Monday, April 30, 2007

Crazyhorse/Tupelo Press Publishing Institute

June 4 - June 30, 2007
Application deadline: May 15, 2007

The first Annual Crazyhorse/Tupelo Press Publishing Institute was founded to provide training in the theory and practice of literary publishing and editing to prepare for successful careers as publishers and editors.

Earn six hours of graduate credit working with Crazyhorse Editors Carol Ann Davis and Garrett Doherty, and Tupelo Press Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Levine.

The institute combines an intensive, four-week course that chronicles the choosing of the winner in the annual Tupelo Press First Book Prize (judged collaboratively by Crazyhorse and Tupelo Press editors) with opportunities to intern at Crazyhorse.

For more information and for downloadable application forms, please visit the website at: http://crazyhorse.cofc.edu/pubinstitute and/or email Carol Ann Davis at davisca@cofc.edu.

Lummox Journal Now Online

After eleven years in print and a hiatus of a few months, the Lummox Journal is now online!

This inaugural issue features two interviews that present 'a sort of Ying and Yang view of modern poetry': Billy Jones (Caboolture, AUS) and Hugh Fox (Madison, WI). Also of interest: an essay by Todd Moore on the poetics of American poetry, an article by Charles Ries on a poetry reading in Santa Cruz, CA, several reviews and some great poetry.

Read the inaugural issue here: Lummox Journal

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Lit news

Some new contests and submissions info posted on the NewPages Lit News page.

Poetry

Donald Hall: an advocate for the understanding of poetry. "A book of poems by a well-known poet used to get a print run of 1,000 copies, and you'd be lucky if you sold out," says Mr. Hall. "Now more publishers are printing 8,000 to 10,000 copies for a first edition." He also notes that many literary magazines are being published, and when you add their modest circulations together, the result is a large readership.

What the LitBlog crew will be reading...

The LitBlog Co-op announces Spring 2007 Read This! selection.

Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead is a collection of short stories that combines the fantastic with the prosaic. A woman walks into a Quik-Mart and winds up on a hillside, surrounded by swords and scimitars. A tedious post-college job isn't quite as boring as it seems. And girls and boys flirt and touch and fly off buildings and escape Byzantine soldiers and pirouette and fall. Each time I thought I had these stories figured, they came around a corner to surprise me anew.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Spring 2007 Noneuclidean Café Online Now

Volume 2, Issue 3 - Spring 2007
All Free - All Online

Including:
A Word from the Editor, James Swingle
Articles by Femke Stuut and Kerry Hughes
Interviews with Judith DeLozier and Dr. Michael Shermer
Poetry Kristine Ong Muslim, Zachary C. Bush, Ken Head, Noel Slobada
Fiction by Ralph Greco, Jr., Daniel Ausema, Tesssa Johnstone, Tom Leveen, Mark Fewell, and Craig Pirrall
And book reviews

Noneuclidean Café

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Writers Festival

The Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival invites Southern authors to join our Literary Village in 2007. During the annual three-day event, tens of thousands of people celebrate all that is the cultural arts in the Southeast, including our deep literary tradition. The Literary Village is a gathering of writers from all walks of life and from all publishing methods who sell their work, stage readings and network with other authors in a fun, casual and creative environment. The festival will run Sept. 14-16, 2007. Visit www.artsintheheart.com.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

What the puck?

Hey. I was reading lit blogs and a hockey game broke out. The litboys are flailing away. (I think it's mostly a litboy thing. Correct me if I'm wrong.) The fight is over something like this: These guys, Gessen and Roth from N+1 (a hefty print lit mag), think blogs suck. For the most part anyway. (Have I got that right?) Several blogger dudes have, for some reason, taken offense to this. And it goes on and on, linked through posts in various blogs. Like these things get to do in blogs. So if you feel like you're missing out on all the fun, start here at Scott Esposito's Conversational Reading. He'll shoot you over to Dan Green's The Reading Experience. Follow it further if your favorite part of a hockey game is when the gloves go flying and the punches are thrown.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Writers' Conferences

Antioch Writers' Workshop
Fiction * Nonfiction * Poetry * Memoir * Scriptwriting
Yellow Springs, OH
July 7-13, 2007

Rustbelt Roethke Writers' Retreat
A professional-level retreat and peer workshop with a comfortable, egalitarian atmosphere.
Saginaw Valley State University and The Roethke House, MI
July 15-21, 2007

Writing and the Medical Experience
An intensive week-long program in the literature of illness and recovery.
Sarah Lawrence College and The Foundation for Humanities in Medicine
Bronxville, NY
July 8-14, 2007

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Literary magazine reviews

A new batch of literary magazine reviews posted at NewPages.com.

Reviews of these fine lit mags: Antioch Review, Arkansas Review, Backwards City Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Borderlands, College Literature, The Gettysburg Review, Glimmer Train, Greatest Uncommon Denominator, Meridian, The New Quarterly, The Paris Review, Poet Lore, The Rambler, Rattle, Santa Monica Review, Tampa Review, Tin House, TriQuarterly, Upstreet, Verbatim, Western Humanities Review, and Zahir.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Bookstores

I guess the struggle of independent bookstores is very much the same no matter which side of the pond they are on.

Bookmarks bookshop battles the giants with solidarity appeal.

“Independent bookstores in central London are being hit by two things – the property boom that is driving up rents, and developments in the book trade aimed at chasing profits,” says Mark Thomas, manager of Bookmarks.

This situation was highlighted last week by the announcement that Gay’s The Word, Britain’s last surviving specialist lesbian and gay bookshop, faces closure unless it raises enough cash to pay its soaring rent bill.

High streets across Britain are becoming more homogenous, says Mark, with ever larger retail chains dominating the market and driving out smaller independent competitors."

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Writers conference

Conversations and Connections will feature over 30 editors from the most respected literary magazines on the market today. This is a special opportunity for Washington, DC area writers who want to take the next step in independent publishing, literary magazines, online publishing, comic books, poetry, and more. The $35 registration fee includes the full day conference, face-to-face “speed dating” with editors, and a subscription to a literary magazine of choice. To register, please visit http://www.writersconnectconference.com.

Online lit mags

The Spring 2007 issue of Beltway Poetry Quarterly, guest edited by Kwame Alexander, features five women whose training in science and medicine influences the way they write about relationships. Featuring poems by: Jennifer Gresham, Katy Richey, Maureen O'Dea, Tonya Maria Matthews, Deanna Nikaido.

Publishing

Holy Cow! It's 30 years old! "If you had to name the home of the oldest literary presses in Minnesota, you'd probably say the Twin Cities. But to be correct, you'd also have to mention Duluth. It's home to Holy Cow! Press, which is celebrating its third decade."