Fall 2010

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Cold Mountain Review (CMR) is proud to announce the release of its Fall issue.

We are honored to once again place in your hands what we consider to be some of the most interesting and thought provoking work from some of the nation’s best writers, artists and storytellers. The fall issue includes work from a startlingly broad array of voices and perspectives, from the solitude of the potter’s workbench to the promise of a brightly lit fourth grade classroom to the uneasy desolation of a hospital waiting room at night.

The current issue of CMR features a striking full-color cover photograph by Matt Powell as well as poetry by Becky Gould Gibson, Mark Jay Brewin Jr., Carol Hamilton, Jim Bainbridge, Virginia Shank, Weston Cutter, and other notable contributors. The issue also includes creative non-fiction by Harmony Neal, a haunting account of love and loss by Robert Busby, as well as an unforgettable tale of faith and family by novelist Ted Wojtasik. The issue showcases the photo essay “Stolen Childhood.” This documentary work by Michael Mullady presents an unflinching look at the lives of child coal miners.

Table of Contents

Non-Fiction Excerpts

Hungry by Harmony Neal

Tell me a secret, I say, lying in bed, after sex, exhausted and aching. Tell me a secret, I say, not really needing a secret so much as a tiny bit of him.I don’t have any.Of course you do, I murmur, everyone does. I’m thinking of my own secrets, the…
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Fiction Excerpts

Blessed Ham by Ted Wojtasik

When I was six years old, I killed my cocker spaniel. No one knew that I had actually killed him, so no one had ever blamed me for his death. The entire incident had been tucked away, first one fold and then another fold, into family silence. For…
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The Bear Wife by Robert Busby

Noal Brown sits up and catches the pager vibrating on the coffee table above him, sees the page is from the sheriff’s station. Decides to radio in from the truck. This is Friday. This is February. He lies back down on the rug where he’s been…
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Eastbound by Kate Ver Ploeg

The first thing you notice when the door to the semi swings open is the smell. Vanilla Spice and Cinnamon Sunrise, you’ll identify later, and old cigarette and Febreeze. Heavy and artificial, it saunters down the tall cab stairs, squeezing around…
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Poetry Excerpts

Morning, Simple Springs Farm by Becky Gould Gibson
Before the Divorce by Jim Bainbridge
Perfect Circle by Virginia Shank
Midsentence by Patricia Hooper
Numbers by Jared Harel
Butterflies on the Cowpats by Carol Hamilton

Contributor Bios

JIM BAINBRIDGE’s poems and short stories have appeared in Berkeley Fiction Review, LIT, Poetry East, Red Cedar Review, South Carolina Review, and other journals. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

JUDE BRANCHEAU teaches English composition at Ming Chuan University in Taipei, Taiwan. His poetry has appeared in journals such as Green’s Magazine, Octavo, and Southern Poetry Review.

MARK JAY BREWIN JR. is a third year graduate candidate at the MFA program of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in Southern Poetry Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Los Angeles Review, New Delta Review, and South Carolina Review, among others. Brewin’s work has placed in the Guy Owen Poetry Prize and the New Letters Literary Award Contest.

ROBERT BUSBY grew up in Pontotoc, Mississippi, but he shares the same birthplace as Elvis Aaron Presley. Currently, he lives in Miami, Florida, with his wife and their cat. He serves as the fiction editor for Gulf Stream Magazine and is completing his MFA in fiction from Florida International University. This is his first published story.

RICK CHRISTMAN is the author of Falling in Love at the End of the World, a collection of stories and prose poems. His work has appeared in nearly forty magazines, including Indiana Review, Descant, The Chariton Review, and Connecticut Review. He has won numerous grants and awards, including a Loft-McKnight Award in Fiction and the St. Louis Poetry Center’s National Poetry Contest.

JAMES CIHLAR is the author of the poetry book Undoing and chapbook Metaphysical Bailout. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Mary, Rhino, Painted Bride Quarterly, Emprise Review, Verse Daily, and Forklift, Ohio. His reviews and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Western American Literature, and Prairie Schooner. He is a visiting instructor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and Macalester College in St. Paul.

