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Contributors Spring 2012

Cover 

Front: ‘‘Laundromat,’’ Lori Nix. Back: ‘‘Laundromat at Night,’’ Lori Nix. Lori Nix of New York, NY, has been building dioramas and photographing the results since the early 1990s. Her website is www.lorinix.net.

Prose 

Mary Byrne has had her short fiction published in Europe, Australia, and North America. Her anthologized stories are included in Faber Book of Best New Irish Short Stories (Faber & Faber), Queens Noir (Akashic P), and Best Paris Stories, a forthcoming anthology of Paris Short Story Contest winners. She is the winner of the Fiction International 2011 short fiction contest.
Michael Downs’s books include a short story collection, The Greatest Show (Louisiana State University P), and House of Good Hope (University of Nebraska P), which won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.
Paul Mihas is the recipient of the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize (2008) and the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction (2008). His short stories have appeared in Pindeldyboz, Talking River, Nimrod International, and Best of the West: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri. He is currently working on a collection of short stories based on his travels to China, Argentina, and Greece.
Sigrid Nunez is the author of six novels, including The Last of Her Kind and, most recently, Salvation City. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag.
Eileen Pollack is the author, most recently, of In the Mouth: Stories and Novellas, which won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish literature, and a novel, Breaking and Entering; both were published by Four Way Books. Her novella ‘‘The Bris’’ was selected for The Best American Short Stories 2007 anthology, edited by Stephen King.
Polly Rosenwaike’s stories and reviews have appeared in River Styx, Zyzzyva, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Millions, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Eastern Michigan University.
Elizabeth Trundle received a graduate degree in creative writing from Hollins University. She has written for textbooks on the subjects of literature and mathematics.
Katie Wudel’s short fiction and essays have appeared in Tin House, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Rumpus, Monkeybicycle, and other publications. Her story ‘‘Tongueless’’ was listed among Wigleaf Magazine’s Top [Very] Short Fictions of 2011.

