on The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care by Anne Boyer 

Rachel Kincaid lives in Minneapolis, where she is working on and off at writing about ghosts.

on Savage Conversations by LeAnne Howe 

Shanae Aurora Martínez is an assistant professor of English specializing in Indigenous literatures at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and the University of California at Davis. She has served as an editor and labor organizer, and her work can be found in Studies in American Indian Literatures, The Georgia Review, and Cream City Review.

on Loudermilk, or, The Real Poet, or, The Origin of the World by Lucy Ives

Toby Altman is the author of Discipline Park (Wendy’s Subway, 2022) and Arcadia, Indiana (Plays Inverse, 2017). He recently received a 2021–22 fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems can be found in Gulf Coast, jubilat, Lana Turner, and elsewhere, and his critical writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, and English Literary History, among other journals. He holds an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD in English from Northwestern University.

on The Tiniest Muzzle Sings Songs of Freedom by Magdalena Zurawski

Peter Burzynski recently completed a PhD in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, an MFA in poetry from the New School University, and an MA in Polish literature from Columbia University, and works as the book center manager at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee. Burzynski is also the translator of Martyna Buliżańska’s This Is My Earth (New American Press, 2019).

on 100 Poems by Seamus Heaney

Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of several books, including The Trembling Answers (BOA Editions, 2017), which won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and the essay collection We Begin in Gladness: How Poets Progress (Graywolf, 2018).

“What Else Might Be Available”: Three Contemporary Lineages of the Poetry Project

How to imagine the intellectual and affective thicket of literary inheritance is one of the urgent densities of aesthetic life. This exploration of lineages and canonicity is also one of writing’s most complex pleasures. However, the joy of reading and …

Nick Sturm’s poems, collaborations, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Brooklyn RailASAP/JBlack Warrior Review, the websites of the Poetry Foundation and PEN America, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and elsewhere. His first book of poems is How We Light (H_NGM_N BKS, 2013). His scholarly and archival work can be traced at his blog, Crystal Set. He is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he teaches courses on poetry, visual art, and multimodal composition.

Post-Metamorphic: The Poetry of Modern Motherhood

When podcaster Hillary Frank, host and founder of The Longest Shortest Time, first started pitching her motherhood-centered show for radio, she “met rejection after rejection.” Editors pushed back on the grounds of market demand, as Frank recalls in a …

Emily Pérez co-edited the anthology The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood (University of Georgia Press, 2021) and is the author of the poetry collections What Flies Want (University of Iowa Press, 2022) and House of Sugar, House of Stone (Center for Literary Publishing, 2016), as well as two chapbooks. A CantoMundo fellow and Ledbury emerging critic, she has published poems in such journals as Cosmonauts Avenue, Copper Nickel, Poetry, Diode, RHINO, and The Guardian. She teaches English and gender studies in Denver, where she lives with her family. 

A Lower Deep


What sort of color is black? Is it absolute absence or absolute accumulation? Are we talking in terms of light waves or pigment? Black and its obverse, white, are exceptional colors, a fact stamped in the oxymoronic nomenclature reserved …

Michi Meko (b. 1974) is a multidisciplinary artist currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia. His work can be found in the collections of the High Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta, among other institutions. In 2019 Meko had solo exhibitions at the Alan Avery Art Company in Atlanta; the Sumter County Gallery of Art in Sumter, South Carolina; and the Chimento Gallery in Los Angeles, and he was featured in Hulu’s Artist in Residence documentary series.

Market at the Children’s Museum; Recognition; & What Proximity Does My Life Have to the Life of the World?

Sasha West’s first collection, Failure and I Bury the Body (Harper Perennial 2013), was a winner of the National Poetry Series and the Texas Institute of Letters First Book of Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, Copper Nickel, and elsewhere. She is an associate professor of creative writing at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.

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