Thursday, January 31, 2008

Young Writers :: Kenyon Review Summer Workshops

Young Writers
A workshop in writing for high school students (ages 16-18)
Kenyon college
Gambier, Ohio
Two sessions offered:
June 22 - July 5, 2008 or July 13 - July 26, 2008

"Young Writers is an intensive two-week workshop for intellectually curious, motivated high-school students who value writing. Our goal is to help students develop their creative and critical abilities with language—to become better, more productive writers and better, more insightful thinkers. For more than eighteen years, Young Writers has provided a lively, supportive environment where students can stretch their talents, discover new strengths, and challenge themselves in the company of peers who share their interests.

"Young Writers takes place at Kenyon College, a leading liberal-arts college renowned for its tradition of literary study. The program is sponsored by The Kenyon Review, one of the country's preeminent literary magazines."

Application deadline: March 1, 2008
Scholarships are available.

More information, a video about the Young Writers Workshop, and application materials online now at The Kenyon Review website.

Submissions :: Slipstream Anthology 2.29.08

Subtle Edens
The Elastic Book of Slipstream

This book will be a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, to be edited by Allen Ashley and published as an original paperback by Elastic Press (UK) in Autumn 2008.

For fiction submissions, Allen Ashley has made the following provocative statements: "Slipstream is essentially a 1990s and noughties extension and subtle reconfiguration of New Wave science fiction. How do I define science fiction? Somewhere between 1967 and 1974." A few non-fiction articles will be published within the body of the book, but all of these have been commissioned.

Deadline: February 29, 2008

Jail or Read :: Changing Lives Through Literature

The History of Changing Lives Through Literature
An Alternative Sentencing Program

"Changing Lives Through Literature (CLTL) is a program that began in Massachusetts in response to a growing need within our criminal justice system to find alternatives to incarceration. Burdened by expense and repeat offenders, our prisons can rarely give adequate attention to the needs of inmates and, thus, do little else than warehouse our criminals. Disturbed by the lack of real success by prisons to reform offenders and affect their patterns of behavior, Professor Robert Waxler and Judge Robert Kane discussed using literature as a way of reaching hardened criminals.

"In the fall of 1991, Robert Waxler, Robert Kane, and Wayne St. Pierre, a New Bedford District Court probation officer (PO), initiated the first program at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where Waxler is a professor in the English Department. Eight men were sentenced to probation instead of prison, with an important stipulation: they had to complete a Modern American Literature seminar run by Professor Waxler. The seminar was held on the university campus and included Judge Kane and PO St. Pierre. For 12 weeks, the men, many of whom had not graduated from high school and who had among them 148 convictions for crimes such as armed robbery and theft, met in a seminar room at the university. By discussing books, such as James Dickey's Deliverance and Jack London's Sea Wolf, the men began to investigate and explore aspects of themselves, to listen to their peers, to increase their ability to communicate ideas and feelings to men of authority who they thought would never listen to them, and to engage in dialogue in a democratic classroom where all ideas were valid. Instead of seeing their world from one angle, they began opening up to new perspectives and started realizing that they had choices in life. Thus, literature became a road to insight (see the New Bedford paradigm)."

Read more about the program here, including information on how to start a CLTL program in your own community.

Submissions :: STORYGLOSSIA 5.01.08


"Breakin' the law, breakin' the law..." Okay, maybe not quite like Judas Priest.

"STORYGLOSSIA has enlisted Anthony Neil Smith as guest editor to help deliver a STORYGLOSSIA crime wave in Issue 28 (May 2008). Neil is the author of Psychosomatic, The Drummer, and Yellow Medicine and the editor of the re-emergent online noire-zine Plots With Guns, as well as a few kick-ass crime/noir issues for the Mississippi Review. He's currently a professor of Creative Writing at Southwest Minnesota State University. Loves Louisiana Hot Sauce and Mexican beer. He's already warned you once, which means next time you won't see it coming. The guidelines for Issue 28 are simple: We're shining our flashlights into the darkness to find what's hiding there. We want hard-hitting crime and noir stories that walk the line between the worlds of literary fiction and genre. Push the envelope, see what pushes back. Word count max: 4000 words (no exceptions). Neil is reading submissions from January 15th until March 15th with the issue publishing May 1, 2008. See the complete guidelines for submission details and send in your best work."

