Contributors’ Notes, Volume 28, #3

MALCOLM ALEXANDER is soon to be released after many years in an Arizona prison on drug charges. His poems have recently appeared in The Southern Review, Puerto del Sol, Beloit Poetry Journal, Confrontation, The North American Review, Colorado Review, Rattle, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere.

DICK ALLEN’s seventh collection of poetry will appear from Sarabande Books in October 2008. His previous two collections, The Day Before: New Poems and Ode to the Cold War: Poems New and Selected, also were published by Sarabande. Allen has received a Pushcart Prize, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and other awards. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, TriQuarterly, Atlantic Monthly, Image, and The Best American Spiritual Writing, 2007. He and his wife live near a small lake in Connecticut, with a lot of bluegrass and a real lot of books.

MICHAELA CARTER has published poems and articles in The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, New Virginia Review, Antioch Review, and other journals. A painter and a mother, she lives in Prescott, Arizona, and teaches creative writing at Yavapai College.

DANIELLE CHAPMAN is an editor at Poetry magazine. She also writes reviews for the Chicago Tribune and The New York Times Book Review, and has new poems forthcoming in Atlantic Monthly and Poetry Northwest.

GEOFFREY DETRANI is a writer, artist, and teacher. His artwork has been exhibited in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles, and his artists’ books are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 1999–2000 he was an artist in residence at the former World Trade Center with a studio on the ninety-first floor. His writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Crowd, Canary, Fence, Fourteen Hills, 6 x 6, The Massachusetts Review, New Orleans Review, Black Warrior Review, Tarpaulin Sky, and other publications. He lives with his wife and son in Brooklyn, New York.

HAINES EASON is somewhere between San Francisco and Missoula, Montana. His poems and reviews have appeared in Boston Review, Pleiades, and Colorado Review.

ROB EHLE is the art director at Stanford University Press. His fiction has appeared in the new renaissance, Tikkun, and, most recently, The Portland Review. He volunteers occasionally at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit venture dedicated to promoting literacy and the literary arts with children and teenagers. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.

TONY ELIAS has had work published in Westerly, Arena, and Heat, and the novella that appears in this issue of New England Review was a finalist in the recent Malahat Review novella contest.

JANICE GREENWOOD received her B.A. from the University of Florida last May. She will begin her M.F.A. at Columbia University in the fall. This is her first publication.

TOM GUNNING is a professor in the art history department of the University of Chicago. He has written more than one hundred articles and is the editor or author of four books, including D. W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Films (University of Illinois Press).

PHILIP F. GURA is the William S. Newman Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he holds appointments in English, American Studies, and Religious Studies.

LAFCADIO HEARN (1850–1904) was born in Greece but spent much of his early life in Dublin. At the age of nineteen, he immigrated to the United States, where he worked on translating works of French fiction by Gautier and Flaubert, and eventually became a newspaper reporter and a writer on an unusually wide range of subjects. On assignment for Harper’s Magazine, he lived for two years in the West Indies (1887–89). He subsequently moved to Japan, where in 1891 he married a woman of high samurai rank, and soon began publishing a series of articles in The Atlantic Monthly and elsewhere that succeeded in establishing him as one of the foremost Western interpreters of Japanese culture. The first of his numerous books in this area—Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan—was published in 1894, and the following year Hearn became a Japanese subject, taking the name Koizumi Yakumo. Over the course of the next eight years he produced several collections of Japanese fiction and poetry in translation, as well as a number of significant studies, the last of which—Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation—was published not long after his death in 1904.

MICHAEL HELLER is a poet, essayist, and critic. His most recent books are Earth and Cave (Dos Madres Press, 2007), Exigent Futures: New and Selected Poems (Salt Publishing, 2003), and Uncertain Poetries (Salt Publishing, 2005). Other books include In the Builded Place (Coffee House Press), Wordflow (Talisman House), and the memoir Living Root (suny Press). He is the recipient of numerous awards including those from the National Endowment for the Humanities, nyfa, and the Fund for Poetry.

