Big Muddy 12.2

      Cover Photo:

 Aaron Horrell, Missouri


Dr. Susan Swartwout 


Assistant Editors:

Amanda Meyer, Caity Rogers

Publishing Interns:

Adam Armstrong, Samantha Carano, Elizabeth Enoch, Jennifer Geist, Cory Troske, Marcie Upchurch



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Lisa Knopp

Mississippi Harvest

Donna L. Shrum

The Life and Death of the B.P. Cheney

Kevin Koch

Home Fire



Patrick VandenBussche

Just Dad's Kids

Casey Pycior

The Current

Bradley Cook

The Gift

Dusty Richards

A Long Ways From Home

Leon Anderson

Northern Men

Brad Hooper

Aunt Kate's Possibility

William Jablonsky










Jill Reid

I hate to wash the Mississippi out

Tim Leach

Narcissus Over Morning Coffee

Greg Moglia


Sandy Longhorn

Cornfield, USA II

James Valvis


Charles Jensen

The Tattoo Artist's Confession

Robert Tremmel

The Boots

Angie Macri

Running Buffalo Clover

Sandra M. Castillo


Justin Hamm

In Case You Were Wondering

Caroline Collins



Trina Gaynon

Along the Tracks, After the Last Train Runs

Carolyn Miller

Something She Said

Jesse DeLong


Dixon Hearne

We Thrive

Doug Ramspeck

The Tattoo Artist Dreams His Wife Returns

Adam Love


Liz Young

Day Lilies

Vapor Rising

Stanley Morris Noah

deja vu is like a pinball machine

Jeff Hardin

Morning Porch

Damon Falke

Photograph of a Young Girl Standing in the Family Plot

Travis Mossotti

Elegy for the Mississippi


Mark Vogel

The Story of Mud

Heather Dobbins

The Sweet Drunk's Wife 1935

Richard Luftig

The Old Cemetery

Steven Ray Smith

Ambrosia and devilled eggs

Gerry Grubbs

Sometimes in the Evening

Don Boes

On the Anniversary of the Beginning of War

Mark Poor

Whale Domination

Jack Vian

Standing in the Commissary Line

Jon Densford

Horseshoe Lake



Keith A. Sculle reviews:

Bluestone, Daniel. Buildings, Landscapes, and Memory: Case Studies in Historic Preservation. W.W. Norton and Company, 2011. Cloth, 302 pp., $47.95.

Breanna Bright reviews:

Chaon, Dan, Norah Lind, and Phong Nguyen, eds. Nancy Hale: On the Life and Work of a Lost American Master. Pleiades Press, 2012. Paper, 217 pp., $12.99

Matthew Sissom reviews:

Riche, Robert. Days Like These. Plain View Press, 2011. Paper, 103 pp., $14.95

Rhyen Campbell reviews:

Wayne, Jane O. The Other Place You Live. Mayapple Press, 2010. Paper, 75 pp., $14.95.

Marcie Upchurch reviews:

Kolin, Philip C. Reading God's Handwriting: Poems. Kaufmann Publishing, 2012. Cloth, 105 pp., $16.95.

Marcie Upchurch reviews:

Skloot, Floyd. The Wink of the Zenith. University of Nebraska Press, 2008. Paper, 231 pp., $16.95.

Jennifer Geist reviews:

Buckley, John F., and Martin Ott. Poet's Guide to America. Brooklyn Arts Press, 2012. Paper, 114 pp., $14.95.

Elizabeth Enochs reviews:

Petterson, Per. It's Fine By Me. Graywolf Press, 2012. Cloth, 199 pp., $22.00.

Kris Baranovic reviews:

Bolen, Dennis. Anticipated Results. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011. Paper, 239 pp., $15.95.

Amanda Meyer reviews:

Bernheimer, Kate. Horse, Flower, Bird. Coffee House Press, 2010. 208 pp., Paper, $14.95.

Caleb Tankersley reviews:

Trueblood, Valerie. Marry or Burn. Counterpoint Press, 2010. Paper, 294 pp., $15.95.

Sarah Vohsen reviews:

Powell, Lawrence N. The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans. Harvard University Press, 2012. 359 pp., Cloth, $29.95.

Katelyn Hansell reviews:

Wood, Henry. Edited by Michael Fedo. A Sawdust Heart: My Vaudeville Life in Medicine and Tent Shows. University of Minnesota Press, 2011. Paper, 129 pp., $16.95.

Katelyn Hansell reviews:

Seeley, Tracy. My Ruby Slippers: The Road Back to Kansas. University of Nebraska Press, 2011. Paper, 185 pp., $15.95.

Katherine Markey reviews:

Gatore, Gilbert. The Past Ahead. Indiana University Press, 2012. Paper, 138 pp., $18.99

Cory Troske reviews:

Diamond, Judy. World of Viruses. University of Nebraska Press, 2012. 82 pp., Paper, $16.95.

Rachael Evans reviews:

Salter, John R. Jackson, Mississippi: An American Chronicle of Struggle and Schism. University of Nebraska Press, 2011. 248 pp., Paper, $18.95.


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