Big Muddy 12.1

      Cover Photo:

"Retro Balloons"

by Jennifer Geist Photography


by Eddie van W at Eddi07 Textures


 2011 Contest Winners

Scott Kauffman, California

Cat Dance


Patrick Finney, Missouri

Attending a Wake Filled With Strangers



Dr. Susan Swartwout 


Assistant Editors:

Katherine Markey, Rhyen Campbell

Publishing Interns:

Jeannette Boylin, Rebekah Blankenship, Same DeWald, Nathan Reynolds, Katie Schwartz, Angela Spinzig



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2011 Contest Winners

Scott Kauffman, California

Cat Dance


Patrick Finney, Missouri

Attending a Wake Filled With Strangers



Philip Kolin

"A river flows through it": Tennessee Williams and the Mighty Mississippi

Gaynell Gavin

At the River's Bend: Highway, Library, Airplane, Prairie

Patrick Dorey

Orb Weaver



Vic Viola

"There Ain't No Fish in Mud Crick"

Dixon Hearne

Going Up North

Reine Dugas Bouton

Blackberry Pie

Mark T. Mustian

The Ride

Orman Day

A Roadway in the Dusk

Dennis Vannatta

Peaceable Kingdom

Ron Rindo

The Fall Garden

Brendan West-Moreland

Hot Wheels for Jesus









William Miller

Recovering Biker

Appomattox, 2007

Chris Hayes

Red Paint Hill

John J. Ronan

Santa Anita Noir

John A. McDermott

Another Poem About Bix, Based Perhaps Upon Apocrypha

Harvey J. Baine

Buffalo Fish

John F. Buckley and Martin Ott

The Wet Lands of Florida

C.D. Albin


Blessed Those Days

Kathleen Kirk


Jacob Newberry

After Katrina

Amorak Huey


A.D. Winans

Chinatown Sweat Shop

Jianqing Zheng

Years in China

Bourbon Street

Martin Ott

Zen and the Art of Interrogation

Amelia Martens

Lincoln at his 200th Birthday Party

Nicole Peats

Your Eyes: This Is Why I Said You Scared Me

Pat Durmon

Looking at Herself in the Mirror

James Valvis

After the Accident, I Carve Allen's Pumpkin

Jim Daniels

Substitute Facts

Britton Shurley

The Thing About Death

John Grey

Your Wilderness

Nathan Whiting

A Brooklyn Inlet, Early June

Randy Blythe

Black Racer

Lowell Jaeger


Michael D. Riley


Molly's Arrival

David Radavich


Christopher Shipman

At the Museum of Natural Science

Paul Freidinger


Vanessa Blakeslee


Darrell Epp

The Mongol Invasions



Airek Beauchamp reviews:

Crews, James. The Book of What Stays. U of Nebraska Press, 2011, 96pp. Paper: $17.95

Joshua de Vries reviews:

Grennan, Eamon. Out of Sight: New and Selected Poems. Graywolf Press, 2010. 272 pp. Hardcover: $26.00

Emily Reinitz reviews:

Everett, Percival. Swimming Swimmers Swimming. Red Hen Press, 2011. 72 pp. Paper: $15.95

Keith A. Sculle reviews:

Berger, Molly W. Hotel Dreams: Luxury, Technology, and Urban Ambition in America, 1829-1929. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011. Hardback, 318 pp. $60.00

Rachel Evans reviews:

Hacikyan, Agop J., and Jean-Yves Soucy. A Summer Without Dawn. Interlink Books, 2010. 548 pp. Paper: $20.00

Matthew Sissom reviews:

Berryhill, Michael.  The Trials of Eroy Brown. University of Texas Press, 2011. 239 pp. Hardcover: $29.95.

Nicholas Miranda reviews:

Simpson, Jeff. Vertical Hold. Steel Toe Books, 2011. 88pp. Paper: $12.00.

Sam DeWald reviews:

Dickey, Paul. They Say This is How Death Came into the World. Mayapple Press, 2011. 73 pp. Paper: $14.95.


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