Assisted Living

An American Family

Cathy Smith Bowers’ collections of poetry include Like Shining from Shook Foil (2010), The Candle I Hold Up to See You (2009), and A Book of Minutes (2004), and her poems have appeared in publications such as Poetry, the Southern Review, Kenyon Review, and Ploughshares. For many years the poet-in-residence at Queens University of Charlotte, Bowers currently teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Queens and in the Haden Institute Spiritual Direction and Dream Leadership programs. From 2010 to 2012, she was poet laureate of North Carolina.

I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down

William Gay’s “I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down” was his first-ever publication when it appeared in The Georgia Review in Fall 1998. It became the title piece of his short-fiction collection, published by the Free Press in 2002, and it inspired a feature film—titled That Evening Sun—written and produced in 2009 by Georgia native Scott Teems and starring Hal Holbrook. Gay is also the author of three novels and is at work on others in his Hohenwald, Tennessee, home.

Reinventing America; Out of the Mouths of Polish Mothers; Dust; & Northern Motive

How to Write a Personal Essay

Why Orville & Wilbur Built an Airplane

The Window, Autumn

Critical Distance & The End of the Story

David Wagoner has published nineteen books of poems—most recently After the Point of No Return (Copper Canyon Press, 2012)—and ten novels, including The Escape Artist (1965), which Francis Ford Coppola made into a movie in 1982. Winner of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and many other honors, he was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets for twenty-three years, edited Poetry Northwest from 1966 to 2002, and is professor emeritus of English at the University of Washington. He teaches in the low-residency MFA program of the Whidbey Island Writers Workshop.

The Islands

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.