Gary Lawless is a poet, co-owner of Gulf of Maine Bookstore in Brunswick, Maine, and publisher of Blackberry Books. He and his partner Beth Leonard have lived for almost 20 years at Chimney Farm, the Maine home of writers Henry Beston, Elizabeth Coatsworth, and Kate Beston Barnes. For more information on Chimney farm and the current plans to preserve and protect it, go to Saving Chimney Farm Gary is also the editor of the website, Embargopoets, featuring poems from countries embargoed by the United States government.

Manuel Alberto Garcia Alonso is a poet/novelist/ actor/director living with his family in the city of Trinidad, Cuba.

Tasha Klein lives in Dekalb, IL. She is the founder of the on-line poetry board Salty Dreams.

Tammy Turner Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves. -T. S. Eliot

I'm a dyed-in-the-wool dyke who ran away from her oh-so-genteel Southern folks at 15 and joined the armed forces as a medic. In those days women stayed pretty much in the MASH tents with little sight of actual combat, but I managed to land a gig on a medivac as a flight nurse. I miss it. My family disowned me when they found out I was gay; I was likewise excommunicated from their Catholic church - a thing I find really amusing in the light of today's rampant collarly pedophilia. I became a paramedic because I'm a trauma junkie. I live in a redneck, backwards town in the dismal swamps of Carolina, and I own three blue-tic hounds and a red-bone yard dog. I'm a morphine junkie but I'm trying to quit, and I love chocolate Necco wafers.

Be sure to visit Tammy's blog, Blue Tattoo

summer '05