Big Muddy 4.2



Cover Photos:

Rice/Englert Family Archives

Kenneth with Rice's Delivery Truck, 1941

Rice's Plant, 1959



Cover Design:

Jarret Green


Dr. Susan Swartwout 


Assistant Editors:

Jarret Green

Mandy Henley


Publishing Interns:

Donna Farley

Nikole Behlmann


Editorial Assistants:

Ben Foster

Kristine Hehner

Beth Lewis


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Scott M. Fisher, Iowa

Down the River


Philip C. Kolin, Mississippi

In the Chips: An Interview with Rice's Potato Chips' President Hilary Englert


Stephen J. Lyons, Illinois

Mississippi River's Garbage Man



Brian David Cinadr, California

always a river song


Joan Conner, Ohio

The Three Minute Love Story


Cedelas Hall, Mississippi

Red Dresses


T. K. Kenyon, New York

Heart Mountain


Jason Makansi, Missouri

Little Egypt


Tim Nicolai, Missouri

When We Defeat the Norwegians


Andrew Schultz, New York

Love Shack



Heather Baskin, Missouri

River Barge

Covered Bridge

Reflections at Bollinger


Carol Wheeler, Texas

Three Pelicans

Three Parrots


Gerald Wheeler, Texas





Eric Austin, Minnesota

Awash in the Water


Lisa Beatman,Massachusetts

over easy


not about trees


S. Beth Bishop, Tennessee

Bayou Orientation


Jason Lee Brown, Illinois

Old Man


John Grey, Rhode Island

Sara and the Flood


J.T. Ledbetter, California

Southern Illinois Suite


Alana Merritt Mahaffey, Arkansas



Clay Matthews, Missouri

Swan Song Dive

Wedding Song

Before the Flood, '93


John McBride, Iowa

Is Grant Wood's Iowa True?


Gwen Monohan, Virginia

Eye Levels



Laurence Snydal, California


Ice Breaking


Virgil Suarez, Florida

Church of the American Open Road


Heather Cooke reviews:

Gaus, P.L. Cast a Blue Shadow: An Ohio Amish Mystery. Ohio University Press, 2003. Paper, 225 pp., $12.95. Fiction.


Heather Baskin reviews:

Hunt, Laird. Indiana, Indiana. Coffee House Press, 2003. Hardback, 204 pp. $20. Fiction


Nikki Trokey reviews:

Kalu, Anthonia C. Broken Lives and Other Stories. Ohio University Press, 2003. Paper, 183 pp. $19.95. Short Fiction.


Jeremy Bleckler reviews:

Auster, Paul. The Book of Illusions. Picador, 2002. Paper, 336 pp. $14. Fiction.


Nikolai J. Watts reviews:

Delahunt, Meaghan. In the Casa Azul. Picador Press, 2001. Paper, 306 pp. $14. Fiction.


Dustin Michael reviews:

Spatz, Gregory. Wonderful Tricks. Mid-List Press, 2002. Paper, 246 pp. $15. Short Fiction.


Shawn McLain reviews:

Harsch, Rick. The Sleep of the Aborigines. Steerforth Press, 2002. Paper, 170 pp. $14. Fiction.


Gary Mize reviews:

Kīs, Danilo. Garden, Ashes. Harcourt, 1975. Paper, 170 pp. $12.95. Fiction.


Susie Scanlan reviews:

Williams, C.K. Repair. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000. Paper, 80 pp. $12. Poetry


Mandy Henley reviews:

Comer, Carrie St. George. The Unrequited. Sarabande Books, 2003. Paper, 104 pp. $12.95. Poetry.


Lynn Watson reviews:

Dickson, Foster. Kindling Not Yet Split. Court Street Press, 2001. Paper, 64 pp. $6. Poetry.


Heather Baskin reviews:

Collins, Billy. Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry. Random House, 2003. Paper, 323 pp. $13.95. Poetry.



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