Askold Melnyczuk's most recent novel is Smedley's Secret Guide to World Literature. Others include The House of Widows, an Editor's Choice selection of the American Library Association, Ambassador of the Dead, a Los Angeles Times Best Book, and What is Told, a New York Times Notable Book. His essays, reviews, poetry, and translations appear in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Glimmer Train, The Antioch Review, The Harvard Review, The Gettysburg Review, and elsewhere. He received a three-year fiction fellowship from the Lila Wallace Foundation, as well as numerous grants from the NEA for his work as editor of AGNI magazine, which he founded in 1972. Melnyczuk received the Magid Award from PEN which described AGNI as "one of America's, and the world's, most significant literary journals," and the George Garret Award from AWP for his "service to literature." Founder of Arrowsmith Press, he has edited six books, including three volumes in Graywolf's Take Three Poetry Series, an anthology of Ukrainian writing, a volume on the painter Gerry Bergstein, and essays on Father Daniel Berrigan. He translated Girls, a novella by Oksana Zabuzhko, as well as a selection of poems, Eight Notes from a Blue Angel, by Marjana Savka. He is proud to revive his AGNI column here with Shadowboxing, Again.