Contributors’ Notes Volume 27, #1 (2006)

STEVE ALMOND is the author of two story collections, The Evil B.B. Chow (Algonquin, 2005) and My Life in Heavy Metal (Grove, 2002). This spring Algonquin will publish his new novel, Which Brings Me to You, coauthored with Julianna Baggott. Should you care to know what music trips his trigger, you can check out

NATHANIEL BELLOWS’s collection of poems, Why Speak?, is forthcoming from W. W. Norton in 2006. He is the author of On This Day (HarperCollins, 2003), a novel.

MARIANNE BORUCH is the author of several books of poetry. Her New and Selected came out last year from Oberlin University Press. In the Blue Pharmacy: Essays on Poetry and Other Transformations, her second book of prose, was published this year by Trinity University Press. She teaches at Purdue University.

BEVERLY BURCH is a psychotherapist in Berkeley, California. Recent work appears in Barrow Street, Antioch Review, The North American Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Poetry International. Her poetry has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her collection entitled Sweet to Burn (2004) won the Gival Poetry Prize and the Lambda Literary Award.

VICTORIA CHANG’s book of poetry, Circle, won the Crab Orchard Open Competition (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005). She is the editor of Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation (University of Illinois Press, 2004), and her poems have been published or are forthcoming in The Best American Poetry 2005, The Nation, Poetry, The New Republic, The Threepenny Review, The Kenyon Review, and others. She resides in Irvine and is completing a Ph.D. in the University of Southern California’s literature and creative writing program.

BROCK CLARKE’s novel, The Ordinary White Boy, was published by Harcourt in 2001; his What We Won’t Do won the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and was published by Sarabande in 2002. His third book, the story collection Carrying the Torch, won the Prairie Schooner Book Series Prize in Fiction and was brought out by the University of Nebraska Press in 2005. Clarke’s short fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in New Stories from the South, The Pushcart Prize anthology (2004), The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, The Believer, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at the University of Cincinnati.

AVERILL CURDY received a Writer’s Award from the Rona Jaffe Foundation in 2005. She lives in Chicago and teaches at Northwestern University. Her poems have appeared in a number of journals, including Poetry, Slate, and The Paris Review.

SERGEI DAVYDOV is Professor of Russian Literature at Middlebury College. He has written numerous books and articles on Nabokov, Pushkin, and Dostoevsky, including (in Russian) The Texts-Matryoshki of Vladimir Nabokov.

STEPHEN DIXON’s story “Winter” will be included in a book of fiction called Meyer, to be brought out by Melville House, probably in 2007. Melville House recently published his thirteenth novel and twenty-fifth book of fiction, Phone Rings, and last year his novel Old Friends. McSweeney’s Books will bring out his novel End of I in the spring of 2006, and in 2002 published his novel I. Dixon teaches in the writing seminars at Johns Hopkins University, where he has been for twenty-six years; he will be retiring in 2007.

SOLEDAD FOX has a master’s degree in philosophy and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. She has taught at the City University of New York, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; currently she teaches Spanish and comparative literature at Williams College. Fox has published articles and lectured on Spanish and French literature, autobiography and exile, and the role of women in twentieth-century Spain. A Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Madrid in 2004–05, she has recently completed a manuscript based on her research about Constancia de la Mora, a prominent Republican figure in the Spanish Civil War.

JUSTIN HAYTHE’s first novel, The Honeymoon (Grove Atlantic; Picador UK), was long-listed for the 2004 Man Booker Prize. His short fiction has appeared in Harper’s in the United States and is forthcoming in Zembla in London. He is also an accomplished screenwriter and in 2003 was included in Variety’s list of screenwriters to watch. Haythe lives in New York City.

HELOISE (c. 1090–1163) was known as the most learned woman in the France of her time. She also was a religious reformer, 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 has set her in the first rank of writers of the Latin epistle.

BOB HICOK is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Insomnia Diary. He has recently had poems published in The American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, and The Kenyon Review.

RICHARD HOWARD is a poet, scholar, teacher, critic, and translator. His most recent poetry collection is Inner Voices: Selected Poems, 1963–2003 (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003), which was published simultaneously with Paper Trail: Selected Prose, 1965–2003. He has published twelve books of poetry, including Untitled Subjects, for which he was awarded the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He has published more than 150 translations, including works by Cioran, Stendhal, and Roland Barthes; in 1983 he received the American Book Award for his translation of Baudelaire’s Fleurs du mal. In 1996 he received a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in New York City and is Professor of Writing at Columbia University.

BENJAMIN IVRY is the author of biographies of Ravel, Poulenc, and Rimbaud. He has also translated a number of books by authors including Gide, Jules Verne, and Balthus.

