La Mer de L’Ouest

Kent Nelson has identified 767 species of North American birds and has traveled to the most remote areas of the U.S. and Canada, including Attu (the last Aleutian Island), the Dry Tortugas, and Newfoundland. His story collection, The Spirit Bird (University of Pittsburgh Press), won the 2014 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. “Out of the Darkness” is one of seven linked works in a collection-in-progress, “Charleston Stories,” three of which have appeared in The Georgia Review. He lives in Ouray, Colorado.

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Monica McFawn’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Conjunctions, Gargoyle, Passages North, Hotel Amerika, Harpur Palate, and other journals; she reviews fiction for Rain Taxi and the Quarterly Conversation. She teaches writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan and in her spare time rides dressage on her Welsh pony, Eragon.

Insider’s Almanac

Krista Eastman’s work has appeared most recently in Massachusetts Review, Cutbank, and Hayden’s Ferry Review; her honors include the Kay W. Levin Short Nonfiction Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers and the Katey Lehman Fellowship from Pennsylvania State University. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Sheltered: Finding Home through the Art of Mary Brodbeck

Heather Sellers is the author of the memoir You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know (Riverhead Books, 2010), a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice; three volumes of poetry; a children’s book; and a collection of short stories, Georgia Under Water (2001). A new edition of her textbook, The Practice of Creative Writing (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008), is set for imminent release.

The Way of Imagination

Scott Russell Sanders lives in the hill country of southern Indiana, where he has written more than twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including A Conservationist Manifesto (Indiana University Press, 2009) and Hunting for Hope (Beacon Press, 1998). His most recent books (also from IU Press) are Stone Country: Then & Now (2017), a documentary narrative made in collaboration with photographer Jeffrey Wolin, and Dancing in Dreamtime (2016), a collection of eco-science-fiction stories. He is currently finishing his portion of Ordinary Wealth, fifty brief tales written in response to photographs by Peter Forbes.

on Monopolizing the Master: Henry James and the Politics of Modern Literary Scholarship by Michael Anesko

Linda Simon’s many critical and biographical books range from Coco Chanel (Reaktion Books, 2011) to Dark Light: Electricity and Anxiety from the Telegraph to the X-ray (2004) to Thornton Wilder, His World (1979). A past president of the William James Society and general editor of the journal William James Studies, Simon is a professor of English at Skidmore College.

on Stella Adler on America’s Master Playwrights: Eugene O’Neill, Thornton Wilder, Clifford Odets, William Saroyan, Tennessee Williams, William Inge, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, edited by Barry Paris

Myles Weber’s literary criticism appears frequently in The Georgia Review and many other journals, including New England Review, Kenyon Review, Sewanee Review, Salmagundi, and Michigan Quarterly Review. Associate professor of English at Winona State University in Minnesota, Weber is the author of Consuming Silences: How We Read Authors Who Don’t Publish (University of Georgia Press, 2005) and Middlebrow Annoyances: American Drama in the 21st Century (Gival Press, 2003).

With a Little Help from My Friends (on Natasha Trethewey’s Thrall; Kathleen Flenniken’s Plume; John Hodgen’s In My Father’s House; Alice Derry’s Tremolo; and Lola Haskins’ The Grace to Leave)

Judith Kitchen passed away on 6 November 2014, just days after completing work on the essay-review in Spring 2015 Georgia Review. The contributor’s note she supplied read as follows: “Judith Kitchen has three new forthcoming essays—in the Harvard Review, Great River Review, and River Teeth. Her most recent book, The Circus Train, was the lead publication in a new venture—Ovenbird Books, at ovenbirdbooks.org.” To that we respectfully add this brief overview of her writing and teaching career: Kitchen began as a poet, publishing the volume Perennials as the winner of the 1985 Anhinga Press Poetry Prize. She then shifted to prose writing of several sorts, with emphases on essays and reviews. Her four essay volumes are Only the Dance: Essays on Time and Memory (University of South Carolina Press, 1994); Distance and Direction (Graywolf Press, 2002); Half in Shade: Family, Photographs, and Fate (Coffee House Press, 2012); and The Circus Train (Ovenbird Books, 2013)—which appeared first, almost in its entirety, in the Summer 2013 issue of The Georgia Review. In 1998 Kitchen published a critical study, Writing the World: Understanding William Stafford (University of Oregon Press), and in 2002 a novel, The House on Eccles Road (Graywolf Press). She also conceived and edited three important collections of brief nonfiction pieces, all published by W. W. Norton: In Short (1996), In Brief (1999), and Short Takes (2005)—the first two coedited by Mary Paumier Jones. Kitchen also founded State Street Press in the early 1980s, bringing out over the next twenty years seventy-six poetry chapbooks, two pamphlets, five full-length poetry volumes, two collections of translations, and a poetry anthology—the State Street Reader. After teaching for many years at SUNY-Brockport—not all that far from her birthplace of Painted Post, NY—Judith retired and moved with her husband Stan Sanvel Rubin to Port Townsend, WA, from which they founded and co-directed for a decade the Rainier Writing Workshop low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. The collection What Persists
Selected Essays on Poetry from The Georgia Review, 1988–2014 was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2015.

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Patricia Corbus is the author of Ashes, Jade, Mirrors (Volcanic Ash Books, 2002) and is working on her second full-length poetry collection. A native of Sarasota, Florida, she received degrees from Agnes Scott College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the low-residency MFA program at Warren Wilson College. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Notre Dame Review, Paris Review, South Carolina Review, and Madison Review.