Beautiful Flesh

A bird’s pancreas looks very much like ours does, slim along the intestine. Nearly every creature with a backbone has a pancreas, lungfish and lamprey eels and ray-finned fishes being notable exceptions. In mammals, the organ is always small, shown …

Wendy Call is the author of No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy (University of Nebraska Press, 2011), winner of the Grub Street National Book Prize for Nonfiction, and co-editor of Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide (Penguin, 2007). She is a 2015 NEA Literature Fellow in Poetry Translation and teaches creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University and Goddard College.

on Ben Segal’s Pool Party Trap Loop

Mary-Kim Arnold is the author of Litany for the Long Moment (Essay Press, 2018) and the forthcoming The Fish & The Dove (Noemi Press, 2020). Awarded fellowships from the Rhode Island Foundation and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, she holds an MFA from Brown University and now teaches there in the Nonfiction Writing Program.

on The Empire of the Dead by Tracy Daugherty

Benjamin Woodard is a senior editor at Numéro Cinq and helps edit Atlas and Alice. His recent writing has appeared in Revolver, Kenyon Review Online, and Publishers Weekly.

on City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology: 60th Anniversary Edition, edited by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Jeff Gundy’s eighth book of poems, Without a Plea, was published in early 2019 by Bottom Dog Press. Recent poems and essays are in Cincinnati Review, River Teeth, Forklift, Ohio, Terrain, and Christian Century. He is at work on a series of lyric essays about the Illinois prairie with the working title “Wind Farm.”


Playing Fields for the Short Story (on Amy Gustine’s You Should Pity Us Instead; Rebecca Makkai’s Music for Wartime; and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories from Around the World, edited by James Thomas, Robert Shapard, and Christopher Merrill)

Jacqueline Kolosov’s lyric memoir, Motherhood, and the Places Between (Stillhouse Press, 2016) won the 2015 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. She is also the author of three collections of poems, most recently Memory of Blue (Salmon Poetry, 2015). The co-editor of Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres (Rose Metal Press, 2015), Kolosov has new poems and prose in the Sewanee Review, Prairie Schooner, and the Southern Review. She lives with her family in Texas.

Infusion: Round III

Nancy Naomi Carlson, poet, translator, and essayist, has authored twelve titles (eight translated), including Khal Torabully’s Cargo Hold of Stars: Coolitude (Seagull Books, 2021), which won the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize. An Infusion of Violets (Seagull Books, 2019), her second full-length poetry collection, was named “New and Noteworthy” by the New York Times. A recipient of two translation grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, she was a finalist for the Best Translated Book Award and the CLMP Firecracker Poetry Award and was decorated by the Order of the French Academic Palms. Carlson is the translation editor for On the Seawall.


Susan Ludvigson, Professor Emerita at Winthrop University, was the 2014 winner of the James Dickey Prize for Poetry from Five Points magazine. She has published eight collections of poems with LSU Press, including Escaping the House of Certainty (2006). The first line of “Dead,” appearing here, is the title of her next collection. Most recently, her poems can be found in the Yale Review and the Southern Review.

It Doesn’t Matter If You’re Careful

Gaylord Brewer’s most recent books are a ninth collection of poetry, Country of Ghost (Red Hen Press, 2015), and the cookbook-memoir The Poet’s Guide to Food, Drink, & Desire (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2015). He has published widely in journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry and The Bedford Introduction to Literature. Brewer is a professor at Middle Tennessee State University, where he is the founding editor of the journal Poems & Plays.

Demeter’s Escape

LaWanda Walters is the author of Light Is the Odalisque (Press 53, Silver Concho Poetry Series, 2016). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Georgia Review, Antioch Review, Ploughshares, Cincinnati Review, Shenandoah, The American Journal of Poetry, Live Encounters Poetry & Writing, and other literary magazines, as well as in Best American Poetry and Obsession: Sestinas in the Twenty-First Century (Dartmouth College Press, 2014). She lives in Cincinnati and received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in 2020.