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

AWP :: FC2 Sweeps the Events!

FC2 Reception!
Clinton Suite
Hilton, 2nd Floor
7:00 p.m.

A Reading & Reception Hosted by FC2. Join us for drinks and a reading with Debra Di Blasi, Yuriy Tarnawsky, Diane Williams, Alexandra Chasin, Jeffrey DeShell and Pamela Ryder.

Signings at the FC2 table #278:

Yuriy Tarnawsky 2:30 p.m.
Alexandra Chasin 3:30 p.m.
Jeffrey DeShell 4:30 p.m.

Pamela Ryder 2:30 p.m.
Diane Williams 4:30 p.m.

Debra Di Blasi 12 noon

PLUS: FC2 is crazy wild on the session schedule! Stop by the FC2 table for a full listing, and check your AWP Program!

*NewPages Loves Brenda*

AWP :: Luna Park Partay

Luna Park
Premiere Issue Party
January 31, 2008

The premiere issue party of Luna Park, a review of the carnival world of literary magazines, will be January 31st, in Brooklyn (coinciding with the AWP conference). Guest hosts are Mississippi Review and Juked . Special readings by: Angela Ball (AWP award winner), Tao Lin, Marie Helene-Bertino, and Claudia Smith. Music by Tin Pan Blues Band. Art by Steven Summer and Ken Weathersby. The fun begins at 9:00pm.

Where: Noo Na, 565 Vanderbilt Ave (corner of Pacific St.), Prospect Heights,Brooklyn, NY. Just a 10-15 minute subway ride from Manhattan. Getting there from AWP Hilton: Walk north on 6th Ave. to 57th. Turn left andwalk to the 57th St & 7th Ave. Q stop. Head to Brooklyn. Exit Train at 7thAve and leave terminal at right. Head down Park Place to Vanderbilt Ave.Turn left and walk 4 1/2're there. More details at:

AWP :: Milkweed and Tameme

Saturday February 2nd
10:30-11:00 am @ the Milkweed Editions booth
AWP Bookfair New York City
C.M. Mayo Book Signing
Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles Through Baja California the Other Mexico.

"A luminous exploration of Baja California, from its southern tip at Cabo an Lucas to its 'lost city' of Tijuana... [Mayo] takes the fiction writer's impulse and blends it with the instincts of a journalist to create a work of nonfiction that elides into modern myth" ~Los Angeles Times Book Review

--->Though the AWP conference in New York City is sold out, the bookfair is free and open to the public for this one day only.

And come by Tameme (table #85) for "Ghosts of the Palace of Blue Tiles" the beautiful new chapbook by Mexican poet Jorge Fernandez Granados, translated by John Oliver Simon. Also on hand: previous issues of Tameme, Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion, and more....

Podcasts :: By Women. For Women.

The By Women. For Women. series is brought to listeners by Seal Press. Seal Press was founded in 1976 to provide a forum for women writers and feminist issues. These podcasts feature interviews with current Seal Press authors and the topics range from childbirth options to dealing with the death of a parent, from the issues facing transgender women today to training for a marathon. Some of the women featured include: Victoria Zackheim, Linley Erin Hall, Silja Talvi, Alix Olson, Jessica Valenti, Michelle Goodman, and many more.

Submissions :: Segue

Segue, the online literary journal of Miami University-Middletown, is accepting creative and scholarly work for its fall 2008 issue.

Segue's dual mission is to serve as a high quality literary publication and an educational venue for writing instructors and students of writing. In addition to publishing an eclectic blend of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from around the globe, each issue features a well-established author who publishes a small body of new/forthcoming work along with an essay that explores the writing process behind their submission. Past Featured Authors include Brenda Miller, Terese Svoboda, Lex Williford, Diane Glancy, Denise Duhamel, and others. Further, our peer-reviewed Writing on Writing (WoW) page publishes nonfiction on a wide range of creative writing-related issues for educational use, and our Author Q&A page posts email interviews conducted by writing students with selected authors published in Segue.

