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. 

Theft

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.

I Have Been Assigned the Single Bird

Susan Cerulean is a writer, naturalist, and activist. She was awarded a Gold Medal for Florida Nonfiction for her book Coming to Pass: Florida’s Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change (2015), published by the University of Georgia Press, which will release Cerulean’s I Have Been Assigned the Single Bird: A Daughter’s Memoir in 2020. She has also edited several collections on Florida’s ecology, including UnspOILed: Writers Speak for Florida’s Coast (Red Hills Writers Project, 2010)She divides her time between Tallahassee and Indian Pass with her husband, oceanographer and climate scientist Dr. Jeffrey Chanton. 

The Bear in the Orange Grove

Dustin Parsons’s Exploded View: Essays on Fatherhood, with Diagrams was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2018. His essays have appeared or are forthcoming in magazines such as Brevity, Hotel Amerika, Pleiades, and many more. He lives in Mississippi with his wife, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and their two sons.

The Gay Horizon

The first twenty minutes in line outside the bathhouse sound like thunder. The Broncos have just played—maybe won—at Mile High Stadium, and if it weren’t for a block of four-story apartment buildings we ’d be looking down on the city …

Alicia Mountain is the author of High Ground Coward (University of Iowa Press, 2018), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize, and the chapbook Thin Fire (BOAAT Press 2018). She is a lesbian poet and the Clemens Doctoral Fellow at the University of Denver.

From Travel & Leisure; and Night Pastorals (with introduction by Michael Collier)

Stanley Plumly (1939–2019) authored ten collections of poems and four works of nonfiction. Elegy Landscape: Constable and Turner and the Intimate Sublime, his most recent book, was published by W. W. Norton in 2018. His many honors and awards include an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Truman Capote Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize. He was the founding director of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Maryland, where he had been a professor of English since 1985. Middle Distance, a collection of poems he finished before his death, will be published by W. W. Norton in 2020.

Michael Collier is the author of eight poetry collections, including The Missing Mountain: New and Selected Poems (forthcoming from University of Chicago Press in August 2021). He has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and has received numerous honors, including a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a professor of English at the University of Maryland and emeritus director of the Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences.

The Voice of Sheila Chandra

 

When the sun goes down you move

horizontal you become everything

in the world at once rather than waking

like vertical where you obsess over

ascend or descend or whatever rain

at the edge of the building spit forth

Kazim Ali’s books encompass multiple genres, including poetry, fiction, essay, memoir, and translation. He is currently a professor of comparative literature and creative writing at the University of California, San Diego. His newest books are a volume of three long poems titled The Voice of Sheila Chandra (Alice James Books, 2020) and a nonfiction book, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water (Milkweed Editions, 2021).