The Revisionist Memory (on The Ethics of Memory by Avishai Margalit; The Dog of Memory: A Family Album of Secrets and Silences by Alvin Greenberg; The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings by Rebecca McClanahan; & The Remembered Gate: Memoirs by Alabama Writers by Jay Lamar and Jeanie Thompson)

From the Mummy’s Breast (on The Fourth Watch of the Night by Louie Skipper; Les Mots Anglais by Christopher Sawyer-Laucanno; Music Like Dirt by Frank Bidart; Base Pairs by Maria Melendez; The First Thing by Anna Kirwan; and The Circumference of Arrival by Sandra Meek)

Paul Zimmer lives on a farm in southwestern Wisconsin. In the fifteen years since his retirement from a long career in university publishing, he has published two books each of poetry and essay-memoir. His first novel, The Mysteries of Soldiers Grove, is forthcoming from Permanent Press in early 2015, when he will be eighty years old—which surely makes him, he believes, one of the oldest first novelists ever.

American Theater Watch, 2002–2003

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.

15 Ways of Seeing the Light

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David Swanger has published four books of poetry, two chapbooks, and poems in various anthologies and journals. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council. His most recent book, Wayne’s College of Beauty (2006), won the John Ciardi Poetry Prize.

Imagine with Me Now the Final Room

John Stone (1936–2008) was a four-time Georgia Writer of the Year, a 1992 recipient of the Georgia Governor’s Award in the Humanities, and an honored emeritus professor of cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine. Beginning in 1969, he attended the Bread Loaf Writers Conference in Vermont, where he served as resident physician for three summers. His first book of poetry, The Smell of Matches (1972), was followed by In All This Rain (1980), Renaming the Streets (1985), Where Water Begins (1998), and Music from Apartment 8 (2004). Stone was also an acclaimed essayist—his collection In the Country of Hearts: Journeys in the Art of Medicine (1990) earned Stone his fourth Georgia Writer of the Year Award, and his first for nonfiction. He died in Atlanta in 2008. (Inducted in 2007)

Snowbound

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Chris Forhan is the author of three books of poetry: Black Leapt In (2009), winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize; The Actual Moon, The Actual Stars (2003), winner of the Morse Poetry Prize and a Washington State Book Award; and Forgive Us Our Happiness (1999), winner of the Bakeless Prize. A professor at Butler University, he is the recipient of an NEA fellowship and two Pushcart Prizes.

What Do You Believe In? I Believe in the Fog

Diane Seuss’s Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open won the 2009 Juniper Prize for Poetry and is forthcoming this spring from the University of Massachusetts Press. Recent work has appeared in Poetry, New Orleans Review, Brevity, and Blackbird. Seuss is currently writer in residence at Kalamazoo College.