Gail Galloway Adams is an associate professor of English at West Virginia University. She won the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award for The Purchase of Order, the title story of which is included in The Prentice Hall Anthology of Women’s Literature. Her most recent publications have appeared in Gulf Coast, Sycamore Review, and Story Quarterly.
Andrea Barrett is the author of five novels, most recently The Voyage of the Narwhal, and two collections of short fiction, Ship Fever, which received the 1996 National Book Award, and Servants of the Map. She has received National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Fellowships.
Courtney Angela Brkic is the author of Stillness and Other Stories (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003). Her second book, The Stone Fields, will be published later this year.
Herman G. Carrillo divides his time between San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Ithaca, New York, where he is an M.F.A./Ph.D. candidate and instructor in the Department of English at Cornell University. His work has appeared in Glimmer Train, Threshold, and Other Voices magazines. Awarded a Sage Fellowship, a Provost’s Fellowship, a Newberry Library Research Grant, and the 2001 Glimmer Train Fiction Open First Prize, he was the 2002 Alan Collin’s Scholar for Fiction, the recipient of both the 2001 and 2003 Arthur Lynn Andrews Prizes for Best Fiction, a 2003 shortlisting for the O. Henry Prize, and a 2003 Constance Saltonstall Foundation Grant to an Individual Artist. His first novel, Loosing My Espanish, will be published by Pantheon this year.
Howell Chickering holds the G. Armour Craig Professorship of Language and Literature at Amherst College. He is the author of Beowulf: A Dual-Language Edition (Anchor, 1977) and “Stanzaic Closure and Linkage in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” Chaucer Review 32: 1 (1997): 1-31.
Steven Cramer is the author of The Eye That Desires to Look Upward (1987), The World Book (1992), Dialogue for the Left and Right Hand (1997), and Goodbye to the Orchard (Sarabande, 2004). He directs the low-residency M.F.A. creative writing program at Lesley University.
Lisa Croneberg’s poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, American Scholar, Chelsea, and River City. She is the recipient of a Bread Loaf scholarship and a fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation. She lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
A Korean-born writer, Maija Rhee Devine has had her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published in Michigan Quarterly Review, Northern Lights, Chattahoochee Review, Boulevard, and anthologies (Dutiful Daughters, 1999, and Hard Ground, 2001). Awards include a National Endowment for the Arts grant and the 2002 Boulevard short story prize. She is completing her first novel, Azalea Wine, and a collection of poems, Never Pick the Fifth of the Month for Your Birthday.
E. L. Doctorow’s novels include Ragtime, The Book of Daniel, Welcome to Hard Times, Billy Bathgate, Loon Lake, The Waterworks, World’s Fair, and City of God. A collection of essays, Reporting the Universe (Harvard University Press), was published in 2003. A volume of short fiction, Sweet Land Stories (Random House), is just published. His literary honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1998, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal at the White House. In 2003, he was selected for the first Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement.
Sharon Dolin’s collection of ekphrastic poems, Serious Pink, was published in 2003 by Marsh Hawk Press. Another poetry collection, Realm of the Possible, is due out this fall from Four Way Books. Dolin teaches at the 92nd Street Y and coordinates the Center for Book Arts chapbook competition in New York City.
Stephen Dunn is the author of twelve collections of poetry, including the recent Local Visitations (Norton). His Different Hours (Norton, 2000) was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize.
Roger Fanning’s first book of poems was a National Poetry Series selection. His second book, Homesick, was published in 2002 by Viking-Penguin.
David Ferry’s most recent translations, all published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, are The Odes of Horace (1997), The Eclogues of Virgil (1999), and The Epistles of Horace (2001), which won the 2002 Harold Morton Landon Prize for Translation, Academy of American Poets. His most recent book of poems, Of No Country I Know: Selected Poems and Translations(University of Chicago Press, 1999), won the 2000 Lenore Marshall Prize, Academy of American Poets, and the 2000 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, Library of Congress. In 2001 he received an Academy Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Albert Goldbarth’s new collection, Budget Travel through Space and Time (which includes the two poems in this issue), is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in spring 2005.
