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August 2001

Release Date: August 6, 2001

Concho River Review Features Varied Fiction, Nonfiction Literature

The latest issue of the Concho River Review (CRR) features an eclectic and distinguished roster of contributors, including two Texas English professors who offer moving insights into their personal experiences about Vietnam.

Poet Walt McDonald, the Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of English and poet-in-residence at Texas Tech University, and Robert Fink, the W.B. Bond Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Hardin-Simmons University, write eloquently of their Vietnam experiences in the literary journal published jointly by Angelo State University and the Fort Concho Museum Press.

McDonald was a fighter pilot in Vietnam and has since distinguished himself in national letters, having served as poet laureate of Texas. Fink's personal essay "Ghosts" is a selection from his literary nonfiction manuscript "Rescue the Perishing," scheduled for publication this year. Their works are among three short stories, three nonfiction pieces, three reviews, 24 poems and an interview to be published in the latest CRR.

Of special interest locally are an essay by TCU English Professor Bob J. Frye on the "coming of age" theme in several Elmer Kelton's novels and a review of Kelton's latest novel, Badger Boy, by Lewis Toland, an associate professor of English at New Mexico Military Institute. Also in the latest CRR is an interview by Glenn Dayley with Reginald McKnight, a Texas-born black writer who teaches at the University of Michigan and served as keynote speaker earlier this year at the 2001 ASU Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton.

Other contributions include short stories by Gary Schanbacher, a Ph.D. in economics; California novelist and marketing communications writer Judy Alexander; and San Marcos freelance writer and actor Kenneth Edwards.

Poetry in the volume includes contributions by Indiana University English Professor Millard Dunn; Chris Souza, two-time recipient of the Nevin Prize for Poetry; George Fox University English Professor William Jollif; Larry D. Thomas, winner of the 2001 Texas Review Poetry Prize; Dartmouth College graduate and Harvard law student Seth Abramson; David Galef, associate professor of English, University of Mississippi; and Christopher Cessac and Nick Norwood, both winners of the Tennessee Williams Scholarship for the 2001 Sewanee Writers' Conference.

CRR is a literary journal devoted to publishing the best in creative writing for Texas and the Southwest. CRR is published twice a year. Single copies cost $8 and annual subscriptions are $14. They are available by calling (325) 481-2646.

CRR's general editor is Dr. James A. Moore, who heads the ASU English Department. Nonfiction editor is Glenn Dayley, ASU lecturer in English. Fiction editor is Dr. Mary Ellen Hartje of the ASU English faculty. Poetry Editor is Dr. Jerry Bradley, dean of graduate studies and associate vice president for research at Lamar University. CRR executive secretary is Robert Bluthardt, director of Fort Concho.

CRR was founded in 1987 by Dr. Terry Dalrymple of the ASU English faculty.