In he accepted an English department appointment at the University of Maine in Orono. Among the courses he taught were American and European fiction, critical theory, Stephen King, and popular culture. He was also one of the original distance learning professors and received the Friends of Distance Education Achievement Award in Everman was also a jazz fan who played trumpet in a number of bands and also wrote reviews and published interviews.
Born in Portland some sources say Bangor , Owen Davis lived in Bangor until he was 15 years old, when his family moved to Kentucky. He attended the University of Tennessee for a year and then transferred to Harvard where he majored in geology. He left Harvard before completing his degree and worked as a geologist and mining engineer. In Davis went to New York City to work in the theater.
His first successful play was produced in This was the beginning of one of the most prolific American theater careers. He is reported to have written between and plays; the exact number is difficult to determine as he used a variety of pseudonyms such as Arthur Lamb, Martin Hurly, Walter Lawrence, George Walker, and John Oliver. In addition, most of his plays were not published in book form and are therefore difficult to locate. Even the Library of Congress lists only thirty-seven entries for Davis' dramas, screen adaptations, and books. His early plays were called melodramas and were named after the price of the seats.
As the majority of the people in the audience were immigrants with limited English skills, Davis stressed visual effects rather than dialogue. Between and , there was at least one Owen Davis play produced in New York each season. Despite popular success and financial rewards from such plays, Davis began to write more realistic dramas after Icebound , which explores the quarrelsome relationships of the icebound Veazie, Maine, Jordan family, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Davis wrote film and radio scripts as well as plays in the s. During this time he is reported to have had strong connections to the Lakewood Summer Theater, known at the time as Broadway in Maine, in Skowhegan, Maine.
In the late s, Davis left Hollywood to return to the New York stage. His last play was produced in Davis worked diligently to promote copyright laws for both films and plays. Lura Beam -- teacher, researcher, and writer -- was born in Marshfield, Maine, near Machias in Washington County, and graduated from the local high school in Her first two years of college were spent at the University of California, Berkeley. She then transferred to Barnard College, from which she graduated in For the next three years she taught in southern black schools that were directed by the American Missionary Association.
Beam then became an administrator for the Association. She earned an M. Her entire career of teaching, research, administration and writing was spent in the non-profit area. The two women remained committed friends and companions until Bryant's death in Often the two women spent their summer vacations in Marshfield. Bryant, fascinated by small town life, encouraged Beam to write the book for which she is best known in Maine. Chenoweth Hall was an artist, musician, writer and teacher. Chennie, as her friends knew her, was born in New Albany, Indiana and spent her formative years in New York.
In Hall moved to Prospect Harbor where she shared a home with writer Miriam Colwell for over fifty years. Hall wrote short stories and published two books. Before her retirement in , Hall was artist-in-residence and associate professor of art at the University of Maine, Machias, for ten years.
One of her most noted sculptures is a 4. Hall died April 19,, in Ellsworth. Her watercolors and sculpture continue to be shown in Maine galleries. Papers are located at the Smithsonian Institution. A long-time professional musician and a Vietnam War veteran, Hall has held a variety of jobs, though he knew at age 18 that he wanted to be a writer.
He published a short story, "Wasps," in , and his first novel, -- a horror tale about "a strange little village that has somehow gone adrift from the rest of the world" -- was published in print-on-demand format in In November , he and two partners opened the Blue Strawbery restaurant in Portsmouth, NH, and for 16 years Haller was co-owner and executive chef at the renowned and popular restaurant. Since the early s, Haller has spent time working with the terminally and critically ill,and was a volunteer and board member of Seacoast Hospice of Exeter, New Hampshire; one of his books offers help for people whose appetites wane when going through serious illness.
Haller has lectured on food and cooking and given classes to hospice patients and their families. Born in Vassalboro and an graduate of Colby, Holman Day was a poet, a novelist, and a filmmaker, as well as a correspondent for the Lewiston Sun for years. He produced over 25 books. Helen Hamlin was born and raised in Fort Kent among a family of game wardens. She attended Madawaska Training School and accepted her first teaching job at a remote lumber camp at Churchill Dam.
She met and married the local warden, Curly. Their early life together in the deep woods is the subject of her first book, which became a New York Times bestseller. After a second marriage to Dr. Robert Lennon, Hamlin left Maine to raise a family, study French and art, and travel the world. Hamlin received the outstanding alumnus award from the University of Maine-Fort Kent in She died in Minnesota in She has written children's books, illustrated by Maine artist and arts educator Sandra Dunn, who lives in Chelsea.
Born in Bailleul, Belgium on June 8, , of a Belgian mother who died soon after childbirth and a French father, Marguerite Yourcenar nee de Crayencour was a poet, historian, world traveller, translator, essayist, and critic. She had been visiting the U. Yourcenar also taught for a decade at Sarah Lawrence College, as professor of comparative literature from She received a Litt. Her first published work was financed when she was 16 by her non-conformist father, who was her tutor and confidant.
Her pen name was chosen then, an anagram of her surname. Yourcenar's novels' central figures are often men torn between duty and passion, with a focus on key moments in history. Yourcenar died on Dec. Tabitha Tabby King might be best known for being the wife of Stephen King, but she is also a novelist, photographer, community leader, and philanthropist. They were married in Jan. Tabitha King lives in Bangor with her husband.
Carlson Public Humanities Prize , for her 'devoted efforts [which] have kindled a passion for reading and a love of ideas in Maine people of all ages. We honor her activism in supporting reading and literacy programs for Mainers of all ages, her leadership and advocacy on behalf of institutions that bring the joy of learning to a wider public, and her powerful work as a writer. She and Stephen King run the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, which is well-known in Maine for its generosity to libraries and organizations involved with literacy, community services and the arts.
Tabitha King has also been cited for her leadership of a capital campaign to renovate the Bangor Public Library and her role as a trustee of Maine Public Broadcasting. As a member of the Maine Humanities Council Board, she encouraged the Council to reach out to at-risk children, adult new readers, library patrons in rural communities, incarcerated men and women, the elderly and the disabled. She has two children with Maine author Richard Grant. Hand primarily writes novels and short stories but she is also the author of plays, comic books, and novelizations of film and television episodes.
Hand has received many honors, including the Philip K. Woody Hanstein graduated from the University of Michigan in and received his J. He was was born in Pennsylvania in , and lived all over the United States before getting the chance to move to Maine in He is a former Navy JAG and state court prosecutor.
He also teaches at the University of Maine at Farmington where, for 20 years, he has coached that college's rugby team. He also is the founder of the Smiling Goat Precision Juggling Corps, Maine's most celebrated troupe of marching jugglers. He has written several legal thrillers featuring small-town Maine lawyer Pete Morris.
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Sis Deans was born on Nov. She lives now on a farm in Gorham with her husband and three daughters. She has worked in the Mercy Hospital operating room for many years. She also worked for nine years as an animal medical technician for veterinarians, and held jobs as a lifeguard, waitress, and writing instructor.
Most of her books are for children and young adults. Robert Harnum was born in Maine and educated at the University of Maine. He opposed the war in Vietnam, emigrating to Canada where he pursued graduate and doctoral studies at the University of Toronto and Universite Laval. He simultaneously pursued a musical career. Marsden Hartley was one of America's most admired and respected modernist painters. Given the name of Edmund Hartley at birth, he assumed the name Marsden, his stepmother's last name, when he was in his early 20s. The youngest of nine children, Hartley was born in Lewiston, Maine.
When he was eight, his mother died. Since the family had little money, he left school at an early age to work in a shoe factory. By he had moved to Cleveland where he rejoined his family who had moved there to seek better employment. Hartley, primarily self-taught, was a student for a short time at the Cleveland Art School. Hartley, through his association with several New York artists, met Alfred Stieglitz whose " Gallery" became one of the key art institutions of the early 20th century.
With Stieglitz's assistance, Hartley traveled, studied, and painted in Paris and Germany from through He returned often to France and Germany in the 20s and 30s. By the mids he determined to return to his New England roots, first in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and then Maine. In fact, Hartley, in a essay titled, "On the Subject of Nativeness: A Tribute to Maine," declared that he wished to be known as the native painter of Maine. Many of his paintings and drawings from the 30s and 40s focus on the Lovell area, Mount Katahdin, and the coast and fishermen of the Corea area.
In addition to being a gifted artist, Hartley was also a poet and essayist. By , his writing had become an important part of his creative life. Like many other writers, he was first published in little magazines such as The Little Review , The Dial , Poetry , Contact , and others. Since , Hartley's work as an artist and poet has gained increased attention from both the art and academic worlds. Garden mystery writer Corrilla Hastings, who grew up in Maine and attended Wellesley College as a botany major, ran Brick Farm Nursery and Garden Center in Skowhegan for 30 years with her husband before recently retiring.
Katharine Butler Hathaway was born in and grew up in Salem, Massachusetts, part of a wealthy family. She suffered from spinal tuberculosis, and was confined to a bed for most of her childhood. Though her treatment was most advanced for the time, she was left disfigured. After attending Radcliffe College, she purchased a house in Castine in and began a life of her own.
