Penmanship; Bride of the Adriatic; & Over the Yardarm

Elton Glaser has published eight full-length collections of poetry, most recently two books in 2013: Translations from the Flesh (University of Pittsburgh Press) and The Law of Falling Bodies (University of Arkansas Press).

Señor Calligraphy

Sarah Key was born in Oklahoma, then somehow found her way to Harlem, where she raised two children. She loves to write poetry on her subway commute to Hostos Community College. Her students there in the South Bronx are her favorite teachers. In addition to her poetry, she has written a series of cookbooks called The Hollywood Hotplates (Abbeville Press) as well as essays for the Huffington Post; her poems have appeared in publications such as Poet Lore, Minerva Rising, Poetry Center San Jose, Tulane Review, Tuesday; An Art Project, and CALYX. She has poems in Nasty Women Poets, The Stars, and other anthologies.

Assembly Lines

S. A. Stirnemann was born in Tennessee and grew up in Detroit. Now living in central Florida, Stirnemann was the editor of the South Florida Poetry Review for almost ten years and taught in the English department at Florida Atlantic University. Stirnemann is currently editing and putting together a book of poems dedicated to Philip Levine, “When Detroit.” Stirnemann’s poems have appeared in DescantNew Mexico Humanities ReviewPloughsharesthe Southern Poetry Review, and others.

Eventually an expert came, hooded her, and took her away

Elizabeth Cantwell is a poet and high school teacher living in Claremont, California. Her poetry collection Nights I Let the Tiger Get You (Black Lawrence Press, 2014), was a finalist for the 2012 Hudson Prize. Cantwell is also the author of a chapbook, Premonitions (Grey Book Press, 2014), and has contributed poems to a variety of journals, including PANKCincinnati Review, Los Angeles Review, DIAGRAM, and Missouri Review.

Words Frequently Confused: Resurrection, Reincarnation

Phillip Sterling’s most recent books are the poetry collection And Then Snow (Main Street Rag) and, as editor, Isle Royale from the AIR: Poems, Stories, and Songs from 25 Years of Artists-in-Residence (Caffeinated Press), both released in 2017. He has served as artist-in-residence for both Isle Royale National Park and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

The Medical Editor on Art

Roxanne Halpine Ward graduated from the MFA program at the University of North Carolina–Greensboro. Her work has appeared in CALYX, Greensboro Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review, and the Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, among others, and her chapbook, This Electric Glow, was published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2012. She has worked in the medical publishing industry for almost twelve years and lives outside of Philadelphia.

Obit: Language; Obit: Approval; Obit: The Priest; & Obit: Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang’s fourth book of poems, Barbie Chang, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017; The Boss (McSweeney’s, 2013) won a PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Her earlier books are Salvinia Molesta (University of Georgia Press, 2008) and Circle (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005). She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship in 2017. In 2018, she earned the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award for her manuscript-in-progress, “OBIT.” She lives in Los Angeles and teaches for Antioch University’s MFA program.

The Book of the Dead Man (Dylan’s Names)

Live as if you were already dead.
                           —Zen admonition

All I can do is be me, whoever that is.
                           —Bob Dylan


 1. About the Dead Man and Dylan’s Names


Who were Elston Gunn and Blind Boy Grunt, Bob

Marvin Bell’s recent books include Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2013 )and Whiteout (Lodima Press, 2011), a collaboration with photographer Nathan Lyons. The selections from “If & When” in this issue continue Bell’s poetic correspondence with Christopher Merrill, earlier exchanges from which were collected in After the Fact: Scripts & Postscripts (White Pine Press, 2016).

These Things Happen Here, At This Time of Night

Blair Hurley received her A.B. from Princeton University and her MFA from New York University. Her stories are published or forthcoming in Ninth Letter, West Branch, Mid-American Review, Washington Square, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere. She has received a 2018 Pushcart Prize and scholarships from Bread Loaf and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts; her debut novel, The Devoted, is due in August 2018 from W. W. Norton & Company.