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  • About the Contributors

Sue Allison has new stories in the current issues of Harvard Review, Appalachia Review, and So To Speak, for which her story "The Yellow Coat" won third place in the annual short story contest. She teaches at the Wakefield School in The Plains, Virginia.

Jocelyn Bartkevicius is the book review editor of Fourth Genre.

Laurie Lynn Drummond's collection of short fiction, Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You, was published by HarperCollins in February. Her essays have appeared in River Teeth, Brevity, and Creative Nonfiction. A former police officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she now teaches in the MFA program at the University of Oregon/Eugene.

Richard Galosy is a fine art and custom photographer and printer whose award-winning photographic art is featured in several galleries, corporate and private collections, and residential and corporate decor throughout the United States. He owns the . . . A Simple Elegance Gallery in Lansing, Michigan.

Ronnie Gilbert, the female member of the Weavers quartet, writes and does public readings from memoirs of her life as a singer, actor, and cultural activist. She has published a play and several essays and opinion pieces.

Steven Harvey is the author of Bound for Shady Grove, a collection of personal essays published by the University of Georgia Press about his experiences learning to sing and play the traditional music of the Appalachian mountains where he lives. He is also the author of two other collections of personal essays, A Geometry of Lilies (University of South Carolina Press) and [End Page 151] Lost in Translation (University of Georgia Press). In addition, he is the editor of an anthology of personal essays called In a Dark Wood: Personal Essays by Men on Middle Age (University of Georgia Press).

Jeanne Larsen is a poet, novelist, and translator who lives in southwest Virginia. This essay is one of a series written after six months of travel on a Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship in creative nonfiction.

Rebecca McClanahan's latest book is the Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, a book of linked essays (University of Georgia Press, 2002). She has also published four books of poetry and three books about writing, including Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively. She can be reached at

Cheryl Merrill lives and works in Port Townsend, Washington. Her publications include poems in Paintbrush, Northwest Review, Willow Springs, and others; poems anthologized in A Gift of Tongues: 25 Years of Poetry from Copper Canyon Press; a chapbook of poems, Cheat Grass, from Copper Canyon Press in 1975; and more recent publications of a photo-essay series about elephants in Iron Horse Literary Review and in The Drexel Online Journal as well as excerpts from her book in Fourth Genre, Brevity, and Isotope. She is currently working on a book about elephants: Shades of Gray.

Brenda Miller's book Season of the Body: Essays (Sarabande Books, 2002) was a finalist for the PEN American Center Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. She has received three Pushcart Prizes, and her essays have appeared in such periodicals as The Sun, Shenandoah, Creative Nonfiction, and The Georgia Review. She coauthored, with Suzanne Paola, the textbook Tell it Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction (McGraw-Hill, 2003). She serves as editor-in-chief of The Bellingham Review.

V. Penelope Pelizzon's first poetry collection, Nostos, won the Poetry Society of America's 2001 Norma Farber First Book Award.

Eileen Pollack is the author of a novel, Paradise, New York; a collection of short fiction, The Rabbi in the Attic and Other Stories; and a work of creative nonfiction, Woman Walking Ahead: In Search of Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull. She is an assistant professor on the MFA faculty at the University of Michigan. [End Page 152]

Hilda Raz's most recent books are Trans and Divine Honors (both by Wesleyan University Press). She is the Glenna Luschei Editor in Chief of Prairie Schooner and Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Nebraska.

Robert Root has written three books on nonfiction, Working at Writing: Columnists and Critics Composing, E. B. White: The Emergence of an Essayist...


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