Thursday, April 24, 2014

2013 Consequence Prize in Poetry

The 2013 Consequence Prize in Poetry was selected by Brian Turner and awarded to William Snyder. Snyder's winning piece "They Give Me Money Near Karbala"is published in the current issue of Consequence (Spring 2014). Also included are the pieces by the finalists.

First Prize
William Snyder: "They Give Me Money Near Karbala"

Finalists
Heather Bell: "Decoding The Poem"
Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach: "To the Women of Trabzon"
Aubrey Ryan: "Song"

American Live in Poetry :: Amy Fleury (Again!)

American Life in Poetry: Column 474
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

Let’s celebrate the first warm days of spring with a poem for mushroom hunters, this one by Amy Fleury, who lives in Louisiana.

First Morel

Up from wood rot,
wrinkling up from duff
and homely damps,
spore-born and cauled
like a meager seer,
it pushes aside earth
to make a small place
from decay. Bashful,
it brings honeycombed
news from below
of the coming plenty
and everything rising.

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Copyright © 2013 by Amy Fleury from her most recent book of poems, Sympathetic Magic, Southern Illinois University Press, 2013. Poem reprinted by permission of Amy Fleury and the publisher. Introduction copyright © 2014 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Literary Couples and their Writing

Iron Horse Literary Review's latest issue is the "Duet Issue," featuring writing from some writers who are in relationships with other writers. "Every writer, at some time or another, imagines finding a mate who understands the ups and downs of creativity, the victories and failures of publishing,the obsessive love/hate relationships we have with our manuscripts," writes Editor Leslie Jill Patterson in the foreword. "Who else could this soulmate be but another writer, whom we might collide with at a reading, or while traveling, or during a workshop? .... Writer couples, we believe, encourage each other to write, and support one another steadfastly when readers turn critical..."

This issue features work from these couples: Kim Barnes & Robert Wrigley, Landon Houle & Adam Houle, Jessica Jacobs & Nickole Brown, and Eula Biss & John Bresland. The magazine's regular features also revolve around this "duet" theme.

ZYZZYVA Hits 100th Issue

The Spring & Summer 2014 of ZYZZYVA marks 100 issues. "So now, 100 issues in, having persevered through many a difficult time and may a close call, our hope is to keep this journal thriving and vibrant for as long as we can," write Editors Laura Cogan and Oscar Villalon. "In an environment crowded with dazzling and questionable new technologies, ZYZZYVA asserts the cerebral and tactile pleasures of reading, of holding a well-bound book in your hands, of losing—and finding—yourself in the pages of a story. . . . We hope you will join us in celebrating 100 issues of preeminent and daring literary publishing, of Pulitzer winners and poet laureates, of the finest contemporary minds and astonishing raw talent, and twenty-nine years of cultivating a cultural community around the arts and letters."

The issue features fiction by Ron Carlson, Daniel Handler, Michelle Latiolais, Paul Madonna, Scott O'Connor, Erika Recordon; nonfiction by Katie Crouch, Jim Gavin, Glen David Gold, Jonathon Keats; poetry by Dan Alter, Valerie Bandura, Noah Blaustein, Christopher Buckley, and more.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hello Modernists! Today is Your Lucky Day!

The Modernist Journals Project, a joint project of Brown University and The University of Tulsa, focuses on the years 1890 to 1922 and features:

  • journals that have been digitized by the JP
  • a searchable databse, teaching and research guides to using the MJP
  • the "MJP Lab" - a site for experimenting with MJP data
  • biographies of authors and artists whose work appears in the MJP journals
  • books and essays about MJP journals and topics
  • a directory of periodicals published within the years 1890-1922
  • the "Cover-to-Cover Initiative" for locating full runs of magazines with their advertising intact

The year ends at 1922 "for both intellectual and practical reasons. The practical reason is that copyright becomes an issue with publications from 1923 onward. The intellectual reason is that most scholars consider modernism to be fully fledged in 1922, a date marked by the publication of James Joyce's Ulysses, Virginia Woolf’s Jacob’s Room, and T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land."

The materials on the MJP website, its curators note, "will show how essential magazines were to modernism's rise."

Kore Press 2014 First Book Award Winner

Silent Anatomies by Monica Ong has been selected winner of the 2014 Kore Press First Book Award as selected by Joy Harjo. Fnalists were Sass Brown (Alexandria, Virginia) for USA-1000, and Jennifer Franklin (New York, New York) for Daughter.

Joy Harjo (2014 Gugenheim Fellow) said of the winning work, Silent Anatomies: "This is one of the most unique poetry collections. It's a kind of graphic poetry book, but that's not exactly it either. Poetry unfurls within, outside and through images. The images are stark representations that include bottles that have been excavated from a disappeared age, contemporary ultrasound images of a fetus, family photographs and charts. They establish stark bridges between ancestor and descendant time and presence.This collection is highly experimental and exciting."

Monica Ong is a poet and artist dwelling in experimental spaces. She completed her MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in Digital Media, and is also a Kundiman poetry fellow. Her work has been published in Seneca Review, Drunken Boat, Glassworks Magazine, Tidal Basin Review, and others. An exhibiting artist for over a decade, she draws from her professional design practice to innovate on the alchemy of text and image.


You Can Now Enroll in Hogwarts Online

Hogwarts Is Here: free, online classes in the same subjects studied by Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Not only that, but you can also become a Hogwarts Professor. Slate's Alex Heimbach writes: "The website works as a sort of cross between a MOOC (massive open online course) and an RPG (a role-playing game, like Dungeons & Dragons). You start by creating an account and choosing a house. (No sorting hat here, unfortunately.) I went with Ravenclaw, which seemed fitting for an optional intellectual endeavor. I wasn’t alone in that decision: Ravenclaw is the second most popular house (after Gryffindor, of course) and has the most house points (which you gain by completing assignments)." Read his full review here.

