Bill  Armstrong
Raised in Concord, Massachusetts and a magna cum laude graduate of Boston University, Bill Armstrong is a New York-based fine art photographer whose work is shown in many galleries across the country and in Europe, and is in numerous museum collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Bibliotheque National de France. His images have appeared in several books as well as in numerous periodicals including The New Yorker, The New York Times and Harper’s. He is on the faculty at the International Center of Photography and the School of Visual Arts.  

Cold As Ice is Mr. Armstrong's first novel.  He also writes short stories and has had numerous articles published in Powder magazine.   Samples of his photography are available online at billarmstrongphotography.com. 

Thomas M. Atkinson
Thomas M. Atkinson has lived his entire life in the state of Ohio, where he received a B.A. from the University of Cincinnati and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Bowling Green State University. After graduate school he taught freshman English and creative writing at the University of Cincinnati while playing in a rock band at night. He has also worked as promotions coordinator at an independent bookstore, and at numerous other occupations including auto service, catering, apartment maintenance and airplane fueling. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife and two sons.

His writing career took off in 1985 when he won an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship grant in Playwrighting, an honor he repeated in 1988. He also won an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship grant in fiction in 1996. He was a nominee for the Theatre Communications Group Plays in Process Series, and the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's production of his play Clear Liquor & Coal Black Nights was a designated Cincinnati Bicentennial event. His other published plays include Copperheads and Circle of Mystery. Several of his short stories have appeared in Clifton magazine, and his poetry has been published in the Cincinnati Poetry Review and ART/LIFE. Strobe Life is his first novel.

Brian Michael Bradley
Brian Bradley is a heavily tattooed recovering addict who lives and works as a photographer in Los Angeles. He grew up in Southern California, and moved to Texas before graduating high school. He worked as a heavy equipment operator, truck driver, iron worker, concrete finisher and cook in various parts of the Lone Star State, where he lived for ten years. Returning to Los Angeles in 1982, he worked as a stagehand in film and television before developing his photographic career.

He began writing in 1995, concentrating on poetry before starting work on Highland Avenue, which is his first novel.

Douglas  Brin
Since graduating from New York University, native New Yorker Douglas Brin has moved from career to career in an effort to maintain his precarious perch in this uncertain world. He worked in advertising and public relations for several years, was a feature writer for New York's Daily News, and has published free lance articles in many publications including The Village Voice, New York Magazine, and Cosmopolitan. He is also a visual artist whose work has been shown in numerous Manhattan galleries. For thirty years he's kept a unique, illustrated diary. He has taught elementary school for the last nine years, and now teaches ethics to fourth, fifth and sixth graders at the Ethical Culture School in New York City. The Seventh Son is his first published novel. He is the father of two children.

Herbert  Caliste
Herbert Caliste, born and raised in Biloxi, Mississippi, has been a jack of many trades and master of few. He worked as a document analyst and tried his hand at outside sales, and for a brief time labored as a social worker, investigating child abuse cases. He received a degree in English from Northwestern University, and is currently employed as an assistant reference librarian in Biloxi.

He dabbled at fiction while in college, writing several unpublished short stories. Frustration and real life intervened and he abandoned writing for several years. On the recommendation of a friend, and with renewed enthusiasm inspired by Robert B. Parker's Spencer novels, he began work on another short story which grew into Biloxi PI. His second Greg Darrell mystery, Sweet Justice, followed little more than a year later.

Dorman  Chasteen
Dorman Chasteen was born in Oklahoma in 1949 and raised there and in Texas. From 1968 to 1970 he served as an enlisted man in the US Marine Corps and saw action in Vietnam. From 1973-77 he was an officer in the US Army. From 1978 to 1984 he was employed as a technical writer at the US Army Missile Command in Alabama, and since 1985 he has worked as a logistician at the same facility. He received his B.A. in history from Oklahoma State University.

As a child Mr. Chasteen was fortunate to know many aged ancestors, a number of whom were themselves the children of Civil War soldiers and early settlers of Missouri, Texas, and Oklahoma. Many of their stories are woven into his fiction. Bart's Revenge is his first novel. He is working on a sequel to Bart's Revenge, and a dark comedy about life in a Vietnam combat unit. Mr. Chasteen is married and the father of three daughters.

