Big Muddy 4.1



Cover Art:

Chelsey Kennedy photographed the Johnson's Shut-Ins with a Rebel 2000 SLR camera and 400 speed film


Cover Design:

Tim Baskin


Dr. Susan Swartwout 


Assistant Editors:

Tim Baskin

Mandy Henley


Publishing Interns:

Kristine Hehner

Tonia Ems


Editorial Assistants:

Leon Cluck

Beth Lewis

Heather Baskin

Jarret Green

Marybeth Niederkorn


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Lynn Morrow, Missouri

A "Duck and Goose Shambles": Sportsmen and Market Hunters at Big Lake, Arkansas


James Silas Rogers, Minnesota

In the Driftless Area



Gina Young Becker, Kansas



Patricia Lawson, Kansas

The Spring


Brian Ray, South Carolina

Penny Press Generals


D. B. Wells, Kentucky

Lucinda West



Heather Baskin, Missouri

Ice Angel

Mortal Tree


Carol Wheeler, Texas

Turquois Teepee

Yellow Hibiscus


Gerald Wheeler, Texas

Bean Thrasher

Child's Greenhouse





Robert Bense, Pennsylvania


Looking for Mark Twain

What the River Says


Rafael Jesús Gonzáles, California

Portrait of a Lady / Retrato de una Dama


Phil Harvey, Washington, D.C.

Low Water


Elizabeth Howard, Tennessee

Blue Suede Gospel


John Cantey Knight, Louisiana

A Class 5 Hurricane Would Be Urban Renewal


Philip C. Kolin, Mississippi

September Edges


George A. Parker, Ohio

Song of the Rapids


David Radavich, Illinois



Michael D. Riley, Pennsylvania




Jim Elledge reviews:

Immerso, Michael. Coney Island: The People's Playground. Rutgers University Press, 2002. 208 pp. Paper, $29.95. Nonfiction.


Jarret Green reviews:

Eggers, Dave. You Shall Know Our Velocity. Vintage, 2003. 400 pp. Paper, $14. Fiction


Heather Baskin reviews:

Lopez, Lorraine. Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories. Curbstone Press, 2002. Paper, 238 pp. $15.95. Short Fiction.


Leon Cluck reviews:

Tarkington, Booth. Penrod and Sam. Indiana University Press, 2003. Paper, 356 pp. $14.95. Fiction.


Francesca Rehagen reviews:

Zitkala-Sa. American Indian Stories. University of Nebraska Press, 2003. Paper, 195 pp. $12.95. Short Fiction.


Ruth Seaber reviews:

Stone, Ruth. In the Next Galaxy. Copper Canyon Press, 2002. 96 pp. Paper, $20. Poetry.


Bridget Brown reviews:

Fuhrman, Joanna. Ugh Ugh Ocean. Hanging Loose Press, 2003. 72 pp. $13. Poetry.


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