DILRUBA AHMED’s poetry has been included in Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, Cream City Review, diode, and North American Review. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Born Magazine, Drunken Boat, New Orleans Review, Many Mountains Moving, and Writing the Lines of Our Hands. She received first place in the Florida Review’s 2006 Editors’ Award.
DICK ALLEN’s newest collection, his seventh, is Present Vanishing: Poems (Sarabande, 2008). It follows The Day Before: New Poems and Ode to the Cold War: Poems New and Selected, also from Sarabande. Allen has other new poems recently published or about to appear in Poetry, Yale Review, American Scholar, New York Quarterly, and Superstition Review, as well as in the new anthologies Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes and Dramatic Monologues: A Contemporary Anthology. He lives quietly with his wife near Thrushwood Lake in Connecticut.
GEOFFREY BECKER’s new collection, Black Elvis, which will include the story in this issue of NER, won the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Prize, and will be published by the University of Georgia Press in fall 2009. A novel, Hot Springs, is forthcoming from Tin House Books. His previous books are Dangerous Men (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1995) and Bluestown (St. Martin’s Press, 1996).
LUCY BERRINGTON is an English writer living near Boston. Her fiction has appeared in Jabberwock Review and New South, and her journalism in the Boston Globe, the Guardian, the New York Post, the London Times, Marie Claire and many other publications. She is working on a novel.
PAUL BOURGET (1852–1935) was an influential French novelist, poet, and literary critic at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. He was credited with “discovering” Stendhal and Baudelaire, as well as with introducing Freud’s work to his contemporaries. Though not well-known today, his Essais de psychologie contemporaine (1883–85) continue to provide a unique and illuminating perspective on the writings of such authors as Baudelaire, Stendhal, Flaubert, Dumas fils, the Goncourt brothers, and Turgenev.
KATE CAMBOR received her Ph.D. in history from Yale University. She has written for American Scholar and American Prospect, among other periodicals. Gilded Youth (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009) is her first book.
MICHAEL COFFEY is the author of several collections of poems. He is currently working on a book about adoption, from which “Free Jazz” is taken. He lives in New York, where he is executive managing editor at Publishers Weekly.
ERASMUS DARWIN, Charles Darwin’s grandfather, was one of the leading intellectuals of eighteenth-century England. He was a physician, poet, philosopher, botanist, and naturalist, and the author of The Botanic Garden (1789, 1791) and Zoönomia (1794–96).
LYNN DOMINA is the author of a book of poetry, Corporal Works (Four Way Books, 1995), and the editor of Poets on the Psalms, recently published by Trinity University Press. Her poetry also appears in Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, Green Mountains Review, and many other periodicals. She lives in the western Catskill region of New York.
DAVID C. DOUGHERTY is a professor of English at Loyola University Maryland. He wrote the Twayne books on James Wright (1986) and Stanley Elkin (1991) and edited and wrote introductory chapters for the Dalkey Archive casebooks on Elkin’s The Dick Gibson Show and The Magic Kingdom. The Dalkey Archive edition of Elkin’s A Bad Man includes his foreword, “Meeting Bad Men.” For NER Vol. 27, #4, he edited and provided commentary for two short stories by Elkin rescued from archival oblivion. Shouting Down the Silence: A Biography of Stanley Elkin is scheduled for release by the University of Illinois Press early in 2010.
JEHANNE DUBROW’s work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Shenandoah, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner. She is the author of a poetry collection, The Hardship Post, winner of the Three Candles Press First Book Prize (2009), and a chapbook, The Promised Bride (Finishing Line, 2007). A second collection, From the Fever-World, won the Washington Writers’ Publishing House Award and will be published in 2009. Her third poetry collection, Stateside, will be released by Northwestern University Press in 2010.
KERRY JAMES EVANS is currently a Ph.D. candidate in creative writing at Florida State University. He has other poems forthcoming in AGNI, Copper Nickel, Georgetown Review, Harpur Palate, The Pinch, Roger, and Spoon River Poetry Review.
