Seeds

Rahul Mehta is the author of the novel No Other World (Harper, 2017) and the short-story collection Quarantine (HarperPerennial, 2011). Their work has been awarded a Lambda Literary Award and an Asian American Literary Award and has appeared in numerous publications, including Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, NOON, The Sun, and the New York Times. Born and raised in West Virginia in a Gujarati-American household, they teach creative writing at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Their collection of poems and lyric essays is forthcoming from the University Press of Kentucky.

Burning Mountain; Garden; The Wild; Summer; Strawberries; & December Night

Victoria Chang’s latest poetry collection, OBIT (Copper Canyon Press, 2020), was named a New York Times Notable Book and a TIME Best Book of the Year. It also received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and the PEN/Voelcker Award, was longlisted for a National Book Award, and was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Griffin International Poetry Prize. Her hybrid nonfiction book, Dear Memory, was published by Milkweed Editions in 2021. She lives in Los Angeles and serves as the program chair of Antioch University’s MFA program.

Hundreds, Perhaps Thousands; Watching a Student Leader Speak, Age Ten; & The Houses Reconsolidation Built

He Xiang lived in Beijing as a child. Her poems in this issue are part of a chapbook manuscript entitled “Emperor Penguins on the Square,” which reflects on the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests on the occasion of their thirtieth anniversary. Other poems from this series have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Arkansas International, Bennington Review, The Rumpus, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner, where they received the Annual Prairie Schooner Strousse Award.

The Norse King Ivar the Boneless; Diagnosis can be confirmed through DNA . . . ; Work; & Glass-Bone

Morgan Hamill is a disabled poet and graduate fellow at Penn State–University Park. In 2019, she was a poetry semifinalist for Nimrod International Journal’s Francine Ringold Awards for Emerging Writers. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Copper Nickel, Cream City Review, The Journal, and The Southern Review.

Homecoming; Molotov; Black Friday; & Open Water

Caleb Nolen completed his MFA at the University of Virginia and has received support from Blue Mountain Center and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, where he was a work-study scholar. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 32 Poems, FENCE, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, The Sun, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife in the Shenandoah Valley and is working on his first book.

Ancestral Graves, Kahuku

Garrett Hongo was born in Volcano, Hawaiʻi and grew up on the North Shore of Oʻahu and in Los Angeles. His most recent book is The Perfect Sound: A Memoir in Stereo (Pantheon, 2022). Others are The Mirror Diary: Selected Essays (University of Michigan Press, 2017) and Coral Road: Poems (Knopf, 2011). Forthcoming from Knopf is Ocean of Clouds: Poems. He teaches at the University of Oregon, where he is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing.

Children’s Illustrated Bible; More Than Love; & Dad Said He Knew How to Weld

Josh Tvrdy is a writer and teacher from Tucson, Arizona. Winner of a 2021 Pushcart Prize, he recently graduated with an MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University, where he received a 2019 Academy of American Poets Prize. He won Gulf Coast’s 2018 Prize in Poetry, and his work can be found in Indiana Review, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere.

Hot Draft; Mount Sinai Hospital; & In Defense of Volumizing

Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad’s poetry has appeared in The Best American Poetry, Waxwing, and Asian American Writers’ Workshop, among others. She won the 2019 LUMINA La Lengua contest and the 2016 Pinch Literary Prize and is a Best of the Net, Pushcart Prize, and Best New Poets nominee. She lives in New York, where she practices law.

Pith; Exposure; Censor; & Elision

John Kinsella is the author of more than forty books. Recent poetry collections include Metaphysics (MadHat Press) and Insomnia (W. W. Norton). Norton will publish a new selected poems in 2025. He is a fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University; an affiliated scholar with Kenyon College; and Emeritus Professor of Literature and Environment at Curtin University, Western Australia.