Issue 56 |
Winter 1991-92

Contributors' Notes

by Staff


Coordinating Editor for This Issue

Carolyn Forché

Executive Director

DeWitt Henry

Managing Editor / Associate Fiction Editor

Don Lee

Associate Poetry Editor

Joyce Peseroff

Assistant Fiction Editors

Don Lee and Debra Spark

Office Manager

Renee Rooks

Founding Publisher

Peter O'Malley

Staff Assistant: Jacqueline Fulmer.
Editorial Intern: Stephen Burt.
Typesetting: Gian Lombardo and InText Publishing Services.
Poetry Readers: Karen Voelker, Ed Charbonnier, Tom Laughlin, Bethany Daniel, Margaret Bezucha, Rafael Campo, Jenny Cronin, Doina Iliescu, Mariette Lippo, Andrea Cohen, Sandra Yannone, and Nicole Greaves.
Fiction Readers: Billie Ingram, Sara Neilsen Gambrill, Karen Wise, Win Pescosolido, Paul Brownfield, Mariette Lippo, and Kathryn Herold.


Peter Balakian's recent books are a volume of poetry,
Reply From Wilderness Island (Sheep Meadow), and
Theodore Roethke's Far Fields (LSU). He teaches at Colgate and edits, with Bruce Smith,
Graham House Review.

Cal Bedient is a professor in the English department at UCLA and has published several books, including
Eight Contemporary Poets (Oxford Univ. Press),
In the Heart's Last Kingdom: Robert Penn Warren's Major Poetry (Harvard Univ. Press), and
He Do the Police in Different Voices: The Waste Land and Its Protagonist (Univ. of Chicago Press). He began writing poetry in earnest in 1990.

T. Begley (trans.) is a multi-media artist who has traveled widely and is at home in several languages and grammars. She teaches psychodynamic vocal technique and Body Sound & Text workshops with Olga Broumas in Provincetown, MA.

Susan Bergman is completing her Ph.D. in Literature at Northwestern University. She is a columnist for
The North American Review and a recipient of the
TriQuarterly prize for the essay in 1990. Her poems and essays have appeared in
Pushcart Prize XVI, Chelsea, Prairie Schooner, Chicago Review, and other magazines.

Olga Broumas (trans.) is a poet, translator, and bodywork therapist. Her most recent books are
Perpetua and the translation of Elytis's
The Little Mariner, both from Copper Canyon Press. She teaches at Brandeis University and at Body Sound & Text.

Alison Bundy's novel
Tale of a Good Cook is forthcoming from Paradigm Press, and
A Bad Business, a collection of short fiction, was published by Lost Roads Press. She lives and works in Providence, RI.

Maxine Chernoff is the author of five books of poems, a collection of stories,
BOP, and the recent novel,
Plain Grief (Summit).

Killarney Clary was born and raised in Southern California and lives in Los Angeles. Her first collection of poems,
Who Whispered Near Me, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 1990 and by Bloodaxe Books in England in Fall 1991. Greenhouse Review Press in Santa Cruz, CA, published a chapbook of her poems,
By Me, By Any Can and Can't Be Done, in 1980.

Mary Crow (trans.) had a book of poems,
Borders, published in 1989 by BOA Editions, Ltd., and her book of translations,
From the Country of Nevermore, was published in 1990 by Wesleyan University Press. White Pine Press will publish her translations of the poems of Roberto Juarroz under the title
Vertical Poetry: Recent Poems. In 1984 she won a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Barbara Cully teaches writing at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her poems recently appeared in
The Sonora Review, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

Melinda Davis lives in New York City and writes fiction. Her stories have appeared in
The Quarterly and
The Pushcart Prize. Her first collection of short stories will be published by Alfred A. Knopf.

Debi Kang Dean received an MFA from the University of Montana and currently teaches part-time at East Carolina University. Her poems have appeared in
Cutbank, The Laurel Review, and
Tar River Poetry.

Sharon Doubiago is a writer of poetry and prose. Her
Psyche Drives the Coast, Poems 1975-87 (Empty Bowl) won the 1991 Oregon Book Award. Her book-length poem,
South America Mi Hija, is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press. She has taught at the University of Denver and numerous conferences and workshops.

Odysseas Elytis has a publishing history spanning half a century of poetry, translations, and essays. Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1979, he is still vigorously pursuing his lifelong search for the articulation of an inner Paradise.
Open Papers, the collection from which "Chronicle of a Decade" is excerpted, is a multidimensional effort toward this goal, and will be published by Copper Canyon Press in 1993, with the assistance of a Witter Bynner grant to the translators.

Martín Espada is the author of three poetry collections:
The Immigrant Iceboy's Bolero (1982),
Trumpets From the Islands of Their Eviction (1987), and
Rebellion Is the Circle of a Lover's Hands (1990). He has been awarded fellowships from the NEA and the Massachusetts Artists' Foundation, as well as both the PEN/Revson Foundation Fellowship and the Paterson Poetry Prize for
Rebellion Is the Circle of a Lover's Hands.

