Songs of Our Nonselves

According to the American Academy of Microbiology, the human body contains about three times more bacterial cells than human cells—to say nothing of viruses, fungi, or other protozoa. These invisible beings are not neutral inhabitants. Rather, they mold our moods, …

Heidi Lynn Staples is the author of A**A*A*A, forthcoming from Ahsahta Press, and co-editor of Big Energy Poets: Ecopoetry Thinks Climate Change, slated to appear from BlazeVox Press. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Alabama.

The Wake of Negative Space: Narrating Loss in Two Recent Novellas

In The Writing of the Disaster (1986), Maurice Blanchot argues that narrating disaster—global, national, local, or personal—is an impossible task because it cannot be articulated or explained. Writing about disaster, Blanchot argues, is at “the limit of writing” because it …

Lindsey Drager is the author of the novels The Lost Daughter Collective (Dzanc, 2017) and The Sorrow Proper (Dzanc, 2015). She is an assistant professor at the College of Charleston, where she teaches in the MFA program in fiction.

Smuggling the Sun

For the 2017 Whitney Biennial, Los Angeles–based artist Rafa Esparza transported over three thousand handmade adobe bricks from LA to New York, and with a group of individuals he described as “Brown” built a rotunda inside the museum, obscuring the …

Eamon Ore-Giron (b. 1973) received his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2006. He has exhibited in venues including the Deitch Projects in New York, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, and the SFMOMA in San Francisco.

Against Summer

Andrea Hollander’s first published poem appeared in the Winter 1982 issue of The Georgia Review. Her first full-length poetry collection won the 1993 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize; her fourth was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Her many other honors include two Pushcart Prizes (in poetry and creative nonfiction) and two fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. After living in the woods of the Arkansas Ozarks for thirty-five years, she moved to downtown Portland, Oregon, in 2011.

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.