David Allen, an Associate Professor of Political Science at Colorado State University, specializes in public law and research methods. His most recent publications are forthcoming in the Social Science Journal: "Political Economy and the Adoption of Policies Governing Everyday Life in the American States," and "Class, Race, and Toxic Releases in American Counties, 1995." His previous work has focused on small group behavior on state supreme courts and the activities of women state supreme court justices. His poetry was featured in Janus Head, 1.2, 2.1, and 2.2.
Paul Breslin is a professor of English at Northwestern University. His collection of poems, You Are Here, appears in October with TriQuarterly Books. He has won the 1997 George Kent Prize of Poetry magazine for his poem "The Return" and a 1999 Illinois Arts Council Award for his poem, "To a Friend Who Concedes Nothing" in TriQuarterly 105. He has written two critical studies: The Psycho-Political Muse: American Poetry Since the Fifties (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1987) and Nobody's Nation: Reading Derek Walcott (Univ. of Chicago Press, forthcoming, fall 2001).
Kristine Chalifoux's most recent chapbook, In This Light, was the winner of the 1999 West Town Press chapbook competition. Other poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, The Brooklyn Review, Seeding The Snow, and The Clockwatch Review, among others. She has received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and currently lives in Chicago, teaching and working as the associate director of DePaul University's honors program.
Frank Edler teaches philosophy at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha and has written articles on Heidegger and politics for Research in Phenomenology and Social Research among others. He has taught at The New School for Social Research, New York University, and Adelphi University and is currently writing a book on Heidegger and radical classical philology in the 30s. He resides in Lincoln, NE, with the poet Mary K. Stillwell and their two children Wil and Anna.
Peter Junker lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Alphonso Lingis received his PhD at the University of Louvain in Belgium. He is a professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of numerous books including Abuses, Foreign Bodies, The Community of Those Who Have Nothing in Common, Deathbound Subjectivity, Excesses: Eros and Culture, The Imperative, and Dangerous Emotions. He has translated works by Pierre Klossowski, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Emmanual Levinas, including Totality and Infinity. He has written extensively on Nietzsche, libidinal investments, bodies, phenomenology, and psychoanalysis.
A. W. Metcalfe teaches sociology at the University of New South Wales in Australia. His most recent book is Passionate Sociology (Sage, 1996), written with his colleague Ann Game, which was nominated for the Amalfi Prize in European Social Sciences. They have just finished another manuscript, entitled The Mystery of Everyday Life.
Robert Romanyshyn, currently a core faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute, is a practicing clinical psychologist and author of Psychological Life: From Science to Metaphor, Technology as Symptom and Dream, and most recently, The Soul in Grief: Love, Death, and Transformation (reviewed in this issue). He has lectured and taught at numerous universities in the USA, Europe, and Africa.
Mary K. Stillwell, a native of Nebraska, has studied writing in both New York and on the Plains. Her work has been published in a variety of journals, including The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, Confrontation, The Little Magazine, and in a number of anthologies, including Leaning into the Wind (Houghton Mifflin), Decade to Dance (Sandhills Press), Blood to Remember (Texas Tech University Press), and The Paris Review Anthology (Norton). Her first collection of poems, Moving to Malibu, was published by Sandhills Press. Recent articles about poetry, "In-Between: The Landscape of Transformation in Ted Kooser's Weather Central" and "Beyond the Absolute Good" (on the work of Linda Hogan), appear in Great Plains Quarterly and Notes on Contemporary Literature, respectively. Ms. Stillwell teaches at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where she is a doctoral student. She was awarded the American Academy of Poetry Wilber Gaffney Poetry Prize in 1999 and currently holds the Richard H. Larson Fellowship for the 2000-2001 academic year.
M. D. Tschaepe is a professor of philosophy and humanities at Indiana Institute of Technology. He has also given guest lectures to both high school and university classes on Lacan, Bataille, Gide, and Genet. Currently he is engaged in research concerning Bernard Lonergan's Insight, Georges Bataille, and Dionysian thought. He is also writing a three-act play.
Els van Asten lives and works in The Hague in the Netherlands. She has exhibited her work in cities such as Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht, and The Hague. Since 1995, she specializes in painting with acrylic on cotton. Her paintings find their origin in the artist's experience of being a woman and living an imprisoned existence: the housewife at home, the working woman planning and making her career. Not for nothing is one of her paintings named Jail. As a painter, she has been acknowledged, since July 1st 1997, by Stroom Haags Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst as a professional visual artist. More of her work can be viewed at www.xs4all.nl/~eva98.
Luisa Villani has previously published her work in Prairie Schooner, Hayden's Ferry Review, The New England Review, The Literary Review and other journals. Her book, Running Away from Russia will be released from Bordighera Press in November of 2001.