Matt D'Agostino

Matt D'Agostino grew up in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of New York City and attended St. Francis Prep in Brooklyn. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy at Brooklyn College, and received a Masters in Philosophy from Queens College. He was a graduate fellow at Columbia University for two years. He worked as Supervisor of Vocational Evaluation at ICD Rehabilitation Center. He was the founder of Promontory Point Films, which produced promotional videos for non-profit organizations. He moved to New Paltz and then Albany, where he continued to work as a writer and filmmaker. Active in the secular humanist movement, he served as program director of the Capital District Humanist Society and as executive director of The Institute for Humanist Studies, both in Albany. Matt D'Agostino died in Albany on June 30, 2002 at the age of 59.

His published work includes articles in the Secular Humanist Bulletin, Free Inquiry magazine, and The Southwestern Journal of Philosophy. He also wrote Thinking Things Through, an educational film series on critical thinking. By Degrees is his first published work of fiction.

Robert  Dunn
Robert Dunn grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. From 1976 to 1982 he worked as an editorial assistant at The New Yorker, and he was Bernard Malamud's personal assistant from 1983 until Malamud's death in 1986. Mr. Dunn has taught fiction writing at the New School since 1987. He also works on the editorial staff of Sports Illustrated.

Robert Dunn's poetry, essays and short fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Book Review, The Sewanee Review, and The O. Henry Short Story Prize Collection. Besides writing, he is also a musician and the founder, songwriter and guitarist of the band Wild Mercury (www.wildmercury.com). Wild Mercury performs regularly at CBGB and other downtown New York clubs. The Sting Rays is his first novel.

Nick  Fuse
Nick Fuse entered this life as singer-songwriter for The Lubricunts, a New York area rock band that performed at CBGB and the infamous Mudd Club in Manhattan, as well as at The Showplace in Dover, New Jersey.  He received his degree in novel writing from Johnson State College in Johnson, Vermont, where, among other subjects, he studied drinking with guest lecturers Madison Smartt Bell and Raymond Carver.  Forced to abandon the bucolic pleasures of Northern Vermont in order to earn a living, he tried his hand at a variety of unsatisfying employments, ranging from roofer to airport baggage handler to invoice clerk.  He currently survives as a technical writer for Fortune 100 corporations.

Among his credits as a writer are Smile, You Could Be in Intensive Care, which he ghost wrote (with credit) for motivational speaker Zachary Clements.  He was a regular writer for the monthly magazine Bird’s Eye View of Vermont, where he wrote the political commentary column "Who’s Responsible" under the name Sammy Who, and contributed culinary notes as Pierre Gastruite.  The highlight of his writing career was the Lubrication Manual for LAV-AD (Light Armored Vehicle – Air Defense), which he wrote for the United States Marine Corps.  Mr. Fuse has published three novels with Electron Press, A Hard Time to Come, a black comedy; Cats Kill, a comic murder mystery; and North Eden, a unique look at corporate life.

Sal Gosse

Sal Gosse was born in 1975 and raised in Plainville, Massachusetts, a small suburb halfway between Boston and Providence. He attended Westfield State College, earning a degree in communications in 1997. He has worked as a house painter and financial transaction processor, and since 1998 has been a bank research analyst. He is married and resides in Plainville, where, when he is not working or writing, he likes to fish, golf and ride the trails.

Mr. Gosse was formerly a singer with the jazz-punk-ska band Hopeless Youth that played around Boston's South Shore in the 1990s. His poetry has been published at poetry.com. To Whom It May Concern is his first collection of fiction.

Clay  Geerdes
(1934 - 1997)
Clay Geerdes, the oldest of three children, was born in 1934, in Sioux City, Iowa, and grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. When his father died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Clay became the family breadwinner. At the age of twenty he joined the navy, putting in four years and seeing the world before enrolling at San Francisco State College in 1958. He earned a B.A. in 1962, an M.A. in English Literature in 1963, and did graduate work towards a doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley. After a four year stint teaching college English at Fresno and Sonoma State Colleges, he became a full time photo-journalist in 1970.

