The & Now Awards: The Best Innovative Writing (2009) edited by Robert Archambeau, Davis Schneiderman, and Steve Tomasula is everything you hoped it might be, a collection of works from the new generation of innovative fiction writers who approach the avant garde text from a multiplicity of esthetic perspectives. From writing with a space age wisdom, to esthetic theories evolving from science fiction, these innovative stories represent a trend away from the realistic fiction of the past, towards an individualistic style of narration: even with an infinity of multiple perspectives. The & Now Awards: The Best of Innovative Writing includes works which use graphic design to create a sense of visuality, and avant garde texts which represent the fine art of fiction writing with the use of poetic abstraction, these award winning innovative stories and poems show a 21st Century trend away from traditional storytelling towards a creative narrative style.
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Lance Olsen has written a short story that uses multiple points-of-view with a large number of characters described by the omniscient narrator in News Feed | Status Updates | Photos | Posted Items | Live Feed, an innovative text that has evolved in a parallel line from the narrative strategies of the modern innovators into an infinite meta/perspective.
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The abstraction of the poetic prose of Carla Harryman found in the avant garde text the opposite of slackness / Orgasms is a step beyond the unpunctuated prose of Jean Arp, Pablo Picasso, and Joan Miró, who developed the polysemantic approach to the sentence structure, and as we read the meaning gradually emerges as if from an abstract canvas where one might find a "violet storm," or "scribble which ways blacking."
David Detrich lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where he has just completed The Convergence of Two Narrative Lines Ascending, an ultramodern Surrealist novel written in minimal squares. This year he is working on Dream the Presence of the Circular Breast Starfish Topography, a monumental Surrealist novel written with innovative typographical design. His first novel Big Sur Marvels & Wondrous Delights (2001) is available from Amazon. He is the editor of Innovative Fiction Magazine and Surrealist Star Clustered Illuminations.