Issue 15 Fall 2016

Cover & Table of Contents.




Bo Bartlett



Bo Bartlett is an American realist within the tradition of American realism as defined by artists such as Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth. Like these artists, Bartlett looks at America’s heart—its land and its people—and describes the beauty he finds in everyday life. Although the scenes are set around his childhood home in Georgia, his island summer home in Maine, his home in Pennsylvania, or the surroundings of his studio and residence in Washington state, they represent a deeper, mythical concept of the archetypal, universal home. His work has been exhibited most recently at Ameringer McEnery Yohe Gallery, New York City.



Dorianne Laux

Heart of Thorns

Dorianne Laux is the author of several collections of poetry, including Awake (1990); What We Carry (1994), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Smoke (2000); Facts about the Moon (2005), chosen by the poet Ai as winner of the Oregon Book Award and also a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; and The Book of Men (2011). She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been a Pushcart Prize winner. 



Gary Houston

Natural Leader

Gary Houston is managing editor of Chicago Quarterly Review, where three of his stories have been published. A former Chicago Sun-Times staffer, his freelance writings have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Free Press, Detroit Free Press, Kinesis, Libido, Aware, New England Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Nit & Wit, and the Christian Science Monitor. He won the 2008-2009 Pulsar Award, presented by the City Pulse weekly newspaper in Lansing, Michigan, in the Best Featured Actor category for his work in Thomas Gibbons’ play Permanent Collection at Lansing’s BoarsHead Theater. Gary is the author of numerous scripts and plays, including the absurdist comedies Fairy Tales of the Wild(e) and Fairy Tales of the Wild(er).



Richard Blanco

Writing a Poem About America

Richard Blanco is an American poet, public speaker, author, and civil engineer. He is the fifth poet to read at a United States presidential inauguration, having read for Barack Obama’s second inauguration. He has published three collections of poetry, City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and Looking for the Gulf Motel, as well as a recent memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood.