel, A House By The Sea, which is soon to be published by Grove Atlantic. Born in Ireland and raised in Trinidad, Mootoo resides in Edmonton where she teaches Creative Writing in the English Department of the University of Alberta. Her visual art work and videos have been exhibited internationally.

Shailja Patel
Poetry: Shilling Love
Kenyan Indian poet Shailja Patel was 2001 Lambda Slam Champion and 2000 Santa Cruz Slam champion. She performs to standing ovations across the US and UK. Her work appears in numerous journals and anthologies, including Bullets and Butterflies: A Queer Slam Anthology, Women's Lives: Multicultural Perspectives, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Emily Dickinson Award Anthology, and the CD, Best of the Berkeley Slam Poets. Featured in June Jordan's Poetry For The People program at UC Berkeley, her poems are also broadcast frequently on Pacifica Radio and the National Radio Project, and used in colleges, high schools and workshops across the country. Awards include an Outwrite 1999 Poetry Prize and a Voices Of Our Nations Poetry Scholarship. She is a recipient of a Serpent Source Foundation For Women Artists Grant.

Juliana Pegues
Poetry: A Kiss, Nocturnal
Born in Taiwan and raised in Alaska, Juliana Pegues is a Minneapolis-based writer, performer, and activist. She is a member of both the women of color theater group Mama Mosaic; and Mango Tribe, a national Asian Pacific Islander American women's performance collective. She loves all manner of revolutionary acts and queer kisses, and detests imperialist wars and occupation.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Poetry: noise, sweet water, 3/19/03
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a US-raised, Toronto-based, queer, South Asian / Sri Lankan writer and spoken word poet. She has performed her work throughout the United States and Canada at many conferences, protests, and bars, especially within the South Asian and queer of color art scenes, including the 2003 Asian Pacific Islander Spoken Word Summit and the Color of Violence 2 Conference in Chicago. Her writing has been published in numerous anthologies, including A Girl's Guide To Taking Over the World, Colonize This!, Brazen Femme, and Dangerous Families, as well as in the periodicals Bitch, big boots, Fireweed, Trade, Anything That Moves, and Bamboo Girl. She teaches writing to queer, trans, and Two Spirit youth at Supporting Our Youth Toronto and publishes the queer people-of-color anti-war 'zine Letters from the War Years. Her first book, consensual genocide, is forthcoming in 2004. She is currently spreading cranky brown queergirl poetry love on the Brokeass Browngirl Tour of the northeastern United States.

Matthew Graham Smith
Fiction: Taking the Road
Matthew Graham Smith is a writer, director, and performer working in New York City and Northern California. His writing has appeared in Lambda Book Report, and he has written several plays. His first play, Strip, received an award from Primary Stages in NYC and was produced in NYC, Philadelphia, and California. His next play, Shadow of Giants, premieres in summer 2004 in Blue Lake, California as a Dell'Arte Company production. Contact him at blaksocks@aol.com.

Truong Tran
Featured Lodestar Writer: Poetry: because, eight margins
Truong Tran received his undergraduate education at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his MFA at San Francisco State University. He is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the Arts Council of Santa Clara, the California Arts Council, the Creative Work Fund and the San Francisco Arts Commission. His poems have been published in numerous literary journals including ZYZZYVA, The American Voice, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Poetry East, Another Chicago Magazine, and The North Dakota Quarterly. He is the author of three collections of poetry including placing the accents, The Book of Perceptions, and dust and conscience, which recently received the Poetry Center Book Award. Truong is currently living in San Francisco and working as Executive Director for Kearny Street Workshop, the oldest Asian Pacific American Arts organization in United States. His poems "because" and "eight margins" are from his book within the margin, due from Apogee Press in 2004.

Contributors

Keith Banner
Featured Fiction: Next to Nothing
Keith Banner's novel, The Life I Lead, was published by Knopf in 1999. His stories have been published in Kenyon Review, Washington Square, Other Voices, Third Coast, and Witness, among others. His stories have been anthologized in O. Henry Prize Stories 2000, Full Frontal Fiction: the Best of Nerve, and Best American Gay Fiction. His most recent book, a collection of stories, is titled The Smallest People Alive. He lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Alissa Blackman
Fiction: from Slant Six
Alissa Blackman received her MFA from San Francisco State University (SFSU). Her fiction has appeared in Fourteen Hills, Hurricane Alice, Transfer, and Chick Click. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry for the People: Whose Country is this Anyway?, Transfer, Zaum, and Sand to Glass. Her work has been adapted for stage in the San Francisco Fringe Festival and was featured in a multimedia, site-specific art installation, The Caged Heart, in Charleston, South Carolina. She has taught creative writing at SFSU as well as through Community Works, a non-profit organization sponsoring arts programs in Bay Area public schools. She also curates a literary mailing list, The Ampersand, and seeks to publish her novel, Slant Six.

John Del Peschio
Poetry: A few bar stools away, You told me once of a mouse, Phys. Ed., St. Pansy, You're back from Provincetown
John Del Peschio's work appears in the current issue of modern words. His poem "fifi the dangerous fag dog" opens the anthology Queer Dog, from Cleis Press, edited by Gerry Gomez Pearlberg. His contact information is available through the directory of writers at Poets & Writers.

Elana Dykewomon
Featured Lodestar Writer: Poetry: The Leonids of 2001: Susan sees her first shooting star, Milk and Honey
Elana Dykewomon published her first novel, the Second Wave classic Riverfinger Women, when she was 24. She went on to publish another five books, including her Lambda award-winning Beyond the Pale, a Jewish lesbian historical exploration of lesbians in 19th century Russia and the Progressive era in New York, which was republished in 2004. Moon Creek Road is Elana's new collection of stories. Her essays and poetry can be found in numerous anthologies. Elana brought the international lesbian feminist journal, Sinister Wisdom, to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1987, serving as an editor for nine years. A life-long cultural worker and political activist, she lives in Oakland, California with her lover among friends, writing, editing, teaching and trying to stir up trouble whenever she can.

kari edwards
Featured Poetry: from "obedience", 1 × 2, november 28th's carrier pigeon, I belong to the regulated
kari edwards is author of iduna, a day in the life of p., a diary of lies - Belladonna #27, and post/(pink). Sie is also the poetry editor of the International Foundation for Gender Education Transgender Tapestry, an international publication on transgender issues. Hir work has been exhibited throughout the United States, including Denver Art Museum, New Orleans Contemporary Art Museum, University of California San Diego, and University of Massachusetts Amherst. edwards' work can also be found in The Best American Poetry 2004, Experimental Theology, Public Text 0.2, Blood and Tears: Poems for Matthew Shepard, Aufgabe, Mirage/Period(ical), Van Gogh's Ear, Call, Boog City, 88: A Journal of Contemporary American Poetry, Narrativity, Fulcrum: an annual of poetry and aesthetics, Pom2, Shearsman, and The International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies.

Myriam Gurba
Poetry: Silverback
Myriam Gurba lives in Long Beach, California, and works as a high school teacher. She has written for magazines such as Girlfriends, On Our Backs, Punk Planet, and Clamor. Her writing has been published in anthologies by Cleis Press, Alyson Publications, and Touchstone. She is a former intern of On Our Backs magazine. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in history and is basically a nerd. She loves kitsch, modern furniture, gang girls, hip-hop, Mexico, and her girlfriends. She is constantly inspired by her family and is loud, brown, and proud.

