Contributors: Winter 2010

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Prairie Schooner, Vol. 84, No. 4 (Winter 2010)


“Damon.” Gouache on paper. Copyright 2010 Matthew Carlson

Matthew Carlson is a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he earned his BFA in painting. Along with Phillip Faulkner, Carlson was curator for vision/re-envision, which won an Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award For Best Group Exhibition and for which Carlson received a Best Emerging Visual Artist Award.


Eric Barnes is the author of the novel Shimmer. He has been a reporter, construction worker, editor, and newspaper publisher. He has publishing credits with Other Voices, Northwest Review, Greensboro Review, and Crazyhorse, among others.

Katie Chase‘s short fiction has appeared in the Missouri Review, Five Chap-ters, Narrative, and The Best American Short Stories. She’s the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a Michener-Copernicus Award. She grew up near Detroit.

Janet Abbott Dutton‘s first published work, “Old Enough,” is one chapter from her memoir in progress. She began writing in her late 60s after questioning her father’s written accounts of life in Idaho and Missouri, comparing them with the detailed memories of her older sister, Venetta Abbott.

Lisa Knopp is the author of four collections of essays: Field of Vision, Flight Dreams: A Life in the Midwestern Landscape, The Nature of Home, and Interior Places. Her essay in this issue is part of a new collection, Three Rivers, about the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte rivers.

Glenna Luschei is the founder and publisher of Solo Press and the author of many chapbooks, special editions, and trade books, the latest being Salt Lick (West End P) and Witch Dance (Presa P). She was named poet laureate of San Luis Obispo city and county for the year 2000. Luschei has also published an artist’s book of her translation of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s Enigmas. She has received D. H. Lawrence and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and has been honored as a Nebraska Admiral.

Richard Spilman has published a collection of short fiction, Hot Fudge, and a collection of poetry, In the Night Speaking. Another book of short stories, The Estate Sale, is due soon from Texas Review Press.


Marie-Claire Bancquart is a professor emerita at the Université Paris-Sorbonne and is the multiple prize-winning author of twenty-four collections of poetry, most recently Terre Energumène (Le Castor Astral). Her latest book is a collection of critical essays and poems titled Entre marge et présence (Les écrits du Nord/éditions Henry). Her work has been featured in a number of French literary journals, including La Sape, Autre Sud, Nu(e) , Friches, Poésie 2002, Arabesques, and on the site Internet Poezibao, “Spécial Marie-Claire Bancquart.” Her work has also been the subject of two full-length critical texts: A la voix de Marie-Claire Bancquart by Peter Broome (Cherche-Midi) and In the Flesh of the Text: The Poetry of Marie-Claire Bancquart (Rodopi). These translations are of poems from her book, Avec la mort quartier d’orange entre les dents.

J. Mae Barizo‘s work has appeared in or is forthcoming from the Bellingham Review, Nimrod, Baltimore Review, and the Atlantic Review. She is a coeditor of Fields Press.

Michael Boccardo‘s work has been published in or is forthcoming from Hayden’s Ferry Review, Rattle, Kakalak, and Poet Lore, among others. He is a recipient of the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and received an honorable mention in the 2009 Joy Harjo Poetry Competition. He also serves as an editorial assistant for Cave Wall.

Emma Bolden is the author of How to Recognize a Lady, a chapbook published as part of Edge by Edge, the third volume in Toadlily Press’s Quartet Series. Her second chapbook, The Mariner’s Wife, was published by Finishing Line Press, and a third, The Sad Epistles, was published by Dancing Girl Press. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from the Indiana Review, Feminist Studies, Verse, and Cimarron Review, among others.

Claudia Burbank‘s honors include the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award from Poets & Writers, the Inkwell Prize, and a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Recent work has been featured on Verse Daily and published in Subtropics, Smartish Pace, New Letters, and 32 Poems.

Emily Carr‘s book directions for flying won the 2009 Furniture Press Poetry Award and is currently available through SPD. Cole Swenson chose her manuscript “13 ways of happily: books 1 & 2” as the winner of the 2009 New Measures Poetry Prize; Parlor Press recently published 13 ways. Carr’s work has been published recently in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Bombay Gin, Margie, and Gargoyle, among others.

Deborah Casillas lived in San Francisco, Madrid, and Mexico City before moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her poems have appeared in various journals, including the Ontario Review, MacGuffin, Borderlands, and Crab Orchard Review.

Christina Cook‘s poems and translations have appeared in or are forthcoming from Hayden’s Ferry Review, Harpur Palate, Silk Road Review, and Packingtown Review, among other journals. She teaches writing at Colby-Sawyer College, reviews books for Poets’ Quarterly, and is a poetry editor at Inertia Magazine.

Michael Cornett is managing editor of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies published by Duke University Press. He has previously published poetry in Prairie Schooner.

Jehanne Dubrow is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Stateside (Northwestern UP). Her work has appeared in Poetry, New England Review, New Republic, and Prairie Schooner.

Gary Fincke‘s most recent poetry collection, The Fire Landscape, was published by the University of Arkansas Press. New poems have appeared recently in Ploughshares, Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Beloit Poetry Journal.

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of Barolo (U of Nebraska P), Sagittarius Agitprop (Black Lawrence P), and Warranty in Zulu (Barrow Street P), and the chapbooks Four Hours to Mpumalanga (Pudding House) and Aardvark (West Town P). Recent work appears in the New Republic, Field, North American Review, Pleiades, The Best Travel Writing 2008 and 2009, and others.

