Tuesday, December 09, 2008

PREVIEW: Ct Review Fall 08

The Fall 2008 issue features a special section on contemporary Native American writing, literature and art.

* Author LeAnne Howe discovers the Native American literary aesthetic through her interviews with Cherokee and Chocktaw writers Allison Hedge Coke, Santee Frazier, and Lisa Mann in "Southeastern Indians: Speaking Ourselves Alive!"

* Swedish-Cherokee artist America Meredith blends traditional styles from Europe and Indian country with pop imagery.

* In her essay "Cross-Currents in Native American Literature," Meredith James, from the English department at Eastern discusses three established Native American scholars, Jace Weaver (Cherokee), Craig Womack (Muskogee), and Robert Warrior (Osage). James notes, "As we study and teach Native American literature, we cannot allow ourselves to be mired in derivative discussions of 'who they are,' and 'what they did to us,' but rather bring the focus back to 'who we are,' and 'what we do.'"

* Allison Hedge Coke, an American Book award-winning author of poetry, delivers seven poems and three works of art.

Some other items in this issue:

* Carolyn J. Dekker's precocious character, Ella Wadsworth, tells the story of her father who moved the family to Queensland and her mother whose mind never left London in "The Very Fantastic Story of My Animals."

* Ten poems by five of Connecticut's best college student-poets - recent winners of the Connecticut Poetry Circuit awards. The poems range in subject from "entertaining Biblical ideas" to "The [Childlike] Inability to Make Sense of the World" and from Constellations consisting of gods to a girl who sings to herself in a car.

* Deborah Clearman, program director of the NY Writers' Coalition, in "Time's Arrow," tells a story about a family's traditional New Jersey winter picnic and the fire that keeps their hearts warm.

* Connecticut native Mike Freeman explains in his essay "Canyon Wrens" why "no place shrinks us like the desert."

* Jennifer Carr and Andrea Quaid give back-to-back descriptions of Los Angeles scenes in their respected poems, "Los Angeles Dusting" and "Edgemont Street, Los Angeles."

* In four poems, Charles Rafferty, award-winning author and MFA student at WCSU, depicts "Nebraska," "Kansas," "Florida," and "Missouri."

* Additionally, Poet Laureates Patricia Fargnoli of New Hampshire and Michael S. Glazer of Maryland represent their respected states in four poems.

Those are just a few of snapshots of what's inside the Fall 2008 issue of Connecticut Review.

In the past few years, the review has won awards from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals and National Public Radio; had pieces published in the magazine that have won Pushcart Prizes and appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and Best American Poetry.

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