Click here to read our Fall 2016 issue, featuring fantastic work by a roster of highly talented writers, including: Arthur Davis, Kim Frank, Terry Mergenthal, Michale Nye, Marlene Olin, Laurie Saurborn, Jamie Lyn Smith, Jessica Smith, Karen Tucker, Rachel Blum, Chelsea Dingman, Gregory Fraser, Lia Greenwell, Jackleen Holton Hookway, Chloe Honum, Katharine Johnsen, Evan Klavon, Jessica Lee, Julia Leverone, Nicholas D. Nace, Hillery Stone, Alexandra Teague, Marcia Aldrich, Sarah Bates, Kyoko Mori, & Rachel Toliver.
Acclaimed poet Jehanne Dubrow, who we are delighted to say this past fall joined UNT's Creative Writing Department, recently sat down with ALR's Sebastián Páramo to discuss a variety of topics, including form, political poetry, obsessions, and her newest collection, Dots & Dashes, which was the winner of the 2016 Crab Orchard Review Series in Poetry Open Competition Award and will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2017.
Regarding writing during a time of political turmoil, Dubrow had this to say: "I’ve been rereading Czesław Miłosz’s The Captive Mind—a cautionary tale of the many ways an artist can betray his own art in a politically oppressive state. I spent seven years of my childhood in Poland. I was in Warsaw when Martial Law was declared. I was there for the birth of Solidarność. I turned fourteen a few days after the Wall came down in Berlin. And what I learned from those years is that art matters. It’s not, to use a Polish word, dekoracja. It’s hope. It’s resistance. Maybe it’s a reason to keep getting out of bed every morning."
Check out the full interview here!
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UNT's 2017 Rilke Prize Winner Announced: Wayne Miller's Post-
UNT's English Department has announced that Wayne Miller's most recent book, Post-, is the winner of the 2017 Rilke Prize, which is awarded annually for a collection of poems by a mid-career poet which "demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision." Our congratulations to Miller! You can read more about the award and the collection, here.
A novelist friend sends us the following letter, written from a remote island, and reflecting on life there and life here, using one life as a lens for understanding the other at this historically uneasy moment.
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Andrew Morris' poems have appeared in Redivider, Rufous City Review, Ruminate Magazine, RagaZine, Otis Nebula, and elsewhere. He lives in the Catskill Mountains of New York State where he teaches English and anthropology. His photography continues to be a personal project of his. Through the act of making poems and photographs, he contemplates what’s familiar to him and then tries to point beyond that familiarity to something more meaningful, more beautiful, more gripping, and often times more bewildering. You can reach him at: email@example.com