YR: 36

Fall/Winter 2023


A Conversation with Tamara Al-Qaisi-Coleman
Sugar Land


Matt Kessler
Second Story
Winner of the 2022 Barry Hannah Prize in Fiction, judged by Deesha Philyaw
Mialise Carney
What Girls Do Online
Grace Shuyi Liew
Runner-up for the 2022 Barry Hannah Prize in Fiction, judged by Deesha Philyaw


John-Michael Bloomquist
2 Poems
Nisha Atalie
An Animal Learning
Anthony Borruso
Emerson Synecdoche
Erik Carlsen
2 Poems
Megan Hall
C. Francis Fisher
Boston Common


BLAIR HOBBS is a Senior Lecturer of Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi. Visual art was always a necessary form of communication, and her interest in storytelling led her to graduate with a BA in English literature from Auburn University. From there, she earned an MA in Creative Writing from Hollins University and an MFA in Creative Writing, with an emphasis in poetry, at the University of Michigan. Blair’s collages are linked to language and often include bits of hand-written texts. Typically, her bodies of work are narrative-driven and range from the mundane to the sublime. Her collages are mixed media on cotton canvases. Blair’s materials include pencils, acrylic paint, pens, ink, linoleum prints, handmade mulberry papers from Thailand and Japan, foil candy wrappers, gold leaf, duct (Duck) tape, oil pastels, sequins, embroidery thread, doilies, flea-market fabric, micro glitter, pressed flowers, feathers, and shattered Christmas tree balls. A variety of journals and magazines have published Blair’s poetry, most recently in The Oxford American’s 2020 “Place” issue. Her visual art has shown across the Southeast, most recently at Southside Gallery in Oxford, Mississippi; Fischer Gallery in Jackson, Mississippi; and Spalding Nix Fine Art in Atlanta, GA.