May 2011

Issue 36





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The May 2011 issue of Brevity begins with a tribute to Tuscaloosa. Michael Martone's essay was written just days after a massive tornado cut a brutal swath through the college town, killing at least 40 individuals and leaving many, town and gown alike, homeless; Wendy Rawlings' poignant look at her Tuscaloosa neighborhood was written before the storm, and sat in our submissions queue on the evening the tornado turned the city's neighborhoods inside out.

 

 

SOME SPACE

By Michael Martone



 

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

By Wendy Rawlings

 



There Are Distances Between Us

By Roxane Gay

 

 

By Peggy Shumaker

 

By Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

 

By Joe Wilkins


 

By Brooke Wonders



 

By Tory M. Taylor

 

By Liane Kupferberg Carter

 

 

By Jenny Patton


 

By David Andrews

 

 

By Tom Hoisington


 

By Rachel Toliver

 

 

By Tammie M. Kennedy

 

By Robert Lavender

 


By Adam Smith


 

By Annina Lavee

 

 

By Mike Land

eNEW BOOK REVIEWS, CRAFT ESSAYS AND INTERVIEWS

In our Craft Section, David Huddle contemplates wielding the mighty instrument of speculation, and Dinah Lenney establishes a compelling case for why she’s against knowing. These essays are adapted from presentations the authors gave as part of Jill McCabe Johnson’s excellent panel, “What the Narrator Doesn’t Know: The Importance of Speculation in Narrative,” at the AWP 2011 Conference. This is the first of a two-part series. In our September issue, Lia Purpura and Lee Martin will continue the conversation.

And on our Book page, reviews of Jay Varner’s Nothing Left to Burn, Jim Minick's The Blueberry Years, Annia Ciezadlo’s Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War, Ethan Gilsdorf's Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks, and J. Luise Eberhardy interviews Jane Brox on her latest book, Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light.


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