Submissions are open to anyone outside of Miami University. The WoW page is an especially valuable resource for instructors (including graduate students) to use and/or publish in. Possible topics for the WoW page include, but are not limited to:
Creative writing pedagogy (we're especially interested in this)
The state of creative writing in academia
Creative writing in academia v. the alleged "real world"
The craft/process of writing fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction
Creative writing exercises (with explanations of their origin,
purpose, and if possible, examples of completed exercises)
Close readings of the literary works of established authors, with
an eye toward illuminating something interesting in the work
Interviews with established authors
The business side of creative writing
The writing life

Complete details on all the above, submission guidelines, and past issues are freely available on Segue's web site.

Submissions :: damselfly press 3.15.08

"damselfly press, an innovative online literary journal for women, is seeking electronic submissions of original fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by female writers slated for online publication in April 2008. For our third issue, we welcome submissions focusing on peregrinations ranging from actual travel to spiritual or inner journeys that transform you or your characters in some significant way. As always, we welcome a myriad of women's voices from new and experienced writers. The deadline to submit for the third issue is March 15th, 2008."

Monday, January 28, 2008

Scholarships :: Antioch Writer's Worshop 5.1.08

The Antioch Writers' Workshop offers three scholarships annually. The following requirements apply for all of our scholarships, which are described in detail on their website. Submissions for Fiction and Nonfiction Writers and Poets. Scholarship application deadlines: May 1, 2008

Books :: StoryQuarterly Annual

18 Lies and 3 Truths
2007 Story Quarterly Annual

Edited by Tom Jenks with Carol Edgarian and M. M. M. Hayes

Includes eighteen great stories and three essays on the art of writing by today’s master storytellers: Rick Bass, Richard Bausch, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Robert Olen Butler, Alice Hoffman, Charles Johnson, Jhumpa Lahiri, Lorrie Moore, and Joyce Carol Oates, as well as by some of today’s important up-and-coming authors.

New Online Issue :: Spindle Magazine

From Spindle Magazine Editor & Publisher Guy LeCharles Gonzalez:

"Spindle Magazine's official launch continues this week with the 'Love, New York Style' issue, featuring poetry and fiction by Jai Chakrabarti, Panika M. C. Dillon, John Rodriguez, Amanda Nazario, Lisa Marie Kelleher and many others. Plus, a new Coffee & Brooklyn column from Mahogany Browne.

"Spindle Magazine is an online literary magazine with a twist, featuring creative non-fiction, poetry and short fiction by, for and about New Yorkers - literal and spiritual. Showcasing emerging writers, artists, musicians and other notable New Yorkers, it offers a multi-faceted look at New York City and the world beyond through the eyes of both those who love it and hate it, and in many cases, a peek inside the minds of the people themselves. Log on today!"

Positions :: The Pedestal Magazine

The Pedestal Magazine is currently seeking to fill three positions:

1. Poetry Editor. Applicants should have prior publication in Pedestal, as well as other prominent journals, and previous editing experience. Applicants should have at least one published full-length collection currently available. Applicant would be asked to edit the poetry in 1-2 issues per year. Please send resume to

2. Reviewer. Applicants should have prior experience reviewing for various publications. Pedestal currently publishes 850-1000 word reviews. Reviewer would be asked to undertake 1-3 assigned reviews per issue, primarily poetry collections but possibly short fiction as well. Send resume and 2-3 sample reviews to

3. Administrative Assistant. Applicants should be thoroughly familiar with how to send friend requests, post bulletins, set up a blog, send event invitations, tailor/program a page aesthetically; i.e., all the ins and outs of setting up a compelling and effective MySpace page. Send resume, along with a link to a MySpace page you've designed, to

Submissions :: Kicked Out Anthology 3.1.08

Kicked Out
Wdited by Sassafras Lowrey
Published by Homofactus Press

"Kicked Out is a new anthology, which uniquely seeks to tell the tales of former queer youth and current queer youth who were forced to leave home because of their sexuality and/or gender identity. This anthology will tell our collective stories of survival, weaving together descriptions of abuse, and homelessness with poignant accounts of the ways in which queer community centers offered sanctuary, and the power and importance of creating our own chosen families in the face of loosing everything we have ever known. Kicked Out offers advice and wisdom to the queer youth of today from those who have been in their shoes. Additionally, it provides the opportunity for readers to get a glimpse into the world of those queer youth who as a result of circumstance have to leave home, while simultaneously shattering the stereotypes of who queer youth are, and what they have the potential to become."

