A Journal of Contemporary Art and Literature
By Lynn Wagner, Managing Editor, 2002/3
Nidus means nest. It’s a word that dates back to at least 1742, with a citation example in the Oxford English Dictionary from Henry Baker: “The Eggs . . . hatch and thrive when they happen to be lodged in a proper Nidus for them.” Baker was an early adopter of the microscope and that orientation fits our journal. We closely examine everything we getall incoming poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction—to weave together each new issue on the web.
Now in its second year, nidus continues to expand its reach on the web to be the best breeding ground for new talent and a comfy home for such well-known writers as John Edgar Wideman, Alice Notley and Denise Duhamel. Past and current issues also feature interviews with Michele Cliff, Campbell McGrath, Jane McCaferty, a roundtable on creative nonfiction with Lee Gutkind and a regular column by poet Tony Hoagland.
Nidus’ editorial and reading boards are composed of MFA students in the University of Pittsburgh’s writing program. Every day we’re reading, writing and practicing our craft. We’re sending our poems and stories out to journals. We have successes, we get rejected. Being a part of nidus gives us a chance to be on the other side of the desk. Collectively, we read the work then argue passionately about it. We get surprised by what established writers say during interviews. We laugh, we shake our heads, we compliment and disagree. At the end of each semester another nest egg is let loose.
And, yes, it’s a cliché, but nidus is a labor of love. In the coming issues we’ll continue to add more features to the journal and promise to be eclectic, messy, and surprising. So stop by the nest sometime.
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managing editor, 2002/03