Contributors to the Summer 2000 Issue:

Alexis Brodesky left Russia eight years ago, spent some time in Italy, then moved to New York City.  His published work - poems and essays - is in Russian;  the poem in this issue is the first one in English to be published.  Mr Brodesky teaches the violin for a living.
Please write to him in care of

Janet Buck has a Ph.D. in English and teaches writing and literature at the college level. Her poetry, poetics, and fiction have appeared in hundreds of journals world-wide.  Two of  Buck's poems have been nominated for this year's Pushcart Prize in Poetry and she is a recent recipient of The H.G. Wells Award for Literary Excellence.

In December 1999, Newton's Baby Press released her first print collection of poetry entitled Calamity's Quilt:

Janet's first e-book of poetry, entitled Reefs We Live, is now available at Word Wrangler Publishing:  In May 2000, Word Wrangler released Buck's first e-book of humor, Desideratum's Doggie Dish.  It contains what critics have called a biting, hilarious, and original look at the roles of men and women, the foibles of bureaucracy, and the hubris of  academia.  To order a copy, go to:

To read more of Janet's work or schedule a reading, go to

S.K. Johannesen is a native of New York City.  His stories and essays have appeared in Grain, Mlahat Review and Queen's Quarterly, and he has just finished a novel set in Denmark during the war.  He teaches courses in cultural criticism in the History Department of the University of Waterloo.

He can be reached at

Ward Kelley ( has published in the Ezines Pittsburgh Quarterly, 2River View, Oblique, Offcourse and Pif, and in print mags Potpourri and Skylark.   He was selected as featured poet by the Canadian Ezine Pyrowords as well as by Seeker and by England's Poetry Life and Times.  You can reach him at

Michael Kinnaird says:
i am forty-two years old.  i grew up on a farm, went to a small college, received a B.A. in psychology, have spent the last twenty years working with disturbed children and writing.  Please write to me in care of OFFCOURSE.

Elisha Porat's work has also appeared in previous issues of Offcourse.  He is the author of "The Messiah of La Guardia," a collection of short stories, published by Mosaic, Buffalo, NY
(ISBN 0-88962-614-6, 176 pages, $14.95.)  Reviews: porat-reviews.

Short Anthologies from the author's works can be found at:

Elisha Porat's translator, Mr. Alan Sacks, was for many years an attorney who received his undergraduate, graduate and law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a judge now, and lives with his wife and two children in Philadelphia. He has translated Hebrew for the foreign Broadcast Information Service of the United States Government. He has been translating Mr. Porat's stories since 1988.

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