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We are pleased to announce the release of our Fall 2012 issue. This issue of CMR features the creative nonfiction of Erin Pushman and Sonya Lea as well as poetry from Lisa Hammond, Bill Brown, Terry Ann Thaxton, Elizabeth Hoover, and other notable contributors. It also includes fiction from Elizabeth Genovise and Julian Hoffman, a stunning photo essay by Randi Ward, and Jason Waite’s extraordinary cover photograph.
We hope you enjoy it!
Table of Contents
Sugar Creek 6
Ten Best Meals of My Life (Thus Far) 16
Perspective from a Deer Stand – Blackville, SC 19
Summer Camp 21
Cygnets Came 23
Bees Come Up 24
Red Boulder 25
LAURA paul WATSON
Beach House 26
The Balloon 29
spirograph, 1965 30
KAREN j. WEYANT
To the Girl Who Sees Miracles in Receding Water 36
The Death of Twinkle Toes 46
Sacred Utterances 47
Kindergarten Entrance Examination 49
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker 51
The Homecoming 52
The Dinner Party 53
TERRY ANN THAXTON
Window Seat 54
MARSHA Truman COOPER
Nesting Boxes 56
My Father Takes Some English Courses 58
A Different Harbor 59
Waiting for the Three-fifteen 68
Hester: A Photo Essay 37
It’s true I am hunting creek glass right now, but I would put my hands in the water anyway. I like to feel a creek breathing. My fingers on its silt, my palms on its surface, the rise and fall, rise and fall of its chest.This has become a routine…
1. Four years old. Oak trees, corn fields, white clapboard house. Aunts, uncles, cousins, a smattering of priests and nuns. The smoke from Kentucky burgoo and mutton, a barbecue tradition passed down six generations. Me in a starched smock…
The four men stood above the gleaming river like it was a newborn child. They watched its every miraculous move, craning their necks over the bent and rusted railing to get a better view. The river sparkled and shone beneath them. The sand and stone…
ALYSE BENSEL is the author of Shift. Her work has appeared in Cider Press Review, MAYDAY Magazine, Word Riot, CALYX, Los Angeles Review, and Prairie Schooner. She received her MFA in poetry from Penn State in 2012.
CHARLIE BONDHUS has published two books of poetry, What We Have Learned to Love and How the Boy Might See It. He has also published a novella, Monsters and Victims. His poetry appears or is set to appear in numerous periodicals, including The Baltimore Review, The Naugatuck River Review, and The Tulane Review. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and a PhD in literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He teaches at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey.
BILL BROWN just retired as a lecturer at Vanderbilt University. He has authored five poetry collections, three chapbooks, and a textbook. His three collections are The News Inside, Late Winter, and Tatters. Recent work appears in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Tar River Poetry, English Journal, Southern Poetry Review, Connecticut Review, Atlanta Review, Asheville Poetry Review, and Southern Humanities Review.
IAN BURKETT is a graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College, where he studied poetry with Ron Bayes and Thomas Heffernan. Currently, he works as a graphic designer and professional editor in Columbia, South Carolina. He enjoys riding motorbikes and thinking about environmental anarchism in the work of Gary Snyder.
MARSHA TRUMAN COOPER’s chapbook, A Knot of Worms, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. She has won first prize in the New Letters Literary Awards competition for poetry and received the Bernice Slote Poetry Award from Prairie Schooner. Her poem “Ironing after Midnight” appeared in the American Life in Poetry series curated by Ted Kooser.
ELIZABETH GENOVISE is a graduate of the MFA program at McNeese State University in Louisiana. She now teaches in Tennessee. Her short fiction has been published in The Southern Review, The Pinch, Yemassee, Relief, and other journals.
BERNADETTE GEYER’s poems have appeared in Oxford American, North American Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. Her first full-length collection, The Scabbard of Her Throat, will be published in 2013.
LISA HAMMOND is a professor of English at the University of South Carolina Lancaster and the author of Moving House, winner of the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize from Texas Review Press. She has published poems in Southern Poetry Review, Calyx, The South Carolina Review, Literary Mama, English Journal, North Carolina Literary Review, and storySouth, among others.
JULIAN HOFFMAN was born in England and grew up in Canada. In 2000, he and his partner moved to the Prespa Lakes in northern Greece where they monitor birds in upland areas where wind farms have been built or proposed. His book manuscript, The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World, has won the 2012 AWP Award Series for Creative Nonfiction. The book, chosen by Terry Tempest Williams, will be published by the University of Georgia Press in 2013. Other writings have recently appeared, or are forthcoming, in Kyoto Journal, Southern Humanities Review, and Flyway. You can catch up with Julian at www.julian-hoffman.com.
HEATHER HOLLIGER teaches creative writing and composition at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She holds an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University, and her poems have been published in journals including The Aurorean, Labletter, and Sugar Mule, among others. Her work also appeared in the anthology Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory. She is a former editor-in-chief of So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language & Art and has written news stories for Ms. Magazine Online.
