The Plums

Ben Fergusson is a British writer based in Berlin. His debut novel, The Spring of Kasper Meier (Little, Brown, 2014), won the 2015 Betty Trask Prize and the HWA Debut Crown 2015 for the year’s best historical fiction debut. In 2015, he was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. The second and third books in his Berlin trilogy, also published by Little, Brown, are The Other Hoffmann Sister (2017) and An Honest Man (2019), which was selected by The Sunday Times, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Financial Times as one of the best books of the year.

Memento Mori

On the morning a week after Marcelina Ngonadi died, the four stooped sister-friends are pensive, knowing that Henrietta will be the next. As they look upon Marcelina’s gleaming casket with its gold handles and at her jewelry—silver earrings and a …

Enyeribe Ibegwam was brought up in Lagos, Nigeria. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in PEN America Best Debut Stories 2019, Prairie Schooner, The Southampton Review, Auburn Avenue, and Transition Magazine. He has been awarded a PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize and was a finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. He has received grants from the Vermont Studio Center and the Elizabeth George Foundation and is currently an MFA student at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


She takes the test on her birthday. 

“You’ll want a baby right away, won’t you?” he’d joked three months earlier, before their August wedding.

She’d demurred, but she knew she was lying. By November, there it is: a growth, a …

Jasmin Aviva Sandelson is the author of the Looking Out (under contract with Princeton University Press). She received a PhD in sociology from Harvard University and is currently an MFA student at New York University, where she holds an Axinn Fellowship in nonfiction. Sandelson’s writing appears in Longreads, Hobart, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, and elsewhere.

I Want This to Be True

There are diamonds inside

Although the Leonid meteor shower is not a rare occurrence, it is rare that I will be awake to see it. The news has been reporting that the meteor shower is coming, that a certain province …

Jenny Boully is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow in general nonfiction. She is the author of Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life (Coffee House Press, 2018), The Book of Beginnings and Endings: Essays (Sarabande Books, 2007), The Body: An Essay (Essay Press, 2002), and other books. She teaches at Columbia College Chicago and the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her recent work has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Bennington Review, and The Iowa Review. “I Want This to Be True” is from a forthcoming collection, I Want This to Be True: Essays on Existence & the Afterlife.

Spontaneous Meditations on Immediacy and Distraction (concerning collective national psychology and by extension general planetary thinking)

Will Alexander, a novelist, essayist, playwright, aphorist, visual artist, and pianist, is approaching forty books in the aforementioned genres. He is currently poet-in-residence at Beyond Baroque Literary Foundation in Venice, California. 

Who We Are as Floral, Faunal, Mineral Beings

Brenda Iijima is the author of multiple collections of poetry, most recently Remembering Animals (Nightboat Books, 2016), and editor of the eco language reader (Nightboat, 2010). She is the editor of Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs.

Surrounded by Peach Trees, President Clinton Speaks to My Fourth Grade Class [2020 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize Featured Finalist]

Back to School Day and my sister has been dead one year, ten months. This is how you get to the other side. We’ve been moving into a new world. When pressed against 

your palm, the flesh of a good …

Juan Luis Guzmán, a poet, professor, and literary/performing arts organizer, earned an MFA in creative writing from California State University, Fresno. With fellowships from Macondo Writers Workshop and CantoMundo, his work has appeared in Huizache, PANK, and The Rumpus, among other journals, as well as the Letras Latinas Blog and Poet’s Quarterly. He is the vice chairman of the Selma Arts Council and served as executive director of LitHop, Fresno’s literary festival, from 2017 to 2019. The former co-director for CantoMundo, Guzmán is a professor of English at Fresno City College.

Father’s Day: Looking West [2020 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize Featured Finalist]

Is man no more than this?
                  —King Lear


From twelve floors up, looking across the roofs,
we get a glimpse of Jersey, glimpse of Hudson, 
evening sky. Window wide open. Breeze.
My folks—my mother’s ninety-three and blind,
my father’s …

David Landon is the winner of the 2019 Write Prize, awarded by Able Muse. His poems have also appeared in The Dark Horse, The Southwest Review (Marr Prize runner-up), Think Journal, Birmingham Poetry Review, Sewanee Theological Review, Southern Poetry Review (Guy Owen Prize finalist), Cumberland River, American Journal of Poetry, the Harvard Advocate Centennial Anthology, and elsewhere. He is the Bishop Frank A. Juhan Professor of Theatre Arts Emeritus at the University of the South.

far past the beginning and quite close to the end [2020 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize Featured Finalist]

before revealing the rabbit, after she reaches into you
like the magician into the hat, the will
of touch descending into night, past the stain
-ed mural against the brick, past any tulip or fallen

rose, the lesser pleasures—no, further, …

Bernard Ferguson is a Bahamian poet and essayist. A winner of the 2019 92y Discovery Contest, his writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere, and anthologized in the Best New Poets anthology series. He is working on a book about Hurricane Dorian and the climate crisis.

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