Contributor Round-up: The 2018 Books

In celebration of our wonderful poetry contributors, here is a guide to their 2018 books for your wish lists and gift lists. (*Debut poetry collections.) Bonus at the end: a sneak peak at 2019! Diana Khoi Nguyen, Ghost Of (Omnidawn)* Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry Tarfia Faizullah, Illuminated Villages (Graywolf) Sally Wen Mao, Oculus…

Poetry Spotlight: Contributor Angela Ball

Angela Ball’s poems and translations have appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Field, Partisan Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. She has published six books of poetry including Quartet (Carnegie Mellon, 1995), the Night Clerk At the Hotel of Both Worlds (Pittsburgh UP, 2007), and, most recently, Talking Pillow (Pittsburgh UP, 2017). The Director of the Center for Writers at the University…

Contributor Spotlight:Lee Conell

Lee Conell’s debut story collection Subcortical was released this past fall from Johns Hopkins University Press and was selected for the  2018 Story Prize Spotlight Award. Although the stories touch on cellular biology, animal science and even paranormal activity, more than anything they seek to explore the conflicting desires of the human heart. Conell’s characters…

Poetry Contributor Spotlight: Jehanne Dubrow

Jehanne Dubrow is the author of six books of poetry, including most recently Dots & Dashes, winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Award (Southern Illinois University Press, 2017). Her previous books are The Arranged Marriage (University of New Mexico Press, 2015), Red Army Red (Northwestern University Press, 2012), Stateside (Northwestern University Press, 2010), From the Fever-World (WWPH, 2010),…

Contributor Spotlight Bonanza

Welcome to our new seasonal Contributor Spotlight Bonanza! After fourteen years of publishing poetry, our contributor list continues to grow, encompassing poets at all stages of their publishing careers. This is the first of what will be a regular seasonal round-up of new collections by previous Memorious contributors. I asked each of these fifteen poets…

Poetry Spotlight: Contributor Traci Brimhall

Traci Brimhall first appeared in our pages back in Issue 14 in 2010. Since then, she has published Rookery, the winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award;  Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton, 2012), selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Saudade, just released by Copper…

Poetry Spotlight: Contributor Jill McDonough

Memorious contributor Jill McDonough’s latest poetry collection, Reaper, takes war poetry to new places: computer screens far removed from the action. With elegant, conversational free verse and surprising, deft villanelles, McDonough ruminates on drone warfare, one of America’s more controversial war tactics. In chatty meditations on drones’ names, McDonough reveals what their makers might have…

Literary Ventures

Rochelle Hurt, the founder of the new poetry review website The Bind, kindly answered a few questions for us about this new literary venture. Hurt is the author of two books of poetry: In Which I Play the Runaway (2016), winner of the Barrow Street Book Prize, and The Rusted City (2014), a collection of linked prose poems and verse selected for…

Fiction Spotlight: Contributor and former Memorious Fiction Editor Ian Stansel

Ian Stansel’s debut novel, The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), is fire, smoke, and bursts of illumination against the open sky. It’s classically American—a Western with some serious literary chops—and it’s everything it should be considering the July 4th, 2017 publication date. Critics and readers alike have showered the novel with praise,…