The Literary Magazine of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Editor in Chief
Ryan Wilson (Issue 9.1 – ) was born in Griffin, GA, and raised in nearby Macon. He is the author of The Stranger World (Measure Press, 2017), winner of the Donald Justice Poetry Prize, of How to Think Like a Poet (Wiseblood, 2019), and of Proteus Bound: Selected Translations, 2008-2020 (Franciscan UP, 2021). His work appears in periodicals such as: Best American Poetry, Five Points, The Hopkins Review, The New Criterion, The Sewanee Review, and The Yale Review. The Administrator and C.F.O. of the ALSCW, he lives north of Baltimore and teaches at The Catholic University of America.
Joanna Pearson (Issue 13.2 – ) is the author of the short story collection, Every Human Love (Acre Books, 2019), a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Awards, the Foreword INDIES Awards, and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction. Her second collection of stories, Now You Know It All, was chosen by Edward P. Jones for the 2021 Drue Heinze Literature Prize and is forthcoming with University of Pittsburgh Press in October 2021.
Armen Davoudian (Issue 13.2 – ) is the author of Swan Song, which won the 2020 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. His poems and translations appear in AGNI, The Sewanee Review, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. He grew up in Isfahan, Iran and is currently a PhD candidate in English at Stanford University.
Caitlin Doyle (Issue 13.2 – ): has published poems, essays, and reviews in The Guardian, The Yale Review, The Threepenny Review, The Atlantic, Best New Poets, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. Her work has also been featured through the PBS NewsHour Online Poetry Series, Poetry Daily, and American Life in Poetry. Caitlin has received awards and fellowships through the Yaddo Colony, the MacDowell Colony, the James Merrill House, the Jack Kerouac House, and the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, among others. She earned a PhD as an Elliston Fellow in Poetry at the University of Cincinnati, where she served as Associate Editor of The Cincinnati Review. Caitlin has taught at Boston University, Interlochen Arts Academy, St. Albans School, and Penn State Altoona, among others. Currently a faculty member at the Frost Farm Poetry Conference, she is working toward the completion of her debut poetry collection.
Chris Childers (Issue 13.2 – ) is a poet and translator with an M.F.A in Poetry from The Johns Hopkins University. He has published poems, essays, and translations in journals such as Agni, Barrow Street, The Dark Horse, The Hopkins Review, The Kenyon Review, Parnassus, PN Review, and The Yale Review, and he is the original poetry editor at Classical Outlook. He is currently finishing an anthology of translations of Greek and Latin Lyric Poetry from Archilochus to Martial for Penguin Classics. He lives in Baltimore, MD.
‘Hot Rocks’ Feature Editor
Mike Mattison (Issue 13.2 – ): is a native of Minneapolis and a graduate of Harvard University. As a touring blues singer and songwriter with the Derek Trucks Band and Tedeschi Trucks Band he has won two Grammy Awards for Best Blues Album, eight Blues Music Awards from the Blues Music Foundation, and four Canadian Maple Blues Awards. He also is a founding member of the duo Scrapomatic. Mattison has published essays of creative non-fiction, and he is the co-author, with Ernest Suarez, of Poetic Song Verse: Blues-based Popular Music and Poetry. He has recorded and shared the stage with B.B. King, Carlos Santana, the Allman Brothers Band, Solomon Burke and Herbie Hancock, and performed on five continents and in every state, except Alaska. He and Suarez currently are working on a book tentatively titled Ralph Ellison, Robert Penn Warren, and the American Century. He serves on the Council of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers.
Ernest Suarez (Issue 13.2 – ): is David M. O’Connell Professor of English at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and the Executive Director of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers. His most recent book, co-authored with Mike Mattison and forthcoming in 2021, is Poetic Song Verse: Blues-based Popular Music and Poetry. Other publications include James Dickey and the Politics of Canon, Southbound: Interviews with Southern Poets, an edition of bluesman Jim Dickinson’s memoir I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone, and many essays. He was selected the James E. Dornan Memorial Professor of the Year at Catholic University and the District of Columbia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and was a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Spain and China. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Matthew Buckley Smith
Matthew Buckley Smith (Issue 11.1 – ): is the author of Dirge for an Imaginary World, winner of the 2011 Able Muse Book Prize, and of Midlife, winner of the 2020 Richard Wilbur Poetry Award. His work has appeared in periodicals including AGNI, Beloit Poetry Journal, Commonweal, Harvard Review, Poetry Northwest, Threepenny Review, Verse, and The Walrus, and his poems have been reprinted in American Life in Poetry and Best American Poetry. His stage plays have been produced in Baltimore, New York City, Raleigh, Washington, DC, and London, and he has taught at the Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, and UNC-Chapel Hill.