Issue 23 |
Winter 1980-81

Contributors' Notes

by Staff



DeWitt Henry

Peter O'Malley

Coordinating Editor for This Issue

Lorrie Goldensohn

Fiction Supplement Editor

Jayne Anne Phillips

Managing Editor

Joyce Peseroff


TOM ABSHER'S first collection of poems,
Forms Of Praise, will be available from Ohio State University Press in January, 1981. In 1978 Absher was a YMHA Discovery Award Winner.

MARVIN BELL has published six books of poetry, the latest,
Stars Which See, Stars Which Do Not See, from Atheneum. Bell has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and received the Lamont Poetry Award.

SHARONA BEN-TOV is a Cambridge poet whose work has appeared in
Southern Poetry Review and
Tendril; she was recently awarded the Judith Nichols Poetry Scholarship at the Radcliffe Seminars.

MICHAEL BLUMENTHAL has published poems in
Poetry and
The Nation.

MARGUERITE GUZMAN BOUVARD has a first collection of poems coming out in the
Quarterly Review of Literature Series edited by Theodore Weiss; she also publishes and lectures extensively in political science, where one of her specialties is weaponry.

CONSTANCE CARRIER has done two books of poetry, both published by Swallow -
The Middle Voice (Lamont Poetry Award, 1955) and
The Angled Road; her poems appear in publications ranging from
The Christian Science Monitor to
The New Yorker. For Indiana Press, Carrier has translated Propertius and Tibullus. "The origin of my interest in Salem lies in the fact that one of the victims was a forebear - Martha Carrier, hanged there in August, a month after Sarah Good.".

Porch, teaches at Arizona State University, and has published a book of poems entitled
The Year Is Approaching Snow.

JOSEPHINE CLARE is both a poet and translator; her most recent collection of poems is
Mammatocumulus, published by Ocotillo Press.

CHARLES H. CLIFTON teaches poetry and poetry writing at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

PETER COLE lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

MADELINE DEFREES is a poet who published for many years as Sister Mary Gilbert; her most recent collection from Braziller, is
When Sky Lets Go. DeFrees currently directs the Master's program in creative writing at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

NORMAN DUBIE'S latest collection of poems is entitled
The Everlastings; his work may be found regularly in
The New Yorker, Antaeus, and
The American Poetry Review.

ALAN FELDMAN'S most recent collection of poems is
The Happy Genius. He has been a recipient of an NEH fellowship, and of a Massachusetts Artists' Foundation fellowship.

CELIA GILBERT lives in Cambridge; her first book of poems is entitled
Queen of Darkness, which appeared in 1977 from Viking.

LORRIE GOLDENSOHN published a chapbook of poems,
Dreamwork with Porch, and has had poetry and criticism appearing in
The American Poetry Review, Parnassus, Poetry and
Salmagundi. She has been a previous contributor of both criticism and poetry to

LINDA GREGG is a frequent contributor to literary quarterlies, and has had her work featured in
Ironwood. Two new books of poems are due from The Graywolf Press and from Viking.

JORIE GRAHAM'S first book,
Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts came out from Princeton in 1980.
Antaeus, The Nation and
The Paris Review are among the quarterlies that have carried her work.

ANNE HALLEY has two collections of poetry out from The University of Massachusetts Press, the most recent,
The Bearded Mother in 1979. She also writes fiction, and was a Massachusetts Artists' Foundation Fellow in Fiction in 1980-81. Stories have appeared in
Fiction, and many other quarterlies.

The Pigfoot Rebellion is scheduled for release by David R. Godine in 1981;
Free Verse: An Essay On Prosody is due from Princeton.

GREG KUZMA'S poems have appeared in leading quarterlies for many years; a new book of poems will be published in 1981 by Abattoir Editions. Kuzma edits and published
Pebble and
The Best Cellar Press.

Any Body's Song was a recent winner in The National Poetry Series Competition.

KENNETH LASH is a contributing editor of
The North American Review, for which he writes a regular column.

ELIZABETH LIBBEY lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

SHARON LIBERA is a poet and critic who has published frequently in
Ploughshares, Parnassus, and other quarterlies.

JEROME LIEBLING, whose photograph of Emily Dickinson's white dress graces the cover, has exhibited work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and currently has photographs in a one-man show at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington.

Plum; his poetry has appeared in various periodicals, and he has received an award from The Academy of American Poets.

SUE LIPSINER is presently working on a manuscript of poems in the early morning hours called
Family Grain.

GINNY MACKENZIE is a previous contributor to
Ploughshares; her work has appeared in various periodicals.

GARDNER MCFALL lives and works in New York City.

