Stone Canoe

Contributors - Issue 2

Click on the contributor in the table below to go to a brief biography, and links where available.

Arlene Abend Lindsay Ann Glover Peter McKee Olds
Cecil Abrahams Diana Godfrey Fred Muratori
Joy Adams Daniel Gonzalez Jennifer Pashley
Linda Allardt Ronald Gonzalez Donalee Peden-Wesley
Henry Allen Holly Greenberg Linda Tomol Pennisi
Kath M. Anderson Samantha Harmon Thomas Piche Jr.
Janet Biggs Brooks Haxton Jo Pitkin
Philip Booth Grace Hedlund Linda Price
Mark Budman Bill Henderson Dennis Pullen
Emily Carlson Tyler Hendry Beatrix Reinhardt
Brantley Carroll Rick Henry Faith Ringgold
Shivhari Chathrattil Elana Herzog Susan Robinson
Randy Cohen Mary Lee Hodgens Ralph James Savarese
Danner Darcleight Ada Jacques Stephen J. Shaner
Cynthia Day Christopher Kennedy Maureen A. Sherbondy
Susan Deer Cloud Aida Khalil Ryan Skrabalak
Sylvia de Swaan Jonathan Kirk Donna Steiner
Sara Di Donato Tom Krueger Lynette K. Stephenson
Mi Ditmar Justus Lacey Bruce Sweet
Daniel Donaghy Doran Larson Ed Taylor
Doug DuBois Joseph Lee Michael Paul Thomas
Stephen Dunn Elisa Leiva Daniel Torday
Joan Dworkin Stephen Lewandowski Jillian Towne
Sara Eichner Chuck Lyons Brian Turner
David Eye Michael Martone Elizabeth Twiddy
Chelsea Lemon Fetzer Frank Matzke Lane Twitchell
Jason Fishel Scott McCarney Ken Victor
Maureen Foster Sarah McCoubrey Mary L.White
Nicora Gangi John "Jaws" McGrath Leah Zazulyer
Eric Gansworth Marion Menna Deborah Zlotsky
Eric Geissinger Bruce Muirhead  
Nancy Geyer Jake Muirhead  

Arlene Abend is a sculptor who graduated from The Cooper Union in Manhattan, moved to Syracuse forty-seven years ago and graduated from Syracuse University in 1970.  Her work has been featured in a variety of galleries and museums, and in various publications, including Women Artists in American 11.  Her work is in the collection of Merk Corporation, The Pioneer Group, Ebasco Services, and many other private and corporate collections.  She has received, among other honors, an “International Women’s Year” award, the Post Standard “Women of Achievement” award, and a “Certificate of Recognition” from the Town of Dewitt 9/11 Memorial Committee.  Abend continues to take courses at Syracuse University’s University College, and maintains a full working metal studio in Syracuse. (more)

Cecil Abrahams, currently a visiting University Professor at Syracuse University, is a world-renowned scholar in African studies and African literature, a former president of the University of Western Cape in South Africa, and former chair of the South African Presidents’ Association.  Exiled from his South African homeland for his work with the African National Congress, Abrahams studied and taught in Canada and then returned home at Nelson Mandela’s request after the apartheid government was overthrown. He has worked closely with Mandela, who he has known since he “was in short pants,” and with Archbishop Tutu, to create a high-quality educational system for all South Africans. (more)

Joy Adams experienced Hitler’s bombs as a child in London, and as a child entertainer recorded with George Martin in the Abbey Road studios. She immigrated to the United States as a G.I. bride in 1963, eventually earned an M.F.A. at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and has taught painting and drawing at SUNY Brockport, SUNY Potsdam, and Ithaca College. Her paintings have been exhibited at major galleries throughout New York State, including the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo and the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester. She is currently retired from academia, lives in Trumansburg, New York, and paints in her studio/home in a renovated 19th century barn. (more)

Linda Allardt is a poet and small-press editor who lives in Pittsford, New York, where many of her poems are set.  She has published four books of poems, including Accused of Wisdom (Foothills Publishing, 2004). She teaches advanced poetry writing at Writers and Books of Rochester, and has also taught at St. John Fisher College, the University of Rochester, and the Eastman School. She has a bachelor’s degree from Alfred University and a Ph.D. from University of Rochester. (more)

Henry Allen has won awards ranging from the Academy of American Poets’ Prize at Hamilton College to the Pulitzer Prize for photography criticism as a staff writer for The Washington Post. His poetry has appeared in the New York Review of Books, Poet Lore, and Gargoyle, and has been read on National Public Radio (NPR) by Garrison Keillor. He has published a poetry chapbook, Museum of Lost Air, at Dryad Press; a novel, Fool’s Mercy, at Houghton Mifflin; a collection of feature journalism, Going To Far Enough, at Smithsonian; and an evocation of the 20th Century, What It Felt Like, at Pantheon. He has also written criticism for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Vogue, Smithsonian, and The Wilson Quarterly. (more)

Kath M. Anderson attended St. Lawrence University, lived in Rochester, New York, for eighteen years, and completed an M.F.A. in creative writing from Syracuse University. Her grandfather was the mayor of Governeur, New York, from 1943 to 1951.  She has published in Poetry, Quarterly West, Sonora Review, and other journals. She now lives in Austin, Texas, and only buys cheddar at the grocery store if she can find Herkimer.