WESTON CUTTER is from Minnesota. His work recently appeared in Southern Review and is forthcoming in Ploughshares, as well as other journals. Cutter edits the book review website Corduroy Books and has a collection of stories, You’d Be a Stranger, Too, coming this winter from BlazeVOX.

JULIE DUNLOP often spent time with her grandmother in Appalachia, Virginia, as a child. Her poetry has been published in a variety of journals, including Appalachian Heritage, and is forthcoming in Janus Head and JAMA. Her contribution to this issue of CMR is part of a manuscript exploring the impacts of mountaintop removal.

BECKY GOULD GIBSON has published two prize-winning chapbooks of poetry, Off-Road Meditations, and Holding Ground, as well as three full-length collections, First Life, Need-Fire, and Aphrodite’s Daughter. Need-Fire received the 2008 Brockman-Campbell Award given by the North Carolina Poetry Society. Additional awards include a North Carolina Arts Council Literary Fellowship in Poetry and a nomination for the Twentieth Annual Pushcart Prize in Poetry. Gibson currently serves as mentor to young poets in the North Carolina Poetry Society’s Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Reading Series.

JAY GRISWOLD was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and has traveled extensively throughout the world. He has an MA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University and currently resides in Ft. Myers, Florida. His books are Meditations for the Year of the Horse and The Landscape of Exile.

JUSTIN HAMM is originally from the flatlands of central Illinois, and he now lives near Mark Twain Territory in Missouri. He is the author of the chapbook Illinois, My Apologies. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Nimrod International Journal, The New York Quarterly, Cream City Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and a host of other publications. Justin earned his MFA from Southern Illinois University in 2005.

CAROL HAMILTON has recent and upcoming publications in South Carolina Review, Poet Lore, New York Quarterly, Poem, and other journals. Her most recent books are Shots On, Contrapuntal, and the soon-to-be-published Master of Theater: Peter the Great from Finishing Line Press and Umberto Eco Lost His Gun from Pudding House. She has won numerous awards for children’s novels and poetry. She is a former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma.

KATHERINE HOERTH is the author of Among the Mariposas, a chapbook ofcpoetry. She is the recipient of the Nuestra Voz prize, and her poetry most recently appeared in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. Katherine taught English to recent immigrants for several years in a small Texas border town. She is an MFA candidate at The University of Texas Pan American and has served as editor-in-chief of Gallery Magazine. She lives in Edinburg, Texas.

JARED HAREL earned his MFA in poetry from Cornell University, where he taught for two years. His poems have recently been published in literary journals such as Hayden’s Ferry Review, Notre Dame Review, New York Quarterly, Barrow Street, The Fiddlehead, and Quarterly West. He currently teaches creative writing at Centenary College. He also plays drums for Heywood, a rock band based in New York City.

PATRICIA HOOPER’s most recent books of poetry are Aristotle’s Garden and At the Corner of the Eye. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The American Scholar, The Atlantic Monthly, The Hudson Review, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, and other magazines.

SEAN KARNS’ work has appeared or is forthcoming in Folio, Ninth Letter, Mayday Magazine, and elsewhere.

SUSAN MEYERS is a Seattle native who has lived and taught in Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. She earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Arizona. Her work has recently appeared in Calyx, The Minnesota Review, Terra Incognita, and Rosebud. She has been the recipient of several awards, including a Monique Wittig Scholarship and a Fulbright Fellowship. She teaches writing at Oregon State University.

SALLY MOLINI co-edits Cerise Press, an international online journal based in the US and France ( http://www.cerisepress.com ). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Barrow Street, Diagram, Beloit Poetry Journal, Southern Humanities Review, Denver Quarterly, and other journals. She lives in Nebraska.

MICHAEL MULLADY’s work has appeared in a variety of outlets including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Photo District News, and SPIN. In 2008 and 2009 he was named College Photographer of The Year by the White House News Photographers Association. He recently received the Marty Forscher Fellowship for Humanistic Photography from the Parson’s School for Design in New York City.

