Featured Author: Susannah Breslin

Identity Theory articles: "While You Were Out" | "A Family Portrait" | "Come See Allycin" | "Sex $75" Susannah Breslin was born and raised in Berkeley, California, which, of course, explains it all. A faculty-brat of the highest order, Breslin grew up riding horses, reading of Tove Jansson's Moomins, and avoiding both hippies and feminists.

John Dufresne

John Dufresne

"In America there is a great tradition of Southern literature. It was the literature I loved when I was growing up. It's not why I moved to the South, but it's why I felt at home there, in a way."

Why I Went to Portugal

Katy and Kyle suggested I take language lessons, but I wasn't going to Portugal to talk. I would speak as I ate and slept—not deliberately; indiscriminately and disjointedly; between slugs of fizzy wine and lungfuls of potent Moroccan hashish; almost by accident. Dee, my girlfriend at the time, joked I was off to try my

Christopher Rice

Christopher Rice

"I believe that my material, the material I like to write, would be laughed out of your average writing program. That I would be encouraged or pushed to write something I didn't want to and follow rules that I have made very clear that I will not follow."

Alex Beam

Alex Beam

"I asked myself the question, 'What are my intentions?' I realized my intentions were perfection. I wanted to write a perfect 750-word column. I'm judging what I produced against the ideal possibility of what would have been perfect."

Wit: A Poem

[there’s] something to be said … not much, for the idea that everyone ought to commit suicide once in a while Hayden Carruth Listen to the hiss ­ zigzag aggressions, depression, graphs ­ while calmer heads ­ shake their souls -- stirred in sadness do the best they can? Who wanted to be the kid

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