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Featuring Jeffrey Liao, Giles Scott, Soramimi Hanarajima, Kim Magowan, Geoff Anderson, Robert Carr, Crystal Ellefsen, Matthew E. Henry, Brad Kavo, Jennifer Met, Jeffrey Perkins, Jeremy Rock, G. J. Sanford, Adam D. Weeks, Corey Zeller

Featured Writer: Serena Simpson


Winner of the 2020 Disquiet International Literary Program Prize in Nonfiction

Journal – No. 3

Spring/Summer 2005 – Vol. 2, No. 1

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Contributors

Art

Kate Armstrong, Jane Benson, Jeff Sartain

Fiction

Erin Brooks Worley, Janet Burroway, Philip Connors, Julio Cortazar (trans. by Anne McLean), Tom Franklin, Phil LaMarche, Bonnie Nadzam, Robert Olen Butler, Brian Tierney, Magdalena Tulli (trans. by Bill Johnston)

NonFiction

Carolyn Alessio, Steve Almond, Robert Cohen, John Domini, John Horgan

Poetry

Lucille Amorack, Mike Barrett, Stephen Dobyns, Joshua Edwards, Angie Estes, Daniel Gutstein, James Hoch, Tyehimba Jess, Lorgen Leth, Gregory Orr, Maxine Scates, Rynn WIlliams, Lisa Williams

Editor's Note

Literature, at its core, has always been a search for truth, and writers by their nature are subject to navel-gazing, so it shouldn't surprise us when the twain meet, thematically, as they have done in this latest issue of Ninth Letter. A number of the works herein explore the territory of personal identity and the ways we define ourselves and the reality that surrounds us. Among these are eerie, touching stories by Brian Tierney and Bonnie Nadzam that consider the mutable boundaries describing "normal." The subjectivity of reality is explored as well, from vastly different perspectives, by Magdalena Tulli, John Horgan, Philip Connors, and Stephen Dobyns, to name just a few of the fine authors who are featured.

This reminds me of one of the central questions in the mission statement of 9L: What is a literary magazine? We strive to define it, and redefine, and, redefine again, learning about ourselves and our surroundings as we go. As writers and artists, we constantly ask, who are we? We as individuals, we as artists, we as a community, a race, a species. It's pretentious, of course, but still we obsess over this most existential of queries. For that I am grateful, because this obsession drives our most talented creators to produce art as wonderful as you'll find in the following pages.

— Jodee Stanley

Awards

Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories 2005

"In the Tradition of My Family" by Phil LaMarche

STEP Inside Design Magazine's STEP 100 Annual

 

Credits

Editor

Jodee Stanley

Creative Nonfiction Editor

Steve Davenport

Fiction Editor

Philip Graham

Poetry Editor

Michael Madonick

Art Editors

Joseph Squier and Nan Goggin

Art Director

Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud

Designers

Glenn Cochon, Fabiola Elias, Nan Goggin, Jennifer Gunji, Amy Hanlon, Mark Hauge, Lauren Hoopes, Chad Kellenberger, Mason Kessinger, Joseph Kordash, Steve Kostell, Jennifer Mahanay, Jessica Mullen, Katie Quinn, Annette Rotz, Casie Simpson

Illustration

Jay Ryan (Smonk Gets Out Alive)

Photographers

Teresa Gale, Cristen Leifheit, Jennifer Mahanay, José Orihuela

Assistant Editors

Kristen Davidson, Rosalie Morales Kearns, Patrick Lane, Joseph Ledoux, Christopher Maier, Jacqueline May, Lee McGuire, Harmony Neal, Paul Riegel, Ted Sanders, Leslie Singleton, Erin Elizabeth Smith

Announcing our 2020 Literary Award Winners!


We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2020 Literary Awards!

Poetry – Danielle Williams, for “A Walk on June 19,” “fa’ñague /fuh-nyah-ghee/”, and “Gospel”

Creative Nonfiction - Anna Winham, for “my mother // itch”

Fiction  - Alida Dean, for “The Off Season”

The winning works will appear in our Fall/Winter 2020-21 edition, due out in December 2020.

View our complete list of winners and honorable mentions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now Available! Volume 17, no. 1 - Spring/Summer 2020


Featuring new work from: Brock Clarke, Becky Hagenston, David Naimon, Paul Crenshaw, Kathy Fagan, Jennifer Saunders, and more!. Plus: an interview with Anders Carlson-Wee!

 

Featured Writer: Antony Dapiran


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