7 / Threads on the Mountain, Pamela Schoenewaldt 41 / The Painter, Mike Lamb 87 / Sixteen Jackies, Lance Olsen 99 / On the Way to the Dewberry Gardens, Charlotte Forbes 155 / The Gift of Her Hands, Jean Hanson 177 / Panther in the Woods, Karen Bjorneby
P O E T R Y
21 / Six Poems, Sherman Alexie 31 / A Byzantine Nobleman Composing
Verses, trans. by Aliki Barnstone, C. P. Cavafy 32 / Quartet for Judy, David Ray 37 / To an Old Poet, trans. by William Baer, J. L. Borges 38 / Footnote, Alice Friman 75 / Ogre, Anna Maggiore 76 / Two Poems, Diana O'Hehir 80 / Pythagoras, Zoë Anglesey 82 / Meridian, Mia Leonin 84 / Of Storytelling, Jayanta Mahapatra 141 / Night Heron, Taylor Stoehr 142 / Three Poems, Stuart Friebert 146 / Billy Goat with Alzheimer's, Tim Skeen 147 / Three Poems, Warren Slesinger 150 / Two Poems, Laurie Klein 152 / Two Poems, Simon Perchik
67 / High, Low, Everywhere You Go, Janet Burroway 119 / An Infinity of Particular Things, Jodi Varon
R E V I E W S
193 / H. L. Hix, "The Dream of an Adequate Language":
A review of essay books by Brenda Miller and
John D'Agata (editor). 198 / Jonathan Holden, "Two American Books":
A review of poetry books by B. H. Fairchild
and Leslie Adrienne Miller.
A R T W O R K
Renée Stout, mixed media assemblages, paintings, sculptures,
front cover & pages, 6, 20, 40, 65, 66, 74, 81, 98,
116-118, 154, 174-176, 192.
(Interview with Renée Stout on page 53.) Andy Warhol, painting, "Sixteen Jackies," page 86. 201 / New Programs: New Letters on the Air 202 / Visitors' Log: The New Letters Guest Book 203 / Celebrations: News From Our Authors 205 / NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS 210 / Index to Volume 69 (numbers 1-4)
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NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
SHERMAN ALEXIE is a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian, originally from Wellpinit, Wash., on the Spokane Indian reservation. He has pub-lished 14 books, including The Business of Fancydancing (Hanging Loose, 1992), The Lone-Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (Perennial, 1994), and Indian Killer (Warner Bros. Books, 1997). He wrote the screenplay for Smoke Signals, which won the 1998 Sundance Audience Award and Filmmakers trophy. His short story collection Ten Little Indians was released in June 2003 by Grove Press. (A New Letters on the Air author.)
ZOË ANGLESEY died Feb. 12, 2003; she received the 2001 W. B. Yeats Society of New York Prize in Poetry, and has a forthcoming, post-humous collection of poems entitled Gazelle Legato and a bilingual edition of selected poems entitled Valor and Trees. She was the poetry editor for MultiCultural Review, and jazz editor for BOMB magazine.
WILLIAM BAER is the author of The Unfortunates, which received the 1997 T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize, and two books of interviews: Conversation with Derek Walcott and Elia Kazan: Interviews. His poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, and others. ALIKI BARNSTONE's most recent book of poems is Wild With It (Sheep Meadow, 2002). Her translations have appeared in TriQuarterly, Colorado Review, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere.
KAREN BJORNEBY 's short fiction collection Hurricane Season: Stories from the Eye of the Storm (Sourcebooks, 2001) received Book Expo America's honorable mention for independent/university press short story collection of the year. She has received three Pushcart Prize nominations and a Pushcart special mention. She lives in San Francisco, Calif.
J. L. BORGES (Jorge Luis), the great Argentine poet, essayist, and short-story writer (1899-1986), worked as a municipal librarian, a poultry inspector, a professor of literature at the University of Buenos Aires, and director of the National Library. He co-founded the journals Proa (1924-26) and Sur, which became Argentina's most important literary journal.
