winter 2008

Masthead

EDITOR
Ann Neelon

ADVISORY AND CONTRIBUTING EDITORS
Squire Babcock
Brian Barker
Holly Goddard Jones
Dale Ray Phillips

GRAPHIC DESIGN
Jim Bryant

ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
Jack Cobb

MFA EDITORIAL BOARD
Scott Gordon
Todd Hatton
Pamela Johnson Parker
Mary Jo Wallace
Kara Widener

WEBSITE DESIGN
Tony Powell

Mexico in the Heartland: featuring the Mexican Mural Project

Illustrator
José Luis Soto González, front and back cover

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction, by Ann Neelon

Language as Sacrament: A Conversation with Fred de Rosset, an interview

The Mexican Mural Project, an oral history

Maguey Azul, a poem by Christina Lovin

Pain, Pride and the Permit that Never Expires (Excerpts), essays by Philip Garrison

Belen, a story by Daniel Olivas

The First Mexican Hillbilly, a prose poem by Wanda Campbell

Spirit Song, a story by Sharon Balentine

Seeing Mexico, an essay by Michael Cohen

Señora Who, a poem by Kristen Rankin

The Fifth Grave, a story by Socorro Venegas

Poems by Lisken Van Pelt Dus

  • Lacking Wings
  • Quincalleria y Fijaciones
  • Becoming Double
  • Whistling and Dusty
  • Pajarita
  • Sueños Por Alla
  • Dreams Over There

They Have Rivers Here, a story by Susan Hazen-Hammond

Book Reviews

What's Written on the Body
by Peter Periera
reviewed by Pamela Johnson Parker

The Average American Male: a Novel
by Chad Kultgen
reviewed by Glenn D. Jackson

The Discomfort Zone
by Jonathan Franzen
reviewed by Leif Erickson Rigney

God Said Yes
by Heather Hornback-Bland and Ninie Hammon
reviewed by Kara Widener

All Aunt Hagar's Children
by Edward P. Jones
reviewed by Tim Carter