Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Photos :: Buddha Project

Lens Culture: Photography and Shared Territories
"The Buddha Project encourages people worldwide to participate by submitting photos of found Buddha, sacred Buddha, ancient Buddha, kitschy Buddha, handmade Buddha. An archive of hundreds of Buddha images may well generate good karma for everyone involved, viewers and contributors, alike. As of July 12, 2007, there are 318 photos in the collection. Please participate by contributing your images of Buddha. Notice Buddha in your surroundings and share your discoveries with others. It will make you feel good. Guaranteed."

New Online Journal :: Delmarva Poets

The first issue of the Delaware Poetry Review, an online magazine featuring new works from the Mid-Atlantic region, is now available. The inaugural issue features 23 poets. The Delaware Poetry Review was formed when the editors of five well-respected, award-winning journals in Delaware, Virginia, and Washington, DC (Bay Oak Press, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Bogg, Delmarva Quarterly, Delmarva Review, and Gargoyle) decided to collaborate on a new project together. Read it here: Delaware Poetry Review

Submissions :: Bent Pin Journal

Bent Pin Quarterly, an online journal, is seeking original poetry, flash fiction, essays and creative non-fiction for its Fall 2007 edition. Also needed: original submissions for two regular features: Story within Story, flash fiction (or other genre) that somehow nests two unfolding, releated stories; The Poem at Length, one longer poem, or a poem series. Bent Pin publishes online on January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1,and reads submissions year round. We are now reading for our Fall 2007 issue which will be published on Oct 1.

Monday, July 30, 2007


"They're scattered around town -- on buses, trains, cabs, in restrooms, bars, left along with the tip; stuffed into a stranger's back pocket. Whatever. Wherever. Small poems in small booklets half the size of a business card. A project of the 24th street irregular press, which cranks them out to be taken by the handful and scattered like seeds by those who want to see poetry grow in a barren cultural landscape." Visit Poems-For-All to see samples, get a hold of a few, and submission guidelines.

Language Links from Verbatim

Verbatim Magazine
"The Language Quarterly Language and linguistics for the layperson since 1974"
Their "large list of language links" is a great resource including: Print Dictionary Links; Wordplay Sites; Online Fun Dictionaries; Language-Related Sites and Blogs; Word-A-Day Sites and Other Mailing Lists; Grammar, Spelling, and Usage Sites; Language and Dictionary Societies; Names Sites; and more. It's a word-person's resource heaven on the internet!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Residency :: Olivet College, MI

2008 Sandburg-Auden-Stein Residency
Intensive Learning Term poet-in-residence program, April 29-May 16, 2008
Poets who have published at least one book of poetry are eligible. Application deadline: Postmark by September 10, 2007

Contest :: CBC Literary Award

The CBC Literary Awards competition is the only literary competition that celebrates original, unpublished works, in Canada’s two official languages. There are three categories—short story, poetry, and creative nonfiction—and $60,000 of prize money courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts. In addition, winning entries are published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and visibility is offered to the winners and their winning entries by CBC. Deadline: November 1, 2007

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Film :: China

Manufacturing Art
By Noy Thrupkaew

"Manufactured Landscapes is a new film about an artist who documents Chinese factories explores the toxic interdependence between developed and developing nations. Rendered in exquisite calligraphic brushwork and soaring white space, many later-era Chinese landscape paintings depict both the artist's interior terrain and the visible world. Artist Edward Burtynsky's photographs of industrial wastelands work the same way, even though their disturbing beauty inverts the pristine ideal by drawing on mountains of rubble and polluted rivers..." Read the rest: The American Prospect

Front Page...Ads?

A Fading Taboo
By Donna Shaw

"Paper by paper, advertising is making its way onto the nation’s front pages and section fronts...Whatever the shape, size or hue, the long-unfashionable page-one advertisement is gaining grudging acceptance from many editors, page designers and even reporters." Read the rest: American Journalism Review

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Feature Mag :: American Forests Magazine

"For more than a century American Forests has been the magazine of trees and forests for people who know and appreciate the many benefits of trees. Stories are written to entice a general audience to care about tree planing and include profiles, indepth looks at current controversies, practical stories on current research, and how-to's.

"The mission of our publication is to foster appreciation for trees and forests and to offer a responsible, science-based discussion of the trends, issues, policies, and management of America's forest resources. We seek to educate, entertain, and enlighten our audiences with compelling writing, eye-catching photography, beautiful illustrations, and exciting design."

Issue available online as PDF download.

Short Story :: Adbusters

Winter was wild this year...
by Zdravka Evtimova

"Winter was wild this year. The sky was full of snow and wind; the trees in front of the cafe looked like stubbly old men in the white air; it was cold in the narrow room overlooking the Struma River that flowed tiredly, grumbling to its rocks. Gogo slept by her side, bent double, his skin whiter than the January sky. She lived in the café, in the back room overlooking the river. She liked the guys who serviced the big truck which collected the garbage on Main Street. They drank her coffee, their black eyes pushing under her old blue apron..." [Finish the story!]

From Adbusters #72, Jun-Jul 2007

Film :: Vancouver Queer Film Fest

The 19th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival
August 16-26, 2007
More info: Out on Screen

Award Winners :: Tupelo Press

Tupelo Press is delighted to announce the results of the 8th Annual First Book Award, in conjunction with the journal Crazyhorse. This year the First Book Award goes to Jennifer Militello, of Goffstown, New Hampshire, for History of the Always Pain.

