Vol, 18, No. 1 & 2 Spring/Summer 2000

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A walrus basks in the summer sun of Kalgin Island in Alaska’s Cook Inlet. Odobenus, the genus name of the walrus, means “tooth-walker,” a reference to its enormous tusks. Although agile in water, they are clumsy on land and must use their flippers for locomotion. These huge mammals also have prodigious appetites, eating as much as 130 pounds of shellfish daily.

©2000 Susan Beeman



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Table of Contents


The Seventh Experiment of Señora Lopez Patrick Roscoe
Patrick Roscoeis a frequent contributor to>Alaska Quarterly Review. A Canadian author of five books of fiction, his stories have twice won the CBC Literacy Competition and have been included in Best Canadian Stories. His recent novels include The Lost Oasis and The Truth About Love.
New Shoes for Mrs. Hung Doris Dörrie
Doris Dorrie is a German writer and filmmaker. She has published six collections of short stories, has written and directed seven feature films and 25 documentary films, and has won the German National Film Award for cinematography five times. She lives in Munich. Translator Gustav A. Richar is a Canadian editor and writer; his short story collection, Cloud Lake, was published in 1997.
Camille and Amy  Amber Dorko Stopper
Amber Dorko Stopper has been a frequent contributor to Alaska Quarterly Review. Her stories also appear in the Northwest Review and The Whole Story: Editors on Fiction.
Winter Ellen Cooney
Ellen Cooney is the author of three novels (Small Town Girl, All the Way, and The Old Ballerina) and numerous short stories that have appeared widely in such magazines as The New Yorker, Glimmer Train, and Ontario Review.
The Interruption David Means
David Means is the author of a collection of stories titled A Quick Kiss of Redemption (William Morrow). His recent stories appear in Harper’s Magazine, Open City, and The KGB Bar Reader.
Bridges Freeze First Brian David Mooney
Brian David Mooney’s recent stories appear in American Fiction: The Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, The Seattle Review, and Third Coast.
A Thing So Clear Mary Elizabeth Ilg
Mary Elizabeth Ilg was the winner of the 1998-1999 Loft Mentorship Award in Fiction. “A Thing So Clear” is her first publication.
The Only Course Danielle Sosin
Danielle Sosin’s first collection, A Garden Primitive, is forthcoming from Coffee House press. “The Only Course” is her first published story.
What She Is Catherine Sustana
Catherine Sustana’s recent stories appear in Quarterly West, The Crescent Review, Calyx, and Crazyhorse.
A Kiss Allen Learst
Allen Learst’s recent stories appear in Ascent, Midland Review, The Literary Review, and War, Literature & The Arts.
Talent Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum is a student in the Iowa Writers Workshop. “Talent” is her first published story.
Curling Iron Lisa Baker
Lisa Baker’s recent stories appear in Quarterly West, Puerto del Sol, Confrontation, Epoch, and in the anthology Crossconnect: Writers of the Information Age.
Covenant Emily Hammond
Emily Hammond is the author of a short story collection, Breathe Something Nice, and a novel, The Milk, to be published in 2001.


When That Day Comes Sherry Simpson
Sherry Simpson’s essays have appeared in a range of magazines and anthologies, including Another Wilderness and American Nature Writing. Her collection of essays, The Way Winter Comes (Sasquatch), was published in 1998.
On Rereading Siddhartha Nancy Lord
Nancy Lord’s books include Green Alaska: Dreams from the Far Coast, Fishcamp, and two short story collections. She is also a regular commentator for National Public Radio’s Living on Earth.


Syd: Portrait of an Alaskan Artist Eric Wallace
Eric Wallace is an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster who lives in Anchorage, Alaska. Syd, his first published play, is loosely based on the life of Sydney Mortimer Laurence (1865-1940) pioneer Alaskan landscape artist. His paintings, including many magnificent images of his most popular subject, Mt. McKinley (Denali), are held in public and private collections throughout North America. Syd was produced in the summer of 1999 by the Eccentric Theatre Company and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, at the St. Ives Arts Club in Cornwall (where Laurence was a charter member in the 1890s), and at Cyrano’s Off Center Playhouse in Anchorage.


