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C o n t r ib u t o r s E s s a y i s t s Ann Lundberg is Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern College of Iowa, where she teaches American literature and leads geology field trips for the Environmental Studies Program. Her essay on John Muir comes from a longer work in progress, Mapping the Geologic Wilderness: Science, Nature Writing, and the American Self. Susan Naramore Maher teaches in the English Department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has authored numerous articles on western American topics and is coauthor with O. Alan Weltzien of the forthcomingJohn McPhee and the Art ofLiterary Nonfiction (2002). “Deep Mapping the Great Plains” is part of a larger book project, Deep Maps: The Literary Cartography of the Great Plains. Tara Penry is Assistant Professor of English at Boise State University, where she edits the Western Writers Series. She is working on an article on masculin­ ity in Gold Rush literature before Bret Harte, part of a larger study of Gold Rush literary magazines. David Rio is Professor of American Literature at the University of the Basque Country in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. He is the author of El proceso de la violencia en la narradva de Robert Penn Warren (Bilbao: Universidad del Pais Vasco, 1995) and has also published articles on Basque American writers in American and European journals. Currently he is working on a book on Robert Laxalt. A r t is t s Constance E Gordon Cumming (1837-1924), a native of Scotland, inspired by a three-month sojourn to Yosemite Valley in 1878, painted a number of land­ scapes that portrayed Yosemite as a place still hospitable to Native Americans. Over her lifetime, she painted nearly one thousand landscapes and wrote twelve books, including Granite Crags (1884), chronicling her trip to Yosemite. Linda Dufurrena lives on a family ranch in the northwestern comer of Nevada. For the past twenty-five years, she has captured images of the high desert land­ scapes and the rhythms of rural life. A forthcoming collection ofher photographs is due from University ofNevada Press in fall 2001. Her artworks hang in numer­ ous Basque dinner houses, hotels, and businesses in the Great Basin region. Peter Miller’s artwork featured in this issue comes from People of the Great Plains (1996), a book of photographs and writing. An award-winning photog­ rapher, Miller traveled throughout the Plains to capture the changing land­ scape and its effect upon the people who live there. Excerpts from his five books can be seen at For more information about Plains art, see Joni L. Kinsey’s excellent book Plain Pictures: Images of the American Prairie (1996). ...


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