Mr. Geerdes was a Bay area correspondent for the L.A. Free Press, had a regular column in Coast Magazine, and was the official photographer for San Francisco's Cockettes and the traveling Free Store Theater. A lifelong cartoonist and comics collector, he published the newsletter Comix Wave (originally Comix World) from 1973 to 1995. In the early 1980s he began publishing his own "mini-comix," later known as "newave comix," a photocopied comics "zine" to which many new cartoonists contributed. From 1994 until his death in the summer of 1997 at age 63, he was a regular contributor to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, a weekly Mendocino County newspaper in which much of the material in The Last Bus originally appeared.

Janet Campbell Hale

Janet Campbell Hale was born in California and raised on the Coeur d'Alene and Yakama Indian reservations in the state of Washington. She attended City College of San Francisco for a year and then transferred to the University of California at Berkeley, where she received her B.A. in 1974. She attended law school at Boalt Hall at UC Berkeley for 2 years, and in 1984 received her M.A. in English from UC Davis, where she wrote The Jailing of Cecelia Capture. In the years since she has been a visting writer and lecturer at colleges and universities across the United States.

The Jailing of Cecelia Capture (Random House 1985, University of New Mexico Press, 1987, Electron Press, June 2003) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 1985. Ms. Hale is also the author of the novel The Owl's Song (Doubleday, 1974); a book of biographical essays, Bloodlines: Odyssey of a Native Daughter (Random House, 1993), which won the 1994 American Book Award; and a book of short stories, Women On The Run (University of Idaho Press, 1999). Also an artist, Ms. Hale painted the cover for Women On The Run.

Daniel Hallford

Daniel Hallford was born in San Francisco and grew up in the Noe Valley and Richmond neighborhoods and in Daly City. He graduated San Diego State University and went on to earn an MA in creative writing from Cal State University Sacramento, as well as his California teaching certification in English from UC Berkeley. After a stint teaching English as a second language in Paris in the 1970s, he taught high school English in the Bay area before moving to the California Department of Corrections, where his students at Soledad and Vacaville prisons included such infamous names as Sirhan Sirhan, Charles Manson, Juan Corona and Dan White. After teaching in the prisons for five years he made the transition to parole agent, working first in San Francisco and then in Sacramento, where he lives with his wife and two children.

He started writing in the 1970s, and was the founding editor of Paris Voices, an English language literary magazine based in Paris in the late 1970s. He gave up writing for a number of years, then picked it up again in the 1990s. His novel, Pelican Bay, is his first published book. He has also written one unpublished novel, Dance of the Virgins, a coming of age story about growing up in San Francisco. He refers to his short story collection, Tattooed Love Dogs, as "realistic visions from the lower depths".

David  Hellerstein

Ohio native David Hellerstein has lived in New York since 1980, where he is chief of outpatient psychiatry at Beth Israel Medical Center, combining a psychiatric practice with research. A fourth generation doctor, he received his MD at Stanford after completing undergraduate studies at Harvard, then trained in psychiatry at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He lives in Westchester County with his wife and three children.

Stone Babies is Dr. Hellerstein's first ebook. His previous books include a collection of essays about medical training, Battles of Life and Death; a novel, Loving Touches; and a memoir, A Family of Doctors. His articles, essays, and short fiction have been published in magazines including Harper's, Esquire, North American Review, Fiction, Yankee, and the New York Times Magazine. He was awarded the Pushcart Prize for best essay (for "A Death in the Glitter Palace," included in Battles of Life and Death) and has also been awarded MacDowell Colony fellowships. His web site, www.becomingadoctor.com, is aimed at prospective and actual medical students, and contains advice, helpful links, and excerpts from his own medical writing.

Jack  Hendriksen
Jack Hendriksen grew up in Northern Illinois, graduated from Western Michigan University, and spent a semester in the Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa before being drafted into the Army. Back in civilian life he owned a couple of small businesses, including a grocery store and a small restaurant and bar. He also worked at a series of jobs including restaurant cook, bartender, and Sara Lee cheesecake assembly line worker. He returned to graduate school, earning an M.A. in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in Literature at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, where he also taught English for a number of years. He currently resides in Rochester, Wisconsin and works as a technical writer in Milwaukee.

