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Poetry: From "7MARCHES", Celebrities I've Seen Offstage
CAConrad lives and writes in Philadelphia with The Philly Sound poets. His book Frank is forthcoming from The Jargon Society, while advancedELVIScourse is forthcoming from Buck Downs Books, and Deviant Propulsion is forthcoming from Soft Skull Press. He curates the project 9for9, edits Banjo: Poets Talking, and co-edits Frequency Audio Journal with Magdalena Zurawski. He can be reached at CAConrad13@aol.com.

Brian Bouldrey
Interview: Gabbing with Robert Glück
Brian Bouldrey is the author of Monster, a collection of personal essays, and three novels, The Genius of Desire; Love, the Magician; and the forthcoming The Boom Economy. He has edited such collections as Writing Home: Literature of the New West, Traveling Souls, Wrestling with the Angel, and the Best American Gay Fiction series, and was the recipient of the Joseph Henry Jackson Award from the San Francisco Foundation, a Lambda Literary Award, and the Western Regional Magazine Award. He also served for seven years as the Associate Editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian's "Lit" Supplement, and is a frequent contributor to that weekly.

Taylor Mac Bowyer
Drama: The Hot Month
Taylor Mac Bowyer's plays include The Hot Month (recipient of the Ensemble Studio Theater's "Next-Step Fellowship"), Red Tide Blooming, Dilating (an evening of one-acts), The Levee (published by Vintage), Blue Grotto, and the solo-play Okay. He is a member of the Circle Repertory Lab and has acted with The Jean Cocteau Repertory, Mabou Mines, Dixon Place, and at several regional theaters. As drag performer, Taylor Mac, he has performed in venues such as Joe's Pub, FEZ, and the San Francisco Opera House.

Allison Burnett
Fiction: January
Allison Burnett grew up in Evanston, Illinois, the son of a Northwestern University professor. After graduating from N.U. with a degree in Speech, he moved to New York City, where he was a fellow of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting program at the Juilliard School. For the next decade, Allison wrote plays and fiction, while earning his living as a legal proofreader and a tutor of English. In 1990, he moved to Los Angeles, where he works today as a studio screenwriter. In 1997, he directed his first feature film, Red Meat. Christopher marks his debut as a novelist.

Daniel Curzon
Featured Drama: My Unknown Son
Daniel Curzon's works include the landmark gay protest novel Something You Do in the Dark (1971), The World Can Break Your Heart (1984), Superfag (1996), Only the Good Parts (1998), and Not Necessarily Nice: Stories (1999) as well as the play Godot Arrives (winner of the 1999 National New Play Contest). He has also written and published non-gay fiction and plays.

Ryka Aoki de la Cruz
Featured Poetry: As the Sun Falls Away, Sleeping Against the Wall, My Father Holds Me Like a Bible, Before the Last Dance
Ryka Aoki de la Cruz is a transgendered goth dyke with a second degree black belt in Kodokan Judo, a University Award from the Academy of American Poets, and a Gothic dancing prize. Her work has appeared most recently in Beyond the Valley of Contemporary Poets, Girlchick.com, Liquidgothic.com, Southern Poetry Review, Rising, and Tsur. Ryka has work forthcoming in the anthology Poetry is Not a Luxury: Poems by L.A. Women of Color. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University, is a founder of Cornell University's Asian American Playhouse, and was coach of Cornell's 1990 Ivy League Judo Championship Team. She has worked with the American Society of Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors, and two of her compositions have been adopted by the group as its official "Songs of Peace." Ryka has been featured at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles Poetry Festival. She performed at ForWord Girls and Intercourse -- A Sex and Gender Recipe for Revolution, in San Francisco, Cliterati in Atlanta, Not the Vagina Monologues in Los Angeles and Gen Estro in Minneapolis. She teaches writing at Santa Monica College. For more, visit rykaryka.com.

