Volume 2.1 – Spring/Summer 2009 Contributors

New works of poetry and prose from emerging and established writers around the world, plus artwork from Sacha Newley and interviews with James A. Winn (The Poetry of War) and Susan Bordo, including an excerpt from Bordo’s forthcoming book, The Anne Boleyn Diet

RiverAdams River Adams is a world religions professor, a doctoral student, and a medical interpreter for Russian-speaking patients in Philadelphia. She grew up in the Soviet Union and has witnessed the collapse of a civilization. Her stories have been published but have yet to change the world.
JohnMAnderson John M. Anderson teaches creative writing and the Emily Dickinson seminar at Boston College, and divides his time between Boston and Cripple Creek, Colorado. He has new poems in South Dakota Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Rosebud, and The Antioch Review. He is currently finishing a book-length manuscript titled Blackwater Driveby.
“Proof through the Night” Listen
“Mite Box” Listen
“A Metaphysical Toy tore in Brookline Village, Mass” Listen
GayBaines Gay Baines, winner of the Mary and Gil Scott 2008 Award for Poetry, lives in East Aurora, New York. Her poetry has appeared in Poet Lore, Rattapallax, REAL, Slipstream, and other journals. She is co-founder of July Literary Press. In 2002 she published her first novel, Dear M.K., with Writers Club Press.
Jackie at the Cafe Loggia bar, Greve in Chianti Jackie Bartley’s work has appeared most recently in Nimrod, Spillway, and Calyx. Her latest collection, Ordinary Time, won the Spire Press Poetry Prize and was published in 2007. She lives on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan with her husband John and two wacky Dalmatians(photo by John Bartley)“The Old Poet Visits in a Dream” Listen
“Cootie Catchers” Listen
LilianaVBlum Liliana V. Blum was born in Durango, Mexico, and currently lives in Tampico. She is the author of The Curse of Eve and Other Stories (Host Publications, 2008). Translations of her stories have appeared in over a dozen journals, including Blackbird, The Pedestal Magazine, and storySouth.(photo by Herminia Dosal)
SusanBordo Susan Bordo, Professor of English and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky, is the author of numerous books and articles, including Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body (University of California Press, 1993), and The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and in Private (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999). Her cultural biography of Anne Boleyn will be published by Houghton Mifflin in 2011.
Joey Brown’s poetry and short fiction have appeared in numerous journals, including Argestes, Compass Rose, The Chaffin Journal, storySouth, The Mid-America Poetry Review, and The Florida Review. She is a professor of writing at Missouri Southern State University and is currently working on a collection of place poems titled Oklahomaography.
RandallBrown Randall Brown teaches at Saint Joseph’s University. He holds an MFA from Vermont College and a BA from Tufts University. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hunger Mountain, Connecticut Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, The Evansville Review, The Laurel Review, The Dalhousie Review, Stand Magazine, and others. He is on staff at the flash fiction journal SmokeLong Quarterly and the author of the award-winning collection of short shorts, Mad To Live (Flume Press, 2008).
KevinConder Kevin Conder lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and daughter. His poetry has appeared in, among others, The Pedestal Magazine, North American Review, 2River View, and pacific Review. He lived in Stockholm, Sweden, for ten years where he taught English to a variety of students from China, Yugoslavia, and Russia.”T.O.E.” Listen
“Winter Olympics” Listen
RacheldeBaere Poet and memoirist, Rachel de Baere teaches creative writing in her Northern California studio and throughout the US and Europe. She is a regular workshop director for the International Women’s Writing Guild (IWWG), and her work has been published in numerous literary journals.
Krikor Der Hohannesian had been writing for four decades when he decided five years ago to pull the dog-eared, cobwebbed sheaves off a closet shelf to begin exposing his poems to the light of day. Catharsis took place in shredding most of his work and beginning from scratch, helped in no small measure by the luxury of semi-retirement. Since then his poems have appeared in many journals and periodicals, including The South Carolina Review, The Evansville Review, Permafrost, and The New Renaissance. He resides in Medford, Massachusetts, and serves as assistant treasurer of the New England Poetry Club.
