November/December 1993

Gish Jen, a first-generation American talks about overcoming stereotypes and incorporating her Chinese heritage into her first novel, Typical American.

Features

The Paris Review Turns Forty

by Ginger Strand
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Since its founding in 1953 by expatriate Americans, the Paris Review has been discovering new literary talent.

An Interview with Gish Jen

by Denise Hart
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Gish Jen, a first-generation American talks about overcoming stereotypes and incorporating her Chinese heritage into her first novel, Typical American.

A Push to Clean Up Royalty Statements

by Marcia Biederman
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Authors and agents fight to force publishers to tell exactly how much money their books are earning.

Zora Neale Hurston and Eatonville: A Friendship of One Hundred Years

by Denise Hart
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A small African American town in Florida holds a festival to celebrate the hometown writer who became famous during the Harlem Renaissance.

An Interview With Czeslaw Milosz

by William Walsh
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Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz talks about straddling the worlds of his native Lithuania and his adopted United States, which he calls "a country of poetry."

From "A Ceremony of Closure": Diane Wood Middlebrook, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, and Diana Hume George Talk About Anne Sexton

by Diana Hume George
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A trio of experts on Anne Sexton, including her controversial biographer, discuss the poet's work and her now-public private life.

News and Trends

Justice Department Qualifies Appeal in Freedom of Expression Case

by Arthur S. Rosenblatt
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The Clinton Administration's Justice Department responds to the appeal of a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the "decency clause" written into the reauthorization of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Actress Jane Alexander Nominated to Head NEA

by Arthur S. Rosenblatt
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Jane Alexander, the award-winning actress, is named head of the National Endowment for the Arts by President Clinton.

Bennington Offers New Low-Residency Program

by Tracy Marx
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In January Bennington College will offer a new two-year, low-residency program in writing and literature.

A New Voice for People of Color

by Tracy Marx
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Launched last April African Voices is a new nonprofit arts and literary magazine.

Gideon's Poetry Book

by Jane Ludlam
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The American Poetry and Literacy Project is tucking an anthology of American poetry into bedside drawers in hotel rooms and hospitals around the country.

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