Click here to open ALR's spring 2017 issue! Inside you'll find superb writing, including the winning pieces for our 2016 contest: sam sax's "Psychotherapy," Courtney Zoffness' "Peanuts Aren't Nuts," and Lara Lillibridge's "Essay Notes on Detachment Disorder." We can't wait for you to check it all out!
UNT's Visiting Writers Series
UNT's next visiting writer will be novelist and short story writer Jeffrey Eugenides, who will be here on Friday, March 31st. Eugenides will give a reading and Q&A at 2pm in the University Union, room 333.
Eugenides grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and attended Brown and Stanford Universities. His novel Middlesex was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Ambassador Book Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, France's Prix Medicis, and the Lambda Literary Award. It was also selected for Oprah's Book Club. Eugenides' first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was adapted into a critically-acclaimed film by Sofia Coppola. He is on the faculty of Princeton University, and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
ALR accepts online submissions only. Our regular reading period runs from Oct 1st, through May 1st. Our contest is open from June 1st through Oct 1st. We hope you'll consider submitting! Please visit our Submissions page for more details.
The American Literary Review has been published since 1990 through the Creative Writing Program of the Department of English at the University of North Texas.
Since the journal's inception, we have made it a point to publish excellent poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by writers at all stages in their careers.
Highway, Laungedoc, France; Clothesline in Snow, Provincetown, MA; Graveyard, Provincetown, MA- Roger Camp
Click here to read a fantastic interview with the acclaimed novelist, short story writer, and essayist Dagoberto Gilb. Over the course of his conversation with ALR’s Kimberly Garza, Gilb discusses the kinds of people whose lives register as universal, the contrasting means by which fiction and essays illuminate life’s mystery, and his work editing Huizache, a magazine of Latino literature.
Regarding the relationship between novel writing and short story writing, Gilb has this to say: "I think short fiction is much closer to poetry—maybe a narrative poetry—than a novel. Stories work more with image and mood and tone in ways that a novel cannot. Stories don’t have to be about any sort of plot to work. The form is about confinement, being tight, reducing the use of words—to minimize and pick exact words and phrases, preferably with beauty, carefully, using sentences and graphs in the same way that poets work in verse. Stories feature the smaller people (never really small) and the smaller miracles (never really small) of being alive on a planet spinning in what appears to be an infinite space."
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.
Roger Camp is the author of three photography books including the award winning Butterflies in Flight, Thames & Hudson, 2002, and Heat, Charta, Milano, 2008. His work has appeared in over 100 magazines including The New York Quarterly, New England Review, and Witness. His work is represented by the Robin Rice Gallery, NYC. You can learn more, here: http://rogercampphoto.com