My Birthright

Rahul Mehta is the author of the novel No Other World (Harper, 2017) and the short-story collection Quarantine (HarperPerennial, 2011). Their work has been awarded a Lambda Literary Award and an Asian American Literary Award and has appeared in numerous publications, including Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, NOON, The Sun, and the New York Times. Born and raised in West Virginia in a Gujarati-American household, they teach creative writing at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Their collection of poems and lyric essays is forthcoming from the University Press of Kentucky.

Here’s a Love Poem to the Turkish Coffee Lady; Beautiful Heart; & If I Want to Go There I Have to Watch What I Say

Darius Atefat-Peckham is an Iranian-American poet and essayist whose work has appeared in Poem-a-Day, Indiana Review, Barrow Street, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Journal, The Florida Review, and in the anthology My Shadow Is My Skin: Voices from the Iranian Diaspora. He is the author of the chapbook How Many Love Poems (Seven Kitchens Press, 2021). In 2018, Atefat-Peckham was selected by the Library of Congress as a National Student Poet. He lives in Huntington, West Virginia, and currently studies English and Near Eastern languages and civilizations at Harvard College.


Virga; Polis; & Variations on a Theme by Stanley Plumly

D. S. Waldman is a Marsh-Rebelo scholar at San Diego State University. His work has most recently appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Narrative, Poetry Northwest, Gettysburg Review, Conjunctions, Copper Nickel, Colorado Review, and Missouri Review. Waldman directs the San Diego–based organization Poetic Youth, which brings MFA creative writing students into under-resourced high school classrooms to facilitate creative writing workshops.

High Holy Days; The First Dybbuk; & I drew the tower from the tarot deck.

Leah Brand was born in Boca Raton, Florida, and raised in the Jewish community there. Having recently completed her MA in art history, she now lives and works as a poet and art historian in Washington, D.C. This is her first major poetry publication.

Aboard the Steamer SS City of Rio de Janeiro; Manuél Sánchez. In the Eye of San Ciriaco; Leaving, My Husband Crowned in Coquís; & Carla Medina de Sánchez. At Anchor

Lis Sanchez is a North Carolina Arts Council Writer’s Fellow and has poetry published or forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Puritan, Poetry Northwest, Cincinnati Review, The Bark, Copper Nickel, and other magazines. She is a recipient of Prairie Schooner’s Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing, Nimrod’s Editors’ Choice Award, and The Greensboro Review Award for Fiction.

Translating My Great-Grandfather’s Poems at Home with Nora

Melanie Tafejian teaches and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. She holds an MFA from North Carolina State University, where she won the North Carolina State Poetry Prize. Tafejian serves as a reader for The Raleigh Review and her poems appear in The Atlanta Review, The Los Angeles Review, and Poetry Northwest, among other journals.

Galveston, Shrinkage, Why Gunmen Are Often Binary Cis-Men

An actual gun isn’t part of a man’s 
covert junk the last time I checked,
around 2006 in Galveston, Texas. 

I was in search of a Glen Campbell
look-alike, with a belt buckle so big 
you could serve hors-d’oeuvres on …

Dusty Mike Perez earned their MFA degree in poetry at the University of Houston as well as an MA in creative writing from Florida State University. Formerly a professional ballet/jazz dancer, they are currently an associate professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Their poems have appeared in Oscilloscope Lit, BLOOM, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Bluing the Blade, Top Shelf Review, Crab Orchard Review, the Bangalore Review, The Florida Review, Beyond Queer Words, and Sand Hills.

Futures: Hibiscus & Futures: Stone Mountain

Purvi Shah’s recent book Miracle Marks (Northwestern University Press, 2019) explores women, the sacred, and gender and racial equity. Her prize-winning debut collection, Terrain Tracks (New Rivers Press, 2006), plumbs migration and belonging. With artist Anjali Deshmukh, she creates embodied multimedia participatory art. She retains her love of pecan pie, honeysuckle, and humid heat—despite the struggles of having been young and brown in rural Georgia. She is grateful for formative years in Virginia Beach, Virginia—one of the most diverse U.S. cities—and knowing a multitudinous South.

My Family Tree Pines with Mispronunciation & my cotton too

Siew David Hii lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. His prose and poetry appear or are forthcoming in Story, The Common, Salt Hill, Electric Literature, Sugar House Review, and elsewhere.

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