Saturday, June 30, 2007

How to Save the World

A book worth note in these days and times of "woe is me" and "what can I do about it?" and "I have to do SOMETHING!"

Building Powerful Community Organizations
A Personal Guide to Creating Groups that Can Solve Problems and Change the World
by Michael Jacoby Brown (Long Haul Press)
A guidebook for people who want to make a difference in the world and know they can't do it alone. This new book, with stories, personal exercises and lessons learned, provides detailed information to help you build a new group or strengthen an old one to solve problems in your community, workplace or the world. It includes details about how to:
Take specific steps to build an effective group from the start
Revitalize an existing group
Tap into the special resources and talents of your particular community or group
Recruit participants and keep them active – so that all the work does not fall on your shoulders
Inspire others to take on tasks and responsibility
Structure the group so that it runs the way you want it to
Foster members’ passion for the cause
Run meetings that engage your members and achieve your goals
Raise money to keep the work going
Plan and carry out effective actions to win improvements in the real world
Reflect and learn from your actions to build a powerful group for the long haul
Build a sense of caring and community within your organization

Poem: Christine Boyka Kluge

The Way Fire Talks to Wood
by Christine Boyka Kluge
"In front of me in line, a man hisses at a woman. I can’t distinguish all of the words, but the words don’t matter; his voice crackles and stings. He talks to her the way fire talks to wood..."

Read the rest and more on Pif, "one of the oldest, continually published literary zines online."

Friday, June 29, 2007

Still Time to Vote :: storySouth Million Writer Award

QUICK! Quick like a bunny! Get your vote in for the storySouth Million Writer Award for Fiction 2007. The top ten online stories have been selected and readers will choose the winner. To read the top ten stories and cast you vote, as well as read more about the award and the Notable Stories 2006 from which they were selected, visit storySouth. Voting ends June 30, 2007.

Ghost Bikes


"Beginning in June 2005, members of Visual Resistance have been creating small and somber memorials for New York City bicyclists killed by automobiles. Each time a biker is killed, a bicycle painted all white is locked to a street sign and a small stenciled plaque is bolted in place above it.The installations are meant as reminders of the tragedy that took place on an otherwise anonymous street corner, and as quiet statements in support of bikers’ right to safe travel. It was inspired by Ghost Bike Pittsburgh, which was in turn inspired by a similar effort in St. Louis. In recent months, Ghost Bikes have appeared in cities across the country, as well as in the UK."

Read more about this movement as well as view an interactive map detailing Ghost Bike Memorials in NY.

Also on Visual Resistance: "How to make street art"

Submissions: Prick of the Spindle

"Prick of the Spindle is one of the few journals that publishes drama; we also publish fiction, nonfiction (creative and academic), poetry, and literary reviews. We are looking for well-written work with an eye for language, which may be traditional, experimental, or somewhere in between. In forthcoming issues, we will be publishing interviews with authors on writing practice and other writing-relating topics."

New Novel by J.L. Powers

The Confessional by J.L. Powers
Another of NewPages contributors makes a big splash with this first novel. Call it Young Adult if you want to, but this book had me turning pages all night long. Definitely in the cross-over category of YA - content is VERY adult, but also VERY real to what so many of our nation's "children" are witness to every day. This book can get any class of students wanting to read to the end and talking the whole way through about issues of terrorism, racism, classism, sexism (LOTS on the male side of this and the pressures placed on young men), homophobism, family, community, education and religion. Whew!. This book lacks for nothing in terms of topics, yet leaves so much to be discussed and explored.

Promo description:
Mexican guy. White guy. Classmates and enemies from across the border and on each other’s turf. Big fight. White guy wins. Next day, he’s dead. Everyone’s a suspect. Everyone’s guilty of something.

Does what you look like or where you come from finally determine where your loyalties lie? Who’s Us? Who’s Them? Which side is your side? Is it Truth?

Contemporary politics, the consequences of guys-being-guys, and questions about faith and personal responsibility pulse throughout the pages of this provocative, eloquent debut.

Published by Knopf, July 2007
ISBN: 978-0-375-83872-9 (0-375-83872-4)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Horowitz v. Nelson and Academic Freedom

Excerpts from: "Political Indoctrination and Harassment on Campus: Is there a Problem?"
Participants:
David Horowitz, Founder & President, Horowitz Freedom Center
Cary Nelson, President, American Association of University Professors.
Moderator:
Scott Smallwood, senior editor The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 2007

David Horowitz: Unfortunately, professors of English do rant against the war in Iraq in English classes, inappropriately and unprofessionally. And professors of Women’s Studies do conduct courses on globalization in which the only texts are Marxist tracts on the evils of the free-market, corporate system. “International feminism” is the non-academic, political rubric under which they discuss globalization. These Women’s Studies professors more often than not have PhDs in Comparative Literature or English literature, and have no professional qualifications whatsoever for teaching about the global economy.

Cary Nelson: My academic specialty happens to be modern American poetry. I began teaching contemporary American poetry in 1970 in the midst of the Vietnam War. I suppose I could have pretended that hundreds of American poets were not writing anti-war poetry, but that would hardly have been responsible; it wouldn’t have been to represent my subject matter fairly.

I found I could add a bit of color to my classes by describing what it was like to hear Allen Ginsberg read his poetry at an anti-war rally at the United Nations and before 10,000 armed bayoneted troops at the Pentagon. He read the poem Pentagon Exorcism Chant in front of the Pentagon with troops all pointing their bayonets at him on top of a flatbed truck, and I stood beside the truck. I didn't hide the fact.

I now teach a week on September 11th poems where the poets’ political points of view are all over the map. But I have no problem telling my students when they read Imiri Baraka’s poem about September 11th that I think his belief that Israel knew about the 9/11 attacks beforehand is nothing more than paranoid nonsense. I guess that’s a political opinion. I offer it.

[Read the rest here.]

Hate in America

The Year in Hate
Hate Group Count Reaches 844 in 2006
"Energized by the rancorous national debate on immigration and increasingly successful at penetrating mainstream political discourse, the number of hate groups in America continued to grow in 2006, rising 5% over the year before to 844 groups."

Read more on this as well as view a Hate Groups Map of the U.S. which shows exactly what groups and where for each state (nothing like seeing how high your state ranks on this scale *sigh* - Dakotas anyone?): Intelligence Report, Southern Poverty Law Center

Britain's Boycott of Israeli Academics

This foolish boycott will solve nothing: alienating academics will only add to problems
by Jonathan Freedland
"Academics in Britain are set to debate a boycott of their Israeli colleagues, in protest at Israeli treatment of Palestinians. Here, writing for the London Evening Standard, Index supporter Jonathan Freedland tells why he opposes any such move."

Read the rest: Index for Free Expression

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Sports Journalism and Transition

He Shoots, She Scores
When Mike became Christine, she gave Los Angeles sports fans a courtside view of gender politics.
By John Ireland
"For all of its trappings of money, fame, and corruption, professional sports has a lot to do with character. Avid sports fans seem to respect those who face up to overwhelming challenge and overcome adversity. So it should not come as a surprise that readers rose in solidarity when a 23-year veteran sports writer announced in the Los Angeles Times that he would return from a short hiatus…as a woman."

Read the rest: In These Times.

YA Literature

Redefining the Young Adult Novel
By Jonathan Hunt

"...the crossover novel has continued to command its share of attention, and questions about the nature of the YA novel and its audience continue to be hotly debated. [. . .] In this new era of the crossover novel, publishers have had to make decisions about whether to publish certain books as YA titles or not. Obviously, publishers want their books to have the largest audience possible, and increased publicity in the form of awards and reviews can help a book find its audience and boost sales..."

