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Below you will find the past issues from our first twelve years of publication. Brevity has an updated design and has moved to a new server, so the latest issues can be found at www.brevitymag.com

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PAST ISSUES

Issue 36/May 2011 began with a tribute to tornado-ravaged Tuscaloosa, including essays by Michael Martone and Wendy Rawlings, and sixteen other new essays, including the usual mix of new writers, veteran writers, craft essays, book reviews, odd topics, sharp writing, extreme concision, and vivid prose.

Issue 35/January 2011 offers eighteen concise essays -- rich examples of the experimentation, illumination, and surprise that can come with the very brief form. Included is one our briefest essays yet, from Steven Barthelme, and some of our favorite authors returning for an encore, including Richard Terrill, Lance Larsen, and Tim Elhajj. Meanwhile, Linsey Maughan graces us with her first creative nonfiction publication ever.

Issue 34/Fall 2010 issue, exquisite brief essays from David Huddle, Kim Dana Kupperman, Lia Purpura, Joshua Wheeler, Jonathan Starke, Susanne Antonetta, Dani Johannesen, Robert G. Cowser, Carol Guess, Greg Bottoms, Deanna Benjamin, and Lisa Ohlen Harris. Also two new craft essays, an interview with Pulitzer prize-winning writer Thomas French, author of Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives, and five brief book review essays. Kristin L. Ware rounds out the issue with her striking black and white photography.

Issue 33/ Summer 2010 issue, features concise essays from Fleda Brown, Steven Church, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Sarah J. Lin, John Calderazzo, Marcia Aldrich, Melissa Ballard, Erin Murphy, Danny Goodman, Lisa Groen Braner, Diane Seuss, and Jenny Spinner. In our Craft Section, Drema Hall Berkheimer visits those moments when the muse seemingly has better things to do, and Sharon DeBartolo Carmack outlines the ways a writer can put proper flesh onto the bones of ancestral stories. Also Book Reviews from Michelle Wittle, Kelly Ferguson, Patty Wetli, and J. Luise, and stunning photographs from Ryan Rodgers.

Issue 32/ January 2010 offers up some fine brief essays from Paul Lisicky, Kate Hopper, Carol Roh Spaulding, William Bradley, Hilary Selznick, Laurence Ross, Gary Fincke, J.T. Bushnell, Katherine Gries, Jen Percy, Elane Johnson, and Jennifer Anderson. In our Craft Section, Kerry Cohen, Lisa Gill, and Jim Heynen look at the necessity of navel gazing, ways of silencing your internal judge, and steps toward becoming your own best critic. Our Book Review page features Kelly Ferguson, Stephanie Susnjara, and Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser.

Issue 31/Fall 2009 brings new work from Sherman Alexie, Lee Martin, Brenda Miller, Ron Arias, Amy Lee Scott, Rebecca Frost, Ann Claycomb, Jehanne Dubrow, Scott Moncrieff, and April Monroe. Also, strong new Craft Essays from Stephen Corey, Dinah Lenney, Jennifer Culkin, and Towles Kintz, and Book Reviews from J. Luise, Stephanie Susnjara, and Dinty W. Moore. And also, ten wonderful photographs from Tricia Louvar.

Issue 30/May 2009 offers compelling nonfiction essays involving planes, trains, and cars, subways, airports, and bus stops. Take the journey with new and returning authors Rigoberto González, Sierra Bellows, Maggie McKnight, Richard Robbins, Amanda Fields, Kianoosh Hashemzadeh, Christina Olson, Richard Gilbert, Robin Behn, A. Papatya Bucak, Jane Bernstein, and Shane Borrowman.

Issue 29 /Winter 2009 offers a warm winter stew of essays, featuring a glass eyeball, the Big Bad Wolf, Parisian lingerie, a pair of stolen sneakers, an orphaned doe, and, possibly, a visitor from another planet. Maybe it's just the snow playing tricks on our eyes, but each of these pieces seems to ask the same thing: "Did I see what I think I saw?" Bundle up and get warm by the brief, intense fire of such talents as Lance Larsen, David Bradley, Tim Elhajj, John Bresland, Diane Seuss, Joe Bonomo, Kyle Minor, Laura Sewell Matter, Elizabeth Westmark, and Bryan Fry. Also, new Craft Essays from Brenda Miller and Lisa Knopp, and Book Reviews from Mary Richert, Richard Gilbert, and Stephanie Susnjara.

Issue 28 /Fall 2008 falls to earth like an acorn from a truth-telling oak tree.  Nonfiction from the incomparable likes of Terese Svoboda, J.T. Bushnell, John Calderazzo, K.L. Cook, Brian Doyle, Kate Flaherty, John Griswold, Pat Madden, Leslie F. Miller, Brian Oliu, Rita Rubin, Phil Terman, and Kathrine Leone Wright. Plus new Book Reviews from Debbie Hagan, Joey Franklin, and Liz Stephens and stellar Craft Essays from Barrie Jean Borich and Sherry Simpson.

