Volume 2.2 – Fall/Winter 2009-10 Contributors
New works of poetry and prose from emerging and established writers around the world, plus artwork from Sergei Chepik and interviews with Christopher West (Heaven’s Song: Sexual Love As It Was Meant To Be) and Elizabeth Kolbert (Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change)
|Matthew James Babcock teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg and is a PhD candidate in literature and criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His writing has appeared in Alehouse, Illuminations, The Pacific Review, Poetry Motel, The Rejected Quarterly, The South Dakota Review, and elsewhere. He received the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Award in 2008.
“The Way My Three-year-old-daughter Runs Naked through the House Early Wednesday Evening” Listen
|Richard Bailey’s short films have appeared in festivals across the country, and his poems have appeared in several literary magazines, including Compass Rose, Denver Quarterly, Euphony, The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, The Madison Review, and Whiskey Island Magazine.|
|Maggie Bishop is a forty-seven-year-old wife and mother of eight. Three of her children survive today. A devout Catholic, she says that her writings are the result of meditations on God’s mercy and the dignity inherent in salvific love.|
|Patty Boss is a San Francisco-based poet and musician. She has publicly read her work alongside poets such as Allen Ginsberg and Denise Levertov. Her work has appeared in Controlled Burn, California Quarterly, The Griffin, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, The Licking River Review, Illya’s Honey, and others.|
|Sean Brendan-Brown is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently resides in Olympia, Washington. He works as a photographer for the Insurance Commissioner’s investigative division (affectionately called “the yuck unit”) and has published with the Notre Dame Review, Wisconsin Review, The Southampton Review, Hunger Magazine, and the University of Iowa Press anthologies American Diaspora (2001) and Like Thunder (2002).|
has worked as a waiter, fisherman, journalist, painter, and short-order cook. In 2001 he won the New Letters Poetry Award and in 2004 the All Nations Press Chapbook Award. His fiction and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in New Letters, New York Stories, Saint Ann’s Review, Nimrod, Rattle, Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere. A chapbook, Ah-meddy-ga, was published in August 2005. A second chapbook, Loons, which he wrote and illustrated, was published by Pudding House Publications in November 2008. A third chapbook, Kikukus, was released by Amsterdam Press in April 2009. Three of his poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
|Born in Russia, Sergei Chepik is the son of a painter and a sculptress. Having studied at the Repin Institute under the tutelage of Andrei Mylnikov, Chepik became a demanding and scrupulous artist, refusing to conform to an ideology he condemned in his canvases. After his masterpiece—The House of the Dead (1987), an allegorical representation of Soviet society—was banned from exhibitions in the USSR, he emigrated to France, where he continues to hold forth, both in conscience and as witness, art as truth. He lives in Paris with his wife, Marie-Aude Albert, and has exhibited throughout Europe.|
|Since May 2008, Erin Lynn Cook’s fiction has appeared in Slice Magazine, The Louisiana Review, Wisconsin Review, and Harpur Palate, and South Dakota Review. It is forthcoming in Cottonwood, Southern Humanities Review, and Red Rock Review. She teaches college and high school English literature and writing in Fresno, California.|
|Jane Downs is an editor and writer living in Kensington, California. Her work appears and has won prizes in anthologies and literary journals such as Field, The Dos Passos Review, and the North American Review. Her book The Sleeping Wall is due to be published by Chiasmus Press at the end of 2009. She is currently a partner in Red Berry Editions and recently published The Jam Jar Lifeboat and Other Novelties Exposed by United States Poet Laureate Kay Ryan.|
|Zach Falcon was born and raised in Alaska. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives in Iowa City, where he is at work on a novel.
|Kenneth Frost’s poems have appeared in The Bitter Oleander, Notre Dame Review, Confrontation, Southwest Review, Denver Quarterly, and many other journals. He lives in Maine.|
|Janelle Garcia is pursuing a creative writing MFA at Florida Atlantic University. Her work has appeared in The Binnacle, Quality Women’s Fiction, and Underground Voices. She is currently working on a collection of short stories and writes from Boca Raton, Florida, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.
