Big Muddy 2.2



Cover Photo:

"Ferry Dock Rest Stop"                         

by Gerald R. Wheeler, Katy, Texas  



Dr. Susan Swartwout 


Assistant Editors:

Dan Crocker

Mary Jane Mills


Publishing Interns:

Mandy Henley

M'Lee Fife

Amy Kay


Editorial Assistants:

Leonna Essner

Leon Cluck

Amy Kay

Kristi Murray

Emily Wipfler

Mandy Henley

Gina Bader

Mackey Smith


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Stephen Lyons, Illinois

Dispatch from Illinois' Great Snake Migration


Clobert Bernard Broussard, California

Boy: Up from the Bayou


Robert Kneib, Missouri

Of Wooden Johnboats


Maria Szasz, New Mexico

The Irreplaceable Sergeant John Ordway


J. D. Smith, Illinois

My Coronation


Lynn Morrow, Missouri

St. Louisans at the Knobel: Sport Tourism and Conservation in Arkansas




Stephen Graham Jones, Texas

Southern Gothic


Ann Boaden, Illinois

Dancing Lessons




Lynette Baca, Kansas

Historic Mulvane Jail through Window

Historic Mulvane Jail through Broken Door


Gerald R. Wheeler, Texas

Farm House

Grandpa's RV

School Bus

















Malaika Favorite, Georgia


River Preacher

Day of Ascension


Richard Newman, Missouri

Salem, Indiana, 1963


Claire T Feild, Alabama



Beverly Rainbolt, Louisiana

Looking for Leadbelly's Bones


Melissa Gurley Bancks, Missouri

Haunting in Louisiana


John Cantey Knight, Louisiana

 It Hasn't Rained for Two Weeks


Richard Broderick, Minnesota

To the Old Ones

Let Us Gather by the River


Ryan G. Van Cleave, Wisconsin

Psalm of Summer's Amnesia


J. T. Ledbetter, California

In Turley's Woods


Susan Grigsby, Missouri

Sudden Truths Avoided

Letters Sent in Faith


Corinne Lee, Texas



Alana Merritt Mahaffey, Arkansas

In Lookback Time


Llewellyn McKernian, West Virginia

Now and Forever by the Mississippi


Leslie Adrienne Miller, Minnesota

Easter Flood, 2001


Louis Daniel Brodsky, Missouri


Going to a Colloquium at Ole Miss, 1982

A Renewal of Faith


David Radavich, Illinois

Land Between the Rivers


Jill Ozier, Iowa

To a Fisherman, After Years


Terry Savoie, Iowa

Almost a Vacation


Joanne Seltzer, New York

Mardi Gras

Barging the Louisiana Bayous


Bo Hall, New Mexico



Kristine A. Somerville, Missouri

Most Beautiful



Joel Rhodes reviews:

Watts, Edward. An American Colony: Regionalism and the Roots of Midwestern Culture. Ohio University Press, 2002. 278 pp. $55. Nonfiction.


Ryan Harper reviews:

Dan Jaffe. Playing the Word: Jazz Poems. BkMk Press, 2002. 80 pp. $13.95. Poetry.


Clay Matthews reviews:

Rios, Alberto. The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body. Copper Canyon Press, 2002. 103 pp. $14. Poetry.


David M. Taylor reviews:

Cortez, Jayne. Jazz Fan Looks Back. Hanging Loose Press, 2002. 115 pp. $14. Poetry.


Mandy Henley reviews:

Gottlieb, Daphne. Why Things Burn. Soft Skull Press, 2001. 125 pp. $12. Poetry.


Emily E. Wipfler reviews:

Hunt, Laird. The Impossibly. Coffee House Press, 2001. 265 pp. $23.95. Fiction.


Amy Kay reviews:

Huston, Nancy. Dolce Agonia: A Novel. Steerforth Press, 2001. Fiction.


Leon Cluck reviews:

Papaleo, Joseph. Italian Stories. Dalkey Archive Press, 2002. 298 pp. $13.95. Short Fiction.


Thomas Eaton reviews:

White, Curtis. Requiem. Dalkey Archive Press, 2001. $13.95. Fiction.


Mandy Henley reviews:

Caponegro, Mary. The Complexities of Intimacy. Coffee House Press, 2001. Paper, 233 pp. $14.95. Short Fiction.


Leonna Essner reviews:

Coberly, Lenore McComas. The Handywoman Stories. Swallow Press/ Ohio University Press, 2002. 165 pp. $16.95. Short Fiction.


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