Friday, August 31, 2007
Judge for 2008: Sharon Olds
The winner & three finalists will read their poems at the Judge’s reading Smith College, April 8, 2008
Submissions accepted: October 1 - December 1, 2007
One poem per student, maximum of 25 lines.
No entry fee. Application form required.
Winners will be announced March 1, 2008
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
RootsWorld is a great portal to world music. "World music." Once when this was my answer to a co-worker asking me what I liked to listen to, he then said, "That's what people say when they don't know what they like." Clearly, his concept of "world music" was overplayed cafe loops of Putomayo CDs. Don't get me wrong, I have a few of those brightly colored CDs in my collection, but they served their purpose - to get me out looking for the individual musicians. That's where RootsWorld comes in.
RootsWorld features a dozen musicians and their albums on their homepage with links to more information about each and a sample track. Additionally, the site offers interviews, reviews, and Roots Radio - extended programs of music from several artists. Defnitely the place to visit if you are indeed a true world music fan!
In Michigan, Not Even the Dead Are Safe
By Op-Ed Contributor Thomas Lynch
Published: April 29, 2007
THE big cemetery with the name like a golf course out on the Interstate across from the mall was seized by a state conservator this winter. Seems someone took the money — $70 million in prepaid trust funds — and ran. It’s one of those theme park enterprises with lawn crypts and cheap statuary and an army of telemarketers calling up locals in the middle of dinner to sell us all our “commemorative estates.”
“You don’t want to be a burden to your children, do you?” So says the “memorial counselor” with the sales pitch and the flip chart and the forms to “sign here” on the bottom line — the bargain-in-the-briefcase peace of mind. Why not? I say, though never out loud. My children have all been burdens to me. Isn’t that what the best of life is — bearing our burdens honorably?
[Read the rest: NY Times Online.]
Monday, August 27, 2007
Quiet Mountain Essays (QME) publishes in January, March, June, August, and October; accepting submissions all year. Each issue features 1-3 previously unpublished original essays, the number of which is dependent upon the volume of submissions. QME is an online publication only, there is no print companion. Its continued existence depends upon participation from women visiting this site. Male readers and writers should please respect the spirit of this woman-space site, unless responding to the Open Call (April 1- June 15) for the annual August Open Issue.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Issue 12, 2007
Beloit Poetry Journal
Volume 58 Number 1, Fall 2007
Volume 24 Number 1, Summer 2007
Volume 19 Number 2, Summer 2007
Number 2, Summer 2007
Issue 160, Summer 2007
Issue Number 2, Summer 2007
Number 232, Summer 2007
Issue 64, Fall 2007
Issue 10, 2007
Issue 5, Spring 2007
Volume 73 Number 3, 2007
New York Quarterly
Number 63, 2007
North Dakota Quarterly
Volume 74 Number 1, Winter 2007
Open Minds Quarterly
Volume 9 Number 2, Summer 2007
Volume 190 Number 5, September 2007
A Public Space (APS)
Issue 4, 2007
Volume 8 Number 2, Spring 2007
Numbers 155-156, Summer-Fall 2007
The Sewanee Review
Volume 115 Number 3, Summer 2007
South Loop Review
Volume 9, 2006
Issue 33/34, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
NewPages Guide to Graduate Creative Writing Programs
This page is "in progress." If you know of a graduate school writing program that is not currently listed, please let us know. More information on listed programs will be posted in Sept. 2007. That is, as they say, the plan.
This page will also link to a larger list of creative writing programs, including undergrad programs and a list of annual creative writing conferences, workshops & retreats. Any not listed that you would like to see? Let us know!
Monday, August 20, 2007
As noted in a previous blog, Jessica Powers, author of the young adult novel The Confessional (Random House, July 2007) had been disinvited to speak at Cathedral High School in El Paso because her book contained "language" and sexual innuendos. The principal of the private, Catholic school spoke with an El Paso reporter for Newspaper Tree saying he felt "compelled to protect our kids [who begin attending at 13 years old] and our school." Has this guy walked down his own hallways lately? Where does he think Jessica got the realistic teen behavior material for her book? Not only that, but didn't these people actually READ her book before inviting her to speak?
