Issue 6: Dialectic vs Antinomy
A Publication of the USF MFA in Writing Program


Elmaz Abinader is a writer, poet, and playwright from Oakland, CA. Her works include a memoir, Children of the Roojme, a Family's Journey from Lebanon, and a poetry collection, In the Country of My Dreams. She has toured with 4 performance pieces and the Country of Origin Band. Her forthcoming works are another memoir, When Silence Was Frightening, and a poetry collection, The Torture Quartet and other Acts of Poetry. She teaches at Mills College. Her website can be visited at  
Jay C. Barmann is a fiction writer living in San Francisco.  
Ryan Bird's poems have been accepted in over 100 places. He is featured on, the TothWorld Podcasts, and will also appear in the Outside Voices anthology of 2008. His latest chapbook, A Foldout Map of North Purgatory, will be published through Plan B Press in the fall of 2007. He operates Um, Yeah Press, edits a tiny magazine called Twaddle, and urges you to please visit his blog. It lives here:  
Jennifer Chapis is author of the chapbook, The Beekeeper's Departure (Backwards City Press 2007) and a limited-edition broadside, "Poem as Tossed Salad" (Center for Book Arts 2002). She has published poems with The Iowa Review, DIAGRAM, Hotel America, McSweeney's, Barrow Street, Quarterly West, the Best New Poets anthology series, and others. Her work was recently recognized with the Florida Review Editor's Prize, the GSU Review Poetry Prize, and a Pushcart nomination. Jennifer lives in California, where she operate a Web site marketing company, WebAha!, with her husband, fiction writer Josh Goldfaden.  
Robin Demers is a poet who lives in San Francisco and is the author of two chapbooks, Two Red-Fingered Moons and Face of the Sea Lion. She has studied privately with Diane di Prima and founded the All Poets Welcome Reading Series. She currently attends the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco and works for the University of California Press.  
Camila Fernandez is a San Francisco-based fine art sculptor and painter. A graduate of the Academy of Art University, she now shows in the Wendt Gallery in Laguna Beach, California. Camila is also a teacher at Artworks Fine Art Studio in San Francisco. Camila has been featured in The Artist's Magazine and Her work can be seen at Camila and her husband, Andrew, will be welcoming their first baby boy in November.  
Allison Goldstein grew up in South Florida, and after trying out a few other states, currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the California College of the Arts in 2006 and has been published in Maximum Rock'n'Roll, and Italics Mine, among others, and currently writes educational articles about sexual health for Good Vibrations.  
Amy Jackson is a Canadian/Australian currently living in Melbourne, Australia. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in literary anthologies and journals in Australia and internationally. In 2006, she was Highly Commended in the word category in the Spirit of Youth Australia Awards and is a 2007 finalist for Young Writer of the Year by the Sunshine Coast Literary Association.  
Stacey Levine is a Seattle-based fiction writer whose books include My Horse and Other Stories, and Dra--, a novel, both published by Sun & Moon Press of L.A. Her second novel, Frances Johnson, was published by Clear Cut Press of Portland, Oregon, and was a finalist for Washington State's 2006 Book Award. She has won a PEN/West Fiction Award, an Artist Trust Fellowship. Her work has appeared in the Denver Quarterly, Fence, the American Book Review, The Stranger, The Seattle Times, Fodor's travel guides, and various anthologies. Formerly a creative writing instructor, she is now working on a second collection of short fiction.   
Miranda Mellis is the author of The Revisionist (Calamari Press, 2007) and an editor at The Encyclopedia Project. Her work has appeared in various publications, including, most recently, Tin House, Harper's, and Post Road.  
Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Gravities of Center (Arkipelago, 2003) and Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish, 2005), which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. Her work appears or is forthcoming in 2nd Avenue Poetry, American Poet: The Journal of the Academy of American Poets, Achiote Press, Action Yes, Asian Pacific American Journal, Boxcar Poetry Review, Chain, Crate, Interlope, New American Writing, Nocturnes Review, North American Review, Notre Dame Review, Octopus Magazine, Parthenon West Review, Shampoo Poetry, Tinfish, Versal, XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics, and others. She lives with her husband, poet Oscar Bermeo, in Oakland.  
In creating his artwork, rendered in his trademark graphic style with a bright color palette, Jake Watling draws from his environment and his past and present experiences. He utilizes imagery such as architecture, signage, people, and animals to explore such subjects as fear, money, myth, and religion. Watling has shown his artwork in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Bucheon Gallery, and Receiver Gallery. He has also exhibited his artwork in Minneapolis, New York City, Oakland, San Francisco, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. He received his BFA from the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota, and now lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and dog.  
Malena Watrous is a recent Jones Lecturer in Fiction Writing at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner fellow. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and was a Truman Capote fellow. Her fiction has been published in such literary journals as Story Quarterly, Triquarterly, and The Massachusetts Review, and her non-fiction has appeared on and in The Believer. She got her start writing restaurant reviews for Time Out New York and now contributes regular book reviews to The San Francisco Chronicle.  She is currently finishing a novel, for which she received a Michener-Copernicus award in 2006.  
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