The Bear in the Orange Grove

Dustin Parsons’s Exploded View: Essays on Fatherhood, with Diagrams was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2018. His essays have appeared or are forthcoming in magazines such as Brevity, Hotel Amerika, Pleiades, and many more. He lives in Mississippi with his wife, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and their two sons.

The Gay Horizon

The first twenty minutes in line outside the bathhouse sound like thunder. The Broncos have just played—maybe won—at Mile High Stadium, and if it weren’t for a block of four-story apartment buildings we ’d be looking down on the city …

Alicia Mountain is the author of High Ground Coward (University of Iowa Press, 2018), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize, and the chapbook Thin Fire (BOAAT Press 2018). She is a lesbian poet and the Clemens Doctoral Fellow at the University of Denver.

From Travel & Leisure; and Night Pastorals (with introduction by Michael Collier)

Stanley Plumly (1939–2019) authored ten collections of poems and four works of nonfiction. Elegy Landscape: Constable and Turner and the Intimate Sublime, his most recent book, was published by W. W. Norton in 2018. His many honors and awards include an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Truman Capote Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize. He was the founding director of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Maryland, where he had been a professor of English since 1985. Middle Distance, a collection of poems he finished before his death, will be published by W. W. Norton in 2020.

Michael Collier is the author of eight poetry collections, including The Missing Mountain: New and Selected Poems (forthcoming from University of Chicago Press in August 2021). He has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and has received numerous honors, including a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a professor of English at the University of Maryland and emeritus director of the Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences.

The Voice of Sheila Chandra


When the sun goes down you move

horizontal you become everything

in the world at once rather than waking

like vertical where you obsess over

ascend or descend or whatever rain

at the edge of the building spit forth

Kazim Ali’s books encompass multiple genres, including poetry, fiction, essay, memoir, and translation. He is currently a professor of comparative literature and creative writing at the University of California, San Diego. His newest books are a volume of three long poems titled The Voice of Sheila Chandra (Alice James Books, 2020) and a nonfiction book, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water (Milkweed Editions, 2021).

Copies; Continuity; & Deathless

Cynthia Arrieu-King is an associate professor of creative writing at Stockton University. Among her books of poetry are Futureless Languages (Radiator Press, 2018); Manifest (Switchback Books, 2013), chosen by Harryette Mullen as winner of the Gatewood Prize; and People Are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus Books, 2010). New poems appear in jubilat, American Poetry Review, and VOLT.


Rajiv Mohabir is the author of The Cowherd’s Son (Tupelo Press, 2017) and The Taxidermist’s Cut (Four Way Books, 2016) and translator of I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs of Demerara (Kaya Press, 2019). His memoir, Antiman, won the 2019 Reckless Books’ New Immigrant Writing Prize and will be published in 2021. Currently he is an assistant professor of poetry in the MFA program at Emerson College and the translations editor at Waxwing Journal.

The Pleasures of Not Being Lonely


From a talk presented at the Library of Congress on 3 August 2019, as part of the Asian American Literature Festival


“An intimate lecture.” That was how Lawrence-Minh Davis, one of the intrepid, visionary curators of this festival, …

Monique Truong is a Vietnamese-American novelist, essayist, librettist, former refugee, and intellectual property attorney, whose novels include The Sweetest Fruits (Viking Books, 2019), Bitter in the Mouth (Random House, 2010), and The Book of Salt (Houghton Mifflin, 2003). Among her many honors are the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Fellowship, as well as the Hodder, U.S.-Japan Creative Artists, and Guggenheim fellowships. She serves as vice president of the Authors Guild.

In Memoriam: Toni Morrison

Because of This Woman, I Plant Marigolds

As a child I wanted to know why God put me in this body that repelled so many people on sight. Why people felt at liberty to pick me apart and wipe off …

Jessie LaFrance Dunbar specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American and African Diasporic literatures; she has secondary interests in Russian and AfroCuban history, literature, and cultures. Her current book project, “Democracy, Diaspora, and Disillusionment: Black Itinerancy and the Propaganda Wars,” suggests that scholars recalibrate the earliest notable era of Russian influence on African American politics from the twentieth century to the nineteenth. An assistant professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, she carries a secondary appointment as assistant professor in African American Studies.

Khadijah Queen is the author of five books, most recently, I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books, 2017). Her verse play Non-Sequitur (Litmus Press, 2015) won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women’s Performance Writing, which included a staged production at Theaterlab NYC. Her next poetry collection, Anodyne, is forthcoming in 2020 from Tin House. Individual works appear in Fence, Poetry, Gulf Coast, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at University of Colorado, Boulder, and holds a PhD in English from University of Denver.

Barbara McCaskill is a professor of English at the University of Georgia and associate academic director for the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. Her latest books—both with the University of Georgia Press—are Love, Liberation, and Escaping Slavery: William and Ellen Craft in Cultural Memory (2015) and the forthcoming The Magnificent Life of Rev. Peter Thomas Stanford: Transatlantic Reformer and Race Man, co-edited with Sidonia Serafini and Reverend Paul Walker. She is the 2019 recipient of the Lorraine A. Williams Leadership Award from the Association of Black Women Historians for mentoring and fostering the professional growth of Black women scholars.

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