Stone Canoe

Contributors - Issue 4

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

Dick Allen Brooks Haxton Donalee Peden Wesley
Kyle Bass Matthew Hotham Jen Pepper
Bruce Bennett Chris Irick Robert Phillips
Peter T. Bennett Greg Johnson Suzanne Proulx
Harriet N. Brown Melissa Johnson Dorene Quinn
Yvonne Buchanan Berle Jones

Jeremy Randall

Julia Calagiovanni Angela Kelly Ann Reichlin
Angela Cannon-Crothers Jason Kim Daniel Reinhold
Hayden Carruth Ann B. Knox

Nancy Keefe Rhodes

Neil Chowdhury Doran Larson Soniya Shah
Anne Cofer Sarah Layden John Elvis Smelcer
Leigh Anne Couch David Lloyd Bruce Smith
Robert Darling Lyn Lifshin Sheila Smith
Carl Dennis Austin MacRae Allyn Stewart
Stephanie Dickinson Joe-Anne McLaughlin Laurie Stone
Paul Farinacci

Pam McLaughlin

Lida Suchý
Emily Farranto Robert McNamara Barry Targan
Irving Feldman Judith H. Montgomery Jack White
Mary Gaitskill Megan Muldoon Jennifer Duffield White
Christopher Gianunzio Howard Nelson A. Whitfield
Amalia Gladhart Hoa Ngo Heather Hallberg Yanda
Juliana Gray Anne Novado Cappuccilli  
Laura Adams Guth Jo Page  


Dick Allen’s newest collection, Present Vanishing: Poems, published in October 2008 by Sarabande Books, was awarded the 2009 Connecticut Book Award in Poetry. Sarabande also published his The Day Before: New Poems and Ode to the Cold War: Poems New and Selected. Allen has other new poems recently in or forthcoming in The New Criterion, Crab Orchard Review, Poetry, the New England Review, the New York Quarterly, The Georgia Review, and The American Scholar. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, as well as numerous other national poetry awards. As a scholarship student at Syracuse (1957-1961), he worked on The Daily Orange and was hanged in effigy for his activism as a student senator.

Kyle Bass is the author of The Boy Millerd (a.k.a. Wind in the Fields), which was a finalist for the Princess Grace Award and was featured at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, where it received a staged reading hosted by Edward Albee. His other plays have been produced by the Kitchen Theatre, Appleseed Productions, Armory Square Playhouse, and the Syracuse Stage Backstory! program. Bass’s work has appeared in CNY Magazine, Stone Canoe, and Callaloo, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. A New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellow, he teaches playwriting at Syracuse University and in the M.F.A. creative writing program at Goddard College. He is the Resident Dramaturg at Syracuse Stage and holds an M.F.A. from Goddard College.

Bruce Bennett is professor of English and director of creative writing at Wells College in Aurora, New York. His recent publications include a chapbook, Visitation: A Sequence of Sonnets (FootHills Publishing, 2009), and two books, Something Like Karma (Clandestine Press, 2009) and Subway Figure (Orchises, 2009).

Peter T. Bennett was born in 1946 in Syracuse and lived in Fayetteville, New York, until 1962. His first art classes were community-based programs offered in the 1950s through the old Everson Museum. He has worked in multiple disciplines since 1970, including photography, video, painting, drawing, and textile collage. His current body of work, “The Artist,” graphite on paper, is a merging of numerous historical narratives that draw on post-war Atomic Age toys, European art history, 20th century American industrialization, and the armor of feudal Japan. These drawings are an imaginary dialogue with visual artists from history, who in turn influence the content and intent of the work. He currently lives in Maine.

Harriet N. Brown is assistant professor of magazine journalism at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. She is editor of two anthologies (Feed Me! and Mr. Wrong, both published by Ballantine Books) and author of an upcoming book on anorexia, which HarperCollins will publish in fall 2010. Her poems, essays, and features have appeared in The New York Times, Health, Ms., Glamour, Vogue, and many other publications. She will serve as nonfiction editor of Stone Canoe for issue Number 5.

