on Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff by Sara Borjas

Situated midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, about an hour’s drive from the geographical center of California, the inland city of Fresno and the wide expanse of the San Joaquin Valley around it have nurtured a number of influential …

on Tokyo by Michael Mejia

Tim Horvath is the author of Understories (Bellevue Literary Press, 2012), which won the New Hampshire Literary Award, and Circulation (sunnyoutside press, 2009), and his fiction appears in ConjunctionsAGNIHarvard Review, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, and in the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop’s program in Granada, Spain. He is currently working on a novel about contemporary composers and musicians.

on Oculus by Sally Wen Mao

Oculus, Sally Wen Mao’s second collection, travels swiftly and deftly through time and urban landscapes across continents. Unbounded by death and transcending history, these poems interrogate the relationship between technology and the body and confront the symbolic violence of …

Mary-Kim Arnold is the author of Litany for the Long Moment (Essay Press, 2018) and the forthcoming The Fish & The Dove (Noemi Press, 2020). Awarded fellowships from the Rhode Island Foundation and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, she holds an MFA from Brown University and now teaches there in the Nonfiction Writing Program.

on Horizon by Barry Lopez

“It’s good to know where you come from, so that you do not live as though you’re lost,” Barry Lopez writes about halfway through Horizon, his first full-length work of nonfiction since he cast his careful gaze on the …

Patrick Pittman is a writer and editor based in Toronto who has reported from many remote corners of the planet for a wide variety of media outlets, from magazines to radio stations. He is the editor of Alpine Review and a past editor of the Australian magazine Dumbo Feather. His debut theater work, Prompter, was staged in Melbourne in 2013.

Vexed Heritage: Two Southern Poets (on R. T. Smith’s Summoning Shades and Natasha Trethewey’s Monument: Poems New and Selected )

Floyd Collins earned his MFA and PhD at the University of Arkansas. A book of critical essays on poetry, The Living Artifact, is forthcoming from Stephen F. Austin University Press in spring 2021. The Teresa Poems will appear from Somondoco Press in fall 2021. His poetry and critical prose appear regularly with The Arkansas Review, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, and The Kenyon Review.

Bodies, Political and Religious (on Leonard Cohen’s The Flame: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings; Marilyn Chin’s A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems; Kazim Ali’s Inquisition; Del Samatar and Sofia Samatar’s Monster Portraits; and Li-Young Lee’s The Undressing)

Jeff Gundy’s eighth book of poems, Without a Plea, was published in early 2019 by Bottom Dog Press. Recent poems and essays are in Cincinnati Review, River Teeth, Forklift, Ohio, Terrain, and Christian Century. He is at work on a series of lyric essays about the Illinois prairie with the working title “Wind Farm.”

 

“A Starting Point” (with an introduction by Katie Geha)

 

INTRODUCTION

Toyin Ojih Odutola is a visual artist consumed by the literary. Her drawings of figures are often cloaked in narrative allusions, and the build-up of marks on the page becomes a language which can be read. After all, …

Toyin Ojih Odutola lives and works in New York. Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, Studio Museum Harlem, and many other places, and is held in collections including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C.; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Becoming Ariel

Valerie Nieman’s fourth novel, To the Bones, appeared this spring from West Virginia University Press. Her third poetry collection, Leopard Lady: A Life in Verse (Press 53, 2018), includes work that first appeared in the Missouri Review, Chautauqua, Southern Poetry Review, and other journals. Other poems have been published in numerous anthologies, including Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods and Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. Nieman teaches creative writing at North Carolina A&T State University.

God Is Not Right, He Is Big & Notes Toward Intuitive Geography

Jeff Gundy’s eighth book of poems, Without a Plea, was published in early 2019 by Bottom Dog Press. Recent poems and essays are in Cincinnati Review, River Teeth, Forklift, Ohio, Terrain, and Christian Century. He is at work on a series of lyric essays about the Illinois prairie with the working title “Wind Farm.”