Mr. Hendriksen's stories and articles have been published in Flattened Yellow Things (the literary magazine of the University of Wisconsin at Marshfield), The Maryland Review, and Short Stories Bi-Monthly. His academic work on F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise as a Bildungsroman, was published by Peter Lang Publishers. The Bar is his first published novel. He is working on his next novel -- B.U.G (Boomer Underground) -- the story of the first baby boomer in America. He enjoys chess, kite flying, jogging, and renovating old homes, and with his wife Susan he is currently renovating an old farmhouse in Rochester.

Dayla  Hepting
Dayla Hepting was born in Glasgow, Montana of French and Assinaboine ancestry, the oldest of three girls. At the age of five she left Montana to live with her father and stepmother in Pocatello, Idaho, eventually settling in uranium boom town Moab, Utah at the age of twelve. At fourteen she started drinking and hanging out with Pachukos -- Mexican bikers. In 1958, when she was sixteen, she ran away to San Francisco, the first of many times. In subsequent years she passed through several bouts of drug addiction, worked as a prostitute, was in and out of the Utah State Hospital for the Mentally Ill, and eventually landed at Synanon, where she was able to kick the habit.

Under the influence of her stepmother, a demanding and educated woman, Ms. Hepting began writing at the age of eleven. Her first work, unpublished, was a novel about a small race horse that nobody noticed but that won the Triple Crown. At the state hospital she was the editor of the patient newspaper. She credits Henry Miller, Thomas Wolfe, Lawrence Durrell and Antonin Artaud as early literary influences. In San Francisco she worked with her husband Rick to publish the underground magazines Saboteur and Vapid, which were "quite popular with the people who wore black." In 1987 she moved to Boonville, in Mendocino County, where since 1991 she has worked raising Thoroughbred race horses. She is a regular contributor to the weekly Anderson Valley Advertiser, where the stories collected in Time Runs first appeared.

Arthur  Herzog
Arthur Herzog was born in New York City and grew up in Tucson, Arizona.  He was educated at the University of Arizona, Stanford University and Columbia University, where he received an MA in English literature.  In addition to his fiction and non-fiction works, he has written numerous articles for magazines and newspapers.   He now resides in East Hampton, New York.

Mr. Herzog has published ten novels, including The Swarm, Orca, (both major motion pictures), Heat, and IQ 83.  His non-fiction works include The War Peace Establishment, Vesco - From Wall Street to Cuba, The Woodchipper Murder, and 17 Days - The Katie Beers Story.

Frederick Johnson

The son of Swedish immigrant parents, Frederick Johnson grew up with his brother and five sisters in Queens, where he attended Andrew Jackson High School. During and after high school he worked as a professional acrobat. After graduating from New York University he worked in the South Bronx, Red Hook, and Manhattan's Upper West Side for the Police Athletic League for eight years in the 1950s, and for the Children's Aid Society in East Harlem in 1958-1960. From 1960 to 1962 he attended Columbia University's School of Social Work, earning an MSW degree. In the 1960s he worked as the Bronx and Queens borough manager for PAL, and at the Goddard Riverside Community Center, where he ran the delinquency prevention program. During these years he also supervised social workers for the New York City Human Resources Administration. For two and a half years in the 1970s he was the director of the Strycker's Bay Community Action Program, an antipoverty program that enabled poor people to participate in and run neighborhood institutions. During the 1980s and '90s he returned to Goddard Riverside, where he directed a youth program in Upper West Side schools. He retired from Goddard Riverside in 2000. He has been married to his wife Gretchen since 1952, and has four children and three grandchildren.

