Fall has fallen! Why not warm up the place with some poems sharing the theme HOT. Hot what? Well, with these poets, could be anything—heat wave, red hot, heat stroke, hot glue, hot sauce, hot dog, dead heat, hotcake, hot chocolate, hot toddy, hot tub, heat lightning—you’ll just have to come and see.
Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collections Terrible blooms (Copper Canyon Press, 2018) and Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, selected by Mark Doty. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, Harvard Review, New England Review, American Poetry Review, Best New Poets, Southern Review, and others, and she’s received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Yaddo, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the MacDowell Colony, and her work has won awards from The Pushcart Prize, Spoon River Poetry Review, Literal Latté, Redivider, and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation, among others. She is a freelance editor in San Francisco. Find her at melissastein.com
Sarah Galvin is a the author of Ugly Time, The Three Einsteins, and The Best Party of our Lives; contributor to The Guardian, Vice Magazine, The Stranger, and City Arts; and also a human bottle rocket. She has an MFA in poetry from the University of Washington.
A 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow, and nominee for a Stranger Genius Award, Robert Lashley has had poems published in Feminete, Seattle Review of Books, NAILED, GRAMMA, Poetry Northwest and The Cascadia Review. His first full-length book, The Homeboy Songs, was published by Small Doggies Press in 2014. His new book, Up South, was published in 2017.