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.
Fiction: Guest List Girls
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Poetry: Untitled, Abandonment
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 emanuelxavier.com for more.
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