NOON: A Celebration
Tuesday May 5, 2015
The Center for Fiction joined Diane Williams in celebrating the latest edition of NOON. Critically acclaimed in the U.S. and abroad, NOON’s stories have been frequently reprinted in Harper’s and selected for numerous Pushcart and O. Henry prizes. The evening featured readings and refreshments.
R.O. Kwon’s writing has been published in Ploughshares, The Believer, Tin House, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. This is her first appearance in NOON.
Clancy Martin’s contribution, “He’s Your Big Brother, He’s Just Fine,” is the seventh excerpt from his memoir in progress that has appeared in NOON. His book Love and Lies is just out from Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Mary South is a graduate of the MFA program in fiction at Columbia University. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker’s Book Bench and Words Without Borders. She is a senior editor at NOON. This is her first published story.
Deb Olin Unferth is the author of the memoir Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; the story collection Minor Robberies; and the novel Vacation, winner of the Cabell First Novel Award. Her work has appeared in NOON, Harper’s, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, The Boston Review, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. She has received three Pushcart Prizes and a Creative Capital Grant for Innovative Literature. She is an associate professor at the University of Texas. Her next book is forthcoming from Graywolf.
Lincoln Michel’s fiction appears in Tin House, American Short Fiction, NOON, and elsewhere. He is the online editor of Electric Literature and the co-editor of Gigantic magazine. Sometimes he draws authors as monsters. His debut collection, Upright Beasts, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press. He tweets at @thelincoln.
Founded in 2000 by Diane Williams, NOON is dedicated to supporting important literary art. David Ulin in the Los Angeles Times called NOON, “...a compendium of unlikely pleasures: short prose and illustrations that challenge us to think about meaning and narrative....[I]t is elegantly designed and curated, a journal that wears its intentions on its sleeve. These are oblique stories, stories that exist in the interior, getting at the things we know but do not know we know.”
NOON’s entire archive was recently purchased by The Lilly Library at Indiana University. The 2015 edition introduces the work of first time contributors: Darrell Kinsey, Krištof Kintera, R.O. Kwon, Susan Laier, Erin Osborne, Mary South, and Kevin Thomas.