Among his accomplishments, Fred served as an evaluator of community action programs in Brazil and in the "hollers" of Appalachia, was a civil rights worker in Mississippi, and was repeatedly arrested for protesting the war in Vietnam and United States intervention in Central America. Several of his articles about aspects of life in New York City, including the now anthologized "Cockfighting in the Bronx", appeared in New York magazine. His book The Tumbleweeds (Harper & Row, 1977) was based on his experiences working with Puerto Rican teen agers on the Upper West Side during the 1950s, and was praised in The New York Times Sunday Book Review and in major newspapers across the country. The Tumbleweeds is scheduled to be republished by Electron Press in early 2005. In 1975 he was a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire where much of The Tumbleweeds was written. Sheba's Boy is his first published screenplay.

Jamila  Jones

Jamila Jones was born and raised in Oakland, California. She moved East as the recipient of a National Achievement Scholarship to the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. At NYU she trained as an actress, attending classes at the Stella Adler Conservatory through the undergraduate drama program at Tisch, and was nominated to be a Martin Luther King Scholar.

After six years in New York City, Ms. Jones relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. Her acting credits include roles at the Negro Ensemble Company and in independent films.  Sinking Fund is her first collection of stories. Her writing is inspired by the work of Chekhov and Cheever.  She is currently working on new stories and hopes to complete her first novel in the near future.

Montana Kane

Montana Kane is the pen name of a novelist and screenwriter who grew up in Morocco and France and currently lives in Colorado. Encountering C. Maxwell is her first published novel.

The author has created a web site, montanakane.com, that provides a visual companion piece to the novel, where the journey of her heroine, Celia, can be followed through photos of her life and travels. The experience is meant to blur the line between fiction and reality and bring together different forms of artistic expression.

Mark Kilburn
Mark Kilburn was born in England and educated at Manchester University. He gained a Master's degree in Literary Studies at Birmingham City University.

For a number of years he lived in Denmark and worked at The City Open Theatre, Århus, as Writer in Residence (1996-98) and later as Literary Manager. In 2004 he returned to the UK and was awarded a Writer's Attachment at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. His staged plays include: Heaven plc, 1649, The Definite Article, Beach Stories, Toxic Memory and Talking It Over.

He is a winner of the prestigious Canongate Prize (2002), Britain's biggest award for new writing, for his short story Greek Play in a Roman Garden.  A selection of his poetry can be found at www.abctales.com/user/kilb50.  Hawk Island is his first novel.

Jim Knipfel
Jim Knipfel is the author of three novels: The Buzzing (Vintage Contemporaries, 2003); Noogie's Time to Shine (Virgin Books, 1997); and The Blow-Off (Simon and Schuster, 2011), and a short story collection, These Children Who Come at You With Knives, and Other Fairy Tales (Simon & Schuster, 2010). He has also published three memoirs: Slackjaw (Tarcher/Putnam, 1999); Quitting the Nairobi Trio (Tarcher/Putnam, 2000); and Ruining It for Everybody (Tarcher/Putnam, 2004). "Slackjaw," the weekly column he has been writing since 1987, has been hosted at Electron Press since late 2006. He lives in Brooklyn which, unbeknownst to most, is overrun with giant monsters. A Purposeful Grimace -- In Defense of Godzilla is his first non-memoir, non-fiction book.

A. R. Lamb
A. R. Lamb was born in London and lived in various parts of the world until he returned to England to complete his secondary education. He lives with his family near St. Austell, Cornwall, "up in the china-clay hills." He has worked in agriculture, construction, and bronze-founding. After achieving some proficiency in the ancient "lost-wax" process, he began to produce his own figurative bronzes in 1978. Since then, as well as working to commission, he has exhibited continuously in galleries all over England. He is also involved with an ongoing music project, an unusual synthesis combining the work of other poets with semi-improvised music.

Divers is Mr. Lamb's first novel. His other writing includes experimental novellas published by John Calder, and shorter fictions in anthologies and magazines including Litter, Bananas, Blank Page, PEN Anthology, and Abraxas. Most recently In Many Ways Frogs, a joint poetic volume with P.N. Newman, was published by Abraxas. His fiction is available online at Unlikely Stories, Gravity, The Rose & Thorn, and In Posse Review, as well as here at Electron Press (short story "Anke" in Electron Magazine number three). His poetry can be found at Ariga.com, Disquieting Muses, Swansong, Perimeter, and Big Bridge.

