Punishment in the Absence of Mamas

The Unnecessary Cat

Blunt

The Burden

Eternal City

Kathleen Graber’s second poetry collection, The Eternal City (Princeton University Press, 2010), was a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the William Carlos Williams Award. She teaches in the creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Annabel Before the War: Only What I See

The Sabbatical

Cathy Smith Bowers’ collections of poetry include Like Shining from Shook Foil (2010), The Candle I Hold Up to See You (2009), and A Book of Minutes (2004), and her poems have appeared in publications such as Poetry, the Southern Review, Kenyon Review, and Ploughshares. For many years the poet-in-residence at Queens University of Charlotte, Bowers currently teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Queens and in the Haden Institute Spiritual Direction and Dream Leadership programs. From 2010 to 2012, she was poet laureate of North Carolina.

Carker

The Best and the Briefest (on The O. Henry Prize Stories 2007: The Best Stories of the Year, edited by Laura Furman; New Stories from the South: 2006—The Year’s Best, edited by Allan Gurganus; Best New American Voices 2007: Fresh Fiction from the Top Writing Programs, edited by Sue Miller; Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories, edited by James Thomas and Robert Shapard; and New Sudden Fiction: Short-Short Stories from America and Beyond, edited by Robert Shapard and James Thomas)

Greg Johnson, whose reviews have appeared regularly in our pages across many years, has published two novels, five collections of short stories, and several volumes of nonfiction. He lives in Atlanta and teaches in the graduate writing program at Kennesaw State University.