Jocelyn Bartkevicius is the book review editor of Fourth Genre. She is at work on a memoir, The End of the World of Men.
Mira Bartók is a writer and visual artist and has published over 30 children's books on ancient world cultures. Her nonfiction, poetry, and fiction have been published or are forthcoming in numerous literary journals, including The Kenyon Review, Fourth Genre, LINK: A Critical Journal on the Arts in Baltimore and the World, Tikkun, Artful Dodge, and others. She is currently working on a book of essays about nature, memory, and rediscovering wonder in an age of extinction.
Lin Calof, a writer living in Burnsville, Minnesota, is studying creative nonfiction at the University of Minnesota. She is currently working on a book-length memoir entitled Crazy for You. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
David Chura lives in Connecticut and teaches literature and writing to incarcerated teenagers. His essays and poems have appeared in a variety of newspapers, anthologies, and journals.
Alys Culhane's work has appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and academic publications. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction writing from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and her Ph.D. in composition studies from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She currently lives in Palmer, Alaska, where she's revising a manuscript entitled Headwinds: The Memoirs of a Cross-Country Bicyclist. Her next writing project will involve her riding from Canada to Mexico—on horseback. [End Page 191]
Carol A. Ellingson lives near St. Paul, Minnesota, where she has practiced law for 25 years.
Taylor Elliott was born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1981. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in corporate and organizational communications. She is currently a member of the inaugural class of the Charleston School of Law.
A former public school teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, Derek Furr is an assistant professor of English in the MAT program at Bard College in New York. His essays and fiction have appeared most recently in The Literary Review, The New Delta Review, and Post Road Magazine.
Rochelle L. Harris is currently finishing her doctorate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, studying rhetoric and composition and creative nonfiction. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in symploke, Passages North, and The Writing Instructor.
Cynthia J. Hollenbeck grew up in Binghamton, New York, but makes her home in the Pacific Northwest. She received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Idaho. Her memoir Nancy Navy: Secrets of an Enlisted Woman is in the works.
Laura Julier's most recent publication is an essay, "Lines of Story, Lines of Descent," in Gulf Stream. She is currently an associate professor at Michigan State University.
Jan Koenen teaches English at Lake Tahoe Community College. She has poems forthcoming in The Cream City Review and The Seattle Review. In 2002–3 she won a $5,000 Fellowship Grant for poetry from the Nevada Arts Council. This is her first published essay.
Phillip Lopate is the author of three personal essay collections (Bachelorhood, Against Joie de Vivre, Portrait of My Body) and the editor of the anthology The Art of the Personal Essay. His most recent book is Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan. He teaches at Hofstra University and in the MFA writing programs of Columbia, Bennington, and the New School. [End Page 192]
Melani Martinez is a writer, dancer, wife, and new mother living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her B.A. in creative writing from the University of Arizona and is currently working toward an MFA in Goucher College's creative nonfiction program.
Thomas McGohey teaches English at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He holds an MFA in creative writing from UNC-Greensboro, where he served as fiction editor of The Greensboro Review. This is his first national publication.
Ralph Menendez is a photographer/carpenter from Paso Robles, California.
Kimberly Meyer has had work appear on National Public Radio's This American Life and in The Georgia Review, Natural...