She traveled and lived in New York and Paris. In , she married, returned to Maine and settled in Blue Hill. Klose is the single parent of Alyosha, adopted from Russia when Alyosha was seven, and Anton, from Ukraine. Horror and suspense writer Hautala was born and raised in Rockport, Massachusetts. Many of his stories have Maine settings. Rick Hautala died March 21, of a heart attack. Robley Wilson, Jr. He graduated from Bowdoin College with honors in English in receiving an honorary degree from same in and earned an MFA with distinction from the University of Iowa in Hawkes was born in Sherman, Texas.
Growing up in a military family, he lived in a number of places in both the United States and Europe. After receiving his B. Kevin and his family moved to Maine in and live in Gorham. Hawkes has written several books but is primarily an illustrator of picture books and novels. Hawthorne also lived in Portland in and in Raymond for a few years around He was a writer of novels and short stories, a member of the American Romantic school, specifically known as a "Dark Romantic.
Novelist, Margaret Deland was born in Allegheny, Pa. They lived in Manchester, Pa, which she transformed into the fictional "Old Chester" of her stories. She was awarded an honorary degree from Bowdoin College in The Delands became involved in the plight of unwed mothers and took into their home about 60 women and infants in the space of 4 years. During this time, Deland began writing for greeting-card companies.
Deland's first published work was a poem, "The Succory," which appeared in Harpers magazine. She was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters in Tamra Wight was born in Charlton, Massachusetts on 7 Dec. Tom DeMarco born Aug. In addition to his business and writing careers, he's also a certified emergency medical technician. He was later responsible for distributed on-line banking systems installed in Europe, and he has lectured and consulted throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia and the Far East.
Christopher Willard, born in Bangor, Maine, is a writer, visual artist, and instructor who lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His art appears in collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has published over 50 articles in art magazines, journals, and books, and had a monthly column in American Artist. He spends much of the year at a rustic cabin that he built himself in the woods near Weld, Maine. Many of his books focus on the natural world just outside the cabin door.
Heinrich has won numerous awards for his writing and is a world class ultra-marathon runner. Tom Desjardin was born and raised in Maine. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Florida State University, and did his doctoral work in American History at the University of Maine at Orono. He's worked as a National Parks interpreter, giving programs on the Gettysburg battlefield. His interest in the topic grew from a visit to Gettysburg as a boy, and his is also based on the same.
He received a B. After college, New York and Miami commercial art firms and newspapers employed him as an art or creative director. After the war, he did graduate work in painting and sculpture at Rollins College in Florida. Dibner was awarded a Breadloaf Fellowship in Two years later he was a Huntington Hartford Foundation fellow. In the late s, Dibner was appointed the first director of the California Art Commission. In the early s he moved to Maine where he had vacationed for many years. Dibner entered a new phase of his creative career when he became a mentor and teacher to many Maine short story and novel writers who studied creative writing with him.
A native Mississippian born Macon, MS, 7 March who spent his childhood in Ohio, Williams graduated from Dartmouth in , worked as a reporter for the Boston American from , and went on to live outside of Boston, summering in North Searsmont and Blue Hill. He wrote over 35 novels and short stories, many set in the mythical village of Fraternity, Maine similar to his home in the Searsmont area , as well as some histories and other non-fiction works.
Dietz, born in Pittsburgh, a graduate of New York University and a long-time resident of Rockport, lived in Maine for more than 40 years. During his early working years, he was a foreign correspondent in Paris and a copywriter in New York. In his middle years he gained recognition for his many magazine articles on fishing and hunting for Coast Fisherman , Outdoors Maine , and Down East , which he helped establish.
In the s he published the popular Jeff White series in which the action was also focused on hunting and fishing. Michelle Dionetti has lived in York, ME, since She's a touring artist, teaching in schools throughout the state and at writers' conferences throughout northern New England. Joanne S. Williamson was born in Arlington, Virginia.
Before moving to Kennebunkport in , she was employed as a writer and editor for several newspapers and magazines in New York City and Connecticut. In , her first first novel was published; it was the first of Williamson's eight young adult historical novels.
She is a graduate of South Portland High School and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in hotel administration. She was previously employed as Vice President of Credit Services for a food industry credit reporting agency, as a bank commercial loan underwriter, and as the credit manager for a major seafood importer located in New York. She has taught at Univ. Dodd is also co-editor of the Journal of Maine Education. Jim Dodson was raised in the Carolinas but moved to New England in the s to become a senior writer for Yankee Magazine. Previously, he had been a reporter for the Washington Post and a political journalist and a Sunday magazine writer at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Dodson earned his reputation as a sports writer as contributing editor and regular columnist for Golf magazine and golf editor for Departures magazine, winning the Golf Writers of America Award in Dodson now lives in Topsham, Maine. While writing, he has worked in a lumber mill, bar tended, drove a mail truck, owned a rock music booking agency, picked fruit, operated a forklift, assembled farm equipment, and assisted released prisoners to maintain their terms of parole.
A showcase of his monologues was produced off-Broadway at the Westside Theater. Stewart Doty earned his Ph. A professor of history at the University of Maine from and chair of the history department from , he taught Modern French, European, and Franco-American History. Granted emeritus status when he retired in , Doty now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Freelance writer Vicki Doudera grew up in Norfolk, Mass. From , she and her husband Ed operated the Blackberry Inn Bed-and-Breakfast in Camden, Maine; they live now in Camden with three children, two cats, a dog, and a rat named George.
Jane Gerow Dudley, writer and naturalist, was a New Jersey native who lived in Maine from the mids until the early s. She contributed to numerous publications as journalist, columnist and poet, including the Maine Times , Yankee magazine, Reed Poetry Annual of Maine , and the Boston Post.
She was longtime editor of the Schoodic chapter of the Maine Audubon newsletter. She was also president and founder of the Alexander-Crawford Historical Society Alexander, Maine and wrote its newsletter. Sandy Dunn is an artist, arts educator, and children's book illustrator who lives in Chelsea, Maine with her husband, photographer Steven Dunn. She has a BFA and a B. She's worked as an art instructor in public schools for more than 15 years and also offers private lessons and workshops.
Her paintings watercolors and acrylics have been exhibited in shows around Maine. Children's book writer, poet, and essayist Sandra Dutton was born in Springfield, Missouri, grew up in Norwood, Ohio, and moved to Boothbay Harbor after many years as a summer visitor. Her sea captain ancestors settled in Bath in the s. Dutton has a Master's in Creative Writing and a Ph.
Her parents were both professors, and her father was also chief of the fine arts division at the Library of Congress. Holland attended Smith College, and went on to earn a B. Doris Anne Holman born 18 Oct. In she moved to Wayne, Maine and taught in the Monmouth school system for 27 years. Although her education and career focused on teaching and reading, art is her passion. Holman published her first book, Come With Me to the Sea , as a way to introduce her grandchildren to the ocean. She received her M. He was a lawyer who is considered the most important nineteenth-century Portland historian.
In , he began a twenty-year partnership with William Pitt Fessenden. In he edited the Journals of the Rev. Thomas Smith and the Rev. Samuel Deane. Their journals record their experiences from and provide an invaluable view of 18th-century social and political life. Willis's political career included a term as state senator in and he served as Portland's mayor in Bowdoin College Willis papers collection.
Dorothy Clarke Wilson was born in Gardiner on 9 May Wilson in August of that year. Elwin served from then called the Maine Christian Association was named in honor of the Wilsons. In , Wilson began her writing life when she sold a play she had written for the church she and Elwin were serving in Scarborough. Many of her books had Biblical themes or were focused on the lives of missionaries.
He best known book, Prince of Egypt , won the Westminster prize for the best religious book of the year and was also one of the sources for the film The Ten Commandments. Despite the Academy Award it won, Wilson did not like the film and has been reported to have used the word 'flimflammery' to describe the scene in which Moses parted the Red Sea. Among the many honors Wilson received were honorary degrees of Doctor of Letters from Bates in and the University of Maine in The University also honored her with its Maryann Hartman Award.
A large collection of her manuscripts, papers, letters, etc. Hazel Wilson was born in Portland on 8 April She lived on Munjoy Hill and attended Portland schools. She returned to Portland where she was employed as the librarian at Portland High School from to Later, she was a librarian at the Northeast Missouri Teachers College , American Library in Paris , and at Bradford Academy , and was supervisor of Denver school libraries in and Although her library career ended when she married, Wilson's knowledge of children and books helped her create characters and plots that make her books appealing to both child and adult readers.
She was also a book reviewer for publications in the Washington, D. Wood born 2 Sept. She continued at the institution, with its myriad name changes, until her retirement in In retirement Wood published four books, all of which focused on the social history of the Blue Hill region. Her dedication to teaching history has been recognized in a number of ways. In addition, she received an honorary doctorate from Colby College. She began her writing career in her late 20s as a short story writer. Her stories have been included in a number of anthologies, including Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Short Stories In addition to writing fiction, Wood also presents workshops in which she teaches beginning writers how to improve their short stories and novels.
She also has published a writer's guide as an outgrowth of these workshops. Sally Sarah Wood is considered Maine's first woman novelist and America's first gothic novelist. She was born in York on 1 Oct. Until she was 19, she, her parents and her siblings lived with her grandfather, Judge Jonathan Sayward, one of the most affluent men in Maine. At 19, she married Richard Keating, a law clerk in her grandfather's office.
