Bruegel: Census and Massacre

Martin Harries is a professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, and the author of Forgetting Lot’s Wife: On Destructive Spectatorship (Fordham University Press, 2007) and Scare Quotes from Shakespeare: Marx, Keynes, and the Language of Reenchantment (Stanford University Press, 2000). His current book project, “Theater after Film,” investigates the impact of mass culture on forms of drama after World War II.

The Lives beneath the Counting

I had found the perfect way to stop grinding my teeth and tearing my hair out over my client’s recalcitrance toward the fourteen calls I had made to her in two weeks. She had still not brought me the document …

Sujata Gupta Winfield practiced employment-discrimination law for many years, advocating for employees, and is now an immigration lawyer who lives and runs a solo firm in Athens, Georgia. Having left Calcutta, India, she is attuned to her clients’ poverty, sorrow at leaving behind home and family, feelings of alienation, experiences of disadvantage in a new land, and striving to make their sacrifices work. “The Lives beneath the Counting” is her first published piece.

A Distant Goal We Seek

In the isolated rural South, the arrival of a stranger often elicits both fear and excitement. That is why, nearly fifty years later, I remember so clearly the day an unknown woman in a sensible shirtwaist dress drove down our …

W. Ralph Eubanks is the author of A Place Like Mississippi (forthcoming 2021 from Timber Press), The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South (HarperCollins, 2009), and Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey into Mississippi’s Dark Past (Basic Books, 2003). His essays have been published in The Hedgehog Review, The American Scholar, and The New Yorker. A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, he is currently a visiting professor of English and Southern studies at the University of Mississippi. He divides his time between Oxford, Mississippi, and Washington, D.C.

In the Ecotone

Janine Joseph was born in the Philippines. She is the author of Driving Without a License (Alice James Books, 2016), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. Her writing appears in the Atlantic, World Literature Today, The Poem’s Country, Zócalo Public Square, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, and elsewhere. Her commissioned libretti for the Houston Grand Opera/HGOco include In Our Care; What Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline; “On This Muddy Water”; and From My Mother’s Mother. A co-organizer for Undocupoets and a MacDowell Fellow, Janine is an assistant professor of poetry at Oklahoma State University.