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The Contester: More Contest News

News and Trends

January/February 2006

The University of Georgia Press recently revoked the 2004 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction given to Brad Vice of Starkville, Mississippi, for his short story collection, The Bear Bryant Funeral Train, which was published in September 2005, after learning that one of the stories contained uncredited material from Carl Carmer’s Stars Fell on Alabama, a book of nonfiction published by Farrar & Rinehart in 1934 and later reprinted by the University of Alabama Press.

Poets Move From Page to Stage

News and Trends

January/February 2006

In the second half of the twentieth century, a number of poets’ theater programs, including the Poets’ Theatre, which was established in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1950, and staged plays by John Ashbery, James Merrill, Frank O’Hara, and Richard Wilbur, provided venues for work written by poets for the stage. Now, a new generation of poets’ theater programs are raising their curtains for plays by poets.

In Search of David Foster Wallace

Feature

January/February 2006

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Whether it’s a thousand-page novel, a single-paragraph story, or a footnoted essay, the elusive author always offers a complicated—and sometimes maddening—reading experience. But is there more to David Foster Wallace than words on a page?

Q&A: Ulin Takes Critical Control in L.A.

News and Trends

January/February 2006

At the end of his fourth week on the job as the book editor of the Los Angeles Times, Ulin spoke about his intentions for the Book Review and his responsibilities as its new editor.

Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

News and Trends

January/February 2006

This installment of Page One features excerpts from Parallel Play by Stephen Burt and The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis.

The Contester: Press Offers Refund, and Then Some

News and Trends

January/February 2006

Joining the ranks of literary contests that have failed to yield a winner, Winnow Press is the latest sponsor to announce that the manuscripts received for their First Book Award were not up to par; they are, however, offering something of a consolation prize.

A Cinematic Approach to Publishing

News and Trends

January/February 2006

For those who don’t mind Hollywood versions of great literature, a new series of novels packaged with the DVD recordings of the films they inspired allows for a side-by-side comparison.

That Glittering Possibility: Eighteen Debut Poets Who Made Their Mark in 2005

Feature

November/December 2005

The eighteen poets featured here represent only a fraction of the debut books published in 2005, yet they are emblematic of the diverse community of poets who have recently forged their own paths to publication.

Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

News and Trends

November/December 2005

Page One features a sample of titles we think you'll want to explore. With this installment, we offer excerpts from The Jungle Law by Victoria Vinton and Mother’s Milk by Edward St. Aubyn.

The Contester: Series Editor Retires Amid Controversy

News and Trends

November/December 2005

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Fueled by allegations of unfairness, Bin Ramke announces his retirement after twenty-two years as editor of the Contemporary Poetry Series.

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