Issue 53 |
Winter 1990-91

Contributors' Notes

by Staff


Coordinating Editor for This Issue

Gerald Stern

Executive Director

DeWitt Henry

Managing Editor / Associate Fiction Editor

Don Lee

Associate Poetry Editor

Joyce Peseroff

Office Manager

Jessica Dineen

Founding Publisher

Peter O'Malley

Thanks this issue to:

Kevin Supples; our poetry readers Christopher Wysocki, Rafael Campo, Tom Laughlin, Bill Keeney, Doina Iliescu, Janet Choi, Karen Voelker, Ed Charbonnier, Renee Rooks, Bethany Pappalardo, Sara Rath, Kathleen Inman, and Andrea Cohen; and our fiction readers Sara Nielsen Gambrill, Lev Grossman, Catherine Morlino, Alyssa Grikscheit, Audrey Glassman, Win Pescosolido, Kai Maristed, Kathryn Herold and Mariette Lippo.


Maggie Anderson is the author of three collections of poems, most recently
Cold Comfort (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 1986). She is currently teaching in the creative writing program at Kent State University. 

Robert Antoni received his Ph.D. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. For his novel
Divina Trace he has received an NEA grant and a James Michener Fellowship, and portions of it have appeared in
The Paris Review and in the anthology
Hot Type

Robin Behn's
Paper Bird won the AWP Award and is available from Texas Tech. She has new poems forthcoming in
Agni Review, Missouri Review, and
Iowa Review. She teaches in the MFA program at Alabama.

Marvin Bell published with Atheneum until they died. His eighth book of poetry,
Iris of Creation, was issued in August 1990 by Copper Canyon Press. He is again writing the column "Homage to the Runner" for
APR. He lives in Iowa City and, as much as possible, Port Townsend, WA. 

Stephen Berg's most recent books are
In It (Univ. of Illinois) and
Crow With No Mouth: Ikkyu (Copper Canyon). His
Selected Poems will be published by Copper Canyon Press in Fall 1991. The poems which appear here are from two books-in-progress. 

Michael Biggins (translator) lives in Lawrence, KS. His translations of Slovene writing have recently appeared in
City Lights Review and
Poetry World

Deborah Brass lives in Easton, PA. 

Hayden Carruth teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Syracuse University. He recently was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. A revised edition of his book-length poem
The Sleeping Beauty was published by Copper Canyon Press last September.

Christopher Davis's first book.
The Tyrant of the Past and the Slave of the Future, won the 1988 AWP Award. The title of his second book will be
The Patriot. He teaches at UNC Charlotte. 

Ron De Maris is an Associate Professor of English and Humanities at Miami-Dade Community College South. He has published poems in
APR, The Nation, Sewanee Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, New Orleans Review, New Letters, The Literary Review, and many other magazines. 

Chard deNiord is a teacher of Comparative Religions and Philosophy at the Putney School in Vermont. His book.
Asleep in the Fire, was published by the University of Alabama Press as part of the Alabama Poetry Series. His poems have recently appeared in
Chelsea, The Iowa Review, APR, The Antioch Review, and

Elizabeth Dietz currently lives in Wilmington, DE. 

Deborah Digges's first book,
Vesper Sparrows, won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Prize in 1988. Her second collection,
Late in the Millennium, was recently published by Knopf. A memoir,
Fugitive Spring, is forthcoming, also from Knopf. A recent Guggenheim Fellow, she teaches as Tufts University and at Columbia University. 

Stuart Dischell is the author of
Animate Earth (Jeanne Duval Editions). His poems have recently appeared in
The Antioch Review, The New Republic, New Virginia Review, and
Southwest Review.

Philip Dow has completed a book nearly each year since 1971, but publishes sparingly. He has taught at such schools as Reed, SUNY Binghamton, SF State, LSU, and he now lives near where he grew up, along the Napa River.
Paying Back the Sea is from Carnegie-Mellon University Press; recently he edited the anthology
19 New American Poets of the Golden Gate (HBJ). 

