on Suitor by Joshua Rivkin

We are all, in this pandemic, a living elegy; there are loves, possibilities, selves, ways of life that are dead, a mobile mortality poets have always known and used their art to reckon with, fool around with, and renovate: enter …

Hannah Baker Saltmarsh is an assistant professor of English at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her books include a work of literary criticism, Male Poets and the Agon of the Mother: Contexts in Confessional and Postconfessional Poetry (University of South Carolina Press, 2019), and the poetry collection Hysterical Water (Georgia Review Books/University of Georgia Press, 2021). She and her husband are raising two children and a baby.

on Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Grace Elizabeth Hale, a historian at the University of Virginia, is the author of Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890–1940 (1995) and A Nation of Outsiders: How the White Middle Class Fell in Love with Rebellion

Bradley Bazzle is the author of the short-story collection Fathers of Cambodian Time-Travel Science (C&R Press, 2020) and the novel Trash Mountain (Red Hen, 2018). His stories appear in The Missouri Review, The Iowa Review, New England Review, Epoch, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife and daughter in Athens, Georgia. 

on Afropessimism by Frank B. Wilderson III

How does one either narrate or deconstruct the story, and the crafting, of the “self” when the premises of narrative and of the existence of (human) being eclipse Black people by a paradigm underwritten by gratuitous violence? Put differently, how …

Selamawit D. Terrefe is an assistant professor of African American literature and culture in the Department of English at Tulane University, where she also holds affiliations with the Africana Studies Program and Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Her work has appeared in The Feminist Wire, Theory and Event, Rhizomes, and Critical Philosophy of Race. She is currently completing her manuscript, “Impossible Blackness: Violence and the Psychic Life of Slavery,” a comparative analysis of African and African American texts, which examines the fantasies harnessed within the global imaginary that elaborate antiblack racial violence into narratives of possibility.

Imaginary Maps (on Apsara Engine and Spellbound: A Graphic Memoir by Bishakh Som)

By now the divide is clear: it looks like the same divide that bedevils prose fiction, or did until recently. Comics and graphic novels get framed as serious literature, if they’re accomplished enough, but only if they seem to portray …

Stephanie Burt is a professor of English at Harvard. Her most recent book of poems is We Are Mermaids (Graywolf, 2022); her essays, poems, and book reviews have appeared in American Literary History, London Review of Books, The New Yorker, Rain Taxi, and other journals in the U.S. and abroad. Her podcast is Team-Up Moves.

Collaborations, Water and Light (with an interview by Douglas Carlson)


Photographer Meghann Riepenhoff travels without a camera. Instead, she packs paper that has been coated with a solution of ammonium ferric citrate and potassium ferricyanide. And instead of traditional photographic prints, she creates cyanotypes—the result of a printing process …

Meghann Riepenhoff, originally from Atlanta,  is now based in Bainbridge Island, Washington, and San Francisco. She received a BFA in photography from the University of Georgia and an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. Her work is held in the collections of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. Riepenhoff’s awards include a Fleishhacker Foundation grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and recognition as a Critical Mass Top 50 Photographer. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff (Alberta) Centre for the Arts and the RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco and an Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California.

Letter of Recommendation; Bookending the Day; The Listener; & Ghazal of Air


Letter of Recommendation


I am writing on behalf of the wind in my son’s hair,
which, at least in this photograph, is always there for him,
always cooling his cheeks and suggesting new scents
from over yon dale, …

Matthew Nienow is the author of House of Water (Alice James Books, 2016). His poems have appeared in Poetry, New England Review, TriQuarterly, and many other magazines and anthologies. A former Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellow, he has also received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Elizabeth George Foundation, and Artist Trust. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington, with his wife and sons, where he works as a builder of wooden boats and other watercraft.

Shaken 1: From fairest creatures we desire increase; Shaken 58: That god forbid that made me first your slave; & Shaken 127: In the old age black was not counted fair

Ellen McGrath Smith teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. Her writing has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Los Angeles Review, the New York Times, and other publications, and in several anthologies, including Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability and Rabbit Ears: TV Poems. Smith has been the recipient of an Orlando Prize, a Rainmaker Award from Zone 3 magazine, and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship. Her chapbook, Scatter, Feed, was published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2014, and her book, Nobody’s Jackknife, was published in 2015 by the West End Press.

Making Tamales with Mom on Christmas Eve & The Field

Jose Hernandez Diaz, a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow, is the author of The Fire Eater (Texas Review Press, 2020). His work appears in The American Poetry Review, Cincinnati Review, Huizache, Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, The Nation, Poetry, and in The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Currently, he is a guest editor for Frontier and Palette Poetry.

Unclear, the Level of the Tide; So Below; & Paring the Earth

Leah Poole Osowski’s Hover Over Her (Kent State University Press, 2016) won the 2015 Wick Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, Black Warrior Review, Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She was a former Emerging Writer in Residence at Penn State Altoona and is the poetry editor of Raleigh Review