Vol.17, No. 1 & 2, Fall/Winter 1998 | Alaska Quarterly Review

Vol.17, No. 1 & 2, Fall/Winter 1998

About the Cover

Water rushes under the ice of Falls Creek, in the Chugach Mountain Range, near Anchorage, Alaska.

©1998 Richard J. Murphy



PLEASE NOTE: Our check out system is on another site that opens up in a new window.

Table of Contents

Special Section

Richard Ford
To Give Back to the World Something That I Had Been Treated to Myself: An Interview with Richard Ford
Empire (Short Story)
Where Does Writing Come From? (Essay)
Richard Ford is considered one of America’s finest writers and “one of his generation’s most eloquent voices” (The New York Times).  He is the author of five novels, including Independence Day, The Sportswriter, Wildlife, The Ultimate Good Luck, and A Piece of My Heart, and two collections of short stories, Rock Springs and Women With Men.  Critics have been especially taken with the craft that Richard Ford, “with a mastery second to none” (The New York Times Book Review), brings to his fiction. The Washington Post called Ford “[a] Babe Ruth of novelists,  excelling at every part of the game: one-on-one dialogue, panoramic vistas, funny one-sentence character sketches, deeply earnest expeditions into individual souls… one of  the finest curators of the great American living museum.” Ford’s short stories have met with equally high praise. “Richard Ford’s stories stand as superb examples of the storyteller’s craft, providing us with both the pleasures of narrative and the sad wisdom of art” (The New York Times). Ford has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship; two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; a Fulbright Fellowship; two American Academy of Arts and Letters Awards for Merit in the Novel and in Literature; a New York Public Library “Literary Lion” Award; and the Rea Award, given annually to a writer who has made a significant contribution to the short story as an art form. He has been named an Officer, L’Ordre Des Arts et Des Lettres (Republic of France), and a Finalist for the National Book Circle Critics Award. In 1996 Independence Day received both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award, the first time a novel has won both awards. On May 20, 1998, Ford was honored with induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Dona Lupita’s Youngest Daughter Patrick Roscoe
Patrick Roscoe is a novelist and short story writer who will make his fourth appearance this fall in the annual anthology, Best Canadian Stories. His collection, The Truth About Love, will be published in early 1999; it includes “Frozen Blood,” which originally appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Bath Water Mark Brazaitis
Mark Brazaitis is the winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award and his collection, which includes “Bath Water,” will be published by the University of Iowa Press in late 1998.
The Drowned Man’s Notes Brian Hocevar
Brian Hocevar has published stories in several journals, including one in The Louisville Review which won its fiction contest and one in Potpourri which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is in the M.F.A. program at the University of Alabama.
The Blue Spring Weekly Enterprise Chris Fink
Chris Fink is an assistant fiction editor for Cream City Review. This is his first published short story.
Dead Animal Man Kathleen Wakefield
Kathleen Wakefield is a songwriter and a lyricist with two Grammy nominations to her credit. She has worked with Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, James Ingram, The Jacksons, and many others. She has also spent the last four years writing fiction. Her recent stories appear in Salmagundi, Willow Review, Imago, and Black River Review.
Home Schooling Edith Pearlman
Edith Pearlman’s collection, Vaquita (University of Pittsburgh Press), was the winner of the 1996 Drue Heinz Prize for Literature and included a story originally published in Alaska Quarterly Review. A recent story, “Chance,” is included in The 1998 Best American Short Stories anthology.


1967 Greg Bottoms
Greg Bottoms has been a Tennessee Williams Scholar at Sewanee and recently won an individual artist fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. He is currently a Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia. This is his first published work of literary nonfiction.
Falsies: A Memoir Kelly Simon
  • Mrs. Yachenflaster
  • I Was A Child
  • What You Think About When You Think About Nothing
  • Hosts
  • Misteltov
  • Mercury
  • Hunts
  • Marching Through Poland
  • My First Date
  • Artifacts of a Lost Mother
  • Nits
  • Nuts for You
  • Frank Sinatra’s Gum
  • Moth
Kelly Simon’s work has been broadcast on National Public Radio and has appeared in a wide range of publications, including The Quarterly, Ellery Queen Magazine, The Washington Post, and Ploughshares. She lives in San Francisco.