HARMONY NEAL lives in Illinois with her dog, Milkshake, but she wishes they lived in Detroit. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in places like Georgetown Review, The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Alaska Quarterly Review, Fiction Fix, Sou’Wester, and Prick of the Spindle. Three of her flash fictions are being made into short films in Hollywood. She’s working on a novel set in Detroit.

KATE VER PLOEG is a student in Western Washington University’s graduate writing program, where she is at work on a book about her solo bike trip through the South. This is her first published story.

MATT POWELL is a photographer and multimedia producer for the international aid organization Samaritan’s Purse. He has traveled to nearly every region of the developing world on assignment. His love for visual storytelling is enhanced by an intense desire to connect with others and generate effective assistance for those in need.

INES P. RIVERA PROSDOCIMI received an MFA in Creative Writing at American University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Afro-Hispanic Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Callaloo, Poet Lore, Saranac Review, The Caribbean Writer, and Wasafiri. Recently, her manuscript, The Flamboyan’s Red Petals, was a finalist in the 2010 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award competition.

DOUG RAMSPECK received the 2010 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize for Mechanical Fireflies, which will be published in 2011. His first book, Black Tupelo Country, received the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and was published by The University of Missouri-Kansas City. His poems have been accepted by journals that include The Kenyon Review, Epoch, and Prairie Schooner. He teaches creative writing and directs the Writing Center at Ohio State University at Lima.

BRADY RHOADES’ poems have appeared in the anthology Best New Poets 2008, as well as in Antioch Review, Louisville Review, Baltimore Review, Faultline, and many other publications. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice.

JAY RUBIN teaches writing at The College of Alameda and publishes Alehouse, an all-poetry literary journal. He holds an MFA in Poetry from New England College and lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.

RICHARD SCHIFFMAN, a writer based in New York, is a former journalist for National Public Radio. He is the author of two biographies: Mother of All and Sri Ramakrishna, A Prophet For the New Age. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Poetry East, The North American Review, Southern Poetry Review, 32 Poems, Rosebud, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and many other journals.

VIRGINIA SHANK received her MFA from the University of Idaho. She currently lives in Binghamton, New York, where she pursues her PhD at Binghamton University, dabbles in stop-motion animation, and works part time as a zoo keeper. Her poems have appeared in Grist, Oregon Literary Review, Permafrost, RHINO, and The Meadowlands Review.

JOSHUA MICHAEL STEWART’s poems have been published in Massachusetts Review, Rattle, Georgetown Review, William and Mary Review, Flint Hills Review, Pedestal Magazine, Evansville Review, and Worcester Review. Pudding House Publications published his chapbook, Vintage Gray, in 2007.

DAVID SULLIVAN’s first book, Strong-Armed Angels, is available through Hummingbird Press. Two of the book’s poems were read on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. He teaches literature and film at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, California, where he lives with his love, Cherie Barkey, a historian, and their two children, Jules and Amina.

RANDOLPH THOMAS writes poetry and fiction. His work has appeared in Poetry, Witness, Glimmer Train Stories, The Hudson Review, Southwest Review, and many other journals. He teaches English at Louisiana State University where he is also Creative Writing Program Coordinator.

JULIE MARIE WADE completed an MA in English at Western Washington University and an MFA in Poetry at the University of Pittsburgh. Her first collection of lyric essays, Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures, won the 2009 Colgate University Press Nonfiction Book Award, and her second collection of lyric essays, Small Fires, received the 2009 Linda Bruckheimer Award for Kentucky Literature. Her poetry chapbook, Without, will be released this month from Finishing Line Press.

ADAM A. WILCOX is president of Writ Wilcox, an information design company. His poetry has appeared in Poetry, The Colorado Review, and Folio. Previously, he was a columnist for Rochester City Newspaper.

TED WOJTASIK is the author of three novels: No Strange Fire, Collage, and Wild Animal Nation. He holds an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University and a PhD is twentieth-century American literature from the University of South Carolina. His is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina. He is currently working on a collection of short stories.