David Baker‘s Heresy & the Ideal: On Contemporary Poetry will appear this spring from University of Arkansas Press. New poems appear lately in Paris Review, Raritan, Yale Review, and Poetry.

Marianne Boruch‘s collections of poetry include A Stick That Breaks and Breaks (1997) and Moss Burning (1993), both from Oberlin College Press. Her book of essays, Poetry’s Old Air, came out in Michigan’s “Poets on Poetry” series in 1995. She teaches at Purdue University in the M.F.A. program.

Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin (1870-1953), although relatively unknown in the West, is among Russia’s most important writers of the twentieth century. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1933 and his works remain popular classics in Russia today. “Caucasus” first appeared in Dark Avenues, Bunin’s last story collection, published in 1943.

Michael Collier‘s fourth book of poems, Safe, is scheduled for publication by Houghton Mifflin this spring. He teaches at the University of Maryland-College Park and directs the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Robert Cording has published three volumes of poetry: Heavy Grace (Alice James, 1996), What Binds Us to This World (Copper Beach, 1991), and Life-list (Ohio State University Press, 1987). His new work has also appeared in Poetry, DoubleTake, Shenandoah, and TriQuarterly, among others.

Ann Fisher-Wirth, recipient of a 1997-98 Artist Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission, has recent or forthcoming poems in Georgia Review, Feminist Studies, ISLE, Ekphrasis, Natural Bridge, and Last year she was a finalist in the Center for Book Arts chapbook competition and a semifinalist in the Nation / Discovery competition. She teaches at the University of Mississippi and is seeking a publisher for “Blue Window,” her first book manuscript of poems.

Andrew Frisardi has had poems published recently in Atlantic Monthly, Western Humanities Review, and the Literary Review. He reviews books regularly for the Boston Globe, and is currently translating a selection of writings by the Italian modernist Giuseppe Ungaretti.

Carol Frost‘s books include Pure (1994) and Venus & Don Juan (1996), both published by TriQuarterly Books. Her new and selected works, Love & Scorn, is forthcoming in 2000 from TriQuarterly Books, Northwestern University Press. Recipient of two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, she teaches at Hartwick College.

Alice Fulton‘s most recent book of poems is Sensual Math (W. W. Norton). A collection of essays, Feeling as a Foreign Language: The Good Strangeness of Poetry, was published by Graywolf Press in 1999.

Emery George‘s most recent books include his eighth poetry collection, Valse Triste: Songs and Ballads (Edwin Mellen Press, 1997), and Metropolitan Icons: Selected Poems of János Pilinszky in Hungarian and in English (Mellen, 1995).

Rachel Hadas is professor of English at the Newark campus of Rutgers University. Her new and selected poems, Halfway Down the Hall, was published in 1998 by Wesleyan University Press.

Kimiko Hahn‘s recent books include The Unbearable Heart (Kaya, 1996—American Book Award) and Mosquito and Ant (Norton, 1999). Recipient of fellowships from NEA and New York Foundation for the Arts, she received a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award in 1998. Hahn teaches at Queens College/City University of New York.

Mark Halliday directs the creative writing program at Ohio University. His third book of poems, Selfwolf, appeared from University of Chicago Press in 1999.

Graham Hettlinger holds an M.F.A. in poetry writing from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Russian literature from Ohio State University.

Laura Kasischke‘s most recent collection of poems, Fire & Flower, received the Beatrice Hawley Award. Kasischke is also the author of two novels, most recently White Bird in a Blizzard (Hyperion, 1999).

David Kirby, poet and critic, is the W. Guy McKenzie Professor of English at Florida State University. “Dear Derrida” is one of a series of “memory poems,” others of which have appeared in Ploughshares, Southern Review, and Denver Quarterly. A collection of memory poems entitled The House of Blue Light will be published by LSUPress in fall 2000.

Stuart Lishan teaches at Ohio State University. His recent work has appeared in Boulevard, American Literary Review, Arts & Letters, and elsewhere. The poem in this issue is from a recently completed manuscript entitled Number Theory.

Timothy Liu‘s most recent collection is Say Goodnight (Copper Canyon Press, 1998). He teaches at William Paterson University, New Jersey.

George Looney‘s first book, Animals Housed in the Pleasure of Flesh, won the 1995 Bluestem Award. His poems have also won awards from the Literary Review, New Letters, New Delta Review, and Flyway Literary Review. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council.