Deadline: March 1, 2008

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Submissions :: Yes Means Yes Anthology 3.1.08

Co-editors Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti are seeking submissions for their anthology on sex, rape and power, Yes Means Yes!, to be published by Seal Press in Fall 2008.

Yes Means Yes! is looking to collect sharp and insightful essays, from voices both established and new, that explore how creating a culture which values genuine female sexual pleasure can help stop rape.

Potential essay subjects could address:

How public sex education is taught, and to whom.
Self-defense and creating the kind of safety required for meaningful consent and pleasure
The new backlash against rape survivors (e.g., media obsession with female drinking and slutty "Girls Gone Wild" being to blame for assault.)
Analyzing and eradicating sexual shame in American culture
Bringing men back into the conversation, making men co-leaders in the movement to dismantle the cultural dynamics which support and encourage rape
How queer rape is reinforced by patriarchy, heteronormative stereotypes and the commodification of sexuality, and how centering female sexual power can combat queer rape
Thoughts on “enthusiastic consent”
Taking Back the Porn: How changing the pornography industry can help stop rape
Combating the hypersexualization of women of color to make way for genuine refusal and genuine consent
The power of language (naming rape for what it is, or the new myth of “gray rape”)
A primer for men on sexual assault
How a society that values good sex (where women’s pleasure is central) can undermine rape culture and make it easier to identify and prosecute rapists
Rethinking sexual interaction as a collaborative performance, as opposed to as an exchange of a commodity or service
Who owns our pleasure? An analysis of the economics of female sexual alienation/oppression, and an economic model for resistance
Holding the mainstream media accountable for torture porn, kidnapping crusades and faux feminism.
Overcoming commercially enforced sexual stereotypes to organize across race, class, gender, and difference
Homophobia, compulsory masculinity, and why genuine male pleasure matters, too
Creating accurate media representations of rape
Beyond consent: state-sanctioned and institutional rape that even the healthiest sexual culture won't stop

People of all all colors, cultures, genders and preferences, published and unpublished authors, are all encouraged to submit essays. Be creative, be visionary, be outraged, be passionate, be funny! Perhaps most importantly, editors are seeking essays with a pro-active bent that offer new and insightful thoughts and actions on how to dismantle rape culture. “No Means No” is not enough -- let’s think “Yes Means Yes!”

Please submit your essays to
no later than March 1, 2008.

Essays should be from 2000 to 5000 words, double spaced and paginated. Please include your address, phone number, email address and a short bio. Pay: $100 for each essay published in the final book.

Submissions :: Alehouse Press

Alehouse Press is now considering queries for short essays and book reviews for the next issue of Alehouse. Essay topics focus on the current state of poetry, the work of particular poets, plus other appropriate topics of interest. The 2009 issue will feature essays on African-American poets and poetry.

Book reviews focus on work published in the past few years, but may also include older, under-appreciated work that reviewers may want to promote to readers. Again, for our 2009 issue, special interest will be on reviews of books by or about African-American poets.

Alehouse essays run approximately 500-2000 words, book reviews approximately 500-1000 words per title. Please contact Alehouse for book review guidelines: editor(at)

Jobs :: Various

The English Department at Hamilton College invites applications for a two-year appointment, with the possibility of renewal, in Creative Writing, specializing in poetry. Professor Naomi Guttman. February 15, 2008.

Assistant Professor/Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University, tenure track. Writing Search Committee, English Department. February 29, 2008.

University of Mississippi welcomes applications for the Summer Poet in Residence (SPiR). Director Beth Ann Fennelly. February 1, 2008.

Alt Mag Mailbag :: January 27

For information about these and many other quality alternative magazines, click the links or visit The NewPages Guide to Alternative Magazines.

