The First Time I Said It

Isaac Hughes Green is a writer in the MFA program in fiction at North Carolina State University and a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His writing was longlisted for The Master’s Review 2019 Fall Fiction contest, received an honorable mention for the James Hurst Prize for Fiction, and was a finalist for the Jacobs/Jones African-American Literary Prize. He has screened a film in the Cannes Short Film Corner and won several screenwriting and cinematography awards.

The Turtle Head Epidemic

Sally Wen Mao is the author of the poetry collections Oculus (Graywolf Press, 2019), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014). The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, she was recently a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, a Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Residence at George Washington University, and a Shearing Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Tin House, Poetry, Harper’s Bazaar, the Kenyon Review, Guernica, and A Public Space, among others. She is a Kundiman fellow in both fiction and poetry.


“Joe, I gotta tell you something.”


“It’s about something I just saw. Are you awake?”

“No, Nancy,” Joe says. 

Joe doesn’t move and neither does Nancy. With his eyes closed, he can more easily focus on her voice, not …

Kaitlyn Greenidge is the author of the novel We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin Books), one of the New York Times Critics’ Top 10 Books of 2016. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, Glamour, the Wall Street Journal,, Buzzfeed, Transition Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, among other places. She was a contributing editor for LENNY Letter and is currently a contributing writer for the New York Times. Her next novel, Libertie, will be published by Algonquin in 2021.

No Stories

Kenny avoided prison after school.

“It’s a horrible little planet,” he said.

The drugs were hidden inside a hollowed-out copy of William James’s Principles of Psychology (unabridged). Carlos stole the book. Carlos was interested in psychology. He threw away the …

David Hayden was born in Ireland and lives in England. His writing has appeared in The Stinging Fly, Granta Online, Zoetrope: All-Story, The Dublin Review, AGNI, and A Public Space. His work has also appeared in the anthology Being Various: New Irish Writing (Faber, 2019), edited by Lucy Caldwell, and has aired on BBC and RTÉ radio. His first book, Darker with the Lights on, was published by Transit Books in 2017.

Invisible Woman: A Reflection on Being Seen in America

Visibility is powerful. And dangerous. If you’re not a white, heterosexual, male, cisgender Christian in America (or married to one), visibility can cost you your job, your family, your friends, your church, your life. I’m reminded of lines from an …

Melanie P. Moore is a writer living in Austin, Texas. A graduate of the University of Georgia with an MA from Georgia State University, she was previously the founder and executive director of Badgerdog Literary Publishing, where, with a talented team and key community support, she started Austin’s first writers-in-the-schools program (now a program of the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation) and re-launched American Short Fiction after personally acquiring the defunct journal from the University of Texas Press in 2003. Her work has appeared in Atlanta Magazine, Creative Loafing, and Austin Travels Magazine, among other publications. “Invisible Woman: A Reflection on Being Seen in America” was taken from her current project, a memoir about reconciling church, miracles, and homosexuality.

Listening to the Thrush: Notes toward the Greening of Poetry in a Time of Global Climate Change

Margaret Gibson is the current poet laureate of Connecticut and the author of twelve books of poems, all from Louisiana State University Press, most recently Not Hearing the Wood Thrush (2018) and The Glass Globe (forthcoming in 2021), as well as a memoir, The Prodigal Daughter (University of Missouri Press, 2008). The Vigil (1993) was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry; Broken Cup (2016) was a finalist for the Poets’ Prize, and its title poem won a Pushcart Prize that year. Gibson is professor emerita at the University of Connecticut.

Teaching Ecopoetry in a Time of Climate Change

I arranged ten desks in a circle in preparation for students the first day of my undergraduate poetry workshop. It was fall 2011—my first semester teaching in the English department at the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa. The students filed in, …

Craig Santos Perez is an indigenous Chamoru from the Pacific Island of Guåhan (Guam). He is the co-editor of five anthologies and the author of five books of poetry, most recently Habitat Threshold (Omnidawn, 2020). He is a professor in the English department at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

Dreaming the World: Vinod Kumar Shukla’s Extraordinary Sentences

What do you do—as a critic—when you encounter a writer so gladdeningly cajoling, so sweetly weird that you’re convinced anyone who read him deeply and carefully would be delighted; but who also, stylistically, can be studiously bizarre in a way …

Vidyan Ravinthiran teaches at Harvard and is the author of two poetry collections from Bloodaxe Books, The Million-Petalled Flower of Being Here (2019) and Grun-tu-molani (2014), and the monograph Elizabeth Bishop’s Prosaic (Bucknell University Press, 2015).

College (translated from the Hindi by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra and Sara Rai)

We were in the last year of college. My younger brother was in the first year. All my free time went in going around the bazaar. It had become a habit. I quite enjoyed it. In college, in the evening, …

Vinod Kumar Shukla is a poet and writer whose works in Hindi have been translated into Italian, Swedish, German, and French. His most recent titles published in English include A Window Lived in the Wall (Westland, 2019) and The Windows in Our House Are Little Doors: A Novel in Twenty-Six Stories (HarperCollins, 2019), both translated by Satti Khanna; and Blue Is Like Blue: Stories (Harper Perennial, 2019), translated by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra and Sara Rai. Among Shukla’s many honors, Blue Is Like Blue won the 2019 Atta Galatta–Bangalore Literature Festival Book Prize in fiction and was named the Mathrubhumi Book of the Year in 2020. The Servant’s Shirt, translated by Khanna (Penguin, 1999), was adapted into the film Naukar ki kameez (1999) by Mani Kaul. 

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