If I Ever Get My Citizenship Papers

Aline Mello is a Brazilian writer and editor living in Atlanta. She is an Undocupoet fellow, and her work has been published or is forthcoming in Atlanta Review, The New Republic, Grist, and elsewhere.

Ticking the Box

Autumn McClintock lives in Philadelphia and works at a public library. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Account, Cimarron Review, Denver Quarterly, Permafrost, Sonora Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and others. She is a staff reader for Ploughshares and the associate poetry editor of Doubleback Review.

The Second Front Door

Joshua Weiner is the author of three books of poetry and a book of political/cultural reportage, Berlin Notebook: Where Are the Refugees? (LARB, 2016). His translation of Nelly Sachs’s Flight & Metamorphosis was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2022. He lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches at the University of Maryland.

Praise for the Porchbed

Praise for the porchbed is praise for SLEEP.
Wrapped in cricket and cicada-sound sleep.

Rapt in rain sleep. Worry and all-trouble erasing
sleep. Smoothed-out sleep.

Counting sheep and Bo Peep sleep.
One two three four five six seven
sleep and …

Coleman Barks, professor emeritus at the University of Georgia, has since 1977 collaborated with various scholars of the Persian language (most notably, John Moyne) to bring over into American free verse the poetry of the thirteenth-century mystic Jelaluddin Rumi. This work has resulted in twenty-one volumes, including the bestselling Essential Rumi in 1995. He has also published eight volumes of his own poetry, including Hummingbird Sleep: Poems 2009–2011 (2012) and Winter Sky: Poems 1968–2008 (2008), both from the University of Georgia Press. 

“Be Unpredictable, Be Real, Be Interesting, Tell a Good Story!” (with an interview by C.J. Bartunek)


While the U.S. census and the American Community Survey provide data on demographic changes in a city or region, they are not able to tell the stories of how these shifts occurred, or how citizens may feel about them. …

Eddie Arroyo (b. 1976, Miami) documents the effects of gentrification through landscape paintings. His solo shows include Witnessing the Effects of Gentrification, at the Haitian Heritage Museum in 2017, and Developers Survey (Bakehouse Art Complex) and Aesthetics of Commerce (Swampspace), both in 2015. In 2019 his work was exhibited in the Whitney Biennial.

Frutos Extraños

Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of seven books, including I Hotel (2010), finalist for the National Book Award, and the forthcoming Sansei & Sensibility (2020), all published by Coffee House Press. Recipient of the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature and a U.S. Artists Ford Foundation Fellowship, she is professor emerita of literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz.


In order to get the insurance company to pay for the visit, the therapist needed to make a diagnosis within the first session. 

“Don’t pay too much attention to it, though, these kinds of diagnoses aren’t really that helpful or …

Amanda Ajamfar is a short-story writer currently living in New York City. She has been generously supported by awards and fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. You can find her stories in the Colorado Review and at Paper Darts.

The Citizenship Question, or, The Actors of Dearborn


Before  arriving at Uncle Sam’s house on the corner of Yinger and Gould Streets, Youssef Bazzi had been canvassing the neighborhoods in East Dearborn for over a month, knocking on doors throughout the day and …

Ghassan Zeineddine lives with his wife in Dearborn, Michigan, where he teaches Arab American literature and creative writing at the University of Michigan–Dearborn. His fiction has appeared in Witness, Fiction International, Iron Horse Literary Review, and The Common, among other places. He is currently co-editing the creative nonfiction anthology Uncertain Refuge: Voices of Arab Detroit (Wayne State University Press, 2021).

The Citizenship Question: We the People


The memory begins here: we’re young, us skicins, and we’re somewhere on the reservation, the island. We could have been anywhere, but when we look back on it, we’re in the …

Morgan Talty, a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation, received his BA in Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and his MFA in fiction from Stonecoast’s low-residency program. His story collection Night of the Living Rez is forthcoming from Tin House Books (2022), and his work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, LitHub, and elsewhere. He teaches courses in both English and Native American Studies and is on the faculty at the Stonecoast MFA program in creative writing. He lives in Levant, Maine.