Megan Gannon, Omaha, NE, White Nightgown
Cyan James, Ann Arbor, MI, The Good Boy's Payne
Marc McKee, Columbia, MO, Fuse
Kathy Nilsson, Cambridge, MA, Hawk Weather
Jamie Ross, Carson, NM, Postcards from Mexico
Susan Settlemyre Williams, Richmond, VA, Ashes in Midair
Theresa Sotto, Santa Monica, CA, punctum

Monday, July 23, 2007

Call for Proposals: AALCS/ALA

October 25-27, 2007
African American Literature and Culture Society Symposium
Theme: "Traditions and Revisions: New Directions in African American Literature and Scholarship"
St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
E-mail queries or 400-500 word proposals by July 30, 2007, to:
Loretta G. Woodard, Conference Director
English and Modern Languages Department
Marygrove College
8425 West McNichols Road
Detroit, MI 48221-2599
(313) 927-1452

i-outlaw: Poetry from the Wild Wild E-West

i-outlaw is a poetry show hosted by Bob Marcacci and produced by Josh Hinck. Their mission: To bring you the best poetic audio and video entertainment from the internet. Each show highlights ten poets from the blogsphere as well as one featured poet. Submission of audio or video accepted year-round.

Some recently featured poets include: Annie Finch, Charles Bernstein, Ren Powell, Luis H. Valadez, Amy Bernier, K. Silem Mohammad, Amber Nelson, Steven Schroeder, Emmy Pérez, Erik Rzepka, Tim Martin, Shanna Compton, Catherine Daley, Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore, Linda Benninghoff, John Sakkis, Peggy Eldridge-Love, Jordan Stempleman, Kaya Oakes, Miranda Gaw, Andrew Lundwall, Larissa Shmailo.

Check them out HERE.

Submissions :: Interactive Drama

The Journal of Interactive Drama is an online peer-reviewed journal on scenario-based interactive drama freeform live action roleplaying games which provides a forum for serious discussion of live roleplaying game theory, design, and practice. Two to three issues per volume are published annually. The journal provides a forum for the discussion of any of the various scenario-based theatre-style live action roleplaying games, freeforms, and interactive dramas and invites contributions in all areas of literature, theory, design, and practice for educational, entertainment, and recreational roleplay. Formal and informal essays, articles, papers, and critical reviews are also welcome.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Film :: Disability and Sibs

"Keri Bowers, co-director of the hit film, Normal People Scare Me [see YouTube short below], a film about autism, has teamed up with her son Jace to share the story of brothers and sisters functioning in their daily lives with a sibling having a variety of disabilities, including cerebral palsy, mental retardation, Downs syndrome, autism, and others. The Sandwich Kid is the vehicle to bring this underreported issue to light. 'With no laws such as (ADA) American with Disabilities Act, or IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), or other uniform or legislative supports in existence to support this vulnerable population, we are overlooking an important segment of our society. Brothers and sisters most often give away their services (often life-long) for free to siblings affected by disability...'" Read the rest on Ability Magazine.

Normal People Scare Me

Friday, July 20, 2007

Contest :: New York Times

"College as America used to understand it is coming to an end."
In the turbulent late '60s and early '70s, college campuses played a major role in the culture and politics of the era. Today, according to author and historian Rick Perlstein, colleges have lost their central place in the broader society and in the lives of undergraduates. The NYT invites all college students to read "What's the Matter with College," Perlstein's full article on the subject, and submit an essay of no more than 1,200 words in response. Is the college experience less critical to the nation than it was a generation ago? Join the debate. For more info: NYT College Essay Contest

New ALA President and Indian Literacy

"The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library organization in the world. Recently, Loriene Roy of the White Earth Ojibwe Reservation in Minnesota was elected as President of the ALA. This marks the first time that an American Indian will hold this prestigious position. But what kind of impact can this unprecedented move have on tribal library systems? Can a Native president of the 'voice of America ’s libraries' help to raise the literacy rates among Native people?" Listen to the program on Native America Calling: The National Electronic Talking Circle.

Cool e-Postcards

Beautiful b&w and full color postcards from illustrators published by Shambhala Publications.

Most Detested Bar Songs

Here's one to get your weekend started...from See Sharp Press: "We're surveying musicians who've played in bars, and here's the list of the songs we/they loathe the most. If you're a musician and would like to add to the list, please e-mail us. Comments on the songs you detest are, of course, welcome. (For our purposes here, we're only listing blues, rock, and funk songs. Rap, country, and standard jazz tunes exist in nightmare separate realities all their own.)" Visit the See Sharp Press List of Most Detested Bar Songs.

Bill Moyers :: Poet Martin Espada

***This is *supposedly* now scheduled for this weekend. Check your local listings. Swear to god, I'm not blogging it again if they change it.***

This week (Fri/Sat/Sun - check local listings), PBS' Bill Moyers Journal welcomes renowned poet Martin Espada. In this revealing interview, Espada talks with Moyers about the inspriations. PBS will host poems from his latest book "The Republic of Poetry," post the entire interview after broadcast, as well as open up discussion on the interview with and works of Martin Espada on The Moyers Blog. Previous shows are also available via podcast, including an interview with Maxine Hong Kingston.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Contest :: 3-Day Novel Contest

The International 3-Day Novel Contest - the "marathon" of writing, the rite of passage for "I'll-write-a-novel-someday" yakkers, and the scourge of "that's-not-real-writing" critics world wide - is back. To highlight the basic rules: Outlines are permitted prior to the contest; however, the actual writing must begin no earlier than 12:01 a.m., Saturday, September 1st and stop by midnight on Monday, September 3rd. Novels must be postmarked on or before Sept. 7, 2007 to qualify and include a statement, signed by a witness, confirming the novel’s completion over the 2007 Labor Day Weekend. Deadline for preregistration: August 31, 2007

