xvii, 265 pages ; 23 cm
""An anthology of poems, essays, stories, and scripts by contemporary writers that provides a wide range of content and genre, touching on themes common to communities in need: addiction and alcoholism, family, love and sex, pain and hope, prison, recovery, and violence"--Provided by publisher"-- Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 258-265).
Nonfiction -- Poetry -- Fiction: River of names / Dorothy Allison. Anything for Johnny / Eric Boyd. The solutions to Brian's problem / Bonnie Jo Campbell. Popular mechanics / Raymond Carver. from Swimming sweet arrow / Maureen Gibbon. Chess over Royal Street, a love story / Jessica Kinnison. The boy / Joyce Carol Oates. from The thngs they carried / Tim O'Brien. from Drinking coffee elsewhere / ZZ Packer. from Black and blue / Anna Quindlen. from Push / Sapphire. from Junkette / Sarah Shotland. Witness / John Edgar Wideman. Disappearing / Monica Wood -- Drama: from Why we have a body / Claire Chafee. hunger blog / Eve Ensler. from August : Osage County / Tracy Letts. from How I learned to drive / Paula Vogel. from Two trains running / August Wilson.