Contributors’ Notes, Vol. 31, #3 (2010)
JAMES ARTHUR has published poems or has poems forthcoming in the New Yorker, the New Republic, Ploughshares, Southern Review, and Narrative. He has received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship, and a “Discovery”/The Nation Prize. His first book, Charms Against Lightning, will be brought out soon by Copper Canyon Press.
TED BERRIGAN (1934–83) was a central figure in the second generation of New York School poets and the author of more than twenty books, including The Sonnets, So Going Around Cities, and A Certain Slant of Sunlight. The editor and publisher of C Magazine, he also wrote art criticism. In 2005 the University of California Press released The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan, edited by his second wife, the poet Alice Notley.
JOHN A. BERTOLINI teaches Literature and Film at Middlebury College. He is the author of The Playwrighting Self of Bernard Shaw (Southern Illinois University Press, 1991) and his essay “Rear Window, or the Reciprocated Glance” was selected from the Hitchcock Annual for inclusion in the collection Framing Hitchcock (Wayne State University Press, 2002).
REYNA FEIGHNER BOOTH is a graduate of NYU’s Creative Writing Program in fiction, and this is her first published story. She works at DonorsChoose.org, an online charity supporting education, and resides with her husband in Queens.
BUDDHADEVA BOSE (1908–74) was a major Bengali writer of the twentieth century. A central figure in the Bengal modernist movement, he is the author of numerous novels, short story collections, plays, essays, and books of verse. In addition, he was an acclaimed translator and rendered works by Baudelaire, Hölderlin, and Rilke into Bengali. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1970. My Kind of Girl, originally titled Moner Mato Meye, was written in 1951.
ASH BOWEN co-edits Linebreak (www.linebreak.org). He has poetry appearing in Rattle, Black Warrior Review, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. A collection of poems in manuscript is currently making the rounds.
ERIC CALDERWOOD traveled to Syria with a Fulbright–Hays grant from the U.S. Department of Education. His essays have previously appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney’s, American Scholar, and elsewhere. He is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University, where his research focuses on Spain and Morocco.
WILLIAM DONOGHUE is a Canadian and an ex-cab driver from Montreal who is now the Associate Chair of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College in Boston. He has written scholarly articles on Ben Jonson, Sade, and Thomas Pynchon and a book on the eighteenth-century novel, Enlightenment Fiction in England, France and America (University Press of Florida, 2002). His fiction has appeared in Grain, Trois, TriQuarterly, and other journals.
RACHEL HADAS is Board of Governors Professor of English at the Newark campus of Rutgers University. She recently co-edited The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present (W. W. Norton, 2009), and her prose work Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry is forthcoming early next year from Paul Dry Books.
LUKE HANKINS has served as an Associate Editor of Asheville Poetry Review since 2006. His poetry and prose have appeared in numerous publications, including the Cortland Review, Lyric Poetry Review, Poetry East, Southern Poetry Review, and the Writer’s Chronicle. The following English translations were used for the passages quoted by Jaccottet in the piece appearing in this issue: Dante Alighieri, La Vita Nuova, translated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (New York: New York Review Books, 2002); Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, translated by John Ormsby, eds. Joseph R. Jones & Kenneth Douglas (New York: W. W. Norton, 1981); and Motokiyo Zeami, “Eguchi,” translated by Royall Tyler, from Japanese Noh Dramas (New York: Penguin, 1992).
BOB HICOK ’s most recent collection is Words for Empty and Words for Full (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010). “This Clumsy Living” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007) was awarded the 2008 Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress.
PHILIPPE JACCOTTET has published many collections of poetry and prose, as well as translations of Homer, Góngora, Hölderlin, Rilke, Musil, and Ungaretti. His most well-known books in France include Poésie: 1946–1967 (1971), À la lumière d’hiver (1977), La Semaison (1984), Cahier de verdure (1990/2003), and Ce peu de bruits (2008), all from Éditions Gallimard, and a volume of his collected works is forthcoming from Gallimard in 2011. Books translated into English include Under Clouded Skies with Beauregard (Bloodaxe, 1994), Selected Poems (Wake Forest, 1988), and Seedtime (New Directions, 1977). He has received a number of awards in France, including the Grand Prix National de la Poésie (1995).
MICHAEL MEWBORN ’s paintings and serigraphs are included in various private and public collections in the United States and Canada. He has shown his work in solo exhibitions in museums in Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, and in Columbus, Georgia. His work has been selected for invitational and juried group shows in New York; Washington, D.C.; Virginia; North Carolina; South Carolina; and Georgia; and he has produced corporate commissions for IBM and Westvaco. He presently maintains a studio in Riverviews Artspace, a converted shoe warehouse in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he lives. More of his work can be seen at www.michaelmewbornart.com.
