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New works of poetry and prose from emerging and established writers around the world, plus artwork from Jim Pennington and interviews with Scott Reynolds Nelson (Crash: An Uncommon History of America’s Financial Panics) and Mary Gay Shipley (owner of That Bookstore in Blytheville).

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Journal - Volume 3.2 - Fall/Winter 2010-11 Contributors

Bertaina Photo David Bertaina is an assistant professor of comparative religion in the history department at the University of Illinois. He has a doctorate in Semitic languages and literatures, focusing on Arabic and Syriac, from The Catholic University of America. His teaching and research cover the late antique and medieval Middle East.

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B.J. Best’s first book, State Sonnets, is available from sunnyoutside (2009); and his second, Birds of Wisconsin, is forthcoming from New Rivers Press. He has also published three chapbooks with Centennial Press, and his work has recently appeared in Denver Quarterly, North American Review, and Quarterly West.

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  Rob Cook lives in New York City where he co-edits Skidrow Penthouse. He is the author of Songs for the Extinction of Winter (Rain Mountain Press, 2006), Diary of Tadpole the Dirtbag (Rain Mountain Press, 2009) and Blackout Country (BlazeVOX Books, 2009). His work has appeared in Zoland Poetry, Aufgabe, Tarpaulin Sky, Tampa Review, Fence, Caketrain, Many Mountains Moving, A cappella Zoo, and The Bitter Oleander.

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Pamela Davis lives with her husband and dogs in the flammable hills of Santa Barbara, California. An independent writer and editor, she now concentrates on poetry, with poems appearing in The Evansville Review, Nimrod International Journal, Red Cedar Review, The South Carolina Review, Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere.

Dickinson Photo Stephanie Dickinson’s poetry and fiction appear in Mudfish, Green Mountains Review, Water-Stone Review, Hotel Amerika, and Rhino, among others. Her novel Half Girl (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009) won the Hackney Literary Award (Birmingham-Southern College). Corn Goddess, a collection of her poetry, is available from Rain Mountain Press (2007).

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Mary Bess Dunn is a semi-retired education professor, currently focused on launching her second career as a writer. Her most recent work has ap peared in Sanskrit and Stone’s Throw Magazine. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

jacob erin-cilberto, aka Ken “fog” Gilbert is originally from Bronx, New York and currently teaches at John A. Logan College and Shawnee Community College in southern Illinois. His work has appeared in The Café Review, Skyline Magazine, Hudson View, Wind Journal, Pegasus, Parnassus, and others. His newest book of poetry, An Abstract Waltz, is available from Water Forest Press (2009). He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Gerri George’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Literal Latte, Penn Review Literary Magazine, The Bucks County Writer, Wild River Review, and elsewhere. “A Rose by Any Other Name” was a Pushcart Prize nominee. “Night,” performed in London, Soho, appears on the Liars’ League website.

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  Mark Gordon lives in Toronto and teaches English to newcomers to Canada. Recently his poetry has been published in, or is forthcoming in, Poet Lore, Sanskrit, RiverSedge, Illuminations, Phantasmagoria, the Distillery, and others. He has published two novels with Groundhog Press: The Kanner Aliyah (1979) and Head of the Harbour (1983).

  Stan Gresham is a former foreign reporter for the Los Angeles Times and has published fiction and non-fiction in numerous magazines and literary journals, most recently in Puerto del Sol. He lives in Somerville, Massachetts, with his wife Twig and their dog Valiente.

rachel kann’s writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from Eclipse, Permafrost, Coe Review, Sou’wester, the GW Review, and Lalitamba, among others. She has received a James Kirkwood Literary Prize, a Writer’s Digest short-short story award. Also a recipient of the LA Weekly award, she is the resident poet for daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra.

Peter Kline lives in San Francisco, where he is a Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry writing. Some of his recent work can be found in Lo-Ball, ZYZZYVA, Potomac Review, and The Pennsylvania Review.


