Volume 13 contributors are: preeminent Nin scholar Benjamin Franklin V, Nin contemporary and possible lover C.L. (Lanny) Baldwin, memoirist Barbara Kraft, poet/blogger Diana Raab, Nin scholars Jessica Gilbey, Jean Owen, Erin Dunbar and Ellie Kissel, poets Marina Lou-Ferrer, David Wilde, Marc Widershien and Kennedy Gammage, visual artist Colette Standish, fiction writer Danica Davidson, as well as essayists Lana Fox and Chrissi Sepe.
Topics covered include the “he said, she said” memoir by Lanny Baldwin, the only known description of a love affair with Anaïs Nin by a former lover—which counters Nin’s insistence in Mirages that they were never lovers in the first place. Benjamin Franklin V introduces Trapeze: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin, 1947-1955 and Barbara Kraft offers our readers the opening pages of her new memoir Henry Miller: The Last Days. Jessica Gilbey and Jean Owen discuss the effects of Nin’s mother and father, respectively, had on her life and her writing. Testimonies from Diana Raab, Lana Fox and Marina Lou-Ferrer reveal that the effect Nin has on her readers crosses generations, cultures and sexual orientation, and is in many ways universal. Nin’s erotica and her unrequited admiration of Djuna Barnes are presented and discussed, and the issue is rounded out with poetry, short fiction and art.