TIM FITTS lives and teaches in Philadelphia. His photographic work is currently represented by Thomas Deans Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, and he has held several solo exhibitions in the Republic of Korea. His short stories have appeared in the Cimarron Review, Faultline, and PRISM International, and a new story is forthcoming in the Connecticut Review.
DEBORA GREGER’s most recent book of poems, Men, Women, and Ghosts, was published by Penguin in 2008.
EDWARD HARDY is the author most recently of the novel Keeper and Kid (Thomas Dunne Books, 2008), which will be out in paperback this summer. His stories have appeared in Ploughshares, GQ, Epoch, Boulevard, NER, and many other magazines. He lives in Rhode Island.
EVA HOOKER is Professor of English and Writer in Residence at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. The Winter Keeper, a handbound chapbook (Chapiteau Press, 2000), was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in poetry in 2001. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Salmagundi, Harvard Review, Witness, Drunken Boat, Water~Stone Review, Memorious, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Third Coast, Notre Dame Review, and Best New Poets 2008. Her poetry is affected by her experiences of the northland and of Lake Superior.
LAURA KASISCHKE’s most recent collection of poetry, Lilies Without, was published by Ausable Press in 2007. A new collection is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press. She lives in Chelsea, Michigan, and is a Guggenheim Fellow for 2009.
THEODORE LEINWAND is Professor of English at the University of Maryland. His ongoing series of essays on readers of Shakespeare (Keats, Coleridge, Virginia Woolf, and John Berryman) may be found in Kenyon Review, Studies in Romanticism, Yale Review, and Hopkins Review.
NORMAN LOCK is the author of the novels A History of the Imagination (FC2, 2004), The Long Rowing Unto Morning (Ravenna, 2007), The King of Sweden (Ravenna, 2009), and, forthcoming from Ellipsis Press, Shadowplay. Novellas include Land of the Snow Men (Calamari, 2005) and Notes to the Book of Supplemental Diagrams for Marco Knauff’s Universe (Ravenna, 2003). He received the 1979 Aga Khan Prize, given by the Paris Review, and a 2009 prose fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
JOANIE MACKOWSKI is the author of View from a Temporary Window, forthcoming from the Pitt Poetry Series in January 2010, and The Zoo (Pitt Poetry Series, 2002), which won the AWP Award Series in Poetry and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her recent work has appeared in Best American Poetry, American Scholar, Kenyon Review, Smartish Pace, Poetry, and Slate. She is a member of the creative writing faculty at the University of Cincinnati.
MICHAEL MILBURN’s book of essays, Odd Man In, was published in 2005 by Mid-List Press. His second book of poems, Drive By Heart, is forthcoming in July 2009 from Word Press. He teaches high school English in New Haven, Connecticut.
NANCY O ’CONNOR, Lois B. Watson Professor of French at Middlebury College, occasionally teaches courses in translation and often directs students’ translation projects. Recent research interests have included women’s education in France in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She is currently working on a new edition of Anne-Marguerite Petit Dunoyer’s Lettres historiques et galantes (1707–1717); her translations of some of these letters appeared in NER Vol. 28, #2.
ARLYNN LEIBER PRESSER has published more than twenty-seven romance novels as well as regional histories. She is the granddaughter of the science fiction novelist Fritz Leiber and almost always writes under the name Vivian Leiber. She lives in Chicago, where she writes and directs plays designed to teach ethics to lawyers.
CHASE TWICHELL is the author of six books of poems, most recently Dog Language (Copper Canyon, 2005). Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New & Selected Poems is forthcoming from the same press in 2009.
CHRISTIAN WIMAN’s most recent book is Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet (Copper Canyon, 2007). He lives in Chicago, where he serves as the editor of Poetry magazine.
DAVID YEZZI is the author of The Hidden Model (TriQuarterly, 2003) and Azores (Swallow Press, 2008)—a Slate best book of the year—and the editor of The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets (2009).