Teach Issue 8

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Supplementary materials for teaching Issue 08 are listed below.


Listen to Editor in Chief Jennifer Acker discuss The Common, the role of place in literature, and the editorial process.

Brian Sholis and S. Tremaine Nelson discuss the American West, beauty and destruction, and the similarities between fiction and photography. Sholis’s essay “Our Poor Perishable World” appears in Issue 08.

Jonathan Moody and Melody Nixon discuss poetry activism, politics, Houston skyscrapers, and the “cosmopolitan radiance” of Downtown Pittsburgh. Moody’s poem “Dear 2Pac” appears in Issue 08.

Sarah Smarsh and Marni Berger discuss the privilege of rootedness in America and what it means to be “often from” a place. Smarsh’s essay “Death of the Farm Family” appears in Issue 08.


Contributors in Conversation

Literary Translation

Explore these collected resources on literary translation.

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