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In the years since her wayward adolescence, Joan Annsfire has managed to remain on the right side of the law. She lives in Berkeley, California, and supports her writing habit by working as a librarian. Her work includes poetry, fiction, and memoir and has appeared in the following journals: The Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly, 13th Moon, Bridges, SoMa Literary Review, Evergreen Chronicles, Sinister Wisdom, and Mediphors, as well as two anthologies: The Other Side of the Postcard, edited by devorah major and The Cancer Poetry Project, edited by Karin Miller. Darin Beasley studied writing with Tom Spanbauer. He is the cofounder of the China Collective, a writer’s work lab in Portland, Oregon, where he resides. Currently, Darin is seeking publication for his novel, Dogwood. His essay, “Start with a Farm,” is featured in the anthology Small-Town Gay, published in 2004. He can be reached at [email protected] Rosebud Ben-Oni has been a Rackham Merit Fellow, a Rudin Scholar, a Leopold Schepp Scholar, and the recipient of a Horace Goldsmith Grant, given so she could complete her first novel, The Annex Jew, which deals with her experiences as a Jew of mixed race who survives the bombing of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2002. She is currently finishing up her novel, and has had recent poems in Arts & Letters, The Rialto (UK), and The Texas Poetry Review. Aside from writing, she loves ballet, basketball, and any excuse to go clubbing in the middle of the week. Jay Blotcher has been involved in gay journalism and community activism since 1982. His first professional job in New York City was coproducing the 1983 gay TV talk show Our Time, hosted by Vito Russo. His second job was towel boy at The St. Mark’s Baths. Blotcher’s articles have appeared in mainstream (The New York

Times, Salon) and gay (Advocate, Out) media. His nonfiction has appeared in five anthologies, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning Looking Queer (1998). He served as media coordinator for the founding chapters of ACT UP and Queer Nation and cofounded Public Impact Media Consultants. Blotcher has coproduced three documentaries, including Heroes, about Boy Scout James Dale. Blotcher and husband Brook Garrett were among the same-sex couples married by New Paltz mayor Jason West in 2004. Robert Boulanger was born in Montreal, Quebec, and quickly established himself as a popular child actor for Canadian television in the 1950s. In 1959, Robert joined the U.S. Army because he loved Americans so much. After his discharge, Robert continued to split his time between Montreal and the United States, with extended periods in San Francisco. During his time in Montreal, he was a well-known bilingual DJ for several Canadian radio stations including CHOMFM, a popular progressive rock station of the 1970s. Robert now lives in San Francisco, where he is a celebrated painter, avid gardener, accomplished voiceover artist, and master of serendipitous spontaneity. Poet/novelist Perry Brass has published thirteen books and been a finalist six times in three categories for the Lambda Literary Awards. His previous novel, Warlock: A Novel of Possession, won an “Ippy” Award from Independent Publisher Magazine in 2001. His novel The Substance of God: A Spiritual Thriller, a Lammy finalist in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category, asks an intriguing question: Is our often censored urge toward sex the same urge as our urge toward a higher presence, known as God? His newest book is Carnal Sacraments: An Historical Novel of the Future, an explosive story set at the waning of the twenty-first century when your life span will be determined by your job, privacy will seem antiquated, and homosexuality will be permitted, but only in a very controlled and sanitized form. He can be reached through his Web site, Al Cho is a research analyst at the UN Millennium Project. Previously, he has worked as a consultant on international trade and investment policy at the World Resources Institute and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development. He has also lived and worked in Mauritius and South Africa. Al received an

