The Omega

Rebecca Cook writes prose and poetry and is especially interested in work that defies genre and labels, such as the lyric essay and the “fictitious” essay. She received her BA in English literature and her MA in rhetoric and composition from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she currently teaches; in 2009 she completed her MFA in poetry and creative nonfiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She was a Bread Loaf Scholar in fiction in 2009, and she has a chapbook of poems, The Terrible Baby, available from Dancing Girl Press.

16 DOWN

Robert Wrigley, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Idaho, lives in the high-mountain woods near Moscow. His eleventh and most recent book of poems is Box (Penguin, 2017).

AMMO & EXPLOSIVES

Todd Boss’s poetry collections are Pitch (2012) and Yellowrocket (2008), both from W. W. Norton. His 35-part “Fragments for the 35W Bridge” was part of a collaboration with Swedish artist Maja Spasova called “Project 35W,” an August 2012 art installation on the Mississippi River. Panic, his verse retelling of Knut Hamsun’s 1894 novella Pan, will premiere as a one-man opera in late 2013, arranged by Boston Conservatory’s Andy Vores. Boss is a founding co-director of Motionpoems, a leading producer of poetry films—now in collaboration with Copper Canyon, Milkweed, Graywolf, and other publishers.

The Purification of the Temple

Bruce Bond’s twenty-eight books include Calling (Parlor Press, 2021); Behemoth (Criterion Books, 2021), winner of the New Criterion poetry prize; Patmos (University of Massachusetts Press, 2021), winner of the Juniper Prize; Scar (Etruscan Press, 2020); Plurality and the Poetics of Self (Palgrave, 2019); and Words Written Against the Walls of the City (Louisiana State University Press, 2019). His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including seven editions of Best American Poetry.

Practicing Chinese Ink Drawing

Jack Ridl’s latest poetry collection is Practicing to Walk Like a Heron (Wayne State University Press, 2013). His collection Losing Season (CavanKerry Press) was named the 2009 “Sports Education Book of the Year” by the Institute for International Sport at the University of Rhode Island. Ridl taught for 37 years at Hope College in Michigan; in 1996, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named him Michigan Professor of the Year.

He Drank Molotov Riptide Moonshine Rum

Charles Fort’s books include We Did Not Fear the Father: New and Selected Poems (Red Hen Press, 2012) and Mrs. Belladonna’s Supper Club Waltz: New and Selected Prose Poems (Backwaters Press, 2010). Born in working-class New Britain, Connecticut, he is the founder of the Wendy Fort Foundation Theater of Fine Arts. Fort is currently at work on Sorrow Road, a collection of one hundred villanelles, and a novel, The Last Black Hippie in Connecticut.

“Always Act Well the Part That Is Given You”

Sharon Dolin is the author of five books of poems, most recently (from the University of Pittsburgh Press) Whirlwind (2012) and Burn and Dodge (2008)—the latter a winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. Awarded the 2013 Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, Dolin teaches at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y and directs the Center for Book Arts Annual Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition.

Music from Small Towns

Al Maginnes’ most recent poetry collection, Inventing Constellations, was published in October 2012 by Cherry Grove Collections and is reviewed in this issue (see page 366). New poems appear or are forthcoming in American Literary Review, Southern Humanities Review, Sugar House Review, Border Crossings, Crab Creek Review, and several others. Maginnes lives in Raleigh, NC, and teaches at Wake Technical Community College.

Blight

David Griffith has published short fiction in the Gettysburg Review, the New England Review, and STORY. He is a senior scientist and professor of anthropology at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.