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Khaled Mattawa

Khaled Mattawa is the author of four books of poetry, Tocqueville (New Issues Press, 2010), Amorisco (Ausable Press, 2008), Zodiac of Echoes (Ausable Press, 2003), and Ismailia Eclipse(Sheep Meadow Press, 1996). He is also the author of Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet’s Art and His Nation, a critical study of the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, published by Syracuse University Press. He has translated nine books of contemporary Arabic poetry by Adonis, Saadi Youssef, Fadhil Al-Azzawi, Hatif Janabi, Maram Al-Massri, Joumana Haddad, Amjad Nasser, and Iman Mersal. Mattawa has co-edited two anthologies of Arab American literature. Mattawa has been awarded the Academy of American Poet’s Fellowship Prize, the PEN-American Center award for poetry translation, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Alfred Hodder fellowship from Princeton University, an NEA translation grant, and three Pushcart prizes. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Antioch Review, Best American Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies. Mattawa was born in Benghazi, Libya and immigrated to the United States in his teens.

Jonathan Freedman

Jonathan Freedman is a professor of English and American Studies as well as a faculty associate in the Frankel Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Michigan. That is to say, he is interested in many things — and goes to too many meetings. Author of three books — Professions of Taste: Henry James, British Aestheticism and Commodity Culture (Stanford, 1991), The Temple of Culture: Assimilation, Aggression, and the Making of Literary Anglo-America (Oxford, 2000), and Klezmer America (Columbia, 2008), he’s recently been writing essays on realist fiction and economics and working on a book about Jews and decadence.

Associate Editor
Keith Taylor

Keith Taylor coordinates the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of Michigan and directs the Bear River Writers’ Conference. He has published his poetry and criticism widely in this country and in Europe, including in The Southern Review, The Iowa Review, The Boston Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Hanging Loose, and, of course, Michigan Quarterly Review. Of several books, the most recent is If the World Becomes So Bright (Wayne State University Press, 2009).

Poetry Editor
Katie Willingham

Katie Willingham is the author of Unlikely Designs (University of Chicago Press, 2017). She earned her MFA from the Helen Zell Writer’s Program where she was the recipient of a Hopwood Award in Poetry, a Theodore Roethke Prize, and a Nicholas Delbanco Thesis Prize. You can find her poems in such journals as Kenyon Review, Bennington Review, Poem-A-Day, Third Coast, West Branch, Grist, and others. She has taught both composition and creative writing at the University of Michigan. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Online Editor
Rachel Farrell

Rachel Farrell’s work has appeared in Jezebel, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Ninth Letter, The OffingPank, and Virginia Quarterly Review. She’s a graduate of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, where she received Hopwood Awards for fiction and nonfiction. She previously served as the Senior Manager of Print & Online Media for Cision US, a global media company. Contact her at or follow her on Twitter @rachelfarrell.

Fiction Editor
Polly Rosenwaike

Polly Rosenwaike’s story collection, Look How Happy I’m Making You, is forthcoming from Doubleday in 2019. Her stories have appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, Glimmer Train, Colorado Review, New England Review, Copper Nickel, and Indiana Review. She has published book reviews and essays in the San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times Book Review, The Millions, and The Brooklyn Rail. She teaches creative writing at Eastern Michigan University and works as a freelance editor.

On what kind of submissions she’s looking for: “Literature contains more intimacy than life,” Lorrie Moore said. I’m looking for stories and essays that draw the reader into an intimate relationship with a voice, a consciousness—that give us characters who feel particular and alive. I want to laugh, and cry, and marvel at how the writer has managed to capture truths big and small.

Managing Editor
Bryce Hayes Pope

Bryce Hayes Pope is a Helen Zell Postgraduate Fellow at the University of Michigan. She recently earned her MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan, where she was a Graduate Student Instructor, teaching Introduction to Creative Writing and Composition. Prior to that, she worked in development and donor relations at PEN America and volunteered at MoMA in New York City. Before her foray into the literary hemisphere, she worked as a small-business manager, PR and communications representative, and event coordinator. Born and raised in New York, Bryce is currently at work on her first novel, The Allowances. Contact her at

Editorial Board
Ruth Behar, Sara Blair, Peter Ho Davies, Geoff Eley, Tom Fricke, Linda Gregerson, Don Herzog, Deborah Keller-Cohen, Peggy McCracken

Assistant Editors
Elizabeth Goodenough, Tish O’Dowd, Alan WaldGillian White

Augusta Funk, Daniel Neff, Eirill Falck, Rachel Cross, Elinam Agbo, Justin Balog, Samantha Bares, Thea Chacamaty

Michigan Quarterly Review is published with financial support from the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan.