Contributor's Notes

George Albon lives in San Francisco.  He has published in
Avec and ZYZZYVA, among many others.  His 
collection of poetry, Empire Life, has just been 

Serge Gavronsky is a poet, novelist, and translator.  His
work has appeared in  Talisman, The Nation, Boulevard, 
and Exquisite Corpse, among others.  He has recently 
edited and translated Six Contemporary French Women Poets 
(Southern Illinois University Press, 1998), and is translating 
Louis Zukovsky's A into French.  He is chair of the 
French department at Barnard College.

Sonia Greenfield is currently working on a collection of 
poetry called Little, Small Dogs. She lives in San 
Francisco with her cat Snickers, who, by the way, really resents 
her for her choice of titles. When she is not dying slowly, by 
degrees, in a corporate wasteland of broken dreams and 
stagnation, she spends her time referring to herself in the 
third person. And swing dancing.

David Layden is in the Graduate Creative Writing program 
at SFSU.  He really likes cats, taking naps, Cummings and 
candy.  He was published (his first time) in the new 
Coracle.  He loves his grandfather.

Edward Moyer's fiction has appeared in Fourteen 
Hills, the San Francisco Review of Books, and 
ZYZZYVA. This is his first time in print as a poet. Once, 
while he was walking down Church Street in San Francisco, having 
a massive anxiety attack about whether or not to continue on as 
a writer, a wild bird flew down and touched him gently on the 
He'd like to thank that bird for its gentleness and its 
impeccable timing.

Virgil Mihaiu is author of six volumes of poetry and two 
of essays; he teaches at the school of music in the 
Transylvanian city of Cluj and is a music critic, TV journalist, 
radio jazz announcer, and jazz critic of international stature. 
His work has appeared in two anthologies edited by Adam Sorkin 
and over a dozen poetry magazines in the US and Great Britain.

Peter Neufeld writes of his work, "Initially I saw these 
poems as interventions into writing as an act---writing over and 
into the process of the work's desire towards "classification." 
The poems are sourced out of notebooks I've used for 
translations as well as reading notebooks, so I see the process 
as almost kin to landscape paintings, in the sense a very 
cohesive, real object is in view, and through an aesthetic 
process it is slowly dismantled and re-structured so that it 
loses it representational quality, "lending itself to" something 
other than itself. "  His work is forthcoming in lyric& 
and disClosure. Along with the poet Eric Frost, he edits 
a poetry journal, melodeon, and a chapbook press. 

Joanna Smith Rakoff is an MFA candidate at Columbia 
University.  Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in 
Brooklyn Review, Plum Creek Review, Grand Street, The 
Bloomsbury Review, Poetry Motel, and Arts & Letters.  
She lives with her husband, poet Evan Smith Rakoff, in Manhattan.

Patricia Smith Ranzoni  is descended from English and 
Scottish dissidents, separatists, exiles, and deportees who 
settled in Indian territory in what became Massachusetts and 
Maine.  Her poetry has evolved from Mainefolk tradition to 
publication in 8 dozen or so literary journals in and beyond 
Maine, including Blueline (Potsdam College, NY); 
Christian Science Monitor,; LiNQ (James Cook U, 
Australia); River Review/La Revue Rivière (UM Fort Kent); 
Spoon River Poetry Review (IL State U);Yankee 
Magazine; and Zone 3 (Austin Peay State U, TN). 
Her first collection, CLAIMING, was published in 1995 by 
Puckerbrush Press which will bring out her second, SETTLING, in 
1999. Ranzoni is a founder of the cross-cultural 
SpiritWords/Maine Poetries Collaborative. 

Stephen Ratcliffe is a widely published poet, with poems 
in O*blek, Avec, New American Writing, and Five 
Fingers Review.  His most recent book is Mallarmé: poem 
in prose (Santa Barbara Review Publications, 1998).  He 
teaches at Mills College and lives in Bolinas, California, in 
the shade of a large mountain.

Adam J. Sorkin is a widely published translator of 
contemporary Romanian literature. In 1999 he is publishing  
The Triumph of the Water Witch, poems by Ioana Ieronim, 
with Bloodaxe Books, and Sea-Level Zero, poems by
Daniela Crasnaru, with Boa Editions.

Kenneth Tanemura lives in Redwood City, CA.  He has
been published in Spectrum, Zam Bomba!, Modern Haiku, 
American Tanka, and Hummingbird.  He is a member of 
The Valley of Saying poetry workshop and co-founded the first tanka journal in the country, Five Lines Down.  He has also co-founded, with professor Machiko Conway of SFSU, the 
first tanka organization in the country, The Tangled Hair 
Tanka Society. He has self-published two books of 
haiku/tanka, No Love Poems (1994) and This Tanka World 
of Strings (1995).  He has another book forthcoming from  
redmoon press.

Sasha Watson is a poet, playwright, and translator.  She 
has translated and written on Joyce Mansour and is currently 
working on a book on Zukovsky and Apollinaire with poet and 
translator Serge Gavronsky.  She lives in Harlem, New York, in 
an apartment surrounded by birds.

Daniel Connor Wood, is currently finishing his MFA at 
Columbia University.   He works at the Academy of American Poets 
and Four Way Books, and is an editor for Columbia: A Journal 
of Literature and Art.   Originally from Upstate NY, he now 
lives in New York City.