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Alaska Quarterly Review

Volume 22, No. 1 & 2

Spring & Summer 2005


Lindsay Fitz-Gerald
Lindsay Fitz-Gerald’s fiction has appeared in Santa Monica Review and in Women on the Edge, an anthology of stories by L.A. women writers.
Content Yourself with Achieving Precise Results

Alison Baker

Alison Baker's short story collections, How I Came West and Why I Stayed and Loving Wanda Beaver, were both published by Chronicle Books and both named New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her last story in Alaska Quarterly Review, "Convocation," received an O. Henry Award.
Separate Kingdoms
Valerie Laken
Valerie Laken’s fiction has appeared in the Pushcart Prize anthology, Ploughshares and The Missouri Review, where she received their Editors’ Prize.
The Sultan of Nothing Mary Michael Wagner
Mary Michael Wagner’s fiction has appeared in Strange Attraction: The Best of Ten Years of ZYZZYVA, Love Stories for the Rest of Us (Pushcart Press), The Cream City Review, Spoon River Quarterly, and in the O. Henry Prize Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies.
Edward J. Delaney
Edward J. Delaney is the author of the short story collection The Drowning & Other Stories and the novel Warp & Weft. His work has appeared frequently in The Atlantic Monthly, and has appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories and The Best American Short Stories anthologies.
Squeeze the Feeling John Dufresne
John Dufresne is the author of two short story collections, The Way That Water Enters Stone and the forthcoming Johnny Too Bad, and the novels Deep in the Shade of Paradise; Louisiana Power & Light, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a New York Times Notable Book in 1994; and Love Warps the Mind a Little, a New York Times Notable Book in 1997.
Charmed Life

Mark Baechtel

Mark Baechtel has published a story in Sou‘wester, and book reviews and features in The Washington Post. His poems have appeared in American Literary, Lip Service, Poet Lore, and the anthologies Open Door: 1980-1996 and Baltimore: Poems About a City.
Light-skinned-ed Girl

Heidi W. Durrow

Heidi Durrow is a 2004 fellow in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a recipient of a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Writers 2004, a Jentel Foundation Residency 2004, a Ragdale Foundation Residency, and the winner of the Chapter One Fiction Contest sponsored by the Bronx Writers' Council. This is Durrow’s first fiction publication in a national literary journal.

Eight Errors or More

John A. McDermott

John A. McDermott’s work has appeared in Meridian, The North Atlantic Review, The South Dakota Review, The Southeast Review and The Threepenny Review.
The Difference between Pluto and Goofy

Michelle Brooks

Michelle Brooks's work has appeared in Hayden's Ferry Review, Blue Mesa Review, Madison Review, Other Voices, Phoebe, Cold Mountain Review, and Long Shot. Her chapbook, Such Short Supply, was published in 2004.

Something for Effect Kaye Longberg

Kaye Longberg’s fiction has appeared in So to Speak, The MacGuffin, South Carolina Review, and River Oak Review. Her work has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize.


BLAZE: Paintings and Poems

Kesler Woodward and Peggy Shumaker

Kesler Woodward's paintings are included in all major public art collections in Alaska, and in museum, corporate, and private collections on both coasts of the United States. Juried and invitational exhibitions including his work have ranged from Alaska to Brazil and Russia. Woodward has also published five books on Alaskan art, including the first comprehensive survey of the fine arts in Alaska, Painting in the North (Anchorage Museum and University of Washington Press). His latest volume is Painting Alaska (Alaska Geographic Society). Woodward was recently honored at the Alaska Governor’s Arts Awards with the 2004 Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award.

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). Her essays have appeared in A Year in Place (University of Utah Press), A Road of Her Own (Fulcrum), Under Northern Lights (University of Washington Press), Prairie Schooner Ascent, and in the anthology Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction, forthcoming from Norton. She has won a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Shumaker is a contributing editor to Alaska Quarterly Review.

September Light

Kesler Woodward

After Long Drought

Peggy Shumaker

Bright Birch #3

Kesler Woodward


Peggy Shumaker

Seasons of Praise: Fall

Kesler Woodward


Peggy Shumaker

Seasons of Praise: Winter

Kesler Woodward


Peggy Shumaker

Seasons of Praise: Spring

Kesler Woodward


Peggy Shumaker

Seasons of Praise: Summer

Kesler Woodward

Chena Night

Peggy Shumaker

Chase's Woods

Kesler Woodward


Marie Sheppard Williams

Marie Sheppard Williams is the author of two short story collections, The Worldwide Church of the Handicapped (Coffee House Press) and The Weekend Girl (Folio Bookworks). Williams is the recipient of a Bush Artist Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and a Wolf Pen Fellowship sponsored by the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Williams is a frequent contributor to Alaska Quarterly Review.
Essential Parts Lee Montgomery
Lee Montgomery’s work has appeared in Story, Iowa Review and Denver Quarterly. She is a senior editor at Tin House Magazine.
Bog Ritual Sarajane Woolf
Sarajane Woolf’s work has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor.
Dance Beautifully Bonnie J. Rough
Bonnie J. Rough lives in Iowa City. This is her first published essay.
Notes on a Photograph

