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296.1 Winter Issue 2011

296.1 Winter Issue 2011

296.1 Winter Issue 2011 Cover

As always in the first issue of the year, we are proud and honored to celebrate Black History Month (February in the US) and Women’s History Month (March); in this regard we are publishing Rachel Eliza Griffiths and January Gill O’Neil, two of the brightest African American women poets.We similarly applaud both commemorative occasions in our Synecdoche column by reviewing poetry books by African American women.

Apropos of Women’s History Month, from 1930 to 1960—the so-called neoclassical period of Hollywood cinema—you could count the number of female directors working in the industry on one hand. But with the expansion of independent cinema and the success of film festivals like those at Cannes, Sundance, and Toronto, women have been more able to tell their stories through movies. This issue’s Crosscuts column highlights two films directed by women, the gritty hardscrabble masterpiece Winter’s Bone by Debra Granik and the sad and lonely Wendy and Lucy by Kelly Reichardt. Both of these films are like literary stories, full of nuance and stillness.

This issue’s fiction also features two strong woman-centered stories. Susan Jackson Rodgers’s “The Other Alan” questions identity, past and present relationships, and the future. The language is exquisitely subtle. Erin McReynolds’s “VIVA!” centers on loss, grieving, and the fractured self. Powerful.

We hope you’ll savor the fine literature and art in this issue. Enjoy!

Art

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Holiday Travelers [acrylic on paper] • Gary Kelley

Untitled [photoshop and ink wash] • Jessica Fink

Untitled [pencil] • Li-Ying Bao

Untitled [pen and ink with digital texture] • Joanna Barnum

Untitled [digital collage] • Marty Gotera

Fiction

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This Other Alan • Susan Jackson Rodgers

Dragon Money • Charles Conley

VIVA! • Eric McReynolds

What Rises • Iver Arnegard

Poetry

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Numbers • Tani Arness

Solitudes • Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Conversion Theory • January Gill O’Neil

Scrap Iron • Mark Jay Brewin, Jr.

Lion • Dan Chelotti

The Book in the Middle of the Busy Intersection • Deborah H. Doolittle

Ode to eBay • Natasha Sajé

Coyote • Braford Tice

Schrödinger’s Cat • Michael Hardin

Arctica Islandica • Catherine Jagoe

Brain Camp • Charles Harper Webb

Sometimes a Bridge • Jay Udall

Reviews

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International • Robert L. King

A Life in Prose • Richard Holinger

Synecdoche: Brief Book Reviews • Vince Gotera

Crosscuts: Brief DVD Reviews • Grant Tracey

Miscellany

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From the Editors • NAR Staffers Out in the World

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