on The Method: How the Twentieth Century Learned to Act by Isaac Butler

In Mikhail Bulgakov’s unfinished satire Black Snow, translated into English by Michael Glenny in 2005, a harried writer has the misfortune of having one of his novels picked up by the Independent Theatre, a legendary and mysterious Moscow institution …

Shonni Enelow is a professor of English at Fordham University and the author of Method Acting and Its Discontents: On American Psychodrama (Northwestern University Press, 2015), which won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. Her book on filmmaker Joanna Hogg is forthcoming from the University of Illinois Press.

on Sea Change by Gina Chung

Gina Chung’s debut novel, Sea Change, intimately follows first-person narrator Ro, who is stricken by grief. Ro works an entry-level job at an aquarium, despite freshly entering her thirties. She is adrift: estranged from her mother, their relationship is …

Nancy Nguyen grew up in Orange County, California, and is currently earning her PhD in English and creative writing at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, swamp pink, Jellyfish Review, and Pigeonholes. A 2019 Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellow and a 2021 Susanna McCorkle Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Nguyen is working on a novel and collection about women, magic, bodies, and war.

on Nervous: Essays on Heritage and Healing by Jen Soriano

From an initial diagnosis of depression at nineteen, to the eventual diagnoses of multiple mental and physical illnesses in the two decades that followed, Jen Soriano has lived a lifetime of chronic pain. Her debut essay collection, Nervous: Essays on

Chekwube Danladi is the author of Semiotics (University of Georgia Press, 2020), winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Lambda Literary Foundation, Hedgebrook, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. She is the 2022–25 writer-in-residence at Occidental College and lives in Los Angeles.

Janine Joseph Takes on How Personhood and Credibility Enter the Record (on Janine Joseph’s Decade of the Brain and Driving without a License)

In the opening poem of Decade of the Brain, Janine Joseph describes “the vehicle still leagues away from rescue.” She is telling us the story of her own traumatic brain injury, and she is giving us a version of …

Asa Drake is a Filipina American poet and essayist in Central Florida. Her chapbook, “One Way to Listen,” was selected by Taneum Bambrick as the winner of Gold Line Press’s 2021 Poetry Chapbook Contest. She has received fellowships and awards from the 92NY Discovery Poetry Contest, Tin House, and Idyllwild Arts. Her most recent poems can be found or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Sierra Magazine, MQR Mixtape, and Waxwing.

South to a New Place: Imani Perry and Adolph Reed Jr. on Racial Reckoning and the South (on Imani Perry’s South to America: A Journey below the Mason–Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation and Adolph Reed Jr.’s The South: Jim Crow and Its Afterlives)

There was a time when I hated the South and my white roots. That is, I felt ashamed of myself and my people. After moving away and returning, I now call the South home again, or home perhaps for the …

Robert Birdwell teaches and tutors in the Emory University Writing Program. His first book is The Radical Novel and the Classless Society (Lexington Books, 2018); he is now writing a book about African American literature and the American dream.


Vivek V. Narayan is a writer, performance-maker, and scholar, currently serving as assistant professor of English, Theatre, and Performance Studies at Ashoka University. His writing appears or is forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Indian Literatures, Black Warrior Review, Muse India, Modern Drama, The Bombay Review, and elsewhere, while his theater work has been staged in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Experimental Method: Verb(al) Metamorphosis [Rigor (n.) → to Rigor (v.)] & Experimental Method: Root Graft [Trans(loc)ation]

Iris A. Law is a poet, editor, and educator living in the San Francisco Bay Area. A Kundiman fellow and cofounding editor of Lantern Review, Law has been published in journals such as the New England Review and Waxwing and was included in They Rise Like a Wave: An Anthology of Asian American Women Poets (Blue Oak, 2023). Her chapbook Periodicity was published by Finishing Line Press in 2013.

Butterflies Remember a Mountain that No Longer Exists & Americans Add Jell-O

Luisa Muradyan is originally from Odesa, Ukraine, and is the author of American Radiance (University of Nebraska Press, 2018). She is the winner of the 2017 Prairie Schooner Book Prize and a member of the Cheburashka Collective. Additional work can be found in Best American Poetry, Threepenny Review, Guernica, Ploughshares, and Black Warrior Review.

from Traces, translated from the French by Nancy Naomi Carlson

Samira Negrouche is a poet and translator who was born and lives in Algiers, Algeria. Author of seven poetry collections and several artists’ books, she has participated in various multidisciplinary projects. She collaborated with choreographer Fatou Cissé on Traces. The Olive-Trees’ Jazz and Other Poems (Pleiades Press, 2020), translated by Marilyn Hacker, was shortlisted for the Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry and the National Translation Award in Poetry.