Issue #27, 2005

Writing It Short

This issue features highlights from the online journal Brevity, which challenges writers to do their best in fewer than 750 words. Writers including Robin Hemley, David Shields, Brian Doyle and Brenda Miller tackle (briefly) topics like moth-collecting, gun shows, green plastic buckets and much, much more. The "Best of Brevity" is anchored on both sides by some terrific new writing by prestigious and highly respected writers, beginning with "New Century," by Natalie Goldberg—poet, novelist, essayist and author of the impressive and popular "Writing Down the Bones." "Money for Nothing," by Kevin Holdsworth, is a meditation on risk-taking. "The Slashpile Inventory," by David Oates, tells the story of a summer spent splitting rails out West and trying to make money. In "Rock Hounds," David Rompf traces a lifelong obsession with rock collecting. "Going, Going, Gone," by Floyd Skloot, combines the themes of the Dodgers, Brooklyn, moving, playing baseball, writing and growing up.

This issue is out of print.

Table of Contents

FROM THE EDITOR: Writing It Short Lee Gutkind ... read more
New Century Natalie Goldberg
Money for Nothing Kevin Holdsworth
SPECIAL SECTION: The Best of Brevity
Introduction Dinty W. Moore
Winter Count, 1964 Stuart Lishan
Genesis Bret Lott
Her Numbers Brian Doyle
Romancing the Light Maureen P. Stanton
Hochzeit Debra Marquart
A Brief History of Sex Education Kate Flaherty
Prince Valiant Robin Hemley
Sam at the Gun Show Greg Bottoms
Green Plastic Buckets Anjana Basu
A Bilingual Halloween InSuk Jo
Planet Unflinching Kelly Cherry
You'll Love the Way We Fly Lori Jakiela
Thumb-Sucking Girl Sonja Livingston
My Mother's Tongue Alexis Wiggins
Singing Like Yma Sumac Cheryl Merrill
Boat People Michael Perry
The Ugly Friend Lynn Kilpatrick
A Preview of Coming Attractions David Shields
Dumber Than Lee Martin
Chop Suey Ira Sukrungruang
Free Tibet, Man! Dinty W. Moore
Loving Bald Men Rebecca McClanahan
The Paranoid Nurse Philip Gerard
My Mother's Toenails Marcia Aldrich
The Slashpile Inventory David Oates
Rock Hounds David Rompf
Going, Going, Gone Floyd Skloot
COVER TO COVER: Reviews of New Books


Marcia Aldrich

Marcia Aldrich is working on two essay collections, The Mother Bed and a case study of a suicide, The Substitute Teacher. Girl Rearing, a... read more

Anjana Basu

Anjana Basu writes fiction, poetry and featuring stories for the local newspapers and for Cosmopolitan. She has had a book of short stories... read more

Greg Bottoms

Greg Bottoms is the author of Angelhead: My Brother's Descent Into Madness (University of Chicago Press), an Esquire "Book of the Year" in... read more

Kelly Cherry

Kelly Cherry is the author of over 20 books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Her most recent title is History, Passion, Freedom, Death,... read more

Brian Doyle

Brian Doyle was the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon and the author of many books of essays and fiction... read more

Laurie Lynn Drummond

Laurie Lynn Drummond is a former uniformed officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the author of the linked-story collection Anything You... read more

Kate Flaherty

Kate Flaherty's essays and stories have appeared in Fourth Genre, Pennsylvania English, Prairie Schooner and other magazines. She is a... read more

Matthew Gavin Frank

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of Barolo, Pot Farm (forthcoming 2012), Warranty in Zulu, The Morrow Plots (forthcoming), Sagittarius... read more

Philip Gerard

Philip Gerard holds an MFA from the University of Arizona. He is the author of three novels and four books of creative nonfiction,... read more

Natalie Goldberg

Natalie Goldberg is the author of 10 books, including Writing Down the Bones, Living Color, Long Quiet Highway and her most recent book,... read more

Robin Hemley

Robin Hemley is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction and the winner of a number of awards including two Pushcart Prizes, the... read more

Kevin Holdsworth

Kevin Holdsworth lives in Green River, Wyo., between the Wind River and Uinta ranges. His first book, Big Wonderful, is forthcoming from... read more

Lori Jakiela

Lori Jakiela is the author of a memoir, Miss New York Has Everything. Her chapbook, The Regulars, was published by Liquid Paper Press. Her... read more

InSuk Jo

InSuk Jo received her MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College and teaches English at the University of Southern Indiana. She writes... read more

Lynn Kilpatrick

Lynn Kilpatrick’s essays have appeared in Ninth Letter and Brevity. Her short story collection, In the House, was published by FC2.... read more

Stuart Lishan

Stuart Lishan's work has appeared in Kenyon Review, Arts & Letters, Bellingham Review, Antioch Review, New England Review, In Posse... read more

Sonja Livingston

Sonja Livingston’s first book, Ghostbread, won the AWP Award for Creative Nonfiction and has been honored with awards from the... read more

Bret Lott

Bret Lott is the author of nine novels, three story collections and two books of essays: Fathers, Sons and Brothers and Before We Get... read more

Debra Marquart

Debra Marquart is an associate professor of English and the author of three books, including Everything's a Verb: Poems (New Rivers... read more

Lee Martin

Lee Martin is author of the story collection, The Least You Need to Know, (Sarabande Books, 1996) winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in... read more

Rebecca McClanahan

Rebecca McClanahan has published The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, four volumes of poetry and two writing texts, including Word... read more

Patricia Ann McNair

Patricia Ann McNair teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago. Her work has... read more

Cheryl Merrill

Cheryl Merrill lives and works in Port Townsend, Wash. Her publications include poems in Paintbrush, Northwest Review, Willow Springs and... read more

Brenda Miller

Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, most recently An Earlier Life. She also co-authored Tell It Slant:... read more

Dinty W. Moore

Dinty W. Moore is author of the memoir Between Panic & Desire and many other books. He has published essays and stories in the Southern... read more

David Oates

David Oates writes nonfiction, poetry and fiction about the paradoxes of nature and culture. His book City Limits: Walking Portland's... read more

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a freelance writer and humorist whose work includes the memoir Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time... read more

Susan Kushner Resnick

Susan Kushner Resnick is a health reporter for The Providence Journal in Providence, R.I., and the author of the memoir Sleepless Days: One... read more

David Rompf

David Rompf's essays and stories have appeared in Harvard Review, Missouri Review, Berkeley Fiction Review and many other publications. He... read more

David Shields

David Shields is the author of 10 books, including Reality Hunger: A Manifesto; The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, a... read more

Floyd Skloot

Floyd Skloot's memoir, In the Shadow of Memory (Nebraska, 2003), won the PEN Center USA Literary Award. The sequel, A World of Light, will... read more

Maureen P. Stanton

Maureen P. Stanton's essays have appeared in Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, American Literary Review, The Sun and other magazines and... read more

Ira Sukrungruang

Ira Sukrungruang is the author of three nonfiction books: Buddha’s Dog & Other Meditations, Southside Buddhist, and Talk Thai:... read more

Nicole Walker

Nicole Walker is the author of two forthcoming books, Sustainability: A Love Story and Microcosmology. Her previous books include Egg,... read more

Alexis Wiggins

Alexis Wiggins is a young American writer living in Spain. Her work has appeared in Rivet, Dimsun, Flashquake, Lime Tea, FRESH YARN and... read more