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Don Bapst
Born in Chicago, Don Bapst lived in New York, San Francisco, London, Paris and Ouagadougou (the capital of Burkina Faso in West Africa). He received a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Brooklyn College where he studied with Allen Ginsberg. He has worked as a French to English translator, a publicist and a teacher of English, has performed original work in Chicago, New York and San Francisco, and has written for numerous publications including The Windy City Times, Echo, Bay Times, blue (Australia), Gejzer (Poland), Female F.Y.I., Edge, The Worcester Sunday Telegram, Creampuff, The Connoisseur's France and Exquisite Corpse. Currently, he resides in New York where he has served as an editor at the Rough Guides, a leading British travel guide series.
Nicholas Bhasin
Nicholas Bhasin is a comedy writer and screenwriter. He is a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre team, Pound, and a new, exciting, but as yet unnamed, sketch comedy group. He works as a script analyst for Miramax Films.
Bill Bilodeau

Bill is the editor of a small daily newspaper in New Hampshire. He studied creative writing at Harvard and is currently at work on a novel. He is married... with children.

Vivian Conan Vivian is a New York based freelance writer.
Neal A. Corl Neal A. Corl has been writing short stories, plays and screenplays for six years. He is finishing his first novel, Glory/America, Indeed. He is also an actor and a filmmaker. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Neal lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Nicola, and son, Henry.
Kristin Espeland Kristin Espeland lives and works in New York City. She made it out of Iowa City alive, minus the perfect job.
Thomas Fast

Thomas, a.k.a. Naked Man, is teaching English and Spanish to junior high and high school students in Japan. He studied art history at New York University and has traveled and lived throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia. His photographs have appeared in articles and magazines, and have been exhibited in Japan. He also makes guest appearances as a DJ at his local coffee house in Okayama City.

Johanna Li Johanna is an associate editor at Simon & Schuster. Despite repeated attempts at rehabilitation she still likes to draw.
Benjamin Malcolm Benjamin is a Washington, D.C. based freelance writer. He currently works as a program associate in an international educational development organization. In the past he has worked as a journalist and, later, as a Peace Corps teacher/volunteer in Thailand. When he isn't working on poetry, short fiction, or his novel, Benjamin plots how he will get back to Asia in time for World Cup 2002.
Anthony Mariani Anthony Mariani is former music editor of the Houston Press in Texas. His writing on music has recently appeared in The Village Voice, Vibe and Salon
Laura Emily Mason Laura is both a reference librarian in a pubic library, and a business systems analyst for a major U.S. Corporation. She is currently at work on a memoir, Losing the Atmosphere.
Amy Prince Amy Diane Prince is a writer, translator and teacher living in New York City. Her translations have appeared in a variety of literary anthologies and journals, and her translation of "Benita" by Benita Galeana was awarded an NEA grant. Amy has recently finished her first book of fiction, titled "A Hand, an Egg, a Pie," and DUCTS is proud to feature an excerpt from that work.
Harilyn Rousso Harilyn is an educator, social worker, psychotherapist and activist who has worked in the disability rights field, with an emphasis on issues of women and girls with disabilities, for more than twenty years. She is also a writer and painter, incorporating disability-related themes into her work. Harilyn is the author of the book "Disabled, Female and Proud! Stories of Ten Women with Disabilities," co-editor of a text on gender issues for students receiving special education services, and contributor to a variety of journals. Largely a self-taught artist, she has been a resident at the Millay Colony for the Arts and Vermont Studio School, and has had individual and group shows in NYC.
Hannele Rubin After a bad breakup with an Israeli Tank Commander, Bachelor Girl purchased the entire "Relationships" section at Barnes & Noble. On her way out, she also grabbed a copy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez' 100 Years of Solitude. Bachelor Girl is a 20-year veteran of fixup flops, bad bar pickup lines, great sex with bad men, and failed attempts to see the merits of socially maladjusted -- but marriage-minded -- guys. She's also a freelance journalist.
Thaddeus Rutkowski Thaddeus grew up in central Pennsylvania and lives in Manhattan. His novel, Roughhouse, was published by Kaya Production, New York. His fiction was nominated for a 1998 Pushcart Prize. He has read his work at many New York spaces, including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, where he has won the Friday poetry slam.
Ryan Van Winkle Ryan Van Winkle is 23 years old and lives out of a back pack. He has no permanent residence and is a happy freelance writer. He spends as much time naked as humanly possible. E-Mail him at
Christine Walters Christine has produced live action and animated series for the Children's Television Workshop, Jim Henson Productions, Comedy Central and HBO. She's given voice to many bimbos on the animated series, Beavis and Butthead. Christine also performs improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater with her group "Mother."
Jonathan Kravetz
Jonathan is a Brooklyn based freelance writer.
Philip Shane
Philip is a freelance film editor. His programs have appeared on PBS, ABC, Cinemax, Lifetime Television, The Learning Channel, and in theaters and film festivals around the world. He lives in New York with his wife Julie.
Rachelle Meyer
Rachelle is a freelance artist, designer and writer. She often works under the pseudonym Plasmotica Studios to seem worldly and mysterious. She loves bacon.
Veera Hiranandani
children's editor
Veera is currently an Assistant Editor at Simon & Schuster. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and has taught fiction writing at Gotham Writers' Workshop in Manhattan. She writes both adult and children's fiction and her work has been published in Pearl Magazine.
Laura Buchholz
humor editor
Laura is a science editor about town, most recently at the medical website She has studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and has collaborated on two short films by Please Stop Stealing My Bike Productions.
Christine Walters
Christine has produced live action and animated series for the Children's Television Workshop, Jim Henson Productions, Comedy Central and HBO. She's given voice to many bimbos on the animated series, Beavis and Butthead. Christine also performs improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater with her group "Mother."
Helen Zelon
Helen's writing has appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Family Circle, Brooklyn Bridge and Scientific American: Explorations. A proud booster of her adopted hometown (New York), she is a nonfiction contributor to Totally Brooklyn.
DUCTS summer issue 2001
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