Ninth Letter is published semi-annually in June and December by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Vol. 20, No. 02 is now sold out, but you can check out the digital issue as part of CLMP’s Showcase: 20 Years of Literary Magazines.


Carolyn Hembree
“Poet as Odalisque”

Katie Berta
[I, If Here on Earth]

Chelsea Dingman
“One Night Stand” and “According to Levinas, the Self is Attested to through Speech and in Relation to The Other”

Kevin McLellan
“A New Hole in My Jacket Pocket” and “Physiology”

Alexa Luborsky
“Graphic” and “Shed on the Way to Gleiwitz”

Michael Meyerhofer
“Cosmology in Reverse”

Rochelle Hurt
“Hilma af Klink—Group IX/SUW, The Swan, No. 16 (1915)”

Arah Ko
“Second Tongue”

James Kelly Quigley
“Circulation” and “Stone Fruit”

Kellam Ayres
“At the Drive-In”

Jason McClosky
“Directions for the Inflammable Air (H2) in a Bull’s Bladder Experiment” and “Directions for the Nitrous Air (NO) in an Air Pump Experiment”

Ruth Awad
“The Bull of Heaven”


Stephanie Mullings
“Many of Many Tenths” (2022 Literary Awards Honorable Mention)

Rebecca Bernard
“Boy on Fire”

Neal Hammons
“The Mermaids”

Molly Reid
“You Move I Move We Move They Move”

Lena Valencia
“The White Place”

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