June 2011

I have chosen to defer to the table of contents this month, as we continue preparations for Saturday, June 25th, a date which marks our largest concert ever. If you live within three hours of West Michigan, be certain you make it to this performance. Tickets are available here.

Benjamin Evans
Executive Editor, Fogged Clarity

June 2011

Table of Contents


  • Alan DrewAlan Drew‘s first novel, Gardens of Water, was published by Random House in 2008. To date, it has been translated into eleven languages and published in eighteen countries. In 2004, he completed a master of fine arts degree at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was awarded a Teaching/Writing Fellowship. He lives with his wife and two kids in Philadelphia, and teaches fiction writing at Villanova University. He is hard at work on a second novel. In the News (Part 2 of 4)
  • Daniel FrankenfieldDaniel Frankenfield serves in the medical corps of the United States Army. In 2006, he was the winner of Shippensburg University’s fiction contest judged by poet John Hoppenthaler. His writing has been published in The Reflector. Brother in Arms


  • Jane SpringerJane Springer is the winner of the Agha Shahid Ali prize, the Robert Penn Warren prize, a Whiting Award, and an NEA fellowship. Her second book recently received the Beatrice Hawley Award and will be published by Alice James Books in 2012. Poems from her most recent collection have appeared in Southern Review, and are forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review and Oxford American. Hindsight’s Ballad
  • Pamela GrossPamela Gross is a poet from Seattle. Her first full-length collection, Birds of the Night Sky/Stars of the Field, was published by the University of Georgia Press as part of its Contemporary Poetry Series. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Southern Review, Poetry Northwest and Commonweal, among other journals. Field Guide
  • Wherever You Are Calling From
  • Bogar AlonsoBogar Alonso is a poet and screenwriter living in Brooklyn. His work has screened at the New York International Independent Film Fest and the Chicago Latino Film Festival. Currently, he is putting the finishing touches on a book of poetry to be released in an undetermined future.A Firm Manshake
  • Jameson FitzpatrickJameson Fitzpatrick is an editorial assistant at Barrow Street magazine and a poetry editor for LambdaLiterary.org. He lives in New York. At a Co-op in Austin
  • The Babysitter
  • Sally J. JohnsonSally J. Johnson is an editorial assistant at J&J Editorial. She will be attending The University of North Carolina at Wilmington to receive an MFA in poetry this coming fall.Firefly


  • Martin WittfoothMartin Wittfooth is a Canadian born artist with an MFA from The School of Visual Arts in New York. He’s had solo exhibitions every year since 2007, and his painting has been featured in New American Paintings and Hi-Fructose, among other publications. He lives and works in Brooklyn. Recent Works
  • Rogelio ManzoRogelio Manzo was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and studied architecture at Instituto Tecnologico de Colima, but left before receiving his degree. Manzo has had solo exhibitions in Sacramento at Skinner-Howard Contemporary Art Gallery (“Looted”) 2010, at GLC (“Forced Portraits”) 2008, Salon 701 (“Gestures of the Skin”) 2007, and at the Phoenix Gallery in 2005. Portraits
  • Tim AndersonTim Anderson was educated at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and the Rocky Mountain School of Art in Denver. He’s had countless solo exhibitions, primarily in Chicago, Germany, and L.A. His work is included in many permanent collections, including Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater, The Chicago Historical Society, Saint Louis University, and the United States Embassies in Moscow, Niger, Zimbabwe and Sarajevo. Yellow Portraits


  • DoloreanDolorean is an alt-country folk band from Portland. Since 2003, the band has released four full-length albums, the most recent of which is The Unfazed.The Unfazed
  • Al James of DoloreanAl James lives in Portland and is the chief singer/songwriter of the band Dolorean. To date, his band has released four full-length albums, the most recent of which is The Unfazed.The Fogged Clarity Session


  • Justin CroninJustin Cronin is the author of three novels: the Pen/Hemingway award winning, Mary and O’Neil, The Summer Guest, and The Passage. Cronin’s other honors include a Stephen Crane Prize and the Whiting Writer’s Award. He is a graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and currently lives and writes in Houston.discusses his influences, process, and vampires
  • Al JamesAl James lives in Portland and is the chief singer/songwriter of the band Dolorean. To date, his band has released four full-length albums, the most recent of which is The Unfazed.speaks on sincerity, music, and Portland


  • Scott HightowerScott Hightower is a poet living with one foot in New York City, one in Texas, and one in Madrid. His third collection, Part of the Bargain, received the 2004 Hayden Carruth Award. His translations from Spanish have garnered him a Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. He teaches at NYU, and has taught poetry, non-fiction, and translation at Drew, F.I.T., Fordham, and Poets House.reviews Frank X. Walker’s 5th collection