When he died five years later , she had two young daughters and was pregnant with a third child, a son. Wood's first novel was published in It was a melodrama set in France and focused on the activities of the Free Society of the Illuminati. She published her second novel in A fictional account of the real Yazoo land frauds, it tells the story of the schemer Dorval's role in the Georgia land speculation that involved bribes to state legislators. Wood, desiring anonymity, wrote and published under pseudonyms.
On the title pages of her first four books, she was identified as either "A Lady" or "A Lady from Massachusetts. She now lives in Phippsburg, Maine and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Stephen Costanza, author and illustrator of children's books, lives in Belfast, Maine. He spent some of his youth in Cherry Hill, New Jersey studied music theory and composition at Syracuse University, and is a University of the Arts Philadelphia alumnus who is also a musician. Some of his other jobs have included graphic artist, ragtime and classical pianist, and designer of merchandise for sports teams.
His artwork has appeared in magazines, newspapers, advertising and text books. His work has also been exhibited at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland. Costanza is active in the arts community in the midcoast Maine area. Cote Robbins was raised in Waterville, Maine, attended the Univ. She lives in Brewer with her husband.
Robbins was raised speaking French and English at home and has spent her adult life studying her Franco-American roots. She is the founder and director of the Franco-American Women's Institute, and she teaches courses at the Univ.
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She is also the author of numerous essays, poems, and book reviews in over 20 journals, newspapers, and anthologies. Much of her childhood manifests in her poems, some of which explore the physical and sexual abuse inflicted on her by her mother's male companions. Laux worked as a gas station attendant and manager, sanatorium cook, maid, laundry attendant, and doughnut holer before moving to Berkeley, California, in , where she began to write seriously.
A single parent, she graduated with honors from Mills College , B. English when her daughter was nine. Laux received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a Bread Loaf Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize , and one of her poems is included in Best American Poetry Cape Elizabeth resident Claudia Finkelstein, who was born in Montreal, Quebec, was a Colby College graduate, majoring in psychology and American literature.
She earned a master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Maine. She was from until her death employed as school psychologist in the Portland School Department. She was well known as a jazz vocalist, performing throughout New England as a vocalist for the Joy Spring Jazz Quartet and with many other groups.
Retired in , Coursen lives in Brunswick. Coursen received his B. Highlights of his career include teaching various years from to in the Upward Bound program; serving as director of the National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminars, ; and, consulting editor in Shakespeare at Princeton University, Bucknell University and the University of Georgia. Her books are all set in the Nightrunner World. She has completed basic and advanced courses at the Institute of Children's Literature.
She has published over 50 stories and articles in children's magazines such as Highlights , Cobblestone , Faces , Jack and Jill and Children's Digest. Cowan makes presentations and leads workshops for elementary school groups, and she also speaks to community groups. Jane Cowen-Fletcher's children's picture books have been recommended reading for many groups of children, from those who have a parent with a physical disability to those whose parents want to assure them that they are protected. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin from Jonathan Fisher preacher, artist, inventor, scholar, writer was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, and was a Harvard graduate.
While at Harvard he developed his own method of shorthand that he continued to use in most of his writing. His first house, which he built with the help of his congregation, was completed in , with a substantial addition in This later became the ell of an addition that still stands and is open for tours.
Although he was noted for his quiet personality, Fisher had strength of character and direction that made him a force in the town. He was one of the founders of the town library and was also involved in obtaining a land grant for the town academy. He was one of the founders and long-time trustees of the Bangor Theological Seminary. The seminary has an endowed chair, the Jonathan Fisher Professor of Christian Education, in his honor.
Poet and playwright Hortense Flexner, called the "la grand poetess du Maine" by her friend Marguerite Yourcenar, was a thirty-plus-year summer visitor to Sutton Island, the third largest of the Cranberry Isles, off the coast of Mount Desert. Although she made only brief visits to the island after her husband's death in , her emotional attachment to Sutton was so strong that both she and her husband, noted cartoonist Wyncie King , are buried in the Sutton Island cemetery.
Hortense Flexner was born to a prominent Louisville, Kentucky family. Flexner attended Bryn Mawr College for one year, then transferred to the University of Michigan from which she earned a B. The University of Louisville KY awarded her an honorary doctorate in For a brief time after college she was employed by the Louisville Herald.
After marrying Wyncie King, she and King moved to Philadelphia where he was a cartoonist for the Saturday Evening Post and she was an editor. From to she taught at Bryn Mawr and later taught at Sarah Lawrence College from which she retired in She spent her childhood in Orono, but moved to Port Deposit, Maryland, where she attended high school and served as class president all four years.
She entered the University of Maine, attending classes there for three years until her marriage to Lester Warner Jacobs. Flint's husband's work for the Army Corps of Engineers took them to Norfolk, Virginia, where she obtained a roll-top desk that served as her writing center. The family, which eventually included six children including daughter Eleanor Jacobs Mitchell, who died in , moved to Bay St.
Louis, Mississippi, and Slidell, Louisiana. Her first novel, The Old Ashburn Place , earned a national prize for best novel of the year in Flint's success was severely offset by the loss that same year of her husband to the long-term effects of WWI gassing. She renovated the former Pequawket Inn in West Baldwin, in an area which had been land-granted to her father's family after the French and Indian War. Eight more novels and a flood of newspaper articles followed, but she never achieved her goal of self-sufficiency as a writer.
People of all ages and backgrounds were attracted to her quiet hospitality, usually afternoon tea before the fire or bean supper on the porch. Her correspondence to and from these five children in the armed services formed the novel Dress Right, Dress. Flint was active in social and civic affairs, taking notes for characters and dramatic scenes during town and Grange meetings.
Some of these sketches are among her papers preserved in the library at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. As a novelist, her forte was psychological insights into family and neighborhood relationships. She was also noted for her ability to convey the speech patterns of the small region between Sebago Lake and the New Hampshire border, the setting for most of her stories. Her essays on family life, the character of Maine, and on national events as they impacted local life appeared regularly in several Maine newspapers and in The Christian Science Monitor. A life-long member of the Christian Science church, she also wrote inspirational articles for the church's periodicals.
Flora grew up on a poultry farm in Union, where her mother, A. Carman Clark, lived until her death in They have two sons, Max and Jake. Flora has written 15 mysteries, including her Thea Kozak series. Flora has taught mystery writing at the Cambridge Center for Adult Ed. She frequently speaks on panels and to library organisations.
In fact, her brother John Clark is a Maine librarian. Foerster was editor of Chelsea literary magazine from to and currently edits Chautauqua Literary Journal. She was a freelance writer who published novels and short stories. The Rev. She earned her undergraduate degree from Hofstra University. Mystery writer David A. Crossman is a Vinalhaven native, born in An advertising and television writer, producer, musician and composer, he and his family currently live in Nashville, TN.
Crossman published his first book in Unlike his other mysteries which have a Maine island setting, his first novel was set on an academic campus. Crossman is also the creator of Winston Crisp, a retired National Security agent and crime solver. Having obtained his M. His primary works are poetry. Born in South Paris, Cummings attended the Univ. Her stories center on Maine's Finnish community. She won first place in the Maine Arts Commission fiction chapbook contest.
Carolyn Gage, a lesbian-feminist playwright, performer, director, and activist, was born in Richmond, Virginia, and now lives in Portland, Maine.
She received both her B. She has taught Playwriting and Lesbian Poetry in the University of Southern Maine Continuing Eduction Program, and since has toured regularly as a lecturer, workshop presenter, and resident artist at colleges and universities. She was visiting professor at Bates Collegein and adjunct professor at the Univ. Gage tours in her award-winning, one-woman show, The Second Coming of Joan of Arc, which has been the subject of a feature on National Public Radio, and was produced in Brazil in He attended Columbia University, studying journalism and earning an M.
Gallant, called "one of the deans of American science writers for children" by School Library Journal has had many jobs that involve both writing and science from staff writer for Science Illustrated and Boys' Life in the late 's to directing the Southworth Planetarium in Portland. In the early s, Gallant returned to Maine to live in a large house on a lake near Rangeley.
He has written a number of articles about his travels in to Siberia, where he became the first American ever to visit the Tunguska site of the meteorite catastrophe; he's also visited the Sikhote-Alin, Chinge, and Pallas meteorite sites there. Besides his books, he contributes articles to magazines and encyclopedias.
Froncek grew up in Wisconsin, among other places. Garfield, who moved back to Maine in after living 16 years in San Diego, grew up in Blue Hill, spent a year at the University of Maine, and had his first writing job at the Ellsworth American newspaper. Besides writing books, he's also a part-time teacher at Unity College. He's a great-great-grandson of U. Margaret Lawrence writes historical fiction; three historical mysteries were set in fictional, post-Revolutionary Rufford, Maine.
