Placing Joseph Bruchac Native Literary Networks and Cultural Transmission in the Contemporary Northeast christine m. delucia "I was taught to believe that the best relationships are reciprocal ones," Joseph Bruchac wrote in 1980 in a minor advice manual, How to Start and Sustain a Literary Magazine: Practical Strategies for Publications of Lasting Value (3). Bruchac (b. 1942) was then emerging as a powerful voice in American Indian and multicultural smallpress publishing, and in this publication he passed along wisdom harvested from a decade of running his own magazine based in the Northeast, the Greenfield Review. He was responding to woes plaguing small-press publishers: perpetual financial struggle, difficulties in building up and retaining a critical mass of readers, and the tendency of promising enterprises to succumb prematurely, "evanescent as the Mayfly which hatches in the morning, dazzles the air with its bright wings for one long summer day, and then dies in the evening." He gave trenchant counsel on the fiscal and technical demands of publishing. But the guide's core concern involved more than pragmatic considerations. "There should be a sense of community and a bond between those people who care enough to write poetry and fiction and those
Studies in American Indian Literatures – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Nov 21, 2012
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