Su Cho is a poet and essayist born in South Korea and raised in Indiana. She has served as the editor-in-chief of Indiana Review and Cream City Review, and as a guest editor for Poetry. Her work has been featured in Poetry, New England Review, Gulf Coast, and Orion; the 2021 Best American Poetry and Best New Poets anthologies; and elsewhere. Language and lore are at the core of The Symmetry of Fish (Penguin Books), Cho’s moving debut about coming of age in the middle of nowhere. With tender insight, it seeks to give voice to those who have been denied their stories and examines the way phrases and narratives are passed down through immigrant families, not diluted by time but distilled into potency. A family’s language is not lost but continuously remade, hitched to new associations, and capable of blooming anew, with the power to cut across space and time to unearth buried memories. The poems in The Symmetry of Fish insist that a language is first and foremost a physical act; even if our minds can’t recall a word or a definition, if we trust our mouths, the expression will find us – though never quite in the forms we expect.