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Smith Rock State Park, Oregon by Derek Mong

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Derek Mong is the author of two poetry collections from Saturnalia Books—Other Romes (2011) and The Identity Thief (2018)—and a chapbook, The Ego and the Empiricist (2017), which was a finalist for the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook PrizeHe and his wife, Anne O. Fisher, won the 2018 Cliff Becker Translation Prize for The Joyous Science: Selected Poems of Maxim Amelinforthcoming this year from White Pine Press. The Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor of English at Wabash College, he has poems, translations, and prose new or forthcoming in PleiadesMantisAlways Crashing, South Carolina ReviewCider Press Reviewand the anthology Writers Resist: Hoosier Writers Unite. His long poem, “Colloquy with St. Mary of Egypt”—a 300+ line seduction of a desert saint—is available at Blackbird. He blogs at the Kenyon Review Online and reviews new poetry for the Gettysburg Review. He lives in Crawfordsville, Indiana with his family and can be reached at


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