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I Thought I Was Seeing Convicts

Andrew Levy is the author of Artifice in the Calm Damages (Chax Press), Don’t Forget to Breathe (Chax Press), Nothing Is In Here (EOAGH Books), and Cracking Up (Truck Books), along with eleven other titles of poetry and prose. You can find his essay “Snowden” at Dispatches from the Poetry Wars.

“Husbands Are Deadlier Than Terrorists”

Laura Solomon is the author of three books of poetry, most recently The Hermit from Ugly Duckling Press, and two works of translation. Over the years, she’s worked with a number of literary journals and small presses, including Verse and Verse Press (now Wave Books), the early online journal castagraf  (which she ran from 2002–2005), and the Georgia Review. She and her partner Jenny Gropp were recently named the new executive directors of Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee.


John Godfrey has written in the East Village for a very long time. His most recent book is The City Keeps: New and selected poems 1966-2014 (Wave Books, 2016).

In Conversation

with Vi Khi Nao

Aisha Sabatini Sloan’s first book of essays, The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2013. Her most recent essay collection, Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit, was chosen by Maggie Nelson as the winner of the 1913 Open Prose Contest and published in 2017.  Vi Khi Nao was born in Long Khanh, Vietnam. She is the author of Sheep Machine, of the short stories collection, A Brief Alphabet of Torture, which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016, the novel, Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016), and the poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, which won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University, where she received the John Hawkes and Feldman Prizes in fiction and the Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Award in poetry.


Jared Stanley's most recent book is EARS (Nightboat, 2017). Forthcoming projects include Ignore the Cries of Empty Stones and Your Flesh Will Break Out in Scavengers, an essay and artwork, Terma, a collaboration with the artist Sameer Farooq, and Bewildernessless, an artist's book. He lives in Reno, Nevada.


Susana Thénon (Buenos Aires, 1935–1991) was a poet, essayist, translator, and photographer. Along with Juana Bignozzi and Alejandra Pizarnik, Thénon is considered part of Argentina’s “’60s Generation.” She published five books of poetry: Edad sin tregua (1958), Habitante de la nada (1959), De lugares extraños (1967), Distancias (1984), and Ova completa(1987). Between 1967 and 1984, she focused more on photography, and her photographs can be seen in Brindis a la danza (2010) and idilios (2014) both by Iris Scaccheri. Rebekah Smith translates from Spanish, edits at Ugly Duckling Presse, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at NYU.


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MAY 2018

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