Robert Gibb is the author of eight books of poetry: The Names of the Earth in Summer (Stone Country’s Tenth Anniversary Award volume), The Winter House (Devin’s Award finalist), Momentary Days (Camden Poetry Award), The Origin of Evenings (National Poetry Series winner), and others. He has received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pushcart Prize, seven Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grants, the Wildwood Poetry Prize, and the Devil’s Millhopper Chapbook Prize.

K. A. Hays is the author of Dear Apocalypse (Carnegie Mellon) and the chapbook Some Monolith (Black Warrior Review Chapbook Series). Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from the Best American Poetry, American Poetry Review, The Yale Anthology of Younger American Poets, and elsewhere.

Michael Hettich‘s most recent book of poems, Like Happiness, was published in August by Anhinga Press. A new book of poems, The Animals Beyond Us, which contains the work appearing in this issue, is forthcoming from New Rivers Press. He lives in Miami and teaches at Miami Dade College.

Katie Hubbard is currently a reading specialist at a charter high school. Her work has appeared in such magazines as Field and Pleiades.

Susanne Kort‘s poetry, prose, and translations have appeared in Grand Street, North American Review, Puerto del Sol, Indiana Review, Antioch Re-view, and other journals in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, United Kingdom, and Ireland. She is a psychotherapist practicing in Jalisco, Mexico.

Rebecca Lauren has been published in or has work forthcoming from the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Southeast Review, Quarter After Eight, and Cincinnati Review, among others.

Leslie Adrienne Miller is the author of six volumes of poetry, including Y (forthcoming from Graywolf Press), The Resurrection Trade, Eat Quite Everything You See, Yesterday Had a Man In It, Ungodliness, and Staying Up For Love.

Jed Myers is a Seattle-area poet and singer-songwriter whose poems have appeared in Fugue, Golden Handcuffs Review, Atlanta Review, Nimrod, Spoon River, and the new anthology Many Trails to the Summit (Rose Alley P). By day he is a psychiatrist with a therapy practice.

Julie Sophia Paegle teaches in the graduate program at CSU San Bernardino and lives in the San Bernardino Mountains with her husband and sons. Her 2010 poetry collection, torch song tango choir (U of Arizona P) explores her dual Argentine and Latvian heritage. Recent and forthcoming poems appear in Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Love Rise Up: Poems of Social Resistance (Benu P), No Place for a Puritan: Literature of California’s Deserts (Heyday Books), and elsewhere.

Amy Riddell is the author of a chapbook, Narcissistic Injury, published by Pudding House. Her poems have appeared recently in print in Birmingham Poetry Review and Peeks and Valleys, and online in Blue Fifth Review and Prick of the Spindle. She is a professor of English at Northwest Florida State College.

Robin Beth Schaer is the recipient of fellowships from the Saltonstall Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her poetry has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Barrow Street, Tin House, and Washington Square, among others. Recordings of her work are featured on From the Fishouse. She has taught at Columbia University, Cooper Union, and Marymount; worked at the Academy of American Poets; and sailed as a deckhand aboard the Tall Ship Bounty.

Page Hill Starzinger is creative director for copy at Aveda. Her poems have been published in the Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review, Laurel Review, and other literary journals. Mary Jo Bang selected her manuscript “Unshelter” for the 2008 Noemi Press chapbook prize.

Mark Sullivan‘s first collection of poetry, Slag, was published by Texas Tech University Press as the winner of the Walt McDonald First Book Series competition. His other honors include a “Discovery”/The Nation Prize and a 2007 literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared recently in Beloit Poetry Journal, Cream City Review, and Isotope.

Elizabeth Tibbetts‘s book In the Well won the 2002 Bluestem Poetry Award. She has been the recipient of a Maine Arts Commission Fellowship, and her work has been featured on The Writers’ Almanac. Her work appears in journals such as the American Scholar, Green Mountains Review, Northwest Review, and North American Review.

Daneen Wardrop is the author of a book of poems, The Odds of Being, and two books of literary criticism, including Emily Dickinson’s Gothic (U of Iowa P). Wardrop has received the 2005 Bentley Prize for Poetry from Seattle Review, the 2006 Poetry Society of America Robert H. Winner Award, and the 2007 Gerald Cable Book Award. Her poetry has appeared in Virginia Quarterly, TriQuarterly, Colorado Review, Antioch Review, and elsewhere.


Robin Becker‘s sixth collection of poems, Domain of Perfect Affection, is part of the Pitt Poetry Series. Her awards include fellowships from the Bunting Institute, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and National Endowment for the Arts. Becker writes a column on the contemporary poetry scene, “Field Notes,” for the Women’s Review of Books.

Stephen C. Behrendt teaches British Romantic-era literature and culture at the University of Nebraska. His most recent collection of poems is History.

Gaynell Gavin‘s prose and poetry has been published in many literary journals, including Fourth Genre, Natural Bridge, and North Dakota Quarterly. Intersections, her poetry chapbook, was published by Main Street Rag. Her essay, “What We Have,” published in Prairie Schooner, was included among “Notable Essays” in The Best American Essays 2009.

Claire Keyes is the author of The Aesthetics of Power: The Poetry of Adrienne Rich as well as a book of poems, The Question of Rapture (Mayapple P). She is Professor Emerita at Salem State College in Massachusetts.

Peter Wolfe is a Curators’ Professor of English at the University of Missouri– St. Louis. His book on English playwright Simon Gray (1936–2008) is forthcoming.