Yuri Hospodar
Poetry: Cakewalk World, Bad Gay Poem
Yuri Hospodar has lived in Boston, San Francisco, Prague, San Francisco, and these days Boston again, though winter and memory has San Francisco issuing a siren call. So, he's a bit indecisive. His first collection, To You in Your Closets, was published by Stone Soup Press in 1990. His work has appeared in New York Quarterly, Painted Bride, and online magazines such as Shampoo and can we have our ball back?. His work also appears in the anthologies Blood and Tears: Poems for Matthew Shepard and An Anthology of New (American) Poets.

Joan Larkin
Featured Drama: Wiretap
Joan Larkin's poetry collections are Housework, A Long Sound, and Cold River. Her writing includes The Living, a play about community in the AIDS epidemic; The Hole in the Sheet, a Klezmer musical farce; and Sor Juana's Love Poems, co-translated with Jaime Manrique. She teaches in the New England College MFA program in poetry writing.

Karyna McGlynn
Poetry: Cleopatra 365, Snap-Button Lock
Originally from Austin, Texas, Karyna McGlynn is a writer and photographer living in Seattle. Her work has appeared in Wisconsin Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, Porcupine, Coal City Review, Scrivener, Good Foot, Orbis, Medicinal Purposes, Pindeldyboz, and Blueline. A four-time member of National Poetry Slam Teams from Austin and Seattle and winner of the 7th Annual Superbowl of Poetry, Ms. McGlynn is the founder of Screaming Emerson Press, which publishes chapbooks by spoken-word poets. Her poetry is featured on the Best of Slamchannel DVD and in the movie Rhapsodists, a documentary about women performance poets. Karyna attends the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University where she serves as poetry editor for Cascadia Review.

Ian Philips
Fiction: Shrimpboat Willie
Ian Philips is Editor-in-Chief (and Mama Bear) of Suspect Thoughts Press. He is also the author of two collections of literotica: See Dick Deconstruct, winner of the 2001 Lambda Literary Award, and Satyriasis. And since February 19, 2004, he is the legally wed husband of heartthrob author-publisher, Greg Wharton.

Robert Siek
Poetry: Truly Phototropic, Auto Shop Mixer
Robert Siek is a poet in New York City. He received his MFA in creative writing in May 1999 from New School University. He has read his work at various locations in New York City, such as the 11th Street Bar, The New School Cafe, Le Bar Bat, The Ear Inn, and Cornelia Street Cafe. His poems have appeared in Swallow Your Pride, Salonika, Bay Windows, Dwan, and The Rogue Scholars Collective. One poem is expected to appear in the 2004 issue of the Columbia Poetry Review. Robert also won the Chapbook Award Series from the New School Writing Program. New School published his chapbook, Clubbed Kid, in spring 2003.

Jan Steckel
Fiction: The Sea That Sometimes Frightened Us
Jan Steckel is an Oakland, California writer, a bisexual activist, and a former pediatrician. Her fiction has appeared in Lodestar Quarterly, So to Speak, Margin, Yale Medicine, Scholastic Magazine, and elsewhere. Her poetry chapbook "The Underwater Hospital" is expected to be published by Zeitgeist Press in 2006. You can find more of her work at www.jansteckel.com.

Royston Tester
Fiction: Travestís
British-born Royston Tester lives in Toronto. His short fiction has appeared in a good number of journals and anthologies in Canada and the United States. A first collection of linked stories, Summat Else, is expected to be published in 2005. In 2004, his works were nominated for the National Magazine Award and the Journey Prize Anthology. He is currently working on a novel, For The English To See, that has taken him to the Brazilian Amazon; Hawthornden Castle, Scotland; and the Valparaiso Foundation, Spain. He can be reached at roystontester@rogers.com.

Jim Tushinski
Fiction: Gerald and the Beast
Jim Tushinski is the author of the novel Van Allen's Ecstasy. Jim's short fiction has appeared in the anthologies His 3 and Quickies, as well as literary journals including Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly, Blithe House Quarterly, and The James White Review. His short video, Jan-Michael Vincent Is My Muse, has been screened at over 30 film festivals on three continents. Jim is currently working on a new novel and a feature-length documentary on 1970s gay porn icon Peter Berlin. For more information, visit www.jimtushinski.com.

Jess Wells
Interview: An Interview with Elana Dykewomon

Charlotte Young
Poetry: Basic Math
Charlotte Young is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Her work has appeared in Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly, Callaloo, and San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly. She has work forthcoming in an anthology for LA Women of Color.

Contributors

Meliza Bañales
Fiction: Because Jimmy Wore It

David Bergman
Featured Lodestar Writer: Prose: The Condition of Essex Hemphill, Sunday Morning, Sons of Onan, Eos, The Testimony of Orpheus, Sabbatical, Song of Solomon
David Bergman is a professor of English at Towson State University, the author of Gaiety Transfigured: Gay Representation in American Literature, and the editor of Camp Grounds: Style and Homosexuality. Bergman has published poetry in The Paris Review, The New Criterion, and The New Republic. He has edited a collection of Edmund White's essays entitled The Burning Library. His latest book is The Violet Hour: The Violet Quill and the Making of Gay Culture (Columbia University Press, 2004). He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Steven Cordova
Poetry: Drinking Buddies, Choking Victim
Steven Cordova's poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Calalloo, The Cortland Review, Diner, The Journal, Northwest Review and Puerto del Sol, as well as in the anthology Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English. His chapbook, Slow Dissolve, was published by Momotombo Press in 2003. He was born in San Antonio, Texas and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Christopher DeRoche
Poetry: Aimless Existence in Unreality, Strung out in Valhalla
Christopher DeRoche lives in New Orleans. He's 18 years old, and this is his first time published.

Qwo-Li Driskill
Poetry: For Marsha P. (Pay It No Mind!) Johnson, Love Poems for Billy Jack, Thursday, 7:01 PM
Qwo-Li Driskill is a Cherokee Two-Spirit writer and activist also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, and Osage ascent. Hir work appears in numerous publications including The Crab Orchard Review, SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures, Many Mountains Moving, and in the anthologies Nurturing Native Languages, Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology, and Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry. S/he is currently living in Three Fires (Ojibwe, Odawa, Potawatomi) and Huron territories while pursuing a PhD in Rhetoric and Writing at Michigan State University. Hir first book of poetry is forthcoming.

Jennifer Natalya Fink
Fiction: Republic
Jennifer Natalya Fink is the author of the novel Burn (Suspect Thoughts) and has published fiction and nonfiction in numerous journals and anthologies. She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Gorilla Press, a non-profit organization which helps kids write and publish their own books. She is also the co-editor of Performing Hybridity (University of Minnesota Press) and Acts of Treason (Stanford University Press). She has has taught at NYU, Makor, Concordia University, and Pratt Institute, and is currently a professor of creative writing at Georgetown University. Jennifer holds a BA from Wesleyan University, an MFA in Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a PhD in Performance Studies from NYU.

