A Fire & Prayer from the Desert

Gary Gildner has contributed to The Georgia Review numerous poems and stories, four essays, a book review, and an exchange of letters with the late novelist Raymond Andrews. His latest collection of poems is Cleaning a Rainbow (BkMk Press, 2007); his latest collection of stories is The Capital of Kansas City (BkMk Press, 2016). He has received Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction, and the Iowa Poetry Prize for The Bunker in the Parsley Fields (University of Iowa Press). Gildner and his wife Michele live in the Clearwater Mountains of Idaho and in the foothills of Arizona’s Santa Catalina Mountains.

The Quarry

Corey Van Landingham is the author of Love Letter to Who Owns the Heavens, forthcoming from Tupelo Press, and Antidote (2013), winner of the 2012 Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry. Recipient of an NEA Fellowship and a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, she has published work in The Best American Poetry, Boston Review, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. She lives in Ohio and is a book review editor for the Kenyon Review.

Red-Billed Firefinch & Dearest Creature

Michael Waters’s recent and forthcoming books include The Dean of Discipline (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), Celestial Joyride (BOA Editions, 2016), and a coedited anthology, Reel Verse: Poems about the Movies (Knopf, 2019). A 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, Waters teaches at Monmouth University and for the Drew University MFA program. He is also the recipient of five Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the NEA, the Fulbright Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Kind of Thing That Happens When Nothing Happens

Susan Azar Porterfield has three books of poetry and was the winner of the Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize Book Award for her Dirt, Root, Silk (2016). She has been a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Award for Poetry, and her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Puerto del Sol, Mid-American Review, Nimrod, Poetry Ireland Review, and elsewhere. She edited Zen, Poetry, the Art of Lucien Stryk (Ohio University Press, 1993) and has written for Poets & Writers, The Writer’s Chronicle, and others.

Earth Obituary

Born four and a half billion years ago from flecks of matter, particles of helium, the teeth of gravity, dust, light, ghosts, and ice, she married the sun, bore children from wind and plankton, tethered herself to the hearth with …

Heather Altfeld is a poet and essayist. Her first book of poetry, The Disappearing Theatre (Poets at Work, 2016), won the Poets at Work Prize. Her work appears in Conjunctions, Narrative Magazine, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, the Los Angeles Review, and other literary journals. She currently teaches in the honors program and for the comparative religion and humanities department at California State University–Chico.

[What fool denies the inner life of a whale? ]

Kevin Phan graduated from the Helen Zell Writing Program with an MFA in creative writing in 2013. He is the recipient of two Hopwood Awards from the University of Michigan: the Bain-Swiggett Poetry Prize and the Theodore Roethke Prize. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fence, Pleiades, Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, Poetry Northwest, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere.

The Rats

Jessica Terson’s poetry has appeared in New Orleans Review, River Styx, River Teeth Journal, Salamander, Southern Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago.

Somewhere in the Meadow Is Everything; Address to the Meadow in the Dusk; & Elegy Beginning with a Text from My Brother

Molly Spencer’s recent poetry and critical writings have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, FIELD, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, and Tupelo Quarterly. Her debut poetry collection, If the House (University of Wisconsin Press, 2019), won the Brittingham Prize; a second collection, Relic and the Plum, won the 2019 Crab Orchard Open Competition and is forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press in fall 2020. Spencer is a poetry editor for The Rumpus and teaches at the University of Michigan.

Littoral

Taije Silverman’s recent poems have been in the 2016 and 2017 editions of Best American Poetry, the 2017 Pushcart Prize anthology, Ploughshares, the Sewanee Review, and the Southern Review. Her first book, Houses Are Fields (2009), was published by Louisiana State University Press, and her translations of the Italian poet Giovanni Pascoli will be out from Princeton University Press in 2019.