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Latest Issue of Bard College’s Celebrated Literary Magazine Conjunctions Gathers Leading Writers to Explore Preservation

Mark Primoff
Conjunctions:70, Sanctuary: The Preservation Issue Features New Work from Diane Ackerman, Rae Armantrout, Mary Jo Bang, Julia Elliott, Andrew Ervin, Peter Gizzi, Robin Hemley, Nam Le, Toby Olson, Peter Orner, Donald Revell, Elizabeth Robinson, Joanna Ruocco, Arthur Sze, Frederic Tuten, and an exclusive interview with Richard Powers
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.– Whether trained specialists or lay people who care about something, preservationists come from every stratum of life. The archivist, the linguist, the local town historian. The paleontologist, the heirloom seed-saver, the family photographer. Conjunctions:70, Sanctuary: The Preservation Issue the latest issue of the innovative literary magazine published by Bard College—explores the myriad ways in which we go about preserving what might otherwise be forfeited. Edited by Conjunctions editor, novelist, and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow, Sanctuary features an exclusive interview between Morrow and National Book Award-winning author Richard Powers, the first excerpt from Pulitzer Prize finalist Diane Ackerman’s forthcoming debut novel, as well as new work from Rae Armantrout, Mary Jo Bang, Julia Elliott, Andrew Ervin, Peter Gizzi, Robin Hemley, Nam Le, Toby Olson, Peter Orner, Donald Revell, Elizabeth Robinson, Joanna Ruocco, Arthur Sze, and Frederic Tuten.

“All things are inherently fragile, no matter how permanent and indestructible they may seem,” writes Morrow. “Being mortal, we can only preserve our health, our very lives, for a circumscribed span of time. But what of our works—our languages, our communities, our arts and sciences, our institutions, our families? And what of our earth, its forests, rivers, mountains, skies, and oceans? The writers in Sanctuary: The Preservation Issue come at these and similar questions from a host of perspectives. Here are meditations on the preservation of friendship and family, of memory and bodies, of literature kept alive through the gift of translation.”

Additional contributors to Being Bodies include Heather Altfeld, Mauro Javier Cardenas, J’Lyn Chapman, Rae Gouirand, Troy Jollimore, Robert Karron, Madeline Kearin, Marshall Klimasewiski, Byron Landry, Maria Lioutaia, Andrew Mossin, Debra Nystrom, Jessica Reed, Kyra Simone, Erin Singer, Maya Sonenberg, Donna Stonecipher, S. P. Tenhoff, and Daniel Torday.

The Washington Post says, “Conjunctions offers a showplace for some of the most exciting and demanding writers now at work.”

Edited by Bradford Morrow and published twice yearly by Bard College, Conjunctions publishes innovative fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by emerging voices and contemporary masters. For more than three decades, Conjunctions has challenged accepted forms and styles, with equal emphasis on groundbreaking experimentation and rigorous quality. In recent months the journal has been named a finalist for both The American Society of Magazine Editors’ inaugural ASME Award for Fiction and the 2018 CLMP Firecracker Award for General Excellence. In addition, contributions to recent issues have been selected for The Pushcart Prize XLII: Best of the Small Presses and Best American Essays 2018.

For more information on the latest issue, please visit To order a copy, go to, call the Conjunctions office at 845-758-7054, e-mail, or write to Conjunctions, Bard College, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000. Visit the Conjunctions website at

[Note to editors: To obtain review copies, please call Mark Primoff at 845-758-7412 or e-mail]


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This event was last updated on 05-16-2018