Publisher’s Description: For over 81 years, New Letters has been discovering and publishing new stories, poems, essays and art that have, in many cases, defined great writing in the 20th and 21st centuries. William Carlos Williams’s statement, “No ideas but in things,” appeared first in a poem published in this magazine in 1944. In 1946, before he published Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger published a controversial short story in this magazine, “Go See Eddie.”
New Letters has always been the magazine of literary superstars and also the magazine of talented newcomers. More recent issues have included the work of some of the greatest international literary artists, including Sherman Alexie, Annie Dillard, Richard Wright, Margaret Atwood, Allen Ginsberg, Andrei Codrescu, and Rita Dove.
The word “Letters” in the title New Letters refers to written discourse, and the word “New” means that the magazine publishes writing that is newly created or newly discovered, and, even more important, writing that stays new.