Stephanie Gray
Poetry: SO YOU THINK THIS HOUSE IS BURNING?, rolling (her) my bugler
Stephanie Gray is a poet and experimental filmmaker. Her short, hand-processed, Super-8 films Kristy (about the infamous McNichol) and Dear Joan (about incognito lesbian Joan of Arc) have screened internationally at queer film festivals such as the San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Inside Out Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and Image Out: Rochester Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. As a filmmaker, she has received a 2003 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in film. She was a 2000 finalist for a Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship. Her poems have recently appeared in the online poetry journal Can We Have Our Ball Back?

Nicholas Hayes
Fiction: Look
Nicholas Alexander Hayes is an MFA student in writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He balances out his student life by working in the service industry and juggling the small troubles and great joys of living with his sister, his partner Andrew, and his cat. His work has appeared in a variety of online publications including Velvet Mafia, Suspect Thoughts, Clean Sheets, and Doorknobs & BodyPaint.

Tennessee Jones
Featured Fiction: Nebraska

Michael Kiggins
Fiction: Delivering
Michael Kiggins earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Memphis in 2002. He currently lives and teaches in Nashville, Tennessee. His fiction has appeared in SpoonfedAmerika, Blithe House Quarterly, Muse-Apprentice-Guild, and Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly.

Kato McNickle
Featured Drama: Girls in Boys' Pants
Kato McNickle is a playwright, artist, and director. Her plays have won numerous awards, including a Spirit of Broadway Award and the 2003 Robert Lehan Playwriting Award. She is a 2003 Ensemble Studio Theatre New Voices Fellow. Her short play "Bull!" will be presented in The Beast Festival in NYC October 2004, and a monologue from To Die For Want Of Lobster will be included in an upcoming collection of best monologues from Smith and Kraus. Visit her on the Web at members.aol.com/katomcnick [link defunct]. She works well with dogs and teenagers and can wrangle most livestock.

Brian Pera
Fiction: Your Whole Life Ahead of You
Brian Pera is the author of Troublemaker and the editor of Low Blue Flame. "Your Whole Life Ahead of You" is an excerpt from Wall of Sound, a novel in progress. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

Frances Varian
Featured Poetry: la divina, Devotion
Frances Varian was a member of Seattle's National Poetry Slam team in 2000 and has subsequently performed on numerous stages across the country, including the Seattle Poetry Festival. At the September 2004 Bumbershoot Arts Festival, she debuted a feature-length, choreographed poem paying tribute to the victims of the Green River Killer. Her work appears in Without A Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class. tsunami, her independently published collection of poems, is available on franvarian.com [link defunct as of May 26, 2010]. She works as a queer/women's health advocate in Seattle where she lives with her amazing sweetheart and three dysfunctional cats.

Cyril Wong
Poetry: Boats, Ann Siang Hill
Cyril Wong is the author of four collections of poetry in Singapore. He was a featured poet at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2003.

Contributors

Julia Bloch
Featured Interview: An Interview with Dodie Bellamy

Mark Doty
Featured Lodestar Writer: Prose: Infernal Sympathies
Mark Doty is the author of seven books of poems, including School of the Arts, a collection expected to be published in spring 2005. He has also published three volumes of nonfiction prose: Heaven's Coast, a memoir which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction, Firebird, an autobiography, and Still Life With Oysters and Lemon, a meditation on objects and intimacy. His work has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and two Lambda Literary Awards. He has also received a Whiting Writers Award, a Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Writers Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Doty has taught at the University of Iowa, New York University, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of Houston. He lives in New York City and Provincetown.

Cindy M. Emch
Poetry: Not Done Yet
Cindy M. Emch is a farm town poet finding the small bits of rural in the big city. She has been writing poetry for twenty years and has self-published three chapbooks: "The Brahma of the Blue Shoe," "Autumn Leaves Don't Always Turn," and "Notes from a Big Tough Journal." Her pop culture writings have been published in Taste of Latex, American Sexuality, Women in Power, and RedEye Magazine. She has read at open mics from Michigan to San Francisco, and she hosts Queer Open Mic at Three Dollar Bill Café in San Francisco.

Michael Graves
Fiction: From Kissing
Michael Graves is twenty-six. He lives and writes in Massachusetts. His fiction has appeared in many literary journals, including Velvet Mafia, Eclectica Magazine, Cherry Bleeds, Naked Poetry, The Armchair Aesthete, S.L.U.G. Fest Limited, bastardgenres, Ken Again, and Dusty Lizard. Michael's work was also featured in the print anthology Eclectica Magazine's Best Fiction, Volume One. One of his book reviews can be found in Lambda Book Report.

Laura Jent
Poetry: Our Little Plan
Laura Jent lives in Durham, North Carolina where she works as a nanny and a writer, takes far too many self-portraits, organizes knitting nights, and researches autism. In 2005, her convergent text/visual work done with artists from across the U.S. is expected to be hung in North Carolina galleries. Her poetry has appeared online at theatticwhichisdesire.com, scarletletters.com, and shampoopoetry.com.

Wayne Johns
Featured Poetry: Are You a Sheep or a Goat?, Moth, Mouth, Mother, 'There is Nothing We May Call Our Own...', Antipsalms, The Harrowing
Wayne Johns's poems have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The Cortland Review, Image, The James White Review, Meridian, and Ploughshares, among others. His work has appeared in several anthologies, including American Diaspora (University of Iowa Press) and This New Breed: Gents, Bad Boys & Barbarians 2 (Windstorm). He received a Reader's Choice Award from Prairie Schooner, an Editor's Choice Award from Mid-American Review, and the first annual Frank O'Hara Award for his chapbook "An Invisible Veil Between Us" (Thorngate Road).

Mako Matsuda
Poetry: Smoking Too Much
Mako Matsuda is finishing a creative writing undergraduate degree at San Francisco State and works at Half Price Books in Concord, California. His claim to fame is that he kissed Morrissey's hand during a concert.

Elijah Oberman
Poetry: What I Know About War, Anatomy Lesson: Cells or The First Love Poem
Elijah Oberman is transgender and Jewish from Charlottesville, Virginia. He currently lives in Brooklyn, plays violin with the syndicate, and works with Jews Against the Occupation.

Alex Romani
Fiction: Personal Statement
Alex Romani resides in Milwaukee, where he makes his living as a writer, editor and media consultant. "Personal Statement" is his first published fiction; his first short story to be published in print is expected to appear in the fall 2005 issue of Other Voices. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he holds a master's degree in newswriting and reporting from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and is working toward an MFA in the Writing Seminars at Bennington College.

Amy Silver
Fiction: How To Fly A Sign (If You Are A Girl)
Amy Silver lives in Washington state with her sister, her niece, and three cats. She works for a temp service. In 2002, she hitchhiked to Maine and returned in an unreliable old van. Inspired by that road trip, she is working on a collection of stories. Her fiction has appeared in Outsiderink.com. Amy can be reached at silveramy77@yahoo.com.

Jose Skinner
Featured Fiction: La Quebrada
Jose Skinner is author of Flight and Other Stories, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and finalist for the Western States Book Award for fiction. He has published fiction in Boulevard, Witness, Colorado Review, and many others. He is assistant professor of creative writing at University of Texas-Pan American.

