An Essay on War & The Death of Socrates

Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity (University of Georgia Press, 2008) and Some Say the Lark (Alice James Books, 2017), which received the 2018 William Carlos Williams Award. She is the poetry editor of the New England Review, co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, and will begin teaching at the University of Texas in Austin this fall. 

Beginner’s Astrology for Anarchist Jurisdictions in a Pandemic; 17 Days (Piano & a Microphone 1983); Sisyphus Says Relax; Nine Twenty-Nine Twenty-Twenty; & My Face in a Jar by the Door


Beginner’s Astrology for Anarchist
Jurisdictions in a Pandemic

They are a nation without sense, there is no discernment in them.
                                                                                 —Deuteronomy 32:28


The stars are further away. The flicker we see from them 
been. The pin drops above …

jayy dodd, also known as Lady Tournament, was born in Los Angeles and is now based in Portland, Oregon. Her professional literary career includes positions at The Offing, Winter Tangerine, and others, with features in the Los Angeles Times, Poetry, Oprah Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Willamette Weekly, the New York Public Library, and several anthologies. The author of The Black Condition ft. Narcissus (Nightboat Books, 2019) and Mannish Tongues (Platypus Press, 2017), dodd has been a Lambda Literary Fellow, the recipient of a Precipice Fund grant through the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, and the mother of Tournament Haus, a boutique ballroom house in Portland’s Kiki ballroom scene. 

An Education in Georgia, Then and Now: A Conversation with Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Calvin Trillin (moderated by Valerie Boyd, with an introduction by Lisa Bayer)


In January 1961 Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes walked through the Arch, the iconic cast iron entryway to the University of Georgia campus, to enroll in classes, thus ending (per court order) 176 years of whites-only education at the …


Faraaz Mahomed is a clinical psychologist and human rights researcher. Originally from South Africa, he is now based in New York. His short stories and travel pieces have appeared in Granta, the Sunday Times, Superlative, and elsewhere. In 2016, he won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for the African region, and in 2020, he was longlisted for the Bristol Prize and was a finalist for the inaugural Toyin Falola Prize. He is currently working on his first novel.

Best Western

Claire Dunnington lives in Brooklyn, where she writes, tutors, and plays the harp. She received her MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University and has published stories and essays in publications such as SLICE and the Indiana Review. She is currently working on an anti-coming-of-age memoir about growing up with obsessive-compulsive disorder and on a collection of short stories.

Words and Kisses, translated from the Korean by Paige Aniyah Morris

Go Hyunjin graduated from college, took a job as a team secretary at an insurance firm, and got married. The man she married was an actuary. Hyunjin wasn’t responsible for his division, but they worked on the same floor, so …

Kim Sehee was born in Mokpo in 1987. She studied Korean language and literature at the University of Seoul and creative writing at Korea National University of the Arts. The winner of the ninth annual Young Writers Award in Korea, she is the author of the short-story collection Quiet Days and the novel Love at the Harbor, both published by Minumsa in 2019.



My madrina and I right away got a truckload of watermelons from a neighboring rancho, to keep us hydrated for the two months we’d be working. We—me being a twelve-year-old boy but strong like a freaking tiger homie, she …

Leo Ríos was born in Delano, California, and has studied at UCLA, the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, and Cornell University. His short story “Dirty Dishes” won The Arkansas International’s inaugural Emerging Writer’s Prize. He currently lives in Tucson, Arizona.


Lauren Markham’s fiction, essays, and journalism have appeared in Guernica, Harper’s Magazine, Orion, Freeman’s, Lit Hub, Best American Travel Writing, Narrative, The New York Review of Books, and Virginia Quarterly Review, where she is a contributing editor. She is the author of The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life (Crown, 2017), which won the Northern California Book Award, the California Book Award Silver Medal, and the Ridenhour Prize.

In and Out of Order

Brian Henry’s most recent book of poetry, Permanent State, was published by Threadsuns in 2020. He has translated Tomaž Šalamun’s Woods and Chalices (Harcourt, 2008), Aleš Debeljak’s Smugglers (BOA Editions, 2015), and Aleš Šteger’s Above the Sky Beneath the Earth (White Pine Press, 2019) and The Book of Things (BOA Editions, 2010), which won the Best Translated Book Award in Poetry. His numerous honors include the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, a Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences grant, and fellowships from the Howard Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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