Led for fifteen years by founding editor Diane Williams, each issue of NOON (www.noonannual.com) contains prose chiseled to its barest, most arresting essence—a concision attributed by most to Williams’s high demands as an editor. “She inspires excellence and demands discipline,” frequent NOON contributor Deb Olin Unferth says of Williams. “Clancy Martin and I now laugh about how she will take forty pages of writing and slash it down to two.” The new fifteenth-anniversary issue includes fiction from regular NOON contributors Lincoln Michel, Christine Schutt, and Anya Yurchyshyn, as well as newcomers Kayla Blatchley and Ashton Politanoff. (via)

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