Read the rest at: The Horn Book Magazine

Arlo Guthrie on Tour

Arlo Guthrie solo reunion tour starts in July
"Over the last four decades Arlo Guthrie has toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia winning a broad and dedicated following. In addition to being an accomplished musician—playing the piano, six and twelve-string guitar, harmonica and a dozen other instruments—Arlo is a natural-born storyteller whose hilarious tales and anecdotes are woven seamlessly into his performances."

Read more about Guthrie's career and get the full tour schedule at Honest Tune.

Poet-in-Residence Position

2008 Sandburg-Auden-Stein Residency
Olivet College, Michigan
Intensive Learning Term poet-in-residence program, April 29-May 16, 2008. An award of $3,100 (plus room and board) will be given to the 2008 resident poet. The Humanities Department faculty will evaluate the submissions and choose the winner. Poets who have published at least one book of poetry are eligible.

New Online Lit Mag Issues Posted

Front Porch
3.0 Summer 2007

The Pedestal
Issue 40

Prick of the Spindle
Volume 1.1

Siren
Issue 4

Submissions: Ghoti

Ghoti Magazine is now accepting submissions of essays, poetry, short stories, plays, etc for our special Labor Day issue. "We are looking for writing about work, about getting by in the daily grind. We are looking for writing about the working class. We don't think the American worker gets the respect they/we deserve, so we're dedicating a whole special issue to them/us." For guidelines visit: Ghoti Guidelines.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Lit Mag Mailbag June 26

American Literary Review
Volume 18 Number 1, Spring 2007

The American Scholar
Volume 76 Number 3, Summer 2007

Meridian
Issue 19, May 2007

Modern Haiku
Volume 38 Number 2, Summer 2007

Seneca Review
Volume 37 Number 1, Spring 2007

One Story
Issue Number 90

Swill
Issue 1, 2006

Alternative Mailbag June 26

Alternatives: Global, Local, Political
Volume 32 Number 2, April-June 2007

Counterpoise: For Social Responsibilities, liberty and dissent
Volume 10 Number 3, Fall 2006

Corporate Responsibility Officer
Volume 2 Number 3, May/June 2007

fRoots: The Essential Worldwide Roots Music Guide
Number 289, July 2007

Humor Times
Issue Number 187, July 2007

In These Times
Volume 37 Number 7, July 2007
Why progressive graduates sell out / The pentagon's contraception politics / Struggling with sports

Sierra: Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Planet
Volume 92 Number 4, July/August 2007

Virginia Quarterly Review Summer 2007


Last Photographs
by Ashley Gilbertson
with Joanna Gilbertson


Baghdad, March 2007

I didn’t want to go back.

When I began reporting from Iraq in 2002, I was still a wild and somewhat naïve twenty-four-year-old kid. Five years later, I was battle-weary. I had been there longer than the American military and had kept returning long after most members of the “coalition of the willing” had pulled out. Iraq had become my initiation, my rite of passage, but instead of granting me a new sense of myself and a new identity, Iraq had become my identity. Without Iraq, I was nothing. Just another photographer hanging around New York. In Iraq, I had a purpose, a mission; I felt important. I didn’t want to go back, but I needed to—and for the worst possible reason: I wasn’t ready for it to end. After twelve months away, I had a craving that only Iraq could satisfy.

Read the rest and see photographs at Virginia Quarterly Review.

Teachers, Students, Writers - Get Geist

The Writer’s Toolbox: Tips, talk and techniques for students and teachers of writing from the editors of Geist Magazine.

Geist in the Classroom: Geist sends you a free class set of the magazine. Geist will post free lesson plans to use in the classroom.

Recycling Computers: The Who and the Why

From the you-can't-even-make-this-stuff-up file of character study:

Normals Need Not Apply
by Francesca Mari


[. . .]"My workers," Burgett says, "are all nutcakes, criminals, and druggies — reformed." Then he corrects himself: "Some of them are still in reformation." Burgett hires almost exclusively from drug treatment and psychiatric treatment centers. "We find that most of the time normals don't fit in very well," he says. "I don't know if you want to look at it as me herding a group of freaks—think of it as a group of people who've formed nice symbiotic relation to the world they don't understand."

"I have had Jehovah's witnesses working alongside transsexuals in the middle of their sex change operations. This is fun stuff," Burgett says. "You can't get this in the normal world."[. . .]

Read the rest and more: Terrain Magazine, Spring 2007

Poetry: Megan Roth

M F'ing A
by Megan Roth

Dear Creative Writing Programs,
I have applied to many excellent
Graduate schools this year, and each
School has been remarkably competitive.

Due to the large number of programs to
Which I have applied,
I regret that [. . .]

[Read the rest on Defenestration, Issue 7 Volume 4, June 2007.]

Miranda July


If you haven't been there yet, do stop by the website for her new book of short stories: No One Belongs Here More Than You.

In her inexorably and adorably unique fashion, Miranda has created a website of still images of her writing on a make-shift dry erase board: first using the top of her refridgerator, then moving to the stove. Take your time to go through the 31 stills. In one is a link to her site, but that can also be accessed directly: Miranda July.

And, certainly, if you haven't seen it yet - Me and You and Everyone We Know is a must for summer movie viewing. The book? Still on my "Must Read" list; I'm just not there yet.

Monday, June 25, 2007

New Issue: Adirondack

Adirondack Review, Summer 2007
For your reading pleasure, another issue full of great writing, articles, and art, featuring the photography of Mary Robison, the illustrations of Jesse Hawley, writing from both seasoned and brand new writers, book reviews, film reviews, and a fascinating piece of travel writing about an American woman's experiences with cheese vendors and effusive neighbors in Turkey.

New Issue: Persimmontree

Persimmontree Magazine, Summer 2007
Fiction by Judith Arcana, Gloria DeVidas Kirchheimer, Paula Gunn Allen, Carole Rosenthal; Theatre by Martha Boesing; Ten Poems by Grace Paley; Art by Moira Roth and Faith Ringgold

Oh poop...


Poop Culture
How America Is Shaped by Its Grossest National Product

By Dave Praeger
Foreword by Paul Provenza, director of The Aristocrats
Published by Feral House "This book is not a history of poop, but a study of today. Its goal is to understand how poop affects us, how we view it, and why; to appreciate its impact from the moment it slides out of our anal sphincters to the moment it enters the sewage treatment plant; to explore how we’ve arrived at this strange discomfort and confusion about a natural product of our bodies; to see how this contradiction-the natural as unnatural-shapes our minds, relationships, environment, culture, economics, media, and art."

DZANC Prize for Work in Progress+

DZANC Books announces the inaugural DZANC Prize – a monetary award to a writer with both a work in progress, and an interest in performing some form of literary community service. The award itself will be a total of $5,000 to be distributed in two payments over the course of a twelve month period. The purpose of this prize is to give monetary aid to a writer of literary promise, in order to provide a budgetary cushion for them, allowing the author to concentrate his/her efforts on the completion of their work in progress. [more information]

Adopt a Tibetan Book

Dharma Publishing sponsors "Adopt a Tibetan Book program to fund the restoration of sacred Tibetan Buddhist texts and art. Annually, at the World Peace Ceremony in Bodh Gaya, India, the books and art are freely distributed to over eight thousand lamas, monks, nuns and lay people and also to over 3300 monasteries and educational institutions. The primary purpose is to rebuild libraries of the educational institutions of the Tibetan refugees in exile in India, Nepal, Bhutan." The goal is to help reestablish these libraries in Tibet. [more information]

Soylent Green Anyone?

