GARY ADELMAN is Professor of English at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign. Since 2001 he has published books on Dostoevsky, D.
H. Lawrence, and Samuel Beckett. His recent published essays are on Kafka,
Ishiguro, Leonid Tsypkin, and Imre Kertész—the last of these
in Volume 25, #1 & 2 of NER (2004).
ROY ADKINS, an historian and archaeologist, is also a Fellow of the Society
of Antiquaries in London. His previous books include The Keys of Egypt:
The Obsession to Decipher Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Dictionary of Roman
Religion, and Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome.
RALPH ANGEL’s Neither World (1995) received the James Laughlin Award
of the Academy of American Poets. His third and most recent collection,
Twice Removed, is available from Sarabande Books. A fourth collection,
Exceptions and Melancholies, as well as his translation of Federico
García Lorca’s Poema del Cante Jondo, are forthcoming
from Sarabande in 2006.
RICK BAROT’s first book of poems, The Darker Fall, was
published by Sarabande Books in 2002. Other poems have appeared in recent
issues of Southwest Review, Post Road, and TriQuarterly.
He teaches at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.
CHARLES CROS (1842–88) was a French poet, humorist, songwriter,
and inventor. He developed improved methods of telegraph technology and
photography, but is best known for discovering the sound technology of
the phonograph—though he lacked the funds to produce and patent
it—before it was patented by Thomas Edison. He was a friend of Verlaine
and Rimbaud, who nearly killed Cros by pouring sulfuric acid into his
drink one night at a café. Cros’s poetry was largely unknown
in his lifetime, and an addiction to absinthe contributed to his early
KARIN GOTTSHALL’s poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming
in The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg
Review, and elsewhere. She currently works at the library at Middlebury
MICHALLE GOULD has published poems in Slate, Poetry, NER, and
other journals. She was most recently a writer-in-residence at the Portsmouth
Abbey School and resides at present in Austin, Texas.
MICHAEL HELLER is a poet, essayist, and critic. His essay in this issue
of NER is included in his new collection, Uncertain Poetries,
just released in the U.K. by Salt Publishing; the essay appears there
under the title “The Narrative of Ezra Gorgon Pound or History Gothicized.”
Heller’s most recent book of poems is Exigent Futures: New and
Selected Poems (Salt, 2003). Among his many books are Conviction’s
Net of Branches, In the Builded Place, Wordflow, and Living Root:
A Memoir. He wrote the libretto for the recently performed opera
Benjamin, based on the life of Walter Benjamin.
JANET KAUFFMAN lives in Hudson, Michigan, where she has restored wetlands
on her farm, and works for watershed protection with Environmentally Concerned
Citizens of South Central Michigan. Her latest books include the short
novel Rot (New Issues Press, 2001) and a collection of prose
poems, Five on Fiction (Burning Deck Press, 2004).
STEVEN G. KELLMAN is a professor of comparative literature at the University
of Texas at San Antonio, and the author of numerous essays on literary
subjects. In addition to Redemption: The Life of Henry Roth (Norton),
his books include The Translingual Imagination (University of
Nebraska Press, 2000) and Switching Languages: Translingual Writers
Reflect on Their Craft (Nebraska, 2003).
RICHARD KENNEY teaches at the University of Washington in Seattle. His
books are The Evolution of the Flightless Bird (Yale University
Press), Orrery (Atheneum), and The Invention of the Zero
(Knopf). He lives in Port Townsend, Washington, with his wife, two sons,
and new daughter.
ROY KESEY currently lives in Beijing with his wife and children. His work
has appeared in The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, and Other
Voices, among other magazines. He writes a monthly column for That’s
Beijing and irregular dispatches for McSweeney’s.
JOHN KINSELLA was born in Western Australia and is the author of more
than twenty books of poetry and prose. His new volume is The New Arcadia
(Norton), and other recent volumes include Peripheral Light: New and
Selected Poems (Norton, 2003) and Doppler Effect (Salt Publishing,
2004). Kinsella is the editor of the international literary journal Salt
and international editor of the The Kenyon Review. He is a Fellow
of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and Professor of English at
FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA (1898–1936) was a Spanish poet and dramatist
who is today recognized as one of the greatest artists of modern Spain.
He composed Poem of the Deep Song, his first major poetry collection,
in 1921, at the age of twenty-three, but it was not published until 1931,
five years before he was murdered by the fascists at the start of the
Spanish Civil War. Other major poetical works include Gypsy Ballads
and Poet in New York, and among his best-known plays are the
“rural trilogy,” Blood Wedding, Yerma, and The
House of Bernarda Alba.
COREY MARKS is the author of Renunciation (University of Illinois
Press), a 1999 National Poetry Series selection. His recent work appears
in TriQuarterly and Virginia Quarterly Review. He teaches
at the University of North Texas.
