Returning to Greece: A special section of poetry on Greece with work by Lauren K. Alleyne, Christopher Bakken, Natalie Bakopoulos, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, Adrianne Kalfopoulou, and Allison Wilkins. Also in this issue: John Haggerty encounters the passion of sheepdogs, David McDannald answers the knock on the door, Natania Rosenfeld remembers the land of Prapruninma, and Ilan Stavans considers dying in Hebrew. Short fiction from Vivienne Chen, John J. Clayton, Steven Gillis, Ofir Oz, Jennie Rathbun, Kayla Whaley, and Bess Winter. Poetry from Marianne Boruch, Rasaq Malik, Sara McKinnon, Eric Rivera, and Laura Wetherington.
“It was about showcasing a range of stories — from heartbreaking to absolutely hilarious. One of my favorite stories in Pen is of the woman who had ‘Pizza Party’ inked on her toes. I was like, ‘Hey, what’s your story?’ and she was like, ‘I just fucking love pizza.’ So, you’re trying to let the hilarity of something like that come through, too. We wanted there to be a bit of a narrative if you read it from front to end, but something you could also just pick up and flip around.”