Here's a bit of background on some of the contributors to this issue:
Khalid Bekkaoui ("The Cow") teaches English Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Fez, Morocco. His books include White Women Captives in North Africa available from Palgrave Macmillan.
Elizabeth Bruce ("Dolores") lives in Washington, D.C. This story is part of a collection-in-progress of short stories, each of which begins with the words "One dollar." Her novel And Silent Left the Place is available via Amazon.
Pat Connors ("Fallow") lives in Toronto. Pat's chapbook Scarborough Songs was published by Lyricalmyrical Press and he is a manager of the local chapter of 100,000 Poets for Change.
Gregg Dotoli ("Come On Dream") is a white-hat hacker and poet whose collection Poetry Fob is available from Underground Books.
Tye Kraimer ("The Dollhouse") lives near Christie Pits in Toronto and is preparing an upcoming novel.
Elga Mannik ("Istanbul") is the Europe-based associate editor of the Spadina Literary Review. Parts 1 and 2 of "Istanbul" appeared in issues #23 & #24.
Dianne Scott ("Demise") is a Toronto writer and poet. You can visit Dianne at diannescott.ca.
Richard Sleboe ("Tour de France") lives in New Orleans. An avid cyclist, Richard reports that he was once mistaken for a contestant in the Paris-Nice race.
Ajay Tulsiani ("Priorities") lives in Mumbai where he is an editor for Slice of Life Literary Magazine. See some of Ajay's poetry in his collection Romance the Night.
Melissa Weiss ("For What It's Worth") is a creative writing student at UBC and co-runs One Button Press in Kelowna, B.C.
Eliot Wilson ("There's a Problem") is a journalist and commentator in the UK, US and Middle East. Eliot blogs at reflectionsofasybarite.