Que Significa; Impressionism; & Reconciliation, Back Then, Meant


Que Significa


I thought it’ d be cooler, here, 
in late June, but all night I’m kicking off the sheets 
and pulling them back over my body in the stillness 
of my room, until I remember, suddenly, 
those …

Blas Falconer is the author of three poetry collections, including Forgive the Body This Failure (Four Way Books, 2018). His poems have been featured in Poetry, Kenyon Review, and the New York Times, and his awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange. He is a poetry editor for the Los Angeles Review and teaches in the MFA program at San Diego State University. 

Self-Portrait as the Virgin after Karaoke; Self-Portrait as the Virgin Cruising the Beach at Night; Epistle (Día de Muertos); & Gloria

Joshua Garcia’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Arts & Letters, Ninth Letter, Shenandoah, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the College of Charleston and is a 2021–22 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University.

Ablution & Isotopes

Sarah Lao is a Chinese American writer from Atlanta, Georgia, whose poetry can be found or is forthcoming in AGNI, Narrative, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. She is currently studying at Harvard College.

Now vs. When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d; Assemble the Mockingbird; Disagreeable Aspects of Hyphenation; T. and I Compare the Dreamscape; & from Tonight, a Woman


Now vs. When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d


Tonight, my mother leaves a voicemail asking I work back-of-house when I can. I haven’t had a parent call afraid for my safety since 9/11. 

Close to where …

Asa Drake is a Filipina American writer and public services librarian in Central Florida. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest, Tin House, and Idyllwild Arts. Her chapbook One Way to Listen was selected by Taneum Bambrick as the winner of Gold Line Press’s 2021 Poetry Chapbook Contest.

The Counting & Muddy Waters

Avram Kline is a writer and public school teacher in Brooklyn, New York. His poems and stories have appeared in The Baltimore Review, jubilat, PANK, Fence, Big Big Wednesday, Transom, and The Common, among other places.

Unconditionally Asian Americans: A Conversation on Korean Diasporic Identity in the U.S. South

S. Moon Cassinelli is an assistant professor in the department of English and the women’s and gender studies program at Virginia Tech. Using feminist and queer of color critique to examine how interracial genealogies are formed as a result of U.S. militarization, Cassinelli’s research focuses on contemporary narratives of transnational adoption and kinship in the Korean diaspora. He thanks Al Evangelista and Kathryn Walkiewicz for their time and insights on “Unconditionally Asian Americans.”

Lorraine Dresch’s experiences in the U.S. South are lifelong: she grew up in Wise County, Virginia, completed her English BA at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and her English MA at Virginia Tech, and now teaches English, journalism, and Africana studies at a high school near Charlottesville. As an educator, she creates interdisciplinary learning experiences rooted in authentic inquiry about legacies of historical injustice. Her MA thesis research focuses on ambiguous racializations of nonhuman characters in children’s animated film franchises.

Sing to the Lord an Old Song

Alex Stayer-Brewington was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina, and currently lives on Occaneechi Saponi land in present-day Durham with his wife Caroline, daughter Rowan Wilder, two dogs, and four banjos. He spends his days reading, going for walks, and serving as a pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church and is passionate about Indigenous sovereignty, inter-tribal solidarity, healthy waterways, and prison abolition. He is a proud member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.

Vegan Jollof Rice

Chika Unigwe is the author of Better Never than Late (Cassava Republic, 2020) and Night Dancer, On Black Sisters’ Street (Random House, 2012). Her work has been translated into several languages. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Guardian, the New York TimesAl JazeeraGuernica, Kenyon ReviewAGNI, and Mslexia. Born in Enugu, Nigeria, she has taught at Brown University and Emory University and is currently an assistant professor of writing at Georgia College and State University and the creative director of the Awele Creative Trust. Her next novel is forthcoming in 2023.

Aush-e-Reshteh (Persian Herb, Bean, and Noodle Soup)

Suzi Ehtesham-Zadeh, an accomplished continent-hopper and culture-straddler, grew up in the Shah’s Iran, attended university in the post-Watergate United States, returned to Iran to witness the Islamic Revolution, and later spent large portions of her life in Spain. Paradoxically, her permanent home is a six-acre farm she owns in Woodstock, Georgia. A lifelong teacher, she holds a BA in philosophy from Stanford University and an MFA in creative writing from Boston University. Her work has appeared in Fiction International, Glassworks Magazine, Narrative Northeast, Mobius, Quiddity, and elsewhere.

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