Guest Editor: Dorianne Laux
Like That Kim Addonizio
Mermaid Song
Kim Addonizio is the author of Philosopher’s Club and Jimmy and Rita (BOA Editions, 1994 and 1997). She is co-author (with Dorianne Laux) of The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry (W. W. Norton, 1997). The title of her next book is Tell Me.
Love and Desire Elizabeth Clamen
Elizabeth Clamen is the editor of Queen of Swords Press in Eugene, Oregon.
Spectral Dues Pimone Triplett
Pimone Triplett’s recent work appears in Quarterly West, Poetry and The Paris Review. Her first collection of poems, Ruining the Picture, is forthcoming from TriQuarterly Press.
Late June Rosann Kozlowski
Rosann Kozlowski teaches poetry through the AmeriCorps Program. She is a graduate student of poetry at Vermont College.
Type A Personality Reetika Vazirani
Reetika Vazirani lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 1994 her poetry won The Nation’s Discovery Award. She is the author of White Elephants.
Dear John Susan Browne
Star Food Sonata Susan Browne
Susan Browne lives in Berkeley, California, and teaches poetry workshops at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. Her poems have been three times selected as finalists for the National Writer’s Union Poetry Competition.
Flounder Ron Salisbury
Your Daughter At Christmas Ron Salisbury
Ron Salisbury is owner and manager of Deaf Dog Coffee in Petaluma, California, where he supports the town’s yearly Petaluma Poetry Walk.
Waiting for My Wife Ron Koertge
Ron Koertge lives in Pasadena, California, and writes books for adolescents. His latest collection of poetry is Making Love to Roget’s Wife from the University of Arkansas Press.
Night Plumber Nikki Moustaki
Nikki Moustaki teaches at Indiana University. She has poems forthcoming in Cream City Review and Yankee Magazine.
Two People Priscilla Lee
Priscilla Lee lives in San Francisco. Her poems have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Cream City Review, Mid-American Review and Making More Waves: An Anthology of Asian American Women Writers (Beacon).
The Heart of a Bonsai: Portrait of a Japanese Woman Kyoko Mori
Kyoko Mori is the author of a collection of poems, Fallout (Tia Chucha Press, 1994), and a book of essays, Polite Lies, two novels (Shizuko’s Daughter, One Bird), and a memoir (The Dream of Water), all from Henry Holt.
The Woman With a Full Tank Thom Ward
Thom Ward’s first poetry collection, Small Boat with Oars of Different Size, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press. He lives in Palmyra, New York.
Pulp Feminism, April Installment Belle Waring
Belle Waring is the author of two books, Refuge (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1990) and Dark Blonde (Sarabande Books, 1997). She teaches creative writing at Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Henry Nelson’s Coat Marjorie Kowalski Cole
Marjorie Kowalski Cole lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. Her short fiction has appeared in a wide range of journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Passages North, Kansas Quarterly, and Cream City Review. Her poems have appeared in Room of One’s Own.
from Muse Susan Aizenberg
Prayer Susan Aizenberg
Susan Aizenberg is poetry editor of The Nebraska Review. Her first collection was published last year by Graywolf in the second volume of Take Three: Agni New Poets Series.
To the Madonna of Fort Mason and Her Four-Eyed Son C.E. Chaffin
To Charles Bukowski C.E. Chaffin
C. E. Chaffin is the author of Elementary (Mellen Press, 1997).
The Truth Squad Dennis Schmitz
Dennis Schmitz is the author of numerous books of poetry, including a collection of his new and selected poems. He teaches at Sacramento State University.
Crucifixions Diane Seuss-Brakeman
Diane Seuss-Brakeman’s first collection of poems is forthcoming from New Issues Press.
Cronos Mitchell LesCarbeau
Mitchell LesCarbeau has published in The Nation, The Threepenny Review and The New England Review. He lives in Poultney, Vermont.
My Father and Thomas Wyatt in Hefka’s Bar Joseph Millar
Thinking About Sex Joseph Millar
Joseph Millar’s poetry can be found in recent issues of Shenandoah, New Letters, Ploughshares, and DoubleTake. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.
The Cage Susan Yuzna
Susan Yuzna is the author of Her Slender Dress (University of Akron Press, 1996). In 1997 it was the winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. She lives in Andover, Minnesota.
Anonymity Augustine Porras
Augustine Porras works for a public radio station in Colorado.
Crows Doug Anderson
Doug Anderson is the author of The Moon Reflected Fire (1994), which won the Kate Tufts Award. He teaches at Pitzer College in Claremont, California.
The Bowhead’s Ambergris David Koehn
David Koehn teaches at Barrow High School in Barrow, Alaska, 330 miles inside the Arctic Circle. He is a Breadloaf Fellow.
The Blue Dress Steve Kowit
Steve Kowit’s latest book is Epic Journeys, Unbelievable Escapes (State Street Press). He is also the author of In the Palm of Your Hand: A Poet’s Portable Workshop (Tilbury House Press).
Consummation Jude Nutter
Jude Nutter recently graduated from the University of Oregon’s Program in Creative Writing.
The Condition of the World, August 1997 Cortney Davis
Cortney Davis is a nurse practitioner working in women’s health in southwestern Connecticut. She is the author of Details of Flesh (CALYX books, 1997) and The Body Flute (Adastra Press, 1994), and co-editor of Between the Heartbeats: Poetry and Prose by Nurses (University of Iowa Press, 1995).
from Verse at the Millennium Christopher Presfield
Christopher Presfield has recent poetry in Pegasus, The Pointed Circle and River King Poetry Supplement.
Foundations Nick Barrett
Nick Barrett’s poems have appeared in Seattle Review, Quarterly West, and New Orleans Review. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
from Iron Fever Stephan Torre
Stephan Torre is the author of Man Living on a Side Creek and Other Poems (New York University Press, 1994).
So Like a Door That Won’t Stay Closed Frank Stewart
Frank Stewart is the editor of Manoa and lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Flying Through the Clouds Billy Collins
A Night on Earth Billy Collins
Billy Collins is the author of six collections of poetry; his most recent is Picnic Lightning (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998). He teaches English at Lehman College and runs the Chappaqua Library Reading Series in Katonah, New York.