Writing While the World Burns

Scott Russell Sanders lives in the hill country of southern Indiana, where he has written more than twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including A Conservationist Manifesto (Indiana University Press, 2009) and Hunting for Hope (Beacon Press, 1998). His most recent books (also from IU Press) are Stone Country: Then & Now (2017), a documentary narrative made in collaboration with photographer Jeffrey Wolin, and Dancing in Dreamtime (2016), a collection of eco-science-fiction stories. He is currently finishing his portion of Ordinary Wealth, fifty brief tales written in response to photographs by Peter Forbes.

on Unaccompanied Minors by Alden Jones

Fleming Smith is a recent graduate of Athens Academy in Athens, Georgia. During high school, she interned at the Athens Banner-Herald and The Georgia Review. This year, she won first place at the state literary competition for Girls’ Essay Class A Private. She has written three novels and is currently at work on a fourth. In the fall, she will begin her undergraduate work at Sewanee: The University of the South.

on Now We Will Be Happy by Amina Gautier

Siân Griffiths directs the creative writing program at Weber State University. Her work has appeared in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Ninth Letter, the Rumpus, Quarterly West, and many other publications. Her first novel, Borrowed Horses (New Rivers Press, 2013), was a semi-finalist for the 2014 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.

on Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker by Thomas Kunkel

Baynard Woods is the author of Coffin Point: The Strange Cases of Ed McTeer, Witchdoctor Sheriff (River City Publishing, 2010). He is editor-at-large and a columnist at the Baltimore City Paper, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, McSweeney’s, and numerous other publications. He is writing a book about people who believe in the Greek gods.

on The Wilds by Julia Elliott

Janet Geddis is a writer, editor, and voracious reader originally from Atlanta. In 2011, she achieved a lifelong dream by opening Avid Bookshop, a community-focused, independent bookstore in Athens, Georgia, that has become a literary destination for authors and readers alike. Janet earned her BA in English at NYU and her MEd in gifted and creative education from the University of Georgia. In addition to running the bookshop, she is a featured writer and patient advocate at Migraine.com.

Just Who Is This Oscar Wilde Person, Anyway? (on David M. Friedman’s Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity; Roy Morris Jr.’s Declaring His Genius: Oscar Wilde in North America; & Antony Edmonds’ Oscar Wilde’s Scandalous Summer: The 1894 Worthing Holiday and the Aftermath)

Jonathan Russell Clark is the author of An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom (Fiction Advocate Press, 2018) and the forthcoming Skateboard (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2022). His work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, Tin House, Vulture, and numerous other publications.

Faithful Are the Wounds (on Zachary Leader’s The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915–1964)

Jeffrey Meyers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has recently published Thomas Mann’s Artist-Heroes (Northwestern University Press, 2014), Remembering Iris Murdoch (Palgrave Pivot, 2013), and the paperback edition of Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography (Harper Perennial, 2014). Thirty of his books have been translated into fourteen languages and seven alphabets, and published on six continents. In 2012 he gave the Seymour lectures on biography, sponsored by the National Library of Australia, in Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney.

To Make It New (on Barbara Hamby’s On the Street of Divine Love: New and Selected Poems; Charlie Smith’s Jump Soul: New and Selected Poems; & B. H. Fairchild’s The Blue Buick: New and Selected Poems)

Kevin Clark’s several books of poems include the forthcoming The Consecrations (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2021). His first collection, In the Evening of No Warning (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2002), earned a grant from the Academy of American Poets, and his second, Self-Portrait with Expletives (2010), won the Pleiades Press prize. His poetry appears in the Southern Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Gulf Coast, and Crazyhorse. A regular critic for The Georgia Review, he’s also published essays in the Southern Review, Papers on Language and Literature, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. He teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshop. 

BAIT BALL

Charles Harper Webb’s latest book, Brain Camp, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2015. A Million MFAs Are Not Enough, a book of essays on contemporary American poetry, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2016. Recipient of grants from the Whiting and Guggenheim foundations, Webb teaches creative writing at California State University, Long Beach.