- Contributors’ Notes
Lauren Acampora is the author of the linked story collection The Wonder Garden (2015) and the novel The Paper Wasp (2019), both published by Grove Atlantic. Her short fiction and essays have previously appeared in the New England Review and NER Digital, as well as in publications such as the Paris Review, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, and Antioch Review. She lives in New York.
Joseph Addison (1672–1719) was an English author and poet, whose dramas, poems, and periodical essays launched him into literary fame in eighteenth-century Britain and led to a number of political appointments. Best known for his contributions to the periodicals The Spectator and The Tatler, he was also the author of the well-received play Cato, a Tragedy (1712), which was a success in England, Ireland, and the Americas.
Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892–1927), born in Tokyo, Japan, was the author of more than 350 works of fiction and nonfiction, including Rashõmon, The Spider’s Thread, Hell Screen, Kappa, and In a Grove. Japan’s premier literary award for emerging writers, the Akutagawa Prize, is named after him.
Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water (BOA Editions, 2016). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, the Nation, and Tin House. A Cave Canem fellow, he was a finalist for the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.
Molly Bashaw’s first book of poetry, The Whole Field Still Moving Inside It, was published by The Word Works in 2014. More recent work has appeared in the New Yorker, Crazyhorse, the Iowa Review, the Paris-American, the Tasmanian Times, and on the Lilith Blog. Molly lives in Würzburg, Germany, where she makes her living as a professional bass-trombonist and educator.
Georgina Beaty is an actor and writer whose work has been published or is forthcoming in Plenitude, Neon Magazine, and Frontenac Press’s anthology, Gush. She has co-written four plays, including Highway 63: The Fort Mac Show, and is the writer/performer of Extremophiles, which continues to tour Canada. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and is currently performing with Belarus Free Theatre in London, England. Her story in this issue is dedicated to Jill Connell. [End Page 186]
Ryan C. K. Choi lives in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, where he was born and raised. His work has appeared in BOMB, Harper’s, New American Writing, the Yale Review, and elsewhere.
Timothy Donnelly’s third collection, The Problem of the Many, is forthcoming from Wave Books. He is the author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit (Grove, 2003) and The Cloud Corporation (Wave, 2010), winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize. A Guggenheim Fellow, he teaches in the Writing Program of Columbia University’s School of the Arts and lives in Brooklyn with his family.
Jennifer Grotz’s third and most recent book of poems is Window Left Open (Graywolf, 2016). She teaches at the University of Rochester and directs the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences.
Janice N. Harrington is the author of Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone (BOA, 2006), The Hands of Strangers (BOA, 2011), and Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin (BOA, 2016). She curates A Space for Image, a blog on poetic imagery, and teaches creative writing at the University of Illinois.
Valerie Hegarty is a Brooklyn-based visual artist and fiction writer. She has been recognized for her achievement in the arts by numerous grants from the Tiffany Foundation, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She exhibits her artwork internationally and has been awarded residencies from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, Smack Mellon, lmcc, ps122, Yaddo, and MacDowell. She hopes to attend as a writer one day. “Cats vs. Cancer” is her first published short story.
Brian Henry has published eleven books of poetry, most recently Permanent State (Ahsahta, 2019). His translation of Aleš Šteger’s The Book of Things appeared from BOA Editions in 2010 and won the Best Translated Book Award and the Best Literary...