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We are pleased to announce the release of our Spring 2013 issue. This issue of CMR features the innovative creative nonfiction of Neil Mathison and Cielo Lutino as well extraordinary poetry from Victoria Kelly, Davis Enloe, Brittney Scott, Robert Tremmel, and other notable contributors. It also includes compelling fiction from Nancy Packer and Debra Nicholson in addition to a beautiful cover photograph by Kobby Dagon.
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
Down by the River 18
Thirteen Minutes 42
A Woman and His Dog 49
Everything in the World 60
Afternoon in Mykonos 16
When on Coming Home 17
Weather Report 27
Staying Alive 29
On Sundays 30
Town Night 37
Leaf Pile 38
Wet Coins 40
Midnight in the Backyard 46
Body Count 47
A Farm Sale 48
At the Cape of Good Hope 57
Call to Prayer 58
Winston Country Bottom Feeders 59
The Traveler 73
Riddle Poem 74
The Star 75
The Deep Blue 76
Dandelion Dreams 78
Gone in the Hill Country 80
Nine Poems in the Ten Directions 81
Circus Act 85
“She wants you to do what?” My father stands with me in the backyard, smoking and skeptical. We are peering at the blue autumn sky, the pines, the crepe myrtles, the slender saplings, and out past the fence to the woods and Mr. Limehouse’s…
On the way to the hospital that last night, Martin had said, “Take care of Ozzie,” and Lydia had promised she would. A few days later somebody – perhaps their granddaughter who had flown in for the funeral – had…
Job 5:6-7: For misery does not come from the earth, nor does trouble sprout from the ground; but human beings are born to trouble just as sparks fly upwards. Pastor Jeb Coleman had been watching a dark heap float in the water for the better…
SAMUEL ARIZPE works as a Catholic priest in South Texas, an area that borders Mexico and which comprises four predominately Latino and rural counties. He believes that poetry–writing it, reading it, discovering it–is about the raising of consciousness to a place of solidarity with the world. He is currently enjoying the crime novels of Gene Kerrigan.
SARAH BARBER’s poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, The Journal, Fugue, Malahat, Crazyhorse, and FIELD, among other places. Her book, The Kissing Party, was published in 2010 by the National Poetry Review Press. She teaches poetry and early modern British literature at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.
SEAN BELD is a poet currently living in Corvallis, Oregon, where he is studying for his MFA at Oregon State University. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as The Notre Dame Review, The Round, Stone Highway Review, and The Whole Beast Rag.
GEORGE BISHOP is the author of five chapbooks. His first full length collection, Expecting Delays, was published by FutureCycle Press in January 2013. Bishop’s most recent work has appeared in New Plains Review, Naugatuck River Review, and Sakura Review. He attended Rutgers University and now lives and writes in Saint Cloud, Florida.
CHRISTIE COLLINS grew up on a farm outside of Waynesville, North Carolina, before moving to Amory, Mississippi. She has received degrees from Mississippi University for Women, Mississippi State University. Currently, she is pursuing a doctoral degree in English/Creative Writing at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. She works as a full-time instructor in the Department of English at Louisiana State University and lives in Baton Rouge with her husband, Matt Christian.
KOBBY DAGAN is a freelance travel photographer. He has lived and worked in Uruguay, Japan, Turkey, Ukraine, and a variety of other locales. Currently, he’s documenting religious ceremonies in Israel. Learn more at www.kobbydagan.com.
DAVIS ENLOE is a graduate of the Converse College MFA program. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Barrow Street, Cold Mountain Review, Main Street Rag, The Blotter Magazine, The Helix Magazine, The Homestead Review, and Yellow Medicine Review.
MARY ELIZABETH HANDY grew up in New England, but has lived in San Diego for several years. She is a practicing attorney and a graduate of the MFA program at San Diego State University. She is presently at work on a short fiction piece and chapbook.
CHAD HANSON teaches Sociology at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. His poems and essays have appeared in REED, Matter, Flyway, Third Coast, The Chariton Review, and North Dakota Quarterly, among others. His collection, Trout Streams of the Heart, is forthcoming from the Truman State University Press.
VICTORIA KELLY received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and her B.A. from Harvard University. Her poetry has appeared in Southwest Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Nimrod, among others, and is forthcoming in the anthology Best American Poetry 2013.
JILL KLEIN is re-feathering an empty nest and volunteering after raising teenagers for many years and an earlier career as a commercial banker. She grew up in Kansas, then the Pacific Northwest, and then moved to California to go to Stanford University (sight unseen). She stayed and loves her adopted home in Silicon Valley. Her poems are published or forthcoming in San Pedro River Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, Rose & Thorn Journal, The Centrifugal Eye, qarrtsiluni, Borderlands, and Referential Magazine.
