2007 Spring Issue
John McNaughton is an internationally acclaimed artist noted
for creating wood sculptures and furniture designs that stretch the limits
of imagination. He taught woodworking and three dimensional design at the
University of Southern Indiana for thirty-five years. His work is
represented in over 300 private, corporate, and museum collections,
including The Smithsonian and the White House Craft Collection, and has been
featured in numerous books and magazines.
“Pantoum for Fallujah” & “At a Kitchen Table”—Michael
Walls is a labor lawyer and environmental activist who lives in
Atlanta. His poems have appeared in a variety of journals and magazines
including New York Quarterly, Atlanta Review, Many
Mountains Moving, Free Lunch, and Cumberland Poetry Review.
His chapbook, The Blues Singer, was the 2003 Frank Cat Press chapbook
Fleury’s collection of poems, Beautiful Trouble, won the 2003
Crab Orchard First Book Award and was published by Southern Illinois
University Press in 2004. Her poems have appeared in The American Life in
Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, North
American Review, and The Southeast Review, among others. She is
an associate professor of English at Washburn University.
“When Spring Melts the Ground”—Lyn
Lifshin has just published The Licorice Daughter: My Year with
Ruffian (Texas Review Press) and Another Woman Who Looks Like Me
from Black Sparrow at Godine. Her two previous Black Sparrow books, Cold
Comfort and Before it’s Light, won Paterson Review Awards. Coming
soon: Tsunami Poems; All the Poets (Mostly) who Have Touched Me,
Living and Dead; and All True, Especially the Lies. She is
working on a book about the amazing, beloved Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro.
“Ţiganca” & “Little George”—Michael
Waters has published eight books of poetry, including Darling
Vulgarity (BOA Editions, 2006), nominated for a 2007 Los Angeles Times
Poetry Book Award, and Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems (BOA
Editions, 2001). He has edited/co-edited several volumes, including
Contemporary American Poetry (Houghton Mifflin, 2006). The recipient of
a Fellowship in Creative Writing from the National Endowment for the Arts
and three Pushcart Prizes, he has published poems in numerous journals,
including Poetry, The Yale Review, The American Poetry
Review, Rolling Stone, The Kenyon Review, The Southern
Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Georgia Review, The
North American Review, and Ploughshares.
Sauermann is an associate professor of literature, composition, and
film at Hopkinsville Community College in Hopkinsville, KY. He received his
M.A. and M.F.A. in 1993 from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA.
He makes his home in Cadiz, KY.
“In the Light Provided by the Baltimore News” & “Fear”—Pamela
Garvey has published poetry and short stories in many literary
journals including The North American Review, Pleiades,
Sonora Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and many others. In
2003, she was a semi-finalist for the “Discovery” /The Nation poetry award;
most recently she won the 2006 poetry award from Words and Pictures
Magazine. She is an Assistant Professor of English at St. Louis
Community College-Meramec and lives in the city of St. Louis with her
husband and son.
“The Cruelest Month”—Grace
Bauer’s recent books of poems include: Beholding Eye (Custom
Words, 2006) and Retreats & Recognitions (Lost Horse Press, 2007:
winner of the Idaho Poetry Prize). She is also co-editor (with Julie Kane)
of Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum: Critical and Creative Responses
to Everette Maddox (Xavier Review Press, 2006).
“Sestina: Family Album”—Rose
Bromberg of Riverdale, NY, has published fiction and poetry in
several journals including The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine;
The Healing Muse (SUNY Upstate Medical University); Jewish Women’s
Literary Annual; and Poetica. She is currently working on two
projects: one combines her interests in poetry and medicine, the other
combines her poetry and photography.
Brennan is a professor of English at Indiana State University. His
poems have appeared recently in South Dakota Review, Sewanee
Review, Blue Unicorn, Westview, and Poet Lore.
Another poem, “Downtown at Dusk,” was selected for the Indy Arts Council's
public art project that places poems on city buses. His collection of poems
The House with the Mansard Roof is forthcoming from The Backwaters
“A Fine Camel’s Hair Brush” & “Mermaid”—Jeffrey
Thomson’s third book of poems, Renovation, was part of the
Carnegie Mellon University Press poetry series in 2005, and his second,
The Country of Lost Sons, was published by Parlor Press at Purdue
University in February 2004. His first book, The Halo Brace, was
brought out by Birch Brook Press in 1998. He was awarded a 2005 Literature
Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2006
Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Individual Artists Fellowship. Thomson is
currently an assistant professor of creative writing in the BFA program at
the University of Maine Farmington.
