Big Muddy 1.2



Cover Art:

Original watercolor
by Louise Bodenheimer

Cape Girardeau, Missouri 


Dr. Susan Swartwout 


Research Assistant:

Dan Crocker


Publishing Interns:

Bridget Costello

Ryan Heslinga


Editorial Assistants:

Chad Armbruster

Rebecca Brown

Lynn Casteel

M'Lee Fife

James Guthrel

Michael G. Howell

Jacqueline Kieres

Carla Lee

Katherine McCarthy

Marybeth Niederkorn

Jon Thrower

Kris Yesley

Back Issue

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Cynthia Annett, Kansas

Another View of the River 


Peter J. Bergerson &
Catherine M. Bergerson, Missouri

The Political Socialization of an American Icon: Rush Limbaugh III


Curt Leitz, Wisconsin

National Myth and the Fallen River in 20th-century Mississippi Travelogues


Carl Pracht, Missouri

A Letter by Arthur M. Hyde on His Years as  Missouri Governor


Roald Tweet, Illinois

Lost Treasure

The Front Porch




Brendan Straubel, Michigan

The Rain




Don Haupt, Jr., Missouri

Old Lorimier Cemetery

One Last Look






Paul Allen, South Carolina



Call Now to Receive


Antler, Wisconsin

Dinosaur Puppy-love

Looking Up at the Milky Way Thought


Carole Cohen, Missouri

Flood Plains 


Claire Feild, Mississippi

Ekman Dredge



Darren E. Morris, Virginia

The Majesty of Lou Brock


Gerald Nicosia, California

Midwest Rhapsody


Simon Perchik, New York




Dick Stahl, Iowa

Firing My Urn Shell 


Brendan Straubel, Michigan



Ryan G. Van Cleave, Wisconsin

Open-air Cafe

Two Hours Before She Leaves for Reno for Good, the Security Guard's Wife

Song of the Gizzard

Curt Leitz reviews:

Younker, Richard. Yankin' and Liftin' Their Whole Lives: A Mississippi River Fisherman. Shawnee Books (Southern Illinois University Press), 2000. Nonfiction.


Larry Hamilton reviews:

Schneider, Barbara, and David Stevenson. The Ambitions Generation. Yale University Press, 1999. Nonfiction.


Jackie Kieres reviews:

Gribbin, John and Mary Gribbin. Stardust: Supernovae and Life: The Cosmic Connection. Yale University Press, 2000. Nonfiction.


Allen Gathman reviews:

Graves, Joseph L, Jr. The Emperor's New Clothes: Biological Theories of Race at the Millenium. Rutgers University Press, 2001. Nonfiction.


Henry Azuma reviews:

Dalmage, Heather M. Tripping on the Color Line: Black-White Multiracial Families in a Racially Divided World. Rutgers University Press, 2000. Nonfiction.


Curt Leitz reviews:

Severs, Ron. One Good Story: A Mississippi Kayak Journey. Nodin Press (Micawber's), 2000. 148 pp. with photographs by author. Nonfiction.


Susan Swartwout reviews:

Bass, Rick. Brown Dog of the Yaak: Essays on Art and Activism. Milkweed Editions, 1999. Nonfiction.


Susan Swartwout reviews:

Taylor, Helen. Circling Dixie: Contemporary Southern Culture through a Transatlantic Lens. Rutgers University Press, 2001. Nonfiction.


Stephanie Williams reviews:

Ng, Mei. Eating Chinese Food Naked. Washington Square Press, 1998. Fiction.


Rebecca Brown reviews:

Olsen, Lance. Sewing Shut My Eyes. Fiction Collective Two, 2000. Short Fiction.


M'Lee Fife reviews:

Levandoski, Rob. Serendipity Green. Permanent Press, 2000. Fiction.


Stacey Garcia reviews:

Koertge, Ron. Geography of the Forehead. University of Arkansas Press, 2000. Poetry.



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