FEATURE | summer 2002
Atwood | Walker | Gordon | Hegi | Dworkin | Cisneros | Oates | Paley | Grace
Le Guin | Rosca
Wilner | Rich | Hacker | Braid | Chrystos | Chen | Ostriker Clifton | Frost | Wade | Gallagher | Dove | Morrison
Margaret Atwood ("Three Chronicles") is the author or more than twenty-five books, including fiction, poetry, and essays. Her recent works include the best-selling novels The Blind Assassin (Knopf, 2001) and Alias Grace (Bantam Doubleday Publishing Group, 1997), and Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing (Cambridge University Press, 2002).
Alice Walker ("How Did I Get Away with Killing One of the Biggest Lawyers in the State? It was Easy") won the Pulitzer Prize and an American Book Award for her novel The Color Purple. She has written poems, essays, short stories, children's books, biographies, and novels. Among her recent publications are Sent By Earth: A Message from the Grandmother Spirit after the Bombing of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon (Seven Stories Press, 2001) and The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart (Ballantine, 2002).
Mary Gordon ("The Dancing Party") has authored The Company of Women (Ballentine Books, 1981), The Rest of Life: Three Novellas (Viking Penguin, 1994), and Spending (Simon and Schuster, 1991), as well as a memoir, The Shadow Man (Vintage 1997). Winner of the 1997 O. Henry Prize for best short story, as well as numerous other awards, she teaches at Barnard College in New York.
Ursula Hegi ("Freitod") is the author of five novels: Intrusions (Viking Press, 1981), Floating In My Mother's Palm (Poseidon Press/ Simon and Schuster, 1995), Stones from the River (Poseidon Press/ Simon and Schuster, 1995), Salt Dancers (Simon and Schuster, 2001), and The Vision of Emma Blau (Simon and Schuster, 2001). She has also published nonfiction, as well as two collections of stories, Unearned Pleasures (Scribner Paperback, 1995) and Hotel of the Saints, (Simon & Schuster, 2001).
Susan Dworkin ("The World Famous Tightrope Walker") is the author of The Book of Candy (Four Walls Eight Windows, 1996) and Stolen Goods (Newmarket Press, 1991). Her most recent nonfiction work - The Nazi Officer's Wife, written with Edith Hahn Beer (Harper Trade, 2000) - will be the basis for an A&E TV documentary this year. A Ms. contributing editor for many years, she wrote the Ms.-HBO Peabody Award-winning TV documentary She's Nobody's Baby.
Sandra Cisneros ("Mericans") has authored poetry, fiction, and children's books and is a winner of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and two fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, among other honors. Her books include The House on Mango Street (Arte Public Press 1984/ Random House, 1983), Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (Random House, 1991), Loose Woman: Poems (Knopf, 1994), and the forthcoming Caramelo (Knopf, 2002).
Joyce Carol Oates ("A Bloodsmoor Romance") received the National book Award for her novel them (Ballantine Books, 1976), and is an award-winning, widely anthologized short-story writer and essayist as well. Recent novels among her numerous published works include Blonde (Harper-Collins, 2000), We Were the Mulvaneys (Dutton/Plume 2001), and Middle Age: A Romance (Harper Collins College, 2001)
Grace Paley ("Two Ways of Telling") has written three books of short stories, now published as The Collected Stories of Grace Paley (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, cloth 1994, paperback 1995). Her collection of essays, Just As I Thought (1998), and her Collected Poems (2002) were also published by Farrar, Starus & Giroux. Long Walks and Intimate Talks, her compilation of poems and prose sketches, was published in 1991 by The Feminist Press at CUNY.
Patricia Grace ("Butterflies"), a Maori New Zealander, is the author of numerous works of fiction. Her prizewinning novel, Potiki, was published in 1986. "Butterflies" appeared in her collection, Electric City and Other Stories (Penguin, N.Z., 1987).
Ursula K. Le Guin ("Standing Ground") has published more that 100 short stories (collected in eight volumes), two collections of essays, thirteen books for children, five volumes of poetry, two of translation, and seventeen novels, including realistic fiction, science fiction, and fantasy. Among her numerous honors is a National Book Award. Her recent publications include Tales from Earthsea, The Other Wind (both from Harcourt, Inc., 2001) and The Birthday of the World and Other Stories (HarperCollins, 2002).
Ninotchka Rosca ("Sugar and Salt"), a Philippine-born novelist , received the American Book Award in 1992. Her books include State of War (W.W. Norton, 1988), Endgame (Franklin Watts, 1989), Twice Blessed (W.W. Norton, 1992), and At Home in the World, coauthored with Jose Ma. Sison (Open Hand Publishing, 2002).
