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Alaska Quarterly Review

Volume 23, No. 1 & 2

Spring & Summer 2006


Thoreau's Laundry
Ann Harleman
Ann Harleman is the author of a collection of stories, Happiness (University of Iowa Press), and a novel, Bitter Lake (Southern Methodist University Press). Her stories have appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, American Fiction, Ploughshares, Story, and the O. Henry Prize Stories 2003. Among her awards are Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships and the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award.
Bird on Bird Jason Ockert
Jason Ockert is the author of the novel Rabbit Punches, published by Lofi Press in 2005. His stories have appeared in McSweeney's, River City, Cutbank, and Black Warrior Review.
Homicide Survivors Picnic
Lorraine López
Lorraine López, author of Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories, and There is Lipsoap Lettuce, a young adult novel, both published by Curbstone Press. Her recent work appears in Prairie Schooner, New Letters: A Magazine of Writing and Art, The U.S. Latino Review, The Crab Orchard Review, and The Mammoth Anthology of Short Fiction.
Girl Fish Jim Meirose
Jim Meirose is the author of the novel Claire and the short story collection Breakfast, Meat, and Other Stories. His work has been short-listed for the O. Henry Awards.
Jan Pendleton
Jan Pendleton's stories have appeared in The New England Review, The Antioch Review, The Quarterly, Quarterly West, StoryQuarterly, and Noon.
The Turret House Charles Wyatt
Charles Wyatt's collection of short stories, Listening to Mozart (University of Iowa Press), won the 1995 John Simmons Award. This is his second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Jack's Things

Peggy Shinner

Peggy Shinner's work has appeared in TriQuarterly, Western Humanities Review, Another Chicago Magazine, River Styx, Other Voices, and The Chicago Reader.
The Other Margaret

William Eisner

William Eisner is the author of a collection of short stories, Done In By Innocent Things, published by GreyCore Press and a novel, The Sévigné Letters, published by Baskerville Publishers.

Interview with the Last Remaining Member of the Feral Dog Pack Which Fed on God's Corpse - June 2006

Ronald F. Currie, Jr.
Ronald F. Currie's stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, The Cincinnati Review, Other Voices, The Sun, The Southeast Review, and Night Train.


Pregnant Madonna Scrubbing Floor

Kim Dana Kupperman

Kim Dana Kupperman's essays have appeared in the Baltimore Review, Eclectic Literary Forum, the Louisville Review, the Maine Scholar, and Quarter After Eight. She was the first-place winner of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics essay contest in 1996.

Looking at the Rosy Glow Ellen Morris Prewitt

Ellen Morris Prewitt's essays have appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, Brevity, Fourth Genre, Texas Review, and Skirt! Magazine.

Guest Editor: Olena Kalytiak Davis
Olena Kalytiak Davis is the author of shattered sonnets love cards and other off and back handed importunities (Tin House/Bloomsbury), a spring 2004 Book Sense Poetry Top Ten Pick. Her first collection, And Her Soul Out of Nothing (University of Wisconsin Press), was selected by Rita Dove for the Brittingham Prize for Poetry. Davis' work has been included in four Best American Poetry anthologies and in the Pushcart Prize anthology. Among her awards are Guggenheim, Rasmuson and Alaska State Council on the Arts fellowships.

[Lying in bed I think about you,]
[Beautiful arbitrary reflexivity (the night)]
Joshua Beckman
Joshua Beckman is the author of four books of poetry and the forthcoming book, SHAKE (Wave Books, 2006). He lives in Brooklyn and Seattle.
Millefiori: The Habits of Belief Angus Bennett
Angus Bennett is currently pursuing a PhD in English at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. This is his first publication in a national literary journal.
At Elmwood Cemetery,
Mt. Elliott and Lafayette, Detroit
Laura Bernstein-Machlay
Laura Bernstein-Machlay's poems have appeared in Georgia Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review.

