Tina Alexis Allen, author of Lucky 13 is an actor, writer and director. Most recently, Tina starred opposite Teri Garr
and Paul Sand in "God Out The Window," which she wrote and directed. Currently, she is finishing up "Lucky 13",
and is in development on the screenplay version of this memoir. Up next, she will perform her one woman show,
"Irresistible," in New York City. Look for Tina (dressed as a doctor) playing basketball in the upcoming NCAA
commercial airing on CBS during "March Madness." Tina lives and loves in New York City.
Lyn Bleiler (Constricted Boa) currently lives in Northern New Mexico. Her writing has been included in a number of
literary journals such as the California State Poetry Quarterly and Nimrod International, and in several anthologies -
most recently La Puerta, Taos published by Wildembers Press.
Carol Ann Borges, Knoxville Soup Kitchen,is also the author of Disciplining the Devil’s County, published by Alice
James Books. Carole was raised aboard a schooner on the Mississippi River in the 1950’s. She learned the art of
storytelling from the fishermen and river folk she met along the way and also from the river itself---the stories it
whispered and the lessons it taught. Carole’s poems have appeared in a number of literary journals including
Poetry, Kalliope, Bardsong, and Soundings East. Her non-fiction work can be found in The Enlightener Newspaper,
Knox Voice, and Eva Magazine. She lives in Knoxville, TN. and spends most of her time writing or playing in the
garden with her white cat.
Zan Bockes, Poetry from the Edge, earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. Her fiction
and poetry have appeared in Cutbank, Poetry Motel, Visions International, Phantasmagoria, and The Comstock
Review. She has had three nominations for a Pushcart Prize.
Zachary C. Bush, 23, is a writer of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and magazine features. He lives in South Georgia with
his two cats: Luna and Tic-Tac. His most recent work can be seen in upcoming winter/spring editions of
edificeWRECKED, 5th Story Review, Eloquent Stories, and Non-Euclidean Cafe. He contributed "Where Have I
Been?" to this issue.
Tara DaPra, author of the color, the brain, the heart, is an MFA candidate at the University of Minnesota, Managing
Editor for the literary magazine Dislocate, and a freelance writer for the Rake. She enjoys equal parts alone time to
social interaction, traveling to places new and familiar, and petting her dog Sally
Michael Estabrook -- My Grandma Sadie -- says he's been writing poetry for so long that Methuselah should be
taking notice. In reality, he adds, time is simply doing its thing streaking ahead blithely pulling all of us along for
the wild ride whether we like it or not. All of which reminds him that he's published 15 chapbooks over the years.
The last one that just came out was about his Dad. Before that was the one “when Patti would fall asleep” --
about his wife. Mike's a family man and we welcome him to our r.kv.r.y family with open arms.
Brian Friesen, author of Land Sick recently completed an MA in English at the University of Alberta where he was a
recipient of the James Patrick Folinsbee Award for Creative Writing. Brian has published stories and poems in
several northwest publications. He has been an editor and writing instructor both inside and outside the
university, and was the producer of a bi-weekly literary radio show for Golden Hours at Oregon Public
Broadcasting. He is currently living in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two children.
Chad Faries (further down lincoln street. stambaugh, michigan:summer 1977) has published poems, essays,
photographs, interviews, and creative non-fiction in Exquisite Corpse, Mudfish, New American Writing, Barrow
Street, The Cream City Review, Afterimage, Post Road, and others. His book, The Border Will Be Soon: Meditations
from the Other Side was a winner of Emergency Press’s open genre book competition. It chronicles his visits to
Yugoslavia between 1995-2000 and will be published in May 2006. He has a PhD in Creative Writing from the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was a Fulbright Fellow in Budapest. His memoir, Some Houses, is seeking a
publisher. When not traveling he is a carpenter and professor. He recently purchased an old Victorian home and
now is planning his next Triumph motorcycle in order to solidify his artificial existence as a renaissance man.