Yvonne Buchanan’s media works have been screened at a number of noted film festivals, both in the U.S. and abroad. She currently teaches illustration and narrative drawing at Syracuse University, and her illustration work has been shown at the Society of Illustrators in New York, the Norman Rockwell Museum, and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Buchanan received her B.F.A. in illustration from Parsons School of Design and her M.F.A. in film/video from Bard College.

Julia Calagiovanni is a senior at West Genesee High School in Camillus, New York, where she edits the school paper. She studied creative writing at the 2009 Iowa Young Writers’ Studio at the University of Iowa. Her writing has appeared in Johns Hopkins’ Imagine magazine and The Post-Standard’s “Voices” teen page. She plans to attend college in the fall of 2010 to study English.

Angela Cannon-Crothers is an environmental writer/educator from New York’s Finger Lakes Region. She currently teaches creative writing and nature journaling at Writers & Books in Rochester, and also teaches at Burrough’s Audubon, Cumming Nature Center, Pack Paddle Ski, and at local libraries. Her articles and stories have appeared in The Sigurd Journal, BackHome, Northern Woodlands, GreenPrints “The Weeder’s Digest,” and many others. Her novel, The Wildcrafter, is available on She is a regular contributor to Mountain Home, a magazine of life in the Finger Lakes and Pennsylvania Mountains. She is a 2009 recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts stipend and was accepted into the 2009 AROHO Foundation’s Ghost Ranch Women’s Writing Retreat in New Mexico.

Hayden Carruth published over thirty books of poetry and won the National Book Award for Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey: (Poems 1991-1995). He also authored several prose and nonfiction works and a novel and edited a number of anthologies. He taught in the Syracuse University creative writing program from 1979-1991 and resided in Munnsville, New York, with his wife, the poet Joe-Anne McLaughlin, until his death in 2008.

Neil Chowdhury’s work explores the relationships between individuals, their societies, and environments in different cultures. Currently, he is working on a project exploring his Indian heritage, entitled “Waking from Dreams of India.” Chowdhury is an assistant professor and director of the photography program at Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, New York. He has also taught at Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan; and the University of Washington, Seattle. He received an M.F.A. in photography at the University of Washington. His photography and digital video works have been exhibited widely in the United States and abroad.

Anne Cofer is currently an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at Syracuse University. She was recently honored with “Best in Show” at the 2008 Everson Biennial and her first museum solo show, Concealed Objects, was held at the Everson Museum of Art in 2009. Her work has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Art and Perception, The New York Times, and appears in a 2009 Lark Books’ publication entitled 500 Ceramic Sculptures.

Leigh Anne Couch is the managing editor of the The Sewanee Review. Her poems have appeared in the Western Humanities Review, Shenandoah, The Cincinnati Review, The Carolina Quarterly, and other journals. Her book, Houses Fly Away, was co-winner of the Zone 3 Press First Book Award. Her chapbook, Green and Helpless, was published by Finishing Line Press. For several years she lived in the Adirondacks (Keene, New York) and worked as an assistant to Russell Banks, while teaching writing workshops at SUNY-Plattsburgh and North Country Community College.

Robert Darling is professor in the Department of Humanities and Fine Arts at Keuka College in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. He is the author of So Far, a collection of poems, as well as a critical study of the Australian poet A.D. Hope in the Twayne Authors Series.

Carl Dennis is the author of ten books of poetry, including, most recently, Unknown Friends (Penguin, 2007), and New and Selected Poems 1974 to 2004 (Penguin, 2004). His previous book, Practical Gods (Penguin, 2001), received the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, in 2000 he was awarded the Ruth Lilly Prize from Poetry magazine and the Modern Poetry Association for his contribution to American poetry. He lives in Buffalo, New York.

Stephanie Dickinson’s work appears in Mudfish, Short Story, African American Review, Glimmer Train, and Salamander. “Lucky Seven & Dalloway” and “Love City” were reprinted in New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, 2008 and 2009. Her novel Half Girl is published by Spuyten Duyvil. Along with Rob Cook she edits Skidrow Penthouse. She also moonlights as a fiction mentor with the Downtown Writer’s Center PRO fiction workshops, a program offered by the YMCA of Greater Syracuse.

