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Cold Mountain Review (CMR) is proud to announce the upcoming release of the Fall 2011 issue .We are honored to 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.
This issue of CMR features a striking full-color cover photograph by Shae Code as well as poetry by Donna Pucciani, R.T. Smith, James McKean, Faith Shearin, and other notable contributors. The issue also includes creative nonfiction by Dana Salvador and fiction by D. J. Thielke, Justin Anderson, and Tamas Dobozy. We are also proud to showcase a captivating photo essay by Jenn Ackerman.
Table of Contents
D. J. THIELKE
Your Scar 6
JUSTIN D. ANDERSON
The Muted Father 19
In Migration 35
On the Color of Hate 14
Sidewalk Want Ads 17
Calabria and Back 29
The Loaf 30
Wedding Dresses 33
Legends on the Map of our Marriage 51
Anonymous Caller 53
Mother’s Day 55
Language Requirement 68
The Watch Repairman’s Daughter 69
I’m Concerned You’ll be Reincarnated as Office Supplies 70
LISA DRNEC KERR
LOIS MARIE HARROD
Alice Ann’s Religion 72
Consider the Cicadas 73
Love Poem with Bodies 75
Another Dubliner 76
R. T. SMITH
Midsummer Puzzle 77
Battle of a Natural Bridge 78
My Accidental Death 94
Shadow Box 96
Out of the Mines 56
During the breaks, I watched them over the top of my book. The first few days, they used jackhammers to tear out the sidewalks. They placed gray chunks into wheelbarrows and threw the debris into a dump truck. I’d sit with my back against…
No matter what your mother has told you, I was always glad you were a girl, and here’s why: I can’t stand my father. My sisters seemed on amicable terms with him, and he was certainly tolerant of them. But between us, there was…
Snow by Faith Shearin
I’m Concerned You’ll be Reincarnated as Office Supplies by Kyle McCord
Midsummer Puzzle by R.T. Smith
Language Requirement by John McKernan
JENN ACKERMAN’s photography has received the Photojournalism Competition
on Human Rights Award, the Morath Award, the Magnum Expression Award,
and the Honickman First Book Prize, among other accolades. Her short film, Trapped:
Mental Illness in America’s Prisons, was honored with an Emmy.
JUSTIN D. ANDERSON teaches writing at West Virginia University, where
he is completing his MFA. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Whitefish
Review, Controlled Burn, and flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment. He is a former
Pushcart Prize nominee.
JACKIE BARTLEY’s poems have appeared most recently in The Southhampton
Review and Hawai‘i Pacific Review. Her third poetry collection, Sleeping with a Geologist,
was selected by Paul Guest for publication by Three Candles Press.
KARINA BOROWICZ’s forthcoming book, The Bees Are Waiting, was selected
by Franz Wright for the 2011 Marick Press Poetry Prize. Her work has also appeared
in AGNI, Poetry Northwest, and The Southern Review.
SHAE CODE is a painter and photographer from Vancouver Island, British
Columbia, Canada. She specializes in conceptual portraiture. The cover of this CMR
issue features Shae as model, make-up artist, and photographer. You can see more
of her work at ShaeCode.com.
NOEL CONNEELY has had poems in Willow Review, Cimarron Review, Chelsea,
Main Street Rag, Southampton Review, and other U.S. and Ireland-based publications.
TAMAS DOBOZY has published two books: Last Notes and Other Stories and
When X Equals Marylou. He has published work in Granta. In 2011, he received the O.
Henry Prize. His next collection, Siege 13, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. He
teaches in the Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University,
and lives in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
DANIELLE HANSON received her MFA from Arizona State University and
now lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work has appeared in over thirty journals and
anthologies, including Rosebud, The Cortland Review, Poet Lore, Asheville Poetry Review,
and Blackbird. She is a former editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review.
LOIS MARIE HARROD won the 2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook Award from Iowa
State University for Cosmogony. Another poetry collection, Brief Term, was published
by Black Buzzard in March 2011. She teaches Creative Writing at The College of
TERRESA HASKEW lives and works in Greenville, South Carolina. Her poems
have appeared in Atlanta Review, The Main Street Rag, Jasper, Press 53 Open Awards,
and Emrys Journal.
CHRIS HAVEN teaches creative writing at Grand Valley State University in
Michigan. His work has appeared in publications including Threepenny Review, New
Orleans Review, and Puerto del Sol. His novel, The Disappearance of Hope Trimble,
was named a semifinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition.
NANCY HECHINGER’s chapbook, Letters to Leonard Cohen, was recently
published by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in
Red Wheelbarrow, Salamander, Raleigh Review, and New York Quarterly. She lives in
New York City, where she teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications Program,
a graduate school in New Media at NYU. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence
and her MFA from Pacific University.
LISA DRNEC KERR directs the composition program at Western New England
University, where she also teaches courses in writing and literature. Her work has
appeared in Green Mountains Review, Kalliope, and English Journal: A Journal of the
English Association, among other publications. She lives in western Massachusetts.
MARTHA LANDY is a special education teacher born and raised in central New
Jersey. She holds a Master Degree in Creative Arts Education from Rutgers University.
