American Writers on American Writers
Bradford Morrow and Others
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For Tributes, Conjunctions invited a number of contemporary writers to pay homage to American literary masters who made something possible for them—whether that was the act of writing itself, writing a certain book, writing in a particular manner, or living in a way that was consonant with the act of writing. This is an anthology of personal enthusiasms, a colloquium Whitman might have seen as a progress of vistas. John Sayles offers an appreciation of Nelson Algren, Robert Creeley of Edwin Arlington Robinson, Nathaniel Mackey on Walt Whitman. And then there’s Rick Moody on John Cheever, Ben Marcus on Dr. Seuss, Mona Simpson on Henry James, Ana Castillo on Anaïs Nin, Anne Waldman on Jack Kerouac, Lydia Davis on Edward Dahlberg. All in all, forty-five authors share compelling tales of their adopted literary parentage.
“Conjunctions is striking. . . . A rich collection which balances well-known writers with exciting new ones.” —The New York Times Book Review “Conjunctions offers a showplace for some of the most exciting and demanding writers now at work.” —The Washington Post “Arguably the most distinguished journal of prose and poetry in America.” —Elle “A must read.” —The Village Voice “One of the very best literary magazines in North America. If you like good reading that’s also provocative and original, naturally you would be reading Conjunctions.” —Joyce Carol Oates “The last avant-garde literary journal . . . with a wide-bore vision and a still vital role to play in the publishing of younger and unknown writers is, after all, venerable . . . Conjunctions is still the bellwether of non-aligned excellence.” —Martin Earl “Conjunctions is a major magazine, possibly the last print journal deserving that designation in America.” —Ron Silliman “One of our most distinctive and valuable literary magazines. The fiction, poetry, criticism, drama, and art is sometimes described as ‘experimental,’ but we would also say innovative, daring, indispensable, and beautiful.” —PEN American Center “One of the most widely recognized and respected venues for serious poetry, prose, plays, interviews, and criticism.” —Context
Bradford Morrow is the editor of Conjunctions and the recipient of the PEN/Nora Magid Award for excellence in literary editing. The author of six novels, his most recent books include the novel The Diviner’s Tale (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and the fiction collection The Uninnocent (Pegasus Books). He is currently at work on a collaboration with virtuoso guitarist Alex Skolnick, A Bestiary. A Bard Center fellow and professor of literature at Bard College, he lives in New York City.
Martine Bellen’s most recent collection of poetry is Wabac Machine (Furniture Press Books). Her other books include GHOSTS! (Spuyten Duyvil Press) and The Vulnerability of Order (Copper Canyon Press). Lee Smith has published twelve novels and four fiction collections, including the forthcoming Guests on Earth (Algonquin Books). She is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award.