Eleanor Wilner ("The Muse") is a recent MacArthur Fellow who teachers in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Her most recent books of poetry are Reversing the Spell: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 1998), Otherwise (1993), and Sarah's Choice (1989), the last two from the University of Chicago Press.
Adrienne Rich ("She") is a prize-winning port and essayist. Her poem "She" first appeared in Ms. in 1990. Her most recent book of prose is Arts of the Possible: Essays and Conversations (2001), and her latest book of poetry is Fox: Poems 1998-2000 (2001), both published by W.W. Norton.
Marilyn Hacker ("Nearly A Valediction") is the award-winning author of nine books, including Winter Numbers (W.W.Norton, 1994), in which "Nearly a Valediction" appeared, and Selected Poems (Norton, 1996). Her most recent work, Squares and Courtyards, was published by Norton, which will also publish her new collection, Desesperanto, in the spring of 2003.
Kate Braid ("Woman's Touch") lives in British Columbia. "Woman's Touch" appeared in Ms. in 1992, and was collected in her first book of poems, Covering Rough Ground (1991), about her experiences as a woman carpenter; it won the Pat Lowther Award for the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman. Her other books of poems include To This Cedar Fountain (1995) and Inward to the Bones (1998). All three are published by Polestar Press, an imprint of Raincoast Books, Vancouver, Canada.
Chrystos ("The Real Indian Leans Against") is a Native Rights activist who has published five poetry collections, most recently Fire Power (Press Gang, 1995). Her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for literature, the Audre Lorde International Poetry Competition Award, a Sappho Award of Distinction from the Astraea National Lesbian Action Foundation, and the Fund for Human Rights Freedom of Expression Award.
Juliette Chen ("Dinner with an Eligible Bachelor") has worked as a writer and editor for most of her adult life; she is currently a mail carrier in San Francisco, and writes a column for the local union paper. "Dinner with an Eligible Bachelor, which first appeared in Ms. in 1990, is her most widely anthologized poem.
Alicia Ostriker ("The Bridge") is a poet and critic. She has published ten books of poetry, including The Crack in Everything (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996), which won the Paterson Poetry Prize and the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award. Her latest works include The Little Space: Poems Selected and New, 1968-1998 (1998), and The Volcano Sequence (2002), both from University of Pittsburgh Press.
Lucille Clifton (" Wishes for Sons") is a prize-winning poet who has also authored 17 children's books. "Wishes for Sons," which appeared in Ms. in 1991, was collected in her book Quilting: Poems 1987-1990 (BOA Editions, 1991). Her latest books, Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000 (BOA Editions, 2000) won the National Book Award for Poetry.
Helen Frost ("Around the Kitchen Table") won the Women Poets Series Competition with her first book of poetry, Skin of a Fish, Bones of a Bird (Ampersand, 1993). She has edited two anthologies and written more than 90 nonfiction children's books. Recent works include When I Whisper, Nobody Listens: Helping Young People Write about Difficult Issues (Heinemann, 2001) and Keesha's House (forthcoming, Farraf, Straus, and Giroux/ Frances Foster Bookd, 2003).
Cheryl Marie Wade ("I Am Not One of The") is a playwright, poet, performer, video-maker, and disability rights activist. Her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Theatre Artist's Fellowship. Her prize-winning videos include Body Talk, Disability Culture Rap, and Here. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tess Gallagher (ISugarcane") is a poet, short-story writer, and essayist. "Sugarcane" (Ms. 1991) appeared in her collection Portable Kisses (1996), which, along with My Black Horse: New and Selected Poems (1995), was published by Blookdaxe Books in the United Kingdom (available in the U.S. through Dufour Editions, Inc.). Recent works include At the Owl Woman Saloon: Stories (Simon and Schuster, 1999) and Amplitude: New and Selected Poems (Graywolf Press, 1999).
Rita Dove ("Persephone Abducted") served as Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1993 to 1995 and was reappointed Special Consultant in Poetry in 1999/2000. Her numerous honors include the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, the National Medal in the Humanities, and the Duke Ellington Lifetime Achievement Award in the Literary Arts.
Toni Morrison ("Black Crazies") appears in these pages as a poet but I best know for her major fiction works. Her books include The Bluest Eye (1970), Sula (1974), Song of Solomon (1977), Tar Baby (1981), Beloved (1987), Jazz (1992), and Paradise (1997). She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. In 1993, she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.