Jeffery Beam ("Some People Think, Some Don't") is OBR's Poetry Editor.
Timothy Call ("The End of Love") lives in Los Angeles.
Judith Chatowsky ("Goldenrod") is a graduate of New College in Sarasota, Florida, where she studied poetry with Dr. MacArthur "Mac" Miller. Her work has appeared in New CollAge Magazine, out of Sarasota, and Grace Notes, out of St. Augustine, Florida. Two of Ms. Chatowsky's poems appeared in OBR5. She currently lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, and works for the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Thomas Rain Crowe ("Firsts") is a poet, translator, and author of several books of original work and translation, including his most recent Night Sun trilogy published in 1993. He is a former editor of Beatitude and guest-editor of The Asheville Poetry Review. His first book of poems, The Personified Street, introduced by Jack Hirschman, was written during his years in San Francisco in the 1970s. Firsts is a chapter from Mr. Crowe's unpublished novel, A House of Girls. In the September issue, OBR will publish Jet, a second chapter from the novel, accompanied by a series of photographs taken by Mr. Crowe, documenting, in part, the literary scene in late 70s San Francisco. In the May issue, Mr. Crowe reviews Gary Snyder's book of poems, Mountains & Rivers without End. He is currently publisher of New Native Press and producer of Fern Hill Records, a spoken-word and music label which he founded in 1994. Mr. Crowe makes his home in the Smokey Mountains of western North Carolina.
Chad Driscoll ("Into the Great Wide Open, by Kevin Canty") is OBR's Reviews Editor.
In a recent email to the editors, Michael Estabrook ("While I Worked as a Lab Tech at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City") wrote, "I have a new job as a Marketing Communications Manager for a rather large company, and man, going into an office every day is excruciating, the stuffy air, the florescent lights are killing me, somehow I got to get myself on some boat collecting phytoplankton, or maybe even into the hills of Montana looking for T. Rex bones."
Lucy Harrison ("One Man Went to Mow") studied fiction with Harry Crews at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She currently works as Reference Librarian at Indian River Community College in Ft. Pierce, Florida, and is also working on her Doctorate in Education. One Man Went to Mow is her fifth story to appear in OBR. Her story Sanctuary's for the Birds, which appeared in OBR3, was named "Best On-line Fiction" by eScene in their 1996 anthology.
Jay Jansheski ("Eight Etchings") contributed cover art and other illustrations for OBR 2, 3, 4, 6, and 15. View more of his work at Very Dog!.
Steve Kistulentz ("The Ring of Brightest Angels around Heaven, by Rick Moody") was educated at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and the Johns Hopkins University. His fiction appears in the current issues of The Crescent Review and Chiron Review, and his poetry can be found in the current Antioch Review and Exquisite Corpse 60.
Pete Lee ("the night of my death") has had over 500 poems published in journals and zines throughout the U.S. His seventh poetry chapbook is forthcoming from EksKalibir Publications. Mr. Lee is a job placement specialist for the state of California and editor and publisher of Don't Press.
Lyn Lifshin ("The Mad Girl Reads the Retired General's Account of Hiroshima the Day the Sky was Bleached a Bright White" & "She Wants a Dick for a Day") is one of the most widely published poets in the U.S. Robert Peters' Where the Bee Sucks, a critical look at contemporary American poets, devotes a chapter to Ms. Lifshin's work. He writes, "Almost singly obsessed with sex, Lifshin presents the raunchiest frustrations and fantasies of the bored suburbanite female. She smears herself with an estrogen compote other poets merely hint at as they sanitize their outpourings to suit conventional tastes." Her "dick for a day" poems featured in this issue are part of a series of poems written for the 1997 anthology Dick for a Day: What Would You Do If You Had One, edited by Fiona Giles. Ms. Lifshin also has books forthcoming from Black Sparrow Press, FT Books, and The Glass Cherry Press. Look for two more "dick for a day" poems in the May issue of OBR.
Michael McNeilley ("Salvation and Bliss") have appeared in publications such as New York Quarterly, Slipstream, Chicago Review, Poet, Exquisite Corpse, and Mississippi Review. An excerpt from "Salvation and Bliss" was adapted recently for the stage by Meredyth Smith and performed at Brown University. Read more of Mr. McNeilley's work at 10 by mcn.
Pamela M. Patton ("Long Way Home"), a native of Chicago, earned a BA in creative writing from Knox College in Illinois. After living in New York City and rural Virginia, she completed the circle and settled in Des Moines, Iowa, last year. Her work has appeared in Downstate Story, Storyhead, and Lumina.
Christy Sheffield Sanford's ("No Pink") web work has appeared in numerous on-line magazines, including Enterzone, Snakeskin, Zip Zap, Hootenany, Mississippi Review, and OBR3.
Terry Spohn ("You Lock Everything" & "Languages" & "Baby in an Empty Room") is working to finish a book-length collection of prose poems—"almost done, dammit"—and has been busying himself otherwise writing "disgusting and offensive" satire (under a nomme de plume) for print and online publications. Four of Mr. Spohn's prose poems appeared in OBR4.