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.

Why I No Longer Care for T-Blockers; Libélulas; & The Rupture in the Crust

Alan Pelaez Lopez is an AfroIndigenous poet and installation and adornment artist from Oaxaca, México. They are the author of Intergalactic Travels: Poems from a Fugitive Alien (The Operating System, 2020) and To Love and Mourn in the Age of Displacement (Nomadic Press, 2020). Their poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and “Best of the Net” and selected to appear in Best New Poets 2019 and Best American Experimental Writing 2020. Pelaez Lopez has received fellowships and/or residencies from Submittable, the Museum of the African Diaspora, VONA/Voices, and the University of California, Berkeley. They live in Oakland, California.

Amazon; Forests; Monarch; Quiet; & Yoga

Mark Yakich’s most recent book is Spiritual Exercises (Penguin Poets, 2019). He lives in New Orleans.

Christopher Schaberg, the Dorothy Harrell Brown Distinguished Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, is the author of five books, including, most recently, Searching for the Anthropocene: A Journey into the Environmental Humanities (2019) and The Work of Literature in an Age of Post-Truth (2018), both from Bloomsbury.

A Kiss for the Absolute & The Cactus Brothers, translated from the Japanese by Mary Jo Bang and Yuki Tanaka

Shuzo Takiguchi (1903–1979) was one of the most prominent Japanese Surrealists. He corresponded with André Breton and translated his 1928 Surrealism and Painting into Japanese two years after it was published in France. Because of his association with the French Surrealists, Takiguchi was imprisoned in 1941 by the Japanese “thought police” and held for more than eight months. After his release, he stopped writing and reinvented himself as a visual artist and art critic. In 1967, admirers of his work collected the individual poems that had previously only appeared in magazines and published them in Japan as The Poetic Experiments 1927–1937.

Olm & Where But to Think Is to Be Full of Sorrow

Brooks Haxton teaches in the graduate writing programs at Syracuse University and Warren Wilson College. In February 2021, his new poems will appear in Mister Toebones, his seventh collection from Alfred A. Knopf.

Ashes and Quartz; What I Should Have Told the Hypnotist; CBD Dream on 9/11; & Percocet Dream after Root-Canal Surgery

Henry Hart has published four books of poetry, including his most recent, Familiar Ghosts (Orchises Press, 2014). His poems and essays have appeared in journals such as The New Yorker, the Southern Review, the Yale Review, the Sewanee Review, and the Kenyon Review. His biography James Dickey: The World as a Lie (Picador, 2000) was runner-up for a Southern Book Critics Circle Award. Wiley-Blackwell published his biography The Life of Robert Frost in 2017, and he has published critical books on Seamus Heaney, Robert Lowell, and Geoffrey Hill. He is currently the Hickman Professor of Humanities at the College of William and Mary and poet laureate of Virginia.


Don Lee is the author of the novels Lonesome Lies Before Us (2017), The Collective (2012), Wrack and Ruin (2008), and Country of Origin (2004), and the story collection Yellow (2001), all published by W. W. Norton. He has received an American Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. He teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at Temple University.

Playing Minimalism: Arvo Pärt, Sacred Sound, and Several Different Keyboards

Matthew Schwager is a designer and writer living in Bozeman, Montana.


Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Oceanic (Copper Canyon Press, 2018). She was recently named a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow. Her writing appears in Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, ESPN, and Tin House. Her book of illustrated nature essays is forthcoming with Milkweed Editions. She serves as poetry faculty for the Writing Workshops in Greece and is professor of English and creative writing in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.

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