The Absinthe Literary Review
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  Best of Fiction 1999-2004

Nancy Callahan

Nancy Callahan is a graduate of Harvard College. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in a variety of publications, both in print and on-line.

Muthoni Garland

Muthoni Garland is a storyteller from Kenya, but currently lives in Cairo where her husband is on an expatriate contract. Between them, they have four children. She is working on her first novel..

Elizabethe Kelley

Elizabethe Kelley teaches courses in American Indian Literature, Eco-Criticism, American Nature Writing, and Creative Writing at Binghamton University, while working to complete her dissertation. She is a member of the WordCraft Circle of Writers and Storytellers. She has had recent fiction and poetry featured in Literary Potpourri, The Antietam Review, Square Lake, Icarus International, Guernica Review, Mut, Ellipsis and several anthologies, including The Kali Guide and The Anthology of New England Writers. Forthcoming poetry will be seen in HazMat, Tar Wolf, The Motherhood Anthology, A Nickel’s Worth of Dreams, and Red White and Blues: Poetic Vistas on the Promise of America. Finalist and Honorable Mention awards include NLAPW, Robert Penn Warren and Marjory Bartlett Sanger; Poetry Winner of Antietam Review’s Summer Literary Contest, 2004.

Norman Lock

Norman Lock’s plays have been staged internationally. The Los Angeles Times voted The House of Correction among the best of 1988 and 1994, for its revival. It was called the best new play of the 1996 Edinburgh Theatre Festival. His radio dramas, in German translation, have been broadcast by WDR and NDR, Germany. He is also the author of a film, The Body Shop, produced by The American Film Institute. His fiction appears regularly in leading reviews in the U.S. and in Europe. A History of the Imagination: A Novel (from which “Extreme Cruelty” is excerpted) will be published by Fiction Collective Two in August 2004. Two extended prose collections – Joseph Cornell’s Operas and Émigrés – are published by Elimae Books. They were brought out by an Istanbul publisher in 2004 as part of its New World Writing Series. A novella – Marco Knauff’s Universe – was published in 2003 by Ravenna Press. Lock won the Aga Kahn Prize for fiction, given by The Paris Review, in 1979. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Helen. They have two children.

Henri d’Mescan

Henri d’Mescan remains a noted fiction writer and theorist in many obscure, avant-garde circles. He is currently overseeing the assembly of Multifesto: A Henri d’Mescan Reader, of which the excerpt “Summary Execution” is a part.

Dan Pope

Dan Pope is the author of In the Cherry Tree: A Novel (Picador, 2003). His short stories have appeared in such journals as McSweeney’s, Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, Shenandoah, Witness and others.

Davis Schneiderman

Davis Schneiderman is Chair of the American Studies Program and an Assistant Professor of English at Lake Forest College. His creative work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and accepted by numerous journals including Fiction International, The Iowa Review Web, Clackamas Literary Review, Exquisite Corpse, Diagram, 3rd Bed, Quarter After Eight, The Little Magazine, Gargoyle, and Happy. He is co-editor of the collection Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization (Pluto Press, 2004). Dr. Schneiderman is currently co-editing an anthology on contemporary uses of the Surrealist Exquisite Corpse, as well as co-editing the new literary journal Potion.

John Tisdale

John A. Tisdale’s stories have appeared in a number of literary magazines, including Indiana Review, The Journal, River Styx, and Pleiades. He recently completed his first novel.

Gerard Varni

Gerard Varni’s work has appeared in print journals including Pleiades and The Baltimore Review, as well as online at Blue Moon, Crossconnect, Web del Sol, and others.


Charles Allen Wyman, editor, designer

In addition to ALR, CAW has edited Zoetrope All-Story Extra and the long-defunct but seminal BBMC. He divides his time between Madison and Spring Green, Wisconsin—home of American Players Theatre and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin. He was recently a finalist for a 2003 Wisconsin Individual Artist’s Fellowship as well as being featured poet on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Higher Ground (a mainstream program archived in Real audio format online; 07/05A at 35:12; and 07/05B at 23:45 ). Latest print credits include Mississippi Review (V29 #3) and Snow Monkey.

Renée M. Tertin, associate editor, designer

Renée Tertin has designed, edited, and produced artistic publications, web contents, and photographic materials for the State of Wisconsin for the past ten years. She has also done extensive professional photographic work, run her own web design company, Absinthe Design, and has of late become Death, destroyer of lipsticks. Oh, and she misses Mister Rogers. Desperately.

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