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Alaska Quarterly Review

Volume 20, No. 3 & 4

Spring & Summer 2003


Calling Vichet
Sharon May Brown
Sharon May Brown’s stories have appeared in Manoa, Seeking Shelter: Cambodians in Thailand and International Quarterly. Her work has been cited in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and the Pushcart Prize anthologies.
Help These Days Linsey Trask
Linsey Trask lives in Austin, Texas. “Help These Days” is her first published story in a national literary magazine.
The Girl in the Tree
Dale Gregory Anderson
Dale Gregory Anderson’s stories have appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Indiana Review, and Blithe House Quarterly. He is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship and a Loft Mentor Series Award
Observing the Sabbath Matthew Pitt
Matthew Pitt's fiction has appeared in Best New American Voices 2001, Witness, Confrontation, The Colorado Review, and Crab Orchard Review. He is the Fiction Fellow at the Bronx Writers Center.
Annette Kellermann is My Hero
Katherine Vaz
Katherine Vaz is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and is the first Portuguese-American to have her work recorded for the Library of Congress. She is the author of two novels, Saudade (St. Martin’s Press) and Mariana (Flamingo). Her collection, Fade & Other Stories, won the 1997 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her recent stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Bomb Magazine, The Gettysburg Review, Tin House, and TriQuarterly.
An Everyday Tracy Winn
Tracy Winn’s recent stories appear in Calyx and Western Humanities Review.
Civics Lesson

Howard Luxenberg

Howard Luxenberg’s stories have appeared in Other Voices and The Iowa Review.
The People's Youth

Julianne Ortale

Julianne Ortale lives in West Hollywood, California. “The People’s Youth” is her first published story in a national literary magazine.


Patrick Roscoe
Patrick Roscoe is the author of eight books of fiction. His most recent novel is The Reincarnation of Linda Lopez, and his new short story collection, How Much the Heart Can Hold, will be out in fall 2003. His stories have twice won the CBC Literary Competition and have been included in Best Canadian Stories. He is a frequent contributor to Alaska Quarterly Review.

Christina Milletti

Christina Milletti's recent fiction has appeared in The Greensboro Review, Best New American Voices, The Chicago Review, and is forthcoming in the Mammoth Anthology of Miniscule Fiction.

What You Need to Know Holly Clark

Holly Clark has a recent story in Third Coast.

Less Bulk, More Height Linda McCullough Moore

Linda McCullough Moore is the author of a novel, The Distance Between (Soho), written as Eliza Osborne. “Less Bulk, More Height” is taken from Moore’s novel in progress Worldenough and Time from which another excerpt appears in Queen’s Quarterly. This is her fourth appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.

Family Meeting

Jeanne M. Leiby

Jeanne M. Leiby’s work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Fiction, New Orleans Review, and Greensboro Review. She has won the Flyway Fiction Prize.
The Jangling Boy Joseph O-Malley
Joseph O’Malley’s fiction appears in Phoebe: A Journal of Literary Arts, Greensboro Review, and American Literary Review.
Amorous Window Howard Norman
Howard Norman’s most recent novel is The Haunting of L. His forthcoming book on Nova Scotia for National Geographic is My Famous Evening.
A Bell is a Cup until it is Struck Amber Dorko Stopper
Amber Dorko Stopper is a frequent contributor to Alaska Quarterly Review. Her stories have also appeared in the Northwest Review and The Whole Story: Editors on Fiction.
About the Artist

Becky Hagenston

Becky Hagenston's collection of short stories, A Gram of Mars (Sarabande Books), won the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. Her stories have appeared in Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Shenandoah, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards.
A Puddle of Sex Books
Ed Allen
Ed Allen’s stories have appeared in The New Yorker, GQ, Story, and Best American Short Stories.
Naming the Animals Peter Cooley
Peter Cooley's seventh collection of poetry, A Place Made of Starlight, was recently published by Carnegie Mellon. His poems also appear in New England Review, North Dakota Review, and Best American Poetry 2002.
Aurelie Sheehan
Aurelie Sheehan’s first novel, The Anxiety of Everyday Objects, is forthcoming from Penguin in early 2004. Her short story collection, Jack Kerouac is Pregnant, has been reissued in paperback (Dalkey Archive Press, 2001). She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Jack Kerouac Literary Award, and a Camargo Fellowship.

