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Jerod Santek is Director of Programs for Writers at the Loft Literary Center. His poetry and prose have appeared in many places, including Blithe House Quarterly (BHQ4.4), Ploughshares and in the anthology Things Shaped In Passing: More ‘Poets for Life’ Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. He is grateful for the many writers he has had the opportunity to work with, both known and soon-to-be-known and to be able to present some of those voices in this issue.

Aldo Alvarez is the author of Interesting Monsters (Graywolf Press), featured as one of the best short story collections of the Fall 2001 book season by The Washington Post Book World. A nominee for the 2002 Violet Quill Award, City Pages called Interesting Monsters"experimental fiction meant for wide audiences -- very accessible and entertaining...It is also queer fiction that has grown up past adolescence; it's affectionate and funny, but reasonable."

Aldo received a Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Columbia University in the city of New York and a Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University (SUNY). He was a Fiction Scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in 1998 and was featured in OUT Magazine's OUT 100 list of "gay success stories of 2001".  In October 2004, he was presented with a Trailblazer Award; the Bailiwick Repertory Trailblazer Awards honor "members of the GLBT community who have had an impact in the fields of arts, journalism, community activism, and sports".

Aldo founded Blithe House Quarterly in 1997 and currently serves as its Executive Editor, Designer and Publisher. He is a professor of English at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago. He loves to get e-mail from BHQ readers.

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Read Kurt Heintz' interview with Aldo Alvarez about "the basics of BHQ and his aspirations for it" at Plain Text.



Valeria Vegas writes novels, prose poems, essays, and plays.  Her work has been produced and published in venues large and small, including "How To Fix Your Ford" at Luna Sea Theatre in San Francisco and a redneck epistolary pornographic novella titled XOXO, BOBBY JO, out on H.E.A.D. Press.  Her essays and stories have been published in over 35 magazines and anthologies including Tattoo Highway, Edifice Wrecked, and REGENERATION: Telling Stories from Our Twenties.  She is the editor of XX magazine and STEWED, SCREWED, AND TATTOOED, an anthology of today's most fucked geniuses, due out in Fall of 2005.  She lives in San Francisco and designs baby accessories and clothes for punk rock mamas and their spawn.


Eric Karl Anderson's first novel, Enough, was published in 2004. More info can be found at His work has appeared in Blithe House Quarterly (BHQ6.3), BiMagazine, Riverbabble, Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly and Tatlin's Tower. He lives in London.

about the photographer

Aaron Gang is a professional photographer specializing in actor's headshots -- a photographer with an MA in creative writing (poetry). Who knew?

about the authors

Dale Gregory Anderson's short fiction has been published in North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Blithe House Quarterly (BHQ4.4), Indiana Review, and elsewhere. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona.  Among his awards are a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, a SASE/Jerome Award, and a grant from the Jerome Foundation.

Brian Malloy is the author of the award-winning novel The Year of Ice, which was selected as a New York Times New and Noteworthy Book of 2003. A second novel is forthcoming from St. Martin's Press.  His awards include the American Library Association's Alex Award, a Booklist Editor's Choice Award, and grants from the Jerome Foundation, the General Mills Foundation, and the Vermont Studio Center. His nonfiction has appeared in the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology The Man I Might Become. His second novel, Brendan Wolf, is forthcoming from St. Martin's Press. His first novel for young adults, entitled Twelve Long Months, will be published by Scholastic in 2007.

Jonathan Odell was born and raised in Mississippi, growing up in the institutional segregation of a small town. He now resides in Minnesota, and lectures around the country on the subject of race relations. He is the author of The View from Delphi and his work is included in the anthology of short stories from the South, Stories from the Blue Moon Café.

Gary Eldon Peter's short stories have appeared in Water—Stone, Great River Review, and River Oak Review. His awards include a 2002 Loft Mentor Series Award, a 2000 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers/Loft Award in Creative Prose, and a 1999 Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship. He is working on a novel and a collection of short fiction.

Molly Quinn holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her fiction has appeared in River City.  She is employed as a Mental Health Worker at Hennepin County Medical Center. Currently, she is working on a collection of short stories set in Minneapolis.

Andrea Worth's writing has appeared in Speakeasy, Water~Stone, Spout, and elsewhere. She is completing a short story collection about the building of the Golden Gate Bridge.