Écorché with Terminal Ballistics

Gabriella R. Tallmadge is an alumna of the Hedgebrook Writers in Residence program. Her poetry has received a Transitional Artist Residency Award from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts as well as a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Passages North, Indiana Review, Crazyhorse, Best New Poets, and other journals.

The White Poet Wants to Know Why I Don’t Write More Arab Poems

 

Because, while a war blooms at the margins

of the other country that claims me, still

 

I am here with my ordinary grief and its language.

 

Because every time I open my mouth

I am an Arab

Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Writing and Publishing at Cleveland State University. She is the author of the chapbooks Ebb (New-Generation African Poets Series, Akashic Books) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editor’s Selection from Bull City Press. Individually, her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, the American Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

I Fly I Fly & Questions the Ghosts Have Asked Me

Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Writing and Publishing at Cleveland State University. She is the author of the chapbooks Ebb (New-Generation African Poets Series, Akashic Books) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editor’s Selection from Bull City Press. Individually, her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, the American Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

The Failure of My Music

I was cleaning the garage and then

the garage was clean. The voice

from the radio sounded shocked

by another mass shooting

but went on about the government

officials and their take on the violence,

which had nothing to do

Robert Evory’s poetry has been featured or is forthcoming in Nashville Review, Spillway, Spoon River Review, Natural Bridge, Wisconsin Review, and elsewhere. The managing editor and co-founder of the Poet’s Billow, Evory is the assistant coordinator of the Creative Writing Department and a doctoral assistant at Western Michigan University. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University.

Virgule

Felicia Zamora is the author of the forthcoming Body of Render, winner of the 2018 Benjamin Saltman Award (Red Hen Press, 2020); Of Form & Gather, winner of the 2016 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize (University of Notre Dame Press, 2017); & in Open, Marvel (Parlor Press, 2018); and Instrument of Gaps (Slope Editions, 2018). She won the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize from Verse, has authored two chapbooks, and was the 2017 Poet Laureate of Fort Collins, Colorado. Her published works may be found or are forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Crazyhorse, jubilat, Lana Turner, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, The Nation, West Branch, and others. She is the associate poetry editor for Colorado Review, holds an MFA in creative writing from Colorado State University, and is the education programs manager for the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

Our Agora

Cate Lycurgus’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Tin House, the Iowa Review, and elsewhere. A 2014 Ruth Lilly fellowship finalist, she has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ conferences and was recently named one of Narrative’s 30 Under 30 Featured Writers. Lycurgus currently lives south of San Francisco, where she edits interviews for 32 Poems and teaches professional writing to aspiring accountants.

In Praise of My Manicure

Because I was taught all my life to blend in, I want

my fingernails to blend out: like preschoolers

 

who stomp their rain boots in a parking lot, like coins

who wink at you from the scatter-bottom of a

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Oceanic (Copper Canyon Press, 2018). She was recently named a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow. Her writing appears in Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, ESPN, and Tin House. Her book of illustrated nature essays is forthcoming with Milkweed Editions. She serves as poetry faculty for the Writing Workshops in Greece and is professor of English and creative writing in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.

Boy, Dirty, Aged Twelve

Susan Terris’s most recent books are Take Two: Film Studies (forthcoming in fall 2017) and Memos (2015), both from Omnidawn. She is the author of six books of poetry, sixteen chapbooks, three artist books, and a play; her journal publications include Denver Quarterly and Ploughshares. A poem of hers from FIELD received a Pushcart Prize, and a poem from Memos was selected for Best American Poetry 2015. Terris is editor of Spillway and a poetry editor for Pedestal Magazine.

The Eccentric French Song and Dance Man of Grand Rapids

Kristina Faust is a native of New Jersey living and working in Grand Rapids, MI. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan and is currently working on her first book of poetry.