Edward Alexander is emeritus professor of English at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he taught from 1960–2004. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Alexander has also taught at Tufts University, Memphis State University, Tel-Aviv University, and Hebrew University. He has published many notable books including Mathew Arnold and John Stuart Mill; Arnold, Ruskin, and the Modern Temper; Irving Howe: Socialist, Critic, Jew; The Jewish Divide Over Israel; Robert B. Heilman: His Life in Letters; and Lionel Trilling and Irving Howe: A Literary Friendship. A new book, "The State of the Jews: A Critical Appraisal," will appear in 2012. Mr. Alexander's review of Zsuzsanna Ozsvath's memoir, When The Danube Ran Red, appears in our fall issue.
Robert Ashcom was raised in Albemarle County, Virginia before attending Brown University. In the past, he has taught,bred and raised thoroughbred horses, and served as a master of hounds and huntsman in Tyron, North Carolina. He is the author of Lost Hound, a collection of nonfiction, as well as Winter Run: Stories of an Enchanted Boyhood in a Lost Time and Place (Algonquin, 2002), for which he received a prize from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He lives with his wife Susan on a farm in Virginia.
Robert Cooperman's latest books of poetry are Troy and Cave Dweller. In The Colorado Gold Fever Mountains won the the Colorado Book Award in 2000, and The Widow's Burden was a runner up for the WILLA Literary Award in 2001. Cooperman is a graduate of the joint creative writing and literature programs at the University of Denver. He has published thirteen collections of poetry, and his work has appeared in the North American Review, Mississippi Review, California Quarterly, and elsewhere. Read Mr. Cooperman's poetry in our fall issue on the literature of war.
Peter Filkins is the author of three previous books of poems, What She Knew (1998), After Homer (2002), and Augustine's Vision (2010). A new volume, The View We're Granted, will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in the fall of 2012. The recipient of a Berlin Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin, Mr. Filkins has also translated the work of Inbeborg Bachmann. He has been awarded the Stover Prize in Poetry from the Southwest Review and the New American Press Chapbook Award, as well as fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times Book Review, Poetry, the Partisan Review, New Republic, American Scholar, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. He teaches writing and literature at Bard College at Simon's Rock. The SR published two of Mr. Filkins's poems in the spring issue, "The Broken Piano" and "The Sea."
Kathleen Ford has published stories in commercial magazines such as Yankee Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, and Woman's World, as well as nonfiction in quarterlies such as the Southern Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Antioch Review, North American Review, New England Review, and others. Two of her stories have won PEN awards for Syndicated Fiction, and another story was included in the anthology Cabbage and Bones (Henry Holt, 1997). Her first novel was published by St. Martin's Press. The recipient of a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship Award for 2011, she lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she teaches adult ESL and is currently writing stories about Irish maids and soldiers of World War I. Ms. Ford's short story, "Homecoming," is in the fall issue of the magazine.
Ben Greer is currently an Associate Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, where he has been teaching since 1975 and where he earned his B.A. in English. He also holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from Hollins College, which he has put to good use, having published many novels, poems, and plays (with more projects underway). Mr. Greer's work has received positive reviews from the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, the Village Voice, and the New Republic. Richard Wilbur, X. J. Kennedy, Fred Chappell, and James Dickey—all old friends of the Sewanee Review—have also written highly of Greer's work. His poem, "The Bright House" (a remembrance of George Garrett), appeared in the winter issue of 2011.
Eamon Grennan, a Dubliner, has lived in the U.S. for many years, beginning with his time as a graduate student in English at Harvard and continuing through a thirty-year period as a teacher at Vassar College. Currently retired from Vassar, he teaches in the graduate writing program of Columbia University. Since 1983 his various collections of poetry have been published by Gallery Press in Ireland, and by Graywolf Press in America. Mr. Grennan's most recent volumes are Out of Breath (Gallery, 2007) and Out of Sight: New and Selected Poems (Graywolf, 2010). Among his other collections are Matter of Fact and Still Life with Waterfall, which won the 2002 Lenore Marshall Prize. He has also published a collection of translations of Leopardi (Princeton University Press; winner of the PEN award for translation), as well as a translation (with Rachel Kitzinger) of Oedipus at Colonus (Oxford University Press). His poem, "Rain Memory," was published in this year's winter issue, and more poems by Mr. Grennan are forthcoming in the SR.
Cary Holladay, a graduate of William and Mary and Penn State, teaches fiction writing at the University of Memphis with her husband John Bensko. Her work has earned her numerous honors, including the O. Henry Award in 1999 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2006. In addition to her story, "Horseman, Pass By!," that appears in our winter issue, Holladay has been published in the Southern Review, Glimmer Train, Georgia Review, and New Stories From the South: The Year's Best. She is also the author of five books, most recently A Fight in the Doctor's Office.
