Issue No. 17, Spring 2007: New & Emerging Writers – Contributors

Editor’s Introduction






Issue 17 Erin M. Bertram is a graduate fellow in the MFA program at Washington University in St. Louis. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in BloomColumbia Poetry ReviewTYPO, and Word For/Word, and in Combatives with Sarah Lilius. She reads for River Styx and freelances for The Vital Voice. Her chapbook Alluvium is forthcoming from dancing girl press (2007).

J. Edward Blaisdell graduated from Emory & Henry College and lived in the Netherlands for four years. He currently resides in Nashville, where he is finishing his first novel.

Gaylord Brewer is a professor at Middle Tennessee State University, where he edits Poems & Plays. His most recent book of poetry, a collection of apologias, is Let Me Explain (Iris Press, 2006). His work also appears in Best American Poetry 2006.

Garrett J. Brown’s poems have most recently appeared in the American Poetry JournalUrbanite Baltimore, and the Ledge. In 2000, he won a Creative Writing Fellowship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he graduated with his MFA in Creative Writing. His book-length manuscript, Manna Sifting, was runner-up in the 2003 Maryland Emerging Voices competition and he won the Poetry Center of Chicago’s 2005 Juried Reading Contest, judged by Jorie Graham. Garrett’s chapbook, Panning the Sky, was published in 2003 and is available from Pudding House Publications.

Mairéad Byrne is an Associate Professor of English at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Recent poetry publications include a collection, Nelson & The Huruburu Bird (Wild Honey Press, 2003), three chapbooks: An Educated Heart (Palm Press ,2005), Vivas (Wild Honey Press 2005), Kalends (Belladonna*, 2005); and a talk: Some Differences Between Poetry & Standup (UbuWeb, 2005).

Mary Cisper lives in northern New Mexico where she has labored as a chemist and found joy in poetry and art. “Pandora Sets the Table” is her third published poem. She is grateful to all her teachers.

Andy Cox lives in St. Louis with his wife Terry and daughter Rachel. His manuscript, The Equation That Explains Everything, was a finalist in Four Way Book’s Intro Prize. Poems have appeared recently in Sentence and River Styx.

Christopher Davis’s third collection of poetry, A History of the Only War, was published in 2005 by Four Way Books. New work recently appears in InterimCourt GreenCrazyhorse, and Colorado Review.

Gloria Garfunkel is a graduate student of fiction in the low-residency MFA program at Bennington College in Vermont. She graduated Barnard College with a major in art history and Harvard University with a Ph.D. in psychology and social relations. She lives within walking distance of Harvard Square, has a psychotherapy practice, a professorial husband, two adolescent sons, and three quirky cats. She has never been able to choose between art, psychology, and literature, so she is mastering all three in what she hopes will be twenty-year successions. “Birds of Prayer” is her first published story.

Sarah Giannobile (Cover Art) earned her BFA from Webster University and her MA and MFA from Fontbonne University. She also received a scholarship to attend the Anderson Ranch Arts Center under the study of renowned artist, William Christanberry. Sarah’s artwork has been exhibited extensively in the St. Louis area and she was recently given the Grand Center Visionary Award for Emerging Female Artist of 2006.

Stephen Gibson is author of two poetry collections, Masaccio’s Expulsion, selected by Andrew Hudgins as winner of The Robert E. Lee and Ruth I. Wilson Poetry Book Award for 2006 from MARGIE/IntuiT House and Rorschach Art (Red Hen Press, 2001). His fiction collection, The Persistence of Memory, was a finalist for The Flannery O’Connor Award and the Spokane Prize.

Kathleen Hellen’s work has appeared in Earth’s DaughtersIrisNatural BridgeNimrod InternationalThe Pacific ReviewPrairie SchoonerSouthern Poetry ReviewSycamore ReviewRattapallaxRUNESSeattle Review, and other journals. Awards include the Thomas Merton Prize for Poetry of the Sacred.

Robert Herschbach’s poems have appeared recently in The Café ReviewThe Louisville Review, and Southern Poetry Review and are forthcoming in Fugue and Fine Madness. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of New Hampshire and his MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa. He lives in Maryland with his wife and two children, and works as an editor.

Chris Huntington currently works in the medium-security prison once home to Mike Tyson—but, in his heart, he still wanders the earth like a half-Chinese Davy Crockett. His memoir of life in Africa, Taiwan, and Paris is half-finished and, he says, seems to resemble nothing so much as “a crown of nightingales” or a strange and glorious daydream.

Jennifer Hurley teaches creative writing online at Ohlone College in the San Francisco Bay area. Her stories have appeared in Mississippi ReviewPeaks & Valleys, and The Green Hills Literary Lantern.

R. Kimm was born in Washington State in 1941, just prior to Pearl Harbor. After graduating high school in 1959, he joined in the U.S. Army and served in Germany as a translator. He has lived in and around Syracuse, New York since 1977 and is a poet, reviewer, and visual artist.

Mark Neely’s poems have appeared in Indiana ReviewSalt HillNorth American ReviewThird Coast, and elsewhere. He teaches at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where he lives with his wife—writer Jill Christman—and their daughter.

Linda Tomol Pennisi has published two collections of poetry, Seamless (Perugia Press, 2003) and Suddenly, Fruit (Carolina Wren Press, 2006). Her work has appeared or will appear in journals such as McSweeney’s, Hunger MountainRunes, and Bellevue Literary Review. She directs the Creative Writing Program at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y.

Allan Peterson is the author of two books: All the Lavish in Common (2005 Juniper Prize) and Anonymous Or (Defined Providence Press) and four chapbooks. Recent print and online appearances include Prairie SchoonerBlackbirdBellingham ReviewPerihelionStickman ReviewMarlboro Review, and Massachusetts Review.

Joseph Radke teaches writing in Milwaukee, WI. His poems have appeared in BoulevardVersalPoetry East, Midwest Quarterly, and several other journals. Salt&Sand, his poetry manuscript, seeks a publisher.

Nina Ronstadt holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Alabama. Her short stories have appeared in descant and America West Airline’s Magazine. She recently completed a novel, Dark Water Ranch, which has received awards from San Diego State University Writers’ Conference and the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference. She is married and has two daughters.

Ron Savage has been publishing stories since age eighteen. Recent publications include Jaberwock Review, Film CommentG. W. ReviewReview, and Southern Humanities Review. Ron has a BA and MA in psychology and a Doctorate in counseling from The College of William and Mary. He has worked as an actor, a broadcaster, a newspaper editor, and for twenty-something years as Psychologist Senior at Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg. He has recently retired from everything but writing and his wife, Jan.

Catherine Sherman lives in southwestern Pennsylvania and holds degrees from Bennington College, the University of Virginia, and James Madison University. She currently works as the director of academic advising and teaches in the Freshman Forum at Washington & Jefferson College.

Laurel Smith is the co-author of a book of criticism, Early Works by Modern Women Writers: Woolf, Bowen, Mansfield, Cather, and Stein (Mellen Press, 2006). Smith’s poems have appeared in New Millennium Writings, JAMANorth Central ReviewEnglish Journal, and in the anthology, Visiting Frost (2005). Smith teaches at Vincennes University, in southern Indiana.

Irving Weiss’s collection of visual poetry, Visual Voices: The Poem as a Print Object, appeared in 1994. He has also been translating Malcom de Chazal for many years, and published two selective translations of Sens-Plastique since 1979, the first with preface by W. H. Auden.