Monday, April 21, 2014

River Teeth Reveals Acceptance Process

The editors note of the second issue of volume 15 of River Teeth reveals a very important process for the editors: how they accept work and find work that will uphold their standards. The editors and readers "peruse every one of the more than a thousand unsolicited manuscripts that come [their] way each year—even though [they] know [they] can accept only about ten or twelve of them," writes Dan Lehman. "We root for each and every submission, hoping to find not only the perfect piece by a great writer whom we already love, but, as has happened, the fledgling writer whose first published piece will appear in River Teeth and will snare a Pushcart for the writer and for us."

So where do the rest of the pieces that make up the issues come from? The editors travel to conferences and workshops and search websites for pieces they know they just have to have. "If we hear something that is great, we go for it. Right then. We don’t suffer a turn-down easily. Something about our enthusiasm for a piece, and about our vision for the journal and what we do, has convinced writers who otherwise don’t owe us the time of day to take a shot with River Teeth," Lehman writes. Here's what he has to say about selecting pieces:

"At heart we always ask two questions: Is this the sort of piece I would want to call the other editor in the middle of the night to say we have to have? And would we die if we saw this piece in someone else’s journal and knew we could have had it for ourselves? Those are the criteria, nothing else really. As we wrote a few issues ago, we will publish the work of friends and acquaintances (even ourselves) if it meets those standards. Only then. That’s all. That our two Best American essays come from writers with close ties makes our case. Both were among the best dozen or so essays in this or any other year; it would have killed us to see them win those prizes for someone else. And we confessed that fact in writing before the prizes were won.

"We know all this sounds more than a little intuitive, even presumptuous, and quite a bit less than arm’s length. That’s the nature of love, we guess."

Check out more from the editors note and see what's in stock of this issue here.

I AM: TWENTY-SEVEN

Here's an interesting call for submissions: I AM: TWENTY-SEVEN is a yearlong curated art project consisting of twenty-seven pieces about the age of twenty-seven. All pieces will be posted and archived on the project's site. This project is curated by Rachel Ann Brickner, writer and Managing Editor of Weave Magazine. Deadline: JUNE 1, 2014.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Summer Teaching Fellow in Fiction

Summer Teaching Fellow in Fiction Antioch College, an independent, selective liberal arts college located in Yellow Springs, Ohio, invites applications for a three-month teaching fellowship in fiction for Summer 2014. The Summer Teaching Fellow will teach two courses in his/her area of expertise, including one workshop-style creative writing seminar (LIT 250) and one course intended to offer undergraduate students an introduction to the genre (LIT 242).

Responsibilities

  • Teach one creative writing workshop-style seminar and one introductory-level literature course to undergraduate students focusing on fiction during Antioch College’s Summer session (July 8-September 19)
  • Give one public reading of current work
  • Assist students in the coordination of a student-led fiction reading in September 2014

Qualifications

  • MFA or comparable degree in creative writing
  • Record of publication in fiction
  • Enthusiasm for and experience teaching fiction

Application Process
To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, brief writing sample, and three letters of recommendation, to: nwilburnATantiochcollegeDOTorg

Electronic submission of all materials is strongly preferred. If necessary, hard copies may be mailed to Literature Faculty Search, c/o Nancy Wilburn, Antioch College, One Morgan Place, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 45387. Applications will be reviewed as received. Deadline for submission of materials is May 15, 2014.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week


Michigan Quarterly Review's Winter 2014 issue features quilt art by Rachel May. The issue contains a story from her along with more of her pieces. Although I don't see a link for it on their site yet, you will be able to see her story and art pieces in full color.

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Workers Write!'s 2014 issue, "More Tales from the Cubicle," features the side of, well, a cubicle. It's not fancy or flash, but it's perfect for this issue.

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The Laurel Review's latest issue is very simple, but oh-so-juicy. I selected for a cover of the week purely because seeing it instantly made my lips purse.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2014 Bellevue Literary Review Prize Winners

Bellevue Literary Review's latest issue (Spring 2014) features the winners of the 2014 BLR Prizes:

Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, selected by Nathan Englander
Winner: “Pediatricology” by Abby Horowitz
Honorable Mention: “Death Defiant Bomba or What to Wear When Your Boo Gets Cancer” by Lilliam Rivera

Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction, selected by Helen Benedict
Winner: “Forty-One Months” by William McGrath
Honorable Mention: “Double Exposure” by Elisha Waldman

Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry, selected by Tina Chang
Winner: “Chronic Care: 'Broken Leg' by Keith Carter, Photograph” by Laurie Clements Lambeth
Honorable Mention: “The Rules of Surgery” by Kristin Robertson

The issue also features fiction by Susan Bartlett, Sean Kevin Campbell, Lillian Huang Cummins, Soniya Greenfield, Abby Horowitz, D. Quentin Miller, Billy O'Callaghan, Lilliam Riverea, Pamela Ryder Jean-Marie Saporito, Sheena Suals, and Jessica Stults; nonfiction by Mary Arguelles, Will McGrath, Leslie Van Gelder, and Elisha Waldman; and poetry by Alison Bradford, Steven Cramer, Catherine Freeling, Rachel Hadas, Kip Irwin, Will Johnston, Laurie Clements Lambeth, Laura Lauth, Michal Lemberger, Kaitlin LaMoine Martin, Marty McConnell, Thomas R. Moore, Jennifer Perrine, Kristin Robertson, Avery Leigh Thomas, Amy Tudor, Kathryn Weld, and Stacia Gyrene Yearwood. See more information about the issue and contest winners here.