|Inez D. Geller, who holds a BA in world literature from The College of New Rochelle (New York), has published her poetry in a variety of literary journals, and her play Vodkalogue was staged at The Public Theater in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where she lives. Westport Community Theater also presented her play Separate Waltzers. She is at work on a novel in addition to several full-length plays.|
|Poet-dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez collaborates with artists in music, theatre, and visual art. Publications include Borderlands, Calyx, Crab Orchard Review, Rain Taxi, ZYZZYVA. Productions include three plays and two poetry productions. She earned an MFA from the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast Program with an emphasis on ancient Mexican poetics and creative collaboration.
|John Haggerty lives in Northern California with his lovely and graceful wife and curiously non-violent dog. His stories have appeared, or are forthcoming, in War, Literature & the Arts, Eyeshot, Opium Magazine, and Right Hand Pointing. His story “Ghost Lights” was a runner-up for the 2007 Bridport Prize.|
|Stephanie Weller Hanson has poems, essays, and stories published in many magazines, including South Dakota Review, First Things, and Iron. In 1998 she won a Loft-McKnight Poetry Award and her poems were included in the anthology The Kiss of Pages Turning; she also received the 2008 Florence Poets’ Society Award and her work was included in Silkworm. St. Mary’s Press published a book of her stories, Holy Terrors and Gentle Souls, in 2001.|
|Margaret Holmes was educated at Harvard and the University of California, Irvine. She has published short stories in the New Orleans Review and North Dakota Quarterly and has work forthcoming in Confrontation. She was also nominated for Best New American Voices 2007. She lives in the Boston area with her family.”How it Happened” Listen|
|Award-winning video and performance poet, organizer, producer, and participant in the original development of the internationally acclaimed “Poetry Slam,” Jean C. Howard has poetry published in over one hundred publications, including Harper’s Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and her own book, Dancing in Your Mother’s Skin (Tia Chucha Press, 1991).|
|H. K. Hummel lives in Berkeley, California. Her poems have been published in Quay, Calyx, Hawk & Handsaw, and Babel Fruit.
She is the recipient of Western Australia’s 2009 Katharine Susannah Prichard Emerging Writer-in-Residence Award, and she is an editor of Blood Orange Review.
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|Henry Israeli’s books include New Messiahs (Four Way Books, 2002) and Fresco: The Selected Poetry of Luljeta Lleshanaku (New Directions, 2002), which he edited and co-translated. He has been awarded fellowship grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Canada Arts Council, as well as a residency at the MacDowell Colony. His poetry and translations have appeared in numerous journals, including Grand Street, The Iowa Review, Quarterly West, Tin House, Fence, and Verse. He is also the founder of Saturnalia Books and literary editor of Dragonfire.|
|Daniel M. Jaffe is author of the novel The Limits of Pleasure (Haworth Press, 2001) and the fiction chapbook One-Foot Lover (Seven Kitchens Press, 2009). He translated Dina Rubina’s Russian-Israeli novel Here Comes the Messiah! (Zephyr Press, 2000) and compiled-edited With Signs and Wonders: An International Anthology of Jewish Fabulist Fiction (Invisible Cities Press, 2001).|
|Mary Julia Klimenko has been writing poetry for thirty-seven years. She has been published in many literary journals. In addition to writing poetry three days a week at her ranch in the Sierra Foothills, she is a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist in private practice. She currently has three limited edition books in print in collaboration with Manuel Neri, sculptor, for whom she’s been the primary model for thirty-five years.
“If I Could Find You” Listen
|Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer for The New Yorker, where her series on global warming, “The Climate of Man,” won the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s magazine writing award. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, where Kolbert was a political reporter for fourteen years; Vogue; Mother Jones; and has been anthologized in The Best American Political Writing (Public Affairs/Perseus Book Groups) and The Best American Science and Nature Writing (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt): Kolbert coedited this year’s edition of the latter. A collection of her work, The Prophet of Love and Other Tales of Power and Deceit, was published in 2004 by Bloomsbury USA. Her book Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change (Bloomsbury USA, 2006) was chosen as one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year (2006) by The New York Times Book Review. The author presently resides in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and three sons.(photo by Rebecca Bolte)Kolbert’s Quiddity Interview Listen|
|Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of Ardor (Tupelo Press, 2008), In Medias Res (Sarabande Books, 2004), and a chapbook, God’s One Hundred Promises (Swan Scythe Press, 2002). She currently chairs the English Department at a faith-based liberal arts college in southern California, where she is also a novice harpist.|
|Suzanne M. Levine has published in Interpoezia, Passages North, California Quarterly, Bellingham Review, Helicon Nine and its 10th Anniversary Issue, Caliope, Trinity Review, and Permafrost, among many others. She has just completed Haberdasher’s Daughter, her first manuscript. She lives in Chester, Connecticut.
