- Contributors' Notes
Kazim Ali's most recent books are a collection of poetry, Inquisition (Wesleyan University Press, 2018), and a collection of essays, Silver Road: Essays, Maps, and Calligraphies (Tupelo Press, 2018).
Jonathan Blum is the author of Last Word (Rescue Press, 2013), a novella, which was named one of the best books of the year by Iowa Public Radio. His story collection, The Usual Uncertainties, is forthcoming from Rescue Press. He is the recipient of a 2016 Hawthornden Fellowship in Scotland and was a guest writer at the 2016 Tianjin Binhai New Area International Writing Program in China. His short stories have appeared in Carolina Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Playboy, and Sonora Review. He lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches fiction writing workshops.
Brian Brodeur is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently the chapbook Local Fauna (Kent State University Press, 2015). New poems and critical essays appear in Measure, Pleiades, and the Writer's Chronicle. Brian lives with his wife and daughter in the Whitewater River Valley.
Roger Desy works a small body of poems until they work themselves. His hope is that after a hard workout these poems breathe clear air. A few are in Cortland Review, Midwest Quarterly, Poet Lore, and South Carolina Review. He taught literature and creative writing and edited technical manuals. Now it's pretty much only lyrics.
Karin Gottshall's most recent book is The River Won't Hold You (Ohio State University Press, 2014). Recent poems appear in Colorado Review and FIELD. She lives in Vermont and teaches at Middlebury College.
Atar Hadari's Songs from Bialik: Selected Poems of H. N. Bialik was a finalist for the American Literary Translators' Association Award. Lives of the Dead: Poems of Hanoch Levin was awarded a Pen Translates grant and was published by Arc Publications. He contributes a monthly verse Bible translation to the US digital magazine MOSAIC and is currently Vice-Chancellor's PhD Fellow in Theology at Liverpool Hope University, writing about William Tyndale's translation of Deuteronomy and its revisions into the King James Version.
Haïm Hazaz (1898–1973) was among Israel's premier novelists of the twentieth century. He won the Bialik Prize twice and was awarded the Israel Prize (Israel's Nobel) in its inaugural year. This was a signal accomplishment as he was always out of sympathy with Israel's left-wing establishment, for example in this novel about right-wing Jewish underground terrorists who insist on being martyrs. Israel's first government chose to turn their condemned cell into a book warehouse to efface their memory, and it was only when Hazaz found himself in the hospital next to their chaplain years later, that he got the full story.
Brian Holton's translations include Yang Lian's Narrative Poem (Bloodaxe Books, 2017), which won the 2017 English PEN Award, and Staunin Ma Lane, a collection of classical Chinese poetry in Scots (Shearsman Books, 2016).
Joshua Idaszak's fiction has won Boulevard's 2016 Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers and was named a finalist for the Chicago Tribune's 2015 Nelson Algren Short Story Award. His stories and interviews have appeared in TriQuarterly, Baltimore Review, Arkansas International, and elsewhere. He is at work on a novel.
Lesley Jenike's nonfiction has appeared recently or will appear soon in phoebe, Waxwing, the Account, and Diode. Her most recent collection is Punctum: Poems, a chapbook of poetry published by Kent State University Press in 2017. She teaches literature and creative writing courses at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, where she lives with her husband and two small children.
Yang Lian is a prize-winning Chinese poet. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages, and he has won several international poetry prizes. He makes regular appearances at major international poetry festivals.
Laurence Lieberman, professor emeritus, University of Illinois, has published fifteen books of poetry and four books of criticism (essays). He founded the Illinois Poetry Series and was its editor from 1971 to 2009. His poems have appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Harpers, the Nation, New Republic, Poetry Magazine, and American Poetry Review, among others.