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Jason Heroux is the authour of a poetry collection titled ‘Memoirs of an Alias’ (The Mansfield Press, 2004), and a short novella is scheduled to appear in ‘Particle and Wave: A Mansfield Omnibus of Electro-Magnetic Fiction’ later this year. His first Mercutio Press chapbook, ‘Leaving The Road,’ was published in 2003. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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Catherine Paquette is a Montreal-based writer. Her work has appeared in publications such as brokenpencil, misunderstandings magazine, Vallum: contemporary poetry, and Fireweed. She is currently revising a collection of prose poems called: see you in hell—suckers and plans to write a mystery novel on the ever-so-broad subject of time.

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Michael Bryson is the author two short stories collections: Thirteen Shades of Black and White (Turnstone Press, 1999) and Only A Lower Paradise (Boheme Press, 2000). He is also the founding editor and publisher of the online literary magazine, danforthreview.com. His story "Six Million Million Miles" appeared in 05: Best Canadian Stories (Oberon Press, 2005).

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Liane Styker is currently completing her BA in English Literature at Concordia University. An avid traveler and collector of experience, she aspires to eventually becoming an established writer and teacher. She has completed two other books of poetry, is currently working on a novel and was nominated for the Irving Layton Award for Creative Writing in 2005. Her writing has also been featured in the British publication Fire and the Montreal-based Pouèt-cafëe.

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Brought up in New Brunswick, Sandra Bunting is strongly influenced by her Canadian roots while maintaining a love for the west of Ireland, especially the city of Galway where she now lives with her husband and two daughters. To facilitate her interest in travel, she taught English in Madrid, worked at a zoo in France, a chambermaid in Brighton and a barmaid in Edinburgh. With a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson in Toronto, she has worked in radio, television and print and is now a frequent contributor to various publications. She is working on a novel and a number of other projects.

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Zachariah Wells is a man of many hats. He is the author of the poetry collections Fool's Errand and Unsettled, a prolific critic and essayist, a translator and an editor. Some of his poems are being translated into Serbo-Croatian for an anthology of Canadian poets to be published in Bosnia. In previous lives, he has been an ice cream slinger, cargo handler, security guard and bartender. Originally from Prince Edward Island, he has since lived in Ottawa, Montreal, Nunavut and twice in Halifax, where he presently lives and works as a conductor on board the train to Montreal.

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Fiction writer, poet, and playwright J. J. Steinfeld lives in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He has published a novel and nine short story collections, the previous three collections by Gaspereau Press: Should the Word Hell Be Capitalized? (1999), Anton Chekhov Was Never in Charlottetown (2000), and Would You Hide Me? (2003). His stories and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals, and over thirty of his one-act and full-length plays have been performed in various forms, ranging from staged readings to full productions. Mercutio Press published an earlier chapbook of his short fiction, of which The Danforth Review wrote, “Curiosity to Satisfy and Fear to Placate packs a big punch for such a small collection. It is not the usual chapbook fare. It is literature daring to ask big questions...and admitting that the answers will still be a long time coming.”

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Denis Richard Robillard was born. He currently lives in Windsor, Ontario. He has been writing poetry since his early teens. While living out west in the 1990's, he participated in various writing classes with the likes of Dennis Cooley, Pat Friesen and Fraser Sutherland. Chris Scott, a novelist originally from England, mentored him in 1998-99. Robillard has had a dust speck of success in publications starting in 1986 up to the present. They include: Tyro (1986-89), Generations 90 ,(1990), and Am/ Use Me (1993-94). Since 1999 his poems have appeared in Rampike, Rattle Magazine, Kaleidoscope and The Butcher’s Shop Press out of Oneonta, New York. In 2003 he was reviewed in the small presses in Florida as well as with New Hope International in the UK. Robillard has several more on-line webzine credits, including: Impetus, Dufus Magazine and Regina Weese (2003-2004), as well as Lit Kicks and Rudolph’s Diner (2002). His latest printed works have appeared in Algoma Ink (Spring, 2003). Robillard’s is also an amateur photographer and has had three shows to date. You can view his print and photo work at Robipoet.8m.com

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Richard L. Provencher was born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. His writing combines a love of the outdoors with contemporary issues. He feels poetry should be a global adventure, a journey without borders. Richard is a member of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia and has many poems in print and online. In The Light Of Day is Richard's first book of poetry. He and his wife, Esther, live in Truro, Nova Scotia.