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|Luljeta Lleshanaku, born in Elbasan, Albania, began publishing her work in 1991 after the overthrow of the Stalinist regime. Her critically acclaimed books of poetry are The Sleepwalker’s Eyes (1993), Sunday Bells (1994), Half-Cubism (1996), and Yellow Marrow: New and Selected Poems (2001) for which she won the Albanian National Book Award. “Child of Nature” is the title piece from her 2008 collection, which will be published in English by New Directions in 2010. English translations of her work have appeared in Grand Street, New Letters, Pleiades, Fence, Tin House, POOL, and Modern Poetry in Translation. Her work also has been translated into German, French, and Italian, among other languages.|
|Donal Mahoney, a native of Chicago, lives in St. Louis, Missouri. He has worked as an editor for Chicago Sun-Times, Loyola University Press, and Washington University in St. Louis. He has had poems published in or accepted by Wisconsin Review, Kansas Quarterly, The South Carolina Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Commonweal, Revival (Ireland), The Istanbul Literary Review (Turkey), Pirene’s Fountain (Australia), Public Republic (Bulgaria), and other publications. Although his degrees are from Loyola University (Chicago), he attended Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, when its name was St. Procopius College.|
|Genevieve Manset is a poet and writer from Bloomington, Indiana. She is also an MFA student in creative writing at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and is a staff member of Boxcar Books, a volunteer run, nonprofit bookstore and community center.|
|Stephen Massimilla’s books and poems have won the Bordighera Book Prize, the Grolier Poetry Prize, a Van Rensselaer Award, and an Academy of American Poets Prize. Massimilla has new work in AGNI, Barrow Street, Borderlands, Colorado Review, Cream City Review, Denver Quarterly, Natural Bridge, Quarterly West, Verse Daily, and other journals. He received an MFA and a PhD from Columbia University, where he now teaches classic and modernist literature.
“Annunciation and Tortuguero” Listen
|Maureen McQuerry’s recent poetry publications include The Southern Review,Goblin Fruit, The Journal of Mythic Arts, and America. She also writes middle-grade fantasy novels, the most recent being The Travelers’ Market (Idylls, 2008), the second book in The Wolfproof Trilogy. She lives in Richland, Washington, where she works with the Washington State Arts Commission. She teaches writing at Columbia Basin College.|
|Ronda Muir is a lapsed lawyer living in Connecticut who wrote her first “book”at four years old. Since then, she has published short fiction, most recently in Willard & Maple and forthcoming in Cadillac Cicatrix. She served as editor of Whetstone and is currently working on a novel set in Victorian England.|
|Born in St. Petersburg and educated in Paris, Rosina Neginsky is an associate professor of European literature at the University of Illinois. Her works include Zinaida Vengerova: In Search of Beauty—A Literary Ambassador between East and West (Peter Lang, 2004) and three books of poetry: Juggler (University Press of the South, 2009), Under the Light of the Moon (Slovo-Word Publishing House, 2002), and Pliaski nad obryvom: stikhotvoreniia (Effect Publishing, 1999). She has published numerous articles on European writers and poets.
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|Peter Obourn, who lives in upstate New York, is a poet and novelist whose work has been published in several literary journals. He believes that stories are not about ideas; stories are about people.|
|Donna Pucciani has published approximately three hundred poems in the United States and United Kingdom in such journals as International Poetry Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Mid-America Poetry Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, and The Pedestal. Her collections of poetry include The Other Side of Thunder (Flarestack, 2006), Jumping Off the Train (Windstorm Creative, 2007), and Chasing the Saints (Visual Arts Collective, 2008). She currently serves as vice president of the Poets’ Club of Chicago.|
|Shpresa Qatipi is a professor of English at the University of Tirana in Albania. In addition to the poems of Luljeta Lleshanaku, she has also translated and published short stories, essays, and articles for the Eurolindja Publishing House in Albania and the Soros Foundation.|
|Richard T. Rauch holds a doctorate in theoretical physics and currently manages rocket propulsion test integration activities for NASA’s Constellation Program to send human explorers back to the moon and on to Mars. He lives along Bayou Lacombe in southeast Louisiana.
