Spontaneous Meditations on Immediacy and Distraction (concerning collective national psychology and by extension general planetary thinking)

Will Alexander, a novelist, essayist, playwright, aphorist, visual artist, and pianist, is approaching forty books in the aforementioned genres. He is currently poet-in-residence at Beyond Baroque Literary Foundation in Venice, California. 

Who We Are as Floral, Faunal, Mineral Beings

Brenda Iijima is the author of multiple collections of poetry, most recently Remembering Animals (Nightboat Books, 2016), and editor of the eco language reader (Nightboat, 2010). She is the editor of Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs.

Surrounded by Peach Trees, President Clinton Speaks to My Fourth Grade Class [2020 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize Featured Finalist]

Back to School Day and my sister has been dead one year, ten months. This is how you get to the other side. We’ve been moving into a new world. When pressed against 

your palm, the flesh of a good …

Juan Luis Guzmán, a poet, professor, and literary/performing arts organizer, earned an MFA in creative writing from California State University, Fresno. With fellowships from Macondo Writers Workshop and CantoMundo, his work has appeared in Huizache, PANK, and The Rumpus, among other journals, as well as the Letras Latinas Blog and Poet’s Quarterly. He is the vice chairman of the Selma Arts Council and served as executive director of LitHop, Fresno’s literary festival, from 2017 to 2019. The former co-director for CantoMundo, Guzmán is a professor of English at Fresno City College.

Father’s Day: Looking West [2020 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize Featured Finalist]

Is man no more than this?
                  —King Lear


From twelve floors up, looking across the roofs,
we get a glimpse of Jersey, glimpse of Hudson, 
evening sky. Window wide open. Breeze.
My folks—my mother’s ninety-three and blind,
my father’s …

David Landon is the winner of the 2019 Write Prize, awarded by Able Muse. His poems have also appeared in The Dark Horse, The Southwest Review (Marr Prize runner-up), Think Journal, Birmingham Poetry Review, Sewanee Theological Review, Southern Poetry Review (Guy Owen Prize finalist), Cumberland River, American Journal of Poetry, the Harvard Advocate Centennial Anthology, and elsewhere. He is the Bishop Frank A. Juhan Professor of Theatre Arts Emeritus at the University of the South.

far past the beginning and quite close to the end [2020 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize Featured Finalist]

before revealing the rabbit, after she reaches into you
like the magician into the hat, the will
of touch descending into night, past the stain
-ed mural against the brick, past any tulip or fallen

rose, the lesser pleasures—no, further, …

Bernard Ferguson is a Bahamian poet and essayist. A winner of the 2019 92y Discovery Contest, his writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere, and anthologized in the Best New Poets anthology series. He is working on a book about Hurricane Dorian and the climate crisis.

Transcript of My Mother’s Sleeptalk: Chincoteague [2020 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize Winner]

Was not a one-trick pony. 
Was the trick of many ponies.
Was the trick of swimming 
The ponies from the island 
To the mainland. So as not 
To burden the island, said 
The saltwater cowboys whose
Trick it was …

Hannah Perrin King, whose poem in this issue won The Georgia Review’s 2020 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize, was also named the winner of Narrative Magazine’s Eleventh Annual Poetry Contest and received AWP’s Kurt Brown Prize for Poetry and New Millennium Writings’ 48th New Millennium Award for Poetry. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Narrative Magazine, The Missouri Review, The Cincinnati Review, The Adroit Journal, North American Review, THRUSH Poetry Journal, and Best New Poets, among others. She was a finalist for The Missouri Review’s Editors’ Prize and her first manuscript is a finalist for the National Poetry Series. She currently lives in northern California. 

on Defacing the Monument by Susan Briante 

Who should tell the stories of people suffering under repressive political regimes such as the United States today? This may be one of the most fiercely debated questions of twenty-first-century literature. Defacing the Monument, Susan Briante’s newest book, which …

Sandra Simonds is an award-winning poet and critic. She is the author of seven books of poetry: Atopia (Wesleyan University Press, 2019); Orlando (Wave Books, 2018); Further Problems with Pleasure, winner of the 2015 Akron Poetry Prize from the University of Akron Press; Steal It Back (Saturnalia Books, 2015); The Sonnets (Bloof Books, 2014); Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012); and Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2009). Her poems and criticism have been published in The New Yorker, the New York Times, and the 2014 and 2015 Best American Poetry collections and have appeared in many other literary journals.

on My Autobiography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland

In her ground-breaking, best-selling book Writing a Woman’s Life (1988), feminist Carolyn G. Heilbrun describes four ways to write a woman’s life: autobiography, fiction, biography, and an unnamed way in which “the woman may write her own life in …

Julie R. Enszer is a scholar and a poet who holds an MFA in creative writing and a PhD in women’s studies from the University of Maryland. She is the author of four poetry collections, Avowed (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016), Lilith’s Demons (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2015), Sisterhood (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013), and Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2010). She is editor of several books published by A Midsummer Night’s Press, the latest of which is Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker (2018). Enszer edits and publishes Sinister Wisdom, a multicultural lesbian literary and art journal.

on Walking Backwards: Poems 1966–2016 by John Koethe

Throughout his life’s work, John Koethe has elegized a romantic sense of meaning, that is, an illusory if highly desirous union with the larger universe. As we see throughout Walking Backwards, a collection spanning fifty years, his poems often …

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.