This issue's cover artwork is brought to us by the political and social satirist, cartoonist, painter, graphic artist,
author and attorney, Charles Pugsley Fincher from the great state of Texas. We can't begin to tell you how excited
we are to be publishing Mr. Fincher's already well-published and highly esteemed work, much of which you will find
Christina Gombar's Heartbreaker won the Geraldine Griffin Moore prize for fiction at City College in New York.
Christine's work has appeared in numerous consumer and literary journals, including Global City Review and The
London Review of Books. She is the author of Great Women Writers, 1900-1950 and was a fellow of the New York
Foundation for the Arts in nonfiction. Her Wall Street veteran's memoir of 9/11 has been internationally anthologized
John Grey's latest book is “What Else Is There” from Main Street Rag. He has been published recently in Agni,
Hubbub, South Carolina Review and The Journal Of The American Medical Association. He contributed The Weather
Outside to this issue.
Stefan Kiesbye, author of Belle Mere, is the author of Next Door Lived A Girl (Low Fidelity Press, 2005). His stories
have appeared/are forthcoming in Hobart, The Stickman Review, Pindeldyboz, and Stumbling and Raging, an
anthology edited by Stephen Elliott. He lives with his wife Sanaz in Ann Arbor, Michigan. www.skiesbye.com
Professor and Poet Dan Masterson (Tunnel of Cloistered Refuge - from The Georgia Review) was elected to
membership in Pen International in 1986. He is a recipient of two Pushcart Prizes and the Bullis, Borestone, and
Fels awards. His fifth volume is nearing completion. The Dan Masterson Papers are housed at Syracuse University.
We are pleased to publish Greg McBride’s poem At the Cemetery. Greg's poems, essays, and reviews appear in 32
Poems, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Connecticut Review, Folio, Gettysburg Review, Hollins Critic, Poet Lore, and
elsewhere. His work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2005 and 2006. A former member of the Senior
Executive Service at the U.S. Department of Transportation, he practiced law for 30 years and now edits The
Innisfree Poetry Journal consults on transportation issues, and works as a freelance editor. He was a high school
and college wrestler and an Army photographer in the Vietnam War. The father of three and grandfather of four,
he lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife Lois, also a writer.
Mary Ann McGuigan, author of Last Rites, writes mainly young-adult fiction. Her second novel, Where You Belong
(Atheneum), was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her third novel, also for young adults, will be published in
spring ’08. Her short fiction for adults has appeared in various literary magazines, including The Sun and US 1;
essays have appeared in the New York Times, New York Sunday Newsday, and other publications.
Annie Nocenti, author of Letter from Haiti, "Jesus Was a Zombie?" is a writer and editor living in New York. "Jesus"
was previously published by Counter-Punch.
Author David Plumb's work (Black Point) appears in St. Martin’s Anthology, Mondo James Dean, Irrepressible
Appetites An Anthology of Food, Beyond the Pleasure Dome, 100 Poets Against the War, Salt Press, UK, The Miami
Herald, The Washington Post and The Orlando Sentinel. Books include The Music Stopped and Your Monkey’s on
Fire, stories, Drugs and All That and Man in a Suitcase, Poems. A Slight Change in the Weather, short stories will
be published in November 2006. Mr. Plumb has worked as a paramedic, a butcher, a San Francisco cab driver and
an actor in several Hollywood films. In 1991 he was one of 48 people worldwide invited to present, “Finding the
Click, Addiction in Six Plays of Tennessee Williams”at the first International Conference on Literature and Addiction
held at the University of Sheffield, UK.
Victoria Pynchon, author of Sobriety, Year One, is the founder and editor-in-chief of this journal. Her poetry has
been published in Poet Lore, The Ledge, and, Transformation and her short fiction and literary non-fiction in the
Southern New Hampshire Literary Journal and Kudzu. After a twenty-five year commercial litigation career, Victoria
now mediates and arbitrates business disputes through Judicate West and her own ADR firm, Settle It Now Dispute
Resolution Services. She shamelessly self-publishes here from time to time but has turned 99.9% of her writing
energy over to her new neutral practice. She blogs obsessively about anything that crosses her mind at the Settle
It Now Negotiation Blog. She has also been fooling around with video poetry on YouTube here.
