Issue No. 10, Fall 2003 – Contributors

Editor’s Introduction






Issue 10

Celia Bland lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and three children. Her collection of poetry,Soft Box, will be published by CavanKerry Press in 2003. She teaches at Bard College where she is the Director of College Writing.

Natalka Bilotserkivets works as an editor for the magazine Ukrainian Culture. She has published a book of essays as well as five collections of poetry including Allergy, which was named Ukraine’s Book of the Year 1999.

J.S. Brown is a graduate of the University of Washington’s MFA program. Her articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in Under the SunBostoniaThe, and elsewhere. She is currently living outside of Boston where she is working on her first novel.

Michael Castro is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Human Rites (2002, Neshui Publishing). He co-translated with Gabor G. Gyukics Swimming in the Ground: Contemporary Hungarian Poetry, and is also the author of Interpreting the Indian: Twentieth Century Poets & The Native American. He hosts the Poetry Beat radio program in St. Louis and teaches at Lindenwood University.

Robin Chapman has poems forthcoming in AppalachiaThe Comstock ReviewOnEarth, and Poetry MotelThe Way In (Tebot Bach) and The Only Everglades in the World (Parallel Press) are her most recent collections.

Brad Clompus lives in the Boston area and teaches a poetry workshop at the Arlington Center for the Arts. His prose and poetry have appeared in The JournalPassages NorthWest BranchWillow SpringsTar River Poetry, and Tampa Review, among other publications.

Laurence Davies has published fiction in StoryQuarterlyNew England ReviewThe DiagramGhost Writing, andMystic River Review. He is finishing a novel, The Cup of the Dead, and putting together a collection of his microfictions.

Sharon Dolin’s second collection, Serious Pink, was just published by Marsh Hawk Press. Realm of the Possiblewill be published by Four Way Books in 2004. She teaches poetry workshops at the 92nd St. Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center in New York City and coordinates The Center for Book Arts Annual Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition.

William Doreski’s poetry has appeared most recently in Barrow StreetLarcom ReviewCrab Creek Review,Eclipse, and Atlanta Review. His most recent book is Suburban Light (poetry, Cedar Hill, 1999). He teaches creative writing and literature at Keene State College.

Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon. His essays have appeared in the Best American Essays anthologies of 1998, 1999, and 2003, and he is the author of four essay collections: Leaping (2003), Saints Passionate & Peculiar (2002), Credo (1999), and Two Voices (1996, with his father Jim Doyle).

James Doyle and his wife, poet Sharon Doyle, are retired. He has poems coming out in DescentThe Midwest QuarterlyThe Green Hills Literary LanternSycamore ReviewNotre Dame Review, and Gulf Coast.

Yaroslav Dovhan is a poet and editor who lives in the village of Mykytyntsi near Ivano-Frankivsk. He is the author of two poetry collections, The Number-God, (1989) and 1999 (1997).

Chard deNiord’s poems and essays have appeared recently in The Kenyon ReviewThe Gettysburg Review, andThe American Scholar. He is the author of Asleep in the Fire, published by the University of Alabama Press in 1990 and the forthcoming book Sharp Golden Thorn, which is due out in the fall of 2003 from Marsh Hawk Press. He is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Providence College and director of the New England College MFA Program in Poetry.

Mary Fister received her MFA in English from the Unniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is currently am an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Hartford. Her poems have appeared in: Berekely Poetry ReviewCream City ReviewJabberwock ReviewThe Massachusetts ReviewPloughshares, and the Seattle Review, among others.

Tess Gallagher’s most recent book is Soul Barnacles, Ten More Years With Ray, University of Michigan Press; she is currently working on a book of oral stories with painter/storyteller Josie Gray of Sligo, Ireland, some of which have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review and The Artful Dodge. She is also writing poems toward a new collection.

Victoria Givotovsky’s recent work has appeared in NimrodRattleThe Comstock Review, and Water~Stone. A grouping of poems was named as a finalist for Nimrod’s 2002 Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize and a poem recently won second prize in the W.B. Yeats Society 2003 Poetry Competition.

Gabor G. Gyukics, a poet and translator, has been living in the United States since 1988. His work has appeared in magazines and anthologies in the U.S. and Europe. He was born in Budapest and now lives in Brooklyn.

