Patricia Akhimie completed her M.F.A. at the University of Michigan, where she received the Hopwood Award in Graduate Poetry and the Meader
Family Award. Currently she is an M.A. candidate at Columbia University.
David Axelrod‘s work appears in recent issues of Alaska Quarterly,
Boulevard, and Cimarron Review, among many others. The essay in this issue is part of a work-in-progress, Troubled Intimacies. He teaches at Eastern Oregon University.
Rick Bass is the author of eighteen books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Roadless Yaak and The Hermit’s Story. He lives with his family in northwest Montana’s Yaak Valley, where there is still not a single acre of designated wilderness.
David Brooks teaches Australian literature, is director of creative writing at the University of Sydney, and is coeditor of the journal Southerly. His most recent collection of short fiction is Black Sea (1997) and his most recent novel, The House of Balthus (1995), both from Allen & Unwin.
Luis Cernuda (1902-1963) was one of Spain’s leading twentieth-century poets. Written
in Water, his collected prose poems tanslated by Stephen Kessler, will be published by City Lights in early 2004.
Terry Cox has published poems in 5 A.M. and Any Key Review,
and a book review in Prairie Schooner. She lives on a farm in Kansas where she raises cattle.
A former editor of The Kenyon Review and an emeritus professor of English at Kenyon College, Galbraith Crump is the author / editor of a number of academic books.
Besides Where the Compass Pointed West, he has recently completed
a book on teaching in Greece, entitled The Scent of Thyme.
Vinay Dharwadker is the author of Sunday at the Lodi Gardens (Viking, 1994),
and has recently completed his second collection, Someone Else’s
Paradise: Poems 1971-2001. Among the books he has edited or coedited
are The Oxford Anthology of Modern Indian Poetry (1994),
The Collected Poems of A. K. Ramanujan (1995), and The
Collected Essays of A. K. Ramanujan (1999), all published by
Oxford University Press. Most recently, he has edited Cosmopolitan
Geographies: New Locations in Literature and Culture (Routledge,
2001) for the English Institute, Harvard University. Over the past
two decades, his poems and translations of modern Indian poetry have
been published in Daedalus, Hudson Review, London Magazine, Translation,
TriQuarterly, World Literature Today, and elsewhere. His latest
essays appear in A Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry
(Blackwell, 2001) and Comparative Literature Studies (2002).
His book of translations, Kabir: The Weaver’s Songs, will
be published in the Penguin Classics series this fall. He teaches
South Asian literature and is director of the Center for South Asia
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Tess Gallagher‘s most recent book is Soul Barnacles, Ten More Years with Ray,
University of Michigan Press; she traveled to Paris recently for the
advent of Deux Audacieux, the French translation of this
book. She is currently working on a book of oral stories with painter/storyteller
Josie Gray of Sligo, Ireland, some of which are appearing in Double-Take,
Hayden’s Ferry Review, Artful Dodge, and Bellingham Review.
She is also writing poems toward a new collection.
Amitav Ghosh is the author, most recently, of The Glass Palace, a novel.Roger Greenwald has published one book of poems, Connecting Flight (1993), several volumes of poetry in translation from Norwegian and Swedish,
and two novels translated from Swedish. He has won the CBC Radio /
Saturday Night Literary Award for poetry (1994) and many awards for
Jennifer Grotz is the author of Cusp (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), winner of the Bakeless Prize, and the chapbook Not Body (Urban Editions, 2001).
Gunnar Harding (born 1940, debut 1967) has published sixteen volumes of poetry
and is one of Sweden’s best-known and best-loved poets. He has won
the Bellman Prize, Svenska Dagbladets Literature Prize, and
the Övralid Prize.
Olav H. Hauge produced eleven highly acclaimed volumes of poetry, a children’s book, and
five collections of translations of German, French, English, and American
literature. Born in 1908, he was largely a self-educated man who earned
his living as a farmer, orchardist, and gardener on a small plot of
land near his birthplace of Ulvik, a village in the Hardangerfjord
region of western Norway. Hauge died in 1996.
Dolores Hayden‘s poetry has appeared in Yale Review, Southwest Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review. Her chapbooks include Playing
House and Line Dance. She is also the author of The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History. Photo by Michael Marsland.
Robert Hedin is the author, translator, and editor of fifteen books of poetry
and prose, most recently The Old Liberators: New and Selected
Poems and Translations (Holy Cow Press, 1999), The Roads
Have Come to an End Now: Selected and Last Poems of Rolf Jacobsen
(cotranslated with Robert Bly; Copper Canyon Press, 2001), and
The Bullfinch Rising from the Cherry Tree: Poems of Olav H. Hauge
(Brooding Heron Press, 2001). He is executive director of the Anderson
Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Red Wing, Minnesota.
Daniel A. Hoyt is a Self Graduate Fellow in the English Department at the University of Kansas. His story “Vincent” appeared in Arts and Letters.
