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Etel Adnan, poet, painter and essayist, was born in Beirut in 1925. Her novel SITT MARIE ROSE, a novel of the Lebanese Civil War (excerpted in this issue), has been translated and published in six languages and is considered a classic of Middle Eastern literature. Her books in English include THERE; PARIS, WHEN IT’S NAKED; FROM A TO Z; THE ARAB APOCALYPSE; THE INDIAN NEVER HAD A HORSE and other Poems; and OF CITIES AND WOMEN, all published by The Post Apollo Press, as well as many artist’s books. The composer Gavin Bryers set a group of eight of her love poems to music in THE ADNAN SONGBOOK. With her companion, the publisher and sculptor Simone Fattal, she lives in Paris and Sausalito and travels often to Beirut. Her meditative essay “Further On…” appeared in Archipelago, Vol. 4, No. 4.

Rep. Tom Allen (D) represents the First Congressional District of Maine. In the 108th Congress, he sits on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Previously, he was a member of the Armed Services Committee (HASC) and the Government Reform Committee and was also a Democratic Whip at Large. He has worked to develop legislation to reduce the price of prescription drugs for older Americans, clean up pollution from aging power plants and reform campaign finance laws. In the 105th Congress, Rep. Allen co-authored (with Arkansas Republican Asa Hutchinson) the Bipartisan Campaign Integrity Act, to ban soft money, tighten financial disclosure rules and regulate so-called issue advocacy ads in political campaigns. Born in Portland, Maine, in 1945, Tom Allen attended public schools and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1967. After earning a B.Phil in Politics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, he worked for Sen. Edmund S. Muskie, and then attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1974. During his twenty years at a Portland law firm, Allen served on the City Council and as Mayor of Portland. In 1968, he married his high school classmate, Diana Bell. They have two daughters, Gwen, 28, and Kate, 23.

Rosamond Casey is an artist and calligrapher. Her mixed-media paintings, books, and calligraphy have been exhibited or published abroad and in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., most recently, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is the sole proprietor of Treehouse Book Arts, a school for adults and children in the arts of handmade papermaking, calligraphy and book making, and the current President of the McGuffey Art Center a cooperative arts organization in Charlottesville, Virginia, comprised of forty artists studios and several public exhibition spaces. Rosamond Casey holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and Tufts University. She lives with her husband, the novelist John Casey, in Charlottesville. “White Noise,” from Mapping the Dark, appeared in Archipelago, Vol. 7, No. 1.

Tzvi / Howard Cohen was born in London, in May 1966. He attended Mill Hill Public School and, following a year in South America, obtained a B.A. in Medical Sciences and Philosophy at Downing College, Cambridge University. He left medicine at the end of his first year of clinical studies at Charring Cross Hospital, and studied for an M.A. in Continental Philosophy at Warwick University. He lived at various times in South America and Galicia, northern Spain, where he wrote fiction. Tzvi Cohen has written several short stories and is currently working on his third novel, REDEMPTION; his two previous novels are LUCIFER’S LIGHT and RENAISSANCE, a philosophic / poetic novella based upon the life of Jesus and his complex relationship with his cousin John. He moved to Israel in May 1996, where he has worked as an editor, writer and translator of texts and journals, and a teacher of English at various universities. He is currently writing his doctoral thesis at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, under the guidance of Professor Haviva Pedaya, on the subject of  “A Necessary Evil.”

Tom Daley is a machinist living and working in the Boston area. His poems have been published in Perihelion, CyberOasis, Pemmican, and Yemasee, and will appear in forthcoming issues of Prairie Schooner and Salamander. As an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, he received the Charles and Fanny Fay Wood Academy of American Poets Prize.

Mary Nell Ganter  is 41 years old. Her family is from Kentucky, but she has lived in Maine for ten years. She has a B.A. in English. In the decade or so following school, she was apprenticed to a pastry chef in Charleston, South Carolina, where she learned, thoroughly, how to bake. In addition to writing poems, she is working on a play about memory, set on the Moon; a book of meditative paragraphs on American themes; and a book about using our color experiences to grasp the meanings in works of art. The poems in this issue are the first of hers to have been published in the U.S., although others have appeared in little magazines in England. She has not felt ready to seek attention until lately.

Individual entries on Richard Kostelanetz’s (www.richardkostelanetz.com) work in several fields appear in various editions of A READER’S GUIDE TO TWENTIETH-CENTURY WRITERS (ed. Peter Parker, Oxford); THE MERRIAM-WEBSTER ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LITERATURE; CONTEMPORARY POETS; CONTEMPORARY NOVELISTS; POSTMODERN FICTION; WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN WRITERS; THE HARPERCOLLINS READER’S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN LITERATURE; BAKER’S BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF MUSICIANS; DIRECTORY OF AMERICAN SCHOLARS; WHO’S WHO IN U.S. WRITERS, EDITORS, AND POETS; WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA; WHO’S WHO IN AMERICAN ART; and THE ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA, among other distinguished directories. When the publishers listed in the annual DIRECTORY OF AMERICAN POETRY PUBLISHERS (Dustbooks) have been asked to name five poets they printed recently, he generally ranks between numbers three and six, with twenty votes. Nonetheless, he still needs two dollars (U.S.) to get on a New York City subway. A number of ‘random’ arrangements of “1001 Contemporary Ballets” have appeared in print and on the World Wide Web.

