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Volume 6 - ISBN-10: 0-9774851-4-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-9774851-4-5



Anais Nin and Joaquín Nin y Castellanos: Prelude to a Symphony—Letters between a father and daughter
Christie Logan: Remembering, Reanimating Collages
Sarah Burghauser: A “Clanging Cymbal”—The Story of Anais Nin’s Reception
Allison P. Palumbo: Writing the In (in) Between—The expressions of écriture féminine in Henry Miller’s Tropics trilogy
Bruce Watson: Claiming Ownership—Issues in Nin criticism: the diary vs. the fiction
Angela M. Carter: Feminist Smut(?)A study of Anais Nin’s erotica
Ruth Charnock: Before Her Time—Anais Nin finds an audience
Connie Baechler: The Body Speaks—Somatic Subversion in the Journals of Anais Nin and Rosemary Daniell
Tristine Rainer: Anais Nin’s Diary I (1931-1934)—The birth of the young woman as an artist
Marc Widershien: Three Poems—“For the Coming War 2003,” “Paris,” and “Man on Earth”
Diana M. Raab: Two Poems—“Sketch of a Writer’s Studio” and “A Dictionary of Secret Lovers”
Nancy Shiffrin: Two Poems—“Celebrate” and “At the Writer’s Retreat”
Reviews and other items of interest: Reviews of Lawrence Durrell’s first two novels, Pied Piper of Lovers and Panic Spring, the literary travel guide Writers in Paris, and the play Anais Nin Goes to Hell. A look at the past year’s events, noteworthy new titles, and internet links.


CONNIE BAECHLER’s work has appeared in Kalliope, Pearl Magazine, Hurricane Review and other literary magazines. She was a finalist in the 2008 Rita Dove Poetry Prize, and has participated in the University of Arizona’s poets-in-residence program. She is a Star in the Zona Rosa, a series of writing-and-sisterhood workshops founded by her friend and mentor, Rosemary Daniell. Baechler holds an M.F.A in poetry and an Ph.D. in literature and women’s studies. Her most recent work appears in Desire: Women Write About Wanting (Seal Press).

SARAH B. BURGHAUSER, who contributed “A Beautiful Spectacle” to Vol. 5 of Café, is at work toward her MFA at California Institute of the Arts.

RUTH CHARNOCK is a 3rd year Ph.D. candidate in English Literature at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. The working title of her thesis is “Anais Nin and the Politics of the Confessional Narrative.” Her research interests include writing the body, theorizing the psychoanalytic space, queer time, feminism and life writing. Her research is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

ANGELA CARTER is currently a Ronald E. McNair scholar at Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri. She will graduate Magna Cum Laude in May 2009 with a BA in English, after which she plans to enter a Ph.D. program. She would like to thank Dr. Christine Harker for her endless patience and mentorship with her research.

CHRISTIE LOGAN is Professor of Performance Studies at California State University, Northridge. She received her Ph.D. in Communication Arts from USC in 1977. Her theatrical work ranges from traditional productions to adaptations to interactive multimedia performance installations. She’s published widely, including in Literature in Performance, Text & Performance Quarterly, and the American Communication Journal.

ALLISON PALUMBO, an instructor of Literature and Composition at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College in Elizabethtown, KY, has an M.A. from Florida State University and plans to pursue her Ph.D. in 20th century literature with an emphasis on gender studies.

DIANA M. RAAB is a memoirist and poet who teaches writing at the UCLA Writers’ Program, and the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. She also teaches journaling workshops around the country. Her latest book is Dear Anais: My Life in Poems for You (2008), from which her contribution to this journal is drawn. Her memoir, Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal (2007) was the recipient of the 2008 National Indie Award for Excellence in Memoir. Her essays and poems have been widely published and anthologized.

TRISTINE RAINER was a friend of Anais Nin and co-taught a writing class with her for International College. Nin wrote the preface for Rainer’s The New Diary: how to use a journal for self-guidance and expanded creativity. After teaching English literature at UCLA and Indiana University, Rainer used her success as a TV writer and producer to help people see story structure their own lives with Your Life as Story: Discovering the New Autobiography and Writing Memoir as Literature. She is the Director of the nonprofit Center for Autobiographic Studies and a professional consultant to memoirists.

STEVEN REIGNS is a Los Angeles based poet and educator with a degree in Creative Writing at the University of South Florida. He has taught creative writing workshops around the country to gay youth and people living with HIV. Currently he is working on S(t)even Years, a 7-year endurance performance under the mentorship of performance artist Linda Montano and is also at work on a new collection of poetry entitled Inheritance. His web site is

NANCY SHIFFRIN is the author of what she could not name (poems), The Holy Letters (poems) and My Jewish Name (essays). Her work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, New York Quarterly. She earned her M.A. studying with Anais Nin. She earned her Ph.D. at the Union Institute of Cincinnati. She has won numerous awards, and through her literary arts consultancy, Creative Writing Services, Dr. Shiffrin helps aspiring writers achieve publication and personal satisfaction.

BRUCE WATSON taught at Virginia Tech for ten years before branching out in search of a freelance writing career. A co-author of Military Lessons of the Persian Gulf War and A Chronology of the Cold War at Sea, he has published in The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, The Roanoker, and Time Out New York. He currently lives in New York City, where he writes for Weblogs, Inc.

MARC WIDERSHIEN, Ph.D., began writing poetry at 18, studying with Samuel French Morse, John Malcolm Brinnin, Robert Lowell, and Daisy Aldan. He is published in over 300 magazines, journals, and newspapers. A poet, translator, book reviewer, essayist, teacher and editor, he is a member of the advisory board of the distinguished international magazine of ideas and opinions, the new renaissance (tnr). His current book, The Life of All Worlds, from Ibbetson Street Press, is now in its 4th edition. His new book, Poems of Survival was just published by Poplar Editions.

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