Susan Stinson
Poetry: Met Roof Garden

Michelle Tea
Fiction: I Like To Give Women Pleasure

Harry Thomas
Fiction: Loser Leave Town
Harry Thomas was raised in Tallahassee, Florida, a place culturally closer to South Georgia than South Beach. He holds an MFA from University of Alabama and his fiction has appeared in Lodestar Quarterly (Issue 12, Winter 2004), Best Gay Erotica 2004, and Six Little Things. Grievously addicted to school, he is currently at work on a PhD at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Justin Thomas
Poetry: you let someone in
Justin Thomas (formerly Dani Kolling) is a FTM poet living in the East Bay region of California. His work has been featured in GOD's Work (50 Gallons of Diesel), Gravity, and Purr Magazine.

Contributors

Dallas Angguish
Fiction: Lord Alice

Michelle Auerbach
Fiction: Divination
Michelle Auerbach's work has been published in Van Gogh's Ear, Bombay Gin, Xcp, Chelsea, and The American Drivel Review. She is the author of the historical novella Alice Modern (2005 Excessive Poetics Press). Auerbach lives and teaches writing in Colorado where she received her MFA from Naropa University.

Morteza Baharloo
Fiction: From The Quince Seed Potion
Morteza Baharloo was born in Iran in 1961, emigrated to the United States in 1978, and now lives in Houston. He is chairman and cofounder of Healix, Ltd., a Texas-based international provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare services. Baharloo returns periodically to Iran, where he is restoring rural estates built by his grandfather and great-uncles in the 1920s. More information on the author and his work is available at www.mortbaharloo.com.

S. Bear Bergman
Poetry: Broken Open
S. Bear Bergman is a theater artist, writer, instigator and gender-jammer; touring hir award-winning shows "Ex Post Papa" and "Clearly Marked" around the country to colleges, universities and theater festivals, including the National Gay and Lesbian Theater Festival and the National Transgender Theater Festival. Ze has been heard and published in a variety of places, lives on the web at www.sbearbergman.com, and makes a home in Northampton, Massachusetts where ze is the very lucky husbear of a magnificent femme.

Lillian Faderman
Featured Lodestar Writer: Prose: Excerpts from Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers, Love Between Women in 1928: Why Progressivism Is Not Always Progress
Lillian Faderman has published numerous books about lesbian history and lesbian literature, including Surpassing The Love Of Men, Lesbians In Germany, Scotch Verdict, Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers, Chloe Plus Olivia, To Believe In Women, and her memoir, Naked In The Promised Land. Her work has been recognized by four Lambda Literary Awards, two American Library Association Awards, the American Association of University Women's Distinguished Senior Scholar Award, and several lifetime achievement awards for lesbian/gay scholarship, including Yale University's James Brudner Award, the Monette/Hurwitz Award, and the Publishing Triangle Award. She teaches literature and creative writing at California State University, Fresno.

Valerie Frankel
Fiction: Dick and Jane Grow Up
Valerie Frankel's many short stories have appeared in the anthologies Legends of the Pendragon and In The Outposts of Beyond, as well as forthcoming in Once Upon a World, The Kings of the Night, and three best of the year anthologies. Her work has also been published in Marsdust, SFCrowsnest, and forty other magazines. She reviews monthly books for New Pages and Rambles, as well as Bookreview.com and The Drexel Online Journal. She currently teaches grammar and creative writing at a number of private institutions and was the recipient of the Phelan Award 2004 first place for humor and satire. Her website is www.calithwain.com.

Christine Hamm
Featured Poetry: Discount Heaven, Slut, Affection Control
Christine Hamm has an MA in Creative Writing and is a graduate of Reed College. Her poetry has been published by Poetry Midwest, Exquisite Corpse, Kitchen Sink, Snowmonkey, Rattle, Absinthe Literary Review, Adirondack Review, and many others. She was also a finalist in the Atlanta Review International Poetry Contest. In 2004, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She teaches poetry workshops in New York City and is the literary editor of several journals. Her chapbook and alphabet book are available at www.lulu.com/sharpNpencil.

Stacy Nathaniel Jackson
Poetry: Transitory Floats at the Bottom of the Pool, Funk
Stacy Nathaniel Jackson is an African American / Filipino transman residing in San Francisco. His work has appeared in SoMa Literary Review and The Big Ugly Review. He is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. His community involvement has included board seats on the San Francisco LGBT Community Center Project, the literary journal ZYZZYVA, and mayoral appointment to San Francisco's Transgender Civil Rights Implementation Task Force.

Judith Jordan
Poetry: Insolent Freedoms
Before she returned to school in San Francisco, Judith Jordan washed dishes, danced in a strip club, and worked in a carnival. She parked cars in Portland, cut hoagies in Philadelphia, and took tickets at the Houston Rodeo, all in a different uniform. She's lived in mobile homes, tractor trailers, attics, garages, hostels, hotels, a train station, a walk-in closet, and a men's shelter. She sings to learn how to talk and dances to learn how to walk. judithqjordan@yahoo.com is a transfemme sub who was once arrested for refusing to identify herself.

Danny Thanh Nguyen
Poetry: Engrish
Danny Thanh Nguyen is one-third of the literary-trash phenomenon "DJ Berkley" and a founding member of the Vietnamese Artist Collective. As a senior editor for the non-profit HIFY, he teaches writing and 'zine-making workshops for young people. His work has appeared in Transfer and Rudolf's Diner, among other publications. "Engrish" is his first published poem. Danny lives in San Francisco and feels silly talking in the third person. Contact him at dannytnguyen@gmail.com.

David Pratt
Fiction: All the Young Boys Love Alice

Patrick Roscoe
Featured Fiction: Compromise
Patrick Roscoe is the author of seven internationally acclaimed books of fiction which have been translated into nine languages. His widely published and anthologized work has appeared in Christopher Street, The James White Review, Blithe House Quarterly, and Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly. Patrick Roscoe's short fiction has won two CBC Canadian Literary Awards, a Pushcart Prize, and a Lorian Hemingway Short Story Award; it has received a pair of Distinguished Story citations from Best American Stories, and is frequently selected for Best Canadian Stories. (Photo credit: Patrick Roscoe in the Laboratory of Love Sevilla 2004 © Olivier de Maderas)

Steven Schwartz
Poetry: Sestina for Stockhausen, Dulce et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori, Sonnet in 7.62mm

Kim Yaged
Featured Drama: Vessels
Kim Yaged is an award-winning playwright whose work has been performed throughout North America. Her chamber opera www.love was showcased by the New York City Opera and subsequently performed in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This production won four Best of 2001 Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Production, and was runner-up in two other categories. Kim was a recipient of the Kennedy Center's Meritorious Achievement Award for the Diego Rivera Theatre's production of her play America. She was also an ArtServe grant recipient. Kim has written children's books for Disney Publishing. Her short stories and poetry are included in anthologies published by Ballantine Books, Cleis Press, and Arsenal Pulp Press. (Photo credit: Sarah Grace Shierson Dumser)

Abe Louise Young
Poetry: Resistance
Abe Louise Young lives in Austin, Texas where she teaches and performs. Other recent poems are published in Bloom, New Letters, Hawai'i Review, and Borderlands, and she writes a monthly review for Lambda Book Report. If you'd like to read more, please visit www.abelouiseyoung.com.

Contributors

Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Featured Fiction: Fruits at the Border
Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of the novels This Wild Silence, winner of a California Arts Council Fellowship in Literature, and Working Parts, winner of the American Library Association LGBT Award for Literature, and the forthcoming collection of narrative nonfiction, The Breath of Seals: adventures in fear and grace. She is a two-time winner of the National Science Foundation's Artists & Writers in Antarctica award.

