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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Fiction: Boys in Summer
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.
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.
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'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.
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 beautÚ 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, PoÚsie 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.
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.
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