Thursday, May 27, 2010

Teaser #2

Here is an excerpt from Anna Caron DeWitt's "Triptych in Salt Water" from the new spring/summer 2010 (vol. 7, no. 1) issue:


All the old bits
are flaking away. The pink meat ablaze
just beneath the first glassine surfacing,
a glaze of molecules between the flesh
and the ocean. Yamali's son is waiting,
buttered with vernix
to be her son. Everything is still
the same to him right now, water
going in, urine going out
the same green liquid. The crab is waiting
for not much. Not for the net.

* * *

To read the rest of the poem, as well as more great poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, pick up a copy of the spring/summer 2010 (vol. 7, no. 1) issue today.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

New Issue Available!

We have good news 9L readers! The brand new spring/summer 2010 issue (vol. 7, no. 1) is now available to buy through our new webstore. The page for the issue is also up and running, so you can check out the table of contents, the editor's and art director's notes. Also on the page is "On Genre: An Introductory Note" from 9L staffer, Matt Minicucci, which discusses 9L's interest in work that doesn't neatly fit into any single genre category.

Be sure to check back with the blog. In the coming days and weeks, we will have interviews with contributors from this new issue as well as more teasers.

As always, thanks for reading and your continued support of Ninth Letter!

Monday, May 24, 2010


Here are a few 9L contributors with readings/interviews online:

John Murillo (vol. 4, no. 1) speaks with Rachelle Cruz, host of the online radio show, The Blood-Jet Writing Hour.

Erika Meitner (vol. 7, no. 1) reads her poems "Niagra" and "Yiddishland" from the forthcoming summer issue of the Indiana Review.

Brian Oliu (vol. 6, no. 1) reads his essay "Zelda Revisited," which was published on Web Conjunctions.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

New Issue Teaser #1

Hello 9L readers! Copies of the brand new issue are making their way through the the mail to subscribers right now. We're very proud of it, so we hope you enjoy it. For non-subscribers, we're working on getting our webstore up and running again and hope to have it available for you in the near future.

However, we can't wait to share it with you, so we'll be offering some teasers from the new issue. First up, is some fiction by Angela Woodward, Excerpts from The End of the Fire Cult.

Three years ago my husband gave me two-thirds of an exceptionally beautiful and sacred mountain. I disputed whether he owned it in the first place, but I accepted through treaty his offer of the majority portion. The mountain lay on the northern border of a country I had intricately imagined a year earlier. I visualized it first as a topographical map, hillocks and indentations mostly shrouded in mist. But gradually it became clearer to me, and I filled it with barley fields and tin mines, forests, a few largish towns, and many pleasant hamlets. I gave it a capital city, a system of decaying highways, a library, a river port. I considered placing a benign queen in charge, but then named it the Free Republic of Marmoral, and put it under the auspices of a hereditary oligarchy of thieves. I people the towns with several tribes of conflicting religions and a useful urban poor. The countryside remained quiet and green, more of a mystery. I used to tell my husband about it, back when we leaned against each other in the evenings, and sometimes he would ask if he could add a little bit - a touristy waterfall, a rare species of hummingbird. "I don't think that's quite right," I said.
Be sure to check out Ninth Letter, vol. 7, no. 1, to read more. Also, The End of the Fire Cult will be released by Ravenna Press in October.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Pushcart Prizes

Congratulations to Sarah Einstein! Her essay, "Mot" from the fall/winter 09-10 issue of Ninth Letter won a Pushcart Prize.

More congratulations goes out to 9L contributors Seth Fried (vol. 3, no. 2 & vol. 6, no. 1) and Joe Meno (vol. 3, no. 2). Both of them also won Puschart Prizes for stories that appeared in One Story.