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Mona Kareem is the author of three poetry collections and three book-length translations. Her work has been translated into Farsi, Turkish, French, English, Spanish, Dutch, and German.


Diana Rickard is a poet and sociologist, and an Associate Professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. Her poems have recently appeared in a number of journals and magazines, and her book on documentaries about wrongful conviction is forthcoming from New York University Press.


Ama Birch has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the California Institute of the Arts. Belladonna* is publishing these poems and others in a chapbook called (Spirit) in 2022 as part of their Lesbian All-Stars series.

from Translation of Lillies

Laynie Browne's recent publications include a collection of poems Translation of the Lilies Back into Lists (Wave Books 2022) and the anthology A Forest on Many Stems: Essays on The Poet’s Novel (Nightboat 2021). Forthcoming are two more collections of poems, Letters Inscribed in Snow (Tinderbox) and Apprentice to a Breathing Hand (Omnidawn.) Honors include a Pew Fellowship, and the National Poetry Series Award. She teaches and coordinates the MOOC Modern Poetry at University of Pennsylvania.


José Carlos Agüero (author) (Lima, 1975) Peruvian historian and writer. Researcher on issues of political violence and historical memory. He has published—among other texts related to disappearances, political violence and public education in Peru—the essay Los rendidos: Sobre el don de perdonar (IEP, 2015), the poetry book Enemigo (Intermezzo tropical, 2016), the set of stories Cuentos Heridos (Lumen, 2017), and Persona (FCE 2017), published by Fondo de Cultura Económica that was awarded with the 2018 National Prize for Peruvian Literature in the Non-fiction Category.


Graham Foust’s most recent book is Embarrassments (Flood Editions, 2021). He lives in Colorado and works at the University of Denver.

A Selection of Drain Poems

Ken L. Walker has published two chapbooks—Antworten (translations of Georg Herwegh from Greying Ghost) and Twenty Glasses of Water from Diez. He has poems and translations in Boston Review, Tammy, Seattle Review, Atlas Review, and ANMLY. His prose and reviews can be found in The Poetry Project Newsletter, Hyperallergic, and Diagram. He holds an MFA from Brooklyn College, works in advertising, and spends the rest of his time documenting drains.

Ada Limón’s The Hurting Kind

Forrest Gander, born in the Mojave Desert, lives in California. His most recent books are KNOT, a collaboration with photographer Jack Shear, and TWICE ALIVE: An Ecology of Intimacies. It Must Be a Misunderstanding, his translation of Mexican poet Coral Bracho, is hot off the press with New Directions.

From the City of Angels to the City of Poets

Neeli Cherkovski’s recent poetry collections are hang onto the Yangtze River, and elegy for my beat generation. His biography of Charles Bukowski was recently published in a new edition by David Godine, and he is completing a new addition of his biography of Lawrence Ferlinghetti. He is also working on a book of poetry profiles, multitudes and his memoir, hyper. He lives in San Francisco.


The Brooklyn Rail

MAY 2022

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