on The Tiniest Muzzle Sings Songs of Freedom by Magdalena Zurawski

Peter Burzynski recently completed a PhD in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, an MFA in poetry from the New School University, and an MA in Polish literature from Columbia University, and works as the book center manager at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee. Burzynski is also the translator of Martyna Buliżańska’s This Is My Earth (New American Press, 2019).

on 100 Poems by Seamus Heaney

Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of several books, including The Trembling Answers (BOA Editions, 2017), which won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and the essay collection We Begin in Gladness: How Poets Progress (Graywolf, 2018).

“What Else Might Be Available”: Three Contemporary Lineages of the Poetry Project

How to imagine the intellectual and affective thicket of literary inheritance is one of the urgent densities of aesthetic life. This exploration of lineages and canonicity is also one of writing’s most complex pleasures. However, the joy of reading and …

Nick Sturm’s poems, collaborations, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Brooklyn RailASAP/JBlack Warrior Review, the websites of the Poetry Foundation and PEN America, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and elsewhere. His first book of poems is How We Light (H_NGM_N BKS, 2013). His scholarly and archival work can be traced at his blog, Crystal Set. He is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he teaches courses on poetry, visual art, and multimodal composition.

Post-Metamorphic: The Poetry of Modern Motherhood

When podcaster Hillary Frank, host and founder of The Longest Shortest Time, first started pitching her motherhood-centered show for radio, she “met rejection after rejection.” Editors pushed back on the grounds of market demand, as Frank recalls in a …

Emily Pérez is the co-editor of the forthcoming anthology The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood (University of Georgia Press, 2021) and the author of the poetry collections Made and Unmade (Madhouse Press, 2019), House of Sugar, House of Stone (Center for Literary Publishing, 2016), and Backyard Migration Route (Finishing Line Press, 2011). A CantoMundo fellow and Ledbury Emerging Critic, her poems and reviews have appeared in journals including Cosmonauts Avenue, Copper Nickel, Poetry, Diode, RHINO, and The Guardian. She teaches English and gender studies in Denver, where she lives with her family.

A Lower Deep


What sort of color is black? Is it absolute absence or absolute accumulation? Are we talking in terms of light waves or pigment? Black and its obverse, white, are exceptional colors, a fact stamped in the oxymoronic nomenclature reserved …

Michi Meko (b. 1974) is a multidisciplinary artist currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia. His work can be found in the collections of the High Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta, among other institutions. In 2019 Meko had solo exhibitions at the Alan Avery Art Company in Atlanta; the Sumter County Gallery of Art in Sumter, South Carolina; and the Chimento Gallery in Los Angeles, and he was featured in Hulu’s Artist in Residence documentary series.

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.