Contributor Spotlight: Yanyi

Yanyi’s debut poetry collection, Yale Younger Poets Prize winner The Year of Blue Water( Yale University Press, 2019), is a record and cultivation of the poet’s discovery of the self. The poems explore Yanyi’s relationship to his family and friends, his mental health, his experience as a trans person, his sense of belonging as a Chinese…

Contributor Spotlight: Andrea Cohen

Andrea Cohen’s latest collection, Nightshade, published by Four Way Books, surprises us again and again with a truth we only think we already know, that the most contrary experiences—hope and disappointment, departure and arrival, pain and comfort—are always present in our lives, and so often, occur at the same time. As the title poem teaches…

Contributor Spotlight: Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers

Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers’ second collection, The Tilt Torn Away from the Seasons (Acre Books), posits the intriguing question, what would happen if current climate change resulted in humans terraforming Mars? The result is a thought-provoking interrogation of sexism, colonialism, and the current climate crisis, in a collection as healing as it is harrowing. In this attentive…

Contributor spotlight: Nomi Stone

Nomi Stone’s second collection of poetry, Kill Class (Tupelo Press), captures the precarious dynamic between soldiers, role-players, and an anthropologist in mock Middle Eastern villages at military bases across the U.S. Her delicate attention to detail, even the smallest, such as yogurt still fresh on a wrist in the opening poem, vividly illuminates the complicated war…

Spotlight Interview: Grace Talusan

Grace Talusan’s first book, The Body Papers (2019) won the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. She was born in the Philippines and raised in New England. A graduate of Tufts University and the MFA Program in Writing at UC Irvine, she is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and…

Poetry Spotlight: Eugene Gloria

 Contributor Spotlight: An Interview with Eugene Gloria Eugene Gloria’s explosive fourth collection of poems, Sightseer in This Killing City (Penguin, 2019), begins with “Implicit Body,” a poem that bursts into an invocation of “this legend of my betrayals, my disloyalty to my origins,” a litany of sorts that moves us toward this striking stanza that prophesizes…

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: 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…