Illinois by David Faulk

Issues 17-18


Greg Wharton is the publisher of Suspect Thoughts Press. He is the author of Johnny Was & Other Tall Tales and the editor of numerous anthologies, including four he's co-edited with his beautiful and talented husband Ian Philips: I Do/I Don’t, Law of Desire, Porn!, and Sodom & Me. They live in San Francisco with a cat named Chloe and a lot of books.

GUEST EDITOR (Issue 17):

Marshall Moore is the author of two novels (The Concrete Sky and An Ideal for Living) and one short fiction collection (Black Shapes in a Darkened Room), as well as several dozen short stories, book reviews, essays, and other literary odds and ends. He lives in Korea.

GUEST EDITOR (Issue 18):

Peggy Munson is the author of the Project QueerLit-winning novel, Origami Striptease, which is full of nowhere.


Marie "Riese" Lyn Bernard is a freelance aspirant with publication credits including, Conversely, The Sarah Lawrence Review, Clean Sheets, $pread Magazine, The Best American Erotica 2007, the Lambda Literary Award-winning Stolen Moments: Erotic Interludes 2, Best Women's Erotica 2005, The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica (Volumes 5 & 6). You can find her blog "This Girl Called Automatic Win" here and her website here. She lives in New York City, but if she tells you where exactly, her Mom will have a heart attack about all those hypothetical stalkers.

Rebecca Brown is the author of ten books including The Last Time I Saw You, The End of Youth, The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary, The Terrible Girls (all with City Lights), Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary (U of Wisconsin), The Gifts of the Body (HarperCollins), and Woman in Ill Fitting Wig, a collaboration with painter Nancy Kiefer. She has also written the libretto for The Onion Twins, a dance opera and a play, The Toaster and is engaged in ongoing projects involving altered texts and literary theft. Her work is translated into Japanese, German, Danish, Italian, and Norwegian and widely anthologized. She is Creative Director of Literature at Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington and teaches in the MFA program at Goddard College in Vermont. She lives in Seattle.

Born in 1972 in Malaysia, Edward Cha was educated in Australia at the University of Southern Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology. After completing his first Masters degree in Information Technology in 1997, he migrated to Singapore and worked as a technical consultant in the field of Information Technology. In July 2002, Edward started his second postgraduate study, Master of Fine Arts at QUT. Through a series of valuable encounters and his exposure to Australian Contemporary art issues and events, he has discovered a whole new world in art creation. His artistic influences include Cindy Sherman, Ang Lee and Song Dong. His works reflect the postmodern experience of endless information that influences the formation, or malformation, of identity. His works speak of a different personal surrealism, of sexual and personal identity at odds with every traditional gender-based paradigm he has been exposed to. His images have at various times been described as erotic, nightmarish, wicked, scary, provocative, pornographic and terrifying.

Jay Oliver Dickingson is a dreamer, a lover, a teller of tales. He is the dream spinner. He can be anything he wants, and anything you want him to be. He is presently living in a little house on the prairie in Southeastern Alberta, Canada, dreaming of passionate young artists and masterpieces they could create. Previous work published: "Adidas Feet" in Quickies 2, "Banff Rim Off" in Buttmen, "In Blackhaven Forest" in Buttmen 3, and assorted stories in the now defunct gay sci fi pay site Chaos Law. Additional works pending publication.

Elizabeth Donohue is a single mother of two, an art history buff, and writes short fiction late at night, when she has time to herself.

Amie M. Evans is a widely published creative nonfiction and literary erotica writer, experienced workshop provider, and a retired burlesque and high-femme drag performer. Her short stories and essays have appeared most recently in the Ultimate Lesbian Erotica 2006 (Alyson) and Show and Tell (Alyson); Call of the Dark (Bella); 2006 Lambda Literary Award-Finalist Rode Hard, Put Away Wet (Suspect Thoughts); Best of The Best of Lesbian Erotica (Cleis); and Ultimate Lesbian Erotica 2005. She also writes gay male erotica under a pen name. Evans is on the board of directors for Saints and Sinners GLBT literary festival. She graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Literature and is currently working on her MLA at Harvard. She is currently co-editing an anthology on Drag Kings for Suspect Thoughts Press with Rakelle Valencia and co-editing an anthology with Trebor Healey for Haworth Press on Being Queer and Catholic. Evans is the author of Two Girls Kissing, a column on writing lesbian erotica which can be found at the Erotic Readers and Writers Association and co-author of a writing tips column, unsolicited advice, with Toni Amato which can be found here. She can be reached by email.

