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Brock Adams’s first collection of short stories, Gulf, was published this year by Pocol Press.  It was also published in Italy under the title Cose che puoi fare con un barattolo di zuppa Campbell (Things You Can Do with a Can of Campbell's Soup).  A graduate from the University of Florida with a degree in English and the University of Central Florida with an MFA in Creative Writing, Adams currently teaches English at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg. He was recently awarded the Andrew Lytle Fiction Prize for his story “Audacious” published in our summer issue. "Audacious" was also chosen for Best American Mystery Stories 2011.

A veteran of the Vietnam War, R. L. Barth’s most recent book of poems is Deeply Dug In (University of New Mexico Press).  He is also the editor of The Selected Poems of Janet Lewis, The Selected Letters of Yvor Winters, and The Selected Poems of Yvor Winters. With poetry appearing in the forthcoming "Penguin Book of War Poetry," Barth is currently at work on a poetic sequence about the Battle of Dien Bien Phu. Barth’s poem “Doughboys: Photograph, c. 1917” was published in our spring issue.

Currently working on a novel, Margot Demopoulos has published fiction in Fiction International, The Briar Cliff Review, Mondo Greco and elsewhere.  Her book reviews have appeared in the Kenyon Review and The Potomac.  Ms. Demopoulos reviewed Tranquility by Attila Bartis in our spring issue.

Steven D. Ealy is the author of Communication, Speech, and Politics: Habermas and Political Analysis and a number of articles on Robert Penn Warren.  Along with co-editing the Eric Voegelin-Willmoore Kendall correspondence for the Political Science Reviewer, he has recently published articles on subjects as diverse as the 2008 Presidential election, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, and Warren’s All the King’s Men.  His research interests include the history and intellectual foundations of American philanthropy and Constitutional interpretation.  Prior to his current work as a senior fellow at Liberty Fund, Dr. Ealy taught government and political science at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, and at Western Carolina University.  Ealy’s essay “Eric Voegelin Partly Seen” appears in our summer issue.

Originally from Manchester, England, Joan Givner spent much of her early life teaching and doing research both in the U.S. and at the University of London, from which she earned her Ph.D. in 1972.  Ms. Givner taught for many years at the University of Regina until her retirement in 1995, at which point she moved to British Columbia to write full-time.  She edited the Wascana Review from 1984­–92.  She has written two biographies—Katherine Anne Porter: A Life and Mazo de la Roche: The Hidden Life—and an autobiography, The Self-Portrait of a Literary Biographer.  She has published four collections of short stories and two novels, and we were particularly impressed by her collection of fiction and nonfiction works, Thirty-Four Ways of Looking at Jane Eyre.  She has also published several books for young adults, the most recent of which is A Girl Called Tennyson.  Her daughter, Emily Givner, passed away in 2004, and Ms. Givner oversaw the publication of a collection of her short fiction, A Heart In Port.  You can read Givner’s recollection of her daughter and her daughter’s work in our summer issue.

Kathryn Oliver Mills has published articles on Baudelaire and a wide-ranging collection of reviews on French literature.  She received her B.A. from the University of Virginia, her B.A./M.A. in French Literature from St. John’s College, Oxford University, and her Ph.D. in French Literature from Yale University.  Dr. Mills taught at the University of Texas Pan-American, Belmont University, and Vanderbilt University before settling in at the University of the South in 1997.  She teaches courses on the French language and French literature at Sewanee, and her current research concerns the connections between Baudelaire’s work and Christianity.  Dr. Mills reviewed The Complete Fables of La Fontaine in our summer issue.

Zsuzsanna Ozsváth currently holds the Leah and Paul Lewis Chair in Holocaust Studies at the University of Texas-Dallas.  Her research interests branch in two directions: Holocaust studies and poetry translation.  She has written on Jerzy Kosinski, Paul Celan, Nelly Sachs, and other poets and novelists of the Holocaust.  Her translations of Hungarian and German poetry have appeared in numerous journals, and she translated (with Fred Turner) Foamy Sky: The Poetry of Miklόs Radnόti and The Iron-Blue Vault: the Poetry of Attila Jόzsef.  She is the author of In the Footsteps of Orpheus: The Life and Times of Miklόs Radnόti and is currently at work on “Light among the Shade: Eight Hundred Years of Hungarian Poetry.”  She and Turner were the recipients of the Milàn Füst Prize, the most prestigious literary prize of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.  Her memoir, When the Danube Ran Red, was published by Syracuse University Press in August 2010.  An excerpt from this memoir was published in our spring issue, and a review of it by will be published in fall 2011.

Nikolai Slivka is a freelance writer based in Palo Alto, California.  His book review of Margaret Atwood’s Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth appears in our summer issue.

The author of four books of poems, Timothy Steele’s most recent collection, Toward the Winter Solstice, was published by Swallow Press in 2006.  He has also published two books on literary criticism, Missing Measures: Modern Poetry and the Revolt against Meter (1990) and All the Fun’s in How You Say a Thing: An Explanation of Meter and Versification (1999).  He has also edited the poems of J.V. Cunningham (1997).  His numerous honors include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing from Stanford University, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Pots Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Los Angeles PEN Center’s Literary Award for Poetry, and the Robert Fitzgerald Award for Excellence in the Study of Prosody.  He has served as professor of English at California State University, Los Angeles since 1987.  Two of Steele’s poems were published in our spring issue on the literature of war.

Thom Ward, after serving as editor at BOA Editions, Ltd. for eighteen years, is now a freelance editor, writer, and teacher.  His most recently published book of poems is The Matter of the Casket (WordTech).  He lives in western New York State.  Find poetry by Ward published in our winter 2010 issue.