The News with Cancer and Parakeets & The News According to Psychoanalysis

Justin Jannise’s poetry collection How to Be Better by Being Worse (BOA Editions, 2021) won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. His writing has appeared in Best New Poets, Best of the Net, Copper Nickel, The Yale Review, and New Ohio Review. Recently a recipient of the Inprint Verlaine Prize in Poetry and a former editor-in-chief of Gulf Coast, Jannise is a PhD candidate in creative writing and literature at the University of Houston.

Before; Back Seat; & On the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Commemoration, March 25, 2021

Cheryl Clarke has been writing for lesbian and gay and queer communities since 1981, beginning with This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa).

The Cuckoo, translated from the Russian by Samuel Page

Maya Alexandrovna Kucherskaya is a prolific fiction writer and critic, a scholar of Russian Orthodox history, and the head of the creative writing program at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics. Her Contemporary Paterikon was awarded the Bunin Prize in 2006, her novel The God of Rain won the Student Booker Prize in 2007, and her short-story collections have been shortlisted for various other awards.


Carol Guess’s short-fiction collection Sleep Tight Satellite is forthcoming in 2023 from Tupelo Press. A frequent collaborator, she writes across genres and illuminates historically marginalized material. In 2014 she was awarded the Philolexian Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement by Columbia University. The author of twenty books of poetry and prose, she is a professor of English at Western Washington University, where she teaches queer studies and creative writing.

Sacred Returns: Garrett Hongo’s “Ancestral Graves, Kahuku”

Edward Hirsch has published ten books of poems, most recently Stranger by Night (2020) and Gabriel: A Poem (2014), both from Alfred A. Knopf, and six books of prose, including 100 Poems to Break Your Heart (Mariner Books, 2021) and A Poet’s Glossary (Harcourt, 2014). His new prose book, The Heart of American Poetry, will be published in April 2022 to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of the Library of America.


Ira Sukrungruang’s books include four works of nonfiction: This Jade World (University of Nebraska Press, 2021), Buddha’s Dog & Other Mediations (University of Tampa Press, 2018), Southside Buddhist (University of Tampa Press, 2014), and Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy (University of Missouri, 2010); the short story collection The Melting Season (Burlesque Press, 2016); and the poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night (University of Tampa Press, 2013). He is the president of Sweet: A Literary Confection and the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College.

Women’s Work

Valerie Sayers is the author of The Age of Infidelity and Other Stories (Slant, 2020) as well as six novels. Her stories and essays, which appear widely in magazines and anthologies, have won two Pushcart Prizes and citations from The Best American Essays and The Best American Short Stories. The recipient of a fellowship for fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts and a member of the South Carolina Academy of Authors, Sayers is a professor emerita at the University of Notre Dame, where she founded The Notre Dame Review.


Hasanthika Sirisena’s debut essay collection Dark Tourist won the 2020 Gournay Prize and was released by Mad Creek Books, Ohio State University Press, in December 2021.


Charles Rzepka was born in Detroit, did his graduate work at University of California–Berkeley, and now lives in the Boston area. He teaches English at Boston University and, in addition to poetry, writes books and essays on British Romanticism and on crime fiction. His latest book is Being Cool: The Work of Elmore Leonard (Johns Hopkins, 2013), and his latest essay, forthcoming in a Festschrift honoring the late Jack Stillinger, is on John Keats’s “Isabella, or The Pot of Basil.”