Featured Mag :: fRoots

fRoots Magazine
"The essential worldwide roots music guide"
I still don't know if it's pronounced "froots" or "f-roots" - regardless, this is one HOT issue to pick up. If you're not already familiar with this publication, not only are they on top of the heap for world music news, but they also produce sampler CDs included in the magazine from time to time. And this issue's CD is the absolutely most bombastic compilation I have heard from these guys in the past four years I've known them. This is not a nambly-pamply coffeehouse mix for the masses of world music - though a shot of espresso may very well enhance the experience by about track 9 for Lo Cor de la Plana, followed by Mercedes Peon. Eliza Carthy's song "Two Tears" reins in the tempo, but not the depth of emotion which the shifts in key and rhythmic emphasis swing like a pendulum. But, line up that second shot of espresso by track 12 for Feryal Oney, then Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, and Gnawa Collectif, and just try to sit or stand still while you take in these tunes. This CD has got the range from dirge to mellow to hoppin' to rockin' to absolutely slammin' before bringing it back down to steady chill. And it all starts with Devon Sproule, one of the best lead song I've heard yet on these compilations. Don't wait - run quick like a bunny to your mag stand and grab this issue. Better yet, subscribe and don't risk missing future issues/CDs!

See the full playlist with notes from the fRoots website.

Alt Mag Mailbag :: July 19

To read more about these publications and others, visit the NewPages Guide to Alternative Magazines.

American Book Review
Volume 28 Number 5, July/August 2007

Free Inquiry
Volume 27 Number 5, August/September 2007

Numbers 290/291, Aug/Sept 2007

Volume 16 Number 65, Summer 2007

Korean Quarterly
Volume 10 Number 4, Summer 2007

Labour / Le Travail
Number 59, Spring 2007

Issue 48 Volume 12, Summer 2007

Our Times
Volume 26 umber 2, April/May 2007

Volume 2 Issue 2, 2007

Shambhala Sun
Volume 15 Number 7, August 2007

Science & Society
Volume 71 Number 3, July 2007

Turning the Tide
Volume 20 Number 4, July-Aug 2007

Whispering Winds
Volume 36 Number 6 Issue 256, 2007

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Lit Mag Mailbag :: July 18

Number 6, 2006
Number 7, 2007

The American Poetry Review
Volume 36 Number 4, July/August 2007

Borderlands Texas Poetry Review
Number 28, Spring/Summer 2007

College Literature
Volume 34 Issue 3, Summer 2007
Special Focus: Popular Textualities

The Distillery
A Literary/Creative Arts Journal published by Motlow State CC
Volume 14 Number 1, July 2007

Volume 36 Number 1, 2007

The Journal of the Haiku Society of America
Volume 30 Number 2, Spring/Summer 2007

Number 2, Spring/Summer 2007
Focus: Sarajevo

Main Street Rag
Volume 12 Number 2, Summer 2007

The Malahat Review
Number 159, Summer 2007

New England Review
Volume 28 Number 2, 2007

Paterson Literary Review
Issue 35, 2006

Salt Hill
19, Winter 2007

South Dakota Review
Volume 45 Number 1, Spring 2007

Number 3, 2007

Yale Review, The
Volume 95 Number 3, July 2007

Educational Kids Comics

Not quite the way I remember comic books from my childhood, but then, I didn't grow up with these issues. Maybe reading them as adults couldn't hurt...
Teddi Toys, Inc.
"Team GK is a group of homeless children who are brought together by a rogue government agency for an evil experiment. They escaped and are now living at the Great Kids Children's Home in Chicago, IL. They develop their new powers and abilities through special mental preparation. Their training is funded by CONSCIENCE, a secret organization. The children make it their personal mission to protect their city, our nation and our world from villanous plots of the evil CONSORTIUM society. Available online in full-color page links: Team GK and the Monster Plan features the story of GK heroes battling a monster created from an HIV infected cell, and Team GK and the Merchants of Death finds them battling the tobacco industry."

Ghetto Kids
"This site provides educational comic strips for kids by grade levels from 1st to 4th grade. Choose the character your child wants to read about and choose a grade level. These stories have open endings to facilitate discussion of how the stories will end and the repercussions of the character's actions."

Haiku Calendar 2008

The Haiku Calendar 2008
The ninth annual edition of this attractive desk calendar features 52 haiku by 35 authors from around the world. Published by Snapshot Press.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

New Reviews Posted :: July 17

New lit mag reviews have been posted! Check them out here.
NewPages also archives past reviews in our Cumulative Index.

Books :: Senior Citizens Writing

Senior Citizens Writing
A Workshop and Anthology, with an Introduction and Guide for Workshop Leaders

By W. Ross Winterowd
Published by Palor Press
From the publisher: "The number of seniors in our population is burgeoning and will continue to grow. Seniors are eager to tell their stories, explain their philosophies, create fictions, and vent their anger at the injustices they perceive in the nation and the world. In Senior Citizens Writing, renowned teacher and writer W. Ross Winterowd describes in his introduction how writing workshops for seniors not only provide an audience but also give them opportunities for the intellectual growth and engagement that everyone wants and needs."

Reading Ecoregions

A feature on Milkweed Editions allows you to click on an ecoregion within North Amercia to find related books, organizations, and writings from their section World as Home: "dedicated to literary writing about the natural world. Designed as a comprehensive resource for writers, educators, and activists, this site includes nonfiction, fiction, and poetry from Milkweed and other publishers, in addition to related organizations and writings."

