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 and artists at You can read a collection of his early poems at

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

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] (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 Radnóti’s 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 latter’s international bestseller Embers). The poetic libretto (by Béla Balázs) to Bartók’s “Bluebeard’s 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,, or 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] (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.). He’s 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 King’s 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 Szumowski’s 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.