Lauren K. Alleyne is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Cornell University. Her work has appeared in the The Banyan Review, Black Arts Quarterly, The Caribbean Writer, and The Hampden-Sydney Review, and is forthcoming in McSweeney's Internet Tendency and New Writing. Alleyne is the 2003 winner of The Atlantic Monthly's Student Writing Contest and a Cave Canem Fellow.
Maureen Alsop has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and is the poetry curator at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Her poems have appeared or are pending in Adirondack Review, Arsenic Lobster, Cider Press Review, 88, MARGIE, Texas Review, and Typo, among other publications.
Kevin Conder is the author of two books: Learning to Scream and The Yellow Earth. His poetry has appeared in The North American Review, The Pedestal, and elsewhere. Conder holds a MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona.
Mike Coughlin lives in Northern California, where he does whatever it is that Northern Californians do. As an east coast transplant and a fan of the Boston Red Sox, he will never forgive Johnny Damon for signing with the New York Yankees.
Joellen Craft graduated from Oberlin College and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she works as the pastry chef for a neighborhood restaurant. She
hopes to buy a car and leave New York before her five-year reunion rolls around.
Mark Cunningham lives near Charlottesville, Virginia. His poems in this issue of 2RV come from a manuscript of poems on numbers and letters, currently titled Primer. Other poems have appeared in The Potomac and Rhino; a larger selection of poems on parts of the body appears in Mudlark.
Jeannine Hall Gailey has had poems in The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Evansville Review, The Iowa Review, and Verse Daily. Her first book of poetry, Becoming the Villainess, is available from Steel Toe Books; and her chapbook, Female Comic Book Superheroes, is available from Pudding House Press.
Zachary Greenwald will graduate in May 2007 from New York University, where he has been awarded the Thomas Wolfe Prize for Poetry.
Phoebe North lives in suburban New Jersey. Her latest accomplishments are graduating summa cum laude from William Paterson University; publishing several of her poems in Burning Leaf, Elimae, and Stirring, among others; and scoring her first seven-letter word--sillier--in Scrabble.
Stephanie Smith is an MFA graduate from the University of Miami. She now lives in Homestead, Florida, where she and her husband are expecting their first child. Her work has appeared in the Cimarron Review, Gulfstream, and elsewhere.