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Submit to our 2019 Literary Awards!


This year's Literary Awards are now open for submissions. Our esteemed guest judges are Kristen Arnett, fiction; Anna Leahy, creative nonfiction, and R. A. Villanueva, 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!

Some Kind of Second Heart: New Bulgarian Writing

    

Journal – No. 21

Spring/Summer 2014 – Vol. 11, No. 1

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Contributors

Fiction

Nick Francis Potter, "Irregular Limbs"
Adam McOmber, "Metempsychosis"
Rachel Cantor, "Everyone's a Poet"
Andrew McKernan, "Water"
Jac Jemc, "Strange loop" 
Pablo Piñero Stillmann, "Letter to a Young Performer"
Brian Allen Carr, "We All Become Something"

Nonfiction

Barrett Swanson, "This Swift and Violent Forgetting" 
Jen Hirt, "Not Less than 1000 Bottles for Horseradish"
Matthew Gavin Frank, "Cincinnati Chili Reincarnate"

Poetry

Lauren Clark, "Kim Kardashian & Ray J Sex Tape"
Christopher Citro, "The Nearness of You"
Jamaal May, "On Reading the 154th Instance of Nigger in Absalom, Absalom! on a Train Through Mississippi," "Sugar," "from The Big Book of Exit Strategies"
Dan Kaplan, "Kansas City," "Someone Dropped a Baby"
G. B. Ryan, "Redeye Window Seat," "Orbit," "Twos and Threes"
Chloe Krug Benjamin, "Paleontology with Partner"
Eileen G'Sell, "Fourth of July"
David Wyatt, "Dark Night," "Middle Voice," "Repeating the Lord"
Kathy Fagan, "Ode to Julia Morgan," "Sycamore, Wick & Flame"
Ladan Osman, "You Return with the Water," "Catastrophic Breakdown"

Interviews

Katherine Vaz, interviewed by Amy Sayre Baptista
Brian Allen Carr, interviewed by Jensen Beach

Design Features

Adam Setala

Zut Alors!

Studio Set

Where We’re @

Steve Davenport "Forgottonia: An Interview with Jane Carlson"
Caleb Curtiss, "The Spell of Weather"

Editorial Staff

Editor: Jodee Stanley

Creative Nonfiction Editors: Janice N. Harrington

Poetry Editor: Michael Madonick

Art Directors: Brian Wiley and Maurice Meilleur

Designers: Carolina Bolaño, Taylor Carlson, Chelsea Choi, Siobhan Cooney, Andrew Fishel, Yoojin Hong, Kiki Kolakowski, Bryan Lorenz, Jillian Martin, Kelly Pisanko, Stacie Sansone, Courtney Smith, Ellen Winston

Assistant Editors: Roya Khatiblou, Sean MacIntyre, Lucilena Williams

Editorial Assistants: John Dudek, Sara Fan, Khaleel Gheba, Nolan Grieve, Ceridwen Hall, Avery Irons, Calgary Martin, Yael Massen, Zachariah McVicker, Natalie Mesnard, Katherine Scott Nelson, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Kristin Walters

Special thanks [UIUC Meat Lab], Robert

Support at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

College of Fine and Applied Arts
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of English
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
LAS Humanities Council
Office of the Chancellor
Office of the Provost
School of Art and Design

Individual Sponsors

Publisher
Robert Skiba

Friend
Joan Golder 
Kathleen Harleman
Robert and Allison Mesnard

This project is partially supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council.

Information about supporting Ninth Letter can be found at www.ninthletter.com. All donations and gifts to Ninth Letter are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Current Web Edition: Winter 2019


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Featuring Kara Vernor, Aiden Baker, Robert Fillman, Natalie Wee, Rhonda McDonnell, Darci Schummer, Colin Pope, Beth Gilstrap, Kevin Hyde, E. Kristin Anderson, Lauren W. Westerfield, Ted Mathys, Kerry Donoghue, Jessica Lynn Suchon, Collin Callahan, and Cheyenne Nimes  

 

Now Available! Volume 15, no. 2 - Fall/Winter 2018-19


Featuring new work from: Tom Howard, Matthew Gavin Frank, Teresa Dzieglewicz, Leila Chatti, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Whitney Collins, TaraShea Nesbit, and more! Plus: 2018 Literary Award Winners Ashley Farmer, Zachary Hester, and Pascha Sotolongo!

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An Interview with Ayelet Tsabari


Ayelet TsabariIsraeli-Canadian-Yemeni author Ayelet Tsabari (The Art of Leaving, 2019; The Best Place on Earth, 2013) talks with Brett Ashley Kaplan, Director of the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, about her life and work

 

Call for Submissions


Ninth Letter is accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for a special online edition to be published at ninthletter.com in Winter 2019.  Submissions will be open from February 10 to April 8, 2019.

The theme of this issue is Origins. We all come from home, and our associations with those spaces range from the warm and secure to the distant or fearful. Then, as we grow, leave or stay, and move into the world around us, we see our homes from new or distant vantages. Localities grow and evolve, or wilt in a changing global economy. When our cities and homesteads don’t look the way we remember them, have we left those people and places behind, or were we bypassed in their rush into the future? How do our origins transmogrify our explorations of the world? How does both a sense of belonging and detachment – to people, places, things, and the past – inform the decisions we make in our local but also our highly connected lives?

For more info, check out our web edition guidelines.

Featured Writer: Kate Angus


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