Vol. 19, No. 1 & 2, Summer/Fall 2001

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Alaska Railroad tracks head toward the Placer Valley, the Spencer Glacier, and Grandview Pass on the way to Seward, Alaska. In the distance are the Chugach Mountains.

©2001 Benjamin Spatz

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Table of Contents


Freud in America Susie Mee
Susie Mee is the author of a novel, The Girl Who Loved Elvis, and an anthology of southern women writers, Downhome, with Harcourt Brace. Her stories have appeared in The Virginia Quarterly, Confrontation, and Redbook. She teaches fiction writing in the DART program at New York University.
Surveillance Courtney Angela Brkic
Courtney Angela Brkic received a New York Times Followship in 1999 to pursue an MFA in fiction at New York University. Her stories have appeared in The Atlanta Review, Folio, and The South Carolina Review.
Pond Life Russ Franklin
Russ Franklin was a winner in the Quarterly West novella competition. His stories have appeared in Connecticut Review, Snake Nation Review, and Willow Springs.
The Wolf Susan Fox
Susan Fox’s recent stories appear in Glimmer Train and Cimarron Review.
An Accident in the Woods Sarah Jane Birdsall
Sarah Jane Birdsall is the News Director for the public radio station KTNA in Talkeetna, Alaska. This is her first published story.
Warning Jane Hammons
Jane Hammons teaches writing at the University of California. Her stories have appeared in Berkeley Fiction Review, Frontiers: A Journal of Woman Studies, Nimrod, Writers Forum, and Concho River Review.
Woman Descending David Ryan
David Ryan’s stories have appeared in Tin House, Bomb Magazine, and The Mississippi Review. He also wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s First Love, Last Rites, which won the Rotterdam Film Festival’s Fipresci Award for best foreign film.
Keepers Tara Jill Ciccarone
Tara Jill Ciccarone is in the MFA program at the University of New Orleans. This is her first published story.
Gramme’s Dynamo Charles Prowell
Charles Prowell’s stories have appeared in Crosscurrents, Real Fiction, and Great River Review.
The Paanwallah Suniti Landgé
Suniti Landgé is a Canadian whose articles on classical Indian dance and the Punjabi folk dance have appeared in Performing Arts and Entertainment in Canada. This is her first published story.
Soup Jean Hanson
Jean Hanson’s work has appeared in North American Review, Puerto del Sol, Zoetrope, and Indiana Review. She is a recipient of an artist fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts, and a Poets & Writers award for emerging writers.
Woman Waits Alone for the Rain Jennifer Moses
Jennifer Moses’ stories have appeared widely in literary journals including Story, The Gettysburg Review, Ontario Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and ACM, as well as in New Stories from the South and The Pushcart Prize anthology. Her first book, Food and Whine, was recently published by Simon & Schuster.
The People Who’ve Left Him Otis Haschemeyer
Otis Haschemeyer’s stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, Fourteen Hills, and Louisiana Literature. He is the recipient of the John Clellon Holmes Memorial Prize and a Stegner Fellowship.
Night-Callers S.G. Miller
S. G. Miller lives in New York City. This is her first published story.
The Bird Story Amber Dorko Stopper
Amber Dorko Stopper is a frequent contributor to Alaska Quarterly Review. Her stories also appear in the Northwest Review and The Whole Story: Editors on Fiction.
The Big Garage Sale Lawrence Keel
Lawrence Keel’s recent stories have appeared in Zyzzyva, The Southern California Anthology, Sou’wester and Modern Short Stories. He teaches writing at the University of Southern California and Palomar College.
Expensive Trips Nowhere Tom Bissell
Tom Bissell’s recent fiction appears in Agni, Bomb, and Esquire. He is an editor at Henry Holt and Company.


From Safekeeping Abigail Thomas
• Apple Cake • I Ate There Once • His Suggestion • Power • Overturned Rowboat • I Hated Them Both • Nothing Is Wasted • Passion • Ponds • What I Know
Abigail Thomas is the author of the novel An Actual Life, two collections of stories, Getting Over Tom and Herb’s Pajamas, (all from Algonquin books) and the recently published literary memoir Safekeeping: Some Stories True from a Life (Knopf) from which these selections are reprinted with the permission of the author.
High Plains Vernacular Jenny Flynn
Jenny Flynn’s work appears in Chicago Review, Cimarron Review, Sojourner, and Orion. She works as an editor in Tucson.


