Big Muddy 6.1



Cover Photo:

John Barber White in front of train
No date. Photographer unknown.

Courtesy of the Center for Ozark studies Collection, Box 34, Folder 1, Special Collections and Archives, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO. Folder 7099: Missouri Lumber and Mining Company Records, 1853-1945, Western Historical Manuscript Collection—University of Missouri.

Cover Design:

Brian Rhodes


Dr. Susan Swartwout 


Assistant Editors:

Michael G. Howell

Mandy Henley


Publishing Interns:

Ryan King

Wade Christian

Kris Yesley

Emily Eufinger

Alex Niswonger

Nicole Stanfield

Meredith Purvis

Brian Rhodes

Dianna Ragsdale

Shana Scott


Editorial Assistants:

Kyle Barnett

Ben Foster


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David Benac, Louisiana

Ozarkers and Industry: The Integration of Economic and Social Behaviors


C. L. Bledsoe, Virginia



Kevin Koch, Iowa

Manitoumie. Sinsinawa.


C.D. Mitchell, Tennessee



Keith A. Sculle, Illinois

The Tomahawk Trading Post—More than a Store



Ann Boaden, Illinois



Jesse Laurentius, Missouri

Porch Man


Dennis Nau, Minnesota

The Man with the Broken Face


Lynda Firth Raines, Virginia

Southern Health



Jake Wells, Missouri


Hubble Creek

Mississippi Nights

Castor River


Mississippi Riverside #1






C.D. Albin, Missouri



Maureen Alsop, California

Night Pastures


David Bond, Illinois

Against My Will I Think of You

What Editors Are Not Looking For


Daniel Crocker, Michigan

Camping in Missouri


Kendall Dunkelberg, Mississippi



Malaika Favorite, Georgia

Sailing Ships

Cross Burning


Brian C. Felder, Delaware

Sunday Morning in the French Quarter


John Cantey Knight, Louisiana

new orleans continuing center for the performing arts


Tim Kahl, California

The Swimsuit Model


F. M. Landrum, Alabama

City Water


Michael Meyerhofer, Illinois

The End of the World

The Witchhazel Beggar of Chicago Union Station


Richard Sederstrom, Arizona

The Old Lecturer


Ryan G. Van Cleave, South Carolina


Blue Sonnet

Thomas Ruys Smith reviews:

Feldman, Jay. When the Mississippi Ran Backwards. The Free Press, 2005. Cloth, 305 pp. $27. Nonfiction.


Larry Underberg reviews:

Bealle, John. Old Time Music and Dance. Quarry Books, 2005. Paper, 343 pp. $24.95. Nonfiction.


Anna-Marie Beard reviews:

Soto, Gary. Help Wanted. Harcourt, 2005. Cloth, 216 pp. $17. Short Fiction.


T.M. Eaton reviews:

Ehrlich, Gretel. Drinking Dry Clouds: Stories from Wyoming. University of Nebraska Press, 2005. Paper, 160 pp. $18.95. Short Fiction


Jennifer Hotop reviews:

Gaines, Ernest J. Mozart and Leadbelly. Knopf, 2005. Cloth, 159 pp. $22.95. Short Fiction.


Renee Johnson reviews:

Munro, Alice. Runaway. Vintage Contemporaries, 2005. Paper, 335 pp. $14.95. Short Fiction.


Ryan King reviews:

Fincke, Gary. Sorry I Worried You. University of Georgia Press, 2004. Cloth, 232 pp. $24.95. Short Fiction.


Ross Martin reviews:

Eggers, Dave. How We Are Hungry. McSweeney's, 2004. Cloth, 240 pp. $14.96. Short Fiction.


Brian Rhodes reviews:

Monson, Ander. Other Electricities: Stories. Sarabande Books, 2005. Paper, 167 pp. $14.95. Short Fiction.


James D'Agostino reviews:

LaFemina, Gerry and Daniel Crocker, eds. Poetry 30: Thirty-something American Thirty-something Poets. Mammoth Books, 2005. Paper, 340 pp. $19.95. Poetry.


Meredith Purvis reviews:

Perez Estrada, Raphael. Trans. Steven J. Stewart. Devoured by the Moon. Hanging Loose Press, 2004. Paper, 143 pp. $14. Poetry


Jon Thrower reviews:

Matthews, Clay. Muffler. H_NGM_N B_ _KS, 2005. Chapbook, 33 pp. $6. Poetry.



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