Vol. 12, No. 1 & 2, Fall/Winter 1993 | Alaska Quarterly Review

Vol. 12, No. 1 & 2, Fall/Winter 1993

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Of the 8,000-plus mosquito species occurring in the world, only 27 are known to occur in Alaska. This lack of diversity is more than made up by the sheer numbers in which they occur. On the Arctic tundra, mosquitoes can take as much as a quart of blood per day from a caribou.

©1993 Paul G. Hansen

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Table of Contents

Special Section: Rosellen Brown

Looking Down on this Vast Space that Could Be Mine: An Interview with Rosellen Brown
How to Win
Going to See the Rainbows
Renata (from Autobiography of My Mother)
Prologue to Civil Wars
Prologue to Before and After
Absolute for Death
A Wry Music
Coming to This
That Table (from Cora Fry)
Don’t Just Sit There: Writing as a Polymorphous Peverse Pleasure
Donald Barthelme: A Preliminary Account
Rosellen Brown was born and raised around New York and educated at Barnard and Brandeis. Currently a professor of creative writing at the University of Houston, Brown is married and the mother of two daughters. Her distinguished body of work includes four acclaimed novels, Before and After, Civil Wars, Tender Mercies, Autobiography of My Mother; a collection of short stories, Street Games; two volumes of poetry, Cora Fry and Some Deaths in the Delta; a collection of prose and poetry, A Rosellen Brown Reader; and uncollected essays, articles, and plays.

Cynthia Ozick has said of her work, “Rosellen Brown can do anything with language…she can engender and render five emotions simultaneously, and throw over a whole novel a skein of sureness and sympathy.” And as Robert Boswell has written, “Rosellen Brown is one of our best writers…she provides a strong answer to the critics who claim contemporary fiction doesn’t matter.”


On the Way Pamela S. Gross
Pamela S. Gross is a 1992 MFA graduate of Florida International University. Her recent fiction has appeared in George Washington Review and Sundog.
Triptych Stuart Dybek
Stuart Dybek’s stories appear widely in magazines, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Antaeus. He is the author of two books of stories, Childhood and Other Neighborhoods and The Coast of Chicago. A chapbook of short prose pieces, The Story of Mist, will be published by State Street Press in late 1993.
Earthquake Susan Barnes
Susan Barnes is a writer and painter living in New York City. One of her paintings was recently used to illustrate a book of poetry by Robert Creeley. Earthquake was initially published in book form by Turtle Point Press (hand set, limited edition, 1990).
China Victoria Redel
Victoria Redel has published stories in a wide range of magazines including The New England Review, Story Quarterly and The Quarterly. Her collection of short fiction, Where the Road Bottoms Out is forthcoming from Knopf in 1994.
The Arab Table Amber Dorko
Amber Dorko is a recent recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and has published fiction in The Northwest Review and Long Shot.
Sunday Julie Esther Fisher
Julie Esther Fisher has a story forthcoming in Other Voices. This is her second appearance in AQR.
Plans Linda Moore Spencer
Linda Moore Spencer leads creative writing workshops in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her recent work appears in Wisconsin Review, Paragraph, Poetry East and Portland Magazine. She is currently at work on a novel, Certain Accommodations. This is her third appearance in AQR.


Farms Linda Andrews
Temporary Shelters
Linda Andrews has won an Academy of American Poets prize and a Richard Blessing Award. Her poetry has appeared in Nimrod, Poetry Northwest, Seattle Review, Cream City Review and other literary magazines.
Fiddling Alice Derry
Does Your Mind Work Like the Rain?
Alice Derry’s first volume of poems, Stages of Twilight, won the 1986 King County Arts (Seattle) Publication Award. A chapbook, Getting Used to the Body, appeared in 1989 from Sagittarius Press.
My Mother at the Pond Adam Nicholas
Adam Nicholas lives in Kansas City. This is his first published poem.
Aquarium Vanessa Haley
Snapping Turtle, 1963
Vanessa Haley has poems forthcoming in the Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review and has had work recently in Iris: A Journal about Women, and the South Florida Poetry Review. This is her second appearance in AQR.
Puffin Hunter Ted Benttinen
Ted Benttinen has recent poems in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, Sewanee Review, and Southern Review. This is his second appearance in AQR.
The Flaming Car David Starkey
David Starkey’s poems have appeared in Chariton Review, Greensboro Review, Kansas Quarterly, Laurel Review, and other journals. He teaches at Francis Marion University.
Angelus Novus Brian Culhane
Brian Culhane has recent poems in Western Humanities Review and Boulevard. This is his third appearance in AQR.
Anniversaries Martin Palmer
Martin Palmer’s recent work appears in the anthologies Men on Men 3, Hometowns, and A Member of the Family, all published by Dutton. This is his second appearance in AQR.
In an August Garden, along the Path in Tenakee Springs Sheila Nickerson
Sheila Nickerson’s most recent book is Feast of the Animals: An Alaska Bestiary, Vol. II (Old Harbor Press). This is her second appearance in AQR.