Monday, July 16, 2007

Kent Rogowski :: Inside Out

The Wild Animals
Interview by Nicole Pasulka
"Think of your favorite teddy bear. Now imagine it’s been ripped open, gutted, and turned inside-out. That’s what Kent Rogowski’s Bears series has done to the iconic stuffed animals of our childhoods. In his recently published book and show at Foley Gallery, Rogowski mangles our memories and, at the same time, makes them all the more real."
Read the interview and see the images: The Morning News

Free Cool Poetry Stuff

Visit the Borzoi Reader Poetry Page for links to free poetry broadsides, poetry e-postcards, sign up for poem a day and more.

New Online Lit Mag Issues Posted

To view these new issues and other online mags, visit NewPages Guide to Online Literary Magazines

Summer 2007

Noneuclidean Cafe
Summer 2007 (Volume 2, Issue 4)

Open Letters Monthly
July 2007

Volume II Issue 1

Issue 1.1 – Debut Issue!

Wheelhouse Magazine
Volume 3, Summer 2007

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Submissions :: Little Red Leaves

Open Call for Responses to the Work of John Taggart: Little Red Leaves is announcing a call for responses to the work of John Taggart. These will be collected for one of the next few issues, and can include anything you consider "responsive": essays, reviews, poems, visual work, video/audio work, etc. For more information, visit the blog at Little Red Leaves

Books :: Steelforth For Beginners Series

"The For Beginners® documentary comic book series has been around for many years in different forms and has sold more than one million copies. We are proud to announce its robust return. With subjects ranging from philosophy to politics, culture studies, art, and beyond, the For Beginners® series presents a range of popular concepts, disciplines, and topics in an entertaining and accessible manner that respects the intelligence and intellectual curiosity of its audience. In 2007 Steerforth will reissue the twenty most popular titles in the series, and publish the first For Beginnners® new title in years: Dada and Surrealism For Beginners. All of these backlist titles have sold between 10,000 and 100,000 copies, but became unavailable after the 2001 death of Glenn Thompson, the inventor of the For Beginners® series and our inspiration for reviving it and continuing it into the future. Starting in 2008, Steerforth will publish between six and nine new For Beginners® titles each year."

Film :: Ian Wood

An cool short worth checking out: "Tsunami Escape" directed by Ian Wood, featured in Wheelhouse Magazine, Volume 3, Summer 2007. Click on "Film and Video" section. Be patient and take in all the images; don't work hard to figure it out as it goes along. It really does all come together in the end: a climax, revelation and resolution all at once that left me feeling just as disconcerted as satisfied.

Poetry Anthology PDF :: Babylon Burning

Babylon Burning: 9/11 five years on
"Nearly 90 poets from around the world have contributed to Babylon Burning: 9/11 five years on, an anthology of poems on the Twin Towers atrocity and its consequences. But we are aiming for more than pious hand-wringing: the anthology will be free, but there is a request to donate to the Red Cross, which works tirelessly to help people caught up in disasters and conflicts, wherever and whoever they are."

Read more and access the PDF: nthposition online

Friday, July 13, 2007

Call for Papers / Call for Proposals

For more information, visit website or contact person listed:

New Approaches to Mark Twain
for Conference
Jason Haslam (Jason.Haslam-at-dal.ca)
Deadline: September 15, 2007

The New Orthodoxy: Religion in Contemporary Jewish American Literature
for Conference
Amanda R. Toronto (aqt8334-at-nyu.edu)
Deadline: September 15, 2007

American "New Criticism"
for Book
Dr. Alfred J. Drake (ajdrake-at-ajdrake.com)
Deadline: August 31, 2007

The Americas: Drawing the Lines
for Conference
Christopher Lockett (clockett-at-mun.ca)
Deadline: August 1, 2007

"Metaphors and Allegories of the Body and Disease"
International Congress on Medieval Studies
for Conference
Jennifer Vaught (jvaught-at-louisiana.edu)
Deadline: September 1, 2007

First Impressions in Victorian Literature
for Conference
Christy Rieger (crieger-at-mercyhurst.edu)
Deadline: September 15, 2007

Preparing for the Academic Job Search

Kristina Mesaros is looking for personal accounts of graduate students preparing to enter into the academic job market for the forward to the second edition of Dawn M. Formo and Cheryl Reed’s book Job Search in Academe (Stylus Press, 2007). The forward to the second edition will focus on graduate students’ perceptions of the approaching academic job search and the pursuit of the tenure-track faculty position. You can be anonymous or named and titled. You may contribute a good quote or a case study. Your only time commitment is your email correspondence with me. Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:
-Preparation you received for the job search
-Advice your mentors gave you about an academic career
-Impressions of academic positions (teaching, research, publishing, serving on committees, mentoring students)
-Preparation and advice you received for the teaching and service expectations of your first tenure-track position
-Advice your mentors gave you about teaching and publishing while in a tenure-track position

Please make informal queries to mesar001@csusm.edu

Featured Mag :: Terrain

Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments
This online magazine includes poetry, fiction, essays, articles, art, reviews, interviews (currently Joy Harjo), and a feature called "UnSprawl" which features different cities' approaches to revamping certain urban areas. Full issues are available as PDF download (with full also meaning full color!). Great for personal use or for use as assigned reading in the classroom.

