Bastards

Lee Martin, who teaches in the MFA program at Ohio State University, is the author of five novels, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Bright Forever (Shaye Areheart Books, 2005). His most recent book is a story collection, The Mutual UFO Network (Dzanc Books, 2018).

Obliquity: On the Faces of Earth

Gary Ferguson is the author of nearly two dozen books, among them The Carry Home: Lessons from the American Wilderness (Counterpoint, 2014), The Great Divide: The Rocky Mountains in the American Mind (2006), Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone (2005), and Hawk’s Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone (2003). Ferguson has been a keynote presenter for many programs, including the 50th anniversary celebration of the Conservation Alliance and the National Geographic Lecture Series. His honors include the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award of the High Plains Book Festival and the 2005 Montana Book of the Year Award for Decade of the Wolf.

on Paradise Drive by Rebecca Foust

Adam Tavel’s third poetry collection, Catafalque, won the 2017 Richard Wilbur Book Award (University of Evansville Press, 2018). He is also the author of The Fawn Abyss (Salmon Poetry, 2017) and Plash & Levitation (University of Alaska Press, 2015), the latter a winner of the Permafrost Book Prize in Poetry.

Tension and Release (on Andrea Cohen’s Furs Not Mine; Celeste Gainey’s The Gaffer; Elizabeth Bradfield’s Once Removed; & Natasha Saje’s Vivarium)

Robin Becker’s new book of poems, The Black Bear Inside Me (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), appears in the Pitt Poetry Series. Her previous books with Pitt include Tiger Heron (2014), Domain of Perfect Affection (2006), All-American Girl (1996), The Horse Fair (2000), and Giacometti’s Dog (1990). Recent poems have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker. The Liberal Arts Research Professor Emeritus of English and Women’s Studies at Penn State, Becker serves as contributing and poetry editor for the Women’s Review of Books.

Work and Life, in the Balance (on Mary Hood’s Seam Busters; Ann Pancake’s Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley; & Monica McFawn’s Bright Shards of Someplace Else)

C. J. Bartunek received her PhD in English from the University of Georgia and her BA from the University of Southern California. Her writing has appeared in The Smart SetPacific StandardThe Big Roundtable, and elsewhere. 

Cornicello

Joseph J. Capista’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Slate, and the Hopkins Review. He lives with his family in Baltimore and teaches writing at Towson University.

Cello

Bruce Bond’s twenty-eight books include Calling (Parlor Press, 2021); Behemoth (Criterion Books, 2021), winner of the New Criterion poetry prize; Patmos (University of Massachusetts Press, 2021), winner of the Juniper Prize; Scar (Etruscan Press, 2020); Plurality and the Poetics of Self (Palgrave, 2019); and Words Written Against the Walls of the City (Louisiana State University Press, 2019). His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including seven editions of Best American Poetry.

I Impugn a Victorian

Sydney Lea’s thirteenth collection of poems, Here, is forthcoming from Four Way Books next year. Also due in 2018, from Vermont’s Green Writers Press, are Lea’s collected newspaper columns from his years as Vermont poet laureate, News That Stay News: Lyric and Everyday Life, his, and a re-issue of his collaborative book of essays with former Delaware poet laureate Fleda Brown, Growing Old in Poetry: Two Poets, Two Lives.

Vanishing Point at Willapa Bay

Christine Robbins, who is making her third appearance in our pages, has poems published or forthcoming in Barrow Street, the Missouri Review online, Willow Springs, and elsewhere. She received an MFA in creative writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop and has lived in Olympia, Washington, for most of her life.