Jonathan Greene is author of over 30 publications. His latest major collection of poems, Distillations and Siphonings, came out in 2010. Two volumes of his commonplace book, Gists Orts Shards, were published in 2006 and 2011. He lives with his wife, the weaver and photographer Dobree Adams, on a Kentucky River farm.
Jennifer Davis Michael has taught English literature at the University of the South since 1995. After completing her bachelor's degree at Sewanee, she attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and later received her doctorate from Northwestern. She is the author of Blake and the City (2006), and her poems have appeared in Mezzo Cammin, an online journal. Her second book in progress, entitled "Apprehensions of the Sacred," explores the relationship between poetry and silent contemplation.
Richard Wentworth was born in Concord N.H. and lives in Champaign IL. His career in scholarly publishing began in the fellowship program of the University of Oklahoma Press in 1957 and he retired in 2004, having served as director of the Louisiana State University Press and the University of Illinois Press. He initiated the poetry and short fiction programs at both university presses and published more than fifty short story collections at Illinois, where his primary adviser was George Core. He published four books which received Columbia University's Bancroft Award for one of the two best books of the year in American history. His only previous journal publication was the lead article in a football magazine in 1955!
Robert Schirmer is the author of Living With Strangers (NYU Press), winner of the Bobst Award for Emerging Writers. His work has been awarded several honors, including an O. Henry Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a fellowship from the Chesterfield Writer's Film Project. Robert's screenplays have been optioned by Amblin Entertainment and Warner Brothers, and his stories have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals such as New England Review, Glimmer Train, Epoch, Fiction, Joyland, and The Best of Witness. He has also been a visiting guest writer at Stetson University and the Southwest Writers Series at Prescott College. Recently he became co-editor of Outpost19, an independent literary press.
Philip Terzian is literary editor of The Weekly Standard. A native of the Washington, DC area, he has been a writer and editor at The New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, the Providence Journal, and for twenty years wrote a syndicated column for the Scripps-Howard News Service. During 1978-79 he was a speechwriter for Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. He has been a contributor to The New Criterion, The Times Literary Supplement, Commentary, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications, and is the author of Architects of Power: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and the American Century (2010). He holds a BA in English from Villanova, was a graduate student at Oxford University and the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia, and has been a media fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. Married, and the father of two, he lives in Northern Virginia.
Dr. Harry Lee (Hal) Poe serves as Charles Colson Professor of Faith and Culture at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Prior to coming to accepting the Colson Chair he served as vice president at Union and held earlier teaching and administrative posts at Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and on two occasions at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Poe has published over 200 articles and reviews and has written or contributed to over thirty books, winning numerous awards including the 2009 Edgar Award and the Christianity Today book of the year Merit Award. He is co-editor with his daughter Rebecca of The Good, the True, and the Beautiful: Meditations (Chalice, 2008) and C. S. Lewis Remembered (Zondervan, 2006), a book of recollections by the former students of Lewis.
Don Welch is the Reynolds Chair of Poetry at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where he is entering his 50th year of teaching English and Philosophy. He is the winner of a number of national prizes in poetry, the most significant being the Pablo Neruda Prize. Among his recent books of poetry are Gutter Flowers (Logan House), When Memory Gives Dust a Face (Lewis-Clark Press), Deliberations (Backwater Press), and two forthcoming books in 2012, Gnomes (Stephen F. Austin University Press), and In Times of Considerable Wars (All Along Press). For years he was a poet in the public schools for the Nebraska Arts Council. He also served as a participant and consultant to the PBS film, The Last of the One Room Schools. He has had his poems in most major magazines in the U.S.
Marie Malchodi was born and raised in Wallingford, Connecticut, the youngest of five children; her father was a postmaster and her mother a registered nurse. She moved to Providence, Rhode Island in 1982 to attend Brown University where she studied English literature. After a drawn-out, degree-free undergraduate career, she remained in Providence working in the College Hill Bookstore, now long gone, and as a cabinetmaker’s apprentice at Capital Woodworks, also gone. In 1992, she returned to Brown as a bookbinder and conservation technician for the University Library. She currently lives in Cranston, RI with her husband the musician Martin Grosswendt, their twin daughters Lydia and Sophie, and her mother Theresa Malchodi. During breaks in the action, Marie occasionally indulges her serial obsessions with reading the poetry of Carl Dennis and Wisłava Symborska, and writing poems and letters.
Barry Sternlieb is the author of four chapbooks, the latest of which, Winter Crows, was awarded the 2008 Codhill Press Poetry Prize. In addition to the Sewanee Review, his work appears in Poetry, The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Commonweal, JAMA, Alaska Quarterly Review, Southwest Review, and others. He is also the recipient of a 2004 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Poetry. Finally, he edits Mad River Press, specializing in the very slow creation of handmade limited edition letterpress poetry broadsides and chapbooks since 1986. He and his wife, Maureen, live in Richmond, MA. They have two grown daughters.
John K. Young is a Professor in the Department of English at Marshall University, where he studies and teaches 20th/21st-century American and British literatures, focusing especially on histories of textual production. He is the author of Black Writers, White Publishers (2006) and co-editor, with George Hutchinson, of Publishing Blackness: Textual Constructions of Race since 1850 (2012), as well as several essays on modern and postmodern publishing histories. His current research projects examine the narratological relations between “real” and “implied” texts and the production narratives of Tim O’Brien’s Viet Nam fictions.
The starting shortstop on four state champion high school baseball teams and an all-state basketball player, Mark Walling attended college on a basketball scholarship until the arrival of an unexpected philosophical curiosity unraveled his workout discipline. A decade later, he completed a Ph.D. in English and wrote scholarly articles on film and philosophy. He has recently turned to fiction, publishing stories in The Chariton Review, Louisiana Literature, South Dakota Review, and Hobart. He is currently completing a novel about a former All-American football player who is thrust into the unwelcome role of a parental Hamlet after the mysterious death of his son. Mark lives with his wife Bethany and daughter Flossie in Ada, Oklahoma, where he teaches writing at East Central University.
Pamela Royston Macfie is the Samuel R. Williamson Professor at Sewanee, where she has chaired both the English Department and the Humanities Program. Addressing the literary legacies of Virgil and Ovid, her published work includes essays on Dante, Spenser, and Shakespeare; she recently completed a book on allusion and early modern poetics. In classrooms at Sewanee, in the British Studies Program at St. John’s College, Oxford, and in the yard at the Globe, she has engaged students what it means to translate Shakespeare from page to stage. It is not unusual to see her balancing a paper maché ass-head atop the Riverside Shakespeare.
Kathleen Wakefield's poetry has appeared in such periodicals as Poetry, Imagine, and the Beloit Poetry Journal. Her book Notations on the Visible World (2000) earned the Anhinga prize for poetry.
Our other new contributors are Colin Fleming and none other than Aiken Taylor Award-winner Billy Collins.
John A. Murray has taught at many universities and institutes and has published an astounding forty-one books, earning several awards for his writing.
Ross Howell hails from Greensboro, North Carolina, and lives there with his lovely wife. He currrently has his nose to the grindstone working on a novel.
Richard Jacobs lives in Littletown, Pennsylvania and was simply thrilled to make his first appearance in the Sewanee Review in our spring issue.