Against the Current
"After Forty Year: The Memphis Strike"
January/February 2008

American Book Review
Volume 29 Number 2
January/February 2008

Ideas and Culture :: Made in Canada
Volume 16 Number 67
Winter 2007

Guild Practitioner
A journal of legal theory and practice: "…to the end that human rights shall be more sacred than property interests."
Volume 64 Number 2
Summer 2007

Humor Times
Issue Number 193
January 2008

In These Times
Lights! Camera! Collective Action!
Volume 32 Number 1
January 2008

Labor Notes
Number 346
January 2008

Independent, Jewish & frankly feminist
Volume 32 Number 4
Winter 2007-08

Planet Drum Pulse
A Voice for Bioregional Sustainability, Education, and Culture
Winter 2007

Science & Society
Volume 72 Number
January 2008

Shambhala Sun
Volume 16 Number 4
March 2008

Sing Out!
Folk Music Folk Songs
Volume 51 Number 4
Winter 2008

Turning the Tide
Journal of Anti-Racist Action, Research & Education
Volume 21 Number 1
Jan-Feb 2008

Voices from the Earth
Southwest Research and Information Center, Albuquerque, NM
Volume 8 Number 4
Winter 2007

Z Magazine
20 Year Anniversary Issue
January 2008

Saturday, January 26, 2008

In Memoriam :: Celeste West

From the San Francisco Chronicle: Celeste West's spirit released her body to go exuberantly adventure in other realms, on January 3rd. She was 65. Celeste is survived by her partner and co-vivante of six years Tina Perricone and their orange tabby cat, Sienna Pumphrey Gabor; sisters, Sue Ann Johnson and Katherine Karr of Portland, OR; many loving nieces and nephews, grandnieces and nephews, and many many friends across the country. Celeste received her BA in journalism from Portland State U, later entering the ranks of professional librarians, having graduated from Rutgers in 1968. She headed to San Francisco in 1968. Celeste worked in the Bay Area Reference Center (BARC) 1968-1973 where she helped publish Synergy, a library periodical which won at least two awards. With Elizabeth Katz, Celeste edited Revolting Librarians, which they then published with Sue Critchfield as Booklegger Press in 1972. A bestseller in the library world, it continues to inspire librarians today. In 1973 the final issue of Synergy was published and Celeste initiated Booklegger Magazine, "built to begin where Synergy leaves off," which was published until 1976. Celeste also wrote or edited and published through Booklegger Press, the following books: Women's Films in Print (1975); Positive Images, Non-Sexist Films for Young People (1976); Booklegger's Guide to the Passionate Perils of Publishing (1978); Words in Our Pockets: The Feminist Writers Guild Handbook on How to Gain Power, Get Published and Get Paid (1985); Elsa: I Come With My Songs (a biography of Else Gidlow, 1986), Lesbian Love Advisor (her bestseller, 1989) and her "most controversial book, the one which every feminist publisher and even a printer rejected," Lesbian Polyfidelity: How to Keep Nonmonogamy Safe, Sane, Honest, and Laughing, You Rogue! (1996). On April Fool's Day 1989 Celeste began work as the library director at the San Francisco Zen Center until her retirement in Autumn 2006. Celeste was a devout anarchist, feminist and Buddeo-Pagan. She is most often compared to a shooting star. Donations in Celeste's memory can be made to: KPFA radio, Recovery Inc., the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, or plant a tree in her memory at Arbor Day Foundation. If you cannot donate, no worries, you can creatively agitate for peace and justice, and follow your bliss. As Celeste would say, "Oh yez. oh yes, oh yez."

AWP :: Dinty Moore Book Signing

Between Panic and Desire
by Dinty Moore
AWP Bookfair

Brevity editor Dinty W. Moore will be signing copies of his new memoir Between Panic and Desire, part of Nebraska's American Lives Series, at the Nebraska AWP Bookfair Booth (B25-B26) on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10 am. Blending narrative and quizzes, memory and numerology, imagined interviews and conversations with dead presidents, the book documents the disorienting experience of growing up in a postmodern world. Publisher's Weekly kindly describes the book as a "quirky, entertaining joyride." Drop by and join the festivities.

