Divided in So Many Ways: A Discussion with Karen Hays

Thibault Raoult: “Auto-Duet” is heartbreaking, illuminating work, which, while possessing airtight transitions, nonetheless leaves me, as reader, bouncing around in the ideational echo chamber you so seamlessly build. Rather than continue to bounce around (poignant as that may be), I’ll …

Thibault Raoult was an assistant editor at The Georgia Review from 2015 to 2017. He now teaches at University of Maryland. Raoult holds a PhD from University of Georgia and an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University; he has published two books of poems—Person Hour (2011) and Disposable Epics (2014)—and the cross-genre text «Pro(m)bois(e)» (2016).

on The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses by Kevin Birmingham

When I studied abroad at Oxford as an undergraduate, I took a course on Ulysses. I  ’d always wanted to read it, but I felt inadequate to its genius, for the act of reading Joyce’s novel brings with it …

Jonathan Russell Clark is the author of An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom (Fiction Advocate Press, 2018) and the forthcoming Skateboard (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2022). His work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, Tin House, Vulture, and numerous other publications.

Poem as If Written by the Other Woman

I didn’t know he was married,

didn’t know I wasn’t the only one

who believed he had landed

in my life like an out-of-season

blue heron, singular and sunlit 

at the edge of a lake, a figure 

in a woodblock

Andrea Hollander’s first published poem appeared in the Winter 1982 issue of The Georgia Review. Her first full-length poetry collection won the 1993 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize; her fourth was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Her many other honors include two Pushcart Prizes (in poetry and creative nonfiction) and two fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. After living in the woods of the Arkansas Ozarks for thirty-five years, she moved to downtown Portland, Oregon, in 2011.

Fault Line

I drag myself from bed with a magazine of white smiles clamped beneath my elbow, and I’m almost alive in the ruined hallway. Mold dots the floorboards; the ceiling’s splotched gray from water leakage—It’s old markings, our landlord …

Jessica Hollander’s story collection In These Times the Home Is a Tired Place won the 2013 Katherine Anne Porter Prize and was published in 2014 by the University of North Texas Press. Her stories have appeared in many journals, including Cincinnati Review, the Journal, Sonora Review, Redivider, Bat City Review, and Whiskey Island. Hollander received her MFA from the University of Alabama and teaches at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Of Yalta

Sure, it’s all Chekhov this and Chekhov that,

and I am far from the only one 

to keep myself up at night

thinking about his gun, 

 

but the man was a dreamboat,

gray eyes and smirking beard

and

­Erin Adair-Hodges is the winner of the 2016 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for her first poetry collection, Let’s All Die Happy (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017). Adair-Hodges earned an MFA from the University of Arizona and then quit writing poetry; eight years later, her first accepted poem won The Georgia Review’s 2014 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize. Since then, her work has been published in Boulevard, Crazyhorse, Green Mountains Review, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Radar and more. Adair-Hodges is currently the visiting assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Toledo.