Books :: Food Pets Die For

Description from the publisher: In this new and updated edition of Food Pets Die For, first published by NewSage Press in 1997, Ann Martin once again goes behind the scenes of the commercial pet food industry. She uncovers the unsavory ingredients that can legally be used by commercial pet food companies, including euthanized cats and dogs, diseased and contaminated meat, moldy grains, and rancid fat. She also documents the ongoing animal experimentation funded by many major pet food companies in the name of nutritious pet food.

Martin arms consumers with crucial information on how to read labels on pet food, and discern for themselves whether or not they want to feed their pets commercial food. Martin offers healthy alternatives for feeding animal companions with nutritious and easy-to-prepare recipes. For people who don’t have the time to cook, Martin provides information on several pet food companies that produce healthy, human-grade pet food. Martin builds a strong case for why our pets will live longer, healthier lives without commercial pet food.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Online Lit Journals and R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Bloggasm is a blog run by Simon Owens that focuses on the media, with an emphasis on online media and journalism. It often features interviews with prominent bloggers, authors and journalists. Simon recently interviewed both the Million Writers Award creator, Jason Sanford, and the winner of the award, Catherynne M. Valente, for an article on how it raises the profile of online literary journals. Read the post: The Million Writers Award: Raising the profile of online literary journals

Teaching Clothes, Class, Consumption through Writing

Linda Christensen gets students to read and write critically about clothes, class, and consumption in Can't Buy Me Love: Teaching about clothes, class, and consumption:

"I realized when I first stumbled on this writing assignment that I touched a place of pain and shame that needed to be explored more fully. Students knew they hurt, but they didn't have a social critique to help them understand their humiliation. They internalized the shame of poverty and blamed themselves or their families instead of criticizing a society that places more value on what we own than on our capacity for compassion or good work. In every lesson I construct, I want to puncture holes in the myths that make my students feel shame and doubt about themselves and their families."

Read the rest: Rethinking Schools, Summer 2007

Submissions :: Radical History Review 3.15.08

The Radical History Review seeks submissions for an issue that will explore the intellectual, historical and political implications of the "Irish Question" over the past eight centuries. Deadline: March 15, 2008.

Alt Mag Mailbag :: July 12

Against the Current
Bolivia's Transition in the Balance
Volume 22 Number 3, July/August 2007

Published by Catholics for a Free Choice
Volume 28 Number 2, Summer 2007

Grassroots Economic Organizing
Stories from the front lines of economic solidarity & cooperation
Issue 75, Summer 2007

Greater Good
The Science of a Meaningful Life
Volume 4 Issue 1, Summer 2007

Labor Notes
Number 340, July 2007

Space and Culture
International Journal of Social Spaces
Volume 10 Number 2, May 2007

To read more about these publications and others, visit the NewPages Guide to Alternative Magazines.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Interview :: Ishmael Beah

A Tale of Two Storytellers
The Satya Interview with Ishmael Beah and Laura Simms
Satya Magazine, June/July 2007 (Final Issue)

New Writing Contests

The NewPages contest pages have been updated: Lit Mag Contests and Book Contests. Look for the "NEW" icon next to the most recent entries.

Books :: Dafur Diaries

Darfur Diaries
Stories of Survival

Jen Marlowe, Aisha Bain and Adam Shapiro
Published by Nation Books

In November 2004, three independent filmmakers traveled to eastern Chad and crept across the border into Darfur. Improvising as they went, they spoke with dozens of Darfurians, learning about their history, hopes, and fears, and the resilience and tragedy of their everyday lives.

In February of 2003 following years of oppression, the Sudan Liberation Army in Darfur took up arms against the Sudanese government. The response to the rebellion was a brutal campaign by the government and allied militias of mass murder, rape and the wholesale destruction of villages and livelihood. Millions of people were displaced, and hundreds of thousands killed.

This book introduces us to those who remain: the refugees and displaced people, civilians and fighters resisting the Sudanese government, teachers, students, parents, children and community leaders, whose collective testimonies provide the heart of Darfur Diaries. Their stories, interwoven with the filmmakers' own personal narratives and conveyed with political and historical context, provide a much-needed account to help understand the tragic situation in Darfur.

Privacy and You

The Privacy Journal, a monthly newsletter founded in 1974 with news on new technology and its impact on privacy, useful tips for protecting your privacy, and the latest on court decisions, legislation, professional conferences, and corporate practices, offers Privacy Tips for Individuals and Organizations on their web site.

Thieves Jargon New Release

Dollhouse by Mike Boyle is the third book publication by Theives Jargon Press, who also publish the weekly online literary magazine Theives Jargon.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Wanted :: Editor

Triptych Haiku, an online journal in publication since October 2005, is looking for editors to join their team. For more information, visit Kevin Doran's blog page: New Editorial Team at Triptych Haiku.

Books :: Humanitarian Imperialism

Humanitarian Imperialism
Using Human Rights to Sell War

by Jean Bricmont
Translated by Diana Johnstone
Published by Monthly Review Press

From the MRP web site: Since the end of the Cold War, the idea of human rights has been made into a justification for intervention by the world's leading economic and military powers-above all, the United States-in countries that are vulnerable to their attacks. The criteria for such intervention have become more arbitrary and self-serving, and their form more destructive, from Yugoslavia to Afghanistan to Iraq. Until the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the large parts of the left was often complicit in this ideology of intervention-discovering new “Hitlers” as the need arose, and denouncing antiwar arguments as appeasement on the model of Munich in 1938.