DanielDonaghy Daniel Donaghy’s poems in this issue are from his collection Start with the Trouble (University of Arkansas Press, 2009). His first first book of poems, Streetfighting (BkMk Press, 2005), was a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize. His work has appeared in many journals, including The Southern Review, Sou’wester, MARGIE, The South Carolina Review, Prairie Schooner, The Texas Review, West Branch, and Poet Lore.(photo by Karen Donaghy)
Sharon Doyle has returned to writing after raising five children and teaching in two universities. She has work in Brooklyn Review, Cimarron Review, CutBank, descant, The Midwest Quarterly, Nimrod, The South Carolina Review, Xavier Review, and many other literary journals. Her work has also appeared in three anthologies.
KEDuffin K. E. Duffin’s book of poems is King Vulture University of Arkansas Press, 2005). Her work has appeared in AGNI, Bellingham Review, Chelsea, Denver Quarterly, Harvard Review, Hunger Mountain, MARGIE, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Raritan Quarterly, The Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, Southwest Review, The Sun, Verse, and many other journals. Her poems have also been featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily.
AlanElyshevitz Alan Elyshevitz is a poet and short story writer from East Norriton, Pennsylvania. His poems have appeared recently in Ellipsis, Argestes, and Cadillac Cicatrix. He has published two chapbooks: The Splinter in Passion’s Paw (New Spirit Press, 1995) and Theory of Everything (Pudding House Publications, 2003). Currently he teaches at Community College of Philadelphia.
DLEstero D. L. Estero has spent the past twenty years traveling the states and world by rail, road, and sail, working odd jobs, commercial fishing, and construction. He most often lives in a vehicle on the California coast with a typewriter and surfboard, and recently completed a novel: The Low Road.
Saqi Farooqi is author of a sizable body of work, including poetry, controversies, and an autobiography. He lives in London.
FrancescFranch Francesc M. Franch is the author of two novels, Gray City Under the Rain (Editorial Milenio, Spain, 2008) and A Hidden Portrait (Editorial Milenio, Spain, 2005). He is also the author of A Catalan Symbolist: Selected Poems of Marius Torres (Peter Lang Publishing, 1992). His work has appeared in Phantasmagoria.
JonathanGreenhause When not sending out poetry submissions, Jonathan Greenhause can be found dancing tango and helping old ladies cross the street, though usually not at the same time. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in numerous publications throughout the US and internationally, including The Bitter Oleander, Bryant Literary Review, Many Mountains Moving, RATTLE, and Sojourn.
AlamgirHashmi Alamgir Hashmi is Pakistan’s leading English-language poet. An Anglophone poet, translator, and critic, his work has been published in journals and collections worldwide. He has been Professor of English and Comparative Literature at European, American, and Asian universities. A recipient of the National Literary Prize of the Pakistan Academy of Letters, he has also served as a judge of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.(photo by Molly Cummings)
Frank Jamison lives in Roane County, Tennessee. His first book, Marginal Notes, was published in 2001 by Celtic Cat Publishing. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2006. His work has appeared in journals such as Appalachian Heritage, Atlanta Review, California Quarterly, Meridian, Nimrod, Red Wheelbarrow, South Carolina Review, and Tennessee English Journal.
Toshiya Kamei is the translator of The Curse of Eve and Other Stories by Liliana V. Blum (Host Publications, 2008) and La Canasta: An Anthology of Latin American Women Poets (Zignos, 2008).
Jacqueline Kolosov’s poetry collections are Vago (Lewis-Clark, 2007), and the forthcoming Modigliani’s Muse (WordTech, 2009) and Ordinary (Lewis-Clark Press, 2009). Her young adult novels are The Red Queen’s Daughter and A Sweet Disorder,
both from Hyperion. She is the recipient of a 2008 Literature Fellowship from the NEA. The poems included here were written prior to the birth of her daughter, Sophia.
