March 23, 1999
KALAMAZOO -- Poems by Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine and a story by award-winning Kalamazoo writer Bonnie Jo Campbell are featured in the spring 1999 issue of Third Coast, the literary magazine published by Western Michigan University's Department of English.
Now on sale at area bookstores, the biannual, soft-cover journal is edited by graduate students in WMU's master's and doctoral English programs.
The latest issue features 35 poems, five fiction stories and one non-fiction article. There are two poems by Levine, whose collection of poems, "The Simple Truth," won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize. Also included is a story by Bonnie Jo Campbell, a recent WMU graduate, whose first collection of short stories won the Associated Writing Programs Award Series in short fiction and will be published next year by the University of Massachusetts Press.
Other writers whose work appears in the issue are Jim Daniels, Mark Jarman, Peter Johnson, Malena Morling, Kelly Simon, Charles Harper Webb and Dallas Wiebe. In addition, the issue contains book reviews for the first time, offering comment on 11 books by various authors. Front and back cover art, "The Invention of Pain" and "Day Jobs of the Gods," is by Chicago-based artist James Deeb, who earned a master's of fine arts degree from WMU in 1994.
Third Coast continues to receive praise from readers and writers alike. Gian Lombardo, a past contributor, remarked that "Third Coast's poetry and fiction are always unexpected and engaging. There's writing in here with teeth, heart, and strength."
Graduate students Scott Bade, Darrin Doyle, Janice Robertson, and Tony Spicer edited the magazine with the help of a number of undergraduate and graduate students who volunteered hundreds of hours. Invitations to submit are included in each issue and manuscripts are welcome throughout the year.
Third Coast costs $6 per issue and is available locally at bookstores and cafes including Athena Book Shop, Michigan News, John W. Rollins Bookseller, Tromblay Salon and the gift shop at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Subscriptions are also available, beginning at $11 for two issues. Individuals can also secure a copy of the issue by sending a check for $6, along with their name and address, to: Third Coast, Department of English, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5092.
For more information, contact Kathleen McGookey at (616) 387-2675.
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