Uncategorized | March 17, 2005

The University of Arkansas Press will publish Gary Fincke’s latest collection of poetry, Standing Around the Heart, at the end March. The collection includes “The Uses of Rain,” “Coughing through the Brambles,” and “During Sixth Grade,” each of which originally appeared in the pages of the Missouri Review. Andrew Hudgins, author of Ecstatic in the Poison, describes the collection as “Marvelous poetry that is both accessible and yet strange, both true and yet mysterious.”

Fincke is a professor of English and director of the Writers’ Institute at Susquehanna University. He has published sixteen books of poetry and short fiction as well as Amp’d, a memoir, about his son’s rock band. He has won two Pushcart Prizes and the Flannery O’Connor Prize for Short Fiction for his collection, Sorry I Worried You. Among his previous poetry collections, Writing Letters for the Blind won the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award.

Beacon Press will publish Dr. Danielle Ofri’s latest book-length work of non-fiction, Incidental Findings: Lessons from My Patients in the Art of Medicine. Ofri, an attending physician at Bellevue Hospital and an assistant professor of medicine at New York University of Medicine, is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Bellevue Literary Review. She’s also a former Missouri Review Editor’s Prize winner in non-fiction whose work has appeared in our pages three times, most recently with the essay, “Living Will.”

In Incidental Findings, “Ofri shares fifteen intertwined tales that offer a window into the moral, emotional, and medical questions that arise in the complex world of doctoring.” The essays range in setting from quiet office practices in southwest Florida to an under-staffed clinic in New Mexico to the “bedlam of Bellevue, a large public hospital in New York City.” Ofri’s previous book-length work is Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue, also published by Beacon.

In June, Random House/Crown will publish Steve Salerno’s SHAM: How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless. Salerno’s essay, “‘The Feeling of Nothing'” appears in the current issue of the Review. SHAM has been described as “a no-holds-barred look at a phenomenon that’s at the center of the devolution of today’s American attitudes and values…. Salerno will show how, far from just having an impact on individual disciples, the self-help movement’s unproven rhetoric has found its way into a variety of contemporary institutions, including politics, academics, health care, corporate life, and even sports.”

Salerno’s work has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, the New Repubic, and Sports Illustrated. He has taught journalism at Indiana University and more recently was writer-in-residence at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa.