Joseph Andriano's short stories have appeared in The Chattahoochee Review, Argonaut, and Louisiana Literature. He has also written a novel, Song of Circe, which was a finalist for the New Century Writers Award, and which he is currently attempting to publish. He has also published two books of literary/cultural criticism.


Maria Luisa Basualdo has a background as a modern dancer and now dedicates herself to freelance photography and teaching yoga.  She lives far from her native Argentina in the bayou country of Lafayette, Louisiana, with her husband, daughter and dog.


Stephen Bitterolf was born in 1976, in Caracas, Venezuela, and received his BA in Art History from Pennsylvania State University. He is represented by ZieherSmith in New York City, where his forthcoming exhibition of drawings "Mostly Cloudy" opens in March, 2005 and includes 10 works on paper depicting a photograph of Fallujah from the New York Times. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


Chad Faries has published poems, essays, photographs, interviews, and creative non-fiction in Exquisite Corpse, Mudfish, New American Writing, Barrow Street, The Cream City Review, Afterimage, Post Road, and others. He has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was a Fulbright Fellow in Budapest.  He now has almost four unpublished manuscripts. When not traveling he is a carpenter and professor. He is about to buy a Victorian home and a Triumph motorcycle in order to solidify his artificial existence as a renaissance man.


Chris Fink is Assistant Professor of English at San Jose State University and faculty advisor to Reed Magazine. His fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, including Phoebe, North Dakota Quarterly, The Cream City Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Hayden's Ferry Review and others. This is his second appearance in the Emergency Almanac. He is a recipient of a 2003 Silicon Valley Artist's Grant.

Christine Hahn lives in Seattle, WA. She is a student at Antioch University Seattle, where she studies expressive arts therapy and works on the staff of KNOCK Journal. With her partner Nico, she has begun work on the new Flossie, a forum for comparative shorthand, ephemeral notation, constraint-based scribble and margin literatures.

Tom Hansen lives in Seattle but prefers Norway. After twenty years of informal education, he began his formal education in 2000. He along with others started the literary journal KNOCK while at Antioch University-Seattle where he received an undergraduate degree. He is beginning his MFA at The University of British Columbia Fall 2005. He has work upcoming in KNOCK.


Jayson Iwen just got home from the grocery store and is enjoying a screwdriver at the moment.  Soon he will lie in his bed, next to his dreaming wife, and read Jimmy Corrigan: the Smartest Kid on Earth, for about ten minutes, before he too is dreaming.  In his dreams he is an Assistant Professor in the English department at the American University of Beirut, which, ironically, is what he is when he's awake.  Don't worry.  He's okay.  The bomb wasn't anywhere near his apartment.


Gary MacDonald teaches English at Virginia State University, concentrating on culture and literature of nineteenth-century United States.  His most current work involves native American literature and eco-critical perspectives.  His favorite color is blood.


Jerry McGuire has published two books of poems, The Flagpole Dance (Lynx House) and Vulgar Exhibitions (Eastern Washington University). Much of his work is poetry, drama, and experimental fiction done in collaboration with musicians, dancers, and visual artists, and designed for specific performance environments. He is Director of Creative Writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


Like L. Frank Baum, Molly McQuade is a once and future Chicagoan.


David Poolman is an MFA graduate from the University of Windsor, and a graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Working in video, print media and installation, he has exhibited both nationally and internationally including the Red Square Film and Video Show at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Video-Film-Tagen Thuringen & Rheinland-Pfalz in Gera, Germany, and at the ECM Videoformes Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He is currently a sessional instructor at the University of Western Ontario and Co-director of SPARK VIDEO CANADA, a monthly international video series in London Ontario.


Sally-Ann Rowland was born in in Adelaide, Australia. In 2004 her work was featured in a group exhibition at Guild & Greyshkul, New York and in solo exhibitions at Western Exhibitions, Chicago and ZieherSmith, New York. Her
work will be featured in a group exhibition this summer at Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


Lupe J Solis, Jr.,  Chicano writer, teaches Ethnic Literature/Creative Writing at Southwest Minnesota State U. His book of stories won the Minnesota Voices Project for Short Ficition, 1997, and he is currently finishing his first novel, Como Se Dice?


Dayana Stetco is an Assistant Professor of Drama and Film at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is the director of The Milena Group, an interdisciplinary movement theatre ensemble she founded in 2001. Her recent shows include: The Fantastical Nightmares of Mr. Dorian Gray, Scar, The Language of Mannequins, Milena Stripping (National Playwriting Award), Interview, Seducing Velasquez (produced by Theatre in the Mill, UK). Her short stories and plays have been published both in her native country, Romania (Poesis, Echinox, Steaua) and in the US [Dispatch, Metrotimes, Interdisciplinary Humanities, mark(s), gender(f)].


Adam Ward lives and works in NYC. Without his wife and kids he is a pile of very small rocks.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays he collects wayward snails from the neighbor's brick wall behind his house. The rest of the week he tries to remember what it is he's supposed to be doing. And then once he remembers, he does it.


Karin Weiner was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey and grew up in Vermont. She has exhibited at Lisa Boyle Gallery in Chicago and has solo exhibitions with Sixspace in Los Angeles in Apirl and ZieherSmith in New York in May, 2005.
She received her MFA from Hunter College and lives and works in Brooklyn.


Henry R. Williams was born and raised in the piedmont of North Carolina; he currently resides and works in New York. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming from The Southern Humanities Review, Fire (Oxfordshire), The Brooklyn Review, The Emergency Almanac, Offerta Speciale (Torino), among others.


Judy Wilson is originally from Virginia. She spent the decade of the ‘90s in the deep South, first working on her Ph.D. at The University of Southern Mississippi under the tutelage of the Barthelme brothers and Mary Robison, and then serving as the Director of the Alabama Center for Literary Arts. Currently, she is the Director of Creative Writing at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota. Her work has appeared in various publications including the Southern Literary Festival Anthology, Skylark Literary Annual, Mississippi Review, Der Brennende Busch, Product, Antietam Review, The Atlantic Monthly’s Atlantic Unbound, Caprice, Urban Pioneer, Reed Magazine, Out of Line Anthology and others. She has received a number of awards for her fiction including the Southern Literary Festival Award for Best Short Fiction, the Joan Johnson Writing Award, the Henfield Foundation’s Transatlantic Review Award, and the Truman Capote Fellowship. Her novel Shutdown is nearing completion.


Kyoko Yoshida was born and raised in Fukuoka, spent seven years in Kyoto, and five years in Milwaukee. Presently Assistant Professor in English at Keio University, she lives in Yokohama. Her stories have appeared in The Cream City Review, Panic Americana, Chelsea, and others.


Dave Yost has just returned from back-to-back stints with the U.S. Peace Corps (Mali) and the Burmese Volunteer Program (Thailand) to pursue an MA at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  His short fiction has appeared in The Iconoclast and edifice WRECKED.


Scott Zieher is co-owner of ZieherSmith, a contemporary art gallery located in the Chelsea district of Manhattan. His first book of poetry, VIRGA was the winner of the 2nd annual Emergency Press book contest and will be published in the spring of 2005.