Is the First Technological Question the Question of Nipples?

Mary Margaret Alvarado’s debut novel, “Love Is an Emergency,” will be represented by Annie DeWitt. “Is the First Technological Question the Question of Nipples?” is one in a series of essays on new primitivism in the digital age. Other work has been published by The Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Outside, The Rumpus, Boston Review, and Cagibi. She is also the author of a book of poems, Hey Folly (Dos Madres, 2013).

Women’s Work

Valerie Sayers is the author of The Age of Infidelity and Other Stories (Slant, 2020) as well as six novels. Her stories and essays, which appear widely in magazines and anthologies, have won two Pushcart Prizes and citations from The Best American Essays and The Best American Short Stories. The recipient of a fellowship for fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts and a member of the South Carolina Academy of Authors, Sayers is a professor emerita at the University of Notre Dame, where she founded The Notre Dame Review.


Hasanthika Sirisena’s essay collection Dark Tourist won the Gournay Prize and will be released in December 2021 from Mad Creek Books at the Ohio State University Press. 

Elegy for a City [featured finalist]

Angelo Mao received his PhD in bioengineering from Harvard University. His first book of poems, Abattoir, was published by Burnside Review in 2021, and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, The Yale Review, Lana Turner, and elsewhere. He has also written for Opera News and Boston Classical Review.

Palette [featured finalist]

Natasha Sajé is the author of Terroir: Love, Out of Place, a memoir-in-essays (Trinity UP, 2020); five books of poems, including the chapbook Special Delivery (Diode Editions, 2021) and the forthcoming The Future Will Call You Something Else (Tupelo, 2022); and a postmodern poetry handbook, Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory (Michigan, 2014). She teaches in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program.

A Fable [featured finalist]

Rachel Abramowitz’s chapbooks include The Puzzle Monster, forthcoming from Factory Hollow Press in 2022, and Gut Lust (Burnside Review, 2020). Her poems and reviews have appeared in Tin House Online, The Threepenny Review, Seneca Review, Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Oxford, she has taught English Literature at Barnard College in New York.


Charles Rzepka was born in Detroit, did his graduate work at University of California–Berkeley, and now lives in the Boston area. He teaches English at Boston University and, in addition to poetry, writes books and essays on British Romanticism and on crime fiction. His latest book is Being Cool: The Work of Elmore Leonard (Johns Hopkins, 2013), and his latest essay, forthcoming in a Festschrift honoring the late Jack Stillinger, is on John Keats’s “Isabella, or The Pot of Basil.” 

The Shofar; Suffering; & Where Is the Master, Boatswain

G. C. Waldrep’s most recent books are The Earliest Witnesses (Tupelo/Carcanet, 2021) and feast gently (Tupelo, 2018), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. Waldrep lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he teaches at Bucknell University. In 2021, he was a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.

Auden in America

Edward Brash was born in Pittsburgh, grew up in Philadelphia, attended Williams College, and earned his living as an editor at Time-Life Books. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Partisan Review, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, Mademoiselle, Critical Quarterly, and other magazines and anthologies in the United States and the U.K.