Contributors’ 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

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 comic novel.

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 Yale Review.

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

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.