Morris E. Hartstein, MD
Dr. Morris Hartstein is a Bellevue and Harvard-trained ophthalmic plastic surgeon. At the age of forty-one, with his wife, Elisa, and his four kids, he left Saint Louis University for a ten-month sabbatical in Israel that turned into a life-changing experience. Israel has been their home for the past seventeen years. Morris writes about his broad medical practice in Israel, including a failed
suicide bomber, terror victims, kids from Gaza, refugees from Sudan, and a leader of a Hasidic dynasty. He and his family also travel frequently to Gondar, Ethiopia, to provide medical and humanitarian care to the poorest of the poor.
Jessica Garratt is the author of Fire Pond, winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry. She’s been awarded fellowships and writing residencies from the Michener Center for Writers, MacDowell Colony, VCCA, and other institutions and earned her PhD from the University of Missouri. She lives with her husband and daughter in Maryland, where she recently finished a Psychoanalytic Studies Program and has begun to pursue a second career as a psychotherapist.
Alexander Ramirez is an Olive B. O’Connor Fellow at Colgate University. His fiction, nonfiction, and refereed articles have appeared in the Potomac Review, Full Bleed, and The Journal of American Culture, among other publications.
Nancy Reddy is the author of Pocket Universe (LSU, 2022); Double Jinx (Milkweed Editions, 2015), a 2014 winner of the National Poetry Series; and Acadiana (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). She’s also co-editor, with Emily Pérez, of The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood (UGA, 2022). She teaches writing at Stockton University in New Jersey.
Lisa Katz is an author and translator who holds a PhD in English from Hebrew University. Her books include Are You with Me (Finishing Line) and Reconstruction [in Hebrew] (Am Oved). Her translated works include So Many Things Are Yours: selected poems of Admiel Kosman; a chapbook, The Absolute Reader: Miri Ben Simhon (Toad Press, 2020); and Late Beauty: a bilingual selection of the poetry of Tuvia Ruebner (with S. Bram) Zephyr Press (2017), a Jewish National Book Award finalist. She has lived in Israel since 1983.
Shakarean Hutchinson is from the Lowcountry of South Carolina. She has an MFA from Cornell University. She won the 2017 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers in fiction and has had work published in Joyland magazine. She is currently at work on a novel and a collection of short stories. She calls Charleston, South Carolina, home.
Samantha Xiao Cody
Samantha Xiao Cody is a queer, half-Chinese writer pursuing her MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She won the Masters Review 2019 Winter Short Story Award and has had work published in Split LipMagazine, Jellyfish Review, and elsewhere. She has been awarded a Best of the Net, selected for Best Small Fictions 2021, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She has a degree in Physics from Princeton University and previously lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she taught math and physics at a project-based-learning high school.
Bruce Campbell is, by day, scientific editor for the Magee-Women’s Research Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. In the evenings, he’s a sometimes composer of microtonal music. The poems in this issue of the Missouri Review mark his initial appearance as author in “a journal that people actually read.”
Mona Susan Power
Mona Susan Power is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux nation, born and raised in Chicago. She is the author of two novels, The Grass Dancer and Sacred Wilderness, and a story collection, Roofwalker. The Grass Dancer was awarded the PEN/Hemingway Award in 1995. She currently lives in Saint Paul, where she’s working to complete two novels and a memoir. An excerpt from one novel will be published in 2021 in the Ploughshares Solos Series.