David Faulk’s work has been displayed at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Mother Jones Magazine, the New Conservatory Theatre, the De Young Museum, the San Francisco GLBT Center, and at many galleries including Giorgi Gallery (Berkeley), Live Art Gallery (San Francisco), Long Hall Gallery (San Francisco), Catherine Clark Gallery (San Francisco), and the Smith Gallery (Syracuse).

Gemma Files spent eight years as a freelance film critic for Toronto's eye Weekly, and now teaches screenwriting and Canadian film history at the Toronto Film School. Five of her short stories were adapted into episodes of The Hunger. Prime Books has published two collections of her horror fiction, Kissing Carrion and The Worm In Every Heart. Her story "The Emperor's Old Bones" won an International Horror Guild Award for Best Short Fiction of 1999.

Terri Griffith and Nicholas Alexander Hayes hold MFAs in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Terri's essay "Winter Coat" is included in the anthology Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class. Her book reviews have appeared in magazines such as BUST, Women's Work, and Nicholas' writing has appeared in suspect thoughts, Velvet Mafia, Eleven Eleven {1111}, 5_Trope and Lodestar Quarterly.

Trebor Healey is the author of the 2004 Ferro-Grumley and Violet Quill award-winning novel, Through It Came Bright Colors (Harrington Park Press), and a poetry collection, Sweet Son of Pan, (Suspect Thoughts). His short story collection, A Perfect Scar & Other Stories, is forthcoming in 2007. Trebor lives in Los Angeles.

Philip Huang's poetry and fiction have appeared in Queer PAPI Porn, Charlie Chan is Dead II, Best Gay Asian Erotica, Take Out: Writings from Asian Pacific America, Lodestar Quarterly, Velvet Mafia, POZ Magazine, and Fresh Men: New Voices in Gay Fiction. He is currently completing a collection of short stories titled American Widow, and thanks Marshall Moore for his invaluable editorial input and patience on this story.

Daniel M. Jaffe's novel, The Limits of Pleasure (2001) was a finalist for a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award, and was excerpted in Best Gay Erotica 2003. He compiled and edited With Signs and Wonders: An International Anthology of Jewish Fabulist Fiction (2001), and translated Dina Rubina's Russian novel, Here Comes the Messiah! (2000). Dozens of his short stories have been published in various literary journals and anthologies, and he's been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is Consulting Editor for the literary journal, Lorraine and James, and teaches creative writing for UCLA Extension.

Noelle Kocot writes: my first two books, 4 and The Raving Fortune, were published by Four Way Books in 2001 and 2004 respectively. I have had my work published in many journals, such as Fence, New American Writing, The Iowa Review, and The American Poetry Review, from which I received the annual S.J. Marks Prize. In 2001, a poem of mine was published in Best American Poetry; also in that year, I received grants from The National Endowment for the Arts and The Fund for Poetry. My most recent book, Poem for the End of Time and other Poems, was published in 2006 from Wave Books, and was reviewed in The New York Times, among other places. In 2004, I took religious vows in the Catholic Church, and I live in Brooklyn, NY, where I was born and raised.

Shaun Levin's collection of short stories, A Year of Two Summers, was published in 2005. A novella, Seven Sweet Things, was published in 2003. His short stories appear in anthologies and journals as diverse as Best Gay Erotica (2000, 2002, 2004), Modern South African Stories, and The Slow Mirror: New Fiction by Jewish Writers. His next book, Whitechapel Boys, based on the lives of three Jewish painters in London in the early 1900s, will be ready in 2007. He is the editor of Chroma: A Queer Literary Journal.

