Lodestar Quarterly

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NoŽl Alumit
Featured Fiction: The Dreams that Made Delya Arraya Cavanaugh Weep
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.

Lisa Asagi
Poetry: soundtrack for home movie no. 29, Desert Island Ghost Story
Lisa Asagi is the author of two foldout chapbooks Physics and Twelve Scenes From 12 A.M. designed by artist Gaye Chan and published by Tinfish Press. Throughout the month of March 2003, a project of reworked and remodeled found books created in collaboration with fellow writers Justin Chin and R. Zamora Linmark called Book2, commissioned by the Potrero Nuevo Fund, will be on exhibit at the Youth Speaks Library & Reading Room in San Francisco.

Melanie Braverman
Poetry: Love (fragments)
Melanie Braverman is the author of a novel, East Justice (Permanent Press, 1996), and a collection of poems, Red (Perugia Press, 2002). She lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Michael Carroll
Fiction: Study in Sepia
Michael Carroll's fiction has appeared in The Ontario Review and such anthologies as M2M (AttaGirl Press), Men on Men 7, Boys Like Us, and, most recently, The New Penguin Anthology of Gay Short Stories (editors David Leavitt and Mark Mitchell). He is at work on a novel, October: A Romance.

Avery Crozier
Featured Drama: Walking to Buchenwald
Avery Crozier (averycrozier@yahoo.com) is the author of Eat the Runt, which was honored in the 2001 Top 10 Off Broadway Plays listing by the New York Daily News. In 1996, she was one of the writers for Endangered Species, a play-length monologue presented at Interact Theatre in North Hollywood as part of its Interactivity festival. In Walking to Buchenwald, Avery's second full-length play, he once again exploits the temporal nature of theatre with non-gender-specific roles that can be cast male or female.

Holly Farris
Fiction: Papillote
Holly Farris is an Appalachian who has worked as an autopsy assistant, restaurant baker, and beekeeper. Her first book, To Have and To Hold, has been accepted for publication. Holly's articles, poems, and stories have appeared in journals as diverse as Phoebe and Tattoo Highway. Her vampire micro-fiction, printed on a Story House coffee label, premiered at Halloween. During one stint of writing a dream interpretation column for lesbians, she was known, officially, as DreamDyke. Contact her at hfarris@naxs.com.

Rigoberto GonzŠlez
Poetry: Other Victims, Widower's Welcome, Grayer Landscapes
Rigoberto González is the author of So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water until It Breaks, a selection of the National Poetry Series. His work was recently published or is forthcoming in Creative Nonfiction, Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, Chelsea, Colorado Review, and ZYZZYVA. The recipient of a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and writing residencies to Spain, Brazil, and Costa Rica, he has also written a book for children, Soledad Sigh-Sighs, and a novel, Crossing Vines, both titles forthcoming in 2003. He is currently writing the biography of Chicano writer, Tomás Rivera, and translating the works of Mexican writer, Salvador Novo. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and is a book reviewer for El Paso Times of Texas.

Frances-Kim Russell
Poetry: Hardtack, Domestic Partners
Frances Kim-Russell is a Master's student in East Asian Studies at Stanford University, though lately she has been working more on her poetry than on her thesis. Her work has appeared in The Red Wheelbarrow, and she also has work forthcoming in ONTHEBUS, and in the anthology Invasian: Asian Sisters Represent.

Bara Swain
Fiction: Big Man
Bara Swain is the recipient of a dozen writing grants for new plays and fiction. Her prose appears in Long Shot Magazine; the anthology Love Is Ageless: Stories about Alzheimer's Disease; and the chapbook Daifuku: Delicious Short Fiction and Poetry. Her work is also featured in Stickman Review, Tattoo Highway, Moxie, Riverbabble, and Pulse. Bara's award-winning plays have been performed in New York, Missouri, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Iowa. Venues include the Dubuque Fine Arts One Act Play Festival, Tennessee Williams Ten Minute Play Festival, Lamia Ink!'s International One Page Play Festival, and the Turnip Theater Festival. Bara is the Dorsal Editor at Doorknobs & BodyPaint. She is a graduate from the New School's MFA Creative Writing Program.

Michelle Tea
Featured Poetry: percentages, nature video, my place in the world, the big one's not coming, the biggest mistake i made all year
Michelle Tea is the author of several memoirs, a couple anthologies, and a book of poetry. Her most recent book is the illustrated novel Rent Girl, with art by Laurenn McCubbin.

Neil Thornton
Fiction: Blue
Born and raised in Schenectady, New York, Neil Thornton received his BA from Carnegie Mellon University, and his MFA in fiction from the University of New Orleans, where he now works as an English Instructor. He's currently at work on both the novel and the screenplay of Blue, and probably will be for a while.

Edmund White
Featured Lodestar Writer: Fiction: Mississippi Tales
Edmund White was born in Cincinnati in 1940. His fiction includes the autobiographical tetralogy A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony, and The Married Man, as well as Caracole, Forgetting Elena, Nocturnes for the King of Naples, and Skinned Alive, a collection of short stories. He is also the author of a highly acclaimed biography of French writer, Jean Genet, a short study of Proust, States of Desire, and Our Paris. He lives in New York City and teaches at Princeton University.

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