A. E. Stallings's most recent book of poetry, Olives, was just published by Northwestern University Press. Her verse translation of Lucretius, The Nature of Things, was published by Penguin in 2007. In 2011 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship.
Since the publication of its inaugural issue in 1996, Five Points has become one of this country's best literary magazines. Published three times a year by Georgia State University's Department of English and Creative Writing Program, each issue features poetry, fiction, essays, and interviews with the most compelling writers working today. Philip Levine calls Five Points "A refreshing combination of the old and the new. The best literary magazine I've read in ages!"
In 1998 Five Points received a Best New Journal Award from the Council of Literary Magazines. Works first published in Five Points have been selected to appear in Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Best of the Small Presses, New Stories from the South, Utne Reader, Harper's, Poetry Daily, and Norton's In Short. Previous contributors include Richard Bausch, Ann Beattie, Frederick Busch, Edward Hirsch, Barbara Hamby, David Kirby, Philip Levine, W.S. Merwin, Joyce Carol Oates, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Christine Stewart, Martin Walls, Charles Wright and many others.
Five Points is named after an area of downtown Atlanta where cattle paths once converged at the site of an artesian well. As editors, the name offers us a metaphor for our goal of presenting a convergence of ideas and genres, photograph and text, north and south, east and west, young and old.
Vol. 14, No. 3