Ancestral Graves, Kahuku

Garrett Hongo was born in Volcano, Hawai‘i, lived as a child in Kahuku on O‘ahu, and grew up thereafter in Los Angeles. He is the author of three collections of poetry, including Pulitzer Prize finalist The River of Heaven (Alfred A. Knopf, 1988), and two memoirs: Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai‘i (Vintage, 1996) and his latest, forthcoming from Pantheon, The Perfect Sound: A Memoir in Stereo. He lives in Eugene, Oregon, and teaches at the University of Oregon, where he is Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Children’s Illustrated Bible; More Than Love; & Dad Said He Knew How to Weld

Josh Tvrdy is a writer and teacher from Tucson, Arizona. Winner of a 2021 Pushcart Prize, he recently graduated with an MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University, where he received a 2019 Academy of American Poets Prize. He won Gulf Coast’s 2018 Prize in Poetry, and his work can be found in Indiana Review, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere.

Hot Draft; Mount Sinai Hospital; & In Defense of Volumizing

Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad’s poetry has appeared in The Best American Poetry, Waxwing, and Asian American Writers’ Workshop, among others. She won the 2019 LUMINA La Lengua contest and the 2016 Pinch Literary Prize and is a Best of the Net, Pushcart Prize, and Best New Poets nominee. She lives in New York, where she practices law.

Pith; Exposure; Censor; & Elision

John Kinsella’s most recent volumes of poetry include Insomnia (W. W. Norton, 2020), Drowning in Wheat: Selected Poems 1980–2015 (Picador, 2016), and Firebreaks (W. W. Norton, 2016). He is a fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University; an affiliated scholar with Kenyon College; and Emeritus Professor of Literature and Environment at Curtin University, Western Australia.

Hans Christian Andersen Feared Being Buried Alive; My Dulcimer Teacher Joellen Works as a Psychotherapist; & The Copper Pillowcase

 

Hans Christian Andersen
Feared Being Buried Alive

 

I, too, Hans Christian,
once left a warning note. Your bedside

table’s scribble read, I only appear
to be dead—an effort to ward off

the would-be pallbearers 
who ’d drop …

Anna Journey is the author of the poetry collections The Judas Ear (2022), The Atheist Wore Goat Silk (2017), and Vulgar Remedies (2013), all from Louisiana State University Press, and If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting (University of Georgia Press, 2009), which was selected by Thomas Lux for the National Poetry Series. She has also published the essay collection An Arrangement of Skin (Counterpoint, 2017). Her poems appear in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, FIELD, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. She is an associate professor of English at the University of Southern California.

Pranām / Obeisance; Radial; Nāranga aurantium; & Elegy as Lies Unrevealed at the Toledo Amtrak Station

Rushi Vyas is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection When I Reach for Your Pulse (Four Way Books, 2023) and the collaborative chapbook Between Us, Not Half a Saint (Gasher, 2021) with Rajiv Mohabir. Born and raised in Ohio, Vyas recently immigrated to Aotearoa | New Zealand, where he is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Otago. His poems are forthcoming or published in Indiana Review, Pigeon Pages, The Adroit Journal, Tin House, The Offing, 32 Poems, Landfall, the anthology A Clear Dawn: New Asian Voices from Aotearoa New Zealand (Auckland University Press, 2021), and elsewhere.

The News with Cancer and Parakeets & The News According to Psychoanalysis

Justin Jannise’s poetry collection How to Be Better by Being Worse (BOA Editions, 2021) won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. His writing has appeared in Best New Poets, Best of the Net, Copper Nickel, The Yale Review, and New Ohio Review. Recently a recipient of the Inprint Verlaine Prize in Poetry and a former editor-in-chief of Gulf Coast, Jannise is a PhD candidate in creative writing and literature at the University of Houston.

Love Root; Iphigenia at Birmingham, 1963; Lakota Grammar; & Atlantic Crosses

 

Lakota Grammar 

 

I.

 

This is what the language teaches, waúnspemakhiye: 

Do not be ashamed that you misunderstood possessives.

That you were not a thing to be taken and torn, but a verb:

Winyan, “I am a woman.”

K. Avvirin Gray is a doctoral candidate in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Her poetry has appeared in Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Red Ink, and she has also written scholarly reviews for Women’s Review of Books. Gray’s poetry chapbook, Leda’s Daughters, won an honorable mention in the 2021 Chad Walsh Chapbook Competition. She was a semifinalist for the 2019 Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry and the 2019 Boston Review poetry contest, and her work has been supported by the Millay Colony for the Arts. Gray lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats.

Before; Back Seat; & On the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Commemoration, March 25, 2021

Cheryl Clarke has been writing for lesbian and gay and queer communities since 1981, beginning with This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa).

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