Seth Fried, Rachel Cantor, Gonçalo M. Tavares (Translated By Roopanjali Roy), Joe Meno, Mario Benedetti (Translated By Harry Morales), William Wall, Oscar Hijuelos (With An Interview By Philip Graham), Trinie Dalton, Roy Kesey, Patrick Crerand, S. P. Tenhoff
Jo Scott-Coe, Michael Martone, David Evanier, Becky Bradway, Maaza Mengiste, Joanna Imm, Colleen Kinder, Bonnie J. Rough
Robert Dale Parker, Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, Heid Erdrich, Louise Erdrich, Woody Loverude, Sean Hill, Bryan Narendorf, Candace Black, Lytton Smith, Cate Marvin, Paige Ackerson-Kiely, Rachel Richardson, Chris Dombrowski, Melissa Fair, Joshua Poteat, Elizabeth Langemak, Ruth Ellen Kocher
Two Years of the Fillmore Posters, Nan Goggin + Joseph Squier (writers)
We are set to mark yet another milestone in Ninth Letter's short but happy lifespan, as we say goodbye to Philip Graham and Michael Madonick, who are completing their terms as fiction and poetry editors, respectively, with the publication of this issue. Mike and Philip were both instrumental in the creation of 9L from the moment it was a mere twinkle in the eyes of a brand-new graduate writing program here at UIUC, and without them we couldn't have come so far nor done so well. Hats off to both of you.
If, after you have finished reading this issue, you find yourself thinking, wow, that was the best 9L I've read yet, you might want to thank our guest editors Tyehimba Jess and LeAnne Howe for adding their special magic to the mix. We've been honored to have them aboard, and are even more excited to announce that Tyehimba will be staying on as our new poetry editor. The good times, they just keep rolling along …
And in web-related news, if you're near a computer, stop reading for a moment (but don't forget to come back) and check out our new web site design at www.ninthletter.com. It's beautiful, it's clean, it's user-friendly, and it's loaded with great new features, including an amazing electronic interpretation of Kelly Link's award-winning story "The Girl Detective," a new classic in American short fiction. At ninthletter.com you can get all the information you need about purchasing, supporting, and/or sending your own writing to Ninth Letter, plus you'll find a grand selection of original content available only online. Take a look, and let us know what you think. And then, come back and finish reading this issue.
As always, we couldn't keep up the good fight for art and literature without the support of many wonderful people on campus and in the community. On behalf of the staff of Ninth Letter, I offer our thanks to the following people and organizations:
Thanks also to you, dear readers, for staying with us. Enjoy this new issue, and many more to come.
— Jodee Stanley
LeAnne Howe and Philip Graham
Tyehimba Jess and Michael Madonick
Joseph Squier and Nan Goggin
Ting-Yu Sheila Cheng, Hye-Yeon Cho, Kelly Cree, Charles Hannon, Austin Happel, Blake Harvey, Troy Hayes, Borami Kang, Adam Law, Gina Lee, Robert Mach, Jennifer Mahanay, Cara McKinley, Clinton Miceli, Rebecca Nasadowski, Ho-mui Wong, Jeffrey T. Jones, Nan Goggin
Laura Bandy, Christine Bryant Cohen, David Coyoca, Adam Deutsch, Andrew Ervin, Harmony Neal, Rick Pierce, Ted Sanders, Leslie Singleton
Eve Eure, Rebecca Faught, Cory Holding, Jackie May, Juan Sánchez, Amy Sayre-Roberts, Christy Scheuer
Rachel Caiano (for Mister Valéry)
Jeremy Hayes & Ting-Yu Sheila Cheng (for Mister Valéry), Jennifer Mahanay (for Logic Puzzle #232: The Descending Bicycle)
Mary Therese Kinder (The Sympathy Test), David Evanier (A Thirsty Mind)