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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!

Featured Writer: Baltazar Lopes

    

 

Fall/Winter 2012-13 – Vol. 9, No. 2

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Contributors

Fiction

Terry Dubow "Bird"
Leyna Krow "End Times"
Mary Miller "Recidivism"
Ricardo Nuila "Mort Naturelle" 
Elizabeth Schulte "Borders"

Nonfiction

Roxane Gay "To Scratch, Claw, or Grope Clumsily or Frantically" 
Brandon Davis Jennings "Airman Jennings the Impaler"
Jen Percy "The Guinea Pig Lady"
Edward Kelsey Moore "Piaf and Roadkill"

Poetry

Gladys Justin Carr, "Caroline Kennedy at the Greengrocer">
Keith Dunlap, "The Escapist"
Maggie Glover, "Refrain"
Jeremy Allan Hawkins, "To Say the Imagination"
Lilah Hegnauer, "Bowl"
Jennifer Luebbers, "Petitions"
Michael Mlekoday, "Self-Portrait, Wearing Bear Skull as Mask"
Luisa Muradyan, "Message from a Peeping Tom Named Tom", "In Every Plum"
Jenn Marie Nunes, "Designation as National Historic Landmark"
Chelsea Wagenaar, "Sonopuncture"
Yona Wallach (translated by Linda Zisquit), "*", "This Is the Beauty"

Poetry Feature

Six poems by Ted White
Rachel Farrell, "The Genesis of Ted White"

Translation Feature

Elizabeth Lowe, "Clarice Lispector and the Art of the Crônica"
Clarice Lispector (translated by Elizabeth Lowe), "Human Heat", "Forgiving God"
Elizabeth Lowe, "The Passion According to C.L.: An Interview with Clarice Lispector"

Design Feature

Confident in Their Incompleteness: Tony Brock

Art Features

Emblems in Color: Emblematica Online
Engineering Sculpture Photography: Curtis Mann

Where We’re @

Sean MacIntyre, "Drumbeats"
Lucilena Williams, "Getting Lost"

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Editorial Staff

Editor: Jodee Stanley
Creative Nonfiction Editor: Philip Graham
Poetry Editor: Michael Madonick

Assistant Editors: Laura Adamczyk, Sara Gelston, Eric Tanyavutti
Editorial Assistants: Kendra Chapman, Michael Don, Eduardo Gabrieloff, Khaleel Gheba, Angela Hine, Roya Khatiblou, Sean MacIntyre, Natalie Mesnard, Max Somers, Jessica Thom, Lucilena Williams

Design Staff

Art Director: Matthew Peterson

Designers: Grace Hamann, Caitlin Howe, Scott Jackson, Maria Ludeke, Serena Moy, Elaine Palutsis, Will Ryan, Tyler Schmidt, Heather Stickney
Photographers: Harrison Hakes, Kendall McCaugherty, Alejandra Rodriguez

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

Individual Sponsors

Publisher
Kai Haber
Robert and Kay Merrick
Richard Powers
Robert Skiba

Friend
Joan Golder 
Robert Graves 
Kathleen Harleman
Benjamin C. Krause 
Robert and Allison Mesnard
Pamela Saunders
Marc Snir

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

 

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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