What is Words and Images?

Words and Images is a literary journal published by the University of Southern Maine. What is now called Words and Images was once called Presumpscot Review. And The Review. And The Portland Review. The earliest copy we can find in the back room of the office is dated 1976. Thus, the journal is old enough to rent a car.

We’re interested in fiction that pushes the boundaries of convention and form, without: a) becoming incoherent; b) becoming lifeless, hollow, empty; c) sacrificing emotion for effect. We’re looking for popular experimentation. We want work for large groups of people to read and feel intelligent for doing so, therefore becoming a better large group of people in the process.

Words and Images’ staff for 2009 is Seth Bishop, Chad Chamberlain, Benjamin Rybeck, Aubin Thomas, and Caroline O’Connor Thomas.

Past contributors to Words and Images include John Brandon, Kevin Brockmeier, Dan Domench, Megan Grumbling, Richard Hoffman, Michael Kimball, Richard Lethem, John Manderino, Wesley McNair, Mark Melnicove, Bruce Pratt, Bill Rasmovicz, Kenneth Rosen, Colin Sargent, Betsy Sholl, Laima Sruoginis, Martin Steingesser, and Shelton Waldrep.

Past issues have featured interviews with Jennifer Egan, Dennis Lehane, Jonathan Lethem, The National, Sharon Olds, Adrienne Rich, and Richard Russo.


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