The Absinthe Literary Review
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Eros and Thanatos 2004-2005

Anna Evans

British born Anna Evans now lives in New Jersey where she is raising two daughters. She won the 2004 Byline Poetry Award, and her poems have recently been accepted by Edge City Review, The Formalist, Verse Libre Quarterly, Exit 13 and The Evansville Review. She is Editor of The Barefoot Muse. (

David Francis

The son of an American biologist and a German literature teacher, David Francis grew up in a house full of taxidermy specimens and Romantic poetry. His work has appeared widely in journals like Cimarron Review, New Orleans Review, Verse, Iowa Review, Ploughshares, and others. He teaches at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, and serves as Humanities Advisor for the Museum of Glass in Tacoma.

Miriam Fried

Miriam Fried’s work has appeared in Entelechy, Unbound, Cafe Irreal, and The Baltimore Review, among others. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and of Temple University, where she received the 2004 Frances Israel Manuscript Prize for a collection of short stories. She lives in London. 

Beverly Jackson

Beverly Jackson is a California writer itching to hit the road again. Her poetry/prose can be found in Zoetrope All Story Extra, Melic Review, Night Train, Rattle, Neo, and an abundance of others. 

Steve Lester

Steve Lester grew up in Cleveland, and is living proof that you can take the writer out of the Midwest, but you can’t take the Midwest out of the writer. He went to Boston College, and is currently finishing grad school at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he likes to run, play chess, and fan the peripatetic flames of scandal in his spare time.

Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller is currently working on an MPhil in Classics at Cambridge. She is the editor of Half Drunk Muse and her own work has appeared recently in Stirring, Verse Libre Quarterly, 3rd Muse, and Poems Niederngasse. Sarah was named the runner-up for Imago’s 2004 Robert Graves award and was nominated for the Pushcart by Stirring.

Steve Nelson

Steve Nelson has had stories published in Riverwind and eye rhyme: journal of experimental literature. His essay “Mind Wide Open” was included in the anthology The Runner’s High: Illumination and Ecstasy in Motion. “Night at the Store,” a novel excerpt, was published in Phantasmagoria and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is a former fiction editor of The Cream City Review and currently teaches writing classes at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he earned his PhD in Creative Writing in 2003.

Bart Yavorosky

Bart Yavorosky is an entrepreneur or unemployed writer depending on one’s perspective. He and his wife, Kirsten, live in an old gabled house with too many rooms and too much dust on a hill overlooking the James River in central Virginia.

Ronder Thomas Young

Ronder Thomas Young’s short stories and essays have been published in the Georgia Review, storySouth, Carve, Greensboro Review, and the Southeast Review, among others. She has also published three award-winning young adult novels: Moving Mama to Town (International Reading Association Award), Learning by
(ALA Notable Book), and Objects in Mirror (The New York Public Library’s 2003 Best Books for the Teen Age). She lives in Georgia with her husband, Glenn, and the youngest of her three sons, Ian.

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