300.4 Fall Issue 2015
Our inaugural Torch Memorial Prize for Creative Nonfiction was a tremendous success, attracting nearly 200 submissions. Final judge Eula Biss called Clinton Crockett Peter's winning essay about Australia, "Rabbits and Convicts," very strong, very readable," giving her moments of pause throughout. We're excited that next year's judge will be the incomparable Patricia Hampl, author of A Romantic Introduction and The Florist's Daughter, who was one of the keynotes at our summer bicentennial conference.
Nearly five hundred writers, artists, and scholars from around the country joined in the conference festivities. On the heels of the conference and the publication of The Great Sympathetic: Walt Whitman and the North American Review, the newly revived NAR Press also now plans to publish two books every year. Keep an eye out for in 2016 for a book on the craft of fiction as well as a collection of essays by and about the naturalist John Burroughs. WE promsie not to wait a hundred more years before throwing another grand literary party!
This issue's peotry featrues a diverse and provocative suite of peoms selected by guest editor Heid E. Erdrich to honor Native American Heritage Month. Fiction includes Susan Jackson Rodgers's "Keep Me in the Dark," about a woman's brush with "transgression"; Todd James Pierece's "Ink & Paint," which explores a woman's desire for elbow room in the male-dominated field of Disney animation; and Joseph Scapetello's deconstruction of the entire masculine mythos of the Western in "Horseman Cowboy."
Enjoy the issue!
-GT & JDS
Umbria en plein aire [oil on paper] • Jim Burke
Untitled [graphic and digital] • Brianna Hertzog
Untitled [pen & ink and digital] • Anthony Ventura
Untitled [ink and digtal] • Jared Rogness
Untitled [digital paint] • Scott Anderson
Ranches with Wolves • Tiffany Midge
The Mythology Of My Birth • b: william bearhart
Family Ties • Trevino L. Brings Plenty
One Way • Eric Gansworth
Let Me Explain • Mark Turcotte
Ballast • Leanne Howe
A Lot of Poems Bathing in A Stream • Alexandria Peary
Experiments In Grief • Rick Bursky
Science Honor Society • Lawrence Bridges
Come Here Little Broom • Susan Sonde
Naming the Field • Doug Ramspeck
Hallucinate the House, Hallucinate the Woods • Anne Barngrover
The Net • Warren Slesinger
Mother Talks Back to the Monster • Carrie Shipers
First Memory • Phillip Dacey
Watch • David Moolten
Maria Callas's Tapeworm • Frank Paino
Rio de Janeiro is poised to become • Chloe Veylit