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300.4 Fall Issue 2015

300.4 Fall Issue 2015

300.4 Fall Issue 2015 Cover

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

Art

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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

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Keep Me in the DarkSusan Jackson Rodgers

Horseman Cowboy Joseph Scapellato

Ink and Paint: Walt Disney Studios, 1948-1954Todd James Pierce

Daily DoubleMichael J Rosenbaum

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Rabbits and ConvictsClinton Crockett Peters

On ReadingAnne P. Beatty

Poetry

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Ranches with WolvesTiffany Midge

The Mythology Of My Birthb: william bearhart

Family TiesTrevino L. Brings Plenty

One WayEric Gansworth

Let Me ExplainMark Turcotte

BallastLeanne Howe

A Lot of Poems Bathing in A StreamAlexandria Peary

Experiments In GriefRick Bursky

Science Honor Society Lawrence Bridges

Come Here Little BroomSusan Sonde

Naming the Field Doug Ramspeck

Hallucinate the House, Hallucinate the WoodsAnne Barngrover

The NetWarren Slesinger

Mother Talks Back to the MonsterCarrie Shipers

First MemoryPhillip Dacey

WatchDavid Moolten

Maria Callas's TapewormFrank Paino

Rio de Janeiro is poised to becomeChloe Veylit

 

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The US in the UKRobert L. King

That-Once Wild ThingMaggie Trapp

Crosscuts: Brief DVD ReviewsGrant Tracey

Synecdoche: Brief Book ReviewsRachel Morgan

Why We Should Tilt at Windmills [Past Perfect] • Lisa Higgs

Miscellany

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From the EditorsNAR Staffers Out in the World


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