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is no category, Nantambu’s a poet straight up. He unflinchingly
tackles some of the issues that plague our society on the one
hand, and on the other, some of those internal battles which
can take hold of your spirit. Ahota’s verbal images are
as clear and crisp as you would find in any photograph. Then
there’s the beat. As you read his work, rhythm enters
your head and follows you throughout the flow of the piece,
like the tight rhythm section of a smokin’ band. In the
end you feel that you’ve been taken to a new space, and
Nantambu currently works with the performance poetry troupe
Sol Griots out of his native Florida.
His recently published chapbook, Present Tense
is available through the group’s site, solgriots.com.
Visit them soon and "Catch the Vibe"!
Leonardo Alishan was
born of Armenian parents in Tehran, Iran. He came to the U.S.
for graduate studies in 1973 and from 78-97 he taught Persian
literature and comparitive literature at the University of Utah
in Salt Lake City. His poems and stories have been published
in a variety of national and international journals and have
been the recepient of a number of literary awards. Alishan's
first collection, Dancing Barefoot on Broken Glass,
appeared in New York in 1991. His second, Through a Dewdrop
was published in Glendale, California in 2002. "Tired
Thoughts" was awarded the People Before Profits Poetry
Prize for 2003.
Alena Aronoff, Ph.D - psychologist, teacher
(co-founded SAGE; taught at San Francisco State, 1983-1996;
Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, 1985-1991) and writer. She
published Compassionate Healing: Eastern Perspectives,
co-authored Practical Buddhism: The Kagyu Path, has
had numerous poems accepted for publication in literary magazines,
and received the spiritual poetry prize from Common Ground.
Forest Arnold lives in
Lynne Bama lives in Wyoming.
is an actress, writer and Grants Administrator for The
New World Foundation. She has written and toured a one woman
show "Hand-Me-Downs" about the civil rights movement.
About the Work was inspired by the collective and ongoing work
and experience in social justice of NWF's Board and staff.
"About the Work" received an Honorable mention
in The People Before Profits Poetry Prize, 2003.
poem, "Muscogee Feathers" originally appeared in Absorbing
Destruction (Guild Press, 1999). She is now pursuing a doctoral
degree in Education at Harvard.
Folwell Stanford teaches at the School for New Learning
at DePaul University and, for the last 7 years, she's been conducting
creative writing workshops for women in Cook County Jail. Her
book, Bodies in a Broken World: Women Novelists
of Color and the Politics of Medicine, will appear
this September from UNC Press. "Metallurgy: Symbol Ag"
won an Honorable Mention in the People Before Profits Poetry
Donna Lisle Gordon was raised
in eastern Ohio but has lived in the South for the past 40 years.
She was a teacher for 40 years and since retirement has had
a number of her poems published in literary magazines. She now
lives near the Blue Ridge Parkway, in Fairview NC. "Decision"
first appeared in Illuminations in
Aug. 2001;"Words Retrieved" in Owen Wister
Review, Spring 2002; and "Impetuosity"
in The Minnesota Review in 2002.
of Mildred Rose, daughter of Josephine Lilly, daughter of Blue
Blanket Woman, daughter of Rattle Snake Woman—currently
resides in Nampa, Idaho where she dreams of freedom and being
able to travel the world. "Indian Woman" first appeared
in Blind Man's Rainbow.
Hernández-Linares' poem, "Sweat" first
appeared in her chapbook Razor Edges of My Tongue
(Calaca Press, 2002). She lives in San Francisco.
Dr. A. Jabbar is a Professor
of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at City College of
San Francisco for over 30 years, including 6 years as Department
Chair. Also a Fulbright Scholarship recipient, he has taught
at UC Berkeley as a Visiting Professor.
Littlecrow-Russell's poem "Wounded Knees"
first appeared in Meridians, Vol..
2. No. 2, 2002. She lives in Massachusetts.
Morgan Morwen Johnstone
was raised in Ohio Amish country. She is an anthropologist who
has been a fire-tower watcher, a commercial fisherwoman, and
teacher. Much of her work comes from family experience in the
immigrant and working class tradition, and their struggle to
give their children the American Dream. Her work has previously
appeared in the San Fernando Poetry Journal.
Leon, a writer, editor and longtime political activist,
Aptos, California. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming
in americas review, Porter Gulch Review, and Wide Open, a collection
of Santa Cruz women poets. In 2002, she received an honorable
mention in the People Before Profits Poetry competition.
