Palace of Vicissitude

Melissa Pritchard, author of ten books, has received the Flannery O’Connor and Carl Sandburg Awards, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, three Pushcart Prizes, and three O. Henry Prize Story Awards. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Ecotone, AGNI, the Paris Review, A Public Space, Conjunctions, and many other journals. Pritchard recently moved from Arizona to Columbus, Georgia, and is at work on her fifth novel.

Days of Disorder

Jerry McGahan (1943–2016), beekeeper and much else, was the author of the story collection The Deer Walking Upside Down (Schaffner Press, 2015) and the novel A Condor Brings the Sun (1996). His stories and essays were published by the Iowa Review, the Antioch Review, the Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, and other literary journals. McGahan passed away with his wife, Janet, by his side in Arlee, Montana, on the land he had loved for almost fifty years.

on The Other One by Hasanthika Sirisena

Sarah Blakley-Cartwright is the New York Times bestselling author of Red Riding Hood (Poppy, 2011). The recipient of awards from the Aspen Writers Institute and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, she lives in New York City.

Feasting on Surprise, Caught Fast in Pictures (on Rachael Z. DeLue’s Arthur Dove: Always Connect; Robert Walser’s Looking at Pictures, translated by Susan Bernofsky, Lydia Davis, and Christopher Middleton; and Julian Barnes’s Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art)

Luke A. Fidler is a doctoral student in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago. His scholarly work has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, Art Journal, Peregrinations, and postmedieval.

After Chemo

Cleopatra Mathis, author of seven books of poems, has seen her work appear widely in anthologies, magazines, and journals, including the New Yorker, Poetry, Best American Poetry, TriQuarterly, The Made Thing: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern Poetry, and The Extraordinary Tide: Poetry by American Women. She has been the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, the Jane Kenyon Award, the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and the Robert Frost Award.

The Mole

Jim Peterson is the author of five poetry collections, three chapbooks, and a novel; his newest collection, Original Face, was released by Gunpowder Press in October 2015. Peterson’s poems have appeared widely in such journals as Poetry, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, South Dakota Review, and Cave Wall. He lives with his charismatic corgi, Mama Kilya, in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Let’s Say

Stephen Dunn is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose. His Degrees of Fidelity: Essays on Poetry and the Latitudes of the Personal,  is due out from Tiger Bark Press in October 2018, and a new collection of poems, Pagan Virtues, is scheduled to be published by W. W. Norton in 2019. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Different Hours, and he has had fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations. Dunn lives in Frostburg, Maryland, with his wife, the writer Barbara Hurd.

Portrait of Poet in Stroller and Awe; From the Book of Accounts; & High Country, First Night

Alice Friman’s poetry collections include Blood Weather (LSU Press, 2019), The View from Saturn (LSU Press, 2014), Vinculum (LSU Press, 2011), The Book of the Rotten Daughter (BkMk Press, 2006), Zoo (1999), Inverted Fire (1997), and Reporting from Corinth (1984). A recipient of many honors, including two Pushcart Prizes and inclusion in Best American Poetry, she has been published in Poetry, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Plume, Crazyhorse, and others. She lives in Milledgeville, Georgia, where she was Poet-in-Residence at Georgia College. 

On Mother’s Suicide

Mary B. Moore has poems forthcoming in Poem/Memoir/Story, Unsplendid, Atlanta Review, and the anthology Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Fiction and Poetry from West Virginia (West Virginia University Press). Her full-length collections are The Book of Snow (1998) and Flicker (2016)the latter the winner of the Dogfish Head Poetry Award.