Access, Metaphor, and the Challenge of Meaning (on George Bilgere’s Blood Pages; Jorie Graham’s Fast; Marie Howe’s Magdalene; and Adrian Matejka’s Map to the Stars)

Kevin Clark’s several books of poems include the forthcoming The Consecrations (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2021). His first collection, In the Evening of No Warning (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2002), earned a grant from the Academy of American Poets, and his second, Self-Portrait with Expletives (2010), won the Pleiades Press prize. His poetry appears in the Southern Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Gulf Coast, and Crazyhorse. A regular critic for The Georgia Review, he’s also published essays in the Southern Review, Papers on Language and Literature, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. He teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshop. 

Self-Portrait in Siem Reap

Monica Sok is a Cambodian American poet from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her collection Year Zero (2016) won the Poetry Society of America’s Chapbook Fellowship. She has been awarded fellowships from Kundiman and the National Endowment for the Arts, and most recently a 2018–2020 Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University.

Whiskey

Paul Hamill, who returns to The Georgia Review’s pages after two decades, is a retired college administrator and English professor. His work appears in many journals, including Mudlark and Front Porch Review. The latest of his four collections of poetry is a chapbook, Meeting the Minotaur (Split Oak Press, 2011).

Before the Age of Reason

Gary Gildner has contributed to The Georgia Review numerous poems and stories, four essays, a book review, and an exchange of letters with the late novelist Raymond Andrews. His latest collection of poems is Cleaning a Rainbow (BkMk Press, 2007); his latest collection of stories is The Capital of Kansas City (BkMk Press, 2016). He has received Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction, and the Iowa Poetry Prize for The Bunker in the Parsley Fields (University of Iowa Press). Gildner and his wife Michele live in the Clearwater Mountains of Idaho and in the foothills of Arizona’s Santa Catalina Mountains.

Sonnet with Ham and Rose

Robert Thomas’s most recent book, Bridge (2014)—a lyrical novella published by BOA Editions—received the 2015 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction. His first book, Door to Door, was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the Poets Out Loud Prize and published by Fordham University Press (2002); his second, Dragging the Lake(2006), came out from Carnegie Mellon University Press. He has received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Pushcart Prize.

Philadelphia Museum: Learning to See

Jeanne Murray Walker was born in Parkers Prairie, a village in northern Minnesota. She is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Helping the Morning: New and Selected Poems (WordFarm Press, 2014) and The Geography of Memory: A Pilgrimage through Alzheimer’s (Center Street, 2013). Her book of sonnets, Pilgrim, You Find the Path by Walking, will be out in 2019. A mentor in the Seattle Pacific University low-residency MFAProgram, Walker also teaches writing in prison and travels widely to give readings and run workshops.

Sad Nigga Manifesto

Julian Randall is a living queer Black poet from Chicago. An MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Mississippi and the curator of Winter Tangerine Review’s Lineage of Mirrors series, Randall has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a Pushcart Prize. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the New York Times Magazine, and Sixth Finch, and in the anthologies Portrait in Blues, Nepantla, and New Poetry from the Midwest. His first book, Refuse, won the 2017 Cave Canem Poetry prize and will be published by University of Pittsburgh Press in fall 2018.

Penmanship; Bride of the Adriatic; & Over the Yardarm

Elton Glaser has published eight full-length collections of poetry, most recently two books in 2013: Translations from the Flesh (University of Pittsburgh Press) and The Law of Falling Bodies (University of Arkansas Press).

Señor Calligraphy

Sarah Key was born in Oklahoma, then somehow found her way to Harlem, where she raised two children. She loves to write poetry on her subway commute to Hostos Community College. Her students there in the South Bronx are her favorite teachers. In addition to her poetry, she has written a series of cookbooks called The Hollywood Hotplates (Abbeville Press) as well as essays for the Huffington Post; her poems have appeared in publications such as Poet Lore, Minerva Rising, Poetry Center San Jose, Tulane Review, Tuesday; An Art Project, and CALYX. She has poems in Nasty Women Poets, The Stars, and other anthologies.