on The Wilds by Julia Elliott

Janet Geddis is a writer, editor, and voracious reader originally from Atlanta. In 2011, she achieved a lifelong dream by opening Avid Bookshop, a community-focused, independent bookstore in Athens, Georgia, that has become a literary destination for authors and readers alike. Janet earned her BA in English at NYU and her MEd in gifted and creative education from the University of Georgia. In addition to running the bookshop, she is a featured writer and patient advocate at Migraine.com.

Just Who Is This Oscar Wilde Person, Anyway? (on David M. Friedman’s Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity; Roy Morris Jr.’s Declaring His Genius: Oscar Wilde in North America; & Antony Edmonds’ Oscar Wilde’s Scandalous Summer: The 1894 Worthing Holiday and the Aftermath)

Jonathan Russell Clark is the author of An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom (Fiction Advocate Press, 2018) and the forthcoming Skateboard (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2022). His work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, Tin House, Vulture, and numerous other publications.

Faithful Are the Wounds (on Zachary Leader’s The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915–1964)

Jeffrey Meyers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has recently published Thomas Mann’s Artist-Heroes (Northwestern University Press, 2014), Remembering Iris Murdoch (Palgrave Pivot, 2013), and the paperback edition of Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography (Harper Perennial, 2014). Thirty of his books have been translated into fourteen languages and seven alphabets, and published on six continents. In 2012 he gave the Seymour lectures on biography, sponsored by the National Library of Australia, in Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney.

To Make It New (on Barbara Hamby’s On the Street of Divine Love: New and Selected Poems; Charlie Smith’s Jump Soul: New and Selected Poems; & B. H. Fairchild’s The Blue Buick: New and Selected Poems)

Kevin Clark’s several books of poems include the forthcoming The Consecrations (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2021). His first collection, In the Evening of No Warning (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2002), earned a grant from the Academy of American Poets, and his second, Self-Portrait with Expletives (2010), won the Pleiades Press prize. His poetry appears in the Southern Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Gulf Coast, and Crazyhorse. A regular critic for The Georgia Review, he’s also published essays in the Southern Review, Papers on Language and Literature, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. He teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshop. 

BAIT BALL

Charles Harper Webb’s latest book, Brain Camp, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2015. A Million MFAs Are Not Enough, a book of essays on contemporary American poetry, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2016. Recipient of grants from the Whiting and Guggenheim foundations, Webb teaches creative writing at California State University, Long Beach.

Vase

Shawn Fawson’s first full-length poetry collection, Giving Way (The Bitter Oleander Press, 2010), won the Utah Book Award for poetry in 2011. She lives in Denver.

Of Mischief and the Moon

Alice Friman’s seventh collection of poetry is Blood Weather, forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press in 2019. She’s the winner of a Pushcart Prize and is included in Best American Poetry. New work is forthcoming in PloughsharesPlume, Shenandoah, Western Humanities Review, and others. She lives in Milledgeville, Georgia, where she was poet-in-residence at Georgia College and State University.

Young Gloria Swanson as the Lion’s Bride

Margaret Benbow’s poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Poetry, Kenyon Review, the Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, and others. Her collection Stalking Joy (1997) won the Walt McDonald First Book award and was published by Texas Tech University Press. She recently completed a second collection, Wild Women in Old Movies, and she has also published short stories—including “Angela Perfidia” in both our Summer 1997 issue and our Spring 2011 fiction retrospective. In 2014 Benbow won the Zona Gale Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers for the best published short story by a Wisconsin writer.

Failure of Imagination in the Gothic Quarter & Feeling Sorry for Myself after an Ex-Girlfriend Returned All of My Old Love Letters in 2015

Michael Derrick Hudson’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Boulevard, Columbia, Gulf Coast, New Welch Review, West Branch, and other journals. He was named co-winner of the 2014 Manchester Poetry Prize.