Mike W. Blottenberger
Poetry: Elmer's Glue
Mike W. Blottenberger lives in Hanover, Pennsylvania with his partner of three years. His poetry has appeared in The Baltimore Review, Bay Windows, Christian Science Monitor, The James White Review, The Rockford Review, White Crane, and The William & Mary Review. He works in the public health field and teaches poetry in the schools.

Louie Crew
Poetry: Preserved
Louie Crew was born in Alabama in 1936. He married Ernest Clay in 1974. They live in East Orange, New Jersey. Crew is an emeritus English professor at Rutgers and the author of over 1,650 publications, including From Quean Lutibelle's Pew, Midnight Lessons, and The Gay Academic. With Julia Penelope he founded the LGBT caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English, and he is the founder of Integrity, the organization of LGBT Episcopalians.

Neil de la Flor
Poetry: The Exegesis of Grease, the Soundtrack, Closed Eyes/Universe
Neil de la Flor's work has appeared or is expected in Indiana Review, Hotel Amerika, Admit2, Scene360, 42opus, and Lodestar Quarterly. He is the managing editor of Mangrove and lives in Miami, Florida.

Tom Dolby
Fiction: The Gift
Tom Dolby is the author of the widely acclaimed San Francisco Chronicle bestselling novel The Trouble Boy (Kensington Books, 2004). His nonfiction writing has appeared in The Village Voice, Time Out New York, and Out magazine, among others. A graduate of Yale University, Tom currently lives in Manhattan, where he is working on his second novel, which takes place at a New England boarding school. For more information, visit www.tomdolby.com.

Liz Henry
Poetry: radical girls, careful with your hand
Liz Henry is a poet and translator in the San Francisco Bay Area. She runs Tollbooth Press and a zine, Composite: Multiple Translations. Her work has been published in Two Lines, Fantastic Metropolis, Cipactli, Literary Mama, and Caesura.

Amanda Laughtland
Poetry: Nostalgia
Amanda Laughtland lives in the suburbs of Seattle and teaches English part-time at Edmonds Community College. Her poems appear in recent issues of KNOCK, Literary Salt, QP, and the strange fruit.

Shaun Levin
Fiction: The Things You Say When You Say Goodbye Forever
Shaun Levin is a South African writer based in London. His novella, Seven Sweet Things, was published in 2003. His short stories appear in anthologies as diverse as Modern South African Short Stories, Boyfriends from Hell, The Best American Erotica 2002, Gay Times Book of Short Stories, and The Slow Mirror: New Fiction by Jewish Writers. He is the editor of Chroma, a queer literary journal, and the director of Queer Writers and Poets, an organization to encourage and promote writing by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender writers. His collection of short stories, Summers at the Edge of the Desert, is expected in 2005. His website is www.shaunlevin.com.

Paul G. McCurdy
Featured Poetry: The moon alleges and the feather pillow knows, Right Southern Gentleman
Paul G. McCurdy grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia but moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in January 2003. His poetry has appeared in the journal Lynx Eye, Red River Review, and SoMa Literary Magazine, and a short story is expected to appear in Best Gay Love Stories 2006. He lives in San Francisco with his boyfriend. More is available at his blog, Zauberwelt.

Sean Meriwether
Fiction: Boys in Summer

Michael Montlack
Poetry: After Math
Michael Montlack has been published in New York Quarterly, Christopher Street, The Cream City Review, New York Native, Mudfish, In The Family, Bay Windows, Skidrow Penthouse and Gertrude. He lives in New York City, where he teaches at Berkeley College. He finished his MFA at The New School in 2005 and was awarded a University of Connecticut Soul Mountain Retreat Fellowship to complete his first book of poems: Liz Taylor in Levittown.

James Justus Ross
Poetry: A Faggot in Jr. High
James Justus Ross believes a few words can make a difference if they're the right words. So becoming a good poet matters to him. New to all this, this is just his second poem to be published. Works in health care, lives in Minnesota, heart's in northern New Mexico. In love going on 18 years. Trying to live with decency and grace, gratitude also, a lot of gratitude.

Paul Rueckhaus
Poetry: For the Fathers on 24th St.
Paul Rueckhaus won the 1997 Haiku contest in the Weekly Alibi of Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1998, he was the intern for the Albuquerque Poetry Festival. He has taught poetry and literature at the San Francisco County Jail and is currently working on a children's book.

Lauren Sanders
Fiction: Shopping
Lauren Sanders's new novel, With or Without You, was hailed by Publishers Weekly as a "vibrant, vigorous send-up of America's obsession with pop culture, B-list celebrities and prison life, peopled by a cast of lonely, desperate characters whose only fault is that they love too much." Her debut novel, Kamikaze Lust, won a 2000 Lambda Literary Award. Her short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in many publications, including American Book Review, Poets & Writers, Time Out New York, Nerve.com, and Melic Review. Sanders is coeditor of the anthology Too Darn Hot: Writing About Sex Since Kinsey. She lives with her partner in the nation of Brooklyn.

Jean Sénac
Featured Lodestar Writer: Poetry: My People's Early Rising, The Sleepers, Love's Rights, The Myth of the Mediterranean Sperm, An excerpt from The Father: A Rough Draft
Jean Sénac was a teacher, soldier, and writer. He was the author of numerous collections of poems, including Citoyens de beauté and Jubilation, and one novel, Ébauche du père: pour en finir avec l'enfance. Following the Algerian revolution, he worked in the Ministry of Education in Algeria and for Radio-Algiers with a daily program, Poésie sur tous les fronts. He was the founder of the magazines Soleil, Terrasses, and cofounder of Galery 54. He was murdered, possibly because of his political beliefs, in August 1973 in Algiers. More information (in French): French Wikipedia: Jean Sénac.

Brian Sloan
Fiction: An excerpt from A Really Nice Prom Mess
Brian Sloan is a writer/director based in New York City. A Really Nice Prom Mess (Simon & Schuster) is his first novel. His second book, Tale of Two Summers will be published in summer 2006. Previously, his short fiction has appeared in Genre, Christopher Street and New Ink. Stories of his are anthologized in Men on Men 7, Man of My Dreams, and Not The Only One. His short story "Sex With Teenagers" won a National Magazine Award for short fiction in 1996. He is also an indie filmmaker. His latest film, WTC View, premieres in summer 2005 at film festivals in New York and Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.briansloan.com.

Contributors

Gina Abelkop
Poetry: My Envy Grows Out From Between My Lips Like Limbs and Trunks, The Accident
Gina Abelkop is a graduate of Antioch College. She lives in Seattle, where she pursues the Pacific and persistent rains. She has self-published a chapbook of her poetry and prose, We Can Be Very Lovely, and she edits and publishes the quarterly feminist literary journal Finery. Her collaboration with photographer Carrie Gabella is expected to appear in a forthcoming issue of Hothouse, published by Persephassa. For more information, visit www.birdsoflace.com.

Noël Alumit
Fiction: Guest List Girls

Billy Clem
Poetry: Qalqilya, troubled villanelle
Billy Clem received a BA, cum laude, from Culver-Stockton College and an MA from Missouri State University. He is a candidate for the PhD in English and Women's Studies at Northern Illinois University and is a full-time Instructor of English at Waubonsee Community College. This is his first published poem.