Janet Biggs’ epic video installations have been exhibited at such institutions as Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Syracuse’s Everson Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Finland’s Vantaa Art Museum and Austria’s Oberosterreichisches Landesmuseum. She is the recipient of numerous grants including a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Fellowship and Anonymous Was a Woman Award. Her work is in public collection including the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, New York; the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina; and the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut. Biggs lives and works in New York City. (more)

Philip Booth (1925-2007) was a founder of Syracuse’s graduate program in creative writing.  He studied poetry with Robert Frost at Dartmouth College and completed an M.A. in English from Columbia University, and taught at Wellesley College before coming to teach at Syracuse.  Author of ten books of poetry and recipient of numerous awards, such as the Lamont Prize from the American Academy of Poets and the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, Booth was born and raised in Maine, and this setting served as a place of primary symbolic importance in his work. (more)

Mark Budman was born and raised in the former Soviet Union and trained as an engineer. Currently, in addition to a career in translation and web design, he is the editor of Vestal Review, a flash fiction magazine featured on NPR. His poems and stories have appeared in a variety of publications, and he has been a finalist in several Writer’s Digest fiction competitions. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Upstate New York. (more)

Emily Carlson is a sixth-grade student at Syracuse’s Edward Smith School, and a participant in the Dreams Between Sky and the Earth project.

Brantley Carroll is a self-taught photographer. He has taught courses in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University as well as at SU's Community Darkrooms. He has received grants from Light Work and the New York Foundation For the Arts (NYFA). He has been a commercial photographer in the Syracuse area for fifteen years. (more)

Shivhari Chathrattil is a sixth-grade student at Syracuse’s Edward Smith School, and a participant in the Dreams Between the Sky and the Earth project, which was named after the caption of her photograph in the show.

Randy Cohen’s first professional work was writing humor pieces for newspaper and magazines (The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Young Love Comics.) His first television work was writing for “Late Night with David Letterman,” for which he won three Emmy awards. His fourth Emmy was for his work on “TV Nation.” He received a fifth Emmy as a result of a clerical error, and kept it. Currently he writes “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for The New York Times Magazine, syndicated throughout the U.S. and Canada. (more)

Danner Darcleight is currently serving time in a maximum security prison in Upstate New York.  Metered Time is his first published essay.  

Cynthia Day (winner of Stone Canoe’s 2008 Bea Gonzalez Prize for Poetry) has published in the Denver Quarterly, The Literary Review, and the Southern Poetry Review, among other literary magazines.  Four of her poems appeared in Last Call:  Poems of Alcoholism, Addiction and Deliverance, from Sarabande Books. Her first novel, Last House, was serialized online at Big Tree Press, and she is now working on a second, The Janeville Murders.  A native of Hartford, Connecticut, she has lived and worked most of her life in Central New York.

Susan Deer Cloud is a poet and fiction writer of Blackfoot, Mohawk, and Seneca heritage (Metis) who grew up in the Catskills but has sojourned in many places. She is an alumna of Binghamton University where she has occasionally taught creative writing. She has published three books of poetry and has published poems and essays in many journals. She is editor of the multicultural anthology Confluence, and current guest editor of Yellow Medicine Review. Deer Cloud was awarded the NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry for 2007. 

Sylvia de Swaan is a Romanian born photographer who has lived and worked in Mexico, Europe and the United. States. Her work explores issues of transience, loss, memory and identity through long-term narrative projects. Recent works include, “Return,” “Sub-version,” and “Utica/Along the Tracks,” which have earned her grants, fellowships and residencies from a number of foundations, including Washington Projects for the Arts, Art Matters, Aaron Siskind Foundation; ArtsLink Partnership, Mid Atlantic Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Constance Saltonstall Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Light Work, Bemis Center for the Arts, Austrian Ministry of Culture and Anderson Ranch Art Center. In the Fall of 2008 she has been invited to participate in an exhibition and symposium, titled " In Transition: Cultural Identity in an age of Transnational and Trans-Cultural Flux" at the Centers for Contemporary Art in Moscow and in Yekaterinburg. She was the founding director of Sculpture Space in Utica, NY and is currently a visiting instructor at Hamilton College. For more of her work, visit Artists Space or the Saatchi Gallery online. (more)

Sara Di Donato was born in Naples, Italy, and moved to New Rochelle, New York, as a young child. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Iowa and her M.F.A. in painting from SUNY Albany. She is currently assistant professor in the art department at SUNY Brockport. She has exhibited widely in both regional and national ventures, and her work was recently featured in the Northeastern edition of New American Paintings.

Mi Ditmar is a research project coordinator in the Center for Health and Behavior at Syracuse University, where she is also a student in the M.F.A. program in creative writing. She received the M.F.A. program’s 2007 Delmore Schwartz Award for best poem by a graduate student.

