Khaled Mattawa is the author of four books of poetry, Tocqueville (New Issues Press, 2010), Amorisco (Ausable Press, 2008), Zodiac of Echoes (Ausable Press, 2003), and Ismailia Eclipse(Sheep Meadow Press, 1996). He is also the author of Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet’s Art and His Nation, a critical study of the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, published by Syracuse University Press. He has translated nine books of contemporary Arabic poetry by Adonis, Saadi Youssef, Fadhil Al-Azzawi, Hatif Janabi, Maram Al-Massri, Joumana Haddad, Amjad Nasser, and Iman Mersal. Mattawa has co-edited two anthologies of Arab American literature. Mattawa has been awarded the Academy of American Poet’s Fellowship Prize, the PEN-American Center award for poetry translation, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Alfred Hodder fellowship from Princeton University, an NEA translation grant, and three Pushcart prizes. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Antioch Review, Best American Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies. Mattawa was born in Benghazi, Libya and immigrated to the United States in his teens.
Katie Willingham is the author of Unlikely Designs (University of Chicago Press, 2017). She earned her MFA from the Helen Zell Writer’s Program where she was the recipient of a Hopwood Award in Poetry, a Theodore Roethke Prize, and a Nicholas Delbanco Thesis Prize. You can find her poems in such journals as Kenyon Review, Bennington Review, Poem-A-Day, Third Coast, West Branch, Grist, and others. She has taught both composition and creative writing at the University of Michigan. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
On what kind of submissions she’s looking for: I am seeking poems that make their own singular arguments for being poems—meditations, experiments, narratives, dialogues, and discoveries that leverage the tools of poetics to do their work. There are innumerable ways a poem can argue for its form and I want to showcase this variety. I believe the surest path to this is publishing truly diversely, that diverse aesthetics and identities are intertwined. This vision starts with you. The doors are wide open; I hope you’ll try me.
Rachel Farrell’s work has appeared in Jezebel, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Ninth Letter, The Offing, Pank, and Virginia Quarterly Review. She’s a graduate of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, where she received Hopwood Awards for fiction and nonfiction. She previously served as the Senior Manager of Print & Online Media for Cision US. Follow her on Twitter @rachelfarrell.
On what kind of submissions she’s looking for: Author interviews, book reviews, craft essays, and general nonfiction related to arts and culture. I tend to pass on pieces with overly formal (i.e. academic) writing styles. Bonus points if you have a presence on social media. (If you’re not online, why do you want your writing to be?) Note that while MQR doesn’t employ in-house reviewers for new books, you are welcome to send me an email about your forthcoming title and I’ll forward it out to our small-but-dedicated cadre of regular contributors. This does, on occasion, result in a review!
Polly Rosenwaike’s story collection, Look How Happy I’m Making You, is forthcoming from Doubleday in 2019. Her stories have appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, Glimmer Train, Colorado Review, New England Review, Copper Nickel, and Indiana Review. She has published book reviews and essays in the San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times Book Review, The Millions, and The Brooklyn Rail. She teaches creative writing at Eastern Michigan University and works as a freelance editor.
On what kind of submissions she’s looking for: “Literature contains more intimacy than life,” Lorrie Moore said. I’m looking for stories and essays that draw the reader into an intimate relationship with a voice, a consciousness—that give us characters who feel particular and alive. I want to laugh, and cry, and marvel at how the writer has managed to capture truths big and small.
H.R. Webster is a poet and educator from New England. She holds a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. Webster has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Vermont Studio Center, Art Farm, and InsideOut Detroit Literary Arts. She has served as Assistant Editor of the Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing and helped launch the Poetry Beyond Bars Summer Writing Intensive for Incarcerated Writers. She has taught writing in prisons, secondary schools, museums, and colleges around New England and the Midwest, and currently teaches at Albion College. Her work has appeared in Massachusetts Review, Ecotone, Black Warrior Review, Seattle Review, Ninth Letter, and other journals.
Bassam Sidiki is a doctoral student in English at the University of Michigan where he studies the intersection of health and politics in 20th/21st century global Anglophone literature, with a particular interest in “postcolonial illness narratives.” His creative and critical work has appeared in Papercuts, Jaggery, The Missing Slate, Synapsis, and The Iowa Review. He tweets @Bassidiki.
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