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Ghost Proposal: An Interview with the Editors

On a crisp Vermont afternoon in fall 2011,  plain china nonfiction editor Naomi Washer sent her first email to writer Zachary Green, at Columbia College Chicago. Her intention was to solicit his piece, “I Will Send You This,” for plain china 2011. Written in letter form and later chosen as an honorable mention by 2011 […]

Back at the Drawing Board

With fall setting in, the plain china 2012 editorial team is busy already. We’ve begun the selection process for our 2012 anthology with a boost from the student reviewers at FUSE, the Forum for Undergraduate Student Editors. Of our 2010 anthology, FUSE had this to say: “This journal demands a reading for the quality of […]

“I Made This Up to Say”

Nonfiction editor Naomi Washer muses on letter writing, E.E. Cummings, and the power of address, below. Read her interview with Zachary Green of Columbia College Chicago for an intimate glimpse into the process behind the writing of his own letter-piece, selected for publication in Issue Two of plain china 2011.   “Saw a silent bluejay […]

Keeping Up With Safiya

Former plain china editor-in-chief Safiya Sinclair has perfected the recipe for success: prolific and meaningful writing. Since leaving our staff in 2010, she has had poetry published in various magazines and journals, and her first chapbook of poetry and prose has recently been published. Catacombs, available from Argos Books, has been praised by poets Mark Wunderlich as […]

“The Year of the Dead Dog”

The title says it all: fiction editor Michiel Considine reflects on his poignantly grotesque experiences reading and editing fiction selections for plain china 2011, below.       The Year of the Dead Dog My family hit a rough patch in my childhood when it came to dead pets. Hamsters were wrapped in napkins and […]

Cultural Memory and “Gauche Chemistry”

The third and final issue of plain china 2011 launches today, featuring the work of promising undergraduate writers and artists from LSU, Emerson, Dartmouth, Prescott College, the University of Miami, Bennington, and Harvard, to name a few. We’ve saved the prize-winning nonfiction piece, “Gauche Chemistry,” for dessert, and rightly so. The essay is a raucous […]

“Party Boy” of the Paris Review

With the launch of Issue One under our belts, we’re gearing up for Issue Two—look for it on Monday, April 16th—which will feature work from UVM, UC Berkeley, Louisiana State University, UGA, Princeton, and more. We’ll also announce the fiction prize winner, chosen by the Paris Review’s editor, Lorin Stein. Stein has been turning heads […]

March Madness

Welcome to the third annual plain china anthology! After another busy fall full of reading and editing, we’re ready to crack the windows and air out some new plain china material. Issue One, which launches on Monday, March 26th, will feature work  from schools such as LSU, University of Georgia, Princeton University, Bard College, Harvard […]