Wishing for What We Already Have
by Robin Nixon
Genewatch, May-June 2007
"This spring, 450 acres of Kansas will be planted with rice that has been modified to contain human genes. It will look much like any normal field of rice, but the biotechnological innovation within each stalk is being sold as if it were magic from the Land of Oz. Essentially, the Kansas field will be a factory. The machinery is the rice plant itself. The inputs are human genes. The outputs are human proteins — lactoferrin and lysozyme — normally found in breast milk and other secretions, such as tears..." [read more]

Out on Stage

Out Came the First Coming Out Play
by Laurence Senelick
The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, May-June 2007
"'Outing' in our sense comes on stage with the homosexual law-reform movements. In several German plays of the early twentieth century, characters are 'outed' involuntarily. From Ludwig Dilsner’s Jasmine Blossoms (1899) to Reinhart Kluge’s Who Is to Blame? (1923), the exposure of the protagonist’s homosexuality is effected by blackmail or vice-squad raids or the maneuvers of jilted lovers. It is a traumatic and embarrassing experience that blights one’s life. The upshot is almost invariably suicide. Although the goal of these plays was to enlighten the general public as to the sorry lot of those with 'contrary sexual feelings,' the effect upon the homosexual individual was probably a determination to stay under wraps.

It is therefore surprising to find a play about coming out, in the current sense, on the Dutch stage shortly after the First World War..." [read more]

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Green Reads for Summer

Mommas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Pollute: Quick, Summer Reads
Check out these hot summer reads picked by The Green Guide editors.

Writer Residency: Lynchburg College, VA

Thornton Writer Residency at Lynchburg College, Spring 2008 semester. Eight-week residency with $8,000 stipend, housing, meals, and roundtrip travel expenses for a poet. Writers gives a weekly creative writing workshop and a public reading. Submit: copy of a previously published poetry collection, curriculum vitae, cover letter outlining successful teaching experience. No entry fee. Deadline: July 1. Lynchburg College, Thornton Writer Residency, English Dept., 1501 Lakeside Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24501.

New Issue: Big Ugly

It's not ugly, but it is BIG!

The Big Ugly Review, Issue 6, "The Body Issue" includes:

Fiction by Peter Orner, Mary Kolesnikova, Wendy Van Landingham, Mark MacNamara, Kristina Moriconi, Chad Morgan, Angela Marino, RG McCartney, Sabrina Tom, Michelle Morrison

Non-fiction by Laura Fraser, Joe Loya, Derek Patton Pearcy, Mimi Ghez, Laura Barcella, Andy Raskin

Poetry by John M. Anderson, Amanda Field, Denise Dooley, Grey Held, Edward Smallfield

Music by Audrey Howard, Sez Giulian, Thomas Kilts, Vanessa Peters

Photo essays by Daniel Hernandez, Stephanie Gene Morgan

Film by Kia Simon (*the most absorbingly gorgeous four minutes you could spend staring at the computer today - trust me - open in your own player to watch full screen for best effect)

Whew! Big!

New Issue: Carve Magazine

The Carve Volume 8 Issue 2, Summer 2007

Hybrid
by Stephanie Dickinson
I’m looking at myself in the taxi’s side mirror. You will never get a kiss because you’re invisible, the mirror says, a glare of sun where my face should be...[Read more]

Samurai Bluegrass
by Craig Terlson
Their harmonies teeter on the edge of sweetness and mournful whine. It's that high lonesome sound. The bluegrass band enraptures the pierced patrons, their ghost-white faces tilt toward the stage...[Read more]

Turning the Bones
by Marcy Campbell
Jillian and I are sitting on the hard-packed earth in front of a large fire, the flames illuminating the faces of the others in the circle. The air is saturated with the smell of spice, strong coffee and sweat...[Read more]

If You Don't
by Rob Bass
When Ryan is four and Colleen is two, another toddler comes up to her in the sandbox and kicks over the upside down bucket mold she's just finished patting down to perfection. She throws her hands up in the air and lets loose with a great wail and Ryan stomps over to push the offending party down into the sand...[Read more]

Saturday, June 23, 2007

PEN American Opposes Cultural Boycotts

For more information contact: Larry Siems, (212) 334-1660 ext. 105

New York, NY, June 22, 2007—PEN American Center has released a statement of principle opposing academic and cultural boycotts, saying such actions threaten the internationally guaranteed right to freedom of expression.

The statement cites PEN’s commitment over many decades to the principle that knowledge, literature, art, and cultural materials belong to humanity as a whole and should circulate freely even in times of conflict and political upheaval, and declares PEN American Center’s opposition to “any efforts to inhibit the free international exchange of knowledge, literature, or art, including academic and cultural boycotts.” Academic and cultural boycotts harm free expression in both the targeted country and the country where the boycott is practiced, PEN contends, insisting that “the universally guaranteed right of all to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers includes the right to engage in direct, face-to-face discussions, debates, challenges, and collaborations.”

The statement follows a vote last month by the University and College Union in the United Kingdom to refer an appeal for an academic and cultural boycott of Israel to its membership for discussion and possible action. That vote has sparked an international debate over the ethics and efficacy of such boycotts.

“We felt it was important to articulate this essential principle at this time,” said Larry Siems, Director of Freedom to Write and International Programs at PEN American Center. “We commend this statement to our academic colleagues in the U.K. for their consideration, and to all who may be asked to consider similar measures now and in the future.”
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PEN American Center Statement on Academic Boycotts
PEN is an organization founded on the principle that the unhampered transmission of thought within each nation and between all nations is essential for human coexistence and understanding. It believes that literature, works of art, and ideas must remain common currency among people despite political or international upheavals, and that political and national passions should not prevent or interrupt intellectual and cultural exchange.

In this spirit, PEN American Center emphatically opposes any efforts to inhibit the free international exchange of literature, art, information, or knowledge, including academic and cultural boycotts. We believe that such boycotts threaten the free expression rights not only of those associated with the boycotted institutions but also of those in the countries where the boycott is practiced, and that the universally guaranteed right of all to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers includes the right to engage in direct, face-to-face discussions, debates, challenges, and collaborations.

PEN American Center
588 Broadway, Suite 303
New York, NY 10012
Tel. (212) 334-1660
Fax. (212) 334-2181
www.pen.org

New Issue: Contrary Magazine

The summer 2007 issue of Contrary Magazine features the prose poetry of wildlife biologist Patrick Loafman, whose eye for the natural captures the magical. Poetic prose is Contrary's specialty, and you'll find more examples in stories by Thomas King (of McSweeney's and The Believer), Sarah Layden, and Amy Reed. We also have new poetry by C.E. Chaffin, Derek Pollard, Taylor Graham, and Patrick Reichard.

In other news from Contrary:
A poem by Contrary Poetry Editor Shaindel Beers won first place in the Dylan Days Festival, honoring Bob Dylan, in Hibbing Minnesota. Her poem "Rewind" surpassed about 400 poems from 250-300 poets from almost every state and most continents.

Two Contrary contributors have new books out: Mary E. Mitchell's novel Starting Out Sideways (St. Martin's Press), and Corey Mesler's winner of the Southern Hum Chapbook Competition,The Lita Conversation.

Kelly Spitzer: Writer Profile Project

From Kelly Spitzer, currently with Smokelong Quarterly:

"Starting on March 1st, I will be launching the Writer Profile Project. Each profile will consist of approximately ten questions posed to writers at various stages in their careers. During the series, you will meet editors of literary magazines, novelists, poets, and a wide variety of up and coming authors in all genres. I expect the series to run through the end of the year, so check back often for new profiles."

Profiles to date: Mary Akers, Hobart editor Aaron Burch, Kathy Fish, Alicia Gifford, Ellen Meister, Fleur Bradley, SmokeLong Quarterly founder Dave Clapper, Ann Walters (Sharon Hurlbut), Jason Makansi, Mary Miller, Jeff Landon, Jason Shaffner, NOÖ Journal editor Mike Young, Ania Vesenny, Darby Larson, Dennis Mahagin, Antonios Maltezos, Patricia Parkinson, Mary Lynn Reed, Mitzi McMahon, and Lesley Weston.