Sarah Manguso

Sarah Manguso’s first poetry collection, The Captain Lands in Paradise (Alice James Books), was named one of “Our 25 Favorite Books of 2002” by The Village Voice. Her second collection, Siste Viator, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2006. Her poems have appeared in a wide range of literary journals and in The Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies. This is Manguso’s first creative nonfiction publication.
Holy Land
Sandra Kleven
Sandra Kleven is the author of The Right Touch: A Read-Aloud Story to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse. The Right Touch has won three national awards. Her screenplay for the documentary The Touching Problem (with KVOS television) won an area Emmy Award. Holy Land was performed by Thomas Spitzer at the Edward Albee Theatre Conference, Valdez, Alaska, in 1997.
Death, Etc.
Maxine Kumin
Maxine Kumin's fifteenth book, Jack and Other New Poems, was published in January 2005. Her books include Bringing Together: Uncollected Early Poems 1958-1988; The Long Marriage; a memoir titled Inside the Halo and Beyond: Anatomy of a Recovery; and Always Beginning: Essays on a Life in Poetry. A children's book of animal poems is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin in the spring of 2006. Her awards include the Poets’ Prize, the Ruth E. Lilly Poetry Prize and the Pulitzer Prize. She served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1980-1981, before that post was renamed Poet Laureate of the United States, and as Poet Laureate of New Hampshire from 1989 to 1994. She is an Alaska Quarterly Review contributing editor.
Here Jesse Lee Kercheval
Jesse Lee Kercheval is the author of the poetry collections World as Dictionary (Carnegie Mellon University Press) and Dog Angel (University of Pittsburgh Poetry Series). Her recent poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Southern Review, Georgia Review, and Prairie Schooner. This is her second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
A Clearing Will Come
90 Wounded Men in a Barn
Nance Van Winckel
Nance Van Winckel’s recent poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry, Field and Ploughshares. Her fourth collection, Beside Ourselves, was recently published by Miami University Press. Her third collection of short stories, Curtain Creek Farm, was published in 2000 by Persea Books. This is Van Winckel’s third appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Redundancy of Light
Dark Matter Theory
Frank Montesonti
Frank Montesonti’s poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Spork, Cream City Review and Black Warrior Review.
At Ten Sleep Thomas Avena
Thomas Avena’s poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review and The Best American Poetry 1996. He is the recipient of a 1995 American Book Award for editing and co-writing Life Sentences: Writers, Artists, and AIDS. He was also the recipient of the Joseph Henry Jackson Award in Literature and the International Humanitas Award for his work in AIDS education and the arts.
Missing Home
Gunfire at the Gospic Hotel
Susan Rich
Susan Rich was the recipient of the PEN West Poetry Award and the Peace Corps Writers Award for The Cartographer's Tongue: Poems of the World (White Pine Press). Her forthcoming collection, Not a Prayer: Poems for this World (White Pine Press), has a publication date of early 2006. This is Rich’s second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Sonja Livingston
Sonja Livingston’s poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, Puerto del Sol, Apalachee Review, and Whetstone. She received a 2003 Iowa Award and a 2002 Intro Award from the Associated Writing Programs.
Naming the End
James Allen Hall
James Allen Hall's recent poems and essays have appeared in Margie, The Worcester Review, The Bellingham Review, and The James White Review.
Eulogy for the Galapagos Tortoise
Anne Coray
Anne Coray’s poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Poetry, Commonweal, Northwest Review, North American Review and The Women's Review of Books. She is the author of the chapbooks Ivory (Anabiosis) and Soon the Wind (Finishing Line).
July Issue of Time Predicts How the Universe Will End
Katherine Maurer
Katherine Maurer's recent poems have appeared in The Texas Review and Hayden's Ferry Review.
Credo for Odds and Ends Karen Harryman
Karen Harryman’s poems have appeared in Los Angeles Review, Poetry New Zealand, and Connecticut River Review.
Hell is Halfway Between Heaven and Earth
Contemplating Original Sin While Sitting on the Throne
Richard Spilman
Richard Spilman has published poetry in over thirty journals, most recently in New Letters, Oxford Magazine, The Southern Review, and DoubleTake. His collection of short stories, Hot Fudge, was a New York Times Notable Book in 1990.
Against Pastorals
Michael Walsh
Michael Walsh's chapbook, Adam Walking the Garden, was published last year by Red Dragonfly Press. Those poems were the outgrowth of a 2001 Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship in poetry.
Total Balance Farm
Clint McCown
Clint McCown's recent poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Nimrod, Sewanee Review, North American Review, and Ascent. His third novel won this year's Gable Prize at Graywolf Press.
Exile in Japan
James Doyle
James Doyle’s book, Einstein Considers a Sand Dune (2004), won the Steel Toe Books contest. His recent poems have appeared in The South Carolina Review, New Orleans Review, Notre Dame Review, and Hunger Mountain. This is his second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Gdzie Napisane
Alzheimer's Weltanschauung
Amy Groshek
Amy Groshek's poems have appeared in Blue Collar Review and Ice Floe. The title of the poem comes from the phrase her grandmother used to chastise her: Gdzie napisane, na kominie (It has been written on the chimneytop).
Talking to the Blind, Deaf Dog
Distant Light
Joan I. Siegel
Joan I. Siegel’s poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Commonweal, The Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, and Poetry East. Her collection, Peach Girl: Poems of a Chinese Daughter, was published by Grayson Books, 2002.

The Child’s Shoe
Resurgam in the Delta Pavonis System
Poster Poem
Dag T. Straumsvag
Trans. Robert Hedin
Dag T. Straumsvag was born in Kristiansund, Norway, in 1964 and has lived in Trondheim since 1984. His first book, Eg er Simen Gut, was published in 1999 by Aschehoug. Translator Robert Hedin’s most recent book is Old Glory: American War Poems from the Revolutionary War on Terrorism (Persea Books, 2004). He is the director of the Anderson Center, an artist community in Red Wing, Minnesota, and edits Great River Review.
Mr. Grim's Fairy Tales
Ronald Wallace

Ronald Wallace’s Long for This World: New and Selected Poems was published by University of Pittsburgh Press in 2003. He is the editor of the University of Wisconsin Press poetry series.


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