Paul Farinacci’s awards have included residencies at Fundación Valparaiso, Millay Colony for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. His artwork has been exhibited in museums and galleries such as Artists Space, The Drawing Center, Sotheby’s, Islip Art Museum, and the Nassau County Museum. He is the recipient of a Fulbright, as well as grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation. His public commissions include the Carnegie Museum of Art , The Royal Stock Exchange in London, and the New York City Mayor’s Office. Recently, his work was published in books entitled Tattooed Walls and On the Wall. Farinacci is a professor at Hofstra University and an art specialist at the Shaw Avenue School.

Emily Farranto was born in Syracuse, and currently lives in New Orleans. She has exhibited work in Syracuse, New Orleans, and other places. Her artwork has also appeared in LIT magazine and on the cover of Poetry magazine. She was awarded Stone Canoe's 2010 Hedy and Michael Fawcett Prize for Visual Arts.

Irving Feldman is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at SUNY Buffalo where he taught in the English department from 1964 to 2004. He has published twelve volumes of poetry, his most recent being Collected Poems 1954-2004 (Schocken Books). Several of these were finalists for the National Book Award or the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has received fellowships from the Academy of American Poets and the Ingram Merrill, Guggenheim, and MacArthur foundations. A Coney Islander by birth and breeding, he continues to live and work in Buffalo.

Mary Gaitskill is the author of the novels Two Girls, Fat and Thin and Veronica, as well as the story collections Bad Behavior and Because They Wanted To. The latter was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner prize in 1998. Her story, "Secretary," was the basis for the feature film of the same name. Her stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. In 2002 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction; she is an associate professor of English at Syracuse University. Her novel, Veronica, was nominated for the National Book Award and the National Critic's Circle Award, and named one of the ten best books of 2005 by the New York Times.

Christopher Gianunzio is an artist based in Philadelphia. He received an M.F.A. in photography from Syracuse University in 2009. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at Skulpturenpark in Berlin, Germany, and also at NYCAMS gallery in New York City, the University of Georgia, and Rochester Contemporary Art Center. He currently works at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, where he has co-curated the upcoming exhibitions Going from Nowhere: Accumulated Images and .matrix.

Amalia Gladhart was born in Ithaca and lived in Dryden, New York, until she was five. Gladhart later returned to Ithaca for five years of graduate school at Cornell. She lives with her family in Eugene, Oregon, where she is an associate professor of Spanish at the University of Oregon. Her stories and poems have appeared in Bellingham Review, The Iowa Review, Seneca Review, and elsewhere.

Juliana Gray is the author of the poetry collection The Man Under My Skin. Recent poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from New South, 32 Poems, The Hopkins Review, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of English at Alfred University in western New York. She was awarded Stone Canoe's 2010 Bea González Prize for Poetry.

Laura Adams Guth is a photographer, multi-media installation artist, and educator. She earned an M.F.A. in photography from the University of Oklahoma and a B.A. in art history from the University of Maryland, European Division. She has exhibited internationally and has received numerous awards, including a fellowship with The Photography Institute at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Guth moved to Upstate New York in 2006 to accept a position as assistant director of Light Work/Community Darkrooms at Syracuse University and has since resigned to resume her artwork and teaching career. She currently lives and works in Manlius, New York, and teaches photography at Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, New York.

Brooks Haxton lives in Syracuse and teaches at Syracuse University. He has published six collections of poems with Alfred A. Knopf, most recently They Lift Their Wings to Cry in 2008. He has also published two book-length narrative poems, a collection of translations from the ancient Greek, a version of the fragments of Heraclitus, and a bicentennial translation of selected poems by Victor Hugo. His poems have appeared in the Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His prizes include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Matthew Hotham received his M.F.A. from Syracuse University in 2007. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Third Coast, Meridian, 32 Poems, Copper Nickel,, and Verse Daily, among others. His chapbook, Early Art, was published in 2006 by Turtle Ink Press. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and works as poetry editor for the online journal Slush Pile.

