Issue 55 gathers fiction from Laura van den Berg, Gordon Lish, T Kira Madden, and Emma Copley Eisenberg, to name a few; letters about face masks and puttanesca and the rapid disintegration of our natural world by R. O. Kwon, Alexander Chee, and Jack Pendarvis; a searing nonfiction piece by José Orduña that harkens back to shoe-leather journalism, chronicling his experience at immigrant-rights demonstrations across the spectrum of activism; oh, and a 16-page section of mesmerizing photography by Pelle Cass from his series “Crowded Fields.” Read and be renewed.
Lisa Taddeo is a two-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize. Her debut nonfiction, Three Women, is out this summer from Simon and Schuster, to be followed by her first novel and story collection.
Joseph Osmundson is a scientist, teacher, and writer from small town Washington State. He has a PhD in Molecular Biophysics from The Rockefeller University and his work has been published in places like Guernica, Buzzfeed, Gawker (RIP), The Village Voice (OMG RIP), and The Feminist Wire, where he works on the editorial staff. He's published two (award-losing) books, and, with three other queer writers, co-hosts the "popular" podcast Food 4 Thot, a round-table discussing books, boys, butts, and Beyonce.
Asali Solomon is the author of Disgruntled: A Novel and the story collection Get Down. She lives in the city of Philadelphia where she is currently working on another novel about Philadelphia.
José Orduña's work explores living as a racialized subject of the United States. His first book, The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration and Displacement, was published in 2016 by Beacon Press. He is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.