Lodestar Quarterly

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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.

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