Jean Bricmont’s Humanitarian Imperialism is both a historical account of this development and a powerful political and moral critique. It seeks to restore the critique of imperialism to its rightful place in the defense of human rights. It describes the leading role of the United States in initiating military and other interventions, but also on the obvious support given to it by European powers and NATO. It outlines an alternative approach to the question of human rights, based on the genuine recognition of the equal rights of people in poor and wealthy countries.

Timely, topical, and rigorously argued, Jean Bricmont’s book establishes a firm basis for resistance to global war with no end in sight.

Poets Wanted :: Library of Congress Reading Series

The Poetry at Noon Reading Series at the Library of Congress seeks submissions for the 2007-08 season. To apply, pick one or two themes from among these: "Magic and Magicians" (reading Oct. 9), "Love Poems (reading Feb 12), or Family Names and Nicknames (reading April 22). Include a cover sheet with the theme as the title; list your name, address, phone, and email; include a one-paragraph bio. Submit 2 of your own poems on the theme and 3 by other poets. Open to poets who have not read in the series in the past 3 years. Deadline: July 15 (postmarked). Send to: Patricia Gray, Library of Congress, Poetry and Literature Center, 101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20540-4861.

Monday, July 09, 2007

NewPages Recognized in UTNE Reader

Publications that help readers navigate (and evaluate) the indie press

by Danielle Maestretti
UTNE Reader, July/August 2007

"NewPages is the web's alt-press playground. It's tough to stop by for a quick visit; you may go for the reviews, but you'll stay for the guides, with pages upon pages of links to alternative magazines, small book publishers, and independent bookstores..."

To read more, pick up the latest issue of UTNE Reader - or better yet - SUBSCRIBE!

Resources :: Academy of American Poets

The official website of Academy of American Poets (sponsors of National Poetry Month), Poets.org offers hundreds of essays and interviews about poetry, biographies of more than 500 poets, almost 2,000 poems, and audio clips of 150 poems.

For Educators, the Online Poetry Classroom offers a wealth of resources, including Discussion Forums where teachers can share ideas and seek help from colleagues; Pedagogical & Critical Essays about poetry; extensive links to relevant websites; Curriculum Units & Lesson Plans; biographies of hundreds of poets; and over 2,000 poems.

For Writers, visit the Publishing FAQ, which provides reading resources for the budding poet and answers questions abouts where to submit your poems, what poetry scams to be wary of, and where to get good feedback on your work. There are also more than 400 essays and interviews on Poets.org, and many of them deal with the writing process. Read prose pieces that discuss poetic techniques, interviews about the writing life, and browse our glossaries of poetic terms and concepts.

Visit Poets.org today and consider joining the Academy of America Poets.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Brilliant Book Art :: Nina Katchadourian

Sorted Books Project
"The Sorted Books project began in 1993 years ago and is ongoing. The project has taken place in many different places over the years, ranging form private homes to specialized public book collections. The process is the same in every case: culling through a collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence, from top to bottom. The final results are shown either as photographs of the book clusters or as the actual stacks themselves, shown on the shelves of the library they were drawn from. Taken as a whole, the clusters from each sorting aim to examine that particular library's focus, idiosyncrasies, and inconsistencies — a cross-section of that library's holdings. At present, the Sorted Books project comprises more than 130 book clusters."

DeBoer Distribution...or not

Upstreet publisher (Vivian) provides an intense three-part blog on literary magazine distribution woes, and calls out DeBoer for unethical behavior, but not without fairly assessing the why and what she has chosen to do about it. Lit mags looking for distribution may want to take close note: The Upstreet Fan Club blog

Submissions :: Maya Angelou Reference Book

Facts On File, a New York publisher of reference books for schools and libraries, is seeking a scholar to write a one-volume reference book on Maya Angelou, focusing on critical analysis of her works. The ideal author will have a Ph.D., broad knowledge of Angelou's life and works, and an ability to write clearly and succinctly for students in both high school and college. This large project (250,000-300,000 words) must be completed within two years. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines will be required. If interested please send letter and cv, preferably by e-mail, to Jeff Soloway, Executive Editor Facts on File, Inc., jsoloway@factsonfile.com.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

New Lit Site :: Video Poetry

The Continental Review "The web's first forum devoted exclusively to poets and writers on video. It's a continuously updated journal of video-readings and video-interviews with some interesting and well-known members of the literary community. Our launch, for example, featured vids by the likes of Linh Dinh, Noah Eli Gordon, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Allyssa Wolf, and Tom Beckett, and we'll soon be broadcasting an interview, direct from Paris,with the great Cole Swenson, as well as many other new episodes."

New Journal :: Jung Journal

From the San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal
Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche

Submissions :: babel

babel, an online journal promoting freedom of speech, is seeking poems, short stories, essays or interviews touching on the broad themes of identity and culture. Submissions are welcomed year-round.

E-Books :: Snow Monkey

When the editors of Snow Monkey "feel a need to concentrate on a certain something, they produce an eBook"; in collaboration with Ravenna Press, the following are available via Adobe Reader download and are (as far as I can tell) chapbook-size collections of poetry: Music Volleys Through; Gustatory in Nature; To the Music of Mid-November Rain & Snow.

To download and view, visit Snow Monkey: An Eclectic Journal

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Million Writers Award Winners Announced

The winner of the 2007 Million Writers Award for best online short story is "Urchins, While Swimming" by Catherynne M. Valente, published in Clarkesword Magazine. Valente's story received 31% of the public vote. The runner-ups were "All the Way to Grangeville" by A. Ray Norsworthy (Eclectica Magazine) and "The Infinite Monkey Theorem" by Marshall Moore (Word Riot).