“Pastoral: New Harmony” & “February Prayer for a Roofless”—Allison
Joseph teaches at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she
also serves as an editor for Crab Orchard Review and directs the
Young Writers Workshop, a summer workshop for high school writers. She is
the author of five collections of poetry: What Keeps Us Here (winner
of the 1992 Ampersand Press Women Poets Series Competition); Worldly
Pleasures (2003 winner of the Word Press Poetry Prize); Soul Train;
In Every Seam; and Imitation of Life.
“Playing Tennis with the Net Down”—Abayomi
Animashaun’s poems have appeared in such places as New Orphic
Review, Drunken Boat, Guardian, and Rock & Sling.
He has also served as a staff editor for the Red Rock Review.
Jones is a professor of English at Southern Illinois University
Carbondale. He was recently awarded the 2007 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for
Salvation Blues: One Hundred Poems, 1985-2005, his eighth book of
poetry. Jones was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the winner of a
National Book Critics Circle Award, a Southeast Booksellers Association
Award, and a Harper Lee Award.
Mary C. Mohr Short Fiction Award First Prize Winner: “Decadence”—Dana
Kinstler’s short stories have been published in a number of literary
journals. Her essays have recently appeared in My Father Married Your
Mother: Writers Talk about Stepparents, Stepchildren, and Everyone in
Between; Mr. Wrong; Stella Magazine; and the London
Telegraph. Kinstler lives in the Hudson River Valley, New York, and is
working on a novel.
Mary C. Mohr Short Fiction Award Second Prize Winner: “Forms of
Lindensmith lives and works in Virginia, where he is a lawyer and,
sometimes, a writer. He and his wife, Gaytha, have six children. He is the
author of the short story collection, Short-Term Losses (Southern
Methodist University Press, 1996), and his fiction has appeared in journals
such as Another Chicago Magazine, South Dakota Review, New
Letters, and Wind Magazine. He was the 2005 winner of the Chicago
Literary Award for short fiction.
Mary C. Mohr Short Fiction Award Third Prize Winner: “Fall Down Seven
Times, Stand Up Eight”—Marika
Lindholm recently resigned from Northwestern University, where she
taught sociology for thirteen years and published several articles on
gender, race, and political organizing. Her energy is now devoted to fiction
writing, organic farming, and raising four children. She and her husband are
impatiently waiting to bring home a second child from Ethiopia. Her first
story was published last spring in Silent Voices.
“The View from Outside”—Jennifer
S. Davis, a native of Alabama, is the author of Her Kind of
Want, winner of the Iowa Award for Short Fiction. Her stories have been
published in such magazines as The Paris Review, The Georgia
Review, Grand Street, The Oxford American and in the
anthology of original short fiction by women, This Is Not Chick Lit.
Her second collection of short stories, Our Former Lives in Art, will
be published by Random House in July, 2007. Currently, she is an Assistant
Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Denver.
“An Interview with Speer Morgan”—Brenda
DeMartini teaches writing and literature at Purchase College. Her
stories and poems have appeared in Confrontation, Kansas Quarterly,
Minnesota Review, Mississippi Mud, Southern Indiana Review,
the Sun, and Three Rivers Poetry Journal.
“Between Night and Day—William Gay’s Twilight”—Mark
Razor completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English at the
University of Mississippi, where he focused on Southern literature. For the
past five years Razor has been an administrator at the University of
Southern Indiana, and in December 2006 he earned his PhD in Higher Education
Administration from Indiana State University.
“Bringing Back the Old Music”—Seth
Michelson’s chapbook, Maestro of Brutal Splendor, is available
from Jeane Duval Editions, and he welcomes contact at
“The Grace of Repulsion”—Anne
Laker is manager of public programs at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
and often writes about environmental issues for NUVO Newsweekly.
“No Peace in the Valley”—Ken
Gillam is an assistant professor in rhetoric & composition at the
University of Southern Indiana and is co-director of the writing program.