AWP :: Kore Press Events

Women's Presses, Activism, & Gender Inequities in the Literary World
Panel Sponsored by Kore Press
Friday, February 1, 12pm
Gibson Suite, Hilton 2nd floor
Moderated by Lisa Bowden. Guerrilla girls look at gender inequity and the literary world: why are there far fewer women getting published than men when MFA programs and residencies are filled with women writers? Through the lens of Third Wave Feminism, we will consider what the perception of feminist publishing is and if the women's press is an effective activist project or a remarginalization of the already marginalized. Writers, editors, and activists comment on the historic need for and complexities inherent in the "affirmative action" of publishing women only.

Chocolate & Merlot Booksigning
Saturday, February 2, 4:30 pm
Kore Press Bookfair Table #451
Nibble truffles & sip red wine with Kore authors Spring Ulmer and Tiphanie Yanique as they sign their award-winning books at the Kore table.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Submissions :: Umbrella 2.9.08

Umbrella, an online journal of poetry and kindred prose, is reading for our spring issue, online March 1. Both general poetry and poetry with a spiritual theme are sought. Deadline February 9, 2008.

Call to Action :: PEN American Center

From PEN American Center:

Our colleagues in China need your help.

Last month, in cooperation with the courageous members of the Independent Chinese PEN Center, PEN launched We Are Ready for Freedom of Expression, a campaign aimed at freeing all writers and journalists imprisoned in China before the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Noted Chinese authors Liu Xiaobo and Zheng Yi were among those joining international counterparts Margaret Atwood, Francine Prose, and Salman Rushdie in launching this important campaign. The support and participation of PEN Members in the United States is vital to our collective success.

Take action today by adding your name to two PEN petitions:

Petition to the Chinese government

Petition to the U.S. Congress to ban U.S. involvement in internet censorship in China

This is a historic moment in which the international community has the opportunity to pressure the Chinese government to improve its human rights record. Take time now to sign the petitions, and join us in our advocacy work in the weeks ahead.

Help us win the release of our colleagues in Chinese prisons and expand freedom of expression in China in this crucial year.

Many thanks,

Francine Prose

Larry Siems
Director, Freedom to Write and International Programs

Summer Fellowships :: Fishtrap 2.4.08

"Each year, Fishtrap, Inc. awards up to five Fellowships for Summer Fishtrap, held every July at Wallowa Lake, Oregon. Awards are made on the basis of writing submission only, and are not limited to or made because of the genre. In a given year, awards might all go to poets, or to fiction writers, or to non-fiction writers; in fact they go out in different combinations each year, based on the judge's selection of best writing. Fellowships cover the cost of a workshop, registration for the Gathering, and food and lodging for the week. Previous Fellows include fiction writers Kathleen Tyau and Geronimo Tagatac, poets Charles Goodrich and Marilyn Johnston, and non-fiction writer Ellie Waterston."

Deadline: Postmark February 4, 2008

Submissions :: Buffalo Carp 2.15.08

The deadline for submissions to Buffalo Carp Volume 6 has been extended! All submissions should be postmarked by February 15, 2008. Accepting poetry, short story, fiction, non-fiction, essays, playets, etc. Interview ideas send query first. Sim/subs accepted.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Residency :: Stadler Center for Poetry 2.23.08

Philip Roth Residence
Stadler Center for Poetry

To be eligible, an applicant must be more than 21 years of age, must reside in the United States, and must not be enrolled as a student in a college or university. (Persons enrolled in a college or university at the time of application are eligible). Some record of publication is desirable. Please note that the 2008-09 Roth Residence will be awarded to a poet. Prose writers may apply in spring 2009 for the 2009-10 Residence.

To apply, submit the following items by postal mail to the address shown below:

1. A letter of application.
2. A curriculum vitae.
3. Three letters of recommendation.
4. A writing sample of no more than 12 typed pages of poetry.

No materials will be returned; please do not send originals. We strongly recommend that you include letters of recommendation with your other application materials. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that letters of recommendation are sent by the postmark deadline.

Application deadline (for 2008-09 residence, open to a poet): postmarked by Saturday, February 23, 2008.

Notification: late spring 2008.

Send application materials to:

Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing
The Stadler Center for Poetry
Bucknell Hall
Bucknell University
Lewisburg PA 17837

Submissions :: Knock 6.15.08

Knock will read for issue #10 (due out fall 2008) through June 15, 2008. Accepting prose, poetry, plays, art and cartoons, interviews. See website for full details. Also accepting entries for the 4th annual Ecolit & Green Art contest. Deadline May 1, 2008.

