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The Cast-Offs in Disorder of mis-Appearance:

John Dempsey was born in Cairo, Egypt and came to the United States in 1970 where he set up residence in Greenwich Village, New York. Mr. Dempsey currently makes a living translating papyrus scrolls for such organizations as The Dead Paper Society, The Readers of the Lost Word and The Group for Disembodied Fabrics and Inks. 'Steps to the Madhouse', John's first collection of poetry, is currently available as an E-book, through Brainpan Publishing. Mr. Dempsey's work has been showcased in The Drunken Boat, New Graffiti (a now defunct e-zine), The Golden Wings (an anthology, printed in India), Dream Virus, Poetry Greece and Annetna Nepo, a multi-lingual poetry journal. Any questions or comments can be addressed to

Josh Davis lives on porches smoking cigarettes.  He was born in Beaumont, Texas and raised sparingly. Having no stones, he threw words.  Having no sense, he was beaten badly.  He has written two novels What Rough Peace & The Muse and the Mechanism with his available arms.  Visit him at

Stephen Moran has had stories, articles and poems published in America, Britain and Ireland. His debut novel, Tales out of School, is due to be published sometime quick before he dies.  He is alive and well and living in London.  Visit him at

The Groovepoets (aka Rick Spaulding) - Somewhere in the center of your mind is a landscape between Tanis and Tunisia in form factor and colour. En route to this place you're going find yourself between radio stations and greeted with nothing but static from the north forty to the southern love of your radio connectivity. In the static, you're going to hear voices if you listen hard enough. A lot of voices. We all do. The things you see written with this name on them are from the voices inside my static.  The Groovepoets (aka Rick Spaulding) are a collection of little voices inside the head of a musician and writer who licks ferociously at the chain of nine volt batteries holding him fast in the northeastern Oklahoma area. He royally digs chihuahuas and his purple Stratocaster.  Read his on-line novel here: .  Contact him at

Marcie's last name is not necessary.  She is a simple girl who writes about the best this and the best that.  She never uses the word 'splay' and can be found beneath ceiling fans.

Amy Muldoon lives an unterribly interesting life and secretly writes mass market paperback fiction for a living. She is currently working on a new novel, and a collection of short stories. 

Karen Ashburner is the General Editor of Dicey Brown ( Her work has appeared in the New Delta Review, The Tower, Concepts, Word Riot, Eyeshot, The Dragonfly Review, the Absinthe Literary Review and others. She is the author of Celebrity, a chapbook of fiction published by Dicey Books.(

Daedreamer's name is Paula and she is seventeen. New York bred and Texas raised. Writing is her one and only passion.  She is angst and depression.  Love her. 

Oliva likes to say fuck.  some call her prodigy.  others call her potty mouthed.  still others don't call at all, which reportedly pisses her off.  she can be found smashing lightbulbs and chasing the elusive yeti.  for autographs. really. 

Andrew Yves Aulino was born in Camp Springs Maryland in 1979 and for the next 23 years lived (in no particular order) in DC, Northern Virginia, Southern Virginia, Marlyand, New Mexico, Las Vegas, and finally settled(briefly)in Northeastern Ohio. After he graduates from Kent State University in May he'll be moving somewhere near Dallas to start work on an MA in Linguistics and live with Erin.

Kelly McHone has written poetry for 10 years.  "I've written good poetry maybe two or three times.  I've got more passion for words, than talent to use them.  That's life.  That's writing.  That's me writing.  Kerouac made me want to be a writer, but my peers drive me to keep doing it.  I love sunlight, words, flesh, ink, and juicy juicy pineapple."

idiot is a full-time visual artist with over 75 solo and group shows. Living and working between Athens, Greece and Brussels, Belgium. Grew up in South Africa. His work is found in many public and corporate collections in Europe and the US. Although he's published mainly poetic passages in  literary reviews, he does not consider himself a writer. By writing, he is only confessing his eternal immaturity to Aristophanes. Writing is only an alibi as he lacks  social and political correctness. Writing and painting are in fact alibis.  Contact him at

James 'Vidicon' Cosby  after having spent thirty-four of his thirty-six years in Georgia, has finally owned up to being a Southern writer. Pass the bourbon and bullets

Pulse, when he isn't being disturbing and shaking a fist at the concept of fiction he is busy writing for and publishing TwoHeadedCat ( which keeps him off the street. This sort of activity makes the police happy and keeps the handcuffs at bay.

