A Silk Purse from a Sow’s Ear; Noxema; Ode to the Lost Tissue; & Youth Praise Team Rehearsal, 2001

Tafisha A. Edwards is the author of two chapbooks: In the Belly of the Mirror (Telemagenta Press, 2021) and The Bloodlet (Phantom Books, 2016). She is poetry editor at Gigantic Sequins and has published work in Poetry Northwest, Washington Square Review, Apogee, Sundress Publications’ Lyric Essentials series, The Volta, and elsewhere.

Poem for the Animals on the Carousel at Tilden Park; Final Approach; & Rose and Thorn

David Roderick’s poetry collection, The Americans, was published by University of Pittsburgh Press in 2014. Recently awarded a 2021–22 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, he is the director of content at The Adroit Journal and co-directs Left Margin LIT, a creative writing center in Berkeley, California.

De-installation ceremony, Whitherton, North Carolina, May 18, 2019; “This,” he said, “is history, our history,”; As everyone raised here knows,; He had, he said, already lost his country.; & We let him touch

Kevin McIlvoy’s poems appear in Consequence, Willow Springs, Olney, Barzakh, River Heron Review, and LEON Literary Review. His novel One Kind Favor is now out from WTAW Press. He has published five other novels: At the Gate of All Wonder (Tupelo Press, 2018), Hyssop (TriQuarterly, 1990), Little Peg (Atheneum Books, 1987), The Fifth Station (Algonquin Books, 1985), and A Waltz (Lynx House Press, 1981); a short-story collection, The Complete History of New Mexico and Other Stories (Graywolf Press, 2008); and a collection of short stories and prose poems, 57 Octaves Below Middle C (Four Way Books, 2017).

Self-Portrait as My Mother; Mending of Shoes; Road Trip; Chicago :: Re-entry Ritual; & Korea :: Things to Review Before Landing

Ae Hee Lee was born in South Korea, raised in Peru, and currently lives in Milwaukee. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Dear bear, (Platypus Press, 2021) and Bedtime || Riverbed (Compound Press, 2017). Most recently, her work Connotary was selected as the winner for the 2021 Frost Place Chapbook by Tiana Clark. She holds an MFA from the University of Notre Dame, where she was awarded an Academy of American Poets Prize, and a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Her poetry has been published by or is forthcoming from New England Review, Southern Review, and elsewhere. 

Our Felix Randal; Today I Can Write; A Man of Rueful Countenance; & “Colloquy with a Polish Aunt”

Michael Collier is the author of eight poetry collections, including The Missing Mountain: New and Selected Poems (forthcoming from University of Chicago Press in August 2021). He has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and has received numerous honors, including a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a professor of English at the University of Maryland and emeritus director of the Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences.

Thrall; Jacket; & For Tim Whom None Can Find

Bruce Bond’s twenty-eight books include Calling (Parlor Press, 2021); Behemoth (Criterion Books, 2021), winner of the New Criterion poetry prize; Patmos (University of Massachusetts Press, 2021), winner of the Juniper Prize; Scar (Etruscan Press, 2020); Plurality and the Poetics of Self (Palgrave, 2019); and Words Written Against the Walls of the City (Louisiana State University Press, 2019). His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including seven editions of Best American Poetry.

An Essay on War & The Death of Socrates

Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity (University of Georgia Press, 2008) and Some Say the Lark (Alice James Books, 2017), which received the 2018 William Carlos Williams Award. She is the poetry editor of the New England Review, co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, and will begin teaching at the University of Texas in Austin this fall. 

Fireflies

Faraaz Mahomed is a clinical psychologist and human rights researcher. Originally from South Africa, he is now based in New York. His short stories and travel pieces have appeared in Granta, the Sunday Times, Superlative, and elsewhere. In 2016, he won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for the African region, and in 2020, he was longlisted for the Bristol Prize and was a finalist for the inaugural Toyin Falola Prize. He is currently working on his first novel.

Best Western

Claire Dunnington lives in Brooklyn, where she writes, tutors, and plays the harp. She received her MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University and has published stories and essays in publications such as SLICE and the Indiana Review. She is currently working on an anti-coming-of-age memoir about growing up with obsessive-compulsive disorder and on a collection of short stories.

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