Lacuna

E. B. Vandiver’s work has most recently appeared in the Kenyon Review, Ninth Letter, and Shenandoah. A former Poe-Faulkner Fellow at the University of Virginia, she lives in North Carolina.

Don’t Let Me Come Home a Stranger

Mary Odden’s essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, Nimrod, and Northwest Review, and have been anthologized in Under Northern Lights: Writers and Artists View the Northern Landscape and elsewhere. She owned and ran a community newspaper in Glennallen, Alaska, the Copper River Record, for five years; she now works as an aviation dispatcher for the National Park Service during the summers and in the winter teaches English at Prince William Sound Community College.

“The Truth Is Never Really Enough”: Aslin’s Notes from Hugo’s Classes (with an introduction by Thomas Aslin)

Thomas Aslin holds a BA from the University of Washington and an MFA from the University of Montana, where he studied with the late Richard Hugo, Madeline DeFrees, and William Kittredge. Aslin’s most recent publications include a second edition of the poetry collection A Moon Over Wings (Tebot Bach, 2013) and a chapbook, Sweet Smoke (2006). Currently he is working on a collection of essays and memoir writing and is nearly finished with a book of poems titled “This, That, and the Other.”

Richard Hugo’s twenty-odd books (two of them posthumous) include The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir (1973), The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing (1979), The Right Madness on Skye (1980), and The Real West Marginal Way: A Poet’s Autobiography (1986). Born in White Center, Washington, on 21 December 1923, Hugo served as a bombardier in the Mediterranean during World War II. When he returned home he enrolled at the University of Washington, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in creative writing. After working as a technical writer at Boeing for thirteen years, Hugo was hired at the University of Montana, where he taught for almost eighteen years. He died on 22 October 1982, at the age of fifty-eight.

What We Love and Lose and Take to Heart: Remembering Dick Hugo and Walt Pavlich

Thomas Aslin holds a BA from the University of Washington and an MFA from the University of Montana, where he studied with the late Richard Hugo, Madeline DeFrees, and William Kittredge. Aslin’s most recent publications include a second edition of the poetry collection A Moon Over Wings (Tebot Bach, 2013) and a chapbook, Sweet Smoke (2006). Currently he is working on a collection of essays and memoir writing and is nearly finished with a book of poems titled “This, That, and the Other.”

Painters: An Elegy

Rebecca Emlinger Roberts’ essays, short stories, and poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including the Massachusetts Review, the Antioch Review, and (three times previously) the Georgia Review. One of her GR essays, “The Art of Looking Down” (Fall 2008), was listed as a notable essay in the 2009 edition of Best American Essays. 

After the Fact: Scripts & Postscripts

Marvin Bell’s recent books include Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2013 )and Whiteout (Lodima Press, 2011), a collaboration with photographer Nathan Lyons. The selections from “If & When” in this issue continue Bell’s poetic correspondence with Christopher Merrill, earlier exchanges from which were collected in After the Fact: Scripts & Postscripts (White Pine Press, 2016).

Christopher Merrill has six poetry collections; many works of translation and edited volumes, among them The Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature (1991) and From the Faraway Nearby: Georgia O’Keeffe as Icon (1993, reissued 1998); and six books of nonfiction, most recently Self-Portrait with Dogwood (Trinity University Press, 2017). His work has been translated into nearly forty languages and his honors include a knighthood in arts and letters from the French government. As director of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, he has undertaken cultural diplomacy missions to more than fifty countries.

Refuge, and the Serious Humor of Kafka and Beckett

Stephen Dunn is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose. His Degrees of Fidelity: Essays on Poetry and the Latitudes of the Personal,  is due out from Tiger Bark Press in October 2018, and a new collection of poems, Pagan Virtues, is scheduled to be published by W. W. Norton in 2019. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Different Hours, and he has had fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations. Dunn lives in Frostburg, Maryland, with his wife, the writer Barbara Hurd.

Telling Who I Am before I Forget: My Dementia

Gerda Saunders is currently working on a book about her diagnosis of early-onset dementia in 2010 and its aftermath, provisionally titled, “Before I Forget: My Dementia.” Saunders, who emigrated to the U.S. from South Africa in 1984, earned a PhD in English from the University of Utah, spent several years in the corporate world, and then returned to the University of Utah as the Associate Director of Gender Studies. Since retiring in August 2011, she has been spending more time with her family, and she is also involved in community work.

on I Was Thinking of Beauty by Sydney Lea

Jacqueline Kolosov’s lyric memoir, Motherhood, and the Places Between (Stillhouse Press, 2016) won the 2015 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. She is also the author of three collections of poems, most recently Memory of Blue (Salmon Poetry, 2015). The co-editor of Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres (Rose Metal Press, 2015), Kolosov has new poems and prose in the Sewanee Review, Prairie Schooner, and the Southern Review. She lives with her family in Texas.