Don de Soto, Un-Redacted, As Told by the Lady of Cofitachequi

LeAnne Howe is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation. The Eidson Distinguished Professor of American Literature in English at the University of Georgia, her awards include the American Book Award, Western Literature Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award, the inaugural 2014 MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, and a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, among others. Her most recent book, Savage Conversations (Coffee House Press, 2019), tells the story of Mary Todd Lincoln and the “Savage Indian” spirit she said tortured her nightly.

Nathan Dixon is pursuing a PhD in English literature and creative writing at the University of Georgia. His creative work has appeared in Tin House, the North Carolina Literary Review, the Northern Virginia Review, the Penn Review, and NAILED, among others. His one-act play “Thoughts & Prayers Inc.” was recently chosen by National Book Award winner Nikky Finney as the forty-eighth annual winner of the Agnes Scott College Prize. His scholarly work has twice appeared in Renaissance Papers, where he previously served as assistant editor. He co-curates the YumFactory reading series in Athens, Georgia.

What Makes the Red Man Red? Answer: The U.S. Census

Nathan Dixon is pursuing a PhD in English literature and creative writing at the University of Georgia. His creative work has appeared in Tin House, the North Carolina Literary Review, the Northern Virginia Review, the Penn Review, and NAILED, among others. His one-act play “Thoughts & Prayers Inc.” was recently chosen by National Book Award winner Nikky Finney as the forty-eighth annual winner of the Agnes Scott College Prize. His scholarly work has twice appeared in Renaissance Papers, where he previously served as assistant editor. He co-curates the YumFactory reading series in Athens, Georgia.

Matt Kliewer is a PhD student at the University of Georgia specializing in Indigenous literatures and film. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and is currently the poetry reviews editor at Transmotion.

Disneyland, Not

Janet McAdams is Robert P. Hubbard Professor of Poetry at Kenyon College. Her books include Red Weather (University of Arizona Press, 2012); Feral (Salt Publishing, 2007); The Island of Lost Luggage (University of Arizona Press, 2000), which won an American Book Award; and a chapbook of prose poems, Seven Boxes for the Country After. With Geary Hobson and Kathryn Walkiewicz, she edited the anthology The People Who Stayed: Southern Indian Writing after Removal (University of Oklahoma Press, 2010).

Bruegel: Census and Massacre

Martin Harries is a professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, and the author of Forgetting Lot’s Wife: On Destructive Spectatorship (Fordham University Press, 2007) and Scare Quotes from Shakespeare: Marx, Keynes, and the Language of Reenchantment (Stanford University Press, 2000). His current book project, “Theater after Film,” investigates the impact of mass culture on forms of drama after World War II.

In the Ecotone

Janine Joseph was born in the Philippines. She is the author of Driving Without a License (Alice James Books, 2016), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. Her writing appears in the Atlantic, World Literature Today, The Poem’s Country, Zócalo Public Square, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, and elsewhere. Her commissioned libretti for the Houston Grand Opera/HGOco include In Our Care; What Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline; “On This Muddy Water”; and From My Mother’s Mother. A co-organizer for Undocupoets and a MacDowell Fellow, Janine is an assistant professor of poetry at Oklahoma State University.

on The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care by Anne Boyer 

Rachel Kincaid lives in Minneapolis, where she is working on and off at writing about ghosts.

on Savage Conversations by LeAnne Howe 

Shanae Aurora Martínez is an assistant professor of English specializing in Indigenous literatures at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and the University of California at Davis. She has served as an editor and labor organizer, and her work can be found in Studies in American Indian Literatures, The Georgia Review, and Cream City Review.

on Loudermilk, or, The Real Poet, or, The Origin of the World by Lucy Ives

Toby Altman is the author of Arcadia, Indiana (Plays Inverse, 2017) and several chapbooks, including Every Hospital by Bertrand Goldberg (Except One), winner of the 2018 Ghost Proposal Chapbook Prize. His poems can be found in Gulf CoastjubilatLana Turner, and other journals and anthologies. He holds a PhD in English from Northwestern University and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

on The Tiniest Muzzle Sings Songs of Freedom by Magdalena Zurawski

Peter Burzynski recently completed a PhD in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, an MFA in poetry from the New School University, and an MA in Polish literature from Columbia University, and works as the book center manager at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee. Burzynski is also the translator of Martyna Buliżańska’s This Is My Earth (New American Press, 2019).