Jeremy Harding’s translations from Arthur Rimbaud’s work will appear later this year in a new Penguin Classics selection of the poet’s verse and letters.
Terrance Hayes is the author of Hip Logic (Penguin, 2002), which was a 2001 National Poetry Series selection, and runner-up for the 2002 James Laughlin Award. His debut collection, Muscular Music (Tia Chucha Press, 1999), won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and a Whiting Writers Award.
Todd Hearon’s work has appeared in Harvard Review, Partisan Review, and numerous other journals. He was the winner of the 2000 Paul Green Playwrights Prize and finalist (with CornRockets) for the 2002 Heideman Award. In 2003 he held a Dobie Paisano writing fellowship at the University of Texas in Austin.
Michael Heffernan teaches poetry at the University of Arkansas. He has won three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. His seventh book, The Night Breeze Off the Ocean, will be published later this year.
T. R. Hummer’s seventh book of poems, Useless Virtues, was published by LSU Press in 2001. He lives in Athens, Georgia, where he edits the Georgia Review.
Paul Kane has published two collections of poems, The Farther Shore and Drowned Lands. He teaches at Vassar College.
Joanna Klink teaches at the University of Montana. The author of They Are Sleeping (University of Georgia Press, 2000), she is currently at work on a second book of poems, Circadian.
Billy Lopez is a recent graduate of Amherst College. He lives and writes in New York City. He has recently developed an original poetic form, some examples of which he hopes to publish soon.
David H. Lynn’s most recent novel is Wrestling with Gabriel.
Cate Marvin’s first book of poems, World’s Tallest Disaster, was published by Sarabande in 2001. She teaches at the College of Staten Island-CUNY.
C. M. Mayo is the author of Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, and Sky over El Nido, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.
Sandra McPherson’s most recent poetry collection is A Visit to Civilization (Wesleyan, 2002). She is also the editor and publisher of Swan Scythe Press as well as a professor of English at the University of California at Davis.
D. Nurkse is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently The Fall (Knopf, 2002).
Donald Platt’s second book, Cloud Atlas, was published in 2002 by Purdue University Press as the winner of the Verna Emery Poetry Prize. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Michigan Quarterly Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Black Warrior Review, Notre Dame Review, BOMB Magazine, Meridian, Colorado Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Southern Review. His poems have also been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2000 and in The Pushcart Prize XXVII (2003 edition). He is an associate professor of English at Purdue University.
Arthur Rimbaud was born in 1854. He abandoned his brief poetic career at the age of twenty, going on to become a trader in coffee, hides, ivory, and weapons in the Horn of Africa. His works include A Season in Hell and Illuminations, a collection of prose-poems. His poems in verse are among the most famous in nineteenth-century European literature. He died in 1891 at the age of thirty-seven.
Antun Branko Simic (1898-1925) was born in Drinovci, Herzegovina. He led a short and difficult life, dying of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-seven in Zagreb. Only one collection of his work was published during his lifetime—Preobrazenja (Metamorphoses) in 1925—but it paved the way for much of contemporary Croatian poetry. He was initially influenced by German Expressionism, but quickly found his own, independent voice. Beneath the surface of his seemingly cold and rational poetry is a passionate stance toward the world. The themes which most concerned him were physicality, God, and death. Alongside Tin Ujevic and Miroslav Krleza, he is one of the most important and developed Croatian literary voices of the interwar period. During his short life, he wrote numerous articles, polemics, and essays and was responsible for starting several literary magazines. Sabrana Djela (Selected Works) was published posthumously in 1960.
Elizabeth Spires is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Now the Green Blade Rises(Norton, 2002), and five books for children. She lives in Baltimore and is a professor of English at Goucher College.
Nance Van Winckel’s fourth collection of poetry is Beside Ourselves (Miami University Press, 2003). She has received two National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowships. New poems appear in American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, New Letters, and DoubleTake. She has also published three books of short stories, most recently Curtain Creek Farm (Persea Books, 2000). She teaches in the M.F.A. programs at Eastern Washington University and Vermont College.
Ellen Bryant Voigt has published The Flexible Lyric (essays) and six books of poems, including Shadow of Heaven, a 2002 National Book Award finalist. A former Vermont State Poet, she has also been inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers.