Big Muddy 10.1


Cover Photo:

Phillip Howerton, Arkansas



Dr. Susan Swartwout 


Assistant Editors:

Donna J. Essner

Katherine Kipp

Marcia Herring


Publishing Interns:

Lesley Adams, Nicholas Britton, Natasha Nekola, Rebecca Parker, Caitlyn Read, Samantha Taylor


Editorial Assistant:

Katherine Kipp 



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2010 Contest Winners

Kel Munger, California

Missus Finn


Erica Lehrer, Texas




Herta B. Feely, Washington, DC

The Wall




Robert Hamblin, Missouri



Rita Welty Bourke, Tennessee

My Mother's House


Elinore Davis, California



Joel Garber, Hawaii 

Spigots and Drains: A Living Perspective on Water


Ann Walters, Oregon

The Way Mark Twain Puts It


True Faust, Florida

The Priest and the Honkytonk Angel



   Phillip Howerton, Arkansas

           Barn 7: Inside Roof

           Barn 3: Inside Loft

           Barn &: Loft and Roof

           Barn 4: Inside




Jeff Hardin, Tennessee

   Dust on a Backroad


A.D. Winans, California

   Going Back in Time


Kathryn Kerr, Illinois

 The Hill Woman's Rant

 The Trouble with Geneology


Randall D. Brown, Pennsylvania

  Slight Adjective Used to

        Describe a Sound       


Andrea S. Gereighty, Missouri

Remembering Roosevelt Place


Gaylor Brewer, Tennessee

Till Human Voices Wake Us

A Welcoming


Nick Bacon, California

 The Old Way We Killed


Mark Vogel, Pennsylvania

Cairo Fishmongers



Matthew Long reviews:

Evenson, Brian and Zak Sally. Fugue State. Coffeehouse Press. 2009. Paper 208 pp., $14.95. Fiction.


Jennifer Hotop reviews:

Allen, Paul. Ground Forces.. Salmon Press, 2008. Paper. 100 pp., $22.95. Poetry


Danielle Schlosser  reviews:

Tieman, John Samuel. A Concise Biography of Original Sin. BkMk Press, 2009. Paper, 36 pp., $11.95. Poetry


Marcia Herring reviews:

Ajvaz, Michal. The Other City. Dalkey Archive Press, 2009. Paper, 148 pp., $13.95. Fiction.


Maggie Walter reviews:

Gray, John. Photographing Eden: Poems. Ohio Univ. Press, 2008. Paper, 62 pp., $12.95. Poetry. 


Samantha Nunn reviews:

Brady, Catherine. The Mechanics of Falling.  U of Nevada Press, 2009. Cloth, 248 pp., $25.00. Fiction.


Stephanie Anderson reviews:

Collins, Billy. The Trouble with Poetry and Other Poems. Random House, 2007. Paper, 112 pp., $13.95. Poetry.


Tara Delaney reviews:

Smith, Diane. In the Silence of this Room. Grey Sparrow Press, 2007. Cloth, 167 pp., $19.99. Anthology.


Joshua Smith reviews:

Mifflin, Margot. The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman. U of Nebraska Press, 2009. Paper, 280 pp., $24.95. Non-fiction.


Clinton Borror reviews:

Shua, Ana Maria. Microfictions. U of Nebraska Press, 2009. Paper, 196 pp., $19.95. Fiction.


Danielle Schlosser reviews:

Jaeger, Lowell. Suddenly, Out of a Long Sleep. Arctos Press, 2009. Paper, 107 pp., $16.00. Poetry.


Carly Vogelsang reviews:

Caponegro, Mary. We All Fall Down at Some Point.. Coffee House Press, 2009. Paper, 224 pp., $14.95. Fiction.


Karina Dewing reviews:

Leader, Darian. The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia, and Depression.  Graywolf Press, 2008. Paper, 224 pp., $16.00. Non-fiction.


Tara Delaney reviews:

Hunt, Laird. Ray of the Star. Coffeehouse Press, 2009. Paper, 192 pp., $14.95. Fiction.


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