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: 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),…

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…

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…

Poem: Michael Bazzett, “Icarus”

For Father’s Day, we bring you this new poem from contributor Michael Bazzett:   ICARUS The wings were indeed a cunning invention, not bird-like as most supposed but sweeping and feather-light with a clear understanding of lift and drag. Daedalus knew what was up. There would be no white legs           disappearing into green water…