Steven Gillis is the author of Walter Falls (2003), a finalist for both the 2003 Book of the Year for Literary Fiction by ForeWord Magazine and the Independent Publishers Association 2004 Book of the Year. His second novel, The Weight of Nothing was published earlier this year. His stories, articles, and book reviews have appeared in some two dozen journals. Steve teaches writing and literature at Eastern Michigan University and is the founder of 826 Michigan (http://www.826michigan.org), a nonprofit mentoring and tutoring program specializing in writing. All author proceeds from his novels go to this foundation. Steve lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and two children. Write to him at barkingman@aol.com.
Karen Grunberg, whose artwork "Mail Slot" accompanies a story in this issue, lives in San Diego with her husband and son. She is a computer programmer and a family photographer. You can see more of her photographs and writing at www.karenika.com.
Barbara Jacksha is an editor at the literary journal flashquake. Her work has appeared in such publications as Beloit Fiction Journal, Peregrine, Mindprints, Carve Magazine, Tattoo Highway, Smokelong Quarterly, and Poetry Midwest. In 2006, her story "Geometry Can Fail Us" will appear in the new W.W. Norton anthology, Flash Fiction Forward. Visit her web site at www.barbarajacksha.com.
Mary Lynn Reed's short fiction has recently appeared online at Identity Theory, VerbSap, thieves jargon, The Dead Mule, and Ten Thousand Monkeys. You may contact her at marylynnreed@yahoo.com.
Arthur Saltzman is Professor of English at Missouri Southern State University and the author of several books, including the essay collections Objects and Empathy, which won the First Series Creative Nonfiction Award from Mid-List Press, and Nearer, forthcoming this fall from Parlor Press. His work has appeared in Gettysburg Review, Fiction International, River City, Iowa Review, Cream City Review, Florida Review, Southeast Review, Black Warrior Review, and Ascent, among other places. He has won the Columbia Journal Nonfiction Award, the Victor J. Emmett Memorial Essay Award, and the Nebraska Review Creative Nonfiction Prize. He can be reached at saltzman-a@mssu.edu.