Melissa Green is the author of two collections of poems, The Squanicook Eclogues (W. W. Norton & Co.) and Fifty-Two (Arrowsmith Press) and two memoirs, Color Is the Suffering of Light (Norton) and The Linen Way (Rosa Mira Books), a portion of which can be found in the most recent Parnassus.
AGNI was founded in 1972 at Antioch College by undergraduate Askold Melnyczuk, a then-aspiring (now accomplished) writer with his own vision of a vehicle for alternative news, visual arts, and literature. Melnyczuk was interested in creating a magazine that would feature a new generation of writers and visual artists.
We see literature and the arts as part of a broad, ongoing cultural conversation that every society needs to remain vibrant and alive. Literature for literature’s sake is not what AGNI is about. Our writers and artists hold a mirror up to nature, mankind, the world; they courageously reflect their age, for better or worse; and their work provokes perceptions and thoughts that help us understand and respond to our age.
"It's tough, it dances, it's 'top of the world' —
A star among its peers, like Jimmy Cagney."
—The Boston Globe
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