Guest Editor: Billy Collins

After Stephen Dunn
Stephen Dunn is the author of ten books of poetry. Riffs and Reciprocities: Prose Pairs was published by W.W. Norton in 1998.
The Driver George Keithley
George Keithley is the author of seven books of poetry. His epic, The Donner Party, has been adapted as a stage play and an opera, and his collection, Song in a Strange Land, received the Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America.
We Run Home Movies Backward Mary Cornish
Mary Cornish is in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College.
Why People Murder Ellen Bass
Ellen Bass is the author of For Earthly Survival, which won the Elliston Book Award from the University of Cincinnati Press.
Winter Barbeque D. Rodman Walker
D. Rodman Walker’s poetry has appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Berkeley Poetry Review and elsewhere. A second chapbook, Both Ends of a Life, will be published this year by The Phoenix Press.
Poet with Baked Goods Lorene Lamothe
Lorene Lamothe’s poems have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Oxford Magazine, and Phoebe.
Cast Iron Daniel Bourne
Daniel Bourne’s work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Partisan Review, and other journals. His books include The Household Gods (Cleveland State University, 1995) and On the Crossroads of Asia and Europe (Salmon Run Press, 1999). He teaches at the College of Wooster where he edits Artful Dodge.
Bay Meadows Weekend with Robert Herrick Joseph Millar
Joseph Millar has poems in recent issues of Ploughshares, Shenandoah, Double Take, and New Letters.
I Thought She Said Henry Taylor
Henry Taylor’s latest collection of poems is Understanding Fiction: Poems, 1986-1996 (LSU Press). His book, Flying Change, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1986. He co-directs the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at American University.
Anecdotal Fencepost Robert Wrigley
Robert Wrigley was recently awarded the Howard J. and M.J. Wood Prize from Poetry. His new book is The Reign of Snakes (Penguin, 1999).
Blue Ron Houchin
Ron Houchin’s poems have appeared in a variety of journals in the United States and Ireland. His first collection was published by Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 1997.
Sleep Wesley McNair
Wesley McNair’s most recent volume of poems is Talking in the Dark.
First Empathy J. Allyn Rosser
J. Allyn Rosser’s first book of poems, Bright Moves, won the Morse Poetry Prize and was published by Northeastern University Press.
Little Mushrooms Tomaz Salamun
Tomaz Salamun’s books translated into English include Selected Poems (Ecco Press) and The Four Questions of Melancholy (White Pine Press).
Wintermouse Eamon Grennan
Eamon Grennan teaches at Vassar College. His Relations: New and Selected Poems was recently published by The Graywolf Press. His volume of translation, Leopardi: Selected Poems (Princeton, 1997), received the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.
Self-Portrait with Swans and a Card Sorter Gray Jacobik
Gray Jacobik’s The Surface of Last Scattering received the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize and was published in 1999 by Texas Review Press. 
The Heron Wally Swist
Wally Swist is the author of The New Life (Plinth Books, 1998). His haiku appeared in The Haiku Anthology (W.W. Norton, 1999).
Werewolf, 1999 Ron Koertge
Ron Koertge’s latest book of poems is Making Love to Roget’s Wife (University of Arkansas Press, 1998).
Louis Zukofsky Sam Turner
Sam Turner has received the 1998-99 Bronx Council on the Arts BRIO Award for Poetry.
Bookseller with Coffeehouse Michael Fitzgerald
Michael Fitzgerald, who studied at the Iowa Writers Workshop, is the author of eleven books of poetry, non-fiction, and children’s literature.
Settling Susan Berlin
Susan Berlin’s poems have appeared in Mudfish, Ploughshares and other journals. She has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 
Truckdrivers Mark Halliday
Mark Halliday directs the Creative Writing Program at Ohio State University. His new book is Selfwolf (University of Chicago Press).
It Was Summer Jack Granath
Jack Granath lives in Kansas City and is a regular contributor to the Rain Taxi Review of Books in Minneapolis. This is his first published poem. 
Along the Columbia at Dawn David Axelrod
David Axelrod’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Alkalai Flats, Pleiades, Talking River Review and other journals. He has published one collection of poems, Jerusalem of Grass (Ahsahta) and is a former recipient of the Carolyn Kizer Poetry Prize.
Saint Catherine Dan Brown
Dan Brown’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, Partisan Review, Poetry Northwest and other journals. He was awarded a 1998 Pushcart Prize, and his collection, Matter, is available from Crosstown Books.
What’s in a Name Rick Pernod
Rick Pernod, director of “Poetry at the Poor Mouth,” has work forthcoming in The American Book Review and Poetry in Performance.
Three Twelve O’Clocks in a Day Victoria Redel
Victoria Redel is the author of a story collection, Where the Road Bottoms Out, and a collection of poems, Already the World. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
Spring Fever David Simpson
David Simpson’s poems have appeared in Washington Square and Dialog.
At the Department of Motor Vehicles Division Thea S. Kuticka
Thea S. Kuticka’s poems have appeared in Alligator Juniper and Timberline.
Greys Hillel Schwartz
Hillel Schwartz’s work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, RE:AL, and other journals, as well as in the new anthology, Prayers for a Thousand Years (Harper, 1999). 
Academic Conference at Strawberry Hill Stephen C. Behrendt
Stephen C. Behrendt has published two collections of poems, Instruments of the Bones (1992) and A Step in the Dark (1996), both from Mid-List Press. He teaches at the University of Nebraska.
Ghost Warrior L.S. Asekoff
L.S. Asekoff has published two books of poetry, Dreams of a Work and North Star, both with Orchises Press. He coordinates the MFA Poetry Program at Brooklyn College.
Be the Worst Anthony Libby
Anthony Libby’s poems have appeared in The Southern Review and The Antioch Review. His chapbook, The Secret Turning of the Earth, was a winner in the Wicks Poetry Contest. He teaches at Ohio State University.
Department Store Carl Dennis
Carl Dennis’ most recent book is Ranking the Wishes (Penguin, 1997). He teaches at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Babysitting Cindy Milwe
Cindy Milwe’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The William and Mary Review, Limestone, Poetry Digest, The New York Quarterly and other journals. She teaches at Santa Monica High School. 
What Would Make Me Happy Douglas Goetsch
Douglas Goetsch’s latest collection is Nobody’s Hell (Hanging Loose Press, 1999).
Bakersfield Marc Petersen
Marc Petersen teaches at San Jose State University.
A Common Myth Vincent Cioffi
Vincent Cioffi’s work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Iconoclast and other journals. He is a 1999 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
I Dream My Father Drives on Ice Jo Sarzotti
Jo Sarzotti teaches at the Julliard School and Columbia University..
In Memoriam Nick Conrad
Nick Conrad’s work has appeared in Cumberland Poetry Review, Kansas Quarterly, The Literary Review, and other journals. He was a runner-up in the Cheltenham Poetry Contest and a semifinalist in the “Discovery”/The Nation Contest.
Judgment Day Steve Fellner
Steve Fellner is an MFA student at the University of Alabama. His poems are forthcoming in The Mid-American Review and The Greensboro Review.
Antilamentation Dorianne Laux
Dorianne Laux is the author of two collections from BOA Editions, Awake and What We Carry. She is co-author, with Kim Addonizio, of The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasure of Writing Poetry (W.W. Norton, 1997).