David Biespiel

David Biespiel's books include Wild Civility (University of Washington Press, 2003) and Shattering Air (BOA Editions, 1996).
Site-Specific Adaptations
Elizabeth Bradfield
Elizabeth Bradfield has recent poems in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, and Field. This is her second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
White Suit
Joel Brouwer
Joel Brouwer is the author of Exactly What Happened (Purdue University Press, 1999) and Centuries (Four Way Books, 2003). His poems and essays have appeared in AGNI, Gettysburg Review, Massachusetts, Paris Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry.
Grid Karen Chase
Karen Chase's first book of poems, Kazimierz Square, was published in 2000. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Norton Introduction To Poetry and Billy Collins' Poetry 180. Her new book of poems, Doing Time, will come out in 2007.

Part-Time Lazarus
Mark Conway
Mark Conway's book of poems, Any Holy City, came out in 2005. His work has appeared in Agni, Bomb, The Gettysburg Review, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner.
The Grasp Relaxed is Neither
Mark Cox
Mark Cox's latest books are Natural Causes and Thirty-seven Years from the Stone, both published in the Pittsburgh Poetry Series.

On Turning 38 in Roma
Towards a Philosophy of Extrapolation
Kevin Craft
Kevin Craft's first book of poems, Solar Prominence, won the Samuel and Rhea Gorsline Prize from Cloudbank Books. His work has appeared in Poetry, Verse, Crab Orchard Review, and Southwest Review.
Every River Weston Cutter
Weston Cutter has recent work in Delmar and Washington Square.
Place Mat
Opium Remnants

Jim Daniels
Jim Daniels' most recent book is Street, a collection of his poems. This is his third appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Christine Deavel
Christine Deave's chapbook, Box of Little Spruce, was recently published by LitRag Press. Her poems have appeared in Fence, Ploughshares, and The American Poetry Review.
Professional Extra
Michael Dumanis
Michael Dumanis is the co-editor of the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande Books, 2006). His poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review, The Denver Quarterly, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, and Verse.
I Had a Late Night Visitor
Bruce Farnsworth
Bruce Farnsworth's poems have appeared in Exquisite Corpse and Ice Floe.
jesus knew Nick Flynn
Nick Flynn is the author of Some Ether, which won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and Blind Huber, both from Graywolf Press. His memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (Norton, 2004) won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award.
Another Point
Mark Halliday
Mark Halliday's books of poems are Little Star (1987), Tasker Street (1992), Selfwolf (1999), and Jab (2002). His study of Wallace Stevens, Stevens And The Interpersonal, was published by Princeton in 1991.
The Future Of Terror / 4
Terror Of The Future / 4
Matthea Harvey
Matthea Harvey is the author of two books of poetry, Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form and Sad Little Breathing Machine.
Happiness Writes White
Edward Hirsch
Edward Hirsch's most recent book of poems is Lay Back the Darkness (2003). His new prose book, Poet's Choice, was recently published by Harcourt. He is president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Hanging, Myself

Cyphar Hopkins

Cyphar Hopkins is an undergraduate student at Central Washington University. This is his first published poem.
The Bombardment
Alfonso Looks Out of the Window
Ilya Kaminsky
Ilya Kaminsky's first book is Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004).
[from] Nocturnes Deborah Landau
Deborah Landau's collection of poems is Orchidelirium.
Money Variations David Lehman
David Lehman is the author of six books of poems, most recently When a Woman Loves a Man (Scribner, 2005).
Last Body Alex Lemon
Alex Lemon's most recent poems appear in Tin House, AGNI, Artful Dodge, Bloomsbury Review, The Journal, and Pleiades.
What To Use To Make A Junco J.W. Marshall
J.W. Marshall's poems appear in Beloit Poetry Review, Field, Ploughshares, and Poetry. In 2005, Wood Works published his second chapbook Taken With.
Cloud Elegy Cate Marvin
Cate Marvin is the author of World's Tallest Disaster (Sarabande, 2001). Her second book of poems, Fragment of the Head of a Queen, will be published by Sarabande in 2007. She is co-editor of Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande, 2006).
A Strange Forbearance
The Mimic Birds
Davis McCombs
Davis McCombs's first book, Ultima Thule, was chosen by W. S. Merwin for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Recent work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The Missouri Review, Willow Springs, and Pleiades.
just for the record
Jeffrey McDaniel
Jeffrey McDaniel is the author of Alibi School, The Forgiveness Parade, and most recently The Splinter Factory. His work has appeared in The Best American Poetry series.
Time Not Being High
As Yet But Knock
Heather McHugh
Heather McHugh's latest collection of poems is Eyeshot (Wesleyan University Press). She has published a book of essays, Essays: Broken English: Poetry and Partiality, and her translations include Cyclops by Euripides and Glottal Stop: 101 Poems by Paul Celan (co-translated by Nikolai Popov.
Ecstatic Cling
My Affair With The Physicist
Swooping Actuarial Fauna
Susan Parr
Susan Parr lives in Seattle. Her illustrations appeared in Portlandia Review of Books; these are her first published poems.
clutch and pumps D.A. Powell
D. A. Powell's most recent book of poems, Cocktails (Graywolf, 2004), was a finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle Award.
Will Elizabeth Powell
Elizabeth Powell is the author of Republic of Self , selected by C. K. Williams for the New Issues Poetry Prize.
Aubade, Panicking Paisley Rekdal
Paisley Rekdal is the author of two books of poetry, A Crash of Rhinos (University of Georgia Press, 2000), and Six Girls Without Pants (Eastern Washington University Press, 2002), and a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee (Pantheon, 2000 and Vintage, 2002).