Mars and Rumors of Mars

Bryan D. Dietrich
Bryan D. Dietrich’s poems have appeared in Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, The Nation, Chelsea, Quarterly West, Nimrod, and the Bellingham Review. He was awarded the Paris Review Prize for his book Krypton Nights (Zoo Press), portions from which also won the Discovery/The Nation Prize.
What We Choose of Exile
Virgil Suárez
Virgil Suárez’s most recent poetry collections are Palm Crows (University of Arizona Press) and Banyan (LIU). His sixth collection, Guide to the Blue Tongue, is forthcoming from the University of Illinois Press. This is his third appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
In the Other Tongue Jacquelyn Pope
Jacquelyn Pope’s recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Partisan Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Puerto del Sol, and Harvard Review.
Sex With Strangers
Jennifer Keller
Jennifer Keller’s poetry has appeared in The Journal and The Comstock Review.

Mr. Mann Calls Every Man His Darling
John Mann
John Mann’s poems have appeared in the Writers’ Forum, Bryant Literary Review, Salt Hill, and Many Mountains Moving.
Stories Told in Inconstant Light George Looney
George Looney’s latest book, Attendant Ghosts, was published by Cleveland State University Press. His previous book, Animals Housed in the Pleasure of Flesh, won the 1995 Bluestem Award. He has recent poems in The Kenyon Review, Witness, The Texas Review, West Branch, and The Gettysburg Review. This is his third appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Sunday Night Ravens Jeanne Emmons
Jeanne Emmons’ poetry collection, Rootbound (New Rivers Press), was winner of the Minnesota Voices Project competition and a Pipistrelle Best of the Small Press Award. She has recent poems in American Scholar, Calyx, Cream City Review, and Prairie Schooner. This is her second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Double Exposure
Susan Eisenberg
Susan Eisenberg is the author of a poetry collection, Pioneering, and a nonfiction book, We’ll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction (both from Ilr Press).
The Child Astronomer
Sigman Byrd
Sigman Byrd’s recent poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Mid-American Review, Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Puerto del Sol.
Jesse Lee Kercheval
Jesse Lee Kercheval is the author of a poetry collection, World as Dictionary (Carnegie Mellon University Press), and a memoir about growing up in Florida during the moon race, Space (Algonquin Books/Penguin). Her recent poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Southern Review, Georgia Review, and Prairie Schooner.
What Next
Peggy Shumaker
Peggy Shumaker’s poetry collections include Underground Rivers (Red Hen Press); Wings Moist from the Other World (University of Pittsburgh Press); The Circle of Totems (University of Pittsburgh Press); and Esperanza's Hair (University of Alabama Press). She is an Alaska Quarterly Review contributing editor.
Vincent Van Gogh: Boots with Laces (1886)
Joan I. Siegel
Joan I. Siegel’s recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Atlantic Monthly, Yankee, The American Scholar, Commonweal, Prairie Schooner, The Gettysburg Review, and New Letters. She is the recipient of the New Letters Poetry Prize and the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award.
Jeffery Bahr
Jeffery Bahr has published poems in Barrow Street, Many Mountains Moving, Indiana Review, and Borderlands. This is his second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Neither Here Nor There
Marc Pietrzykowski
Marc Pietrzykowski’s recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Antioch Review, No Exit, Poetry Motel, Rattle, and Exquisite Corpse.
In a Wax Village
Marlys West
Marlys West’s collection of poetry is Notes for a Late-Blooming Martyr (University of Akron Press). Her recent poems have appeared in Berkeley Review, Black Warrior Review, Borderlands, Mississippi Review, and Puerto del Sol.
Packages from Home
Marianne Taylor
Marianne Taylor’s poems have appeared in North American Review, The MacGuffin, Iowa Woman, and a University of Iowa publication entitled Infinite Respect, Enduring Dignity: Voices and Visions on the September Attacks.
The Prophesy of Jonah
Ariadne at the End of the Line
Amy Scattergood
Amy Scattergood’s collection of poetry is The Grammar of Nails (Creative Arts Book Company). Her recent poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Grand Street, New England Review, Epoch, and The New Republic.

