Arcadia Shakes

Ryan Meyer received an MFA in poetry from George Mason University, and he currently teaches at Northern Virginia Community College.

From the Press Secretary of the Interior (re: Gravitational Waves)

Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer’s poems have appeared in AGNI, Denver Quarterly, Fence, and elsewhere, and she was selected for Best New Poets 2015. Her first book, Cleavemark, is forthcoming from BOAAT Press this year. She frequently collaborates with other artists, most recently with Jeff Pike on the illustrated chapbook, Strangers with a Lifeboat, and with Cheryl Wassenaar on the installation “Cleavemark Drive.” Schlaifer earned her MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and now lives in St. Louis.

Slow Horse

Gretchen Marquette’s work has been featured in Poetry, Tin House, Harper’s, the Paris Review, and other places. Her first book, May Day, was released by Graywolf Press in 2016. She lives in Minneapolis.

Ravished

He absolutely killed me: ravished

Their mother loved idioms, coaxed life back into the dead slang of generations past; cool beans, groovy daddy-o, and douche bag all had a place at the table, the breakfast table where …

Venita Blackburn’s stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, Pleiades, Bat City Review, Nashville Review, and others. Her hometown is Compton, California; she currently lives and teaches in Arizona, where she is finishing her story collection “Black Jesus and Other Superheroes” along with a novel, “Guts.” She earned her MFA from Arizona State University in 2008.

Movie Dates

Philip Baker is a writer and editor living in Chicago. “Movie Dates” is his first published short story. He is presently finishing work on a novel.

Ghosts

Kyle C. Mellen’s honors include the Alaska Literary Award (2015) and the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award (2012). Originally from Massachusetts, he lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Forty Passages for Shakespeare

Barth Landor is the author of a novel, A Week in Winter (2004). He studied Russian and English literature at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and has lived in Chicago for many years.

Le Squelette Joyeux

Gerald Majer’s poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in Callaloo, FIELD, The Georgia Review (several times), Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, Yale Review, and other journals; his creative-nonfiction book The Velvet Lounge was published by Columbia University Press in 2005. Majer teaches literature and creative writing at Stevenson University in Baltimore, Maryland. 

The Ocean Come to Court the Drop

Gordon Johnston has published a short story, a conversation with poet Pattiann Rogers, and two reviews in past issues of The Georgia Review. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in American Fiction, Southern Poetry Review, Many Mountains Moving, Fourth Genre, and other journals.