Issue 60 |
Spring 1993

Contributors' Notes

by Staff


Guest Editor

Al Young

Executive Director

DeWitt Henry

Managing Editor & Fiction Editor

Don Lee

Poetry Editor

David Daniel

Assistant Editor

Barbara Tran

Founding Publisher

Peter O'Malley

Staff Assistant: Barbara Lewis.
Assistant Proofreader: Holly LeCraw Howe.
Poetry Readers: Barbara Tran, Linda Russo, Tanja Brull, Tom Laughlin, Mary-Margaret Mulligan, and Jason Rogers.
Fiction Readers: Billie Lydia Porter, Karen Wise, Holly LeCraw Howe, Maryanne O'Hara, Barara Lewis, Christine Flanagan, Kimberly Reynolds, Michael Ranho, Phillip Carson, Erik Hansen, Sara Nielsen Gambrill, Tanja Brull, and David Rowell.
Phone-a-Poem Coordinator: Joyce Peseroff.


paulette bates alden is the author of a collection of short stories,
Feeding the Eagles (Graywolf Press). She has recently completed a book-length memoir,
A Reluctant Education, another excerpt of which appeared in
The New York Times Magazine. She is currently a Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.

jan bailey is this year's South Carolina Arts Commission Poetry Fellow. Her poems have appeared most recently in
Prairie Schooner, The Greensboro Review, Mudfish, and
Willow Springs. Bailey, who earned an M.F.A. from Vermont College, has completed a first manuscript,
The Healing Street. She divides her time between South Carolina and Monhegan Island, Maine.

dinah berland's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in
The Iowa Review, New Letters, Hayden's Ferry Review, Yellow Silk, Pearl, and elsewhere. Formerly an art critic and photographer, Berland currently works as a free-lance book editor and lives in an original Victorian house in downtown Los Angeles.

cyrus cassells is the author of two books of poetry,
The Mud Actor (Holt), which was a 1982 National Poetry Series selection and nominee for the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award, and the forthcoming
Soul Make a Path Through Shouting (Copper Canyon Press, 1994). He received the 1992 Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poet Award, given by the Academy of American Poets.

mary clark's poems have appeared in
The Iowa Review, Black Warrior Review, Passages North, and
River Styx. She also has a story in the current issue of

hep clyman received his M.A. from New York University in May 1992. He has taught at NYU and at Goldwater Hospital. He does not have a dog, but his roommate has a cat who avoids him.

janet coleman is the author of
The Compass: The Improvisational Theatre That Revolutionized American Comedy (Knopf/Univ. of Chicago Press) and co-author with Al Young of
Mingus/Mingus: Two Memoirs (Creative Arts/Limelight). Recently she has written for
Esquire, Elle, Instant Classics III, and
The Bloomsbury Review. She is the voice of Emily Ann Andrews on the radio series
Poisoned Arts.

sam cornish's books include
Songs of Jubilee, Generations, 1935: A Memoir, and
Folks Like Me, a new collection of poems that has just been released by Zoland Books. He was born in Baltimore, Md., and now lives in Brighton, Mass. The former Literature Director for the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, Cornish teaches literature and minority studies at Emerson College.

russell susumu endo is a Japanese-American poet. He has had poems published in
The American Poetry Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Hawaii Review, andelsewhere. His poem "Susumu, My Name" was incorporated by Sumi Tonooka into a jazz orchestra piece.

martín espada was awarded the PEN/Revson Foundation Fellowship, as well as the Paterson Poetry Prize, for his most recent collection of poems,
Rebellion Is the Circle of a Lover's Hands (Curbstone, 1990). His next book,
City of Coughing and Dead Radiators, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton in 1993.

carolyn ferrell has lived, worked, and studied in West Berlin, Manhattan, and the South Bronx. Her stories have appeared in
The Literary Review, Callaloo, Fiction, and
Sojourner: The Women's Forum. She is currently working on a collection of short stories and teaches at Lehman College in the Bronx.

susan jane gilman currently attends the M.F.A. creative writing program at the University of Michigan, where she has received two Hopwood Awards for fiction and a Cowden Memorial Fellowship. Her work has appeared in
The New York Times, Newsday, and
The Village Voice, among other publications.

gabrielle glancy teaches writing at the New College of California. Her work has appeared in
The Paris Review, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Agni, and
New American Writing. She has been the recipient of several awards, including a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and the Malinche Prize for her translation of a Marguerite Duras book. She is currently translating a book by Jean Genet.

michele glazer lives in Portland, Oreg.

joshua henkin is an M.F.A. student at the University of Michigan and winner of a 1992 PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in
The Massachusetts Review, Cimarron Review, The Seattle Review, and
The Southern Review, and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He is at work on a novel.

