The Plums

Ben Fergusson is a British writer based in Berlin. His debut novel, The Spring of Kasper Meier (Little, Brown, 2014), won the 2015 Betty Trask Prize and the HWA Debut Crown 2015 for the year’s best historical fiction debut. In 2015, he was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. The second and third books in his Berlin trilogy, also published by Little, Brown, are The Other Hoffmann Sister (2017) and An Honest Man (2019), which was selected by The Sunday Times, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Financial Times as one of the best books of the year.

Spontaneous Meditations on Immediacy and Distraction (concerning collective national psychology and by extension general planetary thinking)

Will Alexander, a novelist, essayist, playwright, aphorist, visual artist, and pianist, is approaching forty books in the aforementioned genres. He is currently poet-in-residence at Beyond Baroque Literary Foundation in Venice, California. 

Who We Are as Floral, Faunal, Mineral Beings

Brenda Iijima is the author of multiple collections of poetry, most recently Remembering Animals (Nightboat Books, 2016), and editor of the eco language reader (Nightboat, 2010). She is the editor of Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs.

Chorus of Raids at Night; Chorus of Battles at Dawn; Chorus of Peace at Dusk; Chorus of Shame at Midnight; & To-Do List Theater Nurse

Stacy Nathaniel Jackson was born in Los Angeles and attended Ramona Convent College Preparatory School for Girls in a former incarnation of his life. He is a Cave Canem fellow and received an individual artist’s grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission in 2011. Author of the chapbook Camouflage (MaCaHu Press, 2010), he has published poems, plays, and visual art in Black Arts Quarterly, Lodestar Quarterly, Enizagam, Poets 11 Anthology, New American Writing 25, and elsewhere.

[the unguent list] & [kindergarten emergency tap-root tableaux]

Wayne Koestenbaum—poet, essayist, artist, performer—has published twenty books, including, most recently, Figure It Out (Soft Skull, 2020) and Camp Marmalade (Nightboat Books, 2020). His next book, a collection of short fiction, The Cheerful Scapegoat, will be published by Semiotext(e) in April 2021.

a list of things we could do tonight to avoid studying for our final exams & self-portrait

Alejandro Pérez is a student at Columbia University in New York. He is a 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee whose poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Missouri Review, Boulevard, Passages North, DIAGRAM, and Spanish-language magazines in Venezuela, Chile, and Spain.

Goberkli Tepe; The App; Upanishad, 2019 a.d.; & Babel

Bino A. Realuyo’s The Gods We Worship Live Next Door (University of Utah Press, 2006) was the winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Prize for Poetry. He has published poems in The Nation, the Kenyon Review, The Literary Review, Mānoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, and recent issues of ZYZZYVA, North American Review, The Common, Another Chicago Magazine, Salamander, and New American Writing. His poems in this issue are from his completed manuscript “#TheRebelSonnets.” In December 2019, the band U2 featured his poem in its Joshua Tree Anniversary Concert Tour in Manila. He lives in New York City, where he is an adult educator and immigrant rights activist and the co-founder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

Elegy for the Mall; Peking Garden; & Not Dogs

Adrienne Su’s fifth collection of poems, Peach State, is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press in spring 2021. Her previous books include Living Quarters (2015), Having None of It (2009), and Sanctuary (2006), all from Manic D Press, and Middle Kingdom (1997), with Alice James Books. Recent poems appear in 32 Poems, Bennington Review, the Cincinnati Review, The New Yorker, and Poem-a-Day. A recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Money for Women/ Barbara Deming Fund, she is professor of creative writing and Poet-in-Residence at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

Baby Snake Signs with a Flourish & Brown Bear Is a Confiding Schoolgirl

Anthony Madrid lives in Victoria, Texas. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Boston Review, Fence, Harvard Review, Lana Turner, LIT, and Poetry. He is the author of Try Never (2017) and I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say (2012), both from Canarium Books, as well as a “children’s book for adults” called There Was an Old Man with a Springbok (Prelude Books, 2019).