ZaneKotker Zane Kotker has published four novels with Knopf/Random House and a half dozen stories. The author says that her story “What She Wants to Know This Time” was inspired by the German documentary The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium, and the Dying Children (2004), which features the investigative work of Dr. Siegwart-Horst Günther and is available at Google video.
“What She Wants to Know This Time” Listen
AndrewKozma Andrew Kozma’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Iron Horse Literary Review, Agni Online, Hunger Mountain, Dislocate, Zoland Poetry, and Forklift, Ohio. His first book of poems, City of Regret, won the Zone 3 First Book Award and was released in September of 2007.(photo by Ashley MacLean)“Survival Guide: Part 2” Listen
“Legend” Listen
DonaldLevering Donald Levering’s most recent poetry book is Whose Body (Sunstone Press, 2007). His previous poetry books include The Kingdom of Ignorance (Finishing Line Press, 2006) and Horsetail (Woodley Press, 2000). He was a featured poet in the 2007 Academy of American Poets Online Forum.
“New Harmony” Listen
“Copper” Listen
LoriLevy Lori Levy’s poems have appeared in a variety of literary journals in the US, as well as in England and Israel. A bilingual book of her poems, In the Mood for Orange, was recently published in Israel by Gvanim. She and her husband live in Los Angeles and have three young adult children.”Man and Woman Arguing” Listen“Elephant Day” Listen
A retired comma rustler and semicolon flogger, John McKernan lives in West Virginia, where he edits ABZ Press. His most recent book is Resurrection of the Dust (The Backwaters Press, 2007).
CarrieMeadows Carrie Meadows is winner of the Poetry Society of Virginia Award sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, and her work has been nominated for Best New Poets. Most recently, her poetry has appeared in The New River, Anti-, and Plainsongs.
Ann Minoff  002 Ann Minoff graduated from New York University with a degree in philosophy and continued her education at the National College of Chiropractic in Illinois, where she received her Doctorate in 1982. Her work is forthcoming or has been published in The Distillery, The Literary Review, Nimrod, and Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine.
Sheryl L. Nelms is from Marysville, Kansas. She graduated from South Dakota State University. She has had over 4,500 articles, stories, and poems published, including thirteen individual collections of her work. She has been the essay editor of The Pen Woman Magazine, the National League of American Pen Women publication, for the last ten years.
selfportrait_feet_sachanewley Based in New York, Sacha Newley writes, “I am not interested in [painting’s] conceptual possibilities. I have no guiding idea, but move from painting to painting by inner necessity, experiencing each as a scene in an unfolding narrative whose ultimate end is unknown to me.”
Charlotte F. Otten is a retired professor of English at Calvin College. Her poems have appeared widely, and she is the editor of The Book of Birth Poetry (Bantam, 1995). Her most recent full-length publication is Home in a Wilderness Fort (Arbutus Press, 2006).
“Early Autumn Snow” Listen
“November” Listen
JillPatterson2 Jill Patterson is the founding editor of Iron Horse Literary Review. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, and recent credits include descant, 13th Moon, The Fourth River, and The Carolina Quarterly. A PhD in creative writing, she teaches literature and creative writing courses at Texas Tech University.
RobertPenick Robert L. Penick’s poetry, prose, and artwork have appeared in nearly 200 magazines and periodicals, including The Antietam Review and Slipstream. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his dog Scooter and serves as a Deputy Circuit Court Clerk in Jefferson County.
LisaHeisermanPerkins Lisa Heiserman Perkins has a PhD from the University of Chicago. She taught at Tufts, Harvard, and Emerson College; then left teaching to write and produce documentary films. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Dislocate, Under the Sun, and Front Range Review, and her film, Secret Intelligence: Decoding Hedy Lamarr, is in post-production. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi (1916-2006) was a major Urdu poet and writer with several poetry and short story collections to his credit. For many years he also edited the daily Imroze and the literary quarterly Fanoon, both from Lahore.