In addition, I have to say I'm also quite impressed with the remodeling Kelly has done on her carriage house - pictures included under "Personal" - with my favorite being the concrete countertops - breathtaking, yes.

Punk Planet Ceases Publication

"Dear Friends,
As much as it breaks our hearts to write these words, the final issue of Punk Planet is in the post, possibly heading toward you right now. Over the last 80 issues and 13 years, we've covered every aspect of the financially independent, emotionally autonomous, free culture we refer to as "the underground." In that time we've sounded many alarms from our editorial offices: about threats of co-optation, big-media emulation, and unseen corporate sponsorship. We've also done everything in our power to create a support network for independent media, experiment with revenue streams, and correct the distribution issues that have increasingly plagued independent magazines. But now we've come to the impossible decision to stop printing, having sounded all the alarms and reenvisioned all the systems we can. Benefit shows are no longer enough to make up for bad distribution deals, disappearing advertisers, and a decreasing audience of subscribers."

Read more as to why and what next: Punk Planet

Interesting Times for Lit Mags

Interesting indeed, given the number of lit mags currently in editorial and financial flux, as noted in the Virginia Times Quarterly Blog. Magazines mentioned include Ploughshares, Georgia Review, Southern Review, Granta, Paris Review, The Antioch Review, and most notably (for their unique response) McSweeny's, facing $130,000 debt has turned to an online auction to raise money (a guided tour of the Daily Show with John Hodgman is still availaible - but hurry).

Making Poetry Submissions

From Chris Hamilton-Emery's 101 Ways to Make Poems Sell: The Salt Guide to Getting and Staying Published

Becoming a Player
The world of poetry is not a world of isolated individual practitioners. Hermits in their caves. If you currently find yourself in this position, you should try to get out more. The world of poetry is a very busy place, filled with a wide range of professionals most of whom are eager to tell you about their talents.

The world of poetry is not filled with gentle suffering creatures (to call upon Eliot). It is not fair, just, or particularly caring. It can be supportive, but it is not a self help group. It is not a world based upon power sharing. In fact, the world of poetry can be a bear pit, and like any industry it is competitive and has moments of confrontation and even dirty tricks. Be prepared to take some knocks along the way.

Read the rest - including "50 dos and don'ts" - on Salt Publishing.

Prose: Sheheryar Sheikh

By one of NewPages contributors, Sheheryar Badar Sheikh:

-struck life
I.
Watch the walk, especially the strut, jingle. Hear the curious tinktink of coins, metallic sound in his pocket like rhythm. He lingers in air, suspended, arced in step suspended still in air suspended like air like substance in air. The god in him set to roast out the truth and go deeper until evaporation, until rain. Broad shoulders, cool expanse swarthy balmy calm sea, his shoulders the morph of a sun's arc. Hear jingle, see arcs, see strut, see rhythm in flesh, the timing. Sunchoked sun split sunblonde, dancer in walks sunkissed. Almost god, mostly sun, younger brother of the murderer.

Read the rest: Cricket Online Review

Friday, June 22, 2007

New Issue: Raving Dove


Raving Dove is an online literary journal dedicated to sharing thought-provoking writing, photography, and art that opposes the use of violence as conflict resolution, and embraces the intrinsic themes of peace and human rights.

Summer 2007 Contributors: Martha Braniff, Howard Camner, Sharon Carter, DB Cox, Arlene Distler, Michael Estabrook, Joachim Frank, David V. Gibson, Cory Hutcheson, John Kay, Laurel Lundstrom, Caroline Maun, Beverly Mills, Russell Reece, Anthony Santella, Dorit Sasson, Sarah Shaw, Roger Singer, Townsend Walker, Harry Youtt, Changming Yuan

Published in February, June, and October, Raving Dove welcomes original poetry, nonfiction essays, fiction, photography, and art. See submissions guidelines for complete details. Now reviewing work for the winter 2007 edition, which will be online on October 21st.

Submissions: The Survivor's Review

"The Survivor´s Review, a not-for-profit quarterly online journal encouraging the creative expression of cancer survivors, is seeking stories, essays and poems by those who are intimately familiar with the cancer journey. If you have written a piece that explores the heart of what it means to be a cancer survivor or caregiver, please consider submitting your work."

New Contests Posted

I have been updating our contest pages every couple of days. These are contests for single works in all genres for publication in literary magazines (see Lit Mag Contests), both in print and online, as well as book contests.

The contests listed on NewPages are those sponsored by literary magazines (print), online literary magazines, alternative magazines, book publishers and creative writing programs that are listed on our site.

If you have a request to see a contest listed, please e-mail newpagesdenise@hotmail.com with information about the contest.

M. Allen Cunningham's Newest Novel


A former contributor to NewPages, we're happy to announce Mark's second novel published with Unbridled Books: Lost Son about the great poet Rainer Maria Rilke, author of "Letters to a Young Poet" and "The Duino Elegies."

"Spanning Western Europe from 1875 to 1917, LOST SON brings alive the intellectual and artistic currents that shaped the 20th century and the personalities that made this history their own--from Rainer Maria Rilke himself to the great sculptor Rodin to the fascinating Lou Andreas-Salome, mistress or confidant of Rilke, Freud and Nietzsche. The result is an exploration of the forever imperfect loyalties we face in life and the seemingly immeasurable distances that can separate life and art."

Beginning Monday June 4, Cunningham will be reading at bookstores in Northern California, Oregon, and Seattle. View the event schedule at his author blog here.

Congrats Mark!

Disability Issues and Responsible Journalism

How the News Media Handicap Those with Disabilities
by Susan M. LoTempio

"It's a good month when the usual reporting on disability is balanced by even a single good story. Those months are few and far between, but in May The New York Times gave me reason to hope that thoughtful, stereotype-free stories about people with disabilities can actually see the light of day.

But before we get to that, let's first note a few high-profile media events that took place in May that illustrate the status quo..."

Read the rest and other articles on Poynter Online: Everything You Need to be a Better Journalist.

Wanted: Volunteer Teachers in Seattle Area

From Richard Gold, Pongo Teen Writing Project:

WHAT IS PONGO? Since 1992, the Pongo Publishing Teen Writing Project has worked with teens who are in jail, on the streets, or in other ways leading difficult lives. We help young people express themselves through poetry, and the teens often write about traumatic life experiences. Through creative writing, Pongo helps its authors communicate feelings, build self-esteem, and take better control of their lives. Each summer we publish chapbook compilations of the teens’ work. The chapbooks are distributed free to incarcerated youth and others. You can find out more about us at www.pongopublishing.org.

We are looking for mature individuals who have a clear understanding of personal boundaries and an ability to adapt to institutional rules. Ideal candidates will write poetry, have education as teachers or counselors, and have experience working with distressed youth. Candidates must make a commitment to attending the weekly Pongo sessions, being on time, and staying with the program until its completion in April.

If you are interested in becoming a Pongoite, please contact us soon. Spaces are limited, and the application and interview process must be completed in July. You can begin this process by emailing us a copy of your resume and a writing sample to info@pongopublishing.org. We welcome your questions, too.

Cheers!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Poem

From one of NewPages own review writers, Andrew Madigan:

Dale’s faded bluejeans

are getting tighter
so the brass zippertop buckles
and his coconut-hairy beergut
flaps over like a fanny pack
[...]

Read the rest online at Bath House

Happy 10th to The Barcelona Review!

The Barcelona Review, June - August 2007

Books


Jia
by Hyejin Kim
"Based on true events, Jia is the first novel about present-day North Korea to appear in English. All but closed to outside visitors, North Korea is among the most opaque nations on earth. While most readers know only the bleak outlines of its politics and history, Hyejin Kim illuminates Korea from within."
From MIDNIGHT EDITIONS, an imprint of CLEIS PRESS.

The Man Booker International Prize 2007

13 June 2007
Chinua Achebe, the father of modern African writing, wins 2007 Man Booker International Prize.

"The Man Booker International Prize is worth £60,000 to the winner and is awarded once every two years to a living author for a body of work that has contributed to an achievement in fiction on the world stage. It was first awarded to Ismail Kadaré in 2005.

Achebe is probably best known for his first novel, Things Fall Apart, written in 1958 and Anthills of the Savannah, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 1987."

Chinua Achebe comments:
"It was 50 years ago this year that I began writing my first novel, Things Fall Apart. It is wonderful to hear that my peers have looked at the body of work I have put together in the last 50 years and judged it deserving of this important recognition. I am grateful."

Read more on the MBI website.

Poem

Joan Siegel
Getting Ready for Winter


Sunlight hardens like resin.
Squirrels quiver on high branches
stuffing their hoard in hollows.
The cat thickens his fur.
[. . .]

Read the rest on Folio: A Literary Journal at American University

Submissions: Poetry on Girlhood

For an anthology of contemporary poetry on girlhood aimed at high school and college level readers, co-editors Arielle Greenberg and Becca Klaver seek submission of poems on or relevant to any aspect of the experience of girlhood, from childhood to young adulthood by poets with at least one published or forthcoming poetry collection from a nationally-distributed press.

For more information: Switchback Books

Monday, June 18, 2007

Retreat as Activism: David Gessner

On Space
by David Gessner, Ecotone Editor

Ecotone, Volume 2 Issue 2

"I admit that it is a strange and contrary impulse to focus on retreat during times of war, when you can’t help but find a military connotation in the word. But one thing I’ve learned from my reading is that retreat often leads to its opposite..."

Read more: Ecotone.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Weed Wars

The War on Dandelions
by John A. Johnson


"The lawn is a symbol that humankind, with its big brains, has fought nature for survival, and won. And because nature got it wrong the first time, we're re-making it the right way. The idea is that we take nasty, 'undeveloped' land, and reshape it, groom it, and reconfigure it into proper, 'developed' land, which can be sold for a nice chunk of change. Sans dandelions, of course..."

More serious irreverence can be found at Eat the State! A Forum for Anti-Authoritarian Political Opinion, Research and Humor.

Seeing Celeb in Africa

Bono, I Presume? Covering Africa Through Celebrities
By Julie Hollar
Extra! May/June 2007

“Africa is sexy and people need to know that,” declared U2 singer Bono (New York Times, 3/5/07), promoting his new (RED) line of products that propose to save Africa one iPod at a time.

Celebrity interest in Africa is not particularly new, but today more stars than ever seem to be converging upon the continent, with television crews seldom far behind. But, as Bono clearly understands, what media tend to find sexy about Africa is not Africa itself, but the stars like himself who have taken up causes in the region. In television news in particular, with its typically cursory treatment of subjects and emphasis on the visual, African countries and issues are to a striking degree seen through the prism of celebrity.

Read this and more from Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) at Extra! online.

Submissions: Milkweed Editions Seeks Minnesota Writers

Jerome Anthology Call for Submissions
Milkweed Editions seeks works of short fiction for an anthology to be published in fall 2008. The editors hope to solicit work suggestive of the increasingly diverse and multicultural nature of Minnesota, and the volume’s publication is timed to mark the sesquicentennial of the founding of the state. Authors must be residents of Minnesota, and may not have more than one previous book-length publication. Unpublished writers and writers of color are encouraged to submit manuscripts for consideration. All contributors will receive an honorarium of at least $500 (the final amount to be determined according to the number of contributors included).

For more information visit Milkweed Editions.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Load it, crank it! Wax Poetic

Wax Poetic
"This is the first in a three-part series from Nublu founder and band leader Ilhan Ersahin's Wax Poetic project. On this record, there's a subdued Northern European energy creeping through the rocky, Garbage-esque tracks. This series will take Ersahin to different countries to collaborate with its musicians. Next up is 'Wax Poetic Istanbul,' followed by 'Wax Poetic Brasil.'"

The online sampler for Copenhagen includes two music videos and two songs, and for Istanbul and Brasil, two songs each. Full album available for purchase via Amazon and iTunes. Worth the Quicktime download to check this smack out!

Common Ground Regained in The Big Easy

Malik Rahim: Spreading Common Ground
An interview with the cofounder of New Orleans' Common Ground Collective
by Doug Pibel


Doug: What has the experience of Common Ground taught you about how communities can learn to act together?
Malik: I’m going to tell you, that’s the reason why I continue on. Not only has it taught me what we can do, it has shown me the true greatness of this nation. Yes we are a rich nation; yes we are one of the most powerful nations. But, the greatness of our nation is not in our government—it is in our people. I have seen the essence of that greatness in those who made sacrifices to come down to help us in our time of need.

Read the rest of this interview and more on Yes! Magazine, Summer 2007 Issue: Latin America Rising.

Z Magazine Memorials: Olsen and Ivins

Memorial for Tillie Olsen
Tillie Lerner was never supposed to be a writer. She grew up poor. She dropped out of high school. She was a teenage mother. She worked long hours to support her kids. She got fired. Too often, she recalled, “the simplest circumstances for creation did not exist.” Yet, she wrote. (More at Z Magazine Online)

Memorial for Molly Ivins
Mary Tyler “Molly” Ivins (August 30, 1944–January 31, 2007) was a U.S. newspaper columnist, political commentator, and bestselling author from Austin, Texas. Ivins was born in Monterey, California, raised in Houston, Texas and attended St. John’s School in Houston. (More at Z Magazine Online)

Friday, June 15, 2007

Job Posting: Truman State University, MO

Truman State University, Division of Language and Literature
Two Positions: English/Creative Writing - Temporary Instructor or Temporary Assistant Professor (posted 6/12/07)

Gulf Coast Interview: Bob Hicok and Matthew Siegel

MS: What message, if any, do you have for the several thousand people who are going to graduate this year with MFAs?
BH: Remember that, when I say I want my root beer without ice, I mean it.

Read the full interview in Gulf Coast, Volume 19 Number 2, Summer/Fall 2007, where you'll find more humor as well as insight in response to questions such as:
MS: So many poets are rushing to get that first book out, spending hundreds of dollars on contests and reading fees. Do you believe this is the best way for young poets to get noticed?
and
MS: Some of your newer poems seem to be much more meditative and less "witty" than your earlier work. Also, I've been told that you are trying to turn away from this perception of you being a "funny" poet. Is this true" If so, what do you find troubling about being called a "funny" poet?

Dollars and Sense: The Magazine of Economic Justice

Muckraking Around the Globe
"BBC investigative reporter and international gadfly Greg Palast has dug into many critical stories in recent years—particularly those, like the vulture funds saga (see Palast's article in the current issue of D&S), that lie at the intersection of political decision-making and corporate greed. Dollars & Sense recently interviewed Palast about the sometimes-surprising appraisals that he offers in his latest book, Armed Madhouse, which came out in a revised paperback edition in April."

Also from the current issue of Dollars and Sense and available online:

The Homeownership Myth by Howard Karger
A contrarian asks whether homeownership really benefits low-income families.

The Real Political Purpose of the ICE Raids by David Bacon
Using immigration raids as a pressure tactic to get Congress to approve new guest worker programs is not a legitimate use of enforcement.