Issue 27 /Summer 2008 is ripe with prose offerings from Tim Elhajj, Kate Petersen, Kelle Groom, Donovan Hohn, Judith Kitchen, Debra Marquart, Rebecca McClanahan, Lynne Nugent, Michelle Otero, Jennifer Sinor, Jill Kandel, and Richard Terrill, and featuring the photographs of author/cake raconteur Leslie F. Miller.

Issue 26 /Winter 2008 looks at shaved ice, hot oatmeal, a fountain in winter, sledding, the high desert, solitary journeys, playing it cool, and the exquisite sluggishness of the sloth. Authors include Anne Panning, Philip Gerard, Jil Christman, Ashley Seitz Kramer, Bill Milligan, Marcia Aldrich, Mary Sojourner, Patricia Twomey Ryan, Aaron Teel, and A. Papatya Bucak.

Issue 25 /Fall 2007 debuts ten outstanding essays, two new Craft Essays, three Review Essays, a brief Book Excerpt, and a crossword puzzle.

Issue Twenty-Four / Summer 2007 with Abby Frucht , Rebecca McClanahan, Ira Sukrungruang, Barbara Hurd, Bonnie J. Rough, Jennifer Sinor, Carrie Oeding, Suzanne LaFetra, Charles Cantalupo, and Chris Orlet.

Issue Twenty-Three / Winter 2007  features ten outstanding essays exploring childbirth, urban sprawl, catachresis, candy cigarettes, and beyond.

Issue Twenty-Two/ Fall 2006 features Lisa Kahn Schnell, Jillian Schedneck, Michele Valois, Sheyene Foster Heller, Fleda Brown, Rita Ciresi, Brian Arundel, Rachael Pridgeon, Patrick Rosal, and Rebecca Housel briefly exploring circles, confession, heat, sausage, cancer, hot baths, teaching errors, tangos, things that are lost, and the electrodynamics of loving older men. Please take a dip in our nonfiction waters. Succinct, but never shallow. And we promise there are no sharks.

Issue Twenty-One/ Summer 2006 includes a pair of fine new craft essays looking hard (and briefly) at short shorts, prose poems, and all manner of miniature prose. Plus, an even dozen new essaykins from writers old and new, emerging and established, featuring Mexican canines, fried chicken, Dorothy of Oz, preachers, boyfriends, and men on bicycles who are not to be trusted.

Issue Twenty / Spring 2006: Issue 20 includes essays by Sheryl St. Germain and Jimmy Chen responding to the Katrina tragedy, a pair of illuminating new craft essays, return visits from Jeff Gundy and Shane Borrowman, and crisp new writing about driver ants, Stop & Shop, snorkeling in the coral, good parties, and hometown boredom. James Frey may need to tell A Million Little Lies to get his point across, but here at Brevity we feel that the truth is powerful enough.

Issue Nineteen / Fall 2005: J. Stephen Rhodes, Greg Bottoms, Joshua Dolezal, Rebecca McClanahan, Linda Dyer, Porter Shreve, Cheryl Merrill, Stuart Lishan, Nicole Walker, and Ira Sukrungruang make a tasty creative nonfiction omelette containing filets of fish, Jerry's head, Yma Sumac, bulldogs, Scrabble, confident women, Miss Raney's stockings, hot baths in April, the unique resolve of an expert Thai bowler, and that moment where the curse of the conscious world begins.

Issue Eighteen / Summer 2005: Shane Borrowman, Alexis Wiggins, Richard Terrill, Sheila Killian, Katy Read, Matthew Frank, Kristin Sherman, and Emily Franklin, scope out Somalia, a mother's touch, painted turtles, Irish dancers, street scavengers, moist figs, brush strokes, and the infinite marvels of the Google search engine.

Issue Seventeen / Spring 2005: Sue William Silverman, Sonja Livingston, Marcia Aldrich, Lynn Kilpatrick, Renee D'Aoust, Robin Hemley, Lee Martin and Bob Cowser Jr. focus the creative nonfiction microscope on thumb-sucking, The Village People, freedom of personal hygiene, Prince Valiant, flaming abundance, thankless jobs, the many definitions of dumbness, and "the ugly friend."

Issue Sixteen/ Fall 2004: Cheryl Merrill, Katherine Ozment, Margaret MacInnis, Jessica Mesman, Tom Whalen, W. Brian Overcast, Jessica Handler and Mark Yakich apply their sharp eyes and lively pencils to the worlds of childhood secrets, grief, new life, nature's luminosity, and the question of which is sexier: the pear, the banana, or the Chinese Gooseberry.

Issue Fifteen/ Spring 2004: In our fifteenth issue: Sheyene Foster Heller, Nancy Linnon, Steve Fellner, Rebecca McClanahan, Alison Fensterstock, Sonja S. Mongar, David Bernardy and Leah Williams explore the world of sliding, stripping, spinning and leaping, life in a bowling alley, divorcees, long dirt roads, and the Cracker Barrel.