Chris Irick earned a B.F.A. in jewelry and metalsmithing from Texas Tech University and an M.F.A. in jewelry and metalsmithing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She is currently associate professor of jewelry and metal arts at PrattMWP in Utica, New York. Irick’s award-winning work has been featured in numerous publications including Metalsmith and American Craft magazines, The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes and Lockets, 500 Pendants & Lockets, 500 Brooches, 500 Bracelets, The Art & Craft of Making Jewelry, and The Penland Book of Jewelry. Her work is exhibited in national and international exhibitions and is included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Greg Johnson was born in Maryland, raised in Pennsylvania, and educated at Cazenovia College in Upstate New York. His painting expresses a deep concern with American culture. Drawing primarily from Abstract Expressionist and Pop Art traditions, he sees painting as a transformative process, a means for him to explore and confront the complex and often contradictory experience of growing up in a society driven by consumerism.

Melissa Johnson received an M.F.A. and B.F.A. in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as a B.S. in rural sociology from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She is an abstract painter, making ambiguously narrative paintings. Her writing often parallels and informs her painting practice. She has exhibited regionally at Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute, the String Room Gallery at Wells College, the Wilson Gallery at Le Moyne College, and the Willard Straight Hall Gallery at Cornell University, as well as in the Midwest. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, and studied at the Instituto de Artes Gráficas in Mexico. She teaches art at SUNY Oswego and Cayuga Community College.

Berle Jones was born on the Onondaga reservation in 1949, the oldest son in a family of eight children. He joined the Air National Guard as soon as he graduated from high school, worked as an ironworker, and was employed at New Process Gear for 32 years, until retirement in 2004. He then received his realtor license in 2005, at which time he started working with Kirnan Real Estate. His grandfather, Stanley (Buffalo) Pierce, who is the subject of Berle’s essay and poem in this issue, is in the Syracuse University Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Angela Kelly, originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, taught full time in England from 1975-1980. She came to the Art Institute of Chicago in 1980 as a full-time visiting artist, where she taught until 1994. She currently serves as the M.F.A. coordinator of imaging arts at Rochester Institute of Technology. Her work is included in collections worldwide, and she has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts via Arts Midwest, the Arts Council of Great Britain, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. She is currently working on two projects: Aftermath, a post-Katrina project in New Orleans, which speaks to the consequences of forgetting;, and Catharsis, which addresses memory, landscape, and the history of place in a “Post-Troubles” Belfast. She will present Catharsis at the College Art Association in Chicago in February 2010.

Jason Kim is a human being living the human experience. He started writing at the tender age of 50. He is currently fighting to prove his innocence, to obtain his freedom from prison. He is the proud father of four. Now at the age of 51, he has written 25 “flash fiction” stories and is working on a horror novel.

Ann B. Knox is the author of two books of poetry, Staying Is Nowhere (SCOP/Writers’ Center Co-Publication Prize), and Stonecrop (Washington Writers Publishing House Prize). She has also published two recent chapbooks and has had poems in many literary journals, including Alaska Quarterly, Nimrod, Poetry, and The Green Mountains Review. A collection of her short fiction, Late Summer Break, published by Papier Mache Press in 1995, was named by Barnes & Noble as one of their Discovery Books. Knox received an M.F.A. from the Goddard/Warren Wilson program and for eighteen years was editor of Antietam Review. She splits her time between Washington D.C., a cabin in the Appalachians in winter, and her family home in the Adirondacks in summer.

Doran Larson is associate professor of English and creative writing at Hamilton College. He has published two novels (The Big Deal and Marginalia), a novella (Syzygy), and a dozen stories in nationally-distributed journals and in The Best American Short Stories. He has been teaching in prisons and studying prison writing since 2006. His essay “Toward a Prison Poetics” is forthcoming in College Literature.

