48.1 - Winter 2019

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Poetry Northwest, Hunger Mountain, Sugar House Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, New South (nominated for a Pushcart for 2019), Alaska Quarterly Review, Barrow Street, Poetry Ireland, North American Review, The Collagist, The Journal, Third Coast, Memorious, The Moth, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. MAC McCASKILL is a law school graduate, former US Army bomb disposal tech, and has been an FBI Special Agent for twenty years. His work can be found in Carve Magazine, West Trade Review, The MacGuffin, and Slush Pile Magazine, among others. He was shortlisted for The Fiction Desk’s 2017 Newcomer Prize, and he’s finished his first novel. SHAHRYAR MEDI was born in 1980 and graduated from the University of Tehran with a major in Human Geography. But he always was interested in the arts, especially in fine arts and literature. Shahryar is a painter without master, but has had a lot of practical exercises and background studies. He paints by knife painting with the philosophy that it may be difficult to undo all the layers of perception that have formed on the mind. His work is a paradoxical art between objective fact and realistic subjective. He expresses this paradox via composition and texture and form. Shahryar’s technique is abstract, but his style is not simply abstract. In fact he also uses objective elements in his work. He tries to reach into his conceptual mind by creating an experience between the abstract and the objective. RAINIE OET is a nonbinary writer. Their most recent chapbook is No Mark Spiral (CutBank Books, 2018). Their work appears in Yale Review, jubilat, The Adroit Journal, Colorado Review, and Poetry Review, among other publications. They are an MFA candidate in Poetry at Syracuse University, where they were awarded the Shirley Jackson Prize in Fiction. Say hi at rainieoet.com! ALLAN PETERSON is the author of five books, most recently Other Than They Seem (Tupelo) and Precarious (42 Miles Press). “His Fragile Acts” (McSweeney’s), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. This Luminous: New and Selected Poems, is 120 | PHOEBE 48.1