L. Keith Daniels is a 22 year old from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently the music journalist for  His poetic heroes include Raymond Carver, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Anne Carson.   He's never had poetry published professionally.   He's majoring in English Literature and still working on his BA.   Single but still accepting offers.  His most recent interview for Suicidegirls can be found at

April Pittman was born in Backwoods, North Carolina; where the banjos twang and the mongoloids abound. Current works range in the hundreds with only a few published in the National-We-Just-Want-Your-Money-And-Are-Not-Selective-At-All Poetry Society. Having since given up on such a disappointing market, she mostly hoards her words. Stuffs them under the bed or carries them around in her pocket. Breaks things with those words that are like hammers. But mostly just breaks things. At nearly 21, life has been her most potent inspiration for her writing. A fact that, in itself, is a number one argument for assisted suicide. Volunteers taken. 
More about her.

Cyrus N. is a damn good writer.  But where is he?

pseudonymous writes pseudonymously.  she does not emulate e.e. cummings, but
hesitates to use capital letters when she hasn't begun a paragraph with them already.  she lives in new jersey, in the united states, where she works with children, moves s l o w l y toward her undergraduate degree at a reasonably respectable educational institution, and plays with the dog. she eschews sport/utility vehicles, marzipan, cilantro and places where there are dress codes, and enjoys pop culture, all things simian, npr, and the way that archetypes relate to myth. she writes because she can.

Derek Henkel - His first novel is at .

Richard Peabody - Richard Peabody was born in Washington, D.C. and has published four books of poems and two short story collections. He currently teaches fiction writing in John Hopkins University Part-Time Graduate Writing Program and at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Peabody is the founding editor of Gargoyle Magazine, and co-editor of the Mondo series (Mondo Barbie, Mondo Elvis, et al) for St. Martin's Press.  He can be reached at

Kenji Siratori - Kenji Siratori (born in 1975) is a cult writer from Hokkaido in Japan. His short stories Tattoo and Hallucination=cell have appeared in 3A.M. Magazine. His novel Blood Electric is hailed in some quarters as a cyberpunk classic.

Brett Axel - A poet, an editor, an activist.  Brett is known as America's hardest working editor and reads the work of thousands of poets a year helping to connect them with publications.  He travels extensively giving dramatic readings, conducting workshops, and lecturing on topics ranging from writing for an audience to the politics of getting published.  Brett has appeared on television on the NBC Nightly News, CNN, and C-Span and has made 600 appearances world wide.

John Blumenthal, former playboy columnist, hollywood screenwriter, and author of the new novel what's wrong with dorfman.

Roger Bonair Agard co author of Burning Down the House (Soft Skull Press)  has been widely anthologized, has two as yet to be released solo collections and has published in Black Issues Review.  In 1998, he was named the Nuyorican Poet Café¹s Fresh Poet of the Year.  He also won a team championship with the Nuyorican that year at the National Poetry Slam.  The following year, he was National Individual Slam Champion.  Roger has been seen on HBO¹s Def  Poetry Jam, the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour and CBS¹ 60 minutes.

Raewyn Alexander Born in a town surrounded by cows, escaped to the world and didn't want it, returned to be trapped by ink and pens. A slave ever since. Novelist, poet, non-fiction writer, journalist, editor and publisher.  Visit her at or at the home of her print Magazine.

Utahna Faith's poetry and fiction appear in Exquisite Corpse: a
Journal of Letters and Life, Night Train, Clean Sheets and other lit
magazines. She is the flash fiction and poetry editor for 3am Magazine and
is the editor of print lit mag Wild Strawberries: a journal of flash
fiction and prose poetry. Utahna lives in New Orleans with her miniature
dachshund, Story.

M.A. Internicola, is the author of three previous novels, KISS ME BABY, SUNFLOWERS!, CHAZ, and ALL OUR SKIES ARE BLUE. The poems included here are from two separate poetry books, MALISM and THE DARKEST PLACE IS UNDER A STREETLIGHT, both completed early 2004. His short stories have appeared in Caffeine Magazine, The Quadrangle, Mule and The Mosquito Lounge Review. He lives in New York City.