Pasted Up In The Vicinity Of The Sun
David Rivard
David Rivard's new collection is Sugartown. His previous books include Bewitched Playground (Graywolf, 2000), and Wise Poison (Graywolf, 1996), which won the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award.

An American Comet
I Came Across The Living One Night
Mary Ruefle
Mary Ruefle is the author of Tristimania and seven other books of poems. This is her second appearance in Alaska Quarterly Review.
Toward the Clear Blue Water Ksenia Rychtycka
Ksenia Rychtycka's work has appeared in Foliage, Short Story Quarterly, Hedge Apple, The MacGuffin and Emergence.

Dies Irae
Ira Sadoff
Ira Sadoff is the author of Barter and five other poetry collections. His poems and stories have appeared in most major literary magazines, including The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Paris Review, The Nation, Esquire, and The Partisan Review.
Autumn Poem Amelia Salisbury
Amelia Salisbury is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. This is her first publication in a national literary journal.

On Hearing A Clock Chime Once While Listening
Self My With Is
Frances Sjoberg
Frances Sjoberg has poems in Sonora Review, Spork, and Barrow.

What Her Door Said
John Surowiecki
John Surowiecki's chapbook, Further Adventures of My Nose: 24 Caprices, was published by Ugly Duckling Press in Brooklyn. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Wisconsin Review, Folio, Xanadu, and Gargoyle [#50].

Some Considerations of (Untitled)
Michael Thuene
Michael Thuene's work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Pleiades, Verse, The Chicago Review, The New Republic, and American Literary Review.
Jonathan VanBallenberghe
Jonathan VanBallenberghe's work has appeared in Fence, Colorado Review, Iowa Review, and Harvard Review.
Mrs. Othmar, Mon Amour G.C. Waldrep
G.C. Waldrep's books of poems are Goldbeater's Skin (winner of the 2003 Colorado Prize) and Disclamor (forthcoming from BOA Editions in 2007).
Flu Song In Spanish
Kary Wayson
Kary Wayson's chapbook, Dog & Me, was published in 2004 by LitRag Press. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, The Nation, and FIELD.
Katharine Whitcomb
Katharine Whitcomb is the author of Saints of South Dakota & Other Poems. Her work has appeared in Paris Review, The Missouri Review, and The Yale Review.
Sotto Voce
Rebecca Wolff
Rebecca Wolff is the author of two books of poems, Manderley (University of Illinois Press, 2001) and Figment (W.W. Norton, 2004).
Twelve Exercises Franz Wright
Franz Wright's last collection, Walking to Martha's Vineyard, received the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; his new book, God's Silence, was published by Knopf earlier this year.
Lazy Comet, Hurry
Matthew Zapruder
Matthew Zapruder's second collection of poems, The Pajamaist, will be published by Copper Canyon in fall 2006.
from Roche Limit Andrew Zawacki

Andrew Zawacki is the author of two poetry books, Anabranch (Wesleyan, 2004) and By Reason Of Breakings (Georgia, 2002), as well as a chapbook, Masquerade (Vagabond, 2001).


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