RACHEL KADISH is the author of the novels From a Sealed Room (Putnam) and Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story (Houghton Mifflin). Her short fiction and essays have appeared in various magazines, including Story, Zoetrope, Tin House, and Prairie Schooner, and her work has been anthologized in the Pushcart Prize anthology and elsewhere. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and was the 2005 Koret writer-in-residence at Stanford University. She lives outside Boston and teaches fiction and creative nonfiction in Lesley University’s M.F.A. program.

MICHAEL R. KATZ is the C. V. Starr Professor of Russian Studies at Middlebury College. He has translated a series of novels from Russian into English, including Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground and Devils, Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons, Herzen’s Who Is to Blame?, Chernyshevsky’s What Is to Be Done?, Artsybashev’s Sanin, and, most recently, Vladimir Jabotinsky’s novel of Jewish life in turn-of-the-century Odessa, The Five. He is currently completing a translation of Vladimir Pecherin’s Notes from Beyond the Tomb.

PETER LASALLE’s latest book is a story collection, Tell Borges If You See Him: Tales of Contemporary Somnambulism (University of Georgia Press, 2007). He has had work selected for many anthologies, including Best American Short Stories, Best American Fantasy, Best of the West, Sports Best Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. In 2005 he received the Award for Distinguished Prose from Antioch Review.

NORMAN LOCK is the author of A History of the Imagination (FC2), The Book of Supplemental Diagrams‚ for Marco Knauff’s Universe (Ravenna Press), Land of the Snow Men (Calamari Press), Trio (Triple Press), Two Plays for Radio (Triple Press), The Long Rowing Unto Morning (Ravenna Press), and Cirque du Calder (Rogue Literary Society). Stage plays include Water Music, Favorite Sports of the Martyrs, Mounting Panic, The Sinking Houses, The Contract, and The House of Correction (Broadway Play Publishing). Women in Hiding, The Shining Man, The Primate House, and Money, Power & Greed were broadcast by WDR in Germany. The Body Shop was produced by the American Film Institute. He received the Aga Kahn Prize for fiction, given by The Paris Review, in 1979.

SARAH MURPHY recently moved to Florida, where she is an assistant professor of English at Jacksonville University. Other poems from her sequence “The Swan Sonnets” are forthcoming in Pleiades.

GLEN POURCIAU’s stories have been published in Cimarron Review, Confrontation, Mississippi Review, New Orleans Review, Ontario Review, Quarterly West, and other magazines. He lives in Plano, Texas.

NICHOLAS SAMARAS, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets award, is working on multiple projects: a new poetry book, a memoir manuscript, and essays. He currently lives with his family in West Nyack, New York.

MOLLY TAMARKIN’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Gulf Coast, Sou’wester, and other journals. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, where she is the associate dean for information technology at Duke University’s College of Arts & Sciences.

LEO TOLSTOY (1828–1910) is best known for his two longest works, War and Peace (1865–69) and Anna Karenina (1875–77), which are generally judged to be among the finest novels ever written. His most celebrated shorter works include Family Happiness (1859), The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886), and The Kreutzer Sonata (1889). In the later decades of his life, he devoted himself increasingly to moral and religious reform, and his views on nonviolence exerted a significant influence on the thinking of Mahatma Gandhi, among others.

CRAIG MORGAN TEICHER’s first book, Brenda Is in the Room and Other Poems, won the 2007 Colorado Prize for poetry and is due to be published this November. Other new work is appearing in Jubilat, Boston Review, and A Public Space.

G. C. WALDREP’s collections of poems are Goldbeater’s Skin (Colorado Prize, 2003) and Disclamor (boa Editions, 2007), along with a chapbook, The Batteries (New Michigan Press, 2006). He currently teaches creative writing at Bucknell University.

JUDITH ZIMMERMAN is emerita professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg campus. Her research on Alexander Herzen resulted in a monograph, Midpassage: Alexander Herzen and European Revolution, 1847–1852 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989), and a translation of Herzen’s Letters from France and Italy, 1847–1851 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1995). Now retired, she is primarily involved in exploring the possibilities of digital art.