DIANE KIRSTEN MARTIN was born in the Bronx, New York, and grew up in Yonkers.
She has lived in San Francisco since 1976. In addition to previous publication
in NER, her work has been published in Crazyhorse, Third
Coast, The North American Review, 32 Poems, Tar River Poetry, Nimrod,
Cutbank, and other publications. Her manuscript, Demimonde,
has been a finalist in national competitions numerous times. She was second-place
winner in the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize competition in 2004, judged
by B. H. Fairchild. Most recently she has been employed as a technical
writer in the software industry.
CECILY PARKS is an MFA candidate at Columbia University. Her poems have
appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Five Points,
The Paris Review, Southwest Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Yale
Review, and elsewhere.
LUCIA PERILLO has published four books of poetry: Dangerous Life,
which won the Norma Farber Award from Northeastern University Press in
1989, The Body Mutinies (Purdue, 1996), The Oldest Map with
the Name America (Random House, 1999), and Luck Is Luck (Random House,
2005.) Her poetry, essays, and short fiction have appeared in many magazines
and have been reprinted in the Pushcart and Best American
Poetry anthologies. In the year 2000 she received a MacArthur Foundation
fellowship. She lives in Olympia, Washington.
ARNOLD RABIN began his career as a television network writer-producer-director,
working for the United Nations and for Channel 13, the PBS station in
New York. His television plays and documentaries have recieved a New York
Emmy nomination, Ohio State and Variety Awards, and an Edinburgh Film
Festival showing. His essays and short stories have appeared in numerous
magazines and literary quarterlies, and his novel, The Rat and the
Rose, was a Small Press awards finalist. He is the author of several
Golden Book children’s stories. Also a playwright, Rabin has received
the Denver Drama Critics Circle Best New Play Award, the Drama League
of New York’s Playwright Award, and the Grand Prize at the Aspen
Playwrights’ Festival. He is a recipient of grants from the New
Jersey State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts,
and has been a Professor of English and guest lecturer at several colleges
NICHOLAS SAMARAS’s first book, Hands
of the Saddlemaker, was selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets
in 1992. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New
Republic, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.
AURELIE SHEEHAN is the author of the short story collection Jack Kerouac
Is Pregnant (Dalkey Archive Press) and two novels, The Anxiety
of Everyday Objects (Penguin) and History Lesson for Girls,
forthcoming from Viking in 2006. She is currently the director of the
creative writing program at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
A. J. SHERMAN is the author of numerous literary and historical essays.
His most recent book is Mandate Days: British Lives in Palestine,
1918–1948 (2nd edition, 2001).
GREGORY SPATZ’s short stories have been published in The New
Yorker, Northwest Review, The Iowa Review, Glimmer Train, Epoch,
and elsewhere. His latest book publications include Wonderful Tricks
(short stories), and Fiddler’s Dream (a novel scheduled
to appear in fall 2006). This is his third story in NER, though
it’s been ten long years since his last one. He lives in Spokane,
Washington, where he teaches in the MFA. program at Eastern Washington
VOLTAIRE (1694–1778) was a French satirist, philosopher, historian,
dramatist, and poet, best known for his philosophical novel Candide,
ou L’Optimisme (1759), a further attempt to explore the implications
of the Lisbon earthquake. In his time, he was famous for his slashing
wit, his enmity toward organized religion and fanaticism, and his determination
to écraser l’infâme (annihilate the infamous).
G. C. WALDREP’s first book of poems, Goldbeater’s Skin,
won the 2003 Colorado Prize. New work appears in recent issues of
Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, Boston Review, The Georgia Review,
and other journals. In 2005–06 he will serve as a visiting
assistant professor of humanities and the social sciences at Deep Springs
College in California.
JESSICA WATSON is a photographer who lives in New York City. She received
her m.f.a. in photography from Bard College in 2001. She has exhibited
her work at Art in General, Massimo Audiello, Sean Kelly Gallery, and
most recently at Magnan Projects, all in New York. She is currently a
resident artist at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s workspace
DAVID YEZZI is the Director of the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd
Street Y in New York. The author of The Hidden Model (TriQuarterly
Books, 2003), he has published his poetry widely in journals. He serves
as the poetry editor of The New Criterion.
THOMAS YORI is a coal cracker by birth, Viet Nam war resister, clawhammer
banjo player, woodworker (some banjos made, aspiring now toward MasterTone),
would-be has-been system analyst, twice ex–novo collegian, twice
ex–Penn Statie; ex–silo builder, piano mover, dairy herdsman
and farm laborer, dishwasher, cook. Aging now ashore Kennebec River (Maine)
like fine vinegar. Sedulous, subversive, inveterate, banked in rage.