It’s All in the Details (on Charles Baxter’s Gryphon: New and Selected Stories; Ann Packer’s Swim Back to Me; Ernest J. Finney’s Sequoia Gardens: California Stories; Phillip Sterling’s In Which Brief Stories Are Told; & Amina Gautier’s At-Risk)

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.

Siren Song

Daniel Hoffman, a former Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (1973–74), will publish his thirteenth book of verse, Next to Last Words, in April 2013, on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday.

Words Fail the Winning Athlete & The News from Poetry

Hunt Hawkins’ poems have appeared in Poetry, Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Beloit Poetry Journal, Poetry Northwest, The Georgia Review, and many other journals. His poetry collection, The Domestic Life (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1994), won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. He is chair of the English department at the University of South Florida.

We’re Small on the Rim

Julie Suk is the author of five volumes of poetry and is co-editor of Bear Crossings, an anthology of North American poets. Her most recent book, Lie Down With Me: New and Selected Poems, was published in 2011 by Autumn House Press, and her work is forthcoming in the Cimarron Review, Great River Review, and Southern Poetry Review.

Easter Afternoon

Kathryn Stripling Byer received the 2013 North Carolina Book Award and the 2013 Southern Independent Booksellers Award for Poetry for her most recent collection, Descent (Louisiana State University Press, 2012). A native of south Georgia, she recently completed five years as North Carolina’s first woman poet laureate. Frequently anthologized, her poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in publications ranging from the Atlantic to Appalachian Heritage.

Proud Flesh

Bruce Bond is the author of fifteen books including For the Lost Cathedral (LSU Press, 2015) and The Other Sky (Etruscan Press, 2015). Four new books are forthcoming: Immanent Distance: Poetry and the Metaphysics of the Near at Hand (University of Michigan Press); Black Anthem (Tampa Review Prize, University of Tampa Press); Gold Bee, winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition Award (Southern Illinois University Press); and Sacrum (Four Way Books). He holds a Regents Professorship at the University of North Texas.

Mythology

Natasha Trethewey served two terms as Poet Laureate of the United States (2012–2014). She is the author of four collections of poetry: Thrall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012), Native Guard (2006)—for which she was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize—Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002), and Domestic Work (2000). Her book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010 from the University of Georgia Press. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Trethewey is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University.

Squeeze Me, I Sing

Darrell Spencer is the author of the novel One Mile Past Dangerous Curve (University of Michigan Press, 2005) and four collections of short stories, including Drue Heinz Literature Prize winner Bring Your Legs with You (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004) and Caution: Men in Trees (2000), winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction from the University of Georgia Press. He taught in the creative writing program at Ohio University for seventeen years and currently teaches at Southern Utah University.

In the Lion’s Cage (poem)

David Starkey’s most recent poetry collections are A Few Things You Should Know About the Weasel (Biblioasis, 2010) and It Must Be Like the World (Pecan Grove Press, 2011). He is the author of the bestselling textbook Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008) and is the founding director of the creative writing program at Santa Barbara City College.