Jack Driscoll is the author of four books of poems, the most recent of which is
Building the Cold From Memory (Ithaca House). Winner of the PEN/Nelson Algren Fiction Award and five-time winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, his stories have appeared in
The Georgia Review, Missouri Review, and
Witness. He is Writer-in-Residence at Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan. 

Lynn Emanuel has been a member of the Literature Panels for the NEA and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Recently, her work has appeared in
The Hudson Review, The Kenyon Review, and
The Chronicle of Higher Education. These poems are from her new collection,
The Death of the Author. She teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Kenneth Fifer is the author of
Falling Man and is the Chair of the Humanities Dept. at Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales. His poems have recently appeared in
Missouri Review, US1 Worksheets, Creeping Bent, Antietam Review, and
The Journal

Jeanne Foster teaches at St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA. She has published poems in
APR, Hudson Review, The Nation, and
The Paris Review. Her collection.
A Blessing of Safe Travel (with the byline Jeanne Foster Hill), won the
Quarterly Review of Literature Poetry Award in 1980. She is an ordained minister. 

Jack Gilbert is living in western Massachusetts. Happily writing poems. Thinking about love and poetry and teaching. Wondering whether ecstasy misses the point by being instead of. Trying to decide whether to publish another book. 

Patricia Goedicke's two most recent books of poetry are
The Tongues We Speak (Milkweed) and
The Wind of Our Going (Copper Canyon). A new book,
Paul Bunyan's Bearskin, is forthcoming from Milkweed in 1991. She teaches poetry at the University of Montana.

Beckian Fritz Goldberg's first book,
Body Betrayer, was published by Cleveland State this fall, and she recently completed a second manuscript,
In the Badlands of Desire. She teaches at Arizona State University.

Jill Gonet earned her MFA from the University of Washington in 1987. She is currently at work on a collection of poems with the help of a fellowship from the Seattle Arts Commission. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in
Ironwood, Calyx, Poetry Northwest, The Antioch Review, ZYZ-ZYVA, The Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. 

Allen Grossman's poem "Phoenix" is part of his forthcoming volume
The Ether Dome and Other Poems: New and Selected (New Directions). He has been, for many years, Professor of Poetry and General Education at Brandeis University. 

Lee Meitzen Grue is the author of two collections of poetry,
French Quarter Poems and
In the Sweet Balance of the Flesh, which is new from Plain View Press. In 1984 she received an NEA grant for fiction and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Prize. She is the Director of the New Orleans Poetry Forum and Editor of
The New Laurel Review.

David Gullette was one of the founding editors of
Ploughshares. He teaches writing at Simmons College and solicits new scripts by poets and other writers for the Poets' Theatre in Cambridge.

Corrinne Hales teaches at California State University, Fresno. Her collection of poems,
Underground, was published in 1986 by Ahsahta Press, and a chapbook,
January Fire, was published by the Devil's Millhopper Press in 1984. 

James Baker Hall, whose last book of poems,
Stopping on the Edge to Wave, appeared from Wesleyan in 1988, is working on a book-length autobiographical meditation entitled
Saying Grace

Patricia Henley's first collection of short stories,
Friday Night at Silver Star (Graywolf, 1986), won the Montana First Book Award. Her work has appeared most recently in
Cutbank, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, The Atlantic, and
Best American Short Stories 1990. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Purdue University. 

Brenda Hillman is the author of
White Dress and
Fortress, both from Wesleyan. She is at work on
Death Tractates and
Bright Existence, in which these poems will appear.

Edward Hirsch, who teaches at the University of Houston, has published three books of poems:
For the Sleepwalkers (1981),
Wild Gratitude (1986), and
The Night Parade (1989).

T. R. Hummer lives in Middlebury, VT, and edits
New England Review. His latest book of poems is
The 18,000-Ton Olympic Dream (Wm. Morrow, 1990).

David Ignatow is the author of fourteen volumes of poetry, the most recent of which is
Shadowing the Ground (Wesleyan, 1991). His
Selected Letters (Univ. of Alabama Press) and
Despite the Plainness of the Day: Love Poems (Slow Loris Press) are also due out in 1991. He teaches at Columbia University.