DAVID KOEHN has published poetry in forty journals including The New York Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, Chain, The Bitter Oleander, and ZYZZYVA. He works for the software company he founded, TailWind Solutions (, and he recently started, and contributes to, an online poetics blog, The Great American Pinup, partnered with Web del Sol at

SANDRA LEONG is a psychoanalyst living in New York City. Her short fiction has appeared in New England Review, Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, Antioch Review, Southwest Review, Conjunctions 45 (special online supplement), and Hawaii Review, and is forthcoming in North Dakota Quarterly.

WILLIAM LEVITAN teaches at Grand Valley State University, where he was founding chair of the Department of Classics. His translation of Héloïse’s First Letter to Abelard appeared last year in New England Review, and his translation (with Debra Nails) of Abelard’s History of Calamities appeared in NER in 2004.

THOMAS MCEVILLEY heads the new department of Art Criticism and Writing at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Formerly he taught for many years at Rice University in Houston, Texas. The author of three novels, he has also published dozens of books and monographs on subjects in art history, classical philology, and philosophy, including The Shape of Ancient Thought (Allworth Press, 2002). McEvilley is the recipient of many awards, including a Fulbright grant, a critic’s grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism, given by the College Art Association.

ORLANDO RICARDO MENES is a Floridian of Cuban descent currently living in Indiana, where he is an assistant professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Notre Dame. New poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Epoch, The North American Review, and River Styx. Recent books are a poetry collection, Furia (Milkweed Editions, 2005), and the edited anthology Renaming Ecstasy: Latino Writings on the Sacred (Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 2004).

LORI OSTLUND recently relocated to San Francisco after spending the last seventeen years in New Mexico, Spain, and Malaysia. She grew up in rural Minnesota and is working on a novel with that setting. Her stories have appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Primavera, Northwest Review, and American Literary Review.

PETER PEREIRA is a family physician in Seattle and an editor at Floating Bridge Press. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Journal of the American Medical Association, and are forthcoming in Second Opinions (University of Iowa Press) and Behavior & Medicine (4th ed., Hogrefe & Huber). Pereira’s books include The Lost Twin (Grey Spider, 2000) and Saying the World (Copper Canyon, 2003)—which won the Hayden Carruth Award and was a finalist for the pen usa Award in Poetry. What’s Written on the Body, his next book, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press.

SIR SAMUEL ROMILLY (1757–1818) was an English legal reformer who devoted his efforts to lessening the severity and capriciousness of English criminal law in his era, particularly those laws authorizing capital punishment for minor felonies and misdemeanors. Influenced by the libertarian social philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Romilly supported the French Revolution in its early stages and in 1790 published Thoughts on the Probable Influence of the French Revolution on Great-Britain. Serving as chancellor of Durham from 1805 to 1815, he was appointed solicitor general in 1806, entered the House of Commons, and was knighted. Romilly committed suicide in the fall of 1818; his Memoirs appeared in 1840.

STEPHEN SCHOTTENFELD’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in TriQuarterly, StoryQuarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, Mississippi Review, and other journals. He is currently an assistant professor of English at Rhodes College.

GAIL STOICHEFF lives and works in New York City. She holds an MFA in painting from Bard College and graduated cum laude with a BFA in painting from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park. She was the 2004 recipient of Robert Motherwell’s Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting and the Elaine de Kooning Painting Award. She has exhibited in the New York City area since 2002; recent shows include Works on Paper, Gallery MC (2005) and Despite the Sun, Foxy Productions (2005).

ALFONSINA STORNI (1892–1938) was born in Switzerland but lived most of her life in Argentina. She is considered one of the preeminent modernist voices of Latin American poetry. A selection of her poems in English can be found in Alfonsina Storni: Selected Poems (White Pine Press, 1988).

J. M. TYREE is an essayist whose recent work has appeared in Antioch Review, The Nation, The Believer, and Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: Best of McSweeney’s Humor Category (Knopf/Vintage). “Henry Thoreau, William Gaddis, and the Buried History of an Epigraph” appeared in NER in 2004.

LEE UPTON’s poetry has been published most recently in The American Poetry Review and The New Republic. Her fourth book of literary criticism, Defensive Measures, was brought out by Bucknell University Press in 2005.

MYLES WEBER is assistant professor of English at Ashland University in Ohio. He is the author of Middlebrow Annoyances: American Drama in the 21st Century (Gival Press, 2003) and Consuming Silences: How We Read Authors Who Don’t Publish (University of Georgia Press, 2005).

EDITH WHARTON (1862–1937) was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, which she was awarded in 1921 for her novel The Age of Innocence. Other highly regarded works by this American novelist and short story writer include The Custom of the Country (1913), Ethan Frome (1911), and The House of Mirth (1905). Wharton was also known for her writings on interior design and landscaping, and for her probing assessments of the life of the New York aristocracy.

JENNIFER WHITAKER, a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has recently published work in Mid-American Review.