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Contestant Bios

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Ryan G. Van Cleave has taught writing at Florida State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He currently works as a freelance writer and editor in Green Bay. His work is forthcoming in The Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, and Ontario Review. He is the author of twelve books, including, most recently, a poetry collection, Say Hello (Pecan Grove Press, 2001), and an anthology, Like Thunder:  Poets Respond to Violence in America (University of Iowa Press, 2002).

Baruch November has studied under Thomas Lux, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Kurt Brown, and Ruth Stone. He lives in Manhattan.

J. Morris is a writer and musician living near Washington, D.C. He has published fiction and poetry in many literary magazines in the U.S. and Great Britain. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has won several awards. A critical essay published in The Southern Review has been reprinted in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism.

Stan Friedman's poetry has appeared in journals including Sulfur, Open City, and the Beloit Poetry Journal. His poetry criticism has appeared in The New York Times Book Review and Publishers Weekly. Other non-fiction credits include an internet Q&A column which was syndicated for two years by United Media, dozens of theatre reviews for Punchin.com, scores of cookbook critiques for Publishers Weekly. Friedman has an MFA from Columbia's Writing Division, an MLS from Rutgers, and a BFA from Bowling Green State University. He is the Senior Research Librarian for Condé Nast Publications in New York.

Martin Galvin is "untired" after teaching American Literature and Creative Writing for thirty-five years in colleges and high schools (Ph.D., Am. Lit, 1977). In the last several years, he has had poems in Poetry, Orion, Painted Bride Quarterly, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, the Christian Science Monitor, and Best American Poetry 1997. His book, Wild Card, published by Washington Writer's Publishing House in 1989, won the Washington Prize, judged by Howard Nemerov. Making Beds, a chapbook, from Sedgwick House appeared the same year. Appetites, a chapbook, was released by Bogg Publications in 2001. He lives in Maryland.

Susan H. Case is a college professor living and teaching in New York. Her last book was Hypertext and the Technology of Conversation for Greenwood Press. She has studied at the Unterberg Poetry Center and her poetry can be found in Borderlands:  Texas Poetry Review, Medicinal Purposes, the Hornacle, Big City Lit [May '02 feature, Poems on Paintings], and Blue Collar Review, among others. She received Second Place in the 2001 Medicinal Purposes Chapbook Contest. Her short story, "Anger Management," is scheduled to appear in Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly of Writing, Politics, Art and Culture.

Richard Levine's work was recently selected as First Runner-Up for the Frost Foundation Prize, for third prize in the War Poetry contest conducted by winningwriters.com, and for semifinalist honors in the 2002 Lyric Recovery Festival in March. His poetry has appeared in Rattapallax, Rattle, Big City Lit, and other journals. His first collection is What Light Will Bring. His long poem, "Snapshots from a Battle," was published as a special edition chapbook by Headwaters Press, NY last year. Before a recent transfer, he was teaching at a junior high school in Brooklyn that was closed by New York State in 2001. Generally, he prefers the company of a dog or a good guitar to that of most people.

Peter Aaron was educated at Beloit College and the University of Washington. He lives in Seattle, where he is the owner of an independent book store.

Anne Blonstein has lived in Basel, Switzerland since 1983, where she earns a living as a freelance translator and editor. In addition to publications in magazines and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic, a poem sequence, sand.soda.lime., has just been published as a chapbook by Broken Boulder Press. These poems formed the text basis for a collaboration with Swiss composer, Mela Meierhans. Their next work together, 4S, for four mezzo sopranos, premiered in Basel in June.

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