Adedayo Agarau’s manuscript, The Morning the Birds Died, was a finalist for the 2021 Sillerman Prize. He is the author of Origin of Names, selected for New Generation African Poet 2020, and Arrival of Rain. His poems have appeared in Frontier, Lolwe, Perhappenned, Boulevard, and elsewhere. Adedayo edited Memento: An Anthology of Contemporary Nigerian Poetry, is co-editor for the New International Voices Series at IceFloe, and is the Editor-in-Chief of Agbowó.
Brent Ameneyro’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Ninth Letter, The Journal, Hispanic Culture Review, and elsewhere. He has been the recipient of the 2019 Sarah B. Marsh Rebelo Excellence in Poetry Scholarship, 2020 San Miguel Poetry Week Fellowship, and the 2021 SRS Research Award for Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, among other awards.
John Blair has published six books, most recently Playful Song Called Beautiful as well as poems and stories in The Colorado Review, Poetry, The Sewanee Review, New Letters, and elsewhere. His seventh book, The Aphelion Elegies, is forthcoming later this year from Main Street Rag Press.
Chelsea Bunn is the author of the chapbook Forgiveness and a recipient of the Rita Dove Award in Poetry, the Academy of American Poets Catalina Páez & Seumas MacManus Prize, and a New Mexico Writers Grant. Her work appears in Best New Poets, Bellevue Literary Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere. She earned her MFA in Poetry and her BA in English at Hunter College, and currently lives and teaches in New Mexico.
Dylan Carpenter’s poetry appears in Cimarron Review, Ninth Letter, Poetry Northwest, and other journals.
Danielle Cadena Deulen is a poet, essayist, and podcast host. She is the author of The Riots, Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us, and Lovely Asunder. She has received an Oregon Literary Fellowship, an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and the Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship. She is co-creator and host of the podcast “Lit from the Basement.” She is an assistant professor at Georgia State University.
Patrick Dundon is the author of the chapbook The Conspirators of Pleasure. A graduate of the MFA program at Syracuse University, his work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Copper Nickel, The Adroit Journal, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. He lives in Portland, Oregon where he teaches creative writing at the Independent Publishing Resource Center and is working on a novel.
Shane Dunn is a writer based in Chicago. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2022, majoring in creative writing. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he has (disappointingly) never flown a plane. His work has been featured in the literary journal Allium and Medium’s personal essay publication Human Parts. He is currently writing a novel about traveling across the United States via Amtrak in 2021.
Andy Eaton is the author of Sprung Nocturne. His poems appear in or are forthcoming from Copper Nickel, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and The Yale Review, among other places.
Dobby Gibson is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Little Glass Planet. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Marit Grøtta is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Oslo. She works across European literature and media of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is the author of Baudelaire’s Media Aesthetics and of the forthcoming book, Reading Portrait Photographs in Proust, Kafka and Woolf: Modernism, Media and Emotion from Edinburgh University Press.
Brian Henry is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Permanent State. He has translated Tomaž Šalamun’s Woods and Chalices, Aleš Debeljak’s Smugglers, and five books by Aleš Šteger. He has received numerous honors, including two NEA fellowships, the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, a Howard Foundation fellowship, and the Best Translated Book Award. He is editing and translating the Selected Poems of Tomaž Šalamun for Milkweed Editions.
John Hodgen is the Writer-in-Residence at Assumption University and Advisory Editor for New Letters. Hodgen won the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry for Grace. His fifth book, The Lord of Everywhere, is out from Lynx House Press. He has won the Grolier Prize for Poetry, an Arvon Foundation Award, the Yankee Magazine Award for Poetry, the Balcones Prize, the Foley Prize, the Chad Walsh Prize, the Collins Prize, and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Award in Poetry.
Stephanie Ivanoff has an MFA in The Writing of Poetry from The University of Michigan, has published at The Journal, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Quarterly West, The Midwest Quarterly, and is a former contributor to The Iowa Review.
Laura Joyce-Hubbard graduated from the Air Force Academy and served for twenty years. She was among the first women to pilot the C-130H. Her work has appeared in Boulevard, Creative Nonfiction, Ninth Letter, The Sewanee Review, and elsewhere, and Best American Essays 2022 listed an essay as notable. She has received fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation and VCCA via the NEA. She is a fiction editor for TriQuarterly and lives in Highland Park, Illinois.
Libby Kurz is a writer, nurse, and Air Force veteran. She holds a BS in Nursing and an MFA from National University. Her work has appeared in Ruminate, Ekstasis, Driftwood Press, and Literary Mama, among others. Her chapbook, The Heart Room, was published in 2019. She teaches workshops for The Muse Writers Center and Wounded Warrior Project and lives in Virginia Beach. Bloodlust explores the impact of trauma on the human mind and body.
Keith Leonard is the author of the poetry collection Ramshackle Ode. His poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in The Believer, New England Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. Keith has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Brandon Lewis lives in New York City, where he teaches at a public high school, learns piano with his daughter, and attempts to recover from dysautonomia caused by long-Covid. He received an MFA in poetry from George Mason, and his writing can be found in journals such as The Massachusetts Review, Barrow Street, The Missouri Review, and Fjords Review.
