on Unsun by Andrew Zawacki

Andrew Zawacki’s latest poetry collection, Unsun, refracts recurring interests in sunlight and perception as a way of making visible our slow-going collective disaster. The nature of this disaster is manifold: the disaster of parenting in the midst of climate …

Sueyeun Juliette Lee lives in Denver, Colorado. Her books include No Comet, That Serpent in the Sky Means Noise (Kore Press, 2017), Solar Maximum (Futurepoem Books, 2015), Underground National (Factory School Press, 2010), and That Gorgeous Feeling (Coconut Press, 2008). Her latest, Aerial Concave Without Cloud, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in 2021. A former Pew Fellow in the Arts for Literature, Lee has held residencies internationally in poetry, dance, and video art. Her essays have appeared with The Volta, Constant Critic, Jacket2, and The Poetry Foundation, and she has provided editorial support to the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. 

on Frankissstein: A Love Story by Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson’s new novel, Frankissstein, is a lively homage to the biotechnological future first made thinkable in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It is one in a long series of remakes and commentaries that equate “Frankenstein” with biotechnological developments such …

Julie Carlson is a professor of English and the associate dean of faculty equity at University of California, Santa Barbara. With Aranye Fradenburg Joy, she is editor of Brainstorm Books, an imprint of punctum books. Author of England’s First Family of Writers: Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Mary Shelley (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007) and In the Theatre of Romanticism: Coleridge, Nationalism, Women (Cambridge University Press, 1994) and co-editor with Elisabeth Weber of Speaking about Torture (Fordham University Press, 2012), her writings concern radical activism in British Romantic literary culture, theories of mind, and friendship across difference. Her current book project is Friendship and Creativity: The Radical Legacy of British Romanticism. 

on Mud and Stars: Travels in Russia with Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Other Geniuses of the Golden Age by Sara Wheeler

When characterizing the fiction of Ivan Turgenev in a review of Constance Garnett’s translation of The Two Friends and Other Stories for The Times Literary Supplement in December 1921, Virginia Woolf—as consummate a critic as she was a novelist—describes a …

Jonathan Russell Clark is the author of An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom (Fiction Advocate Press, 2018) and the forthcoming Skateboard (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2022). His work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, Tin House, Vulture, and numerous other publications.

Old Fellas (on The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese)

The New York Times published an op-ed by Martin Scorsese on 4 November 2019, a few days after The Irishman, his eagerly awaited motion picture, had opened in restricted theatrical release and about three weeks before the film would …

Jerome Christensen is a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, where he formerly taught film studies and Romantic literature. He is the author of four books on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and philosophy as well as his most recent book, America’s Corporate Art: Studio Authorship of Hollywood Motion Pictures (Stanford University Press, 2012). He has published film-related essay-reviews in the Los Angeles Review of Books and is currently at work on an essay on Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In and Pain and Glory and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. 

Shelter in Place

Bishakh’s work has appeared in The New YorkerWe’re Still Here (The first all-trans comics anthology),  Beyond, vol. 2 (The Queer Post-Apocalyptic & Urban Fantasy Comics Anthology), The Strumpet, The Boston Review, Black Warrior Review, VICE, The Brooklyn Rail, Buzzfeed, Ink Brick, The Huffington Post, The Graphic Canon vol. 3 and Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream. She received the Xeric grant in 2003 for her comics collection Angel.  Her graphic novel Apsara Engine is out now from The Feminist Press. Her graphic memoir Spellbound will be published by Street Noise Books in August 2020.


Kaleidoscopic Consciousness


Doron Langberg is a painter born in Israel and based in New York City. He received his BFA at the University of Pennsylvania and his MFA from Yale University. In 2019, he won the John Koch Award from the …

Doron Langberg (b. 1985), an Israeli-born painter based in New York City, received his BFA at the University of Pennsylvania and his MFA from Yale University. In 2019, he won the John Koch Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; other honors include fellowships and residencies through programs such as the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program, the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program, Yaddo, and the Queer Art Mentorship Program. His most recent solo show, Likeness, was in 2019 at the Yossi Milo Gallery, which also exhibited his work in the 2020 Armory Show.


Kaytea Petro is a San Francisco–based artist, activist, and entrepreneur. She has run away with a circus, started a company to transform cities into fruit-based gift economies, and self-published a number of comic books. She curates at the Engine 43 gallery. Her sculptures and drawings have been shown in China and in galleries across the United States.

Shelter in Place

Lindsey Bailey, an artist and illustrator currently based in Olive Branch, Mississippi, graduated from Mississippi State University in 2009 with a BFA in graphic design. She has worked on editorial illustration, character design, book covers, children’s books, and portraits for clients who include Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Teen Health Mississippi, and ESPN. Her personal work focuses on the representation of people of color, specifically black women and their underrepresentation in sci-fi and horror.

Why I No Longer Care for T-Blockers; Libélulas; & The Rupture in the Crust

Alan Pelaez Lopez is an AfroIndigenous poet and installation and adornment artist from Oaxaca, México. They are the author of Intergalactic Travels: Poems from a Fugitive Alien (The Operating System, 2020) and To Love and Mourn in the Age of Displacement (Nomadic Press, 2020). Their poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and “Best of the Net” and selected to appear in Best New Poets 2019 and Best American Experimental Writing 2020. Pelaez Lopez has received fellowships and/or residencies from Submittable, the Museum of the African Diaspora, VONA/Voices, and the University of California, Berkeley. They live in Oakland, California.