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Aydın Bal

Aydın Bal is currently working on his doctorate degree and teaching at Arizona State University. He writes theatre plays, poetry and short stories.


Jen Bal

J. Bal is an anthropologist and writer of prose and poetry.


Eric Holland

As an Arizona Native, Eric grew up seeing diversity as a way of life that eventually made the state what it is today: Endearing.

He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and later a Masters of Education in Bilingual studies. Eric’s English Second Language students help target his inspiration and ideas for the ballads and dime-store ditties on “Without Borders”. Eric plays solo acoustic exclusively at El Paso BarBQ Rib Company in Greater Phoenix.


Zeynep Kılıç

Zeynep Kılıç is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Arizona State University. Her current research is on immigration, citizenship and cultural identity.


Sahee Kil

Sahee Kil is a doctoral candidate at the School of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State Univeristy. She is also a board member and volunteer with Border Action Network, a grass-roots non-profit that works to resist the militarizing effects of US American southern border policy based in Tucson, AZ. She can be reached at with comments and questions about this piece.


Gabriel Kuhn

Gabriel Kuhn was born in Austria and received his formal education there (except for a short stint at ASU), but lived abroad for the rest of his life, both as a child and as an adult. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy. Gabriel can be reached at


Julie Mardin

Julie Mardin is a photographer and writer living in New York City.  Her latest series, "Conspiracy Theories", is a careful jumble of toys, masks and action heroes, exploring the information overload we face on a daily basis


Demetria Martinez

Demetria Martinez earned her BA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Her books include award-winning Mother Tongue and two books of poetry, Breathing Between the Lines and The Devil’s Workshop. Her collected essays, Confessions of a Berlitz Tape Chicana will be out in spring 2005. She writes a column for the National Catholic Reporter, an independent progressive newsweekly, and she teaches writing workshops throughout the year.


Ferhat Özgür

Ferhat is an Associate Professor in the Department of Painting, College of Fine Arts at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. His works were exhibited in various contemporary art shows and international biennales both in Turkey and abroad. His research and review pieces on art frequently appear in newspapers and publications such as Cumhuriyet Gazetesi, Cumhuriyet-Kitap, Arredamento Mimarlık, Milliyet Sanat, Skala, Yapı Kredi-Kitaplık, Genç Sanat, Türkiye'de Sanat.


Uğur Sak

Ugur Sak is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and School Psychology at the University of Arizona. His research interest includes giftedness, talent, expertise, and creativity.


Özgür Soğancı

İsmail Özgür Soğancı, is a PhD candidate at Arizona State University and is currently working on his dissertation which problemetizes the gap between the Kemalist art educational practice in Turkey and the historical visual traditions of Anatolia with a focus on the place of figurative representation in the cultures of Islam. He is also interested in art making and chooses to conserve his work in book format some of which can be seen in his website:


Sinan Yucel

Sinan Yucel holds a BA and an MSA in Graphic Design. Aside from his professional design work, he paints a little bit, draws a little bit, and even writes a little bit.



Photography on the cover and contents pages by Aydın Bal.
Design by Sinan Yucel.