Daniel Donaghy holds a B.A. from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. from Hollins College, an M.F.A. in creative writing from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. His poems have appeared in many journals, and his book Streetfighting, based on his boyhood in Philadelphia, was a Paterson Poetry Prize finalist and was featured on “The Writer’s Almanac” with Garrison Keillor. Donaghy has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Cornell Council for the Arts, and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. He currently lives in Willington, Connecticut, and is an Assistant Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Doug DuBois is a photographer and videographer who teaches in the Department of Transmedia in the Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts. He has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, New Langton Arts in San Francisco, and PARCO Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. His work is in various museum collections, and has been featured in several books, such as The New Earth Reader (MIT, 1999) and The Spirit of Family (Holt, 2002). He also does editorial assignments for such publications as The New York Times Magazine, Details Magazine, Double Take, and The Black Book.  DuBois is a recipient of an NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, an Elliott Porter Fellowship, a Light Work grant and residencies at The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. (more)

Stephen Dunn is a graduate of Syracuse University’s masters program in creative writing, where he studied with Philip Booth, Donald Justice, and W.D. Snodgrass. He is the author of fourteen books of poetry, including Different Hours, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001. His latest book of poems, Everything Else in the World, was issued by Norton in 2006.  He is currently Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Richard Stockton College in New Jersey, but spends much of his time in Frostburg, Maryland, with his wife, writer Barbara Hurd. (more)

Joan Dworkin has been a graphic designer and art director at New York Magazine, House and Garden, and many other publications. A New York City resident and weekend painter throughout her professional career, she now lives in Treadwell, New York, and devotes full time to painting.  She has recently exhibited at The Roxbury Arts Group, Roxbury, New York; the Cooperstown Regional Show, Cooperstown, New York; and the Bright Hill Gallery in Treadwell, New York. She was educated at Pratt Institute, The Art Student’s League and Parsons School of Design.

Sara Eichner lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received an M.F.A. in painting from Syracuse University in 1998 and is currently represented by Sears-Peyton Gallery in New York City. She has received an NYFA painting grant, participated in the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace program, and attended residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Saltonstall Arts Colony. Most recently her work was exhibited in Sight Lines; a solo exhibition at Sears-Peyton Gallery (2006) and Interior/Exterior at the McDonough Museum of Art in Youngstown, Ohio. She has participated in various group shows in New York City; Earlville, New York; New Haven, Connecticut; and Glassboro, New Jersey.  She also collaborated with Tom Krueger on an exhibition called Wedgewood Rundown in the spring of 2007 in Brooklyn, and exploration of decorative domestic patterns under the influence of entropy and displacement. (more)

David Eye is currently pursuing his M.F.A. in poetry at Syracuse University, after a 17- year career in the New York theatre.  He also works at BOA Editions, Ltd., in Rochester, as the Larry Levis Memorial graduate student intern.  In 2007, Eye received two university teaching awards. His poetry last appeared in the inaugural issues of Stone Canoe and roger (Roger Williams University), and has work forthcoming in Critical Encounters, published by Syracuse University’s Writing Program.

Chelsea Lemon Fetzer is a creative writer, video artist, and art educator. A native of Minnesota, she studied at Sarah Lawrence College and will earn her M.F.A. in creative writing at Syracuse University this spring. She also teaches writing and literature to Syracuse University undergraduate students, and teaches poetry to Syracuse elementary and high school students. She is currently working on her first novel, Rivermaps, while pursuing her master’s degree.

Jason Fishel was born in Syracuse and currently resides in the Albany area. He became interested in writing in high school, and subsequently attended the New York State Summer Young Writers Institute at Silver Bay, New York. Fishel is currently a student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and despite his most fervent objections, may end up going to medical school like his dad after all.

Maureen Foster, a Syracuse native, received an A.A.S. degree in art from Onondaga Community College and a B.F.A. in Studio Arts from Cazenovia College.  She currently works for Partners for Arts Education in Syracuse. She has exhibited her work throughout Central New York.

Nicora Gangi was born in Indiana, and was educated at the University of Hartford Art School, Montclair State College, and Syracuse University.  She currently teaches as an adjunct at Syracuse University and conducts private lessons for adults in her home studio. She lectures regionally and exhibits her work regionally and nationally, in galleries and juried exhibitions. She is married to Bruce Manwaring and resides in Syracuse. (more)

Eric Gansworth, a member of the Onondaga Nation, is Lowery Writer-in-Residence and professor of English at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Born and raised at Tuscarora Nation in Western New York, he is the author of six books, one of which, Mending Skins, won the 2006 PEN Oakland Award. His fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art have recently appeared in The Kenyon Review, Cold Mountain Review, The Boston Review, Shenandoah, and The American Indian Quarterly. He has won grants from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts and The Seaside Institute. (more)

Eric Geissenger works in Watkins Glen, New York, as a technical writer.  His fiction has appeared in The William and Mary Review, the Owen Wister Review, and The Barbaric Yawp.

Nancy Geyer is a graduate of Wells College in Aurora, New York, and currently resides in Ithaca, New York, after an extended period in Washington, D.C., and Denver, Colorado. The Alaska Quarterly Review, The Healing Muse, and Sea Stories have published her creative nonfiction and poetry . She contributes art criticism and cultural reportage to the Ithaca Times.

Lindsay Ann Glover has a B.F.A. with a concentration in printmaking and new media from Alfred University, where she studied with Joseph Scheer, Andrew Deutch, and Peer Bode. She has worked at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, collaborating with artists in residence on limited-edition art books. She exhibits her work locally and internationally, and is currently completing an M.F.A. at Cornell University.

