Editor Bouldrey (The Genius of Desire, 1993) notes that his goals in this second installment of an annual collection were to ``highlight new talent. . . showcase established writers'' and to ``bring attention to published work that might have had limited distribution.'' He accomplishes all three, producing an anthology strong on less well-known writers (including Russell Leong, Mitchell Cullin, and Karl Woelz) and venues but also featuring some effective work by such well-established figures as Andrew Holleran, Stephen Beachy, Michael Nava, and Dale Peck.
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