Spring 2011

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Cold Mountain Review (CMR) is proud to announce the release of the Spring 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 Tim Hussin as well as poetry by Melissa Scholes Young, Tony Abbott, James Doyle, Matthew Landrum, Samantha Deal, and other notable contributors. The issue also includes creative nonfiction by O’Henry award winner Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum, a surreal piece of fiction by Matthew Vollmer, as well as the startling story of a woman trying to find herself in Israel by Sarah Marcus. We are also proud to showcase a captivating photo essay by Hiroshi Wantanabe.

Table of Contents

Non-Fiction Excerpts

She & I by Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

She is order and I am impulse. She is head and I am belly. We are the same though, too. Same green eyes and dark hair. Same hands. We share shoes and books. And when we fight we are both quick to rage. She was twenty-four when I was born, and I…
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Fiction Excerpts

Holes by Matthew Vollmer

Maybe it was something in the water, or in the air above us, or in the fields in which our farmers, carrying home the burden of wet dirt in their boots, labored. Maybe it – whatever it was, we didn’t know and never would – had…
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Poetry Excerpts

In Response to a Letter from my Mother by Samantha Deal
Bing Crosby’s Dorm by Chris Anderson
A Difficult Man by Kelly Jones
Hall of Pumas, Museum of Natural History by James Doyle
On Learning My Grandmother’s Name (Ramona) by Jon Boisvert

Contributor Bios

TONY ABBOTT holds a AB from Princeton University, as well as an AM and PhD from Harvard University. His first book of poems, The Girl in the Yellow Raincoat, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2003, his first novel, Leaving Maggie Hope, won the Novello Award and was published by Novello Festival Press. He is also the author of A Small Thing Like A Breath, The Man Who, The Three Great Secret Things, Leaving Maggie Hope, New and Selected Poems: 1989-2009, The Search for Wonder in the Cradle of the World.

CHRIS ANDERSON is a professor of English at Oregon State University and a Catholic deacon. His second book of poems, The Next Thing Always Belongs, will be published in fall 2011.

MICHAEL BARACH, who earned his MFA at the University of California, Irvine, has worked as an editor for Moment magazine and a copywriter for Royalshave. com. His poetry appears in journals such as Fifth Wednesday, River Styx, Salamander, Bayou, and Sports Literate.

JENN BLAIR has published in Copper Nickel, Kestrel, New South, Tulane Review, Segue, and the James Dickey Review, among others. Her chapbook All Things are Ordered is out from Finishing Line Press. She teaches at the University of Georgia.

JOHN BLAIR was born in St. Petersburg, FL. His poetry collection, The Green Girls, was the 2003 winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Award from Pleiades Press, and his short story collection, American Standard, was the 2002 winner of the Drue Heinz Literature prize. His work has appeared in Poetry, The New York Quarterly, The Sewanee Review, The Antioch Review, New Letters, and elsewhere. He is on the faculty at Texas State University, where he teaches American Literature and directs the undergraduate creative writing program.

JON BOISVERT grew up in former Circus Capital of the World, Delavan, WI, and now lives in Portland, OR. His work has appeared in fine publications, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Main Street Rag , Sierra Nevada Review, and others. He holds an MFA from Oregon State University, and teaches writing and poetry.

DAVID CLISBEE’s poems have appeared in Ninth Letter and International Poetry Magazine. The second edition of his chapbook Botched Heroics will be released by RockSaw Press on April 1, 2011. He lives in Mankato, MN, with his girlfriend, Diana Joseph, and their wiggly son, Teddy. His favorite color is red. His dogs are black.

HEATHER MATESICH COUSINS holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Georgia. Her first book of poetry, Something in the Potato Room, was selected by Patricia Smith as the winner of the 2009 Kore Press Book Award and was published in January 2010 by Kore Press. Three of her poems have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. She lives in Monroe, GA, with her husband, two dogs, and her newborn daughter, Anna Grace.

SAMANTHA DEAL recently graduated from the University of North Carolina 80 at Chapel Hill with Honors in creative writing. While at UNC, she was published in the Fall 2007 issue of the literary magazine, The Cellar Door. She is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

ANNA CARSON DEWITT currently teaches community college in Durham, NC. She has an MFA from American University and two of her poems were recently nominated for Pushcart Prizes.

JAMES DOYLE’s most recent poetry book, Bending Under the Yellow Police Tapes, is available from Steel Toe Books. He has poems coming out in Poet Lore, Cave Wall, Confrontation, Descant, Seneca Review, and Eclipse. He and his wife, poet Sharon Doyle, live in Fort Collins, CO

PAUL FREIDINGER is a poet residing in south suburban Chicago although he spends a great deal of time on Edisto Island, SC, where he has maintained a home for over twenty years. He remains active on the Chicago poetry scene and has poems recently published or forthcoming in After Hours, Atlanta Review, Bayou Magazine, Big Muddy, Chicago Poetry, Confrontation, Existere, 580 Split, Florida Review, Forge Journal, New York Quarterly, Potomac Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, South Carolina Review, and South Dakota Review.

JEFF HARDIN lives and teaches in Tennessee. His work has appeared in The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, The New Republic, Poetry Northwest, Southwest Review, Measure, Ploughshares, The Florida Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of two chapbooks and one collection, Fall Sanctuary, recipient of the Nicholas Roerich Prize.

TIM HUSSIN is a graduate of the University of Florida at Gainesville, where he studied journalism and environmental science. He was named College Photographer of the Year by the Missouri School of Journalism in 2009. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal and National Geographic Magazine, among other publications.