JUDY LONGLEY, of Charlottesville, Virginia, has four books of poetry. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, among others. She has served as poetry editor for Iris: a Journal about Women and Tough Times Companion. She occasionally teaches poetry at WriterHouse.
CIELO LUTINO is a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. Her literary nonfiction has been published in the Los Angeles Review, and she has been awarded writing residences from Mustarinda and Signal Outpost. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction from St. Mary’s College of California.
NEIL MATHISON is an essayist and short-story writer who has been a naval officer, a nuclear engineer, an expatriate businessman living in Hong Kong, a corporate vice-president, and a stay-at-home-dad. His essays and short stories have appeared in The Ontario Review, Georgia Review, Southern Humanities Review, North American Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Agni, Under the Sun, – divide-, Bellowing Ark, Pangolin Papers, Blue Mesa Review, Blue Lyra Review, Notes, Northwind, Blue Lake Review, and elsewhere. Learn more at www.neilmathison.net.
SUSAN H. MAURER’s next collection is Josephine Butler, Phoenix Press International. She has five Pushcart nominations. See her read on YouTube.
Since the age of seventeen, DEBRA NICHOLSON dreamed of becoming a fiction writer but did not know how to create a writing life. In recent years, she seized the opportunity to reclaim the dream. She earned an MFA in Fiction at Bowling Green State University in 2008, and her publications include stories appearing in The Griffin and SLAB, among others. Another story is forthcoming in Stone Voices. She resides in what remains of the Great Black Swamp in Bowling Green, Ohio.
NANCY HUDDLESTON PACKER is Professor Emerita at Stanford University. She grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. Packer’s stories have appeared in numerous journals, including Harper’s, Kenyon Review, Yale Review, Southwest Review, Virginia Quarterly, Southern Review, Epoch, and Sewanee Review. Her stories have won O. Henry Awards and have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories. Her most recent collection, Old Ladies: Stories, was published in 2012.
ADAM PADGETT’s fiction has appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Roanoke Review, Santa Clara Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. He currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.
DONNA PUCCIANI, a Chicago-based poet, has published poetry in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Asia in such diverse journals as International Poetry Review, The Pedestal, Shi Chao Poetry, Spoon River Poetry, Journal of the American Medical Association, 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, and To Sip Darjeeling at Dawn. 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.
STUART P. RADOWITZ is a middle school English teacher in Queens, New York during the day and an adjunct instructor in creative writing at night. He has been writing poetry for over forty years and studied creative writing at Syracuse University. He has a Master’s degree in creative writing from Colorado State University
DOUG RAMSPECK is the author of four poetry collections. His most recent book, Mechanical Fireflies, received the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize. His first book, Black Tupelo Country, received the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. His poems have appeared in journals that include Slate, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, AGNI, and Prairie Schooner. He is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. He teaches creative writing and directs the Writing Center at The Ohio State University at Lima.
BRITTNEY SCOTT received her MFA from Hollins University. She is the 2012 recipient of the Joy Harjo Prize in Poetry as well as the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Poet Lore, The Malahat Review, Water~Stone Review, Salamander, Notre Dame Review, The Journal, The Fourth River, Folio, Copper Nickel, Basalt, KNOCK, Jabberwock Review, and Quiddity. Her fiction is forthcoming in Quarter After Eight. She is a book reviewer for the Los Angeles Review and a poetry reader for Blackbird.
ROBERT TREMMEL teaches at Iowa State University, where he coordinates the teacher education program in the English Department. Some of the journals he’s published in are The Iowa Review, Main Street Rag, Cincinnati Review, Rattle, The Southern Review, Iodine Poetry Journal, Karamu, Red Rock Review, Rockhurst Review, and South Dakota Review. His latest collection is Crossing Crocker Township, and he has a chapbook of poems titled There is a Naked Man published by Main Street Rag.
DENNIS TRUDELL has published poems and stories in many journals, recent and forthcoming in Saranac Review, Arts & Letters, Hopkins Review, and Bryant Literary Review. His Fragments in Us: Recent & Earlier Poems was published by University of Wisconsin Press. He edited Full Court: A Literary Anthology of Basketball for Breakaway Books.
HAROLD WHIT WILLIAMS is guitarist for the critically acclaimed rock band Cotton Mather. His first chapbook, Waiting For The Fire To Go Out, is available from Finishing Line Press. His poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, Oxford American, Oklahoma Review, Carolina Quarterly, and Tulane Review, among others. He lives in Austin, Texas.
ASHLEY WURZBACHER is a PhD student in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston and a fiction editor for Gulf Coast. She holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University. Her stories have appeared in The Iowa Review, The Southeast Review, and elsewhere.