Notes, Vol. 26, #1
EVE ADAMSON is a freelance writer and part-time jazz vocalist in Iowa
City, Iowa. She received her MFA from the University of Florida and has
published poems previously in New England Review, as well as
in The Iowa Review, Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.
An award-winning freelancer, she has authored or co-authored more than
thirty books and hundreds of magazine articles, none of them having anything
to do with poetry. Her CD, Live at the Lighthouse III, recorded
with her father’s jazz trio, will be available later this year.
STEVE ALMOND is the author of the story collection My Life in Heavy
Metal (Grove, 2002) and Candyfreak (Algonquin, 2004). His
new book, The Evil B. B. Chow and Other Stories, will be out
in April from Algonquin. To find out what kind of music he listens to,
check out www.bbchow.com.
KATHERINE LUCAS ANDERSON’s work has appeared in more than a dozen
journals, including Poetry, The Southern Review, Seneca Review,
and Salmagundi. This is her second appearance in New England
Review. She lives in Ithaca, New York, where she was recently the
recipient of a United Arts Fund Fellowship.
ALEXEI BAYER is a Russian-born writer who lives in New York and writes
in English. He has published a number of short stories in American literary
journals, including ner. A Russian translation of his short story collection
Eurotrash was published by ogi in Moscow in 2004. “Khrushchev”
is part of a collection called Wasp’s Nest and Other Stories,
about an intelligentsia family living in Moscow in the 1960s.
STIG BJORKMAN is the editor of Bergman on Bergman (Da Capo, 1993)
and Woody Allen on Woody Allen (Grove, 1995), and has also directed
the documentaries Tranceformer: A Portrait of Lars von Trier
and I Am Curious, Film.
ROBERT BONONNO has translated more than a dozen full-length works of fiction
and nonfiction from the French, including Hervé Guibert’s
Ghost Image and Henri Raczymow’s Swan’s Way.
In 2002 he received an nea grant to complete a translation of the work
of Isabelle Eberhardt. He is currently translating a biography of Guy
Debord. Mr. Bononno lives in New York City.
GORDON BOWKER taught at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has
edited three books on Malcolm Lowry: Under the Volcano: A Casebook
(1987); Malcolm Lowry Remembered (1985); and, with Paul
Tiessen, Apparently Inconspicuous Parts (1990). He also published
a biography of Lowry, Pursued by Furies (1993), which was named
a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. Since then
he has written Through the Dark Labyrinth: A Biography of Lawrence
Durrell (1996) and Inside George Orwell (2003). The latter
has recently been issued as a paperback in the United States as George
Orwell (Abacus), with a different cover, by a different publisher,
and also as an unabridged audiobook. Currently he is working on a book
about literary exile. Among the publications to which Bowker has contributed
are the Times Literary Supplement, the Times Higher Education
Supplement, and The London Magazine.
G. K. CHESTERTON (1874–1936) was an English journalist, essayist,
novelist, and poet. He also wrote biography, history, literary criticism,
and polemical works. Among his better known books are the novels The
Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904) and The Man Who Was Thursday
(1908), a series of detective novels featuring the Catholic priest
and detective Father Brown, and his nonfiction study The Victorian
Age in Literature (1913); other writings include Heretics
(1905), Orthodoxy (1908), What’s Wrong with the World?
(1910), and The Everlasting Man (1925).
RENE CREVEL was born in Paris in 1900. As a young man he played an active
role in the surrealist movement and had close friendships with the movement’s
leading exponents, especially André Breton. A precocious artist,
bon vivant, and social butterfly, Crevel was a much-sought-after guest
at the city’s most notable soirées and stylish balls, and
spent his nights dancing or listening to music at its hottest clubs. In
spite of his dandyism (Crevel favored English tailoring), he became a
member of the French Communist Party and worked alongside Breton and the
other surrealists to blend politics with art. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis
in 1925 and spent the next ten years in and out of clinics in southern
France and Switzerland. Crevel committed suicide in 1935. He wrote several
novels, including My Body and I, Putting My Foot in It, and Difficult
Death, as well as a number of essays on art and artists.
RONLYN DOMINGUE received her MFA from Louisiana State University in 2003.
Recent work has appeared in Clackamas Literary Review and New
Delta Review. Her first novel, The Mercy of Thin Air, is
forthcoming from Atria in fall 2005.
ANDREW FELD is Associate Professor and Writer-in-Residence at Carthage
College. His first book, Citizen, was a 2003 National Poetry
Series Selection, chosen by Ellen Bryant Voigt and published by HarperCollins
in 2004. He lives in Racine, Wisconsin, with his wife, the poet Pimone
Triplett, and their son, Lukas.
SUSAN HAHN is the author of six books of poetry and the recipient of a
2003 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her first play, Golf, had its world
premiere in February 2005.
