Contributors' Notes     Volume 28, #2

HOWARD BUCHWALD was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1943. He received a b.f.a. from Cooper Union in 1964 and an m.a. from Hunter College in 1972. He has been awarded grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and caps (Creative Artists Public Service Program). He lives and works in New York City, where he is represented by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery.

JENNIFER CHANG’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, Poetry Daily, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo and is currently a Commonwealth Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Virginia. She lives in Charlottesville with her husband, the poet Aaron Baker.

VICTORIA CHANG’s book of poems, Circle (Southern Illinois, 2005), won the Crab Orchard Open Competition. She edited Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation (University of Illinois, 2004). Her poems have been published in The Best American Poetry, Poetry, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and TriQuarterly. She resides in Southern California. Her poem in this issue is in conversation with Louise Glück’s poem “Witchgrass,” from The Wild Iris.

NICOLE COOLEY grew up in New Orleans. Her books include Resurrection (winner of the 1995 Walt Whitman Award, Louisiana State University Press, 1996), The Afflicted Girls (Louisiana State University Press, 2004), and a novel, Judy Garland, Ginger Love (HarperCollins, 1998). She is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Queens College–The City University of New York, where she directs the new m.f.a. program. She is working on a new collection of poems, Breach.

PETER COOLEY has published seven books of poetry, six of them with Carnegie Mellon. That press will release his new volume, Divine Margins, in 2007. He has recent poems in New Letters, Southwest Review, Chelsea, and Crazyhorse, with others forthcoming in The Southern Review, Ploughshares, Third Coast, Margie, and Literary Imagination.

STEPHEN COYNE’s fiction has appeared in many magazines including The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, The North American Review, The South Carolina Review, Colorado Review, and Prairie Schooner. He has won a Playboy Magazine College Fiction prize, a Robert’s Writing Award, a Heartland Fiction Prize, and a Prairie Schooner Reader’s Choice Award. His story “Hunting Country” was chosen by Anne Tyler as one of the best stories published about the South from 1996 to 2006 and is republished in Best of the South II from Algonquin Books. Coyne teaches American literature and creative writing at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.

RON DE MARIS is a Miami poet. He has published widely in periodicals, with poems recent or forthcoming in Salmagundi, The Iowa Review, The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, Atlanta Review, and Tampa Review. He has also appeared in Poetry, The New Republic, The Nation, APR, Ploughshares, and more than thirty others. He is a retired professor and Endowed Teaching Chair from Miami–Dade College, where he taught humanities and creative writing for thirty-five years. He is originally from Providence, Rhode Island, and recently spent a week visiting friends and Robert Frost’s home in Franconia, New Hampshire. He is seeking a publisher for his latest collection, Thirty-Six Elegant Diversions.

ANNE-MARGUERITE PETIT DUNOYER (1663–1719), born into a Calvinist family, fled France for the Netherlands in 1786 after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. Bowing to family pressure she soon returned to France, abjured Protestantism, and married Guillaume Dunoyer. In 1701 she left her philandering husband and Catholicism, and chose exile once again in the Netherlands. Her Historic and Gallant Letters and her Memoirs were widely read and the object of considerable controversy throughout the eighteenth century, as was the gazette she wrote and published.

KEITH EKISS is a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. He is a past recipient of scholarships and residencies from the Bread Loaf and Squaw Valley Writers’ Conferences, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. During 2007–09 he will be the Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford University.

DEBORA GREGER’s new book of poems, Men, Women, and Ghosts, will be published by Penguin in 2008.

ELLEN HINSEY is the author of The White Fire of Time (Wesleyan/Bloodaxe Books, 2002) and Cities of Memory, which received the Yale Series of Younger Poets award in 1995. In 2002, to work on a forthcoming volume entitled Update on the Decent, she traveled to The Hague in the Netherlands to attend witness sessions of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Selections from this work have appeared in the United States and England, as well as in French, Italian, Danish, and Serbian translation. She lives in Paris and teaches at Skidmore College’s Program in Paris and at the École Polytechnique.

JAMES HOCH lives near Nyack, New York, and teaches at Ramapo College of New Jersey. His latest book, Miscreants, was published by W.W. Norton in June of this year. An earlier volume, A Parade of Hands (2003), won the Gerald Cable Award from Silverfish Review Press. Recent poems have appeared in The Seattle Review, Poetry Northwest, 32 poems, and Forklift, Ohio. He is the recipient of a 2007 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

BEVERLY JENSEN grew up in Westbrook, Maine. She earned an m.f.a. in acting at Southern Methodist University and acted in regional theater before turning to writing. Between 1986 and 2003 she wrote but did not seek to publish a series of interrelated stories and plays. She lived in New York with her husband, Jay Silverman, and children, Noah and Hannah. She died of cancer in 2003. Her first published story, “Wake,” which appeared in these pages last spring, has been selected for the 2007 Best American Short Stories.

MICHAEL KRAUS , Frederick Dirks Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College, is a native of Prague. He has held research appointments at Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and at Columbia’s Harriman Institute. His recent publications include Irreconcilable Differences? Explaining Czechoslovakia’s Dissolution, published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2000, with a foreword by Václav Havel, as well as articles in Journal of Democracy and Foreign Policy. A 2006–07 Fulbright-Hays grant facilitated the writing of his essay in this issue. Another version of it will appear in French in La Nouvelle Alternative.

EMILY MITCHELL holds an m.f.a. from Brooklyn College. Her short stories have appeared in Indiana Review and Agni. Her novel, The Last Summer of the World (W. W. Norton), will be published in summer 2007.

DELISA MULKEY is a Ph.D. candidate at Georgia State University and is circulating her first full-length book of poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Nimrod, CAIRN, Rosebud, BOMB, The Literary Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Made Thing, and Orpheus & Company. She has received a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and published a chapbook, Peacock by Moonlight. In 2005 she won the Writers Exchange Contest sponsored by Poets & Writers.

NANCY O'CONNOR is a professor in the French Department at Middlebury College who occasionally teaches a course in translation. Recent research interests have included women’s education in France in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Her edition of the unpublished essays and reading notes of a seventeenth-century provincial noblewoman, De sa propre main: Recueils de choses morales de Dauphine de Sartre, marquise de Robiac (1634–1685), appeared in 2004 (Summa Publications).

F. D. REEVE’s poem “The Puzzle Master,” turned into an opera by Eric Chasalow, opened the Boston Cyberarts Festival in May. In addition to appearing in several anthologies, he has two new books of poems this year: The Blue Cat Walks the Earth and The Toy Soldier. “Entrances and Exits” is drawn from his novel in progress, Stairway to Paradise.