Putting the Lizard to Sleep

Revisiting the City of Her Birth

J. Allyn Rosser’s fourth poetry collection, Mimi’s Trapeze, appeared in 2014 from Pittsburgh University Press. Rosser has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and the Ohio Arts Council. She teaches at Ohio University.

The Dog Gets to Dover: William Maxwell as a Correspondent

Michael Collier’s most recent book, My Bishop and Other Poems (University of Chicago Press), was published in 2018. He is a professor of English at the University of Maryland and a director emeritus of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences.

Parks

“This Is Earl Sandt”

Robert Olen Butler has published twelve novels—most recently Hell (Grove Press, 2009)—and six volumes of short stories, including A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Henry Holt, 1992), which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. “This is Earl Sandt” was created in full, from first conception to final story, in seventeen two-hour episodes on a live webcast, which can be downloaded for free by searching for “Inside Creative Writing” at iTunes. Butler teaches creative writing at Florida State University.

Niagara: Winter 1878

John Bensko’s four books of poetry are Visitations (University of Tampa Press, 2014), The Iron City (2000), The Waterman’s Children (1994), and Green Soldiers (1981), winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize. He is also the author of a story collection, Sea Dogs (2004), and coordinator of the University of Memphis MFA program.

In Praise of Envy

In Loco Parentis, 1963

Two Men Do Not Dream the Same Dream