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Alaska Quarterly Review

Volume 21, No. 3 & 4

Fall & Winter 2004


The Weight of the World
Yelizaveta P. Renfro
Yelizaveta P. Renfro has stories forthcoming in Glimmer Train and The North American Review.
The Pretty People Dancing Gretchen Comba
Gretchen Comba’s stories have appeared in The Greensboro Review, New Orleans Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and The North American Review.
Bad Skin
Mark Wisniewski
Mark Wisniewski is the author of a collection of short stories, All Weekend with the Lights On, and his novel, Confessions of a Polish Used Car Salesman, is in its second printing. His fiction has appeared widely in literary journals and won a Pushcart Prize in 1999. This is his second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Company of Strangers Aryn Kyle
Aryn Kyle has stories forthcoming in The Atlantic Monthly and in Best New American Voices 2005.
How Is This Night Different From Any Other?
Kim Brooks
Kim Brooks was awarded a Michener-Copernicus fellowship upon graduating from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. “How Is This Night Different from Any Other?” is her first published work of fiction in a national literary magazine.
Half Waikiki Jane Eaton Hamilton
Jane Eaton Hamilton is the author of six books, most recently a collection of short stories, Hunger, short-listed for the 2003 Ferro-Grumley Award. Her stories have been selected for the Journey Prize anthologies and Best Canadian Short Stories, and cited in the Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize anthology. This is her second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Language of Flowers

Vicki Rakowski

Vicki Rakowski lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan. “Language of Flowers” is her first published work of fiction in a national literary magazine.
Where the Egg Is

Elizabeth Harris Behling

Elizabeth Harris Behling’s stories have appeared in Other Voices, Denver Quarterly, Florida Review, Many Mountains moving, and Northwest Review.

As Is

Will Boast
Will Boast is a native of Southampton, England. “As Is” is his first published work of fiction in a national literary magazine.
Tugboat to Traverse City

Darrin Doyle

Darrin Doyle’s stories have appeared in LitRag, The MacGuffin, Harpur Palate, and The Laurel Review.

The Behavior of Sea Creatures Bradford Tice

Bradford Tice lives in Boulder, Colorado. “The Behavior of Sea Creatures” is his first published work of fiction in a national literary magazine.

The Honor Farm Ann Stapleton

Ann Stapleton is a freelance writer in Logan, Ohio. “The Honor Farm” is her first published work of fiction in a national literary magazine.

The Hideous, the Sublime, and the Literary Translator

Edith Grossman

Edith Grossman is the award-winning literary translator of works by major Spanish language authors, including Alvaro Mutis, Mario Vargas Llosa, Mayra Montero, Julian Rios, Miguel de Cervantes, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Her new translation of Don Quixote (HarperCollins, 2003) was met with universal acclaim, and her translation of Marquez’s memoir, Living to Tell the Tale, was selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the top ten books of 2003.
AIDS in Guyana Nikki Kahn
Nikki Kahn is a photojournalist and editor at Knight Ridder Tribune Photo Service, in Washington, D.C. In 2002, she returned to her native country, Guyana, to begin documenting the largely under-reported emerging AIDS epidemic. The photographs in “AIDS in Guyana” are a window of her experience at the Georgetown Public Hospital in Guyana.
Blue and Darker Blue Steven Schutzman
Steven Schutzman is the recipient of three Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grants. His work has appeared in Poems & Plays and Rockford Review.
The Queen of Bar-B-Que Egypt Quentin Sherwood
Quentin Sherwood was a recipient of the William J. Shaw Memorial Prize in Poetry. His poems have appeared in New Letters, The Dunes Review, and Waiting for the Apples. The publication of “The Queen of Bar-B-Que Egypt” appears posthumously. Sherwood was killed in a bicycling accident in September 2002.
On the Use of the Decorative

Anne Pitkin

Anne Pitkin is the author of the poetry collection, Yellow. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Malahat Review, and Two Rivers Review.
The One About the Wolf
Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith was the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Award and first prize in Mid-America Review’s Fineline Competition in 2002. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Indiana Review, and the Beloit Poetry Journal.

