The Green Room
"Here's a marvellous convenient place for our rehearsal."
Although MICHAEL NELSON turned out to be a political scientist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and at Rhodes College in Memphis and has published several books on the presidency and national elections, his interest in Frank Sinatra, the subject of his essay, predates his interest in politics. He recalls being the only 13-year-old he knew who, in the era of the Beatles and Rolling Stones, preferred Sinatra to rock. "There is not an emotion I ever experienced that Sinatra has not articulated in his singing," NELSON says. "As I have gotten older, the range of those emotional experiences has widened, but I have always found at least one song by Sinatra there waiting for me."
RUSSELL FRASER's travels have taken him from the Arabian Desert to Antarctica, from Sicily to Scotland. In his latest travel essay for the VQR, MR. FRASER portrays St. Petersburg, now that the Iron Curtain has fallen and communism has wound up in the dustbin of history. MR. FRASER has also described Constantinople, one of the cities featured in his book, The Three Romes, the others being the Italian capital and Moscow. He is the author of 16 books, most recently Signing Masters: Poets in English 1500 To The Present. He is emeritus Austin Warren Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan.
STEPHEN CUSHMAN is Professor of English at the University of Virginia and on VQR's advisory board. He is the author of William Carlos Williams and the Meanings of Measure (Yale, 1985), Fictions of Form in American Poetry (Princeton, 1993), and Blue Pajamas, a volume of poems (Louisiana State 1998). His discussion of Civil War buffs is an excerpt from his forthcoming book, Bloody Promenade: Reflections on a Civil War Battle, the battle being that of the Wilderness in 1864. The book is being published by the University Press of Virginia this month.
In VQR's summer 1999 issue, R.H.W. DILLARD produced a non-fiction appreciation of the writer, George Garrett. Now in the current issue, MR. DILLARD has turned to fiction producing a story called "Forgetting the End of the World." MR. DILLARD is Professor of English and longtime chair of the Creative Writing Program at Hollins University. He is the author of five books of poetry, three books of fiction, and two critical monographs. His most recent publication is a verse translation of Aristophanes' Ecclesiazusae for the Penn Drama series.
J.A.S. EvANs spent the 1998-99 academic year as a Whitehead Visiting Professor at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, a city with which he first became acquainted in the early 1950's. He is now writing a book on Theodora, wife of the emperor Justinian (52765). Theodora died in 548, but until she died she filled the role of loyal opposition to the emperor. MR. EVANS has now returned to Canada, where he is a classics professor at the University of British Columbia.
KIRK ROBINSON is a poet from St. Louis, Missouri. He holds an M.F.A. from Ohio State University. His poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest and American Literary Review.
An instructor at the University of Massachusetts, JENNIFER MILITELLO has recently had poems in such journals as Alaska Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, The Journal, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Quarterly West. She was awarded third place in the 1998 Salt Hill Poetry competition.
RICARDO PAU-LLOSA'S third and fourth books of poetry, Cuba and Vereda Tropical, are both published by Carnegie Mellon Press. His latest book of art criticism is Rafael Soriano and the Poetics of Light, and he has forthcoming titles on artists Julio Rosado del Valle and Olga de Amaral. He is one of the guest curators of this year's Lima Art Biennial.
MARK CUNNINGHAM holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky and an M.F.A. from the University of Virginia. His prose poems have appeared in The Prose Poem: An International Journal, Key Satch(el), and Quarter After Eight. …