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Vol.7 No.3 Sept 2013

Tony Barnstone’s poetry collections include Tongue of War (BKMK Press, 2009) and The Golem of Los Angeles (Red Hen Press, 2008). His anthology of Erotic Chinese Poems was published by Everyman in 2007, and The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry in 2005.

Willis Barnstone has published numerous books of his own poetry, of poetry translated from several languages, and, particularly in the past decade, of scriptures in English translation, including The Restored New Testament (Norton, 2009).

Jeanne Marie Beaumont has published three collections of poetry, most recently Burning of the Three Fires (BOA Editions, 2010). She currently teaches at The Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan and in the Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine.

William Bedford’s selected poems, Collecting Bottle Tops, and selected short stories, None of the Cadillacs Was Pink, were both published in 2009.

Charles Boyle is the author of several poetry collections, the last being The Age of Cardboard and String (Faber, 2001), and (writing as Jennie Walker) of the short novel 24 for 3. He is founder-editor of the small press CB editions (

Roger Caldwell’s poems and reviews appear in publications in the UK, US and Canada, and he writes regularly on philosophy for Philosophy Now. His collection Waiting for World 93 (Shoestring) was reviewed in the December 2011 WR.

Jennifer Clement’s new novel, Prayers for the Stolen, is due in early 2014 from Hogarth in the UK. An American writer living in Mexico, she is the author of a memoir, Widow Basquiat; two previous novels, A True Story Based on Lies and The Poison That Fascinates (both Canongate); and New and Selected Poems (Shearsman).

Joey Connolly lives in London, where he edits the poetry journal Kaffeeklatsch. His poetry has appeared in various magazines, including PN Review, Magma and Agenda, and in 2012 he received an Eric Gregory award.

Sophie Cook lives in rural Lincolnshire. She is currently working on her first novel, and a collection of short stories.

Katy Darby’s short stories have been read on BBC Radio, published in magazines including Slice, Mslexia and London Magazine, and won prizes in several international fiction competitions. Her first novel, The Unpierced Heart, was published by Penguin in 2012.

Erica Dawson’s Big-Eyed Afraid was published by Waywiser in 2007. A second collection, The Small Blades Hurt, is due from Measure Press next year. She teaches at the University of Tampa, Florida.

Helen May Dennis (Helen May Williams) is Associate Research Fellow in the English Department, University of Warwick. Her publications include Native American Literature: towards a spatialized reading (Routledge, 2007).

B. H. Fairchild has received Guggenheim, Rockefeller/Bellagio and NEA Fellowships, has been a finalist for the National Book Award, and received the National Book Critics Circle Award as well as the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress for his fourth book of poems, Early Occult Memory Systems of the LowerMidwest. The poems in this WR will be in The Blue Buick: Selected and New Poems, due from Norton in 2014.

Roger Finch has published three collections of poetry: According to Lilies (Carcanet, 1992), Fox in the Morning (Leviathan, 2000) and Stations of the Sun (Somerset Hall Press, 2006). After teaching for many years at universities in Japan he retired to Maine, where he is Senior Poet Laureate.

Philip Fried’s Early/Late: New and Selected Poems appeared in 2011 from Salmon Poetry, which publishes his new collection, Interrogating Water, this autumn. He is the founder editor of The Manhattan Review.

William Gilson is an American living permanently in England. His recent publications include a novella, ‘At the Dark End of the Street’, in the New England Review, and he is co-author of Carved in Stone: The Artistry of Early New England Gravestones (Wesleyan University Press, 2012).

John Gohorry’s poem sequence ‘Keeping the City’ was published in WR (September 2011). His seventh collection, The Age of Saturn, is due shortly from Shoestring Press.

Martin Goodman’s fourth novel, Ectopia, has just been published by Barbican Press. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Hull and Director of the Philip Larkin Centre.

John Greening’s chapbook, Knot, appeared from Worple Press in April. Carcanet are bringing out his To the War Poets in November. He received a Cholmondeley Award in 2008.

Debora Greger’s most recent book of poems, By Herself, was published by Penguin in 2012. She is Poet-in-Residence at the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida.

Marilyn Hacker, one of America’s most distinguished poets, was shortlisted this year for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, an honour she previously won in 2009. Unauthorized Voices was published in 2010 in the University of Michigan Press’s Poets on Poetry series.

Jeffrey Harrison is the author, most recently, of Incomplete Knowledge (Four Way Books, 2006) and, in the UK, The Names of Things (Waywiser, 2006). His next book, What Comes Next, will be published by Tupelo Press in 2014 as the winner of the Dorset Prize.

Oli Hazzard is studying for a doctorate at Wolfson College, Oxford. His first collection of poems, Between Two Windows, was published by Carcanet in 2012.

Michael Heller’s This Constellation Is A Name: Collected Poems 1965–2010 was published by Nightboat Books in 2012 and reviewed in the March WR this year.

Ellen Hinsey is the author of six books of poetry and translation, including Update on the Descent, which draws on her experience at an International Tribunal, The White Fire of Time, and Cities of Memory, which received the Yale University Series Award. She has also published reportage on history and democracy in Central and Eastern Europe.

Jodie Hollander, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was raised in a family of classical musicians. Her debut pamphlet, The Humane Society, is reviewed on p. 77.

