Where Do We Discover What We Believe? (on Cooling Time: An American Poetry Vigil by C. D. Wright; The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience by Ann Lauterbach; Poetry and What Is Real by Richard Tillinghast; Distant Reading: Performance, Readership, and Consumption in Contemporary Poetry by Peter Middleton; and The Extravagant: Crossings of Modern Poetry and Modern Philosophy by Robert Baker)

Jeff Gundy’s eighth book of poems, Without a Plea, was published in early 2019 by Bottom Dog Press. Recent poems and essays are in Cincinnati Review, River Teeth, Forklift, Ohio, Terrain, and Christian Century. He is at work on a series of lyric essays about the Illinois prairie with the working title “Wind Farm.”

 

The Religion of Now (on Reading with Oprah: The Book Club that Changed America by Kathleen Rooney; Fool’s Paradise: The Unreal World of Pop Psychology by Stewart Justman; Authentic Fakes: Religion and American Popular Culture by David Chidester; The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa by Michael Kimmelman; and The Aesthetics of Everyday Life, edited by Andrew Light and Jonathan M. Swift)

Benjamin Hedin is the editor of an anthology, Studio A: The Bob Dylan Reader (Norton, 2004). His fiction, interviews, and essays have appeared in the Nation, Salmagundi, Gettysburg Review, and other publications, and he has taught at New York University and the New School. He currently resides in Baltimore, where he is completing a novel.

Sonnet for the Sin of Foolishness

Ellen Frank is an award-winning painter, writer, and scholar of both literature and art. Her illuminated manuscripts have appeared in numerous exhibitions in the United States and internationally, and her Hanukkah Illuminated, A Book of Days series (1997–2000) will be published in book form by Welcome Press. She has a master’s degree in literature and a PhD in literature and visual arts from Stanford University.

The Bells

Michael Waters’s recent and forthcoming books include The Dean of Discipline (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), Celestial Joyride (BOA Editions, 2016), and a coedited anthology, Reel Verse: Poems about the Movies (Knopf, 2019). A 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, Waters teaches at Monmouth University and for the Drew University MFA program. He is also the recipient of five Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the NEA, the Fulbright Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The Summer Afternoon

Gary Gildner has contributed to The Georgia Review numerous poems and stories, four essays, a book review, and an exchange of letters with the late novelist Raymond Andrews. His latest collection of poems is Cleaning a Rainbow (BkMk Press, 2007); his latest collection of stories is The Capital of Kansas City (BkMk Press, 2016). He has received Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction, and the Iowa Poetry Prize for The Bunker in the Parsley Fields (University of Iowa Press). Gildner and his wife Michele live in the Clearwater Mountains of Idaho and in the foothills of Arizona’s Santa Catalina Mountains.

The Whipping

Julia Elliott’s writing has appeared in Tin House, The Georgia Review, Conjunctions, the New York Times, and other publications. She has won a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and her stories have been anthologized in Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses and Best American Short Stories. Her debut story collection, The Wilds( Tin House Books, 2014), was chosen by KirkusBuzzFeed, Book Riot, and Electric Literature as one of the best books of 2014 and was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her first novel, The New and Improved Romie Futch (Tin House Books, 2015), was a finalist for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Prince of Tides Literary Award.

In a Body

Chris Forhan is the author of three books of poetry: Black Leapt In (2009), winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize; The Actual Moon, The Actual Stars (2003), winner of the Morse Poetry Prize and a Washington State Book Award; and Forgive Us Our Happiness (1999), winner of the Bakeless Prize. A professor at Butler University, he is the recipient of an NEA fellowship and two Pushcart Prizes.

Which Rocks We Choose

George Singleton has published over three hundred stories in literary journals and magazines such as The Georgia Review, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s Magazine, One Story, the Southern Review, and Zoetrope. His eighth collection, Staff Picks, will be available in March 2019 from Yellow Shoe Fiction. A Guggenheim Fellow and a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, Singleton teaches in the English department at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

First Class

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.