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|Marilyn Ringer resides in Chico, California. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous publications, including Nimrod, Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine, Eclipse, Drumvoices Revue, Left Curve, Slant, Porcupine, Wisconsin Review, Cairn, Bayou, California
Quarterly, Poet Lore, Mochilla Review, Reed Magazine, ellipsis; and The Art of Monhegan Island (Down East Press 2004).
|Barbara Rockman teaches poetry at Santa Fe Community College and in private workshops in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a recipient of the Southwest Discovery Award, Southwest Writers’ Prize, and the MacGuffin Poetry Hunt, and her work has appeared in Calyx, descant, Kalliope, Pearl, Red Rock Review, and other journals and anthologies. Her collection of poems, Sting and Nest, is forthcoming from Sunstone Press.
|Biman Roy is a clinical faculty member at New York University. His work has appeared in various literary magazines in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and India. He is working on his first book-length manuscript, Unmoored.|
|Cathryn Shea serves as editor for Marin Poetry Center Anthology. Her poetry has appeared in MARGIE, Flint Hills Review, Gargoyle, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Soundings East, Sierra Nevada Review, Poet Lore, POEM, and Quercus Review. She received the 2004 Marjorie J. Wilson Award judged by Charles Simic. She is also a technical writer for Oracle.|
|William Sheldon lives with his family in Hutchinson, Kansas, where he teaches and writes. His poetry has appeared widely in small press publications. He has published a full-length collection of poems, Retrieving Old Bones (Woodley, 2002), and a chapbook, Into Distant Grass (Oil Hill Press, 2009).”April Blues” Listen“Circular Reasoning” Listen“Rain Comes Riding” Listen|
|Since retiring from the English Department at Marietta College to devote more time to writing poetry, Carol Steinhagen has participated in the University of Minnesota’s Split Rock online mentoring program. Her poetry has appeared in several journals, most recently in a forthcoming issue of ISLE.|
|Linda Swanberg“And the Whole Tree Glistens” Listen|
|Ron Thomas’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the Texas Review, Wisconsin Review, Sanskrit, Cimarron Review, and several others. He used to run marathons until his left knee got older than the rest of him. Now he bicycles and writes poetry.|
|Jim Tolan’s poems have appeared in journals such as American Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Fulcrum, Indiana Review, MARGIE, and Rock & Sling, among others. Originally from Chicago, he now lives in Brooklyn and teaches at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, where he co-chairs the Writing and Literature Program.
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|Jonathan Wells’s poetry has appeared in several journals, including Atlanta Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Nimrod, Poetry International, Rattle, and in the anthology Conversation Pieces (Everyman Library, 2007). He lives in New York City.|
|Christopher West is a theologian, educator, best-selling author, and serves as a research fellow and faculty member of the Theology of the Body Institute near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has delivered over a thousand public lectures surrounding the Theology of the Body and has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, and Nightline to discuss the work of John Paul II in this area. His most recent book is Heaven’s Song: Sexual Love as It Was Meant to Be (Ascension Press, 2008).
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|Toni L. Wilkes graduated from UCLA. Her first chapbook, Stepping Through Moons, will be published by Finishing Line Press in November. Her recent work appears or is forthcoming in Confrontation, Spillway, Southern Humanities Review, Sow’s Ear, Texas Review, and other journals. She lives in Santa Rosa, California|
|Diana Woodcock has two chapbooks forthcoming—Mandala (Foothills Publishing, 2009), and Travels of a Gwai-lo (Toadlily Press, 2009). In 2008 she received first and second prizes from Artists Embassy International and an International Publication Prize from Atlanta Review. She was the recipient of the 2007 Creekwalker Poetry Prize, and her poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2008, Nimrod, Crab Orchard Review, Portland Review, among others.
“Existence is Light” Listen