We’re ushering in 2019 the only way we know how: with a life-restoring collection of new writing, full-to-bursting with unforgettable voices.

Issue 55 gathers fiction from Laura van den Berg, Gordon Lish, T Kira Madden, and Emma Copley Eisenberg, to name a few; letters about face masks and puttanesca and the rapid disintegration of our natural world by R. O. Kwon, Alexander Chee, and Jack Pendarvis; a searing nonfiction piece by José Orduña that harkens back to shoe-leather journalism, chronicling his experience at immigrant-rights demonstrations across the spectrum of activism; oh, and a 16-page section of mesmerizing photography by Pelle Cass from his series “Crowded Fields.” Read and be renewed!

Table of Contents

Letters from Jack Pendarvis, R.O. Kwon, Alexander Chee, Jenny Traig & Peter McGrath, Joseph Osmundson, and Marcus Burke

Raven Leilani — Monona
Shruti Swamy — Mourners
Lisa Taddeo — Ghost Lover
Stephen Dixon — Today
Laura van den Berg — The Pitch
T Kira Madden — A Brief History of Grocery Stores
Colin Winnette — The Fields
Pelle Cass — Crowded Fields
José Orduña — A Nation of Laws a People of Compassion
Emma Copley Eisenberg — I Want a Friend
Asali Solomon — Delandria
Gordon Lish — Coup de Théâtre
Kate Folk — The Bone Ward
Lucy Tan — Corpse Flower
Joanna Howard — Hoyt Axton Is from Oklahoma and So Is Roger Miller