Scott Akalis' stories have appeared in Camera Obscura, Stymie Magazine, and Hawai'i Review. Although Scott has not studied the mind or eaten deep dish pizza lately, he has a Ph.D. in psychology and lives in Chicago. www.scottakalis.com
Sherman Alexie is the author of, most recently, Face, poetry from Hanging Loose Press, and War Dances, poems and stories from Grove Press. He lives with his family in Seattle. www.fallsapart.com
John Harris is a former Senior Editor at Getty Publications in Los Angeles. His work has appeared in the Cafe Review, Bark, Gay & Lesbian Review, Cairn, and Exquisite Corpse. This is his second appearance in the journal. He lives in Santa Monica. john0753@live.com
Robert Hyers has been published in 3:AM Magazine, The Q Review, and Battered Suitcase, among others. He received his MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. roberthyers.wordpress.com
Zane Kotker lives in Massachusetts and at www.zanekotker.com. Her novels include Bodies in Motion, A Certain Man, White Rising (Knopf) and Try to Remember (Random House). In the last few years she has published a dozen stories, beginning happily with one in this magazine (Fall 2006), to which she was drawn because its Recommended Reading page listed Salinger’s "For Esmé—with Love and Squalor." Other stories of hers have appeared in The Antioch Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Sun.
Laurie McClellan's essays have previously been published in The South Dakota Review, Battered Suitcase, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Washington Post. She's a 2008 graduate of the Johns Hopkins writing program. lauriemcclellan@hotmail.com
Al Ortolani is a secondary English teacher in the Kansas City area. His poetry has appeared in New York Quarterly, Laurel Review, Midwest Quarterly, The English Journal and other places. His next volume of poetry, Finding the Edge, is due for publication from Woodley Press at Washburn University this spring. Presently, he is a co-editor for The Little Balkans Review, a small regional journal in southeast Kansas. alortolani@gmail.com
Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. This is his second appearance in the journal. For more information, including his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” and a complete bibliography, please visit his website at simonperchik.com
Born in San Francisco, Rayme Waters grew up in Northern California and the city of Linköping, Sweden. Her work has appeared on The Rumpus, The Orange Coast Review and The Meadowland Review. rayme@stanfordalumni.org