Invasive Beauty

No other creature holds the same romance
in the minds of Icelanders as herring. 
   —Anita Elefson, historian, Herring Era Museum

I sit at a tiny coffeehouse nestled on the southern rocky coast of Iceland’s Snaefellsnes Peninsula, a finger of jagged …

Alison Hawthorne Deming’s most recent works include Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit (Milkweed Editions, 2014) and Stairway to Heaven: Poems (Penguin Poets, 2016). “Invasive Beauty” will be included in a forthcoming book, “Lament for the Makers,” supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship. Deming is a Regents’ Professor and holds the Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. She lives in Tucson and on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick.

Give Us Our Crowns

Jane Wong’s poems can be found in Best American Poetry 2015, the American Poetry Review, AGNI, Poetry, the New England Review, and elsewhere. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in McSweeney’s, Black Warrior Review, Ecotone, and Shenandoah. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. The author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016), Wong is an assistant professor of creative writing at Western Washington University.

The Goal Now Has to Be to Listen: An Interview with Barry Lopez

INTRODUCTION

Barry Lopez is one of the world’s foremost thinkers and writers about human beings and their place on this planet. Few writers have thought more deeply about that relationship or have written more powerfully and eloquently about it. The …

James M. Aton is a professor of English at Southern Utah University. He has authored or coauthored seven books on the artists, explorers, and rivers of the Colorado Plateau.

Etymology of a Mood

 

Sometimes I feel like a goddess

with many hands . . . except human.

One hand is amber-gloved, dripping

with honey, and two constantly shoo

the flies. Two hands play “Miss

Mary Mack” while two pairs clap

to “Rockin’

Ama Codjoe was raised in Youngstown, Ohio, with roots in Memphis and Accra. She has been awarded support from the Cave Canem, Saltonstall, Jerome, and Robert Rauschenberg foundations, and also from Crosstown Arts, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Hedgebrook, and the MacDowell Colony. Codjoe’s recent poems have appeared in Gulf Coast Online, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Callaloo, and she is the recipient of a 2017 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award as well as GR’s 2018 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize, judged by Natasha Trethewey.

on Fossils in the Making by Kristin George Bagdanov

Kristin George Bagdanov’s debut collection ponders questions of ecology and the body, or what she calls the “world as it uncreates / itself: creature / of its own making.” Ontological quandaries of being, consuming, and having all appear alongside trash …

Gabrielle Hovendon has been a Vermont Studio Center Fellow, a Lilly Graduate Fellow, and a Devine Fellow. Her fiction has appeared in the Missouri Review, the Gettysburg Review, the Cincinnati Review, Southwest Review, Ninth Letter, Electric Literature, and more. She lives and works in Athens, Georgia.

Writing and the Corporate University (on Jenny Boully’s Betwixt and Between: Essays on the Writing Life and Keywords; for Further Consideration and Particularly Relevant to Academic Life, Especially as It Concerns Inter-Disciplinary Endeavor, and Modes of Resistance to the Same, authored by a Community of Inquiry, edited by D. Graham Burnett, Matthew Rickard, and Jessica Terekhov)

Toby Altman is the author of Arcadia, Indiana (Plays Inverse, 2017) and several chapbooks, including Every Hospital by Bertrand Goldberg (Except One), winner of the 2018 Ghost Proposal Chapbook Prize. His poems can be found in Gulf CoastjubilatLana Turner, and other journals and anthologies. He holds a PhD in English from Northwestern University and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

The Reflected, Refracted Self (on Tarfia Faizullah’s Registers of Illuminated Villages; Vievee Francis’s Forest Primeval; Gabrielle Calvocoressi’s Rocket Fantastic; and Airea D. Matthews’ Simulacra)

Jennifer Saunders is a poet and reviewer living in German-speaking Switzerland; her chapbook Self-Portrait with Housewife was the winner of the 2017 Clockwise Chapbook Competition and is forthcoming from Tebot Bach Press. She holds an MFA from Pacific University, and in the winters she teaches skating in a hockey school.

The Ways People Live

Long ago, I took a workshop with a moderately well-known American poet. When we met in the student union for the half-hour conference I ’d paid extra for, he was visibly annoyed because he couldn’t smoke. For several minutes he …

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.”

 

Conjuring the Past: Cy Gavin’s Bermuda Paintings

Though early in his career, the painter Cy Gavin is already capturing the acclaim of the art world. In 2015, while he was still in the MFA program at Columbia University, the New York Times reviewed his first solo show, …

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 York, where he will present his next solo show at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in March 2019.