JUDY IRELAND’s poetry is often influenced by the lush excesses of South Florida, where she currently lives and works. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Hotel Amerika, Chaffin Journal, Coe Review, and Grasslimb.

SANDRA McMAHAN IRWIN holds an AB in English from Vassar College and a JD from the University of San Diego. She is also a 2009 graduate of the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California, where she received a full teaching fellowship. A microfiction piece of hers was published in Luna Station Quarterly. Her poetry has appeared in Shot Glass Journal, Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems, and Indigo Rising Magazine.

KATE RUTLEDGE JAFFE is originally from the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in Missoula, MT, where she’s the editor-in-chief of CutBank and a student in 81 the MFA program at the University of Montana. Her editorial work can be found in Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives from McSweeney’s Voice of Witness book series. Her creative work has been published in The Adirondack Review, The Tusculum Review, Timber Journal, and others, and was awarded the Fulton Prize in Short Fiction and third place in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers.

KELLY JONES grew up around Raleigh, NC, though she currently lives in Loui- siana, where she devotes her time to obtaining her MFA in poetry at the University of New Orleans. Through her writing she likes to explore the creation of personal histories, the influence of place, and our interaction within man-made environments.

CASSANDRA KIRCHER is an associate professor of English at Elon University with specializations in literary nonfiction and nature writing. She has published in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, Flyway: A Journal of Writing and Environment, Front Range Review, Red Mountain Review, and Journal of Southwestern American Literature, among others. She recently won the “Notes from the Field Contest” sponsored by Iowa State University.

ALYSE KNORR is the poetry editor of So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art, based out of George Mason University, where she is an MFA candidate in poetry and an instructor in the English Department.

MATTHEW LANDRUM received his MFA from Bennington College. His poems and translations have appeared in The Emerson Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and The Potomac Review. He currently lives in Ann Arbor where he teaches English and Latin.

KIRSTEN SUNDBERG LUNSTRUM has published two collections of short fiction: This Life She’s Chosen and Swimming With Strangers. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from One Story, Willow Springs, Brevity, The American Scholar, and other journals, as well as in the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009 anthology. She teaches at Purchase College, SUNY, and lives with her family in the Hudson River Valley.

SARAH MARCUS is currently pursuing her MFA at George Mason University, where she is also an English faculty member. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Cimarron Review, So to Speak, and Slipstream. She was named a top 25 finalist in Glimmer Train’s November 2010 Short Story Award for New Writers competition. Originally from Cleveland, OH, she most recently resides and writes in Fairfax, VA.

GREG NICHOLL lives in Baltimore and is an assistant editor at the Johns Hop- kins University Press. His poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Boulevard, Crab Creek Review, Harpur Palate, Natural Bridge, Salamander, and elsewhere.

R.A. PAVOLDI’s poems have appeared in FIELD, Hanging Loose, Margie, ARS MEDICA: A Journal of Medicine, Health and the Humanities, and Blast Furnace, among others. He received an International Merit Award in Atlanta Review’s 2005 International Poetry Competition and was a finalist in The St. Louis Poetry Center’s 43rd Annual National Poetry Contest.

PETER RICHARDSON’s most recent book, Sympathy For the Couriers, won the Quebec Writers’ Federation 2008 A.M. Klein Award. A retired airline worker, he lives in Gatineau, QC.

BRITTON SHURLEY is the author of two chapbooks, Johnny Depp Saved from Drowning and Tunes on a Broken Harmonica. He is also the recent recipient of an Emerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Salt Hill, Whiskey Island, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Crab Creek Review. He holds an MFA from Indiana University and teaches English at West Kentucky.

GEORGE SUCH is an English graduate student at Western Washington Univer- sity. In a previous life he was a chiropractor. He enjoys traveling, especially to India and Southeast Asia.

ELIZABETH HARMON THREATT is currently a PhD student at the University of Cincinnati where she is studying English and Comparative Literature. Her poems have appeared in journals including Mississippi Review, The Aurorean, Big Muddy, RATTLE, Poet Lore, and others.

MATTHEW VOLLMER is the author of Future Missionaries of America, a story collection. With David Shields, he is the co-editor of Fraudulent Artifacts: An Anthol- ogy of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, “Found” Texts and Other Dubious Documents, forthcoming from Norton. His work has appeared in Paris Review, Tiqn House, VQR, Colorado Review, Oxford American, Epoch, and elsewhere. He teaches in the MFA program at Virginia Tech and is currently at work on a novel.

HIROSHI WATANABE was born in Sapporo, Japan. He graduated from the College of Art at Nihon University in 1975 and earned an MBA from UCLA Business School in 1993. His work is showcased in the George Eastman House, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and many other establishments. Watanabe’s photography has received numerous accolades including a Hearst 8×10 Photography Biennial Award. His published monographs include I See Angels Every Day, Ideology in Paradise, Suo Sarumawashi, and Love Point. He currently resides in West Hollywood, CA.

MELISSA SCHOLES YOUNG’s work has been published in Word Riot, Paradigm, New Madrid, Yaloubusha Review, and New Plains Review. She has poetry forthcom- ing in Tampa Review and Tapesty. Melissa is an assistant editor with Crab Orchard Review. She is currently pursuing an MFA in fiction at Southern Illinois University and has been twice nominated for Puschcart Prizes. You can read more about her at www.melissasyoung.com.

JESSICA YOUNG currently holds a Zell Fellowship for poetry in Ann Arbor, MI. She completed her MFA at the University of Michigan, where she received two Hopwood awards and the Moveen Residency. Her undergraduate work was at MIT, where she received four Ilona Karmel prizes for her poetry and essays. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.