Jennifer Haigh is the author of Mrs. Kimble (William Morrow, 2003). She is a frequent contributor to Natural Bridge (“Princess Palm”, no. 6; “Cutaway”, no. 8 ) and has published stories in Good HousekeepingAlaska Quarterly ReviewThe Idaho Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Boston where she is at work on a second novel.

Pamela Harrison was born and raised in Oklahoma and is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Vermont College. She teaches literature and creative writing part time for Dartmouth College and The University System of New Hampshire. Named the PEN Northern New England Discovery Poet for 2002, Ms. Harrison lives with her husband and daughter in Norwich, Vermont.

Donn Irving is the pen name of Donn Irving Blevins, a veterinarian. This is his 46th story in print, along with two novellas. He has won two state and two national awards and his stories have appeared in New Letters,American Literary ReviewPleiades and many others.

Attila Joszef (1905-1937) is one of Hungary’s greatest twentieth century poets. Born to a working class family, he spent his whole life in extreme poverty, complicated by severe periods of depression. The central themes in Joszef’s poems are poverty, loneliness, suffering, but on the other hand also love and hope for a more human world. He committed suicide in 1937 at the age of 32.

Sandra Kohler’s poems have appeared in magazines including The New RepublicPrairie SchoonerThe Black Warrior ReviewThe Colorado ReviewElixir, and The Southern Review. Her first book of poems, The Country of Women, was published by Calyx in 1995. Her second collection, The Ceremonies of Longing, was the winner of the 2002 AWP Award Series in Poetry, and is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press. She lives and writes in Selinsgrove, PA, a small town on the Susquehanna River in Central Pennsylvania.

Michael Kriesel is a widely published poet and reviewer, who lives in the Wisconsin woods and has chapbooks available from Green Bean Press and BoneWorld Press.

Joan Larkin’s poetry collections are HouseworkA Long Sound, and Cold River. Her writing includes The Living, a play about community in the AIDS epidemic; The Hole in the Sheet, a Klezmer musical farce; and Sor Juana’s Love Poems, co-translated with Jaime Manrique.

Diane LeBlanc is the author of Hope in Zone Four, a poetry chapbook (1998). Her awards include literary fellowships from the Wyoming Arts Council, a Brenda Ueland Prose Prize, a Robert Penn Warren Award, and a Pushcart Prize nomination for poetry. Her prose and poetry appear in Water~StoneComstock ReviewEarth’s DaughtersGreat River Review, and other literary journals. Diane is the director of writing at St. Olaf College, where she teaches writing and women’s studies.

Sarah Luczaj is a British poet born in 1970. Her work has appeared in many journals, including The New StatesmanThe American Poetry Review, and The Cream City Review. She has been living in Poland for the last five years where she works as a therapist and teacher. Her translations of Poswiatowska have been widely published, and she is seeking a publisher for the collection I carry my heart. She has translated a haiku collection by Robert Naczas, and published a collection in English and Polish of her own work and that of Cecilia Woloch and Waclaw Turek’s, This Line on the Map.

Jane McClellan’s poems have appeared in PoemCumberland Poetry ReviewRio Grande ReviewInto the Teeth of the WindLouisiana Literature, and Westview, twice earning her nominations for Pushcart Prizes. Her recent chapbook, Pond of Drowned Violence, was published by Rufinkle Press.

James McKean teaches at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He’s published two books of poems,Headlong from the University of Utah press, and Tree of Heaven from the University of Iowa Press. Headlongwon a 1987 Great Lakes Colleges Association’s “New Writer” Award, and Tree of Heaven won a 1994 Iowa Poetry Prize.

John McNally is author of The Book of Ralph (Free Press, forthcoming 2004) and Troublemakers (Iowa, 2000). Some recent stories have appeared in Florida ReviewThe Idaho ReviewPunk PlanetGargoyleCrab Orchard Review, and Third Coast. He’s presently an assistant professor of English at Wake Forest University.

Kimberly Meyer received a Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry from Nimrod International Journal and has also published poems in Atlanta ReviewBirmingham Poetry Review, and Third Coast. An essay on Marianne Moore is forthcoming in The Georgia Review. An MFA candidate in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program, she lives in Houston with her husband and three young daughters.

Richard Newman’s poems and stories have recently appeared or are forthcoming in American Literary Review,Boulevard5AMThe Laurel ReviewPoems & Plays, and StoryQuarterly. He teaches at St. Louis Community College, reviews books for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and edits River Styx.

Christopher Noel is the author of the novels Hazard and the Five Delights and The Sea Monkey Toms, as well as the memoir In the Unlikely Event of a Water Landing. He teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College and lives in East Calais, Vermont.

Dzvinia Orlowsky is a founding Books and teaches poetry at the Stonecoast MFA Writers’ Program. Her collections, all from Carnegie, Mellon University Press, include A Handful Of Bees (1994), Edge of House(1999), and Except for One Obscene Brushstroke (2003). Her translations of Ukrainian poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies.

Kristin Otten teaches English as a foreign language at Marymount Preparatoria, a private high school in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Nick Otten teaches English at Clayton High School in St. Louis, Missouri.

Halina Poswiatowska was born in Poland in 1939. She suffered from a heart condition since childhood. She married a fellow sufferer and was widowed at the age of 26. In 1956 her first collection, Idol Worship, came out. In 1958 she traveled to the US for a life saving operation, and stayed on against all odds to study philosophy at Smith. On her return she taught philosophy at The Jagiellonian University in Kraków, and published Present Day in 1963 and Ode to Hands in 1966. In 1967, she died during a heart operation in Warsaw. One More Memory was published in 1968.

Kevin Prufer’s most recent books are The Finger Bone (Carnegie Mellon, 2002) and Fallen From A Chariot(forthcoming, 2005). His new poems are also in the 2002 & 2004 Pushcart Prize anthologies, Best American Poetry 2003, PloughsharesKenyon ReviewEpoch, and elsewhere. He edits Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing.

Juan Rulfo (1917-1986) was a Mexican writer who produced only two books, both in the early 1950’s: a set of stories, El llano en llamas, published in English as The Burning Plain and Other Stories, and a novel, Pedro Páramo. Rulfo was one of the seminal voices of the great flowering of style that came up from the South Americas, now famous as “magic realism.”

Anthony Neil Smith is from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In the last five years, over twenty of his short stories have been published in magazines including Connecticut ReviewExquisite Corpse, and Barcelona Review. He is an associate fiction editor with Mississippi Review, and editor of the Internet crime writing journal Plots with Guns.

Ken Smith writes for Michiana Chronicles, a weekly essay series broadcast on National Public Radio affiliate station WVPE in Elkhart, Indiana, and he teaches at Indiana University South Bend. He occasionally finds himself humming the theme song from the Splash Mountain ride.

Sybil Smith has recently had work in The Sun. She is looking for a publisher for her novel and her collection of stories.

Stephen Snipes received an MFA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. This is his second publication inNatural Bridge (“Lines After Waking Since,” no. 5). He is currently working and living in St. Louis.

Adam J. Sorkin’s recent collections include Sea-Level Zero, poems by Daniela Crasnaru (BOA, 1999), The Triumph of the Water Witch, prose poems by Ioana Ieronim (Bloodaxe Books, 2000), and Singular Destinies: Contemporary Poets of Bessarabia (2003).

Liliana Ursu is the author of seven books of original poetry in Romanian, most recently Lift Up Your Hearts(2002). She has been Fulbright Lecturer at Penn State twice as well as visiting professor of creative writing at the University of Louisville. Two collections of her work have appeared in English: The Sky Behind the Forest(Bloodaxe, 1997), translated by Ursu, Sorkin, and Gallagher, and Angel Riding a Beast (Northwestern, 1998), translated by Ursu with Bruce Weigl.

Dorothy Wall has taught poetry and fiction writing at San Francisco State University, Napa Valley College and U.C. Berkeley, Extension, and is coauthor of Finding Your Writer’s Voice: A Guide to Creative Fiction (St. Martin’s Press, 1994). Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous magazines including WitnessCimarron ReviewPrairie Schooner and Clackamas Literary Review.

Stephanie Wheeler grew up in southern New Jersey. She earned her BA in English at Bucknell University and will complete her MFA in Creative Writing at Arizona State University in December, 2003. She has a story forthcoming in The Hurricane Review. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Cecilia Woloch is the author of Sacrifice (Cahuenga Press, 1997) and Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem (Cahuenga Press, 2002), as well as a new collection of poems slated to be published by BOA Editions in October 2003, entitled Late. She is the director of Summer Poetry in Idyllwild, and teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at New England College. She lives in Atlanta and Los Angeles and visits and teaches in Europe.