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.

Portrait of Billy

Samuel R. Delany’s many books include Babel-17 (Ace Books, 1966); Nova (Doubleday Books, 1968); Dhalgren (Bantam Books, 1975); Atlantis: Three Tales (Wesleyan University Press, 1995); Dark Reflections (Carroll & Graf, 2007), winner of the Stonewall Book Award; the Return to Nevèrÿon series; and the paired essays Times Square Red / Times Square Blue (New York University Press, 2001). He has received the Nicolas Guillén Award for Philosophical Literature, the Kessler Award for LGBTQ Studies, four Nebula Awards from the Science Fiction Writers of America, and two Hugo Awards from the World Science Fiction Convention; he was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame in 2016.

The Plums

Ben Fergusson is a British writer based in Berlin. His debut novel, The Spring of Kasper Meier (Little, Brown, 2014), won the 2015 Betty Trask Prize and the HWA Debut Crown 2015 for the year’s best historical fiction debut. In 2015, he was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. The second and third books in his Berlin trilogy, also published by Little, Brown, are The Other Hoffmann Sister (2017) and An Honest Man (2019), which was selected by The Sunday Times, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Financial Times as one of the best books of the year.

Spontaneous Meditations on Immediacy and Distraction (concerning collective national psychology and by extension general planetary thinking)

Will Alexander, a novelist, essayist, playwright, aphorist, visual artist, and pianist, is approaching forty books in the aforementioned genres. He is currently poet-in-residence at Beyond Baroque Literary Foundation in Venice, California. 

Who We Are as Floral, Faunal, Mineral Beings

Brenda Iijima is the author of multiple collections of poetry, most recently Remembering Animals (Nightboat Books, 2016), and editor of the eco language reader (Nightboat, 2010). She is the editor of Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs.

Chorus of Raids at Night; Chorus of Battles at Dawn; Chorus of Peace at Dusk; Chorus of Shame at Midnight; & To-Do List Theater Nurse

Stacy Nathaniel Jackson was born in Los Angeles and attended Ramona Convent College Preparatory School for Girls in a former incarnation of his life. He is a Cave Canem fellow and received an individual artist’s grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission in 2011. Author of the chapbook Camouflage (MaCaHu Press, 2010), he has published poems, plays, and visual art in Black Arts Quarterly, Lodestar Quarterly, Enizagam, Poets 11 Anthology, New American Writing 25, and elsewhere.