What’s New

Check out episode 5 of “Off the Page,” featuring Leonora Smith!

Off the Page is back with a brand new episode featuring our very own Leonora Smith! Smith is a reader for Fourth Genre, who also recently appeared in the journal with her “Writer as Reader” piece, “Locate Mercy,” from issue 16.1. Her work has traversed both poetry and prose and, in our conversation, we discuss how her poetic leanings inform her interpretations of the creative nonfiction she reads from FG, as well as how she approaches each genre in her own writing. Thank you for listening, and enjoy episode five!


2015 Steinberg Essay Prize judge announced!

Judith Kitchen will be the judge for the 2015 Fourth Genre Steinberg Nonfiction contest.

Kitchen is the author of three collections of essays, a novel, a collection of poetry, and a critical study. In addition, she has edited or co-edited three collections of short nonfiction pieces, an anthology of poetry, and a collection of literary interviews. Her awards include an NEA fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, the Lillian Fairchild Award, and the S. Mariella Gable Award. She has served as judge for the AWP Nonfiction Award, the Pushcart Prize in poetry, the Oregon Book Award, and the Bush Foundation Fellowships, among others. She lives in Port Townsend, WA, where she serves on the faculty and as co-director of the Rainier Writing Workshop Low-Residency MFA at Pacific Lutheran University.

Entries are accepted starting January 1. Submission guidelines can be found here


Issue 16.2 now available!

The fall 2014 issue of Fourth Genre features essays from Toni Mirosevich, Penny Guisinger, Mary Heather Noble, Matthew Gavin Frank, and many more. Information on subscribing to Fourth Genre can be found here. You may read this issue via Project Muse (if you have access), purchase individual essays here, or buy an individual print-on-demand copy (with a generic cover) here.