Tony Reevy, author of All Saints, All Souls, is the associate director for advancement of the Carolina Environmental
Program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tony Reevy is a graduate of North Carolina State
University, UNC-Chapel Hill and Miami University. His previous publications include poetry in Asheville Poetry
Review, Bath Avenue Newsletter, Charlotte Poetry Review, Now & Then, Pembroke Magazine, The Poet's Page,
Writer's Cramp and others, as well as non-fiction and short fiction. His poems are anthologized in 2000: Here's to
Humanity, Earth and Soul: An Anthology of North Carolina Poetry, Poets for Peace: A Collection, and others. His
books are Ghost Train!: American Railroad Ghost Legends, A Directory of North Carolina's Railroad Structures (with
Art Peterson and Sonny Dowdy), Green Cove Stop and Magdalena. He resides in Durham, North Carolina with wife,
Caroline Weaver, and children Lindley and Ian.
The fiction of Mary McLaughlin Slechta (Dumplings) has appeared most recently in The Gihon River Review, and it
represents Connecticut in Ballyhoo: Fifty States Project. She's published a book of poetry about grief, Wreckage
On a Watery Moon (FootHills Publishing) and two chapbooks. She's also an associate editor for The Comstock
Review in Syracuse, New York. This is her first appearance in r.kv.r.y. and we welcome her with great enthusiasm.
Poet Dee Shapiro (My New Life) is also a painter and writer. Her poems and essays have appeared in Chiron
Review, Small Pond Magazine, Black Bear, Blue Line, Adirondack Review, New Press Literary Quarterly, Aught, The
Bark, Heresies Connecticut River Review, Rhapsoidia and Frigatezine.com and is upcoming in Confrontation. She
teaches art history and studio art at Empire State College, Old Westbury, NY.
Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb’s poetry (To Be Like Him) has appeared in Blueline, Pinyon, Wild Earth, Red River Review,
Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments, Entelechy: Mind & Culture, The Pedestal Magazine,
LanguageandCulture.net, Out of Line, The Midwest Quarterly, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Poem, Karamu, Weber
Studies, Wild Violet, Rainbow Curve, and many other print and online journals. She is co-editor of the Sustainable
Ways Newsletter and co-founder of Native West Press (which publishes small, edited collections of works from
authors and poets in both the arts and the sciences in an effort to enhance public awareness of natural
biodiversity within the American West). She holds an interdisciplinary MA in Ecosemantics. She is currently assisting
Terril Shorb, Coordinator of the Sustainable Community Development track at Prescott College, with research
related to human perceptions and behavior toward the natural environment.
Stacy Thieszen's (Listen: I Have Long Kept Silent) short stories have appeared in the anthology Blink, and in
Clackamas Literary Rreview, South Dakota Review, and other small journals. She has completed two novels, one of
which was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize last year. She lives in Minneapolish with her husband and son and
works as a writer for a large nonprofit organization.
After the stunning success of his haunting and lyrical One Hundred Siberian Postcards author and poet Richard
Wirick returns to r.kv.r.y. with two chapters from his novel in progress, the devil's water. Carolyn McGinn of the New
Statesman has praised Mr. Wirick's prose as "compassionate and literate ... He has a mystic's confidence in the
power of his imagination to prise bits of truth out of the frigid landscape." The literary powers that be have finally
recognized Mr. Wirick's talent by nominating Postcards for the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award. This quarter, we're
proud to bring you two chapters from the devil's water fresh from Mr. Wirick's "pen" without any pesky editing. For
more reviews of Postcards, click here.
David Yost, author of The Doggie Bowl, is a former Peace Corps Volunteer who recently received an M.A. in
Creative Writing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His fiction has previously appeared in Mid-American
Review, Flyway, Iconoclast, Emergency Almanac, and other publications, and is forthcoming in South Carolina
Review, Lake Effect, and Red Rock Review.