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.

The Talk Show

Lisa Starr is Poet Laureate Emeritus of Rhode Island and a two-time recipient of the Rhode Island Fellowship in Poetry. She founded the Block Island Poetry Project and served as its director for thirteen years. Starr has published three full-length collections of poetry, most recently Mad With Yellow (2008), and she co-edited Where Beach Meets Ocean, an anthology celebrating ten years of the BIPP, in 2013. Retired, temporarily, after eighteen years running a ten-room guest house on Block Island, Starr is currently working on a memoir, “Writer, Inn-terrupted,” and a collection of poems for and about children, titled “Orrin and Millie and Brother and Me.”

Coleman’s Gift

Naomi Shihab Nye’s most recent books are Famous (Wings Press, 2015), illustrated by Lisa Desimini, and The Turtle of Oman (Greenwillow, 2014). Nye has held Lannan, Guggenheim, and Witter Bynner fellowships, and she has won a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, four Pushcart Prizes, the Robert Creeley Prize, “The Betty Prize” from Poets House for service to poetry, and two Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards.

Legacy

My cultural legacy has revealed itself to me in unexpected ways. As a child of immigrants who came from a community of once-immigrants, I picked up some family mythologies via after-dinner stories, and some traditions through our special occasion activities. …

Gulnaz Saiyed is a creative nonfiction writer whose work has been published in Brain Mill Press’s Voices. Saiyed is also a doctoral student in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University, where she studies the design of curricula that support youth from non-dominant communities by helping them to freely articulate their perspectives on civic issues. Both her writing and research are concerned with signification and representation—who gets to tell stories and who has stories told about them.

The Unbroken Chain: Some Thoughts on Coleman Barks’s Poetry

Norman Minnick is the author of two collections of poetry: Folly (Wind Publishing, 2013) and To Taste the Water: Poems (2007). He is the editor of Jim Watt’s Work Toward Knowing: Beginning with Blake (Kinchafoonee Creek Press, 2016) and Between Water and Song: New Poets for the Twenty-First Century (White Pine Press, 2010).

Poker Night

John Yow’s most recent publications are two books about birds—The Armchair Birder (2009) and The Armchair Birder Goes Coastal (2012)—both published by the University of North Carolina Press, and the second named a 2012 Notable Book by Audubon magazine. He is now at work on a mystery novel exploring what happens when birders go bad.