Meet Our Contributors | Issue 61:4 | Fall 2022 – Michigan Quarterly Review

Meet Our Contributors | Issue 61:4 | Fall 2022

SADIA ABBAS is Associate Professor of Postcolonial Studies at Rutgers University–Newark and director of the Center for European Studies at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. She is the author of At Freedom’s Limit: Islam and the Postcolonial Predicament, winner of the MLA Prize for a First Book, and the novel The Empty Room, shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and co-editor of Shahzia Sikander: Extraordinary Realities, which was listed as one the best art books of 2021 by The New York Times. She is co-editor of Ideas & Futures.

HANNAH KEZIAH AGUSTIN is from Manila, Philippines. Her work is found and forthcoming in Guernica, Prairie Schooner, The Margins, The Minnesota Review, The Maine Review, and elsewhere.

JULIA ALVAREZ has written novels, collections of poems, nonfiction, and numerous books for young readers. Best known for the novels In the Time of the Butterflies and How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, she has most recently published Afterlife, a new novel for adults, and a new picture book for young readers, Already a Butterfly: A Meditation Story. The recipient of a National Medal of Arts, Alvarez is a founder of Border of Lights, a movement to promote peace and collaboration between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. She lives in Vermont.

MARÍA ISABEL ÁLVAREZ is a first-generation Guatemalan American writer and educator. Her short fiction has received the Phyllis Grant Zellmer Prize for Fiction and is published in Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review,and Gulf Coast, among other venues. The recipient of grants and fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, Speculative Literature Foundation, Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Yaddo, and Hedgebrook, she lives and teaches in Upstate New York and is at work on a collection of short stories.

ASHIA AJANI (they/she) is a Black storyteller from Denver, Colorado, Queen City of the Plains and the unceded territory of the Cheyenne, Ute, Arapahoe, and Comanche peoples. They are an environmental justice educator with Mycelium Youth Network and co-poetry editor of The Hopper. Her words have been published in World Literature Today, Hennepin Review, Frontier Poetry, and Sierra magazine, among others. Their debut poetry collection, Heirloom, will be released spring 2023.

LAURA APOL is an associate professor at Michigan State University. She is the author of five collections of poetry, including A Fine Yellow Dust (2021), and she served as the Lansing Michigan poet laureate from 2019 to 2021. Her recent academic work focuses on arts-based inquiry, international collaboration, and the therapeutic uses of writing in response to trauma.

CHARLES BERNSTEIN is the winner of the 2019 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry for Near/Miss (University of Chicago Press, 2018) and for lifetime achievement in poetry. His other recent books are Topsy-Turvy (University of Chicago Press, 2021) and Pitch of Poetry (University of Chicago Press, 2016).

STEPHANIE BURT is Professor of English at Harvard University and the author of several books of and/or about poems. Graywolf Press will publish her latest collection, We Are Mermaids, in October 2022. She lives in Massachusetts with two cats, one superb dog, three other humans, and way too many X-Men comics.

MARILYN CHIN’s newest book is A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems. She has also written a wild girl book of fiction called Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen. She has won numerous awards, including the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation. Presently, she is Professor Emerita at San Diego State University and serves as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She has performed her poems all over the world and lives in San Diego.

HENRI COLE was born in Fukuoka, Japan, to a French mother and an American father. He has published ten collections of poetry and received many awards, including the Award of Merit Medal in Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has also published Orphic Paris, a memoir. He teaches at Claremont McKenna College.

SHEILA S. CORONEL is Director of the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She began her reporting career in the Philippines, where she cofounded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism.

Born in Calcutta and raised in New Delhi, SAYANTANI DASGUPTA received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Idaho. Her most recent book is the short story collection Women Who Misbehave. She is also the author of Fire Girl: Essays on India, America, & the In-Between—a Finalist for the Foreword Indies Awards for Creative Nonfiction—and the chapbook The House of Nails: Memories of a New Delhi Childhood. She serves as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at University of North Carolina Wilmington and is a contributing editor for Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies.

MARK DOTY’s ten books of poems include Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the National Book Award in 2008, and My Alexandria, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the T. S. Eliot Prize. He’s also published five books of nonfiction prose, most recently What Is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life, in 2020. A Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University, he lives in New York City.

EMILY FLAMM’s short fiction has been published in Grist, The Carolina Quarterly, Catapult, and other venues. Her work can be seen at She lives in Maryland.

LARRY FLYNN is an MFA candidate and Teaching Associate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has received fellowships and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences, Columbia University’s Teachers College, and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and is an alum of the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. His writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in West Branch, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, The Normal School, Portland Review, and others.

