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Chris Alexander is a poet from Iowa who is perpetually plotting to kidnap Oliver the Humanzee and abscond with him to the Creationism Museum in order to prove something profoundly philosophical.
Erik Anderson's work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in American Letters & Commentary, Trickhouse, Sleeping Fish, Zone 3, The Recluse, Jacket, Rain Taxi, and others. A contributing poetry editor at the Denver Quarterly, he also co-edits the magazine Thuggery & Grace.

Lindsay Bland is currently teaching and working on her MFA in Missoula, Montana where she co-hosts the New Lakes Poetry radio show and serves as a poetry editor for CutBank Literary Magazine.  In her free time she sits in her bathtub pretending it's 1836.

Yosa Buson (1716-1783) was a Japanese poet and painter from the Edo period.

Karie Buss lives in Iowa City. She writes poetry. She is a receptionist.

Juliet Cook’s poetry has been published by Diode, Diagram, Octopus, and many other sources.  She is the editor of Blood Pudding Press.  She is the author of many quirky little poetry chapbooks and her first full-length collection, ‘Horrific Confection’, is available now as a free e-book from BlazeVOX. 

Brooklyn Copeland was born in Indianapolis in 1984. Her e-chapbooks are The Milk for Free (Scantily Clad Press) and Northernmost (Ungovernable Press). Her print chapbooks are Borrowed House (Greying Ghost Press), Floating World (Further Adventures Press), and Pearl of Siberia (Wyrd Tree Press), all forthcoming. She is the founding editor of Taiga Press.

Molly Curtis is the author of "Mouths Full of Glass in the Abandoned Bathhouse" (Zero Ducats Collective, 2009). She holds an MFA from The University of Montana, where she was the recipient of a 2010 Academy of American Poets prize, and she will soon be relocating to Wellington, New Zealand.

M.D’Alessandro is moving to a city near you. A former architect, he holds an MFA in creative writing from Naropa University, and edits the semiannual literary journal swap/concessions, now in its third issue. He is founder and editor of bedouin books and has authored two books of poetry: Book of Prophecy (Vantage, 2004) and Bedouin in America. His poems and stories have appeared in Monkey Puzzle, Brown Bagazine and The Bathroom.

Linh Dinh is the author of two collections of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), four books of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), and Jam Alerts (2007), with a novel, Love Like Hate, scheduled to be released in 2009 by Seven Stories Press. His work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, and 2007, and in Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present.  Linh Dinh is also the editor of the anthologies Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and Three Vietnamese Poets (2001), and translator of Night, Fish and Charlie Parker: the poetry of Phan Nhien Hao (2006). Blood and Soap was chosen by the Village Voice as one of the Best Books of 2004.
 Laura Dunn lives in Harlem, NYC.
Amanda Ensign is a photographer from the Seattle area currently based out of London, where she is pursuing postgraduate studies.
Inuvik (meaning, 'Place of Man') is the oil and gas mecca of the Northwest Territories and the Canadian Arctic. Lucas Farrell & Louisa Conrad spent the summer there paying witness to, among other things, the endless light, the peculiar bedding of the drunken tundra, and the faces and voices of the people who subsist in and around the Mackenzie Delta. For more information visit their website: Unfinished Bridge.

Lauren Hamlin is working on her first novel while laboring toward the pinnacle of self-indulgent yet sexy degrees… the MFA (University of Montana).  She edits fiction for Cutbank and doesn't recycle.  Not because she doesn't want to but because she can't, okay, so lay off.  When she's not bitching about a hangover she is venturing toward one, even if only in her daydreams.  Before moving to Missoula she lived in San Francisco for four years mining material exclusively from law firms and the 22 bus.  She once had a sex dream about Danny DeVito and she's not proud of it.

Matt Hart is the author of Who's Who Vivid and three chapbooks: Revelated, Sonnet, & Simply Rocket.  A new collaborative chapbook with Ethan Paquin, Deafening Leafening, is forthcoming from Pilot Books in 2009.  He lives in Cincinnati where he edits Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking, & Light Industrial Safety and teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
 
 
Laird Hunt, graduate of the Kerouac School, is the author of The Exquisite.
Jewel is the author of "A Night Without Armor", the highest selling book of poetry since Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1436.
Shane Joaquín Jiménez is a graduate of the MFA Program in Writing & Poetics at Naropa University, and co-founder of Zero Ducats. His fiction has appeared in Greensboro Review, Bat City Review, and Monkey Puzzle. He is the author of a forthcoming book of short stories, It Can Be That Way Still, published by Bedouin Books. He currently resides in Seoul, South Korea.

Daniel Johnston is a legendary artist and songwriter who first came to prominence in Austin, Texas in the early 1980’s passing out hand-made cassette tapes of his music at the McDonald's where he worked. As his notoriety grew, he found his way onto an MTV showcase of Austin bands, and received the Austin Music Songwriter Of The Year award.  He was in and out of the Austin State Hospital over the course of several years, and as his struggle with manic depression escalated he would spend a total of five years institutionalized. His art and music is routinely featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Houston Chronicle, The L.A. Times, Texas Monthly, SPIN, and Rolling Stone. He regularly tours the U.S. and internationally, and in 2006 the first of several Rock Operas of Daniel's music debuted to critical acclaim.  He has recorded over ten full-length albums, and currently resides in Waller, Texas.





