Graffiti and performance artist Mohammed Ali, a.k.a. Aerosol Arabic, and installation art by Linnéa Spransy, whose work mirrors the interplay between pattern and chaos in the natural world. New poems and interview with former US poet laureate Charles Wright. Poems by Marilyn Nelson, Karen An-Hwei Lee, and Víctor Rodríguez Núñez. Fiction in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. M. Lynx Qualey reflects on fiction from contemporary Egypt and what it reveals about power. Kathleen Housley explores Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s obsession with a thousand-page nineteenth-century novel about a medieval knight.
Gregory Wolfe, Some Questions about Politics and the Imagination
Melissa Range, Labyrinth, Chartres
George Dardess, The Mosque Outside the Mosque: Aerosol Arabic and the One Experience
Read our web-exclusive interview with Mohammed Ali (a.k.a. Aerosol Arabic) here.
Brian Volck, System and Chaos: The Art of Linnéa Spransy
Lisa Russ Spaar, A Conversation with Charles Wright
Kathleen L. Housley, Daring to Do the Good: The Knight and the Theologian
M. Lynx Qualey, Radiant Power: Authority and Violence in New Egyptian Fiction
Allison Grace Myers, Perfume Poured Out
Tóta Árnadóttir holds an MA in Faroese language and literature from the Faroese University, where she is an assistant professor in oral tradition.
Moira Crone’s recent works include The Ice Garden (Carolina Wren), winner of the Regional Gold Medal at the Independent Publishers Awards, and The Not Yet (New Orleans). She has received awards from the NEA and Fellowship of Southern Writers. “Pecos Bill” is one of a series of stories set at the time of Hurricane Katrina. She lives in New Orleans.
George Dardess is a Roman Catholic deacon who has written and co-written several books on Muslim-Christian dialogue, including In the Spirit of Saint Francis and the Sultan: Catholics and Muslims Working Together for the Common Good, with Marvin Krier Mich (Orbis).
Jessica Goudeau has a doctorate from the University of Texas in poetry and teaches at Southwestern University. She writes about issues of representation and refugees, most recently in Geez magazine and Muftah. She blogs at jessicagoudeau.com and tweets as @jessica_goudeau.
Jerry Harp’s books of poems include Creature (Salt) and Gatherings (Ashland Poetry). He is currently editing the letters of Donald Justice and teaches at Lewis and Clark College.
Kathleen L. Housley is the author of nine books, most recently the poetry collection Epiphanies (Wising Up) and The Sage of Time and Chance (Wipf & Stock). She is writing a biography of the eminent physical chemist Karl-Friedrich Bonhoeffer, Dietrich’s brother.
Lêdo Ivo (1924–2012) was a prolific Brazilian essayist, novelist, journalist, and poet who published more than thirty books in his lifetime; he won the prestigious Olivo Bilac award and was elected a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. New Directions published a translation of his popular novel Ninho de Cobras as Snake’s Nest.
Matthew Landrum’s translations have recently appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Rhino, Modern Poetry in Translation, and Asymptote. He lives in Detroit.
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. Her book of literary criticism, Anglophone Literatures in the Asian Diaspora, was selected for the Cambria Sinophone World Series. The recipient of an NEA grant, Lee is a voting member of the National Book Critics Circle.
Allison Grace Myers is an MFA candidate at Texas State University, where she holds the Rose Fellowship. Her fiction has been published in Crazyhorse and Reed, the latter as winner of the John Steinbeck Award. This is her first nonfiction publication.
Marilyn Nelson’s books include Carver: A Life in Poems (Front Street) and A Wreath for Emmett Till (Houghton Mifflin). Her honors include two NEA fellowships, a Guggenheim, two Coretta Scott King Honor medals, and the Robert Frost Medal. She is former poet laureate of Connecticut and poet-in-residence of the American Poets Corner at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.
Jóanes Nielsen, a former dockworker turned political activist and writer, is a preeminent figure in Faroese literature and culture. He has published seventeen books, including the novel Brahmadellarnir, nominated for the 2013 Nordic Counsel’s Literary Prize and forthcoming in English from Open Letter.
Víctor Rodríguez Núñez is one of Cuba’s most noteworthy contemporary writers. His eleven books of poetry have received awards including Cuba’s David Prize, Mexico’s Plural Prize, Costa Rica’s EDUCA Prize, and Spain’s Leonor Prize. He is an associate professor of Spanish at Kenyon College.
M. Lynx Qualey is the founder of ArabLit.org, a website that brings together translators, authors, publishers, critics, academics, and readers around discussions of Arabic literature in translation. She works as a book critic, reader, editor, and ghostwriter.
Melissa Range is the author of Scriptorium, a winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series (forthcoming from Beacon), and Horse and Rider (Texas Tech). She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the NEA, Rona Jaffe Foundation, American Antiquarian Society, and Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She teaches at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.
J.C. Rubin has taught English and film studies to at-risk high school students in Saint Louis, Missouri, for sixteen years. “Eulogy” is his first published story.
Austin Segrest teaches English at Lawrence University and has been a Sewanee Writers’ Conference Tennessee Williams scholar and an NEH fellow. His poems can be found in Yale Review, Threepenny Review, New England Review, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, and others.
Jenny Shank’s first novel, The Ringer (Permanent), won the High Plains Book Award. Her stories, essays, satire, and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic, The Guardian, Washington Post, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Onion, Bust, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She teaches in the Mile High MFA program at Regis University in Denver.
Gerard Smyth is a poet, journalist, and critic and lives in Dublin, where he was born. He has published eight collections, including A Song of Elsewhere and The Fullness of Time (both from Dedalus). He was the 2012 recipient of the O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award from the University of Saint Thomas in Minnesota and is a member of Aosdána (Ireland’s academy of arts and letters).
Brian Volck received his MD from Washington University in Saint Louis and his MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University. His first collection of poetry is Flesh Becomes Word (Dos Madres). His memoir, Attending Others: A Doctor’s Education in Bodies and Words, is forthcoming from Cascade Press. His work has appeared in DoubleTake, Health Affairs, and The Christian Century.
Chelsea Wagenaar is the author of Mercy Spurs the Bone (Anhinga), winner of the 2013 Philip Levine Prize, selected by Phil Levine. She holds a PhD in English from the University of North Texas and will be a Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow at Valparaiso University. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Michigan Quarterly, Southern Poetry Review, and Blackbird.
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