The only thing not surprising about Ninth Letter is that it is always surprising. The latest issue comes with a pair of disposable 3D glasses. But careful where you put them, you’ll want them to view the cover, design, and artwork throughout (though I’d recommend taking them off for reading purposes). The issue also holds large, foldout portfolios of artwork.
Included is the winners of the 2013 Literary Awards:
R. A. Villanueva, for his poems “Aftermaths” and “Sacrum”
Caitlin O’Neill, for her story “The Change Over Day”
Creative Nonfiction winner
Jessica Wilbanks, for her essay “On the Far Side of the Fire”
Literature in Translation
Eleanor Goodman, for her translation of excerpts from Shen Wei’s A Dictionary of Xinjiang
Other honors accorded by the judges include:
G. C. Waldrep selected “Three Expressions of El Tio” and “Five Characteristics of the Genus Tragelaphus” by Zoey Farber as the Runner Up entry in poetry
Alexis Levitin selected Olga Nikolova’s translations of “A Birthday Between Two Seas,” “A Formula for Infinity,” and “Toast” by Krasimira Zafirova’s as the Runner Up entry up in translation
Margot Livesey named “Pinprick” by Christie Heinrichs, “Charcoal” by Rachel Unkefer, and “Here Where the World Is Greening” by Rachel May as Honorable Mentions in fiction.