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In Amer­i­can Jour­nal: Fifty Po­ems for Our

Time (Gray­wolf Press, Septem­ber), U.S. poet lau­re­ate Tracy K. Smith brings to­gether fifty con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can po­ems that “con­tem­plate what it feels like to live, work, love, strive, raise a fam­ily, and sur­vive many kinds of loss in this vast and var­ied na­tion.” Con­trib­u­tors in­clude Aracelis Gir­may, Su­san Ste­wart, Cathy Park Hong, Layli Long Sol­dier, and Natasha Trethewey.

Mi­cro fic­tion writer Robert Scotel­laro and ed­i­tor James Thomas cu­rate 140 sto­ries of fewer than three hun­dred

words each in New Mi­cro: Ex­cep­tion­ally Short Fic­tion

(W. W. Nor­ton, Au­gust). “[These sto­ries] are rife with im­pli­ca­tion, demon­strat­ing that what is lost in ex­pla­na­tion is more than gained through imag­i­na­tion,” write the ed­i­tors. Con­trib­u­tors in­clude Pamela Painter, Ron Carl­son, Kim Ad­donizio, and Joyce Carol Oates.

Artist Kara Walker and writ­ers Betsy Fa­gin, Clau­dia Rank­ine, and Adrian Piper are among the more than thirty con­trib­u­tors to Let­ters to the Fu­ture: Black Women/Rad­i­cal

Writ­ing (Kore Press, Au­gust). Po­ets Erica Hunt and Dawn Lundy Martin asked Black women artists to “re­spond to the ques­tion of to­mor­row” and “look where no one else is look­ing, to tune in to reg­is­ters that pro­vide crit­i­cal cues for the fu­ture.”

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