Stories; Dentures; Survey: Better Mousetrap; Painting 101; “You’ve been worrying that it’s wasted time.”; & Composite

Albert Goldbarth is the author of more than twenty-five books of poetry, most recently Selfish (2015), Everyday People (2012), and The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems, 1972–2007 (2007), all from Graywolf Press. He has twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry.

Pregnant Belly

Kathryn Cowles’ first book of poems, Eleanor, Eleanor, not your real name (Bear Star Press, 2009), won the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize. Recent poems and poemphotograph hybrids have appeared in the 2014 Best American Experimental Writing Anthology (Omnidawn), DIAGRAM, Free Verse, Witness, and Colorado Review, among others. She earned her doctorate in creative writing from the University of Utah and teaches at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

Comfort

Erin McGraw is the author of six books, most recently the novel Better Food for a Better World (Slant Books, 2013). Her stories and essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Atlantic, STORY, the Southern Review, Allure, and other magazines and journals. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, the poet Andrew Hudgins.

 

The Sorrows You Can’t Enter

Lisa Graley’s story collection The Current That Carries, forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press in 2016, won the 2015 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction; her poetry collection Box of Blue Horses (2013) won the 2012 Gival Poetry Award. Her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train and the McNeese Review. Graley, originally from Sod, West Virginia, is an assistant professor of English and humanities at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

A Woman Gone Missing

Jack Driscoll’s latest collection, The Goat Fish and the Lover’s Knot (Wayne State University Press, 2017), received the 2018 Michigan Library Foundation Award for fiction. His forthcoming “New & Selected” will include eleven stories previously published in The Georgia Review and dating back to 1987. He currently teaches in Pacific University’s low-residency MFA program in Oregon.

Queen of the Waves

Gregory Wolos’ short fiction has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Post Road, the Pinch, the Baltimore Review, the Los Angeles Review, PANK, and many other journals and anthologies. His stories have earned five Pushcart Prize nominations and his story collections have been named as finalists for the 2010 and 2012 Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award and the 2015 Serena McDonald Kennedy Award. Wolos’ stories have won competitions sponsored by the Rubery Book Awards, Gulf Stream, and New South. He lives and writes in upstate New York on the bank of the Mohawk River.

My Heart Lies Between “The Fleet” and “All the Ships”

Ela Harrison’s poetry and book reviews have appeared in the New England Review, Cirque Journal, and F Magazine. She also contributes articles on environmental and nutritional issues to Be More Magazine and others. She holds advanced degrees in classical literature and linguistics and has traveled widely, studying herbs while living in places such as Alaska and Hawaii. Harrison received her MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop in 2014 and is now based in Tucson, Arizona, where she translates, writes, edits, and makes herbal remedies.

Portrait of the Alcoholic with Shattered Pelvis

I am perfectly fine here: ice-choked, 

thin as an eyelash. The bootprints on 

my headboard are getting darker.

The chimney: clogged with fish eyes 

and sea glass. Somewhere my enemies 

are singing to the food on their plates.

As a

Kaveh Akbar is the founding editor of Divedapper. His poems have appeared recently in the New YorkerPoetryThe NationPloughshares, and elsewhere. His first book, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is just out with Alice James in the U.S. and Penguin Books in the UK.

Coming Home to Earth: What Purse Seines, Pumpjacks, and a Twitter Feed from Space Taught One Worried Citizen about the Beauty of Climate Change in 2016

Summer camp. The Connecticut hills. Cumulous oaks and maples surround the glassy surface of the lake. At a distance the water looks black. Beneath my small hands, paddling forward, cupping down and pulling back, it sparkles, mica specks drifting in …

Alison Hawthorne Deming’s most recent works include Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit (Milkweed Editions, 2014) and Stairway to Heaven: Poems (Penguin Poets, 2016). “Invasive Beauty” will be included in a forthcoming book, “Lament for the Makers,” supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship. Deming is a Regents’ Professor and holds the Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. She lives in Tucson and on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick.