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English and Creative Writing


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The Best Innovative Writing

This second volume of The &Now Awards recognizes the most provocative, hardest-hitting, deadly serious, patently absurd, cutting-edge, avant-everything-and-nothing work from the years 2009-2011. The &NOW Awards features writing as a contemporary art form: writing as it is practiced today by authors who consciously treat their work as an art, and as a practice explicitly aware of its own literary and extra-literary history—as much about its form and materials, language, as it about its subject matter. The &NOW conference, moving from the University of Notre Dame (2004), Lake Forest College (2006), Chapman University (2008), the University at Buffalo (2009), the University of California, San Diego (2011), and Paris (Sorbonne and Diderot, 2012)—sets the stage for this aesthetic, while The &Now Awards features work from the wider world of innovative publishing and serves as an ideal survey of the contemporary scene.

The book has two covers and can be read from either direction. It’s a topsy-turvy world.

Davis Schneiderman is the Director of &NOW Books. His works include Drain (Triquarterly) and the DEAD/BOOKS trilogy, Blank (2011), [SIC] (2013), and INK. (2014) (Jaded Ibis).


May · World · First Publication ·8x10 · 400 pages · Trade Paper · 
ISBN:  978-0-9823156-4-4  0-9823156-4-3 · $19.95 

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