A Best of Fence: The First Nine Years

Date/Time
Date(s) - Thursday 03/19/2009 - 03/20/2009
11:00 pm - 1:00 am

Fence magazine cover imageArea authors Christian Peet, Sam Truitt, Jibade-Khalil Huffman and Laura Didyk will read in celebration of the publication of A Best of Fence, a new anthology of collected works from Fence magazine’s first nine years of publication. Refreshments will be served and copies of A Best of Fence will be available for purchase.

Founded in 1998, Fence is a biannual journal of poetry, fiction, art, and criticism that has a mission to redefine the terms of accessibility by publishing challenging writing distinguished by idiosyncrasy and intelligence rather than by allegiance with camps, schools, or cliques. It is part of their mission to support writers who might otherwise have difficulty being recognized because their work doesn’t answer to either the mainstream or to recognizable modes of experimentation.

Ever idiosyncratic, Fence evades the tedium of the decade with this anthology, co-edited by eleven of Fence’s editors past and present, including founding editor Rebecca Wolff; fiction editors Jonathan Lethem, Ben Marcus, and Lynne Tillman; poetry editors Caroline Crumpacker, Katy Lederer, Matthew Rohrer, Christopher Stackhouse, and Max Winter; and nonfiction editors Frances Richard and Jason Zuzga. In addition to presenting a stunningly eclectic compendium of poetry, short fiction, criticism, and creative nonfiction, much of it by younger writers who appeared in Fence at the beginning of careers that went on to be dazzling, this volume includes reflective essays by editors on their experiences with selected texts, with authors, with the magazine as a collective, and with their own editorial identities, and serves as an indispensable record of the inception and continuation of one of the most influential literary journals of its time.