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Karen Kunc uses travel sketchbooks as extra eyes where she captures impressions and experiences by close, slow looking, and learning what her hand translates through drawings of the odd – but interesting –details that hold her visual interest. She has a collection of small sketchbooks from sojourns in Italy, Finland, Japan, Egypt, New York, from which these excerpts are selected for Prairie Schooner.

Karen Kunc was born in Omaha, Nebraska, received her BFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her MFA from the Ohio State University. She is a Cather Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her prints and artist books have been shown recently in solo exhibitions in Nebraska, Kansas City, and Krakow, Poland. Her work has been included in numerous important group exhibitions, including: The Abstract Impulse, National Academy Museum, New York; 5th International Triennial of Graphic Art 2007, Prague; Book as Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; Sublime Present, Musashino Art University, Tokyo. Kunc’s works are represented in many collections, including: the Museum of Modern Art, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


Marc Fitten is the editor of The Chattahoochee Review. Lately he has spent most of his time working on a novel, Valeria’s Last Stand.

Paul Griner’s third book, a novel entitled The Front, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin in the spring of 2009. His work has appeared in Story, Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Playboy, and Bomb. “Oranges, Patas, Puddles” is an excerpt from his novel, Fifty Pairs of Starlings.

Paula W. Peterson’s book of short stories, Women in the Grove, is available from Beacon Press. Her collection of essays, Penitent, with Roses (UP of New England), won the Bakeless Prize for Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in the Best American Non-Required Reading 2004, the Iowa Review, Nimrod, Carolina Quarterly, and the Greensboro Review. She lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Colette Sartor has edited numerous fiction and nonfiction projects and served as senior fiction editor for Pif Magazine. Her work has appeared in the Harvard Review. She teaches writing at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and lives with her husband and son in Los Angeles.


Caleb Adler is an associate professor of clinical psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati. His work has appeared in Synapse, [End Page 199] CNS Spectrums, Neuropsychopharmacology, American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, and Spork.

Robyn Anspach graduated from the mfa program at the University of Michigan. Her poems have appeared in Bellingham Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Third Coast.

Becca Barniskis’s work has appeared in the Laurel Review, Red Rock Review, and the Northwest Review. She has been awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board literary fellowship for her poetry.

John Bensko has published three books of poetry, most recently The Iron City (U of Illinois P). He has also published a collection of stories, Sea Dogs (Graywolf P).

Paula Bohince’s poems have appeared in Agni, Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, Field, Shenandoah, and Best New Poets 2005, among other magazines. She has won the Grolier Poetry Prize and lives in Pennsylvania.

Todd Boss is the director of external affairs at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. His work appears widely. His first collection, Yellowrocket, will be published by W. W. Norton this year.

Jericho Brown’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, Callaloo, jubilat, New England Review, and Post Road. His first book, Please, will be published by Western Michigan University’s New Issues Poetry and Prose in the fall of 2008.

Christopher Burawa won the Cleveland State University First Book Competition for The Small Mystery of Lapses. He was awarded a MacDowell Colony fellowship and a Witter Bynner Translation Residency and most recently was awarded a 2007 NEA Literature in Translation Fellowship.

S. Isabel Burgess’s work has appeared in the Claremont Review, Grain Magazine, the Malahat Review, and PRISM international.

Chard deNiord is the author of three books of poetry, including his most recent Night Mowing (U of Pittsburg P). His poems have appeared in the Gettysburg Review, the Georgia Review, the Southern Review, and Ploughshares.

Barbara Duffey’s poems have appeared in...


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