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301.4 Fall Issue 2016

301.4 Fall Issue 2016

301.4 Fall Issue 2016 Cover

In this issue we feature Wendy Gaudin, winner of our second annual Torch Memorial Prize for Creative Nonfiction. Final judge, Patricia Hampl, on the winning piece: “I was struck by the felicity—forgive that nineteenth-century word—of so much of the writing. Real presence of voice, real thinking on the page. This is what the essay is for—not display but discovery. In the end, I have chosen ‘Beauty’ as our winner. It had a special passion, and the prose veers into poetry in a way that feels powerful.”

The NAR Press has been busy lately, too. On October 1 we launch Manifold Nature: John Burroughs and the North American Review, which collects the nineteen essays the American naturalist, critic, and philosopher John Burroughs published in the pages of the NAR between 1889 and 1920, as well as essays and reviews about his work. In her foreword, Burroughs’s great-granddaughter Joan Burroughs explains why his writing remains so vital today. NAR contributor Scott Russell Sanders writes that his essays “are testimony to the vital role the North American Review has played in the intellectual life of America. Long may the magazine live, as a home for bold thinking and fine art.” Thanks, Scott!

On November 1 we launch Feed the Lake: Essays on the Craft of Fiction. Contributors include Charles Baxter, Grant Tracey, Robin Black, Joan Silber, Robert Boswell, Debra Spark, Todd James Pierce, and Steven Schwartz. In the foreword, Schwartz illustrates, “The writers in this anthology take an ‘intimate’ and ‘meditative’ approach to their topics. The authors write out of a need to understand their own work through the study of others. There’s an urgency to know, to realize more than you did yesterday about craft, to discover the writing life anew.”

On December 1, we open submissions for Gas Station Pulp, our future crime noir imprint. Read our blog for more information.

Art

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King Pest [linocut-collage] • Randall Enos

Untitled [ink and graphite] • Catherine Byun

Untitled [pencil and digital] • Anne Lambelet

Untitled [pencil, pen, and digital] • Jared Rogness

My Dear [pen and ink] • Robin Richardson

Of Eternity [digital] • Christian Blaza

Fiction

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The Popcorn GirlAlex Mattingly

Pieces of BennetShelly Owens

Chapman’s Fun WorldTravis Landhuis

Be My Max BrodGreg Ames

Of EternityMộng-Lan

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BeautyWendy A. Gaudin

To Do The HoldingKatie Prout

This Still Present Moment: an Interview with Gary SnyderHelena Feder

Poetry

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ShameekaSusan Aizenberg

Shift Reports: Skilled CareSusan Aizenberg

Repeton in WinterJeannine Hall Gailey

PicaflorDahlia Seroussi

Crime Scene Photo of a Hotel Murder in the Times Square AreaStephen Gibson

Peeling EggsHelena Feder

The King Is DeadJon Tribble

This SadnessIra Sukrungruang

Small CatastrophesKathleen Hellen

BreadJohn Rybicki

Moss Called PondJ. R. Toriseva

night standsT. M. Sandrock

The Warrior’s SongKevin Finn

Things I Have Never SaidLaura Boss

Ghazal: Staying TrueM. Shahid Alam

PlastivoreRajiv Mohabir

The End of the Twentieth Century, RememberedGerry LaFemina

After Ma ZhiyuanJames Shea

LeslieJames Shea

One NightJames Shea

“Baby Reaching for an Apple,” CassattPeter Cooley

The StudyStuart Greenhouse

“I Sing Myself”William Heyen

It’s So Important to Have that Special SomebodyBJ Love

Casting LineBradford Tice

Defending the FortWyatt Townley

The Last Day of Your LifeSusan Johnson

The First Day of Your DeathSusan Johnson

When the Beloved Asks “What Would You Do if I Woke Up One Morning as a Loch Ness Monster?”Maria Nazos

Burning the Small DeadGary Snyder

REVIEWS

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Miscellany

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Contributors

Past PerfectGrant Tracey

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