Aline Baggio,
whose artwork "My Violin" accompanies a story in this issue, is from Amsterdam. Visit her website at

Susan H. Case
teaches at the New York Institute of Technology as Susan H. Gray. Her recent poems and short stories can be found in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Slant, Fireweed, Ariel, Stray Dog, Jewish Women's Literary Annual, Zeek and nycBigCityLit, among others. She is the author of the chapbook, The Scottish Café  (Slapering Hol Press, 2002) and a winner of this year's Annual Salute to the Arts Contest, judged by Illinois poet, G. E. Murray. You can find out more about her at

Zdravka Evtimova
lives in Pernik, Bulgaria with her husband, two sons and one daughter. She's had three collections of short stories and three novels published in her home country. In the United States, her work has appeared in Mississippi Review, Metropole, In Posse Review, and numerous other places. She has also been published in Great Britain, Canada, Germany (winner of the short story competition of Lege Artis Foundation, Leipzig), France, Poland, Russia, Czech Republic, India, Macedonia, Serbia, and Australia.

Tony O’Brien
grew up in Dunedin and has lived in Auckland, New Zealand since 1978. He began writing in 2000 after taking a course with David Brown at the Department of Continuing Education, Auckland University. He has published stories in Takahe and the online journal Carve. Another short story, "Mrs. Mafua’s Hat," has been produced for radio. Tony works as a mental health nurse and lectures in mental health nursing at the University of Auckland. He is married with three adult children and can be contacted at

Tom Sheehan’s
fourth poetry book, This Rare Earth & Other Flights, was just issued by Lit Pot Press. His third novel, Death for the Phantom Receiver, is due soon from Publish America. He has a Silver Rose Award from American Renaissance for Twenty-First Century (ART), three Pushcart nominations and won east of the web's 2002 nonfiction competition. He has appeared in Tryst, Eclectica, Literary Potpourri, Paumanok Review, Eleven Bulls, Small Spiral Notebook, storySouth, Megaera, Nuvein, Fiction Warehouse, Three Candles, Eleven Bulls, and C/Oasis. You can reach him at

Jennifer Spiegel
is the co-fiction editor of the literary magazine Hayden's Ferry Review (along with Robert Johnson, Jr.). She has an MA in Politics from New York University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State. Currently, she's writing as much as possible while teaching English and creative writing at Grand Canyon University. Her work has appeared in the anthologies Literary Lunch, Europe as a Rite of Passage, and In Our Own Words: A Generation Defining Itself, Volume 4, as well as literary journals such as Image and you are here. A short story is forthcoming in The Seattle Review. She hopes that, one day soon, her novel Love Slave will appear in a bookstore near you.