Sept/Oct 1999

Tom Dooley co-edits Eclectica, teaches high school English, and coaches wrestling in Tucson, Arizona. He's learning the hard way how to lay saltillo tile.

Julie King has an MA in creative writing and teaches at University of Wisconsin, Parkside. One of her poems appears in Iowa Press's Boomer Girls. A former contributor, Julie is now a co-editor of Eclectica.

Dr. Robert Berry, a former contributor to Eclectica, writes from West Malaysia, where he is on the Faculty of Languages & Communication at the Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Anthony Lee Brown is currently serving a life sentence at the Spring Creek Correctional Facility. The work he has published in past issues of Eclectica has resulted in disciplinary action and loss of privileges, which have consequently prevented his appearance in this issue.

Craig Butler currently has work available online at and and in print in the current issues of Lines in the Sand and The Armchair Aesthete. Several of his stories will be seen in upcoming issues of Happy, The Twisted Quill, Desperate Act, Many Mountains Moving, and Dream International Quarterly. As the unmistakable realism of "Life is Whose Cabaret?" would indicate, he has indeed directed a cabaret act or two in his life.

Ron Callari is the publisher and editor of the online webzine, and he also partners with Steve Smallwood to produce the comic strip kidd millennium?. He received his B.A. from Kent State University and his Masters degree from Cornell University. He lives in Jersey City, NJ (for no other apparent reason than to have an office overlooking the Hudson River, the Big Apple and the Statue of Liberty, allowing him to daydream about palm trees and hammocks).

Marcy Dermansky recently published in The New Orleans Review, The Mississippi Review, and Gulf Coast. She received her masters in fiction from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi and was named a finalist in STORY's 1999 Carson McCullers short fiction award.

Paul Dubner is a Chicago native, transplanted to San Francisco, where he's worked variously as a bank teller, cab driver, library assistant, and computer consultant. All of these jobs have seemed cruel, but necessary distractions from writing, which is the only thing he's ever wanted to do. He's written two novels which are still in pursuit of publishers.

Bob Ecker is a writer and photographer from San Francisco.

Christy Franke is a student of nothing in particular at Truman University in Kirksville, MO. She works at the local Java Co., the only place in town to get a self-respecting cup of coffee. She has been published in the webzine The ShallowEnd.

Martha Nemes Fried was born in Budapest, Hungary and came to the United States as a teenager. She has written poetry since she was six years old. In addition to Eclectica, she has published stories in News Of The Brave New World, Ceteris Paribus, The Indite Circle, Megaera, Savoy Magazine, and Cyber Oasis.

Taylor Graham is a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler in the Sierra Nevada. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, New York Quarterly, Poetry International, Yankee and elsewhere. Her latest collection, Next Exit, is just out from Cedar Hill Publications.

Annette Marie Hyder is a freelance writer who's had poetry published online and in print, with more forthcoming this fall and winter. Annette sees life as a poem that is constantly altering its form to accommodate one's world view/experiences: sometimes a sonnet, sometimes haiku, sometimes graffiti on wall. She believes that in love you should not say it with flowers, you should say it with words. Diamonds, however, are always acceptable.

Stanley Jenkin's stories and essays have or will appear in Amelia, 32 Pages, The Blue Moon Review, CrossConnectand the Oyster Boy Review. A former Spotlight Author, Stanley now writes a regular column for the Salon. He lives and works in Queens, New York.

Alan Kaufman's most recent book is Who Are We?, a collection of poems. His poetry appears in magazines and anthologies, including Identity Lessons: Learning American Style, ALOUD: Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Tikkun, Witness Long Shot. He has been "writing up a storm," with a 960 page anthology coming out in paperback and hardcover from Thunder's Mouth Press this fall. Regarding his piece in the current issue of Eclectica, he writes: "Damn, it's a good story if I don't mind saying so!"

Anonymous hasn't told us about himself yet.

Barbara Lefcowitz has published six collections of poetry, a novel, and invidual poems, short stories, and essays in over 350 jouurnals; she has won writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Rockefeller Foundation, among others. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, and is also a visual artist.

Paula Henderson Lewis has been a single parent for 13 years. She has one daughter, who is now 15 years old. Last year she began writing a monthly column "Strictly My Opinion ...and yours" and has also started a single parents newspaper (hard copy) Endeavors International Business Newspaper For Single Parents.

Don Mager has published some 250 original poems and translations from Czech and German over the last 30 years, including two books: To Track The Wounded On(1986) and Glosses (1995).

Alvis Minor is an M.A. student in the creative writing track at West Virginia University. Originally from Allen Junction, WV, he received his B.A in English/Writing from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He would like to call himself a poet and philosopher but has yet to adequately define either term.

Dennis Must is founder-editor of Flying Horse, an alternative literary journal. His plays have been performed Off Off Broadway, and he has published work in Red Hen Press' Fiction 2000, Writer's Forum, Salt Hill Journal, Sun Dog—The Southeast Review, Rosebud, Southern Indiana Review, Red Rock Review, Sou'wester, Blue Moon Review, CrossConnect, and many other literary journals and anthologies. He was awarded First Place in The Alsop Review's 1999, Taproot Literary Journal's 1998 and The Oval's 1996 fiction contests. A collection of his short stories, BANJO GREASE (Creative Arts), will be published in spring of 2000. He resides in Massachusetts with his wife and two teenage daughters.

Silvia Antonia Brandon Pérez is the current Spotlight Author of Eclectica. Born in La Habana, Cuba, in 1949, she is the mother of four sons and one daughter. She is the editor of the Spanish edition of Niederngasse, a bilingual poetry magazine which appears online and is printed twice a year. She has published in Niederngasse, Avalon, A Writer's Choice Literary Journal, Disquieting Muses, 2nd River View, The Thin Wire Journal, The Crystal Oasis, Entre Amigos, Mizar, and was Web del Sol's Editor's Pick.

Paul Sampson labors heroically as a technical writer for a mammoth corporation. He has been a professional writer and editor for many years, but he prefers to do the kind of writing you can't make a living from. Some of his recent essays and poems appear in The Alsop Review, The 2River View, the British publication World Wide Writers II, and the new anthology Best Texas Writing (Rancho Loco Press). He lives on the outskirts of a small town east of Dallas, Texas.

Oren Shafir has appeared in Eclectica numerous times and has a story currently in The Blue Moon Review. He writes: I am a truly international person. My mother is American. My father is Israeli. And I am married to a Dane, which explains why I've been living in Denmark for the last seven years. I have two amazing children.

Matt Sharkey is a staff writer for G21 Magazine and former soap opera heavy. He is currently seeking employment in the Champaign-Urbana area and welcomes all offers submitted via his website.

Ann Skea lives in Australia and is author of Ted Hughes: The Poetic Quest (UNE Press, Australia). She writes darn good book reviews.

A.Y. Tanaka comes to us from Kealakekua, Hawaii.

Daniel Velton is a sixteen year-old junior in high school. Since he wrote "When They Eat Chocolate," which was one of his first stories, he reports he has been writing like a madman. He has three completed screenplays and a novel in the works. And, he says, "I'm loving it all."

Teresa White grew up in Seattle, an atmosphere she reports encouraged her writing. She wrote her first short story at age nine and began writing poetry at fourteen. She occasionally dabbles in watercolor painting. She's been selected as the featured poet in Melic Review's millenium issue due out the latter part of this year and her work has appeared in Avatar, The Astrophysicist's Last Tango Partner Speaks, Free Cuisenart, Green Tricycle, Octavo, Savoy, Horsethief's Journal, La Petite Zine, Wired Hearts, and is upcoming in Blue Moon Review.