Ars Poetica with Heron and Dance

Doug Ramspeck is the author of six poetry collections and one volume of short stories. His most recent book of poems, Naming the Field, is forthcoming from LSU Press. In 2013 his collection Original Bodies won the Michael Waters Poetry Prize, and in 2010 he received the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize for Mechanical Fireflies. Ramspeck’s individual poems and stories have appeared in such journals as the Southern Review, the Kenyon Review, the Iowa Review, and Slate.

The Congregating of Stars & Particular Falls

Pattiann Rogers has published fourteen books of poetry, most recently Holy Heathen Rhapsody (Penguin, 2013), and a selection of her uncollected poems is forthcoming from Penguin/Random House in 2018. A gathering of 329 journals and magazines containing her poems was recently acquired by Texas Tech University and is housed in the Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community, and the Natural World.

All My Life; Little Secular Symmetry Song; Proximity Song; The Neutron Bomb; & Babies Bigger Than Thought

Albert Goldbarth is the author of more than twenty-five books of poetry, most recently Selfish (2015), Everyday People (2012), and The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems, 1972–2007 (2007), all from Graywolf Press. He has twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry.


Richard Jackson has published fifteen books of poems and is the author or editor of multiple critical monographs, books in translation, and anthologies. His most recent books are Broken Horizons (Press 53, 2018) and Out of Place (Ashland Poetry Press, 2014); “Take Five,” a prose poetry project with four other poets, is forthcoming.

The Hobo’s Invitation

Jim Peterson is the author of five poetry collections, three chapbooks, and a novel; his newest collection, Original Face, was released by Gunpowder Press in October 2015. Peterson’s poems have appeared widely in such journals as Poetry, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, South Dakota Review, and Cave Wall. He lives with his charismatic corgi, Mama Kilya, in Lynchburg, Virginia.

And I Thought of Glass Flowers

A. V. Christie is the author of Nine Skies (University of Illinois Press, 1997), which was a National Poetry Series winner, and The Housing (Ashland Poetry Press, 2004), winner of the McGovern Prize. THE WONDERS, her new chapbook, has just been published by Seven Kitchens Press. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Commonweal, New Ohio Review, Agni, and Ploughshares, among others, and she has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Maryland and Pennsylvania State Arts Councils.

The All and Nothing It Had Come To

Mary Hood, 2014 inductee to the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, is the author of the novel Familiar Heat (1995) and the short-story collections And Venus Is Blue (1986) and How Far She Went (1984). A new collection of stories, A Clear View of the Southern Sky, is forthcoming from the University of South Carolina Press in 2015.

Being Stevie

Lynn Schmeidler’s “Being Stevie” is her third story to appear in The Georgia Review (see also Spring 2013 and Summer 2009). Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the Southern Review, Mid-American Review, Opium, Southeast Review, Chelsea and other literary magazines. Her poetry chapbook Curiouser & Curiouser won the 2013 Grayson Books Chapbook Contest. She teaches at the Hudson Valley Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY, and is at work on a story collection and a book of poetry.

A Young Communist in Love: Philip Rahv, Partisan Review, and My Mother

Doris Kadish’s “A Young Communist in Love” marks her entry into the world of the personal essay, which she has been practicing since retiring from the University of Georgia as Distinguished Research Professor Emerita in 2011. A veteran of forty years of teaching French and women’s studies, first at Kent State University and then at UGA, she served variously as head or director of Romance Languages, Women’s Studies, and the Latin American Studies Institute. She is the author of numerous monographs, edited books, and translations, most recently Fathers, Daughters, and Slaves (Liverpool University Press, 2012, 2014) and the forthcoming co-edited anthology Poetry of Haitian Independence (Yale University Press). Since 1997 she has maintained a research website ( devoted to providing access to primary texts related to slavery in the French-speaking world.