contributors summer 2004

Shane Allison was born and raised in Florida where he attended Florida State University and recieved his B.A. in English and soon migrated to New York where he recieved his MFA at New School University. He has had poems published in Velvet Mafia, Unlikely Stories, The Glut, Fifth Street Review, Coal City Review, Chiron Review, Spent Meat, New Delta Review, Redneck Review, Mississippi Review, and others. He has work forthcoming in Frigg Magazine, Ink Magazine, and Gents, Badboys and Barbarians: This New Breed. His chapbook Ceiling of Mirrors is out from Cynic Press.

Born in China and raised in North Carolina, Stephen Ausherman now lives in New Mexico. He is the author of the award-winning novel, Typical Pigs, and a collection of travel stories, Restless Tribes, published by Central Ave Press.

Guy Cobb lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife, Laura, and their two children, Elise, and Jack. He is currently writing a play titled “The Memphis Electric Chair Company” which explores the lives of three generations of Memphis women. He is also painting an experimental collection of paintings for the Tennessee School for the Blind. This series intends to explore the use of “sight blended” colors to achieve unique works of art that only the visually impaired can see. Read more about Guy here.

William Gill is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. For the past 12 years he has lived and worked in Kentucky. He says his wife and four children keep him and his writing focused on what is true and good in this life.

Arthur Haupt is a D.C. copy editor with a background in population reporting who also occasionally write stories.

Clay Matthews has had work in Poetry Midwest, Taint, Big Muddy, and Oklahoma Review, as well as in storySouth. His poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

Thorpe Moeckel's work has recently appeared in The Southern Review, Hotel Amerika, Free Verse, Wild Earth, and Nantahala. A manuscript of his was a finalist for the Field Book Prize last year.

Although he grew up on the Panhandle of Florida, Jeff Newberry now writes and works in Tifton, Georgia, where he is an instructor of writing and literature at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.  His poems have appeared in Kimera, California Quarterly, The Lucid Stone, Permafrost, and most recently The GW Review.  Newberry is seeking a publisher for his chapbook, Impossible Season.

Drew Perry’s fiction and poetry has been published in a number of magazines and journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Black Warrior Review, New Orleans Review, Nebraska Review, DIAGRAM and others; a story appears in New Stories from the South 2004. He lives with his dog in Greensboro, North Carolina, and teaches in the undergraduate creative writing program at Elon University.

Thomas Rabbitt is the author of several books of poems—including Exile (1975), The Booth Interstate (1981), The Abandoned Country (1988), Enemies of the State  (2000), and Prepositional Heaven  (2001). He has retired from his teaching career and currently lives and writes in Tennessee.  In 1972, he founded the MFA program in creative writing at The University of Alabama.  In Fall 2004 NewSouth Books will release American Wake: New & Selected Poems.

Lisa Hammond Rashley has published poems in English Journal, Southern Poetry Review, Timber Creek Review, and Coelacanth.  She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Carolina Lancaster.  Her chapbook, Moving House, won second place in the Poetry Society of South Carolina’s 2003 Kinloch Rivers Memorial Chapbook Competition.  She lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina, with her husband and two children.

Josh Shepherd lives in Jackson, MS, with his wife. He is pursuing a Masters of Divinity and working part time at a small baptist church.

R. T. Smith's most recent stories are forthcoming in Southern Review, Best American Short Stories 2004, and New Stories from the South.

Cassie Sparkman is a native of Kentucky and a current resident of southeastern Ohio. She is a graduate of the University of Washington, and her poems have appeared in Clackamas Literary Review, Seattle Review, and Poetry Northwest.

Lynn Strongin's work has appeared in fifty journals and thirty anthologies, most recently the online Poets Against the War and the award-winning Visiting Emily: Poems Inspired by the Life & Work of Emily Dickinson. She has prose out or forthcoming in The Ruminator Review, Prairie Schooner, and Storie: The International Italian Literary Journal. This except is from her memoir-in-progress, Indigo.

Erich Roby Sysak is an adjunct professor of English at Webster University Thailand. He lives on the western coastline of the Gulf of Thailand in Hua Hin. His recent work has appeared in the Oxford Magazine, Bangkok Post, The Nation, Rare Book Review and Knot Magazine.

Julia Thomas is a freelance copywriter and 2002 graduate of the MA in Writing program at Johns Hopkins University. She was awarded a work-study scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference in 1996. She lives in Leesburg, VA, with her husband and son. This is her first published story.

An Arkansas native, Debra A. Varnado is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Antioch University, Los Angeles. She received a fellowship to attend Summer Poetry in Idyllwild (2003) and has recently published in the Banyan Review. She also enjoys painting and has exhibited in California, New York and Pennsylvania.

Chris Wilson lives in Charlottesville, Va., where he is the editor of a local daily newspaper. This is the second story Mr. Wilson has published in storySouth. His first story, "The Dry Season," Summer 2003, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He can be reached at