MICHAEL MCFEE'S poems have appeared in
APR, Massachusetts Review, Kayak and elsewhere, and essays are scheduled for
Parnassus; he is a YMHA Discovery Winner.

Tar River Poetry; his new book
Where We Live will be coming out in BOA's New Poets of American Series; his poems have appeared in
The Hudson Review and
The Nation.

WILLIAM MATTHEWS' most recent book is
Rising and Falling, published by Atlantic-Little, Brown in 1979.

CAROL MUSKE publishes in many journals, including
Antaeus and
The New Yorker; her new book is

PAUL NELSON is at work on his third collection of poems.
Average Nights appeared with L'Epervier in 1977.

RAYMOND OLIVER, poet and translator, has a book of poems,
Private Stock, forthcoming from Godine. His work appears frequently in
The Southern Review and elsewhere.

JAY PARINI teaches at Dartmouth; poet, novelist and critic, his most recent book is called
The Love Run (Atlantic-Little, Brown).

NINA PAYNE, a previous contributor to
Ploughshares, teaches at Hampshire College.

JOHN PECK'S most recent collection of poems was published by Godine:
The Broken Blockhouse Wall. In 1979-80 he was a fellow of The American Academy in Rome.

RICHARD PEVEAR has a volume of poems,
Night Talk, out with Princeton. He is translating Sophocles'

DAVID RAY is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which,
The Tramp's Cup, received The William Carlos Williams Prize.

JOHN R. REED has published poems in
Poetry, Sewanee Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and many other journals.

YANNIS RITSOS, the distinguished Greek poet, is here translated by Kostas Myrsiades and Kimon Friar. The poems appearing here are from an unpublished collection,

ANDREW SALKEY, the well-known Jamaican poet, novelist and editor, won the 1979 Premio Casa De Las Americas for
In The Hills Where Her Dreams Live.

SANDRA SCHOR has had work published in
Southern Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.

JANE SHORE has inhabited many
Ploughshares issues, and was an early editor; her first book,
Eye Level, won the Juniper Award for The University of Massachusetts Press; she has been an NEA Fellow, a Radcliffe Fellow, and a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard.

CHARLES SIMIC'S most recent book, in a long career in poetry, is
Classic Ballroom Dances (Braziller).

SUSAN SNIVELY first book,
Froom This Distance, will be issued by Alice James Books. Her poems have been out in
The Kenyon Review and

KATHLEEN SPIVACK is the author of prose and poetry, publishing in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her latest book of poems is forthcoming in 1981 from Applewood Press,
Swimmer In The Spreading Dawn. She has been an NEA Fellow and a YMHA Discovery Winner.

DAWNINE SPIVAK publishes in various little magazines, writes prose, and keeps a lively connection with women's theater.

GEORGE STARBUCK, a master of prosody, performs his
Desperate Measure on
White Paper. His recent shift to the
Talkin' B.A. Blues is rumored to be under close scrutiny by the B.U. Administration.

PAMELA STEWART publishes widely in many journals including
The New Yorker. L'Epervier Press has published her most recent book of poems,

CHASE TWITCHELL has a first collection of poems scheduled with the University of Pittsburgh Press; for 1980-81 she received a Massachusetts Artists' Foundation Fellowship.

MONA VAN DUYN'S books have collected The National Book Award in Poetry, and has been publishing remarkable poems since the 1940s.

Ellen Voigt teaches poetry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; she has been a Guggenheim Fellow, an NEA Fellow; her work appears in many journals.

SARAH YOUNGBLOOD taught at Mt. Holyoke College until her recent death.

DIANE WALD has had recent work in The Missouri Review, and was a 1980 winner of the Grolier Poetry Prize.


DANIELLE SWANSON is a farmer and dancer living near Boxford, Massachusetts.
Sophistications, a portion of a longer work, is her first publication.

JAIMY GORDON is the author of
Shamp and the City Solo (Treacle Press),
The Bend The Lip The Kid (Sun Books),
The Rose of the West (Woodbine Press), and other books. She is completing her new novel,
Island Lives, and is Director of the Writing Program at Stephens College.

IVY GOODMAN has published stories in
Fiction, Commentary, and the
Ark River Review. She is the recipient of a 1981 O. Henry Award for her story, `Baby,' which appeared originally in
Ploughshares. She teaches in the Rhetoric Department at Stanford University and is working on a novel.

DENNIS MATHIS has published stories in
Ohio Review and
Ohio Journal. He is presently a Fellow in Fiction at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

EVE SHELNUTT is the author of
Love Child and Other Stories (Black Sparrow Press). She has taught at Goddard College and is now teaching at Carnegie Mellon University.