The Silk Road: Marco Polo's Wife
Daneen Wardrop
Daneen Wardrop’s poetry has appeared in Seneca Review, TriQuarterly, Beloit Poetry Journal, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Southern Humanities Review. She is also the author of two books of literary criticism, including Emily Dickinson’s Gothic (University of Iowa Press).
The Laughing Buddha 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. Her second book, Baseball Nights and DDT, is forthcoming from Pecan Grove Press. Her poetry has appeared in American Scholar, Cimarron Review, Confrontation, Wisconsin Review, and College English. This is her third appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Angles Rather Than Angels
John Morgan
John Morgan’s poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, APR, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and the anthology, Mercy of Tides. This is his second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Compass Rose
Donald Platt
Donald Platt’s second book, Cloud Atlas, was published in 2002 by Purdue University Press as the winner of the Verna Emery Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in the Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review, and the Southern Review. This is his third appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Don't Try Virgil Sauréz
Virgil Suaréz is the author of three recent poetry collections, Palm Crows (University of Arizona Press), Banyan (LSU Press), and Guide to the Blue Tongue (University of Illinois Press). His selected and new poems, 90 Miles, is forthcoming from University of Pittsburgh Press. This is his fourth appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Jesus of Tourette's Syndrome
My John Donne
Kurt S. Olsson
Kurt S. Olsson is a recipient of a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. His chapbook, I Know Your Heart, Hieronymus Bosch, was winner of the Portandia Group’s chapbook contest in 2000. His poetry has appeared in Poetry, Field, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Threepenny Review.
The Fury of Escaped Blood
Kurt Brown
Kurt Brown is the author of Return of the Prodigals (Four Way Books, 1999), More Things in Heaven and Earth (Four Way Books, 2002), Fables from the Ark (Custom Words, 2004), and a fourth collection, Future Ship, due out from Story Line Press in 2005. This is his second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Manportable Grail
Brian Turner
Brian Turner’s poetry has appeared in Atlanta Review, Crab Orchard Review, Rattle, Cimarron Review, and Rhino.
Driving Toward the Sun
David Hernandez
David Hernandez is the author of the poetry collection, A House Waiting for Music (Tupelo Press). His poetry has appeared in Epoch, TriQuarterly, Indian Review, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and Mississippi Review. This is his second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Climbing to 2000 Feet Over Buckland, Alaska
Susanna Mishler
Susanna Mishler is an MFA student at the University of Arizona, where she is a poetry editor for Sonora Review. Her poetry has appeared in Margie and Spoon River Poetry Review. She received first place in the UAA/Anchorage Daily News Statewide Writing Contest for Open Poetry (2000).
In the Time It Takes
Susan Hutton
Susan Hutton’s poetry has appeared in Double Take, The New England Review, and Cream City Review. This is her second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
In July
Marilyn Abildskov
Marilyn Abildskov is the author of The Men in My Country (University of Iowa Press Sightline Series). Her fiction and essays have appeared recently in Fourth Genre, Apalachee Review, New Orleans Review, and Quarterly West. This is her second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Lavender Dress
Maureen Clark
Maureen Clark’s poems have appeared in Gettysburg Review, Puerto del Sol, Prairie Schooner, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Tar River Poetry.
In the Pines
Paula Bohince
Paula Bohince’s poetry has appeared in Agni, Mississippi Review, Willow Springs, and The Midwest Quarterly.
American Gothic
Bryan D. Dietrich
Bryan D. Dietrich is a recipient of the Paris Review Prize in Poetry, a “Discovery”/The Nation Award, a Writers at Work Fellowship, and the Eve of St. Agnes Prize. His first book, Krypton Nights, was published by Zoo Press in 2002. His poetry has appeared in the Paris Review, The Nation, Yale Review, Prairie Schooner and Shenandoah. This is his second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Married Couple, Singing
Eva Saulitis
Eva Saulitis was a recipient of a creative writing fellowship from The Alaska State Council on the Arts. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Northwest Review, Quarterly West, Connotations, and in several anthologies.
The Bath
Holly J. Hughes
Holly J. Hughes’ poetry has appeared in Crosscurrents, The Midwest Quarterly Review, Pontoon, The Hedgebrook Journal, and Salt in Our Veins.
Edward Weismiller

Edward Weismiller’s fourth collection of poems is Walking Toward the Sun (Yale, 2002). His uncollected poems have appeared widely in such magazines as The New Yorker, Poetry, Kenyon Review, Nation, and The Atlantic Monthly. In 1936, the twenty-year-old Weismiller became the youngest poet to win the prestigious Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. Today, more than sixty years later, he retains that distinction and adds another—he is now the oldest living Younger poet.


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About the Cover
"Soul Rising" is a walrus ivory sculpture by Susie Silook, a sculptor and writer currently living in Anchorage. She received an Alaska Governor's Arts Award in 2000 and, most recently, an Eiteljorg Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis. Her work has been featured in American Indian Art Magazine, and her sculpture is housed in museums and in many private and corporate collections.
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