She Gathers Rocks

Derek Sheffield’s poetry collection Through the Second Skin (Orchises Press, 2013) was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. His work has also appeared recently in the Gettysburg Review, the Southern Review, and AGNI. He lives with his family on the east slopes of the Cascades and is the poetry editor of

Check dam

Anne Haven McDonnell’s work has appeared in, Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, and elsewhere. Her poetry has received two Pushcart Prize nominations, and in March 2016 she was a writer-in-residence for the Andrews Forest Writers’ Residency of the Spring Creek Project in Oregon. She lives in Santa Fe and teaches English and sustainability courses as an associate professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Who Can Know

J. P. White’s poetry collections include All Good Water (Holy Cow! Press, 2010), The Salt Hour (2001), and The Pomegranate Tree Speaks from the Dictator’s Garden (1996). He has published essays, articles, fiction, reviews, interviews, and poetry in the Nation, the New Republic, the New York Times Book Review, and Poetry.

Osmium Schwartz on Her Back

Courtney Sender’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the Kenyon Review, Tin House, American Short Fiction, Glimmer Train, Amazon Day One, Slice, and more. She holds an MFA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and a BA from Yale University, where she now teaches. A MacDowell Colony fellow, she is currently working on a novel.

The Longing of Men

Jerry McGahan (1943–2016), beekeeper and much else, was the author of the story collection The Deer Walking Upside Down (Schaffner Press, 2015) and the novel A Condor Brings the Sun (1996). His stories and essays were published by the Iowa Review, the Antioch Review, the Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, and other literary journals. McGahan passed away with his wife, Janet, by his side in Arlee, Montana, on the land he had loved for almost fifty years.

A Quickening of Forgotten Fields

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.

Blind Spot

Andrew Menard is the author of Learning from Thoreau (University of Georgia Press, 2018) and Sight Unseen: How Frémont’s First Expedition Changed the American Landscape (Bison Books, 2012). His most recent essays and articles have appeared in Antioch ReviewThe Georgia ReviewHinterlandJournal of American StudiesOxford Art Journal, and the New England Quarterly. 

Robinson Jeffers Redivivus

William H. Nolte (1928–1999), professor of English at the University of South Carolina from 1967 to 1990, was the author of Rock and Hawk: Robinson Jeffers and the Romantic Agony (1978) and H. L. Mencken, Literary Critic (1966). His essay, which originally appeared in the Summer 1978 Georgia Review, is reprinted here by permission of his daughter, Katherine Ann Nolte.

Robinson Jeffers, the Big Read, and Me

Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor is a professor of TESOL and World Language Education at the University of Georgia. She is the winner of a 2015 Beckman Award for Professors Who Inspire, a 2013–14 Fulbright fellowship to Oaxaca, Mexico, several Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes, and a Leeway Poetry Grant. Her book of poetry, Imperfect Tense (Whitepoint Press) will be published in July 2016, and she has co-authored two books, Teachers Act Up: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities Through Theatre (2010) and Arts-Based Research in Education (2007). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Cream City Review, Barrow Street, and Puerto Del Sol, among others.