Even so, it hardly seems the point, since Powers says she wasn't going to speak about her book, but rather on the issues she writes about in the book: "immigration (illegal and legal); underlying racial tension in a border society like El Paso's; violence and pacifism; social divisions between different groups of people; and faith or doubts about faith." But, as Cathedral is a private rather than public school, its decision was regarded differently by Bobby Byrd, co-publisher and vice president of Cinco Puntos Press, who "said the decision for a private school to cancel a book event is a 'whole different situation' from public censorship. 'The parents are essentially hiring the school to make certain decisions,' he said. 'If a teacher were teaching that book, then it would be a whole different decision.' The decision to cancel the discussion may not have been the correct one, though, Byrd suggested. 'To me it speaks of timidity,' he added. 'Literature is literature.'"
It was Jessica's contention that her visit had been cancelled because of a coinciding visit to take place by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. The cancellation itself was brought on, not by school members, but by Former Chief Justice Barajas – who I also doubt even read the book. Ironically enough, on August 12, Jessica made note in her blog that the superintendent of the schools actually gave her approval of the book: "Because of all the brouhaha, a teacher made sure the superintendent of Catholic schools in El Paso had a copy of the book. She read it and called the principal up and said she didn't see what all the fuss was about. She said, 'I don't want our boys to talk this way…but they do.' Former Chief Justice Barajas, the one who forced the cancellation of the event, had allegedly said this was an attack on the church and a threat. But a teacher who read it said, 'Every time the boys get in trouble, they return to what they were taught. They pray, they go to confession….What else can you ask for?'"
Only what's left to ask: WWJD?
by Tim Jones / Chicago Tribune (MCT)
17 August 2007
OAKLAND, Calif.—Until the sawed-off shotgun was raised and aimed at him, Chauncey Bailey, the tall, swashbuckling media celebrity who always walked and talked with a purpose, didn’t seem to worry that his reporting might put his life in danger.
He was the hard-charging and controversial advocate for the black community in this uncelebrated city by the bay. And that, Bailey’s friends say, led him to assume a cocoon of personal safety, if not immunity from the black-on-black violent crime afflicting Oakland. There had been death threats before, but nothing came of them...[Read the rest on Pop Matters]
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
August 12th, 2007 by Jeremy Axelrod for the Kenyon Review
Parnassus: Poetry in Review will not be closing shop with Volume 30, after all. Until recently, financial woes made that round, impressive number seem like a sensible finale for the journal’s magnificent run. As Meg Galipault noted on KR Blog [Kenyon Review Blog], Willard Spiegelman wrote in the Wall Street Journal about its “commitment to intelligence and beautiful writing” — an achievement that’s sadly not enough to fill the till. But sometimes poetry does make things happen, or at least poetry critics do. A very generous reader of the Wall Street Journal saw Spiegelman’s article and offered to fully fund Parnassus for two more years. In the last few months, many magazines and newspapers have lamented the end of Parnassus and praised its decades of excellence. Nobody spoke too soon. When the donation materialized, it was an utter surprise for everyone. [Read the rest on KR Blog]
by Donovan Chase
What follows will make no sense.
I intend for this to happen,
And so it will.
I want my poem to be considered deep, so I’ll have it make no sense.
I’ll use random bits of
To make a point
That doesn’t exist...
[Read the rest on 24:7 Magazine.]
[But then you'll miss this part:
I’ll use “vague but disturbing imagery”
Like the idea of someone taking a cat
and putting it in a cheese taco
to make the poem seem to have meaning...]
[And other funny bits.]
