A Diet of Angels

Bruce Bond’s twenty-eight books include Calling (Parlor Press, 2021); Behemoth (Criterion Books, 2021), winner of the New Criterion poetry prize; Patmos (University of Massachusetts Press, 2021), winner of the Juniper Prize; Scar (Etruscan Press, 2020); Plurality and the Poetics of Self (Palgrave, 2019); and Words Written Against the Walls of the City (Louisiana State University Press, 2019). His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including seven editions of Best American Poetry.

Eight Fragments from My Grandfather’s Body

Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing Up on the Big Dry (Counterpoint, 2013), winner of a 2014 GLCA New Writers Award—an honor that has previously recognized early work by the likes of Richard Ford, Louise Erdrich, and Alice Munro. He also has three books of poems, most recently When We Were Birds (University of Arkansas Press, 2016), winner of the 2017 Stafford/Hall Prize in Poetry from the Oregon Book Awards. His debut novel, And Ever These Bull Mountains, will be published by Little, Brown in the spring of 2018. Wilkins lives with his family in western Oregon, where he teaches writing at Linfield College.

My Ancestors on Either Side & Too Much in the Sun

Chris Forhan is the author of three books of poetry: Black Leapt In (2009), winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize; The Actual Moon, The Actual Stars (2003), winner of the Morse Poetry Prize and a Washington State Book Award; and Forgive Us Our Happiness (1999), winner of the Bakeless Prize. A professor at Butler University, he is the recipient of an NEA fellowship and two Pushcart Prizes.

The Storm Drain

Knife, Barn, My Harvey

René Houtrides’ stories have appeared in The Georgia Review (Spring 2007), New Ohio Review, and Mississippi Review. Her play Calamity Jane was produced at New York City’s Wonderhorse Theater, nearly a dozen of her essays have aired on WAMC Northeast Public Radio, and her freelance work has appeared in the New York Times. Born and raised near Manhattan’s Little Italy and Chinatown, she has an MFA in writing from Bard College and is on the faculty of the Juilliard School’s drama division.

Thoughts on an Anniversary: Once More, with Feeling

Everybody’s Nickname

Albert Goldbarth is the author of more than twenty-five books of poetry, most recently Selfish (2015), Everyday People (2012), and The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems, 1972–2007 (2007), all from Graywolf Press. He has twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry.

Autobiography: The Short Version

Alice Friman’s poetry collections include Blood Weather (LSU Press, 2019), The View from Saturn (LSU Press, 2014), Vinculum (LSU Press, 2011), The Book of the Rotten Daughter (BkMk Press, 2006), Zoo (1999), Inverted Fire (1997), and Reporting from Corinth (1984). A recipient of many honors, including two Pushcart Prizes and inclusion in Best American Poetry, she has been published in Poetry, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Plume, Crazyhorse, and others. She lives in Milledgeville, Georgia, where she was Poet-in-Residence at Georgia College. 

O Ti Lo Waju (You Have Gone Past All): The Caine Prize for African Writing (on “The Museum” by Leila Aboulela; “Love Poems” by Helon Habila; “Discovering Home” by Binyavanga Wainaina; “Weight of Whispers” by Yvette Adhiambo Owuor; “Seventh Street Alchemy” by Brian Chikwava; “Monday Morning” by Segun Afolabi; & “Jungfrau” by Mary Watson)