Lavishly color-illustrated, the 2012 volume of Moon City Review centers on children’s literature and its increasingly blurry borderlands. MCR 2012offers a variable feast of poetry, fiction, criticism, graphic arts, and “archival treasures” by Rose O’Neill, Robert Wallace, and Young E. Allison (author of “Derelict” or “Dead Man’s Chest”), all for and/or about children and young adults. Contributors include D. Gilson, David Harrison, Jean Stringam, and Laura Lee Washburn.
The 2011 volume in the Moon City Review book series focuses on alumni in the broadest sense of the word. Some of the best writers and artists in and from the Ozarks are featured, along with a generous mix of Missouri State students and faculty. Readers from the Ozarks may recognize some old friends, and other readers will get a better idea about “where we’re from.” Authors include former Missouri Poet Laureate Walter Bargen, Michael Burns, Kerry James Evans, Brian Shawver, Roland Sodowsky, Alexandra Teague, Laura Lee Washburn, and National Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, who offers a poem and an exclusive interview.
The 2010 volume of Moon City Review takes “speculative futures” as its special theme, emphasizing utopian, diastopic, sci-fi and fantasy literature and criticism. In addition, MCR 2010 includes original poetry by Jim Daniels, Jeannine Hall Gailey, and Alysse Hotz; fiction by Juned Subhan, Nancy Gold, Ted Chiles, and Pete Duval; criticism by Landis Duffett; and creative nonfiction by Julie Platt. The “Archival Treasures” section continues its exploration of Ozarks-born artist and creator of the Kewpie, Rose O’Neill. New to this volume is a translations section, which includes Hernan Mugoya’s short story, “El Fantasma,” translated by Nikki Settlemeyer; and poetry by Per Aage Brandt, translated by Thomas Satterlee.
Moon City Review 2009 includes poetry and fiction by Burton Raffel; poetry by Ted Kooser, Miller Williams, Marcus Cafagña, and Michael Burns; fiction (and an interview) by Kevin Brockmeier; short fiction by John Dufresne and Michael Cyzniejewski; and criticism by Billy Clem. A special section, “Archival Treasures,” features original and unknown work by Rose O’Neill, arguably the Ozarks’ most famous graphic artist.