Volume 3.1 – Spring/Summer 2010 Contributors

New works of poetry and prose from emerging and established writers around the world, plus artwork from Robert “Bob” Waldmire and interviews with Robert Olen Butler (A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain), Steven Wilson of the British rock band Porcupine Tree, and poet and hip-hop artist A.D. Carson (Cold).

Rashidah Ismaili AbuBakr is originally from West Africa. She is presently a faculty member in the creative writing MA/MFA degree program at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She is currently at work on a manuscript of interrelated short stories; a new collection of poems is forthcoming from Brown Turtle Press (2010).
Mahmud Al-Braikan was born in 1931 in Basra, Iraq, where he spent most of his life. He taught Arabic language and literature at the Basra Teachers Training Institute. Reluctant to publish his work, he was murdered in 2002.
Haider Al-Kabi was born in Basra, Iraq, in 1954. An exile from the first Gulf War, he has taught Spanish and is currently a PhD candidate in literary and cultural studies at the University of Memphis. His published works include Qasf (translated: “bombardment,”), a collection of poems published by Al-Mada Publishing House (1998), and Flowers of Flame: The Unheard Voices of Iraq (Michigan State University Press, 2008).
Bainbridge_Jim_ photo Jim Bainbridge is a graduate of Harvard Law School. His poems and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in LIT, SLANT: A Journal of Poetry, The South Carolina Review, Wisconsin Review, and other journals. His first novel, Human Sister, will be released by Silverthought Press in 2010.
“Change” Listen
Bauer_Deborah_ photo Deborah Bauer divides her time between Tempe and Prescott, Arizona. Her work has appeared in Poetry Midwest, Literary Mama, Boston Literary Magazine, Bridges, The Salt River Review, and other print and online journals. She recently completed a collection of short stories and a novel.
Buie_Keith_photo Keith Buie lives in Cleveland, Ohio. He recently completed his first manuscript for a novel, Resistance, and is currently working on his second. His work has appeared in The MacGuffin, Rio Grande Review, Willard and Maple, and Metal Scratches.
“Love Thy Brother” Listen
Butler_Robert_Olen_photo Robert Olen Butler has published eleven novels and five volumes of short fiction, including A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Henry Holt, 1992), which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Butler is presently the Francis Eppes Distinguished Professor holding the Michael Shaara Chair in Creative Writing at Florida State University.
Butler’s Quiddity Interview Listen
Carson_AD_photo Hip-hop artist and poet A.D. Carson earned a BA in education and creative writing from Millikin University and an MA in English from the University of Illinois. A recipient of the Grace Patton Conant Award, he presently works as an educator. His latest work, Cold, is a multimedia novel that stems from his passion for and interest in blended media, a topic about which Carson frequently presents and also conducts workshops. Cold is forthcoming from Mayhaven. Carson also contributed a chapter in the forthcoming Jay-Z: The Artist, The Man, The Visionary, an academic text focusing on the artistry in the work and career of the Rap mogul. After his visit to campus, A.D. was recruited as Quiddity’s 2010-2011 Writer-in-Residence.
Carson’s Quiddity Interview Listen
Elizabeth J. Colen‘s poetry has recently appeared in The Normal School, Exquisite Corpse, Rhino, and other venues. Her first book of poetry, Money for Sunsets, will be released by Steel Toe Books in September 2010.
Fox_Wendy_Photo Wendy Fox‘s work has been published in literary reviews including The Madison Review, ZYZZYVA, The Pinch, Grasslimb, Pisgah Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and others, as well as in the anthology Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey (Seal Press, 2006). She lives in Colorado.
Granath_Jack_photo Jack Granath is a librarian in kansas City, Kansas.
Harrington, Janice_photo-1 Janice N. Harrington‘s Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone (BOA Editions, 2007) won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize from BOA Editions and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She is also the author of several children’s books. She teaches creative writing at the university
of Illinois.
Johnson_Cheramie_Photo Cheramie Johnson was born and raised in the Mojave Desert. She earned her BA in literature with an emphasis on creative writing from Dominican University of California. Presently, she works as the editorial assistant for a small publishing company in northern California.
“‘midst her fires” Listen
Kozma_Joseph_photo Joseph J. Kozma, a practicing physician, has written poems all of his life, only to see many of them vanish as a result of war and personal misfortune. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and his most recent book of poems, Mathematics in Color (Indian Paintbrush Poets, 2009), was preceded by his chapbook Of Song, of Life (Milestone Publishing Company, 2008).