Moira Linehan
Moira Linehan has published poems in Crab Orchard Review, Green Mountains Review, Notre Dame Review, and Poetry. This is her second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Crows Who Try to Be Cormorants Drown
Lee Ann Roripaugh
Lee Ann Roripaugh’s collection of poetry, Beyond Heart Mountain (Penguin), was a 1998 winner of the National Poetry Series and a finalist in the 2000 Asian American Literature Awards. Her recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, Shenandoah, North American Review, and Grand Street.
The Atrocity of Water
Kirsten Hemmy
Kirsten Hemmy’s poetry has appeared in and won the Academy of American Poets Prize.
Barbara DeCesare
Barbara DeCesare’s poems have appeared in River Styx, Folio, Maryland Poetry Review, Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine, Birmingham Poetry Review and Gargoyle. Her collection of poetry is jigsaweyesore (Anti-Man Press).
Chopin Etude
Claudia M. Reder
Claudia M. Reder is the author of the poetry collection My Father & Miro and Other Poems (Bright Hill Press). Her poem sequence, “My Father & Miro,” won first prize from International Quarterly, and was reprinted in Universities West Anthology. Her recent poems have appeared in Café Review, Salt Hill Journal, and North American Review.

Lamar County Training School, 1962
In the Morning
Janice N. Harrington
Janice N. Harrington’s poems have appeared in The African American Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Field, and The Seattle Review.
Why You Like Him
David Blair
David Blair has published poems in Chicago Review, Greensboro Review, and AGNI. This is his fourth appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Frances Ruhlen McConnel
Frances Ruhlen McConnel’s recent poems have been published in The Massachusetts Review, The Seattle Review, Solo, The Wilshire Review, and Crab Creek Review. This is her second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.

Amerigo Vespucci, 1506, Contemplates
Another Sheet of Vellum
Benjamin Scott Grossberg
Benjamin Scott Grossberg has published poems in Nimrod, The Malahat Review, Paris Review and Green Mountains Review. This is his second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Shooting Script 4
Amy Bleser
Amy Bleser's recent poems have appeared in ACM, Confrontations, Spoon River, The Minnesota Review, and Crab Orchard Review.
Sunset Boulevard in Translation
Lesley Jenike
Lesley Jenike’s poetry has appeared in The Beacon Street Review.
To a Flicker Nesting in a Telephone Pole
Elise Partridge
Elise Partridge’s recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Boulevard, AGNI, Cream City Review, and Fiddlehead.
Needle and Thread
Anne Pierson Wiese
Anne Pierson Wiese has recent poems in Quarterly West, Prairie Schooner, Carolina Quarterly, and West Branch. She was the first place poetry winner in the 2002 Writers at Work fellowship competition.
Goodnight, Texas
Kurt Brown
Kurt Brown is the author of two poetry collections, Return of the Prodigals and More Things in Heaven and Earth, both from Four Way Books. He is the founder of the Aspen Writers’ Conference.
The Hanged Man
Mike Chasar
Mike Chasar’s recent poems have appeared in The Antioch Review and Black Warrior Review.
Poem for Simone Weil
Jendi Reiter
Jendi Reiter’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Southern Poetry Review, Poetry Motel, Tucumcari Literary Review, and The Best American Poetry. She was a finalist in the 1998 Yale Series of Younger Poets and the Discovery/The Nation 1999 competition. Along with her husband, she created the Web site “Poetry Contest Insider.”

Anatomy of a Ballet Dancer a Scoliotic
Kirsten Kaschock
Kirsten Kaschock’s poems have appeared in Pleiades, Quarter After Eight, Indiana Review, The Iowa Review, and Fourteen Hills.
Road Trip
Ioanna Carlsen
Ioanna Carlsen has recent poems in Poetry, Field, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Poetry Daily, and Quarterly West. Billy Collins selected one of her poems to be read in the nation's high schools as part of the "Poetry 180" program. She also won the 2002 Glimmer Train Poetry Open. This is her second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Sundowning Exit-Seeker
Donald Platt
Donald Platt's second book of poems, Cloud Atlas, was published by Purdue University Press in 2002. His recent poems appear in The Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, and The Pushcart Prize XXVII (2003). This is his second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
A Footnote to Power
Brendan Galvin

Brendan Galvin’s poetry collections include Hotel Malabar (Iowa Poetry Prize), Sky and Island Light (LSU), The Strength of a Named Thing (LSU), and a translation of Sophocles’ Women of Trachis (Penn Classical Drama Series). His recent poems have appeared in Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, and Crab Orchard Review.


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Summer rain clouds swirl around Matanuska Peak (6,119 feet) near Palmer, in Alaska’s 300-mile-long Chugach Range, which comprises 70 peaks and several dozen glaciers.
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