Spring and Summer 2010 Alaska Quarterly Review now available

by Kathleen McCoy  |   

Alaska Quarterly Review's Spring & Summer 2010 book-length issue not only contains an impressive anthology of innovative new fiction, a major work of nonfiction, and a collection of compelling, new poetry, it contains some of the most distinctive work that will be published in 2010 by any literary journal.

Alaska Quarterly ReviewIn this issue is a unique and insightful 80-page exploration of what makes a good sentence and how to write one: "How to Write a Good Sentence: A Manual for Writers Who Know How to Write Correct Sentences." Using examples from 48 writers, author Arnold G. Nelson, a 91-year old professor emeritus at Western Michigan University, created a fascinating study of the nature of language, literature and personal observation. Exemplars range from John McPhee and Gertrude Stein to Philip Roth, Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor and William Least Heat-Moon.

Also in this issue features a cutting-edge anthology titled, "Innovative Fiction: 21 Writers," guest edited by Amy Hempel. Hempel is an acclaimed writer of short fiction and recipient of the Hobson Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a USA Fellowship grant by United States Artists, the Rea Award for the Short Story and the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction. Hempel's Collected Stories, was named one of The New York Times' Ten Best Books of the year. Readers of "Innovative Fiction: 21 Writers" will be treated to a surprising mix of stories by 21 new, emerging and established writers including O. Henry Award winner, Patricia Lear and National Book Award winner, Lily Tuck.

Rounding out the issue is a collection of compelling poetry by 18 new and emerging poets including Todd Boss, Jeanne Emmons and Amber Flora Thomas.

Alaska's flagship journal, Alaska Quarterly Review has received widespread acclaim for its exceptional quality and was deemed by The Washington Post Book World as "one of the nation's best literary magazines," and by the Sunday New York Times Book Review as "fresh treasure."

AQR is completing 27 years of continuous publication.

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