Sad to See You Go :: Small Sprial Notebook

From Small Sprial Notebook: "After six years of publication, articles in major newspapers and magazines, and solicitations from top agents and publishers, which have helped our writers score agents and book deals, I'm sad to announce that SSN will cease publication on 12.31.07. We are not reviewing or publishing any new work, so please do not submit work for consideration. Thank you for supporting Small Spiral Notebook! If you have any queries, please email them to: editor - at - smallspiralnotebook -dot- com."

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

AWP :: Alimentum Events

Look for ALIMENTUM at
Table #261
Americas Hall I
3rd Floor
Come Meet the Editors

Alimentum Publisher Paulette Licitra reads for AWP panel: "Writers at the Table," Jan 31st 4:30

Alimentum Editor Peter Selgin reads for AWP panel: "Our Roots are Deep with Passion," Jan 31st 1:30
Plus 2 book signings for his book
By Cunning and Craft
Feb 1st & 2nd at 11
Writer's Digest table (right next to Alimentum's)

See you there!

AWP Off Site :: Micropress Poetry

Micropress Poetry Pageant
Friday February 1, 2008
8:00 PM
Stain Bar
766 Grand Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Take the L TRAIN to Grand Street, 1 block West

Free! Public! Prizes!
No AWP badge required.

Featuring: Bloof Books * Coconut Books * No Tell Books

Authors: Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Jenna Cardinale, Shanna Compton, Bruce Covey, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Shafer Hall, Jennifer L. Knox, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Reb Livingston, Danielle Pafunda, PF Potvin, Ravi Shankar

Submissions :: Abacot Journal 3.10.08

The Abacot Journal is seeking submissions for its second issue, due out in April. Stories must be in the magic realism/urban fantasy/fabulist fiction genres, and under 2000 words. Please see the website for full guidelines. Deadline for submissions is March 10, 2008.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

New Issue Online :: The Adirondack Review

The Adirondack Review pleased to announce that the Winter Issue is now live. Inside you will find a carefully selected sampling of poetry, fiction, and criticism. The new issue features the artwork of Michael Usyk and celebrates the winner and finalists of The Fiddlehead Poetry Prize. Also, the Fulton Prize for Short Fiction is currently open. Top prize is $400 and publication in The Adirondack Review.

Fellowship :: Brown University 2.1.08

The Brown International Writers Project is currently seeking nominations and applications for its one-year fellowship with residency. The Fellowship, supported by a grant from the William H. Donner Foundation, is designed to provide sanctuary and support for established creative writers--fiction writers, playwrights, and poets-who are persecuted in their home countries or are actively prevented from pursuing free expression in their literary art. Deadline: February 1, 2008.

Submissions :: pacificReview 2.14.08


"...a literary journal featuring original poetry, fiction, photography, art, translations, essays, non-fiction and other provocative treats. new, famous, and infamous writers welcome. no previously published works please! simultaneous submissions alright by us. Send us your best, and we’ll give it our undivided attention."

Deadline: February 14, 2008.

NY Bookstore :: Housing Works

Soho's Best Kept Secret
While you're in New York for AWP, check out Housing Works Bookstore:

"450,000 new, used, and rare book and records in a classic library setting with twenty-foot ceilings, a mahogany paneled interior, spiral staircases, and a friendly, knowledgeable staff. Our cafe features sandwhiches, wraps, soups, salads, great coffee, tea, beer, wine and desserts. Special event, live music, and readings make the UBC a great place to meet friends, relax and shop the best used book selection in NYC. 100% of the profits go to housing works, a non-profit organization that provides housing, health care, job training, advocacy, and many other services for homeless New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS."

Donate Books
Not only that, but for those of you with exhibit tables who don't want to haul your books/magazines back across the country, consider donating them to HWB:

"100% of our books, records, and CDs are donated. Publishers and reviewers often donate new books, but we also depend heavily on customer donations. Donations can be brought into the bookstore during regular hours. All donations are tax deductible and we will provide you with the proper tax form. We occasionally schedule pickups for large donations. If you are interested in scheduling a pick-up, please send us an email with the basic information on your books (location, size of donation, type of books) and we'll get back to you promptly. Please note, we are no longer able to reimburse for taxi receipts."