Giovanni Malito is an Italo-Canadian chemist now resident in Eire. He lectures at the Cork Institute of Technology and publishes two or three scientific papers a year. He edits the poetry magazine Brobdingnagian Times http://www.nhi.clara.net/mg0210.htm. His books include TO BE THE FOURTH WISE MAN, (MuscleHead Press, BoneWorld Publishing), A POET’S MANIFESTO (Lol Productions). MISLEADS (pawEpress), and SLINGSHOT (Donut Press). Reviews of his books can be found on NHI Review OnLine http://www.nhi.clara.net/bs0033.htm.

John McKernan teaches at Marshall University in West Virginia. Poems of his have appeared recently in The Paris Review, Manoa, The Georgia Review, Confluence, and Controlled Burn. A chapbook of his GREATEST HITS appeared in 2002 from Pudding House.

Haviva Pedaya is a professor of Jewish thought and history at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, specializing mainly in Jewish mysticism from antiquity to modernity. She has published three books of scholarship: NAME AND SANCTUARY IN THE TEACHING OF R. ISAAC THE BLIND (Magnes Press, Jerusalem, 2001, Heb.); VISION AND SPEECH: MODELS OF REVELATORY EXPERIENCE IN JEWISH MYSTICISM (Cherub Press, Los Angeles, 2002, Heb.); and NAHMANIDES: CYCLICAL TIME AND HOLY TEXT, Am Oved Press, Tel Aviv, 2003, Heb.). Her books of poetry are FROM A SEALED ARK: POEMS (Am Oved Press, 1996), and THE BIRTHING OF THE ANIMA: POEMS (Am Oved Press, 2002). Besides receiving an academic education, she also studied theatre at a school for visual arts.

Peter Turnley has published his photographs in such magazines as Newsweek (contract photographer, 1984-2001), Stern, Paris Match, Geo, LIFE, National Geographic, The London Sunday Times, VSD, Le Figaro, Le Monde, and DoubleTake. The Digital Journalist has published several important portfolio’s of Turnley’s work relating to Kosovo, the Gulf War, 1991, and Iraq 2003. In the past twenty years, he has covered, as well, Afghanistan, the fall of the Berlin Wall and revolutions in Eastern Europe in 1989, Bosnia, Chechnya, Haiti, Indira Ghandi’s assassination, Indonesia, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, = Rwanda, and Somalia. He has documented most of the world’s refugee populations; witnessed Nelson Mandela walk out of prison and the end of apartheid in South Africa; chronicled Tiananmen Square, 1989; and was present in New York at “Ground Zero” on Sept, 11, 2001. His international awards include the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad, and awards and citations from World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year (University of Missouri). He has published four books: MOMENTS OF REVOLUTION, BEIJING SPRING, IN TIMES OF WAR AND PEACE, and PARISIANS. Peter Turnley is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the Sorbonne and the Institut d’Études Politiques. He was a Neiman Fellow in 2000-2001, has taught at the Santa Fe, Maine, and Eddie Adams Workshops and was a Teaching Fellow for Robert Coles at Harvard. He was assistant to the French photographer Robert Doisneau in the late 1970s. He continues to work as a documentary photojournalist and is a special contributor to the Denver Post. His photographic archive is more than 25,000 images (some are here and here). At present, he lives in New York and Paris. His most recent work is represented by Corbis.

Donovan Webster wrote this story after a visit to the southern Philippines in May 2002. It was published in a greatly truncated version in the July 21, 2002 issue of The New York Times magazine under the title, “It Only Looks like Vietnam.” In that story, an editing error introduced a claim that Gracia Burnham “raced to freedom,” an impossible act given the bullet wound in her leg. Since the time of that story’s publication, and following a partial recall of the Special Forces from the area around Zamboanga, American troops are once again being stationed on Basilan and the southern Philippines. This time, if negotiations between the Philippine and U.S. governments can be worked out, the Americans will be freed to actually hunt and engage the ASG on Filipino soil. Webster, who often writes for National Geographic, Smithsonian, and The New York Times magazine, will publish a history of World War II in south Asia, THE BURMA ROAD (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), in October 2003.

Boyd Zenner is an Acquiring Editor at the University of Virginia Press. Her garden writings (under the pseudonym of V. Digitalis) ran in Archipelago for several years, and can be read in Archipelago, Vol. 1. No. 2, Vol. 1. No. 3Vol. 1. No. 4, and Vol. 2, No. 1.


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