Welcome to our 9th issue of Muddy River Poetry Review. Once again we are honored to have one of America’s leading poets and writers as Special Feature—Alicia Ostriker. She has won the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America, the Paterson Poetry Award, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award and was twice a National Book Award Finalist. Her poems have been translated into Italian, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew and Arabic.
We are also the featuring husband and wife poets Mark Pawlak and Mary Bonina. Mark’s poems have been translated into German, Polish and Spanish. In English, his work has appeared numerous anthologies including The Best American Poetry, Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust, and For the Time Being: The Bootstrap Book of Poetic Journals. He has been the recipient of two Massachusetts Artist Fellowship awards.
Mary has published poetry, memoir, and fiction and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. The Teacher’s Voice: A Journal for Poets and Writers in Education named her finalist for Lunch in Chinatown, poems inspired by the experience of teaching English to immigrants in their work places. She won the Boston Contemporary Authors competition for her poem, “Drift,” now a permanent public art installation in Boston, located outside the Orange Line Stop at Green Street Station, Jamaica Plain. Going Away, an excerpt from Bonina's memoir, My Father's Eyes, received Honorable Mention in the University of New Orleans Study Abroad Contest.
We are pleased that Marge Piercy, Special Feature in the Spring Issue, has returned with more wonderful poems.
Back with another poem is Endicott College student Emily Pineau who was recently featured on National Public Radio in New Mexico. Emily is in her twenties while another poet Freddy Frankel is in his eighties. There are thirty-three poets from the U.S., India and Venezuela.
In addition I am proud to announce a new enterprise, Muddy River Books, which will publish poetry chapbooks and occasional full length volumes. First chapbook is Pleasure Trout by Gloria Mindock, a varied and fascinating group of “mistranslations,” a departure from her usual Eastern European style of poetry and an exciting approach to experimental poetics. The is Eating Grief at 3 A.M. by Doug Holder, one of poetry keenest observers of people from all walks of life. He also provides insightful personal views of his relationship with his father.
Queries for Muddy River Books may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am confident that you will enjoy the poems in this issue and admire the poets. As usual, pull up comfortable chair, pour a cup of soothing tea, sit back and enjoy!
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