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“The beauty of this world knocked me off my feet”:
The Poetry of Dick Gallup

Nick Sturm is the NEH Postdoctoral Fellow in Poetics at Emory University’s Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. His poems and essays are published in Jacket2, PEN, ASAP/J, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and elsewhere. His scholarly and archival work can be traced at his blog Crystal Set.

from the she said dialogues: flesh memory

Akilah Oliver (1961–2011) was born in St. Louis and grew up in Los Angeles. She was the author of two books of poetry: A Toast in the House of Friends (2009) and the she said dialogues: flesh memory (1999), which received a PEN Beyond Margins award. Her chapbooks include A Collection of Objects (2010), a(A)ugust (2007), The Putterer’s Notebook (2006) and An Arriving Guard of Angels, Thusly Coming to Greet (2004). Oliver was an influential teacher and a notable performer. She collaborated with a range of artists and musicians and co-founded the experimental, feminist performance collective Sacred Naked Nature Girls in 1994. She was also a member of the Belladonna* feminist avant-garde collaborative and a graduate student in Philosophy, Art and Social Thought at the European Graduate School. Oliver lived for many years in Boulder, Colorado and taught at the Naropa Institute’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. In addition, she taught at Pratt Institute and at The New School in New York City, where she lived at the time of her death.


Gabrielle Daniels’s Something Else Again: Poetry and Prose, 1975–2019 is published in the UK by Materials. The book, Daniels’s first full-length collection, collects poems and prose from the 1970s to the present, including the complete text of Daniels’s now-impossibly rare chapbook A Movement in Eleven Days, a retrospective essay on New Narrative, and excerpts from her in-progress novel Sugar Wars.

from Except for This Unseen Thread

Ra’ad Abdulqadir (1953–2003) is a pioneer of the Iraqi prose poem, the author of five poetry collections, and a lifelong editor of Aqlam, Iraq’s leading literary magazine. Except for This Unseen Thread: Selected Poems (Ugly Duckling Presse) is his first collection in English translation.

from City Dwellers/After Brecht

Owen Hill’s last book of poetry was A Walk Among the Bogus (Lavender Ink/Dialogos, 2014). He also writes, edits and annotates crime fiction.


Katie Fowley is the author of the chapbook Dances & Parks (DIEZ Press). Her poems have appeared in Fence; No, Dear; The Atlas Review; 6×6; Cosmonauts Avenue; and elsewhere. Katie teaches English and poetry to high school students at The Hudson School. The Supposed Huntsman (Ugly Duckling Presse), forthcoming in March, is her first full-length collection of poetry.


Trevor Ketner is the author of the 2020 National Poetry Series-winning book [WHITE] (University of Georgia Press, 2021). They’ve received fellowships from Poets House, Lambda Literary, The Poetry Project, and Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts.

from Petrarchan Ditties

Adam Strauss lives in Louisville, KY. Poems of his appear in Sporklet, New American Writing, Burning House Press, and Word For/Word.

In Memoriam

Friend: A Tribute to Jean Valentine

Jaime Shearn Coan is the author of Turn it Over (Argos Books, 2015) and Ph.D. student in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY.


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FEB 2021

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