Fidelity and Genocide by Chris Sturr
Activists are calling on Fidelity and other investment houses to divest from Chinese oil companies that help fund the killing in Darfur.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Special Poetry Offer

From April 1 until June 30, 2007, a list of Godine and Black Sparrow poetry titles will be available at up to 75% off the retail price. Great deal for poetry addicts. Visit Black Sparrow Press.

New & Forthcoming from Anhinga Press

My Last Door by Wendy Bishop (2007)

Yellow Jackets by Patti White (2007)

The View from Zero Bridge by Lynn Aarti Chandhok, winner of the Levine Prize in Poetry (2007)

All you have to do is ask by Meredith Walters, winner of the Anhinga Prize for Poetry (2006)

Visit Anhinga Press for more on their publications.

Talk the Talk Online with Writers Revealed

Join Felicia Sullivan (Editor of Small Sprial Notebook) each week in a new kind of Sunday Book Review: Writers Revealed. Participate in live discussions, book giveaways, and opportunities to get between the sheets with some of today’s most buzzworthy writers. Writers Revealed is not about name-dropping obscure authors and talking about the “process” of writing – this show is all about the hilarious and heartbreaking stories you can relate to.

This Sunday, June 17, chat live with Kevin Smokler, David Wellington, Andi Buchanan and Josh Kilmer-Purcell about successful online marketing and how you can be your own marketing & publicity machine. Previous shows available on podcast.

Visit Writers Revealed: www.writersrevealed.com.

Monday, June 11, 2007

NCAC's Censorship News, Spring 2007

Check out the National Coalition Against Censorship Newsletter: Censorship News, No. 104. Available online and as PDF, "NCAC's newsletter, published quarterly, contains information and discussion about freedom of expression issues, including current school censorship controversies, threats to the free flow of information, and obscenity laws." In this issue:
» YFEN at the Grassroots Media Conference
» What Are They Thinking - Youth Activists Speak Out
» The Long And Short Of It
» The Imus Affair
» Student Play About Iraq War Censored
» Morse v First Amendment Priorities for the 110th Congress

Reading the Fine Print

A Minor History of Miniature Writing
By Joshua Foer
Cabinet Magazine Online
"Miniature book collector George Salomon of Paris disperses his seven-hundred-title collection, a library that reportedly “could be carried in a moderate-sized portmanteau.” His spirit lives on today in the Miniature Book Society, an organization whose interests extend only to printed works three inches or smaller."

Read the article and see images of miniature writing through history on Cabinet Magazine Online.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Pinsky Speaks on Music and Literature

Poetry Northwest Web Exclusive
"On March 21, 2007, in Portland, some 400 people crammed the sold-out Wonder Ballroom to hear to hear the former poet laureate speak, read poems, & launch the Music Issue. Robert Pinsky condemned educational administrators who want to break the chain of culture by cutting funding to music, arts, & creative writing programs. 'Woe unto them,' said Pinsky, who also read recent & new poems, & closed the night with an electrifying reading of John Keats's hymn to music & poetry, 'Ode to a Nightingale.'"

Listen to an excerpt (apprx 45min) of this performance lecture on Poetry Northwest.

Writing in Prison: The PEN American Center Program

"Founded in 1971, the PEN Prison Writing Program believes in the restorative and rehabilitative power of writing, by providing hundreds of inmates across the country with skilled writing teachers and audiences for their work. The program seeks to provide a place for inmates to express themselves freely with paper and pen and to encourage the use of the written word as a legitimate form of power. The program sponsors an annual writing contest, publishes a free handbook for prisoners, provides one-on-one mentoring to inmates whose writing shows merit or promise, conducts workshops for former inmates, and seeks to get inmates' work to the public through literary publications and readings."

For more information about this program, read writing from contest winners, or how to get a copy of the writing handbook, visit PEN American Center.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

How to Sustain Your Labor of Love

Love’s Labour Lost?: Working for a sustainable alternative press
By Nicole Cohen
Briarpatch Magazine
June/July 2007

"I don’t recall the exact moment I became skeptical of the term labour of love, but I do remember the day it began feeling like an inappropriate descriptor for Shameless, the independent, feminist magazine for teens I co-founded in 2003 and edited until recently.
[. . .]
While it is critical for media activists to talk seriously about the business of producing alternative media and to find innovative ways to boost circulation, it is dangerous to believe that the only way to become commercially viable is to make content more mainstream. Alternative media exist to disseminate an oppositional or radical stance, and the development of creative, sustainable business models should centre on strengthening that goal, not abandoning it."

Read the rest of the article HERE, with Cohen's assessment as well as advice for small, independents who wish to remain alternative.

Recipe for Inspiration

File this under the "finding writing ideas in the most unlikely places" category. Check out some of these great recipe names, courtesy of Backwoods Home Magazine:

Dragon’s Breath Chili
Earth’s Greatest Cookies
Egg Thingies
Humble Stew (Served with humble pie for dessert? Oh, c'mon, you saw that one coming...)
Dishpan Cookies
Baked Macaroni and Cheese to Kill For
Czarist Chicken Salad
Chow-chow (I read the recipe and still don't know what this is - ?)
Lazy Housewife Pickles
Emergency Casserole (Maybe to help the person killed for the mac and cheese...)

Can't you just see it now: "She went to the kitchen and started banging pots and pans onto the stove. She'd have the last laugh for his cheating on her, the Dragon's Breath Chili would see to that..."

Inspiration can indeed come from the strangest places. If nothing else, some of these really do sound worth trying!

Friday, June 08, 2007

New Online Issue: Dark Sky Magazine

The June 2007 issue of Dark Sky Magazine is now online, featuring literature by Jenny Steele, Michael Phillips, Charlie Geer, Meredith Doench, Jack Emery, Martin Brick, Luke Boyd, Richard O'Connell, Richard O'Connell, Louise Snowden, Rupert Fike, John Grey, and artwork by Elizabeth Cadwell, Isabel Barnes, Miranda Clark.

From "Bend" by Meredith Doench:

I.
"No one’s ever loved me before. People have told me they did, like my mom. But she only said so when I’d done something to please her, or after she’d had too much to drink or smoke. So when Alison Rogers said, Nicole, I love you, I cried harder than I’ve ever cried before. And the weird thing was Alison cried too, hugging me close, her tears getting the shoulder of my old t-shirt wet and warm.

Now the staff at Lakeridge Psychiatric Center would have called this inappropriate touch between patients, so we were wedged tight into the cubby hole of a maintenance closet that someone left open while getting a mop. I could hear..."

Read and see much more on Dark Sky Magazine.

Writing: Characters in Africa

Africa Settings: Writers in search of characters
From Worldview Magazine (v20n2)by David Arnold

"Before being there, my only reference point for any African country was a reading of Saul Bellow's Henderson the Rain King which, as I recall, was more about crazy Henderson than about Africa. It turns out that this is typical of Americans who write about Africa. Even those like Hemingway who were there...

In this issue of WorldView, we're sampling writers whose work has become part of our Africa bibliography: Norman Rush, George Packer, Paul Theroux, Leonard Levitt, Kathleen Coskran, Sarah Erdman, Richard Wiley, Maria Thomas and Tony D'Souza..."

Read more here: Worldview Magazine.

Leslie Bennets Speaks Out on The Feminine Mistake

From The Humanist by Heidi Bruggink:

"In her new book, The Feminine Mistake, Bennetts asserts that women's decisions to abandon their careers may save them stress in the short-term, but the repercussions are enormously dangerous-and women often fail to understand this until it's far too late. Further, she argues, the financial and psychological benefits of working outside the home are enormous. Bennetts herself serves as a prime example of this assertion, having crafted an enviable journalism career over the past thirty years while simultaneously raising a family. She spoke with the Humanist in March, shortly before her book's release, to discuss the urgent message she wants to impart on today's younger women..."