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Tenure-track assistant professor in Creative Writing (Poetry), full-time appointment beginning August 2008. MFA or PhD required by time of appointment. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to teaching, service, and professional activity including published poetry (preferably a book). Twelve-hour course load each semester will include creative writing, other courses in the English major, and general education courses, with course reduction available for advising the student literary magazine. Additional teaching expertise in creative nonfiction and/or literary study desirable. The committee will request writing samples from selected candidates and may meet with these candidates at MLA. On-campus interviews will include a demonstration of teaching effectiveness and a brief poetry reading. Review of applications begins November 2, 2007, and will continue until the position is filled. View posting here.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Adapt This: Fiction Into Film
By Phillip Lopate
Reflections (on the topic of fiction into film)
By James Ivory, Elmore Leonard, Tracy Chevalier, Patrick McGrath, Jerry Stahl, Michael Tolkin, Susanna Moore, Time Krabbe, Irvine Welsh, Barry Gifford, Alexander Payne, Myla Goldberg, and Frederic Raphael
Best Adaptations (short lists from each with brief highlight notes)
By Francine Prose, Joy Press, Geoffrey O’Brien, Robert Polito, Luc Sante, Stephanie Zacharek, Steve Erickson, Molly Haskell, Armond White, J. Hoberman, Bilge Ebiri, and Drake Stutesman
Friday, August 10, 2007
She wrote: "This morning, I received news that my event at Cathedral High School here in El Paso (scheduled this coming Monday afternoon at 3 p.m.), where I was going to discuss issues of immigration and border security and racism with students, has been canceled. I understand that the person behind canceling the event is Chief Justice Richard Barajas, who thought that doing an event with a book that discusses these issues, with profanity, would be a public relations disaster for Cathedral High School and that parents would be in an uproar. Ironically, the event was scheduled on the same day that Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is to be the keynote speaker at the Border Security Conference at UTEP here in town. As you know, THE CONFESSIONAL looks at the issues he will be speaking about from the teen perspective. That event has now been canceled and the discussion silenced."
Coming only four weeks after the publication of this exceptional young adult novel, my response to Jessica: I'm surprised it took them so long.
The book is hard-hitting and more real than some adults may want to believe is possible among our nation's "children." And Jessica's dis-invitation is over what? Supposedly because of the fact that characters in her book swear? Uh, did anybody notice Harry Potter in book seven is a minor drinking whiskey and making comparisons with its euphoric feelings throughout the book? But, I guess the issue of ethnic cleansing is just better masked therein so that is overlooked... Fortunately, we can hope, as with most censorship, cancelled invitations and bannings, this will encourage even more young adults to read her work and want to hear what she has to say on the issues reflected so humanly and humanely through the characters in her book. It's just too bad these select "adults" won't hear her out, and that they are in positions of power to silence her.
Read more from Jessica herself on her blog: J.L. Powers
Over the summer, First Book asked the question: What book got you hooked? On the site now are the results, including responses from Joyce Carol Oates, Edward Norton, Joan Allen, Rebecca Romijn, John Lithgow, Eric Carle, Judy Woodruff, Marlee Matlin, Rick Reilly, John Krasinski, Lisa Loeb, Joshua Bell, Elizabeth Gilbert and many more.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Coming in the Summer of 2007
Volume 1, Number 1
Ira Konigsberg, "Film Theory and the New Science"
Gilbert J. Rose, "On Affect, Motion and Nonverbal Art: A Case and a Theory"
Patrick Colm Hogan, "Sensorimotor Projection, Violations of Continuity, and Emotion in the Experience of Film"
Norman Holland, "The Neuroscience of Metafilm"
Torben Grodal, "Film Emotions, Valence, and Evolutionary Adaptations"
Silvia Bell, "Separation and Merger in Lovers of the Arctic Circle"
Bonnie Kaufman, Jeff Zacks , Carl Plantinga and Cynthia Freeland
Adrienne Harris on Jonathan Caouette's Tarnation
An interview with Jonathan Caouette
Uri Hasson on what movies tell us about the mind
Kill Or Convert, Brought To You By the Pentagon
By Max Blumenthal
"The Pentagon endorses an End Times evangelical group that proselytizes among US troops, plans a 'crusade' to Iraq, and promotes a post-apocalyptic kill-or-convert video game."
And who's in the forefront of this promotional movement?
"Actor Stephen Baldwin, the youngest member of the famous Baldwin brothers, is no longer playing Pauly Shore's sidekick in comedy masterpieces like Biodome. He has a much more serious calling these days...'In my position, I just don't think I'm supposed to keep my faith to myself,' Baldwin told a group of Texas Southern Baptists in 2004. 'I'm just doing what the Lord's telling me to do.'"
Read the rest: The Notion
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
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Few literatures have truly prospered in isolation from the world. English-speaking culture in general and American culture in particular has long benefited from cross-pollination with other worlds and languages. Thus it is an especially dangerous imbalance when, today, 50% of all the books in translation now published worldwide are translated from English, but only 6% are translated into English.
