Translating My Great-Grandfather’s Poems at Home with Nora

Melanie Tafejian teaches and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. She holds an MFA from North Carolina State University, where she won the North Carolina State Poetry Prize. Tafejian serves as a reader for The Raleigh Review and her poems appear in The Atlanta Review, The Los Angeles Review, and Poetry Northwest, among other journals.

Futures: Hibiscus & Futures: Stone Mountain

Purvi Shah’s recent book Miracle Marks (Northwestern University Press, 2019) explores women, the sacred, and gender and racial equity. Her prize-winning debut collection, Terrain Tracks (New Rivers Press, 2006), plumbs migration and belonging. With artist Anjali Deshmukh, she creates embodied multimedia participatory art. She retains her love of pecan pie, honeysuckle, and humid heat—despite the struggles of having been young and brown in rural Georgia. She is grateful for formative years in Virginia Beach, Virginia—one of the most diverse U.S. cities—and knowing a multitudinous South.

My Family Tree Pines with Mispronunciation & my cotton too

Siew David Hii lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. His prose and poetry appear or are forthcoming in Story, The Common, Salt Hill, Electric Literature, Sugar House Review, and elsewhere.

Self-Portrait as the Virgin after Karaoke; Self-Portrait as the Virgin Cruising the Beach at Night; Epistle (Día de Muertos); & Gloria

Joshua Garcia’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Arts & Letters, Ninth Letter, Shenandoah, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the College of Charleston and is a 2021–22 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University.

Ablution & Isotopes

Sarah Lao is a Chinese American writer from Atlanta, Georgia, whose poetry can be found or is forthcoming in AGNI, Narrative, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. She is currently studying at Harvard College.

The Counting & Muddy Waters

Avram Kline is a writer and public school teacher in Brooklyn, New York. His poems and stories have appeared in The Baltimore Review, jubilat, PANK, Fence, Big Big Wednesday, Transom, and The Common, among other places.

Unconditionally Asian Americans: A Conversation on Korean Diasporic Identity in the U.S. South

S. Moon Cassinelli is an assistant professor in the department of English and the women’s and gender studies program at Virginia Tech. Using feminist and queer of color critique to examine how interracial genealogies are formed as a result of U.S. militarization, Cassinelli’s research focuses on contemporary narratives of transnational adoption and kinship in the Korean diaspora. He thanks Al Evangelista and Kathryn Walkiewicz for their time and insights on “Unconditionally Asian Americans.”

Lorraine Dresch’s experiences in the U.S. South are lifelong: she grew up in Wise County, Virginia, completed her English BA at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and her English MA at Virginia Tech, and now teaches English, journalism, and Africana studies at a high school near Charlottesville. As an educator, she creates interdisciplinary learning experiences rooted in authentic inquiry about legacies of historical injustice. Her MA thesis research focuses on ambiguous racializations of nonhuman characters in children’s animated film franchises.

Sing to the Lord an Old Song

Alex Stayer-Brewington was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina, and currently lives on Occaneechi Saponi land in present-day Durham with his wife Caroline, daughter Rowan Wilder, two dogs, and four banjos. He spends his days reading, going for walks, and serving as a pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church and is passionate about Indigenous sovereignty, inter-tribal solidarity, healthy waterways, and prison abolition. He is a proud member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.

Vegan Jollof Rice

Chika Unigwe is the author of Better Never than Late (Cassava Republic, 2020) and Night Dancer, On Black Sisters’ Street (Random House, 2012). Her work has been translated into several languages. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Guardian, the New York TimesAl JazeeraGuernica, Kenyon ReviewAGNI, and Mslexia. Born in Enugu, Nigeria, she has taught at Brown University and Emory University and is currently an assistant professor of writing at Georgia College and State University and the creative director of the Awele Creative Trust. Her next novel is forthcoming in 2023.