Song of Suburbia; The Couple; & On Three Hours Sleep

Patrick Phillips’s first book of nonfiction, Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America (Norton, 2016), was named a best book of the year by the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and Smithsonian. He is also the author of three poetry collections, including Elegy for a Broken Machine (Knopf, 2015), which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Phillips teaches writing and literature at Stanford University.

Devil’s Audience Has Always Been the Same; Devil Nags the Blood; Devil Has Spent Years Trying to Get into Lucinda Williams’s Kitchen; & Devil Consoles Larry’s Unacknowledged Son

Charlie Clark studied poetry at the University of Maryland. His work has appeared in The New England Review, Pleiades, Ploughshares, Smartish Pace, Threepenny Review, West Branch, and other journals. A 2019 NEA fellow and recipient of scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, he is the author of The Newest Employee of the Museum of Ruin (Four Way Books, 2020). He lives in Austin, Texas.

Genre Theory; Early English History; Stock Character; & Gay and Lesbian Fiction

James Allen Hall is the author of I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well (Cleveland State Poetry Center, 2017), a book of lyric personal essays selected by Chris Kraus for CSU’s Essay Collection Award. His first book of poems is Now You’re the Enemy (University of Arkansas, 2008), which won awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Bread Loaf and Sewanee conferences, he teaches creative writing and literature at Washington College, where he directs the Rose O’Neill Literary House.

The Years Between & The Waking Reverie

Floyd Collins earned his MFA and PhD at the University of Arkansas. A book of critical essays on poetry, The Living Artifact, is forthcoming from Stephen F. Austin University Press in spring 2021. The Teresa Poems will appear from Somondoco Press in fall 2021. His poetry and critical prose appear regularly with The Arkansas Review, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, and The Kenyon Review.

A Shop. I Like Shops. ; Home2Suites; Men at Work; & I Will Remember Massachusetts

Heather Christle is the author of four poetry collections: Heliopause (Wesleyan University Press, 2015), What Is Amazing (Wesleyan University Press, 2012), The Trees The Trees (Octopus Books, 2011), and The Difficult Farm (Octopus Books, 2009). Her first work of nonfiction, The Crying Book (Catapult, 2019), has appeared in many languages worldwide. In 2020, it was adapted for radio as the BBC’s Book of the Week and honored as a Georgia Book of the Year for Memoir. Christle is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Emory University.

The Burn

C. M. Lindley is a writer from northern California. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in Popshot Quarterly, Meridian, Jabberwock Review, and elsewhere. She is currently an MFA student at Cornell University.

The Night Market

Jean Chen Ho, a writer and PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California, is the author of the forthcoming Fiona and Jane (Viking, 2021), a linked short-story collection.

A Dreamlike Song, translated from the Chinese by Michael Day

Zhu Hui was born in Jiangsu, China. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Yu hua and author of four novels and more than eighty short stories. His awards include the Wang Zengqi Award and the 2018 Lu Xun Literary Prize, China’s most prestigious literary award.

The Cities Dissolve, and the Earth Is a Cart

Aya Osuga A. was born in Japan and raised in Los Angeles. She received a degree in computer science from Yale University while also completing coursework in fiction writing. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s and Michigan Quarterly Review and was awarded a Lawrence Foundation Prize in 2020. After a decade in finance, she relocated to a Panamanian beach town, where she runs a small school and resides with her husband and children.