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We are pleased to announce the release of our Fall 2013 issue. This issue of CMR features the innovative creative nonfiction of J. Malcolm García, Priscilla Long, and James McKean as well as extraordinary poetry from Alyse Bensel, Holly Day, Marc Swan, and other notable contributors. It also includes compelling fiction from Ruth Moose and a stunning cover photograph by L. Toshio Kishiyama.
As you know, CMR is unique in the landscape of literary journals in America. Within our journal we strive to foster conversations between the visual arts, poetry and prose. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together. 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. Thank you again for you readership!
Table of Contents
J. MALCOLM GARCÍA
The Castle 6
Lesson Plan 41
M. SHAHID ALAM
The Hatchlings 20
LISA DRNEC KERR
Catching Minnows 21
J. SCOTT WALKER
I Dream of Making Salsa in the Himalayas 22
EMILY BENSON SCOTT
Flamingos in Flight 15
BRANDON J. KRIEG
Blackened Fruits 26
Summer Miniature 27
A Walk to the Mailbox is Enough 32
The Crane 33
The Acorn 34
The First Bar 36
SCOTT T. HUTCHISON
Uncle Roy 37
Special Day 38
Hand in Glove 39
Driving to Concord 40
Nuevo Laredo 46
Lost and Found 47
First, I Go to the Sale Section 48
The Piano 49
KATHERINE SÁNCHEZ ESPANO
Hyphen Children 51
Bois Brule 54
LEROY N. SORENSON
The Lone Boy 64
Circus Train 66
Your Mother Talks to You about Sex in the Same Room Where, Five Years Earlier, She Told You Santa Claus Wasn’t Real 67
Killer Cowboy 68
NANCY CHEN LONG
Houdini at the Shore 70
Easter, 2013, Scotland 72
Family Pieces 55
The owner of the castle issued an ultimatum yesterday.Back off or suffer the consequences.At least that’s my father’s interpretation of what he said. My father knows only that the owner of the castle sent a letter to the Woodley Road Neighborhood…
Althea’s cousin Julia called long distance, said, “I’ve got a few family pieces I’d like you to have.”“Pieces?” Althea asked, her mind searching for what Julia meant. Pieces of a puzzle? Their family has always had some mysteries, puzzles about it….
M. Shahid Alam teaches economics at Northeastern University, but on brighter days he writes poetry and translates Ghalib, Iqbal and Faiz, three great poets of the Urdu language.
Alyse Bensel is the Book Review Editor at the Los Angeles Review. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Shift, and her poetry has appeared in MAYDAY Magazine, Cider Press Review, and Word Riot, among others. She is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Kansas.
Roger Camp lives in Seal Beach, California, where he tends several hundred plants, is apprenticed to a master mason, naps in a hammock under an avocado tree, plays blues piano evenings, and kayak fishes, weather permitting. His work has been published in The North American Review, Pank, Dalhousie Review, and Atlanta Review.
Holly Day is a mother of two living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She teaches needlepoint classes for the Minneapolis school district and writing classes at The Loft Literary Center. Her poetry has recently appeared in Hawai‘i Pacific Review, Slant, and The Tampa Review. She is the 2011 recipient of the Sam Ragan Poetry Prize from Barton College. Her most recent published books are Walking Twin Cities and Notenlesen für Dummies Das Pocketbuch.
Mark DeFoe is Professor Emeritus of English at West Virginia Wesleyan College where he teaches in Wesleyan’s low-residency MFA Writing Program. His tenth chapbook, In the Tourist Cave, was published in 2012. DeFoe’s poems have been published in Poetry, Yale Review, Kenyon Review, Sewanee Review, Paris Review, New Letters, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review, North American Review, Salmagundi, The Southern Humanities Review, and many others. He was winner of the 2005 Chautauqua Literary Journal’s national poetry competition and has been awarded two Individual Artist Grants from the West Virginia Commission for the Arts.
Katherine Sanchez Espano’s poems have appeared in Green Mountains Review, The Massachusetts Review, Sycamore Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Florida with her husband and two daughters.
