Wildebeest

Digging for Vulnerability

Doug Carlson joined the Review staff in January 2007 and works primarily in manuscript evaluation and nonfiction editing. Carlson’s essays on natural and cultural history have appeared frequently in magazines and journals as well as in several anthologies, including A Place Apart (W. W. Norton) and The Sacred Place (University of Utah Press). His work has been collected in two books: At the Edge (White Pine Press) and When We Say We’re Home (University of Utah Press). His most recent book, Roger Tory Peterson: A Biography, was published by the University of Texas Press in 2007. Before coming to the Review, Carlson was visiting writer-in-residence at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He is a former chair of the UGA Press Faculty Editorial Board and has served in editorial or advisory capacities for Ascent magazine, White Pine Press, and New Rivers Press.

A Realist in the American Theatre: Selected Drama Criticism of William Dean Howells by Brenda Murphy

Gerald Weales’s “American Theater Watch” appeared in these pages from 1978 until 2010, and we have also featured on occasion his essays and reviews on topics that have included World War II and the early-career political cartoons of one Theodore Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss). In addition to his distinguished career as an author and drama specialist, Weales was a longtime professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he retired in 1987; a senior Fulbright scholar at the University of Sri Lanka; and the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.

The Politics of Mass Thought and Measured Forms (on Politics by Other Means: Higher Education and Group Thinking by David Bromwich & Conspiring with Forms: Life in Academic Texts by Terry Caesar)

Under Western Skies (on Angels and Others by Ken Smith; The Wedding Dress: Stories from the Dakota Plains by Carrie Young; The Secret of Cartwheels by Patricia Henley; & Crossing Wyoming by David Romtvedt)

Greg Johnson, whose reviews have appeared regularly in our pages across many years, has published two novels, five collections of short stories, and several volumes of nonfiction. He lives in Atlanta and teaches in the graduate writing program at Kennesaw State University.

Figured Carpets: The Collected and the Selected (on What I Think I Know: New and Selected Poems by Robert Dana; A Last Bridge Home: New and Selected Poems by Dan Gerber; New and Selected Poems by Stephen Berg; If I Had Wheels or Love: Collected Poems by Vassar Miller; & The Path to Fairview: New and Selected Poems by Julia Randall)

Niki’s Window: Detroit and the Humiliation of History

In the Hollow of an Intricate City

“Countless Dark Bodies Are to Be Inferred Near the Sun” & “Objects Contain the Possibility of All Situations”