Virginia Konchan

Virginia Konchan is the author of the poetry collection The End of Spectacle (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2018), a collection of short stories, Anatomical Gift (Noctuary Press, 2017), and three chapbooks, Empire of Dirt (above/ground press, 2019), That Tree is Mine (dancing girl press, 2018), and Vox Populi (Finishing Line Press, 2015). She holds degrees from Beloit College (BA), Cleveland State University (MFA), and the University of Illinois-Chicago (Ph.D). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Best New Poets, The Believer, and The New Republic, her essays and criticism in Kenyon Review Online, Boston Review, Jacket2, and Guernica, her translations in The Brooklyn Rail, Asymptote and Circumference, and her fiction in StoryQuarterly, Joyland, and Memorious, among other places. Her work has been anthologized in several collections, and her honors include grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Vermont Studio Center, Ox-Bow, The Banff Center, and Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice. Co-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary, and Associate Editor for Tupelo Quarterly, she currently lives in Montreal and teaches at Concordia University.


“‘The story starts in conversation’: An Interview with Beth McDermott & A Folio of New Poems” – curated by Virginia Konchan

Beth McDermott is the author of a chapbook titled How to Leave a Farmhouse (Porkbelly Press, 2015). Her poetry, reviews and criticism appear or are forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Southern Humanities Review, American Book Review, Kenyon Review Online, and The Trumpeter. A graduate of the Program for Writers at UIC, she […]


“The Story May as Well Begin Here”: Meadow Slasher by Virginia Konchan

    Equal parts nocturnal labyrinth and philosophical investigation, Meadow Slasher, Joshua Marie Wilkinson’s fourth work in his No Volta pentalogy—preceded by Selenography (2010), Swamp Isthmus (2013), and The Courier’s Archive & Hymnal (2014)—metabolizes a wealth of texts and references, yet remains, adamantly, a work of art unto itself. Meadow […]


“suncompelled, / obey the summons of recall”: Tyler Mills’ Tongue Lyre

Tyler Mills’ resonant and resinous—the very quality of the reed instrument and lyre—debut collection Tongue Lyre contains sympathies beyond metaphor, past logic, into prima facie proof of poetry as both neo-epic narrative and song. In an era when the written archive is dangerously close to being usurped by the digital […]


Mourning and the Construction of Place: A Review of C.S. Giscombe’s Ohio Railroads

The intergenre poetic text Ohio Railroads, by C.S. Giscombe, is a long poem in essay form split into two parts; first, a topographical “map” of the post-slavery North and second, a lyric poem.  Both dreamscapes are interpersed by elements of memoir, rooted in the author’s memory of a dream in […]


Excerpts from Vox Populi, an abecedarian chapbook (M, N, S, U, and W) by Virginia Konchan

  M is for Machiavelli, Marilyn Monroe, the market price of madness, and icons or monopolistic despots so notorious as to enter lingua franca (the OED). After Milton’s paradisiacal trilogy gave evil a personage and name, rendering sedition a fait accompli, he now defends the pious against Lucifer’s snares (medievalist […]