May/June 2004

Percival Everett, the author of 14 satiric, philosophic novels that tend to take American culture to task for its often errant ways, has won much critical praise for his work, but little fame, which is fine by him. The thrill for Everett, our (reluctant) cover subject, is in the writing.


Irony and Ecstacy: A Profile of Percival Everett

by Trent Masiki
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Prolific novelist Percival Everett discusses his oeuvre and how he came to a career as a writer.  

Poetry is Doors: An Interview with Robert Kelly

by Celia Bland
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Travel even briefly through one of poet Robert Kelly's dream geographies and you'll find what his many readers over the past four decades have long known: Kelly offers more modes of imaginative transport than a contingent of thrill-seeking...

Stories from the Front Lines: 14 Editors Tell Their Tales

by Nat Sobel
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Literary journal editors, those underpaid, overworked masters of small-circulation poetry and fiction magazines, are often the first to publish a writer who goes on to become the Next Big Thing in contemporary American literature. In this survey 14...

News and Trends

Jack Kerouac Goes Back On the Road

by Kevin Canfield

Thirty-five years after the author's death, the original manuscript of Jack Kerouac's most popular novel and other Kerouac memorabilia are back on the road. Two traveling exhibits—one of which is already under way, the other about to begin—aim to bring the Beat generation's most indelible icon to the masses.

Bloomsday: Another Reason to ReJoyce

by Lucy Gordan

Next month millions of writers, scholars, and readers will take part in the centennial celebration of Bloomsday, attending readings, lectures, performances, exhibitions, film screenings, writing workshops, and other events planned in cities around the world.


Literary MagNet

by Kevin Larimer

Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America. This issue's MagNet features can we have our ball back?, Portrait, Argosy, and DoubleTake.

Small Press Points

by Kevin Larimer

Small Press Points highlights the happenings of the small press players. This issue features Contact Editions, Hours Press, Clear Cut Press, Gaspereau Press, and Luquer Street Press.

Lost in Translation: The Workshop

by Jane Roper

As anyone who's been through an MFA program can tell you, translating peer critiques is an art in itself. For the workshop novice, here's a brief guide.

Around the World in 1,000 Journals

by Dalia Sofer

Some of the best ideas originate in the most unlikely places. For years, Brian Singer, a graphic designer in San Francisco, was fascinated by bathroom graffiti. The cryptic messages and drawings made him wonder what would happen if complete strangers around the world—and not only those who happened to share a public bathroom—were able to exchange their private thoughts. So four years ago he created the 1000 Journals Project, an ongoing experiment in collective journaling.

Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

Page One features a sample of titles we think you'll want to explore. With this installment, we offer excerpts from Some Great Thing by Colin McAdam and You Remind Me of Me by Dan Chaon.

The Practical Writer

First: G.C. Waldrep's Letters Back to the World

by Joanna Smith Rakoff
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The Amish poet discusses his debut collection, Goldbeater's Skin.  

Writers Giving Back: Pass the Torch

by Catherine Wald

For some writers, community service comes naturally. But for those of us who are accustomed to guarding our precious writing time with our lives, the very thought of adding another activity—no matter how worthy—is daunting. We watch in awe as fellow writers teach, mentor, and travel to remote locations to give workshops to populations ranging from the incarcerated to the homeless to senior citizens. Why do they do it? How do they find the time and emotional energy? Is it possible to serve others without neglecting one's own work? 

The Literary Life

What Happened to the Revolution? The Legacy of New Journalism

by Michael Depp
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A look at the origin and evolution of creative nonfiction, a genre pioneered by writers such as Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, and Tom Wolfe.  

The Art of Reading Janet Frame: When She Was Wild With Me

by Aaron Hamburger
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A tribute to the late New Zealand author of An Angel at My Table.

Poets on Place: David St. John in Venice, California

by W.T. Pfefferle
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The landscapes of California and Italy, not to mention the geographies of the imagination, have been integral to the poetry of David St. John.