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We are pleased to announce the release of our Spring 2014 issue. This issue of CMR features the innovative fiction of Karen Auvinen, Trudy Lewis, and Jamie Amos as well as extraordinary poetry from R.T. Smith, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Emily Yong, Faith Shearin, and other notable contributors. It also includes a beautiful cover photograph by Andrew Brodhead.
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 Content
Defensive Wounds 60
DANIEL J. LANGTON
The Lost Coin 15
R. T. SMITH
Cherokee Peaches 17
Carrie Buck 20
The Bounty Hunter 23
Elegy for My Father’s Bones 24
Coming Home to Shan-Shui 25
Before I was a girl I was a boy 28
Two Turtledoves 29
JOAN ROBERTA RYAN
Backyard Prayers 32
Chasing Fireflies 34
JUDITH ANN LEVISON
Before Breakfast 52
The Season of the Unexpected 53
The Ice Age 54
Country Churches 55
The Songs We Live By 56
A Bird 57
Eye of the Owl 58
The Sun Under the Trees 72
Meditation in August 74
My Stepbrother Shows Me 75
Let Umbrellas Have Their Say 76
Original Names 77
Cale had lived in the Wind River Valley long enough to know what happens when the long nights mask the days. Over a dozen winters, he’d seen everything: people frozen to death in their own cabins – plenty of fuel for fire stacked near-…
JAMIE AMOS’ fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Greensboro Review, The Florida Review, and storySouth. Amos is the recipient of the Ernest J. Svenson Award for Fiction, and she has been a finalist for the Orlando Prize in Fiction and Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. She has served as a LAM Fellow for A Room of Her Own Foundation and as Associate Editor and Nonfiction Editor for Bayou Magazine. Currently, she edits fiction for New Orleans Review.
KAREN AUVINEN lives and writes in the West. Her work has been published in The Cimarron Review, Many Mountains Moving, and The Monthly Review. Auvinen’s fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she is the winner of two Academy of American Poets Awards. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Cream City Review and a former Artist-in-Residence for the State of Colorado. She teaches film, literature, and writing at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her food blog can be found at 1hotkitchen.blogspot.com
ANDREW BRODHEAD grew up in Savannah, Georgia, where he studied Photography and Printmaking at Savannah College of Art and Design. His work has been part of numerous shows in Georgia and New York. Brodhead recently moved to San Francisco, where he continues to produce work. Visit www.andrewbrodhead.com to learn more.
JEAN ESTEVE, a poet and visual artist, lives on the Oregon coast. She has poems forthcoming in Blue Unicorn, Pearl, South Carolina Review, and Slant.
JOEL FERDON is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at McNeese State University. Born and raised in Moreno Valley, California, he now calls Charlotte, North Carolina, home. His poems have appeared in Main Street Rag, Iodine Poetry Journal, Kakalak, and Charlotte Viewpoint. He was a recent finalist for Crab Orchard Review’s Allison Joseph Poetry Award.
JOHN GIFFORD is a former Marine, as well as a lifelong angler and nature enthusiast. His stories have appeared in Harpur Palate, Santa Clara Review, Portland Review, and The Christian Science Monitor. He lives in Oklahoma.
JAY GRISWOLD was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and has traveled extensively throughout the world. He has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Colorado State University and currently resides in Ft. Myers, Florida. He is the author of Meditations for the Year of the Horse and The Landscape of Exile.
PAMELA HAMMOND was born in Chicago and now lives in Santa Monica. She earned a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a master’s from California State University at Northridge. She has published two chapbooks, Encounters and Clearing.
KATHLEEN HELLEN is the author of Umberto’s Night, winner of the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize, and The Girl Who Loved Mothra. She has been honored with a James Still Award and two Pushcart Prize nominations. Her second chapbook, Pentimento, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.
CORY HUTCHINSON-REUSS has published work in The Pinch, Ruminate, and A Narrow Fellow. She taught writing in her home state of Arkansas before relocating to study at the University of Iowa, where she earned a PhD in English. She currently lives in Iowa City with her husband, daughter, and son.
SONJA JAMES is the author of Calling Old Ghosts to Supper. Her poetry has appeared in FIELD, 32 Poems, The Journal, Crab Creek Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The South Carolina Review, and Poet Lore, among others. Among her honors are three Pushcart Prize nominations. She has two sons and resides in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
WILLIAM JOLLIFF is a native of Magnetic Springs, Ohio. He now serves as professor of English at George Fox University in Oregon. His critical articles, poems, and reviews have appeared in Southern Humanities Review, Southern Poetry Review, Appalachian Journal, Midwest Quarterly, Christianity and Literature, and Literature and Belief, among other publications.
MEREDITH KUNSA has received two advanced degrees from California State University at San Diego. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Connecticut Review, Crab Orchard Review, Inkwell, Los Angeles Review, Mantis, Natural Bridge, Poet Lore, and Sow’s Ear, among other publications.
CHARLENE LANGFUR is an organic gardener, a southern Californian, and a Syracuse University Graduate Writing fellowship holder. Langfur’s writing has appeared in The Adirondack Review, Literal Latte, Poetry East, most recently in Citron, The Hampden Sydney Poetry Review, The Stone Canoe, and The Evening Street Review.
