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An Interview With Creative Nonfiction Writer William T. Vollmann

by Ben Bush

Direct Quote

Online Only, posted 3.30.06

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The author of fifteen books, including eight novels, three short story collections, a memoir, and a ten-volume treatise on the nature and ethics of violence, William T. Vollmann is often associated with his most controversial subjects—crack and prostitution among them. He is also characterized by a few signature stunts, such as firing a pistol during his readings and kidnapping a girl who had been sold into prostitution and turning her over to a relief agency while writing an article for Spin magazine.

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Jack Gilbert and E. L. Doctorow Among NBCC Winners: Postcard From New York City

by Doug Diesenhaus

Postcard

Online Only, posted 3.7.06

On a frigid night in early March, a well-dressed crowd of around five hundred people piled into the New School’s Tishman Auditorium to witness the announcement of the winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards. The membership organization of seven hundred critics and reviewers, founded in 1974, bestows awards annually for poetry, fiction, biography, general nonfiction, and criticism. This year, for the first time, autobiography (or memoir), was added as a separate category—an interesting distinction at a time when the controversy over the genre has dominated literary news.

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Four-Legged Fiction

by Joe Woodward

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.06

March/April 2006

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It used to be that when a writer bestowed human qualities on an animal—the ability to speak, for instance—it almost always meant trouble. Today, animal lit is broader in scope and occasionally even benevolent in nature.

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Small Press Points

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.06

March/April 2006

Small Press Points highlights the happenings of the small press players. This issue features Hourglass Books, Hanging Loose Press, and Chiasmus Press.

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Comic Adventure Takes Poetic Form

by Daniel Nester

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.06

March/April 2006

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Among the many poetry collections that have been published in the weeks leading up to National Poetry Month, Jim and Dave Defeat the Masked Man, a collaborative book of sestinas by James Cummins and David Lehman released by Soft Skull Press in February, features perhaps the most prestigious and, simultaneously, zany cast of characters to appear in a book of poems since Alan Kaufman's Outlaw Bible of American Poetry was published by Thunder's Mouth Press seven years ago.

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Literary MagNet

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.06

March/April 2006

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 Fairy Tale Review, Alimentum, Lost, Dislocate, Tameme, Double Change, Storie, and Terra Incognita.

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NEA Responds to "Reading at Risk"

by Kevin Canfield

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.06

March/April 2006

In response to its 2004 report "Reading at Risk," which found that significantly fewer people read serious literature now than in years past, the National Endowment for the Arts recently launched an ambitious program designed to reverse the trend.

 

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Cabin Fever: My Own Private Walden Pond

by Ken Gordon

The Literary Life

Posted 3.1.06

March/April 2006

From Thoreau to Arthur Miller for centuries writers have been escaping to personal cabins—some even hand built by the writers themselves—for the solitude necessary to slip inward.

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Q&A: Chang Signals New Era in Iowa

by Doug Diesenhaus

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.06

March/April 2006

On the eve of her departure from Somerville, Massachusetts, for Iowa City, Lan Samantha Chang spoke about her new role as the leader of the country's oldest creative writing program.

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The Written Image: "Categories"

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.06

March/April 2006

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In an effort to promote scientific literacy, foster an appreciation of the humanities, and encourage readers to make "informed and imaginative connections" between the sciences and the arts, New York City–based Vernacular Press recently launched a series of books titled "Categories."

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