J.D. Ho holds an MFA from the Michener Center at the University of Texas in Austin. Ho’s work has appeared in the Missouri Review, Shenandoah, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere.


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.

Song and Dance


You know, I think these days we would call it a mild stroke . . . yes, I think your dad had a mild stroke. 

Could that happen from drinking?

Well, I don’t know, but he was very drunk.

Thao Nguyen is an artist, songwriter, touring musician, and producer based in Oakland, California. Her latest album, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down’s Temple, was released in May of 2020.

Our Armor


Every morning of my childhood, my mother emerged from the bathroom after a shower perfumed by a heady mix of talcum powder and baby oil. Dressed in a blouse and petticoat, the softness of her belly just spilled over …

Neema Avashia was born and raised in southern West Virginia to parents who immigrated to the United States and has been a history and civics teacher in the Boston public schools since 2003. Her essays have appeared in outlets such as The Bitter Southerner, Catapult, and Kenyon Review Online. Her first book, Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place, was published by West Virginia University Press in March 2022.

Revisiting the Southern Question

What does it mean to be southern? What does it mean to feel and think deeply through multiple geographies of the South? What is invoked by the “southern” of “Southern Post-Colonial,” and what new spatial and political possibilities are rendered …

Evyn Lê Espiritu Gandhi is an assistant professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of Archipelago of Resettlement: Vietnamese Refugee Settlers and Decolonization across Guam and Israel-Palestine (University of California Press, 2022). She is currently working on a new book project tentatively titled “Revisiting the Southern Question: South Korea, South Vietnam, and the U.S. South.”

Apalachee Correctional Institute



You wanna know why I’m all fucked up? Starts with my moms, right? Our moms was forever scamming, yo. Would take a loan from the Pope and flee the Vatican next day …

Tanya Rey is a queer Cuban-American writer born and raised in Miami. A winner of the 2021 Georgia Review SoPoCo Emerging Writer Fellowship, her writing has appeared in Guernica, Granta, The Sun, Roads & Kingdoms, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Catapult, among others. She holds an MFA degree in fiction from New York University and has received fellowships from MacDowell, Monson Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, Hedgebrook, UCross, and others. An early draft of her novel in progress was selected as a semifinalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship; excerpts appear in Guernica as well as in this issue of The Georgia Review. She lives in Oakland, California.


Baptism; Carpet; & Makeup Tutorial at Grey Gardens






for my father’s church my mother dresses my sister

and me in orange burned

one hundred times over prays


in Arabic rhythmic applies a steroid cream

to my

Aria Curtis is an Iranian-American writer from Atlanta. She holds an MFA from Arizona State University and is the recipient of fellowships from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing as well as a 2021 Georgia Review SoPoCo Emerging Writer Fellowship. She has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Offing, The Shallow Ends, Yemassee, and elsewhere.

Indian Creek



Grandmother’s eyes were glued to the screen as men in helmets and army fatigues clutched machine guns to their chests. Standing in the doorway of our three-bedroom apartment, I watched as she …

Sadia Hassan is the author of Enumeration (Akashic Books, 2020), part of the New-Generation African Poets chapbook set. Hassan has received fellowships from Hedgebrook, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Mesa Refuge. Winner of a 2021 Georgia Review SoPoCo Emerging Writer Fellowship and the 2020 Hurston/Wright College Writers Award and a finalist in 2019 for the Krause Essay Prize, Hassan is currently working on a collection of poems about archives and women prophets. Her work can be found in Poem-a-Day, Boston Review, Longreads, and elsewhere.

Warung Indonesian Holds Promise for the South’s Indonesian Diaspora

In a small strip center lined with restaurants just off Georgia’s Buford Highway, one stands out. The fragrant scents of turmeric, ginger, galangal, and chilies entrance the hungry. Once inside, golden chairs and red tablecloths, along with Javanese artwork and …

Kayla Stewart is an independent food and travel writer. She has written for the New York Times, Travel + Leisure, the Washington Post, and other publications. She is the co-writer, with Emily Meggett, of Gullah Geechee Home Cooking: Recipes from the Matriarch of Edisto Island, forthcoming from Abrams in April 2022.