Our Agora

Cate Lycurgus’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Tin House, the Iowa Review, and elsewhere. A 2014 Ruth Lilly fellowship finalist, she has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ conferences and was recently named one of Narrative’s 30 Under 30 Featured Writers. Lycurgus currently lives south of San Francisco, where she edits interviews for 32 Poems and teaches professional writing to aspiring accountants.

Boy, Dirty, Aged Twelve

Susan Terris’s most recent books are Take Two: Film Studies (forthcoming in fall 2017) and Memos (2015), both from Omnidawn. She is the author of six books of poetry, sixteen chapbooks, three artist books, and a play; her journal publications include Denver Quarterly and Ploughshares. A poem of hers from FIELD received a Pushcart Prize, and a poem from Memos was selected for Best American Poetry 2015. Terris is editor of Spillway and a poetry editor for Pedestal Magazine.

The Eccentric French Song and Dance Man of Grand Rapids

Kristina Faust is a native of New Jersey living and working in Grand Rapids, MI. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan and is currently working on her first book of poetry.

Outside the Door

Robert Cording has published eight collections of poems, most recently Only So Far (CavanKerry Press, 2015) and A Word in My Mouth: Selected Spiritual Poems (Wipf and Stock, 2013). He has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in poetry and two poetry grants from the Connecticut Commission of the Arts. His poems have appeared in numerous publications such as the Nation, the Southern Review, Poetry, the Hudson Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Orion, and the New Yorker.

Speak to Me

Marianne Boruch’s ten poetry collections include the recent title The Anti-Grief (Copper Canyon Press, 2019). She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Australia last year at the University of Canberra’s International Poetry Studies Institute, observing the astonishing wildlife to write a book-length sequence, a neo-ancient/medieval bestiary, which is forthcoming from Copper Canyon. The poems in this issue are a part of that collection.

Driving the West Desert at Night

Lance Larsen is a former poet laureate of Utah and the author of five collections, most recently What the Body Knows (Tampa Press, 2017). He has won a number of awards, including a Pushcart Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. A professor at BYU, he recently co-directed a theater study abroad program in London.

The Proposal

Gary Gildner has contributed to The Georgia Review numerous poems and stories, four essays, a book review, and an exchange of letters with the late novelist Raymond Andrews. His latest collection of poems is Cleaning a Rainbow (BkMk Press, 2007); his latest collection of stories is The Capital of Kansas City (BkMk Press, 2016). He has received Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction, and the Iowa Poetry Prize for The Bunker in the Parsley Fields (University of Iowa Press). Gildner and his wife Michele live in the Clearwater Mountains of Idaho and in the foothills of Arizona’s Santa Catalina Mountains.

Impermanent Man

Kent Nelson has identified 767 species of North American birds and has traveled to the most remote areas of the U.S. and Canada, including Attu (the last Aleutian Island), the Dry Tortugas, and Newfoundland. His story collection, The Spirit Bird (University of Pittsburgh Press), won the 2014 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. “Out of the Darkness” is one of seven linked works in a collection-in-progress, “Charleston Stories,” three of which have appeared in The Georgia Review. He lives in Ouray, Colorado.

Creekboy

Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing Up on the Big Dry (Counterpoint, 2013), winner of a 2014 GLCA New Writers Award—an honor that has previously recognized early work by the likes of Richard Ford, Louise Erdrich, and Alice Munro. He also has three books of poems, most recently When We Were Birds (University of Arkansas Press, 2016), winner of the 2017 Stafford/Hall Prize in Poetry from the Oregon Book Awards. His debut novel, And Ever These Bull Mountains, will be published by Little, Brown in the spring of 2018. Wilkins lives with his family in western Oregon, where he teaches writing at Linfield College.