Poetry Spotlight: Michele Battiste

Michele Battiste’s Waiting for the Wreck to Burn explores themes of murder, ruin, and redemption. The narrator navigates two towns—one called Ruination, one unnamed—split by a river that threatens to flood. Poems border the land between life and death and, though haunting, invite the reader on a journey to a new start. In addition to Waiting for the Wreck to…

Poetry Spotlight: Jeanne Larsen

What Penelope Chooses is a feminist retelling that gives Homer’s Odyssey a modern setting while still retaining the core mythos. In this journey through language jam-packed with allusion, Jeanne Larsen creates a genealogy of women in the Odyssey and their subversive forces. We hear their laments as they try to make their own choices in a world defined by men and a war…

Fiction Spotlight: Daphne Kalotay

Memorious contributor Daphne Kalotay was one of the first fiction writers we solicited for a story: I met her in 2004 when I handed her a postcard for Memorious at the reading series Cover to Cover, run by Steve Almond in Boston. While she did not send us a story then, she passed the card…

Cover Artist Spotlight: Michael Kolster

Photographer Michael Kolster, our issue 18 cover artist, has been busy since his series of ambrotypes formed one of our special rotating covers back in 2012. He was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 2013, published Take Me to the River in 2016, and has been hard at work on a new series that also shapes…

Art Song, Chamber Operas, and More: Our AWP 2019 Panel

As we look ahead to our fifth Art Song Contest (details coming this summer), I am chairing the  panel “From Words to Music: Writers on Collaborating with Composers” at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Portland, OR.  This page  will serve as a companion resource for our panel, as well as an ongoing…

Contributor Round-up: 2018/19 in Prose

Welcome to our 2018-2019 round-up of new and forthcoming  fiction and nonfiction books by our contributors. Steve Almond, Bad Stories (Red Hen Press) Caitlin Horrocks, The Vexations (Little Brown and Company), Forthcoming June 2019 Daphne Kalotay, Blue Hours (Northwestern University Press) Forthcoming July 2019 Joanna Luloff, Remind Me Again What Happened (Algonquin Books) Shena McAuliffe, The Good Echo (Black Lawrence Press)…

Contributor Round-up: The 2018 Poetry 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),…