Issue Fourteen/Fall 2003: Greg Bottoms, Brenda Miller, InSuk Jo, Deborah Marquart, Suzanne Rivecca, Peggy Duffy, Diana Kiesners, and Ellen Morris Prewitt, focus briefly on Japanese Gardens, German weddings, Canadian vacations, Korean-American pronunciation, Venetian divorces, Atlantic City buffet lines, Neil Young in broken English, and all those odd music teachers from our past. Plus our NONQUICTION winners. Absolutely vivid writing. All in 750 words or less.

Issue Thirteen/ Spring 2003: Bret Lott, Laurie Drummond, Phil Gerard, Beth Kephart, Thomas O'Connell, Jane Armstrong, Ginny Wray, and Tom Bradley focus briefly on the world of paranoid nurses, serial killers, leonids, depraved peacocks, illicit armbands, great grandmothers in wigwams, bridge bums, and the simple genesis of faith.

Issue Twelve/ Fall 2002: Greg Bottoms goes to the Gun Show, Brian Doyle remembers Ed, Lee Martin considers the paper wasp, Jose Chavez encounters Jimmy half-drunk and on the porch, Cantara Christopher remembers Eugene O'Neill, David Bosnick makes a fist, Rebecca McClanahan loves bald men, and Elizabeth Shanley Driscoll faces her day of reckoning.

Issue Eleven/ Spring 2002:  Brenda Miller splits wood, Lori Jakiela takes to the air, Christopher Chambers avoids the Hernandez brothers,  Pete Carey discusses writing and music, C.M. Mayo hikes in the Vizcaíno Desert, Anne M. Bauer takes her son Edward absolutely nowhere, and Jeanne Parr Lemkau doesn't see a lot in Cuba.

Issue Ten / Fall 2001: Brian Doyle considering children and grace, Kelly Cherry visiting an unflinching world, Bob Cowser Jr. exploring the power of song, Sheyene Foster Heller writing without metaphor, Gail Siegel posing nude, Susan Landry watching men from her window, and Rajesh Sharma meeting a dancing boy on a train.

Issue Nine /Spring 2001: Janelle M. Masters contemplates color theory, Todd H. Dills watches TV with Mel, Patricia Ann McNair swallows cold coffee, Marilyn Knight negotiates domesticity, Jami Attenberg refuses to listen, Michael Kiser names the birds, and Frank Bures is one tough bastard.

Issue Eight /Fall 2000 (The Nature Issue):  Maureen Stanton waits for moths, Carolyn Kremers thinks of the Nez Perce, Allen Braden studies an elephant that paints, Ann Clizer's friend Rane swims with a bull, Paul Lindholdt visits the high country, Christina Adam reminds us that there is wildlife in Los Angeles, and Robert Root visits places he has been before.

Issue Seven/ Spring 2000: Alyce Miller considers desire and Aretha Franklin; Demian Hess learns early the power of language; Kathryn Hughes remembers Ellie at the ironing board; Gail Peck seeks her inheritance; Trish Harris works the phones; Gary Scott considers the fate of insects; Susan Kushner Resnick sees men in hats; and Marcia Aldrich discovers growth in her marriage.

Issue Six/ Fall 1999: Michael Perry visits the boat people, Kate Flaherty learns about sex in a boardinghouse, Allegra Wong gets very personal, Judith Beck cooks up some cow brain, Angus Woodward battles centipedes and fever, Laura Moe loses her baby fat, Mimi Schwartz learns the power of a cap, and Ann Neuser Lederer asks, "What About the Babies?"

Issue Five /Summer 1999: Liz Rosenberg writes on fever dreams, child beating, and fine dining; Michelle Richmond talks of curvature and parental love; Patti See returns to suburbia, while Mary Sojourner attempts to escape; Cristian Popescu trembles with the pavement stones; and Creative NonQuiction winners David Shields, Cathy Gileadi, and Mary Hussman reveal the secrets of wooden horses, maturing bodies, and the ritual of a burning stick.

Issue Four /January 1999: with Brian Doyle, Anjana Basu, Tom Stanton, Ann L. Berrios, Jane Armstrong, Margaret Ahnert, and Julie Mullany, on love and numbers, green buckets, passing storms, and the secrets held in fish and weekends.

Issue Three/ Fall 1998: With Janelle M. Masters, John Verlenden, Cynthia Burgess, Jessy Randall, Mary Sojourner, Rob Hardy, Lin Mu, and Kevin Sampsell, on talking after love, embarrassment, soup and adverbs, Elvis in Sudan, gambling, sterility, 'nothing,' and not being there at all.

Issue Two/ Summer 1998: With Art Homer, Anjana Basu, Jeff Gundy, Jane Armstrong, Suzanne Young, Joseph Coroniti, George Yatchisin and Dinty W. Moore

Issue One/ Fall 1997: With Paul Kellermann, AB Emrys, Charles Cantalupo, Sue Beller, and Janet Alexander.

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