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Cover design: Katie J. Schwartz

Big Muddy 16.1


Dr. Susan Swartwout

Assistant Editor

Carrie Walker
Katie J. Schwartz

Publishing Interns

Michael Aden
Jennifer N. Murray
Sarah Ray

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John Blair
The Mockingbird – Winner Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest

Elisabeth Doyle
Teachers – Winner Mighty River Short Story Contest

Joshua Cross
Dessert in the Dinner Hole

Marlene Olin
The Hitchhiker

Charles Laird Calia
The Room of Memory

Thomas V. Lerczak
Change and Comfort in Nature

Todd Easton Mills
Prisoner Reentry


Mark Christhilf
The Silence That Lives in the Heartland

Jenny Morse

Matthew Mendoza
Small Orbit
Laughter and Music

Bill Brown
Why We Display the Broken

Jean-Mark Sens

Abby Caplin

Kathleen Hellen
One less zug—

Suzanne Rhodenbaugh
Highway Loves

Matthew Freeman

Matt Schumacher

Lucia Cherciu

Jeanne Emmons
The Weaving

Paul Stroble
Little River

Jianqing Zheng

Lowell Jaeger
Mr. Conversation

Arthur J. Stewart
Ever Which Way

Malaika Favorite
Living in the Rice Bowl
New Orleans is a City of Apparitions
I Give You This River

Mike Bayles
Butterfly Field

Sarah Vohsen reviews:
Kolin, Philip C. Emmett Till in Different States: Poems. Third World Press, 2015. Paper, 87 pp., $18.95
Lazar, David. Occasional Desire: Essays. University of Nebraska Press, 2013. Paper, 218 pp., $21.95
Albin, C.D. Hard Toward Home. Press 53, 2016. Paper, 139 pp., $14.95

Robert W. Hamblin reviews:
Murphet, Julian and Stephan Solomon, eds. William Faulkner in the Media Ecology. Louisiana State University Press, 2015. Hardback, 304 pp., $45.00

Mary Christy reviews:
Leach, Tim. Icarus Flees the Garden of Earthly Delights. CW Books, 2015. Paper, 126 pp., $20.00
Howerton, Phillip. The History of Tree Roots: Poems. Golden Antelope Press, 2015. Paper, 87 pp., $16.00

Sarah Ray reviews:
Hoagland, Tony. Application for Release from the Dream. Graywolf Press, 2015. Paper, 84 pp., $16.00
Luongo, Margaret. History of Art. Louisiana State University Press, 2016. Paper, 179 pp., $22.50. Ebook, $12.95

Michael Aden reviews:
Snyder-Hill, Stephen. Soldier of Change. Potomac Books, 2014. Paperback, 198 pp., $15.95

Katie J. Schwartz reviews:
Kirby, David. Get Up, Please: Poems. Louisiana State University , 2016. Softcover, 88 pp., $17.95