Adrian C. Louis was recently apprehended by the authorities and is now spending a year at Southwest State University in Minnesota. A new book of poems, Ancient Acid Flashes Back, is due this spring from University of Nevada Press.

Jayanta Mahapatra is the author of fifteen collections of poetry, including Selected Poems (Oxford University Press) and A Whiteness of Bone (Viking). His poetry has been anthologized in The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry (Random House, 1996).

Tod Marshall teaches at Gonzaga University. Other interviews, poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Iowa Review, Northwest Review, and Boston Review. His interview with Li-Young Lee appeared in the Winter 2000 issue of The Kenyon Review.

Ross Martin is story editor for Spike Lee’s 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Nebraska Review, Lit, and Pleiades, among others. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Khaled Mattawa is author of a book of poems, Ismailia Eclipse (Sheep Meadow Press, 1995), and translator of two books of Arabic poetry, Hatif Janabi’s Questions and Their Retinue (University of Arkansas Press, 1996), and Fadhil Al-Azzawi’s In Every Well a Joseph Is Weeping (Quarterly Review of Literature, 1997).

Margaret Rabb received the Wood Award for Distinguished Writing from Carolina Quarterly and the Louisiana Literature Prize for Poetry. She also won the Columbia Winter Poetry Competition. Her work Figments of the Firmament was chosen as the 1998 North Carolina Writers’ Network Harperprints Poetry Chapbook. Rabb’s first book, Granite Dives, will be published this spring by New Issues Press.

Amudha Rajendran is a South Indian poet who lives in New York City. Her work has appeared in Western Humanities Review, Cimarron Review, Lit, Arude, Verse, Barrow Street, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. She holds an M.F.A. from New York University.

Grace Schulman‘s poetry collections include For That Day Only, Hemispheres, and Burn Down the Icons. Her new book, The Paintings of Our Lives, will be issued by Houghton Mifflin. Her poems have appeared in Pushcart Prize XXI and XXIII, and have been anthologized in The Best American Poetry (1995) and The Best of the Best American Poetry, 1988-98.

Joseph M. Schuster‘s fiction has appeared in Iowa Review, Missouri Review, New Virginia Review, and Western Humanities Review. He holds an M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College and has five children.

Mark Smith-Soto, Costa Rican-American poet and translator, is professor of Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he edits International Poetry Review. Various magazines have published his work, most recently Sparrow, Quarterly West, Poetry East, and Sun.

Ralph Sneeden lives and teaches in Exeter, New Hampshire. Off Little Misery Island is the title of his book-length manuscript of poems, some of which are forthcoming or have appeared in the New England Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Southern Review, TriQuarterly, and Witness.

Cathy Song is the author of Picture Bride (Yale), Frameless Windows, Squares of Light (Norton), and School Figures (Pittsburgh). Her poem “The Sky-Blue Dress” (which appeared in the Summer/Fall 1998 issue of The Kenyon Review) won a 2000 Pushcart Prize. She lives with her family in Honolulu.

Leah Stewart, who holds an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan, lives in North Carolina. Her first novel, Body of a Girl, is due from Viking this summer. She is working on a second novel. “Monopoly” is her first publication.

Arthur Sze‘s sixth book of poetry, The Redshifting Web, was published by Copper Canyon Press. Sze is the recipient of a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award.

Larissa Szporluk is the author of Dark Sky Question, winner of the 1997 Barnard New Women Poets series (Beacon Press, 1998), and Isolato, winner of the 1999 Iowa Poetry Prize (University of Iowa Press, 2000).

Nance Van Winckel is the author of three collections of poems, the most recent of which is After a Spell (Miami University Press, 1998), and two collections of short stories, Limited Lifetime Warranty and Quake (both with University of Missouri Press). A professor in the graduate creative writing program at Eastern Washington University, she is the recipient of an NEA Poetry Fellowship and a Washington State Artists Trust Award in fiction.

Saadi Youssef, one of the leading and most prolific Arab poets, has been a teacher and journalist in Kuwait, Algeria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Yugoslavia, Yemen, and France. His works include twenty volumes of poetry, a novel, three books of criticism, and numerous translations. Born in Iraq, he now lives in Jordan.

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