Jeffery Beam ("Self-Portrait") is the author of The Golden Legend, Midwinter Fires, nominated for a 1990 Pushcart Prize, The Fountain, nominated as a 1992 ALA Notable Book, and Visions of Dame Kind. Born and raised in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Mr. Beam now lives in rural Orange County.
Joe Bolton's ("In Pieces" & "Towards Twenty-Four") work has appeared in The Antioch Review, The North American Review, Poetry, and The Yale Review. Breckinridge County Suite, a prose poem, was published by The Cummington Press in 1989. Days of Summer Gone was published by The Galileo Press in 1990. Mr. Bolton was born in 1961 in Cadiz, Kentucky, and died in 1990. His MA thesis, which includes Breckinridge, Days, and the two poems featured in this issue, is available at the Special Collections Library, University of Florida.
Chad Driscoll ("Days of Summer Gone: This is One of Them") is a graduate instructor of English at the University of New Orleans. He reads widely in all things Erotic or German, Irish or Southern. Mr. Driscoll is most happy when he is wasting precious time and money.
Kelly Jo Garner ("Coffee") decided to stay an extra year at the University of North Carolina in order not to stress herself out too horribly and so that she might actually obtain an education instead of a whirlwind tour through the academic system. Ms. Garner is a transplant from New York. When asked what kind of future she expected, she replied, "A very short one."
Lucy Harrison ("Ephemera") is a graduate student at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Originally from England, Ms. Harrison has been living in Florida for the last seven years. Her story, "Fine," appeared in the February 1994 issue of Oyster Boy Review.
Jay Jansheski ("Untitled") contributed cover art and other illustrations for OBR 2, 3, 4, 6, and 15. View more of his work at Very Dog!.
James G. Koch ("First Snow") lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina.
Jack Leg ("Bits of Paper") is a pseudonym.
Kevin McGowin ("A Gorilla On Anti-Depressants Ain't No Good Gorilla At All" & "Walking the Rope") lives in Gainesville. His writing has been published in numerous magazines. Two poems, "Digging Up Wallace Stevens While High On Two Hits of X" and "Evening Song," appeared in the February 1994 issue of Oyster Boy Review.
Jennifer M. Pierson ("a modern day David in a cafe") was born in New York in a Times Square hotel and raised by nuns and old vaudevillians. Her poems have appeared in Half Tones to Jubilee, Metropolitan, and Voices. Ms. Pierson has poems upcoming in the New Rivers Press Anthology of American Prose Poets.
Bridget Regan ("Almost There") now lives in Carrboro, North Carolina.
Damon Sauve ("Editor's Note") lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.