Contributors’ Notes (Vol. 25, #3)

EDWARD ALEXANDER is Professor of English at the University of Washington. His most recent books are The Jewish Wars: Reflections by One of the Belligerents (Southern Illinois University Press, 1996); Irving Howe: Socialist, Critic, Jew (Indiana University Press, 1998); and Classical Liberalism and the Jewish Tradition (Transaction, 2002).

VICTORIA CHANG’s first book of poetry, Circle, won the Crab Orchard Review Award Series in Poetry and will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in April 2005. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in journals such as The Nation, Poetry, The Threepenny Review, The Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Slate, Michigan Quarterly Review, and The North American Review. She is the editor of Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation (University of Illinois Press), and has received a Bread Loaf Scholarship, a Taylor Fellowship from the Kenyon Writer’s Workshop, and a Hopwood Award. She resides in Los Angeles.

STEPHEN DUNN is the author of thirteen collections of poetry, including The Insistence of Beauty (Norton, 2004). His Different Hours was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize.

GEORGE ELIOT (pen name of Mary Ann Evans, 1819–80) was a distinguished translator and speculative thinker, as well as a major Victorian novelist whose works include Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), and Silas Marner (1861). Her novel Middlemarch (1871–2) is considered not only Eliot’s greatest work but one of the greatest nineteenth-century British novels.

CATHRYN ESSINGER’s first book, A Desk in the Elephant House, won the Walt McDonald First Book Award from Texas Tech. Her second book, My Dog Does Not Read Plato, will be published by Main Street Rag later this year. Her new work has appeared in Poetry, Mid-American Review, Quarterly West, The Cream City Review, The Southern Review, Poetry Daily, and in Poetry magazine’s ninetieth anniversary anthology. She lives in Troy, Ohio, with her husband, two sons, and a dog who is quite remarkable but still does not read Plato.

CAROL FROST’s latest poetry collection from Northwestern University Press, I Will Say Beauty, was published in 2003. New prose appears in Wild and Whirling Words: A Poetic Conversation (Etruscan Press, 2004), edited by H. L. Hix. She is Professor of English and writer-in-residence at Hartwick College.

CHARLES GREEN’s work has appeared on The Missouri Review website and in Center: A Journal of the Literary Arts and Cairn. A native Arkansan, he has an M.A. in English from the University of Missouri and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English from the University of Cincinnati.

RUTH HAMEL is the author of My Favorite Lies (2001), a short-story collection published by the University of Missouri Press. Her stories have appeared in many magazines, including The Kenyon Review, The North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Missouri Review. She’s currently working on a novel.

ROB HARDY has been a classics professor, substitute teacher, translator, Latin tutor, and freelance writer for Minnesota Public Radio. His writing has appeared recently in River City, The Lion and the Unicorn, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, and Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers.

JOHN HASKELL is the author of a short-story collection, I Am Not Jackson Pollock (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2003). His work has appeared in Granta, The Paris Review, Conjunctions, and Ploughshares, and he is a contributor to the radio show The Next Big Thing. He lives in Brooklyn.

VICKI HEARNE had published three volumes of poetry—Nervous Horses (1980), In the Absence of Horses (1983), and The Parts of Light (1994)—and was putting together a volume of new and selected poems at the time of her death in 2001 at the age of fifty-five. The poems published here are among a group of previously unpublished poems that will appear in that volume. Among her prose works are Adam’s Task (1986), Animal Happiness (1983), Bandit: Dossier of a Dangerous Dog (1991), and a novel, The White German Shepherd (1988).

JOHN KINSELLA is the author of more than thirty books of poetry and prose. His new volume is Peripheral Light: New and Selected Poems (Norton, 2003), selected and introduced by Harold Bloom. A volume of essays and a book of short stories (with Tracy Ryan) is forthcoming, and Norton and Fremantle Arts Centre Press (UK) will publish a new collection of poetry, The New Arcadia, in June 2005. Kinsella is the editor of the international literary journal Salt and International Editor of the The Kenyon Review. He is Professor of English at Kenyon College and poetry critic for the Observer (UK).

JOHN LUNDBERG’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Threepenny Review. He just finished a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University.

JAY SCOTT MORGAN’s essay “The Mystery of Goya’s Saturn” was printed in the summer 2001 issue of New England Review. His fiction has been published in various small press journals.

DAVID PHILLIP MULLINS grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is a student at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He was born in Buffalo, New York, and lives in Iowa City with his wife. He has a story forthcoming in Cimarron Review, and this is his second appearance in New England Review. “Driving Lessons,” which won third prize in Playboy’s twentieth annual College Fiction Contest (as “Vintage Vegas”), is part of a novel-in-stories about the character Nick Danze.

KIRK NESSET is the author of a book of short stories, Mr. Agreeable, forthcoming from Mammoth Press, and of a nonfiction study, The Stories of Raymond Carver (Ohio University Press, 1995). His stories and poems have appeared in The Pushcart Prize anthology, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Raritan, Boston Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing and literature at Allegheny College.

PAUL OTREMBA is currently in the M.F.A. program at the University of Maryland. His poetry has appeared in Gulf Coast.

CARLA PANCIERA has published fiction, memoir, and poetry in several journals including Sycamore Review, Nimrod, The Chattahoochee Review, Under the Sun, Kalliope, and Yankee Magazine. Her poetry was nominated for a 2004 Pushcart Prize. A graduate of Boston University’s Creative Writing Masters Program, she has recently completed a memoir entitled Barn Flower.

BARBARA PIERCE lives and writes in Fauquier County, Virginia. Her fiction has appeared in Antietam Review, So to Speak, Phoebe, and Center: A Journal for the Literary Arts. Before beginning to devote all her spare time to the “nut-brown word,” she led other lives as an amateur tango dancer, rural mail carrier, and competitor in the sport of endurance riding. She has just finished a novel, Camp Followers.

ARTHUR RIMBAUD (1854–91) was a French poet whose major writings were completed before he reached the age of twenty. His works include Les Illuminations (1886), Le Bâteau ivre (The Drunken Boat, 1871), and Une Saison en enfer (A Season in Hell).

KATRINA ROBERTS’s first book, How Late Desire Looks, won the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize; her second book, The Quick, was selected by Linda Bierds for the Pacific Northwest Poetry Series, to be published by the University of Washington Press in April 2005. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize anthology, The Bread Loaf Anthology of New American Poets, and elsewhere, and is forthcoming in places such as Never Before: Poems About First Experiences (Four Way Books) and Shorts (Norton). A graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she lives in Walla Walla, Washington, and teaches at Whitman College.

ROBERT S. SCHINE is the author of Jewish Thought Adrift: Max Weiner, 1882–1950 (Brown Judaic Studies, 1992). He is also Professor of Jewish Studies and former Dean of the Faculty at Middlebury College.

BRENDA SIECZKOWSKI received her M.F.A. from the University of Florida in 2001. She is currently attending the University of Utah’s creative writing Ph.D. program on a Vice Presidential Fellowship.

ELLEN BRYANT VOIGT has published six books of poetry—Claiming Kin, The Forces of Plenty, The Lotus Flowers, Two Trees, Kyrie (a National Book Critics’ Circle Award finalist), and Shadow of Heaven (a National Book Award finalist)—as well as The Flexible Lyric, a collection of essays. A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she teaches in the Warren Wilson College low-residency M.F.A. Program.

MYLES WEBER is assistant professor of English at Ashland University in Ohio. His collection of drama criticism, Middlebrow Annoyances—sections of which originally appeared in New England Review—is published by Gival Press. A second book, Consuming Silences: How We Read Nonpublication, is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press.