Longtime contributor Joyce Carol Oates will read from her story “A Theory Pre-Post-Mortem.” Miles Davis biographer and award-winning writer Quincy Troupe will read from his poem “Think of It.” Newcomers to Conjunctions include Rob Nixon, who will read from his essay on the epidemic of environmental martyrdom, “Fallen Martyrs, Felled Trees,” and Hilary Leichter, who will read from her story “In the Mist of Everything.”
The literary journal Conjunctions, published by Bard College, has been a living notebook for provocative, risk-taking, rigorously composed fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction since 1981. As PEN America has it: “Conjunctions is one of our most distinctive and valuable literary magazines: innovative, daring, indispensable, and beautiful.”
In addition to work by the readers, the Earth Elegies issue includes contributions by Arthur Sze, Robert Macfarlane, Diane Ackerman, Francine Prose, Brian Evenson, Rae Armantrout, Nathaniel Mackey, Lance Olsen, Eliot Weinberger, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, James Morrow, Sofia Samatar, Karla Kelsey, Troy Jollimore, Jessica Reed, Heather Altfeld, Andrew Mossin, Sandra Meek, Krista Eastman, Yxta Maya Murray, Kate Monaghan, Matthew Gavin Frank, Matthew Cheney, Jessica Campbell, Thomas Dai, Toby Olson, Debbie Urbanski, Donald Revell, Sabine Schiffner, Wil Weitzel, Jonathan Thirkield, Rebecca Lilly, and Kristine Ong Muslim.
ABOUT THE AUTHORSNational Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Joyce Carol Oates is the author, most recently, of My Life as a Rat (Ecco) and Pursuit (Mysterious Press). Her story “Undocumented Alien” in Conjunctions:67, Other Aliens received a Pushcart Prize. She is the 2019 recipient of the Jerusalem Prize and is currently Distinguished Writer in the Graduate Writing Program at New York University. Her novel Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars. is forthcoming from Ecco in June.
Quincy Troupe is the author of 20 books, including 10 volumes of poetry. He is coauthor, with Miles Davis, of Miles: The Autobiography, which won the American Book Award, and author of the memoir Miles and Me (Seven Stories), which is scheduled for release as a major motion picture for which Mr. Troupe wrote the screenplay. Also forthcoming from Seven Stories are Duende: Poems from 1966 Until Now and a memoir, The Accordion Years.
Rob Nixon is the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment at Princeton University. His books include London Calling: V. S. Naipaul, Postcolonial Mandarin (Oxford); Dreambirds: The Natural History of a Fantasy (Picador); and, most recently, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (Harvard), which won an American Book Award.
Hilary Leichter’s debut novel, Temporary, is forthcoming from Coffee House/Emily Books in March. Her writing has appeared in n+1, The New Yorker, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library and the New York Foundation for the Arts.