Contributor Notes and Cover Credit: Fall 2001
David Lovekin's photography has appeared in Love: America the Beautiful in the Words of Walt Whitman, Amerca's Last Chance, and in numerous exhibitions. He is the author of Technique, Discourse and Consciousness (Lehigh UP) and coeditor with Donald Phillip Verene of Essays in Humanity and Technology. His photographs will be featured in the Great Plains Art Collection in the Fall of 2003.
Christina Adam's stories appear in The Atlantic Monthly and the anthology Circle of Women. She is co-winner of the CrazyHorse Prize and winner of the Idaho Commission on the Arts Literature Fellowship.
Jonathan Holden's most recent books are Knowing: New and Selected Poems (2000) and The Old Formalism: Character in Contemporary American Poetry (1999), both with University of Arkansas Press.
Greg Johnson's newest novel, Sticky Kisses, was published this spring. Other books include the novel Pagan Babies, several story collections, and three books on Joyce Carol Oates, most recently, Invisible Writer: A Biography of Joyce Carol Oates.
Ruth Hamel's stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, New Orleans Review, Ascent, and other journals.
Joyce Carol Oates has twice been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature and her writing has earned much praise and awards, including the PEN/Malamud award for Excellence in Short Fiction, the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the O'Henry Prize for Continued Achievement in the Short Story, and the National Book Award for her novel, Them. In 2000 her novel Blonde, a fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe, was published to much acclaim and her novel We Were the Mulvaneys was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection. Other recent publications include Broken Heart Blues, My Heart Laid Bare, The Collector of Hearts, Faithless: Tales of Transgression, and a children's book, Come Meet Muffin.
Kira Salak's stories have appeared in Witness, Quarterly West, and Grand Tour. Her book of travel/memoir, The Four Corners: Into the Heart of New Guinea--One Woman's Solo Journey, will be published by Counterpoint/Perseus Books in November. "Beheadings" is forthcoming in the anthology Best New American Voices 2001 (Harcourt).
Reetika Vazirani is author of the poetry collection White Elephants (Beacon P, 1996), winner of the Barnard New Women Poets' Prize. Poems from her new manuscript appear in Best American Poetry 2000, the 2000 Pushcart Prize anthology, Paris Review, Ploughshares, and The Kenyon Review.
Robin Becker is author of five poetry collections including The Horse Fair (U of Pittsburgh P, 2000) and All-American Girl (U of Pittsburgh P, 1995), winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry. She has won fellowships from the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and the NEA. Her poems and book reviews appear widely in journals including American Poetry Review, Boston Globe, Gettysburg Review, and Ploughshares. Becker also serves as Poetry Editor for Women's Review of Books.
Marta Boswell's poetry appears or is forthcoming in Conneticut Review, Puerto del Sol, Hayden's Ferry Review, Wisconsin Review, and The MacGuffin.
Richard Chess is author of two books of poetry, Chair in the Desert (U Tampa P, 2000) and Tekiah (U Georgia P, 1994). His poems are included in the Prairie Schooner Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Writing and Telling and Remembering: 100 Years of American-Jewish Poetry (Beacon 1997). He directs the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Judith Ortiz Cofer is author of the novel The Line of the Sun, two collections of essays and poetry: Silent Dancing and The Latin Deli: Prose and Poetry, and two books of poetry: Terms of Survival and Reaching for the Mainland. The recipient of numerous awards, her work has appeared widely in journals, prize series, and several anthologies used in classrooms across the U.S.
Martha Collins's fourth and most recent book of poems is Some Things Words Can Do (Sheep Meadow, 1999).
Julie Fay's latest poetry collection is The Woman Behind You (U Pittsburgh P, 1999). Other translations of Guy Goffette's poetry appear in the recent French issue of Poetry.
Annie Finch's books of poetry include Calendar (a National Poetry Series Finalist), Eve (Story Line, 1997), and the forthcoming epic poem Marie Moving. Her book on poetics, The Ghost of Meter, has just been reissued in paperback, and her anthology A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women is in its fifth printing. She is co-editor of the forthcoming An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art.
Charles Fort has received major awards from the Poetry Society of America, Writer's Voice, and the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize. His books include Immortelles (Reynolds Chair Books), As the Lilac Burned the Laurel Grew (1999), We Did Not Fear the Father (1999), Darvil (St. Andrews P, 1993), and The Town Clock Burning (St. Andrews Press, 1985).