Rod Farmer has had over 950 poems published in over 200 journals, including Potomac Review, The Homestead Review, The Main Street Rag, Northern New England Review, Alembic, Bloodroot Literary Magazine, and Pegasus. Farmer’s books of poetry include Universal Essence, Fingers Pointing at the Moon, and Red Ships. He is professor emeritus at the University of Maine at Farmington and has received three Fulbright-Hays Fellowships to study in India, Israel, and Pakistan.
Frank Gallimore divides his time between working as a sign language interpreter and editing Kiss-Fist Magazine. When he isn’t working or enjoying time with his family, he can be found painting in his studio or writing poems. His work has been published or featured in various journals such as Slate, Cortland Review, Verse Daily, and Smartish Pace.
Scott T. Hutchison’s work has appeared in Poet Lore, The Georgia Review, and The Southern Review.
J. Malcolm Garcia is author of The Kharijee. His work has been anthologized in Best American Travel Writing and Best American Nonrequired Reading. His latest book, What Wars Leave Behind: The Faceless and Forgotten, will be published in 2014 by University of Missouri Press.
Lisa Drnec Kerr is an associate professor of English at Western New England University where she teaches composition, literature, and creative writing. Her work appears widely in journals and magazines including Green Mountains Review, English: The Journal of the English Association, Naugatuck River Review, and others. In addition to a prize for narrative poetry and a Pushcart nomination, her manuscript, A Sky Lake Crossing, received Honorable Mention for the May Sarton Prize for Poetry. She lives in Western Massachusetts.
L. Toshio Kishiyama is a lawyer, traveler, and photographer. His photos have been featured in dozens of publications including Popular Photography. Select work is available for purchase on the Getty Images website.
Brandon J. Krieg is the author of a poetry collection, Invasives, and a chapbook, Source to Mouth. He lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with his wife, Colleen O’Brien.
Rebecca Lauren lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Joe, whose mother really did talk to him about sex in the same room where, five years earlier, she told him Santa Claus wasn’t real. Her poetry has been published in Mid-American Review, Prairie Schooner, and the Southeast Review. Her chapbook, The Schwenkfelders, won the 2009 Keystone Chapbook Prize and was published in 2010.
Nancy Chen Long works at Indiana University and lives with her woodsman husband and blue-eyed dog in the hills of south-central Indiana. She received a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology and MBA, worked as an electrical engineer, software consultant, and project manager, and more recently earned her MFA. She serves as a volunteer with the local Writers Guild, offering free poetry workshops and facilitating creative writing and feedback groups. She writes poetry-book reviews and interview poets at readwritepoetry.blogspot.com and assists with two reading series. You can find her work in The Louisville Review, Naugatuck River Review, Found Poetry Review, and other journals. Her chapbook, Clouds as Inkblots for the War Prone, is forthcoming from Red Bird Press.
Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based writer of poetry and creative nonfiction that often includes science and history, as well as fiction. Her most recent book is The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life. Her science column, Science Frictions, appeared for 92 weeks in the online edition of The American Scholar. Her work appears widely in literary journals, and her awards include a National Magazine Award. Her history book is Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America’s Bloody Coal Industry. For more information go to www.PriscillaLong.com.
Joanne Lowery’s poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Birmingham Poetry Review, Briar Cliff Review, Slant, Cottonwood, and Poetry East. Her most recent collection is Not Me. She lives in Michigan.
Angie Macri’s recent work appears in South Dakota Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Waccamaw. She is an Arkansas Arts Council fellow.
James McKean has published three books of poems – Headlong, Tree of Heaven, and We Are the Bus, which won the 2011 X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize – and a book of essays, Home Stand: Growing Up in Sports. He teaches for the Queens University low residency MFA program in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Tinker Mountain Writers Workshop at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival in Iowa City.
Claire Millikin is the author of The Gleaners, a chapbook of poems, and Museum of Snow, a collection of poems. Two more books of poems, Motels Where We Lived, and After Houses, are forthcoming. Claire lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she is a Lecturer at the University of Virginia.