She grew up with her grandmother in a year old house surrounded by the history of her ancestors. She is a trained researcher, has been a professor of English, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and has been a finalist for the Edgar, the Agatha and the Anthony and for the Blackburn Prize in Drama. In addition to being a book author, she has worked off-Broadway and for network television. Doctor, playwright, and poet Andrew J. Andy Gay, Jr. A neuro-ophthalmologist, professor, and researcher, he was an editor of Clinical Concepts in Neuroophthalmology and was one of two writers of Eye Movement Disorders He was president of the New England Ophthalmological Society for five years.
He and his wife Jeanine moved to acre Fern Hill Farm in Belfast, Maine in where Gay practiced medicine until his retirement in She completed her internal medicine residency in Honolulu, Hawaii along with her husband, Jacob, also a physician. Gerritsen retired as an internist to Camden, Maine, to spend more time with her family and to write. Colin Woodard, a Maine native born 3 Dec. He is also the author of three non-fiction books. Woodard graduated with a B.
He has traveled extensively, living in Budapest, Zagreb and Sarajevo for more than four years. He is a recipient of the Jane Bagley Lehman Award for Public Advocacy, given by the Tides Foundation for his global reporting on environmental issues. She and her husband, Kent Ancliffe, and their dog and cats live in Corinth VT in a solar house on acres. Since they have spent several months of the year on Matinicus Island. She is also the recipient of the Katahdin Award , a lifetime achievement award presented by the Maine Library Association in recognition of an outstanding body of work.
Wormser is a poet, born in Baltimore on 4 Feb. He lives in Cabot, VT. He then worked as a librarian in Maine and taught at the University of Maine at Farmington. He won Poetry magazine's Frederick Bock Prize in In , he was named Maine's second Poet Laureate, his term ending in She began her career writing fiction for children and young adults under her former married name, Dorothy Gilman Butters.
She is best known for adult mysteries, particularly the series featuring Emily Pollifax, a retired widow turned CIA agent. The Mystery Writers of America selected Gilman as the Grand Master for , an award which "represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing. Material from Maine State Library files. He is the author of several non-fiction books for children. Gold received a degree in zoology from the University of New Hampshire and is also a graduate of journalism program.
He was a reporter and wire editor with the Journal Tribune in Biddeford and has contributed to many publications, including Business Digest and Commerical Fisheries News. He is a principal of Custom Communications and lives in Saco. Gold is an acive member of Saco Bay Trails, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving and maintaining trails open to the public. Susan Dudley Gold, a Maine native who lives in Saco, has written numerous books for children and young adults.
She worked as a reporter for a daily newspaper, as managing editor of a statewide business magazine, and as a freelance journalist. She and her husband, John Gold, own and operate Custom Communications, a web design and desktop publishing business in Saco. In , Gold received a Jefferson Award for community service in recognition of her work with a chronic pain support group, which she founded after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in Fantasy novelist and artist Terry Goodkind was born in Omaha, Nebraska.
In he moved to Mount Desert Island where he built the house in which he and his wife Jeri live. Prior to the publication of his successful series word of Truth , Goodkind was employed as a carpenter, violin-maker, hypnotherapist, wildlife artist, and artifacts restorer. His first novel, Wizard's First Rule , was auctioned in for the highest price paid for a first fantasy novel to that date. The central characters of the novel and all other novels in the series are Richard Cypher Lord Rahl and Kahlan Amnell Mother Confessor , a strong female character whom Richard first meets when she is fleeing assassins from her home country.
Throughout the series, Richard, who learns of and accepts his wizard heritage, and Kahlan fight the evil forces that threatened their land and people. The series has been adapted for television as Legend of the Seeker. Henry Henri Gosselin, of Harpswell, Maine, is a veteran journalist and author of two historical novels reflecting his Franco-American heritage. Gosselin, who received degrees from St. Gosselin has received Catholic Press Association awards as well as honorary degrees from St. Anselm's College, his alma mater, and St. Joseph's College in Standish, Maine.
Grant was born in Norfolk, Va. Grant has two children with writer Elizabeth Hand. He is a faculty member of the Watershed School in Rockland and lives in Rockport. She and her husband bought a dilapidated sea captain's house and their hands- on renovation provided background for her mystery series, Home Repair is Homicide. Gray was born on November 23, , in Bar Harbor, Maine. She lives in the small fishing village of Birch Harbor Gouldsboro , is married, and has two children. Gray has been fascinated by scary tales since grade school. She has written several novels and numerous short stories and often uses the Maine coast as a setting.
Greenlaw, a Connecticut native born 22 Dec. She is the author of several bestselling books about commercial fishermen as well as a mystery series set on coastal Maine. Her ocean fishing career began as a summer job while attending Colby College. After graduation she worked her way from cook and deckhand to captain of a swordfishing boat. Her role in a boating incident was portrayed by Sebastian Junger in his book The Perfect Storm , which was made into a movie in Junger described Greenlaw as "one of the best captains, period, on the entire East Coast.
After her mention in Junger's book, Greenlaw was approached to write the book that became The Hungry Ocean , a story of one month-long swordfishing trip east of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Greenlaw left the swordfishing business in the late s to lobster from waters near her Maine island home but returned to swordfishing briefly -- as evidenced by her recent book Seaworthy.
She received the U. He graduated from Amherst College and received his Ph. Desert Island, Hancock County, Maine , is an ethnography incorporating economic and ecological studies of fishing communities. Grossinger and his wife, the poet and novelist Lindy Hough, co-founded Io , an alternative college literary magazine in A forerunner of Whole Earth Review , New Age , and Gnosis -- it was a counter-cultural mix of literature, science, and history.
Grossinger and Hough also co-founded North Atlantic Books, publisher of alternative health, martial arts, and spiritual titles. James Otis Kaler, born in Winterport, wrote adventure and patriotic biographies that had great appeal for his boy readers. He wrote more than children's books, many of which were in series and intended for classroom use.
He used two pseudonyms, James Otis for most of his books, and Amy Prentice for books written for young readers. At 13, Kaler left home to become a reporter in Boston. When he was only 16, he provided news coverage of Civil War battles and events. He continued in the newspaper profession as a writer and editor and then in published the book for which he is best known, Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks With the Circus.
The book has remained in print and is available as a book on tape and was also produced by Disney as a movie in In , Kaler returned to Maine to become the first superintendent of schools for the city of South Portland that had just separated from Cape Elizabeth. The city later named an elementary school in his honor. In the early s, Kaler's sons and grandchildren presented the city with a collection of Kaler manuscripts, books, and letters.
The materials are located in the South Portland Public Library and can be viewed by scholars and interested readers. Extracts from the letters were extensively quoted in Joseph B. Portland-born Elijah Kellogg, Jr. After graduating from Bowdoin in and Andover theological Seminary in , Kellogg led churches in Harpswell and Topsham and, in fact, there's an Elijah Kellogg Congregationalist Church in Harpswell now, named for him. Kellogg didn't begin writing children's books until he was over 50 years old, but once he started, he was prolific! His books are considered "boys'" books and were written in several series.
Cape Elizabeth resident Kate Kennedy is the author of two books and her work has been published in The Island Journal , the annual publication of the Island Institute and in literary magazines. She has also edited the Maine Island Trail Association's annual guidebook and she is currently writing a novel set in the s southwest. Kennedy grew up in Santa Monica, California, has an undergraduate degree from Wellesley and a master's degree from University of California, Los Angeles.
She has lived in Maine since and taught writing at Portland High School for 20 years. One of the Maine Arts Commission's artists, she has conducted writing workshops at Colby College, the University of New England and at other locations throughout the state. Lillian Kennedy is a family law attorney and poet who was born in Maine, raised on Munjoy Hill in Portland, Maine, and lives in Auburn. She received a B. She has had work exhibited with the sculpture of Kerstin Engman at the USM Lewiston-Auburn College gallery in and included in Off the Record , an anthology of poetry by lawyers.
Doug Preston lives in Round Pond, Maine. He was born in Cambridge, Mass. He's worked as manager of publications for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City; as writing instructor at Princeton University; as managing editor for the journal Curator ; as a columnist for Natural History magazine; and as archaeology correspondent for the New Yorker. He started writing full-time in , moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico, from the east coast. In the early s, he spent a lot of time in Florence, Italy, before moving back to family property in Maine.
Preston's books are both non-fiction and fiction titles, including thrillers that incorporate science and history arcana co-written with collaborator Lincoln Child. Her second husband, from whom she was divorced in after 42 years of marriage, was the writer Jose Yglesias. Her son is the novelist Rafael Yglesias. His son is Matthew Yglesias the political blogger. Although Helen Yglesias always thought of herself as a writer, she did not start writing full time until she was Prior to that, family responsibilities required her to earn money in other ways.
During her five years to as the literary editor of The Nation , she became convinced she had the ability to write as well as, if not better than, many of the authors whose work she reviewed. She subsequently resigned her position and became a full-time writer. She's taught at Colby College since , becoming a full professor of English in and director of the creative writing program in She was born in Island Falls and she grew up in Caribou. A graduate of the University of Maine, she and her husband Ron were dairy farmers from to in Knox, Maine. For two of those years, she was, to use her words, "a reluctant teacher whose reason for teaching was to help pay the bills.
