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Big Muddy 1.2

Cover Art:
Original watercolor by Louise Bodenheimer
Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Big Muddy 1.2


Dr. Susan Swartwout

Research Assistant

Dan Crocker

Publishing Interns

Bridget Costello
Ryan Heslinga

Editorial Assistants

Chad Armbruster
Rebecca Brown
Lynn Casteel
M'Lee Fife
James Guthrel
Michael G. Howell
Jacqueline Kieres
Carla Lee
Katherine McCarthy
Marybeth Niederkorn
Jon Thrower
Kris Yesley

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Cynthia Annett, Kansas
Another View of the River

Peter J. Bergerson & Catherine M. Bergerson, Missouri
The Political Socialization of an American Icon: Rush Limbaugh III

Curt Leitz, Wisconsin
National Myth and the Fallen River in 20th-century Mississippi Travelogues

Carl Pracht, Missouri
A Letter by Arthur M. Hyde on His Years as  Missouri Governor

Roald Tweet, Illinois
Lost Treasure
The Front Porch


Brendan Straubel, Michigan
The Rain


Don Haupt, Jr., Missouri
Old Lorimier Cemetery
One Last Look


Paul Allen, South Carolina
Call Now to Receive

Antler, Wisconsin
Dinosaur Puppy-love
Looking Up at the Milky Way Thought

Carole Cohen, Missouri
Flood Plains

Claire Feild, Mississippi
Ekman Dredge

Darren E. Morris, Virginia
The Majesty of Lou Brock

Gerald Nicosia, California
Midwest Rhapsody

Simon Perchik, New York

Dick Stahl, Iowa
Firing My Urn Shell

Brendan Straubel, Michigan

Ryan G. Van Cleave, Wisconsin
Open-air Cafe
Two Hours Before She Leaves for Reno for Good, the Security Guard’s Wife
Song of the Gizzard


Curt Leitz reviews:
Younker, Richard. Yankin’ and Liftin’ Their Whole Lives: A Mississippi River Fisherman. Shawnee Books (Southern Illinois University Press), 2000. Nonfiction.

Larry Hamilton reviews:
Schneider, Barbara, and David Stevenson. The Ambitions Generation. Yale University Press, 1999. Nonfiction.

Jackie Kieres reviews:
Gribbin, John and Mary Gribbin. Stardust: Supernovae and Life: The Cosmic Connection. Yale University Press, 2000. Nonfiction.

Allen Gathman reviews:
Graves, Joseph L, Jr. The Emperor’s New Clothes: Biological Theories of Race at the Millenium. Rutgers University Press, 2001. Nonfiction.

Henry Azuma reviews:
Dalmage, Heather M. Tripping on the Color Line: Black-White Multiracial Families in a Racially Divided World. Rutgers University Press, 2000. Nonfiction.

Curt Leitz reviews:
Severs, Ron. One Good Story: A Mississippi Kayak Journey. Nodin Press (Micawber’s), 2000. 148 pp. with photographs by author. Nonfiction.

Susan Swartwout reviews:
Bass, Rick. Brown Dog of the Yaak: Essays on Art and Activism. Milkweed Editions, 1999. Nonfiction.

Susan Swartwout reviews:
Taylor, Helen. Circling Dixie: Contemporary Southern Culture through a Transatlantic Lens. Rutgers University Press, 2001. Nonfiction.

Stephanie Williams reviews:
Ng, Mei. Eating Chinese Food Naked. Washington Square Press, 1998. Fiction.

Rebecca Brown reviews:
Olsen, Lance. Sewing Shut My Eyes. Fiction Collective Two, 2000. Short Fiction.

M’Lee Fife reviews:
Levandoski, Rob. Serendipity Green. Permanent Press, 2000. Fiction.

Stacey Garcia reviews:
Koertge, Ron. Geography of the Forehead. University of Arkansas Press, 2000. Poetry.