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Now Available! Volume 16, no. 2 - Fall/Winter 2019-20


Featuring new work from: Geri Doran, A. R. Zarif, Samantha Edmonds, Amy Stuber, Kerry Folan, Mason Andrew Hamberlin, and more!. Plus: Winners of the 2018 Illinois Emerging Writer Awards and Winners of the 2019 Ninth Letter Literary Awards!

 

 

Call for Submissions


Ninth Letter will be accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for our Summer 2020 web edition.  Submissions will be open from January 24 to March 20.

The theme for this issue is Debts. To what are we beholden? Of course mortgages, student loans, credit cards and car payments. And with them the fraud and inherent large-scale crises that extract from and shape generations in unique ways. But also our loved ones and colleagues, the earth and the seasons, inventions and collectives, and ancestors as well as strangers. What do we owe, and to who or what is it owed?

Submit your work for this special feature at ninthletteronline.submittable.com.

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.

Some Kind of Second Heart: New Bulgarian Writing

Featured Writer: Sheila O'Connor


An excerpt from Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions (Rose Metal Press, 2019)

Pushcart Prize Nominations 2019


Nominees Announced!

We're delighted to announce that 9L has nominated the following works from our Spring/Summer 2019 and Fall/Winter 2019-20 editions for The Pushcart Prize XLV:

Spring/Summer 2019 (vol. 16 no. 1, published May 2019)

Michael Torres, "The Pachuco Himself Considers the Audacity of Language" (poetry)

Jacob Aiello, "Units of Measurement" (creative nonfiction)

Alex McElroy, "The Cruise" (fiction)

Fall/Winter 2019-20 (vol. 16 no. 2, forthcoming December 2019)

Samantha Edmonds, "The Adventures of Earthgirl and Starboy" (fiction)

Jenny Tinghui Zhang, "Party Trick Chinese" (creative nonfiction)

Adam Meisner, "Fourteen Translations for a Line from Barthes' Incidents" (poetry)

Featured Writer: Katherine Vaz


Featured Writer: Emily Arnason Casey


"Sorrow Is a Mother," from Made Holy (Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction, University of Georgia Press, 2019)

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