RU FREEMAN is the award-winning author of the short story collection Sleeping Alone (2022), Bon Courage: Essays on Inheritance, Citizenship, and a Creative Life (forthcoming), and the widely translated novels A Disobedient Girl (2009) and On Sal Mal Lane (2013), a New York Times Editors’ Choice book; the editor of Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine (2015); and co-editor of Indivisible: Global Leaders on Shared Security (2017). She teaches creative writing worldwide and directs the Artists Network for Narrative 4.

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V. V. GANESHANANTHAN is the author of the forthcoming novel Brotherless Night. Her previous novel, Love Marriage (2008), was long-listed for the Women’s Prize and named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post. Her work has appeared in Granta, The New York Times, and Ploughshares, among others. A co-host of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast on Literary Hub, she teaches in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota.

EUGENE GLORIA is the author of four books of poems. His most recent collection, Sightseer in This Killing City, received the Indiana Authors Award in poetry. His recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Kenyon Review, The Common, World Literature Today, and Poetry. Gloria is the John Rabb Emison Professor of Creative and Performing Arts and Professor of English at DePauw University.

JONATHAN GREENHAUSE’s first poetry collection, Cupping Our Palms, is debuting in fall 2022, and his poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Permafrost, Poetry East, RHINO, Roanoke Review, and Tampa Review. He is currently transitioning from pandemic to world war mode! Fun.

MYRONN HARDY is the author of five books of poems, most recently, Radioactive Starlings, published by Princeton University Press. His poems have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Baffler, and elsewhere. His new collection, Aurora Americana, is forthcoming in 2023. He is currently working on his first novel. He lives in Maine. 

TERRANCE HAYES’s recent publications include American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, and To Float in the Space Between: A Life and Work in Conversation with the Life and Work of Etheridge Knight. A collection of poems and a collection of essays are forthcoming in 2023.He is a professor of English at New York University.

MARWA HELAL is the author of Ante body (Nightboat Books, 2022), Invasive species (Nightboat Books, 2019), and the chapbook I AM MADE TO LEAVE I AM MADE TO RETURN (No Dear, 2017). Helal is the winner of BOMB Magazine’s Biennial 2016 Poetry Contest and a 2021 Whiting Award. Born in Al Mansurah, Egypt, she lives everywhere.

ANNA MARIA HONG is the author of Age of Glass,winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Competition; the novella H & G; and Fablesque,winner of Tupelo Press’s Berkshire Prize. Her poems and essays are recently published and forthcoming in Colorado Review, Fairy Tale Review, The American Poetry Review, The Rumpus, Poem-a-Day, and Sonnets from the American: Essays and Poems.

RICHARD JACKSON is the author of seventeen books of poems, most recently The Heart as Framed: New and Select Poems and Dispatches: Prose Poems, as well as nearly twenty editions, translations, critical work, and interview books. He has also edited over forty chapbooks, mostly from Eastern Europe, as well as Poetry Miscellany. He is winner of Guggenheim, Fulbright, NEA, and NEH awards and the Order of Freedom from the president of Slovenia.

LAWRENCE JOSEPH was born and raised in Detroit, the grandson of Lebanese and Syrian Catholic immigrants. He was educated at the University of Michigan, University of Cambridge, and University of Michigan Law School. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, most recently A Certain Clarity: Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and two books of prose, Lawyerland, a non-fiction novel (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), and The Game Changed: Essays and Other Prose,in the University of Michigan Press’s Poets on Poetry series. He is Professor of Law Emeritus at St. John’s University School of Law and lives in New York City.

JAMAAL MAY was born and raised in Detroit. His first book, Hum (2013), received a Beatrice Hawley Award and an American Library Association Notable Book Award. His second poetry collection is The Big Book of Exit Strategies (2016). May has received a Spirit of Detroit Award, the Benjamin Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an Indiana Review Poetry Prize, and fellowships from Cave Canem, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Kenyon Review, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, and others. He is Assistant Professor of English and Poet in Residence at Wayne State University.

DANIEL MAZZACANE is a writer and poet currently studying at the University of California, Irvine. His work has appeared in Los Angeles Times, the performance series Unheard LAThe Normal School, and Waxwing. Born and raised in Riverside, California, he writes toward his roots, the intersections of poverty and queer identity. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @DanMazzWrites.

CRAIG MCDANIEL is co-author of Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980 (Oxford University Press), recently published in its fifth edition. An ongoing series of essays that offer reevaluations of painters and poets have appeared in New England Review, Diagram, The Midwest Quarterly: A Journal of Contemporary Thought, and Michigan Quarterly Review. Other recent literary publications include The American Journal of Poetry, Word Riot, and A Very Angry Baby, an anthology from Acre Books (press offshoot of The Cincinnati Review).