She has been writing poetry for thirty years.
KYLE MCCORD is the author of two books of poetry. Galley of the Beloved in
Torment was the winner of the 2008 Orphic Prize. His second book, co-written with
poet Jeannie Hoag, is a book of epistolary poems entitled Informal Invitations to a
Traveler. His work has been featured in Boston Review, Columbia Poetry Journal, Gulf
Coast, Volt, and elsewhere. He co-edits iO: A Journal of New American Poetry.
JAMES MCKEAN has published two books of poems, Headlong and Tree of
Heaven, and a book of essays, Home Stand. His prizes include a Great Lakes Colleges
Association’s New Writer Award in Poetry, an Iowa Poetry Prize, and essays reprinted
in Best American Sports Writing 2003 and the 2006 Pushcart Prize Anthology. His latest
manuscript of poems, We Are the Bus, won the 2011 X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize and
will be published in the fall of 2012 by Texas Review Press. He teaches in the low
residency M.F.A. program at Queens University in Charlotte, NC.
JOHN MCKERNAN became a professional comma herder after teaching forty-one
years at Marshall University. He lives in West Virginia, where he edits ABZ
Press. His most recently published book of poetry is Resurrection of the Dust. He has
published poems in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Virginia
Quarterly Review, The Journal, Antioch Review, Guernica, Field, among others.
DAN MEMMOLO’s poems have appeared in recent issues of Atlanta Review,
Natural Bridge, and Slipstream. His chapbook, Beat Surrender, was published by Main
Street Rag. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and son.
DARLENE PAGÁN teaches at Pacific University in Oregon where she lives with
her family. She published a chapbook of poems, Blue Ghosts, with Finishing Line
Press. Her poems are forthcoming in, or have most recently appeared in, journals
such as Calyx, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Poet Lore, Hiram Poetry Review, and Hawaii
Pacific Review. Her essays have appeared in Memoir(and), Brevity, and Literal Latté.
She loves to bike, hike, dig at the beach, play in the rain, and ride roller coasters now
that her sons are just tall enough to join her.
DONNA PUCCIANI’s poetry has been published on four continents in such
diverse journals as International Poetry Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, The Pedestal,
Italian Americana, Journal of the American Medical Association, Poetry Salzburg, Istanbul
Literary Review and Christianity and Literature. Her poetry has been translated
into Chinese and Italian, and has won awards from the Illinois Arts Council and The
National Federation of State Poetry Societies, among others. She has been nominated
three times for the Pushcart Prize and currently serves as Vice-President of the Poets’
Club of Chicago. Her books of poetry include The Other Side of Thunder, Jumping
Off the Train, Chasing the Saints, and To Sip Darjeeling at Dawn.
MARY QUADE is the author of the poetry collection Guide to Native Beasts. Her
poems have appeared recently in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Cincinnati Review, Wake,
Devil’s Lake, and Smartish Pace. Her essays have appeared recently or are forthcoming
in West Branch, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Flyway: Journal of Writing and the Environment,
and Grist. She teaches at Hiram College.
LIZ ROBBINS’ Play Button won the 2010 Cider Press Review Book Award, judged
by Patricia Smith. Her poems are forthcoming in Cimarron Review, The Journal, New
York Quarterly, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. She’s an assistant professor of creative
writing at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.
DANA SALVADOR grew up on a family farm in Northeastern Colorado. Her
work has been featured in The North American Review, Fourth Genre, and Water-stone
Review, among others. She is also the recipient of a Vogelstein Foundation grant.
FAITH SHEARIN is the author of three books of poetry: The Owl Question,
The Empty House, and Moving the Piano. She has received awards from the Barbara
Deming Memorial Fund, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the
National Endowment for the Arts. Recent work appears in Ploughshares, Poetry
East, and The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poets. Several of
her poems have been read aloud by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac and
included in his Good Poems, American Places. She teaches at Carver Center for the
Arts in Baltimore, Maryland.
R. T. SMITH is Writer-in-Residence at Washington and Lee University, where he
edits Shenandoah (shenandoahliterary.org) and teaches fiction writing. His work
has appeared in Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, Best American
Mystery Stories, three volumes of the Pushcart Prize anthology, and five volumes of
New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. He lives in Rockbridge County, Virginia.
DAVID SVENSON is a copy editor living in Portland, Maine. He earned his MFA
from Florida International University in Miami, Florida.
JASON TANDON is the author of three collections of poetry, Give over the Heckler
and Everyone Gets Hurt, Wee Hour Martyrdom, and Quality of Life. His poems have
recently appeared or are forthcoming in Bellingham Review, Passages North, Prairie
Schooner, Spoon River Poetry Review, and on The Writer’s Almanac. He teaches in the
writing program at Boston University.
D. J. THIELKE is a first year MFA student in fiction at Vanderbilt University.
She graduated with honors in Creative Writing from the University of Southern
California and spent the last year working and writing in London, Edinburgh, and
New York City. Her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in New Delta
Review, Southern Humanities Review, and The Dos Passos Review; she has worked
for LA Stage Times, Anthem Press, The Paris Review, and is currently an assistant editor
for Narrative Magazine. Most recently, her unpublished short story collection was a
finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award.