Autumn, Sleeping Bear Dunes

Mary Broadbeck, originally trained in industrial design, worked in the West Michigan furniture industry for a dozen years—she is listed as inventor on several U.S. furniture-related patents—before shifting to image-making in the 1990s. She holds a BFA in industrial design from Michigan State University and an MFA in printmaking from Western Michigan University, and she studied Japanese woodblock printmaking in Tokyo with Yoshisuke Funasaka on a Japanese government Bunka-Cho Fellowship in 1998. Her landscape woodblock prints—most of which depict the Great Lakes—have received critical acclaim in both Japan and the United States; the Sleeping Bear Dunes series, created 2006–2008, is in the permanent collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts and in many private collections throughout the world. Brodbeck teaches the traditional methods of Japanese woodblock printing through public workshops, college and university courses, and private lessons, and she is currently making a documentary film about the process. A Michigan native, she lives in Kalamazoo.

Let’s Ask the Fox

Laurie Kutchins’ three books of poetry include The Night Path (BOA Editions, 1997), which received the Isabella Gardner Award. Her poems and lyric essays have appeared previously in The Georgia Review, Southern Review, Orion, the New Yorker, and elsewhere. She directs the creative writing program at James Madison University.

Real Estate Ode

 

If the Pyramid at Giza were 

at Bleecker and LaGuardia, 

the base would extend down to West Broadway 

and Spring, and across Spring to Mercer, 

and up Mercer to Bleecker and across 

Bleecker to LaGuardia,

sloping up on four

Sharon Olds is the author of eleven volumes of poetry, most recently Stag’s Leap (Knopf, 2012), which was awarded the T. S. Eliot Prize and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her next collection, Odes, is due out shortly, also from Knopf. Named New York State Poet Laureate from 1998–2000, Olds teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and is one of the founders of NYU’s writing workshops for residents of Goldwater Hospital and for veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, she was awarded the Donald Hall–Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry in 2014, and was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2015.

on A Woman of Property by Robyn Schiff

Catherine Rogers teaches English at Savannah State University. Her work has appeared in Kalliope: A Journal of Women’s Art, Paideuma, and Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, as well as in the online journals Autumn Sky Poetry and Touch: The Journal of Healing. She cherishes happy memories of having been the very first graduate editorial assistant of The Georgia Review.

on Lighting the Shadow by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

In Lighting the Shadow, Rachel Eliza Griffiths’ third collection, the poet sings a song of nonself. Varied sources—from news, visual art, poetry, and family—generate the current along which moves the speaker’s polymorphous permeable body electric, enacting her intention to …

Heidi Lynn Staples is the author of A**A*A*A, forthcoming from Ahsahta Press, and co-editor of Big Energy Poets: Ecopoetry Thinks Climate Change, slated to appear from BlazeVox Press. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Alabama.

on The Great Clod: Notes and Memoirs on Nature and History in East Asia by Gary Snyder

Justin Wadland is the author of Trying Home: The Rise and Fall of an Anarchist Utopia on Puget Sound (Oregon State University Press, 2014), which won the 2015 Washington State Book Award in the History/General Nonfiction category. His essays and reviews have appeared in the Believer, the Normal School, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Rain Taxi, among other publications. He works as a librarian and lives with his family in Tacoma, Washington.

on Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

We are enamored with the new. We exalt the original, the innovative, the experimental. See the proliferation of lists declaring the literary world’s next protégés: Muzzle Magazine’s “30 under 30”; Buzzfeed’s “20 under 40 Debut Writers You Need …

Claire Schwartz is the author of bound (Button Poetry, 2018). Her poetry has appeared in ApogeeBennington Review, the Massachusetts Review, and Prairie Schooner, and her essays, reviews, and interviews in the Iowa ReviewLos Angeles Review of BooksVirginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. 

The Uneventful: On Eduardo Costa and Conceptual Poetics (on Conceptualism and Other Fictions: The Collected Writings of Eduardo Costa 1965–2015, edited by Patrick Greaney; & Corrected Slogans: Reading and Writing Conceptualism, edited by Lucy Ives)

Alex McElroy’s writing appears or is forthcoming in New England Review, Copper Nickel, Kenyon Review Online, Black Warrior Review, and Catapult. He splits his time between New Hampshire and Texas.

Soldania (on Paul Ruffin’s The Time the Waters Rose & Stories of the Gulf Coast; Sonja Livingston’s Ladies Night at the Dreamland; Gilbert Allen’s The Final Days of Great American Shopping: Stories Past, Present, and Future; John Lane’s Coyote Settles the South; & Becoming Southern Writers: Essays in Honor of Charles Joyner, edited by Orville Vernon Burton and Eldred E. Prince Jr.)

Samuel Pickering, the author of more thirty books, which span several genres, was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He taught English for forty-five years, thirty-five of them at the University of Connecticut. His most recent book is Parade’s End, published by Mercer University Press in 2018. “Reading Pickering,” a reviewer wrote in the Smithsonian decades ago, “is like taking a walk with your oldest, wittiest friend.”