Levering_Donald_photo Donald Levering‘s most recent poetry book, Whose Body, was published in 2007 by Sunstone Press. His previous poetry books include The Kingdom of Ignorance (Finishing Line Press, 2006), The Fast of Thoth (Pudding House Press, 2002), Horsetail (Woodley Press, 2000), The Jack of Spring (Swamp Press, 1980), Carpool (Tellus, 1983), Mister Ubiquity (Pudding House Press, 1996), and Outcroppings from Navajoland (Navajo Community College Press, 1985). Recently featured in the Academy of American Poets online forum, he has another book of poems forthcoming from Sunstone.
Liu_Peter_photo Peter Tieryas Liu‘s stories have appeared in Barbaric Yawp, The Binnacle, The Nocturnal Lyric, Prism Review, and Yomimono. He has worked as a technical writer for Lucasfilm and is currently a character technical director for Sony Pictures Imageworks where he has worked on features like I Am Legend and Alice in Wonderland.
Naomi Ruth Lowinsky is the recipient of the Obama Millennium Poetry Award from New Millennium Writers. In 2009, her memoir, The Sister From Below: When the Muse Gets Her Way, was published by Fisher King Press. Her poetry has been widely published in literary magazines, and she has had two poetry collections published by Scarlet Tanager Books: red clay is talking (2000) and crimes of the dreamer (2006).
“Elephant Child” Listen
Macri_Angie_Photo Angie Macri was raised in southern Illinois and received an MFA from the University of Arkansas. Her work has appeared in the Southern Indiana Review and Tar River Poetry and was featured in The Spoon River Poetry Review. She has been awarded an individual artist fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council.
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Misner_Caroline_photo Caroline Misner was born in Czechoslovakia (as it was named at the time of her birth). She immigrated to Canada in the summer of 1969 and currently lives in Georgetown, Ontario. Her work has appeared in numerous consumer and literary journals in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, most notably The Windsor Review, Prairie Journal, and Dream Catcher. Her work was recently nominated for the Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize.
Morris_Bonnie_photo Bonnie J. Morris teaches women’s history at both George Washington and Georgetown universities. She is the author of nine books, including two Lambda Literary Award finalists: Girl Reel (Coffee House Press, 2000) and Eden Built by Eves (Alyson Books, 1999). Her most recent book is the teaching memoir Revenge of the Women’s Studies Professor (Indiana University Press, 2009).
Papageorgiou_Fani_photo Fani Papageorgiou was born in Athens in 1975. Her poems have appeared in magazines and literary journals in the United States, where she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and in the United Kingdom, where she was a finalist for the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition 2009, and also in Australia.
Rappaport_Henry_photo Henry Rappaport‘s poems have been published in Poetry Northwest, Grain, West Coast Review, Juked, Rock Salt Plum Review, and others. He is the author of four books of poetry and a winner of the Whiffen Poetry Prize. Rappaport is also a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.
“After the Fall” Listen
delReal_Pablo_photo Pablo del Real is a poet whose area of focus is spiritual blindness. He is the author of two works of poetry: O I : the absolute value of infinity (Aurora Press, 2005) and Fiscal Disobedience (a manual for happiness), 2006). His latest work, P-poll: are you happy now? (Aurora Press, 2008), is a political pamphlet.
Reilly_Lee_photo Lee Reilly has published two nonfiction books: Teaching Maggie (Ruminator Books, 2000) and Women Living Single (Faber & Faber, 1996), as well as award-winning fiction. For years she answered questions from readers of Vegetarian Times on issues such as whether herbs can cure baldness (they can’t) and whether cows explode when they are not milked (they don’t).
“Crosswords” Listen
Riecker_Micha_photo Micah Riecker is an MFA candidate at the University of Illinois. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Lake Effect, Mid-American Review, The Cincinnati Review, and other places. “Sal and Star” is a section of a manuscript for a novel.
Rushton, William_photo William Rushton teaches literature in and helps administer the Honors Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His poems have appeared in Berkeley Poetry Review, The MacGuffin, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Birmingham with his wife and their two children.
Scranton_Roy_photo Roy William Scranton is currently earning an MA in liberal studies at The New School in New York after having spent the prior decade hitchhiking, protesting, and serving in the United States Army. His work has been published in Theory & Event, New Letters, Denver Quarterly, LIT, CITY, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn.
