Michael Lowenthal and I often call each other “the one that got away.” This does not refer to our romantic lives but rather to the fact that although I attended Lesley University’s MFA program, where he is a founding member of the fiction faculty, we never worked together while I was a student. Luckily for me, our friendship blossomed after I graduated in 2017, when I reached out to him to see if he’d help me polish up my stories, essays, and later, a novel. His editorial feedback is much like his writing style—fiercely and often brutally honest.
WILL JOHNSON is a musician and songwriter who has played in the bands Centro-matic, South San Gabriel, Marie/Lepanto, Overseas, New Multitudes, and Monsters of Folk. He also releases records under his own name, and makes paintings centering on the subject of baseball and its history. His work has appeared in American Short Fiction, and If or When I Call is his first novel. He was born in Kennett, Missouri, and currently lives in Austin, Texas.
BENJAMIN DREVLOW is the author of Bend with the Knees and Other Love Advice from My Father (New Rivers Press, 2008), which won the 2006 Many Voices Project, and Ina-Baby: A Love Story in Reverse (Cowboy Jamboree, 2019). He serves as the Managing Editor of BULL Magazine, and is a lecturer at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.
CHUCK HARP is the author of Working Title (Unsolicited Press, 2020), Before I Forget (Black Rose Writing, 2019), What Must Go On (Unsolicited Press, 2018), and Blooming Insanity (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2018). He lives in Los Angeles.
KIM VODICKA is “the spokesbitch of a degeneration”—“…a softer-spoken, more genteel Lydia Lunch,” according to The Houston Press—and the author of four full-length poetry collections, including The Elvis Machine (CLASH, 2020) and Dear Ted (Really Serious Literature, forthcoming in 2022). She is also the author of several chapbooks, including a poetic comic book, an EP of sound poems on seven-inch vinyl, and an illustrated book of poetry. Her poems, prose, and visual art have been featured in Spork, Luna Luna Magazine, The Thought Erotic, Forbidden Futures, Best American Experimental Writing, and elsewhere. For the past decade, she has toured the country performing sound poetry in bookstores, dive bars, art galleries, ’50s diners, pinup clubs, vintage clothing shops, rooftops, and places of worship. Originally from South Louisiana, she currently lives in Memphis, Tennessee, with her beloved cat, Lula.
Mallory Smart is a Chicago-based writer who works as Editor-in-Chief for Maudlin House. She also talks about music and literature on the Textual Healing podcast, and drinks a lot of coffee.
ADAM GNADE (pronounced “guh nah dee”) lives on the Ruby Teeth Homestead and writes a series of novels and audio cassettes of prose that share characters and plotlines in the name of creating a fictional universe that will serve as a “history of the time in which I lived.” His latest book, Float Me Away, Floodwaters, was issued on January 5, 2021, as a collaborative release by Justin Pearson’s (the Locust, Dead Cross, Planet B) record label Three One G and Bread & Roses Press. Gnade also owns and operates Hello America Stereo Cassette, a record label releasing audio recordings of authors’ stories, poems, and books, some backed by music, others not. The label, launched in January 2021, recently celebrated its first release: a tape of poems by Jared Thomas Friend (backed by music from Margot Erlandson and Death Ribbons).
What happens when two poets whose acclaimed work spans numerous themes and images meet? Elizabeth A.I. Powell, author of Atomizer and Dana Roeser, author of All Transparent Things Need Thundershirts convened to discuss American culture, feminism, spirituality, God, online dating, authoritarianism, olfactory art, Personism, and poetry.