Barry N. Malzberg
Barry N. Malzberg was born in New York City in 1939.  He attended Syracuse University, and was Schubert Foundation Playwriting Fellow at Syracuse in 1964-65.  He began to publish fiction in 1966, and in the next ten years he published approximately sixty novels and two or three times as many short stories.  His output, much reduced since then, now encompasses a total of about 100 novels, collections and co-edited anthologies.  Best known for his science fiction, Malzberg won the first John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1973 for his novel Beyond Apollo, and the Locus Award (for best non-fiction related to science fiction or fantasy) in 1983 for Engines of the Night, a collection of essays.

Underlay, Malzberg says, "May not be my best novel, -- although it's my opinion for whatever it's worth that it is my best novel -- but it is incontestably my favorite.  That novel, better or worse, as published comprises something over 95% of the novel I had in my head when I began, and every time I take it off the shelf and look at it, which isn't more than three times a decade, I feel about it the way Norman Mailer said he felt about The Naked and the Dead . . . I got it right, it's pretty much of a sound statement.  I'm pleased to see it given new life in this form."

Martha  Moffett
Martha Leatherwood Moffett was born at the end of a dirt road in St. Clair County, Alabama.  She was a student in Hudson Strode's writing class at the University of Alabama and spent the next twenty years working in publishing in New York City (GQ, the American Heritage Dictionary, and the Ladies' Home Journal).  She received her MA in library science from Columbia University in 1974, shortly before returning to a small Southern town - Lantana, Florida, and another dirt road.  For the last 22 years she has worked for The National Enquirer.  When asked what that is like she says "It's like being thrown into a Victorian workhouse."

She has written in several forms - children's books (A Flower Pot Is Not A Hat), novels (The Common Garden, Keepaway), travel pieces, short stories, poetry, and essays.  Her work has appeared in many magazines, including Cosmopolitan, New York, The Columbia Journalism Review, and British Heritage.  She has done some ghostwriting, her best project being the autobiography of the inventor of Technicolor, who was already dead and couldn't say, "That doesn't sound like me." She won the Florida State Council on the Arts grant for short fiction, and was the recipient of a Yaddo fellowship.  Park Bench Women, her first play, came out of experiences of connection when her children were young and she spent many hours sitting on a playground bench.

Michael Newman
Michael Newman was born in Florida and raised in Holyoke, Massachusetts. After graduating from Beloit College in 1988 with a degree in Economics, he went to work for the the Bush-Quayle campaign as a media analyst, followed by a stint on the inaugural committee and a position as a policy analyst at the U.S. Agency for International Development. He spent a year at the Sorbonne studying French Literature and Civilization in 1990-1991, and returned to Paris ten years later for another year, teaching English as a second language.

Mr. Newman has been teaching ESL to adults since 1995. He has also worked as a short-order cook, bartender, real estate agent and construction worker. He is married and the father of one daughter. In addition to writing, he spends his free time on a prison ministry, working with lifers and death row inmates. Cocktails In Paris is his first play and his first published writing.

Charles  Ortleb

As a child living in New Jersey and the Midwest, Charles Ortleb planned to be a songwriter when he grew up. After graduating with a degree in English from the University of Kansas, he wasted no time setting out for the big city. He had a busy first year in New York, working with Arthur Bell and others to launch Out magazine, and completing a mystical and currently misplaced first novel, known as the Lost Novel. However, perhaps still under the spell of a college job writing greeting card jokes for Hallmark, he made a wrong turn and spent the next four years writing advertising copy. When he finally came to his senses, he realized that what the world needed was a gay literary magazine in the style of The New Yorker, so with friends he started Christopher Street. Four years later, operating under the illusion that Christopher Street needed a companion newspaper, he started the New York Native, a publication whose birth coincided with the first awareness of what later came to be known as the AIDS epidemic. Much to the chagrin of the gay community, the Native was the first paper to take the epidemic seriously, and the rest is history.

