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Letter From the Editor

Every year I have the honor of choosing the finalists for the Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction.

Uncle (First Place Winner of the Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction)

Uncle always lived in the other house. By himself. When he was younger, before I was born, he was a truck driver.

Ameena Goes to America (Second Place Winner of the Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction)

A young white officer asks her in heavily accented Bengali, “What’s the purpose of your visit?”

Experimental Trials (Third Place Winner of the Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction)

After the first, which was of course televised, a silence swept over the land.

Reflections on Hedwig and the Truths We Learn

“What is that?” “It’s what I’ve got to work with.”

Under Quarantine

I watch her watch her mother wave goodbye through the window of her room in assisted living,

Sympathetic Magic

Old brauchers knew the making of good beer from pumpkins,


you escape the coil-spring trap leave the ripped

Writing for Social Justice: Core Strength

“She ain’t nothing but a $5 hoe,” our booknerd, stripper friend chides while she two-step shimmies towards the pole in the center of her new home’s private library.

ONLINE BONUS: UPs & DOWNs (Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction Finalist)

I move into Metropolitan Towers during the heat and hollow of an empty summer, when all of New York City is racked by disease, and the sidewalks stink of anxiety.

ONLINE BONUS: Looking for Spoonbills

This morning I see robins are back, the first birds I learned by name.

ONLINE BONUS: Weed Gallery

The bull thistle, yes, with fierce spines. Bright blooms on every stem aren’t sufficient to make it a flower.

ONLINE BONUS: Hard-hitting Bob

If I want to recall my father’s snow-blue eyes and his father’s before him, and that old man’s high, cracked, Rhenish accent

ONLINE BONUS: When I Try to Let You Speak through Me

I get myself in trouble again Conjuring you

ONLINE BONUS: The Trash Truck

so much depends on the gas-guzzling monster

ONLINE BONUS: The Hunger of Tides

DaVinci was convinced that the tide was the breath of a beast he could not see.

REVIEW: The Betweens

Cynthia Arrieu-King’s The Betweens is a startingly necessary book.

REVIEW: What Is in the Blood

If it is true that a humble upbringing can inspire lasting impressions in the soul of a poet, Ellen Stone’s What Is in the Blood bears this out.

REVIEW: Fire Up The Poems

With the return of in-person learning in American classrooms, teachers will confront a challenge they haven’t faced since the COVID-19 pandemic began: galvanizing students in a live classroom.

REVIEW: Tart Honey

Deborah Burnham’s collection of poetry, Tart Honey, carefully examines the intricacies of love and marriage that span decades, one of which was spent almost entirely long-distance.

REVIEW: All These Things Were Real: Poems of Delirium Tremens

All These Things Were Real: Poems of Delirium Tremens by Michelle Reale is an intricate window into the life of a mother struggling through and with her son’s alcoholism, spending an unclear amount of time in hospitals, treatment centers, and pain.

REVIEW: Animal Nocturne

Liz Chang’s chapbook Animal Nocturne (2017) explores the complexities of race, love, and motherhood through a style of poetry unique to the contemporary moment.