The Stages of Grief: A Guide by Kim Curts Mattheussens

Kim Curts Mattheussens studied German and English literature at Ball State University, the Katholische Universität Eichstätt, and Westfälische-Wilhelms Universität Münster, and creative writing at the Bluegrass Writers Studio at Eastern Kentucky University. She is an alum of the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon. Her work is published or forthcoming in the Athena Review, Punt Volat, Southword Literary Journal, and the Common, among others. She lives in Los Angeles.

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To Sing in the Presence of Quaking by Diane Raptosh

Diane Raptosh teaches creative writing and co-directs the program in Criminal Justice/Prison Studies at the College of Idaho. Her eighth book, Hand Signs from Eternity’s Yurt, was published by Kelsay Books in June 2022.  Her collection American Amnesiac (Etruscan Press) was long-listed for the 2013 National Book Award in poetry. The recipient of three fellowships in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, she served as Boise Poet Laureate (2013) and Idaho Writer-in-Residence (2013–2016). In 2018 she won the Idaho Governor’s Arts Award in Excellence.

RATATOUILLE: Sonnet for Shelly Bach by Eugene Mahon

Eugene Mahon, MD, is a training and supervising psychoanalyst at Columbia Psychoanalytic Center for Training and Research. He has published four books—Such Stuff as Dreams, A Psychoanalytic Odyssey, Rensal the Redbit, and Bone Shop of the Heart—and numerous articles on psychoanalysis. He practices in New York City.

Fire by Terri Greco

Terri Greco’s poems have appeared in Tar River Poetry, North Carolina Literary Review, San Pedro River Review, Jacar Press, and Main Street Rag. She was the recipient of a James Applewhite Poetry Prize (Honorable Mention, 2020) and an honorable mention in Kakalak (Main Street Rag, 2019). She was a James Applewhite semifinalist (2022). She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Skiffieworlds by Joanne Brooks

Joanne Brooks is a psychoanalyst and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, a member of the Institute of Psychoanalysis, and head of professional practice for the British Psychoanalytic Council. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she has an independent practice, she is a training therapist and supervisor with the Scottish Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She has an MPhil in Creative Writing from the University of Newcastle and has exhibited her work at the Northern Poetry Festivals in 2016 and 2017: in 2016 on the theme of Northern landscapes as part of a collaborative project between poets and artists and in 2017 for Steps in Time, a poetry app guiding users on a poem-walk across Newcastle. Her MPhil thesis draws on the work of Alice Oswald and explores the relationship between poetry, the creative process, psychoanalysis, listening, and voice. In her work as a psychoanalyst and poet, she continues to explore and develop these themes.

The Talking Cure by Nancy Kuhl

Nancy Kuhl’s fourth book of poetry, On Hysteria, is forthcoming from Shearsman Books in 2022. She was a research fellow at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis from 2010 to 2019. She is co-editor of Phylum Press, a small poetry publisher, and Curator of Poetry for the Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Summering in the Underworld by Linda Hillringhouse

Linda Hillringhouse holds an MFA from Columbia University. She is a first-place winner of the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award (2014) and the second-place winner of Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry (2012). Her work has appeared in Lips, New Ohio Review, Paterson Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Oberon, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2020. Her book of poetry, The Things I Didn’t Know to Wish For (New York Quarterly Press, 2020), was longlisted for the Julie Suk Award and shortlisted for the Eric Hoffer Book Award grand prize.