Mary Ebbott discovers the lost sister of Odysseus, Michael O’Rourke hallucinates in the hospital in the wake of a duodenal ulcer, and Jeffrey Meyers reflects on D.H. Lawrence’s time in New Mexico observing American Indians. Plus: Ben Merriman examines how literary journals handle unsolicited submissions — and offers some alternative strategies. New fiction from Beth Aviv, Kate Berson, Rebecca Givens Rolland, Susan Tacent, Wil Weitzel, Jenny Williams, and Hananah Zaheer. New poetry from Bruce Bond, Michael Lavers, T.J. McLemore, Susan Rich, Esther Schor, Steven D. Schroeder, Kent Shaw, Cathe Shubert, Knute Skinner, and Brian Swann.
After twenty years of dedicated service as Michigan Quarterly Review’s tireless Managing Editor, today is Vicki Lawrence’s last day on the job. Vicki has worn countless hats over the years, and we know that in her retirement she’ll be looking forward to a lot less paperwork and a bit more relaxation.
We’re proud and excited to announce that Tarfia Faizullah’s poem “I Told the Water” has been selected for inclusion in Pushcart Prize XLII. “I Told the Water” appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of MQR as part of the “Flint and Beyond” special section.
Molly McQuade explores the music in Brooklyn, Craig McDaniel and Jean Robertson experience what painting is now, Steven Harvey discusses the other Steve Harvey, and Frank M. Meola reports on being a minority minority. New fiction from Marian Berges, Barrett Bowlin, Randy Nelson, Su Tong, Sergio Troncoso, Kathleen Winter, and Linda Woolford. New poetry from Fleda Brown, Susan Cobin, Nancy Eimers, Dan Gerber, and Osip Mandelstam. Plus Piotr Florczyk reviews Mark Irwin’s “American Urn: Selected Poems.”
We’re happy to announce Ruchama King Feuerman, Eric Rivera, and John Rybicki as the winners of MQR’s 2016 Literary Prizes.