Sarah Layden graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in newspaper journalism and worked for six years as a reporter for The Post-Standard in Syracuse. She earned an M.F.A. in fiction from Purdue University. Her short fiction can be found in The Evansville Review, Artful Dodge, Zone 3, Pindeldyboz, Vestal Review, and elsewhere, with poetry in Margie, Blood Orange Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, and the anthology Just Like a Girl. Excerpts from her novel Sleeping Woman appear in Freight Stories, Cantaraville, and the Dia de los Muertos anthology. She teaches writing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Marian University in Indianapolis. She was awarded Stone Canoe's 2010 Allen and Nirelle Galson Prize for Fiction.

David Lloyd is the author of seven books, including three poetry collections and a work of fiction, Boys: Stories and a Novella (Syracuse University Press). His articles, interviews, poems, and stories have appeared in numerous magazines, including Crab Orchard Review, Denver Quarterly, DoubleTake, Stone Canoe, and TriQuarterly. He was born in Utica, New York, and is currently professor of English at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, where he directs the creative writing program. He served as poetry editor for DoubleTake/Points of Entry and as fiction editor for the 2008 issue of Stone Canoe.

Lyn Lifshin, a graduate of Syracuse University, divides her time between her homes in Virginia and New York State. Much of the documentary film Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass was shot in and around her home in Niskayuna, New York, and at Yaddo art colony in Saratoga. Several of her books, including An Unfinished Story, The Old House on the Croton, and Shaker House Poems are about New York State sites. Upstate Madonna and Leaning South are collections of New York State poems. The uniqueness of her New York connection is manifest in all of her work, moving through New York’s physical and emotional landscape. Her web site,, contains information on all of her 125 books.

Austin MacRae was raised in the hills of Cortland County on 40 acres of family farmland. He received a B.A. in English from Keuka College in 2001 and an M.A. in English from SUNY Cortland in 2009. He is a writing tutor at Tompkins Cortland Community College and a community support staff member for the Franziska Racker Center. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Cortland Review, Rattle, Unsplendid, Measure, The Formalist, The Raintown Review, Pivot, The Lyric, Blue Unicorn, Lucid Rhythms, 14 by 14: The Lean Sonnet Zine, The Chimaera, and elsewhere. He is the author of two poetry chapbooks, most recently Graceways (Modern Metrics, 2008).

Joe-Anne McLaughlin has an M.F.A. in creative writing from Syracuse University. She has taught at Syracuse and at Richard Stockton College in New Jersey. Her books include The Banshee Diaries published in 1998 by Exile Editions, Ltd., in Toronto, Canada; Black Irish Blues published in 2000; and Jam, published by BOA Editions, Ltd., in 2001. Her poems have been published in journals such as Poetry, Plowshares, The Georgia Review, and Southern Poetry Review. She currently resides in Munnsville, New York, where she lived with her husband Hayden Carruth, who died in September of 2008.

Pam McLaughlin has a Ph.D. in art education from Syracuse University, and has served as an adjunct professor in the department of art education and the program in museum studies at SU. In her position as curator of education and public programs at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, she strives to create meaningful encounters with art through her work with Central New York students, educators, artists, and the general public.

Robert McNamara currently lives in Seattle, Washington. His poems have appeared in a number of publications over the last fifteen years, including in two books, Second Messengers (Wesleyan) and The Body & the Day (David Robert) and in the anthologies The Sorrow Psalms and The Book of Irish-American Poetry. His work has also been featured in magazines such as AGNI, The Antioch Review, Field, The Gettysburg Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Missouri Review, Northwest Review, The Ohio Review, and Poetry Northwest. Recently, The Cat on the Stairs, a book of poems translated from the Bengali with author Sarat Kumar Mukhopadhyay, was published by Eastern Washington University Press. As a student, he attended NSF programs at Syracuse University.

Judith H. Montgomery’s poems appear in Ars Medica, The Evansville Review, The Comstock Review, Northwest Review, Cider Press Review, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Passion, was awarded the 2000 Oregon Book Award. Red Jess, a full-length collection, appeared in 2006; Pulse & Constellation, a finalist in the Finishing Line Press Chapbook Competition, appeared in June 2007. Several of her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is currently at work on a new manuscript, Blue Fields, Burning, supported in part by an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission. She holds a Ph.D. in American literature from Syracuse University.

