Baby Snake Signs with a Flourish & Brown Bear Is a Confiding Schoolgirl

Anthony Madrid lives in Victoria, Texas. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Boston Review, Fence, Harvard Review, Lana Turner, LIT, and Poetry. He is the author of Try Never (2017) and I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say (2012), both from Canarium Books, as well as a “children’s book for adults” called There Was an Old Man with a Springbok (Prelude Books, 2019).

Lakewood

Charles Baxter is the author of twelve books of fiction and a book of poetry, Imaginary Paintings (Paris Review Editions, 1989). His new novel, The Sun Collective, will be published by Pantheon in the fall of 2020. He recently retired from the University of Minnesota’s MFA program in writing. He lives in Minneapolis.

Tragicomic Trigger Warning

Yona Harvey’s poetry collections include You Don’t Have to Go to Mars for Love (Four Way Books, 2020) and Hemming the Water (Four Way Books, 2013), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She contributed to Marvel Comics’ World of Wakanda series and co-authored with Ta-Nehisi Coates Black Panther and the Crew. She has worked with teenagers writing about mental health issues in collaboration with Creative Nonfiction magazine. 

The Story; Xī’ān Nocturne with Jasmine and Pears; Demolished Landscape with Open Mouth; Memory in a Foreign Language; & Additionally, what freedoms have I been trained to deny myself?

 

Xī’ān Nocturne with Jasmine and Pears

 

I call my mother to tell her about a rare dream
in the first language:

               the fruit vendor’s miniature green pears 
               the soft juice I crave

               she pays but gets the wrong …

Anni Liu is a poet, essayist, translator, editor, sensitivity reader, and educator. Her work is published or forthcoming in Pleiades, Waxwing, The Journal, and elsewhere. Her honors include an Undocupoets Fellowship, a Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarship to the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference, and the 2018 Literature Award from the National Society for Arts and Letters for the best writing by a writer under thirty in the state of Indiana. She lives in Minneapolis with her partner and plants and works at Graywolf Press.

A Notable Social Event; A Blight on the Landscape; & Things That Fall from the Sky

Kevin Brockmeier is the author of nine books, including The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories (Pantheon, 2020), from which the three stories in this issue are taken. Some of his earlier contributions to The Georgia Review were reprinted in the Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies. His work has been translated into eighteen languages. He teaches frequently at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was raised.

Nest

Ileen Park was born in Los Angeles. She received her BA in English and creative writing from New York University and her BS in nursing from the University of British Columbia. She currently resides in Jackson Heights, New York, where she works as an ICU nurse. “Nest” is her first published story.

The First Time I Said It

Isaac Hughes Green is a writer in the MFA program in fiction at North Carolina State University and a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His writing was longlisted for The Master’s Review 2019 Fall Fiction contest, received an honorable mention for the James Hurst Prize for Fiction, and was a finalist for the Jacobs/Jones African-American Literary Prize. He has screened a film in the Cannes Short Film Corner and won several screenwriting and cinematography awards.

The Turtle Head Epidemic

Sally Wen Mao is the author of the poetry collections Oculus (Graywolf Press, 2019), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014). The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, she was recently a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, a Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Residence at George Washington University, and a Shearing Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Tin House, Poetry, Harper’s Bazaar, the Kenyon Review, Guernica, and A Public Space, among others. She is a Kundiman fellow in both fiction and poetry.

Evidence

“Joe, I gotta tell you something.”

“What?”

“It’s about something I just saw. Are you awake?”

“No, Nancy,” Joe says. 

Joe doesn’t move and neither does Nancy. With his eyes closed, he can more easily focus on her voice, not …

Kaitlyn Greenidge is the author of the novel We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin Books), one of the New York Times Critics’ Top 10 Books of 2016. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, Glamour, the Wall Street Journal, Elle.com, Buzzfeed, Transition Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, among other places. She was a contributing editor for LENNY Letter and is currently a contributing writer for the New York Times. Her next novel, Libertie, will be published by Algonquin in 2021.