JULIAN ANDERSON’s first novel, Empire Under Glass, was published by Faber and Faber in 1996. She has been a fellow at Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers Conference. Photo by Sima Kappeler.
WILLIAM BAER‘s first collection of poetry, The Unfortunates (New Odyssey Press, 1997), has received the T.S. Eliot Award.
DON BOGEN’s most recent book of poetry is The Known World (Wesleyan University Press, 1997). He teaches at the University of Cincinnati.
PHILIP BROOKS’s fiction has appeared in Quarterly and Willow Springs. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, he is working on a novel. He apologizes to his family for “Physical History.”
KELLY CHERRY’s most recent books are Death and Transfiguration, poems (LSU, 1997) and Writing the World, essays (Missouri, 1995). Her translation of Sophoclesâ Antigone, from which the excerpts in this issue are taken, will appear this fall in Sophocles, 2 (Pennsylvania). Her “Lyric Cycle” as the text of Imants Kalninsâ Symphony No. 4 was premiered by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 1997. Photo by Ann Cherry.
SHEN CHOU (1427-1509) was a great painter, calligrapher, and poet of the Ming dynasty.
JUDITH ORTIZ COFER’s most recent book, a collection of short stories named best book of the year by the American Library Association, is An Island LikeYou: Stories of the Barrio (Orcard, 1995; Penguin 1996). Theauthor of a half dozen books of stories, essays, and poetry the nativePuerto Rican now teaches at the University of Georgia.
AMY GERSTLER, who livesin Los Angeles and is a writer of poetry and fiction and is a journalist. Her most recent book of poetry is Crown of Weeds (Viking Penguin, 1997). Photo by Benjamin Weissman.
RACHEL HADAS has recent work in Yale Review, ARION, and Poetry. She teaches English at the Newark campus of Rutgers University. Halfway Down the Hall, a book of her new and selected poems, is scheduled for November publication by Wesleyan University Press. Photo by Dale Grant.
BARBARA HAMBY’s book Delirium won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Poetry
Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. She has new poems coming out in Paris Review, Iowa Review, and Southern Review.
KATHLEEN HILL teaches in the M.F.A program at Sarah Lawrence. “Coming Round” is from Still Waters in Niger, to be published next fall by TriQuarterly Books. Another excerpt is soon to be published in Prairie Schooner. She is working on a series on the experience of reading, portions of which have appeared in Michigan Quarterly and Yale Review.
PATRICIA HOOPER‘s most recent collection of poetry, At the Corner of the Eye, was published in 1997 by Michigan State University Press. She received the Poetry Society of America’s Farber First Book Award for OtherLives and has published poems recently in merican Scholar, Poetry, and Atlantic Monthly.
MARK JACOBS is a foreign service officer with experience in Turkey, Europe, and Latin America.Recent books include Stone Cowboy, a novel (1997) and The Liberation of Little Heaven, short stories (forthcoming in January 1999), both from Soho Press.
YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA’s latest book of poetry is Thieves of Paradise. He teaches at Princeton University.
DIAN LI teaches Chinese at Iowa State University. He studies Chinese poetry and has published poetry translations earlier in The Kenyon Review and in Green Mountains Review.
JANE McCAFFERTY is author of Director of the World, winner of the Drue Heinz award
in 1992. Her work has appeared in Story, Witness and many other journals. The work in this issue is from a recently completed novel.
REBECCA McCLANAHAN has published four books, most recently The Intersection of X and Y (Copper Beech Press, 1996). She has received a Pushcart Prize,
the Wood Prize from Poetry, and the Carter Prize from Shenandoah.
OUYANG JIANGHE is a young critic and poet from China. He has given readings and lectures in Germany and the United States. His poetry in this issue is the first in a literary journal in English.
CHAIM POTOK is the author of The Chosen, My Name is Asher Lev, and I Am the Clay, among others. His most recent work is The Gates of November. He is published by Knopf.
DONALD REVELL is author of five collections, most recently Beautiful Shirt (Wesleyan,
1994). In 1995 Wesleyan also published his translation of Apollinaire’s Alcools. He teaches English at the University of Utah.
JAN RICHMAN’s first book of poems, Because the Brain Can Be Talked into Anything,
won the 1994 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets.