Diana Godfrey has resided in Syracuse for over twenty years, and has exhibited and sold her work in Upstate New York in one-person, group and juried shows, such as Cazenovia Counterpoint, “Structure, Surface and Subtext” at Cazenovia College, and the National Collage Society Postcard Exhibition in Buffalo, New York.  Her work is also currently represented in galleries in Connecticut and along the Maine coast, and has been featured on record and CD covers for the Society of New Music. She has co-curated a number of area art exhibits, and is a juror for Scholastic ART.  She has a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Connecticut, and an M.A. and M.F.A. in painting from the University of Iowa. (more)

Daniel Gonzalez is a sixth-grade student at Syracuse’s Edward Smith School and participant in the Dreams Between the Sky and the Earth project. 

Ronald Gonzalez lives and works in his native Binghamton, New York, and is a professor of art at Binghamton University. Over the past thirty years, he has produced thousand of figures, from the tiny to the monumental in scale. His numerous awards include two Pollock-Krasner Foundation artist’s grants and multiple NYFA grants. He is widely represented in both public and private collections through the U.S., and has exhibited in many galleries and museums, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Everson Museum in Syracuse, the Allen Stone Gallery in New York, and the Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Holly Greenberg is an associate professor of printmaking in the Art Department at Syracuse University. She received her M.F.A. in printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, after completing her B.F.A. in studio arts at the University of Michigan. She currently lives in Fayetteville, New York, where she and her husband, sculptor Timothy Brewer, are renovating an early-19th-century church for their living and studio spaces. (more)

Samantha Harmon (winner of Stone Canoe’s 2008 Michael Fawcett Prize for Visual Arts) was raised in East Syracuse, New York, and wrote in her My Book About Me at age 7 that she wanted to be an artist. In 2005, she entered Syracuse University, where she is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Sculpture.  In 2007, Samantha was awarded the Mark and Pearl Clements Internship Scholarship, which funded her summer internship at Sculpture Space in Utica, New York. Harmon has worked a variety of food service, clerical, retail, and maintenance jobs—experiences that she feels have informed her unique approach to art. During the academic year, she works as a clerical assistant in the office of the Syracuse University athletic director. Harmon is spending the spring 2008 semester at Syracuse’s center in Florence, Italy.     

Brooks Haxton lives in Syracuse, and teaches at Syracuse University. His next book, They Lift Their Wings to Cry, will be published by Knopf in the summer of 2008. (more)

Grace Hedlund is a painter with a home studio and gallery in Cortlandville, New York. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Lucas Gallery in Skaneateles, New York; The Corners Gallery in Ithaca, New York; the Cortland Picture Frame Company in Cortland, New York; and The Bird’s Nest in Groton, New York. Since becoming disabled several years ago, she finds painting to be very enjoyable and therapeutic. (more)

Bill Henderson is the founder of the Pushcart Prize annual and publisher of the Pushcart Press, currently celebrating its 32nd year. The annual Pushcart Prize publication is considered by many to be the authoritative documentation of the best quality writing from the small presses and literary magazines. Henderson graduated from Hamilton College, taught at several colleges, and currently divides his time between his Long Island home and his Maine camp.  He is interviewed in this issue about his life’s work and its place in the literary landscape.  

Tyler Hendry is a recent graduate of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, and is currently attending law school at the University of Buffalo. He was raised in Phoenix, New York, where the human population is strongly outnumbered by livestock. He began writing stories in the first grade, and selling them to family and friends for fifty cents, including illustrations.  This is his first story published in a journal, with no illustrations.  

Rick Henry is an associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of English and Communications at SUNY Potsdam. He has published numerous short stories in The Connecticut Review, Between C &D, Short Story, and other literary journals. He is the editor of The Blueline Anthology and the author of Lucy’s Eggs, both published by Syracuse University Press.

Elana Herzog lives and works in Walton, New York, and New York City. She has a B.A. from Bennington College and an M.F.A. from Alfred University.  She has been the recipient of the NYFA Fellowship in Sculpture (twice), the Joan Mitchell Award, the Lambert Fund Fellowship, and the Lillian Elliott Award. Her work has been exhibited in major venues throughout the world, including a solo show at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, New York; participation in “Studio in the Park” in Manhattan’s Riverside Park; a collaboration with sound artist Michael Schumacher at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut; and a site- specific project at K-3 in Zurich, Switzerland in 2007.  She has lectured at Colgate University, Cornell University, Hartwick College, SUNY Albany, and Syracuse University. (more)

Mary Lee Hodgens is the program manager at Light Work, a nonprofit photo and imaging center at Syracuse University that has been supporting emerging and under-recognized artists for over 30 years. She is a graduate of Syracuse University‘s College of Visual and Performing Arts with an M.F.A. from the School of Art and Design, and has also worked as an instructor of design and drawing.

Ada Jacques (Onondaga, Turtle Clan), was born and continues to reside on the Onondaga Nation Territory. At age sixty-seven, she took up pottery when her daughter bought her a ceramics class at Onondaga Community College as a Mother’s Day present. She turned a part of her husband’s lacrosse factory into a studio, and began working in stoneware, porcelain, terra cotta, and raku. She exhibits her work regularly throughout the state, at both native celebrations and museums such as the Iroquois Indian Museum at Howe’s Cave, New York; Colgate University; Syracuse University; and the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, New York. Among her awards is “Best of Show” at the 2004 Ostingo Powwow.

