Michelle Herman's most recent books are Dog, a short novel, and The Middle of Everything, a collection of personal essays. She is a New Yorker--Brooklyn-born and bred--who has lived in Ohio for nearly two decades, teaching in the creative writing program at Ohio State, USA.
She is at work now on a second collection of essays, and on a new novel.
Ruth Massey was born in Marienbad, Czechoslovakia, and grew up in England. After living in Paris for a number of years, she came to the United States and worked for the UN in New York as a photographer and journalist for the United Nations Development Programme. Her work took her to more than fifty countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Her photographs and articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Nation, The Miami Times, The Christian Science Monitor, US News and World Report, National Geographic, Le Figaro and, on the web, Archipelago.
Ali Al Saeed was born in 1978 and grew up in Bahrain. He has been writing professionally for the past eight years, including as a journalist, for a number of leading newspapers and publications.
In 2004, he became the first from his country to publish a novel written in English with QuixotiQ. Earlier this year, he co-produced the documentary film, and wrote the book, Models of Success. Ali is the recipient of the Bahrain Outstanding Book of the Year Award.
His next book, Moments, a collection of short stories, is published in September. He is currently working on his next novel.
Ali drinks a lot of coffee and watches a lot of football (soccer!)
Mike Maggio's publication credits include fiction and poetry in Potomac Review, Pleiades, Apalachee Quarterly, The L.A. Weekly, The Washington CityPaper, VOL. NO MAGAZINE, Gypsy, Pig Iron and Live Poets. His most recent publication is a collection of short stories entitled Sifting Through the Madness (Xlibris, Inc, 2001). He has also published a chapbook of poetry entitled Oranges >From Palestine (Mardi Gras Press, 1996) and a collection of poetry on cassette entitled Your Secret Is Safe With Me, issued by Black Bear Publications. In addition, He is listed with Poets & Writers.