High Holy Days; The First Dybbuk; & I drew the tower from the tarot deck.

Leah Brand was born in Boca Raton, Florida, and raised in the Jewish community there. Having recently completed her MA in art history, she now lives and works as a poet and art historian in Washington, D.C. This is her first major poetry publication.

Aboard the Steamer SS City of Rio de Janeiro; Manuél Sánchez. In the Eye of San Ciriaco; Leaving, My Husband Crowned in Coquís; & Carla Medina de Sánchez. At Anchor

Lis Sanchez is a North Carolina Arts Council Writer’s Fellow and has poetry published or forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Puritan, Poetry Northwest, Cincinnati Review, The Bark, Copper Nickel, and other magazines. She is a recipient of Prairie Schooner’s Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing, Nimrod’s Editors’ Choice Award, and The Greensboro Review Award for Fiction.

Translating My Great-Grandfather’s Poems at Home with Nora

Melanie Tafejian teaches and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. She holds an MFA from North Carolina State University, where she won the North Carolina State Poetry Prize. Tafejian serves as a reader for The Raleigh Review and her poems appear in The Atlanta Review, The Los Angeles Review, and Poetry Northwest, among other journals.

Futures: Hibiscus & Futures: Stone Mountain

Purvi Shah’s recent book Miracle Marks (Northwestern University Press, 2019) explores women, the sacred, and gender and racial equity. Her prize-winning debut collection, Terrain Tracks (New Rivers Press, 2006), plumbs migration and belonging. With artist Anjali Deshmukh, she creates embodied multimedia participatory art. She retains her love of pecan pie, honeysuckle, and humid heat—despite the struggles of having been young and brown in rural Georgia. She is grateful for formative years in Virginia Beach, Virginia—one of the most diverse U.S. cities—and knowing a multitudinous South.

My Family Tree Pines with Mispronunciation & my cotton too

Siew David Hii lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. His prose and poetry appear or are forthcoming in Story, The Common, Salt Hill, Electric Literature, Sugar House Review, and elsewhere.

Self-Portrait as the Virgin after Karaoke; Self-Portrait as the Virgin Cruising the Beach at Night; Epistle (Día de Muertos); & Gloria

Joshua Garcia’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Arts & Letters, Ninth Letter, Shenandoah, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the College of Charleston and is a 2021–22 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University.

Ablution & Isotopes

Sarah Lao is a Chinese American writer from Atlanta, Georgia, whose poetry can be found or is forthcoming in AGNI, Narrative, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. She is currently studying at Harvard College.

The Counting & Muddy Waters

Avram Kline is a writer and public school teacher in Brooklyn, New York. His poems and stories have appeared in The Baltimore Review, jubilat, PANK, Fence, Big Big Wednesday, Transom, and The Common, among other places.

Unconditionally Asian Americans: A Conversation on Korean Diasporic Identity in the U.S. South

S. Moon Cassinelli is an assistant professor in the department of English and the women’s and gender studies program at Virginia Tech. Using feminist and queer of color critique to examine how interracial genealogies are formed as a result of U.S. militarization, Cassinelli’s research focuses on contemporary narratives of transnational adoption and kinship in the Korean diaspora. He thanks Al Evangelista and Kathryn Walkiewicz for their time and insights on “Unconditionally Asian Americans.”

Lorraine Dresch’s experiences in the U.S. South are lifelong: she grew up in Wise County, Virginia, completed her English BA at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and her English MA at Virginia Tech, and now teaches English, journalism, and Africana studies at a high school near Charlottesville. As an educator, she creates interdisciplinary learning experiences rooted in authentic inquiry about legacies of historical injustice. Her MA thesis research focuses on ambiguous racializations of nonhuman characters in children’s animated film franchises.

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