An Escalation

Kelsey Norris is a writer and editor from Alabama currently living in Washington, D.C. She earned an MFA from Vanderbilt University, where she was the editor-in-chief of Nashville Review. Her work has appeared in the Oxford American and the Kenyon Review (online), and she was a finalist in Narrative’s 2017 fall story contest. 




Qingxin remembers that the character 万comes fromin the Oracle Bone Script—a scorpion with large pincers and a poisonous sting at the end of its jointed tail. How does a bug come to mean ten thousand, as in “毛主席万岁”—…

Ye Chun has published two books of poetry, Lantern Puzzle (Tupelo Press, 2015) and Travel over Water (Bitter Oleander Press, 2005); a novel in Chinese, Peach Tree in the Sea (People’s Literature Publishing House, 2011); and a book of translations, Ripened Wheat: Selected Poems of Hai Zi (Bitter Oleander Press, 2015). She is an assistant professor at Providence College.

Mi Corazón Es Su Corazón

David Bosworth’s two most recent books, historical studies of cultural change, are The Demise of Virtue in Virtual America: The Moral Origins of the Great Recession (Front Porch Republic, 2014) and Conscientious Thinking: Making Sense in an Age of Idiot Savants (University of Georgia Press, 2017). A resident of Seattle, he is a professor in (and the former director of) the University of Washington’s creative-writing program.

on A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety by Donald Hall

“Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” These words, delightful in their oxymoronic truth, were reportedly spoken by the English actor Edmund Kean (1789–1833) on his deathbed. Though variously attributed to comedians and Hollywood actors over many years, this adage could …

Gary Kerley is a retired educator living in Bermuda Run, North Carolina. His reviews and articles have appeared in a number of publications and encyclopedias. An essay on the relationship between James Dickey and Pat Conroy and a review of Henry Taylor’s selected poems, This Tilted World Is Where I Live, will appear in the 2020 issue of The James Dickey Review. His articles on Alice Friman and William Walsh will appear next year on the online New Georgia Encyclopedia.

on The Dean of Discipline by Michael Waters

Judith Vollmer’s fifth book of poetry, The Apollonia Poems (University of Wisconsin Press, 2017), was the winner of the Four Lakes Prize in Poetry. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in Poetry International, the Women’s Review of Books, the Great River Review, The Cambridge Companion to Baudelaire, and elsewhere. She lives in Pittsburgh.

on The Book of the Dead by Muriel Rukeyser

Admirers of Muriel Rukeyser have been waiting for a reprint of The Book of the Dead, long out of print, and West Virginia University Press’s new edition does not disappoint. Of course, it’s exciting to have Rukeyser’s seminal …

Jessica Smith, a founding editor of Foursquare Magazine, name magazine, and Coven Press, teaches at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received her BA, MA, and MLS from SUNY Buffalo, where she participated in the Poetics Program; she is now pursuing her MFA in creative writing at Miami University in Ohio. She is the author of numerous chapbooks and two full-length books of poetry, most recently Life-List (Chax Press, 2015). Her third, How to Know the Flowers, is forthcoming from Veliz Books.

on Quickening Fields by Pattiann Rogers

Tina Kelley’s third poetry collection, Abloom and Awry (CavanKerry Press, 2017), followed Precise (Word Press, 2013) and The Gospel of Galore (Word Poetry, 2002), winner of a 2003 Washington State Book Award. She coauthored Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope (Wiley, 2012) and reported for the New York Times for ten years, sharing there in a staff Pulitzer Prize. She lives with her husband and two children in Maplewood, NJ.

Now You See Me: Three Asian-American Poets on Visibility

In the 7 May 2018 issue of the New Yorker, Dan Chiasson reviewed Jenny Xie’s debut poetry collection Eye Level, winner of the 2017 Walt Whitman award. Of her collection he writes with enthusiasm, “Xie’s swallowed commands, shorn …

Anjali Enjeti serves as vice president of the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has most recently appeared in Newsday, The Nation, the Atlanta Journal–Constitution, and elsewhere. She teaches creative nonfiction in the MFA program at Reinhardt University, and her own debut book, a collection of essays about identity, is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press.

Fields of Sight

Fields of Sight (2013–), a series of Gauri Gill’s black-and-white photographs overlaid with images by Rajesh Vangad created in Warli tradition, is an ongoing collaborative project that attempts to reckon with the many layers of story, time, and space as …

Gauri Gill (b. 1970, Chandigarh, India) earned a BFA in Applied Art from the College of Art, New Delhi; a BFA in photography from the Parsons School of Design in New York City; and an MFA from Stanford University. She has exhibited within India and internationally, including MoMA PS1 in New York; Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel; Kochi Biennale; the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Wiener Library in London; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and the National Gallery of Art in Warsaw. Her work is in the collections of prominent North American and Indian institutions, such as New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Fotomuseum in Winterthur. In 2011 she was awarded the Grange Prize, Canada’s foremost award for photography.


Rajesh Vangad (b. 1975, Ganjad, Dahanu, India) is a bearer of the Warli style of painting, a traditional form belonging to the indigenous people of that tribe. He learned the art at a young age from his parents—particularly his mother—and later from such masters as Jivya Soma Mashe. His murals can be seen at the Craft Museum in New Delhi, the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, and the T2 Terminal at the International Airport in Mumbai. Vangad has published three books: My Gandhi Story (Tulika Books, 2014), Kabir Saamagri (part of Kabir Project), and The Indian Crafts Journey, as well as a map of Maharashtra (Dastkaar Haat Samiti). His work has been featured across India and the world. Fields of Sight has been included in Documenta 14, Kassel; the 7th Moscow Biennale; and Prospect.4, a city-wide triennial in New Orleans. Selected images from the series have been featured by Granta, Columbia Journal, and other publications.