on Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Diego Báez has received fellowships from the National Book Critics Circle, CantoMundo, and the Surge Institute. He is co-chair of the diversity committee for the International David Foster Wallace Society and a regular contributor for Booklist; his poetry and reviews have appeared most recently in The Rumpus and Spoon River Poetry Review. Báez lives in Chicago, where he teaches at Harry S. Truman College.

on The Prime Anniversary by Jay Wright

Michael Berlin is a doctoral candidate in comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine. He is currently writing his dissertation with the support of the Donald A. Strauss Foundation, the Michael J. Connell Foundation at the Huntington Library, and the UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies at the William A. Clark Memorial Library. His work is forthcoming in Cultural Critique.

on Unsun by Andrew Zawacki

Sueyeun Juliette Lee lives in Denver, Colorado. Her books include No Comet, That Serpent in the Sky Means Noise (Kore Press, 2017), Solar Maximum (Futurepoem Books, 2015), Underground National (Factory School Press, 2010), and That Gorgeous Feeling (Coconut Press, 2008). Her latest, Aerial Concave Without Cloud, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in 2021. A former Pew Fellow in the Arts for Literature, Lee has held residencies internationally in poetry, dance, and video art. Her essays have appeared with The Volta, Constant Critic, Jacket2, and The Poetry Foundation, and she has provided editorial support to the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. 

on Frankissstein: A Love Story by Jeanette Winterson

Julie Carlson is a professor of English and the associate dean of faculty equity at University of California, Santa Barbara. With Aranye Fradenburg Joy, she is editor of Brainstorm Books, an imprint of punctum books. Author of England’s First Family of Writers: Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Mary Shelley (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007) and In the Theatre of Romanticism: Coleridge, Nationalism, Women (Cambridge University Press, 1994) and co-editor with Elisabeth Weber of Speaking about Torture (Fordham University Press, 2012), her writings concern radical activism in British Romantic literary culture, theories of mind, and friendship across difference. Her current book project is Friendship and Creativity: The Radical Legacy of British Romanticism. 

on Mud and Stars: Travels in Russia with Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Other Geniuses of the Golden Age by Sara Wheeler

Jonathan Russell Clark is the author of An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom (Fiction Advocate Press, 2018) and the forthcoming Skateboard (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2022). His work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, Tin House, Vulture, and numerous other publications.

Old Fellas (on The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese)

Jerome Christensen is a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, where he formerly taught film studies and Romantic literature. He is the author of four books on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and philosophy as well as his most recent book, America’s Corporate Art: Studio Authorship of Hollywood Motion Pictures (Stanford University Press, 2012). He has published film-related essay-reviews in the Los Angeles Review of Books and is currently at work on an essay on Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In and Pain and Glory and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. 

Shelter in Place

Bishakh Som’s comics work has appeared in the comics anthology Hi-horse, of which she was a co-editor and contributing artist; Blurred Vision; Pood; Specs; The Brooklyn Rail; and the Graphic Canon series from Seven Stories Press. She received the Xeric grant in 2003 for her comics collection Angel and recently completed “Apsara Engine,” a collection of seven short stories. She lives in Brooklyn.


Kaytea Petro is a San Francisco–based artist, activist, and entrepreneur. She has run away with a circus, started a company to transform cities into fruit-based gift economies, and self-published a number of comic books. She curates at the Engine 43 gallery. Her sculptures and drawings have been shown in China and in galleries across the United States.

Shelter in Place

Lindsey Bailey, an artist and illustrator currently based in Olive Branch, Mississippi, graduated from Mississippi State University in 2009 with a BFA in graphic design. She has worked on editorial illustration, character design, book covers, children’s books, and portraits for clients who include Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Teen Health Mississippi, and ESPN. Her personal work focuses on the representation of people of color, specifically black women and their underrepresentation in sci-fi and horror.