She is well known to many Maine readers and writers from her prior work at the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. Kimball, who grew up in Auburn, Mass. He has worked as a stevedore, milk deliverer, elementary school music teacher, and rock musician before Stephen King helped him get his first novel, Firewater Pond , published in He is also one of three editors of On Wilderness: Voices from Maine Kimber and his wife Ruth have translated numerous books from German into English.
During the s and s they were the translators for many Barron's Educational Series pet and pet care books. Kimber is an advocate for Maine's natural and wild lands. His Nov. Stephen King aka Richard Bachman is the pre-eminent Maine modern popular fiction writer. He married another Maine writer, Tabitha Spruce King, in A prolific and highly popular author, many of his works have been adapted to film, television series, mini-series and movie.
Always on the cutting edge, he has embraced the medium of the graphic novel as well as on-line publishing, creating titles which are only available online. The annual award was created in to celebrate an American author who has enriched the literary landscape through a lifetime of service or body of work.
Deborah Landry, who was born and raised in Dexter and lives in Saco, is a youth advocate who writes books and interactive plays for children on issues of social awareness. As a member of the Maine Legislature's Best Practice Guide Design Team for LD , she helped create anti-bullying legislation, which became law in July , and which defines bullying and requires training in bullying prevention for educators and others who work with children. Her community work has been recognized with awards from the United Way and Rotary International.
Previously, she worked for more than two decades as a healthcare administrator. Charles Knickerbocker was born in Syracuse, NY in Cutler Knickerbocker was a native of Bangor and the family summered in Southwest Harbor. He settled in Bar Harbor, ME, in Desert Island Hospital. Besides practicing medicine, he also has written novels and many magazine articles and stories, often published anonymously or under a pseudonym. Knight's books concern multiculturalism. Her Talking Walls books use walls in various cultures around the world, such as the Berlin Wall and the Great Wall of China, as jumping-off points for discussing the other cultures.
Romance novelist Amy Lanz, who writes as Amy Frazier, was born in coastal Maine, descended from Nova Scotia Acadians, and now lives in northwest Georgia with her family. Besides writing, Lanz has also had careers as a teacher, librarian, professional storyteller, and free-lance artist. Gary Lawless is a poet, bookstore owner, book editor, and publisher, born in Belfast and living now in Nobleboro. He is an associate professor of literature at Bates College in Lewiston, where he teaches courses in creative writing and environmental literature.
When Lawless returned to Maine, he brought the idea of the budding bioregional movement with him. In , he organised a Gulf of Maine Bioregional Congress, bringing together a diverse group of back-to-the-land and "green" folks from across northern New England and eastern Canada for a four-day series of workshops and presentations. Lawless has written and edited several books, all with the common theme of ecological integrity and spirit. Amy MacDonald was born and grew up in Beverly, Mass. Desert Island as a child. She graduated from the Univ. Since she has lived in Falmouth, Maine with her husband, and sons.
Besides being a writer of children's books, MacDonald has also been an editor, a journalist, a consultant in the U. She lives in Rockport, ME with her family. She has a history degree from Middlebury College. Her father is the well-known historian and writer David McCullough. Lawson is founder and owner of Soldier's Creek Associates, a lecture agency representing writers, including her dad.
Absinthe - I'm afraid, my dear friend, that you're a poet and nothing can be done about it. I'm expressing my immense sympathy. Tailbone numbing writing is a perfect description of the superb work collected in Absinthe. A dozen poets and fiction writers from 11 countries appear here in expert translations with the exception of poems by the British poet Fiona Sampson whose work, obviously, appears in the original English.
What distinguishes this journal overall is that there is nothing occasional here, not a single piece that seems remotely casual in intent or outcome. What numbs the tailbone is not merely the exquisite control demonstrated by each of these authors, but the overwhelming sense of responsibility this control suggests—every word, no, every syllable, counts in poetry and prose alike. While there is much variety in the subject matter treated and the style of the pieces collected here, what they have in common is a particular seriousness or authority that seems, to put it bluntly, unmistakably not-American.
These are accomplished and successful artists, widely published and recognized in their own languages and countries. They deserve a wide and grateful audience in English, as well. Plains Song Review - Spring PEN America - With a few small exceptions, PEN America, the annual journal published by PEN American Center, is peopled with the work of world-famous or much-published writers, both contemporary and posthumous. One Story - Modern Haiku - Summer Mizna - Louisiana Literature - Issue Number Issue 2.
Inkwell - Spring This issue of the eclectic and elegant Review features a refreshingly low key interview with poet X. Guest edited by writer Paul Maliszewski, this issue of Denver Quarterly is comprised entirely of brazen prose the contents page does not distinguish fiction from non that is often whimsically digressive, sometimes obtuse, but always daring. Atlanta Review - Volume 10 Number 2. The American Scholar - Volume 73 Number 3. The American Scholar deserves applause for providing a loving home for the personal essay, a wonderfully egalitarian and pliant form that adjusts itself to any voice or subject matter, however refined or rough-hewn, fact-enamored or fanciful.
The Yale Review - July The Yale Review contains fiction, poetry, reviews and essays. The design, by Chip Kidd and Jayme Yen, is simple and unadorned, but eye-catching. Versal - Versal is an attractive, large-format magazine, denser than its one-hundred pages would initially suggest and ornamented with full color art both inside and out. Most of the prose in the issue is very short, each story generally only a couple of pages long.
Small Spiral Notebook - Red Rock Review - Winter This massive page paperback is filled with pages of fiction, 30 pages of nonfiction, and pages of poetry. I was a bit put off at first by the number of non-adult narrators in the fiction half of the stories are told by children or teenagers , but each stands on its own. Main Street Rag - Summer Main Street Rag publishes simple, solid, conversational writing without gimmicks.
The layout has rather cramped pages and fuzzy artwork, but this can be overlooked. Hobart - Summer For those not schooled ecologically, the "high desert" is that gray-green steppe between the Rockies and Cascades. Dry enough for rattlers, high enough for snow, it may not be flourishing farmland, but the sagebrush proves fertile soil for literary abundance. Elysian Fields Quarterly - Spring The Chattahoochee Review - Fall Being introduced to the literature of a foreign country is like finding a new wing on your favorite library. Arkansas Review - April Focusing on the seven-state Mississippi River Delta, Arkansas Review draws the humanities and social sciences in its interdisciplinary net to evoke the Delta experience.
Also included are eleven book reviews and recommendations from the editors, a regular feature of West Branch. The Threepenny Review - Spring Third Coast - Fall Editor Emily J. Stinson compiled a collection of creative poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, an interview, and reviews that resulted in an experience that takes us through the fire of creative minds. Its features fiction first-place winner, Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, first-place poetry winner, Jennifer Perrine, and thirty-two other polished writers who leave the reader feeling closer to understanding the depth, cruelty, and beauty of human nature.
Tar River Poetry - Fall Yes, please, I thought. Tampa Review - Tampa Review is a literary magazine published with glossy pages and hardcover binding. Elegant, but not exclusive, connections to the Tampa Bay region in Florida emerge. You can hear the brackish river boiling up in the valley in some of the poems, and taste the mist of the Gulf of Mexico estuary in some of the raw fiction. Subtropics is the literary journal from the English Department of the University of Florida, and this issue is a true mix of fiction, poetry, essay and translation.
The Southeast Review - I grew up on the classics and consequently nursed a bias that minimalism restrained the imagination. Then, I read the most recent Southeast Review where minimalism is done so well that the volume became, to me, a classic itself.
While there is only one narrator, the possibilities of interpretation and meaning explode like a rash of fireflies. The Sewanee Review - Winter William E. Saranac Review - The image on the cover of this issue of Saranac Review is arresting: a full-bleed shot of moldering books, their pages waterlogged and swollen, their fore edges painted green and brown with several kinds of mold. In an opening note, Editor J. The installation begs several questions regarding the relationship between print and digital media.
Although I had read some of well-known Christian author C. Instead of offering answers, they offer us glimpses into every day, uncertain, and often uneasy lives. The Quotable - Winter Though fiction takes precedence, the overarching editorial preference is for strong character development, regardless of genre. Instead, editors have selected works that blur these boundaries, reach for them but fall uncomfortably short, and force the reader to accept that there are rarely clean starts and finishes in life.
Ploughshares is one of the most prominent literary journals on the market because of its long tradition of quality and ability to publish and discover leading writers. The journal is also notable for its practice of working with guest editors for each issue. Alice Hoffman, the editor, has taken the reins of this issue and presents work unified by a simple but powerful theme: the glorification of the storyteller present inside each of us.
Ninth Letter has a reputation. The front and back covers offer photographic evidence of what this kid might look like at his senior prom, ironically carrying an orchid and non-ironically wearing a glittered turtleneck under a glittered blazer. But once you get past this exterior, this metaphorical playground persona, the brilliance of the work inside dominates all reputation. The fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art are some of the finest I have experienced all year.
I read each piece with energy and took each one as inspiration and aspiration. New Letters - Kennedy and Raymond B. Mid-American Review - Spring The MacGuffin - Winter The Iowa Review is one of the longer running literary journals in the U. It continually puts out excellent issues, and this edition is no exception. That is, the people who do the shaping editors, etc.