stephen henriques recently had a one-man show in San Francisco and has exhibited nationwide. The cover painting,
Habana Noche (61
" x 60
"), is from one of his series of jazz paintings. He lives and works in San Francisco.

jane hirshfield's most recent books are
Of Gravity & Angels (Wesleyan, 1988) and a co-translation,
The Ink Dark Moon (Vintage, 1990). In 1994, HarperCollins will publish
The October Palace. Her work appears in
The Atlantic, The American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, and elsewhere.

james d. houston has written six novels, including
Continental Drift and
Love Life, both from Knopf. His stories and essays appear this year in
The True Subject (Graywolf),
The Sound of Writing 2 (Doubleday/Anchor), and
Dreamers and Desperadoes: Contemporary Fiction from the American West (Dell). He lives in Santa Cruz, Calif.

stewart david ikeda, 26, is a free-lance writer and editor of several publications at the University of Michigan, where he earned his M.F.A. and won two Hopwood Awards: one for a novel-in-progress and another for a story collection. His poetry and prose have received awards from NYU, the Kentucky State Poetry Society, and New York City's
A Different Drummer. A story of his will appear in the May issue of
Glimmer Train.

colette inez is the author of five poetry collections, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and twice from the NEA. She has taught poetry at Ohio University, Bucknell, Kalamazoo College, and the New School, and is currently on the faculty of Columbia University's Writing Program. Her
New & Selected Poems is due out from Story Line Press this spring.

stacey land johnson teaches a poetry class at the University of Arizona. Her work also appears in
Grand Street.

jim kupecz is a fifty-two-year-old, blue-collar worker who lives in Rochester, N.Y. In addition to fiction, essays, and theater pieces, he generally writes long, discursive poems which explore the boundary between formal and colloquial language. This is the first time his work has appeared in print outside of New York State.

susan ludvigson is Poet-in-Residence and Professor of English at Winthrop University in South Carolina. Her most recent book of poems is
To Find the Gold (LSU Press, 1990). In the fall, LSU will publish her new collection,
Everything Winged Must Be Dreaming.

david mamet is the author of the plays
American Buffalo, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Speed the Plow, Glengarry Glen Ross (for which he won a Pulitzer Prize), and
Oleanna, which is currently an off-Broadway hit. He also wrote and directed the films
Homicide, House of Games, and
Things Change, and was the screenwriter for
The Untouchables and
Hoffa. He recently published a collection of essays with Turtle Bay Books entitled
The Cabin.

morton marcus has published six books of poetry, the most recent of which is
Pages From a Scrapbook of Immigrants (Coffee House Press, 1988)
. In 1992, Capitola Book Company reissued his book
Santa Cruz Mountain Poems. Marcus, whose poems have appeared in more than fifty anthologies, teaches at Cabrillo College.

jack marshall is the author of
Arriving on the Playing Fields of Paradise, which won the 1983 Bay Area Book Reviewers Award.
Arabian Nights, his most recent collection of poetry, was published in 1987 by Coffee House Press, which will also be publishing his next volume,
Sesame, in the fall.

colleen j. mcelroy has been the recipient of the Before Columbus American Book Award, two Fulbrights, two NEA Fellowships, and a Rockefeller Fellowship. Her most recent books are
Driving Under the Cardboard Pines, a collection of fiction, and
What Madness Brought Me Here: New and Selected Poems, 1968-88. McElroy also writes for the stage and television, and her work has been translated into Russian, Italian, German, Malay and Serbo-Croatian. She lives in Seattle, Wash.

martin mckinsey's "The Luminosity of Sheets" is one of several longer narratives in his new manuscript,
Inland Sea. He has translated extensively from modern Greek, including Vassilis Tsiamboussis's story "A Pat on the Cheek," which appeared in the Fall 1992 issue of

sheila j. packa is a poet and social worker living in Duluth, Minn. She received a Loft McKnight Award for Poetry in 1986 and a Loft Mentor Award in 1992. Her work has appeared in
Sing Heavenly Muse, Loonfeather, and
Hurricane Alice, and is forthcoming in
Sinister Wisdom, Rag Mag, and
North Coast Review.

dixie partridge has recent work in
Berkeley Poetry Review, Commonweal, Hollins Critic, Northern Lights, Passages North, and
Southern Poetry Review, among other publications
. Her first book,
Deer in the Haystacks, was published by Ahsahta Press in 1984. Her second,
Watermark, won the 1990 Eileen W. Barnes Award and was issued by Saturday Press in 1991.

carl phillips's first book,
In the Blood (Northeastern Univ. Press, 1992), was selected by Rachel Hadas for the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize. The George Starbuck Fellow in poetry at Boston University this year, he has work forthcoming in
Agni, Indiana Review, Chelsea, and

jack ridl has published two collections of poetry:
The Same Ghost and
Between, both from Dawn Valley Press. He is finishing a third volume,
Losing Season, which includes the poems in this issue. Ridl grew up with basketball. His father is the former head coach at Westminster College and the University of Pittsburgh.

