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Alfred Arteaga was born in East Los Angeles, Ca. He is the author of two books of poetry, CANTOS (Chusmi House, 1991) and LOVE IN THE TIME OF AFTERSHOCKS (forthcoming), and one of criticism: CHICANO POETICS: HETEROTEXTS AND HYBRIDITIES; and is the editor of AN OTHER TONGUE: NATIONALISM AND ETHNICITY IN THE LINGUISTIC BORDERLANDS (Duke University Press). He teachers literature at the University of California, Berkeley. ”Beat” was taken from HOUSE WITH THE BLUE BED (Mercury House, 1997).

‘Hecuba’ is a Bosnian woman who lives with her husband and son in New York. She is of mixed background and marriage. Until 1992, she and her family lived in Sarajevo, where she practiced law; an historical accident found them visiting America when the recent war began. Recently she played the role of Hecuba in an all-Bosnian cast of The Trojan Women.

Robert L. O’Connell is an historian and the author of three books: OF ARMS AND MEN; RIDE OF THE SECOND HORSEMAN; and SACRED VESSELLS (all, Oxford University Press). He is completing a novel, FAST EDDIE, about the life of Eddie Rickenbacker.

M. Sarki's poems have appeared in ARCHIPELAGO (Vol. 1, No. 2) and a number of other on-line and bound periodicals. He lives in Kentucky and makes his living selling brick.

Stella Snead was born in England in 1910. She studied with Ozenfant and Henry Moore and for fifteen years was known as a Surrealist painter whose works were said to be “amongst the most interesting of the strong surrealist movement in [England] in the 1930s and 1940s.” During that period she had eleven solo exhibitions. She migrated to America in the 1930s; and in 1956, began photography, while traveling in the Americas, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Greenland. She lived in India for eleven years, and now lives in New York. She has exhibited in a great number of galleries, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Kodak House, London; Lincoln Center, New York; Donnell Library, New York; Gallery Chemould, Bombay. Photographs by her are in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the International Center of Photography, and Harvard University Archive. She has published eight books: DROWNING CAN BE FUN? A Nonsense Book (Pont La Vue Press, New York, 1992); ANIMALS IN FOUR WORLDS: SCULPTURES FROM INDIA, texts by Wendy Doniger and George Mitchell (University of Chicago Press, 1989); BEACH PATTERNS (Clarkson Potter, 1975); SHIVA’S PIGEONS, text by Rumer Godden (Chatto and Windus, London/Viking Press, NY, 1972); CHILDREN OF INDIA (Lothrop, Lee & Shephard, NY, 1971); THE TALKATIVE BEASTS (Lothrop, Lee &Shepard, 1969); SEVEN SEVEN (Folder Editions, NY, 1965); RUINS IN JUNGLE (Hamish Hamilton, London, 1962).

V. Digitalis is a book editor and reviewer who ought to have better things to write about than gardening, but apparently doesn’t.

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