Big Muddy 9.1


Cover Photo:

Holes made by the pileated woodpecker at Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, Illinois, near the Spoon River's mouth. Photographed by Thomas V. Lerczak, April 21, 2008, with a Nikon 35 mm SLR.

Cover Design:

Caleb Tankersley



Dr. Susan Swartwout 


Assistant Editors:

Mandy Henley

Marcia Herring


Publishing Interns:


Caitlin Brown

Stacy Orris

Joshua Smith

Caleb Tankersley

Maggie Walter


Editorial Assistants:

Donna Essner

Jennifer Hotop




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Margaret Dulaney, Pennsylvania



Steven Faulkner, Virginia

Sand Bank


Dell F. Pendergrast, Virginia

Family Rifts


Blake Perkins, Arkansas

Race Relations in Western Lawrence County, Arkansas


C.R. Resetarits, New Jersey





John M. Anderson, Massachusetts



Robin Carstensen, Oklahoma

When Asked to Write About Your Life


Noel Conneely, Ireland

York Street


John Cantey Knight, Louisiana

At Orpheus on Lundi Gras Night


Elaine Fowler Palencia, Illinois

Novel Instructions



Robert Nazarene, Missouri

The Glass

The Beast of Burdens


Jeff Schiff, Illinois

Psalm for a Murderous Time



Nathan Scott, Louisiana

Drifting Through the Filth on St. Charles and Wondering Where the Beads Go, Hungover on Ash Wednesday


Richard Sederstrom, Minnesota

My Grandfather’s Watch


Dan Stryk, Virginia

Fishing After Rain



Mark Taksa, California

Lifting from the Dusty Words


Toni Thomas, Oregon

Easy Hips


Jianqing Zheng, Mississippi






Chris Drew, Wisconsin

Miller’s Field


Rebecca Hodge, North Carolina

River of Words


G.D. McFetridge, Montana

Oil Wells and Silver Perch


Laura McHugh, Missouri

Down the River Road


Jeremy Melvin, Illinois

Missing Love [complete version]


Brett Riley, Alabama





Brett Taylor, Tennessee

The Woody Cemetery


Matt Essner reviews:

Gaiman, Neil. M is for Magic. Harper Collins, 2008. Paper, 260 pp., $6.99. Fiction.


Marcia Herring reviews:

Matthews, Clay. Superfecta. Ghost Road Press, 2008. Paper, 81pp., $13.95. Poetry.


Leslie Loyd reviews:

Tweedy, Joanna Beth. The Yonder Side of Sass and Texas. Southeast Missouri University Press, 2009. Paper, 164 pp., $19. Fiction.


Benjamin Marxer reviews:

Yoon, Paul. Once the Shore. Sarabande Books, 2009. Paper, 280 pp., $15.95. Fiction.


Jeremy Thompson reviews:

Hamilton, Laurell K. Strange Candy. Berkley Books, 2007. Paper, 304 pp., $14. Fiction.


Frank X Walker reviews:

Tubbs, Stephanie Ambrose. Why Sacagawea Deserves the Day Off and Other Lessons from the Lewis & Clark Trail. University of Nebraska Press, 2008. Paper, 144 pp., $17.95. Nonfiction.


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