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Words Without Borders is a partner of PEN American Center and the Center for Literary Translation at Columbia University, and is hosted by Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Volume 30 Number 3, Spring 2007
Volume 30 Numbers 1 & 2, Spring/Fall 2007
The Hudson Review
Volume 60 Number 2, Summer 2007
The Journal of Ordinary Thought
Number 55, Summer/Fall 2007
Volume 23 Number 3, Spring/Summer 2007
The Massachusetts Review
Volume 48 Number 2, Summer 2007
Michigan Quarterly Review
Volume 46 Number 3, Summer 2007
The Midwest Quarterly
Volume 48 Number 4, Summer 2007
The New Centennial Review
Volume 6 Number 2, Winter 2006
Issue Number 91, 2007
Parthenon West Review
Issue 5, 2007
Rock and Sling
Volume 4 Issue 1, Summer 2007
Issue Number 8, 2007
Volume 35 Number 2, Spring 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
Got Doc's CD in the mail and didn't think much of it until I took a closer look at what exactly this "drummstick" is that he plays. This is some incredible technology! You can check out more at his site: www.drummstick.com and see other YouTube clips of him performing with other musicians.
Issue 21 is now available featuring stories by: Gretchen McCullough, Kay Sexton, JSun Howard, Amelia Gray, Dan Capriotti, Sung J. Woo, Terry White, Paula Bomer, Clifford Garstang, Emily M. Z. Carlyle, Joel Van Noord, Anthony Neil Smith, Laurie Seidler, and Josh Capps. Issue 22 will start in a week or so, with a new story released every 2-3 days.
If you are between the ages 14 and 21 and enjoy writing, please submit your poems, stories, or essays to be considered for reading at an upcoming live production of A River & Sound Review.
"Writers may submit up to three poems, or an essay or story up to 1,000 words in length. Selection of the work will be based on the literary merit of the submission and its appropriateness for our program. Due to our production schedule and limited staff, it may take us up to three months to notify you of our acceptance of your submission."
See submissions page here: Young Writers Submissions for A River & Sound Review
For more information about opportunities for yount writers, visit NewPages Young Authors Guide.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
By Martha Henry
Most of us have our own ways of avoiding the idea of death, if not the actual event itself. But we also have ways of confronting death, usually in a sideways way, like Zombie movies or estate planning. Then there are the traditional Buddhist methods, such as meditating on the uncertainty of the time of death or hanging out with fresh corpses in a charnel ground. Me, I take photographs of dead birds.
Read the rest, or listen to the the MP3 version, on tricycle: the independent voice of Buddhism.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Published by Harbor Mountain Press
"Baghdad Blues shares with war poetry, especially that of World War I, the sense of underlying shock and horror at the human cruelty and waste. But, Antoon’s poetry is more nightmarish. It starts with enormous schizophrenic intimations of a self caught between repression, fear, and resignation under a dictatorial role, to end up amid scenes of horror that have become the legacy of the 2003 invasion and occupation. Sinan Antoon’s Blues snatches its images from among metal, armor, deserted places, explosions, to build up an identity for an Iraqi soul in a world which is drifting fast into horror which Joseph Conrad-Kurtz’ cry cannot fathom or reach. As befitting the title, sound summons its power from everything in Iraq: from the dictatorial decrees and their demand for appreciative applause, to the air, sea, and land bombardments and explosions. The agonized soul has to cope up with these by its music, its beats of the heart as it perceives all from a hole somewhere, a hole that might offer a glimpse, perhaps of hope, that the poet calls Baghdad Blues."
Professor of Arabic Literature at Columbia University and Author of Arabic Poetry: Trajectories of Modernity and Tradition and Reading Iraq: Culture and Power in Conflict
Charles Johnson’s short story “Night Watch, 500 BCE”
Steve Kistulentz’s short story “Reykjavík the Beautiful”
Gary Buslik’s short story “Don’t Open That Door”
Elea Carey’s short story “First Love, Last Love”
Darrach Dolan’s short story “Riot”
Golda Goldbloom’s “Wyalkatchem Stories”
Skip Horack’s short story “Bluebonnet Swamp”
Hannah Pittard’s short story “Pretty Parts”
Emily Rapp’s short story “November”
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Please send a letter of application, a C.V., samples of writing, and three letters of recommendation to Nonfiction Search, c/o Rosemary Weeks, Faculty Assistant, Sarah Lawrence College, 1 Mead Way, Bronxville, NY 10708. Applications should be postmarked by November 15, 2007.