Philip Hoy is editor-in-chief of The Waywiser Press. His publications include W. D. Snodgrass in Conversation, Anthony Hecht in Conversation and Donald Justice in Conversation.

Lois Jones is host of the radio programme Poet’s Café on KPFK Los Angeles. She has published widely in magazines, is a four-time Pushcart nominee, and in 2012 won the Tiferet Poetry Prize and the Liakoura Poetry Prize.

Tim Liardet’s latest collection of poems, The Storm House (Carcanet), was reviewed in the March 2012 WR. He is Professor of Poetry at Bath Spa University.

Susan Litsios, born in Philadelphia in 1937, lives in Switzerland in a village near Geneva. Her woodcuts and etchings have been exhibited at many group and solo shows internationally, and she hand-produces books for children.

William Logan, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Florida, is prolific both as poet and as critic. His most recent collection of poems is Madame X (Penguin US, 2012).

Anita Mason’s novel about the conquest of Mexico, The Right Hand of the Sun, was published by John Murray (2008). An extract from Chuichui, a novel-in-progress about Haiti, appeared in WR September 2012.

J. D. McClatchy, President of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and editor of the Yale Review, is distinguished as both poet and editor. A selection of his poetry appeared in the UK as Division of Spoils (Arc, 2003) and a volume of new and selected poems is due next year in the US.

Chris Miller, translator and editor, is a widely published literary critic, a co-founder and member of the board of the Oxford Amnesty Lectures, and a member of the editorial board of European Photography.

Dan O’Brien’s War Reporter, shortlisted as this WR goes to press for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, is reviewed on p. 29. His play The Body of an American, winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama and the American PEN Award for Drama, will be seen on the UK stage in London and Northampton early next year.

Caley O’Dwyer teaches at the University of Southern California and is a winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize and a two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize. His first book of poems, Full Nova, was published by Orchises Press.

Michael O’Neill is Professor of English at Durham University, and the author of two volumes of poetry, The Stripped Bed (Collins Harvill, 1990) and Wheel (Arc, 2008).

William Oxley’s most recent books of poems are Poems Antibes (2007) and Sunlight in a Champagne Glass (2009), both Rockingham Press.

William Palmer is the author of six novels, the latest of which, The Devil is White (Jonathan Cape), was reviewed in the June WR.

Sandeep Parmar’s debut collection, The Marble Orchard, appeared from Shearsman in 2012. She edited Mirrlees’s Collected Poems for Carcanet in 2011, and teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Liverpool.

Steven Pelcman has been published in The Windsor Review, The Innisfree Poetry Journal, Tulane Review, The Baltimore Review and many other periodicals, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012. He teaches in Germany.

Tony Roberts’s most recent collection of poems is Outsiders (Shoestring, 2010). His poems, reviews and essays appear regularly in the literary press.

Peter Robinson’s most recent collection is The Returning Sky (Shearsman), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation in 2012. Foreigners, Drunks and Babies: Eleven Stories (Two Rivers Press) and a chapbook of new poems, Like the Living End (Worple Press) are forthcoming this year.

Jamie Ross’s Vinland was published by Four Way Books in 2010. He has lived in Iran, Italy, and (currently) on a mesa west of Taos.

Don Russ is the author of Dream Driving (Kennesaw State University Press, 2007) and the chapbook Adam’s Nap (Billy Goat Press, 2005).

Grace Schulman’s most recent collections of poetry are The Broken String (Houghton Mifflin, 2007) and Days of Wonder: New and Selected Poems (Houghton Mifflin, 2002). Poetry editor of The Nation from 1971 to 2006, she is also the editor of The Poems of Marianne Moore (Viking, 2004). A new book of poems, Without a Claim, is published this month by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Alan Shapiro’s most recent book, Night of the Republic, was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Griffin Prize. His new collection, Reel to Reel, will appear in April 2014 from University of Chicago Press.

Karen Shenfeld has published three collections of poetry with Guernica Editions in Toronto, most recently My Father’s Hands Spoke in Yiddish (2010).

C. K. Stead has won numerous awards in New Zealand and internationally, and has published more than forty volumes of fiction, poetry and criticism. His new collection of poems, The Yellow Buoy (2013), is published in the UK by Arc.

Susan Stewart’s latest collection of poetry is Red Rover (2008), and her most recent book of prose The Poet’s Freedom: A Notebook on Making (2011), both University of Chicago Press.

Matthew Sweeney is one of the most celebrated of living Irish poets. His new collection, Horse Music, is reviewed on p. 174.

Matthew Thorburn is the author of three books of poems, most recently This Time Tomorrow (Waywiser Press, 2013; reviewed on p. 77). He lives in New York City.

Claire Trévien’s début pamphlet, Low-Tide Lottery, was published by Salt in 2011. Her collection The Shipwrecked House (Penned in the Margins, 2012) was reviewed in the June WR.

Siriol Troup has published two collections of poems, Drowning up the Blue End (Bluechrome, 2004) and Beneath the Rime (Shearsman, 2009).

Robert Vas Dias’s tenth collection, London Cityscape Sijo and Other Poems (Perdika, 2012), is reviewed on p. 77. His work of the previous ten years was collected in Still · Life (Shearsman, 2010).

Robert N. Watson is the Neikirk Distinguished Professor of English at UCLA, and author of several books about English Renaissance literature. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Prairie Schooner, Ariel, The Antioch Review, and other journals.