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Big Muddy 5.1

Cover Photo:

Kevin Koch

Cover Design:

Jon Thrower
Beth Lewis

Big Muddy 5.1


Dr. Susan Swartwout

Assistant Editor

Jon Thrower
Beth Lewis
Mandy Henley

Publishing Interns

Shawn McLain
Mary Eakins

Editorial Assistants

Jarret Green
Ben Foster
Nikole Behlmann
Donna Farley

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Kevin Koch, Iowa
The Savanna Army Depot: Prairie and Production in the Former Home of Bombs

William H. McKenzie, Illinois
New Orleans or Bust!: The History of the Rail Line for Today’s Trip, the Frisco River Division

Joseph Spring, Illinois
Falling River: The Weight of the Mississippi at Winona

John Weber, Missouri
The Calculus of Backpack Cooking


Laura Payne Butler, Texas
Wander Down River

Jo Van Arkel, Missouri
Door to Door

Dixon Hearne, California

Alyson M. Indrunas, Washington
Whiskey for Sugar


Carol Wheeler, Texas
Plumeria at Botanical Gardens
Rain Lily

Gerald Wheeler, Texas
Hour-old Painted Foal
Star and her Foal


Eric Baggett, Missouri

David Bond
Rend Lake at Sunset

Misty McCormick-Chism, Missouri
Farmer’s Daughter

Wayne Crawford, New Mexico

Dave Etter
The Circus Left Town a Long Time Ago

Erin Keane, Kentucky
James and the Giant Peach
The Velveteen Rabbit
Winnie the Pooh

John Cantey Knight, Louisiana
No Place To Go
In My Pocket is a Pistol

John Noland, Oregon
The Mourning Dove’s Call

Louis Phillips, New York
Down Home Jackson Miss. Stomp

Tarwood, United Arab Emirates
Midwest Pyro
Other Lives
Night Shift at Penny Plate

Fredrick Zydek, Nebraska
Letter to Bergstrom about the Operation
Letter to Brown on the Old Family Farm


Jeffrey Noonan reviews:
Becker, Judith. Deep Listeners: Music, Emotion, and Trancing. Indiana UP, 2004. Paperback, 194 pp. $29.95. Nonfiction.

Jim Elledge reviews:
LeSueur, Joe. Digressions on Some Poems by Frank O’Hara. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2003. Hardcover, 305 pp. $25. Poetry/Nonfiction.

Leon N. Cluck reviews:
Trowbridge, William. The Complete Book of Kong. Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2003. Paperback, 64 pp. $14. Poetry.

Shawn McLain reviews:
Hall, Donald. The Painted Bed. Houghton-Mifflin, 2002. Hardcover, 112 pp. $23. Poetry.

Jon Thrower reviews:
Bukowski, Charles. Sifting through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way. Harper Collins, 2003. Paperback, 395 pp. $14.95. Poetry.

Dustin Michael reviews:
Greenway, William. Ascending Order. University of Akron Press, 2003. Paperback, 90 pp. $14.95. Poetry.

Meredith Purvis reviews:
Condon, Phil. Clay Center. Eastern Washington University Press, 2004. Paperback, 316 pp. $18.95. Short Fiction.

Benjamin Pruett reviews:
Gildner, Gary. Somewhere Geese are Flying. Michigan State University Press, 2004. Paperback, 240 pp. $19.95. Short Fiction.

Jason Sander reviews:
Lethem, Jonathan. Men and Cartoons. Doubleday, 2004. Hardcover, 160 pp. $19.95. Short Fiction.

Michael G. Howell reviews:
Scalapino, Leslie. Dahlia’s Iris: Secret Autobiography + Fiction. Fiction Collective Two, 2003. Paperback, 213 pp. $13. 95. Fiction.