EMILY MITCHELL was born in London and has also lived in the United States and Japan. Her first novel, The Last Summer of the World (W. W. Norton, 2007), was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Award in 2008. She has published short fiction in AGNI, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, and previously in New England Review. Her review-essays have appeared in the New Statesman and the New York Times. She now teaches in the North East Ohio M.F.A. program at Cleveland State University and is working on a second novel and a collection of short stories.
SHANE OMAR grew up on a cattle ranch in Southern Colorado. He shot and coproduced the Emmy-nominated documentary film The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández (2008) and teaches writing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
LUCIA PERILLO ’s fifth book of poems, Inseminating the Elephant (Copper Canyon, 2009), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and her book of essays, I’ve Heard the Vultures Singing (Trinity University Press, 2007), is now out in paperback.
JOHN PICARD is a native of Washington, D.C., living in North Carolina. He received his M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His stories have been published or are forthcoming in Iowa Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Gettysburg Review, Mid-American Review, Greensboro Review, and others. A collection of his fiction, Little Lives, was published in 2007 by Mint Hill Books.
PETER PLAGENS is a painter who has shown with the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York since 1974, and he was the staff art critic for Newsweek (1989–2003), where he is now Contributing Editor. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation (painting), the National Endowment for the Arts (painting, art criticism), and the National Arts Journalism Program. Plagens is the author of two books of art criticism—Sunshine Muse: Art on the West Coast, 1945–70 (University of California Press, 2000) and Moonlight Blues: An Artist’s Art Criticism (UMI Research Press, 1986)—as well as a novel, Time for Robo (Black Heron Press, 1999). He is currently at work on a book on the artist Bruce Nauman, to be published by Phaidon in the fall of 2011. He lives in New York City with his wife, the painter Laurie Fendrich.
JUSTIN QUARRY ’s short stories have appeared in TriQuarterly, Southern Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Fiction, CutBank, and other magazines. The winner of the 2010 Robert Olen Butler Short Fiction Prize, he was the 2009 Visiting Fellow in Creative Writing at Lyon College and a 2008 Writer in Residence at the Jack Kerouac Project of Orlando. Currently he is a lecturer in creative writing at Vanderbilt University.
MARY RECHNER is the author of the story collection Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women (Propeller Books, 2010). She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and sons and directs the Writers in the Schools Program for Literary Arts.
IRA SADOFF ’s critical book on aesthetics and politics, History Matters, was published last year by the University of Iowa Press. His next collection of poems, True Faith, will be brought out by BOA Editions. He has poems forthcoming in American Poetry Review and Kenyon Review.
ROGER SHATTUCK (1923–2005) was a distinguished literary scholar and cultural critic. Over the course of his career, he received numerous honors, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies; he was the recipient of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters award in 1987 and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1990. Among his publications are The Banquet Years: The Origins of the Avant-Garde in France, 1885 to World War I (1958), The Forbidden Experiment: The Story of the Wild Boy of Aveyron (1980), The Innocent Eye: On Modern Literature and the Arts (1984), Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography (1996), and Candor and Perversion: Literature, Education, and the Arts (1999), as well as three studies of Proust, one of which won the National Book Award in 1975.
CARRIE SHIPERS’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Connecticut Review, Crab Orchard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Laurel Review, North American Review, and other journals. She is the author of two chapbooks, Ghost-Writing (Pudding House, 2007) and Rescue Conditions (Slipstream, 2008), and a full-length collection, Ordinary Mourning (ABZ, 2010).
ARUNAVA SINGHA is the translator of Sankar’s Chowringhee (Penguin Global, 2007) and The Middleman (Penguin Global, 2009) and also of Moti Nandy’s Striker Stopper (Hachette India, 2010). He is currently translating Buddhadeva Bose’s magnum opus, Tithidore. Born and educated in Kolkata, he now lives in New Delhi.
BRIAN TEARE is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and the recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony. He has published poetry and criticism in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Ploughshares, St. Mark’s Poetry Project Newsletter, Seneca Review, Verse, and VOLT, as well as in the anthologies Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century and At the Barriers: The Poetry of Thom Gunn. His books and chapbooks include The Room Where I Was Born (University of Wisconsin Press, 2003), Sight Map (University of California Press, 2009), Transcendental Grammar Crown (Albion Books, 2009), and Pleasure (Ahsahta Press, 2010). He is on the graduate faculty of the University of San Francisco and Mills College, and he lives in San Francisco, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.
ANTHONY TROLLOPE (1815–82) was a highly successful nineteenth-century English author whose books include several series of novels; among his most well-known titles are The Warden (1855), Barchester Towers (1857), Can You Forgive Her? (1864), Phineas Finn (1869), The Eustace Diamonds (1873), and The Prime Minister (1876). Trollope was also the author of a number of travel books, a study of W. M. Thackeray, and an Autobiography (1883).
ROBERT WEIL , an Executive Editor and Vice President at W. W. Norton & Company, has been an editor in publishing since 1978 and has edited more than five hundred books.