Robert Glück
Featured Lodestar Writer: Fiction: On the Boardwalk
Robert Glück is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction, including Denny Smith, Jack the Modernist, Margery Kempe, Elements of a Coffee Service, and Reader. His work has also been published in New Directions Anthology, two volumes of Best New Gay Fiction, Best American Erotica 1996, The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction, and other anthologies. His critical articles have appeared in Poetics Journal, The London Times Literary Supplement, Artforum International, and The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Mr. Glück was previously an Associate Editor at Lapis Press, Director of Small Press Traffic Literary Center, and Director of The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University. He was the recipient of a California Arts Council Fellowship in 2002, and a San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant in 2003. He prefaced Between Life and Death, a book of Frank Moore's paintings published by Twin Palms.

Shannon Holman
Poetry: In Heat, Summer Kiss
Shannon Holman's poems have appeared in Crowd, Diagram, Goodfoot, La Petite Zine, Pierogi Press, and elsewhere. She studied poetry at Oberlin College and New School University and is the poetry editor of LIT magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Tom House
Fiction: Fishers of Kids
Tom House's fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Harper's, Genre, New England Review, Chicago Review, Men on Men 2000, and most recently, M2M: New Literary Fiction. The Beginning of Calamities, his first published novel, is a nominee for the American Library Association's Stonewall Award and a finalist for InsightOut book club's Violet Quill. For more information, or to read some of Tom's short stories, please visit www.HouseStories.net.

Randall Mann
Poetry: Old Haunts, The Future Tense
Randall Mann was awarded the 2003 Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry. His first collection of poems, Complaint in the Garden, is forthcoming from Zoo Press in the spring of 2004. He has individual poems forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, Poetry, and Salmagundi. He lives in San Francisco.

Anya Miller
Poetry: Slip, Conversion
Anya Miller writes personal essays and poetry. Her work appears in Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, ScarletLetters.com, Moxie Magazine Online, SoapBoxGirls.com, Revolutionary Voices, Escaping the Yellow Wallpaper, and the forthcoming anthologies The Pagan's Muse and No Such Thing. She lives in San Francisco and is working towards an MFA in writing and literature at Bennington College.

Peggy Munson
Featured Fiction: Solstice
Peggy Munson's poetry has been published in Best American Poetry 2003, Spoon River Poetry Review, Literature and Medicine, 13th Moon, and Sinister Wisdom. Her fiction has been published in Margin: Exploring Modern Magical Realism, Blithe House Quarterly, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and in anthologies such as Hers3: Brilliant New Fiction By Lesbian Writers. Find out more at www.peggymunson.com.

Jenie Pak
Fiction: Trance
Jenie Pak received her MFA in Poetry at Cornell University. She has work published or forthcoming in Alligator Juniper, Asian Pacific American Journal, AsianWeek, Blithe House Quarterly, Five Fingers Review, Love Shook My Heart II, Many Mountains Moving, The Oakland Review, and Watchword Press. Currently, she is working on a queer Korean-American soap opera script as well as learning the awesome possibilities of digital video.

Gerry Gomez Pearlberg
Poetry: OCTO9
Gerry Gomez Pearlberg's first book of poems, Marianne Faithfull's Cigarette, won the 1998 Lambda Literary Award. Her latest collection, Mr. Bluebird, reissued by University of Wisconsin Press in fall 2003, was awarded the 2001 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry from the Publishing Triangle.

D. Travers Scott
Fiction: Catafalque, Pedestal
D. Travers Scott's new novel, One of These Things is Not Like The Other, is slated to appear in 2005. He has previously published Execution, Texas: 1987, a novel, and Strategic Sex, an anthology, as well as appeared in venues ranging from Harper's and This American Life to Holy Titclamps! and Steam. He lives in Seattle.

Rafaelito V. Sy
Fiction: Captain America
Rafaelito V. Sy was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and is presently residing in San Francisco. Among the other places he has lived in are Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris, Boston, and New York. He obtained his BA in English from Tufts University and his MFA in fiction from Cornell University. He is currently searching for an agent and a publisher for two novel-length manuscripts: Daughter of a Nation, which covers the colonial history of the Philippines through the perspective of a young woman, and Potato Queen, which touches on racism in the American gay community as experienced by a gay Filipino man.

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