Read an excerpt of the interview here: Don't Give Up Your Day Job: Leslie Bennetts on The Feminine Mistake

The Language of Global Warming

Sustaining Change from the Middle Ground
James Biggar and Michael M'Gonigle
Alternatives Journal Online, April 2007

"'Climate porn.' That's how the Institute for Public Policy Research in Britain depicts the portrayal of the climate crisis by media and governments. In the organization's report, 'Warm Words,' the authors claim the apocalyptic and external framing of global warming convinces the public that climate change is inevitable and therefore beyond human control. In the context of that frame, appeals for changes in individual behaviour, such as the Liberals' One Tonne Challenge and the endless 'Ten Things you Can Do' lists, seem pretty lame, even to advocates. After all, how many times can a dutiful bicyclist be squeezed into the curb by a lumbering SUV before she feels there is no point to her action?"

Read the rest of the article at: Alternative Journal Online

Contest Winners: McSweeny's Convergences

A Convergence of Convergences
"To celebrate the release of Lawrence Weschler's Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences, we are launching an extravagant new contest: A Convergence of Convergences. Submit your own convergence—an unlikely, striking pair of images, along with a paragraph or three exploring the deeper resonances. The best contributions will be posted on the site, along with responding commentary from Weschler."

See the list winners at McSweeny's.

Submissions: Fault Magazine

"FAULT Magazine (www.faultmag.com) is seeking short stories, nonfiction essays, photographs and animated works that deal with human flaws. Each issue of the magazine will focus on a single undesirable characteristic, exploring who is affected by it, the impact it has on individuals, when it can be especially bad (or actually good), and any other aspect of the flaw that is interesting to consider."

More info here: www.faultmag.com

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Poetry and Visual Imagery

standing in stillness
reflections on ritual & routine from the zendo


Poet Darren Bifford stands with a cup of tea on the steps of the zendo and contemplates different ways of opening and arriving with Flash animation by Geoffroy Tremblay of images from the Centre Zen de la Main in Montréal.

From Ascent Magazine: Yoga for an Inspired Life

Literature of Martial Arts: Tomiki Sensei's Writings


"Tomiki Sensei, in addition to being a superb martial artist, was also a man of the letters and of arts. As a man of letters, Tomiki published numerous articles on Judo, Aikido, the relationship between the martial arts and Eastern religious and philosophical traditions, articles on the proper place of the martial arts in the modern world, and of course articles on the technical aspects of various martial arts techniques. His masterwork is entitled Budo-ron, or The Theory of Budo. This book is widely acknowledged in Japan to be one of the most significant 20th Century contributions to martial arts theory and thought. Unfortunately, it remains to be translated into any Western language. However, two of Tomiki Sensei's more influential essays, fortunately, have been translated: 'The Fundamental Principles of Judo' and 'On Jujitsu and Its Modernization'." (Vassar College Aikido Club)


To read both translations, visit the Vassar College Aikido Club Website.


Film: Gay Movie Marathon on TBS

From "Movie Marathon" by Alonso Duralde, The Advocate, June 4, 2007:

"Well, it's June again, and for many cable networks that means it's time to mark Pride Month with a halfhearted rerun of every notable post-1990 queer film they can get their hands on. But leave it to Turner Classic Movies to dig deeply into its vaults for 'Screened Out: Gay Images in Film,' a 44-film series running Mondays and Wednesdays all month long. Based on Richard Barrios's book Screened Out: Playing Gay in Hollywood from Edison to Stonewall, the series offers a varied look at gay characters in American film: from swishy supporting roles (mostly banished from the screen after the Hays Code went into effect) to butch prison matrons to seductive, unscrupulous, exotic inverts of any gender."

For more on this, see the rest of Alonso Duralde's article on The Advocate.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Submissions: Dive Bar Stories Wanted

Tell Us Your Dive Bar Stories
"Barrelhouse is searching for non-fiction about your favorite dive bar, your best or worst dive bar story, the 'I never thought these letters were true until I wound up shirtless drinking shots of Black House with three old men on a Sunday afternoon' kind of dive bar story. It's not really a contest, but the ones we like best will be published in a special section of our next print issue."

Uh...pseudonyms allowed?

For more info, stagger on over to Barrelhouse.

Submissions: Ballyhoo

Ballyhoo Stories: 50 States Project
Ballyhoo is currently "accepting submissions for all states except California, New York, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Ohio, and Indiana. Stories should show a strong representation of the people and culture of the particular state. Stories should be no more than 5,000 words and have the state as either the subject or the setting. Please be sure to read one or two of our current stories for an idea of what we are looking for."

Stop by Ballyhoo for more info: http://www.ballyhoostories.com/

Submissions: New Magazine Feature

War and the Environment: Cause and Effect

The literary anthology, North Atlantic Review, is open to submissions on war and its effect on the environment or the environment and its effects on war. We invite you to write an essay, short story, poem, song, or journal based on personal experience or philosophy. Please keep submissions under 5,000 words. This is a new section of the journal and will be included in future issues.

For more information: North Atlantic Review Submissions

Recess! Funny Times Cartoon Playground


Set aside at least twenty minutes in your day to play on the Funny Times Cartoon Playground where you can create a one- or two-panel comic from preset characters (including a few from the White House), settings, props, and text ballons you fill in yourself. You can then save your masterpiece and allow it to be publicly viewed in the gallery, or keep it private and e-mail it to select recipients.


Just be sure to mind the bell and get back to class on time!

Photography: New Orleans After the Flood

Photography After the Flood
By Nicolaus Mills
Dissent Magazine, Spring 2007

A review and commentary on the photography of Robert Polidori:

"Robert Polidori's photographs of New Orleans challenge our sense of how the world is supposed to look. Cars stand upside down. Uprooted trees rest on houses. In contrast to the familiar photos of bombed-out Hiroshima, where everything but the walls of a few buildings lies flattened on the ground, Polidori's post-flood New Orleans is a collage of random disorder. Nothing is where it should be."

Read the review/commentary and view the photos at Dissent Magazine.

Submissions: Appalachia

"Founded in 1876, Appalachia is the Appalachian Mountain Club's mountaineering and conservation journal, published twice a year in June and December.

Appalachia welcomes nonfiction submissions on the following topics: hiking; trekking; rock climbing; canoeing and kayaking; nature; mountain history and lore; and conservation. We recommend reading a sample issue before submitting materials.

Writers should submit unsolicited material by December 1 for the June issue, and by June 1 for the December issue.

Original poems about the above topics are also welcome. Shorter poems are preferred. Only eight poems are published per issue, which makes this the most competitive section of the journal; on average, one in 50 submissions is accepted."

For more information, visit Appalachia online.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Imprisoned Journalist Awarded Golden Pen of Freedom

HRIC Supports Campaign to Free Golden Pen of Freedom Recipient Shi Tao
June 05, 2007

"Human Rights in China (HRIC) congratulates imprisoned Chinese journalist Shi Tao and his family on his receiving the 2007 Golden Pen of Freedom on June 4 at the opening ceremony of the World Newspaper Congress (WNC) and World Editors Forum (WEF).

The Golden Pen of Freedom, established in 1961 and awarded by the Paris-based World Association of Newspapers, is an annual award recognizing individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the defense and promotion of press freedom.

Shi Tao's mother, Gao Qinsheng, accepted the award on her son's behalf, thanking everyone for not forgetting Shi Tao, and stating that her son had 'only done what a courageous journalist should do.'"

Read the full article at HRIC.

