Magnolia

Kyoko Uchida’s poetry, prose, and translations have appeared in The Georgia Review, Manoa, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals on three continents; her poetry collection Elsewhere was published by Texas Tech University Press in 2012. Uchida works for a nonprofit organization in New York City.

Memory Care

Nancy Naomi Carlson, a poet, translator, and essayist, has authored eleven titles and translated seven. Her collection An Infusion of Violets (Seagull Books, 2019) was named “New & Noteworthy” by The New York Times. A recipient of two literature translation grants from the NEA, her work has appeared in The Georgia Review, The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, and Poetry. Carlson co-edited the recent anthology 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium (Ashland Poetry Press, 2021) and translated Khal Torabully’s forthcoming Cargo Hold of Stars: Coolitude (Seagull Books, 2021). She holds two doctorates and was decorated by the Order of the French Academic Palms. She teaches counseling at Walden University.

Purple Tents

Kent Meyers has published a memoir, a book of short fiction, and three novels, two of which have been listed as New York Times Notable Books. (The most recent is Twisted Tree, released in 2009). His work has won numerous honors, including a Society of Midland Authors Award and a High Plains Book Award. Meyers has published fiction and essays in various literary journals and magazines, including Harper’s and (several times) The Georgia Review. He lives in Spearfish, South Dakota, and teaches in Pacific Lutheran University’s low-residency MFA program, the Rainier Writing Workshop.

Phantom Rove

Karen Babine is the author of All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer (Milkweed Editions, 2019) and Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life (University of Minnesota Press, 2015)—winner of the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for memoir/creative nonfiction and a finalist for both the Midwest Book Award and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. Her work has appeared in such journals as Brevity, River Teeth, North American Review, Slag Glass City, and Sweet, and her essays have twice been named notables in Best American Essays. Babine also edits Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. She lives in Minneapolis.

Ordinary Wealth (with photographs by Peter Forbes)

Scott Russell Sanders lives in the hill country of southern Indiana, where he has written more than twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including A Conservationist Manifesto (Indiana University Press, 2009) and Hunting for Hope (Beacon Press, 1998). His most recent books (also from IU Press) are Stone Country: Then & Now (2017), a documentary narrative made in collaboration with photographer Jeffrey Wolin, and Dancing in Dreamtime (2016), a collection of eco-science-fiction stories. He is currently finishing his portion of Ordinary Wealth, fifty brief tales written in response to photographs by Peter Forbes.

Blue Buzz, Blue Guitar: Wallace Stevens and the Poetics of Noisemaking

L. S. Klatt is the author of four poetry volumes, including a collection of prose poems titled The Wilderness After Which (Otis Books, 2017). Recent poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, the Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, and Copper Nickel, and his essay “The Electric Whitman” is in the Spring 2008 issue of the Southern Review. Klatt is the former Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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.

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