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Contributor Notes and Cover Credit: Summer 2005


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Jane Barnes graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has published stories, essays, and two novels. She has written and produced documentaries for the PBS programs Frontline and American Masters. Her Frontline documentary, “The Choice ’96,” won an Emmy.

Leonard Chang’s ?rst novel The Fruit N’ Food won the Black Heron Press Award for Social Fiction. His recent books include Over the Shoulder (Ecco P/Harper Collins) and Underkill (St. Martin’s P).

Matt Freidson’s work has been published in StoryQuarterly, New England Review, and Ontario Review. His writing re?ects his experience as a refugee community worker and his time spent in Ha Noi, Viet Nam.

Ron Hansen is the author of eight books, including the short story collection Nebraska and several novels, the most recent of which is Isn’t It Romantic? (HarperCollins). “Wilde in Omaha” is based in part on an article from the Spring 1940 issue of Prairie Schooner.

Lee Martin is the author of two memoirs, Turning Bones (University of Nebraska P) and From Our House (Dutton), the novels Quakertown (Dutton) and The Bright Forever (Shaye Areheart), and a story collection, The Least You Need to Know (Sarabande P).

Lon Otto is the author of two short story collections, A Nest of Hooks (U Iowa P), which won the Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction, and Cover Me (Coffee House P).

Rita Mae Reese’s work has appeared in Shenandoah, Mid-American Review, and River Styx. “My Summer in Vulcan” is forthcoming in From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction (Atlantic Monthly P).


Suzanne Berger’s books include Legacies (Alice James P) and These Rooms (Penmaen). Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Agni.

Michael Blumenthal lives and teaches in France. His books include All My Mothers & Fathers (HarperCollins) and Dusty Angel (BOA Editions).

Sigman Byrd’s poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, the Southern Review, Crazyhorse, and others.

Cathy Colman won the Felix Pollak Prize from the University of Wisconsin for her book, Borrowed Dress, and has written reviews for the New York Times. Her work appears in Colorado Review, Quarterly West, and others. Jim Daniels’s books include Show and Tell: New and Selected Poems (U of Wisconsin P) and Detroit Tales (Michigan State UP).

Denise Duhamel’s most recent books are Two and Two (U Pittsburgh P) and Mille et un Sentiments (Firewheel Ed.).

Stephen Dunn is the author of thirteen books of poems, including Different Hours (W. W. Norton), winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book is The Insistence of Beauty (W.W. Norton).

Julie Fay’s latest poetry collection, Blue Scorpion, is forthcoming from Truman State University Press, and she is a 2004 –2005 Senior Fulbright Researcher/Lecturer in Montpellier, France.

Annie Finch’s books of poetry include Calendars (Tupelo P), The Encyclopedia of Scotland (Salt Publishing), and The Body of Poetry, a collection of essays from Univ. of Michigan Press.

Alice Friman is the author of Zoo (University of Arkansas P), winner of the Ezra Pound Poetry Award from Truman State University, and the Sheila Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club. Her new collection, The Book of the Rotten Daughter, is forthcoming from BkMk Press.

Mark Halperin’s books include Time as Distance (New Issues P) and The Measure of Islands (Wesleyan UP). He has recently returned from teaching in Odessa, Ukraine on a Fulbright grant.

Brian Henry has published three books of poetry including, Astronaut (Carnegie Mellon P), American Incident (Salt Publishing), and Graft (New Issues P). He is the editor of Verse.

Christina Hutchins has published work in Nimrod, Cream City Review, and North American Review, among others. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.

Barbara F. Lefcowitz is the author of eight collections of poetry and has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the NEA. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

George Looney’s collection, The Precarious Rhetoric, is forthcoming from White Pine Press. Recent work appears in Southern Review, Third Coast, Ascent, and Willow Springs.

Jonathan Johnson’s nonfiction book Hannah and the Mountain is available from the University of Nebraska Press’ American Lives Series. His collection of poetry, Mastadon, 80% Complete, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press.

Jesse Lee Kercheval was born in France and raised in Florida. Her second book of poems, DogAngel, was published in 2004 by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her story from the Summer 2003 issue of Prairie Schooner received an honorable mention in the 2005 Pushcart Prize anthology.