PeterRamos Peter Ramos is the author of one book of poetry, Please Do Not Feed the Ghost (Blazevovox Books, 2008), and two chapbooks: Watching Late-Night Hitchcock (Handwritten Press, 2004) and Short Waves (White Eagle Coffee Store Press, 2003). An assistant professor of English at Buffalo State College, Ramos teaches courses in American literature.(photo by Diane Ramos)
GregoryWRandall Gregory W. Randall majored in English and Latin at St. Olaf College. He was a finalist for the 2006 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. His work appears or is forthcoming in The Bitter Oleander Press, Louisville Review, Osiris, Rosebud, The South Carolina Review, and Stand, among others. He lives in Santa Rosa, California.
DougRutledge Doug Rutledge, who holds a PhD in English from the University of Chicago, is the editor of Ceremony and Text in the Renaissance (University of Delaware Press, 1996). He is also the author of The Somali Diaspora: A Journey Away (University of Minnesota Press, 2008). Recently, his work was included in Whatever House We Come From (Pudding House Publications, 2006). He is currently the president of the Ohio Poetry Association.
LewisSchrager Lewis Schrager is a physician and writer from North Bethesda, Maryland. His work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Bryant Literary Review, Colere, Epiphany, The South Carolina Review, South Dakota Review, Southwestern American Literature, Talking River Review, and Windhover. His dramatic works have been produced in Baltimore, Maryland, and St. Paul, Minnesota.
“The Songbird of Sidi Bou Said” Listen
SusannahWSimpson Susannah W. Simpson’s work has been published or is forthcoming in 13th Moon, Fulcrum, The Wisconsin Review, Carquinez Poetry Review, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Nimrod, Poet Lore, Salamander, The South Carolina Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, Xavier Review, and others.
Brian Swann has published many books of poetry, short fiction, and translation, as well as children’s books, and he has edited volumes on Native American literatures. “Dreaming of History, History Dreams Us” is from the manuscript In the Garden of the Hotel Huitzilpochtli.
Jean Tupper has worked as a magazine writer and editor, but her present writing love is poetry. Her first full-length book of poems, Woman in Rainlight, was published by Hobblebush Books in 2004. The poems in this collection span two decades of her work and “move convincingly between humor and heartbreak,” writes Robert Cording.
AnnaTuttleVillegas For thirty-three years, Anna Tuttle Villegas has been a full-time college English teacher in California’s Central Valley. Her published work includes three novels and many stories, essays, and poems. She is completing a novel: What Doesn’t Kill You.(photo by Adria Villegas)

James A. Winn is Professor of English at Boston University, Director of the Boston University Humanities Foundation, and an active concert flutist. His history of the relations between poetry and music, Unsuspected Eloquence (Yale University Press, 1981), remains the only general study of its kind. His biography of Dryden, John Dryden and his World (Yale, 1987), won the British Humanities Council Prize and the Yale University Press Board of Governors’ Award; it led to a further study placing Dryden and others in the context of Restoration music, painting, and gender politics: ‘When Beauty Fires the Blood’: Love and the Arts in the Age of Dryden (University of Michigan Press, 1992). Cambridge University Press published The Poetry of War, Winn’s new book for general readers, in April 2008. He is currently writing a cultural history of the reign of Queen Anne.

Winn’s Quiddity Interview Listen

FredYannantuono Fred Yannantuono writes of himself: “Fired from Hallmark for writing meaningful greeting-card verse, he once ran twenty straight balls at pool; finished 183rd (out of about 10,000) at the 1985 U.S. Open Crossword Puzzle Tournament; was bitten by a guard dog in a tattoo parlor; survived a car crash with Sidney Lumet; Paul Newman once claimed to have known him for a long time; hasn’t been arrested in 17 months; lives with hillbillies.”
“White Christmas” Listen