Special Feature

Read Chapter 2 of Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul, a new memoir by Laurie Jean Cannady recently published by Etruscan Press.










Special Feature

Two poems from Laura Bylenok's forthcoming collection Warp, winner of the 2015 T. S. Eliot Prize!






Current Web Edition


Featuring poetry by Raena Shirali, David Winter, Paul Asta, and Janelle DolRayne, and fiction by Scott Fenton and Blaine Ely.



Current Issue

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Journal – No. 10

Fall/Winter 2008 – Vol. 5, No. 2

Sample Spreads




César Aira (translated by Chris Andrews), Mai Al-Nakib, Keith Lee Morris, George Singleton, B. R. Smith, Allison Titus, James Warner


Naton Leslie, Bruce Petronio, Mike Scalise, Julie Wittes Schlack, K. G. Schneider


Neil Aitken, Tara Betts, Joseph Campana, Peter Cooley, Patricia Chao, Curtis Crisler, Kwame Dawes, Mitchell L. H. Douglas, Christopher DeWeese, Jehanne Dubrow, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Megan O’Reilly Green, Eamon Grennan, Lawrence Goeckel, Terita Heath-Wlaz, S. Whitney Holmes, Michael Lauchlan, Adrian Matejka, Louis McKee, Cheyenne Nimes, Ed Pavlic, Hannah Louise Poston, Isaac Pressnell, Anne Marie Rooney, Patrick Rosal, Patricia Smith, Barbara Buckman Strasko, Rob Talbert, Frank X Walker, Marcus Wicker, David Welch, Ryo Yamaguchi

Art Feature

Katori Hall

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Editor's Note

This issue of Ninth Letter is dedicated to the memories of two former Ninth Letter colleagues who passed away in 2008: graphic designer Clint Miceli and assistant editor Kristen Davidson. They will be sorely missed.



Jodee Stanley

Creative Nonfiction Editors

Steve Davenport and Audrey Petty

Poetry Editor

Tyehimba Jess

Art Editors

Joseph Squier and Nan Goggin

Guest Editor, Fiction

Alex Shakar

Art Director

Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud


Jori Brewer, Tirso Gamboa, Sarah Kowalis, Jon Lauriat, Huang Li, Adam Muran, Kiley Reed Black, Karen Remsen, Kim Ruelo, Deborah Su, Brett Tabolt, Kristie Weaver

Assistant Editors

Jaime Brunton, Adam Deutsch, Andrew Ervin, Russell Evatt, Brian Kornell, Arley McNeney, Micah Riecker

Editorial Assistants

Lillian Bertram, Caroline Duda, Dana Burchfield, Cory Holding, , Lara Mann, Matt Minicucci, Paul Pedroza, , Heather Salus, Amy Sayre-Roberts, Crystal Thomas

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