William Todd Seabrook has been published in New Ohio Review and has work forthcoming in 30 Under 30 Anthology. He is an MFA student at the University of Colorado and works for Subito Press and Cupboard Pamphlet.
Seaton_Michelle_photo Michelle Seaton is co-author of the book The Way of Boys: Raising Healthy Boys in a Challenging and Complex World (William Morrow, 2009). She is a frequent contributor to the National Public Radio sports show “Only a Game” and the lead instructor for the Memoir Project, which offers Boston’s senior citizens classes in writing memoirs.
Smith_Richie_photo Richie Smith is a New York City writer, performer, and physician. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Slipstream, Sulphur River Literary Review, Red Cedar Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Ducts.org, 580 Split, The Dos Passos Review, The Texas Review, Mudfish, Fox Cry Review, Distillery, Briar Cliff Review, Pebble Lake Review, Cairn, Confrontation, and Eleven Eleven. He is currently completing a manuscript for a novel.
Solet_Peter_photo Peter Solet lives in the mountains of North Carolina with his wife Katherine and their three cats. He is a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and a Guardian ad Litem. His work has been published in the Asheville Poetry Review and Ars Medica and is forthcoming in Argestes.
“Return” Listen
Marjorie Stelmach‘s third volume of poems, Bent upon Light, was published by the University of Tampa Press (2009). She recently retired as the director of the Howard Nemerov Writing Scholars Program at Washington University in St. Louis.
Sullivan_Shirley_photo Shirley Sullivan lives on a farm that she and her husband share with coyotes, cottontails, and all the wandering spirits that inhabit the west Texas border region. Her work has appeared in The Fourth River, Sou’wester, Concho River Review, Open Range, The Chaffin Journal, and Writing on the Wind: An Anthology of West Texas Writers (Texas Tech University Press, 2005).
Swanberg_Linda_photo Linda Swanberg is a lifelong resident of Montana, where she tends a woodland garden and is a pianist and beginning cellist. She presently studies with Tobin Simon of the Proprioceptive Writing Center, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The South Carolina Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, Pennsylvania English, RiverSedge, and North Atlantic Review. She lives in Missoula with her husband and sable collie.
Thomas_Truth_photo Truth Thomas, a musician and poet, was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and raised in Washington, DC. He is the author of two collections of poetry: Party of Black (Flipped Eye/Mouthmark, 2006) and A Day of Presence (Flipped Eye Publishing, 2008).
“A Gerald Bird” Listen
“On Holy War” Listen
“The Gaza Strip” Listen
Wade_Julie_photo Julie Marie Wade is the author of two collections of lyric nonfiction: Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures (Colgate University Press, 2010) and In Lieu of Flowers (Sarabande, 2011), and also one poetry chapbook, Without (Finishing Line Press, 2010). “Matrimony” is part of her new manuscript collection-in-progress, Catechism: A Love Story.
“Matrimony” Listen
Robert “Bob” Waldmire enjoyed a lifelong career as a traveling artist, drawing collage, bird’s-eye view calendar maps of sites along the United States’ “Mother Road.” Beginning in the 1960s, Waldmire focused his efforts on documenting and preserving Old Route 66 from Chicago, Illinois, to San Bernardino, California. His artwork recreates much of the old highway as it used to be, and his drawings and commentary continue to stimulate interest in the National Historic Landmark. He wandered the remnants of Route 66 in his orange Volkswagen (VW) van and sold his artwork to gift shops along the way. His van was iconic to roadies (Route 66 aficionados) and both it and the artist found their way into pop culture with the release of the 2006 Pixar movie, Cars. Fillmore, the VW van in the movie, is based on Waldmire. The artist passed away in December 2009. His ashes and his work continue to grace his beloved Route 66.
Wilson_Steven_photo Steven Wilson is a British writer and musician with several ongoing projects, including the band Porcupine Tree. The band’s music comprises styles from psychedelic trip-hop to progressive metal. Recent albums have touched on technology’s alienating effect on young people (Fear of a Blank Planet, Atlantic/WEA, 2007) and the Orwellian effect of “political prose” on our sensitivity to tragedy (The Incident, Roadrunner Records, 2009). Wilson divides his off-tour time between London and Tel Aviv.
Wilson’s Quiddity Interview Listen