The Cuckoo, translated from the Russian by Samuel Page

Maya Alexandrovna Kucherskaya is a prolific fiction writer and critic, a scholar of Russian Orthodox history, and the head of the creative writing program at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics. Her Contemporary Paterikon was awarded the Bunin Prize in 2006, her novel The God of Rain won the Student Booker Prize in 2007, and her short-story collections have been shortlisted for various other awards.

The [Unintelligible]

Men are coming to take Mom’s bed. 

Her quilts and blankets and sheets and throws are covered with cigarette burn holes. I strip the bed and fill four big black garbage bags and cram them in her closet whose door …

Morgan Talty, a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation, received his BA in Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and his MFA in fiction from Stonecoast’s low-residency program. His story collection Night of the Living Rez is forthcoming from Tin House Books (2022), and his work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, LitHub, and elsewhere. He teaches courses in both English and Native American Studies and is on the faculty at the Stonecoast MFA program in creative writing. He lives in Levant, Maine.


Carol Guess’s short-fiction collection Sleep Tight Satellite is forthcoming in 2023 from Tupelo Press. A frequent collaborator, she writes across genres and illuminates historically marginalized material. In 2014 she was awarded the Philolexian Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement by Columbia University. The author of twenty books of poetry and prose, she is a professor of English at Western Washington University, where she teaches queer studies and creative writing.

The Fur Handbag

With gratitude to Pu Songling


Before the fur handbag, gorgeous Canton Therien would never look at me. I had a massive, irrepressible crush on her that must have shown in the way I stared. I knew my staring was …

Larissa Lai has published eight books, including Iron Goddess of Mercy (2021), The Tiger Flu (2018), and Automaton Biographies (2009), from Arsenal Pulp, and Salt Fish Girl (Thomas Allen, 2002). Recipient of the Dr. Jim Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Astraea Award, and a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the Books in Canada First Novel Award, among others, she holds a Canada Research Chair at the University of Calgary, where she directs the Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing. Her new novel, The Lost Century, will be published by Arsenal Pulp in 2022.

Sacred Returns: Garrett Hongo’s “Ancestral Graves, Kahuku”

Edward Hirsch has published ten books of poems, most recently Stranger by Night (2020) and Gabriel: A Poem (2014), both from Alfred A. Knopf, and six books of prose, including 100 Poems to Break Your Heart (Mariner Books, 2021) and A Poet’s Glossary (Harcourt, 2014). His new prose book, The Heart of American Poetry, will be published in April 2022 to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of the Library of America.

Slow-Dancing with 45s

At the age of fourteen, during my last year in junior high school in Gardena, I began to realize that if I were ever to get a date I ’d have to revolutionize my musical point of reference. The faux …

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.


Ira Sukrungruang’s books include four works of nonfiction: This Jade World (University of Nebraska Press, 2021), Buddha’s Dog & Other Mediations (University of Tampa Press, 2018), Southside Buddhist (University of Tampa Press, 2014), and Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy (University of Missouri, 2010); the short story collection The Melting Season (Burlesque Press, 2016); and the poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night (University of Tampa Press, 2013). He is the president of Sweet: A Literary Confection and the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College.

Is the First Technological Question the Question of Nipples?

What kind of a machine is found by smell, in the dark? What kind of a machine turns blood into food? What kind of a machine works better unwashed? What kind of a machine gets darker when ready? What kind …

Mary Margaret Alvarado’s debut novel, “Love Is an Emergency,” will be represented by Annie DeWitt. “Is the First Technological Question the Question of Nipples?” is one in a series of essays on new primitivism in the digital age. Other work has been published by The Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Outside, The Rumpus, Boston Review, and Cagibi. She is also the author of a book of poems, Hey Folly (Dos Madres, 2013).

Women’s Work

Valerie Sayers is the author of The Age of Infidelity and Other Stories (Slant, 2020) as well as six novels. Her stories and essays, which appear widely in magazines and anthologies, have won two Pushcart Prizes and citations from The Best American Essays and The Best American Short Stories. The recipient of a fellowship for fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts and a member of the South Carolina Academy of Authors, Sayers is a professor emerita at the University of Notre Dame, where she founded The Notre Dame Review.

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