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3--Gregory Wolfe, The Steeple and the Gargoyle
7--Molly McNett, La Pulchra Nota
45--Molly Patterson, Père David Speaks of the Panda
Read an excerpt of the story here.
19--Javier Sicilia, The Track in the Wilderness
Translated by Dan Bellm
40--Bruce Beasley, Repetition Compulsion
Cleft for Me Let Me Hide Myself from Thee
61--Garret Keizer, Of Unicorns
When Honor Faced Off Against No Honor
When It Was Still Possible to Turn....
78--Karen An-Hwei Lee, Forgiveness IV
92--Elizabeth Spires, March: Saint John the Divine
Self-Portrait as Lighthouse
109--Dick Allen, Shortnin’ Bread
Quantum Physicists in a Night Garden
120--Jennifer Maier, A True Story
80--A Conversation with Robert Clark
27--Jeffrey Overstreet, To Make People Wonder: The Collaborative Portraits of Fritz Liedtke
94--Richard Rodriguez, Transit Alexander
111--Melissa Range, Katy Didden's The Glacier's Wake, Kathryn Maris's God Loves You, Mary Szybist's Incarnadine
Dick Allen is the State Poet Laureate of Connecticut. His eighth collection, This Shadowy Place (forthcoming from Saint Augustine’s), won the 2013 New Criterion Poetry Prize for poems which pay particular attention to form. Other new poems have recently appeared in Poetry, Rattle, Plume, Atlantic Monthly, Tricycle, and Able Muse.
Bruce Beasley is the author of seven collections of poems, most recently Theophobia (BOA) and The Corpse Flower: New and Selected Poems (Washington). He is a professor of English at Western Washington University.
Dan Bellm has published three books of poetry, most recently Practice (Sixteen Rivers), winner of a 2009 California Book Award. His translation of Mexican poet Jorge Esquinca, Description of a Flash of Cobalt Blue, is forthcoming from Unicorn Press. He teaches literary translation at Antioch University–Los Angeles and New York University and has received a translation fellowship from the NEA.
Kelly Foster was the 2012–13 Milton Fellow at Image. A graduate Seattle Pacific University’s MFA program in creative nonfiction, she has taught writing and literature across the country, from her native Mississippi to California, and has been a contributing essayist at Good Letters and a reviewer for Image.
Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of Phyla of Joy, Ardor (both from Tupelo), and In Medias Res (Sarabande), winner of the Norma Farber First Book Award. The recipient of an NEA grant, she chairs the English department at a faith-based college in southern California, where she is also a novice harpist. She holds a Ph.D. in literature from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jennifer Maier is a professor at Seattle Pacific University and an associate editor of Image. Her work has appeared in Poetry, American Poet, Poetry Daily, New Letters, and on the Writer’s Almanac. Her first book, Dark Alphabet (Southern Illinois), was named one of ten remarkable books of 2006 by the Academy of American Poets; a second volume, Now, Now (Pittsburgh), will be released this October.
Beth McCoy is SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at SUNY Geneseo. Her work on race and the paratext has appeared in such publications as PMLA and Contemporary Literature. She is working on a larger project on antiblackness and the book as object. Additionally, she writes for Fair Matter (www.fairmatter.com), W.W. Norton & Company’s literature blog.
Molly McNett’s debut collection of stories, One Dog Happy, was the winner of the 2008 John Simmons Award from the University of Iowa Press. Her work has appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading and many journals. She earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Garret Keizer is the author of seven books, the most recent of which are Privacy (Picador) and The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want (Public Affairs). A contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine and a former Guggenheim fellow, he has written for Agni, Lapham’s Quarterly, Mother Jones, The New Yorker, New York Times, Religion Dispatches, and Virginia Quarterly Review.
Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of Through a Screen Darkly (Regal), a moviegoer’s memoir, and four novels including Auralia’s Colors and Cyndere’s Midnight (WaterBrook). He is a creative writing teacher, award-winning film reviewer (www.JeffreyOverstreet.com), member of the Chrysostom Society, and contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response.
Molly Patterson teaches creative writing at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire. Her stories have appeared in a variety of magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and Iowa Review. A 2013 Pushcart Prize winner, her debut collection, Just Because You Can, will be published by Five Chapters Books in early 2014.
Melissa Range’s first book of poems is Horse and Rider (Texas Tech). Her poems have appeared in 32 Poems, Hudson Review, New England Review, Paris Review, and other journals and have been anthologized in Best Spiritual Writing. Originally from East Tennessee, she is finishing up her PhD in English at the University of Missouri.
Richard Rodriguez is a journalist, essayist, and author whose books including Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father, Brown: The Last Discovery of America, and the forthcoming Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography (all from Viking). He is a contributor to Harper’s Magazine, Mother Jones, the Los Angeles Times, and Time. He lives in San Francisco.
Javier Sicilia, poet, novelist, and journalist, is the author of nine books of poetry, including Desert Triptych (2008), from which the translated poem in this issue is taken. Since his son’s murder by drug traffickers in 2011, he has become an unexpected national hero in Mexico, as founder and leader of a much-praised campaign against narco-terror and government inaction. He lives in Mexico City.
Elizabeth Spires is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently Now the Green Blade Rises and The Wave-Maker (both from Norton), and six books for children, including The Mouse of Amherst and I Heard God Talking to Me: William Edmondson and his Stone Carvings (both from Farrar, Straus & Giroux). She lives in Baltimore and is a professor of English at Goucher College.