Artistry & Activism: The Poetry of Irena Klepfisz


By Ursula McTaggart from the May/June 2007 issue of Against the Current


"AS A JEWISH child growing up in Nazi-occupied Poland, Irena Klepfisz had parents who taught her only Polish so that she could pass for Aryan and escape the concentration camps. It wasn’t until after the war that she began to learn Yiddish, the language she would try to maintain and revive in her adult work as a poet.


For Klepfisz, then, language has always been intensely political. As a child, language meant life and death, and today, in her work as a professor at Barnard College in New York, Yiddish is a remnant of pre-Holocaust Jewish culture and a sign of hope for the future. But attuned to the political nature of even the language used for communication, Klepfisz also uses her poetic language to call our attention to urgent political issues in our own lives."


Read the rest of the article here: http://www.solidarity-us.org/node/527

Call for Submissions: Current Events Poetry

THE NEW VERSE NEWS covers the news and public affairs with poems on issues, large and small, international and local. It relies on the submission of poems (especially those of a politically progressive bent) by writers from all over the world.

The editors update the website every day or two with the best work received.

See the website at http://www.newversenews.com for guidelines and for examples of the kinds of poems THE NEW VERSE NEWS publishes.

New Lit on the Block

Greatcoat - A biannual publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, interviews, and photography, the editors of Greatcoat, "being of relatively sound mind and possessed of radically different literary tastes, do hereby relinquish any claim to rational thought, free time, and dreams of profit; in short, we have no illusions about what makes a literary journal successful."

Nano Fiction: A Journal of Short Fiction from the University of Houston, "NANO Fiction is a non-profit literary journal run entirely by undergraduate students at the University of Houston. We plan to publish twice a year, with issues appearing each spring and fall. Our purpose is to share undergraduate work with others in a form that can be easily digested in a short amount of time."

Monday, June 04, 2007

Poetry in Movies

Thought you recognized those lines tucked into Million Dollar Baby? Now you can know for sure!

Poetry in Movies: A Partial List
Created/Edited by Stacey Harwood

Michigan Quarterly Review is featuring this list "of the appearance of recognizable, often canonical, poems, or excerpts from poems, in mainly American and British sound films. The catalog is necessarily incomplete; readers are invited to submit new entries to the journal at mqr@umich.edu or to Stacey Harwood at shoshana@mindspring.com. The filmography will be revised and updated regularly."

Workshop: Lost Horse Press


Lost Horse Press proudly presents the Dog Days Poetry & Prose Writing Workshops featuring Melissa Kwasny (poetry) and EWU Professor Emeritus, John Keeble (fiction & non) on 10 - 12 August 2007 at Lost Horse Press, 105 Lost Horse Lane, Sandpoint, Idaho. Workshop fee is $150. Classes are limited to 12 studentsd; register early. For additional information or to register, please contact Lost Horse Press at 208.255.4410, email: losthorsepress@mindspring.com.

Brazil Anyone?


Creative Writing in Brazil
Participate in a week-long poetry workshop with Edward Hirsch and a translation class on Brazilian poets Carlos Drummond de Andrade and Joao Cabral de Melo Neto. Discussions on Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil and tours of important cultural sites and literary landmarks. Also, casual get togethers with leading contemporary Brazilian poets, editors, writers, translators, and publishers. Workshop is from July 9 to July 16, 2007.

New Issue Online: anderbo.com

anderbo.com
Featuring:

David Marell: Five Poems For You!

New Fiction from JESSICA PISHKO: "Izzi Accepts a Bagel from Her Mother"

And more fiction, poetry, "facts" and photography.

Peabody Props

Check out Edward Champion's Return of the Reluctant blog - Richard Peabody: Mondo Literature - where Ed gives a well-deserved tip of the keyboard to Richard and his life-long dedication "to printing work by unknown poets and fiction writers, as well as seeking out the overlooked or neglected..." publishing "'name' writers — sometimes before they were 'names'." And recognizing that: "As if being an unparalleled literary impresario and entrepreneur isn’t enough, Rick is also a superb poet and fiction writer." If you don't know Gargoyle or Richard or Ed - you can get it all - and then some - in this one read.

New Online Lit Mag Issues Posted

Barefoot Muse, Issue #5 Summer 2007

Brevity, Summer 2007

Cricket Online Review, May 2007

Ducts, Issue #19 Summer 2007

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Stuart Dybek Podcast at Indiana Review

Stuart Dybek reads from and discusses his short-short story, "Voyeur of Rain," featured in Indiana Review's 29.1 summer issue. Listen at Under the Blue Light: The Indiana Review Weblog.

Literary Podcasts at Chattahoochee Review

The Chattahoochee Review hosts podcasts from Georgia Perimeter College. A great variety of readings, interviews and lectures. Here's just naming a few:

Mark Bixler Lecture - author of The Lost Boys of Sudan

Donald Bogle Lecture - two parts lecture by the award winning African-American film historian and media scholar discussing the history of African-Americans in the movies.

William Julius Wilson Lecture - the preeminent sociologist and former advisor to President Clinton discussing his book There Goes The Neighborhood, an examination of race and class issues in Chicago. November 2, 2006.

Leonard Susskind - The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design
Luis Alberto Urrea Interview
Elizabeth Cox Reading
Alistair MacLeod Reading
Several GPC faculty open mic readings

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Call for Submissions: Narratives of Africa

a.magazine: nonfiction narratives of Africa — due to launch in 2007 — is the first exclusively nonfiction literary magazine dedicated to publishing Africa’s stories by writers from across the globe, and, most importantly, emerging and established writers who call the continent of Africa their home. a.magazine is published quarterly, available in U.S. bookstores and to subscribers worldwide.

Crazyhorse Winners Announced

Crazyhorse prize judges (Fiction judge: Antonya Nelson, Poetry judge: Marvin Bell) are pleased to announce:

Crazyhorse Fiction Prize Winner: Karen Brown for the story "Galatea"

Fiction finalists: Jacob M. Appel, Kathy Conner, Rick Craig, Diane Greco, and Ann Joslin Williams

Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize Winner: Jude Nutter for the poem "Frank O'Hara in Paradise"

Poetry finalists: Kurt Brown, Colin Cheney, Melody S. Gee, Luisa A. Igloria, John Isles, Joshua Kryah, Gabriella Klein Lindsey, M.B. McLatchey, Xu Smith, and Jared White

The 2007 Crazyhorse Prize Winners receive $2000 each and publication in Crazyhorse Number 72, due out Nov. 1, 2007.

2River View: New Issue Online

2River has just released the 11.4 (Summer 2007) issue of The 2River View,with new poems by Philp Brady, Therese Broderick, Ryan Collins, LydiaCooper, Michael Flanagan, Nancy Henry, Laura McCullough, Karen Pape, PetreStoica, and Sally Van Doren; and art from the Underground Series by MeganKarlen.

Take a few moments to stop by 2River and read or print the issue, available as PDF.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Online Lit Mags: New Issues Up

Failbetter 23, Spring 2007 is now available, featuring interviews, fiction, poetry and multimedia.

Boxcar Poetry with poetry, artwork, reviews & responses.

The Stickman Review, Volume 6 Number 1 - poetry and fiction.

42 Opus - new writing every few days - currently featuring poetry, fiction, non-fiction.

Born Magazine, May 2007, specializing in literary arts and interactive media.

Get Your Vote In: storySouth Million Writer Awards

Votes are now being counted (yes, there are places in this great nation of ours where votes really still do count) for storySouth Million Writer Award for Fiction 2007. The top ten online stories have been selected and readers will choose the winner. To read the top ten stories and cast you vote, as well as read more about the award and the Notable Stories 2006 from which they were selected, visit storySouth.

Voting will run through June 30, 2007.