YVONNE CHISM-PEACE writes short fiction under the name Yvonne Chism-Peace. In 2003 she won the Leeway Foundation Award for Emerging Writers (Fiction). In 2002-04 these ezines published her stories: Outsider Ink, Muse Apprentice Guild, Melic Review, Wired Hearts, The3rdegree, Tattoo Highway, Pindeldyboz, Moxie, ken* again, Inkburns, Word Riot, Clever Magazine, Moondance, Feminista, and In Posse Review.     Her books of poetry are IWILLA SOIL, IWILLA SCOURGE, and IWILLA RISE   (Chameleon Productions Inc. 1985, 1986, 1999) for which she won NEA fellowships. She was the poetry editor at MS. magazine (1974-1987) 
PATSY COVINGTON was born just west of Natchez, Mississippi and grew up in New Orleans. As seems to be true with many southern writers, she finds inspiration in place to the point that it almost becomes a silent character in many of her stories. Patsy earned a masters degree in Accounting and nearly completed a bachelors in English- Creative Writing before her company moved her to a city where there was no university offering that degree as a night student. Her stories are (or will be) found in the new Prairie Dog 13 magazine, the Gator Springs Gazette, and in a number of online ezine sites including Right Hand Pointing and Wild Violet. She earned her first five dollars from writing when she won a local writing contest in 1992 for a short story titled, "Cajun Dancer."
D. B. COX is a blues musician/poet, originally from South Carolina. After graduating from high school in 1966, he did a four year stint with the U.S. Marines, then moved to Boston to attend the Berklee School of Music, where he eventually found the blues circuit. He loves writing for the same reason he loves playing the guitar—a way to communicate how he feels at a given time, on a given day. He now resides in Watertown, Massachusetts. His writing has been published online in Zygote, In My Coffee, Remark, Underground Voices, Dubliner Quarterly and others, and in print in Aesthetica, Snow Monkey, My Favorite Bullet and Open Wide Magazine.
CORY FOSCO received his BA in English, Creative Writing from Loyola University Chicago and will begin his studies in the graduate program in Creative Writing at Northwestern University in January 2005. His previous work has appeared in Chiron Review, Cadence  and  Sparrowgrass and he was the 1st Place winner of the 1998 Ray Bradbury Writing Contest. He lives with his wife and two children in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.
RAFAEL JESÚS GONZÁLEZ was born in the bicultural/bilingual setting of the El Paso/Juárez area and attended the University of Texas at El Paso, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, & the University of Oregon. Professor of Creative Writing & Literature, he has taught at the University of Oregon, Western State University of Colorado, Central Washington State University, the University of Texas at El Paso, and Laney College, Oakland (where he founded the Mexican and Latin American Studies Dept.) He has also taught in the grade schools under Poets in the Classroom. His poetry and scholarly articles appear in reviews & anthologies in the U.S., Mexico & abroad; his collection of verse El Hacedor De Juegos/The Maker of Games published by Casa Editorial, San Francisco, went into a second printing. He has thrice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Also a visual artist, his work has been exhibited at the Oakland Museum of California; the Mexican Museum of San Francisco; the Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee; & others in the U.S., Mexico, and abroad. He was Poet in Residence at the Oakland Museum of California and the Oakland Public Library under the Poets & Writers "Writers on Site" award in 1996 and was selected for the Annual Dragonfly Press Award for Literary Achievement in 2002. He is on the Board of Directors for the University of Creation Spirituality/Naropa University, Oakland; on the Latino Advisory Committee of the Oakland Museum of California; and on the Alameda County Office of Education Arts Advisory Board.
RAFAEL JESÚS GONZÁLEZ nació en el ambient bicultural/bilíngüe de El Paso/Juárez y asistió a la Universidad de Texas en El Paso, la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, y la Universidad de Oregon. Profesor de escritura creativa y literatura, ha enseñado en la Universidad de Oregon, la Universidad Estatal Occidental de Colorado, la Universidad Estatal Central de Washington, la Uni versidad de Texas en El Paso, y en el Colegio Laney, Oakland (donde fundó el departamento de Estudios Mexicanos y Latino-Americanos.) Ha también enseñado en las escuelas primarias y secundarias bajo el programa Poetas en la Aula. Su poesía y artículos académicos aparecen en revistas y antologías en los Estados Unidos, México, y el extranjero; su colección de versos El Hacedor De Juegos/The Maker of Games publicada por Casa Editorial, San Francisco, se imprimió por seguna vez. Has sido tres veces nombrado para el Premio Pushcart. También artista en artes plásticas, su obra se ha expuesto en el Museo de California de Oakland, el Museo Mexicano de San Francisco, el Museo de Arte Charles Ellis en Milwaukee y otros en los EE. UU., México, y el extranjero. Fue Poeta Residente en el Museo de California de Oakland y en la Biblioteca Pública de Oakland bajo el premio "Escritores en Sitio" de Poetas y Escritores Inc. en 1996 y ha side elegido para el Premio Anual por Exito Literario de Dragonfly Press en 2002. Forma parte de la Mesa Directiva de la University of Creation Spirituality en Oakland; el Comité Asesor Latino del Museo de California de Oakland, y la Mesa Asesora sobre las artes de la Ofincina de Educación del Condado de Alameda.
