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.
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.”
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.
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.