Poetry 

Stephen Ajay has been a writer in residence at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Djerassi Foundation and has published two books of poetry, Abracadabra and The Whales Are Burning (New Rivers P). His poems have appeared in Paris Review, Ploughshares, the New York Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, and numerous other literary journals.
Deanie Rowan Blank’s poetry appeared in Prairie Schooner’s Winter 2011 Special Irish Issue. She is a W. B. Yeats Pierce Loughran Scholar and alumnae of the W. B. Yeats International Summer School in Sligo, Ireland. She is a Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Tenth Anniversary Prize finalist. Her work appears widely in literary reviews and magazines and has been performed in the Plays and Poetry production of the East Haddam Stage Company. Her recent prize-winning haiku, co-sponsored by The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, will appear in publications of ITO EN ‘‘OiOcha.’’
James Cihlar is the author of Undoing (Little Pear P) and Metaphysical Bailout (Pudding House P). His writing appears in American Poetry Review, Lambda Literary Review, Smartish Pace, Rhino, and elsewhere.
Jean-Paul de Dadelsen was born in Strasbourg in 1913 to a bilingual (German/French) family. He joined Charles de Gaulle’s Free French Army in London during World War II and later became a journalist for Albert Camus’ Resistance newspaper, Combat. After the war, he worked as a radio-journalist for the BBC’s French Service. He did not begin writing poetry until his mid-thirties, and he died in 1957 of a brain tumor. The majority of his work was published posthumously.
Gary Dop’s work has appeared recently in New Letters, Rattle, Agni, and elsewhere. He received a special mention in the 2011 Pushcart Prize Anthology and lives with his family in Minneapolis.
Denise Duhamel, a former Prairie Schooner contributor, is the author of Mille et un Sentiments (Firewheel P), Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems, Two and Two, and most recently, Ka-Ching! (U of Pittsburgh P). She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.
Jaclyn Dwyer earned an MFA from the University of Notre Dame, where she received the Sparks Fellowship. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Harpur Palate, Iron Horse Literary Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Rattle, and 30 under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction by Younger Writers.
Stuart Friebert, founder of Oberlin’s Writing Program and cofounder of Field, the Field Translation Series, and Oberlin College Press, has published eight volumes of translations, most recently Sylva Fischerova’s Selected Poems: The Swing in the Middle of Chaos, as well as a dozen books of his own poems, most recently Speak Mouth to Mouth.
Marilyn Hacker lives in Paris and is the author of twelve books of poems, including Names and Desesperanto (Norton P), and an essay collection, Unauthorized Voices (Michigan P). Her translations from the French include Marie Etienne’s King of a Hundred Horsemen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), which received the 2009 pen Award for Poetry in Translation, and Amina Saïd’s The Present Tense of the World (Black Widow P). For her own work, she received the pen Voelcker Award for poetry in 2010. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Charles Jensen is the author of The First Risk (Lethe P), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and Living Things, which won the 2006 Frank O’Hara Award. His poems have appeared in Copper Nickel, Field, the Journal, New England Review, and Willow Springs.
Brenna W. Lemieux earned a BA at Bucknell University and an MFA from Southern Illinois University–Carbondale. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Threepenny Review, North American Review, and Ploughshares, among others. She currently lives in Illinois.
Elizabeth Levitski has had poetry appear in Asheville Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, Poetry International, and Southern Poetry Review, among other journals.
Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books) and Mixology (Penguin USA), which was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series. These poems are from his collection, The Big Smoke (Penguin USA), forthcoming in 2013.
Susan Laughter Meyers is the author of Keep and Give Away (U of South Carolina P), selected by Terrance Hayes for the inaugural SC Poetry Book Prize. Her work has also appeared in the Southern Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Subtropics, and other journals.
Mark Perlberg died in June 2008. His posthumous collection, Theater of Memory, will be published by Louisiana State University Press in the fall of 2012.
Wanda Praisner, a recipient of fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, is author of A Fine and Bitter Snow (Palanquin P), On the Bittersweet Avenues of Pomona (winner of the 2005 Spire Press Poetry Chapbook Competition), and Where the Dead Are, forthcoming from CavanKerry Press. She is a resident poet for New Jersey.
Kuno Raeber, the Swiss writer of poetry, prose, fiction, and criticism, was born in 1922 and died in 1992. Much acclaimed in Europe, he taught at Oberlin College in the 1960s. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in Field, Sou’wester, American Letters & Commentary, Pleiades, and elsewhere. Permission to print has been granted by Carl Hanser Verlag/Munich.
Jim Richards’s poems have appeared recently in Texas Review, Poet Lore, Literature and Belief, the Fertile Source, and Contemporary American Voices. He currently serves as poetry editor of Irreantum.
Jeffrey Schultz’s poems have appeared in Boston Review, Indiana Review, Missouri Review, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere, and have been featured on the PBS Newshour’s Art Beat and Poetry Daily. He has received the Discovery/Boston Review prize and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.
Maureen Seaton’s latest publications are Stealth (Chax P), with Samuel Ace, and Sinead O’Conner and Her Coat of a Thousand Bluebirds (Firewheel Editions), winner of the Sentence Book Award, with Neil de la Flor. Her solo work includes a memoir, Sex Talks to Girls (U of Wisconsin P), winner of the Lambda Literary Award, and a poetry collection, Cave of the Yellow Volkswagon (Carnegie Mellon University P).
Danielle Sellers has an MFA from the University of Mississippi, where she held the Grisham Poetry Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in River Styx, Subtropics, Smartish Pace, and Cimarron Review, among others. Her first book is Bone Key Elegies (Main Street Rag). She is the editor of the Country Dog Review.
Martha Silano’s books are What the Truth Tastes Like, Blue Positive, and The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, chosen by Campbell McGrath as the winner of the 2010 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Paris Review, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere.
Judith Skillman is the author of thirteen collections, including Heat Lightning: New & Selected Poems 1986–2006 (Silverfish Review P.) She is the recipient of grants and awards from Washington State Arts Commission, Academy of American Poets, and other organizations. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Southern Review, Northwest Review, Midwest Quarterly, and other journals and anthologies.
Eric Weinstein’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Best New Poets 2009 anthology, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Ploughshares, and others. He was named a finalist for both the Poetry Foundation’s 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship and the 2011 National Poetry Series. He lives in New York City.
Wendy Wisner is the author of a book of poems, Epicenter, and a chapbook, Another Place of Rocking. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Spoon River Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Natural Bridge, and Verse Daily.

Reviews 

Rachel Bara recently earned her MFA in fiction from Pennsylvania State University. She is working on a collection of linked short stories set in the shore towns of New Jersey.
Crystal S. Gibbins is the editorial assistant for American Life in Poetry. Her poems, illustrations, and collaborations have appeared in Word For/Word, Free Verse, Dislocate, Canary, and elsewhere.
Trey Moody is the author of Climate Reply (New Michigan P) and Once Was a Weather (Greying Ghost P, forthcoming). His poems have been or will be published in Best New Poets 2009, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, and Washington Square. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he co-curates the Clean Part Reading Series.
Madeleine Mysko, a registered nurse, coordinates the Reflections column for American Journal of Nursing. Her poems, stories, and essays appear regularly in literary journals. Her first novel, Bringing Vincent Home (Plain View P), is based on her experiences as an Army nurse in 1969.
Rosemary Royston has had poetry published in the Comstock Review, Main Street Rag, Alehouse, and Literal Latte, among others. Her essays on writing poetry are forthcoming in Women and Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets (McFarland).
Eric Weinstein. See the Poetry section.
Theodore Wheeler’s fiction has appeared in Best New American Voices, Kenyon Review, Boulevard, Cincinnati Review, and Confrontation, among others. He was awarded a residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and his work was listed among the Special Mention stories in the 2010 Pushcart Prize anthology. Wheeler lives in Omaha with his wife and daughter. He is the Blog and Social Networking Editor for Prairie Schooner.