Thomas Filippi
Fiction: Short Circuit: A Tony Allegro Mystery
Thomas Filippi was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, then moved to West Virginia to attend college. He holds a Master of Education and Master of Rehabilitation Counseling from West Virginia University. Mr. Filippi's first novel, Dungeons and Drag Queens -- A Tony Allegro Mystery, was published in 2003. He is an educator and relationship therapist in Miami Beach, Florida.

Marilyn Hacker
Featured Lodestar Writer: Poetry: Glose 1, Letter to Alfred Corn, Ghazal, Glose 2
National Book Award-winning poet Marilyn Hacker's most recent book is Desesperanto. Her previous collection, Squares and Courtyards, received the Publishing Triangle's first Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry in 2001. She received the Lenore Marshall Award of the Academy of American Poets and a Lambda Literary Award in 1994 for Winter Numbers, her Selected Poems received the Poets' Prize in 1996, Going Back to the River received a Lambda Literary Award in 1990, and she received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2004. Her translations include Birds and Bison, poems by Claire Malroux, and She Says by Vénus Khoury-Ghata.

Scott Hightower
Featured Poetry: Visit with an Old Model at Norwood
Scott Hightower's third collection, Part of the Bargain, received the 2004 Hayden Carruth Award and is expected to appear in November 2005 from Copper Canyon Press. He was born on a working ranch in central Texas, lives in New York City, is a contributing editor to The Journal and Barrow Street, and teaches at NYU/Gallatin.

Nadyalec Hijazi
Fiction: Barbed Wire Kisses
Nadyalec Hijazi has been published in Hot Off the Net, Trikone, Suspect Thoughts, Bint el Nas, and the late, great Roughriders. He has work in the anthologies Best Gay Erotica 2006, How to Fuck a Tranny, and Desire in Transition. He has also been a featured reader at Gender Pirates, Perverts Put Out, Writers With Drinks, and at the San Francisco Pride Festival. You can read more of his work at nadyalec.com/imagining.

Lesley Kartali
Poetry: pick-up lines for feminists
Lesley Kartali is a queer transgender graduate from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Lesley is also interested in social justice work and simply enjoys the feeling of being alive.

Pablo Miguel Martínez
Poetry: Two
Pablo Miguel Martínez's poetry has appeared in numerous journals and newspapers, including Americas Review, BorderSenses, The Comstock Review, La Voz de Esperanza, San Antonio Express-News, and QP: queer poetry. In 2001, he was the director of the San Antonio Inter-American Bookfair & Literary Festival and co-director of the Latina Letters Conference at St. Mary's University. In 2003, Martínez was a recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral literary prize.

Suzanne Nielsen
Fiction: Max and Me
Suzanne Nielsen, a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, teaches writing at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have been published in various literary journals nationally and internationally. Most recently her work has appeared in The Comstock Review, Mid-America Poetry Review, The Pedestal, and 580 Split. Upcoming work is expected to appear in Banyan Review, R-KV-R-Y, and Gin Bender Poetry Review. So'ham Books is expected to publish her collection of poetry East of the River in October 2005. Nielsen received a BA in writing from Metropolitan State University, and a MALS degree with an emphasis in writing from Hamline University where she is completing her doctorate work in education.

Katia Noyes
Featured Fiction: An excerpt from Crashing America
Katia Noyes left home at the age of fifteen. She has worked as a roofer, math tutor, factory worker, and go-go dancer. Twice a finalist for the Astraea Lesbian Writers Award, Noyes develops content for educational publishers and remains involved with organizations that serve runaway youth. Her first novel is Crashing America, a Book Sense Pick for October 2005.

Leigh Phillips
Poetry: A is for Beauty, Convulsive, How We Happen
Leigh Phillips is working towards her PhD at Binghamton University, focusing her energies on contemporary feminisms, political discourses, and experimental poetics. Her poems have appeared in Hollins Album; Harpur Palate; Long Shot; and Ugly Poets, Beautiful Poems: An Anthology of Fusion. She is circulating her first poetry manuscript, Naked in the Heartbreak House. Leigh also has articles expected to appear in the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Third Wave Feminism, published by Greenwood Press and edited by Leslie Heywood.

Patricia Ryan
Essay: Katrina the Killer
Patricia Ryan was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Among the many things she's done in her life, she has been a country western singer, potato chip sorter, elevator operator, housekeeper for a Catholic convent, and the mother of five sons. Her fifth and final son is Lodestar Quarterly's founder and editor-in-chief, Patrick Ryan.

Emanuel Xavier
Poetry: Untitled, Abandonment

Contributors

Djuna Barnes
Featured Lodestar Writer: Fiction: What Do You See, Madam?, The Confessions of Helen Westley
Djuna Barnes was born on the 12th of June 1892 in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York. She began her career as a reporter and illustrator for magazines, under pseudonyms such as Lydia Steptoe, and Gunga Duhl, the Pen Performer. In the 1920s she lived in Paris with her lover, the sculptor and silverpoint artist, Thelma Wood. She was a member of the influential coterie of mostly lesbian women that included Natalie Barney and Janet Flanner. Although she wrote many plays, short stories, and poems, she is best known for her novel Nightwood, written in 1936.

Casey Charles
Poetry: December
Casey Charles is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Montana where he teaches Renaissance Studies and Gay and Lesbian Literature. He has published poems in Spanish and English, essays on Shakespeare and Chaucer, and the book The Sharon Kowalski: Lesbian and Gay Rights on Trial, nominated for a Publishing Triangle Award in 2004. A selection from his collection The Places They Came From was a finalist in the Crazyhorse Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Competition in 2005.

Holly Demeter
Poetry: Out of habit
Holly Demeter lives in Oakland, California and works in Berkeley, where she spends too much time drinking chai and staring at a computer screen. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in psychology and a love-hate relationship with gender and adolescence. She thinks letter-writing is dangerously romantic. She would like to read the news and breathe more, and win the lottery.

Anel I. Flores
Fiction: De Calabasa
Anel I. Flores, a native Texana, is a visual artist, teacher, and creative writer. She holds a BA in English and art and an MFA in creative writing. She has taught art and creative writing to people of all ages in several of San Antonio's public and private schools, cultural centers and out of her own studio, and has also collaborated with the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in their Oral History Project and their Puentes de Palabras group. She is looking for opportunities to publish her literary collection AriaAsada, manifesting a performance piece that accompanies her work Empanada, and designing a visual art exhibition.

Philip Huang
Featured Fiction: Lady

Charles Jensen
Poetry: Dietrichesque, Remainder, Quail
Charles Jensen is the author of the chapbook "Little Burning Edens." His poems have appeared in Bloom, The Journal, New England Review, Quarterly West, and West Branch; he was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. With Sarah Vap, he has published interviews with Beth Ann Fennelly, Lynn Emanuel, and C. D. Wright. He works for the Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University and at Rio Salado College, where he teaches film studies.

Carrie-Sinclair Katz
Poetry: Still Life, Sealed Letter
Carrie-Sinclair Katz's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Fourteen Hills, Comfusion Magazine, horse less review, Transfer, The Big Ugly Review, Goetry, Wild Strawberries, and others. Eight of her plays have been produced in London at the Chelsea and Latchmere Theatres (Theatre503). Her play Triptych was chosen as a finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights' Festival, and she also teaches creative writing in the vast and overcrowded prison system of California.