Yang Jian was born in 1967 in Anhui, China.Huang Jinming was born in 1974 in Guangdong Province. His literary work has been published in China, the United States, Australia, and Japan and
is included in The Best Chinese Poetry in 2002.
Paul Kane‘s most recent book is Drowned Lands (University of South Carolina,
2000), a collection of poems. A recipient of NEH and Guggenheim fellowships, he is professor of English at Vassar College.
Stephen Kessler‘s most recent books of translation include Save Twilight (selected poems of Julio Cortázar, City Lights, 1997), Machu Picchu (by Pablo Neruda, Bulfinch, 2001), and Aphorisms (by César Vallejo, Green Integer, 2002). Photo by Bill Elliott Perry.
Suji Kwock Kim‘s first book, Notes from the Divided Country, selected by Yusef
Komunyakaa for the 2002 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, appears this year from LSU Press.
John Kinsella‘s Peripheral Light: New and Selected Poems (introduced and selected by Harold Bloom) will be published by W.W. Norton in November
2003. Photo by Jeff Doyle.
P. F. Kluge, writer-in-residence at Kenyon College, is the author of five novels, including Eddie and the Cruisers and Biggest Elvis.
His nonfiction books are Alma Mater and The Edge of Paradise.
Bill Lamp is at work on a collection of short stories and a novel. He studies creative writing at Ohio State University in Columbus.
Author of sixteen collections of poetry, Jayanta Mahapatra‘s latest volume is titled Bare Face. He has read his poetry around the world and is widely anthologized. He edits the literary periodical Chandrabhaga. His recent work has appeared in the Sewanee Review. Photo by Jan Kemp.
Rebecca McClanahan‘s most recent book is a collection of personal essays, The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings (University of Georgia Press, 2002). She has also published four volumes of poetry and three books about
writing, including Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Boulevard, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City.
Rod Mengham is Reader in Modern English Literature at the University of Cambridge,
where he is also curator of works of art at Jesus College. He is the
author of books on Charles Dickens, Emily Brontë, and Henry Green,
as well as The Descent of Language (1993). He has edited
collections of essays on contemporary fiction, violence and avant-garde
art, and the fiction of the 1940s. He has written on art for various
magazines, especially Tate, and composes the catalogs for
the biennial “Sculpture in the Close” exhibition at Jesus
College, Cambridge. He is also the editor of the Equipage series of
poetry pamphlets and co-organizer of the Cambridge Conference of Contemporary
Poetry; his own poems have been published under the title Unsung:
New and Selected Poems (Folio/Salt, 1996, second edition 2001).
Pan Miaobin was born in 1964. He graduated from the Chinese Department, Guangxi
University. Primarily a poet, his work has been published in such
literary magazines as Poetry Monthly, People’s Literature, Authors,
and Stars. Pan now works in Wuzhou City People’s Government,
Author of Crackle at Midnight (1998), Lupenga Mphande has had poems
published in Poetry Review and other literary magazines and anthologies, including the Heinemann Book of African Poetry in English, Fate of Vultures, and New Poetry of Africa. He was the 1988 book prize winner of the BBC Art and Africa Poetry Award and is associate professor of African-American and African Studies at Ohio State University.
Stephen Muecke holds a personal chair in cultural studies at the University of Technology,
Sydney. He is coauthor of Reading the Country (Fremantle, 1984, 1996) and author of Textual Spaces: Aboriginality and Cultural Studies (University of New South Wales Press, 1992) and No
Road (bitumen all the way) (Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1997). He edited (with Adam Shoemaker) the “lost” manuscript of the first major indigenous writer in Australia, David Unaipon, Legendary
Tales of the Australian Aborigines (University of Melbourne Press, 2001). He is coeditor with Chris Healy of Cultural Studies Review. His latest work is a volume edited with Gay Hawkins for Rowman and
Littlefield (2002): Culture and Waste: The Creation and Destruction of Value.
Christer Nordlund holds a Ph.D. in history of science and ideas from Umeå
University, Sweden, where he works as an assistant professor. In addition
to his dissertation, The Elevated Land: Science, Land Elevation
and the Formulation of a Swedish Past, 1860-1930 (in Swedish;
Royal Skytte Society, 2001), he has also published Nature of the
North: Historical Studies on Borders, Science and Environment
(in Swedish; Umeå University 1999), Nature Improved?: Interdisciplinary
Essays on Humanity’s Relationship with Nature (coeditor; Royal
Skytte Society, 1999),The Human Dimension of the Environment:
A Survey of Environmental Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences
(coauthor; in Swedish; Swedish Research Council, 2002), and several
articles as well.
Gina Ochsner lives and works in Keizer, Oregon, with her husband and three children.
A collection of stories entitled The Necessary Grace to Fall was selected for the Flannery O’Connor Award and published by University of Georgia Press (2002). Ochsner is at work on a Romanian dictionary
of myth and a novel.
Peter Porter‘s recent publications are Collected Poems 1961-1999 (two volumes,
Oxford, 1999) and Max Is Missing (Picador, 2001). Honors include the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, 2002, and the Forward Prizefor the best book of poems, 2002.
