Market at the Children’s Museum; Recognition; & What Proximity Does My Life Have to the Life of the World?

Sasha West’s first collection, Failure and I Bury the Body (Harper Perennial 2013), was a winner of the National Poetry Series and the Texas Institute of Letters First Book of Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, Copper Nickel, and elsewhere. She is an associate professor of creative writing at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.

Lyric Up the Hills: Postcard Poems from Hong Kong

Before they took Hong Kong in the nineteenth century, the British described it as a “barren rock with hardly a house upon it.” Now it is a place of tremendous height and stone, worthy of Sisyphus’s fruitless toil. The colonial …

The Bauhinia Project was founded in Berkeley in 2019 to bring Hong Kong’s struggles to the stage of transnational activism through lyric and language. The Bauhinia Project has been featured on KPFA Radio, KTSF Television, and the Hong Kong–based Apple Daily and Stand News. They have collaborated with Moe’s Books, the Center for Political Education, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Oakland Public Library, and student groups at Berkeley Law. 

Liberia, Day Zero; All the News That’s Fit to Print; Misdiagnosis; Filovirus Phylogenetic Tree; & Self-Portrait as Virus

Seema Yasmin is an Emmy Award–winning journalist, medical doctor, and author, who traveled to Liberia to report on the 2014–16 Ebola epidemic with the support of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Her poems in this issue, part of a forthcoming book titled If God Is a Virus: The Ebola Poems, are also a result of that reporting trip. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news reporting in 2017 with a team at the Dallas Morning News, Yasmin is a clinical professor at Stanford University where she studies the spread of health misinformation. Her second book, Muslim Women Are Everything, will be published by HarperCollins in April 2020.

Thou Art the Man; Tactical Defense Plan for the Glass House

Bruce Beasley is the author of eight collections of poems, including his most recent, All Soul Parts Returned (2017) and Theophobia (2012), both from BOA Editions. A native of Macon, Georgia, he lives in Bellingham, Washington, and is a professor of English at Western Washington University.

I Will Be Like Claude Cahun

Yxta Maya Murray is a writer and law professor living in Los Angeles. Her seventh novel is forthcoming in 2021 from Northwestern University Press, and her first collection of short fiction will be published by University of Nevada Press.

Two Goats

There was a story in the village of Bjni that went like this: When Armenia declared its independence from the Soviet Union, there were two types of people—Armenian A, who sold his Soviet state-subsidized goat, spent all his money, and

Erik Raschke is an American author living in Amsterdam. His novel To the Mountain is forthcoming from Torrey House Press in 2020.

The Special World

Tiphanie Yanique’s most recent book is the poetry collection Wife (Peepal Tree 2016). She is also the author of the novel Land of Love and Drowning (Riverhead, 2014) and a collection of stories, How to Escape from a Leper Colony (Graywolf, 2010). Yanique, who hails from the Virgin Islands and is a professor at Emory University, has been recognized with a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Fullbright scholarship, an Academy of American Poets prize, a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” listing, and many other honors. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Best African American Fiction, the Wall Street Journal, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. 


Caroline McCoy’s work appears or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Lit Hub, Electric Literature, The Bitter Southerner, and others. She is a writer in residence at Crosstown Arts in Memphis.

Imitation: A Study

Shivani Radhakrishnan is a writer living in New York, where she is also a PhD candidate in philosophy at Columbia University. Her work has appeared in Threepenny Review, n+1, the Washington Post, and Boston Review, among others. She is working on an essay collection.