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Faculty publish top literary journal

July 8, 2009 -- The latest issue of the top poetry journal New American Writing, edited by Creative Writing Professors Paul Hoover and Maxine Chernoff, is now available online.

Widely recognized as one of the best literary magazines of its kind, New American Writing features the work of well-established and emerging writers and, despite its name, the translated poetry of foreign authors.

The cover of "New American Writing 27, which features "Library of Dust 1454," a color image of a corroding copper canister

The cover of the latest issue of New American Writing features photographer David Maisel's "Library of Dust 1454," a color image of one of hundreds of corroding copper canisters containing the unclaimed ashes of psychiatric patients.

The latest issue, New American Writing 27, begins with "Counterpoint," a rendering of the New York City life of the late Palestinian American scholar Edward Said penned by Palestinian literary giant Mahmoud Darwish, who died last year. Lebanese poet Etel Adnan follows with an examination of the effects of war and other forms of chaos in "from Sea."

Also among the 60 poets presented in this issue are writers with an SF State pedigree including English Lecturer Brian Strang, Creative Writing Lecturer Barbara Tomash and alumni John High, Denise Newman, Jordan Stempleman, David Albracht and Edward Smallfield.
Published in association with the College of Humanities, the 38-year-old journal was founded in the 1970s by Hoover and a classmate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Hoover and Chernoff have co-edited the publication since 1974. Chernoff is the author of three books of short fiction, three novels and nine collections of poetry. Hoover has authored 12 volumes of poetry -- two of which are about to be published in Spanish.

For more information about "New American Writing" or to order a copy, visit: www.newamericanwriting.com


-- Denize Springer


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