MBA with Distinction from Saïd Business School and an MSc in development economics from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and served on the university’s environmental advisory panel. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University with an AB in social studies. Margaret Cleaver has spent most of her life in libraries. She obtained her Masters in Library Science from the University of California in 1973, after some early career explorations involving world travel. Having read books on every subject in her Los Angeles neighborhood library by the time she entered high school, she found that libraries, in the end, offered the perfect career to a generalist with an insatiable curiosity. Currently retired and living in France, Margaret has found writing to be the perfect complement to a lifetime spent in the pursuit of books and learning. Larry Connolly writes fiction and lives in San Francisco. John Gilgun is the author of the books Everything That Has Been Shall Be Again: The Reincarnation Fables of John Gilgun, Music I Never Dreamed Of, The Dooley Poems, From the Inside Out, Your Buddy Misses You, and In the Zone: The Moby Dick Poems. He can be reached at [email protected] He welcomes all e-mail messages. JDGuilford is either black and gay or gay and black, depending on the slant of his politics, or the direction of the wind, on any day. A native of Atlanta, Guilford graduated from Emory University with a BA in sociology. He will complete his MA in gifted education at Columbia University in 2009. Guilford has held several odd jobs, from fashion promoter to janitor to stock boy to Algebra teacher, all in his first year of residency in New York City. His writing has appeared in The Gay and Lesbian Review, In the Fray, and Flashquake. His first novel, The Gentrification of Sonya Crane (Harlequin/Kimani Tru), debuted in February 2007. Guilford lives in Harlem, USA. Visit him at or contact him directly at [email protected] The short stories, poetry, and personal essays of Lori Horvitz have appeared in a variety of literary journals, including Hotel Amerika, 13th Moon, The Jabberwock Review, and Quarter After Eight. Her writing has also appeared in many anthologies, including Rite of Pas-

sage: Backpacking ’Round Europe (Lonely Planet), Love Shook My Heart 2 (Alyson), and Boomer Girls (University of Iowa). She has been awarded writing fellowships from Yaddo, Cottages at Hedgebrook, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Blue Mountain Center. At present she is an associate professor of literature and language at University of North Carolina at Asheville. Daniel M. Jaffe’s novel, The Limits of Pleasure, was excerpted in Best Gay Erotica 2003 and was a finalist for one of ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards. Dan compiled and edited With Signs and Wonders: An International Anthology of Jewish Fabulist Fiction, and translated the Russian-Israeli novel Here Comes the Messiah! by Dina Rubina. An award-winning short story writer and Pushcart Prize nominee, Dan is a frequent contributor to anthologies, literary journals, and newspapers. He teaches fiction writing for UCLA Extension. Dan is also consulting editor for the literary journal Lorraine and James. For more information, visit his Web site at Deborah La Garbanza lives in the evil shadow of Oakland’s Mormon Temple in a cottage with her cat, Luna. She writes fiction and memoir, and her work has appeared in Q Zine. Since she was a girl, she has tried out many identities before settling into an uneasy truce with her current incarnation as a high school teacher. Robert Labelle is a graduate of the MA program in creative writing at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. His work has appeared in anthologies such as Quickies I and III, Queer View Mirror II, as well as in Pottersfield Portfolio and Fish Piss Magazine. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Keguro Macharia currently lives and studies in the Midwest. His critical and creative writing revolves around questions of queer practices, national citizenship, diaspora, and postcolonialism. Jeff Mann’s poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in many publications, including Rebel Yell, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Laurel Review, The Gay and Lesbian Review, Bear Lust, Best Gay Erotica 2003 and 2004, West Branch, and Appalachian Heritage. He has published three award-winning poetry chapbooks-Bliss, Mountain Fireflies, and Flint Shards from Sussex-as well as a full-length book of poetry, Bones Washed with Wine. A collection of essays, Edge,