Trying to Locate the Beginning Marsha Janson
Marsha Janson’s recent poetry appears in Harvard Review, Many Mountains Moving, and The Best American Poetry 2000. She is a recipient of an artist grant in poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
With Enough Heat and a Good Wind Near Aneurysms of Soot George Looney
George Looney’s latest book, Attendant Ghosts, was published by Cleveland State University Press. His previous book, Animals Housed in the Pleasure of Flesh, won the 1995 Bluestem Award. He has recent poems in Ascent, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Gettysburg Review, and The Kenyon Review.
Donatila’s Victory Orchard Virgil Suarez
Virgil Suarez is the author of four novels, a collection of short stories, a new collection of poems, You Come Singing, from Tia Chucha Press/Northwestern University, and a limited edition book of poems titled Garabato Poems.
The Nature of Memory and Fireflies Daniel Donaghy
Daniel Donaghy recently published a chapbook, Kensington Avenue, and has poems in Commonweal, New Letters, and West Branch.
On Seeing a Nude Self-Portrait of Imogen Cunningham Melody Lacina
Melody Lacina’s recent poems have appeared in Rattle, Spoon River Poetry Review, and North American Review. She was a finalist for this year’s Brittingham Prize.
Lucent Melissa Morphew
Melissa Morphew’s poems have appeared in The Southern Poetry Review, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Shenandoah, Poetry East, and The Georgia Review. Her book, The Garden Where All Loves End, was published by La Jolla Poets Press.
In Iowa Marilyn Abildskov
Marilyn Abildskov teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Sonora Review, Puerto del Sol, and Quarterly West.
On the Death of a Barn Owl Chris Souza
Chris Souza works as a writing consultant in Massachusetts. This is her first published poem in a national literary journal.
Eve Liz Beasley
Liz Beasley’s poetry has appeared in Cottonwood, Epoch, Phoebe, and Southern Poetry Review.
The Miraculous Nancy Kuhl
Nancy Kuhl’s first chapbook of poems, In the Arbor, was published by Kent State University Press. Her recent poems appear in The Cream City Review, Poetry Northwest, Quarter After Eight, and Puerto del Sol.
Animal People A History of Romanticism Rebecca Seiferle
Rebecca Seiferle’s third poetry collection, Bitters, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon in early 2002. Her previous collection, The Music We Dance To (Sheep Meadow Press) was nominated for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize. Her work was included in The Best American Poetry 2000, and also won the Hemley Award from the Poetry Society of America.
In Verdi’s Café Mary Crow
Mary Crow is the author of nine collections of poetry – four volumes of her own poems and five volumes of translated poems. Her uncollected poems and translations have appeared widely in numerous anthologies and magazines, including American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, New Letters, Field, and Prairie Schooner.
Trophy Heather Brittain Bergstrom
Heather Brittain Bergstrom’s poems appear in Clackamas Literary Review, Hawaii Review, Tar River, and The Baltimore Review.
Hero Barbara O’Dair
Barbara O’Dair is currently a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and consulting editor for Offspring Magazine. A recent poem appears in Writer’s Forum.
Nappy Monique S. Ferrell
Monique S. Ferrell’s poems appear in Brownstone, Quarterly West, New York Quarterly, and North American Review.
A Young Woman Decides to Make Love for the First Time David Simpson
David Simpson has recent poems in Washington Square Review and Dialog. As a choral singer, he has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic, and The National Symphony.
The Deeper Focus Laurie Clements Lambeth
Laurie Clements Lambeth is a recipient of a Barthelme/In Print Award for Poetry and Creative Artist Award for Literature from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston. Her poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, The Cream City Review, and The Paris Review.
My Father Dying Jeanne Emmons
Jeanne Emmons’ collection of poetry, Rootbound (New Rivers Press) won the Minnesota Voices Project Competition and was subsequently named for a Pippistrelle Best of the Small Press Award.
Night Ioanna Carlsen
Ioanna Carlsen’s recent poems appear in Poetry, Poetry East, Field, and Apalachee Quarterly.
The Forgotten Rick Bursky
Rick Bursky’s poems appear in The Harvard Review, Epoch, Quarterly West, and Verse.
Pieta Moira Linehan
Moira Linehan’s recent poems appear in Poetry, TriQuarterly, Indiana Review, The Laurel Review, and Kansas Quarterly.
The Man Who Could Send People to Hell Benjamin Paloff
Benjamin Paloff’s poems appear in Poet Lore and in Verse and Universe (Milkweed Press, 1998).
Sherlock’s Confession Peter Leight
Peter Leight’s poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Partisan Review, and The Massachusetts Review.
Wife Nicole Ross
This is Nicole Ross’s first published poem in a national literary journal.
The Entry on “Nothing” in the Encyclopedia Subtractica Peter B. Harris
Peter B. Harris’ work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Chelsea, Ploughshares, and The Virginia Quarterly. He has also published a chapbook, Blue Hallelujahs.
Naming Scott Edward Anderson
Scott Edward Anderson received the Nebraska Review Award for Poetry and won Terrain’s Larry Aldrich Emerging Poets Competition. He is the author of a book of natural history titled Walks in Nature’s Empire.
Beginning at the End David Hernandez
David Hernandez’s poems appear in Poet Lore, Quarterly West, Passages North, and Prairie Schooner. His chapbook collections include Man Climbs Out of Manhole (Pearl Editions) and Donating the Heart (Pudding House Publications).
Icarus Descending Carol Edelstein
Carol Edelstein leads writing workshops and organizes readings in Northampton, Massachusetts. A poem of hers recently appeared in The Georgia Review.
The Satellite Dish at the La Quinta Inn Jeffrey Greene
Jeffrey Greene is the author of two books of poetry, American Spirituals and To the Left of the Worshiper, and a memoir, French Spirits, forthcoming from Morrow/HarperCollins.
St. John’s Head, Hoy, Orkney Islands Martha Zweig
Martha Zweig is the author of Vinegar Bone (Wesleyan University Press, 1999). She received a 1999 Writer’s Award from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. Her recent poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Stand, The Kenyon Review, Boston Review, and The Gettysburg Review.
A Kindly Voice Peter Hanke
Peter Hanke has recent poems forthcoming in Poetry Northwest and Troubadour.
The Death of Franco David Blair
David Blair’s poems have appeared in AGNI, The Greensboro Review, International Poetry Review, and Chicago Review.
Accidental Blessings John Straley
John Straley is the Shamus Award-winning author of the Cecil Younger mysteries. Cold Water Burning is his latest in the series.
How All Stories End James Sallis
James Sallis’ recent poetry collections include Sorrow’s Kitchen and Black Night’s Gonna Catch Me Here: Selected Poems 1968-1998 (Michigan State University Press).