1999 Contributors

 Kathryn Bernard Bloomquist is a non-traditional student at Kansas State University majoring in English with a minor in Philosophy. She sees her stud­ies as a means of furthering a literary and artistic expression of the depth of spiritual life.

Kris Christensen is studying poetry and creative nonfiction at Eastern Washington University where she is Poetry Editor for Willow Springs. Her work has recently appeared in The Portland Review Literary Journal and Pontoon: An Anthology of Washington State Poets.

Jodie Clawson will be receiv­ing a B.F.A. degree with an emphasis in Painting and a secondary degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. Both degrees with be com­pleted this May. 

Kris Emmons is a Senior pursuing a B.F.A. in Art at Kansas State University. His influences include Native American art as well as that of Walt Disney, Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, and Bill Watterson. He hopes to one day work as an animator for Disney and perhaps write his own comic strip. His paint­ing, Defamation of an Ameri­can Icon, has been chosen as this year’s Touchstone cover art.

Amy England is in the Ph.D. program in creative writing at the University of Denver. Her work has appeared or will appear in TriQuarterly, Ohio Review, Sonora Review, Germ, and New American Writing, among others. She is an associate editor of the Denver Quarterly and a book reviewer for the Rocky Mountain News.

Brad Garmon is a first-year graduate student in English at KSU, following undergraduate study in Earth Science, English, and Geospatial Analysis, and a year working in publishing While concentrating on fiction and creative nonfiction at KSU, he has been awarded Hickok and Popkins Fellowships, and an AWP Journals Project nomination. Garmon is the recipient of this year’s Touchstone Graduate Nonfiction Award.

Thomas Gribble was a winner of the Associated Writing Programs’ Intro Journals Project for 1998, poetry. His work was selected as a finalist in both the 1997 Floating Bridge Chapbook Contest and the 1998 Palanquin Press Chapbook Contest, and has also appeared in Hawaii Review, Puerto Del Sol, Crab Creek Review and others. Gribble was this year’s recipient of the Touchstone Graduate Poetry Award.

Jared Janovec is a candidate for a B.F.A. degree in May 1999 with a concentration in Ceramics. Various biological phenomenon are cur­rently the conceptual basis of his work. Jared will be pursuing a graduate degree in Ceramics as of Fall 1999.

Jennifer Johnson will be graduating in May with a B.A. in English (literature and creative writing) and Anthropology and a minor in German. She plans to take the next year off from school, and then apply for graduate programs, either in English or Anthropology.  Her poem, “Wunden der Erinnerung” is a co-recipient of this year’s Touchstone Undergraduate Poetry Award.

Joseph Johnson is a Sophomore majoring in Fine Arts at Kansas State University Placing photographs within a human context, his ambition is to make photographs that engage the viewer in some way.

Sarah Jane Johnson is a graduate student at Colorado State University.

Jenny Lagergren is currently working on her B.A. in English Literature, and will graduate in December 1999. She was a co-recipient of this year’s Touch­stone Undergraduate Poetry Award for her poem, “A Walk on Rock.”

Karen Lavery is a nontraditional student at Wichita State University where she is finishing a B.A. degree with Creative Writing and Psychology majors and a Women’s Studies minor.

Mark Mansfield is a second-year poetry student at Johns Hopkins University’s Part-Time Graduate Writing Program. He also works as a publications specialist for a law firm in Washington, D.C., and performs locally as a rock musician.

Cactus May is an M.F.A. poetry candi­date at Colorado State University. He was an artist-in-residence at Rocky Mountain National Park in the Summer of 1996. His poetry and fiction have appeared in Dry Creek Review, Blue Mesa Review, the Thrifty Nickel, Nieve Roja, and Greyrock.

Marty Nash is a senior in English at KSU, and is this year’s recipient of the Touchstone undergraduate award for fiction, “Columbus Day,” and nonfiction, “My Heroes Have Always Been Carpenters.”

Iris Gribble­ Neal is a graduate student and teaching assistant at Eastern Washington Uni­versity, accepted into the Masters of English program with a Fellowship. She is co-editor for the journal Heliotrope, whose work has been published by the following: Floating Bridge Press, Plainsongs, Cape Rock, Owen Wister Review, and others.

Michael John O’Donnell is finishing up his M.F.A degree in fiction at San Diego State University. He is currently at work on a historical novel that takes place in Shanghai prior to the outbreak of WWII. O’Donnell is this year’s recipient of the Touchstone Graduate Fiction Award.

Darlene Pagán is a Chicago native who is currently writing her dissertation with the University of Texas at Dallas where she teaches Literary Analysis. Most recent publica­tions include The Louisville Review, Evansville Review, Borderlands. Her current chap-book, Sins Against the Body, is currently under consideration.

Jessica Shaw is a Sophomore in Fine Arts at Kansas State University.

Barbara Waterman-Peters received her Master of Fine Arts degree from KSU in 1998. Currently, she is teaching painting at Washburn University. She has shown her work nationally and internationally, and it is included in numerous corporate, public, and private collections.

Steve Werkmeister is currently enrolled in the M.A. program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he is a Research Assistant. The focus of his studies is Renaissance Literature. 


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