It Doesn’t Matter If You’re Careful

Gaylord Brewer’s most recent books are a ninth collection of poetry, Country of Ghost (Red Hen Press, 2015), and the cookbook-memoir The Poet’s Guide to Food, Drink, & Desire (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2015). He has published widely in journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry and The Bedford Introduction to Literature. Brewer is a professor at Middle Tennessee State University, where he is the founding editor of the journal Poems & Plays.

Demeter’s Escape

LaWanda Walters is the author of a forthcoming book of poems, Light Is the Odalisque, selected by Pamela Uschuk and William Pitt Root for the Silver Concho Series at Press 53. Her “Goodness in Mississippi,” originally published in The Georgia Review (Winter 2013) was chosen by Sherman Alexie for Best American Poetry 2015.

White Out

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.

Elm Street

Suzanne Cleary won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry for her third book, Beauty Mark (BkMk Press, 2013). Recipient of a Pushcart Prize, she teaches in the low-residency MFA in creative writing program at Converse College.

Stories; Dentures; Survey: Better Mousetrap; Painting 101; “You’ve been worrying that it’s wasted time.”; & Composite

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.

Pregnant Belly

Kathryn Cowles’ first book of poems, Eleanor, Eleanor, not your real name (Bear Star Press, 2009), won the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize. Recent poems and poemphotograph hybrids have appeared in the 2014 Best American Experimental Writing Anthology (Omnidawn), DIAGRAM, Free Verse, Witness, and Colorado Review, among others. She earned her doctorate in creative writing from the University of Utah and teaches at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

Comfort

Erin McGraw is the author of six books, most recently the novel Better Food for a Better World (Slant Books, 2013). Her stories and essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Atlantic, STORY, the Southern Review, Allure, and other magazines and journals. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, the poet Andrew Hudgins.

 

The Sorrows You Can’t Enter

Lisa Graley’s story collection The Current That Carries, forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press in 2016, won the 2015 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction; her poetry collection Box of Blue Horses (2013) won the 2012 Gival Poetry Award. Her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train and the McNeese Review. Graley, originally from Sod, West Virginia, is an assistant professor of English and humanities at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

A Woman Gone Missing

Jack Driscoll’s latest collection, The Goat Fish and the Lover’s Knot (Wayne State University Press, 2017), received the 2018 Michigan Library Foundation Award for fiction. His forthcoming “New & Selected” will include eleven stories previously published in The Georgia Review and dating back to 1987. He currently teaches in Pacific University’s low-residency MFA program in Oregon.