A Biannual Journal of Poetry, Fiction, Art and Criticism

“. . . our most exciting magazine.” — Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard

Fence CoverFall/Winter 2009-10

The University at Albany
Welcomes FENCE

In March 2007, the New York State Writers Institute proudly announced a new partnership with Fence, a biannual journal of poetry, fiction, criticism, and art, and Fence Books, a literary press publishing fiction, poetry, and critical texts. Both are programs of the nonprofit organization Fence Magazine, Incorporated.




“It is my great joy to bring Fence into its second life, its next nine years, with a correlative sense of marshaled resources, of unimpeded energies, of providence regained. For in the nearby Capital Region of Upstate New York stands a temple of learning called the University at Albany, and it is to this institution that Fence happily plights its troth.”

— Rebecca Wolff, Editor and Publisher of Fence

“As the most provocative and inclusive of our country’s first-rank literary journals,Fence has found an ideal partner in the New York State Writers Institute and theUniversity at Albany. . . . With the backing of the Institute and the University. . ., Fence will come into even greater bloom, thereby precisely fulfilling the mandate of the Institute, which is to encourage, support, and promote contemporary writing.This seems to me like a perfect fit.”

— Peter Straub, novelist and longtime Fence Board member

“Fence has become an essential pillar of the literary community and the affiliation with the Writers Institute is a wonderful way for it to continue to offer a place for writers whose work sits at the far edge of innovation as well as within known forms.”

— Bill Clegg, literary agent at William Morris and longtime Fence Board member

“The joining of Fence and the Institute is a ‘marriage of true minds,’ a literary love of shared intention and hope.

— Lynne Tillman, Fence fiction editor and UAlbany Professor of English




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Rebecca Wolff


Caroline Crumpacker
Katy Lederer
Charles Valle
Max Winter

Lynne Tillman


Miles Greaves
Aaron Hawn
Adam Reed
Jamie Rebecca Schwartz

Jason Zuzga

Ira Sher


Anne Carson
Bill Clegg
Annie Dillard
Donald Faulkner
Jonathan Galassi
Susie Leness Gilbert
Thomas Healy
Brenda Hillman
Katy Lederer
Jonathan Lethem
Harry Mathews
Robert Polito
Christopher Stackhouse
Peter Straub
Marjorie Welish
Rebecca Wolff