Vol. 20, No. 1 & 2, Fall/Winter 2002

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Surrounded by the Talkeetna Mountains, a robust patch of fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) is pictured under blue skies. This common herb thrives in areas of disturbed ground such as burned forests, avalanche areas, and, in this case, a roadside. Fireweed is said to have medicinal properties and nutritional value as a survival food because of its high concentration of vitamin C and beta-carotene.

©2002 Benjamin Spatz



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Table of Contents


A Story About My Father as a Happy Man Nicholas Montemarano
Nicholas Montemarano has recent stories in DoubleTake, The Gettysburg Review, and Mid-American Review. He has a collection of stories, Stories of Descent, and a novel, A Fine Place, forthcoming from Context Books. This is his second appearance in AQR.
Three Days. A Month. More. Douglas Light
Douglas Light lives in New York City. “Three Days. A Month. More.” is his first publication in a national literary journal.
The Kids Craig Foltz
Craig Foltz lives and works in New York City. His stories have appeared in The Santa Monica Review, Fiction International, and Fourteen Hills.
Boys Against Girls Lauren Alwan
Lauren Alwan’s work has appeared in The Berkeley Fiction Review, The Noe Review, and Fish Stories.
Stethoscope Ander Monson
Ander Monson’s stories have appeared in Gulf Coast, Pleiades, The Florida Review, and Many Mountains Moving.
Invitation Susan Steinberg
Susan Steinberg’s recent stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Conjunctions, Quarterly West, The Massachusetts Review, and Denver Quarterly.
Possession Margaret Emery

Margaret Emery lives in Washington, D.C., where she works as a policy analyst for a refugee advocacy organization. “Possession” is her first published story in a national literary magazine.
The Beauty Part Jennifer Haigh

Jennifer Haigh’s stories have appeared in The Idaho Review, Global City Review, and Kestrel.
The Meticulous Grove of Black and Green

Michael Buckley
Michael Buckley is a recent graduate of California State University-Dominguez Hills. “The Meticulous Grove of Black and Green” is his first published story in a national literary magazine.
The Correction of Drift Pamela Ryder

Pamela Ryder’s fiction has been published in Prairie Schooner, Black Warrior Review, Shenandoah, and Conjunctions: American Fiction States of the Art 2000.

Names of the Saints Charles Wyatt
Charles Wyatt’s collection of short stories, Listening to Mozart (University of Iowa Press), won the 1995 John Simmons Award. Other stories have appeared in Northwest Review, Chelsea, and Hanging Loose.

Gentle Knives Mark Cunningham

Mark Cunningham lives in the Diablo Valley, California. “Gentle Knives” is his first published story in a national literary magazine.


Such Are the Mighty Tyler Currie

Tyler Currie’s essays have appeared in The Washington Post and The Michigan Independent. He is a teacher at a public elementary school in Washington, D.C.
Nobody’s Indispensable Marie Sheppard Williams
Marie Sheppard Williams is a frequent contributor to Alaska Quarterly Review. She has received a Bush Artist Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and a Wolf Pen Fellowship sponsored by the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Coffee House Press published a collection of her stories entitled The Worldwide Church of the Handicapped.


The Soles of My Shoes Dan O’Brien
Dan O’Brien’s plays have been produced and developed nationally at theaters including Manhattan Theatre Club, The Kennedy Center, and the O’Neill Playwrights Conference. His plays have been published by Samuel French and Dramatic Publishing, and his work has appeared in many literary journals. He is the recipient of the Osborn Award for an Emerging Playwright.
Chased by the Dawn Judah Grunstein
Judah Grunstein was born in New York City and now lives in Var, France. “Chased by the Dawn” is his first published work.


Guest Editor: Nancy Eimers

Theremin: Solo & Command Performance Radnoti in a Trenchcoat

David Wojahn

David Wojahn has recently published a collection of poems, Spirit Cabinet (University of Pittsburgh) and a volume of essays on contemporary poetry, entitled Strange Good Fortune (University of Arkansas). He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Indiana University.
Indian Pipe Elizabeth Myhr
Elizabeth Myhr lives and writes in Seattle, where she is an editor at Raven Chronicles.
Snow Magnificat From Here to Eternity Mary Ruefle
Mary Ruefle’s latest book is entitled Among the Musk Ox People (Carnegie Mellon, 2002). She is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and teaches in the MFA Program at Vermont College.
The Oarfish Elizabeth Bradfield
Elizabeth Bradfield’s poetry has appeared in several literary magazines, including The Evergreen Chronicles, Louisville Review, Rhino, and Epoch.
Eve Implied