Lise Goett received the James D. Phelan Award in Literature from the San Francisco Foundation in 1988, as well as an Institute for Creative Writing Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she lectures in creative writing. Currently, Ms. Goett resides in Paris, France.

Marea Gordett teaches in the English department of Tufts University. She also teaches writing in the School of Engineering at MIT. Her book of poems,
Freeze Tag, was published by Wesleyan University Press in 1984. She has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and the "Discovery"/
The Nation Award.

Greg Grummer has been published in small press reviews such as
Rag Mag, Samisadat, and others. He has work forthcoming in
American Poetry Review.

Daniel Halpern is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently
Foreign Neon, to be published by Alfred A. Knopf. He edits
Antaeus. The Ecco Press, and teaches in the graduate writing program of Columbia University.

Vance Philip Hedderel is a native of New Orleans. He is the winner of several awards, including a 1991 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award and the 1989 Alice Moser Claudel Prize, administered by the Academy of American Poets.

Paul Hoover has published five books of poetry, including the book-length poem
The Novel (New Directions, 1990). He is also the author of a novel,
Saigon, Illinois, published by Vintage Contemporaries.

Fanny Howe's most recent collections of poetry are
The Vineyard (Lost Roads) and
De Ultima Die (O Books). Her most recent novel is
Saving History (Sun and Moon Books).

Peter Huchel was born in 1903 in Lichterfelde, a suburb of Berlin. His first book of poems,
Der Knabenteich, received the Dresden Award for Poetry while still in typescript, but Huchel withdrew it from publication in 1933 in protest against the Nazi rise to power. In 1940 he was conscripted into the German army and spent time in the Soviet Union as a prisoner of war. In 1949 he became the editor of
Sinn und Form, the most distinguished and influential literary magazine in the GDR at the time. In 1962 he was dismissed because he would not adhere to the party line, publicly disgraced, and driven into internal exile, but was permitted to emigrate in 1971. His collections include
Gedichte (Poems), Chausseen Chausseen (Roads Roads), Die Sternenreuse (The Star-Trap), Gezahlte Tage (Days That Are Numbered), and
Die Neunte Stunde (The Ninth Hour). He lived in West Germany until his death in 1981.

Colette Inez's
New and Selected Poems will be coming out from Story Line Press in early 1992. She will be a poet-in-residence in 1992 at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.

Lawrence Joseph's two books of poems are
Curriculum Vitae (1988) and
Shouting at No One (1983), both published in the Pitt Poetry Series. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in
The Paris Review, Poetry, The Village Voice, The Nation, and
Hungry Mind Review. A Professor of Law at St. John's University School of Law, he lives in New York City.

Roberto Juarroz has published eleven volumes of
Vertical Poetry. Within each volume the poems are numbered rather than titled. His work has been translated into a dozen languages, and his entire body of work has been published in French. In the U.S. his work has been translated by W. S. Merwin and Mary Crow. Merwin's book of translations,
Vertical Poetry, was published in an abbreviated version by Kayak Press, and a later expanded version was published by North Point Press. Crow's collection is forthcoming from White Pine Press.

David Kaufman is the author of "The Profession of Theory" (
PMLA, 1990) and "Yuppie Postmodernism" (
Arizona Quarterly, 1991). He has also written on Jane Austen, Anne Radcliffe, and on contemporary art.

Peter Klappert is completing
Minor Constellations: New and Selected Poems. His books include
Lugging Vegetables to Nantucket (Yale Series of Younger Poets) and
The Idiot Princess of the Last Dynasty (Knopf), as well as an audio cassette,
Internal Foreigner (Watershed). He has taught at Harvard, William and Mary, Rollins, and New College; since 1978 he has been at George Mason University in northern Virginia.

Yusef Komunyakaa's latest book is
Dien Cai Dau. He is co-editor of
The Jazz Poetry Anthology (with Sascha Feinstein), and has a new collection,
Magic City, forthcoming in 1992 from Wesleyan. Komunyakaa, who usually teaches at Indiana University, will be the Holloway Lecturer at UC Berkeley for 1991-92.

Ann Lauterbach's latest collection of poems is
Clamor, published by Viking (1991). She lives in New York, where she is a Professor at City College. "Song of the Already Sung" is part of a long poem,
For Example.

Lyn Lifshin is finishing a new, expanded collection of mother and daughter poems,
Tangled Vines, originally printed by Beacon Press in 1978 and now to be published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in Spring 1992. Her other new publications include
The Doctor Poems (Applezaba) and
Not Made of Glass (Karista Films), a book that accompanies a documentary film of the same name available from Women Make Movies. She has edited a number of women's anthologies, including
Ariadne's Thread (Harper & Row) and
Lips Unsealed (Capra), as well as a number of poetry collections.

Jaime Manrique was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. His first book of poetry received Colombia's National Poetry Award. He has published novels and volumes of poetry and criticism in Spanish and English. In 1992 his novel
The Interpreter (St. Martin's Press) and his epic poem
Christopher Columbus on His Deathbed (Vehicle Editions) will appear. He teaches Creative Writing and Latin American Literature and Cinema in The Eugene Lang College of The New School for Social Research.

