Give Us Our Crowns

Jane Wong’s poems can be found in Best American Poetry 2015, the American Poetry Review, AGNI, Poetry, the New England Review, and elsewhere. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in McSweeney’s, Black Warrior Review, Ecotone, and Shenandoah. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. The author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016), Wong is an assistant professor of creative writing at Western Washington University.

Writing and the Corporate University (on Jenny Boully’s Betwixt and Between: Essays on the Writing Life and Keywords; for Further Consideration and Particularly Relevant to Academic Life, Especially as It Concerns Inter-Disciplinary Endeavor, and Modes of Resistance to the Same, authored by a Community of Inquiry, edited by D. Graham Burnett, Matthew Rickard, and Jessica Terekhov)

Toby Altman is the author of Discipline Park (Wendy’s Subway, 2022) and Arcadia, Indiana (Plays Inverse, 2017). He recently received a 2021–22 fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems can be found in Gulf Coast, jubilat, Lana Turner, and elsewhere, and his critical writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, and English Literary History, among other journals. He holds an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD in English from Northwestern University.

The Reflected, Refracted Self (on Tarfia Faizullah’s Registers of Illuminated Villages; Vievee Francis’s Forest Primeval; Gabrielle Calvocoressi’s Rocket Fantastic; and Airea D. Matthews’ Simulacra)

Jennifer Saunders is a poet and reviewer living in German-speaking Switzerland; her chapbook Self-Portrait with Housewife was the winner of the 2017 Clockwise Chapbook Competition and is forthcoming from Tebot Bach Press. She holds an MFA from Pacific University, and in the winters she teaches skating in a hockey school.

Nets: A Symposium & Resilience

Margaret Gibson is the current poet laureate of Connecticut and the author of twelve books of poems, all from Louisiana State University Press, most recently Not Hearing the Wood Thrush (2018) and The Glass Globe (forthcoming in 2021), as well as a memoir, The Prodigal Daughter (University of Missouri Press, 2008). The Vigil (1993) was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry; Broken Cup (2016) was a finalist for the Poets’ Prize, and its title poem won a Pushcart Prize that year. Gibson is professor emerita at the University of Connecticut.

I keep a weather station in my head

Bob Hicok’s ninth book, Hold, is just out from Copper Canyon Press.

Hired as Professional Mourner at Funeral

Michael Torres was born and brought up in Pomona, California, where he spent his adolescence as a graffiti artist. He has received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation; a VONA alum and a CantoMundo Fellow, he currently he teaches creative writing at Minnesota State University–Mankato, and through the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop.

just another horse poem

Ben Kingsley is best known for his Academy Award–winning role as Mahatma Gandhi. This Ben is a touch less famous, having not acted since his third-grade debut as the Undertaker in The Music Man. An Affrilachian author, Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley belongs to the Onondaga Nation of Indigenous Americans in New York. His first collection, Not Your Mama’s Melting Pot, came out from Backwaters Press this year; Colonize Me is forthcoming from Saturnalia in 2019 and Dēmos from Milkweed Editions in 2020.

Lines During the Solstice

Jeff Oaks’s most recent poetry chapbook is Mistakes with Strangers, published by Seven Kitchens Press (2014). He has published poems and essays in numerous magazines and in such anthologies as My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009). He teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

Enough

Brandel France de Bravo is the author of two prize-winning poetry collections, Provenance (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 2008) and Mother, Loose (Accents Publishing, 2015). She is also the coauthor of a parenting book and the editor of a bilingual anthology, Mexican Poetry Today: 20/20 Voices (Shearsman Books, 2010). She holds an MFA from the Warren Wilson low-residency program and a master’s in public health.