Inspired as well as horrified by the things he has witnessed as a physician, Olaf Kroneman’s fiction writing is influenced by his medical experience. Work is forthcoming or published in The Healing Muse, Left Curve, and RiverSedge. His story “The Recidivist” won the Writer’s Digest short story contest.

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  Kathleen McGookey’s poems and translations have appeared in over forty journals including The Antioch Review, Epoch, Field, Indiana Review, The Laurel Review, Ploughshares, Quarterly West, Seneca Review, and Willow Springs. Her published book is Whatever Shines (White Pine Press, 2001). She lives in Middleville, Michigan.

Robert Aquinas McNally is the author or coauthor of several books of nonfiction and the author of three poetry chapbooks. His poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, and he has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. An Ohio native, he lives in Northern California.

Matthew Minicucci is finishing his MFA at the University of Illinois. He works as an editorial assistant at Ninth Letter, and his poetry has previously appeared in Copper Nickel.

Jed Myers is a Seattle poet whose work appears or is forthcoming in Golden Handcuffs Review, Atlanta Review, Prairie Schooner, Fugue, and elsewhere. He has had editorial roles with Tufts Literary Magazine, Chrysanthemum, and Drash. He is a psychiatrist with a therapy practice and teaches at the University of Washington.

Scott Reynolds Nelson is a professor of history at the College of William and Mary. Among the books he’s written are Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend (Oxford University Press, 2006), Iron Confederacies: Southern Railways, Klan Violence, and Reconstruction (University of North Carolina Press, 1999), and the forthcoming Crash: An Uncommon History of America’s Financial Panics. (Knopf, 2011).

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Michael Nye's short stories are forthcoming or have recently appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Red Cedar Review, REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, and South Dakota Review. He is the managing editor of The Missouri Review.

  Marcus Pactor is a writing instructor at the University of North Florida. His work has appeared in Peeks & Valleys and Fourteen Hills and is forthcoming in Front Range Review.

  Jim Pennington studied at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He has had solo and group exhibitions in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Savannah, Georgia, where he currently lives and owns an art gallery. His articles have been published in the American Art Collector and Fine Art Connoisseur.

Zach Powers lives and writes in Savannah, Georgia. His work has appeared in Opium Magazine, Pindeldyboz, Paradigm Journal, PANK, and elsewhere. He is a past winner of Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match. His writing for television won an Emmy.


Mary Gay Shipley has been widely credited with propelling the best-selling careers of writers Rebecca Wells and John Grisham. She’s also been credited with predicting and propelling the success of books such as Terry Kay’s To Dance with the White Dog and David Guterson’s Snow Falling on Cedars. Connecting readers with books since 1976, she operates out of the store she founded and has run for three decades, That Bookstore in Blytheville.

Shipley's Quiddity Interview

Joshua Smith grew up in a town of fewer than four hundred people in the northeast corner of the Ozark foothills in Wayne County, Missouri. A student of creative writing and theology at Southeast Missouri State University, his poems and essays have appeared in the student literary magazine Journey. He has also written numerous news pieces for the NPR station in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Currently living in Israel, Sarah Wetzel authored Bathsheba Transatlantic (Anhinga Press, forthcoming), which won the 2009 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. Despite an engineering degree and an MBA, Sarah completed an MFA from Bennington in 2009. Her work appears in Barrow Street, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Rattle, Folly, Two Review, and others.

Tracy Zeman’s work has appeared in jubilat, CutBank, Phoebe, and So to Speak. Currently she teaches writing and interdisciplinary research at the University of Illinois.

  Abu Bakr Ibn Zuhr (1110-1198), known as Avenzoar to the West, was born in Andalusia and raised in Seville. He studied Arabic language and literature and memorized the Qur’an by heart. Ibn Zuhr was a physician, writing a treatise on ophthalmology and working in the Andalusian courts of the Almohads until his death. Despite his traditional pursuits, Ibn Zuhr was also deeply interested in a type of stanzaic poetry called muwashshahat.

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