Christopher Kennedy is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, and three chapbooks.  His latest book, Encouragement for a Man Falling to His Death, from BOA Editions, Ltd., won The Isabella Gardner Poetry Award for 2007.  Born and raised in Syracuse, Kennedy has worked at a variety of jobs, including his current one as director of the Syracuse University M.F.A. Program in creative writing. He is also a founding editor of the literary journal 3rd bed. (more)

Aida Khalil, Palestinian-born, immigrated to the United States in 1979 and has lived in Syracuse ever since.  Her artwork encompasses mixed-media assemblage, collage, and painting.  She has exhibited her work in several local and regional art shows, and has been the recipient of various artist grants and awards, including an artist residency at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park.  She is currently an assistant professor of Landscape Architecture at Morrisville State College. 

Jonathan Kirk came to the United States from Great Britain in 1978 to study sculpture with Rodger Mack at Syracuse University.  He then joined the fledgling Sculpture Space in Utica, New York, and served as its studio manager for twenty years. Since 2000 Kirk has been pursuing sculpture-making full time, in a large studio in the industrial section of Utica. Currently represented by the Robert Steele Gallery in New York City, he has received grants from the NYFA, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation.  Within New York State, his large metal work has been exhibited in Kingston, Plattsburg, and Purchase, and on display on the campuses of Colgate University and Cazenovia College. (more)

Tom Krueger lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his M.F.A. from Syracuse University in painting in 1999. He has created paper installations in places like Earlville, New York; Youngstown, Ohio; New Haven, Connecticut; and New York City. He also collaborated with Sara Eichner on an exhibition called Wedgewood Rundown in the spring of 2007 in Brooklyn, an exploration of decorative domestic patterns under the influence of entropy and displacement. (more)

Justus Lacey is a sixth-grade student at Syracuse’s Edward Smith School and participant in the Dreams Between the Sky and the Earth project.

Doran Larson’s stories have appeared in such publications as The Iowa Review, Boulevard, and The Best American Short Stories. His novel, Marginalia, was published by Permanent Press in 1997. He is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Hamilton College. (more)

Joseph Lee was born in Toronto, Canada, earned a business degree from the University of Texas, taught English in Japan, and is now pursuing a master’s degree at Le Moyne College in Syracuse. This is his first published story, which grew out of a workshop in his graduate program.

Elisa Leiva was born in Santiego, Chile, and moved to the U.S. when she was six. She is currently a sophomore at Guilderland High School in Guilderland Center, New York, but dreams of moving back to Chile. Last summer, she participated in the New York State Summer Young Writers Institute at Silver Bay, New York.

Stephen Lewandowski has published eight books of poetry, his most recent being One Life, from Wood Thrush Books. His work has appeared in a number of literary journals. He is a graduate of Hamilton College, and later did graduate work with Louis Jones in the Cooperstown Graduate Program in American Folk Culture, and with Howard Nemerov and William Gass at Washington University in St. Louis.  Lewandowski has worked as an environmental educator and consultant in the western Finger Lakes for thirty years, and has won environmental awards from Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua Lake Pure Waters, and the Finger Lakes Land Trust.  He lives in Canandaigua, New York.

Chuck Lyons is retired in Rochester, New York, with his wife Brenda and Gus, his beagle, after a career editing community newspapers in the Finger Lakes Region. He has published numerous magazine articles, won a short story and a play competition., edited a couple of books, wrote one, won a national award for “an outstanding article on colonial American history,” and admits to spending  a lot of time cutting grass and shoveling snow,  with Gus’s help. (more)

Michael Martone is a professor of English and director of the creative writing program at the University of Alabama, where he has been teaching since 1996. Before that, he taught at Syracuse University (1991-96), Iowa State, and Harvard University. He is the author of five books of fiction, as well as countless pieces of short fiction in journals and books. The Flatness and Other Landscapes, a collection of his essays about the Midwest, won The Association of Writers & Writing Programs Prize for Creative Nonfiction in 1998. Martone lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, with the poet Theresa Pappas and their sons Sam and Nick. (more)

Frank Matzke is writing a series of nonfiction pieces about the experience of recovering from brain trauma after war. He is a veteran of the first Gulf War who served with the Eleventh Armored Cavalry Regiment. Matzke was born and raised in Fulton, New York, and moved to Florida after the war to receive treatment at the VA’s premier brain injury unit.  He stayed in Florida to complete his degree in communications and creative writing from Flagler College in St. Augustine, and currently covers city and county beats as a journalist for the St. Petersburg Times. (more)

Scott McCarney was born in Troy, New York, and spent the 50s and 60s in the Capital region.  The 70s took him to Virginia, where he earned an undergraduate degree and had his first museum exhibition.  The 80s drew him back to Upstate New York for graduate work at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York, and he has been there ever since.  He is involved in regional arts activities as well as the LGBT and labor communities.  He is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Rochester Institute of Technology and teaches in the Summer Institute program of Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester. (more)

