May/June 1994

Although William Maxwell is best known as the New Yorker editor who helped shape modern American fiction, for 50 years he has been writing critically acclaimed novels and stories.

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Features

Atlantic Center for the Arts

by Errol Hess
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At a nature reserve in Florida, ACA gives writers and artists room to work, collaborate, and study under "masters," such as poet Amy Clampitt.

African American Literature in the Nineties

by E. Ethelbert Miller
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African American writers are changing the U.S. literary landscape as new voices are heard and established authors hit the bestseller list.

An Interview With William Maxwell

by David Stanton
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Although William Maxwell is best known as the New Yorker editor who helped shape modern American fiction, for 50 years he has been writing critically acclaimed novels and stories.

Tree-Free Paper

by Patricia Murphy
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Ancient materials such as hemp and kenaf are being rediscovered as paper substitutes by environmentally-conscious writers.

An Interview with Leslea Newman

by Charlotte Templin
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The versatile poet, novelist, and short story writer Leslea Newman found her first children's book, Heather Has Two Mommies, at the center of a national controversy.

Another Writer's Life

by E. Ethelbert Miller
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An author remembers the tales her father told of his friend Vincent, a sailor who left behind a hard life and a carton of unpublished stories.

News and Trends

NEA Funding Set; NEA Literature Program Undergoes Study

by Arthur Rosenblatt
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After considerable debate, the Clinton Administration and the Congress agreed to maintain funding for National Endowment of the Art for the 1995 budget at the same level as for 1994.

MTV Sponsors Poetry Tour

by Marcia Biederman
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MTV puts three poets on a 20-city tour of campuses and clubs after a passionate response to Spoken Word.

Giant Bookstore and Small Press Join Forces

by Jane Ludlam
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In June, Story Line Press and Barnes & Noble bookstores conclude a reading series that combines the literary prestige of a small press with the commercial clout of a giant bookstore chain.

New Fiction from MacMurray & Beck

by Tracy Marx
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This April, MacMurray & Beck Publisher inaugurated its new fiction series with two first novels, both set in the western United States.

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