The title we’ve given this anthology, (After)life, indicates the broad range of cultural experiences and encounters with death, whether actual or imagined, that the stories and poems relate. Collectively, the pieces in this anthology pose the question, What does death mean? Death used to be simple. It was the moment when the heart stopped beating. When does death occur now? Does death mean only endings for those left behind? If not, what are the ways in which we live on, after life? The stories and poems in (After)life explore or meditate on answers to these and other questions. The works we selected for (After)life reflect the complexity of our experiences with death.
(After)life offers a wide selection of both serious and humorous poems and flash fiction from prize-winning authors and emerging writers, including four poets laureate and two poets whose work is being published for the first time.
Adrienne Amundsen, Jason Arias, Shaun Avery, Ellen Bass, Ross Baxter, Jim Bennett, Jade Bradbury, Bri Bruce, Wanda Morrow Clevenger, Joan Corwin, John Paul Davies, Liz Dolan, Kimberly Cates Escamilla, Martín Espada, José Angel Figueroa, Erica Goss, Parthenia M. Hicks, Candace Elise Hoes, Kathie Isaac-Luke, Victoria M. Johnson, Babo Kamel, Darrell Lindsey, Kathleen Lombardo, Calder Lowe, Tania Martin, Alejandro Murguía, Richie Narvaez, David Neilsen, David Perez, Rasiqra Revulva, Dennis Richardson, José Antonio Rodríguez, C. A. Rowland, Caroline Sposto, Mary Lou Taylor, Vuong Quoc Vu, Deborah Walker, Ken Weisner