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Big Muddy 3.1

Cover Art:

“One Dollar Bridge”
is a mixed media piece by Megan Thrower,
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 

Big Muddy 3.1


Dr. Susan Swartwout

Assistant Editor

Mandy Henley
Bridget Brown

Publishing Interns

Michael G. Howell
Carla Lee
Mackey Smith
Katherine Mayer
Kristi Murray

Editorial Assistants

Chris Ashby
Bryce Aubuchon
Todd Aubuchon
Meghan Buford
Tonia Ems
Valonna Fowler
Kristine Hehner
Chris Larose
Ben Marxer
Jennifer Nelson
Jason St. John
Dale Hawkins

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Steven Bender, Missouri
Neely’s Landing—The Rise and Fall of a Mississippi River Town

Bill Church, Missouri

Scott Cracraft, New Hampshire
Show Me Socialists:  Missouri’s Early Radical Heritage, 1861–1920

Katherine Fischer, Iowa
River Fever

Jack Killgore, Jan Jeffrey Hoover, Robert A. Hrabik
Pallid Sturgeon Captured Four Years After Its Release

Philip C. Kolin, Mississippi
Going to Humes with Elvis:  An Interview with Robert Cummings


Dixon Hearne, California

B. Parker, Alabama
Little Rock’s Fire

Cedric Shannon, Illinois
Blood Brothers

Richard Lee Zuras, Maine
The Wrestlers of Evangeline Parish


Gerald R. Wheeler, Texas
Vintaged Tractor
Tractor Resting in Peace
Antique Wheelchair
Beetle Graveyard
Blue Heron in Reeds
Eden II
Trading Post


Paul Davis, Missouri
The Broader Beat of Things

Sue De Kelver, Wisconsin
When an Atheist Dies

George Gott, Wisconsin
Muntu #009

Susan Grigsby, Missouri
The Bartered Bride of Calhoun County

Ryan Harper, Missouri
And Then One Day

Adam Houle, Wisconsin
Nabokov Westerns

Elizabeth Howard, Tennessee
The Flame Eternal

John Cantey Knight, Louisiana
A Memento from the French Quarter

Philip C. Kolin, Mississippi
Mississippi Cold Rain

Joanne Seltzer, New York
A Convoy of Headlights

Virgil Suárez, Florida
Jesús’s Map

Gerald Wheeler, Texas


Carol Morrow reviews:
McElroy, Colleen J. Over the Lip of the World: Among the Storytellers of Madagascar. University of Washington Press, 2001. Paper, 250 pp. $17.95. Nonfiction.

Nikki Trokey reviews:
Treat, Jessica. Not a Chance. Fiction Collective Two, 2000. Paper, 169 pp. $12.95. Fiction.

Heather Baskin reviews:
Cisneros, Sandra. Caramelo. Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. Hardcover, 443 pp. $24. Fiction.

Bridget Brown reviews:
Palahniuk, Chuck. Choke. Anchor Books, 2001. Paper, 293 pp. $13. Fiction.

Leon Cluck reviews:
DeLancey, Kiki. Coal Miner’s Holiday. Sarabande Books, 2002. Paper, 219 pp. $13.95. Short Fiction.

Vernon Gravely reviews:
Spencer, Mark. The Weary Hotel. The Backwaters Press, 2000. Paper, 161 pp. $14. Fiction.

Mandy Henley reviews:
Ciresi, Rita. Mother Rocket: Stories. Dell Publishing, 2002. Paper, 162 pp. $12.95. Short Fiction.

Carla Lee reviews:
Wallace, Ron. Quick Bright Things. Mid-List Press, 2000. Paperback, 172 pp. $14. Short Fiction.

Clay Matthews reviews:
Gilling, Tom. The Adventures of Miles and Isabel. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2002. Hardcover, 198 pp. $23. Fiction.

Nikki Trokey reviews:
Hubbard, Susan. Blue Money. University of Missouri Press, 1999. Paper, 180 pp. $17.95.  Short Fiction.

Stacey Rollins reviews:
Glaser, Elton and William Greenway. Eds. I Have My Own Song for It: Modern Poems of Ohio. University of Arkon Press, 2002. Paper, 221 pp. $19.95. Poetry.