Jason Nelson
Despite the many fast moving lines and easy access to ready-made foods, Jason feels uneasy about these hyper-creations. Someday he'll thank you and someday he'll put numbers on the screen door to keep you away. To see more work go to: Or to borrow words for everyday use:


Kent Johnson
is caretaker of Tosa Motokiyu's controversial Araki Yasusada manuscripts, selections of which appeared in book form in 1997. He is co-translator, with Forrest Gander, of Immanent Visitor: Selected Poetry of Jaime Saenz, just released by University of California Press, as well as co-translator, with Alexandra Papaditsas, of The Miseries of Poetry: Some Traductions from the Greek, forthcoming from Skanky Possum Press.


David Starkey
teaches in the MFA program at Antioch University-Los Angeles. He is the author of a textbook, Poetry Writing: Theme and Variations (NTC, 1999), as well as several collections of poems from small presses, most recently Fear of Everything, winner of Palanquin Press's Spring 2000 chapbook contest, and David Starkey's Greatest Hits (Pudding House, 2002). In addition, over the past thirteen years he has published more than 300 poems in literary magazines such as American Scholar, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cutbank, High Plains Literary Review, The Journal, Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, Notre Dame Review, Poet Lore, Sycamore Review, and Wormwood Review.


Brian Henry
is the author of three books of poetry: Astronaut, Graft, and American Incident. Editor of Verse since 1995, he teaches at the University of Georgia in Athens, where he also directs the Creative Writing Program.


Ethan Paquin
edits Slope ( and Slope Editions. His first book, The Makeshift (Stride), was recently released in the U.K. Recent poetry and criticism appear in The Boston Review, Boulevard, New American Writing, Jacket and elsewhere. He is Assistant Professor of Humanities at Medaille College in Buffalo, N.Y.


Mark Cunningham
received an MFA from the University of Virginia, and lives in the Charlottesville area. His poems come from a manuscript of poems on number and letters, currently titled Primer. Other poems have appeared in The Prose Poem: An International Journal and the Sycamore Review; a larger selection of poems will soon be posted on Mudlark.


Margaret Howard
lives in Illinois with her children, Molly and Anthony, where she tries to make nori rolls without destroying the carpeting. She teaches writing online for The Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth, hypertext fiction and poetry for, and composition in face-to-face classrooms at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Margaret received her MFA from SIU Carbondale in 2000. She is currently attempting to study yoga, write more poems, and not think of John Ashcroft every time her phone line crackles.

Lewis LaCook
is a poet, net artist and musician. His work has appeared both online and offline, including in these publications: Cauldron and Net, Poethia, Lost and Found Times, Real Poetik, 5_trope, sidereality, Shampoo, World Letter, Art Crimes, Aught and slope, among others. His chapbook Cling was published by anabasis in 2000; in 2001, his Odious Art of Lewis LaCook was published as an e- book by Bee Hive; in 2002, x-press(ed) published his Drowning in the Age of Mid-Air as an e-book. He lives in Richmond VA with his fiancee Renee Vaverchak. His net art and interactive works can be viewed at


Davis Schneiderman
is Chair of the American Studies Program and an Assistant Professor of English at Lake Forest College. His creative work has been nominated for a 2001 Pushcart Prize and has been accepted by The Iowa Review Web, Minima, Exquisite Corpse, Quarter After Eight, The Little Magazine, Neotrope, Happy, Gargoyle, EnterText, 3AM Magazine, The Café Irreal, and Mammoth Press's forthcoming anthology Sudden Stories, among others. He is the recipient of a Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Studio Session, and has recently facilitated a workshop at the Ragdale Arts Colony. His critical work has been accepted by Criticism, Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses, The Iowa Review, Studies in the Novel, Radical Teacher, and appears in the volume Literary Modernism and Photography. He is the co-founder and editor of the media and cultural studies journal to the QUICK, and is currently co-editing the anthology, Millions of People Reading the Same Words: William S. Burroughs and the Global Order (Pluto Press, 2004).


Carlos Hernandez
is the Director of First-Year Programs at Pace University. He has published in journals such as The Paterson Literary Review, Opium, Happy, Flashquake, Slant, Sun Dog, New CollAge, White Mule, and P&Q's forthcoming Subway Anthology. Besides being nominated for a Pushcart Prize last year, his honors include third place in the "Flash Theater" category for "After the Salad but Before the Main Course," and first place in a fiction contest sponsored by E2K for the story "Blind Leading." Carlos has also written for the Facts on File literary series, and has a cultural studies article forthcoming in The Games Reader "The Postmodern Hoard: Rates of Exchange in Dungeons and Dragons." He lives in Queens, New York.


Catherine Kasper's
work is included in HOW2's spring "Southern Perils" selection, in McSweeneys, American Letters & Commentary, Fiasco, Third Bed and other journals, and in the anthology, Of Tangible Knowledge: Poetic Investigations in the Sciences (Samizdat 2003). She is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio.


Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
lives and writes in Espoo, Finland. He is mainly interested in computer processing and manipulation of text and language. He has been published in Poethia, Moria, SHAMPOO, Aught, Swirl, Word/For Word and can we have our ball back. He is also editor of xStream ( Works as a composer, music performed in Finland and U.S.


Matthew Cooperman
is the author of two collections of poetry, A Sacrificial Zinc (Pleiades/LSU, 2001) and Surge (Kent State, 1999). Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Verse, Denver Quarterly, LIT, New Orleans Review, Black Warrior Review, and The Journal. A founding editor of Quarter After Eight, Cooperman teaches writing at Cornell College in Iowa.


Joel Veitch
lives and works in the East End of London. After growing up in London and south-east England he wandered off into the world, did a degree in philosophy and history, had a couple of jobs, went to live in Australia for a bit, came back to the UK, did a masters, then started, which serves around a million pages a week. His animated kittens are being aired at the moment on Channel 4 in the UK as trailers and inserts for a new friday night music show. He has a cat named Vlad, his major influence and creative collaborator.


John DeHoog
is a designer and educator living and working in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Eastern Michigan University. He received his BFA (1996) from Northern Michigan University, and his MFA (Furniture Design, 2000) from Rhode Island School of Design. Most of John's work explores the boundaries and limitations of function within the context of furniture and other useful objects. This year he is involved in a research project which explores the combination of the materials Kevlar and carbon fiber with wood, for lightweight chair design. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, and currently he exhibits throughout the greater Detroit area.

Kevlar Corset, 2002
Media: Kevlar, fiberglass, synthetic fur, grommets, and waxed linen twine