- Contributors' Notes
Erin Adair-Hodges is the author of Let's All Die Happy, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017). A Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholar in Poetry, Sewanee-Claudia Emerson scholar, and winner of The Sewanee Review's Allen Tate Prize and the Loraine Williams Prize from The Georgia Review, her work can be seen in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Boulevard, and Prairie Schooner. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Central Missouri and is the coeditor for Pleiades.
Janan Alexandra is a Lebanese-American poet and MFA candidate at Indiana University. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Martha's Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets. Janan has taught creative writing to youth for several years and currently works as Associate Director of the Iowa University Writers' Conference. You can find her work in The Adroit Journal, Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab-America, Cosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere.
Beulah Amsterdam grew up in the Bronx on welfare. She worked as a waitress, clerk, telephone operator, dental assistant, and psychiatric technician on her way to becoming a clinical psychologist. She has published poetry in her chapbooks, Black Frogs That Fly and Visit, as well as in various journals. Her memoir stories have appeared in Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy, Gravel, and Dime Show Review. She lives in Davis, Calif.
Nick Arvin's most recent novel is Mad Boy (Europa Editions, 2018). His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, McSweeney's Quarterly, and elsewhere. His story "The Crying Man" won Ploughshares' 2014 Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction. He is also an engineer, living in Denver.
Ferenc Barnás is one of Hungary's most distinguished writers. He is the author of five novels. The Ninth (Northwestern University Press, 2009) was long-listed for the Best Translated Book Award (USA) and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His fourth novel, Another Death won Book of the Year in Hungary, the Aegon Award. He has received three of Hungary's highest literary honors. His works have been translated into German, Serbian, and Indonesian. He currently lives in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Malachi Black is the author of Storm Toward Morning (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award and a selection for the PSA's New American Poets Series (chosen by Ilya Kaminsky). Black is a 2019 NEA Creative Writing Fellow, and his recent poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Believer, and The Paris Review. He is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at the University of San Diego.
Conor Bracken has recent poems appearing in the Colorado Review, Diode, Indiana Review, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. He is the author of Henry Kissinger, Mon Amour (Bull City Press, 2017), selected by Diane Seuss as winner of the fifth Frost Place Chapbook Competition, and is the translator of Mohammed Khair-Eddine's Scorpionic Sun (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2019).
Traci Brimhall is the author of Saudade (Copper Canyon, 2017), Our Lady of the Ruins (W. W. Norton, 2012), and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010), as well as Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod (forthcoming from Copper Canyon, 2020). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, Poetry, The Believer, The New Republic, and Best American Poetry. A 2013 NEA Fellow, she's currently Director of Creative Writing at Kansas State University.
Stephen Browning's poetry has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Poetry Northwest, The Southern Review, and others. This is his second appearance in Ploughshares. He was awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in poetry at Stanford University. A book of his botanical poetry, Hunger for Light, was published by the Fithian Press (2015).
Eric Burger has received fellowships/awards from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Wesleyan Writers Conference, and Writers at Work. His poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, The Missouri Review Online...