Author: Colleen Mayo

Review: Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders Review by Theodore Yurevitch I didn’t know what a bardo was before reading George Saunders’s new novel Lincoln in the Bardo, and I can’t say I was sure afterward, either. I knew Saunders’s work, though, as many do; he’s the author of several acclaimed collections of short stories, novellas, and essays. Not long ago, one of…

Author Q&A: Piyali Bhattacharya

Interview by Misha Rai Piyali Bhattacharya is Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic and many others. She is the editor of the anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion which was awarded a grant from the National…

Volume 35.1

Contributors Lauren Albin, Margaret Bashaar, Barrett Bowlin, Yi Xiao Chen, Alexandra Comeaux, Sam Cross, Danielle Lee Davis, Chelsea Dingman, George Drew, Norman Dubie, Ezra Dan Feldman, Joyce Frank, Renata Fuchs, Christian Holt, Gwen Holt, Jill McCabe Johnson, Rebecca Lauren, Esther Lin, Dao Linh, Thomas McConnell, L.L. McDonald, Caitlin McGill, Brooke McKinney, Victoria Miluch, Aleksandra Panic, Samuel Piccone, Rachel Sahaidachny, Kate…

Review: You Should Pity Us Instead

You Should Pity Us Instead by Amy Gustine Review by Karen Tucker “Most serious and productive artists,” writes Joyce Carol Oates, “are ‘haunted’ by their material—this is the galvanizing force of their creativity, their motivation. It is not and cannot be a fully conscious or volitional ‘haunting’—it is something that seems to happen to us, as if from without, no matter what craft…

Review: A Little Life

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara Review by Megan Tilley At the center of A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is love. The kind of love that binds four men together over the decades, as their lives expand past their shared college experiences. The kind of love that spurs a professor to adopt his former student to give him the parents that he…

Review: The Spectral Wilderness

The Spectral Wilderness by Oliver Bendorf Review by Rachel Sahaidachny Oliver Bendorf writes in the poem “Ghost Dog,” “I miss things sometimes that I cannot locate in the heart.” Art is a form of preservation. Poems in The Spectral Wilderness observe, interrogate, and record the subtle shifts in mind, body, and relationships through the process of transitioning from female to male, presented…

Review: Thief in the Interior

Thief in the Interior by Phillip B. Williams Review by Jayme Ringleb All of the poems in Thief in the Interior, Phillip B. Williams’s debut collection, are poems in direct conversation with poetic forms and traditions, with poets and poetic movements, or with ongoing acts of violence against both Black and queer lives. The poems also work to narrate the difficult progress of…