W.M. Lobko’s poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Kenyon Review, The Paris-American, Boston Review, and Guernica. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was a semi-finalist for the 92Y / Boston Review Discovery Prize. He studied at the University of Oregon and currently teaches in the New York City area.
Harry Man is a poet, editor, and translator from the UK. He has been the recipient of the UNESCO Bridges of Struga Award and the Stephen Spender Prize. He won a Northern Writers Award for Poetry alongside the poet Suzannah Evans and he has been a Clarissa Luard Award Wordsworth Trust Poet in Residence. These poems are from a book-length sequence of elegies Deretter (“Thereafter”) written in collaboration with the Norwegian poet Endre Ruset and was a Dagblaget Book of the Year. A pamphlet containing a selection of other poems from this sequence in English, Utøya Thereafter: Poems in Memory of the 2011 Norway Attacks was published by Hercules Editions.
Amy Margolis is the longtime director of the Iowa Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa. Her fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review. “1978” is excerpted from a memoir-in-shards about her life as a dancer in the late 1970s and early ’80s, at the onset of the AIDS crisis.
Sara Mirza grew up in Houston, Texas, though she now resides in San Diego, California. “The Arrival” is her first published piece.
Luisa Muradyan is originally from Odesa, Ukraine and is the author of American Radiance, which won the 2017 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. She holds a PhD in Poetry from the University of Houston and is a member of the Cheburashka Collective. Additional work can be found at Best American Poetry, the Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, and Guernica among others.
Chris Nelson is a writer who has lived in Florida, New York, and, most recently, Provence.
Janice Obuchowski is the author of The Woods, winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award. Her stories have twice received special mention in the Pushcart Prize anthologies and have appeared in Crazyhorse, Story, Gettysburg Review, and LitHub.
John Durham Peters is María Rosa Menocal Professor of English and Professor of Film and Media Studies at Yale. He taught at the University of Iowa for 30 years. His most recent book was Promiscuous Knowledge: Information, Image, and Other Truth Games in History, co-authored with the late Kenneth Cmiel. He likes to dabble with language.
Endre Ruset was born in 1981 in Molde, Norway. He is a poet, radio host, literary critic, and translator. His previous poetry collections include Ribbeinas Vingespenn, Kims lek, Elsket og Savnet, and Noriaki. Ruset has been awarded a Bjørnson Scholarship and the prestigious Bookkeeper Scholarship. He is translating Sharon Olds’s Odes into Norwegian. Noriaki is being translated into English and will be published by Broken Sleep Books.
Tomaž Šalamun (1941–2014) published more than 55 books of poetry in Slovenia. Translated into over 25 languages, his poetry received numerous awards, including the Jenko Prize, the Prešeren Prize, the European Prize for Poetry, and the Mladost Prize. In the 1990s, he served for several years as the Cultural Attaché for the Slovenian Embassy in New York, and later held visiting professorships at various universities in the U.S.
Amanda Maret Scharf (she/her) is a queer poet from Los Angeles. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Meridian, Fugue, Third Coast, Juked, and elsewhere. She is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at Ohio State University, where she serves as poetry editor for The Journal.
Victoria Sgarro is a writer and product designer. She has a BA in comparative literature from Washington University in St. Louis and is completing an MA in economics from The New School for Social Research. She lives in New York City with her husband, Xhorxh.
Callie Siskel is the author of Arctic Revival, winner of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Atlantic, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and A Public Space. A 2020–22 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry, she is a Dornsife Doctoral Fellow in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California.
Erica Stern’s essays and stories have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Mississippi Review, Meridian, Chicago Review, and elsewhere. Her work has also received support from the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. A New Orleans native, she lives with her family in Evanston, Illinois.
Adam Straus is a Marine veteran. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The South Dakota Review, Pithead Chapel, Line of Advance, Wrath-Bearing Tree, and elsewhere. Adam is currently a second-year MFA candidate at Rutgers–Camden.
Lavanya Vasudevan is an Indian-American writer living near Seattle, Washington. Her stories appear in Ploughshares, Chicago Quarterly Review, Wigleaf, The Pinch Journal, and elsewhere. Her work has been selected for Wigleaf Top 50, Best Small Fictions, and The Masters Review Anthology.
G.C. Waldrep’s most recent books are The Earliest Witnesses and feast gently, winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. Recent work has appeared widely in American Poetry Review, Poetry, Paris Review, New England Review, and other journals. Waldrep lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he teaches at Bucknell University.
Maslen Bode Ward is a poet from Boston. She will be pursuing an MFA in Poetry at NYU this fall.
Kelly Sue White is an emerging poet whose work has appeared in Mom Egg Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, Mosaic, and others forthcoming. She holds an MFA from Randolph College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. Kelly Sue lives in Richmond, Virginia with her two daughters and partner, Dave.