Richard Jackson's most recent book is
Worlds Apart (Alabama, 1987, 1989). A Fulbright poet in Yugoslavia, winner of NEA and NEH fellowships, Pushcart and
Crazyhorse prizes, he teaches at UT-Chattanooga, Vermont College, and Bread Loaf. His poems also appear frequently in Serbo Croatian and Slovene, and a book will appear in Romanian. 

Mark Jarman's most recent book of poetry is
The Black Riviera (Wesleyan). He teaches at Vanderbilt University. 

Shirley Kaufman, winner of the 1989 Di Castagnola Award of the Poetry Society of America, has published five volumes of poetry, the most recent being
Claims. She lives in Jerusalem. 

Kerry Shawn Keys lives along Sherman's Creek in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania. He spent years in India and Brazil, and translates from the Portuguese. His most recent books are
Seams; A Gathering of Smoke, Gopiah's South Indian Prose-Poem Journals; and the forthcoming Brazilian poems
Blues Into Green

David Kirby is McKenzie Professor of English at Florida State University and the author or editor of fourteen books, including
Saving the Young Men of Vienna, which won the University of Wisconsin's 1987 Brittingham Prize in Poetry.

William Kittredge's memoir,
Hole in the Sky, will be published by Simon & Schuster in Fall 1991. He teaches at the University of Montana. 

Walter Knupfer has just completed his first collection of poems,
The Short Life of Diamonds. His work has appeared in
The Paris Review, The Ohio Review, The Antioch Review, and elsewhere.

Laurie Kutchins received her MFA from UMass/Amherst and now works at Bucknell University's Writing Center in Lewisburg, PA. She was awarded a 1990 Fellowship for Poetry from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and her poems have appeared in
The Georgia Review, Southern Poetry Review, The Laurel Review,
Mid-American Review, and other places. 

Li-Young Lee has published two books of poems,
Rose and
The City in Which I Love You, both from BoaEditions. He lives in Chicago, IL.

Mark Levine lives in Iowa. Recent work appears in
Black Warrior Review, Denver Quarterly, and
The New Yorker.

Philip Levine is completing his teaching career among his peers at Fresno State, a mediocre public school through which pass amazing young poets. His newest books will be a
New Selected (the old having gone out of print) and a new book of poems,
What Work Is, both to be published by Knopf in May 1991.

Larry Levis is the director of the creative writing program at the University of Utah. His fifth collection of poems,
The Widening Spell of the Leaves, will be published in 1991 by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Alessandra Lynch lives in the verdant hamlet of Pound Ridge, NY. She has an MFA from the University of Iowa.

Jane Miller's most recent book is
American Odalisque (Copper Canyon Press). She is currently working on a book of lectures on poetry, travel, and culture. She is with the Writing Program at the University of Arizona and lives in Tucson. Richard E. Miller is currently working on his Ph.D. in Cultural and Critical Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to writing poetry, he writes on composition theory, pedagogy, and popular culture. Raised in Florida, he hopes someday to live again near the ocean. 

Susan Mitchell's first book of poetry,
The Water Inside the Water, is out with Wesleyan. Poems from her new manuscript,
Leaves That Grow Inward, have appeared in
Best American Poetry 1990, The Pushcart Prize XIII, The New Yorker, and
The Atlantic, and
Crazyhorse has just given its annual Poetry Award to her long poem, "The City." She teaches at Florida Atlantic University.

Ed Ochester's most recent book is
Changing the Name to Ochester (Carnegie-Mellon Univ. Press, 1988). He is editor of the Pitt Poetry Series and director of the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Sharon Olds teaches poetry workshops at New York University, Goldwater Hospital, and (in July) the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Her books are
Satan Soup, The Dead and the Living, and
The Gold Cell, and she is completing a manuscript called
The Father.

