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 a literary critic and the author of the forthcoming Skateboard (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2022) as well as An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom (Fiction Advocate, 2018). His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Tin House, Vulture, Rolling Stone, the Atlantic, and numerous others.

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.

The Spanish Civil War: Harbinger of World War II (on Antony Beevor’s The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936–1939; Paul Preston’s The Spanish Civil War: Reaction, Revolution, and Revenge, revised and expanded edition, and We Saw Spain Die: Foreign Correspondents in the Spanish Civil War; Henry Buckley’s The Life and Death of the Spanish Republic: A Witness to the Spanish Civil War; Stanley G. Payne’s The Spanish Civil War; Nick Lloyd’s Forgotten Places: Barcelona and the Spanish Civil War; ¡No Pasarán!: Writings from the Spanish Civil War, edited by Pete Ayrton; George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia; Enrique Moradiellos’s Franco: Anatomy of a Dictator; Mercè Rodoreda’s In Diamond Square, translated by Peter Bush; Emili Teixidor’s Black Bread, translated by Peter Bush; Lydie Salvayre’s Cry, Mother Spain, translated by Ben Faccini; and Manuel Rivas’s The Low Voices, translated by Jonathan Dunne)

Karen Swenson has published five volumes of poetry, been included in numerous anthologies, and appeared in The New Yorker, Saturday Review, Poetry, Commonweal, Miramar, The Nation, and other publications. Also the author of travel and political articles for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, Swenson presently lives in Barcelona, Spain.

Parts of a Poet: Lensing’s Stevens (on George S. Lensing’s Making the Poem: Stevens’ Approaches)

After T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land appeared in 1922, it was hailed as the pre-eminent text of poetic modernism. A pastiche drawn largely from the past, the poem was understood to be making a trenchant comment on the disillusioned …

Stan Sanvel Rubin is a poet and educator whose work has appeared in The Georgia Review, AGNI, the Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Kenyon Review, and many more. His fourth full collection of poetry, There. Here., was published by Lost Horse Press in 2013; his third, Hidden Sequel (Barrow Street Press, 2006), won the Barrow Street Poetry Book Prize. Additionally, his interviews with poets have been widely published over the years. Rubin lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state and writes annual essay-reviews of poetry for Water-Stone Review.

“As Complicated and Elusive as Reality”: María Berrio’s Many-Layered Collages (with an interview by C. J. Bartunek)

INTRODUCTION

The creator of striking large-scale multimedia collages that “blur biographical memory with South American mythology,” María Berrio is a Colombian-born artist living and working in New York City. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design (BFA) and the …

María Berrio is a Colombian-born artist living and working in New York City. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design (BFA) and the School of Visual Art (MFA), Berrio has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the world, most recently at the Prospect 4 triennial in New Orleans. She has also created murals in Harlem and in Puebla, Mexico, and is currently working with NYC’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority to mount a public work titled There Is Magic Underneath It All

Ode to Whitman’s “They do not think whom they souse with spray”; Ode to Tennyson’s “Some one had blunder’d”; Ode to Frost’s “And they, since they / Were not the one dead, turned to their affairs.”

Kimiko Hahn, author of nine books, finds that disparate sources have influenced her work—among them black lung disease, Flaubert’s sex tour, exhumation, and classical Japanese literary/poetic forms. Rarified fields of science prompted her latest poetry collections, Toxic Flora (2010) and Brain Fever (2014), both from W. W. Norton. A new collection, Foreign Bodies, is forthcoming in 2020. Hahn’s honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, and a Shelley Memorial Award. She is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College, City University of New York.