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Spring edition of Third Coast now available

May 10, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Copies of the spring 2004 edition of Third Coast, one of the country's premier university-based literary journals, are now available at Kalamazoo area bookstores and cafes.

This edition of the Western Michigan University-published journal includes the popular combination of poetry and fiction by established and emerging writers, as well as an interview with John Dufresne, author of the recent book on writing fiction, "The Lie That Tells a Truth."

"This issue of Third Coast is pretty remarkable, I think, for being as instructive as it is enjoyable," says Editor Glenn Deutsch, referring to the Jason Skipper's craft-talk interview with Dufresne.

The spring edition also contains a creative nonfiction piece, "Double Language," about the artfulness of sign language. Author Morgan Grayce Willow recalls when, as an interpreter, she would "sizzle" in a "meta-linguistic state," when her body would inhabit not so much a boundary but a borderland between the hearing and deaf worlds.

Featured poetry includes work by renowned writers, such as Mark Halliday and Conrad Hilberry, and emerging talents, including Deborah Landau and Robyn D. Morgan. George Looney's work and two of Sean Thomas Dougherty's contributions, meanwhile, are prose poems. Poetry and fiction come together in this edition, with two short-shorts, Ryan G. Van Cleave's "Mouths" and Ptim Callan's "The Note."

Fiction by Keith Banner for this edition, "From Me to You," is an absorbing story about adult children confronting the past, as their father, who once sexually molested them, suffers the declines of old age. Banner is the author of the 1999 novel, "The Life I Lead," and a new story collection, "The Smallest People Alive."

Third Coast has been published since 1995 by creative writing graduate students in the WMU Department of English and has enjoyed a major circulation upswing in recent years.

Third Coast is now available for $6 at local bookstores and cafes, including Athena Book Shop, the Michigan News Agency and Barnes and Noble. Yearly subscriptions, which includes two issues, are available by mail for $11 annually. Readers can subscribe or give gift subscriptions by sending a check along with their name and address to: Michele McLaughlin, Third Coast business manager, Department of English, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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