Mark Bibbins’s third book of poems, They Don’t Kill You Because They’re Hungry, They Kill You Because They’re Full, will be published by Copper Canyon Press in 2014.
Constant (1778–1845), whose full name was Louis Constant Wairy, served as principal personal valet to the emperor Napoleon for fourteen years. His memoirs originally appeared in 1830 as Mémoires de Constant, premier valet de chambre de l’empereur, sur la vie privée de Napoléon, sa famille et sa cour and were translated into English and published as Recollections of the Private Life of Napoleon.
Marian Crotty is a Ph.D. candidate in fiction writing at Florida State University and was a 2012–2013 Fulbright Scholar in the United Arab Emirates. Her writing has appeared in journals such as Guernica, Third Coast, and Michigan Quarterly Review and is forthcoming in the Southern Review and the Atlantic. She lives in Tallahassee, where she is at work on a novel.
Stephen Dixon’s sixteenth novel and thirtieth book of fiction, His Wife Leaves Him, was published in fall 2013 by Fantagraphics Books, which previously published his story collection What Is All This? (2012). That same year Fugue State Press brought out his novel Story of a Story and Other Stories: A Novel, after it had lain in various trunks and drawers for forty-two years. “Cochran” is part of a huge interlinked story collection called Late Stories that he’s been writing for two years. He has retired after teaching in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins for twenty-seven years and lives in Ruxton, Maryland.
Joachim du Bellay (c. 1522–1560) was a French poet, critic, and translator. As a member of the literary group La Pléiade he wrote La Défense et illustration de la langue française (The Defense & Illustration of the French Language), published in 1549, in which he argued that the French language was capable of producing great literary works equal to the classics of ancient Greece and Rome. He advocated borrowing from the literary forms of antiquity and works of the Italian Renaissance and, a follower of Petrarch, published numerous collections of odes and sonnets. After returning from four years in Rome, a city in which, suffering from illness, he experienced a sense of exile, in 1558 he published a series of forty-seven sonnets collected as Antiquités de Rome, a book that was later rendered into English by Edmund Spenser as The Ruins of Rome (1591).
Amanda Haag lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and son. “Little Girl’s Point” is her first publication.
Caitlin Hayes earned her M.F.A. in fiction from Syracuse University. She is a recipient of the Joyce Carol Oates Award for short fiction and a work-study [End Page 187] scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Currently the Olive B. O’Connor Fiction Fellow at Colgate University, she has another story forthcoming in the Southern Review.
Seamus Heaney (1939–2013) was an Irish poet, playwright, translator, and recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. His most recent poetry collections are Electric Light (2001), District and Circle (2006), and Human Chain (2010). Several of his poems were published previously in New England Review, including “Field Work,” which appeared in the first issue of the magazine, Volume 1, #1.
Cody Heartz grew up in New Hampshire. Currently, he lives in New South Wales, Australia, with his wife and their dog. “Nor’easter” is his first published poem. He’d like to thank his family, friends, and mentors for their support.
Lindsay Hill was born in San Francisco and graduated from Bard College. Since 1974, he has published six books of poetry, and his work has appeared in a wide variety of literary journals. Sea of Hooks, his first novel, is the product of nearly twenty years of work and was composed concurrently with his other writing and editorial projects. These included the production of a series of recordings of innovative writing under the Spoken Engine label, and the co-editing, with Paul Naylor, of the literary journal Facture. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, the painter Nita...