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Vocabula has a *very* special place in my writerly heart for several reasons. You were the first place that published any of my non-fiction ("Perilous Pronouns"). I only had one publication before that and it was a short story. But apart from your role in my early adventures as a published writer, you continue to be the only place that indulges my need to play with language, and that's what I love most.

I recently signed a contract with an agent — my first. ... What really struck her, what she wants me to do more of, what she saw as the collection that best showcased my style and originality, and what I believe was most responsible for her interest in offering me a contract, were the Vocabula essays. I can't tell you how grateful I am to you for providing this amazing outlet. — Ada Brunstein


• September 2010 — Princeton University bought a site license to The Vocabula Review.

• September 2010 — Creighton University bought a site license to The Vocabula Review.

• March 2010 — Northeastern University bought a site license to The Vocabula Review.

• October 2009 — Columbia University bought a site license to The Vocabula Review.

• June 2009 — Vocabula Review contributor Ellen Graf won the 2009 nonfiction fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and her book, The Natural Laws of Good Luck, will be published by Shambhala Press in August 2009.

• January 2009 — Steven Mayoff's novella Fatted Calf Blues, first published in The Vocabula Review, will be published, along with more Mayoff fiction, by Turnstone Press.

• January 2009 — David Grambs's "The Like Virus," originally published in The Vocabula Review, will be published in Longman Publishers' Exploring Language.

• March 2008 — Twenty-eight essayists and ten poets who have been published in The Vocabula Review will also be published in Vocabula Bound 2.

• December 2007 — The highly regarded Vocabula Review publishes its 100th issue.

• October 2007 — The following six Vocabula authors were nominated for the 2007 Pushcart Prize:

Mark Stevens — "Heroic" (short story)
John Kilgore — "War and Self-Deception" (essay)
Carey Harrison — "Millions Dead" (essay)
Bill Casselman — "A Blunt History of the Word Cunt" (essay)
Skip Eisiminger — "The Consequences of a Word" (essay)
Laura Cherry — "Annuals, Perennials" (poem)

• August 2007 — Several of Skip Eisiminger's Vocabula essays are published, along with other work, in Felix Academicus: Tales of a Happy Academic.

• June 2007 — Harper's Magazine and UTNE Reader are reviewing The Vocabula Review's content for possible republication in their magazines.

• February 2007 — EBSCO now includes The Vocabula Review in its Literary Reference Center database, which many thousands of libraries subscribe to.

• January 2007 — George Witte's poem "At Dusk, the Catbird," published in Vocabula originally, was chosen by Heather McHugh for the Best American Poetry anthology, to be published by Scribner in the fall of 2007.

• October 2006 — The following six Vocabula authors were nominated for the 2006 Pushcart Prize:

John Kilgore — "Frisking the Governor's Daughter: On Puns" (essay)
Elana Wolff — "Melodica" (poem)
Carey Harrison — "News from the Trenches: An English Professor Speaks" (essay)
Tina Bennett-Kastor — "A Battle of Words" (essay)
Judy Roland — "A bloodless coup" (poem)
George Witte — "At Dusk, the Catbird" (poem)

• March 2004 — Twenty-five essayists and thirteen poets who have been published in The Vocabula Review will also be published in Vocabula Bound 1.

• Book publishers have inquired about the book proposals of at least twelve Vocabula authors.

• David R. Williams's "The Prepositionless Excremental," published in the September 2002 issue of TVR, will be reprinted in the second edition of Sin Boldly from Perseus Press.

• Orin Hargraves, after his "Who Owns English" was published in TVR, was invited to do a live phone interview on KERA radio, Dallas, Texas.

• In 2003 and 2004, Writer's Digest magazine named The Vocabula Review "One of the 101 Best Websites for Writers."

• In March 2003, Marion Street Press agreed to publish Vocabula Bound: Rants, Insights, Explanations, and Oddities, an anthology of the best essays and poems published in The Vocabula Review over the last few years.

• In 2001 and 2002, Arts & Letters Daily linked to many TVR articles. On October 15, 2001, A&LD linked to Mark Halpern's essay "Two Bad Papers on Language Usage"; that day, 11,750 people visited The Vocabula Review site. On March 18, 2002, A&LD linked to Chris Orlet's "The Last Words"; that day, 14,500 people visited the TVR site. On July 22, 2002, A&LD linked to Julian Burnside's "Obscene Words"; nearly 18,000 people read TVR that day.

• Christopher Orlet sold "The Last Words," published in the March 2002 issue of TVR, to London's The Guardian for publication in its weekly magazine, The editor. He also sold the article to the New Statesman, and to Utne Reader.

• Joseph Epstein sold his "Thanks for Sharing," published in the September 2001 issue of TVR, to Addison Wesley for publication in a college textbook titled The World Wide Reader.

• Richard Lederer sold his "Words and People," published in the August 2001 issue of TVR, to Bedford/St. Martin's for publication in a college textbook titled Writing First: Practice in Context with Readings.

• David R. Williams's "Empowering or Cowering," published in the October 2001 issue of TVR, will be reprinted in Powerweb: Critical Thinking, from McGraw-Hill/Dushkin.

• Ken Bresler sold his TVR essay "Playing the Synonym Game" to American Educator magazine.

• Susan Elkin has done quite a lot of paid work for Uncle John's Bathroom Readers, whose editor had seen her pieces in TVR.

• Fred Moramarco's poem "Takes on Shakes — 19" was used in a college class studying Shakespeare's sonnets.

• Sarah Skwire's poem "The Thing with Feathers" will be used in a college class studying Pope's "Essay on Man."

• Mark Halpern sold the one-time publication rights to "The End of Linguistics" to The Australian.

• Habeeb Salloum received a letter from a New York City literary agent, after she read his "The Odyssey of the Arabic Language and Its Script," asking him to write a book about the Arabic language.

• Christopher Lord, whose "Writing: The Democratization of American Letters" appeared in the November issue or TVR, received an inquiry from Houghton Mifflin Company about a book project.

• Tina Bennett-Kastor, after her "Bumper Bites" was published in TVR, was invited to do a live phone interview on WNYC radio; David Crystal was also to be a guest on the same segment.

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