Rosalind Pace is working on a book-length manuscript of
Letitia poems, a series based on the paintings and graphics of Edvard Much, and the life story of Earnee Butler, the man who taught Larry Holmes how to fight. Poems have appeared most recently in
Ontario Review and
Denver Quarterly. She lives in Easton, PA, and Truro, MA. Robert Pinsky's most recent book is
The Want Bone (Ecco Press).

Stanley Plumly's latest book of poems is
Boy on the Step (Ecco, 1989). He teaches at the University of Maryland.

Lia Purpura recently received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She lives in Baltimore and teaches writing at Loyola College. Her poems have appeared in
The Denver Quarterly and
The Columbia Magazine of Poetry and Prose.

Eric Rawson lives in Hollywood, CA. His work has previously appeared in
APR, Crazyhorse, The Denver Quarterly, and numerous other periodicals.

Kathryn Rhett's work has appeared in
The Antioch Review and is forthcoming in
Cutbank and
River City

Len Roberts's last book of poems,
Black Wings, was selected for the National Poetry Series and was published by Persea Books in 1989. Copper Canyon Press will publish a volume of his translations of the Hungarian poet, Sándor Csoóri, in Fall 1991. He is presently a Guggenheim Fellow.

Martha Ronk's first book of poems,
Desire in L.A., was recently published by the University of Georgia Press. Poems from her new manuscript,
Enough for Now, may be found in
Hambone, New Virginia Review, Sulfur, CQ, and
The Southern Review. She teaches English at Occidental College.

Jerome Rothenberg's latest book of poetry is
Khurbn & Other Poems from New Directions. He is the assembler of
Technicians of the Sacred and six other experimental and traditional anthologies. Forthcoming works include a translation of Kurt Schwitters' selected poetry and a two-volume global anthology of the 20th-century avant-garden.

Mark Rudman's most recent books include
The Nowhere Steps (Sheep Meadow Press), a translation of Bohdan Boychuk's selected poems,
Memories of Love (Sheep Meadow), and
Diverse Voice (Story Line Press), a book of essays forthcoming in Spring 1992. 

Tomaz Šalamun is a Slovene poet from Ljubljana. Yugoslavia. His
Selected Poems, translated by Charles Simic and edited by Robert Hass, was published by Ecco Press, 1988. He will be teaching at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Spring 1991.

Lynne Sharon Schwartz's novels and story collections include
Rough Strife, Disturbances in the Field, The Melting Pot and Other Subversive Stories, and most recently,
Leaving Brooklyn, nominated for the 1990 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction.

Myra Shapiro's poems have appeared in
Painted Bride Quarterly, The Ohio Review, and elsewhere. Born in the Bronx, she recently returned to New York after forty-five years in Georgia and Tennessee.

Terese Svoboda is the author of
All Aberration (Univ. of Georgia, 1985),
Cleaned the Crocodile's Teeth (Greenfield Review Press, 1985), and
Laughing Africa (Univ. of Iowa, 1990), co-winner of the Iowa Prize. She has work forthcoming in
The Paris Review.

Mary Ann Taylor-Hall's short fiction has been anthologized in
Best American Short Stories 1988 and
The Available Press. She has received grants from the NEA and the Kentucky Humanities Council. She is completing a novel called
Land of the Living.

Patricia Traxler, the Bunting Fellow in Poetry at Radcliffe for 1990-91, is the author of two books of poetry,
Blood Calendar (Wm. Morrow) and
The Glass Woman (Hanging Loose Press). She is currently living in Cambridge, where she is at work on her third collection of poems,
A Measured Sea, and a collection of short stories,
The Eternity Bird.

Jean Valentine has published five collections of poetry, most recently
Home. Deep. Blue: New & Selected Poems (Alice James Books, 1989). She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and at the West Side Y, and lives in New York City. She was recently Poet-in-Residence at Buckness University.

Arthur Vogelsang's books are
A Planet (Holt, 1983),
Twentieth Century Women (Georgia, 1988), and the forthcoming
Left Wing of a Bird. He is one of the editors of
The American Poetry Review.

Peter Waldor was born in Newark, NJ. He still lives in New Jersey and works in the insurance business.