Dolores Alfieri is currently a writer for New Jersey's Town Journal. Her non-fiction work has appeared in Paste magazine and the Italian Tribune. "Them Who Should" is her first fiction publication.

J. Roz Foster has a BA in English Literature from UCSD and a MA in English from Portland State University.  She has taught Writing at PSU, written content for AOL and, for the past several years, has worked as a research writer serving Epson, Mattel, Nestle, Sony, Warner Bros. and more.  "Partly" is an excerpt from her novel in progress.

Lisa McBride currently lives in Lawrence, KS with her husband and two children.  In May 2004, she received her MFA from Texas State University – San Marcos.  Recent publications include Thin Air Magazine.

Gary Shindler, Jr. is a recent graduate of Cameron University's Creative Writing program and currently works as an advertising writer for The Lawton Constitution. His submission, "Long Live the King," is his first fiction publication.

Dan Stryk teaches world literature and creative writing at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, and is the author of five collections of poems and prose parables, including The Artist and the Crow (Purdue University Press).  His most recent poems and prose pieces are appearing in such publications as Shenandoah, Ontario Review, Harvard Review, New York Quarterly, and the anthology Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets of Virginia (UVA Press, 2003).  Dan is also the recipient of an NEA Poetry Fellowship.  His submission "Meditation on an Evening Bus Ride Home from Work" will appear in a forthcoming volume entitled Meditations.

Wilma Whittaker is a student in Creative Writing at Cameron University and is the winner of the Matt Haag Award for Fiction. "Suicide Hill" is her first publication of fiction.