Portonaccio Sarcophagus

Bennett Sims is the author of the short-story collection White Dialogues (2017) and the novel A Questionable Shape (2013), both from Two Dollar Radio. His work has received the Bard Fiction Prize and the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome. He teaches fiction at the University of Iowa.

Laxmi Lending Library and Paper Shop

Ruthvika Rao is a 2022 graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her short stories have appeared in The Southern Review, New Letters, StoryQuarterly, The Antioch Review, and elsewhere. She is from Hyderabad, India.

The Interview

Ed Falco is the author of a dozen books, including novels, short-story collections, and poetry collections. His most recent book is the poetry collection Wolf Moon Blood Moon (Louisiana State University Press, 2017). His novel Transcendent Gardening is forthcoming from C&R Press, while his poetry collection X in the Tickseed is forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press. A recipient of the Robert Penn Warren Prize in Poetry from The Southern Review and the Emily Clark Balch Prize in Fiction from the Virginia Quarterly Review, he teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at Virginia Tech.

Art Circle

Tom Noyes’s most recent book, The Substance of Things Hoped For: A Novel, was released by Slant in 2021. He has also published three story collections: Come by Here: A Novella and Stories (Autumn House, 2014), Spooky Action at a Distance and Other Stories (Dufour, 2008), and Behold Faith and Other Stories (Dufour, 2003). His fiction has appeared most recently in Ascent, Kenyon Review, Laurel Review, and West Branch. He directs the BFA in creative writing program at Penn State Behrend in Erie, Pennsylvania.


A. E. Stout’s stories have appeared in Zoetrope: All-StoryMcSweeney’s, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and American Scholar. The screenplay adaptation of “Homewrecker” was commissioned by Ravensong Productions, with Varda Bar-Kar directing and producing, while her feature-length screenplay The Replacement, based on her short story by the same name, was commissioned by American Zoetrope, with Francis Ford Coppola executive producing.

To Sleep before Evening (from This Short Day of Frost and Sun)

Samuel R. Delany was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame in 2016 and received the Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021. A filmmaker, novelist, and critic, he is the author of Nova (Doubleday, 1968), Dhalgren (Bantam Books, 1975), the Return to Nevèrÿon series (multiple publishers, 1979–87), and the award-winning Dark Reflections (Caroll & Graf, 2007), among many other books. Currently, he lives in the Fairmount district of Philadelphia with his partner, Dennis.

Storytelling for Survival

Rosalind Guy is a high school English teacher who recently received her MFA from the University of Memphis. Her poems have appeared in African Voices, Juke Joint, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Boulevard, and Southern Indiana Review.

Places, Please

Zack Finch’s essays have appeared recently in New England Review, The Adroit Journal, Colorado Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Socrates on the Beach, and Brilliant Corners. He teaches literature and writing at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Starshine in “After Vermont, My Hipster Hunter’s Cap”

I searched the near thousand emails April sent to me throughout the duration of our friendship for a glossary of sorts, for a history of her relationship with specific words that appear in “After Vermont, My Hipster Hunter’s Cap,” sensing …

Spring Ulmer is the author of Bestiality of the Involved (Etruscan Press, 2020), The Age of Virtual Reproduction (Essay Press, 2009), and Benjamin’s Spectacles (Kore Press, 2007). She teaches at Middlebury College.

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