C. L. Bledsoe is an MFA candidate at the University of Arkansas. He has poems forthcoming in Nimrod and 2River.

James Brock teaches creative writing and literature at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. He has published two books of poetry, Nearly Florida (Anhinga, 2000) and The Sunshine Mine Disaster (1995). He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Alex Haley Foundation, and the Idaho Commission on the Arts.

Elizabeth Glixman's poems have appeared in 3 A.M. Magazine, Pig Iron Malt, Snow Monkey, and Skyline Magazine. A recent story appears in the summer issue of Outsider, Inc.

Jeremy Clive Huggins, 28, is homesick. These things--tea, 1964 Dodge Darts, late-night cigarettes, Red House Painters, birds--contribute to his homesickness. You may reach him, rebuke him, or rescue him at Otherwise, take care.

Heather Duerre Humann is originally from Virginia but now resides in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she is a student in the PhD program (English) at the University of Alabama. She also teaches English there and works as an assistant fiction editor for the literary journal Black Warrior Review.

David Kirby is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor at Florida State University. A Johns Hopkins Ph.D., he is the recipient of five Florida State teaching awards.

Joseph D. Martin has written a number of screenplays and acted as a script consultant for independent movies produced in the Houston area. His first novel, Cactus Grove, is scheduled to be published by Neshui Press in the Fall of 2003. He has an MBA from the University of Houston and makes a living developing web applications for a national law firm.

Nathan Parker's poems have appeared in or will soon appear in Colorado Review, Taint Magazine, Can We Have Our Ball Back, Canary River Review, Adirondack Review, and others. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he is an MFA student at the University of Alabama. He helps edit poetry for Black Warrior Review.

Tom Sheehan has published two novels and three books of poetry. His work has appeared in numerous journals including Poor Mojo, Wild Violet, Paumanock Review, Snowbound, 3amMagazine, Splitshot, and Small Spiral Notebook. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize three times, and in 2002, he won Eastoftheweb's nonfiction competition.

Melvin Sterne was born in Georgia, raised in Louisiana and Texas, and currently makes his home in California. He earned his BA in English at the University of Washington and his MA at the University of California at Davis. His fiction has appeared (or is forthcoming) in South Carolina Review; Kaleidoscope: International Journal of Literature, Fine Arts, and Disability; Blue Mesa Review; Mochila Review; Willow Spring; In Posse Review; Amarillo-Bay; Watchword (issues Four and Five); Furrow; and Insolent Rudder. He also publishes the occasional poem and essay.

Yuri Shymanovsky says, "Born in 1962, I spent the biggest ( and greatest ) part of my life in wonderfull City of Sevastopol, known to the world for the events of Crimean War (1854-1855). This city is situated in the middle of Black Sea, at the southenest European part of the former Soviet Union. My first poem was written when I was 5 years old. Now I've realized that the poem was bad. The last poem was written last week. Well... It seems to be bad also. I'm not a poet. I wrote my first story at the age about 14 in order to entertain my friends and schoolmates. Actually, I understood that I'm writting person only in the middle of 90-th due to Internet, when I found that some of my texts became popular. The purpose of my writtings I see in propaganda of justice, sense and honor. To this day I've written alot of fiction and nonfiction stories, kids stories, translations from English to Russian, the article on music theory, etc. Last years I've found some fun in music composition. Now I live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina."

Tony Tost is completing his MFA at the University of Arkansas. His work has appeared in the pages of Fence and Spinning Jenny. Tost also co-edits Octopus, to be launched in August.

Amy Trussell's work has been published in print in The New Orleans Review, The Savannah Literary Journal, The Dixie Phoenix, Mesechabe, Oshun Affrikan Quarterly and others. "Secret Trunk" was a finalist in the 2003 William Faulkner Literary Awards competition. As a dancer and poet, Amy Trussell has performed at Loyola Univerisity and the Spiritual Voodoo Temple in New Orleans, as well in Nashville, Florence,Atlanta, and the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1997 she founded Front Porch Records, an independent CD label featuring the music of Jake Berry from Florence, Alabama.

Fritz Ward completed his MFA at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where he served as poetry editor for the Greensboro Review. He currently coordinates special events for United Way in Sarasota, Florida. His poems have appeared in the Southern Poetry Review, Wisconsin Review, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Clackamas Review, and other journals. His poem "Evergreen Mobile Home Park" was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Chris Wilson lives in Charlottesville, Va., where he is the managing editor of a local daily newspaper. When he is not writing or editing, he enjoys playing the piano and the trumpet, and will speak at length, upon provocation, about the indelible link between music and writing. J.D. Salinger and Gabriel García Márquez rank at the top of his literary favorites, while Miles Davis and George Gershwin are high on his list of favorite artists and composers. This is the first story Mr. Wilson has published in storySouth.

Joe York, a native of Glencoe, Alabama, now lives in Oxford, Mississippi where he is a masters candidate in the University of Mississippi's Southern Studies Program, completing a photographic thesis on roadside Christianity.