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about the editors

Lori L. Lake is the author of six novels: Snow Moon Rising, Gun Shy, Under The Gun, Have Gun We’ll Travel, Different Dress, Ricochet In Time and the 2006 Golden Crown Literary Award Finalist, Have Gun We’ll Travel. She has also written a collection of short stories, Stepping Out, and edited the 2005 Lambda Literary Award Finalist, The Milk of Human Kindness: Lesbian Authors Write About Mothers and Daughters, as well as Romance for LIFE, an anthology benefiting breast cancer research. Lori and her partner of 25 years live in Minnesota where Lori teaches queer fiction writing at The Loft Literary Center. She is currently at work on her seventh novel and a book of writing advice. You can visit her website at


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.


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, Tatlin's Tower and, most recently, the anthology From Boys to Men: Gay Men Write About Growing Up. He lives in London.

about the photographer

Nicole C. Russell is an artist and writer who received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999 and her MFA from the University of Southern California in 2005. Nicole?s work explores human emotion and idiosyncrasy within the ordered structure of universal systems and daily routines. She works in a variety of mediums including installation, photo, sound, video, and fiction. She lives in Los Angeles.

about the authors

A lecturer, writing instructor and one time literary agent, Victor J. Banis is the critically acclaimed author ("a Master Storyteller..." Publishers Weekly) of more than 140 books, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as verse and shorter pieces published in numerous journals and reviews and several anthologies. A native of Ohio and long time Californian, he now lives and writes in West Virginia's beautiful blue ridge.

Sias Bryant may well be the busiest writer in the universe, at least, in her head. She is a short story guru that brings to her readers a tender and sometimes haunting portrayal of human vulnerabilities. Currently living in Minnesota, she resides with one spouse, one cat, and one dog, the order and number of which are not likely to change. Bryant's currrent off-line book project, Remnants of Shadow and Light, will be available in 2007.

Trisha Collopy is a writer living in St. Paul, Minn.

Robert M. Dewey says: "Liebestod: Love/Death" is my first published story - though I am in some ways an old hand at the story teller's art. In my twenties I was an actor, professional theatre director, and theatre arts instructor. I received a master's degree in theatre arts from the University of Washington and completed all but my dissertation in the theatre arts doctoral program at the University of Minnesota. I also have been a lawyer and served as academic dean for a system of three schools in Minneapolis. Since my retirement, I have devoted much of my time to fiction writing. I am a member of the Loft Literary Center and draw much of my inspiration and motivation from the classes I have taken there. In the past two years I have become fascinated by the famous gay historical figures during the time of Shakespeare - including Christopher Marlowe, King James the First of England, and Francis Bacon. I have been writing a collection of short stories about them entitled Queer Stories and Gay Adventures From Shakespeare's Time (For Fairies Only!).

James Friel's most recent novel, The Higher Realm, has been just won the 2006 Ilura Press Fiction Quest, and will appear in 2007. His work has appeared in Blithe House Quarterly, Etchings, Pretext, Pool 1&2, Boomerang, The Writers' Workbook, Time Out, Harpers & Queen, Fable, The Universe and Cercles as well as BBC Radio 3 and 4.

Lyda Morehouse writes about what gets most people in trouble: religion and politics. Her first novel Archangel Protocol, a cyberpunk hard-boiled detective novel with a romantic twist, won the 2001 Shamus for best paperback original. Apocalypse Array was awarded the Special Citation of Excellence (aka 2nd place) for the Philip K. Dick award.

Of Rick R. Reed, Unzipped magazine said, "You could call him the Stephen King of gay horror." Reed has chronicled the sexual and horrific lives of the misbegotten in novels like Obsessed, Penance, A Face Without a Heart, and In the Blood. In 2007, watch for the novels, IM and Deadly Vision: Book One of the Cassandra Chronicles. Reed's short fiction has appeared in nearly twenty anthologies; his short fiction was collected in 2006 in Twisted: Tales of Obsession and Terror. He lives in Miami, FL; visit him online at

Ruth Sims currently has one novel, The Phoenix, in print, as well as short stories and book reviews. Three other novels and short stories are in various stages. It was a true pleasure to have “Mariel” chosen for BHQ. On the heels of that, another short story, “Tom: or, An Improbable Tail” was chosen for inclusion in two anthologies: Charmed Lives (Lethe Press) and Best Gay Romance 2007 (Cleis Press). She also has reviewed Lori Lake’s Snow Moon Rising for Out In Jersey, and was co-featured with Patricia Nell Warren in an article appearing in the Canadian publication Outlooks.

Jessica Wicks lived much of her life in Houston, Texas, moving to Minneapolis six years ago, where she lives with her partner Robin. She has written articles for Texas Triangle, San Antonio Current, Queue Press, and on glbt subjects. She presently is working on a novel set in her former Houston Montrose neighborhood.