Sarah McCoubrey is a landscape painter and associate professor at the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University.  Her numerous honors  include a NYFA Fellowship, an NYFA Special Opportunity Stipend,  a Ballinglen Arts  Foundation Residency-in-Ireland Fellowship, the Milton Avery Foundation Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, two Constance Saltonstall Foundation Grants, and an NEA grant. McCoubrey has an M.F.A. and a B.F.A. in painting, as well as a B.A. in English, from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Fayetteville, New York, with her husband and three daughters. (more)

John “Jaws” McGrath is a lifelong resident of Syracuse. A self-taught artist in the medium of pen and ink, he takes much of his inspiration from the natural beauty seen from traveling many miles on his Harley. His work has been exhibited throughout the East Coast and most recently at the Delavan Art Gallery in Syracuse. He works exclusively with a single #102 nib and a top-grade watercolor paper to add texture and depth to each piece. See more of John’s work at

Marion Menna is a former special education teacher for Nassau BOCES in Nassau County, New York, who after retirement taught creative writing for Taproots at SUNY Stony Brook and facilitated writing groups for the disabled for an agency called THAW. She moved to Glenmont, New York, two years ago and is a founding member of the Delmar Writers' Group and recording secretary for the Hudson Valley Writers Guild. She has had poems published in the Long Island Quarterly, the West Hills Review, Xanadu, Quill and Parchment, and Women’Synergy.

Bruce Muirhead is a professor of art at Hamilton College, and has, over the course of an illustrious career, had his etchings and paintings included in many exhibitions and private collections. He has a B.F.A from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from the Boston University College of Fine Arts. Robert Bruce Muirhead, Prints 1969-2006, A Catalogue Raisonne, was published in 2007 by the Amity Art Foundation of Connecticut. (more)

Jake Muirhead is associate printmaker at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, and teaches art at Montgomery College and The Waldorf School. He has recently won awards at several major print exhibitions, including Purdue University’s annual 60 Square Inches International Print Exhibition, and Artlinks 26th National Print Exhibition. Jake grew up in Clinton, New York, graduated from Hamilton College, and earned an M.F.A. in printmaking from George Mason University. (more)

Peter McKee Olds taught college English for thirty years and, in addition to writing, works as a metal sculptor in the Catskills. He recently built a sculpture garden for the Town of Mountaindale, in Sullivan County, which is undergoing a renaissance. Peter has a Ph.D. from Columbia University. (more)

Fred Muratori has published two books of poetry, The Possible and Despite Repeated Warnings, and has had poems and prose-poems published in a variety of magazines and journals. He also regularly contributes criticism to such publications as American Book Review, Boston Review, and The Manhattan Review. He is a graduate of the Syracuse University M.F.A. program, and currently works at the Cornell University Library as the bibliographer for English-language literature, theater, and film. (more)

Jennifer Pashley lives in Central New York with her husband and two sons.  She is a fiction instructor at the YMCA’s Downtown Writer’s Center in Syracuse, and an adjunct instructor at Le Moyne College.  Her book of short fiction, States, was published in 2007. She is currently at work on a novel. (more)

Donalee Peden-Wesley has a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University, and currently teaches at Syracuse University and at Onondaga Community College.  She has shown her work internationally from England to Germany to Australia and throughout the U.S.  Her work is featured in multiple books, such as The Sculptor Reference Book, and is included in public museum collections, such as the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute, Utica, New York, and the Everson Museum, Syracuse, as well as in many private collections. (more)

Linda Tomol Pennisi is the author of two volumes of poetry, Seamless (2003) and   Suddenly, Fruit (2006), which was chosen by William Pitt Root as winner of the Carolina Wren Press chapbook prize. Her poems have appeared in such journals as McSweeney’s, Hunger Mountain, Lyric Poetry Review, and Faultline.  She has been a recipient of grants from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts and the Academy of American Poets. She is director of the creative writing program at Le Moyne College in Syracuse. (more)

Thomas Piché Jr. is director of the Roland Gibson Gallery, the art museum of SUNY Potsdam. He was previously assistant director and senior director at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse.  Exhibitions organized by Piché include “Only an Artist: Adelaide Alsop Robineau, American Studio Potter” (2006), “Some Assembly Required: Collage Culture in Postwar America” (2003), and “Carrie Mae Weems: Recent Work, 1992-98” (1998). Art criticism by Piché has appeared in Sculpture, NY Arts, American Craft, American Ceramics, and I.D., The International Design Magazine.

Jo Pitkin has a B.A. in creative writing from Kirkland College in Clinton, New York, where she studied with Michael Burkard and Tess Gallagher, and an M.F.A. in poetry from the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa, where she studied with Donald Justice, Larry Levis, Sandra McPherson and Jane Cooper.  Her poems have been published in Dark Horse, Lyra, Ironwood, Quarterly West, Nimrod, and many other magazines. Among other prizes, she has won Kirkland’s Eight Annual Watrous Poetry Prize, the First Annual Hudson Valley Poetry Contest, and Lyra magazine’s Fourth Annual Poetry Prize. Her chapbook , The Measure, was published in 2007. For more than twenty years, Jo has worked as a freelance educational writer for major textbook publishers. She lives in the Hudson River Valley in a 175-year-old house that was once a public school. (more)

Linda Price has a B.F.A. from Ithaca College and an M.F.A. in painting from Bard College. She has worked as an educator at Cornell University's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art and currently teaches painting and drawing at Ithaca College. Originally from the Midwest, she traveled to Upstate New York in her early twenties, was “smitten by the hills in the Finger Lakes region,” and settled in a small town by Cayuga Lake, where she still lives with her family. (more)