The Prague Revue Redux

After a six year hiatus, The Prague Revue will resume publishing regularly in 2007! The revue will continue to promote the best of the Prague literary scene while establishing an outlet for international writers to publish their work in Central Europe.

Forgetfulness - Billy Collins Animated Poetry

Poetry Anthology :: American Muslim and American Jewish 9.30.07

CROSSING LIMITS is a community outreach project of both the American Muslim and American Jewish Communities. It invites poets who locate themselves within the broad cultural, secular and/or religious contexts of the Muslim and Jewish communities to submit original poetry for an upcoming anthology. There are no subject matter restrictions. Previously published poems are acceptable IF author owns rights or provides permission statement(s). Simultaneous submissions are also accepted. Please paste 1-5 poems as text into the body of an e-mail to:CrossingLimits2(at)aol.com(replace (at) with @) OR submit by land mail to: Crossing Limits, P. O. Box 81268, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Deadline: September 30, 2007.

Open Letters Quiz :: Piggies!

"There’s nothing quite like a good quiz, but they’ve become intensely problematic in this age of instantaneous Internet content. Google and Wikipedia are pirate-coves for the lazy and the cheatful, and so the monthly Open Letters quiz will rely entirely on the honor system: readers are expected to rely on their memories alone. And no quiz would be complete without incentive! The first reader to respond with the highest number of correct answers will receive a book in the mail, courtesy of the editors at Open Letters." Take the quiz on Open Letters - and let us know if you win (esp. since I couldn't get past the first question!).

College Prep Egyptian Style

Education Ordeal
by Dena Rashed
Al-Ahram Weekly, June 28 - July 4, 2007

"Looking at Sahar Zakaria, a mother of two, you'd think she was the one taking the thanawiya amma (TA) exams. It's actually her daughter. For two years now Zakaria has been following up on her daughter's studies, making sure she does her work and, well, worrying. For her part Heba Khaled, said daughter, is significantly more relaxed: "I've been TA mode for two years, I'm sort of used to its kind of stress by now." But having obtained an average grade of 64 per cent last year, Khaled is already aware that her state-university options are already limited..."

Read more on Al-Ahram Weekly

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

New Issue & Contest :: The Mad Hatter's Review

The Mad Hatter's Review, Issue 8
Stop for tea and stay a while!

From Carol Novack, editor and publisher:
"We're extremely pleased to present our most extravagant and colossal uber issue to date, overflowing with wondrous featured art, music and writings. Many of the written offerings (in our main issue) were chosen by our guest editor Debra Di Blasi in concert with our literary editors. Our guest editor was also responsible for introducing us to solicited offerings by several cutting edge writers, as well as the very fine art of Anne Austin Pearce and the stunning music of Christopher Willits. As usual, we are offering new and updated columns, book reviews, cartoons, custom-made art and collages, videos, a featured country or part of country section (in this issue, Part I of the already much e-buzzed about 'Eclectic England')."

The Mad Hatter's Review also offers a biannual contest for written works inspired by the current image on their site.

The Mad Hatter's submission period is open September 8 - 22, but as any good writer knows: READ BEFORE YOU SUBMIT!

Postal Hiked Up My...

I received this correspondence in response to my letter writing to express concern for the fate of the small press if postal rate hikes were to go into effect. Bottom line is: rates went up, and the "incentive" the postal service means to provide is a euphemism for "screw 'em." Any publishers/small press folks out there want to respond - please write me and I'll post commentary here - maybe I'm way off on this, and we'll all be just fine...

(Oh, and my favorite part of this was undergoing gender reassignment...)



June 12, 2007

Mr. Denise R. Hill
Post Office Box 1580
Bay City, Ml 48706-1580

Dear Mr. Hill:

This responds to your recent letter to Postmaster General John E. Potter concerning the approved rate increase for Periodicals.

While most United Postal Service price changes and new mailing standards went into effect on May 14, 2007 (including the 41-cent price for First Class Mail stamps), the Postal Service Board of Governors delayed the implementation of new Periodical prices and mailing standards until July 15, 2007. The delay will give mailers and the Postal Service more time to prepare for the new pricing structure recommended by the Postal Regulatory Commission.

The United Postal Service has proposed revisions to the Periodical (magazine and newspaper) portion of its mailing standards that will accompany the new Periodical pricing that will go into effect on July 15, 2007. Periodical mailers will have new incentives to use efficient containers and bundles, and copalletization (publishers/printers merging bundles from separate publications or titles on the same pallet) becomes a permanent offering to encourage more publishers to combine mailings.

You may visit our website at www.usps.com for the proposed revised standards. This site also contains rate charts and other helpful information for mailers.

You can be assured that we will continue our efforts to keep our cost as low as possible while continuing to provide the American public with consistent, reliable, and economical mail service.

Sameatria Morton
Consumer Research Analyst
Reference: HQ31719362


Is it just me, or does "copalletization" sound smutty?

Writers Revealed

Join host Felicia Sullivan (editor and publisher of Small Spiral Notebook) each week in a new kind of Sunday Book Review. 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. Archives available on podcast.

Coming up:
Sunday, July 8 - I Love You, Let’s Meet
Virginia Vitzthum

Sunday, July 15 - Ace of Spades
David Matthews

Human Rights Watch

"Human Rights Watch is the largest human rights organization based in the United States. Human Rights Watch researchers conduct fact-finding investigations into human rights abuses in all regions of the world."

