Jeffery Beam ("Autobiography of Red & Eros the Bittersweet, by Anne Carsons") is poetry editor for OBR. Selections from his published poetry collections accompany Claire Yaffa's photography in Light" & "Shadow ("Aperture, 1998"). His poetry appears in the March issue of Brightleaf: A Southern Review of Books.
Reviewing Paul Dilsaver's ("Animal Clinic" & "Psalm of Sickness" & "Wheeze My Name") chapbook A Cure for Optimism: Poems in OBR8, Kevin McGowin wrote, "Dilsaver's theme is not so much death as decay, and the images of the cancerous and self-perpetuating lack of reflection that render life into an empty shell."
Lucinda Ebersole ("Vermont: Home of Lousy Sex") is the author of a novel, Death in Equality and Women, Creativity, and the Arts ("Continuum, 1995"). She is an editor at Gargoyle magazine and owner of Atticus Books in Washington D.C.
Rich Ferguson ("Abilene Rising" & "Excommunication" & "Bone Music") currently lives in Los Angeles, by way of San Francisco, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Aside from writing and performing his spoken word material around the country as "fuzzy doodah" ("he recently opened for Patti Smith in NYC"), he is also lead singer of the LA band, bloom.
Debra Kaufman's ("Word Up Baltimore: A Poetry Collection, by Blair Ewing") first chapbook, Family of Strangers, was published by Nightshade Press. Her second, Still Life Burning, won the 1996 Kinloch Rivers Memorial Chapbook Competition. Her poems have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Greensboro Review, and Carolina Quarterly, and in OBR8, the 2nd Poetry Annual. Several of her plays have been produced in North Carolina and California. She works at Duke University Press.
Steve Kistulentz ("Already Dead, by Denis Johnson") has published fiction and poetry in such magazines as The Antioch Review and Exquisite Corpse. A five poem series, "Malignancy," appears in the current issue of the Southern Humanities Review. In OBR6 Kistulentz reviewed Rick Moody's story collection, The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven, and in OBR7, Mike Magnuson's novel The Right Man for the Job.
Billy Little ("Know Gnote" & "Finding Poetry") writes, "born NYC 1943, US Army("E-5")60-63, SUNYAB 1967-1970, student of Creeley, Duncan, Barth, Fiedler, Clarke, Canada 1974, editor, Presence, Tens, Press of the Black Flag Raised, RAW, publisher, Black Owle Press, Prose and Verses Press, My Dukes broadsides, Dojo books, chapbooks include, Failure, The Blue Book, Palinode, Funny/Quel Marrant, Not Funny, Angel Baby, Island Fever. the mags i've published in are too numerous to list. I live on an island in the strait of georgia, eagles, salmon, heron and sea lions are an everyday . . . , i've got a beautiful son and two beautiful grandchildren, please don't use spellcheck on my work, as Will Rogers said, 'never trust a man who only knows how to spell a word one way.'"
Ann McGarrell ("The Snow Cat") is a poet and translator who lives in Vermont.
Kevin McGowin ("Postponing the Worm, by John Danley" & "A Painter Passing Through, by Gordon Lightfoot" & "Perfect Night, by Lou Reed") is finishing a doctorate at the University of Florida, where he also teaches English and Humanities. He lives in Gainesville with his wife and collaborator Bonnie; they have a joint piece on a southern antebellum mansion upcoming in Brightleaf: A Southern Review of Books, with photos by Bonnie. McGowin is currently seeking a publisher for his novel The Basement, and has recently completed a collection of stories, With Hasty Reverence, some of which have appeared in here and in Eclectica.
Since finishing her MFA at VCU, Charlotte Morgan ("What I Eat") has had stories in Thema, Pearl, and Phoebe. Her novel One August Day will be published in the fall of 1998 by Van Neste Books, an independent literary house in Richmond. Morgan has won both the Sherwood Anderson Prize for short fiction and the Virginia Highlands Prize for novel. She is a fellow at VCCA. "What I Eat" was awarded a Pushcart Prize in 2000.
C. C. Russell ("Ballons and Twisted Pins, by Steve Conway & Cari Taplin" & "Word Up Baltimore: A Poetry Collection, by Blair Ewing") currently has a mini-chapbook, "About the Girl," being distributed in Europe and Russia. Russell's work has appeared in numerous magazines, including poetry in OBR3, OBR5, and OBR7.
Damon Sauve ("Editor's Note") is the publisher and fiction editor of Oyster Boy Review. A version of his on-line Harry Crews bibliography will appear in the fall issue of The Southern Quarterly.
Andrea Selch ("Of My Mother, In Middle Age" & "YoU") has an MFA from UNC-Greensboro and is currently pursuing a PhD in English at Duke, writing a dissertation about poetry on 1930s and 40s radio. Her poems have been published in The Greensboro Review, Calyx, Equinox, and Poultry magazines. Her skits and poems are broadcast regularly on the local radio variety show, Neighborhood Voices. In summer, Selch dines exclusively on basil and pasta.
A freelance writer in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Nelson Taylor ("Three Books from Graywolf Press") reviews regularly for Bikini, Bomb, Black Book, & Time Out New York. Taylor reviewed Mitch Wieland's Willy Slater's Lane in OBR8, and David Borofka's Hints of His Mortality in OBR7.
Unknown ("Photograph Found in the Back Seat of a Taxi").
Ken Wainio's ("Om Pa Pa") novel Starfuck: A Cyber Novel, was published on computer disk by New Native Press ("P.O. Box 661, Cullowhee NC 28723"). Wainio has also published Two Lives, a collection of poetry ("New Native Press, 1996"). Wainio's short-short story "Clouds" appears on-line in Furious Fictions. Wainio lives in San Francisco where he drives a taxi.