John Poch teaches in the creative writing program at Texas Tech University. His most recent book, Fix Quiet, won the 2014 New Criterion Poetry Prize.

The Mother

Lindsay Remee Ahl has work published or forthcoming in Hotel AmericaBarrow Street, BOMB Magazine, the Offing, and many others. A Fletcher Fellow at Bread Loaf for her novel Desire (Coffee House Press, 2004), she holds an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College.

Letter with One Hundred Circles

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello’s Hour of the Ox (University of Pittsburgh, 2016), won the 2015 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and the 2016 Florida Book Award bronze medal for poetry. She has received poetry fellowships from Kundiman and the Knight Foundation, and her work has appeared in the Adroit Journal, Best New Poets 2015, Los Angeles Review of Books, Narrative Magazine, and more. She serves as a program coordinator for Miami Book Fair and producer for The Working Poet Radio Show.

On the Road to Terelj National Park in Mongolia & Autumn Comes to Northern Mongolia

Penelope Scambly Schott’s most recent book is How I Became an Historian (WordTech Communications, 2016). Her poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Georgia Review, Nimrod, and elsewhere, and she has held fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos.

Ach! The Shadow of the Spinster and Vestige

Sarah Gordon is the author of A Literary Guide to Flannery O’Connor’s Georgia (2008) and Flannery O’Connor: The Obedient Imagination (2000), both from the University of Georgia Press. Her poetry has recently appeared in Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, Southeast Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Arts & Letters.

Indolence & Lovely

Robert Wrigley, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Idaho, lives in the high-mountain woods near Moscow. His eleventh and most recent book of poems is Box (Penguin, 2017).


George David Clark’s first book, Reveille (Arkansas, 2015), won the Miller Williams Prize, and his more recent work can be found in AGNI, the Gettysburg Review, Image, the New Criterion, Poetry Northwest, the Southern Review, and elsewhere. He edits the journal 32 Poems and teaches creative writing at Washington & Jefferson College.

Wish You Were Here

Phillip Sterling’s most recent books are the poetry collection And Then Snow (Main Street Rag) and, as editor, Isle Royale from the AIR: Poems, Stories, and Songs from 25 Years of Artists-in-Residence (Caffeinated Press), both released in 2017. He has served as artist-in-residence for both Isle Royale National Park and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

The Trouble with Ceremony


My grenadier, Specialist Taylor, did not attend our welcome home ceremony at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Coralville, Iowa, because in the hour preceding the event, as we waited outside the hotel and as our families gathered …

Steven Moore received an MFA in nonfiction from Oregon State University and lives with his wife in the western part of the state. His essays have recently appeared in Ninth Letter and BOAAT, among others.