JANET BURROWAY is an author of plays, poetry, children's books, and seven novels, including Cutting Stone (Houghton Mifflin) and Opening Nights (Atheneum). Her most recent book, Embalming Mom: Essays in Life, contains six essays that first appeared in New Letters. Her textbook, Writing Fiction, is used by more than 300 colleges through-out the United States. (A New Letters on the Air author.)
C. P. CAVAFY (Constantine P.), was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1863, and lived in England from ages 9 to 16; he returned to Alexandria and worked for the Irrigation Service of the Ministry of Public Works for 30 years, while also writing poems and prose essays. His poems were first published in book form sometime before World War II, several years after his death from cancer of the larynx in 1933.
LISA DIERBECK's novel One Pill Makes You Smaller is being published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2003. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, her work appears in numerous journals and anthologies.
CHARLOTTE FORBES' story "Sign" received an O. Henry Award in 1999. Other stories are forthcoming in Glimmer Train and Witness.
STUART FRIEBERT has a new story appearing in River Oak Review, an essay on teaching translation in Translation Review, and poems in Denver Quarterly and Witness, among others.
ALICE FRIMAN is the recipient of a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and is a winner of the 2001 James Boatwright Prize from Shenandoah. Her latest book, Zoo (U of Arkansas P, 1999), won the Ezra Pound Poetry Award from Truman State University and the Sheila Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club. (A New Letters on the Air author.)
MARY GAITSKILL is the author of two story collections: Bad Behavior (Random House, 1989) and Because They Wanted To (Simon & Schuster, 1998). Her novel Two Girls, Fat and Thin (Simon & Schuster) was reissued in 1998.
JEAN HANSON, a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, has received an artist fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts, the Hackney Prize in the short story, and a Poets & Writers award for emerging writers. Her essays and short stories have appeared in Nimrod, Zoëtrope, North American Review, and others.
H. L. HIX's poetry books have won the Peregrine Smith Award and the T. S. Eliot Prize. His latest book of essays is As Easy As Lying (Etruscan, 2002). He has also won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is vice president for academic affairs at the Cleveland Institute of Art. (A New Letters on the Air author.)
JONATHAN HOLDEN is a poet-in-residence at Kansas State University. His latest book is Knowing: New and Selected Poems (U of Arkansas P, 2000). (A New Letters on the Air author.)
LAURIE KLEIN's poetry, articles, artwork, songs and meditations have been published or are forthcoming in 13th Moon, Red Rock Review, Heliotrope, Sony Music Entertainment, Many Mountains Moving, and Iris, among others. She is currently revising a novel set in the Middle East, c. 1200 B.C. She works in the Pacific Northwest as a writer, artist, and teacher.
MIKE LAMB is a professional home inspector and lives with his family in Evergreen Park, Ill. His fiction has appeared in many journals.
MIA LEONIN's first book, Braid, was published by Anhinga Press in 1999 and selected as part of the Florida Poetry Series. She has published poetry in numerous journals and is a two-time recipient of the Academy of American Poets Alfred Boas Prize. She teaches at the University of Miami.
ANNA MAGGIORE's poem here is part of a poetry manuscript-in-progress entitled Bullet Notes From Kosovo, which is awaiting publication. Her second collection of poetry, daleth, is about the Jewish holiday of Passover. She resides in Fresno, Calif.
JAYANTA MAHAPATRA's poetry collections include A Rain of Rites (U of Georgia P, 1976), Life Signs (Oxford UP, 1984), Selected Poems (Oxford, 1989), A Whiteness of Bone (Viking), and Bare Face (DC Books). He edits a literary journal in English, Chandrabhaga, and resides in Orissa, India. (A New Letters on the Air author.)
DIANA O'HEHIR's most recent books of poems are Love Affairs, and Spells for Not Dying Again (Eastern Washington UP), which received the Bay Area Book Reviewers' Award and the International Workshop Assisi Award; an earlier poetry collection received an award from the