Brooke Bergan is a poet, translator, essayist, and fiction
writer. She has published three books of poetry: Windowpane, Distant
Topologies, and Storyville: A Hidden Mirror, and has received
several literary awards. Her work has appeared in publications such
as The Antioch Review, The Chicago Tribune, Small Press Magazine,
The Yale Lit, and Poetry East. She was the founding editor
of Persiflage Press Arts and is currently director of publications
at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where she also earned
her doctorate in English. She teaches creative writing at UIC and
at the Newberry Library.
Jared Carter is originally from Elwood, a small town in the
central part of Indiana. He was educated at Yale and at Goddard and
served two years with the United States Army in France. He worked
in textbook publishing in Indianapolis during the 1970s. The first
of his three books of poetry, Work, For the Night is Coming
(1981), won the 1980 Walt Whitman Award. "He is the rare poet
who is rooted in a certain place, which is of course Indiana,"
one critic has observed, "yet he deals with it in such a way
that it is of universal interest." His website is available at
Homer Christensen lives in Folsom, CA, and has been writing
poetry for 25 years. He has been published in several poetry journals
and was featured in the January
2003 issue of TheScreamOnline. Homer spent August 2003
in County Clare, Ireland, on a residential poetry fellowship with
Salmon Publishing, where he spent a lot of time hiking along the Cliffs
of Moher and drinking Guinness, though not at the same time. An award-winning
technical writer earlier in his career, Homer now designs websites
for art galleries at GalleryDB.com
and artists at ArtistDB.com.
You can read a collection of his early poems at http://homerchristensen.com/doorknob/index.html.
David Feela is a poet, free-lance writer, writing instructor,
book collector, and thrift-store pirate. His work has appeared in
regional and national publications, including High Country News's
"Writers's on the Range," Mountain Gazette, and in
the newspaper as a Colorado Voice" for The Denver Post.
He is a contributing editor and columnist for Inside/Outside Southwest
and for The Four Corners Free Press. A poetry chapbook, Thought
Experiments (Maverick Press), won the Southwest Poet Series. Please
visit our Poet
Index to see more of his work in TheScreamOnline. His web
page can be viewed at www.geocities.com/feelasophy.
Charles Fishman is director of the Distinguished Speakers Program
at Farmingdale State University in New York and PoetryEditor of New
Works Review. His books include Mortal Companions, The Firewalkers,
Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust, and The
Death Mazurka, which was selected by the American Library Association
as one of the outstanding books of the year (1989) and nominated for
the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. His 10th chapbook, 5000 Bells,
was released by Cross-Cultural Communications in 2004 in a signed
limited edition, and his sixth book-length collection, Chopin's
Piano, will be published by Time Being Books in 2005.
Please visit our Poet
Index to see more of his work in TheScreamOnline. Charles
can be reached at carolus[AT]optonline.net
(replace [AT] with @).
George (György) Gömöri was born in Budapest,
Hungary in 1934. He has been living in England since 1956, where he
taught Polish and Hungarian Literature at the University of Cambridge.
He published nine books of poetry in Hungarian, one in English, one
in Polish, and has been translating Hungarian poetry into English
with Clive Wilmer, most recenly Miklós Radnótis
Forced March, Enitharmon,2003.
Michael Knisely currently teaches Composition and Poetry Writing
at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska. His life in the
west and southwest has brought him a scattering of skills and avocations,
from cooking in restaurants (in an ascending series of better and
better quality joints) to teaching high school English, to learning
darkroom photography and doing photography for Modern Dance companies
and University Dance programs (in Tucson and Nebraska), to becoming
a father (thus a return to the joys of such sports skills as fishing
and coaching youth basketball and baseball) of a now 19-year-old son
Noah (the reason for his move back to Nebraska in 1990). Currently,
he is putting together a manuscript collection of poems along with
a number of other projects: a rulebook for a game he invented, a book
of photographs, and a grammar primer. Regarding the grammar book,
he says, I can't stand the rules and all their exceptions, which
confound the majority of English learners, so I'm going to streamline
grammar as a survival issue, especially for ALL students of the language.
Please visit our Poet
Index to see more of his work in TheScreamOnline.
Sara McWhorter was born and raised in Effingham, Illinois,
and wrote her first poem in the third grade. It was entitled, "A
Ring and a King, What a Neat Thing." It was not a success. She
has a cat nicknamed Noodle who bites her at will, but also has many
redeeming qualities. Additionally, she had a dog named Lucky who was
not that lucky. May he rest in peace. Currently, she works as a receptionist
in Teutopolis, Illinois, where she has accidentally hung up on at
least one customer a day.
