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Stepping Back

Anne Waldman is the author, most recently of Trickster Feminism, Penguin 2018, and Sanctuary, Spuyten Duyvil 2020, and her vinyl album SCIAMACHY was just released by Fast Speaking Music with support from the Levy Gorvy Gallery in NYC.


John Coletti is the author of Deep Code (City Lights Books) and has a book forthcoming in 2020 from PUSH titled Peppermint Oil.


Rachelle Rahmé has published poetry, essay and fiction with 72Press, Aventures Ltd., VLAK magazine, The Blue Letter, and FPBJPC. Recent presentations of her text and sound have appeared at Issue Project Room, MOMA PS1, and Roulette Intermedium. Born in Lebanon, she lives and works in Queens, NY.

The Decree

Alamgir Hashmi is the author of numerous books of poetry, including My Second in Kentucky (Vision) and A Choice of Hashmi’s Verse(Oxford), as well as several volumes of literary criticism. A Pushcart Prize nominee and a Rockefeller Fellow, he has won high honors and awards for his work, some of which has been translated into several European and Asian languages. He has taught as a university professor in North America, Europe, and Asia. He is Founding President of The Literature Podium: An Independent Society for Literature and the Arts.


Bob Holman’s two new books, The Unspoken and Life Poem, were written fifty years apart. You can order them from YBK Publishers.


Alice Burdick is the author of four full-length poetry collections, and a book of selected poems: Deportment: The Poetry of Alice Burdick. Her work has appeared in many chapbooks, broadsides, folios, magazines, journals, and anthologies, and she co-owns an independent bookstore in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia called Lexicon Books.

The Scatterer

Jordan Davis’s most recent book is Shell Game (Edge, 2018). His poems have appeared recently in Can We Have Our Ball Back, Kanstellation, and Wax Nine. A new collection of his poems is forthcoming in 2022.


Joseph Donahue’s most recent collections of poetry are Wind Maps I-VII (Talisman House) and The Disappearance of Fate (Spuyten Duyvil).

Lunar letters

Kiran Bath is a Sydney-born poet and essayist. The recipient of fellowships and support from Poets House, The Vermont Studio Center and Kundiman, her work has appeared in wildness, The Adroit Journal, The Boiler Journal and elsewhere. Catherine Chen is a poet, performer, and author of the chapbook Manifesto, or: Hysteria (Big Lucks). Their writing has appeared in Slate, The Rumpus, Apogee, Anomaly, and Nat. Brut, among others. A recipient of fellowships from Poets House, Lambda Literary, and Sundress Academy for the Arts, they're currently working on a libretto.


The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2020

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