Table of Contents
Letter from the Editor
Welcome to The Literarian, the new online journal for the Center for Fiction. We’re here to celebrate and support the extraordinary breadth of literary fiction in the U.S. and around the world. To that end, we bring you original work by writers with widely diverging approaches to the short story (Alan Cheuse, Terese Svoboda, Stuart Dybek, Kim Chinquee, Manuel Martinez, and Frederic Tuten) and interviews with authors of different generations (Cynthia Ozick, Yiyiun Li). You won’t want to miss Martha McPhee’s salute to five great novels about women behaving badly, Sam Lipsyte’s reading (on video) from his scary-funny novel The Ask, and our monthly sampling of the most interesting literary magazines out there, including Australia’s Wet Ink and the St. Petersburg Review, which includes stories written in English alongside Russian work in translation.
A few years ago, I was talking with a Russian man who asked whether I’d read the Russian writers. Of course, I started rattling on about Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov…when he politely said, “No, I mean the Russian writers who are alive.” So now I am happy to recommend the powerful and provocative story Friday, by the very much alive Vyacheslav Pyetsukh.
In upcoming issues we will bring more emerging writers into the mix. To submit original work, please send a word doc or rtf to firstname.lastname@example.org. To recommend a partnership with your journal, please write to email@example.com.
We hope you enjoy our debut. Start here.
Also On Our Site
"The Model Short Story," showcasing Richard Ford's "Sweethearts"
Martha Southgate on Toni Morrison and how The Bluest Eye made Southgate a reader
Caroline Leavitt on getting unstuck
"So You Want to Start Your Own Micro-Press?" by literary DYI by Kevin Sampsell
"The Writers' Group Manifesto" on how to find power in numbers by Katharine Davis
And be sure to check out our events; we hope to see you here.
Editor of The Literarian
Dawn Raffel's newest book is a story collection, Further Adventures in the Restless Universe. She is also the author of a novel, Carrying the Body, and a previous collection, In the Year of Long Division. She was a fiction editor for many years, followed by a seven-year stint as Executive Articles Editor at O, The Oprah Magazine and three years as Editor-at-Large at More magazine; she has also taught in the MFA program at Columbia University and at SLS St. Petersburg, Russia. She is now Editor at Large, Books at Reader's Digest. She lives outside New York City with her husband and sons.