on Bestiary by Donika Kelly

To say anything about Donika Kelly’s gorgeous debut poetry collection Bestiary is difficult. The book takes its title from illustrated volumes made popular in the Middle Ages that categorize real and imaginary animals. In classical bestiaries—which often fasten each …

Claire Schwartz is the author of bound (Button Poetry, 2018). Her poetry has appeared in ApogeeBennington Review, the Massachusetts Review, and Prairie Schooner, and her essays, reviews, and interviews in the Iowa ReviewLos Angeles Review of BooksVirginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. 

on Certain Relevant Passages by Joe Manning

Mike Good’s recent writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in Sugar House Review, Salamander, Forklift, OH, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from Hollins University, helps edit the After Happy Hour Review, and lives in Pittsburgh, where he works as a grant writer.

on 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers, edited by Valerie Lawson

Ellen Sander, a New York rock journalist and author of Trips: Rock Life in the Sixties (1973), was the poet laureate of Belfast, Maine, in 2013 and 2014. Her short collection, Hawthorne, a House in Bolinas, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2017, and her poetry has been published in journals including the Maine Review, Oculus Vox, Fredericksberg Literary and Art Review, and the American Journal of Poetry.

Two Stories

Kevin Clark’s several books of poems include the forthcoming The Consecrations (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2021). His first collection, In the Evening of No Warning (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2002), earned a grant from the Academy of American Poets, and his second, Self-Portrait with Expletives (2010), won the Pleiades Press prize. His poetry appears in the Southern Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Gulf Coast, and Crazyhorse. A regular critic for The Georgia Review, he’s also published essays in the Southern Review, Papers on Language and Literature, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. He teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshop. 

Reading a Poetry Magazine on the Train

Alfred Corn’s most recent book of poems is Unions (Barrow Street Press, 2014), and his most recent novel, Miranda’s Book (Eyewear Publishing), was released the same year. In November 2017 he was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.

The Unwritten Laws of Gravitational Isolation in Warren, Michigan

Jim Daniels is the author of numerous poetry books, including the forthcoming The Middle Ages (Red Mountain Press, 2018), Rowling Inland (Wayne State University Press, 2017), and Street Calligraphy (Steel Toe Books, 2017). A native of Detroit, Daniels is the Thomas Stockham Baker University Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dream Dreams

Edward Wilson’s poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Georgia Review, the Midwest Quarterly, Poetry, Southern Poetry Review, the South Carolina Review, and others. His awards include an individual artist fellowship from the state of Georgia, a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He lives in Augusta, Georgia.

On the Night My Hands Get Fed

Paige Lewis is the author of the chapbook Reasons to Wake You (Tupelo Press, 2018). Their poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Best New Poets 2017, and elsewhere.

A Cornflower Paloma

Alicia Elkort’s poetry has been published in AGNI, Arsenic Lobster, Elsewhere Lit, Heron Tree, Menacing Hedge, Rogue Agent, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and many others. She was named a finalist for the Two Sylvias Press Wilder Series Book Prize in 2015. She lives in California and will go to great lengths for an honest cup of black tea and a cool breeze.

Jennifer Givhan is a Mexican-American writer and activist from the southwestern desert and the author of three prize-winning poetry collections: Girl with Death Mask (Indiana University Press/Indiana Review’s Blue Light Books, 2017), Protection Spell (University of Arkansas Press, 2016), and Landscape with Headless Mama (Pleiades Press, 2015). Her honors include an NEA fellowship, a PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices fellowship, and the Frost Place Latin@ scholarship, among others, and her work has appeared in publications including Best New Poets, Ploughshares, Poetry, Boston Review, AGNI, and Kenyon Review. She is editor-in-chief of Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and teaches at The Poetry Barn and Western New Mexico University.

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