September 2004

The Many Places We Are: An Interview with Diane Glancy

H. L. Hix

Diane Glancy teaches Native American Literature and Creative Writing at Macalester College. Her Latest novel is Stone Heart: A Novel of Sacajawea (Overlook Press). She received a 2003 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, and the 2003 Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press for Primer of the Obsolete, published in May, 2004. The Shadow's Horse, a collection of poetry, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2003. In-between Places, a new collection of essays, is forthcoming from Arizona. In 2002, the University of Oklahoma Press published American Gypsy, a collection of six plays, and a novel, The Mask Maker, which won the 2003 Oklahoma Book Award. A novella, Designs of the Night Sky, was published in the new Native Stories: An American Narrative Series by the University of Nebraska Press. Glancy lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Shawnee Mission, Kansas.


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New York's Poets House Looking for New Space with the Same Rai­son d'etre

Steven Huff

This old house is full.


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In Search of the Exact Word

Richard Goodman

The exact word. Le mot juste, in French, is how it's expressed. Mot meaning "word," and juste meaning "exact." Most everyone I've ever talked to, or have read, attributes this phrase to Gustave Flaubert, the celebrated 19th century French perfectionist author of Madame Bovary and ASentimental Education. Sven Birkerts, for example, wrote this just recently in the American Scholar, "Like many would-be writers, I had been deeply influenced by stories of Flaubert's grail-quest for le mot juste, the exact word, which of course translated into the idea of the perfect sentence, paragraph, chapter... book." 1 I've read the two-volume edition of Flaubert's letters, translated so wonderfully by Francis Steegmuller, at least seven or eight times, once just this week, and I couldn't find the phrase. So I went to the web. I found Le Mot Juste Translation Service, "Le Mot Juste Communications," an e-zine named Le Mot Juste, and an online dictionary with that name. I'm surprised I didn't find Le Mot Juste Escort Service.


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An Interview with Sydney Lea

Marie Jordan Giordano

Sydney Lea is the author of seven poetry collections, the most recent of which, Pursuit Of A Wound, was a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize; his prior volume, To The Bone: New And Selected Poems, was co-winner of the 1998 Poets' Prize. Lea has also published A Place In Mind, a novel (Scribner '89, Story Line '92), and Hunting The Whole Way Home, a collection of essays, which was reissued by the Lyons Press in '01. Story Line Press will publish A Little Wildness: Some Notes on Rambling, his second nonfiction book, in spring '05. His eighth collection of poems, Ghost Pain, is due from Sarabande Books in April. To quote Stanley Plumly, Sydney Lea's writing "lives at the level at which lyricism is crowded with the daily lives of those who will not or cannot speak for themselves-the doomed, the disenfranchised, the local dead." A well loved mentor and teacher of literature and writing for thirty five years, he has been on the faculty at Dartmouth , Yale, Wesleyan, Middlebury, and Vermont colleges in the U.S. , as well as at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest and Franklin College in Lugano abroad. He has held fellowships from the Rockefeller, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Foundations, and he was founder, and for thirteen years editor of, New England Review. He lives with his wife Robin Barone, a lawyer and mediator, and his children in Newbury , Vermont.


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The Many Places We Are: An Interview with Diane Glancy

H.L. Hix

Diane Glancy teaches Native American Literature and Creative Writing at Macalester College. Her Latest novel is Stone Heart: A Novel of Sacajawea (Overlook Press). She received a 2003 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, and the 2003 Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press for Primer of the Obsolete, published in May, 2004. The Shadow's Horse, a collection of poetry, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2003. In-between Places, a new collection of essays, is forthcoming from Arizona. In 2002, the University of Oklahoma Press published American Gypsy, a collection of six plays, and a novel, The Mask Maker, which won the 2003 Oklahoma Book Award. A novella, Designs of the Night Sky, was published in the new Native Stories: An American Narrative Series by the University of Nebraska Press. Glancy lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Shawnee Mission, Kansas.


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The Many Places We Are: An Interview with Diane Glancy

H.L. Hix

Diane Glancy teaches Native American Literature and Creative Writing at Macalester College. Her Latest novel is Stone Heart: A Novel of Sacajawea (Overlook Press). She received a 2003 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, and the 2003 Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press for Primer of the Obsolete, published in May, 2004. The Shadow's Horse, a collection of poetry, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2003. In-between Places, a new collection of essays, is forthcoming from Arizona. In 2002, the University of Oklahoma Press published American Gypsy, a collection of six plays, and a novel, The Mask Maker, which won the 2003 Oklahoma Book Award. A novella, Designs of the Night Sky, was published in the new Native Stories: An American Narrative Series by the University of Nebraska Press. Glancy lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Shawnee Mission, Kansas.


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Brave New World: Aliteracy in America

D.W. Fenza

-Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death


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