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Zsolt Alapi was born in Budapest, Hungary and grew up in the U.S. and Europe. He is the former editor of the literary magazine, Atropos, and has published poetry and fiction in Canadian, British, and U.S. magazines. He has written on Pound, Williams, Creeley, Olson, and other 20th century poets. Zsolt lives in Montreal and teaches at Marianopolis College and Concordia University.

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Shane Plante is co-founder of the Pacific Northwest sound poetry ensemble, Seattle Supersonnets. He currently lives in Nova Scotia.

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Jeanette Lynes has published three books of poetry: A Woman Alone on the Atikokan Highway (Wolsak and Wynn, 1999), Left Fields (Wolsak and Wynn, 2003), and The Aging Cheerleader's Alphabet (Mansfield Press, 2003). She has received the Bliss Carmen Poetry Award and Left Fields was a finalist for the 2003 Pat Lowther Award. Jeanette lives in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

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Ben Kalman is the founder and editor of Mercutio Press. He has published three chapbooks, In the City (Mercutio Press, 2002), Scattered Thoughts (Pooka Press, 2003), and Writing In Violence (Mercutio Press, 2003). His work has appeared in various venues, including the true fiction: art anthology (jesusbunnypress, 2002), SAM (jesusbunnypress, 2003), The Antigonish Review, Muse Apprentice Guild, and Carve.

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Wayne (Scott) Ray is the founder of HMS Press publishing, the Multicultural Poetry Reading Series (University of Toronto), Scarborough Arts Council Poetry Contest, co-founder and Secretary/Treasurer of the Canadian Poetry Association (1985-88 Toronto & 1992-1995 London) and co-chairman of the League of Canadian Poets: Associates (Toronto) for 1985/86. He was co-director of the Beaches Poetry Workshop (Toronto) in 1983. Since moving to London, Ontario, he has helped form the local chapter of the C.P.A and is the National Coordinator of the C.P.A. He was the recipient of the Editors Prize for 'Best Poet Published in 1989' from Canadian Author and Bookman. He was instrumental in helping establish the London Arts Council and is the Past President of the New London Arts Festival for 1999-2001. He is listed in Who's Who in Ontario 1995. Wayne has several books of poetry and non-fiction published as well as credits in; anthologies, periodicals, journals and newspapers across Canada between 1983 and 2003.

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Matthew Tierney spent a year abroad in Tokyo and returned home (in part) by way of the Trans-Mongolian Express, a subroute of the Trans-Siberian Express, one of the last, great transcontinental rail routes. This chapbook comprises one section of his first book, Full Speed Through the Morning Dark, which will be published by Wolask & Wynn in Fall 2004. Other selections have appeared in literary journals in Canada and Ireland, including The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review and Event, among others. He hopes that one day this poem will be translated into Australian, and would like to take the opportunity to remind Vaughan Patrick Marshall to speak properly.

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rob mclennan is a prolific poet, editor, publisher & visual artist. the author of over three dozen poetry chapbooks, he won the 1999 CAA/Air Canada Award for most promising writer (in any genre) in Canada under 30. three times short-listed for the Archibald Lampman Award for best book of poetry in Ottawa-Carleton, his 8th full collection is red earth (Black Moss Press, 2003), & another, the longpoem, what's left (Talonbooks), appears the following spring. the editor/publisher of above/ground press & the longpoem magazine STANZAS, he edits the cauldron books series through Broken Jaw Press &, most recently, the anthologies side/lines: a new canadian poetics (Insomniac Press) & Groundswell: best of above/ground press, 1993-2003 (cauldron books / Broken Jaw Press). a former resident of Glengarry County, Ontario, he currently lives in Ottawa (even though he was born there), where he co-ordinates events & the semi-annual ottawa small press book fair through the small press action network - ottawa (span-o). he is completing a novel, a collection of essays & a poetry ms entitled the news. his clever website is at www.track0.com/rob_mclennan

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Michelle Tracy has previously published poetry in Fiddlehead, Tessera, and Women's Education des femmes. Having completed her Master's degree in Québécois literature at l'UQÀM, she now lives in Ottawa,writes poetry and works in Web publishing at the National Library of Canada

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Marlène Malenfant - originally from Montreal, Marlène Malenfant now lives in Quebec City. She is a multidisciplinary photographer and is currently completing her Master's degree in multimedia design at Laval University. Through her company, Média Graf design, she hopes to create original designs where simplicity carries meaning.

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Patrick de Moss is currently a student at Concordia U. A resident of Montreal, he lives in the countryside with his ghosts and cats.

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