Letter of Recommendation; Bookending the Day; The Listener; & Ghazal of Air

 

Letter of Recommendation

 

I am writing on behalf of the wind in my son’s hair,
which, at least in this photograph, is always there for him,
always cooling his cheeks and suggesting new scents
from over yon dale, …

Matthew Nienow is the author of House of Water (Alice James Books, 2016). His poems have appeared in Poetry, New England Review, TriQuarterly, and many other magazines and anthologies. A former Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellow, he has also received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Elizabeth George Foundation, and Artist Trust. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington, with his wife and sons, where he works as a builder of wooden boats and other watercraft.

Shaken 1: From fairest creatures we desire increase; Shaken 58: That god forbid that made me first your slave; & Shaken 127: In the old age black was not counted fair

Ellen McGrath Smith teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. Her writing has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Los Angeles Review, the New York Times, and other publications, and in several anthologies, including Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability and Rabbit Ears: TV Poems. Smith has been the recipient of an Orlando Prize, a Rainmaker Award from Zone 3 magazine, and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship. Her chapbook, Scatter, Feed, was published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2014, and her book, Nobody’s Jackknife, was published in 2015 by the West End Press.

Making Tamales with Mom on Christmas Eve & The Field

Jose Hernandez Diaz, a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow, is the author of The Fire Eater (Texas Review Press, 2020). His work appears in The American Poetry Review, Cincinnati Review, Huizache, Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, The Nation, Poetry, and in The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Currently, he is a guest editor for Frontier and Palette Poetry.

Unclear, the Level of the Tide; So Below; & Paring the Earth

Leah Poole Osowski’s Hover Over Her (Kent State University Press, 2016) won the 2015 Wick Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, Black Warrior Review, Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She was a former Emerging Writer in Residence at Penn State Altoona and is the poetry editor of Raleigh Review

Attempts at Order; This Headline Made Me Think of Being Ten; Inspiration; Just Saying; Doppelgänger; & Barangay

Michelle Peñaloza is the author of Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire (Inlandia Books, 2019), winner of the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Poetry Prize, and two chapbooks, landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias, 2015) and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts, 2015). The proud daughter of Filipino immigrants, Peñaloza was born in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She now makes her home in rural northern California.

The Difficulties of Travel; The Procession to Calvary; & In Such a Way That

Eric Pankey has published many collections of poetry. A new book, Not Yet Transfigured, is due out in fall 2021 from Orison Books. He is the Heritage Chair in Writing at George Mason University, where he teaches in the BFA and MFA writing programs.

An Extended Public Service Announcement & What Would You Ask the Artist?

Terrance Hayes’s recent publications include American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin, 2018), winner of the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and To Float in the Space Between: A Life and Work in Conversation with the Life and Work of Etheridge Knight (Wave Books, 2018), winner of the Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. He is a professor of English at New York University.

Interstate & Thread

Brent Armendinger is the author of Street Gloss (The Operating System, 2019) and The Ghost in Us Was Multiplying (Noemi Press, 2015), both of which were finalists for the California Book Award in Poetry. He is also the author of two chapbooks, Undetectable (New Michigan Press, 2009) and Archipelago (Noemi Press, 2009). Armendinger’s poems and translations have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Anomaly, Asymptote, Bennington Review, Conjunctions, Ghost Proposal, Green Mountain Review, Interim, and Tinfish. He teaches creative writing at Pitzer College and lives in Los Angeles with his husband and their collection of odd salt and pepper shakers.

Spring View

Arthur Sze is the author of ten books of poetry, including Sight Lines (Copper Canyon Press, 2019), which received the National Book Award for Poetry. A limited-edition letterpress chapbook, Starlight Behind Daylight, was published by St. Brigid Press in 2020. His new and collected poems, The Glass Constellation, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in April 2021. A professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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