Jeffrey Rubin-Dorsky teaches at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and writes on nineteenth-century American literature and Jewish-American
literature and culture. His recent publications include “Philip Roth and American Jewish Identity: The Question of Authenticity” in American Literary History (Spring 2001).
Wendy Singer, Professor of South Asian History at Kenyon College, is author of Creating Histories: Oral Narratives and the Politics of History-Making (Oxford, 1997) and forthcoming, A Constituency Suitable for Ladies and Other Social Histories of Indian Elections. She is currently
in India studying the Tibetan community.
John E. Smelcer‘s poetry books include his Pulitzer Prize-nominated volumes Riversong and Songs from an Outcast. His writing has appeared in over two hundred and fifty magazines such as The Kenyon Review and Atlantic Monthly.
Adam J. Sorkin‘s most recent book is Speaking the Silence: Prose Poets of Contemporary
Romania (2001); other books include Sea-Level Zero,
poems by Daniela Crasnaru (BOA, 1999), and The Triumph of the
Water Witch, prose poems by Ioana Ieronim (Bloodaxe Books, 2000),
a Weidenfeld Prize finalist. Bloodaxe is also publishing Sorkin’s
translation of Marin Sorescu’s The Bridge. Sorkin is Distinguished
Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University.
Sverker Sörlin holds the Chair of Environmental History at Umeå University,
Sweden, and a long-term position as visiting professor in the division
for history of science and technology at the Royal School of Technology
in Stockholm, where he is also the director of the Swedish Institute
for Studies in Education and Research (SISTER). Among his publications
in English are several coedited books: Denationalizing Science:
The Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook (1993), Sustainability—the
Challenge (1998), Narrating the Arctic: A Cultural History
of Nordic Scientific Practices (2002), and a number of articles
on the history and internationalization of field and environmental
sciences in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He serves on the
editorial advisory boards of the journals Cultural Geographies
Rhoda B. Stamell, after winning the Frances Shaw Older Woman’s Writing Award, sponsored by Ragdale Foundation in 1996, retired from a lifetime of teaching
English in high school and community colleges. She has written two
novels and several novellas. A short story was published in the Boston
Review in the winter of 1999 and will appear in an anthology,
published by Harcourt, Brace. She is an adjunct professor of literature
and composition at Lawrence Technical University in Southfield, Michigan.
Susan Stewart is the Regan Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania
and a MacArthur Fellow. Her most recent book is Poetry and the
Fate of the Senses (Chicago, 2002), which has won the Christian
Gauss Award for Literary Criticism in 2002. A new book of poems, Columbarium,
will appear this year.
Joanna Straughn holds an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Utah. This is her first publication.
Virgil Suárez, born in Havana, Cuba, in 1962, arrived in the United States at the age of twelve. He is the author of two new poetry collections, Palm
Crows (University of Arizona Press) and Banyan (LSU Press). Guide to the Blue Tongue, his sixth collection of poetry, will be published this year by the University of Illinois Press. He is a professor at Florida State University.
Rabindra K. Swain has three books of poems, Severed Cord (2002), A Tapestry of Steps (1999), Once Back Home (1996), and
a critical work on the poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra. Swain is a regular contributor to www.cprw.com and is the managing editor of Chandrabhaga, a literary half-yearly from India edited by Jayanta Mahapatra.
Liliana Ursu, author of seven books of
poetry, most recently Lift Up Your Hearts (Bucharest, 2002), works for Romanian Radio, producing a literary magazine of the air. She has been Fulbright Lecturer at Pennsylvania State University twice and visiting professor of creative writing at the University of Louisville. The Sky Behind the Forest (Bloodaxe Books, 1997), translated by Ursu, Adam J. Sorkin, and Tess Gallagher, became a British Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation and was short-listed for Oxford’s Weidenfeld Prize. Photo by Tess Gallagher.
Dai Wei is a woman poet born in 1968 who lives in Nanjing, China.
Ouyang Yu graduated from La Trobe University with a doctoral degree in Australian
literature and has had twenty-odd Chinese and English books published
in the field of fiction, poetry, literary translation, and literary
criticism. His most recent English-language novel is The Eastern
Slope Chronicle (Brandl & Schlesinger, Sydney, September
2002). He has published his fourth book of poetry, Two Hearts,
Two Tongues and Rain-coloured Eyes (Wild Peony, Sydney, September
2002) and his thirteenth book of translation, in Chinese, of Robert
Hughes’s The Shock of the New (Baihua Publishing House, China,
January 2003). His fifth book of poetry, Selected Poems of Ouyang
Yu, is forthcoming from Salt Publishing (United Kingdom, 2003).
Andrew Zawacki is the author of By Reason of Breakings (University of Georgia
Press, 2002) and a chapbook, Masquerade (Vagabond Press, 2001). He is coeditor of the international journal Verse, and editor of the anthology Afterwards: Slovenian Writing 1945-1995 (White Pine Press, 1999).