Renée Manley's stories have appeared in Torquere Press' Taste Tests: Once Upon a Time and Taste Tests: Bedposts and Broomsticks, SoMa Literary Review, Forbidden Fruit Magazine, and LitBits: Bite-Sized Fiction. She's married and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Eileen Myles' new book of poems, Sorry, Tree will be out from Wave Books in April 2007.

Gerry Gomez Pearlberg's most recent book of poems, Mr. Bluebird (University of Wisconsin Press), was awarded the 2001 Audre Lorde Award from the Publishing Triangle. Her first book, Marianne Faithfull's Cigarette, won the 1998 Lambda Literary Award. In the near future, she will embark on her latest incarnation as an organic beekeeper.

Nicole Reinert lives in Providence, Rhode Island. She has recently been published in The Ledge Magazine and Nerve Lantern, and has work forthcoming in Hotel St. George. Nicole was the 2006 recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts poetry fellowship.

Elizabeth Robinson is the author of 8 books of poetry, most recently Apostrophe (Apogee Press) and Under That Silky Roof (Burning Deck Press). She has been a winner of the National Poetry Series and the Fence Poetry Prize. Robinson lives in Boulder, Colorado and has recently been trying her hand at fiction writing.

Juliet Sarkessian is the author of the novel Trio Sonata (Haworth Press), which explores an unconventional relationship between a gay male couple and a straight woman.

Brett Alexander Savory is the Bram Stoker Award-winning Editor-in-Chief of ChiZine: Treatments of Light and Shade in Words, is a Developmental Editor at Scholastic Canada, has had over 40 stories published, written two novels--In and Down and The Distance Travelled--and writes for Rue Morgue Magazine. In March 2006, Necro Publications released signed limited edition hardcovers and trade paperbacks of The Distance Travelled. In the works are a third novel, Running Beneath the Skin, and a dark comic book series with artist Homeros Gilani. When he's not writing, reading, or editing, he plays drums for the southern-tinged hard rock band The Diablo Red, whose debut album, Rojos, was released in late 2005. Diablo's second album, A Statue of Mary with Bullhorns, was released in March 2006.

Brian Sloan is a Marylander, born in Sliver Spring and raised in Kensington. He drove through Accident once and thought it was a pretty weird name for a town. Brian now lives in New York City, which is a pretty weird town with a normal name. He is a writer, director, producer and all-around creative type guy. He has directed two feature films, I Think I Do and WTC View. He has also written two novels, A Really Nice Prom Mess (winner of the 2005 Violet Quill Award) and Tale of Two Summers. And he has one website with all the juicy details.

Anna Joy Springer is a writer, visual artist, and writing instructor who lives in San Diego, California with her brilliant poet wife, Ali Liebegott and bad dogs Ruby and Rorschach. Formerly a lead singer and lyricist in punk bands Blatz, The Gr'ups, and Cypher in the Snow, she has toured the United States and Europe in these bands and with the all-girl spoken word road show, Sister Spit. She's an Assistant Professor of Writing at UC San Diego. Her first novel, The Vicious Red Relic, Love, is forthcoming. Contact her by email.

Pushcart-nominated writer Jan Steckel is a bisexual activist and a former pediatrician. Her writing has appeared in such publications as Scholastic Magazine, Yale Medicine, The Pedestal Magazine, Margin, and Lodestar Quarterly. Her poetry chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) is available on Amazon or at the Zeitgeist Press website. She is working on a collection of humorous essays about medicine and sexual identity. Find out more at her website.

Ivan Sun is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia. His poetry and stories have been broadcast on national radio programs and published in online journals. He is currently working on his first novel.

Ed Taylor's fiction and poetry have appeared most recently in the anthology PP/FF, and in Southwest Review, Nth Position (UK), New Writing (UK), 5_Trope, Another Chicago Magazine, Exquisite Corpse, Radical Society, Knock, BlazeVox, and Fiction International. His e-chapbook he Rubaiyat of Hazmat was published in 2004 by BlazeVox Books. He lives in Buffalo, New York.

contributors from Issues 1 - 4 here
contributors from Issues 5 - 8 here
contributors from Issues 9 - 12 here
contributors from Issues 13 - 16 here

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