frank russell has returned to Florida after five years of teaching at Fisk University. His first full-length collection,
Dinner With Dr. Rocksteady, was published by Ion Books/Raccoon in 1987, and his poems have appeared in
Poetry, Chelsea, Poetry Northwest, New Letters, Raccoon, The Chariton Review, Porch, Southern Poetry Review, and
The Kansas Quarterly. He will begin serving as a Peace Corps Teacher-Trainer in Poland in June.

natasha saje is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland, where she is writing a study entitled
"Artful Artlessness": Reading the Coquette in the American Novel. She has recent or forthcoming poems in
Antaeus, Chelsea,
Poetry, and elsewhere

peter schmitt's collection of poems,
Country Airport, was published by Copper Beech Press. He has received the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets and the "Discovery"/
The Nation Prize for Poetry. He has recent work in
The Paris Review and
The Southern Review, and poems forthcoming in

james scofield is a poet living and writing in Olympia, Wash.

l. e. scott is from Brimfield, Ohio, and her work has appeared in recent issues of
Hayden's Ferry Review, The Oyez Review, The Old Red Kimono, NRG, and
Hurricane Alice. She is currently completing an M.F.A. at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

peggy shumaker has two collections of poems due out in 1993: a full-length book from the Pitt Poetry Series and a letterpress chapbook,
Braided River, from Limner Press in Anchorage. Her work was included in
The Pittsburgh Book of Contemporary American Poetry and in
From the Republic of Conscience, an anthology benefiting Amnesty International
. She teaches in the M.F.A. program at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and is president of the board of Associated Writing Programs.

ann snodgrass's poems have appeared in
The Paris Review, The Partisan Review, The American Poetry Review, and
Agni, among other publications
. She currently lives in the Netherlands, where she teaches writing and literature at Emerson College's campus in Maastricht.

terese svoboda's most recent book,
Laughing Africa, shared the Iowa Prize in 1990. Last fall, she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii, and this spring she co-curated
Word and Image for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

patrick sylvain was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and emigrated to Massachusetts in 1981. He works as a bilingual public schoolteacher in Cambridge, while pursuing an M.A. in Education and American Civilization. Sylvain, who is a member of the Dark Room Collective, has published work in
African American Review, Agni, American Poetry Anthology, Haiti Progress, Moody Street Review, Muleteeth, Prisma, and
In the Tradition: An Anthology of Young Black Writers.

richard tillinghast has published poems recently in
The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The Best American Poetry 1992, The Paris Review, and
The Hudson Review. His fifth book,
The Stonecutter's Hand, will be published by David R. Godine in 1994. For the past ten years, he has taught at the University of Michigan.

nance van winckel teaches in Eastern Washington University's M.F.A. Program and edits
Willow Springs. She is the author of
Bad Girl, With Hawk (Univ. of Illinois Press, 1988), and has recent poems in
The American Poetry Review, The Denver Quarterly, The Antioch Review, Shenandoah, and
New England Review. She has a collection of stories forthcoming from the University of Missouri Press.

rex wilder is Director of the Poetry Society of America in Los Angeles. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in
The Nation, Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Antioch Review, and
The Southwest Review, among others.

jerome wilson lives in Memphis, Tenn. He wrote "Paper Garden" in the P&H Café in February 1993. He has completed a collection of short stories, and is currently at work on his first novel.

ginger wineinger is a free-lance editor living in Jersey City, N.J. Her fiction has appeared in
Yellow Silk and is forthcoming in
Cottonwood. She has begun work on a new novel,
Slip Tracing.

rodney wittwer has published poems in
The Antioch Review, The Madison Review, and other journals, and has work forthcoming in
Hayden's Ferry Review. He lives in West Medford, Mass.

kevin young attended Harvard University, where he received the Academy of American Poets Prize in 1989. He is a member of the Dark Room Collective and co-founder of Fisted Pick Press, both Boston-based efforts devoted to emerging and established black writers. Currently he is a Stegner Poetry Fellow at Stanford University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in
Agni, Callaloo, The Kenyon Review, and
Graham House Review. The poems in this issue are taken from his first manuscript,
Most Way Home.

ray a. young bear is a lifetime resident of the Mesquakie (Red Earth) Tribal Settlement in central Iowa. His poems have appeared in
The American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, and
Harper's Anthology of 20th Century Native American Poetry, among other publications
. His books include
Winter of the Salamander (Harper & Row),
The Invisible Musician (Holy Cow! Press), and
Black Eagle Child: The Facepaint Narratives (Univ. of Iowa Press). He is currently at work on a nonfiction book,
Stories From the Woodland Region, and a collection of poems,
The Rock Island Hiking Club.