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.
This Sunday, September 11, the Kerrytown Bookfest will be taking place at the Farmer’s Market in Ann Arbor, and MQR will be there. Bookfest features authors, poets, publishers, booksellers, bookbinders, book artists, letterpress printers, librarians, teachers, and many others associated with books. A special children’s area provides storytelling and creative activities. A schedule of panels and presentations by and about writers and their work will be going on all day in the Main Tent. We’ll be at Table 20–stop by for free back issues of the journal plus our best subscription deal of the year.
Susan Choi stirs the waters in the 2016 Hopwood Lecture, Pearl Abraham surprises with unexpected connections between political and private wrongdoing, Natalie Bakopoulos sorts through the tangled relationship at the heart of Elena Ferrante’s four Neapolitan novels.
Fiction: Mark Brazaitis, Cynthia Dockrell, Beth Kissileff, Barbara Krasner, Matthew Lansburgh, Monica McFawn, Elizabeth Poliner.
Poetry: Natalia Romero (translated by Seth Michelson), Felicia Zamora.
Flint and Beyond – a special section on the Flint water crisis: Flint native Kelsey Ronan explores the effect on her family and Tarfia Faizullah dedicates her poem “I Told the Water” to Flint; Matthew Baker and Jack Driscoll use fiction to look at life in Michigan today.
Also in this issue: Zhanna Slor remembers her family’s last years in the USSR and Kathy Leonard Czepiel remembers Columbine—again and again.
Fiction: Matthew Baker, Chelsie Bryant, Jack Driscoll, Daniel Herwitz, Janis Hubschman, Laura Maylene Walter.
Poetry: Anna Lena Phillips Bell, Patricia Clark, Tarfia Faizullah, Jennifer Givhan, Alison Powell, Alison Stone.