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Featured Writer: Sheila O'Connor


An excerpt from Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions (Rose Metal Press, 2019)

Anniversary Special!

In 2019, Ninth Letter celebrates 15 years of publication, and to celebrate, we are offering ALL back issues from volume 1, number 1 to volume 15, number 2, for only $5.95! Prices are good through 12/31/2019. Visit our webstore to order!

  

 

Fall/Winter 2014-15 – Vol. 11, No. 2

 

Fiction

Justin Bigos, To the Management at IKEA: 

Naira Kuzmich, Woman Amid Ruins

Andrew Milward, What is to be Done?

Laura Van Etten, Questions Before we Start

Charles Wilkinson, How Can We Eat Amongst the Dead?

 

Nonfiction

Liz Arnold, After a Suicide, A Search

Nathan Jandl, Studs

Michael Larson, A Colossal Swell

Mara Naselli, Horse in Hand 

Lynda Sexson, Melancholy Meat 

Kate Washington, Abide With Me 

 

Poetry

Sarah Barber, The Only Imagery is Frost or Fire

Grady Chambers, The Life; Explaining the Resurrection in Simple Words; Syracuse, October 

Jennifer S. Cheng, from Letters to Mao

Benjamin Goldberg, The Comedian's Therapy Session; On Meeting Your New Roommate in an Adolescent Psych Ward

Benjamin S. Grossberg, Facing It

Sara Eliza Johnson, Rapture

Taylor Harrison Micks, Imago 

David Mohan, Portrait with a Dog

Susannah Nevison, My Father Dreams of Horses; My Father Dreams of Horses (II)

James Schiller, Poetry Friends Forever/Mammal Holocaust, Afterward

Matt Sumpter, Wind Up 

Jake Syersak, Orison Was an Either-image, Arisen; If There Was any Iota, It Was Roiling Too; Stretching Nil to Nail to Hammer out a Whole; In Which Of Is More Centrifugal than Dove; Of Is the Zero the Horizon Makes, if World-Shaped 

Noel Thistle Tague, Theory of the soul in storm, 1909-2013

P.J. Williams, My Father Grows Up with a Black Dog Named Nig 

 

2014 Contest Winners

Poetry: Anders Carlson-Wee, The Low Passions; Dynamite 

Fiction: Rachel Goldman, Steps 

Creative Nonfiction: Nick Neely, The Book of Agate

Literature in Translation: Ho Nansorhoon, Poem Given to a Nun While Staying in a Taoist Monastary

 

 

Art Feature

Brian Ewing

 

Where We're At

Calgary Martin, A Series of Waves 

Zachariah McVicker, Death in the Midwest

 

Editorial Staff

Editor: Jodee Stanley

Creative Nonfiction Editor: Steve Davenport

Poetry Editor: Michael Madonick 

Assistant Editors: Sara Fan, Khaleel Gheba, Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Editorial Assistants: John Dudek, Nolan Grieve, Ceridwen Hall, Avery Irons, Roya Khatiblou, Calgary Martin, Yael Massen, Sean MacIntyre, Zachariah McVicker, Natalie Mesnard, Katherine Scott Nelson, Kristin Walters, Lucilena Williams

Art Directors: Márit McCluske, Maurice Meilleur

Designers: Meme Betadam, Brendan Blaber, Stephanie Carlson, Dane Georges, Daniel Harmon, Size Ma, Emily Ogden, Courtney Podgorski, Bella Reinhofer, Kaity Tighe, Laura Today, Lisa Vuong

Special Thanks: John Dayger, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts; Gary Frantz and Original Smith Printing, Inc. (originalsmithprinting.com); Robert Heneghan and Unisource/Veritiv (unisourceworldwide.com); Laney Ontiveros; and Stephen J. Wanzek, UIUC / Willard Airport.

 

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

Patron: Sarah Knox, M.D., John Hall, M.D. 

Friend: Raina Bahns, Joan Golder, Kathleen Harleman

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.

Now Available! Volume 16, no. 1 - Spring/Summer 2019


Featuring new work from: George David Clark, Millie Tullis, nicole v basta, Beth Kephart, Jacob Aiello, Steve Tomasula, Alex McElroy, Melanie Ritzenthaler, and more. Plus: The Audacity of Language: Eight CantoMundo Poets

 

2019 Best of the Net


Nominees Announced!

We're delighted to announce that 9L has nominated the following works from our Summer 2018 and Winter 2019 editions for the 2019 Best of the Net anthology:

Katie M. Flynn, The King of South Phoenix
Jess Williard, The Spoils
KB Kinkel, Recambrian
Shangyang Fang, Tether
Jason Gray, Letter from the Frozen City
Beth Gilstrap, How to Tattoo a Disordered Woman
Lauren W. Westerfield, That Same Summer
E. Kristin Anderson, Find an Answer in Floorboard or Flowers
Darci Schummer, The Veil
Natalie Wee, When my grandmother begins to forget

Some Kind of Second Heart: New Bulgarian Writing

Current Web Edition: Summer 2019


Featuring Jessica Staricka, Danielle Dubrasky, GE Gilbert, Kristine Langley Mahler, Johann Sarna, Cullen Whisenhunt, Sara Baxter, Harris Lahti, Alyse Knorr, Demi Anter, Len Lawson, Kailey Tedesco, Rachel J. Bennett  

 

Featured Writer: Katherine Vaz


Featured Writer: Emily Arnason Casey


"Sorrow Is a Mother," from Made Holy (Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction, University of Georgia Press, 2019)

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