Big Muddy 11.1


      Cover Photo:

      Amanda Meyer




Dr. Susan Swartwout 


Assistant Editors:

Donna J. Essner

Carly Vogelsang


Publishing Interns:

Rhyen Campbell

Katelyn Hansell


Graduate Assistant:

Michael Heath

Matthew Long



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Kevin C. Avery, Kentucky



Lynn Morrow, Missouri

   Daniel Morgan Boone's Missing Years


Kelby Ouchley, Louisiana

    Swamp Snow 



Savannah Carpenter, Illinois

   New Madrid Awakening

Rufus Cook, Taiwan


Andrea J. Di Salvo, Oregon

   Dog Days of Summer

Lowell Jaeger, Montana

    We All Know Trouble When We See It 


Tom Ramsey, Mississippi

   My Mother Killed Princess Diana


Justin C. Staley, Illinois

  A Dead Man's Son




Lisa Ampleman, Ohio



Roy Bentley, Iowa


   Live Nudes


Bill Brown, Tennessee


    Tonight, Alone 


Andrea S. Gereighty, Louisiana

    The Cool Third Week





   Mary Kennan Herbert, New York

    Summer in St. Louis


   Jason Lapeze, Massachusetts

    Ponchatoula Sundown

       Plank Sixty-Eight


Michael Melancon, Oklahoma

    Camelia Gouchet


Stanley M. Noah, Texas

    Far From Home 


Stephen R. Roberts, Indiana

    Down in Mechanicsburg


Nicole Trokey, Missouri

    to the cocky bastards at margarita mama's 


Jason M. Vaughn, Kansas

    After the Wake 


Bill Wolak, New Jersey




Mighty River Short Story Contest Winner

Kathleen Knutsen Rowell, California

    The Resolution 


Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest Winner

Natalie Hamm DeVaull, New York

    In the Kitchen 




Sheree Nielson, Missouri

    Hands Across the Water, Chain of Rocks Bridge

    Waterview, Chain of Rocks Bridge


Mickey Heath reviews:

         Boswell, Robert. The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards. Graywolf Press, 2009. Paper, 258 pp., $15. Fiction.


Marcia Herring reviews:

        Elliot, Stephen. The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir of Moods, Masochism, and Murder. Graywolf Press, 2009. Cloth, 208 pp., $22. Memoir.


Jennifer Hotop reviews:

        Fry, Joan. How to Cook a Tapir: A Memoir of Belize. University of Nebraska Press, 2009. Cloth, 240 pp., $24.95. Memoir


Sadie Jensen reviews:

        Disch, M. Thomas. The Businessman: A Tale of Terror. University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Paper, 292 pp., $16.95. Fiction.

         Cordery, Simon. Mother Jones: Raising Cain and Consciousness. University of New Mexico Press, 2010. Paper, 224 pp., $21.95. Non-fiction.


Katherine Kipp reviews:

        Johnson, Rheta Grimsley. Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming. NewSouth Books, 2010. Paper, 196 pp., $24.95. Memoir.


Katherine Markey reviews:

        Jaeger, Lowell. We. Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2010. Paper, 106 pp., $16. Poetry.

        Rivard, David. Otherwise Elsewhere. Graywolf Press, 2011. Paper, 88 pp., $15. Poetry.


Amanda Meyer reviews:

        Guest, Paul. Notes for My Body Double. University of Nebraska Press, 2007. Paper, 91 pp., $17.95.


Dustin Michael reviews:

        Bayley, Edgar, trans. Emily Toder. The Life & Memoirs of Dr. Pi and Other Stories. Clockroot Books, 2011. Paper, 86 pp., $13. Fiction.


Thomas O. Ratledge reviews:

       Benedict, Pinckney. Miracle Boy and Other Stories. Press 53, 2010. Paper, 260 pp., $19.95. Fiction.


Emily Seagraves reviews:

        Smith, Peter. A Porch Sofa Almanac. University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Paper, 144 pp., $16.95. Essays.

        Smith, Thomas Ruys. Blacklegs, Card Sharps, and Confidence Men: Nineteenth-Century Mississippi River Gambling Stories. Louisiana State U Press, 2010. Cloth, 271 pp., $39.95.


Scott Smith reviews:

        Bernstein, Charles. All The Whiskey in Heaven. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010. Cloth, 320 pp., $26. Poetry. 


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