Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
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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
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.

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.

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