Purple Tents

Kent Meyers has published a memoir, a book of short fiction, and three novels, two of which have been listed as New York Times Notable Books. (The most recent is Twisted Tree, released in 2009). His work has won numerous honors, including a Society of Midland Authors Award and a High Plains Book Award. Meyers has published fiction and essays in various literary journals and magazines, including Harper’s and (several times) The Georgia Review. He lives in Spearfish, South Dakota, and teaches in Pacific Lutheran University’s low-residency MFA program, the Rainier Writing Workshop.

Phantom Rove

Karen Babine is the author of All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer (Milkweed Editions, 2019) and Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life (University of Minnesota Press, 2015)—winner of the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for memoir/creative nonfiction and a finalist for both the Midwest Book Award and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. Her work has appeared in such journals as Brevity, River Teeth, North American Review, Slag Glass City, and Sweet, and her essays have twice been named notables in Best American Essays. Babine also edits Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. She lives in Minneapolis.

Leo’s Bomb

When the bomb goes off Leo is thinking of dogs. In particular: how he doesn’t like them.

It’s something about their eyes, which blink with an odd depth of understanding that appears almost human to him. A few years back, …

Sheldon Costa, an MFA candidate at Ohio State University, has other work appearing or forthcoming in Ninth Letter, The Pinch, the American Literary Review, and Juked, among others. He is a past winner in the AWP Intro Journals Project and of the 2018 Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship Award at OSU.

Ordinary Wealth (with photographs by Peter Forbes)

Scott Russell Sanders lives in the hill country of southern Indiana, where he has written more than twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including A Conservationist Manifesto (Indiana University Press, 2009) and Hunting for Hope (Beacon Press, 1998). His most recent books (also from IU Press) are Stone Country: Then & Now (2017), a documentary narrative made in collaboration with photographer Jeffrey Wolin, and Dancing in Dreamtime (2016), a collection of eco-science-fiction stories. He is currently finishing his portion of Ordinary Wealth, fifty brief tales written in response to photographs by Peter Forbes.

Blue Buzz, Blue Guitar: Wallace Stevens and the Poetics of Noisemaking

L. S. Klatt is the author of four poetry volumes, including a collection of prose poems titled The Wilderness After Which (Otis Books, 2017). Recent poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, the Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, and Copper Nickel, and his essay “The Electric Whitman” is in the Spring 2008 issue of the Southern Review. Klatt is the former Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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 is the author of A Woven World: On Fashion, Fishermen, and the Sardine Dress (Counterpoint Press, 2021). Her other recent books include Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit (Milkweed Editions, 2014) and the poetry collection Stairway to Heaven (Penguin, 2016). The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and the Walt Whitman Award, she is Regents Professor at the University of Arizona. She lives in Tucson and on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada.

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.