DANIEL J. LANGTON has published work in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, and other publications. Langton’s book, Querencia, won the Devins Award and the London Prize.
JUDITH ANN LEVISON is of Micmac descent and was raised in Maine. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, AGNI, California Quarterly, Evansville Review, Hollins Critic, New Millennium Review, Portland Review, and most recently, Mudfish. She is the author of two chapbooks, Oak Leaves and Sand Castle.
TRUDY LEWIS serves on the English faculty of the University of Missouri at Columbia. She is the author of a short story collection, The Bones of Garbo, for which she was awarded the Sandstone Prize in Short Fiction, and two novels, Private Correspondences and The Empire Rolls. Lewis’ story, Geographic Tongue, received the Lawrence Foundation Award from Prairie Schooner. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Best American Short Stories, New Stories from the South, Third Coast, Witness, and other publications.
KORKUT ONARAN, originally from Turkey, lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he practices architecture and urban design. Onaran has won the Cervena Barva Press Chapbook Contest and the Baltimore Review Poetry Competition. His poetry has appeared in journals such as Penumbra, Writer’s Journal, White Pelican Review, Crucible, Atlanta Review, Bayou, Common Ground Review, and Baltimore Review.
RICARDO PAU-LLOSA was born into a working-class family in Havana, Cuba. His first book of poetry, Sorting Metaphors, won the first national Anhinga Prize and his third, Cuba, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His latest collections are Mastery Impulse and Parable Hunter, both from Carnegie Mellon.
MIKE PULLEY was a finalist for the 2013 New Ohio Review poetry contest. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Talking River, Canary, California Quarterly, Clackamas Literary Review, and Tule Review, among others. Pulley also is an award-winning journalist. He teaches literature and advanced writing at Clemson University.
DOUG RAMSPECK is the author of five poetry collections. His most recent book, Original Bodies, was selected for the Michael Waters Poetry Prize and is forthcoming by Southern Indiana Review Press. He is also the author of Mechanical Fireflies and Black Tupelo Country. Individual poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, Slate, Southern Review, Georgia Review, AGNI, and Alaska Quarterly Review. He directs the Writing Center and teaches creative writing at The Ohio State University at Lima.
ELIZABETH REES is the author of four award-winning chapbooks, including Tilting Gravity. Her poems have appeared in The North American Review and Kenyon Review, among many other journals. New work is forthcoming in AGNI, Atlanta Review, and Natural Bridge. She currently works as a poet-in-residence for the Maryland State Arts Council and teaches at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
JOAN ROBERTA RYAN lives in Taos, New Mexico, where she indulges her passions for writing poetry, skiing, and cooking Mediterranean foods. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Nimrod, The Atlanta Review, Roanoke Review, Calyx, Ekphrasis, Cape Rock, Concho River Review, Off The Coast, Prick of the Spindle, Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, and other journals, as well as in the anthology Poems for Malala Yousafzai.
TONY SANDERS has published six books of poetry, one a collaboration with the poet Chard deNiord. His work has appeared in many magazines and journals including Poetry, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, and The Southwest Review.
ROB SHAPIRO was raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of Elon University. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry East, The South Carolina Review, and Pembroke Magazine.
R. T. SMITH is Writer-in-Residence at Washington and Lee University, where he has edited Shenandoah since 1995. His most recent collections are The Red Wolf: A Dream of Flannery O’Connor and In the Night Orchard: New and Selected Poems. His work has received two Library of Virginia Book of the Year Awards, as well as Governor’s Awards in the Arts from both Alabama and Virginia. Smith is also the recipient of the Carol Weinstein Poetry Prize. He lives in Rockbridge County, Virginia.
FAITH SHEARIN is the author of three books of poetry: The Owl Question, The Empty House, and Moving the Piano. Recent work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review and The Southern Review. Shearin’s work has also been read aloud by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. She is the recipient of awards from The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and The National Endowment for the Arts. She lives with her husband, daughter, and opinionated dachshund in a cabin on top of a mountain in West Virginia.
DAVID STARKEY is Poet Laureate emeritus of Santa Barbara and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Santa Barbara City College. His poetry has appeared in many journals, including The American Scholar, The Georgia Review, and The Southern Review. He is author of six full-length collections, most recently It Must Be Like the World and Circus Maximus.
RANDI WARD is a writer, translator, lyricist, and photographer from West Virginia. She earned her MA in Cultural Studies from the University of the Faroe Islands and is a recipient of The American-Scandinavian Foundation’s Nadia Christensen Prize. Ward is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in Asymptote, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cimarron Review, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Vencil: Anthology of Contemporary Faroese Literature, and other publications. For more information, please visit www.randiward.com
EMILY YONG grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Yale, and currently lives in Silicon Valley. When she isn’t enjoying time with her family, or practicing general internal medicine, she can be found fermenting vegetables and writing poems. Some days, when the spirit moves, she is known to channel Martha Graham or Michael Jackson.