Erin Anderson
is a Peace Corps Volunteer in Eastern Kazakhstan working with Russian and Kazakh English teachers. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Northern Michigan University, and has had essays recently published in Mississippi Review, Cream City Review, and You may contact her at

Carl R. Brush's
piece in this issue is his first publication of a short-short story. He has participated in the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference; and he has recently completed a historical novel (working title The Maxwell Vendetta) set in early twentieth century Northern California. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife, Susanne, and enjoys the blessings of nearby children and grandchildren.

Mark X. Cronin
lives in Huntington, New York, where he writes his stories, helps his wife with her business, and generates fun and mischief tending to his three sons. His essays and reviews have appeared in the Long Islander, The Wave, Fine Times and Governance. His fiction has appeared in North Atlantic Review, the Purple, and the Japanese magazine Papyrus. He can be reached at

Elise Davis
lives and works in Seattle, where she is a telecom employee by day, and a story writer at night and on lunch breaks. Her story, "Naresh Makes the Call," appeared in the Summer 2002 issue of Colorado Review.

Shellie Zacharia
is a teacher in Gainesville, Florida. Her fiction has appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer Sunday Journal and Washington Square, and is forthcoming in South Dakota Review, Dos Passos Review, Slow Trains Literary Journal, The Powhatan Review, and Parting Gifts.