Sitting in November

William Wenthe is the author of four books of poems, including his most recent collection, God’s Foolishness (LSU Press, 2016). He has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts, and two Pushcart Prizes. “The Trial” is part of a larger project about the American expatriate painter James McNeill Whistler.


Linda Pastan’s fourteenth book of poems, Insomnia, will be published by W. W. Norton in the fall of 2015. Recent poems have appeared in the Paris Review, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, and the Gettysburg Review. Her books have twice been finalists for the National Book Award, and in 2003 she won the Ruth Lily Prize for lifetime achievement. She was poet laureate of Maryland from 1991 to 1995.

Wheeling and Dealing & Wheelman

Richard Bernstein’s “Wheeling and Dealing” and “Wheelman” mark his fourth appearance in The Georgia Review. A twelve-time recipient of the Bright Hill Press New York State Poetry Teacher of the Year Award, he is currently in his twenty-eighth year as a high school English, creative writing, and drama teacher in Norwich, New York. He also teaches courses in English and public speaking at Morrisville State College.

Not Hearing the Woodthrush

Margaret Gibson is the current poet laureate of Connecticut and the author of twelve books of poems, all from Louisiana State University Press, most recently Not Hearing the Wood Thrush (2018) and The Glass Globe (forthcoming in 2021), as well as a memoir, The Prodigal Daughter (University of Missouri Press, 2008). The Vigil (1993) was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry; Broken Cup (2016) was a finalist for the Poets’ Prize, and its title poem won a Pushcart Prize that year. Gibson is professor emerita at the University of Connecticut.

Oyster; Rock; & Camellias in Snow

Edward Wilson’s poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Georgia Review, the Midwest Quarterly, Poetry, Southern Poetry Review, the South Carolina Review, and others. His awards include an individual artist fellowship from the state of Georgia, a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He lives in Augusta, Georgia.

Ode to Loss

J. Allyn Rosser’s fourth poetry collection, Mimi’s Trapeze, appeared in 2014 from Pittsburgh University Press. Rosser has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and the Ohio Arts Council. She teaches at Ohio University.

Girl Reading the Aeneid on the Subway

Ann Lauinger is the author of two books of poetry: Persuasions of Fall (University of Utah, 2004), which won the Agha Shahid Ali Prize, and Against Butterflies (Little Red Tree Publishing, 2013). Recent poems appear in Common Ground Review, Lumina, Spillway, and the anthology A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley; her translation of Vergil’s eighth Eclogue is forthcoming in the online journal Transference. Lauinger is a member of the literature faculty at Sarah Lawrence College.

Readers on the Hook: An Interview with Janette Turner Hospital

Charlotte Zoë Walker’s novel Condor and Hummingbird was published by Alice Walker’s Wild Trees Press in 1986 and by the Women’s Press in the United Kingdom in 1987. She has also published about a dozen short stories, as well as essays on literature and nature, and edited two books on naturalist John Burroughs (The Art of Seeing Things and Sharp Eyes, both from Syracuse University Press). Her previous publication in The Georgia Review was “The Very Pineapple,” which was reprinted in Prize Stories 1991: The O. Henry Awards. She has been a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and is nearing completion of her third novel, Gray Face and Eve. She is a professor emerita of English and women’s studies at SUNY-Oneonta.

Afterlife of a Stolen Child

Janette Turner Hospital, a native of Queensland, Australia, has lived and written in the United States for many years. (See Charlotte Zoë Walker’s essay and her interview with Hospital for more information.)