Letter to Bob Hicok

Keith Ratzlaff teaches poetry and literature at Central College in Pella, Iowa. His most recent books of poetry, Then, A Thousand Crows (2009) and Dubious Angels: Poems after Paul Klee (2005), are from Anhinga Press, as will be his next, Who’s Asking? His poems and reviews have appeared recently in the Cincinnati Review, Arts and Letters, Colorado Review, and the American Reader; his honors include the Theodore Roethke Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and inclusion in The Best American Poetry 2009. 

A very small history book; Rebirth at the landfill; & Applied geometry

Bob Hicok’s ninth book, Hold, is just out from Copper Canyon Press.

Arcadia Shakes

Ryan Meyer received an MFA in poetry from George Mason University, and he currently teaches at Northern Virginia Community College.

From the Press Secretary of the Interior (re: Gravitational Waves)

Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer’s poems have appeared in AGNI, Denver Quarterly, Fence, and elsewhere, and she was selected for Best New Poets 2015. Her first book, Cleavemark, is forthcoming from BOAAT Press this year. She frequently collaborates with other artists, most recently with Jeff Pike on the illustrated chapbook, Strangers with a Lifeboat, and with Cheryl Wassenaar on the installation “Cleavemark Drive.” Schlaifer earned her MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and now lives in St. Louis.

Slow Horse

Gretchen Marquette’s work has been featured in Poetry, Tin House, Harper’s, the Paris Review, and other places. Her first book, May Day, was released by Graywolf Press in 2016. She lives in Minneapolis.

Ravished

He absolutely killed me: ravished

Their mother loved idioms, coaxed life back into the dead slang of generations past; cool beans, groovy daddy-o, and douche bag all had a place at the table, the breakfast table where …

Venita Blackburn’s stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, Pleiades, Bat City Review, Nashville Review, and others. Her hometown is Compton, California; she currently lives and teaches in Arizona, where she is finishing her story collection “Black Jesus and Other Superheroes” along with a novel, “Guts.” She earned her MFA from Arizona State University in 2008.

Movie Dates

Philip Baker is a writer and editor living in Chicago. “Movie Dates” is his first published short story. He is presently finishing work on a novel.

Ghosts

Kyle C. Mellen’s honors include the Alaska Literary Award (2015) and the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award (2012). Originally from Massachusetts, he lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Forty Passages for Shakespeare

Barth Landor is the author of a novel, A Week in Winter (2004). He studied Russian and English literature at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and has lived in Chicago for many years.

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