Fiction: Because Jimmy Wore It
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Featured Fiction: Nebraska
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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