Dennis Pullen (winner of Stone Canoe’s 2008 Burton Blatt Institute Arts Leadership Prize) is a painter and writer who lives in Oswego, New York.   At age seven, he sustained injuries from a truck accident that resulted in quadriplegia and ventilator-dependency.  He lives in his own apartment, has twenty-four-hour nursing care, and considers his nurses his friends. He creates his paintings by holding his paintbrushes in his mouth, and depends on others to mix his paints for him. He has benefited from professional mentoring by fellow Oswego artist and friend, Norm Roth. Pullen spends much of his time volunteering to speak at local schools and universities.  His primary areas of interest and expertise include the promotion of disability awareness, rights of the disabled, and self-advocacy.  Pullen is a graduate of AmeriCorps and a member of the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State. (more)

Beatrix Reinhardt was born in Wolgograd, Russia, and grew up in East Germany. She resides in New York City, where she works as an assistant professor of photography at the College of Staten Island /CUNY.  She received her M.F.A. in photography from Illinois State University, her M.A. in Media Studies from the New School of Social Research, and her B.A. in New German Literature from the Freie Universitat Berlin.  Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently in Madrid, Spain; London, England; and Syracuse at Light Work. She is represented by the Romo Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, and her work is included in many public collections, including the New York Public Library; Old Parliament House in Canberra, Australia; and the Light Work collection. (more)

Faith Ringgold is a distinguished American artist whose impressive body of work continuously casts new light on issues of race, gender, and social justice.  She has produced award-winning work in every conceivable artistic medium, and written several books which have won awards, such as The New York Times Best Children’s Book Award, the Caldecott Medal, the Coretta Scott King Award for best illustrated book by an African American, and the 31st NAACP Image Award for Best Children’s Book, If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks. She has received numerous grants, awards and fellowships through her illustrious career, including 16 honorary doctorates.  The Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) first invited Ringgold to Syracuse in 1973 to participate in a Syracuse City Schools art program, for which she produced her first series of dolls.  In the fall of 2007, the CFAC hosted a major retrospective of her work at their Syracuse gallery. (more)

Susan Robinson (winner of Stone Canoe’s 2008 Allen and Nirelle Galson Prize For Fiction) recently graduated from Le Moyne College with a degree in creative writing and film, having completed the degree over six years while working full time and helping to raise her granddaughter. Robinson lives in Liverpool, New York. This is her first published story.

Ralph James Savarese is the author of Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption (Other Press 2007), which Newsweek called “a real life love story and an urgent manifesto for the rights of people with neurological disabilities.” He teaches American literature, creative writing, and disability studies at Grinnell College, and is a frequent guest lecturer at Syracuse University. (more)

Stephen J. Shaner, a native of Skaneateles, New York, is a journalist and photographer who has traveled eight times to the Middle East, and spent more than a year in Israel and the Occupied Territories.  He received his B.F.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology and spent several years as chief photographer at the Troy Daily News in Troy, Ohio, before returning to New York to pursue freelance work and devote time to documentary work. When not traveling in the desert, he can be found sailing on Skaneateles Lake. (more)

Maureen A. Sherbondy is a poet and fiction writer who grew up in New Jersey and spent summers with family in Canandaigua, New York, where her grandfather was a doctor and her mother was raised. That was also where she wrote her first book at age eight, From Ground To Sky, for which her grandfather paid her five dollars. She now resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and three sons. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in many anthologies, and her book of poems After the Fairy Tale was published in March of 2007. She was awarded the 2007 Hart Crane Memorial Award by ICON, the literary journal of Kent State University.   Her second poetry book, Praying at Coffee Shops, was published in March 2008 by Main Street Rag. (more)

Ryan Skrabalak was born in Binghamton, New York, and grew up in the Albany, New York, area. While in high school, he attended two sessions of the New York State Summer Young Writers Institute at Silver Bay, New York. Skrabalak has fled the frigid and desolate winters of Upstate New York and now attends the University of Delaware, where he is majoring in English.

Donna Steiner’s essays and poems have been published in literary magazines including Utne Reader, The Sun, The Bellington Review, and Isotope.  She has been twice nominatedfor a Pushcart Prize and has won the Annie Dillard Award for creative nonfiction.  Her work has been included in college textbooks, and can be found in the anthologies Women on the Verge and Under the Influence. She teaches writing at SUNY Oswego.

Lynette K. Stephenson is associate professor of art at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, and has exhibited actively in the region, and also in Texas and Ghana. Her work is found in many private collections. She has a B.S. from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and an M.F.A. from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Her work is often inspired by uncontrollable tragedies, such as Hurricane Katrina, that are an aspect of the uncertainty of life.

Bruce Sweet has over a long career published many poems, short stories, essays, and reviews, and has had twenty-six of his  plays produced. His poetry books include Archaeology, This Is a Good Thing, and A Dream of Animals, an illustrated book for children. He currently teaches writing at Roberts Wesleyan College in Upstate New York, and his “What’s the Word?” program celebrating local, national, and international poets can be heard on NPR station WXXI in Rochester, New York.  He published his first poem, for which he received $16, in the fourth grade. (more)

Ed Taylor is a Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Fellow whose poetry and fiction have appeared in such print and online magazines as Ontario Review, Southwest Review, Swink, Sentence, New Writing (UK), Nth Position (UK), River Styx, Slope, Slipstream, Suspect Thoughts, Washington Review, and PP/FF: An Anthology.  He currently resides in Buffalo, New York.