This issue contains the Gulf Coast Prizes awarded to Brian Van Reet fiction , Arianne Zwartjes nonfiction , and Amaranth Borsuk poetry , not to mention dozens of other poets, six other short fiction stories, and six nonfiction essays. This tome-azine also includes four interviews, seven translations, two reviews, and a collection of high-gloss color photographs including a centerfold of Cy Twombly work, which is also featured on the cover.
The Georgia Review - Winter The Winter issue is something of a special one, special in two ways, actually. Fractured West - Fractured West is a new, innovative journal for flash fiction. Although sponsored in part by a grant from Creative Scotland, it features writers from all over. The 43rd issue of this award-winning publication packs a punch: not just because of the bold graphic of an automatic pistol on its orange cover or its special section on anger and revenge, but because of the high quality of the writing, the fun with character tweets, and the straight-ahead editorial approach.
Clover - Fall At first glance, Clover has a unique style and appeal. Rather than a typical paperback literary magazine, this rag has a letterpress cover; pea soup green border with plum purple lettering. The cover drew me into the magazine, and I dove in, ready to dig up some kind of treasure.
Although the beginning of the magazine is rather bland, it works up momentum to about the middle where it just explodes. Carbon Copy Magazine - At a time when so many publications are folding or going paperless, here comes Carbon Copy , all bright and bold and glossy. All chock full of art, stories, essays, plays and poetry. Bombay Gin - Fall Bombay Gin , the product of The Naropa Press and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, continues its legacy of eclecticism and experimental genre-bending in the Fall publication.
Before a word of text is displayed, there is a black and white photo of a woman, handsome in a neck tie delightfully draping dreadlocks. Friends and former colleagues at Naropa and the world of poetry lost Akilah Oliver in Reading work from nearly thirty different writers and poets has simply impressed me with not only the quantity but also the quality, the originality, and the freshness of the prose and poetry in this magazine. Bacopa - Strong first lines. Able Muse - Winter Four-Hundred Words - Four-Hundred Words is a CD sized lit journal filled with 66 different word autobiographies on the theme of…life.
The Fiddlehead may very well be the single best in-door for those with a mind to explore the finest of Canadian creative writing. Fairy Tale Review - Charming and adventurous, this new annual journal displays impressive wit and eclecticism. Crate - Spring Southern California is a nexus of geography and culture, a place where perspectives about the world get reflected through the iridescent sheen of difference. Controlled Burn - Winter Buffalo Carp - Beloit Fiction Journal - Spring In Keith R.
Barrow Street - Summer Or should I say: be deceived, be very deceived, on account of the delicious merit of surprise. Such is the case with every issue of Barrow Street , and I have to say, I like it that way. Inside the summer issue are 72 poems, 6 poems-in-progress, and 3 reviews. Barrow Street is perfect bound, the heft of a paperback novel, copious, a literary variety show.
It seems more discerning than other journals, but by no means to a fault. While Barrow Street is known for publishing established writers bearing lists of publications, most of its contributors are past or present professors, making the journal no more or less academic for it. A cursory curiosity, though worth noting.
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Image - Summer You don't have to be a religious scholar to appreciate the essays, short stories, art and poetry found in Image. In fact, many of the individual pieces included would easily fit in "general" literary journals. As a collection, the text explores the relationships between religion mainly Judeo-Christian , culture and art in contemporary times. Rhino - This mostly-poetry journal with a smattering of photos and reviews out of Evanston, Illinois succeeds in bringing new voices from the poetry world to light.
Issue Number Volume This slender journal from Ohio State presents well-chosen fiction, poetry, and a piece of non-fiction, mostly from well-known writers such as Robin Behn and Gary Fincke. Prairie Schooner - Winter The winter issue of Prairie Schooner contains poetry, stories, and reviews, sprinkled with the names of literary stars like R. Smith and Alice Ostriker and some new voices as well.
The American Scholar - Winter This is, in my mind anyway, the most classically high-brow literary-and-arts magazine on the market, though that opinion may only be because when I was in college I was not invited to join the Phi Beta Kappa society, the group that publishes this quarterly. The only bad part? Not enough new, unknown writers in this particular issue. Next time - always next time. Same award. Kitchen Sink - Summer Containing socio-political commentary, pop culture interest pieces, comics and even recipes, Kitchen Sink —something of a catchall—is aptly named.
Graphically stunning, the entire thing is printed in blue—a harbinger of novelty from the get-go. As for the fiction, it has a highly Californian flavor, being full of heart but slightly left-of-center. The Threepenny Review - Winter There is a certain perversity in newspaper-bound journals—after all, how can something as valuable as literature exist in such a vulnerable state, resembling Sunday-edition inserts destined, unread, for the recycling bin.
Accustomed to the pretty, diminutive books that populate the same category, I was immediately disarmed by the lackluster appearance of The Threepenny Review. Virginia Quarterly Review - Winter If the heavy theme of this issue, Integrated Education in America , puts you off, the author of its first essay will draw you right back in.
Equally compelling is a collection of collages by Romare Bearden from the s, which depict, cubistically, the agonies and ironies of the African American condition at that time. A suite of reactionary poems by Kevin Young accompanies them, adding an additional layer of interest. Hunger Mountain - Fall Hunger Mountain takes itself seriously.
Sophisticated and weighty, it has the appearance and feel of an older, more established journal, something it has managed to accomplish in a mere three issues. The Healing Muse - Fall This journal makes a worthwhile contribution to the field. Michigan Quarterly Review - Winter Seneca Review - Fall Seneca Review continues to showcase stellar poems and lyric essays by both unknown and familiar writers. The art work in this issue, Richard J. Other Voices is the perfect title for this journal from Chicago, for a provocative sense of voice is exactly the thing one carries away from its pages.
Flyway is one of those literary magazines that you wish the better financed, sleeker, but ultimately less earnest journals would try harder to imitate. Glimmer Train Stories - Winter If the measure of a great record is the ability to play it straight through without skipping a track, the same rule can be applied to lit mags. Even the most highly-regarded among them are spotty, at times, best when read non-linearly, piecemeal.
Not so with Glimmer Train, one of the most consistently edited journals out there. Pleiades - This issue of Defunct , a nonfiction magazine, sparked a piece of my childhood—memories of Saturday mornings when my brother and I would litter the floor with Legos, watch Pokemon on T.
They felt their feelings but the faces were all the same calm smile: man, woman, killer, child, seven heads stacked in a freakshow parade. Carve Magazine - Summer In writing this review, I struggled to find a thread that sews all of the pieces together, but then I realized that perhaps it doesn't need that. The pieces in this issue stand apart for themselves, in the excellent narration, the witty lines, and the way they portray life's uncertainties. The narrator is in the process of writing as the story develops, commenting on the writing and metaphors he is using—sometimes pointing out the flaws in them and trading them out for new ones.
The story itself brings up questions of memory as the couple's baby has nightmares. Their doctor says that the baby doesn't have any memory beyond eating, sleeping, and pooping once it falls asleep. Yet, she still wakes up every night screaming and crying. Paul, the father, takes steps to insure that he won't forget anything. Cigale Literary - Summer This issue is full of illusions as the characters in the stories break down their misconceptions and face reality—or, instead, continue to live in them.
SmokeLong Quarterly - Deciding it must be Amelia Earhart, Elias picks up the skull and has his way with it—both humorously and sexually:. This issue of Eclectica is a bursting collection. From the poetry to the prose, I was enthralled, spending hours reading. Memorious - June Sixth Finch - Summer Mixed Fruit - July Hippocampus - July But no matter which rock artist the writer gushes about, one thread seems to bind them all together—the power music has to invoke memory.
Treehouse - Summer Only on their second issue, the editors of Treehouse are off to a great start. The thing I immediately noticed about SNReview is its online format—clean and crisp. Alternately, each piece can be viewed as a PDF with active links to previous issues and the website. Vine Leaves Literary Journal - July Different from traditional stories or poems, these pieces offer up small slices of life that are not necessarily whole stories but vignettes that absolutely invoke emotion, doing so in a small amount of space.
I barely put down my pen the whole time I read as I took down notes and wrote down quotes. Somewhere within Zapotec poetry, Burmese poetry, notes about post-Fukushima Japanese literature, interviews and book reviews, the reader is reminded that the shared experience of poetry and literature between and across culture ought to be beautiful and mindful. Toad Suck Review - Toad Suck Review has exploded with success since its debut issue in The table of contents is enough to lure you into a very different and fun structure.
This magazine features not only current writers, but honors great past writers as well. Everything is woven into an incredibly enjoyable read that leaves breadcrumbs along the way to find more where that came from. Poetry International - What most distinguishes Poetry International from among other similarly sized page brick, behemoth literary annuals is the emphasis placed upon poetry alone. This uniqueness is undeniably detrimental. But there is good poetry, even if little of it manages to be surprising or challenging.
Permafrost - Summer Even the cover of Permafrost looks cold. But I could not stop turning the pages of this issue. Notre Dame Review is a sophisticated, erudite lit mag, not always an easy read, certainly not a quick one. We are especially interested in work that takes on big issues by making the invisible seen. New Madrid - Summer Coming from the low-residency Master of Fine Arts program at Murray State University in Kentucky, this issue of New Madrid includes several stories that show how powerfully style can be used to concentrate narrative force.