Megan Muldoon is a young woman who has been drawing in perspective since she was two years old. Diagnosed with autism at an early age, she would sit and draw for hours, her Disney sketches evolving into ceramic figures. She has produced many works in clay, oil, and, most recently, acrylic. In 2004, she held a one-person show at Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, New York. Two years later, she received a National Scholastic Art Award, Silver Portfolio. She continues her art studies at Onondaga Community College. She was awarded Stone Canoe's 2010 Burton Blatt Institute Arts Leadership Prize.

Howard Nelson lives in Moravia, New York. His latest book of poems, The Nap by  the Waterfall, was published in 2009 by Timberline Press. He edited Earth, My Likeness: Nature Poetry of Walt Whitman; a new expanded edition will be published in 2010 by North Atlantic Books.

Hoa Ngo is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s Ph.D. program, an alumnus of the East-West Center, and the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His writing has recently appeared in Titular, Mud Luscious, and Right Hand Pointing. Before coming to Central New York, he served as managing editor of The Missouri Review and web editor for Unbridled Books. He is currently scholar-in-residence and visiting assistant professor of English at Hamilton College.

Anne Novado Cappuccilli has taught art at Syracuse University and more recently at Onondaga Community College. She also curates contemporary art exhibitions for Limestone Art Gallery in Fayetteville, New York. Novado’s most recent works, the biomorphic drawings, are influenced by observations of natural phenomena. Her recent exhibition history includes: the Houghton Art Gallery in Corning, New York; the Everson Museum of Art’s 2008 Biennial “The Object and Beyond”; the Fenton Art Gallery at Onondaga Community College; the Edgewood Gallery; and Iceland’s Gallery Svartaloft “Light Night 2007” festival exhibition. Of her recent drawings, Novado states, “These drawings occupy a curious place, where the viewer often tries to identify something in them that is recognizable, but as these are my inventions, the familiar association stops short.”

Jo Page, a native of New York State, writes a biweekly column, “Reckonings,” for Albany, New York’s alternative newspaper, Metroland (archived at Page has had work published in Our Stories, Drunken Boat, Prick of the Spindle, and forthcoming in Quarterly West and The South Carolina Review. She received her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University and an M.F.A. from the University of Virginia. She also has a M.Div. from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and is currently on hiatus from parish ministry.

Donalee Peden Wesley has a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University and currently teaches at Syracuse 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 of Art in Syracuse, as well as in many private collections, and has been reviewed in The New York Times and Art in America.

Jen Pepper is an associate professor at Cazenovia College in Central New York. Her works have been exhibited in national and international venues since 1990. A solo exhibition of her work will be mounted at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse from January-April 2010. Her work is included in the Flatfiles at Pierogi 2000 in Brooklyn, New York, and belongs to public and private collections including The Paul J. Schupf Collection, Hamilton, New York; Mala Stanica at the National Gallery of Macedonia; Foundation Valparaiso, Spain. She holds a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art, 1987, and an M.F.A. from the University of Connecticut, 1989.

Robert Phillips earned a B.A. and M.A. from Syracuse University in 1960 and 1962, respectively. He is the author or editor of 30 volumes of poetry, fiction, criticism, and belle lettres, and is currently a Cullen Distinguished Professor at the University of Houston. His honors and awards include the Syracuse University Arents Pioneer Medal, a Pushcart Prize, an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, MacDowell Colony and Yaddo fellowships, and a Texas Institute of Letters membership.

Suzanne Proulx earned a B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University. She lived in Syracuse for nine years, teaching at Syracuse University, Cazenovia College, SUNY Oswego, and Cayuga Community College. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and has appeared on the covers of the literary journals Salt Hill Journal and Lake Effect. She was formerly a curator at the Erie Art Museum, and she currently teaches full time at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Proulx lives in Erie, Pennsylvania, with her husband, painter John Bavaro, and their two children, Gabriel and Mira.

