The new issue of Ninth Letter (Vol. 5, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2008-09) is out and on its way to subscribers. The issue is also available for purchase in our Webstore.
The new issue is very cool! We have fiction that deals with the psychological turmoil of a man finding a cigarette in his kitchen, a double date gone awry in ways that can only happen in a George Singleton story, and a father reconnecting with his son while searching for the inventor of the new toy in “Cute Monster Spirit Pet Fluffy You Up.” The nonfiction takes us into the world of U.S. synchronized swimming and what happens when a man tries to live without testosterone. We have poems in this issue that retell the Abraham and Isaac story from the point of view of Sarah, and that explore the mysteries of the Mary Celeste.
In addition to all the outstanding fiction, nonfiction and poetry, be sure to check out the art feature on Katori Hall’s Oreo Girl: The Miscegenation of Miss Emma Brown and the Music Poetry Feature with poems that, according to Tyehimba Jess’s introduction, “…attempt to grasp the many ways that music bends and breathes us…”.
Here is a list of all the Vol. 5, Issue 2 contributors:
Fiction: Cesar Aira, translated by Chris Andrews, Mai Al-Nakib, Keith Lee Morris, George Singleton, B.R. Smith, Allison Titus and James Warner
Nonfiction: Naton Leslie, Bruce Petronio, Mike Scalise, Julie Wittes Schlack and K.G. Schneider
Poetry: Neil Aitken, Tara Betts, Joseph Campana, Peter Cooley, Patricia Chao, Curtis Crisler, Kwame Dawes, Mitchell L.H. Douglas, Christopher DeWeese, Jehanne Dubrow, Megan O'Reilly Green, Eamon Goekel, Terita Heath-Wlaz, S. Whiteny Holmes, Michael Lauchian, Adrian Matejka, Louis McKee, Cheyenne Nimes, Ed Palvic, Hannah Louise Poston, Isaac Pressnell, Anne Marie Rooney, Patrick Rosal, Patricia Smith, Barbara Buckman Strasko, Rob Talbert, Frank X Walker, David Welch, Marcus Wicker, and Ryo Yamaguchi.