Recent Photo Essays:
Gay Rights Under Attack in Russia
Wal-Mart Denies Workers Basic Rights
Iran: Release Women's Rights Advocates
Sri Lanka - Karuna Group Abducts Children for Combat
...and dozens more archived.

Recent HRW Publications available online, print, or as .pdf download:
Indiscriminate Fire: Palestinian Rocket Attacks on Israel and Israeli Artillery Shelling in the Gaza Strip
Scared Silent: Impunity for Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines
Unfinished Business: Serbia’s War Crimes Chamber
The Poisoned Chalice: A Human Rights Watch Briefing Paper on the Decision of the Iraqi High Tribunal in the Dujail Case
Bottom of the Ladder
Exploitation and Abuse of Girl Domestic Workers in Guinea
...and many, many more.

Poet's Favorite Movies

Visit Speechless: Straight out of L.A.—the oddest little literary magazine on the Web

Suzanne Lummis invited a select group of poets to "name their ten favorite movies—or twelve, or seven, or fifteen, or however many they had..." with the resulting opinion that "now we know how different the Top Grossing Movies of all Times list would look if poets would just spend more money attending the ones of their choice—or, if the world had more poets. No Titanic, no Star Wars sequels, no Passion of the Christ..."

Each poet is given their own page on which the movies are listed and comments noted. Some of the poets include: John Allman, Ellen Bass, Wanda Colean, Allen Ginsberg, Terence Hayes, Philip Levine, Judith Taylor, and a couple dozen more.

Visit: Poet's Favorite Movies

Monday, July 02, 2007

zines we got :: July 2

The Cupboard, Volume 8

dig, #12
Jennifer Love Grove

Galatea's Pants, #20
Lauren Eggert-Crowe

Jesus the Non-Denominational Robot, Volume 1
Ryan Sotomayer

miss karen is stylish
manda hadley

Pudd'nhead, #3
Mike Pudd'nhead

The 7 Habits of Highly Negative People

underworld crawl, number five
R. Lee

Words and Pictures
Andy C.

Zen Baby, #17

Beyond Sicko

Michael Moore's Sicko
by Christopher Hayes
The Nation
Posted June 27, 2007 (July 16, 2007 issue)

"In what may be a tacit acknowledgment of this unfortunate fact, Sicko is different from Moore's last two efforts. Not just because of an absence of gimmicky gotcha moments, or a reduction in screen time for Moore himself, but because its topic isn't fundamentally polarizing in the way his previous works were. There's a whole lot of Americans who love their guns, and in 2004 there were a lot of Americans who loved their President, but it's pretty hard to find anyone who loves their health insurance company."

Read the rest at The Nation

Hip-Hop and Politics

Hip-Hop Dogmatism and Potential Problems for Political Organizing
by Matthew Birkhold
June 8, 2007

"Over the last few months hip-hop has been under attack in the mainstream media. However, the political hip-hop community (PHHC) -- a group comprised of socially conscious hip-hop fans, grassroots activists, prominent hip-hop generation artists and intellectuals -- has not been silenced. We have defended hip-hop from outside and feel confident in our defense. Unfortunately, most of our attempts to defend hip-hop have deflected valid criticisms of the music and culture. In response, this essay argues that being hip-hop is often a roadblock to intellectual honesty and hinders political organizing by allowing us to deflect critique."

Read the rest on Wiretap

Story Podcasts :: McDermott

Winter of Different Directions Blog/Podcast
by Steven J. McDermott
Each week since mid-January, McDermott has read a story from his short story collection Winter of Different Directions. These can be accessed free as an mp3 you can listen to from your browser or download into your mp3 player. In addition to the podcast, McDermott has posted commentary on the story over in the Storyglossia litblog: "The Story Behind the Story." This includes history on where the story came from, why he wrote it, how it changed in its various revisions, as well as some of the craft issues he was working on in the story.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Student Free Press Rights

Virginia High School to Revise Policy After Controversial Articles Published
June 28, 2007

VIRGINIA — A Fairfax County high school has removed a newspaper adviser and said it will revise school policy on student publications after the student newspaper released two controversial issues in March.

The Lake Braddock High School student newspaper, The Bear Facts, landed itself in controversy when it published its March 2 issue that included articles on homosexuality, transsexuality and review of a documentary about bestiality, and its March 30 issue that carried a story on Post Secret, a Web site that posts anonymous contributors’ secrets displayed on homemade postcards. Although the school did not punish the student newspaper staff for circulating these issues, faculty member Daniel Weintraub has been removed from his adviser position and the school has signaled that it plans to modify student editorial policy for the upcoming school year.

Read the rest as well as other articles at the Student Press Law Center

New Issue Posted :: STORYGLOSSIA

Storyglossia Issue 20 2007
If you haven't been reading along as each story has been released, the full Issue 20 is now available featuring stories by: Conor Robin Madigan, Eileen Corder, Elizabeth Ellen, Myfanway Collins, Jocelyn Johnson, David Michael Wolach, Marcela Fuentes, Mark Spencer, Shubha Venugopal, Jacquie Powers, Michael Wigdor, Sabrina Tom, Julee Newberger, and Priscilla Rhoades.

Lit Mag Mailbag :: July 1

Fourteen Hills
Volume 13 Number 2, Summer/Fall 2007

Grain Magazine
Volume 34 Number 4, Spring 2007

13, 2007

Minnetonka Review
Issue 1, Summer 2007

Missouri Review, The
Volume 30 Number 2, Summer 2007

Volume 190 Number 4, July/August 2007

Virginia Quarterly Review
"Framing the War"
Volume 83 Number 3, Summer 2007