A Mansion and a Mercedes and a Date with David Hasselhoff

Mark Jude Poirier has published two novels and two short-story collections. His fiction has appeared in Tin House, The Southern Review, BOMB, Subtropics, The American Scholar, and elsewhere. He recently won both an O. Henry Award and a Pushcart Prize and was longlisted for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. His films have played at the Sundance Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the American Film Festival of Deauville, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and in theaters all over the world.

Copper Queen

That was the summer I fell in love with two men no one could tell apart. “The twins,” people called them, though they were not twins, were not even related, and also, they didn’t look that much alike. We were …

Aryn Kyle’s short-story collection, Boys and Girls Like You and Me (2010), and her novel, The God of Animals (2007), were both published by Scribner. Her new novel, Hinterland, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books. She lives in New York City.

Over the River, translated from the Norwegian by Olivia Lasky

Laila Stien, a Norwegian novelist, poet, and translator, has published several collections of short stories and poetry. She has an education in ethnology, social anthropology, and Sámi language and has translated a number of Sámi novels, poems, and texts into Norwegian. 

The Man Who Drove Backward

AJ Wells holds an MA in literature and creative writing from Auburn University and earned his BA from the College of the Holy Cross, where he studied English, classics, and rhetoric. He currently lives in his hometown of Buena Vista, Georgia.

Pachakutik

Mauricio Kilwein Guevara was born in Boyacá, Colombia, and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has published several books of poetry, including POEMA (The University of Arizona Press, 2009). His collection of micro-fictions, Autobiography of So-and-So, was published by New Issues Poetry and Prose in 2001, and his comedy, The Last Bridge/El Último Puente, was performed off-Broadway in 1999 (Urban Stages). The story “Pachakutik” is part of a novel-in-progress that was supported by a Fulbright Award for research and writing in Ecuador. Kilwein Guevara teaches writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and lectures in the Medical Humanities Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Knifemagnet; Pilot Impostor; On Seeing Pessoa; Frontotemporal Streetcar; The Algorithm; & Gold

James Hannaham’s most recent novel, Delicious Foods (Little, Brown and Company, 2015)won both the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, while his novel God Says No (McSweeney’s, 2009) was honored by the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Awards. His short stories have appeared in One Story Inc., Fence, StoryQuarterly, and BOMB, and he was for many years a writer for the Village Voice and Salon and is also a visual and performance artist. His text-based visual art has been exhibited at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, 490 Atlantic, and James Cohan. He teaches at Pratt Institute.

The Way Home, translated from the Korean by Deborah Kim

I abandoned my homeland in 2000, when I was twelve years old. Home was a small village located in the northernmost part of Korea. A decade earlier, the Arduous March had started, and though the famine was formally over, for …

Darby Jo is a North Korean–born writer and photographer whose work has appeared in Tupelo Quarterly. In 2008, he defected to South Korea via Mongolia before immigrating to the United States. He is currently working on a long-term photography project documenting the North Korean diaspora.

Against Winning

For fewer but more perfect blooms,
experts say to prune the buds.

—Sara Wainscott, Insecurity Systems

 

The ideas in this essay have not led me to quit or walk away from any role or job I currently hold. But …

Stephanie Burt is a professor of English at Harvard. Her most recent books include the chapbook For All Mutants (Rain Taxi, 2021), After Callimachus (Princeton University Press, 2020), Don’t Read Poetry: A Book about How to Read Poems (Basic, 2019), and Advice from the Lights (Graywolf, 2017), an NEA Big Read selection. In 2022, her new collection of poems will appear from Graywolf.

If Your Dreams Don’t Scare You

Initiation

I don’t remember what they called that night. Someone drove us to a house off campus. Someone blindfolded us. Someone lined us up around the perimeter of a pool. They made us practice fundamentals—low mark time (heel up, toes …

Joni Tevis is the author of two books of essays, most recently The World Is on Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse (Milkweed Editions, 2015). Her essays have appeared in Orion, The Southern Review, Oxford American, Poets & Writers, and elsewhere. The winner of a Pushcart Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship, she serves as the Bennette E. Geer Professor of English at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. She is at work on a new book of nonfiction about music, destruction, and iconic American landscapes.