and a novella, “Devoured,” included in Masters of Midnight: Erotic Tales of the Vampire, appeared in 2003. His most recent publications include a collection of poetry, On the Tongue (2006); a book of poetry and memoir, Loving Mountains, Loving Men (2005); and a book of short fiction, A History of Barbed Wire (2006). He teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Mike McGinty writes humorous personal essays and fiction. His work has appeared online at, PlanetOut, Outsports, Velvet Mafia, Silicon Mom, Suspect Thoughts, and NewYorkQNews. He has also contributed to American Magazine, Whispers from Heaven, and Bookmarks Magazine, as well as the Lambda Literary Awardwinning anthology I Do/I Don’t: Queers on Marriage. He is currently writing both a travel memoir and his first novel, the divergent plots of which he tries diligently not to confuse. As a Clio Awardwinning ad copywriter in San Francisco, he writes inspirational TV commercials for useless toys and thinks up evocative brand names for the scratch-resistant coating on eyeglasses. He lives in San Francisco, and no longer shows steers, heifers, bulls, oxen, or bovine of any kind. Visit Mike’s Web site at Will McNamara now lives in California and is working on a collection of personal essays based on his childhood in Iowa. Max Pierce’s debut novel is The Master of Seacliff (Harrington Park Press), a Gothic mystery. As a journalist, his writings on Hollywood history and gay life have appeared in such diverse publications as Classic Images and online for The Advocate. Max explored the complicated relationship with his mother as part of the anthology Walking Higher: Gay Men Write About the Deaths of Their Mothers (Renault Publishing, 2004). Annoyingly optimistic about his future, Max really does not like to revisit his childhood, unless paid to do so. Learn more at Andrew Ramer’s book Two Flutes Playing, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, has been called an underground gay classic. Mark Thompson interviewed him in Gay Soul, along with Harry Hay, James Broughton, and other elders in the gay spirituality movement. Ramer writes a regular column, “Praxis,” in White Crane Journal. His work has appeared in Best Gay Erotica 1998 and 2001, Kosher Meat, Afterwards: Real Sex from Gay Men’s Diaries, and Found

Tribe: Jewish Coming Out Stories. His next book, Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories, is forthcoming from Suspect Thoughts Press. Cheryl Schoonmaker recently received her MA in English from SUNY Albany where she has taught English and women’s studies classes. She is currently a writing tutor at Hudson Valley Community College and hoping to soon be hired as a “Human Potential Advocate” at her local YWCA. Cheryl has also taught job and life skills to adults with developmental disabilities. One foot in academia, the other in human services, she is enjoying the wild ride. She loves and lives with Deb, an engineer who is saving the world one fuel cell at a time. Cheryl thanks her parents for their love and support of her, despite differences of opinion and some rocky patches along the way. Although her essay raises questions about their acceptance of her “lifestyle,” she has never doubted their love for her. D. Travers Scott is the author of two novels, the Lambda Literary Award-winning One of These Things Is Not Like the Other and Execution, Texas: 1987. Deemed “funny and disturbing” by David Sedaris and “halfway between Flaubert and Straight to Hell” by Robert Glück, Scott has appeared in venues such as “This American Life,” Harper’s, and the Best Gay Erotica and Best American Gay Fiction series. Currently he is pursuing a PhD in communications. More at Renate Stendhal, PhD, is a German-born writer, writing coach, and counselor working in Pt. Reyes Station, Berkeley, and San Francisco, California. Among her publications are Sex and Other Sacred Games (with Kim Chernin) and the award-winning photobiography Gertrude Stein in Words and Pictures. Her most recent book is True Secrets of Lesbian Desire: Keeping Sex Alive in Long-Term Relationships. Visit Renate’s Web site at Frederic B. Tate is a psychologist in Williamsburg, Virginia. He specializes in grief and bereavement counseling with individuals who have terminal and life-threatening illnesses. In 1983, when he was a student at Southern Illinois University, he started working with gay men with HIV/AIDS-still called the “gay cancer” at that time. Frederic helped to establish Virginia’s first hospice for adults with AIDS in Newport News, Virginia. When he is not writing or fantasiz-

ing about returning to Ireland, Frederic can be found sitting at his baby grand piano where he receives infinite pleasure slaughtering the classics. Gerard Wozek is the author of the short story collection Postcards from Heartthrob Town (Harrington Park Press). His debut collection of poetry, Dervish, won the Gival Press Poetry Book Award. His poetry and short prose have appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Bend Don’t Shatter, Erotic Travel Tales, Rebel Yell 2, Queer Dog, The Road Within, Best Gay Erotica 1998, Velvet Mafia, White Crane Journal, and Blithe House Quarterly. Recently, his short film “Dance of the Electric Moccasins” won first place at the 2005 Potenza Film Festival in Italy. He teaches creative writing at Robert Morris College in Chicago. Visit Gerard’s Web site at www