Born in 1939, Feliks Netz studied Polish philology at the University
of Silesia. His first book of poetry, Linked by Agreement,
was awarded a prize as the best debut of 1968. Recently he published
the novel Born at the Day of the Dead (1995), the essay Sufferings
of the Young Zh(2000), the documentary story At the Corner
of Ligonia and Królowej Jadwigi Street (1997), and a
selection of sketches, Great Turmoil(1996). He has also
written many plays for Polish Radio. Netz translates from several
languages, mainly from Russian (Alexander Pushkin, Josef Brodsky and
many other), and Hungarian. He translated some well-known Hungarian
writers such as Tibor Déry, Endre Illés, György
Moldova and Sándor Márai (including the latters
international bestseller Embers). The poetic libretto (by Béla
Balázs) to Bartóks Bluebeards Castle
was also translated by him for the Polish National Opera production
in 1999. He is Literary Editor of the monthly Slask (Silesia)
in Katowice, Poland.
B. Z. Niditch is a poet, playwright, and fiction writer, as
well as the Artistic Director of "The Original Theatre"
in Boston. His work has appeared in Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry
and Art, The Literary Review, Denver Quarterly, Hawaii Review, Le
Guepard (France), Kadmos (France), Prism International,
Jejune (Czech Republic), Leopold Bloom (Budapest), Antioch
Review, and Prairie Schooner. Click here for his website.
David Radavich's poetry collections include By the Way
and Greatest Hits (see Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, or www.ux1.eiu.edu/~cfdar).
He also writes plays and is currently working on a scholarly book
on midwestern drama.
M. J. Rychlewski is a poet and a playwright. His first volume
of poetry, Night Driving, was published by the Wine Press in
1984. Over the years his work has appeared in many publications, including
Seattle Review, In Print, American Pen, Private Arts, and Conversation.
His poem An Early Work recently placed in the Polyphony
Press anthology The Thing About Second Chances Is.... A theater
piece, My Atget, was performed at the VIA festival in Paris
in 1994. He lives and teaches in Chicago. Please visit our Poet
Index to see more of his work in TheScreamOnline. He can
be reached at mjrychlewski[AT]hotmail.com
(replace [AT] with @).
Marty Scott (1959–2005) taught at Eastern Illinois University,
having earned Creative Writing degrees from the University of Iowa
(MFA) and the University of Houston (Ph.D.). Hes published poems
in such journals as Elixir, Southern Poetry Review, Rockhurst Review,
American Literary Review, Drunken Boat, Willow Spring, Rhino, Gulf
Coast, and Tampa Review, as well as essays in Fourth
Genre, Profession 2001 (MLA), Puerto del Sol, Cimarron Review, Spectacle,
RiverSedge, Blue Mesa Review, Poets and Writers Online, The Kings
English, Under the Sun, Many Mountains Moving, and 4X4: The
Newport Review. He won the 2000 Larry Levis Editors Award
for Poetry at The Missouri Review, and a $3,000 fellowship
in Creative Nonfiction from the Writers League of Texas in 2001.
His book of creative nonfiction, Stealing Books: Personal Essays,
was published by Water Press in December 2004. Martin passed away
in April 2005.
Margaret Szumowskis I Want This World, published
by Tupelo Press, won the Peace Corps Writers award for best book of
poetry in 2002. In 2004 she received a grant for exceptional work
in poetry by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She hopes to continue
teaching poetry to children, to inner city students, and to women
in prison. Currently Szumowski is a professor at Springfield Technical
College. She was the featured poet in the April
2004 issue of TheScreamOnline..
Joe Survant, a native Kentuckian, teaches writing and literature
at Western Kentucky University. He is the author of three books of
poetry, the most recent of which is Rafting Rise (University
Press of Florida, 2002), and one chapbook. His work has appeared recently
in Prairie Schooner, Limestone, and Bryant Literary Review.
He is the winner of the 1995 Arkansas Poetry Award and is a recipient
of a Poetry Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council. Joe is currently
serving a two-year term as Kentucky's Poet Laureate.
M. L. Williams teaches creative writing at Valdosta State University
in Georgia. He was the featured poet in the December
2004 issue of TheScreamOnline.
Poetry Editor John Guzlowski teaches at Eastern Illinois University.
His poems have recently appeared or will soon appear in Margie,
Crab Orchard Review, Missississippi Review, Exquisite Corpse,
and Atlanta Review. Excerpts from his Language
of Mules were featured in the August 2001 issue of TheScreamOnline.