Memoir - Inscape - Inside, more full-color artwork and photography break up clean, airy pages of prose and poetry. One of the first observations I made was of the graphic design elements. It may be subtle, but the pages are laid out in a way that makes it easy to flip through the issue to find a particular writer. Multiple-page stories also include a running title in the footer, which I thought was a nice touch. Gargoyle - When I actually received my copy, I had mixed feelings.
The level of work inside also seems a bit unbalanced. Krause to name a few. The Dirty Goat - Opening any collection of international literature and art always generates a bit of apprehension on my part. Cimarron Review - Fall The Bitter Oleander - Autumn It would be a greater justice to write an eight-word review of this volume of Bitter Oleander. The volume contains sixty-nine poems free verse or prose , four pieces of short fiction, and an interview.
Basalt- Although Basalt is based in and linked to the state of Oregon—taking its name from the igneous rock prevalent in the northwestern U. The name is a reference to a Bob Dylan lyric, but the journal is more straightforward and less twisted in its mission than the average Dylan song. Good writing knows only story.
Even the layout of the prose on the page, with its slightly wide margins, adds to the compact excellence of this edition; the wide margins seem to squeeze the prose to the middle of the page, up front and center, where it belongs. Crack the Spine - August 28, Publishing short issues every week, Crack the Spine puts forth inventive and intriguing pieces. Because the issues come out so frequently, they are short—but packed with great readings. The Meadowland Review - Summer The Meadowland Review , not listing very much insight into the journal on their website, is a magazine whose aesthetic must be learned by exploring and reading the magazine for oneself.
Notifying only the genres they list and that they accept established and emerging writers, The Meadowland Review leaves a lot to discover. Gone Lawn - Autumn Unsplendid - Summer Unsplendid is an online journal that publishes poetry with form, but that form can be rather loose. Middle Gray Magazine - The layout creates a collaboration between pieces and relies on the artwork to influence the mood of the entire journal.
It succeeds in giving each artist his or her space with a longer bio and description of the work where appropriate. Zoland Poetry - Zoland Poetry is an annual review of poems, translations, and interviews edited by Roland Pease, editor of Zoland Books. In the journal, as well as at the press, Pease favors work with unusual voices and bold, unconventional imagery. These poems tend to provoke, probe, unsettle, and question. There are no cookie-cutter occasional pieces here; no easy slogans; no casual-chats turned verse; and no small contented moments in the park. At the same time, there are no dense, obscure poems intended to baffle, rather than elucidate.
All of which is to say that this issue is exciting, original, and a true contribution to the reading scene. Its first issue was apparently in December , and as of this writing the summer issue has not yet appeared. Not necessarily changed, or improved, or repaired, but altered by their evolution as artistic artifacts and by our encounter with them,.
This is a delightful combination of poetry and short fiction, both in English, and in such languages as Urdu and Portuguese, with English translations on the faced pages. This is a wonderful device, and I found it to be irresistible. Seeing literature in its original form only enhances the translations of it. Could I, I wondered, learn a bit of Urdu this way? Prism Review - Note: Neil is Canadian give you a poetic advantage compared to being a wine swilling urban American?
Poetry East - Spring Off the Coast - Spring Many of the contributors are natives of one country, but residents of another. The issue presents a laudable compendium of international writers, many of whose work is otherwise unavailable to readers in the States. The editorial vision is generous and eclectic, allowing for work that encompasses a variety of poetic styles, modes, and themes; most of the translations are polished, competent, and fluid. Nimrod is a journal that has a long tradition of publishing the finest works to come out of the contemporary Mexico scene.
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The Labletter - Finally, under a heading as broad as Gallery, there are photos, art of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional sort, more fiction, and a few poems. That the magazine comes with an equally diverse CD is as astonishing as reading the print edition is. So I consulted my trusty OED, only to find that the word is a football term: sort of.
It means, in essence, to fake someone out; pull them offside this is where the football thing comes in. The fiction, thankfully, remains grounded in concrete narrative. Hotel Amerika - Spring The only thing that would do this astoundingly exciting issue justice is to write a transgenre review. What would that look or sound like? Glimmer Train Stories - Summer It never, and I do mean never, disappoints. Canteen - Kyle, as naturally as Holden Caulfield without the sarcasm might, muses that. California Literary Review - Summer This literary review was founded in and offers literary reviews, author interviews, essays, and publishing news.
They also present articles on a variety of topics including art, science, politics, and history. Basically, there is something here for almost everyone. Below are a few juicy tidbits to be sampled in their pages:. Brick - Summer I have always loved Brick , a handsome, polished, semi-annual from Toronto. Arroyo Literary Review - Spring Z Magazine - June Ninety-five percent of the time mainstream media tells the story that needs to be heard, and when it comes to news stories, many of us hear what we want to hear anyhow. That is, we take away from a story what we want to take away from it.
But if you're in the market for well-researched, articulate articles by writer-activists with true convictions who are not afraid to speak their minds then seek out Z Magazine. Welter - Sitting down with a hot mug of coffee and looking at the landscape-style, bright green literary magazine sitting flat on the table in front of me, my first thought was, I hope I don't stain this. My second thought on the cover, after having read through the pages between the two covers, was that the content was just as strange and delightful. Well, most of it. Some of it was more strange than delightful, and some more delightful than strange.
Still, I'm glad I didn't stain it. Tulane Review - Spring Nestled in the uptown section of the Crescent City, near where the Mississippi River snakes so tightly it nearly doubles back on itself, Tulane University is itself a hub of literary activity. The works of the forty-seven writers and artists published in this edition are like the intermingling effluents of the hundreds of rivers and tributaries that stream together in the Mississippi River.
Tin House - Summer Founded in , Salmagundi magazine takes pride in its spectrum of essays, reviews, interviews, fiction, poetry, regular columns, polemics, debates and symposia. In the past, the magazine has featured the likes of acclaimed literary figures such as J. It invites argument, and it makes a place for literature that is demanding. The Open Face Sandwich - The Open Face Sandwich shares a great deal in common with its edible namesake. Giving it any thought, you have to ask why. Why the unorthodoxy? On a pragmatic level, why give up the bread? Maybe the experience is the gain. Consuming the breadless bread, or something Zen like that.
Something every day—gettin up, goin to school No need for me to complain—my objections overruled, ahh! Too much monkey business, too much monkey business Too much monkey business for me to be involved in! Arguably, there is a line between humanity and the supernatural. There is the world as we know it and there is that which is otherworldly. Regardless of what we choose to call it, our fascination with it is and always will be present. In the latest issue of the Mid-American Review , we see the line crossed and re-crossed.
We see it buried in dust, painted over with vibrant colors, twisted, stretched, formed into something more like a circle, or a knot. Almost every piece acknowledges, to some degree or another, forces beyond character control. And the work presented within is most definitely playful — both in its layout and its content.
Here are three fiction writers to watch out for. Literary Bohemian - Summer Left Curve - Unlike other literary journals, Left Curve prides itself on its lofty ambitions of analyzing and even criticizing the effects of cultural modernity. Infused with the fire of devoted and headstrong liberals, many of the essays featured in the magazine cover an array of topics, from the recent Wall Street financial meltdown to the importance of animal equality.
The selection and depth of material can be rather daunting, though prepared with the right mindset, can be pleasantly challenging and enlightening. Kugelmass - Number 1. Let me admit this up front: I normally am not a big fan of literary humor. It's not that I don't think funny and literary can exist side-by-side; Mark Twain proved that the two mix well a long time ago.
But this first issue of Kugelmass is truly funny, and truly enjoyable. Whether it is an accident that results in paralysis, a struggle with mental illness, chronic disease or a learning disability, the fact is, according to the United States Department of Labor, nearly fifty million people in this country have a disability. Kaleidoscope , born out of a beautiful idea back in , is the literary journal published by the the United Disability Services.
It gives voice to those living with, or within the shadow of, a disability. This issue of Kaleidoscope is a thoughtful literary collection that focuses on the experience of disability while avoiding any unnecessary sentimentality. Within its fiction, personal essays, poetry, articles and reviews the undercurrent moves readers through content rich with honest stories of determination. Jackson Hole Review - Spring Small but mighty, Jackson Hole Review makes its debut into the realm of literary magazines.
Telling her own story of growing up near water and having to leave it behind, Barnes lays painfully bare how deeply connected she was and the mental and emotional suffering she experienced with leaving. They give us a sense of shared history, a narratival investment. Reading almost like a highly compact and sleek version of a staggering anthology, the issue does not aim to define the Spanish identity, but instead to spotlight a variation of strong voices and create a mosaic of cultural and social experiences.
Founder and publisher Elizabeth Quinn remains at the top of the masthead, but with the title of managing editor. Perhaps this is due to its comfortable size—large, a bit overweight—or the season in which it is published. In reality though, the fiction, poetry, and photography inside enacts the melting. Bone Bouquet - Winter Instead, it holds a wide spectrum of styles and subjects with only the commonality of being written by women. Ampersand Review - Number six of the Ampersand Review is one packed with loads and I mean loads; this thing is practically a monster of juicy fiction and chomp-able poetry.