Michael Paul Thomas received an M.F.A. from Syracuse University, where he was founding editor of Salt Hill, and winner of the Raymond Carver Prize for Poetry. His poems have appeared in a variety of literary magazines, such as Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Plum Review, and Boston Literary Review. He has been assistant director of the Catskill Poetry Workshop at Hartwick College since 1996, and, since 1997, has taught literature and creative writing at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, where he is also assistant dean of the School of  Humanities and Social Sciences.

Daniel Torday currently teaches fiction writing at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, From 2000 to 2005 he served as an editor at Esquire Magazine,and more recently, while completing his M.F.A. at Syracuse University, he served as editor of the literary journal Salt Hill, and fiction editor of Stone Canoe. His short stories and nonfiction have appeared in Esquire Magazine, The Kenyon Review, The New York Times, and Interview Magazine. Torday is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and winner of the 2006 Peter Neagoe Short Story Award at Syracuse University. He recently completed his first novel.

Jillian Towne is currently a senior at Greenwich Central High School in Greenwich, New York. Towne attended the New York State Summer Young Writers Institute at Silver Bay, New York, in 2007. She has had poetry, prose, and artwork published in the regional literary magazine Talent Unlimited.  She is currently applying to colleges and intends to major in creative writing or a related field.

Brian Turner earned an M.F.A. from the University of Oregon before serving for seven years in the U.S. Army. He was an infantry team leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, and before that served in Bosnia-Herzegovina with the 10th Mountain Division of Upstate New York. His poetry has been published in Poetry Daily, The Georgia Review, American War Poetry: An Anthology, and in the Voices in Wartime Anthology, published in conjunction with a documentary of the same name. His book of poems on Iraq, Here, Bullet, won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award. (more)

Elizabeth Twiddy was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan.  While collecting data from a laser experiment on a molecule she designed during a career in the sciences, she fell in love with poetry, ran off and never looked back.  She won the Joyce Carol Oates Award for Poetry from Syracuse University’s Creative Writing Program, where she earned her M.F.A. in 2005.  Her two most recent publications are a poem forthcoming in Two Rivers Review #11, and a poem in The Pedestal Magazine.  A chapbook of her poems is forthcoming from Turtle Ink Press.  She teaches adult poetry workshops at the YMCA's Downtown Writers’ Center in Syracuse, and served as Poet in Residence for Ted Kooser’s U.S. Poet Laureate Project in 2006.  She is an adjunct professor of English at Le Moyne College, where she teaches writing and literature courses.  She lives and makes music with her partner, the composer Edward Ruchalski, in Syracuse, NY. (more)

Lane Twitchell was born in Salt Lake City, studied graphic arts at the University of Utah, then moved to Manhattan in 1993 to pursue an M.F.A. degree at the School of Visual Arts.  His ancestors were among the early pioneers who followed BrighamYoung from the Finger Lakes region of New York to the desert of Utah, and his paintings often draw their inspiration from the mythology of that experience. His work has been exhibited primarily in New York City, but a show organized by the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, New York, will introduce his work to a broader upstate audience The exhibition will travel to the University Art Museum at SUNY Albany and the Roland Gibson Gallery at SUNY Potsdam through February 2008. (more)

Ken Victor has been published in journals in both Canada and the U.S., including the Beloit Poetry Journal, Grain magazine, Tthe Malahat Review, and the Queen’s Quarterly. He received a National Magazine Award for poetry from the Canadian Council for the Arts. Ken completed his M.A. in creative writing at Syracuse University, and now makes his home in Chelsea, Quebec. (more)

Mary L. White grew up in Kansas in the 1950s but has lived and worked in Upstate New York since 1978.  She has worked at many jobs, including raising goats, milking cows, and assisting the incarcerated. She currently works as a public historian and archivist at the History Center in Tompkins County, lives with her partner in Ithaca, and writes and paints in her spare time.

Leah Zazulyer is a poet, Yiddish translator, and retired school psychologist. She grew up in California but has lived in Rochester, New York, since 1968.  Her parents came from Belarus. She has received grants from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Yiddish Book Center. She has published three volumes of poetry, the latest being Songs the Zazulya Sang (Foothillls Publishing, Kanona, New York, 2007), and one of translations.. Her current project, excerpted in this issue, involves creating dramatic monologues from her interviews with Holocaust survivors, building on her work with the Spielberg Foundation and other sources. Recent notable collaborations have been with the Rochester Artists and Writers Project and the Memorial Art Gallery Writers and Books G. O'Keeffe Project. (more)

Deborah Zlotsky teaches painting and drawing at the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York. She has had multiple one-person exhibitions throughout the country, and been included in group shows at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College; The William Benton Museum of Art in Storrs, Connecticut; The Alternative Museum in New York City; the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, New York; and the Fine Arts Building Gallery in Chicago. She has had residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Zlotsky has a B.A. in art history from Yale University and an M.F.A. from the University of Connecticut. (more)


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Issue 2

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