No. 27

No schism occurs without a few pangs and regrets, of course. The animals had heretical ideas, but sometimes they seemed herer than we were. Maybe it was because bits and bytes flew over their heads. Maybe the animals were only ever going to listen to someone who spoke in moons and stars. Of course we never would have stooped to that, pandering to wallabies and penguins, handing out stars like handing out candy. If only there had been some river that could have washed all that magic off, all that moonshine, without washing them away as well.
—Amy Leach

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The 2018 Fellows

New work by our new class of Fellows

Discover the work of the 2018 Fellows in APS No. 27: Deborah Taffa's memoir of growing up amid the "toughness rooted in pain" on the Yuma Reservation; LaToya Watkins's story about a mother and daughter in the same room only because of a death, and who share "hell and hardness;" and Bruna Dantas Lobato's novel excerpt about a college student who moves from northeast Brazil to Boston, a place of "snow, storms, and sparse clouds."


Lily Bart Pillows

Annie Coggan | APS No. 27

In APS No. 27, Annie Coggan imagines the architectural designs of Lily Bart, Edith Wharton's iconic character from The House of Mirth. Inspired by the scrapbook houses in the archives of the Winterthur Museum, Annie Coggan's original artwork has been turned into a limited-edition artist project—four pillows, each with a room from the novel. They are the perfect gift this holiday season, and each one comes with a copy of the new issue

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Jamel Brinkley

A Lucky Man | APS No. 22

Jamel Brinkley's debut collection A Lucky Man, from Graywolf + A Public Space, was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Fiction, among other accolades. Jamel debuted in the pages of A Public Space, and to celebrate the fact that he and APS founding editor Brigid Hughes will be in conversation at the University of Chicago on January 28, we're revisiting his book's title story from APS No. 22.

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