A.R. AMMONS’s latest book, Glare, was published this summer. He was awarded the Lily Prize in 1995 and his work has appeared in American Poetry Review.
MIRA BARTOK-BARATTA is author and illustrator of the Ancient and Living Culture Series (Addison-Wesley). Recent publications include fiction in Artful Dodger and translations of her husband Edward’s poetry in the Italian journal Steve. She used a recent Fulbright grant to study the oral traditions of the indigenous S‡mi of Scandinavia in the Arctic Circle of Norway.
PHILIP BOOTH’s most recent books of poems are Selves and Pairs (Viking Penguin 1990, 1994). His essays were published by University of Michigan Press in 1996 as Trying to Say It / Outlooks and Insights on How Poems Happen.
ELLEN CANTOR’s poetry manuscript in progress centers on letters written by her father while stationed in France during World War II. Cantor teaches English at Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon.
JOHN R. CARPENTER is a writer and translator who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The translations he has done with his wife, Bogdana, have won many awards.
PETER COOLEY teaches creative writing at Tulane University. “Incantation” will appear in his sixth book, Sacred Conversations, due from Carnegie Mellon Press this winter.
OLENA KALYTIAK DAVIS is author of And Her Soul Out of Nothing (University of Wisconsin), selected by Rita Dove as recipient of the 1997 Brittingham Prize. She lives in Juneau, Alaska.
STEPHEN DUNN’s Riffs & Reciprocities: Prose Pairs will be published by Norton in May. His most recent book of poetry is Loosestrife (Norton, 1996), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Photo by Ted Rosenberg.
ROBERT GIBB is author of three full-length poetry collections. A fourth, The Origins of Evening, will be published by Norton this year as one of the National Poetry Series winners.
ALBERT GOLDBARTH is author of numerous collections of poetry, among which Heaven and Earth (University of Georgia Press) received the National Book Critics Circle Award; most recently published is Adventures in Ancient Egypt (Ohio State). Photo by Nathan Filbert.
MICHAEL HEFFERNAN’s fourth book of poems, Love’s Answer, was the Iowa Poetry Prize selection for 1993. He has received three fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.
BOB HICOK’s second book, The Legend of Light (University of Wisconsin, 1995), won the Felix Pouak Poetry Prize and was named an ALA Booklist Notable Book of the Year. His third will be publishedd by BOA Editions in Fall 1998. New poems are forthcoming in Best American Poetry 1997, Paris Review, Poetry and Southern Review.
A native of Virginia, CARY HOLLADAY is author of a short-story collection, The People Down South (University of Illinois Press, 1989). Her fiction has appeared in Literary Review, Vignette, and Southern Humanities Review. She lives in Memphis.
GORDON HUTNER teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is editor of American Literary History. The essay in this issue is drawn from his work in progress on modern American fiction, reading habits, and critical practices.
JULIE JENSEN’s Last Lists of My Mad Mother was part of the Common Ground Festival in Los Angeles and the Showcase of New Plays in Pittsburgh. The play is scheduled for productions in Hartford and Salt Lake City. Jensen directs the graduate playwriting program at the University of Las Vegas.
GEORGE KEITHLEY is author of seven books of poetry, two plays, and numerous short stories. His award-winning epic, The Donner Party (Braziller, 1972, 1989), a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, has been adapted as a stage play and as an opera.
JESSE LEE KERCHEVAL is author of two books of fiction. Her book on writing, Building Fiction, was published in 1997 by Story Press, and a memoir, Space, about growing up near Cape Kennedy during the moon race, is forthcoming from Algonquin Books. She teaches creative writing at the University of Wisconsin.
STUART LISHAN teaches at Ohio State University. Recent work has appeared in Chicago Review, Boulevard, Rain City Review, Yefief, and Literary Review. The poems in this issue are from a manuscript in progress.
MIKE LOHRE writes poetry and fiction and will receive his M.F.A. from Ohio State University this year. He grew up on a cash crop and livestock farm in southwestern Minnesota and is finishing a novel, Gray Horse, Gray Head, that takes its life from that rural experience.
DEANNE LUNDIN recently completed an M.F.A. at the University of Michigan. Works in progress include a novella memoir about Florida, a poetry manuscript exploring herb lore, and a dissertation (UCLA) on American women poets and mystical discourse.
CAMPBELL McGRATH’s most recent book is Spring Comes to Chicago (Ecco, 1996), recipient of the Kingsley Tufts Prize for 1996. He teaches at Florida International University and lives with his family in Miami Beach.
ROBERT MORGAN is author of nine books of poetry, most recently Sigodlin (Wesleyan, 1990) and Green River: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan, 1991). He is winner of the James G. Hanes Poetry Prize and the North Carolina Award. Publisher’s Weekly listed his novel The Truest Pleasure as one of the best books of 1995.
THYLIAS MOSS’s latest work is Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler, a collection of poems (Persea, 1997). Forthcoming from Avon is Tale of a Sky-blue Dress, an autobiography. She teaches at the University of Michigan and is a 1996 fellow of the MacArthur Foundation.
RANDY F. NELSON is Virginia Lasater Irwin Professor of English at Davidson College. The author of numerous short stories and articles on American literature, he is completing a novel.
JOSIP NOVAKOVICH teaches at the University of Cincinnati. His books, published by Gray Wolf, are Yolk, a PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction finalist, and Apricots from Chernobyl. His “Bruno” in this issue will be included in a forthcoming collection, Salvation and Other Disasters. Novakovich had been awarded three Pushcart Prizes.
JOYCE CAROL OATES’ most recent novel is Man Crazy (Dutton), for which she received the PEN/Malamud award.
JOYCE PESEROFF’s most recent book of poems is A Dog in the Lifeboat (Carnegie Mellon, 1991). She is a visiting professor of English and poet-in-residence at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
BINO A. REALUYO has recently finished two books: In Spite of Open Eyes, a poetry collection, and The Umbrella Country, a novel. His work is forthcoming in Manoa, Literary Review, Confrontation, Puerto del Sol, New Letters, and other journals. He has been a guest lecturer at Yale University.
MARK RUDMAN’s recent books include a long poem, Rider, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry for 1994, and Real of Unknowing: Meditations on Art, Suicide, and Other Transformations, and The Millennium Hotel, all from Wesleyan. His next book of poems, Provoked in Venice, is forthcoming this fall. Rudman teaches in the English department at New York University.
WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA, winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize for Literature, lives in Kraków, Poland. She started publishing shortly after World War II and is considered among the three best post-war Polish poets. She has produced nine volumes of poetry, the latest being Koniec i Poczatek (The End and the Beginning), 1993.
ELEANOR ROSS TAYLOR has had poems recently in Seneca Review and Shenandoah; others are fortcoming in Southern Review, Paris Reviews, Antioch, and other magazines. Photo by Tom Victor.
ANN TOWNSEND’s first collection of poetry, Dime Store Erotics, won the Gerald Cable Poetry Prize and will be published by Silverfish Review Press. Her poems, essays, and stories have appeared in The Nation, Southern Review, TriQuarterly, and other magazines and journals.
JOANNA TRZECIAK is pursuing a Ph.D. in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. Her translations of Szymborska have appeared in New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Times Literary Supplement, Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. She is working on a collection of Szymborska’s poetry. Her translation of Panna Nikt (Miss Nobody) by Tomek Fryzna was published this fall by Doubleday.
ROBERT WRIGLEY’s most recent book is In the Bank of Beautiful Sins (Penguin, 1995). He lives with his wife and children in Idaho.