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Ninth Letter will be accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from immigrant writers for a special online edition to be published at ninthletter.com in Summer 2016. Submissions will be open from January 27 to April 15. For more info, check out our web edition guidelines.

Submit to our 2016 Literary Awards!

This year's Literary Awards are now open for submissions. Our esteemed guest judges are Roy Kesey, fiction; Sue William Silverman, nonfiction; and Tarfia Faizullah, poetry.

Winners in each category will receive $1000 and publication in Ninth Letter. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription.

Go here for complete guidelines and to submit your work!

   

  

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Fall/Winter 2015-16 is now available!

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Featuring new writing by Michael Bazzett, Kara Candito, Brian Clifton, Ryan Collins, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Kara Krewer, Karyna McGlynn, Brian D. Morrison, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Caitlin Scarano, Sue William Silverman, Emily Skaja, Peter Twal, Michael Reid Busk, Mika Taylor, Maria Kuznetsova, Anne Valente, Adam Prince, Katie Jean Shinkle, Robert Hahn, and Martha Lundin     

 

 


 

Journal – No. 8

Fall/Winter 2007 – Vol. 4, No. 2

Sample Spreads

 

Contributors

Fiction

Dan Chaon, Carlos Béjar Portilla, Eric Vrooman, G. C. Waldrep, Craig Foltz, Jill Summers, Sheila Heti, William Gaddis, Steve Almond, Yan Lianke

Nonfiction

Christine Hartzler, Kathleen Rooney, Jane Ashley, Matt Roberts, Travis Kurowski**, Kurt Caswell, Diane Comer

Poetry

Abraham Smith, Cal Freeman, Frank Matagrano, Eileen G’Sell, Frankie Drayus*, Sîan B. Griffiths, Bob Hicok, Nick Courtright, Douglas Kearney, Matt Bondurant, Keith Montesano, Jim Daniels, Kevin González, Molly Brodak, Rose Black, Sarah E. Smith, Sasha West, Thomas Reiter, Weston Cutter

Art Feature

Anthony Petullo: In the Eyes of an Outsider

Editor's Note

*Frankie Drayus's poem "Dear Mr. Denby" appears in this new issue with some printing errors. We offer our apologies to the poet and to our readers, and will reprint this fine poem correctly in our next issue. A correct version can also be viewed as a pdf here.


**Travis Kurowski's essay "Basquiat and Six Uses of Space" appears in this issue with some text missing. A correct version of the essay can be downloaded here.. "Basquiat and Six Uses of Space" will also be reprinted in its entirety as a chapbook, which will be mailed to subscribers and customers who purchase this issue. We're very proud of this essay and apologize to the author and our readers for the error.


It’s closing in on winter, and if you’re looking for a good read to curl up with next to the fire, I think you’ve already got your hands on it. This issue of Ninth Letter is full-to-bursting with funny, poignant, weird, lovely, spellbinding writings—some are poems, some are stories, some are essays, and more than a few fall into those unnamed spaces between the genres that we at 9L love so well. Have questions or comments about what you find in our pages? We’d love to hear from you at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or comment on our blog.

Our electronic doppelganger ninthletter.com uploads new content on a regular basis now, so be sure to check back there frequently, or sign up online to receive email updates. Recent audio/video podcasts include interviews with Chicago-based author Amy Güth, punk/folk singer-songwriter Bitch, and Native American filmmaker James Fortier. We are also now accepting submissions of video art projects for ninthletter.com’s “Featured Artist” section, and guidelines for this can be found at the web site as well.

As always, we couldn’t keep up the good fight for art and literature without the support of many wonderful people on campus and in the community. On behalf of the staff of Ninth Letter, I offer our thanks to the following people and organizations:

Institutional Support

  • The Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Critical Research Initiative Program
  • Department of English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • LAS Humanities Council
  • Office of the Chancellor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • School of Art and Design, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Individual Sponsors

Publisher

  • Robert Skiba
  • Robert and Kay Merrick


Friend

  • Kathleen Harleman

And thanks always to our faithful readers, as well as to new friends encountering Ninth Letter for the first time. Enjoy this new issue, and many more to come.

—JS

Information about supporting Ninth Letter can be found atwww.ninthletter.com/support; all donations and gifts to Ninth Letter are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Credits

Editor

Jodee Stanley

Creative Nonfiction Editor

Steve Davenport

Poetry Editor

Tyehimba Jess

Art Editors

Joseph Squier and Nan Goggin

Art Directors

Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud and Daniel Goscha

Assistant Editors

Lillian Bertram, Christine Bryant Cohen, Adam Deutsch, Andrew Ervin, Aaron Madrigal, Lara Mann, Harmony Neal, Juan Sánchez, Ted Sanders, Amy Sayre-Roberts, Leslie Singleton

Editorial Assistants

Jaime Brunton, Russell Evatt, Rebecca Faught, Cory Holding, Bryan Keyes, Arley McNeney, Jackie May, Christy Scheuer

Photographers

Samuel Cop[eland, Charles Hannon, Elise McAuley

Designers

Travis Austin, Aditya Bhargava, Samuel Copeland, Kelly Cree, Lauren Emerson, Sarah Esgro, Lauren Ferguson, Adam Fotos, Mark Hauge, Sarah Kowalis, Jonathan Lopez, Elise McAuley, Jessica Mullen, Archana Shekara, Brett Talbot, Ho-Mui Wong

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