“Black Duster,” dust storm Texas Panhandle, April 14th, 1935. Photograph by Florence Ford Graves (1896?–1966). Courtesy of Kay Thompson, the granddaughter of the photographer.
Ramola D. has degrees in Physics from the University of Madras, India, and her book of poetry Invisible Season was published by Washington Writers’ Publishing House. Her fiction and poetry appear in Small Spiral Notebook, Agni, Indiana Review, and Literal Latte.
Polly Farquhar has had stories published in Mid-American Review, the Greensboro Review, and Green Mountains Review. She teaches at Muskingum College.
Joshua Ferris lives in Brooklyn, New York. His novel Then We Came to the End will be published by Little, Brown in 2007.
Bette Lynch Husted has published essays recently in Natural Bridge, Fourth Genre, and others. She has also published a collection of interrelated memoir essays called Above the Clearwater: Learning to Live on Stolen Land (Oregon State University).
Laura Kalpakian is the award-winning author of several story collections and many novels, including Educating Waverley (HarperCollins). Three novels take place in the fictional St. Elmo, California, These Latter Days, Caveat and Graced Land. The story in this issue is excerpted from the new St. Elmo novel, American Cookery, forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press.
Katherine Taylor’s fiction has won a Pushcart Prize and the McGinnis-Ritchie Award from the Southwest Review. She has two novels forthcoming from HarperCollins. The first, Rules for Saying Goodbye, will be published in March of 2007.
Herman Asarnow’s poems, essays, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in the Southern Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, West Branch, and the Marlboro Review, among others.
Barry Ballard’s poetry has most recently appeared in Connecticut Review, Puerto del Sol, Phoebe, and more. His most recent collection is Plowing to the End of the Road (Finishing Line).
Chana Bloch is the author of three books of poems, including the prizewinning Mrs. Dumpty (University of Wisconsin). She is also co-translator of the biblical Song of Songs and four books by Israeli poets.
Janet Burroway is the author of seven novels including The Buzzards, Raw Silk, Opening Nights, and Cutting Stone. Her book Writing Fiction is now in its seventh edition and is the most widely used creative writing text in the United States.
Elizabeth Biller Chapman is a former psychotherapist and teacher of Renaissance literature. She is the author of two full-length collections, First Orchard (Bellowing Ark) and Candlefish (University of Arkansas).
Margaret Chula is a poet, teacher, performer, and editor of Katsura Press. She has published five collections of poetry, including What Remains: Japanese Americans in Internment Camps, available April 2007.
William Virgil Davis is the author of One Way to Reconstruct the Scene, which won the Yale Younger Poets Prize. His poems appear in Agenda, AGNI, Hotel Amerika, the Gettysburg Review, and the Georgia Review, among others.
James Doyle’s most recent book is Einstein Considers a Sand Dune (Steel Toe Books). He has poems forthcoming in the Massachusetts Review, River Styx, and Green Mountains Review, among others.
Kevin Ducey won the Amercian Poetry Review’s Honickman Award for his first book Rhinoceros.
Kathy Epling has had poems published in Denver Quarterly, North American Review, and Chicago Review, among others. She works as a poet and bookseller.
Kathleen Flenniken’s poems have been published in the Seattle Review, the Iowa Review, the Southern Review, and others. Her first collection of poetry, Famous, is the winner of the 2005 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press.
Bob Hicok’s most recent book is Insomnia Diary (University of Pittsburgh). His most recent poems appear in the American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, the Iowa Review, and the Southern Review.
Maya Rani Khosla works as a field biologist and toxicologist. Her full-length book of poems Keel Bone (Bear Star) won the 2003 Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize.
Elizabeth Kirschner has published three volumes of poetry, all with Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her work has appeared in journals including the Georgia Review, Shenandoah, and the Gettysburg Review.
Susanne Kort is a psychotherapist practicing in Jalisco, Mexico. She has been published in the Antioch Review, Northwest Review, Indiana Review, and elsewhere.