The Journal for Writers, Issue 1
Grist: The Journal for Writers is a new national literary annual from the creative writing program at the University of Tennessee and features world-class fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, along with interviews with renowned writers and essays about craft. Grist is distinguished from other journals by a commitment to exploring the nuances of the writer’s occupation. Its pages invite questions regarding the author’s choice of genre, form, and point-of-view, as well as facilitating discussions of those elusive terms “aesthetics” and “voice.”
There are plenty of literary journals in the world, as well as a fair number of magazines devoted to aspects of craft, but no publication blends the two like Grist.The premiere issue of Grist features dozens of stories and poems from some of America’s premiere writers. Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love, travels to Indonesia in search of peace and self-awareness, with a little help from a friend and irrepressible dilettante of zoology.In Tom Franklin’s story “Christians,” a mother’s loss of a son prompts a march through her county in search of compassion and someone to lay to rest both her and her departed son. This collection also includes poems and stories by Eric Puchner, Dennis Sampson, Julia Levine, and interviews with Ron Rash and Hannah Tinti.
The journal, both readable and engaging, is a congress of voices and writings that matter. It provides the reader with a window into the writer’s occupation—rapt at his or her desk, consumed by this thing we call craft.