Journal – No. 2

Fall/Winter 2004 – Vol. 1, No. 2

Sample Spreads





John Haskell, Roy Kesey, Adam Johnson, Ann Beattie, Carol Emschwiller, George Singleton, Jennifer Sears, Wythe Marschall, Harry Stephen Keeler


Natania Rosenfeld, Tom Bissell, Susan Perabo, Ander Monson, Ron Carlson, William Gillespie


Janice N. Harrington, Ann E. Michael, William Winfield Wright, Ira Sukrungruang, G.C. Waldrep, Nance Van WInckel, Paul McCormick, Bob Hicok, Deborah Cummins, Joyce Goldenstern, Amy Lingafelter, Barry Ballard, Kevin Craft, Thomas Reiter, Christopher Chambers

Editor's Note

For the second issue of Ninth Letter, our primary goal has been to avoid duplicating our first issue. Our mission above all is to refuse to succumb to the comfort of an established, test-driven format or to confine ourselves to a single definition of literature. So things are a bit different this second time around, and in forthcoming issues (be warned) they'll be different yet again. For Volume 1 issue 2, we've experimented with alternative media and interactivity with; we've also included some special items for readers and collectors. Go ahead and turn to the contributors' notes first, as I know many of you already do. You'll find some interesting facts about each of our featured writers and poets, collected in a handy tear-and-save format. And in honor of our limited-edition contributors' cards, we've compiled below nine facts unique to this issue of Ninth Letter.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy.

— Jodee Rubins


Best New Poets 2005

"In Thailand It Is Night" - Ira Sukrungruang

Type Directors Club

Certificate of Excellence

STEP Inside Design Magazine's STEP 100 Annual


Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards

"Terra Firma" - Amy Lingafelter

Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards

"Traveler" - Janice N. Harrington

2005 CHAAMPS: A Celebration of White Space:

Best Publication Design

2005 CHAAMPS: A Celebration of White Space:

Best in Show



Jodee Rubins

Fiction Editor

Philip Graham

Poetry Editor

Michael Madonick

Nonfiction Editor

David Wright

Art Editors

Joseph Squier and Nan Goggin

Art Director

Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud


Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud, Nan Goggin, and Lauren Hoopes

Assistant Editors

J Anderson Frazee, Rosalie Morales Kearns, Patrick Lane, Joe Ledoux, Christopher Maier, Katherine Mauer, Robert McCarthy, Neelay Shah, Jason Watt, Chris Wiberg

Editorial Assistants

Yanoula Athanassakis, Laura Bandy, David Coyoka, Kristen Davidson, Zakiya Farris, Laura Koritz, Kevin Matz, Anne Owen, Paul Riegel, Kristel Reitsel-Low, Ben Stephens, Rebecca Weber

Assistant Designers

Fabiola Elias, Daniel Goscha, Amy Hanlon, Chad Kellenberger, Mason Kessinger, Valerie Lohmann, Jessica Mullen

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