An Extended Public Service Announcement & What Would You Ask the Artist?

Terrance Hayes’s recent publications include American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin, 2018), winner of the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and To Float in the Space Between: A Life and Work in Conversation with the Life and Work of Etheridge Knight (Wave Books, 2018), winner of the Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. He is a professor of English at New York University.

Interstate & Thread

Brent Armendinger is the author of Street Gloss (The Operating System, 2019) and The Ghost in Us Was Multiplying (Noemi Press, 2015), both of which were finalists for the California Book Award in Poetry. He is also the author of two chapbooks, Undetectable (New Michigan Press, 2009) and Archipelago (Noemi Press, 2009). Armendinger’s poems and translations have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Anomaly, Asymptote, Bennington Review, Conjunctions, Ghost Proposal, Green Mountain Review, Interim, and Tinfish. He teaches creative writing at Pitzer College and lives in Los Angeles with his husband and their collection of odd salt and pepper shakers.

Spring View

Arthur Sze is the author of ten books of poetry, including Sight Lines (Copper Canyon Press, 2019), which received the National Book Award for Poetry. A limited-edition letterpress chapbook, Starlight Behind Daylight, was published by St. Brigid Press in 2020. His new and collected poems, The Glass Constellation, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in April 2021. A professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Portrait of Billy

Samuel R. Delany’s many books include Babel-17 (Ace Books, 1966); Nova (Doubleday Books, 1968); Dhalgren (Bantam Books, 1975); Atlantis: Three Tales (Wesleyan University Press, 1995); Dark Reflections (Carroll & Graf, 2007), winner of the Stonewall Book Award; the Return to Nevèrÿon series; and the paired essays Times Square Red / Times Square Blue (New York University Press, 2001). He has received the Nicolas Guillén Award for Philosophical Literature, the Kessler Award for LGBTQ Studies, four Nebula Awards from the Science Fiction Writers of America, and two Hugo Awards from the World Science Fiction Convention; he was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame in 2016.

A Door Swings Open

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The female hysteric represents an extraordinarily complicated type, of a completely particular and excessively versatile nature, remarkable for her spirit of duplicity, lying, and simulation. With an essentially perverse …

Maud Casey is the author of four works of fiction, most recently The Man Who Walked Away (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014), and one work of nonfiction, The Art of Mystery: The Search for Questions (Graywolf Press, 2018). “A Door Swings Open” is an excerpt from her forthcoming story collection, The City of Incurable Women (Bellevue Literary Press, 2021).

The Plums

Ben Fergusson is a British writer based in Berlin. His debut novel, The Spring of Kasper Meier (Little, Brown, 2014), won the 2015 Betty Trask Prize and the HWA Debut Crown 2015 for the year’s best historical fiction debut. In 2015, he was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. The second and third books in his Berlin trilogy, also published by Little, Brown, are The Other Hoffmann Sister (2017) and An Honest Man (2019), which was selected by The Sunday Times, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Financial Times as one of the best books of the year.

Memento Mori

On the morning a week after Marcelina Ngonadi died, the four stooped sister-friends are pensive, knowing that Henrietta will be the next. As they look upon Marcelina’s gleaming casket with its gold handles and at her jewelry—silver earrings and a …

Enyeribe Ibegwam was brought up in Lagos, Nigeria. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in PEN America Best Debut Stories 2019, Prairie Schooner, The Southampton Review, Auburn Avenue, and Transition Magazine. He has been awarded a PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize and was a finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. He has received grants from the Vermont Studio Center and the Elizabeth George Foundation and is currently an MFA student at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Delivery

She takes the test on her birthday. 

“You’ll want a baby right away, won’t you?” he’d joked three months earlier, before their August wedding.

She’d demurred, but she knew she was lying. By November, there it is: a growth, a …

Jasmin Aviva Sandelson is the author of the Looking Out (under contract with Princeton University Press). She received a PhD in sociology from Harvard University and is currently an MFA student at New York University, where she holds an Axinn Fellowship in nonfiction. Sandelson’s writing appears in Longreads, Hobart, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, and elsewhere.

I Want This to Be True

There are diamonds inside

Although the Leonid meteor shower is not a rare occurrence, it is rare that I will be awake to see it. The news has been reporting that the meteor shower is coming, that a certain province …

Jenny Boully is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow in general nonfiction. She is the author of Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life (Coffee House Press, 2018), The Book of Beginnings and Endings: Essays (Sarabande Books, 2007), The Body: An Essay (Essay Press, 2002), and other books. She teaches at Columbia College Chicago and the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her recent work has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Bennington Review, and The Iowa Review. “I Want This to Be True” is from a forthcoming collection, I Want This to Be True: Essays on Existence & the Afterlife.