Studies in Darkness

“There’s something about black,” said Georgia O’Keeffe. “You feel hidden away in it.” Louise Nevelson said she fell in love with black: “You can be quiet and it can contain the whole thing.” Somehow this is true for …

Traci Brimhall is the author of three collections of poetry: Saudade (Copper Canyon Press, 2018); Our Lady of the Ruins (W. W. Norton, 2012); and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010). Her poems have been published in the New Yorker, PoetryPloughshares, and The Best American Poetry; her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Southern Review, Gulf Coast, Copper Nickel, Cincinnati Review, and Brevity. She teaches at Kansas State University.

The Art of Pain

John Cotter’s personal essays have most recently appeared in Guernica, Catapult, and Electric Literature. He has a coming-of-age novel, Under the Small Lights (Miami University Press, 2010), and he is completing a narrative manuscript about going deaf, “Losing Music.” A lifelong New Englander, Cotter now lives in Denver, where he teaches for Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

The Beatitude of Nowhere

Jennifer Stock is a writer and new media artist based in New Haven, Connecticut. She is currently working on an essay collection that examines the resonance of objects inherited from her collector parents. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the Iowa Review, the Normal School, Hotel Amerika, and Salmagundi.

Meanders, Toe-Heads, Scour Holes, and Oxbows: Some Notes on a River Life

John Lane, the author of multiple books of poetry and prose, teaches at Wofford College. He has paddled rivers in dozens of states and foreign countries, and has written poetry and prose about them. He and his wife own seven kayaks, three canoes, and a stand-up paddle board.

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain on Medical School.

Amy Steinberg is a graduating medical student at the University of California–San Francisco, and will continue her training as a resident physician in neurology at the University of Washington. She is the recipient of the 2017 Alan Cheuse Memorial Scholarship from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.

Naguib Mahfouz and the Nobel Prize: A Blessing or a Curse?

Raymond Stock, an expert on Middle Eastern cultural and political affairs, has translated seven books by Naguib Mahfouz, whose biography he is writing for Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow and a frequent commentator in the media, Stock is an instructor of Arabic at Louisiana State University and a Shillman/Ginsburg Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum. His articles and translations of Arabic fiction have appeared in Bookforum, the Diplomatist, the Financial Times, Harper’s, International Herald TribuneJournal of Arabic Literature, Middle East Quarterly, Zoetrope: All-Story, and many other venues. He is currently translating Egyptian writer Sherif Meleka’s 2008 novel Khatim Sulayman, with the working title “Suleiman’s Ring,” for the American University in Cairo Press.

Umm Ahmed (a story translated from the Arabic and introduced by Raymond Stock)

Naguib Mahfouz (1911–2006) was named the 1988 Nobel Laureate of Literature. His story “Umm Ahmed” (pp. 21–34) has never before appeared in an English translation.

Lesson

Elly Bookman, winner of The Georgia Review’s 2017 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize, was also the recipient of the first annual Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from the American Poetry Review in 2010. Bookman’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the New Yorker, the American Poetry Review, the Florida Review, and elsewhere. She writes and teaches in her hometown of Atlanta.

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