Maria Benevento lives in Milton Keynes, England. In addition to being a single parent, she is the author of Metamorphosis and is working on her second literary work, titled Diary Of A Women's Chat Room, which was inspired by the original short story appearing in Issue 8 of Lodestar Quarterly. Ms. Benevento also studies media, design, and journalism at the University College of Northampton, England.
Featured Fiction: Farewell to the Shade
Clint Catalyst is the Southern-fried, sissy-fied author of Cottonmouth Kisses and co-editor (with the fabulously talented Michelle Tea) of the anthology Pills, Thrills, Chills and Heartache: Adventures in the First Person. His writing has been published in LA Weekly, SF Bay Guardian, Hustler, Instinct, Permission, and Surface magazines. Clint loves punk rock papi chulos and literate boys who visit him at www.clintcatalyst.com/blog.
Featured Drama: Marla's Devotion
Linda Eisenstein's plays and musicals have had over 100 productions throughout the world. Her award-winning plays include Three the Hard Way, The Names of the Beast, Marla's Devotion, Discordia, Star Wares: The Next Generation, and Rehearsing Cyrano. Her plays and monologues have been published by Dramatic Publishing and appear in anthologies by Smith & Kraus, Heinemann, Penguin, and Vintage Books. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Blithe House Quarterly, Kalliope, Whiskey Island, and Anything That Moves. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
Fiction: Excerpt from The French Professor
Allen Ellenzweig has published as an art and photography critic, and cultural journalist, in such periodicals as Art in America, The Village Voice, and The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide. He has more recently published fiction, including stories in the anthologies Men on Men 7 and Kosher Meat. He is also the author of The Homoerotic Photograph: Male Images from Durieu/Delacroix to Mapplethorpe (Columbia University Press, 1992). He is seeking to publish a novel, The French Professor, from which an excerpt appears in Issue 8 of Lodestar Quarterly. He lives and works in New York City.
Poetry: Adolescing Season
Amy King's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Riding the Meridian, Spork Magazine, Muse Apprentice Guild, Tarpaulin Sky, Unarmed: Adventurous Poetry Journal, and Word For/Word. Her e-book, The Citizen's Dilemma, is available at Duration Press. Amy teaches English at Nassau Community College. For more information, visit www.amyking.org.
Poetry: Excerpts of The Beautifully Worthless
Ali Liebegott has five chapbooks: The Daze of My Life, No Pink Bows, Live From The Rotten Apple, I'm A Lot More Stable Than I Used To Be, and The Beautifully Worthless. Excerpts from these, her novel The IHOP Papers, and her illustrated novel The Crumb People have appeared or are forthcoming in Solo, Bloom, Longshot, The Brooklyn Review, ARTlife, and many other journals and anthologies. In 1999, she received a Poetry Fellowship from New York Foundation For the Arts; and in 1997 and 1999, she toured the United States with Sister Spit's Ramblin' Road Show. All this said -- her favorite things in life are feeding ducks and teaching adults GED and ESL. She now lives in San Diego, California.
Poetry: Farewell Sestina to A.R.
Raymond Luczak is the author of Silence Is A Four-Letter Word: On Art and Deafness and This Way To The Acorns: Poems. His first collection of poetry was St. Michael's Fall. He also edited the Lambda Literary Award-nominated anthology Eyes Of Desire: A Deaf Gay and Lesbian Reader. Twelve of his stage plays have been performed from New York to California. Snooty: A Comedy, perhaps his best-known play, is expected to be published in spring 2004 as a book. He wrote, produced, and directed his debut feature film Ghosted; his full-length documentary Guy Wonder: Stories and Artwork was released in 2003 on DVD. His Web site is www.raymondluczak.com.
Featured Poetry: all the way down, (desire unbound)
Marty McConnell transplanted herself from Chicago to New York City in 1999, after completing three national tours with the Morrigan, an all-female performance poetry troupe she co-founded. She received her MFA in creative writing/poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and went on to compete in the 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003 National Poetry Slams with the NYC/Union Square team. She is a member of the louderARTS Project, which runs two reading series, ongoing workshops and collaborative performances in NYC. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies, including Will Work for Peace and In Our Own Words: Poetry of Generation X, as well as literary magazines including Fourteen Hills, Prairie Schooner, and Blue Fifth Review.
Poetry: The Sign, Compassion, Common, Pelargonium, Fifty, Invisibility
Ron Mohring has had work published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Artful Dodge, Maize, Pool, and Southeast Review. His poetry chapbooks are Amateur Grief, The David Museum, and Beneficence; his full-length collection, Survivable World, won the 2003 Washington Prize and is expected to appear in 2004 from The Word Works Press. The recipient of the 2003 Oscar Wilde Award from Gival Press, he teaches literature and creative writing at Bucknell University, where he is Senior Associate Editor of West Branch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fiction: For Your Own Good
Marshall Moore is author of the novel The Concrete Sky and the forthcoming short story collection Black Shapes in a Darkened Room. He lives in Seattle, Washington. For more information, visit www.marshallmoore.com.
Poetry: I Saw An Image of the Virgin Mary, The Moon Burned a Scar on My Wrist, Sleeping on the Edge of the Prairie
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.
Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Peter Nachtrieb is a San Francisco Bay Area-based playwright, actor, and director. His solo show The Amorphous Blob, which he wrote and performed, was seen at San Francisco's Venue 9 in 1997 and at the Seattle Fringe Festival in 1998. His short play, Self Help, received the 2000 Emerging Playwright Award from Playground Theater Company in San Francisco. He is a frequent sketch comedy writer for the very popular San Francisco performance group Killing My Lobster. He has written two one-act plays, Thread and Multiplex. Meaningless his first full-length play.
Andy Quan is a Canadian living in Sydney, Australia and author of the short fiction collection Calendar Boy and the poetry collection Slant. His work has appeared in many anthologies and magazines. He writes for work as well as play -- as an international policy officer for the Australian Federation of AIDS Organizations. More than you ever wanted to know at www.andyquan.com.
Fiction: In the beginning, Lake
Susan Stinson's third novel, Venus of Chalk, was published in 2004 by Firebrand Books and named in a Book Marks syndicated column by Richard LaBonte as one of the top ten fiction books of 2004. Her other books are Martha Moody, Fat Girl Dances with Rocks, and Belly Songs. Her livejournal can be found at www.livejournal.com/~susanstinson. A short story and an article about fat queer writers and artists is expected to appear in the December 2004 issue of Lambda Book Report, and she'll be reading in San Francisco on March 13, 2005 at the Writers With Drinks spoken word variety show. She is currently at work on a novel about eighteenth century preacher Jonathan Edwards. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Featured Lodestar Writer: Drama: Now She Dances!
Doric Wilson was one of the first playwrights at New York City's legendary Caffé Cino and a pioneer of the Off-Off-Broadway movement, writing, directing, producing and designing over a hundred productions. He was a founding member of Circle Repertory Theater and the Barr/Wilder/Albee Playwright's Unit, a participant in all three nights of the Stonewall Riot, and was active in the early days of New York's gay liberation movement as a member of Gay Activist Alliance and as a "star" bartender and manager of the post-Stonewall gay bar scene, where he opened such landmark institutions as The Spike, TY's, and Brothers & Sisters Cabaret. His plays can also be read at www.doricwilson.com.
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