Issue 1

Brian Barker
is completing his MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry at George Mason University. His poems have appeared in The Cream City Review, The Wisconsin Review, Poet Lore, Phoebe, and The Sandhill Review.              


Nickie Bock received her Master of Arts in Art History and Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Art Institute of Chicago.  Her installation, Humors, was exhibited at the University of Connecticut Atrium Gallery in Storrs, Connecticut in 1998.  She currently teaches Art and Art History at University of Connecticut.


Zofia Burr received her MFA and her Ph.D. from Cornell University. Her main area of interest is modern American poetry, especially women's poetry and African-American poetry. She is the author of Poetry and Its Audiences: Dickinson, Miles, Brooks, Lorde, Angelou (Univeristy of Illinois Press, forthcoming), and "In the Name of Audre Lorde: The Location of Poetry in the United States," in Articulating the Global and the Local: Globalization and Cultural Studies, Ann Cvetkovich and Douglas Kellner, eds. (Westview Press, 1997). She is also the editor of Set in Motion: Essays, Interviews,and Dialogues, by A.R. Ammons (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1996). Her poetry has appeared in Banyan, Blue Unicorn, and Delmar.      

Allison Cobb has a Master of Fine Arts from George Mason University.  She works at the Environmental Defense Fund in Washington, DC.  Contact


Carolyn Forché's books of poetry include Gathering The Tribes (Yale University Press, 1976), The Country Between Us (Harper and Row, 1982), and The Angel of History (HarperCollins, Publishers). In 1977, she traveled to Spain to translate the work of Salvadoran-exiled poet Claribel Alegria, and upon her return, received a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, which enabled her to live in El Salvador for two years, where she worked as a human rights activist.   She has worked as a correspondent in Beirut, Lebanon for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and as a human rights liaison in South Africa.   Her anthology, Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness, a collection of poetry in English and in translation by poets who endured conditions of social, historical and political extremity during the 20th century was published by W.W. Norton  & Co. in 1993.   Recently, she was chosen to receive The Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award for 1998, which  was presented to her in Stockholm in January, 1998, in
recognition of her work on behalf of human rights and the preservation of memory and culture. She teaches in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Poetry at George Mason University in Virginia. 


David Kaufmann David Kaufmann is an Associate Professor of English at George Mason University.  He is the author of The Business of Common Life (Johns Hopkins UP, 1995) and a number of articles on theory and literature.  


Peter Klappert is a member of the MFA Program faculty and has been at GMU so long that he actually knew George Mason. His books of poetry are Lugging Vegetables to Nantucket  (Yale Series of Younger Poets), Circular Stairs, Distress in the Mirrors (Griffin Press), Nonsequitur O¥Connor (Bits Press), The Idiot Princess of the Last Dynasty (Alfred A. Knopf), and `52 Pick-Up:  Scenes from "The Conspiracy," a Documentary.  The Idiot Princess will be reprinted later this year in the Carnegie-Mellon University Press "Classic Contemporary" series.        


Carol Mirakove is a founding editor of subpress books and the magazine bivouac.  Her poems and reviews appear in Articulate, The Hat, ixnay, Phoebe, So To Speak, The Tangent, The Washington Review, Witz, and elsewhere. She will receive her MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from George Mason University in Spring 1999.     


Lesley Smith received her Master of Fine Arts (poetry) from George Mason University.  She teaches in New Century College.


Up To Your Elbows is Ethan Fugate, Susan Landers, Carol Mirakove, and Mel Nichols.  Their installations and performances have taken place throughout the DC area.