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Alaska Quarterly Review

VOLUME 13 - No. 1 & 2

Long Stories, Short Stories & True Stories

Fall & Winter 1994



Editor's Note

Ronald Spatz


A Death in Brooklyn

Terry Quinn

  Terry Quinn is the author of the novel, The Great Bridge Conspiracy (St. Martin’s Press), and co-author of Second Daughter (Little, Brown), a biography. He also wrote the script, score and lyrics for the Off-Off-Broadway productions of A Second Chance and Anastasia’s Night. "A Death in Brooklyn" is excerpted from his recently completed novel of the same title.


Amber Dorko

  Amber Dorko is the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She has recent stories in The Northwest Review and Long Shot. This is her third appearance in AQR.

Six Days: Some Rememberings

Grace Paley

  Grace Paley is the author of four collections of stories, The Little Disturbances of Man, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, Later the Same Day, and Grace Paley: The Collected Stories. She has also published two books of poetry and a volume of poems and prose pieces, Long Walks and Intimate Talks. Paley is the recipient of many awards and honors including the 1993 Vermont Award for Excellence in the Arts, the 1992 GEA Award for Short Stories, and the 1989 Edith Wharton Award. In 1989 Governor Mario Cuomo declared her the first official New York State Writer.


Alison Baker

  Alison Baker has published stories in a wide range of journals and magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly, Ontario Review, and The Black Warrior Review. Her collection of stories, How I Came West and Why I Stayed (Chronicle Books), was published in 1993. This is her second appearance in AQR.

Daughter of the Gold Rush

John Dalton

  John Dalton is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He won a 1992 Henfield Award and his fiction has appeared in Story magazine. He is the recipient of a James Michener Award and a Provincetown Fine Arts fellowship.

Gods of the Earth at Home

Diane Williams

  Diane Williams, co-editor of StoryQuarterly, is the author of two books, Some Sexual Success Stories (Grove Weidenfeld, 1992) and This is About the Body, the Mind, the Soul, the World, Time and Fate. (Grove Weidenfeld, 1990). She lives in New York City.

Offering It up

John Skoyles

  John Skoyles has published two books of poems, A Little Faith and Permanent Change, both with Carnegie-Mellon University Press. Portions of his memoir, On Broadway, from which this piece is taken, have appeared in TriQuarterly and in the anthology Catholic Girls and Boys (Penguin/NAL). He directs the writing program at Emerson College.

To Reach this Season

Edith Pearlman

  Edith Pearlman's fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, Other Voices, The New England Review/Breadloaf Quarterly and other journals. Her stories have received two O. Henry prizes and one PEN award. She is a frequent contributor to AQR.

The Invention of Memory

Ilan Stavans

  Ilan Stavans, a Mexican novelist and critic, teaches at Amherst College. His books include Growing Up Latino (Houghton Mifflin), Tropical Synagogues (Holmes & Meier), and The Hispanic Condition (HarperCollins). "The Invention of Memory" is a shortened version of the Spanish original published by Alfadil in 1992.

Windows of the Soul

Patricia Hampl

  Patricia Hampl is the author of three books of creative nonfiction, Virgin Time, Spillville, and A Romantic Education, and two books of poems. Her uncollected stories appear in a number of magazines and anthologies including Minnesota Monthly, 25 Minnesota Writers, and The New Yorker. A 1990 MacArthur fellow, Hampl teaches at the University of Minnesota.

Defying Gravity

George Kuttner

  George Kuttner served in the Marines in Vietnam. He is in the MFA Writing Program at Western Michigan University. Defying Gravity is his first published story.


Zachary Lazar

  Zachary Lazar is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and has published a story in Christopher Street.

The Zone of Experimentation

Mark Wisniewski

  Mark Wisniewski is the author of Writing and Revising Your Fiction (The Writer, 1994). He has recent stories in Descant, Missouri Review, American Short Fiction, and Fiction. He teaches a fiction correspondence course for the University of California, Berkeley, as well as writing courses at Keystone Junior College.

Hotel Room with My Brother

Fred G. Leebron

  Fred G. Leebron's stories have appeared in The North American Review, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Threepenny Review and elsewhere. He is a recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and James Michener Award.

May, May, May

Rachel Carpenter

  Rachel Carpenter's stories have appeared in The Quarterly, Gist and Ruby. She is in the MFA Writing Program at the University of Maryland.

Damnit, Darnit

Lara Stapleton

  Lara Stapleton's stories have appeared in the Michigan Quarterly Review, The APA Journal and Columbia. One of her stories received mention in The Best American Short Stories 1991.


Cliff Hudder

  Cliff Hudder is in the MFA Writing Program at the University of Houston and has published a story in The Florida Review.

The One Who Watches

Judith Ortiz Cofer

  Judith Ortiz Cofer teaches at the University of Georgia. She is the author of the novel, The Line of the Sun, and several collections of poetry and essays. Her fiction has been included in the Prize Stories/The O. Henry Awards and the Pushcart Prize anthology. Her latest book is a collection of short stories to be published by Orchard Books in 1995.


Steve Stern

  Steve Stern is the author of two collections of stories, Isaac and the Undertaker’s Daughter and Lazar Malkin Enters Heaven, as well as two novels and two books for children. His most recent book, A Plague of Dreamers, is forthcoming from Scribners.

The Bill

Susan Minot

  Susan Minot's stories appear widely in magazines, journals and anthologies. She is the author of Monkeys, Lust and Other Stories, and Folly.

Her Beautiful Round Face

Bear Kirkpatrick

  Bear Kirkpatrick has published fiction in The Quarterly. He lives in South Deerfield, Massachusetts.


Stuart Dybek

  Stuart Dybek is a 1994 recipient of an Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship. His recent stories appear in the 1994 editions of the Prize Stories/The O. Henry Awards and Best American Stories. Dybek is the author of two short story collections, The Coast of Chicago (Vintage) and Childhood and other Neighborhoods (Ecoo), and a book of poetry.

Days in the Field

John Haines

  John Haines is the author of numerous volumes of poetry and prose. Among his books are a memoir of homesteading days in Alaska, The Stars, the Snow, the Fire (Graywolf/Simon and Schuster) and his collected poems, The Owl in the Mask of the Dreamer (Graywolf). His book, New Poems: 1980-1988 (Storyline), won the Western States Book Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize. Haines received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alaska Center for the Book/Library of Congress in 1994.

Church Cancels Cow

Amy Hempel

  Amy Hempel's stories appear widely in magazines, journals and anthologies. She is the author of two collections of stories, Reasons to Live and At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom.


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