October 10, 2017 at 9:50 am

Brevity Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Dinty W. Moore, portrait

Dinty W. Moore

by Kristin Distel

Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The journal, founded by editor and OHIO Professor and Director of Creative Writing Dinty W. Moore, publishes flash essays by established and new writers.

Brevity‘s success and longevity have been especially remarkable given that many literary magazines tend to come and go rather quickly.

“If you had told me back in 1997 that this small magazine I started would still be around 20 years later, would have an international readership, more than 37,000 blog followers, and would be publishing the work of nationally-known writers and Pulitzer Prize finalists, I would have just laughed,” Moore says.

The most recent issue—Brevity’s fifty-sixth—features the work of authors who have previously been featured in the journal.

“We specially commissioned authors who have appeared multiple times in Brevity over the years to return to our pages, and when you read the work of Lee Martin, Diane Seuss, Brenda Miller, Sue William Silverman, Rebecca McClanahan, and Ira Sukrungruang in this issue, you may detect a common theme (or at least a common word),” Moore explains.

The issue also includes craft essays by Karen Babine, Nicole Caron, and Jill Talbot.

“What has happened over two decades is testament to what can happen if you stay focused on your mission and just keep putting one foot in front of the other,” says Moore.




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