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The Briar Cliff Review


Collection of short stories

The River Road. Moorhead, MN. New Rivers Press, October 2008.

The Egg Lady and Other Neighbors. Moorhead, MN: New Rivers Press, November 2004.
[Winner of the Headwaters Literary Competition]

Short stories, excerpts of novels, and poems

“A Lot of Talk.” Stand Alone, Winter 1999.

“Agnes,” Just a Moment, Pine Grove Press, Vol II, No. 4, 1992.

“The Balers,” Iowa Woman, Sept/Oct/November, 1989.

“Bath Beads,” Rainbow Curve magazine, Summer 2007.

"The Bean Seed Basket," The Briar Cliff Review, Spring 1994.

“The Bed,” a poem. FreeFall Magazine, Fall 2003.

“Called for Action,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Vol. XX, No. 2, 1999.

Chapter Two—Novel: Orchestrated Murder, Fall 2001.

“The Chicken Plant,” The Long Story, No. 22, 2004.

“Clothilde: 1947-48,” in Short Fiction by Women, 1992. Excerpted from novel Country Women.
[Nominated for Pushcart Prize]

"The Cockfight,” South Dakota Review, Spring 2002.

“Contented Cows,” Defining Family issue. Crab Orchard Review, Summer/Fall 2006.

“Death of a Romance Writer,” Thema, 1991.

“The Deer,” Redneck Review of Literature, 1991.

“Dinner at the Dunes,” South Dakota Review, Fall 1996.

“Dublin’s Doors,” The Briar Cliff Review, 1992.

“The Egg Lady,” Wisconsin Review, Spring 1998.
[1997 Iowa Literary Award–3rd place]

“The Farm,” Family: The Possibility of Tradition, anthology. Pig Iron Press. Spring 1999.

“The Field Organizer” Fiction, Fall 2004.

“The Fogartys of the River Road,” Rainbow Curve magazine, Spring 2005.

“The Honey Wagon,” Paper Street. Fall 2005.

“Infidelity,” Kalliope: A Journal of Women’s Art, June 1996.

“The Knights of Columbus,” Calyx, Winter 2000.

“Keep It To Home,” The Portland Review, Summer 2001.

“The Last Trapshoot,” The Virginia Quarterly Review, Summer 2000.

“Little Byron.” South Dakota Review. Fall 2006.

“Living in Storage,” Potpourri, 1996.

“The Many Stages of Their Making,” Puerto del Sol, Fall 2000.

“Margaret,” The Pelican in the Desert, 1988. Reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Sept. 1988.

“A Memory,” Thema, 1989.

“And Now He’s Gone and You’re Back,” Connecticut Review, Fall 2001.

“The Raffle,” Trapeze, Summer 1998.
[1997 Iowa Literary Award–1st place]

“The Renovation of Maggie Foy,” Ball State University Forum, 1989.

“Robert Emmet Rides Again,” Connecticut Review. Vol XXVII, No. 2, Fall 2004.

“Sister Nancy and the Shamrock Lady,” The Long Story, No. 26. 2008.

“Spring,” a poem. Vagabond Magazine, Summer 2004.

“The Sugar Plum Fairy,” Words of Wisdom, Vol 21, No 4.
[Pushcart Prize Nomination]

“Tall Tales” Timber Creek Review. Winter 2002.

“That’ll Stick in Your Craw,” Plains Song Review. Spring 2005

“The Refrigerator Repairman Talks of Marriage.” Plains Song Review. Spring 2006.

“To the Tiger she said, ‘Pooh, pooh,’” Potpourri, 1993.
[Nominated for Pushcart Prize and finalist for Nancy Pickard Fiction Award]

“Up the Marble Stairs,” Short Stories Bimonthly, April 1999

“The Wild Club,” Stand Alone, Spring 1998. Literary citation for best short story of 1998.

“Woman in Mink with Avocado,” Potato Eyes, Spring/ Summer 1998.


“The Balers,” Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace: Writing by Women of the Great Plains/High Plains. Fall 2003. Honor Book, Nebraska Book Award 2003.

“Margaret,” The Pelican in the Desert and Other Stories of the Family Farm. Lincoln, NE. Kubicek and Associates, 1988. Reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly.


“Reflections on Motherhood,” America, May 7, 1994.

“A Woman Ahead Of Her Time: Willa Cather.” Heritage of the Great Plains. Spring/Summer 1998. Vol XXXI No.1.