Woman of the Future
Rue Vieille du Temple
The Worm in the Horseradish
L. N. Allen
Dating: The Sixties
Mme. Theodora: Specials to Ralph and Belinda
The Coelacanth and Dr. J.L.B. Smith, Ichthyologist . . .
Nuts, Said the Black Suit
“Add Wind Chimes” Sonnet
you asked me what i was thinking or how to start a fire
L. N. Allen published literary and science fiction under the name Lori Negridge Allen until a few years ago, when the stories shrank to short shorts, and then to prose and lined poems. Her fiction can be found in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Mississippi Review. Upcoming poems can be found in Southern Review , Tundra and The New Hampshire Review, among others. She lives in Connecticut.
Maxianne Berger, who lives and writes in Montreal, is an audiologist at the McGill University Health Centre. With Angela Leuck, she co-edited the Montreal haiku anthology Sun Through the Blinds (Shoreline, 2003). Aside from writing poetry, she also reviews it and translates it. Her first book, How We Negotiate (Empyreal, 1999), is itself being translated by Florence Buathier for Écrits des forges, for publication in 2006. She realizes that her Oulipo explorations preclude translation. Recent “conventional” poems appear in In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry (Polestar, 2005), and are forthcoming in Carve.
Sarah Birl has recently finished her first year of study in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Temple University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Tanka, The Bathyspheric Review, red lights, fillingstation, In/Vision, and bottlerockets.
Alina Cârâc, co-translator of Ioan Flora’s poems in this issue, has translated more than thirty volumes of drama, poetry, novels, collections of short stories and essays, and film scripts from Romanian into English, and has also translated many books from English into Romanian. In 2002, she published her first novel, Letters from Parallel Worlds. As a senior editor with Press Group “Romania,” she is in charge of the publication Romanian Panorama.
Ioan Flora, who died suddenly at the age of 54 in early February 2005, was the author of fifteen books of poetry, among them Lecture on the Ostrich-Camel (1995), The Swedish Rabbit (1998), Medea and Her War Machines (2000), and Luncheon Under the Grass (2005), which had just been published at the time of his death. Flora won prizes at the Struga Poetry Festival, from the Writers’ Union of the Republic of Moldova, and from both the Romanian Writers’ Union and Association of Professional Writers in Romania, among other awards. His poems have appeared in Adam J. Sorkin’s anthology of Romanian prose poetry, Speaking the Silence (2001), as well as in Natural Bridge, Chase Park, River City, Visions International, Facets, Ellipsis, Hunger Mountain, Archipelago, Mantis, Rhino, Tar Wolf Review, New Orleans Review, Divide and Philadelphia Poets.
Sheila Kohler is the author
of five novels, one of which, Cracks, was chosen by Library
Journal for one of the best of 1999 and optioned for filming. Her
short stories have won the O. Henry, Open Voice, and Willa
Cather prizes and have been included in Best Short Stories 1999. Her
work has been translated and published widely abroad.
Eva Kollisch is a professor
emerita at Sarah Lawrence College where she taught German, Comparative
Literature and Women's Literature for many years. She is the author
of Girl in Movement, a memoir, and is working on
a book of stories and personal essays dealing with the themes of
anti-Semitism, uprooting and outsiderdom. She came to the US as a
Jewish refugee during World War II and has been politically active
at various times in her life as a Trotskyist, anti-war protester,
feminist and lesbian. She has joined a small international group that
engages in “dialogue with the enemy” and is interested in all efforts
Lynn Levin has published two collections of poems, Imaginarium (Loonfeather Press, 2005) and A Few Questions about Paradise (Loonfeather Press, 2000). Her poetry has appeared in Boulevard, The Poetry Miscellany, The Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, Margie, The Paterson Literary Review, and many other places. She teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and at Drexel University, where she is also executive producer of a cable TV show, The Drexel InterView.
Rodney Nelson divides his time between North Dakota and Arizona, and will continue to do so until he can’t afford the gas. A lifelong nonacademic, Nelson has published poems
in Georgia Review and, more recently, narratives and poems in ezines like Big Bridge and Cipher Journal. His novel Villy Sadness was published by New Rivers Press.
Maurice Oliver, after spending almost a decade working as a freelance photographer in Europe, in 1995 realized a lifelong dream by traveling around the world for eight months, recording his experiences in a journal instead of pictures. And so began his desire to be a poet. His poetry has appeared in The Potomac Journal, Circle Magazine, Tryst3, Journal, The MAG, Eye-Shot, The Surface, Wicked Alice, WordRiot, Taj Mahal Review (India), Stride Magazine (UK), Retort Magazine (Australia), and online at subtletea.com, undergroundvoices.com, friggmagazine.com, tmpoetry.com, zafusy.com, interpoetry.com (UK), and girlswithinsurance.com. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he is a tutor and maintains a blogsite at www.bloxster.net/mauriceoliver.
Kathrin Perutz has written more than a dozen books of fiction and non-fiction. Currently, she
is completing a memoir, The Woman Upstairs, of which “Gala” is an excerpt.
is currently at work on a collection of fables for the faint-hearted
and lives in New York City.
Adam J. Sorkin’s translations have appeared widely. Recent volumes include Daniela Crasnaru’s short stories, The Grand Prize and Other Stories (Northwestern UP), which appeared early 2005; and Marin Sorescu’s The Bridge (Bloodaxe Books-shortlisted for the biennial Corneliu M. Popescu Prize, given under the auspices of The Poetry Society, London) and Ruxandra Cesereanu’s Lunacies (Spuyten Duyvil / Meeting Eyes Bindery), both 2004. Sorkin’s translations of Liliana Ursu’s The Sky Behind the Forest (1997) and Ioana Ieronim’s The Triumph of the Water Witch (2000), were both shortlisted for the Weidenfeld Prize, Oxford. He has received an NEA Poetry Fellowship for Translation for 2005-2006.
Kenneth Wolman used to walk through Columbus Circle all the time, but today lives a more sedate but still unserene life in central New Jersey. Over the years, he has published work in both print and online venues including The Paterson Literary Review, The New York Quarterly, Defined Providence, Journal of New Jersey Poets, The Asheville Poetry Review, Salonika, Lowell Review, Carnelian, The Drunken Boat, Famous Reporter and Fulcrum. He won a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in 1995 and is still trying to live up to it.
Mark Young, a New Zealander, now lives in Rockhampton, Australia, on the Tropic of Capricorn. Young’s recent work has appeared or is about to appear in Spore, eratio, hutt, Aught, Starfish, MiPOesias and Moria. His most recent book, episodes, has just been published by xPress(ed), and, with Jean Vengua, he has edited The First Hay(na)ku Anthology soon to be published by Meritage Press. Young has a weblog pelican dreaming (http://pelicandreaming.blogspot.com) and an author’s page at the New Zealand electronic poetry centre. (http://www.nzepc.auckland.ac.nz/authors/young)