Carole Maso is the author of
Ghost Dance (North Point, 1986) and
The Art Lover (North Point, 1990). The excerpts in this issue are from her recently completed novel,
The American Woman in the Chinese Hat.

Bobbie Ann Mason is the author of
Shiloh and Other Stories, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award;
In Country, a novel, which was made into a motion picture;
Spence + Lila, a short novel; and
Love Life, a book of stories. She is currently writing another novel.

Harry Mattison is a photographer who has worked extensively in Central America, the Middle East, and Southern Africa over the last twelve years. In 1982 he was the recipient of the Robert Capa Gold Medal. He is currently working on a documentary project in a public housing community in Washington, D.C.

Richard McCann's fiction and poetry have appeared
The Atlantic, Esquire, and
American Short Fiction, and in
Editors' Choice: Best New Short Fiction for 1987, Men on Men 2: Best New Gay Fiction, and
Poets for Life: 76 Poets Respond to AIDS. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including a 1991 PEN Syndicated Fiction Award and fellowships from the Fulbright and Rockefeller foundations. He is the author of
Dream of the Traveler, a book of poems, and is currently completing a novel, to be published by Pantheon, from which "Shelters" is an excerpt. He co-directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at The American University.

James Merrill's contribution is the first chapter of a memoir of the early 1950s. His most recent book of poems is
The Inner Room (Knopf, 1989). Jane Miller's
Working Time, essays on poetry, culture, and travel, will be out this spring from The University of Michigan's Poets on Poetry Series.

Honor Moore's first collection of poems,
Memoir, was published in 1988 by Chicory Blue Press. She is completing a biography of her grandmother, the painter Margarett Sargent, to be published in 1993.

Evan Oakley is from Loveland, CO. He has published in a number of small presses and has work forthcoming in
The Jacaranda Review.

Suzanne Paola is teaching at Oberlin College this academic year. She will have poems appearing in the
Partisan Review, New England Poetry Review, and the anthology
Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry.

Lucia Maria Perillo's first book of poems,
Dangerous Life, was published by Northeastern University Press and received the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber Award for the best "first book" in 1989. This year she also won PEN's Revson Foundation Award for a manuscript-in-progress, from which "Turnpike" is taken. She teaches at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Eugene Richie (trans.) has studied English and American literature and romance languages at Stanford, Columbia, and New York University, and now teaches at Pace University in New York City. His translations of the work of South American authors have appeared in literary journals and in the
Anthology of Contemporary Latin American Literature: 1960-1984 (Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Press, 1986). His collection,
Moire, was published by The Groundwater Press, Intuflo Editions, in 1989.

Peter Jay Shippy is a Visiting Professor at Emerson College. He will have poems appearing soon in
The Denver Quarterly, The Cimarron Review, and
Poetry Niagara.

Charles Simic's thirteenth book of poems,
The World Doesn't End, won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1990. His new collection, from Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, is
The Book of Gods and Devils.

Daniel Simko (trans.) was born in Czechoslovakia and came to this country shortly after the events of 1968. He is the author of a book of translations by Georg Trakl,
Autumn Sonata, which won the Poets' House Translation Award in 1988. In 1989-90 he held a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, and he was a writing fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown in 1986-87.

James Tate's most recent books are
Distance From Loved Ones (1990) and
Selected Poems (1991).

Susan Tichy has traveled, written, and worked in Israel, Scotland, the Philippines, and several parts of North America. She currently divides her time between Colorado and Virginia, where she teaches in the Writing Program of George Mason University. Her books are
The Hands in Exile (Random House, 1983) and
A Smell of Burning Starts the Day (Wesleyan, 1988). The poems in this issue are from a new collection-in-manuscript,
An Interview With Mountains. She is also at work on a historical novel and an exhibit with the painter Suzanne White.

Quincy Troupe's new book of poems,
Weather Reports: New and Selected Poems, will be published in the fall by Harlem River Press. He is the co-author of
Miles: The Autobiography of Miles Davis, with Miles Davis, and he is Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at The University of California, San Diego.

Ioanna-Veronika Warwick was born in Poland and came to this country when she was seventeen. She has published in numerous magazines, including
New Letters (1989 New Letters Poetry Award),
The Iowa Review, Southern Poetry Review, Quarterly West (First Prize, 1990 Writers-at-Work Fellowship Competition),
The Ohio Review, The Black Warrior Review, and other magazines. Her translations from Polish poetry have appeared in
APR, kayak, Wisconsin Review, and other magazines. She is currently enrolled in the MFA Program at San Diego State University.

Rebecca Wee has lived and studied in Minnesota, England, Egypt, India, and Thailand. She has worked as a textbook production editor and a composition instructor, and she is the recipient of several poetry awards, including the Virginia Downs Poetry Award and the Klappert-Ai Poetry Prize.