Marilyn Krysl has published seven books of poetry and three books of stories. Her work has been anthologized in several collections including, Best American Short Stories 2000, O. Henry Prize Stories, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology.

Gwyn McVay is the author of two chapbooks: Brother Ikon (Inkstone P) and This Natural History (Pecan Grove P). Her work has appeared in Boulevard, New American Writing, Ploughshares, and elsewhere.

Diane Mehta’s poems have appeared in Agni, Southern Review, Poetry, and Bomb Magazine.

Constance Merritt’s poems appear in the New Yorker, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner. Her honors include the Rona Jaffe Writer’s Foundation Award and the Vassar Miller Prize for her collection, A Protocol for Touch. She is currently the Banister Writer-in-Residence at Sweet Briar College.

Leslie Adrienne Miller’s ?fth collection of poems is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2007. Her previous collections include Eat Quite Everything You See (Graywolf P), Yesterday Had a Man In It (Carnegie Mellon UP), and Ungodliness (Carnegie Mellon UP).

Joel Peckham has published work in several journals including Southern Review, Black Warrior Review, and Prairie Schooner.

Marge Piercy is a poet, novelist, and essayist. Her most recent collection of poetry is Colors Passing Through (Knopf) and her most recent novel is Third Child (HarperCollins).

Jon Pineda is the author of Birthmark (Southern Illinois UP), winner of the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition.

Elizabeth Poliner’s poetry and stories have appeared in Southern Review, Pleiades, and Other Voices among others. Her novel-in-stories, Mutual Life & Casualty, is available from Permanent Press.

James Ragan is Director of the Graduate Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California. His books include The Hunger Wall, Womb-Weary, and The World Shouldering.

J. Ely Shipley recently completed his ?rst manuscript of poems, Boy with Flowers. He has published in the North American Review and was a finalist for the 2003 James Hearst Prize for Poetry.

Joan Siegel’s work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly and the Gettysburg Review. She is co-author of Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter (Grayson Books).

Floyd Skloot’s memoir entitled, In the Shadow of Memory (U Nebraska P), won both the PEN Center USA Literary Award and Independent Publisher’s Book Award, and was also a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. Its sequel, A World of Light, will be published this year.

Aaron Smith is the author of Blue on Blue Ground, winner of the 2004 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2005. He works as a convention planner.

William Trowbridge has published four collections of poetry, most recently The Complete Book of Kong (Southeast Missouri UP). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Boulevard, the Southern Review, and the Iowa Review.

Richard Wollman’s chapbook, A Cemetery Affair, is available from Finishing Line Press and his collection, A Possible Sun, is forthcoming from Sheep Meadow Press.

J.P. White has published four books, among them, The Salt Hour (U Illinois P) and The Sleeper at the Party (Defined Providence P).

Catherine Wing was a 2002 finalist for the Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and her work has recently appeared in Chicago Review and MARGIE. She works as a teacher and waitress.

Renate Wood has written two collections of poetry, Raised Underground (Carnegie Mellon P) and The Patience of Ice (TriQuarterly Books). She lives in Dresden, Germany.


Stephen C. Behrendt is the author of Instruments of the Bones (Mid-List P), A Step in the Dark (Mid-List P), and History (forthcoming). He is a scholar of British Romanticism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a perennially hopeful Cubs-fan.

Jehanne Dubrow’s work has appeared in Poetry, Hudson Review, Midstream, and Louisville Review. Her work is forthcoming in Margie and Tikkun. She is a Ph.D. student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Richard Jackson is the author of Unauthorized Autobiography: New and Selected Poems (Ashland Poetry P) and Half Lives: Petrarchan Poems (Autumn House P). His honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and the NEH.

Willis Regier is Director of the University of Illinois Press. His publishing career began in 1973 as a reader for Prairie Schooner. He has published essaysandreviewsin AmericanAcademic, BaltimoreSun, ChronicleofHigher Education, Modern Language Notes, and other journals.

James Walkowiak’s work has appeared in Pleiades, Rain Taxi, andThe New Review of Literatures.

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