Besides nurturing numerous literary and investigative journalism careers as publisher of Christopher Street, the New York Native, and Theater Week, Ortleb is himself an accomplished writer. His poetry has been published in several anthologies, and he has co-written six books of cartoons. As a lyricist he has collaborated with several composers, including Tom Steele, who wrote the music for Landing in the Land of Lies. One of his lyrics is sung by Ruth Debrot on Maiden Voyage, the 1998 debut album by Michael Kingsley. Iron Peter is his first not-lost novel, and he is currently working on a play, The Black Party, and a new novel, Piglennium.

Susan  Parker
Susan Parker was born in Pittsburgh in 1954 and lived there until the late 1970s. She graduated cum laude from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 1976, where she was editor-in-chief of the college newspaper, The Duquesne Duke. She was also a stringer for the local Homestead Daily Messenger, reporting on police activities and the council meetings of the boroughs of Homestead and West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, where she got a feel for how smaller police departments work. After college she reported on the police and fire departments for the Beaumont Journal in Beaumont, Texas; was a general assignment reporter and covered some police news at the Shreveport Journal in Shreveport, Louisiana; and was a general assignment reporter at the major Houston paper the Houston Post (now defunct). Subsequently she returned to the Northeast and worked on several trade publications (Oil Daily, Natural Gas Week and Natural Gas Intelligence) where she covered natural gas industry news coming out of the White House, Congress, the federal agencies and the courts. Ms. Parker is now retired and lives in Richmond, Texas, near Houston, but remains a Pittsburgher at heart. Anonymous Caller is Ms. Parker's first novel.

James  Ridgeway
James Ridgeway currently serves as Washington correspondent for The Village Voice, where he has worked since the mid-1970s.  Earlier in his career, he worked for The New Republic, Ramparts, and The Wall Street Journal.   He was co-founder and editor of the political newsletters Hard Times and The Elements.  His writing has also appeared in Parade, Harper's, The Nation, The Economist, The New York Times Magazine, and other magazines and newspapers worldwide.

Mr. Ridgeway is the author of fifteen books, including The Closed Corporation: American Universities in Crisis; The Politics of Ecology; and, most recently, The Haiti Files: Decoding the Crisis; Yugoslavia's Ethnic Nightmare (a collection co-edited with Jasminka Udovicki); and Blood in the Face: The Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, Nazi Skinheads, and the Rise of a New White Culture.  He wrote the text for Red Light: Inside the Sex Industry, with photographs by Sylvia Plachy.   Mr. Ridgeway co-directed the companion film Blood in the Face, as well as Feed, a documentary on the 1992 presidential campaign. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Darby Roach
Darby Roach was born in San Jose and lived in California until the age of nine, when he moved to Brewster, in north central Washington. As a teenager he worked in the local orchards and hay fields, picking apricots and cherries, packing apples and baling hay. After high school he left Brewster to join the navy, then spent several years working as an x-ray technician in Seattle before taking his fine arts degree at the University of Washington and his MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design.

After a four year spell as a professor of art at Penn State, with summers teaching at RISD, he returned to the "real mountains" of Washington, where he is currently a partner and creative director of an advertising agency. His life-long love affair with climbing was inspired by the mountain that rose from the backyard of his boyhood home in Brewster. He started climbing with equipment at age 22 and climbed Mount Rainier at 23. Steep, his first novel, started out as a way to deal with a fatal climbing accident, then took on a life of its own. Since completing Steep he has written two more novels, Snoqualmie Pass and Think Fast. He has three daughters and lives in Seattle.

Danny  Schechter
Danny Schechter grew up in the Bronx and graduated from Dewitt Clinton High School. After receiving his BA from Cornell University in 1964, he was a civil rights worker and community anti-poverty organizer. In 1966 he was an assistant to the Mayor of Detroit on a Ford Foundation grant. Between 1966 and 1968 he studied at the London School of Economics, gaining a Master's degree in political sociology in 1968. From 1970 to 1977 he was the news director, principal newscaster, and "News Dissector" at WBCN-FM in Boston, where he won two Major Armstrong Awards. He was a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard in 1977-8. His television career began in 1978 at Boston's WGBH, and included stints as a producer at CNN as well as eight years as a producer for ABC's 20/20. Since 1987 he has been executive producer of Globalvision, a New York-based television and film production company which he co-founded. Mr. Schechter has one daughter, and lives in a New York City loft with his eight-thousand-album record collection and an Apple computer that is nearly out of memory.