Co-founder of Zero Ducats, Scott Alexander Jones is the author of a collection of poems: One Day There Will Be Nothing to Show That We Were Ever Here (Bedouin Books, 2009). He completed his MFA at The University of Montana, and was writer in residence at The Montana Artists Refuge. He is currently teaching himself the Tuvan art of throat-singing and will shortly be moving to Wellington, New Zealand.



Nate Jordon holds a BA in English from California State University, Fresno and an MFA in Writing and Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Naropa University. He is the founder of Monkey Puzzle Press.

Matthew Kaler drinks alone in a park above the Needle, worries the many inviolate knives inside, tries for compassion and endures while sleeping on an inflatable mattress in the living room of a married couple that double as great friends. Some days he wishes to cry in a stone church, or fuck while not drunk. Only some days, those less-gold counter tensions. This past spring he completed an MFA in Poetry from The University of Montana in Missoula, the city of his birth. Without paying local tax (allegedly), over the last eight years, he resided on The Isle of Malta, in Spain and Hawaii. Currently, he lives and works in Seattle, WA. His work has appeared, and may still, in: Left Facing Bird, Fawlt, Neo, Zafusy, and Camas.

Ed McFadden is a second year MFA candidate in Poetry at The University of Montana—Missoula and Editor for CutBank Reviews. His translations of the Edo Period Japanese haikuist Yosa Buson have appeared in the Kyoto Journal. His own poetry can be read in Sugar Mule or at his little house under the shadow of Mt. Jumbo. His sonnet Sharp Relief won an honorable mention in the 2008  Nebraska Shakespeare Sonnet Writing Contest and he has also had work performed at the Berkeley Repertory Theater as part of the San Francisco Monday Night Playground series. This past summer he received the University of Montana's Nettie Weber Award to attend the Port Townsend Writer's Conference.

Kona Morris is in the MFA Program at Naropa University, on the editorial board of Fast Forward Press, and was co-founder of the Write Trash writing group in Fairbanks, Alaska.  She received the Redwood Empire Mensa Award for Creative Non-Fiction in 2006 and has been published in Toyon, Be Brave Bold Robot, The Bathroom, Fast Forward, Monkey Puzzle, and Bombay Gin.

More than 600 stories & poems by Kristine Ong Muslim have been published or are forthcoming in over 300 publications. Her work has appeared in Adbusters, Bellevue Literary Review, Caveat Lector, Ducts, Farrago's Wainscot, GlassFire Magazine, New Madrid, and Otoliths.
 Adam Perry was raised in Pittsburgh, PA and spent 2001-2007 in San Francisco playing drums in various rock bands.  He currently lives in Boulder.


Maxwell Mednick is an explorer, amateur astronomer, and a random corporeal expression of his genes in the eternal life and death struggle for existence.  He also holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado for his work on electromagnetic metamaterials. His poetry has been published in Monkey Puzzle, and a chapbook of his correspondences is forthcoming with Zero Ducats Collective.
Zachary Schomburg is the author of The Man Suit (Black Ocean 2007) and Scary, No Scary (Black Ocean 2009). He co-edits Octopus Magazine and Octopus Books. He was born in Omaha, NE, in 1977 but now lives in Portland, OR

Travis Sehorn is a Missoula-raised performer and creator with a thoughtful anarchic approach to his creative abilities. Travis has toured nationally multiple times alone and with a traveling theater group, The Missoula Oblongata. When performing live, he is Pebble Light. Pebble Light is fueled by narcoleptic visions, love letters, fancy-dancing, traveling, writing and oceans. A show with Pebble Light does not feel like a show at all. Pebble Light is a fluctuating tide of intrinsic feeling and honest empathy. Travis has the shakes but likes to keep in unity.

 Aaron Shulman lives somewhere in Guatemala.

Sandra Simonds is finishing her PhD at Florida State University. She teaches Poetry and Creative Nonfiction. Her first book, Warsaw Bikini is out from Bloof Books.
Nancy Stohlman's first book, Live From Palestine, was nominated for a Colorado Book Award in 2004. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in Fast Forward, Resist, The Bathroom, Counterpunch, CommonDreams and in the anthology Peace Under Fire. She is currently in the MFA Program at Naropa University.







Mathias Svalina is a co-editor of Octopus Magazine & Books. He is the author of the chapbooks Why I Am White, Creation Myths, & The Viral Lease. His first full-length book, Destruction Myth, is forthcoming in 2009.







Hank Threadgill
was born and raised near the Fort Worth stockyards in North Texas, in a neighborhood they used to call "Hell's Half Acre." A former musical instrument salesman and the son of a Southern Baptist preacher, Hank relocated to Arlington, TX in the late 1940s, where he has slowly seen open fields turn into parking lots. He was born in 1922, the same year as Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Kerouac, and Howard Zinn, though he rarely esteems himself worthy of such marvelous company.
Whit Williams works in library cataloging at the University of Texas at Austin. He spent the 90’s playing lead guitar in the band Cotton Mather. Currently, he feeds birds and plays congas.
Elia Robert Zashin lives and works between the rooftops in Austin, Texas, the city in which he turned one year of age before returning 28 years later.