The Slow Insult

Lee Upton’s most recent book of poetry is Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2015); her new collection of fiction is Vis-itations: Stories (LSU Press, 2017).

The Cosmos and Me

Reg Saner’s prose and poetry have appeared in more than a hundred and fifty literary magazines and in over sixty anthologies. Among other honors, his previous writings, all set in the American West, have won several national prizes. His poetry collection, Climbing into the Roots (1976) received the first Walt Whitman Award as conferred by the Academy of American Poets and the Copernicus Society of America. His second book, So This Is the Map (1981), was a National Poetry Series “Open Competition” winner, selected by Derek Walcott. He has won a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the Creede Repertory Theater Award, the State of Colorado Governor’s Award, and has been an invited Resident Scholar at the Rockefeller Fondazione Culturale in Bellagio, Italyand received the Wallace Stegner Award conferred by the Center of the American West.

The Current, Short History of 139th Street & Perfection

Putting the Lizard to Sleep

Revisiting the City of Her Birth

J. Allyn Rosser’s fourth poetry collection, Mimi’s Trapeze, appeared in 2014 from Pittsburgh University Press. Rosser has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and the Ohio Arts Council. She teaches at Ohio University.

The Dog Gets to Dover: William Maxwell as a Correspondent

Michael Collier is the author of eight poetry collections, including The Missing Mountain: New and Selected Poems (forthcoming from University of Chicago Press in August 2021). He has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and has received numerous honors, including a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a professor of English at the University of Maryland and emeritus director of the Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences.

Parks

“This Is Earl Sandt”

Robert Olen Butler has published twelve novels—most recently Hell (Grove Press, 2009)—and six volumes of short stories, including A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Henry Holt, 1992), which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. “This is Earl Sandt” was created in full, from first conception to final story, in seventeen two-hour episodes on a live webcast, which can be downloaded for free by searching for “Inside Creative Writing” at iTunes. Butler teaches creative writing at Florida State University.

Niagara: Winter 1878

John Bensko’s four books of poetry are Visitations (University of Tampa Press, 2014), The Iron City (2000), The Waterman’s Children (1994), and Green Soldiers (1981), winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize. He is also the author of a story collection, Sea Dogs (2004), and coordinator of the University of Memphis MFA program.