Heathen Machinery
Poetry: Printing on Water
Heathen Machinery spends vast amounts of time fidgeting with her hair. When not fidgeting, she can be found either debasing herself for nickels or giggling at something that nobody else can see. She recommends the mani/pedi as a life-changing spiritual experience. Heathen Machinery has never accomplished anything of much importance and stores her body in San Francisco.

Toni Mirosevich
Featured Poetry: Beat-Nik, Lucky Stiff
Toni Mirosevich's collection "My Oblique Strategies" was winner of the 2005 Frank O'Hara Chapbook Award. She is also the author of Queer Street and The Rooms We Make Our Own. Her work has appeared in The Progressive, Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly, Kenyon Review, Best American Travel Writing, and elsewhere. Literary awards include the Astraea Emerging Lesbian Writer in Fiction Award and fellowships with The MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Artists Program, and the Willard R. Espy Literary Foundation. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, where she has served as Associate Director of the Poetry Center.

Scott Pomfret
Fiction: Magi
Scott D. Pomfret specializes in gay love stories. He is the co-author of Hot Sauce, one of the Romentics Harlequin-style romance novels for gay men. Pomfret's short stories have been published in Post Road, Genre, Fresh Men: New Gay Voices, Best Gay Love Stories 2005, Best Gay Love Stories 2006, Homewreckers: An Adultery Anthology, Best Gay Erotica 2005, and many other magazines and anthologies. For more information, visit www.scottpomfret.com.

Adam Seth Rosen
Poetry: Slippers, Origins of Wicked Love
Adam Rosen is a twenty-something composer, performer, and writer based in St. Louis, Missouri. His essay "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Faygelah" was featured in the Lambda Literary Award-nominated anthology Mentsh: On Being Jewish and Queer. His poem "Rhapsody In The Key Of Whitman" was a runner-up in the 2005 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Poetry Award. Adam is working on his first poetry collection.

Jan Steckel
Fiction: Alex the Dragon

Contributors

Rob Beeston
Fiction: A Flock of Rotations
Rob Beeston lives in ex-industrial Sheffield, England. He has a PhD in social theory and technology. He is just emerging from an intensive period of his first fiction writing, the steely fruits of which are about to be let loose.

Richard Canning
Interview: Plot as Ash
Richard Canning is the author of Gay Fiction Speaks: Conversations with Gay Novelists and Hear Us Out: Conversations with Gay Novelists, which won the 2005 Editors Choice Award of the Lambda Literary Organization. He was born in England and divides his time between London and Sheffield, where he teaches British and American literature at University. He is preparing a third, and final volume of conversations with gay novelists, as well as editing a volume of shorter gay fiction for Carroll & Graf (provisionally: A Full Hand). Over the past five years, he has been writing a critical biography of the 1920s English novelist Ronald Firbank, due 2007. He has written for many newspapers, magazines and journals, including The Guardian, The Independent, The Los Angeles Times, The James White Review, Attitude, and Out.

Darrah de jour
Poetry: Where Art Thou?, No rebellion
Darrah de jour is a writer, actress, and musician who lives in Los Angeles and whose work has been published by Alyson Books, InSightOut Books, We'Moon, Doorknobs & BodyPaint, and in the forthcoming anthology, Desire in Transition. She has proudly performed at The Theater Offensive, The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, with Boston's premier street theater troupe Dagger, and at various venues in Los Angeles. She played Annette in Michael Ritchie's award-winning satire, The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering-Mom, starring Holly Hunter and Beau Bridges. Write to her at darrahdejour@hotmail.com.

Rebekah Eppley
Fiction: The Bend in the Arm of the River
Rebekah Eppley received a master's in creative writing from San Francisco State University and a BFA in writing from Emerson College. Her poetry has appeared in magazines such as Santa Clara Review and Watchword Press. She has a chapter in an oral history collection, Nine Lives, Uncovering the Wealth of Life Stories Within our Nursing Homes.

Amie M. Evans
Featured Fiction: Life's Little Hooks
Amie M. Evans is a widely published creative nonfiction and literary erotica writer, experienced workshop provider, and a retired burlesque and high-femme drag performer. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Ultimate Lesbian Erotica 2006, Show and Tell, Call of the Dark, Best of The Best of Lesbian Erotica, Ultimate Lesbian Erotica 2005, and the 2006 Lambda Literary Award-Nominated Rode Hard and Put Away Wet. She also writes gay male erotica under a pen name and is on the board of directors for Saints and Sinners GLBT literary festival. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in literature and is working on her MLA at Harvard. She is co-editing an anthology on drag kings for Suspect Thoughts Press with Rakelle Valencia and is also the author of Two Girls Kissing, a column on writing lesbian erotica found at www.erotica-readers.com.

Reginald Harris
Poetry: Cuerpo de Hombre, Index: The Sexual Life of Reginald M., Dream of My Cousin's Wedding
Reginald Harris' 10 Tongues: Poems was a finalist for the 2003 Lambda Literary Award and the ForeWord Book of the Year. Head of Tech Support for the Systems Department of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, he has received Individual Artist Awards for both poetry and fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council. His work has appeared in numerous venues, including Black Issues Book Review, Gargoyle, Poetry Midwest, Sou'wester, Black Silk, Bum Rush the Page, and Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade. Born in Annapolis, Maryland, he lives with his partner in the Waverly neighborhood of Baltimore.

Trebor Healey
Poetry: Evildoers, Just Do It, Shooting Star, The MOON

Terry Jaensch
Poetry: Karaoke (Yangtze), Defenses on Breaking Up with Diaghilev, The Day and its Divisions
Terry Jaensch is a an Australian poet based in Melbourne. His first book of poetry, Buoy, was highly commended in the Anne Elder Award by the Fellowship of Australian Writers. He has worked as a writer-in-community, artist-in-residence and artistic director of the 2005 Melbourne Emerging Writers' Festival. In May 2004 he was the recipient of an Asialink residency in Singapore where he collaborated, with Singaporean poet Cyril Wong, on a volume of poetry that referenced the lives of Castrati opera singers.

Paul Ocampo
Poetry: writer's block
Paul Ocampo lives in San Francisco. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in English literature, taught English in Korea for a season, and assisted Maxine Hong Kingston in editing her forthcoming anthology Veterans, where his short story "Butterfly" will be included. He is the editorial assistant for the science and medical journals PLoS Biology and PLoS Medicine and is deciding which MFA program to attend.

Ihara Saikaku
Featured Lodestar Writer: Fiction: The Tragic Love of Two Enemies, Cats
Ihara Saikaku (1642-1693) was one of 17th-century Japan's most illustrious writers. He excelled in describing the life of the samurai. Among his books translated into English are Five Women Who Loved Love, an erotic novel first published in 1686, and This Scheming World, a humorous look at the common people of Japan's Edo period.

