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Richard Lyons

Richard Lyons is the author of three books of poetry, Fleur Carnivore (The Word Works 2006), Hours of the Cardinal (University of South Carolina Press 2000), and These Modern Nights (University of Missouri Press 1988). A former winner of the Peter I.B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets, Lyons received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, an M.F.A. from…

Review: The Return

The Return by Hisham Matar Review by Feroz Rather During the days of popular revolt against Gaddafi’s authoritarian regime, Hisham Matar—the 47-year-old Libyan writer who has made London his home—calls an old man living in Zliten. “I watched them from my window,” the old man tells him. “They came with bulldozers and dug up the graves, one after the other.…

Review: A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles Review by Megan Tilley Elegantly crafted and dazzlingly clever, Amor Towles’s novel A Gentleman in Moscow transcends the often gloomy descriptions of Soviet-era Russia to create a world both insulated from the outside world and endlessly influenced by it. While many novels set in tumultuous 1920s Moscow spend considerable time on the metropolis…

Russell Franklin

Russ Franklin was a Wallace Stegner fellow and Truman Capote fellow at Stanford University. He attended FSU on a Kingsbury fellowship and received his Ph.D. in 2001.  He is the author of the novel Cosmic Hotel. Listen to him read with Josephine Yu here: Franklin has degrees in math, physics, and literature, and his work has appeared in Oxford American,…

Josephine Yu

Josephine Yu is the author of Prayer Book of the Anxious (Elixir P, 2016), winner of the Judge’s Prize of the 15th Annual Elixir Press Poetry Awards. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Ploughshares, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, and Crab Orchard Review, as well as the anthology Old Flame: From the First 10 Years of 32 Poems Magazine.…

Review: The Ghost of Birds

The Ghost of Birds by Eliot Weinberger Review by Daniel LoPilato Half a dozen stories from the Arabian Nights open with an enigmatic, perhaps untranslatable metaphor. In “The Tale of the Enchanted King,” the first sentence describes a story “which, if it could be engraved with needles at the corner of the eye, would be a lesson to those who would…

Monica Youn

Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre (Graywolf Press, 2016); Barter (Graywolf Press, 2003); and Ignatz (Four Way Books, 2010), which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Listen to her read here: Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and the New York Times Magazine, and she has been awarded fellowships…

Volume 34.2

Contributors Maria Adelmann, Win Bassett, Anders Carlson-Wee, Stuart Dischell, Jensine Eckwall, Liza Flum, M.K. Foster, Charles Green, Thaddeus Harmon, Chris Hutchinson, Sophie Klahr, Peter LaBerge, Brian Larsen, Brigitte Leschhorn, Ellyn Lichvar, Carol Light, Denton Loving, Tom McGuire, Miller Oberman, Steven Perez, Sue Repko, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Robyn Ritchie, Ray Shea, Danez Smith, Ryan Walsh, Kara Kai Wang   Issue 34.2 is…

Review: Driving Without a License

Driving Without a License by Janine Joseph Review by Josh Brewer One has come to expect quality from Alice James Books. The venerable New England cooperative continues to publish the best new female voices while expanding their catalogue in recent years to include men and even more international poets. That expectation of quality has been met and exceeded with Janine Joseph’s Driving without…

Robert Olen Butler

Robert Olen Butler has published sixteen novels—The Alleys of Eden, Sun Dogs, Countrymen of Bones, On Distant Ground, Wabash, The Deuce, They Whisper, The Deep Green Sea, Mr. Spaceman, Fair Warning, Hell, A Small Hotel, The Hot Country, The Star of Istanbul, The Empire of Night, Perfume River—and six volumes of short fiction—Tabloid Dreams, Had a Good Time, Severance, Intercourse,…