Miles Wilson is the founding director of the MFA program at Texas State University. He is the author of three prize-winning books: Fire Season (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2014), Harm (2003), and Line of Fall (1989). His previous story in The Georgia Review (“Everything,” Winter 1987) was one of three cited when The Georgia Review was named a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction in 1988.


Charles McLeod is the author of the just-released story collection Settlers of Unassigned Lands (University of Michigan Press, 2015); a novel, American Weather (2012); and an earlier book of stories, National Treasures (2012). He has received a Pushcart Prize, won the Iowa Review Award in Fiction, and appeared in such publications as Conjunctions, the Southern Review, and Washington Square.

After the Fact: Scripts & Postscripts

Marvin Bell’s recent books include Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2013 )and Whiteout (Lodima Press, 2011), a collaboration with photographer Nathan Lyons. The selections from “If & When” in this issue continue Bell’s poetic correspondence with Christopher Merrill, earlier exchanges from which were collected in After the Fact: Scripts & Postscripts (White Pine Press, 2016).

Christopher Merrill has six poetry collections; many works of translation and edited volumes, among them The Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature (1991) and From the Faraway Nearby: Georgia O’Keeffe as Icon (1993, reissued 1998); and six books of nonfiction, most recently Self-Portrait with Dogwood (Trinity University Press, 2017). His work has been translated into nearly forty languages and his honors include a knighthood in arts and letters from the French government. As director of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, he has undertaken cultural diplomacy missions to more than fifty countries.

Writing While the World Burns

Scott Russell Sanders lives in the hill country of southern Indiana, where he has written more than twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including A Conservationist Manifesto (Indiana University Press, 2009) and Hunting for Hope (Beacon Press, 1998). His most recent books (also from IU Press) are Stone Country: Then & Now (2017), a documentary narrative made in collaboration with photographer Jeffrey Wolin, and Dancing in Dreamtime (2016), a collection of eco-science-fiction stories. He is currently finishing his portion of Ordinary Wealth, fifty brief tales written in response to photographs by Peter Forbes.

on Unaccompanied Minors by Alden Jones

Fleming Smith is a recent graduate of Athens Academy in Athens, Georgia. During high school, she interned at the Athens Banner-Herald and The Georgia Review. This year, she won first place at the state literary competition for Girls’ Essay Class A Private. She has written three novels and is currently at work on a fourth. In the fall, she will begin her undergraduate work at Sewanee: The University of the South.

on Now We Will Be Happy by Amina Gautier

Siân Griffiths directs the creative writing program at Weber State University. Her work has appeared in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Ninth Letter, the Rumpus, Quarterly West, and many other publications. Her first novel, Borrowed Horses (New Rivers Press, 2013), was a semi-finalist for the 2014 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.

on Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker by Thomas Kunkel

Baynard Woods is the author of Coffin Point: The Strange Cases of Ed McTeer, Witchdoctor Sheriff (River City Publishing, 2010). He is editor-at-large and a columnist at the Baltimore City Paper, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, McSweeney’s, and numerous other publications. He is writing a book about people who believe in the Greek gods.

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

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 a literary critic and the author of  Skateboard (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2022) and An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom (Fiction Advocate, 2018). His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Tin House, Vulture, Rolling Stone, the Atlantic, and numerous others.