Ruth Moose was on the Creative Writing faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill for 15 years. She’s published three collections of short stories – The Wreath Ribbon Quilt, Dreaming in Color, and Neighbors and Other Strangers – with individual stories in The Atlantic, Alaska Quarterly Review, North American Review, Southern California Review, and other places. Moose has published six collections of poetry, most recently, The Librarian and Other Poems, and Tea. She’s received a MacDowell Fellowship and a Chapman Fellowship for Teaching. Her novel, which won the Malice Domestic $10,000 prize, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2014.
Juilene Osborne-McKnight is the author of four novels about ancient Ireland: I am of Irelaunde, Daughter of Ireland, Bright Sword of Ireland, and Song of Ireland. The latter will be released in February of 2014. She has published poetry in Commonweal, Blue Unicorn, and Poem, among others. She is Chair of Humanities at DeSales University in Pennsylvania.
Donna Pucciani, a Chicago-based poet, has published in International Poetry Review, The Pedestal, Shi Chao Poetry, Spoon River Poetry, Journal of the American Medical Association, Gradiva, and Christianity and Literature. Her work has been translated into Italian, Chinese, and Japanese. Her books include The Other Side of Thunder, Jumping Off the Train, Chasing the Saints, To Sip Darjeeling at Dawn, and Hanging Like Hope on the Equinox. A four-time Pushcart nominee, she has won awards from the Illinois Arts Council, The National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and Poetry on the Lake.
Elizabeth Rees is the author of four award winning chapbooks, most recently, Tilting Gravity. New poetry is forthcoming in AGNI, Atlanta Review, and Nimrod. She teaches as a poet-in-the-schools for the Maryland State Arts Council.
Matthew Rodgers is a poet living in San Francisco. He holds an MFA from the New School and writes novels, plays, poems, and a daily blog at happymonk.me. His work has been featured in The Nation and the Christian Science Monitor, among other publications.
Emily Benson Scott is a poet, travel writer, book reviewer, and adjunct professor. Her writing and reviews have appeared in Nimrod, Blue Stocking Society, Colorado Review, Postcards Magazine, Ultratravel, and Potpourri. She and her husband divide their time between New York, France, and the Florida Keys.
Leroy N. Sorenson was one of four poetry participants in the 2009-2010 Loft Mentor Series at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a semi-finalist for the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. He is a current participant in the Loft’s Foreword program. His work has appeared in Nimrod and jmwwjournal. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife.
Sarah Stickney earned her MFA from the University of New Hampshire and then received a Fulbright Grant for the translation of poetry in Bologna, Italy. The Guest in the Wood, her most recent collaboration with translator Diana Thow on the work of Italian poet Elisa Biagini, was published in 2013. Her own poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as The Portland Review and the Clackamas Literary Review, among others. Currently she teaches at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland.
Julie Stuckey grew up in Pennsylvania, graduated from the University of Delaware, and currently lives in Pawling, New York. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in A Handful of Dust, Prairie Wolf Press Review, Seven Hills Review, This Great Society, and Wilderness House Literary Review.
Marc Swan is a vocational rehabilitation counselor living on Munjoy Hill in Portland, Maine. He has poems coming out in Cordite, Common Ground Review, Borderlands: The Texas Review, and The Echo Room, among others. Simple Distraction, a collection of his poems, was published in 2009.
Jennifer Tappenden is the founding editor of Architrave Press. She earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she also served as the university’s first Poet Laureate. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Flyway, The St. Andrew’s Review, Terrain, Euphony, Bryant Literary Review, Slipstream, and elsewhere. Her interview of Thom Ward for Traffic East Magazine, conducted with Karen Lewis, was featured on Poetry Daily. Recently, she was named a 2013 Creative MasterMind by the Riverfront Times.
J. Scott Walker teaches English and Creative Writing in Greensboro, North Carolina. When time, circumstance, and inspiration align, he writes plays and poetry. He earned his MFA at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Convergence Review, Big River Poetry, The Orange Room Review, and Two Review.