September/October 2007

Our cover story is a profile of Haitian American author Edwidge Danticat, who never considered writing a memoir until the events of one extraordinary year left her without a choice.


The Most Important Story of Her Life: A Profile of Edwidge Danticat

by Nina Shen Rastogi
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Haitian American author Edwidge Danticat talks about her first memoir, the story of one extraordinary year for her family.

Spinning Through the Possibilities: A Profile of Stephen Dixon

by Jason Daley
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At seventy-one, with dozens of books under his belt, fiction writer Stephen Dixon shows no signs of slowing down.  

Independent Presses

Eight Great and New: Literary Start-Ups Looking for You

by Staff
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Independent presses reveal their criteria for publishing: what works, what doesn't, and when to submit.  

Lightning Strikes Thrice: When Small Presses Win Big Awards

by Kevin Larimer
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Small presses garner national poetry awards.

San Antonio's Wings Press: Flying High for More Than Thirty Years

by Belinda Acosta
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Bryce Milligan has been running the independent press for ten years.

News and Trends

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 Cave Wall, 1913: A Journal of Forms, Alehouse, Avery, Cadillac Cicatrix, and Rattle.

Editors Who Can Handle the Truth

by Sarah Weinman

The release of three anthologies of creative nonfiction (or literary nonfiction or narrative nonfiction or whatever you choose to call it) proves that while difficult to label, there’s little challenge finding representative work for the so-called fourth genre.

On the Road, Again

by Joe Woodward

Festival organizers, scholars, publishers, and readers celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s scroll-inscribed classic with special events and new books about the famous novel.

Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

Page One offers a sample of titles we think you'll want to explore. With this installment, we offer excerpts from Cion by Zakes Mda and (Not That You Asked): Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions by Steve Almond.  

The Practical Writer

Workshop: Pimp My Writing

by John Poch
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A creative writing teacher walks a fine line when workshopping students' poems.

The Literary Life

Imperative: The Creative Nonfiction Crisis

by Andrew Furman
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A writing teacher questions the truth behind creative nonfiction.

A Short History of Everything: The End Is Nothing, The Road Is All

by Peter Selgin
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A fiction writer recounts his novel's journey to success.

The Art of Reading Cormac McCarthy: The Darkness and the Light

by Mark Allen Cunningham
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Cormac McCarthy has published ten novels during his forty-two-year career, combining elements of Southern gothic, American western, and Celtic lyric traditions. His most recent work, The Road, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in fiction.