Contributors

Garin Cycholl

Garin Cycholl teaches writing and literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also works as co-editor of Near South, a journal of experimental poetry, fiction, and drama. His recent work will appear in spring 2006 with Admit2 and Seven Corners. He is author of the book Nightbirds, and “Blue Mound to 161”, a book-length poem on geological and historical displacements in Southern Illinois. More by Garin Cycholl

Heather Egland

“I figure if you can't change who you are then you might as well change the world, right?” Ms. Egland is the co-founder of the Secret Order of the Shaking Fist. She is currently bringing down the system via passive aggression. More by Heather Egland

Paul Guest

Paul Guest is the author of The Resurrection of the Body and the Ruin of the World. His poems appear in Poetry, The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Swink, Slate, and elsewhere. He also writes a daily blog. More by Paul Guest

Alice Haisman

Alice Haisman is a PhD student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She enjoys many things but most of all she likes sleeping on overnight trains. In a dictatorship of Alice everyone would eat only bitter chocolate, fall only in dreams, and marry the first person that told them that their eyes are like scrambled eggs. More by Alice Haisman

Joe Martinez

Joe Martinez was a gibbon in a former incarnation. Currently he is a 30-something ne’er-do-well with a penchant for ranting, raving, and otherwise being righteously indignant. Born property of the US Army, he has always chafed at the constraints of society and yearned to return to an arboreal life in the jungles of Southeast Asia. He is the father of a pre-teen, who is rapidly approaching the point where she no longer wants to be seen with him. Appraisals of his character are mixed, ranging from mildly positive (“He’s OK”) to damning (“That guy’s an insufferable jerk!”). Joe is holding out that age will bring wisdom, and wisdom, peace of mind. An expert at squandering opportunity, he is available to consult on all your failure-related needs for an exorbitant fee. More by Joe Martinez

Matt McCarthy

Born of wealthy Welsh parents, Matt McCarthy forsook a life of comfort for a life of adventure on the high seas. Today, millions from around the world can enjoy Mr. McCarthy’s bold and distinctive scribblings at keepgoing.org. More by Matt McCarthy

Denise Pace

Denise Pace is a hairless monkey frequently and infuriatingly thwarted by everyday things, like ottomans and gravity. She communicates largely by cussing and quoting The Simpsons. Yet, possessing a high level of derring-do, she perseveres. More by Denise Pace

Patrick Russell

Born amongst the corn cousins, Elmers, and strip-mall barons of Indiana, Patrick learned early on in life that something was rotten in Denmark. After mailing many, many postcards to various addresses in the greater Copenhagen area asking after the source of the stench, and after receiving no replies to his repeated queries, he became convinced that it must be the mayonnaise. More by Patrick Russell

Steve Spaulding

Steve Spaulding believes he will have another pull on the whisky bottle, thank you very much — and would there be a spare beer in the fridge? ‘Cause that would be great. He is also a bit deaf in one ear so would you mind speaking up? And don’t hold it against him that he doesn’t remember you; while he can remember obscure characters in movies and comic books on only a single exposure, real people are like the flitting shadows of a strobe-lit room to him. Steve considers it a downright miracle he has lasted as long as he has in such a cruel and unforgiving world and thanks his lucky stars for every breath he draws, and for all the good friends he’s made. Steve wonders what God was thinking, where the surplus went, whether there’s a spare beer in the fridge, and did he already ask that? Because his short-term memory is sort of on the fritz these days. More by Steve Spaulding

Geary Yonker

Geary Yonker’s deep-seeded fear of death really keeps him busy. It is not so much a fear of dying as it is a fear of dying without having accomplished anything in his life. He attributes this fear to having been told he was special too many times when he was a kid. The problem started when he began to believe it. This complex has had many manifestations. Originally it served as a defense mechanism when he was an overweight child. When he got a little older it served as great excuse for coasting through high school and college. In 1997, Year 27 of the Great Coasting, he started inviting his friends to an abandoned dairy farm that his family inherited from a great uncle. Nobody is exactly sure how or why but he is convinced that this changed his life and gave him some direction. The actual directions to “The fARM” that he gave his friends led them up interstates, up county highways, and eventually onto gravel roads. After every turn the partygoers were urged to “keepgoing” (bet you thought that we were just ripping off MoveOn.org). Since then “The fARM” has spawned an annual charity event, three mediocre bands, and this ever-evolving website. More by Geary Yonker

Editor in Chief
Christina O'Brien

Art Director
Matt Sharkey

Publisher
Geary Yonker

Poetry Editor
Erica Bernheim

Activism & Letters Editor
Heather Egland

Essays Editor
Blythe Hurley

Spotlight Site Editor
Joe Martinez

Fiction Editor
Matt McCarthy

Sounds Editor
Carter O’Brien

Opinions Editor
Steve Spaulding

Senior Contributors
Al Dereu, Denise Pace, Carella Ross, Patrick Russell

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Obviously, this is an awesome responsibility.

If you would like to play god with us, as well as see your original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, or music published by this quarterly, there may be hope for you. We do consider unsolicited material for publication. We read every submission with varying degrees of interest and attention and publish those which seem best to us at the time. We won't publish your stuff if it sucks, unless you know someone on staff.

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