Isogloss: Language and Legacy on Mount St. Helens (essay)

Elizabeth Dodd’s essay in this issue will appear in her new book, Horizon’s Lens: My Time on the Turning World, forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press in fall 2012. She teaches at Kansas State University.

Voice in the Whirlwind (essay)

William Johnson is the author of three poetry collections, including Out of the Ruins (Confluence Press, 1999), chosen as the Idaho Book of the Year; What Thoreau Said (1991), a critical study of Walden; and, most recently, the essay collection A River without Banks (Oregon State University Press, 2010). He has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry, served twice as Idaho Writer-in-Residence, the state’s highest literary honor, and is professor emeritus at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho.

In Praise of Surrealism & In Praise of the Ordinary (poems)

Neil Carpathios’ poetry volumes are Beyond the Bones (FutureCycle Press, 2009), At the Axis of Imponderables (winner of the Quercus Review Press Book Award, 2007), and Playground of Flesh (Main Street Rag Press, 2006). He is coordinator of creative writing at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio.

The More Mysterious: An Interview with Robert Morgan

Jesse Graves is co-editor of “Contemporary Appalachia,” volume 3 of The Southern Poetry Anthology (Texas Review Press, 2010). His first poetry collection was Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine (2011), published by the same press, and his poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner and Connecticut Review, among other journals. An assistant professor of English at East Tennessee State University, Graves grew up in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee, in a community his German ancestors settled in the 1780s.

Left Behind; Decoration Day; & Living Tree (poems)

Robert Morgan’s most recent book of poems is Terroir (Penguin, 2011). He is the author of the best-selling novel Gap Creek (1999) and the nonfiction books Boone: A Biography (2007) and Lions of the West (2011)—all three from Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. A sequel to Gap Creek, The Road from Gap Creek, will be published in 2013. His honors include an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the Thomas Wolfe Prize; and the Hanes Award for Poetry from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. A native of western North Carolina, he has taught at Cornell University since 1971.

Eudora Welty: All Serious Daring Starts from Within (essay)

Fenton Johnson is the author of two novels, Crossing the River (1989) and Scissors, Paper, Rock (1993), as well as Geography of the Heart: A Memoir (1996), Keeping Faith: A Skeptic’s Journey among Christian and Buddhist Monks (2003), and essays and stories for Harper’s Magazine, the New York Times, and many literary quarterlies. His honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, two Lambda Literary Awards, and the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award for best gay/lesbian nonfiction. Johnson teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Arizona.

Making Friends, and the Book of Friendship, with Eudora Welty (essay)

Ronald Sharp is the author or editor of five books in addition to the Norton Book of Friendship (1991)—among them Friendship and Literature: Spirit and Form (1986) and Keats, Skepticism and the Religion of Beauty (1979). In a long career at Kenyon College, he variously served as acting president, provost, John Crowe Ransom Professor of English, and editor of the Kenyon Review. He is now a professor of English at Vassar College.

Forby and the Mayan Maidens (fiction)

Mary Clearman Blew’s most recent books are This Is Not the Ivy League: A Memoir (University of Nebraska Press) and a novel, Jackalope Dreams (Flyover Fiction), both published in 2011. Two fiction collections, Lambing Out and Other Stories (2001) and Runaway (1990), won Pacific Northwest Booksellers awards, as did her memoir All But the Waltz: Essays on a Montana Family (1991). The winner of a Western Heritage Award and the Western Literature Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award, Blew is a professor of English at the University of Idaho.

Leaving Duck Creek (essay)

Mary Clearman Blew’s most recent books are This Is Not the Ivy League: A Memoir (University of Nebraska Press) and a novel, Jackalope Dreams (Flyover Fiction), both published in 2011. Two fiction collections, Lambing Out and Other Stories (2001) and Runaway (1990), won Pacific Northwest Booksellers awards, as did her memoir All But the Waltz: Essays on a Montana Family (1991). The winner of a Western Heritage Award and the Western Literature Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award, Blew is a professor of English at the University of Idaho.