on Dominant Genes by SJ Sindu

SJ Sindu’s Dominant Genes, winner of the 2020 Black River Chapbook Competition, centers on race, class, nationality, sexuality, and gender identity. Sindu’s second chapbook, Dominant Genes defies genres by combining elements of essay and poetry and impressing upon its …

Nikki Ummel is a queer writer, editor, and educator in New Orleans. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Painted Bride Quarterly, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. She has twice been awarded an Academy of American Poets Award and is the 2022 winner of the Leslie McGrath Poetry Prize. Her chapbook Hush is forthcoming from Belle Point Press (2023). 

on Valentine Ackland: A Transgressive Life by Frances Bingham

Poets Valentine Ackland and Sylvia Townsend Warner accomplished something daring, provocative, and seemingly preposterous: they lived together openly in a committed lesbian relationship in early-to-mid-twentieth-century England. Of the two, Ackland was the most visibly gender nonconforming: dressed in trousers, shirt, …

Erica Goss won the 2019 Zocalo Poetry Prize. Her poetry collection Night Court won the 2017 Lyrebird Award from Glass Lyre Press. Her flash essay “Just a Big Cat” was one of Creative Nonfiction’s top-read stories for 2021. Other work appears or is forthcoming in South Florida Poetry Journal, Oregon Humanities, North Dakota Quarterly, Spillway, Consequence, and Critical Read. Goss served as poet laureate of Los Gatos, California, from 2013 to 2016 and now lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she teaches, writes, and edits the newsletter Sticks & Stones.

on Wild Spectacle by Janisse Ray

Reading Wild Spectacle feels something like Janisse Ray inviting me over to dinner to tell me stories all night over a bottle of wine. As its title indicates, this essay collection contains descriptions of the spectacles of nature: birds, marine …

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.

on So Forth by Rosanna Warren

I want to elaborate three points about Rosanna Warren’s 2020 volume of poetry, So Forth. First, there is no better painterly contemporary poet, or perhaps no better North American poet, at transferring a painterly sensibility into language. After all, …

Charles Altieri is retired after fifty-two years of full-time teaching in universities. The latest of his many books and essays is Modernist Poetry and the Limitations of Materialist Theory (University of New Mexico Press, 2021)His next, Literature, Education, Society, is forthcoming from Routledge.

Du Bois for the Moment, Du Bois for the Millennium (on W. E. B. Du Bois: Black Reconstruction, edited by Eric Foner and Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Nahum Dimitri Chandler’s “Beyond This Narrow Now”: Or, Delimitations, of W. E. B. Du Bois)

At the end of his inimitable 1909 biography of John Brown, W. E. B. Du Bois poses some troubling questions about the enduring significance of the great abolitionist half a century after his execution and nearly as many years after …

Ian Litwin is an independent scholar who specializes in antebellum U.S. literature and the literatures and cultures of slavery and abolition in the Atlantic world during the Age of Revolution. He earned his PhD in English from the University of California, Irvine in 2020.

Returns: Cherokee Diaspora and Art (with an introduction by Ashley Holland)

11 June–4 September 2022, Atlanta Contemporary


For the Cherokee, our creation story is tied to our ancestral lands, which include what is now known as Georgia. Our identity as Native people originates from that location, even if we no …

Luzene Hill is a multidisciplinary artist, best known for immersive installations and performance collaborations. She has exhibited throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Russia, Japan, and the United Kingdom, and has received fellowships from Ucross, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the Eiteljorg Museum, and the First Peoples Fund, among other honors. Hill’s work is featured in Susan Powers’s book Cherokee Art: Prehistory to Present, Josh McPhee’s Celebrate People’s History!: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution, and the PBS documentary Native Art NOW!

Brenda Mallory lives in Portland, Oregon, but grew up in Oklahoma and is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She holds a BA in linguistics and English from UCLA and a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art. She has received grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, Ford Family Foundation, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council. She is a recipient of the Eiteljorg Contemporary Native Art Fellowship, the Native Arts and Culture Foundation Fellowship in Visual Art, and the Ucross Native Fellowship and has participated in numerous artist residencies, including Ucross, Signal Fire Outpost, c3:initiative, and the Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency at Sitka Center for the Arts.

Kade L. Twist is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and grew up in Bakersfield, California. Twist is an interdisciplinary artist, poet, and co-founding member of the art collective Postcommodity. Twist is a 2015 United States Artist Klein Fellow for Visual Arts and recipient of the 2007 Native Writers Circle of the Americas First Book Award for his poetry manuscript “Amazing Grace.” In addition to his creative practice, Twist is associate professor and curriculum area head of Art+Social Practice in the MFA Fine Arts Department at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Previously, Twist served as a public policy analyst specializing in American Indian technology, healthcare, and community development for seventeen years.

Ember Days

Andrew Nurkin’s poems have appeared in The Believer, North American Review, Times Literary Supplement, The Massachusetts Review, The Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, where he teaches public policy and directs the Hart Leadership Program at Duke University.

The Vessel; Secret Concert; & Sea Walk

Myronn Hardy is the author of five books of poems, most recently, Radioactive Starlings (Princeton University Press, 2018). His poems have appeared in the New York Times MagazinePloughshares, PoetryThe Baffler, and elsewhere. He lives in Maine and teaches at Bates College.

Last Apocrypha of Ana Mendieta; Ideas for Silhouettes; Promenade through the Private Museum; & Curatorship, translated from the Spanish by Nancy Naomi Carlson and Esperanza Hope Snyder

Wendy Guerra is a critically acclaimed Cuban poet and novelist. Her three collections of poetry have been translated into thirteen languages, and her novel Todos se van (Everyone’s Leaving) (Bruguera, 2006) was adapted into a screenplay. Guerra’s Ropa Interior (Delicates) (Bruguera, 2009) was published in Spain; Nancy Naomi Carlson and Esperanza Hope Snyder’s English translation of it is forthcoming from Seagull Books in 2023.