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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

    

Spring/Summer 2013 – Vol. 10, No. 1

 

Contributors

Fiction

Hannah Brooks-Motl "The River"
Kirsty Logan "Momma Grows a Diamond"
Brian Trapp "Michael and Sal"
Anne Valente "A Field Guide to Female Anatomy"

Nonfiction

Amy Bernhard "Tag" 
Thomas H. McNeely "The Burning Bed"
Lydia Melby "A Secret Code I Could Never Understand"
Titi Nguyen "Chao Bà Ngoai"
Daniel Story "In Need of Assistance"

Poetry

Brian Barker "The Book of Orders"
Anne Barngrover "Bluetick Hound"
Geri Doran "The Observable World," "Threshold," "Inlet," "Near-In, the World," "Pure"
Kathy Fagan, "Suburban Canticle"
Tarfia Faizullah, "Self-Portrait as Slinky"
Matthew Gavin Frank, "The Laws of Stasis," "Inheritance"
Brandi George, "Crone-Ballad"
Miriam Bird Greenberg, "How Loss Inhabits a Body"
Lois Marie Harrod, "Doorknobs"
Lo Kwa Mei-en, "Romance with Red Sky at Morning," "How to Make Love in the Garden of Good and Evil"
Masin Persina, "Home"
Shelley Puhak, "Guinevere Writes to Lancelot from the Summer Home in Sirmeone," "Lancelot, at the Home Depot" Dean Rader, "Poem for the World"

Art Features

Remnants of American Industrial Might: Daniel Shea
Courting Ray Johnson: Bob Warner and Miriam Kienle

Where We’re @

Khaleel Gheba, "I-70 as Atomic Model"
Roya Khatiblou, "Men of the Middle West"
Natalie Mesnard, "My Prairie"

Indexes, vols 1-9

 

Cover Index
Staff Index
Literary Index

Editorial Staff

Editor: Jodee Stanley
Creative Nonfiction Editors: Philip Graham and Janice N. Harrington
Poetry Editor: Michael Madonick

Assistant Editors: Kendra Chapman, Roya Khatiblou, Natalie Mesnard
Editorial Assistants: Laura Adamczyk, Michael Don, Khaleel Gheba, Sara Fan, Ceridwen Hall, Angela Hine, Avery Irons, Sean MacIntyre, Calgary Martin, Greg Rodgers, Rachel Samanie, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Lucilena Williams

Design Staff

Art Director: Matthew Peterson

Designers: Brandon Barker, Lauren Blackburn, Andrew Fishel, Scott Jackson, Evan Jarzynksi, Elaine Palutsis, Daryl Quitalig, Nathalie Rock, Heather Stickney, Michael Zhang
Photographers: Brittany Keating, Jack Kendall, John Menchaca, Megan Roche, Randi Stella 
Illustrators: Kamila Glowacki, Colin Mosely

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
Richard Powers
Robert Skiba

Friend
Joan Golder 
Robert Graves 
Kathleen Harleman
Robert and Allison Mesnard
Pamela Saunders

This project is partially supported by a grant from 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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