Volume 18, No. 3 & 4, One Blood: The Narrative Impulse

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Table of Contents

Editor’s Note Ronald Spatz

Introduction: First Person Singular

Patricia Hampl

Patricia Hampl is a contributing editor of Alaska Quarterly Review. Her most recent book is I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory. Her other books include the memoirs A Romantic Education and Virgin Time, as well as two collections of poems. Her uncollected short stories have appeared in a wide range of magazines and journals including The New Yorker and Alaska Quarterly Review. She is Regents’ Professor of English at the University of Minnesota and is a member of the permanent faculty of the Prague Summer Seminars.


The Wooden Flute Ben Brooks
Ben Brooks is a frequent contributor to Alaska Quarterly Review. He has published a novel, The Icebox, and over sixty stories in literary journals, one of which was awarded an O. Henry Prize. He teaches at Emerson College.
Shift Nicholas Montemarano
Nicholas Montemarano’s recent work appears in DoubleTake, Gettysburg Review, Denver Quarterly, Mid-American Review, New York Stories, and Scribner’s Best of the Fiction Workshops 1999.
In Camp Edra Ziesk
Edra Ziesk’s first novel, Acceptable Losses, was published in 1997 by SMU Press. She has received fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the NEA. This is her second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
1817 S. May Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski
Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski’s work has appeared in River Styx and TriQuarterly
I Was Evel Knievel Keith Regan
Keith Regan has recent work in Beacon Street Review.
Rear View Pete Duval
Pete Duval’s work appears in Ascent, Chelsea, Grain, Northwest Review, and Sonora Review. His story, “Still Life,” won the 1997 Best Short Story contest.
Photo by the Bed Jennifer Carr
Jennifer Carr’s work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Fish Stories, The Nebraska Review, and Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art.
Salt Lick Alison Dunavan Clement
Alison Dunavan Clement’s work has appeared in High Country News and The Sun. “Salt Lick” is excerpted from her novel, The Queen of Palmyra.
Maggots in the Rice Joshua Braff
Joshua Braff’s work has appeared in New Voices in Poetry and Prose. This is his second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Ice Chest Claire Tristram
Claire Tristram’s work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including Wired, Entrepreneur, Chicago Tribune Magazine, Fiction International, The Massachusetts Review, and The Best American Erotica 2000.
Motels of the Northwest A Guidebook Stephen Guppy
Stephen Guppy has published two books of poetry and a collection of short stories. His work has appeared in Best Canadian Stories, and one of his stories was recently short-listed for the Journey Prize for Fiction. He teaches at Malaspina University-College on Vancouver Island.
Darwin’s Kitchen Cynthia Riede
Cynthia Riede’s work has appeared in The Laurel Review, Room of One’s Own, and Wisconsin Review.
Gravity Michelle Fogus
Michelle Fogus has recent work in The Seattle Review and Sou’wester. This is her second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Adultery: A Failing Sestina Stephen Graham Jones
Stephen Graham Jones has recent work in Black Warrior Review, Cutbank, Georgetown Review, Phoebe, and For Winter Nights: Native American Stories.
Hannah: Brought to You By the Makers of One-Calorie Tab Dickson Musslewhite
Dickson Musslewhite is a Donald Barthelme fellow and a recent graduate of the University of Houston. This is his first publication.
Know Your Target and What Is Beyond It Janice Robertson
Janice Robertson has recently served as an editor of Third Coast. This is her first publication.
The Revelation Museum Pedro Ponce
Pedro Ponce’s work has appeared in Ploughshares and Gargoyle.
Beauty Parlor Census Margaret Broucek
Margaret Broucek’s work has appeared in TriQuarterly and Sudden Fiction (Continued), and she has received a “Distinguished Stories of the Year” citation from The Best American Short Stories.
Tangible Assets Virginia Hartman
Virginia Hartman’s work has appeared in The Hudson Review and Iowa Woman. She is the editor, with Barbara Esstman, of A More Perfect Union: Poems and Stories About the Modern Wedding (St. Martin’s 1999).
Dresses: A Love Story Heidi Schulz
Heidi Schulz has recent work in the Birmingham Poetry Review.
Hat Shop Girls Marcy Dermansky
Marcy Dermansky’s recent work has appeared inMcSweeney’s, New Orleans Review, and The Barcelona Review.
Her Hollywood Michael Hyde
Michael Hyde has recent work in Ontario Review and CrossConnect.
Love’s Baby Soft Quintan Ana Wikswo
Quintan Ana Wikswo has work in Denver Quarterly, Urchin, and Stay Awake. She is an editor of Fourteen Hills.
As Easy as All That Karen Offitzer
Karen Offitzer’s recent work has appeared in Phoebe: A Journal of Literary Arts, Sunset Arts, Ararat, and Artist and Influence. She is the author of three non-fiction books and teaches at Loyola Marymount University and National University in Los Angeles.
Ethiops Harry Albert Haines
Harry Albert Haines is a retired Arkansas journalist whose work has appeared in many journals, including The Georgia Review, Missouri Review, and Gettysburg Review.
Shadow Play Maya Sonenberg
Maya Sonenberg’s collection, Cartographies, received the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her work has appeared in Santa Monica Review, Gargoyle, American Short Fiction, and Princeton Arts Review. She teaches at the University of Washington.
Animal Crackers Hannah Tinti
Hannah Tinti’s recent work has appeared in Story, StoryQuarterly, and Sonora Review. She is a member of The Writers’ Room, an urban writing colony in New York City.
The Father, the Son, and the Horse’s Ghost Dana Lise Shavin
Dana Lise Shavin’s work has appeared in Willow Review, Talking River Review, Kinesis, Palo Alto Review, and Sulphur River Literary Review.
The Best Kind of Joke Ryan Blacketter
Ryan Blacketter has won an Oregon Haystack Award and recently attended Sewanee as a Tennessee Williams Scholar. “The Best Kind of Joke” is his first published work. He teaches ESL in Atlanta.
The Path of Lightning Rose Moss
Rose Moss is the author of three novels: The Terrorist, Shouting at the Crocodile and The Family Reunion, which was short-listed for a National Book Award. Her stories have been cited in The Best American Short Stories; one won a Quill Prize and one a PEN short fiction award.
The Book of Saints And Martyrs 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.