Carlos Adams is finishing his dissertation titled simply "Encuentros" in the American Studies Program at Washington State University while at the same time working as a part-time faculty member in the English Department and the American Cultural Studies Program at Western Washington University. His dissertation focuses on the construction of Chicano and Latino masculinity and looks for ways to understand and redefine what it is to be macho. "Machismo and Geographies of Hope" is his first published article and addresses the ideology and practice of hope and its relationship to machismo. He is a father of four and grandfather of seven wonderful children who seeks a better world for them than he inherited.

Donald L. Anderson is currently completing his Master's degree in English at Western Washington University. He is an active musician and writer. His interests include European Sex and Horror cinema, films of Woody Allen, experimental music, and contemporary French theory. He is currently applying the theories of Deleuze & Guattari to avant-garde rock music.

Ivan Callus is Lecturer in English at the University of Malta, where he teaches courses in literary theory and contemporary narrative. He is working on a book on the anagram notebooks of Ferdinand de Saussure and his current research interests include work on thanatography and on cultural memory in the Mediterranean. He and Stefan Herbrechter have edited Discipline and Practice: The (Ir)resistibility of Theory (Bucknell University Press, 2004; forthcoming), and they are currently working on a volume on Posthumanism, Science and Literature.

Benjamin D. Carson is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he is specializing in Critical Theory, and American Postmodernism and Ethnicity: Fiction and Theory. His work has appeared in Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal and NYU's Online Journal of Education, Media, and Health.

Doug Cunningham teaches in the Department of English and Fine Arts at the United States Air Force Academy. He is currently writing a book about the history and films of the Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit. He can be reached at vertigodac [at]

Joanna Frueh is an art critic, art historian, and performance artist. She is writing The Aesthetics of Orgasm, a memoir. Her most recent book is Monster/Beauty: Building the Body of Love (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001). She teaches at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Stefan Herbrechter is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Analysis at Trinity and All Saints, College of the University of Leeds, UK. He teaches courses in Cultural Studies, Critical and Cultural Theory and Literature. He is the author of Lawrence Durrell, Postmodernism and the Ethics of Alterity (1999) and editor of Cultural Studies: Interdisciplinarity and Translation (2002). He is currently working on a book on Strangers and Strangeness.

Paula Kamen is a journalist and the author of Her Way: Young Women Remake the Sexual Revolution (NYU Press, 2000; Broadway Books, 2002). Her first book was Feminist Fatale: Voices from the Twentysomething Generation Explore the Future of the Women's Movement (Donald I. Fine, 1991), about bost-boomer views of feminism. She is also the author of the play Jane: Abortion and the Underground. She is now working on a third book about chronic pain and other "invisible" primarily women's health ailments. Since 1994, she has been a visiting research scholar with the Northwestern University's Gender Studies Program. Please visit her webpage at «».

Michelle Kelly is a postgraduate student at the University of Sydney.

Carol Siegel, Professor of English and American Studies at Washington State University Vancouver, is the author of Lawrence among the Women, Male Masochism: Modern Revisions of the Story of Love, and New Millennial Sexstyles, and co-edits the interdisciplinary journals Rhizomes and Genders. Her current book project has the working title, "Decline of Goth's Dark Empire: A Deleuzian Journey."

Phil Smith is a UK based artist, performer and teacher who has specialised in theatre-making, writing over 100 theatre productions, including work with TNT (Munich), the St Petersburg State Comedy Theatre and Opera North (UK). More recently, he has been experimenting with urban exploration as a member of the site-specific company Wrights & Sites (Exeter, UK, «»), publishing in September 2003 and An Exeter Mis-Guide, «». See also "Dread, Route and Time" at «» and "A. J. Salmon" at «». He has been Visiting Lecturer at the universities of Exeter and Plymouth and at Dartington College of Arts teaching Playwriting, Rough Theatre, Neo-Symbolist Theatre and Avant-Garde Theatre.

Mark Zuss is an associate professor in the Literacy Studies Program of Lehman College, City University of New York. His recent work pursues the workings of theoretical curiosity in the material practice of specific contemporary forms of technoculture, expressive arts and political activism.