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Big Muddy 13.1

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by Willy Conley

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Big Muddy 13.1


Dr. Susan Swartwout

Assistant Editor

Amanda Meyer
Caleb Tankersley
Carrie Walker

Publishing Interns

Alex Hughes
Shaylin Montgomery
Rebekah Scheffer
Melanie Whithaus

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2012 Contest Winners

Jessica Weatherford, Texas

Anna Dizack, Arizona


Steven Bender
Tragedy at Neely’s Landing: The Burning of the Steamer Stonewall

Mike Bezemek
Rivers Unknown


Doug Hoekstra
Extra Sensory Something

Stephanie Dickinson
Vanilla Wafers

Crona Gallagher
The Wisdom of Eggs

Robert Hamblin

Bridgette Shade
The Machinist’s Son

Malaika Favorite


Willy Conley
Sears Oil Company
Bait Shack
Used Car Shack


Angelina Oberdan
Hunting for Treasure

Kenneth O’Keefe
Time Capsule

Jianqing Zheng

Matthew Brown
The Hills Behind the Farm

Paul Martin
Aunt Vilma

Karen Eileen Sisk
Writing the Bird Book

JB Mulligan
questions and answers

Holly Guran
Green Heron

John McKernan
Ways to Begin an Elegy

Daniel James Sundahl
Road-Hunting, October 1965

David Gross
Storm Awareness

Ed Meek
New Madrid, MO, 1811

Kristin Berkey-Abbott
Somewhere Between Side Dish and Dessert

Elyse Schuler-Cruz
I Thought of You Today

Mark Taksa

Lowell Jaeger
The Cold War at Home
How We Survived the Cuban Missile Crisis

Bill Brown
April’s Fool

Robert Joe Stout
Iowan Looking West from Oregon

Danielle Rohac
Fall in Michigan

Patricia L. Hamilton
Fourth of July


Angela Spinzig reviews:
Xiaobo, Liu. June Fourth Elegies. Graywolf Press, 2012. 229pp. Hardcover: $26.00

Marcie Upchurch reviews:
DeBlasio, Donna M., Charles F. Ganzert, David H. Mould, Stephen H. Paschen, and Howard L. Sacks. Catching Stories: A Practical Guide to Oral History. Swallow Press, 2009. 218 pp. Paper: $16.95

Nathan Reynolds reviews:
Frank, Matthew Gavin. Pot Farm. University of Nebraska Press, 2012. 223 pp. Paper: $16.95

Geist, Jennifer reviews:
Carcia, Karen. On Subjects of Which We Know Nothing. New Michigan Press, 2011. 48 pp. Paper: $9.00

Samantha Carano reviews:
Disch, Thomas M. A Tale of Terror. University of Minnesota Press, 2010. 292 pp. Paper: $16.95

Marcie Upchurch reviews:
Mihesuah, Devon Abbott.  Document of Expectations. Michigan State University Press, 2011. 195 pp. Paper: $19.95.

Adam Armstrong reviews:
Berger, Jacqueline. The Gift That Arrives Broken. Autumn House Press, 2010. 85pp. Paper: $14.95.

Jeannette Boylin reviews:
Boruch, Marianne. The Glimpse Traveler. Indiana University Press, 2011. 227 pp. Paper: $19.95.

Marcie Upchurch reviews:
Spufford, Francis. Red Plenty. Graywolf Press, 2010. 434 pp. Paper: $16.00.

Adam Armstrong reviews:
Ricca, Brad. American Mastodon. Black Lawrence Press, 2011. 81 pp. Paper: $14.00.

Samantha Carano reviews:
Baker, Deborah. The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism. Graywolf Press, 2011. 246 pp. Hardcover: $23.00.