Maureen Seaton
Featured Poetry: Pink Eye, Passing into Baltimore, Bi-Aquatic, Leo, Gargoyle
Maureen Seaton's latest collection is Venus Examines Her Breast (Carnegie Mellon University Press), winner of the Publishing Triangle's Audre Lorde Award. She is also the author of Little Ice Age; Furious Cooking, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize and a Lambda Literary Award; Fear of Subways, winner of the Eighth Mountain Poetry Prize; and The Sea Among the Cupboards, winner of the Capricorn Award and the Society of Midland Authors Award. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review, New Republic, Bloom, and many other journals both on- and off-line. The recipient of an NEA fellowship and two Pushcart prizes, she is Director of Creative Writing at the University of Miami.

D. Antwan Stewart
Poetry: Four-Part Epithalamion
D. Antwan Stewart is author of a chapbook, "The Terribly Beautiful." Other poems appear or are forthcoming in Bloom, can we have our ball back?, Poet Lore, Seattle Review, Pebble Lake Review, New Millennium Writings, and others. He is a James A. Michener Fellow in poetry at the Michener Center for Writers and serves as poetry editor for Bat City Review.

Harry Thomas
Fiction: North Florida Style

Contributors

Christopher Barnes
Poetry: Setback For The Unwitting Agents
Christopher Barnes's collection Lovebites was published in 1998 by Chanticleer Press. He is working on a collaborative art and literature project with Lisa Matthews titled How Gay Are Your Genes. He has been involved in Fivearts Cities' poetry postcard event, which exhibited at Seven Stories children's literature building, as well as a solo art/poetry exhibition at The People's Theatre.

Hansa Bergwall
Poetry: Camp Song, My First Kiss
Hansa Bergwall received his master's in arts journalism from Syracuse University in June 2006. He grew up in Concord, Massachusetts. This is his first poetry publication.

Jan Clausen
Fiction: The Possiblist
Jan Clausen's nine published books include two novels and a memoir, Apples and Oranges: My Journey Through Sexual Identity. In autumn 2006, Ikon Books is expected to publish From a Glass House, a new poetry collection. Her novel The Company of Cannibals, from which "The Possiblist" was excerpted, is in search of a publisher. Another selection from the novel appeared in the online journal Tarpaulin Sky. Clausen teaches writing at The New School and in the Goddard College MFA Writing Program. Her literary blog and archived creative work are available at www.ablationsite.org.

Ron Drummond
Featured Poetry: Prologue, Ghazal
Ron Drummond's Why I Kick at Night was the winner of the 2004 Portlandia Press Competition. His poetry is represented in the Penguin textbook Literature as Meaning; the anthologies Poetry Nation, This New Breed, Poetry After 9/11, and Saints of Hysteria; and in journals such as Northwest Review, Borderlands, Columbia Review, The James White Review, Global City Review, and Poetry New York. His translations, in collaboration with Guillermo Castro, of poems by Olga Orosco have appeared in U.S. Latino Review, Terra Incognita, and Guernica. He has received writing fellowships from Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), and Blue Mountain Center, and he was one of the founding editors of Barrow Street.

Michael Griffo
Featured Drama: syzygy
Michael Griffo's plays include No More Sundays, winner of the New Jersey Perry Award, and Two/Pieces. His ten-minute plays include "Cloudy" and "5G/10B," both to be published in winter 2007 in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2005 (Smith & Kraus). Mr. Griffo graduated from New York University and studied at Playwrights Horizons and Gotham Writers Workshop. He is represented by ICM (bthomas@icmtalent.com) for theatre and The Evan Marshall Agency (evanmarshall@thenovelist.com) for literature. Contact Michael at michaelgriffo@hotmail.com.

Martin Hyatt
Fiction: excerpt from A Scarecrow's Bible
Martin Hyatt was born just outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended Goddard College and Eugene Lang College of The New School. He holds an MFA in creative writing. He is the recipient of an Edward F. Albee writing fellowship and The New School Chapbook Award for fiction. His stories have been published in Sandbox and Blithe House Quarterly. His first novel, A Scarecrow's Bible, was published in May 2006 by Suspect Thoughts Press. He has taught writing at such places at Hofstra, Parsons, and St. Francis College. He lives in New York City and is working on a new novel.

Freda Karpf
Poetry: Even Now
Freda Karpf is working on her second book. Her first, Conversations with Nic, is a multi-genre journey through the land of cigarette withdrawal. Her new book is about riding waves, women, and Newark. She's making her way through a master of social work program, working on environmental issues, and body surfing on the Jersey shore as often as she can. Contact Freda at s0453385@monmouth.edu.

Violette Leduc
Featured Lodestar Writer: Fiction: excerpt from Thérèse and Isabelle
Violette Leduc was born in Arras, France on April 7, 1907. Along with Mad In Pursuit and La Bâtarde, she was the author of ten other books. She has been referred to as France's greatest unknown writer and was a contemporary of de Beauvoir, Sartre, Camus, Genet, and Cocteau.

Kevin McLellan
Poetry: From Reticent's Gazebo, Breathing Room
Kevin McLellan, MFA graduate in writing from Vermont College, has recent or forthcoming poems in journals including: Exquisite Corpse, Poetry Midwest, Wilderness House Literary Review, Paper Street Press, and Stylus Poetry Journal. Kevin instructs poetry workshops at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.

Kamilah Aisha Moon
Poetry: Forgotten Ballet, No Room For Gray, To a Dear Friend Mothering Misery
Kamilah Aisha Moon is a Cave Canem fellow, a Paumanok Award semi-finalist, and an Emily Dickinson Award Honorable Mention. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Mosaic, Bittersweet, Open City, Phoenix, bum rush the page, Warpland, Obsidian III, Toward the Livable City, Essence, Bloom, and Gathering Ground. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, she is currently working on She Has A Name, a collection of poetry themed around her sister's journey living with autism. A 2006 Prague Summer Writing Institute Fellow and a featured poet in various conferences and venues around the United States, Moon received her MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

Jane Rule
Prose: Violette Leduc, an excerpt from Lesbian Images
Jane Rule has served on the executive of the Writers' Union of Canada, and has been an outspoken advocate of both free speech and gay rights, including in the various controversies surrounding the gay magazine, The Body Politic. Her first book, Desert of the Heart, was filmed by Donna Deitch and released as Desert Hearts in 1985. She was inducted into the Order of British Columbia in 1998. Her novels Memory Board and After the Fire were both nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.

Rob Shelsky
Fiction: Flowers in February
Rob Shelsky attended Southwestern College, University of Victoria, and San Diego State University. Rob has been widely published with such magazines as Alien Skin, Continuum Science Fiction, Fifth Dimension, Aberrant Dreams, Gateway S-F, Arabella Romances, Fables, and many others. As of July 2006, he is a bimonthly columnist for Alien Skin. Rob's time travel romance novel, Lost Echoes, is expected in December 2006 from Awestruck Books. Rob's favorite pastime is sipping wine while thinking up stories and watching North Carolina sunsets.

Justin Vicari
Poetry: Freshman Lit
Justin Vicari's work appears or is forthcoming in Interim, Rhino, Eclipse, Slant, Spillway, Gin Bender Poetry Review, Poetry Motel, Third Coast, Disquieting Muses Quarterly, Softblow, and other reviews. He is the author of chapbooks "In a Garden of Eden" (Plan B Press) and "Woman Bathing Light to Dark" (forthcoming from Toad Press, 2006). In 2005, one of his poems was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Jess Wells
Fiction: The See-Saw Family

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