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206 | ecotone notes on contributors Poe Ballantine, author of Things I Like About America, just lost his job as a janitor when all the rural schools in his county were closed. A documentary about him entitled Poe Ballantine : A Writer in America should be available soon on, as should his true-crime book, Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere. He lives in Chadron, Nebraska (on the howling plains of nowhere), with his wife and son. Ann Beattie’s next book, Mrs. Nixon, will be published by Scribner in November. She has just been given the Mary McCarthy Award by Bard College, and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Virginia. Ann Beattie: The New Yorker Stories was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2010 by the New York Times. Rick Bragg’s best-selling and critically acclaimed books include All Over But the Shoutin’, Ava’s Man, and The Prince of Frogtown. He has written for magazines ranging from Sports Illustrated to Food and Wine, and has won more than fifty significant awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing while a reporter at the New York Times. He is currently a professor of writing at the University of Alabama. Billy Collins’s ninth collection of poems is Horoscopes for the Dead (Random House, 2011). He served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003. Todd Davis teaches creative writing, environmental studies, and American literature at Penn State University’s Altoona College. He is the author of four books of poems—The Least of These (Michigan State, 2010), Household of Water, Moon, and Snow (Seven Kitchens, 2010), Some Heaven (Michigan State, 2007), and Ripe (Bottom Dog, 2002)—as well as co-editor of Making Poems (SUNY, 2010). Mark Dewey teaches at the Potomac School and lives in the woods with his wife. He is the founder of the Shenandoah Press, a venture in reader-supported public journalism serving people who live within twenty miles of the Shenandoah River. “Crush the Snakes and Shoot the Buffalo” is his first published essay. Lisa Fink is a poet, teaching artist, and arts administrator. She has brought writing workshops into prisons, homeless shelters, wellness centers, and hospitals in Minnesota and Virginia . She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Virginia, and also translates contemporary Mongolian poetry. Her poetry and reviews have appeared in Spinning Jenny, Spout, the Minnesota Review, Rain Taxi, and Forklift, Ohio. Nancy Hale (1908–1988) published twenty novels, most famously The Prodigal Women (1942), as well as plays, a memoir, and a biography of Mary Cassatt. In New York she worked first as an editor at Vogue and Vanity Fair, and later as the first woman straight-news reporter for the New York Times. In both 1954 and 1956 she sold more stories (nine) to the New Yorker in a calendar year than any other writer in the magazine’s history. She moved to Charlottesville , Virginia, in the mid-1930s, and lived there for the rest of her life. | 207 James Harms is the author of eight books of poetry, including What to Borrow, What to Steal (Marick, 2010) and Comet Scar (Carnegie Mellon, 2011). He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the PEN/Revson Foundation fellowship, and three Pushcart Prizes. A professor of English at West Virginia University, he also directs the low-residency MFA Program in Poetry at New England College. Mark Irwin’s poetry and essays have appeared in many magazines, including the Atlantic, the Georgia Review, the Kenyon Review, the Paris Review, Poetry, and the Nation. He is the author of six collections of poetry and currently teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at the University of Southern California. Angie Macri was born and raised in southern Illinois. Her recent work has been published in Cave Wall, Connotation Press, and RHINO, among other journals, and is included in Best New Poets 2010. A recipient of an individual artist fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council, she teaches in Little Rock. Rebecca Makkai’s debut novel, The Borrower, is out this summer from Viking. Her work has been or will soon...


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