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Big Muddy 2.1

Cover Art:

By Inland Waterways artist
Gary Lucy

Front Cover:
“Lewis and Clark: The Departure from the Wood River Encampment, May 14, 1804”

Back Cover:
“Eating up the Lights: Marking the Channel for Safe Passage”

Big Muddy 2.1


Dr. Susan Swartwout

Assistant Editor

Dan Crocker

Publishing Interns

Rebecca Brown-Gregory
Leon Cluck
M'Lee Fife
Mandy Henley
Amy Kay

Editorial Assistants

Mary Jane Mills
Stacey Rollins

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Nancy Bunge, Michigan
From La Crosse to Reality: The Blacklist’s Impact on Joseph Losey

Lynn Casteel, Missouri
The Heights

Robert Chappell, Wisconsin
We’re Homey. We’re Simple. But Don’t Call Us Quaint. (Please.)

Randy Cunningham, Ohio
Return to the River

Inland Waterways: The Highways of Our Heritage—An Interview with Gary Lucy

Anna Leahy, Missouri
Sunday Afternoon at the Barnes & Noble

John E. Miller, South Dakota
Laura Ingalls Wilder, A Perspective from 1932

Arthur J Stewart, Tennessee
Trickster Rules


Rachel Hall, New York
Dreams of the Mundane

Felicia Swanson, Illinois

Mary M. Wallace, Illinois
Local Landmarks and Points of Interest

Tammy Wilson, North Carolina
The Postcard


Gerald Wheeler, Texas
Southern Comfort


David Bond, Illinois
Hee Haw Hell

George L. Bristol, Texas
Ste. Genevieve

Maureen Tolman Flannery, Illinois
Coming to Crossing

G Timothy Gordon, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Michael A. Hoerman, Massachusetts
Wild Strawberries in Ozark County

Bradley Earle Hoge, Texas
Sinking into Shoveler’s Pond

Elizabeth Howard, Tennessee
Where the Rivers Run

Holly Iglesias, Massachusetts

Jarret Keene, Nevada
Voices from the Fire

John Cantey Knight, Louisiana
Mark Twain

Susanna Lang, Illinois
Spring Floods

Deena Linett, New Jersey
Holy Saturday in the Northern Plains

Sallie McCormick Adams, Missouri
Flood Song
Missouri Flood Rivers

Corey Messler, Tennessee
Life by the Mississippi

Kelby Ouchley, Louisiana
Coming Back

Elaine Fowler Palencia, Illinois
On the Greenway
Interlude for Horns

Carol J Pierman, Alabama
Hands Across America

David Radavich, Illinois
Inundation Rhapsody: Midwest 1993

Laurence Snydal, California
Storm Fence
The Circus

Virgil Suarez, Florida
Song of What Attracts the Bumble Bee to the Wisteria

Delilah Tayloe, Missouri
Hard Frost Tomorrow (Whitewater to Bloomfield)

Davi Walders, Maryland
Delta Currents

Fredrick Zydek, Nebraska
The Dangerous Art
Outside the Circle of Fire


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.