Marilyn Hacker is author of nine books, including Presentation Piece which received the National Book Award in 1975, Winter Numbers which received a Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Award of The Nation magazine and the Academy of American Poets, and the verse novel, Love, Death and the Changing of the Seasons. Her most recent book, Squares and Courtyards, was published by W. W. Norton in 2000. She has translated several contemporary French poets, including Claire Malroux, Vénus Khoury-Ghata and Hédi Kaddour, and was co-editor of a special issue of Poetry on contemporary French poetry in fall 2000.
William Kloefkorn has published more than a dozen collections of poetry, most recently Welcome to Carlos (2000) and Covenants (1996) both by Spoon River Poetry Press. He has also published a collection of short stories, A Time to Sink Her Pretty Little Ship (Logan House P), and a memoir, This Death by Drowning (U Nebraska P). He was named Nebraska State Poet by the Unicameral in 1982.
Walt McDonald has published nineteen collections of poetry and fiction, including All Occasions (U Notre Dame P, 2000), Blessings the Body Gave (Ohio St P, 1999), and other books from the university presses of Pittsburgh and Massachusetts, and Harper & Row. He is the Texas State Poet Laureate for the year beginning November 1, 2000, and ending October 31, 2001. McDonald's third published poem appeared in Prairie Schooner in 1970.
Sandra Meek's poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, Quarterly West, Colorado Review, and other journals. Her chapbook, The Circumference of Arrival, was published by Elixer Press in 2001.
Joyce Carol Oates (see author note above).
Carol Simmons Oles is the author of six books of poetry: The Loneliness Factor, Quarry, Night Watches: Inventions on the Life of Maria Mitchell, Stunts, The Dead, and Sympathetic Systems. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Poetry, a Gertrude B. Claytor Prize from the Poetry Society of America, a Pushcart Prize, a Writer's Choice Award, and the Virginia Prize for Poetry.
Alicia Ostriker has published nine books of poetry. The Little Space: Poems Selected and New (U Pittsburgh P, 1998) was a National Book Award finalist in 1998. A selection of her essays, Dancing at the Devil's Party, was published by University of Michigan Press Poets on Poetry Series in 1999. The poems featured here are part of a work-in-progress pursing the obsession begun with God and the Bible in her 1994 book The Nakedness of the Fathers: Biblical Visions and Revisions (Rutgers UP, 1997).
Linda Pastan's tenth book, Carnival Evening: Selected Poems 1968-1988, was published by Norton in 1999. The Last Uncle (Norton) is forthcoming in 2002.
Marjorie Saiser's poetry collection Bones of a Very Fine Hand was published by Backwaters Press in 1999.
Steven Schneider is author of Prairie Air Show (Sandhills P, 2000) and A. R. Ammons and the Poetics of Widening Scope (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1994), and editor of Complexities of Motion (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1999), an essay collection on the long poems of A. R. Ammons. His poems and articles appear in Critical Quarterly, Judaism, and The Literary Review.
Jim Simmerman's most recent book of poems is Kingdom Come (Miami UP, 1999). Others include Moon Go Away, I Don'y Love You No More (Miami UP), Once Out of Nature (Galileo), Home (Dragon Gate), and Dog Music: Poetry About Dogs (St. Martin's), an anthology he co-edited with Joseph Duemer.
Judith Sornberger's books are Open Heart (Calyx Books), Judith Beheading Holofernes (winner of the 1993 Talent House Press Chapbook competition), and a chapbook, Bifocals Barbie: A Midlife Pantheon (Talent House P).
Reetika Vazirani (see author note above).
Jeanne Murray Walker is the author of five books, most recently Gaining Time (Copper Beach P, 1997). Her poetry has won many awards, among them an NEA fellowship, a Pew Charitable Trust Fellowship, and the Strousse Award from Prairie Schooner. Her work has appeared recently in The Nation, The Georgia Review, American Poetry Review, and Shenandoah.
Sandra Yannone's poems and book reviews have appeared in Ploughshares, Calyx: A Journal, Connecticut Review, The Laurel Review, and 13th Moon, among others. She is the recipient of an AWP Intro Award and the Academy of American Poets Prize.
Esther Cameron is author of the chapbook A Gradual Light and the memoir c, or the Autoanalysis of a Golem. Reviews, essays, and poetry have recently appeared in Hunger, Bellowing Ark, Ekphrasis, Edge City Review, Pleiades, and Poetry. She edits a poetry magazine, The Neovictorian/Cochlea.
Angus Woodward's stories have appeared in The Laurel Review, Louisiana Literature, Talking River Review, Dominion Review, and others.