HELOISE (c. 1090–1163)—formidable enough during lifetime as
the most learned woman in the France of her time, a religious reformer
and the founding abbess of the convent of the Paraclete, the wife and
intellectual collaborator of the philosopher Peter Abelard, and the author
of a correspondence that set her in the first rank of writers of the Latin
epistle—is perhaps better known for her posthumous apotheosis, which
in the nineteenth century found her revered as “the great saint
of love,” her bones distributed as holy relics to the devout, her
former convent nearly re-founded as a hospice for the incurably heartsick,
and the neo-Gothic monument which she shares with Abelard at Père-Lachaise
cemetery in Paris a pilgrimage site for lovers from all parts of the world:
“Go when you will,” Mark Twain wrote in The Innocents
Abroad, “you will find somebody snuffling over that tomb.”
TOM HOUSE, a Long Island native, holds an MA in creative writing from
the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Since 1995, his short
fiction has appeared in many print and online magazines, including New
England Review, Harper’s, Genre, The Gettysburg Review, The North
American Review, Antioch Review, Southwest Review, Other Voices, Grain,
Lodestar Quarterly, and Chicago Review. The Beginning
of Calamities (Bridge Works, 2003), now an award-winning first-published
novel, was optioned by an independent film company last spring. House
has recently collected some of his published stories and completed a new
LIZZIE HUTTON, a native Brooklynite, received her MFA in poetry from the
University of Michigan, where she now teaches. She is at work on a book
about neglected women writers, and her debut poem is forthcoming in The
ANN LAUTERBACH is Ruth and David Schwab III Professor of Language and
Literature at Bard College. Her work has received fellowship support from
the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the John
D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She has published six collections
of poetry, including If in Time: Selected Poems 1975–2000.
SANDRA LEONG is a psychoanalyst living in New York City. She has published
fiction in Gulf Coast, Southwest Review, and Hawai’i
Review, and has short stories forthcoming in Prairie Schooner
and North Dakota Quarterly.
WILLIAM LEVITAN teaches at Grand Valley State University, where he was
founding chair of the Department of Classics. His translation (with Debra
Nails) of Peter Abelard’s History of Calamities appeared
last year in New England Review.
WILLIAM LOGAN’s most recent book of poetry is Macbeth in Venice
(Penguin, 2003). He will have a new book of poems out in the fall, The
Whispering Gallery (Penguin), as well as a book of essays and reviews,
The Undiscovered Country (Columbia University Press).
SEBASTIAN MATTHEWS, a graduate of the University of Michigan’s MFA
program, teaches part-time at Warren Wilson College, and edits Rivendell,
a place-based literary journal. He is the author of the memoir In
My Father’s Footsteps (Norton, 2004), and co-editor, with Stanley
Plumly, of Search Party: Collected Poems of William Matthews (Houghton
Mifflin, 2004). His poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, New
England Review, Post Road, Seneca Review, and Tin House,
among other journals. Matthews was a recent Bread Loaf Scholar in Nonfiction.
SARAH MURPHY is a Teaching Fellow at Indiana University. The title poem
of her manuscript, Late Letter to the Past, was recently nominated
for a Pushcart Prize.
AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL is the author of Miracle Fruit (Tupelo
Press, 2003), winner of the ForeWord Magazine Book of
the Year Award in poetry and the Global Filipino Literary Award. New work
appears in Black Warrior Review and Shenandoah. She
is assistant professor of English at SUNY-Fredonia.
JAN PENDLETON's fiction has appeared in Antioch Review, The Quarterly,
Quarterly West, StoryQuarterly, Noon, and Impossible Object.
She lives in northern California and is currently writing a novel.
PATRICK PHILLIPS’s first collection, Chattahoochee, received
a 2003 “Discovery”/The Nation Award and was published by the
University of Arkansas Press in 2004. His poems have appeared in many
magazines, including recent issues of Poetry, Ploughshares, and
The Nation, and he is currently a MacCracken Fellow at nyu. His
website is www.patrickthemighty.com.
REGINALD SHEPHERD is the editor of The Iowa Anthology of New American
Poetries, published by the University of Iowa Press in 2004. His
fourth book of poems, Otherhood, was published in 2003 by the
University of Pittsburgh Press; it was a finalist for the 2004 Lenore
Marshall Poetry Prize. His other books, all published by Pittsburgh, are
Some Are Drowning (winner of the 1993 Associated Writing Programs’
Award), Angel, Interrupted, and Wrong. Shepherd currently
lives and writes in Pensacola, Florida.
GREGORY BLAKE SMITH teaches at Carleton College. He is the author of two
novels, The Devil in the Dooryard (HarperCollins, 1987) and The
Divine Comedy of John Venner (Simon & Schuster, 1992), which
was selected by the New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year.
A new novel, The Madonna of Las Vegas, will be published by Crown/Three
Rivers Press in fall 2005.
THOMAS WASHINGTON received his Master’s degree in Library Science
in 2004. His essays have appeared in numerous publications, most recently
in The Massachusetts Review, Post Road, and the Potomac Review.