Worthy to Receive, or “Even a blind pig gets a truffle now and then”: Philip Levine and Me

Rick Campbell is a poet and essayist who lives on Alligator Point, Florida.

I Knew Some of Them, But They All Knew Me

Amy Wright is the author of two poetry books, one collaboration, and six chapbooks. Most recently her essays won first place in contests sponsored by London Magazine and Quarterly West. She has also received two Peter Taylor Fellowships to the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, an Individual Artist Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and a fellowship to Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Wright’s essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Brevity, Fourth Genre, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere.


Authors’ note: This essay began after a conversation about writing and our shared interest in documenting the origin and evolution of our identities as writers. We build all our collaborative essays by responding to one another’s sections until a natural

Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, most recently An Earlier Life (Ovenbird Books, 2016), and co-author of Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction (originally published by McGraw-Hill in 2003 and with a third edition coming out this year) with Suzanne Paola and The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World (Skinner House Books, 2012) with Holly J. Hughes. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Tupelo Quarterly, Sweet, Bellevue Literary Review, and Psaltery and Lyre. Recipient of six Pushcart Prizes, she is a professor of English at Western Washington University and an associate faculty member at the Rainier Writing Workshop.

Julie Marie Wade is co-author (with Denise Duhamel) of Unrhymables: Collaborations in Prose (Noctuary Press, 2019). Other works include Same-Sexy Marriage: A Novella in Poems (2018) and When I Was Straight (2014), both from A Midsummer Night’s Press. She teaches in the creative writing program at Florida International University and reviews regularly for Lambda Literary Review and The Rumpus. She is married to Angie Griffin and lives on Hollywood Beach.

Taabu and the Vibe

Gerald Majer’s poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in Callaloo, FIELD, The Georgia Review (several times), Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, Yale Review, and other journals; his creative-nonfiction book The Velvet Lounge was published by Columbia University Press in 2005. Majer teaches literature and creative writing at Stevenson University in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Painting Bermuda’s Past: Cy Gavin Shares the Stories Behind His Paintings

Cy Gavin’s paintings have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Sargent’s Daughters in New York, the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, the VNH Gallery in Paris, and many other venues. He lives and works in New …

on Otherworld, Underworld, Prayer Porch by David Bottoms

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.

on Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp by Józef Czapski, translated from the French by Eric Karpeles

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.

on All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

Nicole Chung’s debut memoir, All You Can Ever Know, confronts the difficulties Chung encountered growing up as an adopted Korean daughter in a predominantly white southern Oregon town. The book also chronicles her search as an adult for her …

Sarah Appleton Pine earned an MFA from Western Washington University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Michigan Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review Online, The Rumpus, Ploughshares Blog, Los Angeles Review, and Grist. Appleton Pine teaches at Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and is currently involved with writing projects that circle around mental illness, family, and gender. 

They, Too, Sang America: Visual Artists’ Harlem Renaissance

In 2018, Ohio’s state capital hosted a citywide festival commemorating the Harlem Renaissance. Scholars and historians participated in forums on the movement’s impact. Spoken-word and mixed-media artists local to Ohio or from Harlem gave performances, and the Columbus Museum of …

Kevin Brown completed “Countée, Ida Mommy & Me: A Family History of the Harlem Renaissance” in 2018, an account of his maternal great-grandmother’s marriage to the poet Countée Cullen; portions of the book have appeared in the Chattahoochee Review, Fiction International, and the Threepenny Review. Calypso Editions published his English translation of Mexican author Efraín Bartolomé ’s Ocosingo War Diary: Voices from Chiapas (2014), and he was a contributing editor for The New York Public Library African-American Desk Reference (John Wiley, 2000). He is also the author of Malcolm X: His Life & Legacy (Millbrook, 1995) and of the biography Romare Bearden: Artist (Chelsea House, 1994). His articles, book reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared in The Nation, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Washington Post Book World, among other publications.