Dorene Quinn is a multi-media artist with an active regional and national career and is a professor of 3-dimensional design and sculpture at the PrattMWP program in Utica, New York. She has exhibited in solo and group shows in galleries and museums throughout New York State, including the Everson Museum of Art, the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, the University Art Museum at SUNY Albany, the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, and Binghamton University. She has been honored with grants and awards for her work and has received fellowships for artist residencies in Costa Rica, Oregon, and Ithaca, New York. Her work often utilizes materials gathered from nature and processes that are related to craft and domesticity.

Jeremy Randall has a B.F.A. from Syracuse University and an M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Florida. He currently lives in Tully, New York, where he and his wife Sarah own and operate their studio. He is a visiting professor of art at Cazenovia College and an adjunct professor of art at Syracuse. The gallery focuses on handmade objects for domestic adornment and currently represents 70 national and international artists. Randall has been involved in over 40 national and international shows and has work included in the permanent collections of Robert and Jane Myerhoff in Baltimore and the Southern Illinois University Museum in Carbondale, Illinois.

In 2008, Ann Reichlin completed Translucent Home on the foundation of a demolished house on Sculpture Space grounds in Utica, New York. Translucent Home is her third intervention on the same abandoned house site since 1998. She has received two fellowships in Architecture/Environmental Structures from the New York Foundation for the Arts and has exhibited her work widely, including an installation at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh. A solo exhibition of her work will take place in the Museum of Art at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in September 2010. She has lived in Ithaca, New York, since 1997.

Daniel Reinhold studied art at Baltimore County Community College in Catonsville, Maryland. He has shown his work at various galleries in Maryland and New York, including Circle on the Square, Annapolis, Maryland; and See Spot Gallery, Gimme! Coffee, and the McMillan Art Center in Ithaca, New York. He is also a published poet currently studying at the Downtown Writer’s Center in Syracuse. He moved to Ithaca in 2003, where he has been painting, writing, and making multi-media video art. He resides with his dog, Zelda, in his tree-surrounded studio within sight of Cayuga Lake.

Nancy Keefe Rhodes is an arts journalist who covers film, photo, and visual arts. She covers the arts for the Syracuse City Eagle weekly, which has also carried her film column “Make it Snappy” since 2006. She serves as a pre-screener for the Syracuse International Film Festival. She is a member of the national Women Film Critics Circle. Her film reviews and filmmaker interviews have appeared in print both locally and in such publications as Cineaste, Stylus magazine, and Fanzine, as well as on air for four years on the award-winning Women’s Voices Radio on local NPR affiliate WAER FM 88.3. She has also interviewed a wide range of photographers and was a recipient in 2008 of an annual Light Work grant for her ongoing project examining photo restoration of the early work of Marjory Wilkins. A graduate of the first class of the Goldring Arts Journalism Masters Program at the Newhouse School, she lives in Syracuse.

Soniya Shah is fifteen years old and is from Amherst, New York. She has loved writing since she was seven and hopes to pursue it as a future career. In her spare time when she is not writing, she likes swimming and reading. Many of her ideas for writing have been drawn from personal experiences or conversations she has heard. She has participated for the past two summers in the New York State Summer Young Writers Institute in Saratoga Springs.

John Elvis Smelcer is the author of 40 books, including his Pulitzer Prize-nominated poetry collections Songs From an Outcast (selected and edited by Denise Levertov), as well as Without Reservation, Riversongs, Kesugi Ridge, Tracks, Loonsong, Changing Seasons, The Indian Prophet, The Language Raven Gave Us, and The Binghamton Poems (selected and edited by John Updike). He received the James Jones First Novel Fellowship for his novel The Trap, which was also named a Notable Book by the New York Public Library and the American Library Association. His nonfiction book, In the Shadows of Mountains, features an introduction by Gary Snyder, and The Raven and the Totem features a foreword by Joseph Campbell. His poetry appears in more than 400 periodicals. Since 1995, he has been poetry editor at Rosebud, the second-highest circulated literary quarterly in America. He is the Clifford D. Clark Fellow of literature and creative writing at Binghamton University.

Bruce Smith is the author of five books of poetry, including Songs for Two Voices (2005) and Other Lover (2000), which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His poems, essays and reviews have appeared in many major magazines, and he has been the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Arts. The poems included in this issue are from a book in progress called The Devotion. Other poems from this manuscript have been published in major poetry magazines, and the Best of Small Presses collections in 2007, 2008, and 2009. He teaches at Syracuse University.