At Globalvision he produced 156 editions of the award-winning series South Africa Now, co-produced Rights & Wrongs: Human Rights Television with Charlayne Hunter-Gault, and created The World of Elie Wiesel. He has also produced and directed many other TV specials and films. His writing on politics, current events and media issues has appeared in leading newspapers and magazines including The Boston Globe, Newsday, The Detroit Free Press, The Village Voice, and The Columbia Journalism Review. His first book, The More You Watch, The Less You Know: News Wars, (Sub)merged Hopes and Media Adventures was published by Seven Stories Press in October 1997 and re-issued as a paperback in January 1999. News Dissector: Passions, Pieces and Polemics is drawn from forty years of writing on politics, current events, and the media.  Mediaocracy -- Hail to the Thief, a collection of articles about the media's role in the 2000 U.S. presidential election, was co-edited with Roland Schatz.

Debby  Turner
Debby Turner was born in 1964 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, a little market town near Sheffield.  She attended the local Comprehensive school Tupton Hall, was active in the drama scene, and was part of a performance team that toured Germany.  At eighteen she matriculated at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, in London, from which she graduated with a BA Hons Degree in Theatre Arts.  Ms. Turner became a professional actress in 1986 and worked in Repertory Theatre throughout England for five years.  During this time she also worked at a variety of jobs: drama teacher in an old people's home, artist's model, and tea lady.  (A tea lady is a woman who goes around the office pushing a cart from which she serves tea to business men, according to Ms. Turner "not something you have in America and also a dying trade in England.") In 1991 she moved to Athens for four years, where she taught Drama in Greek.  Since returning to London in 1995, she has worked as a Drama Lecturer and theatrical director.

Ms. Turner co-wrote a play, Pals, in 1986, which went to The Edinburgh Festival and toured the Northwest of England.  She has written two novels:  Reluctant Catalyst and Insignificant Day, on which the screenplay is based.  She has also written two other plays, Daniel and The Suicide Club.  She is currently working on a new play for her MA dissertation, and is also well into her third novel, Trapped Sophistication, a comedy set in London's advertising world.  The screenplay of Insignificant Day is her first published work.

Anjali  Venugopal
Anjali Venugopal was born in Colaba, Mumbai and grew up in Mumbai and New Delhi. She has a BA in Commerce, Economics and Law from Pune University, Maharashtra, and an MBA in Human Resources and Organisational Behavior from the T.A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal. She has worked in a wide variety of businesses, including  office automation, hotels, airlines, and an investment firm, managed a fast food franchise, and done fund-raising and event management.

After her first novel, The River Has No Camera, was published in India in 2000, she embarked on a full-time career as a writer. Her output since then has included speeches, annual reports, newspaper and magazine articles, and a cook book, The Promise of Plenty: the scenic route to competent cooking. She has spent the last several years working on Kora. She lives in Kuala Lumpur with her husband and son, and is working on a collection of short stories based on the events and people in her life.

Jeff  Westbrook
Jeff Westbrook was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where he studied architecture and urban planning. After receiving his B.S. in Urban Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Mr. Westbrook spent two years living and working in South America and Hawaii before completing his Master of Urban Planning at Cal Poly, Pomona. He was employed as a professional urban planner for several years. After a stint working for a large commercial general contractor, he entered the field of real estate development, developing almost two million square feet of commercial, retail, and industrial space. Mr. Westbrook lives with his wife and son in Orange County, California, where he is currently working on his next book.

Mr. Westbrook has studied contemporary writing technique, voice, and style, and participated in the writing program at the University of California at Irvine. Also an accomplished artist, he began oil painting in 1987, relying on the ability to visualize and draw developed through his architectural training. His compositions, which feature lively colors and often depict scenes of Southern California coastal areas, have placed well in a number of juried shows, and are sold through a local gallery. His painting One Particular Harbor serves as the cover art for La Comida, and several of his other paintings are featured in the February 1999 edition of Electron Press’s online magazine. La Comida is his first novel.