ELIZABETH HOOVER is a poet, critic, and journalist. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Natural Bridge, and The Massachusetts, among others. Honors include the Split This Rock Poetry of Provocation and Witness award and a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has contributed poetry reviews and author interviews to such publications as The Paris Review, The Los Angeles Times, and The Dallas Morning News. She recently completed a biography of Walter Dean Myers and is currently working on a biography of Robert Hayden. You can see more of her work at www.ehooverink.com.
HANK HUDEPOHL was raised in Kentucky and currently lives in Boston. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Hollins University. He published his first book of poetry, The Journey of Hands, in 2007. He is now completing his second manuscript, Riverbank. He has three young children and a deep appreciation for a good night’s sleep. You can read more at hankhudepohl.com.
SABRINA ITO lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she works as a French teacher. Her work has appeared in The Coachella Review and Slipstream Press.
REBECCA LAUREN lives in Philadelphia and teaches English at Eastern University. Her poetry has been published in Mid-American Review, Prairie Schooner, The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Southeast Review, and The Cincinnati Review, among others. Her chapbook, The Schwenkfelders, won the 2009 Keystone Chapbook Prize and was published in 2010.
SONYA LEA writes for film, television and magazines. Her memoir in progress is about her husband’s cancer treatment, through which he lost the memory of their life. David Shields awarded her an international memoir prize for an excerpt from the story, which also won an Artist Trust Award. Lea has written for The Southern Review, Brevity, Tricycle, Side B, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and others. Originally from Kentucky, she lives in Seattle, Washington. You can find her at www.wonderingwhoyouare.tumblr.com.
MIKE McGEEHON works, plays, and lives in Newberg, Oregon. His work will be featured in the upcoming anthology Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets.
SHIVANI MEHTA was born in India and grew up in Singapore. She moved to New York to attend college and subsequently, law school. A recovering attorney, she is the proud mother of toddler twins who, fortunately, sleep long enough to allow her to write prose poems. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, children, dog, two cats, and several fish. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from the Midwest Quarterly Review, Hotel Amerika, the Prose Poem Project, Mudfish Magazine, Fjord’s Review, Coachella Review, the Normal School, Generations Literary Journal, among others. One of her poems was a winner in Narrative Magazine’s annual poetry contest in 2011.
WILLIAM PALMER teaches English at Alma College in central Michigan. His poetry has appeared recently in Ecotone, JAMA, and Salamander. He has published two chapbooks: A String of Blue Lights and Humble.
ERIN PUSHMAN’s literary nonfiction has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Confrontation, Segue, The Asheville Citizen-Times, The Gettysburg Review, and other publications. Her plays have been produced on stages around the Carolinas and excerpted in anthologies including New Monologues for Women by Women, Volume II. Though she is homesick for Michigan, especially during the winter, she lives with her husband and toddler in Charlotte, North Carolina. Pushman teaches writing at Limestone College, where she is an associate professor of English and director of the Writing Center. She is currently revising a book-length memoir.
ELIAS SIMPSON grew up in Iowa, where he now lives after an MFA stint at Virginia Tech. He’s chief of the online art journal, Toad. His poetry has previously appeared in San Pedro River Review, Leveler, and Pi.
CHRIS SOUZA teaches literature and film at Bristol Community College in Massachusetts. Publications include American Literary Review, Gulf Coast, Salt Hill, New York Quarterly, and New Delta Review. Her work is forthcoming in Bellingham Review and Lake Effect.
CATHERINE TAHMIN’s work has appeared in The Atlanta Review, The Listening Eye, Kestrel, and The Chaffin Journal. She received an international merit award from The Atlanta Review. Her forthcoming chapbook is being published by Corvinus Press in Berlin, Germany. She lives and works in Northern California.
TERRY ANN THAXTON’s first book of poems Getaway Girl debuted March 2011. Her second book, The Terrible Wife, will be published in 2013. She has published poetry in journals such as Rattle, Connecticut Review, Comstock Review, Hayden’s Ferry, West Branch, Tampa Review, and other international literary journals. She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Central Florida where she directs the Literary Arts Partnership. Her essays have appeared in Seattle Journal for Social Justice and Teaching Artist Journal. Her book Creative Writing in the Community is forthcoming from Continuum Publishers.
Z. G. TOMASZEWSKI was once a denizen of Milkweed Manor in Vermont and the resident poet at Literary Life Bookstore & More in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tomaszewski has also been the recipient of a residency in Ireland, and is currently on boards for Through the 3rd Eye and Lamp Light Music Festival.
JASON WAITE is a professional photographer who loves to photograph the locals in his own village of Dallas, Texas. He recently took his camera on a tour through Greece, Italy, and Croatia. Connect with him at www.jasonwaitephotography.com.
RANDI WARD is a writer, translator, lyricist and photographer born in West Virginia. She earned her MA in Cultural Studies from the University of the Faroe Islands in 2007. Her work has recently appeared in The Bitter Oleander, Beloit Poetry Journal, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, and The Aurorean.
LAURA PAUL WATSON lives and works in Pine, Colorado, with her husband and four cats. She is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Florida. Her work has also appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Sou’wester, and Meridian.
KAREN J. WEYANT’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cave Wall, Conte, Copper Nickel, Spillway, The Sugar House Review, and River Styx. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Stealing Dust and Wearing Heels in the Rust Belt. She lives and writes in Pennsylvania, but teaches at Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, New York.