September/October 2002

A seasoned poet and short story writer, Sandra Cisneros makes her novel debut with Caramelo, a Mexican-American family's saga nine years in the making.

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Truth, Lies, and Memory: A Profile of Sandra Cisneros

by Renée H. Shea
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An interview with the Mexican-American writer about her book Caramelo.

In Defiance of Gravity: A Final Interview with Kenneth Koch

by Dean Young
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A profile of New York School poet Kenneth Koch.

Going for the Bone: A Profile of Elizabeth Evans

by Amy Weintraub
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An interview with fiction writer Elizabeth Evans about her novella and short story collection, Suicide's Girlfriend.


24th Street Irregular Press: Books for All

by Elizabeth Kelley Gillogly
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24th Street Irregular Press, a miniature poetry publisher.

Handsel Books: The Other Imprint

by Kevin Larimer
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A profile of Handsel Books.

Impassio Press: Defining a New Genre

by Margot F. Boyer
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Impassio Press: a publisher of journals, diaries, and literary essay fragments.

Small Beer Press: Going Alternative

by Nick Mamatas
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Brooklyn-based genre fiction publisher.

Chapbook Roundup

by Staff
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A brief look at chapbook publishers.

News and Trends

Black Sparrow Folds Its Wings

by Joy Jacobson

Black Sparrow Press, based in Santa Rosa, California, began in 1966 as a vehicle for John Martin to publish the work that he loved, but went on to become a financial success. It published more than 650 titles, with annual sales eventually rising to more than $1 million, which is why it came as a surprise to many in the publishing industry when Black Sparrow went out of business last spring.

Literary MagNet

by Staff

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 One Story, Chicago Review, Boston Review, Agni, Ploughshares, Poetry, Blackbird, and Creative Nonfiction.


Linguaphiles Unite

by Kristin Ohlson

A Word A Day: A Romp Through Some of the Most Unusual and Intriguing Words in Englisha collection of 273 unusual, obscure, and exotic words inspired by Anu Garg's linguistic e-mail service, A.Word.A.Day—will be published by John Wiley & Sons in October.

When Literature Goes Hollywood

by Karen Sosnoski

Three new films based on books of fiction are scheduled to be released in October: Ethan Canin's The Palace Thief, Michael Cunningham's The Hours (which features an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Claire Danes, and Ed Harris), and Janet Fitch's White Oleander.

Anthologies Mark Year of Reflection

by Nick Twemlow

Over three hundred poems, short stories, and essays written in response to the events of last September have been collected in three new anthologies: September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond, Poetry After 9/11: An Anthology of New York Poets, and 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11.

The Practical Writer

The Glossies: Eight Fiction Editors Reveal Trade Secrets

by Joanna Smith Rakoff
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How to publish short stories in high-profile magazines.

False Light: An Illuminating Look at Libel

by Norah Booth
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How writers can protect themselves from libel.

The Literary Life

Paths and Pearls: A Poet Ponders Memoir and Lyric

by Gregory Orr
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The capabilities of memoir versus poetry.

Stuff: The Power of the Tangible

by David Long
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How to minimize abstractions and use concrete nouns in your writing.