JNANA HODSON is a married, middle-aged guy in search of a literary agent and book-length publication. "Almond Paste, Sugar, and Cream" is a section from a novel-in-progress set in the desert country of the Pacific Northwest. Other chapters have appeared in Carriage House Review, Fandango Virtual, Jack Magazine, Muse Apprentice Guild, Prose Toad, Reading Divas, The Sidewalk's End, and The 2nd Hand. These days he's very slowly catching on to the expectations of step-parenting in a household full of females, including a pet rabbit and a mother-in-law who lives in the barn (in an apartment he helped construct, that is).
ABHA IYENGAR writes in all genres. She is a member of The Poetry Society of India. Publications include an article on "Population" for the book Science, Technology and Development (Wiley Eastern), prize winning haiku in Life Positive, poems in Femina. She has received A Breakaway Books Contest Honorable mention and publication. She is a Kota Press Poetry Anthology Contest winner.   She has contributed to popular anthologies like The Simple Touch of Fate‚ and Knit Lit Too. Her articles/essays/poems have appeared in Writers Hood, Shy Librarian, Artemis, Insolent Rudder, Its About time Writers, Raven Chronicles, Gowanus Books, Tattoo Highway, 3Tryst, M.A.G., Surface Online, DoorKnobs and BodyPaint, among others. E-mail: abha_iyengar@hotmail.com, abhaiyengar@rediffmail.com
KATHLEEN KING is a graduate of CSU Sacramento where she received her B.A. in English studying literature and creative writing. Currently, she attends CSU Hayward in pursuit of an M.A. in Literature and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in English. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband, also an aspiring poet and graduate student. Kathleen has previously published in Occam’s Razor; this is her first time publishing in riverbabble.
RALPH MALACHOWSKI is a poet who lives and works in New Jersey. He is an adjunct instructor at William Paterson University. His poems have appeared in The Mississippi Review, The Peralta Press, RFD, and online at canwehaveourballback.com, Burning Leaf, and riverbabble.
CHRISTOPHER NOVAK is a San Francisco filmmaker and photographer. His work covers a broad range of media; however, the underlying themes have centered on the relationship between "natural" and "synthesized" environments.
ANTHONY ADRIAN PINO attributes his writing voice to a deep wellspring of affection for his native state of California and an extensive number of writing workshops. He was born in Chico and raised in Santa Clara. He left the state during the Vietnam War, and returned to the San Francisco Bay after 26 years of living in Europe and Virginia. His poems have been accepted in five publications and journals. His written work is dedicated almost entirely to his native state --- to the euphoria of return, and to the seasons, mountains, waters, history, animal life and humanity of California. Eventually this will be compiled in a planned book, "Cry of Ecstasy: Poems and Stories of California." It is his way of "kissing the earth" of his native state.
A. A. Pino is married to Judy Rausch Pino his wife of 35 years, with whom he has two grown children, Petra and Mark.

KENNETH POBO's book, Introductions, came out in 2003 from Pearl's Book'Em Press. His work can be read online at FORPOETRY.COM, DREXEL ONLINE REVIEW, PLUM RUBY REVIEW, THREE CANDLES, 2RIVER VIEW, BIG TOE REVIEW, and elsewhere. He gardens, hunts for old and interesting glass, and collects pop & bubblegum records of the late 60s and early 70s.
JONNETTE STABBERT lives in the Netherlands. She is the author of more than 250 nonfiction articles and her flash fiction has appeared in Amoret, FUTURES, Nefarious, Flashquake, Furious Pen, Mindprints, Flash Fantastic, Flashshot, 31 Eyes, Hiss Quarterly and other publications. She is the editor of Amsterdam Scriptum, an online literary journal.

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