Sheila Smith has been making art in Upstate New York for 35 years. After receiving a certificate in art from Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute, Utica, New York, she made sculpture for 10 years and then began to paint. Living in Central New York has given her the opportunity to appreciate the splendor of the cow. She paints allegories, often using cows as a metaphor by placing them in incongruous places. She suspends belief, poses questions, and portrays contradiction and implausibility.

Allyn Stewart is an associate professor in the Department of Visual Communications at Cazenovia College and has taught courses at Colgate University, Syracuse University, and Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Her art and photography have been shown in multiple publications and exhibitions, and she has been the recipient of several grants and residencies. She is also an award-winning videographer whose documentaries and art videos have been shown in international film festivals and on television. Stewart has a B.F.A. in art history/painting and an M.F.A. in art media studies from Syracuse University, as well as an M.A. in museum, editing and archival studies from Duquesne University.

Laurie Stone is the author of two nonfiction collections and a novel, Starting with Serge. A long-time writer for the Village Voice and Ms., she has also been theatre critic for The Nation, and critic-at-large for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, the Paris Writer’s Workshop, and the St. Petersburg Literary Seminars. In 1996, she received the Nona Balakian prize in excellence in criticism from the National Book Critics Circle. Stone has been a resident at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and a fellow at the Constance Saltonstall Institute for the Arts in Ithaca. She is currently at work on My Life as an Animal: a memoir in stories and Unmarked Trail: a romance in stories and a guide to setting up a writing partnership, in collaboration with Richard Toon.

Lida Suchý grew up in a refugee family in Rochester, New York. Her parents left Ukraine when the Soviets took over during Stalin’s era. She made her first trip to Ukraine in 1992, after completing her M.F.A. in photography at Yale University, and her heritage has continued to be a rich source of subject matter. Her photos have appeared in Life, Geo, and National Geographic, and have been exhibited in Bratislava’s annual Month of Photography, the Washington Project for the Arts, the London Photographer's Gallery, and other major U.S. and European cities. Her work is in public collections such as the San Francisco MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, and the George Eastman Museum of Photography and Film. She has held a number of university-level faculty positions and received many grants and commissions. She lives in Syracuse with her husband and frequent collaborator, the filmmaker Mišo Suchý, and their two sons, and teaches at Onondaga Community College.

Barry Targan has received the Iowa Short Fiction Award and The Associated Writing Program Prize in the Novel. His stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, the O.Henry Prize Collection, the Pushcart Anthology, and in such publications as Esquire, Sewanee Review, Georgia Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. For many years he taught creative writing at Skidmore College and Binghamton University. For the past forty years he has lived in Greenwich, New York.

Jack White studied art and education at Morgan State and later at Syracuse University. Throughout his career, he has raised awareness of African American painting in the larger arts community. He has had at least 36 solo exhibitions in places as widely separated as New York City and Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and at such universities as Ohio State, Syracuse, and North Carolina. Numerous museums and other organizations include White’s works, among them the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Tampa Museum of Art, and the Arkansas Arts Center. His current work is inspired by the art and artifacts of the Kingdom of Benin, formerly known as West Africa’s “Slave Coast.” He is currently based in Austin, Texas. See more of Jack’s work at

Jennifer Duffield White has lived in the Adirondacks for the last seven years, working as an editor and with the Adirondack Center for Writing. She’s also a regular contributor to The Nervous In the fall of 2009, she uprooted herself to attend the M.F.A. program at the University of Montana, where she currently resides.

A. Whitfield was born in Virginia, became involved in a motorcycle gang at a young age, and has been incarcerated in a New York facility for the better part of three decades. He is a recent graduate of Indiana University.

Heather Hallberg Yanda teaches in the English department at Alfred University. She has poems published in Sojourners, and forthcoming in White Pelican Review and The Yale Journal of Humanities in Medicine.



Stone Canoe sculpture
Stone Canoe by Tom Huff

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Selected Works

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