Ninth Letter is published semi-annually in June and December by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Copies are available for $14.95. A one-year subscription may be purchased for $21.95; a two-year subscription may be purchased for $37.95. Subscriptions and single-copy orders may be sent with check or credit card information to Ninth Letter, Dept. of English, University of Illinois, 608 S. Wright St., Urbana, Illinois, 61801. Credit card orders may also be placed via our secure web site.
Ninth Letter accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from September 1 to February 28 (postmark dates). For complete guidelines and to submit online, visit our print submissions guidelines page.


Josh Kalscheur, “Last Language on the Object”

John Sibley Williams, “Homecoming”

Leah Poole Osowski, “Firmament,” “Temporally”

Reese Conner, “Forgive Me, I Am a Violent Shape”

Diamond Forde, “Looking Out My Bedroom Window in Postignano”


Jane Huffman, “Sonnet with Gaping Holes”

Dylan Loring, “Despite Radically Asynchronous Work Schedules”

Dylan Carpenter, “Brief Veronica”

Lauren Davis, “In the Forest by the Bay”

Francis Santana, “ESL”

Jory Mickelson, “Synonym for Wing”

Jehanne Dubrow, “Honor Board Hearing”

Megan J. Arlett, “Noon”

Sonia Greenfield, “Tohoku Ghosts”

Mark Wagenaar, “A Charm for Ghosts (Mississippi Tongues Coda),” “Prayer for this Day”

Maggie Smith, “Airplanes,” “Inside,” “Poem Beginning with a Line from An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination

Muriel Leung, “Letters from the Obscene”

Art Feature

An Interview with William Patrick Corgan

Where We’re At

Nicholas Molbert, “Double Distance”

Benjamin Miller, “Virtual Reality and the Midwesty”


Editor: Jodee Stanley

Creative Nonfiction Editor: Alex Shakar

Poetry Editor: Janice N. Harrington

Art Director: Brock Landrum,

Designers: Jessica Rachel Badofsky, Vincent Chang, Ozzie Gong, Grant David Johnson, Emily Lynn, Karolina Malaczynski, Megan McCausland, Kathy Powell, Hinna Raja

Assistant Editors: Chekwube Danladi, Amelia Hawkins, Skyler LaLone

Editorial Assistants: Kyle Callert, Katrina Gaffney, Edgar Garbelotto, Aumaine Gruich, Liz Howey, Katherine Kendig, Sebastián Maldonado-Vélez, Taylor Micks, Benjamin Miller, Nicholas Molbert, Jason Nafziger, Kent Quaney, Justin Smith, Jessica Tanck