Linda Boroff graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a major in English. Her fiction has appeared in Epoch, Prism International, Cimarron Review, JMWW, Eyeshot, Storyglossia, Ducts, Outsider Ink, Word Riot, The Summerset Review, In Posse Review, Stirring, The Pedestal Magazine, Pulse, Artisan, Riverwalk Journal, Stickman Review, Pig Iron Malt, and others. The feature film, Fashion Victim, for which Linda wrote the screenplay, is going into theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles and DVD in 2009. She has four other screenplays in development and is completing her first novel.

Eli S. Evans was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and lives currently in California. His work has been published in magazines such as n+1, Glimmer Train, Guilt & Pleasure, Eclectica, The Dublin Quarterly, and Johnny America.

R. Dean Johnson has written essays and stories which have appeared in Ascent, Natural Bridge, New Orleans Review, and The Southern Review. He teaches creative writing at Eastern Kentucky University and lives in Richmond with his wife, the writer Julie Hensley, and their son.

email WebSite Dennis Kaplan is a Chicago native, transplanted to Oakland, California, where he writes computer code by day and other things by night.  His fiction has appeared in both web and print form, including Eclectica, Eureka Literary Magazine, Grue, Oxford Magazine, and Pierian SpringHe is also a co-editor of this anthology.

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email WebSite Corey Mesler has published in numerous journals and anthologies.  He has published two novels, Talk: A Novel in Dialogue (2002) and We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon (2006).  His first full length poetry collection, Some Identity Problems (2008), is out from Foothills Publishing.  His book of short stories, Listen: 29 Short Conversations, will appear in March 2009.  He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize numerous times, and one of his poems was chosen for Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac.  He has two children, Toby, age 19, and Chloe, age 12.  With his wife, he runs Burke's Book Store, one of the country's oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores.  He also claims to have written "These Boots are Made for Walking."    

Randy F. Nelson is the Virginia Lasater Irvin Professor of English at Davidson College, where he teaches courses in nineteenth and twentieth century American fiction.  His stories have appeared in numerous commercial and academic publications.  Over the years he has been a lifeguard, textile mill worker, soldier, garbage collector, nurseryman, woodturner, and a close companion to several remarkable dogs.  He is married to his high school sweetheart, with whom he has had three sons and numerous adventures as a Little League and soccer coach.  Nelson is an award-winning teacher as well as a recipient of multiple prizes for writing.  He is currently at work on another collection of short stories.

email WebSite Susan O'Doherty is a writer, psychologist, and hypnotherapist.  She is the author of Getting Unstuck Without Coming Unglued: A Woman's Guide to Unblocking Creativity (Seal Press, 2007). She is a popular teacher at, where she teaches seminars on overcoming fear of success and on managing motherhood and a writing career.

Susan's writing has appeared in Eureka Literary Magazine, Northwest Review, Apalachee Review, Eclectica, Literary Mama, and the anthologies Sex for America: Politically Inspired Erotica (HarperPerennial, 2008), About What Was Lost: Twenty Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hope (Penguin, 2007), and It’s a Boy! (Seal Press, 2005). Her story “Passing” was chosen as the New York story for Ballyhoo Stories’ ongoing “Fifty States Project” and is distributed in chapbook form in bookstores and coffeehouses throughout New York State . Her popular advice column for writers, "The Doctor Is In," appears each Friday on MJ Rose's book-promotion blog, Buzz, Balls, & Hype. 

Susan has a private psychotherapy practice in
Brooklyn, NY, where she specializes in helping clients discover and enhance their creative gifts.

James Reed has published fiction in such magazines as The Gettysburg Review, West Branch, River Styx, and Epicenter as well as the anthology Tribute to Orpheus (Kearney Street Books 2007).  Among other awards he holds a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

email WebSite Adina Sara lives in Oakland, California where she writes a feature gardening column, "The Imperfect Gardener"  for a local newspaper. Her short fiction, essays, and poems have appeared in Peregrine Press, Cottage Gardener, East Bay Express, Oxygen, Green Prints, Restless Me Travel Magazine, Legal Secretary, Inc. and Lawdragon.  Her first book, 100 Words Per Minute: Tales From Behind Law Office Doors (Regent Press, 2006), is a penetrating and personal look at workplace issues. Her second book, The Imperfect Garden is due out from Regent in early 2009.

Patricia Anne Smith writes fiction that draws on her experience as a technical writer for a variety of San Francisco Bay Area companies during the past 25 years.

email WebSite G. K. Wuori is the author of over seventy stories published throughout the world, including the U.S., Japan, India, Germany, Spain, Algeria, Ireland, and Brazil.  A Pushcart Prize winner and recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, his work has appeared in such journals as The Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, Literal Latté, The Barcelona Review, Shenandoah, The Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, StoryQuarterly, and Five Points.  His story collection, Nude In Tub, was a New Voices Award Nominee by the Quality Paperback Book Club and his novel, An American Outrage, was Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year in fiction. He currently lives in Sycamore, Illinois where he writes a monthly column called Cold Iron at , and blogs at   He also welcomes (and replies to) e-mails at