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, received his MFA from Bard College in 1993. Born in Chicago in 1964, he has lived in New York, San Francisco, Michigan, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. From 1991 to 1996 he lived in Latvia, where he taught American literature at the University of Latvia and Daugavpils Pedagogical University. For a time he was the International Secretary of the Writers’ Union of Latvia, and since May of 1999 is again in Daugavpils, where he works as a translator and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Multinational Culture Center. His poetry has appeared in Sulfur, Notus, and Hodos, as well as in periodicals in Latvia and Lithuania. He is the translator of Basilius Plinius' “Encomium to Riga”, a sixteenth century Latin poem recently reviewed in English Language Notes. “Work in Regress,”  his website, offers more of his work.

David Cooper earned an MA in creative writing at The City College of New York where he won the Academy of American Poets Prize. Two of his poems are anthologized in XY FILES: Poems on the Male Experience (Santa Fe: Sherman Asher Publishing, 1997). His poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in The Massachusetts Review, Passages North, The Literary Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Chelsea, Tampa Review, Confrontation, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Feminist Studies, Mudfish, Kinesis, Outerbridge, Synaesthetic, Two Lines, Soundings East, Davka, Response, Prairie Winds, Pudding Magazine, Nebo, Pleiades, Rashi: The New Zealand Jewish Chronicle Literary Supplement, Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Home Planet News, Poetry Motel, and Shockbox.

Rachel Eshed’s poems in this issue appeared in her second book, HAVTACHOT KATANOT/LITTLE PROMISES, which was published by Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House (Tel Aviv) in 1996 and which won the AKUM Prize for 1992-93 (AKUM is the Israeli equivalent of ASCAP). She lives in Netanya and her third book of poems SHKUFA B’CHALON/TRANSPARENT AT THE WINDOW is due out in Autumn 1999. Translations of other poems from HAVTACHOT KATANOT have appeared or are forthcoming in Chelsea, Spoon River Poetry Review, Feminist Studies, Two Lines and Confrontation .

Norman Lock writes for stage, radio, film, and major literary reviews internationally. “Hunting the Elephants” is from a linked collection A HISTORY OF THE IMAGINATION, drawing from the culture and landscape of Theodore Roosevelt’s AFRICAN GAME TRAILS (1910). Additional stories have appeared in Ambit, The Cream City Review, De Tijdlijn,The Iowa Review, The Literary Review, Lo Straniero N Eeuropa, The North American Review, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. He won The Paris Review’s Aga Kahn Prize in 1979; and is the author of “The House of Correction,” voted among the 10 best plays of 1988 and 1994 (for its revival) and “arguably the best new play” of the 1996 Edinburgh Theatre Festival.

Errol Miller has been writing and publishing since 1972.† His work has appeared in Verse, William & Mary Review, Hollins Critic, American Poetry Review, Four Quarters, Atlanta Review, The Pannus Index, The Bitter Oleander, Fence, First Intensity, River City, Wisconsin Review. He am the featured writer in the current issue of American Jones Magazine; with the poet Don Hoyt, he won Spillway Magazine's 1998 Call And Response Poetry Contest. His “In the Twilight of a Cooler Autumn” appeared in our last issue.

V. Digitalis, a book reviewer and an acquisitions editor at a southern press, uses the regular horticulture column “In the Garden” as a showcase for certain misanthropic views and periodic litanies of complaint.


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John Casey, the Contributing Editor who brought Hubert Butler to our attention (Vol. 1, No. 2), is the author of THE HALF-LIFE OF HAPPINESS, just released as a Vintage paperback. The hardbound edition is by Knopf.

Edith Grossman, a Contributing Editor, is the translator of Mayra Montero’s THE MESSENGER, published recently by HarperCollins. Montero’s first book in English, also translated by Edith Grossman, was IN THE PALM OF DARKNESS.

Our contributor Robert O’Connell’s novel FAST EDDIE, based on the exploits of Eddie Rickenbacker, was published this summer by Morrow. O’Connell’s review of Thomas Pynchon’s MASON & DIXON appeared in Vol. 1, No. 3.


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