It even has a couple of nonfiction selections that are beyond readable. I have recently been getting into nonfiction perhaps even more than fiction, and the reads in this issue certainly shuffle me along the same path. Alimentum - December Alimentum , a food journal, transitioned a little more than a year ago from a print biannual publication to an online monthly. Because it is now more frequent, it is unfortunately a bit smaller. There is one piece for each of the sections each month: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, featurettes, book reviews, recipe poems, eat and greet, art gallery, jukebox, food blog favs, and news.
FictionNow - Summer The Monongahela Review - Fall Without much information or submission guidelines, you really have to read the journal to get to know it. Download the PDF or open it in Issuu, and get cozy. Apogee - Spring The world is more full of disaster than you might want to know. The Wallace Stevens Journal - Spring Verse - Excerpts from Jean Donnelly and John Olson could be used to sum up the style of work in the latest issue of Verse, a magazine that publishes chapbook-length submissions.
Valley Voices - Spring Who wants that anyways? Spillway - Fall Spillway , an independent, semiannual journal based in Orange Country, California has been around since Sentence - Relief - Spring These pieces," says Fruhauff, " are not safe. The Ocean State Review - New Ohio Review - Spring And it just so happens that many of my favorite pieces of the issue were the ones which involved birds. Journal of Ordinary Thought - Winter It would be chic to call it urban myth, but I call it my history.
I feel sorry for them. The Journal of Ordinary Thought is just that. My neighborhood, my people. Not every poem is dark and foreboding, however, but the journal is filled with wounds that beg to be healed, even if it hurts to do so. Grain - Winter Grain: The Journal of Eclectic Writing is based out of Canada and prides itself on publishing challenging writing and art each quarter. This issue includes the winners of the Short Grain contest. Conjunctions - Spring As is par for the course with Conjunctions , the writers appear heavily vested in a particular attention to language, with extremely idiosyncratic patterns and constructs of thought.
Although ostensibly clustered around a theme, their writing offers broad interpretations of various obsessions that run the gamut from the expected to the unexpected, the probable to the improbable, the tangible to the intangible. Colorado Review - Spring Since , the Colorado Review has been dedicated to publishing the best in contemporary creative writing from both new and emerging writers, and the Spring issue is no exception.
The Chicago Review remains one of the best eclectic reviews; its pages are continually full of essential reading. So I had vowed to hate apt forever. Looseleaf Tea - March A brand new online publication, Looseleaf Tea creates a space for emerging and established artists to come together, offering different perspectives and aspects of different cultures. Clarkesworld - Driftless Review - Spring The Fiddleback - Vol 3 Issue 3. Niche - May My first impression of Niche was: it is great to look at.
Plume - Number I have been reading this issue of Plume now for a couple of weeks, each time going in to reread the poetry, catch parts of it I might have missed. Each piece has its own unique pull, making this issue of Plume one for everyone. But as a monthly magazine, a new one will be our shortly, so make sure to read this one soon. The Puritan - Spring After falling behind for a small amount of time, The Puritan is now back up and running, this time with a new reading format.
Available to read online or as a PDF, this issue offers a number of poems, fiction pieces, and interviews. But it may also revisit and revitalize traditional forms. Contrary - Summer The whole issue of Contrary is filled with pieces containing delightfully juicy details, taut images, and unique ideas. Fox Chase Review - Summer Fox Chase Review covers a wide range of poetry in which there is probably a poem for every one of us. Stevie Edwards contributes two poems that really hit me in the gut. There are two great poems by Nicole Santalucia.
The Baltimore Review - Summer Yet, as the sun blazes down on her, she is drawn to the water. She wants to take a swim by herself and perhaps disappear. We just want to get your brain wet. Call us crazy for trying. Blue Lake Review - August Deal with it. Tampa Review Online - August After only seconds on the site, what immediately drew me in was the scrolling images of art by Trent Manning—who works with mixed media and recycled materials—and Jon Rodriguez. Some are hopeful and some are tragic. These characters act as a way to share a deep truth about myself, in hopes of helping people see a truth in them.
La Petite Zine - August This issue, themed 21st Century Cosmic Cool, was excitedly announced by the editors to be released on the same day as National Sponge Cake Day. New Delta Review - June This contest is in honor of Matt Clark, a coordinator of creative writing at Louisiana State University that died from colon cancer at the age of thirty-one.
Birdfeast - Created last Thanksgiving, Birdfeast aims to quarterly provide a feast of poetry; publishing all forms and styles. Right Hand Pointing - Such a simple design allows for full focus on the words rather than what they look like on the page. I read the issue entirely from my phone; at the end of each poem, I simply scrolled to the bottom and clicked the hand pointing to the right to continue on in the issue.
Cerise Press , a well laid-out and professional looking online journal, publishes a variety of fiction, poetry, translations, essays, and art and photography in the latest issue. I started with the fiction, getting lost in the narratives and then dove into the endless okay, not literally amounts of poetry. Jellyfish Magazine - Fall The top of the page features a sketch of waves—and certainly this issue flows through like waves, ups, downs, and fluid, often touching on the topic of the water, the sea.
Mead - Fall Writing that is fermented, burnt, makes some kind of penance, offering, or sacrifice. Has breakage, but tooth. Writing with ropes, legs, residue. Writing that leaves ashes. In this review, I choose to select my favorite for each of the drinks. Otis Nebula - Fall What first drew me into this magazine was the art, by Alison Scarpulla. The table of contents is set up as a collage of images, each one pertaining to a piece of prose or poetry.
Atticus Review - Every Tuesday, Atticus Review publishes a few pieces of literature. This issue, as the editors say, is about rejection. Map Literary - Fall Rather than aligning with any one aesthetic, we aspire to promote the finest provocative writing of our time. The Golden Key - In the same spirit, our journal seeks to publish work that is open to strange and marvelous possibilities.
Vallum - A press release from Vallum: contemporary magazine announces the magazine is "dedicated to exploring reality in all its warped and beautiful aspects" and that this issue is the journal's first theme-based effort. The theme is "reality checks," featuring "'snapshots of things real and unreal. Southwest Review - Fall Why not I? Smartish Pace - In this issue, Clarissa T. Not able to accept that her brother was dead, she cradled his lifeless body in her lap and rocked him back and forth.
If there is an overriding theme to the Potomac Review , it is the bonds of relationship—the sometimes excruciating sacrifices they ask of us, and the best of ourselves they give us in return. Poetry - February A long-time reader of Poetry , I have a confession to make. I read Poetry for the reviews. One of the only literary magazines in the United States to resemble in physical format a standard mainstream magazine, North American Review cannot be found on any newsstands, but is sold entirely by mail order.
That the magazine simultaneously happens to be the oldest of its kind in the nation speaks impressively to the emphatic approval of a devoted subscription base. The back cover of this issue bears a facsimile of a handwritten note by Thomas Jefferson, regarding payment arrangements for his subscription for the year This issue contains 4 short stories, 4 nonfiction pieces, 3 reviews, and 21 poems. New England Review - New England Review continues to uphold its reputation for publishing extraordinary, enduring work.
Mississippi Review - Fall Clayton, this issue of The Journal is slim on its prose offerings, leaning almost entirely toward poetry. If you are like me, the multitude of literary reviews named after universities or geographic locations tend to blend together in your mind. However, for me, the Indiana Review just ceased to be one of them.
Hobart - Winter Now this is a great magazine. Short, quirky writing that takes itself seriously but is not without a sense of humor. Harvard Review - Published Date Review by Sima Rabinowitz. One of the most gifted writers on place, Aciman never disappoints, and I loved this essay on New York. Moore's piece on Lowell is marvelous—she is such a fine essayist I would read her on any subject, but she is especially satisfying when writing about other poets.
Green Mountains Review - What makes this issue of Green Mountains Review especially appealing is the range of styles and tones represented here. Maureen Seaton is as quirky, irreverent, playful, and original as ever in several pieces that defy classification. Erick Pankey is as solemn and soulful as we know him to be in three self-portraits composed of exacting, carefully calculated language.
Lola Haskins is, as we expect her to be, both lyrical and sharp-tongued in "Parsing Mother" "You're the twig that slashed my eye as I pushed through the branches. The fiction follows suit, with solid, conventional short stories by Jenna Terry and Daisy Tsui; a lyrical folk-tale style offering by Christopher White; and stories I am tempted to categorize as "sudden fiction" or "short shorts" by Francine White. Among the many memorable and noteworthy pieces in this issue is one I simply cannot refrain from mentioning— Eamon Grennan's marvelous poem "From the Road," which begins:.
Event - Spring This is the annual creative non-fiction awards issue, but every issue of Event is a winner from what I've seen. CUE - Winter Twenty-four prose poems and one interview in a handsome, elegant little volume— CUE is a find. In editor Morgan Lucas Schuldt's e-mail interview with award-winning poet Karen Volkman, Volkman writes: "…poetry should make us more conscious of how we think and structure our experiences and sensations, and provide new possibilities.
Columbia - The interviews sometimes a dull spot in literary magazines are a highlight of this issue of Columbia.