Elizabeth Hynes was born in 1924 in Evansville, Indiana and grew up in Alabama. At various times in her life she was a ballet teacher, the proprietor of a bookshop, and a librarian; but most of all she was a dedicated water-color painter. In the midst of all these careers she found time to write most of a novel based on her adolescence in Birmingham, which remained unpublished at the time of her death in 2008. She was married to the critic Samuel Hynes for sixty-four years and had two daughters, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. "Girl in Summer," published in the magazine's spring issue, is the opening sequence to the incomplete novel, "A Small-Boned Woman."
Jeffrey N. Johnson's stories have appeared in the Connecticut Review, Clackamas Review, the Evansville Review, South Dakota Review, Night Train Magazine, Summerset Review, North Atlantic Review, Distillery, Licking River Review, Potomac Review, and Aethlon: Journal of Sport Literature. He has published poems in the South Carolina Review and Gargoyle Magazine. His short story collection, Home and Abroad, was a 2008 semi-finalist for The St. Lawrence Book Award, sponsored by Black Lawrence Press. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and a fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, and is currently working on his second novel. Mr. Johnson's short story, "Lost Among the Hedgerows," won this year's Andrew Nelson Lytle Fiction Prize and appears in our fall issue.
A graduate of Concordia University in Montreal and the University of Toronto, where he earned his doctorate, Geoffrey Lindsay teaches contemporary poetry and literary theory at the University of Prince Edward Island, a liberal arts college on the east coast of Canada. He has been published in the Yale Review, Essays in Literature, Twentieth Century Literature, and elsewhere. His essay on Anthony Hecht's postwar experience in Japan appears in the fall issue and is the second of two articles on Hecht's World War II service. The first, "Anthony Hecht, Private First Class," appeared in the Yale Review in 2008.
Professor Emeritus John M. Ridland was born in London in 1933 of Scottish ancestry, but he has lived most of his life in California. He taught writing and literature in the English Department and the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for over forty years. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Poetry, the Atlantic, the Hudson Review, Spectrum, and the Nation; he has published several volumes of poetry, as well. Mr. Ridland is also a prolific translator of poetry, receiving a gold medal from the Arpad Society of Cleveland, Ohio, and the 2010 Balassi Sword Award for his translations of Hungarian literature. Most recently he has translated the Middle English masterpiece, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Mr. Ridland's first poems published in the Sewanee Review appear in the current fall issue.
David Rothman is a director of poetry at the M.F.A. program at Western State College of Colorado, in addition to teaching at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver. He is also the co-founder of the Crested Butte Music Festival and founding editor or Conundrum press. His poems and essays have appeared in Appalachia, the Gettysburg Review, Hudson Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry, Threepenny Review, and many others. Mr. Rothman's essay, "Shine, Perishing Republic of Letters," was published in our winter issue.
Austin Smith was born on a dairy farm in northwestern Illinois. He has lived in Arizona, Alaska, California, Washington State, India and most recently Virginia, but considers the Midwest to be his imaginative homeland. He has published three chapbooks of poems: Wheat and Distance (Longhouse Press), Instructions for How to Put an Old Horse Down (Longhouse Press), and In the Silence of Migrated Birds (Parallel Press), which was chosen by the Wisconsin Literary Awards Committe as one of the best books of poetry published in Wisconsin in 2008. Recently he was awarded a $10,000 Henfield Prize for a short story entitled "The Black Blanket." Look for Mr. Smith's poetry in the current fall issue of the magazine.
Philip Weinstein received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1968, taught there for several years, and has since taught at Swarthmore College, where he is now Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English. He teaches American fiction, British fiction, and comparative fiction. For the past two decades his work has focused on the novels of William Faulkner, and he was president of the William Faulkner Society from 2000 to 2003. Since the 1970s Mr. Weinstein has written six books of literary criticism: Henry James and the Requirements of the Imagination (Harvard, 1971), The Semantics of Desire: Changing Models of Identity from Dickens to Joyce (Princeton, 1984), Faulkner's Subject: A Cosmos No One Knows (Cambridge, 1992), What Else But Love? The Ordeal of Race in Faulkner and Morrison (Columbia, 1996), Unknowing: The Work of Modernist Fiction (Cornell, 2005), and, most recently, Becoming Faulkner (Oxford, 2010). Mr. Weinstein's review of Jonathan Franzen's most recent novel, Freedom, can be read in the summer issue.
John Woodington lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His work has appeared in Pens on Fire, Every Day Fiction, Poor Mojo's Almanac(k), Slow Trains, Wild Violet, and elsewhere. He holds a writing degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and is currently working on his M.F.A at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Look for his new story, "Camouflage," in the fall issue.
We are also pleased to welcome our fabulous new contributors, William Wenthe, Evelyn Livingston, and Rose Styron. Many thanks to all of you for your great work!