QR Code; Onomatopoeia; Toy Piano; & Langston Hughes

Regie Cabico is a spoken-word pioneer who has won the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam and is a three-time National Poetry Slam finalist. The author of A Rabbit in Search of a Rolex and other hyperboles, mysteries, parables and fantasias (Day Eight Press), Cabico is also the producer and publisher of Capturing Fire Slam and Press. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Building the Perfect Animal; Declaration; & What the God Wishes

C. Dale Young is the author of the novel The Affliction (Four Way Books, 2018) and five collections of poetry. In early 2025, Four Way Books will publish Building the Perfect Animal: New & Selected Poems (1993–2023). He practices medicine full-time and teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.


Laura Mullen is the William R. Kenan Jr. Chair in the Humanities at Wake Forest University. Her poetry has been anthologized in collections from Norton, Wesleyan, and elsewhere; recent work has appeared in Harvard Review, Court Green, and Bennington Review, and poems are forthcoming in The Lincoln Review and Volt. Solid Objects Press will publish her ninth collection, EtC, in November 2023.

Denim Ode; Aubade with Burning City; & Ode to (My) Penis

Shaina Phenix is a Black, queer poet, essayist, and educator from Harlem, New York. She is the author of To Be Named Something Else (University of Arkansas Press, 2023), winner of the Miller Williams Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in West Branch, Glass Poetry, Foglifter Press, The Pinch Journal, Puerto del Sol, Frontier Poetry, and elsewhere.

Divers (four poems)

Samuel Amadon’s recent books are Often, Common, Some, and Free (Omnidawn, 2021) and Listener (Solid Objects, 2020). He directs the MFA program in creative writing at the University of South Carolina, where he edits, with Liz Countryman, the poetry journal Oversound.

Figura: Homage to Erich Auerbach

Garrett Hongo was born in Volcano, Hawaiʻi and grew up on the North Shore of Oʻahu and in Los Angeles. His most recent book is The Perfect Sound: A Memoir in Stereo (Pantheon, 2022). Others are The Mirror Diary: Selected Essays (University of Michigan Press, 2017) and Coral Road: Poems (Knopf, 2011). Forthcoming from Knopf is Ocean of Clouds: Poems. He teaches at the University of Oregon, where he is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing.

Void Budapest

John Darcy is an army veteran from Madison, Wisconsin. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Conjunctions, Prairie Schooner, X-R-A-Y, and the Best Stories by Emerging Writers, among others. A prose editor at Noemi Press, he lives in Los Angeles.

Men with Swimming Pools

Zehra Nabi is a writer based in Karachi and teaches at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. Her stories have previously appeared in Subtropics, Glimmer Train, and Tin House Online.

Truffle Pig

Lydia Conklin has received a Stegner Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, four Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright in Poland, and fellowships from Emory, MacDowell, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, Djerassi, and elsewhere. Their fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, The Paris Review, One Story, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Their story collection Rainbow Rainbow (Catapult, 2022) was longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award and the Story Prize.