May/June 1997

The bestselling author of Dakota: A Spiritual Geography talks about life in a tiny Midwestern town and religion as an oral tradition.

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Features

A Stay at Centrum

by Mary Elsie Robertson
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Writers work in solitude at a small colony in a Washington state park.

Writers in Danger

by Cathy Cockrell
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"Writers in Danger," a course at SF State University, teaches students about imperiled authors.

Selling Pieces of the Phoenix: May Sarton's Estate Goes to the Auction Block

by Frances Lefkowitz
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In Portland, Maine, fans of the late poet bid on everything from dish towels to vintage books.

ZYZZYVA

by Jerome Tarshis
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Howard Junker and his San Francisco-based quarterly dedicated to West Coast writers.

An Interview With David Long: Not Just Another Montana Writer

by Frank D. Miele
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In twenty-five years, Long has only reached a small audience, but his first novel, The Falling Boy, could change all that.

Writing Back

by David Updike
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Has technology reduced the chances of receiving an answer to a simple letter?

Profile of Kathleen Norris

by Ray Kelleher
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The bestselling author of Dakota: A Spiritual Geography talks about life in a tiny Midwestern town and religion as an oral tradition.

News and Trends

NEA Grants to Small Press Attacked in Congress

by Patricia J. Chui
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Congress attacks NEA grants to Illinois-based book publisher, Fiction Collective 2.

Filmmaker Coppola Founds Short Story Journal

by Tracy Marx
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Francis Ford Coppola's "Zoetrope."

Grant Supports National Poetry Month and Web Site

by Elizabeth M. Kelley
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Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund offers $250,000 to the Academy of American Poets.

Copyright Protection Laws Proposed for the Internet

by David Appell
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World Intellectual Property Organization agrees to two copyright treaties regarding the Internet.

Rita Dove Wins Two Major Poetry Prizes

by Mary Gannon
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Dove wins Charles Frankel Prize and Heinz Award.

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