Seth Abramson
Seth Abramson’s work has appeared in several journals, including Indiana Review, Mississippi Review, Hawaii Review, Wisconsin Review, and in the anthology, Crossconnect (University of Pennsylvania).
My Zen Prologue as Part of the Body Question as Part of the Body Beckian Fritz Goldberg
Beckian Fritz Goldberg is the author of Body Betrayer (Cleveland, 1991), In the Badlands of Desire (Cleveland, 1993), Never Be the Horse (University of Akron, 1999), and a chapbook, Twentieth Century Children (Graphic Design Press, 1999). Her recent book of poems, The Book of Accident, is forthcoming from Invisible Cities Press.
Afterlife Bicycle Sharon Bryan
Sharon Bryan’s most recent collection of poems is entitled Flying Blind (Sarabande, 1996). She teaches as a visiting writer at various universities, and lives and writes in Port Townsend, Washington.
Two Self-Portraits Trying to Emerge from an Interior Chinese Winter Jasmine at Saint-Jacques Gate A Brief Homage to John Coltrane Richard Lyons
Richard Lyons’ most recent book of poetry is entitled Hours of the Cardinal (University of South Carolina Press, 2000). He has recent poems in Black Warrior Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Third Coast. He directs and teaches in the Creative Writing Emphasis Program at Mississippi State University.
From Sixty Cent Coffee and A Quarter to Dance Judy Jordan
Judy Jordan’s first book, Carolina Ghost Woods, was chosen for the 1999 Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award and won the 2000 National Book Critics Circle Award. Her second book, Sixty Cent Coffee and A Quarter to Dance, is forthcoming from LSU Press. She teaches at California State University – San Marcos.
Sound Because the Deer Have Come to Rest Michael David Madonick
Michael David Madonick is the author of a book of poems entitled Waking the Deaf Dog (Avocet Press), and his work has appeared in various magazines, including Boulevard, The Florida Review, New England Review, and Quarterly West. His teaches at the University of Illinois.
Sin City Keys Jim Murphy
Jim Murphy’s chapbook, The Memphis Sun (Kent State University Press, 2000), won the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Award. His poems have appeared in several journals, including TriQuarterly, Cimarron Review, Gulf Coast, and Puerto del Sol. He teaches creative writing at the University of Montevallo.
The ‘V’ in Love Figures Ron Mohring
Ron Mohring’s poems have appeared in various journals, including The Gettysburg Review, Green Mountains Review, The Louisville Review, and Puerto del Sol. His first chapbook, Amateur Grief, was selected by Maureen Seaton for the 1998 Frank O’Hara Award, and “The ‘V’ in Love” and “Figures” appear in his forthcoming chapbook, Beneficence (Pecan Grove Press, 2002). He teaches at Bucknell University, where he was the 2001 Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence.
Wanting to Send Something Useful Arms Lee McCarthy
Lee McCarthy’s book of poetry, Desire’s Door, was selected as co-winner of the Roerich Prize for Poetry in 1990. She has been a Stegner Fellow in prose at Stanford University.
290 289 Simon Perchik
Simon Perchik is the author of 16 books of poetry. His poems have also appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Poetry, and The New Yorker.
The Night Before Leaving Claudia M. Reder
Claudia M. Reder’s first book of poems, My Father and Miro and Other Poems, was recently published by Bright Hill Press.
The Secret Blackness of Red Roses Alane Rollings
Alane Rollings’ most recent book is entitled The Logic of Opposites (TriQuarterly, 1998).
Passer Domesticus Birth Day Blues William Olsen
William Olsen’s recent book of poetry is entitled Trouble Lights (TriQuarterly Books, 2002). He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Western Michigan University.
Amish Linen Muse Theory Dennis Hinrichsen
Dennis Hinrichsen’s most recent work, Detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights, won the 1999 Akron Poetry Prize. He also has new poems in Crab Orchard Review, Field, Poetry Northwest, Barrow Street, and AGNI.
Boat Rental Michael Collier
Michael Collier’s fourth book, The Ledge, was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Critic Circle Award. He teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Maryland.
The Building David Blair
This is David Blair’s third appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review. His poems have also been published in Chicago Review, Greensboro Review, and AGNI. He teaches English and creative writing at the New England Institute of Art & Communications in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Book of Numbers Betsy Sholl
Betsy Sholl’s latest book is entitled Don’t Explain (Wisconsin, 1997). She teaches at the University of Southern Maine and in the MFA Program at Vermont College, and was a 2002 poet-in-residence at Bucknell University.