FAISAL MOHYUDDIN is the author of The Displaced Children of Displaced Children and the chapbook The Riddle of Longing. He teaches English at Highland Park High School in Illinois and creative writing at the School of Professional Studies at Northwestern University, and he serves as a Master Practitioner for the global nonprofit Narrative 4.

DAVID MURA has written The Last Incantations (poetry), Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, and A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity, and Narrative Craft in Writing. He co-edited the anthology of BIPOC writers in Minnesota, We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World. His next book is The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself: Racial Myths and Our American Narratives.

COLETTE PARRIS is a Caribbean American graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School who returned to her literary roots during the pandemic. Her fiction can be found in Cleaver, Burningword Literary Journal, Lunch Ticket, and other journals and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize as well as Best Microfiction. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Healing Muse, BigCityLit, Thin Air Magazine, and elsewhere. She lives in New York.

CHRISTINE RHEIN is the author of Wild Flight, a winner of the Walt McDonald Book Prize (Texas Tech University Press). Her recent poems appear in the The American Journal of PoetryThe Southern Review, and Vox Populi. A former automotive engineer, Christine lives in Brighton, Michigan. 

ARNISHA ROYSTON is an emerging poet from Los Angeles. She holds a BA in Literature from UCLA and is currently obtaining an MFA. Arnisha aims to extend the understanding of poetry and its relationship to the African American community through her experience as a writer. Arnisha has three poems, “Claiming the Parts,” “Souvenirs for the Dead,” and “Who Breaks Up in a Diner,” published in Zone 3 Press

VICTORIA STITT is a poet currently consuming surrealist and Afrofuturist texts and films while writing strange dreamscapes of their own. They have been nominated for Best of the Net, and their work has appeared in Poetry Daily, The Carolina Quarterly, Blood Orange Review, Harbor Review, and others. A Philadelphia native, Victoria is an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College. They teach English in New Jersey, aiming to instill in their students a love for writing.

CLIFFORD THOMPSON’s books include What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man’s Blues. He is the author and illustrator of Big Man and the Little Men: A Graphic Novel, due out in November 2022. His essays and reviews have appeared in The Best American Essays 2018, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Commonweal, and The Threepenny Review.  Thompson teaches nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College and the Bennington Writing Seminars. He lives in Brooklyn.

FABRIZIO TONELLO teaches International Relations at the University of Padua. He was Fulbright Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and Visiting Fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University. He has taught at the University of Bologna and at SISSA in Trieste. His research interests include the long-term evolution of the American political system and the relationship between capitalism and political institutions as well as political communication. His latest books are Democrazie a rischio (Democracies at risk, Pearson, 2019) and Desolation Row: From Democracy to Oligarchy, 1976–2016 (Feltrinelli Foundation, 2016).

SIAMAK VOSSOUGHI is a writer living in Seattle. He has had stories published in Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, The Idaho Review, Bennington Review, Columbia Journal, and Gulf Coast. His first collection, Better Than War, received a 2014 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and his second collection, A Sense of the Whole, received the 2019 Orison Fiction Prize.

LYNDSEY KELLY WEINER is a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing program and teaches writing at Syracuse University. She blogs at

JOHN SIBLEY WILLIAMS is the author of four award-winning poetry collections, including The Drowning House, Scale Model of a Country at Dawn, As One Fire Consumes Another, and Skin Memory. A twenty-seven-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Wabash Prize for Poetry, Philip Booth Award, and Laux/Millar Poetry Prize. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and is founder of the Caesura Poetry Workshop series.

ELEANOR WILNER, 2019 recipient of the Frost Medal of the Poetry Society of America for lifetime achievement, is the author of nine books of poetry, most recently Before Our Eyes: New and Selected Poems, 1975–2017 and Gone to Earth: Early and Uncollected Poems 1963–1975.

WORKER WRITERS SCHOOL, founded and directed by MARK NOWAK, organizes and facilitates poetry workshops with global trade unions, workers’ centers, and other progressive labor organizations. These workshops create a space for participants to reimagine their working lives, nurture new literary voices directly from the global working class, and produce new tactics and imagine new futures for working-class social change. Our anthology, Coronavirus Haiku, was published by Kenning Editions in 2021. Visit us at 

DR. SURAJ YENGDE is one of India’s leading scholars and public intellectuals. Named as one of the 25 Most Influential Young Indians by GQ magazine and the Most Influential Young Dalit by Zee, Suraj is author of the bestseller Caste Matters and co-editor of the award-winning anthology The Radical in Ambedkar. Suraj’s forthcoming book by Allen Lane is on caste in the world. He curates “Dalitality” at The Indian Express. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of Oxford and an associate at Harvard University.

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