September/October 1997

In a rare interview, Eudora Welty, one of America's most beloved authors, talks about the events in her life that inspired her penetrating stories.

Features

Meeting Miss Welty

by Randall Curb
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A writer remembers the days he spent in Alabama almost two decades ago with his favorite Southern author.

New American Blues

by Earl Shorris
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In his forthcoming book, a writer recounts how a poor family's love of literature connected them to their community.

The Wendy Weil Literary Agency

by Stanley E. Ely
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Despite a long list of powerful clients, Weil likes to keep her office small and traditional.

Words of Power: Native American Writers

by John Kachuba
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The last decade has seen the emergence of new Native American writers with roots in an ancient oral tradition.

WritersCorps: Not Just Another Artists-in-the-Schools Program

by Ilise Benun
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Sixty professional writers work as residents at community organizations in the Bronx, San Francisco, and Washington D. C.

Pleasure or Punishment: Hearing a Poet Read

by X.J. Kennedy
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Since a poetry reading can't help being a performance, it ought to be good theater.

An Interview With Eudora Welty

by Marie Dawson
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In a rare interview, Eudora Welty, one of America's most beloved authors, talks about the events in her life that inspired her penetrating stories.

A Desk of One's Own

by Ulrica Hume
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The British Library Reading Room, where Ghandi, Yeats, and Virginia Woolf came to work, is moving to a new home with computerized catalogs, streamlined desks, and a restaurant.

News and Trends

Adrienne Rich Turns Down National Medal for the Arts

by Mary Gannon
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Rich refuses award given by the President of the United States.

Congress Continues to Struggle Over NEA

by Jane Ludlam
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House of Representatives votes to strip NEA of all funding; Senate disagrees.

NEA Literature Director Resigns

by Elizabeth M. Kelley
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Gigi Bradford goes from the NEA to the Center for Arts and Culture.

Rare First Books on View at New York Public Library

by Paul Perilli
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Exhibit at NY Public Library displays first books by American authors.

Houghton Mifflin Launches New Paperback Line

by Patricia J. Chiu
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Mariner Books, Haughton Mifflin's new trade paperback line.

Decency Act Ruled Unconstitutional

by Mike High
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Supreme Court rules the "Communications Decency Act" unconstitutional.

Mary Crow Named Colorado Poet Laureate

by Melissa Studdard Williamson
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Mary Crow.

Literary Presses Form New Alliance

by Elizabeth M. Kelley
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Nine nonprofit literary publishers form the Literary Publishers' Alliance.

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