Poetry: I dream I'm the death of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Julia Bloch grew up in Northern California and Sydney, Australia. She earned an MFA at Mills College. Her work has appeared in Five Fingers Review, Mirage/Period(ical), How2, 26: A Journal of Poetry and Poetics, Suspect Thoughts: A Journal of Subversive Writing, Small Town, Stolen Island Review, Laundry Pen, and the "new brutalism" anthology from Avenue B Involuntary Vision: After Akira Kurosawa's Dreams. She has published a chapbook with Bigfan Press, and in 2003 she won the Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award. She lives in San Francisco, where she works as an editor and writes epistolary poems to Kelly Clarkson, the tow-headed winner of the first American Idol reality TV series.
Robert Dunbar is a writer/producer of daytime programming (mostly for public television and the Discovery Channel) and author of the novel The Pines. Several of his plays have been produced in regional theaters, most recently the one-character comedy BATS. His articles and reviews have appeared in publications as diverse as Art & Understanding, Lambda Book Report, OUT, The Washington Blade, The Front Page, Writer's Digest, and Onstage Magazine; and his short fiction has been published by dozens of small press and literary magazines in the United States and Great Britain. While his agent markets his new novel, Dunbar is also completing a collection of stories.
Katherine V. Forrest
Featured Lodestar Writer: Non-Fiction: The Politics of Pride: A Personal Journey
Katherine V. Forrest is twice winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Mystery, and has been recently honored with the Pioneer Award from the Lambda Literary Foundation. She has been profiled in virtually every major lesbian and gay publication in America, as well as in numerous magazines and newspapers abroad. Senior fiction editor at Naiad Press from 1984 to 1994, she now teaches classes and seminars on the craft of writing. Since the publication of her bestseller, Curious Wine, Katherine Forrest has emerged as a preeminent voice in gay and lesbian fiction and an award-winning author of mystery novels featuring lesbian LAPD homicide detective and ex-Marine, Kate Delafield. Her novel Murder at the Nightwood Bar is under option by film director, Tim Hunter, who also directed River's Edge. Her next book, Daughters of an Amber Noon, the long-awaited sequel to Daughters of a Coral Dawn, is due from Alyson Publications in September 2002.
Drama: Far From Springer
Craig Fox received his Masters in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University in 2001. He was awarded the 2001 Highsmith Playwriting award for the play Far From Springer, which will be performed in summer 2002 in San Francisco. He is also co-writer of Girl Meets Girl, which tours the United States in 2002. Since 2000, he has written a narrative non-fiction column in the national magazine, Unzipped. Currently, he is working on his third book and looking to team up with an agent.
Poetry: Kate, the Cursed, Into the Woods, DNA Test
Ragan Fox is a queer spoken word artist living either in San Francisco, Austin, or Tempe. Ragan received his MA in Performance Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of the 2000 and 2001 Austin team at the National Poetry Slam. His duet poem, titled "In the Back," was featured in the 2001 National Poetry Slam finals held in Seattle, Washington. His cutting-edge words have appeared in In Our Own Words Volume 3, Mass Produced Goodness, The Multivoice Showcase CD Anthology, and Birth of Verse. In addition to being one of the premier queer slam poets in the nation, he has written, directed, and acted in two award-winning one-man shows, Raganomics and Penises and Vaginas. In the fall of 2002, Ragan will attend Arizona State University's PhD program in Communications. His Web site is Ragan Fo(XXX) [link defunct].
Garret Jon Groenveld
Featured Drama: A Couple (long story on a short arc)
Garret Jon Groenveld is a poet and playwright in San Francisco. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Modern Words, Fourteen Hills, frisson: disconcerting verse, and Blue Satellite. His play about Sarajevo, The Blood Winter, was featured in 1999's Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He has been awarded the Playground Emerging Playwrights award five times. Recently he was named the First Playground Fellow, which includes a commission for a new play. His original musical, Off-White Party Weekend, co-written with John Morace, premieres August 2002 at Theatre Rhinoceros in San Francisco.
Fiction: Vincent James Malone, Wholly at Large and For Good
Trebor Healey is the author of the 2004 Ferro-Grumley and Violet Quill award-winning novel Through It Came Bright Colors. His poetry collection Sweet Son of Pan is due out from Suspect Thoughts Press in June 2006, and a short story collection, A Perfect Scar and Other Stories, is will be released by Harrington Park Press in 2007. Trebor lives in Los Angeles where he is at work on his second novel. www.treborhealey.com.
Fiction: How to Break Your Lover's Heart
Joyce Luck, author of the rock biography, Melissa Etheridge: Our Little Secret, writes for Girlfriends, The Bay Area Reporter, and The Windy City Times. She teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Cogswell Polytechnical College and the College of San Mateo. This is her first published fiction.
Poetry: Colon: Right Parenthetical), Dating
Shane Luitjens, a.k.a. Torque, is a 27-year-old writer/designer/photographer living in Boston whose written work has appeared in the Lambda Awards finalist Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology, Periphery, Anything That Moves, and many other literary and art publications. His published collections include Assaults on the Marathon, Blood for Wings, and Every Ineloquency. He will be appearing in an upcoming anthology of queer slam poets and the online journal, Suspect Thoughts. Currently, an award-winning senior designer for Monster.com, he is also director and founder of the national grassroots project HOOK, a program by, for, and about men in the sex industry. More information on design and photography is available at Torquere Creative, and more information on his writing and other artwork at LethalWhiteTrash.
Poetry: butch femme east county love poem, bad breakup, poem for a revolutionary who doubts herself, love poem in a burning year
Dani Montgomery is a 24-year-old poet and activist. She teaches creative writing and runs a youth internship program for the San Francisco Arts Commission's WritersCorps program. She also works for The Center for Young Women's Development, an organization that works with young women involved in the juvenile justice system and underground street economies to promote social change and self-determination. She has been published in a number of magazines and anthologies, including: Revolutionary Voices, The Civil Disobedience Handbook, The Santa Clara Review, and Anything That Moves.
Featured Fiction: Anniversary
Elizabeth Stark is the author of the novel Shy Girl, a finalist for the 1999 Lambda Literary Award and for the 1999 Ferro-Grumely Award. She is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Pratt Institute and lives in New York City and San Francisco.
Matthew Bernstein Sycamore
Fiction: Tainted Love
Matthew Bernstein Sycamore is the editor of Tricks and Treats: Sex Workers Write About Their Clients, and the forthcoming Dangerous Families: Queer Writing Beyond Recovery. His writing has appeared in Best American Erotica 2001; Best American Gay Fiction 3; Best Gay Erotica 2000, 2001, 2002; Blithe House Quarterly, and numerous other publications.
Featured Poetry: Newfound Morality, Magdalena, Undone, Verbal Graffiti, Verbal Graffiti 2
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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