The Art of Pain

John Cotter’s personal essays have most recently appeared in Guernica, Catapult, and Electric Literature. He has a coming-of-age novel, Under the Small Lights (Miami University Press, 2010), and he is completing a narrative manuscript about going deaf, “Losing Music.” A lifelong New Englander, Cotter now lives in Denver, where he teaches for Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

The Beatitude of Nowhere

Jennifer Stock is a writer and new media artist based in New Haven, Connecticut. She is currently working on an essay collection that examines the resonance of objects inherited from her collector parents. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the Iowa Review, the Normal School, Hotel Amerika, and Salmagundi.

Meanders, Toe-Heads, Scour Holes, and Oxbows: Some Notes on a River Life

John Lane, the author of multiple books of poetry and prose, teaches at Wofford College. He has paddled rivers in dozens of states and foreign countries, and has written poetry and prose about them. He and his wife own seven kayaks, three canoes, and a stand-up paddle board.

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain on Medical School.

Amy Steinberg is a graduating medical student at the University of California–San Francisco, and will continue her training as a resident physician in neurology at the University of Washington. She is the recipient of the 2017 Alan Cheuse Memorial Scholarship from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.

Naguib Mahfouz and the Nobel Prize: A Blessing or a Curse?

Raymond Stock, an expert on Middle Eastern cultural and political affairs, has translated seven books by Naguib Mahfouz, whose biography he is writing for Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow and a frequent commentator in the media, Stock is an instructor of Arabic at Louisiana State University and a Shillman/Ginsburg Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum. His articles and translations of Arabic fiction have appeared in Bookforum, the Diplomatist, the Financial Times, Harper’s, International Herald TribuneJournal of Arabic Literature, Middle East Quarterly, Zoetrope: All-Story, and many other venues. He is currently translating Egyptian writer Sherif Meleka’s 2008 novel Khatim Sulayman, with the working title “Suleiman’s Ring,” for the American University in Cairo Press.

Umm Ahmed (a story translated from the Arabic and introduced by Raymond Stock)

Naguib Mahfouz (1911–2006) was named the 1988 Nobel Laureate of Literature. His story “Umm Ahmed” (pp. 21–34) has never before appeared in an English translation.


Elly Bookman, winner of The Georgia Review’s 2017 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize, was also the recipient of the first annual Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from the American Poetry Review in 2010. Bookman’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the New Yorker, the American Poetry Review, the Florida Review, and elsewhere. She writes and teaches in her hometown of Atlanta.

In the Time of PrEP: An Interview with Jacques J. Rancourt

Soham Patel: What have you been reading lately? How is it influencing your new writing?

Jacques Rancourt: With poetry, I’d been so focused the last few years on poets who write carefully chiseled poems that lately I’ve been drawn to …

Soham Patel joined The Georgia Review in 2018 where she works as an assistant editor and manages the book review section. She is the author of four chapbooks of poetry including and nevermind the storm and New Weather Drafts (both from Portable Press @Yo-Yo Labs) and the full-length collections to afar from afar (Writ Large Press, 2018) and ever really hear it (Subito Press, 2018), winner of the 2017 Subito Prize. Patel is a Kundiman fellow and a poetry editor at Fence. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA in English from Western Washington University, and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where she served for four years as a poetry editor at cream city review.

The Work Lives Outside of Me: Talking with Erin Adair-Hodges


Colette Arrand: Your first published poem, “Of Yalta,” won the 2015 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize. It’s also the poem that opens your debut collection Let’s All Die Happy. You’ve lived with this poem for some time now. Is …

Colette Arrand is the author of Hold Me Gorilla Monsoon (Opo Books & Objects, 2017), and the co-editor of The Wanderer. Her poetry and essays have appeared in CutBank, Fanzine, The Toast, and elsewhere.