The poems included in this issue are from her recently completed manuscript,
Letters to Wolf-Boy.
DAVID J. ROTHMAN is author of Dominion of Shadow (Gardner Lithographs, 1996), a volume of poems with photographs by Allen Brown. He is co-author, with Stanley Rothman and Stephen Powers, of Hollywood’s America: Social and Political Themes in Motion Pictures (Westview, 1996). His poems and essays have appeared widely. He is executive director of the Western Slope Summer Music Festival in Crested Butte, Colorado, where he lives with his wife and son. Photo by Paul Gallaher.
BADA SHANREN (1626-1705) was a descendant of the Ming imperial family but became a monk after the Manchu invasion led to the collapse of the Ming in 1644. In 1680
he became—or pretended to become—mad, dumb, and given to fits of
laughing and weeping. From 1685 on, he signed all his paintings Bada
Shanren, “Mountain Man of the Eight Greats.”
LI SHANG-YIN (813-858) wrote brilliantly hermetic and veiled love poems. His untitled poems are some of the great love poems in classical Chinese.
ARTHUR SMITH’s most recent book of poems is Orders of Affection (Carnegie Mellon,
1996). Elegy on Independence Day (Pittsburgh, 1985) was awarded
the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and the Norma Farber First Book
Award. He teaches at the University of Tennessee.
BRUCE SMITH’s fourth book of poems, The Other Lover, is forthcoming from University
of Chicago Press.
CHARLIE SMITH is author of four poetry books, including the most recent, Before and After (Norton). Poems in this issue are from a new manuscript, Life
on Earth. He is also author of six fiction works, including the recent Cheap Ticket to Heaven and Chimney Rock, both from Holt.
CATHY SONG is author of Picture Bride (Yale, 1983), Frameless Windows, Squares of Light (Norton 1987), and School Figures (Pittsburgh, 1994). Photo by John Eddy.
HARDIE ST. MARTIN is editor of two anthologies, Roots and Wings: Poetry of Spain 1900-1975 (Harper Row, 1976) and Small Hours of the Night: Selected Poems
of Roque Dalton (Curbstone Press, 1996) for which he has received
an ALTA translation award. He has also translated Pablo Neruda’s Memoirs
(Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1976) and several novels.
LEON STOKESBURY teaches in the graduate writing program at Georgia State University in Atlanta. His most recent book is Autumn Rhythm: New and Selected Poems from the University of Arkansas Press.
ARTHUR SZE’s latest book of poems is The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-1998 (Copper Canyon, 1998). He is recipient of a 1997 Witter Bynner Foundation
for Poetry grant is translating poems of Li Ho, Li Sang-yin, and Bada
Shanren. Photo by Carol Moldaw.
RICHARD TILLINGHAST’s most recent book of poetry is Today in the Cafe Triesté,
new and selected poems, published in Ireland by Salmon Press. He is
the author of Robert Lowell’s Life and Work: Damaged Grandeur,
a critical memoir published in 1995.
JEAN VALENTINE lives in New York and teaches at Sarah Lawrence, New York University, and the 92nd Street Y. Her most recent book is Growing Darkness, Growing Light (Carnegie Mellon, 1997). Photo by Nancy Crampton.
KATHLEEN WAKEFIELD is author of a chapbook There and Back (State Street Press,
1993). Her recent work has appeared in Georgia Review, Journal,
and Poetry. She is looking for a publisher of her full-length
manuscript, Notation’s on the Visible World.
NORMAN WILLIAMS practices law in Burlington, Vermont. His book The Unlovely Child was published in Knopf in 1985. His work was included in Sixty Years
of American Poetry, published by the Academy of American Poets
ANTHONY WINNER teaches literature at the University of Virginia. He is author of Characters in the Twilight: Hardy, Zola, and Chekhov (Virginia, 1981) and
Culture and Irony: Studies in Conrad’s Major Novels (Virginia,
1988). His essay in this issue is one of a set examining the culture
of recent fiction.
DAVID WOJAHN is author of five collections of poetry, most recently The Falling Hour
(University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997). He teaches at Indiana University
and in the M.F.A program of Vermont College. He lives in Chicago.
MICHAEL WOOD teaches at Princeton University and is the author, most recently, of The
Magician’s Doubts: Nabokov and the Risks of Fiction.