Andres Kahar is a Toronto-based writer, though he is given to vanishing into the tamed wilds of eastern Europe. He's written on an array of subjects — political, cultural and paranormal. Which is a kind way of suggesting he is a dilettante. In the best sense of the term. Of course.

Maurice Oliver - After almost a decade of working as a freelance photographer in Europe, Maurice Oliver returned to America in 1990 to work for the Los Angeles Times. Then, in 1995, he made a lifelong dream reality by traveling around the world for eight months. But instead of taking pictures, he used the same acute creative energy to record the experience in a journal, which eventually became dozens of poems. And so began his ambition to be a poet. His poetry has appeared online in,,,,,,, in One Forty Two Magazine, Somewhat Magazine, Holy Ignorance, Eye-Shot, The Surface, Slow Trains, Tryst3 Journal, The Potomac Journal, Circle Magazine, Taint Magazine, SrideMagazine(UK),Say Magazine(UK), and will appear in coming Summer 2004 issues of Bullfight Review,,, He presently resides in Portland, Oregon, where he works as a tutor.

Craig Kirchner's recent works have appeared in journals on and offline including Subterranean Quarterly, Erosha, Divine Animal, The Blotter, Thunder Sandwich, 3 AM MAGAZINE, Poetry Sz, Dreamvirus, The Moonwort Review, Adagio, Reading Divas, Ink Magazine, Skyline, Haiku Hut, Poetry Repair Shop and Wicked Alice.

I live and work as a consultant on the east coast but consider myself a hobo of the universe. I write about what I know best and yet least - myself - in an effort
to remove those labels

Corey Mesler is the owner of Burke's Book Store, in Memphis, Tennessee, one of the country's oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores.  He has published poetry and fiction in numerous journals including Yellow Silk, Pindeldyboz, Green Egg, Black Dirt, Thema, Mars Hill Review, Poet Lore and others. He is also a book reviewer for The Memphis Commercial Appeal..  He's been a pirate, a pauper, a
puppet, a poet, a pawn and a king.  A short story of his has been chosen for the 2002 edition of New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, edited by
Shannon Ravenel, published by Algonquin Books.  He also claims to have written, All Along the Watchtower;  Talk, his first novel, appeared in 2002. And a chapbook of poems, Chin-Chin in Eden, came out in 2003. In 2004 his chapbook, Dark on Purpose, will magically appear. He enjoys racquet sports and rough to welling. 

Delphine Lecompte aka zoë smekens says "i'm 23,i'm an expat, i was born and raised in london,but i fell in love with a flemish singer/songwriter and i moved to dreary belgium. i stack milk bottles for a living. my full name's Delphine Lecompte,i thank my french name to my father (who
hails from lille)".

darnell thomas lives somewhere between fortune and envy. He owns a rocking
chair and a bed. (we don't believe for one second this is his real name)

Kaganof was born again in Randburg in 2001. He drives Audi, shoots Glock, hates waiting, loves women. His published work includes a novel - HECTIC! (ISBN
0-9584660-1-7),  short stories - SUGAR MAN & OTHER BITTER STORIES (ISBN
0-9584660-2-5), and verse - DRIVE-THRU FUNERAL (ISBN  0-9584660-3-3).
His most recent book is STONES AGAIN (ISBN0-9584755-1-2) a work that
belongs to that genre we call Menippean satire, the curious blending of
prose with verse and philosophy with realism invented by the Cynic philosopher Menippus of Gadara and continued by his Roman disciple, Varro. All books published by PINE SLOPES PUBLICATIONS, P.O.Box 70580, Bryanston 2021.

YVONNE CHISM-PEACE   The poet Yvonne writes short fiction under the name Yvonne Chism-Peace. 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)

H. Wayne Bowman has had work published in The Exquisite Corpse, Eclectica, Images In Script and Stark Raving Sanity and is active in the Zoetrope writer's workshop. He is the Chair of History, Political Science, Performing and Visual Arts at Ferrum College where he serves as Professor of Theatre. Bowman holds the MFA in Play Writing from the University of Virginia.

Dan Schneider, The Best in Poetica seeks great poems & essays!

Kabuki Concarne is a neurotheologist currently studying the pharmacological inducement of nirvana.

Bonnie Ruberg: I am a young, aspiring writer from the Philadelphia area whose creative work has appeared in such venues  as Stay Free! Magazine, The Glut, Word Riot and Somewhat Literary Journal.  My journalistic work has appeared in numerous Philadelphia papers, including an opinion piece scheduled for publication with The Philadelphia Inquirer.  I have received multiple small-time writing awards and am the author of a book-length manuscript of experimental fiction currently under consideration with one of the nation’s largest publishing houses.  Additionally, I am the editor-in-chief of a new print and online  literary journal, titled Verse Noire, based out of Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.  I am also a creative writing major at Bard College where I have studied under many contemporary authors.

Dude Wallers has worked in a fish packing plant in Alaska, he has sold tropical fish next door to a biker bar in the inner city, managed exhibits at a public aquarium, and taught fishermen in the South Pacific how to keep them alive. Dude has worked in a nuke lab, sold wine in the Napa Valley and watched bugs mate. Dude holds a non-literary PhD. Dude's fiction has appeared at The Exquisite Corpse and Thieves Jargon

Francis Raven is the editorial assistant at the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.  Broken Boulder Press published two recent chapbooks: "Notestalk" and
"Notationing."  His poems have been published in Mudlark, Conundrum, Untitled, Pindeldyboz, Big Bridge, Le Petite Zine, Poethia, and Can We Have Our Ball Back?  His essays and articles have been published in Clamor, In These Times, The Fulcrum Annual, Rain Taxi, Sauce, and Pavement Saw.

Susan Diplacido:  My first novel, Trattoria, is slated for release in January, 2005.  My second novel is also under contract.  I have had shorts published in Nuvein, Slow Trains, Clean Sheets, and Thought Magazine.

Alison Daniel'sPrevious publications may be found in Snow Monkey, Tryst, Zygote In My Coffee, The Maverick Review and The Adirondack Review.  Google her.

Jenny Rose Ryan lives in _______, __.  Vote for her.

Stephen Cullis

Nick Cleveland

Jeremy Behreandt

Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal

Willie Davis

Adam J. Silver jerks off constantly, all over himself.  He listened to too
much Diceman as a kid and picked the wrong the wrong role models to emulate.
He's 24 and living in DC.

Michele Hoos is a graduate of Cornell University, where she majored in English and concentrated in Creative Writing.  She currently teaches English in  New Jersey.  She has participated in fiction workshops at Yale University and more recently, the New York State Writers Institute.  

Ashok Niyogi was born in Calcutta in 1955. He was schooled all over India in Irish Christian Brothers' Schools and graduated with Honors in Economics from
Presidency College. Ashok spent 30 years in the world of International Commerce,15 in East Europe and Russia and the CIS. His work has taken him all over the world and he now divides his time between California where his two
daughters live, Russia and India. He is currently unemployed because writing poetry is not considered gainful employment, but does have a timber plantation in Goa, India. Ashok has two books of poetry in India - 'Crossroads' and 'Reflections in the Dark' (both from A-4 Publications) and one book of poems from the USA - 'Tentatively' (iUniverse). He has been published extensively on line and in print in the USA, the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Canada in magazines and Anthologies.

Daulton Dickey is a 26-year-old freelance journalist currently living in flyover
country (i.e. Indiana).

Tripp Reade - I made two appearances at the 2004 South Carolina Book Festival (, one of which was notable for the laughter it generated.   I swear it was intentional.  If you're interested, science fiction writer and all-around fabulist Jeff VanderMeer got it partially correct on his blog(, but only I know the whole story of what happened with the weasel.

Ed Boyd - I am new to this type of writing and have nothing published as yet. I’m in my mid-seventies and taking a writing course at Cambridge Adult Education. This is my way of keeping my head from decay.

Jay Heisler is a student at Saint Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. He
has previously been published in 3:AM Magazine. 19 years old, he hopes to become a journalist. He can be reached at

Simone Cerioli was born in 1977 in Milan. He studied Literature at the Universita' degli Studi of Milan. He currently lives in Dublin.

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