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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

    

 

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.

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!

cover, volume 15 number 2

 

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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