After the Fact: Scripts & Postscripts

Marvin Bell’s recent books include Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2013 )and Whiteout (Lodima Press, 2011), a collaboration with photographer Nathan Lyons. The selections from “If & When” in this issue continue Bell’s poetic correspondence with Christopher Merrill, earlier exchanges from which were collected in After the Fact: Scripts & Postscripts (White Pine Press, 2016).

Christopher Merrill has six poetry collections; many works of translation and edited volumes, among them The Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature (1991) and From the Faraway Nearby: Georgia O’Keeffe as Icon (1993, reissued 1998); and six books of nonfiction, most recently Self-Portrait with Dogwood (Trinity University Press, 2017). His work has been translated into nearly forty languages and his honors include a knighthood in arts and letters from the French government. As director of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, he has undertaken cultural diplomacy missions to more than fifty countries.

Refuge, and the Serious Humor of Kafka and Beckett

Stephen Dunn is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose. His Degrees of Fidelity: Essays on Poetry and the Latitudes of the Personal,  is due out from Tiger Bark Press in October 2018, and a new collection of poems, Pagan Virtues, is scheduled to be published by W. W. Norton in 2019. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Different Hours, and he has had fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations. Dunn lives in Frostburg, Maryland, with his wife, the writer Barbara Hurd.

Telling Who I Am before I Forget: My Dementia

Gerda Saunders is currently working on a book about her diagnosis of early-onset dementia in 2010 and its aftermath, provisionally titled, “Before I Forget: My Dementia.” Saunders, who emigrated to the U.S. from South Africa in 1984, earned a PhD in English from the University of Utah, spent several years in the corporate world, and then returned to the University of Utah as the Associate Director of Gender Studies. Since retiring in August 2011, she has been spending more time with her family, and she is also involved in community work.

on I Was Thinking of Beauty by Sydney Lea

Jacqueline Kolosov’s lyric memoir, Motherhood, and the Places Between (Stillhouse Press, 2016) won the 2015 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. She is also the author of three collections of poems, most recently Memory of Blue (Salmon Poetry, 2015). The co-editor of Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres (Rose Metal Press, 2015), Kolosov has new poems and prose in the Sewanee Review, Prairie Schooner, and the Southern Review. She lives with her family in Texas.

on door of thin skins by Shira Dentz

Danielle Cadena Deulen is a poet and essayist. Her collection of poems, Lovely Asunder (University of Arkansas Press, 2011), won the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize and the Utah Book Award; her memoir, The Riots (University of Georgia Press, 2011), won the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction, as well as the Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award. She lives in Ohio, where she teaches at the University of Cincinnati.

on Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore

Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from New York University in 2001, and is currently a nonfiction reader for r.kv.r.y quarterly literary journal and reviews editor at PANK. Her work has been published in a bevy of venues, and she has an essay in the anthology In the Dressing Room, forthcoming from Seal Press in fall 2014. She is working on a collection of essays that explore different ways of being haunted.

on Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure: The Dirty Art of Poetry by William Logan

Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of several books, including The Trembling Answers (BOA Editions, 2017), which won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and the essay collection We Begin in Gladness: How Poets Progress (Graywolf, 2018).

on Nine Inches: Stories by Tom Perrotta

Maura Mandyck, several of whose reviews have appeared previously in our pages, holds degrees in English from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Georgia, and in library science from the University of Alabama. She has worked as a librarian for the Nashville Public Library and for Athens Academy, and is now an instructional librarian at Spring Hill College, where she also teaches in the English department. She lives in Mobile, Alabama, with three dogs, two cats, and lots and lots of books.

Do Not Overinflate

David Clewell is the author of several collections of poems—most recently, Taken Somehow By Surprise (University of Wisconsin, 2011). He teaches writing and literature at Webster University in St. Louis and served as Missouri’s poet laureate from 2010–12. His claim to Charlie-the-Tuna-collecting fame is not at all overinflated.