Teach Issue 7

cover of Issue 7, showing the spokes of a bicycle wheel on a green backgroundWhy Teach The Common?

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Supplementary materials for teaching Issue 07 are listed below.


Listen to Editor in Chief Jennifer Acker discuss The Common, the role of place in literature, and the editorial process.

Stephen O’Connor and Melody Nixon discuss dreams, the unconscious, and the right/ability of white writers to write across identity lines. O’Connor’s short story “Con” appears in Issue 07.

Valerie Duff and Marni Berger talk about Mexico City, Virginia, Boston, and writing poetry as if you’re sorting through a dream world. Duff’s poem “Folk Magic” appears in Issue 07.

David Breslin and Marni Berger discuss the American art world, how to handle painful subjects, and finding the ideal writing space. Breslin’s essay, “Plugs: Five Thoughts on Cady Noland’s Stocks,” was published in Issue 07.


Contributors in Conversation

Elvis Bego and W. Ross Feeler discuss their stories “A World of Wonder” and “Spindrift.”

Valerie Duff and Leslie McGrath discuss their poems “Folk Magic” and “In Praise of Prey.”

Jaydn DeWald and Zeina Hashem Beck discuss their poems “Dissolution (Or Landscape with Martyr)” and “Your Parents’ House.”

Jennifer Acker and Stephen O’Connor discuss Acker’s “The Common Statement” and O’Connor’s story “Con.”

Katherine Robinson and Richie Hofmann discuss “Birds of Rhiannon” and “Little Chapel,” artifice, mythology, grieving, memory, and silence.

Literary Translation

Explore these collected resources on literary translation.

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