Sarah D. Bunting was born and raised in the fine state of New Jersey and now lives in Brooklyn. She is the co-editor-in-chief of Television Without Pity.com, the site that enables your love/hate relationship with TV, and chief cook and bottle-washer at Tomato Nation.com, where she publishes essays, advice, and fiction. Last year, she wrote, directed, and produced “The Famous Ghost Monologues” so far off-Broadway that it was practically in the Hudson River. Her patent on the use of PBS art-history programming as a sleep aid is pending.
Writer, political economist and activist Dorotea Agustin Mendoza immigrated to New York City from the Philippines in 1984. Art and politics form Dorotea’s double helix. She writes, lectures on and organizes around issues faced by women of Philippine ancestry. As National Secretary General of GABRIELA Network, a Philippine-US women’s solidarity mass organization, she co-founded Kataga, a collective of women writers and artists that uses cultural work to advocate for social change. Dorotea lives in Brooklyn and is working on a novel.
Ed Hamilton’s fiction is forthcoming in The Riverwalk Journal and Modern Drunkard and has appeared in various small literary magazines, including The Journal of Kentucky Studies, Exquisite Corpse, Southern Ocean Review, and Lumpen Times, as well as online in Pif, 3AM Publishing, and Eclectica. The story that appeared in Eclectica was selected as being among the best new fiction on the web by the fiction editor at About.com. Ed has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Philosophy, and studied toward a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also taught logic, ethics, and philosophy to undergraduate students.
Ellen Umansky graduated from Columbia’s MFA program in 2000. Her fiction has appeared in publications such as Playboy, Jane, the anthology The Lost Tribe and the upcoming anthology Sleep Away. Her nonfiction has appeared in a variety of places, including the New York Times, Salon, the Forward, and the New York Sun. She is currently working on completely her first novel.
Lori Lynn Turner is a graduate of The New School MFA Creative Writing Program. She is currently writing a book Boys & Their Trains, which takes place in Fairbanks, Alaska where she grew up.
Ona Mirkinson grew up in San Francisco and studied poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives and teaches in Brooklyn.
Aida Zilelian is a writer, singer-songwriter, and teacher whose novel The Girl Who Cried Tuscany is an autobiographical account of her experiences growing up in America and being raised by immigrant parents.
Vestal McIntyre has published in Open City and Tin House. His first book You Are Not The One was published in January by Carroll and Graf and has a giant bunny on the cover. Intruiged? Read the what the the New York Times Book Review had to say ’bout the bunny, et cetera, here.
Amy Ouzoonian is the co-editor of the forthcoming anthology of poetry, White Horses: Poems for Tsunami Relief (Sherman Asher/Foothills press 2005) and is the editor of the critically acclaimed anthology of poetry Skyscrapers, Taxis and Tampons (Genesis/Fly By Night press 1999). She is also the editor of A Gathering of the Tribes Magazine and is the author of Your Pill (Foothills Press 2004), her first book of poetry and prose. Presently, she is living and working in Brooklyn, NY.
Ken Levinson has been writing literary fiction since the mid-nineteen nineties. He completed his first novel, Traveling in Anhedonia, and is currently at work on his second novel, Reclaiming My Mother, in addition to a novella. Ken was an artist-in-residence at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming in October 2003. He has been on the faculty at Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York since 1983. There he teaches writing to English as second language students as well as linguistics. Ken has also played piano in salsa bands both locally and in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.