"American's most published poet...the Madonna who writes
ten poems a day [and] spins the straw of everyday life into
something fine"—The Washington Post Magazine. Her
prizewinning book (Patterson Poetry Prize) is Before
the Light (Black Sparrow Press, 2000). She has
published more than 100 books of poetry including Cold
Comfort (1997), Marilyn Monroe, Blue
Tattoo, Tanged Vines, Ariadne's Thread and Lips
Unsealed. An award winning documentary film
Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass is available from
Women Make Movies. For extensive information
about her work see www.lynlifshin.com.
Richard Luftig is a professor
of educational psychology and special education at Miami University
in Ohio. His poems have appeared in over one hundred national
and international journals as well as in a chapbook in the United
States, Japan, Australia, England and Canada.
Kirk Lumpkin is man of many hats,
host of San Franciscos Cafe International Series, coordinator
of the Berkeley Farmers Market, involved with the Watershed
Environmental Poetry Festival, member of theWord-Music Continuum,
and: a distinguished environmental poet.
is 29, born on October 29, 1973, in Volgograd, Russia. In 1996,
he graduated from Volgograd Pedagogical University, the Foreign
Languages Department. Since 1992, his work has appeared in more
than 50 US, UK and Australian literary magazines and US Christian
Lottie E. Porch has loved
poetry for as long as she can remember. Her poems have appeared
in the Paterson Poetry Review, LIPS, and Nimrod. Her poem, "Roundabout
Table Love" won the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and was
featured in an exhibit about Black Family Life at the Haggerty
Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Lottie lives in Hackensack,
NJ with her pillows, sheets, walls, doors, and more words than
she can count.
Former college president Dr.
Lynn Veach Sadler won The Pittsburgh Quarterly’s
2001 Hay Prize; tied for first in Kalliope’s 2002 Elkind
Contest; was a runner-up for the 2002 Spoon River Poetry Review
Editors’ Prize Contest; and won the Poetry Society of
America’s 2003 Hemley Award and Asphodel’s 2003
Vivian Shipley, Editor of Connecticut
Review at Southern Connecticut State University, is the
Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor. In 2003,
she won the Hart Crane Poetry Prize from Kent State University
and was awarded a Connecticut Commission of the Arts Grant.
Her tenth book, When There Is No Shore, won the 2002
Word Press Poetry Prize and was a Finalist for the Paterson
Poetry Prize. She has also won the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry
Award, the Marble Faun Award for Poetry from the William Faulkner
Society, the Daniel Varoujan Award from The New England Poetry
Club, the Lucille Medwick Award from The Poetry Society of America,
the Ann Stanford Prize from the University of Southern California,
and the Reader’s Choice Award from Prairie Schooner. Her
most recent chapbooks are Echo & Anger, Still (Southeastern
Louisiana University Press, 1999) and Down of Hawk
(Sow’s Ear Press, 2001.) Her books of poetry include Crazy
Quilt (Hanover Press, 1999), Finalist for the Paterson
Poetry Prize, Fair Haven, (Negative Capability,
2000), nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and Gleanings: Old
Poems, New Poems (Southeastern Louisiana University Press,
2003). "May 17, 1720: Superiour Court
Justice Counsels Elizabeth Atwood in His Chambers Before Sentencing
Her to Hang" previously appeared in When There is No
Shore (Word Press, 2002).
Ellen Stern, Mosaicist,
Assemblage and Installation Artist:
Bronx, Buffalo, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Michigan. Story of My Life.
Stuff comes together, stuff breaks: words, objects, people,
continuity. Finding the right adhesive is the biggest
pain you should ever have. Voids are invitations to create.
Appreciators are the reason to continue. "The Gravity of
Combustion" received an Honorable mention in The
People Before Profits Poetry Prize, 2003.
a poet from the Denver area where most of her poetry has been
presented in a spoken word format. In addition, her work has
also recently appeared in The Peralta Press and Events Quarterly.
"Jalat Khan" has appeared in Events Quarterly,
Sue Swartz lives in Bloomington,
Indiana, where she teaches courses on social change, writes,
step-parents, and creates innovative Jewish ritual and prayer.
Much of her poetry uses biblical text to explore current events
and the human condition. She hopes to learn to stand on her
head before age 50.
Volkay lives in Southern California.
Jose Zapata Calderon is a Professor
in Sociology and Chicano Studies at Pitzer College in Claremont,
California. Flowing from his family’s life as farm workers
and as immigrants, he has devoted his life to creating social
change through political activism, coalition building, and community/campus
Gerald Zipper is published in
national and international journals, including Mid-America Poetry,
Bibliphilos, Möbius, Icon, Skylark, Amherst Review, Iconoclast,
Small Brushes, Confluence, Nebo, Maryland Review, Ellipsis,
and Apropos. He has appeared on NPR and lectured at New School
in NYC. His plays have been produced Off-Broadway and in theatres
throughout the country. "Baked Boulders and Sand"
originally appeared in Connecticut River Review.
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