Monday, January 21, 2008

Beloit Poetry Journal & Split this Rock

Of special note is the most recent issue of Beloit Poetry Journal, Volume 58 Number 3, Spring 2008. This issue is titled, "Split this Rock Chapbook," in recognition of the Split this Rock Poetry Festival.

Split this Rock Poetry Festival
A Celebration of our Tradition of Poetry of Witness and Resistance
March 20 - 23, 2008
Washington, D.C.

"Split this Rock calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national community of activist poets. The festival will feature readings, workshops, panel discussions on poetry and social change, youth programming, films, parties, walking tours, and activism, while we debate and assess the public role of the poet and the poem in this time of crisis."

Split this Rock will also be at AWP in New York. Visit their website for more information about their activities.

Photo: Digital photography by Lee Sharkey, from Eyes Wide Open series, Chicago, 2007.

Submissions :: Puritan Magazine 3.17.08

The Puritan, Ottawa's Literary Prose Magazine, is accepting submissions for the Spring 2008 issue: fiction and creative non-fiction,500-7500 words. Deadline: March 17, 2008.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Submissions :: One Less Magazine 7.31.08

If you are a reader of One Less, the editors would be pleased to read your work for Issue Four which is an open call for submissions, you pick your theme. One Less will read work in August and reply in early September at the latest. Accepting poetry, prose, artwork. Deadline: July 31, 2008.

One Less Issue Three themed "Film" contains poetry, prose and images (B&W) and features the work of new and established writers, including Bruce Covey, Catherine Daly, Raymond Farr, Anne Heide, Simon Perchik, and Nico Vassilakis.

Lit Mag Mailbag :: Jan 20

For information about these and many other quality literary magazines, click the links or visit The NewPages Guide to Literary Journals. Also visit the NewPages Literary Magazine Reviews for new reviews as well as an archive of past reviews.

Volume 1 Issue 1

Beloit Poetry Journal
"Split This Rock" Chapbook Issue
Volume 58 Number 3
Spring 2008

The Chattahoochee Review
Special Focus: Japanese Fiction
Volume 28 Number 1
Winter 2008

Court Green
Dossier: Sylvia Plath

Cream City Review
Volume 31 Number 2
Fall 2007

"A bilingual magazine for contemporary German-language literature in English Translation"
Volume 9 Numbers 1&2

Volume 1 Numbers 1 & 2
Fall/Winter 2007-08

Harvard Review
Number 32 and Number 33

“Art, Faith, Mystery”
Number 56
Winter 2007-08

The Kenyon Review
Volume 30 Number 1
Winter 2008

Issue 1
Fall 2007

"Hurt on Purpose"
Number 8

Main Street Rag
Volume 13 Number 1
Winter 2008

The Malahat Review
Number 161
December 2007

"The American Journal of Poetry"
Volume 6

New England Review
Volume 28 Number 4

One Less
Issue 3
Fall 2007

Volume 191 Number 4
January 2008

Poetry Flash
Numbers 299/300
Fall2007/Winter 2007

The Rambler
Volume 5 Number 1
Jan-Feb 2008

Volume 57 Number 3
Winter 2007

Short Story
Number 3
Fall 2007

The Spoon River Poetry Review
Volume 32 Number 2
Summer/Fall 2007

Writers Ask
Glimmer Train Stories

Issue 38

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Lit Awards :: CELJ 2007

Congratulations to the winners of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals Prizes for 2007:

Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement
Winner: Margaret D. Bauer for North Carolina Literary Review
Runner Up: Richard Mathews for Tampa Review

Best New Journal
Winner: Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, Editors, Christy Desmet, Sujata Lyengar
Runner-Up: American Naturalism, Editors, Keith Newlin, Stephen C. Brennan

Best Special Issue
Winner: African American Review for "The Curse of Caste," Editor Joycelyn Moody, guest editor Veta Smith Tucker
Runner Up: Eighteenth-Century Fiction, "War/La Guerre," Editors, Peter Walmsley, Julie Park
Honorable Mention: Fashion Theory, Vol.11, Issue 2/3, Editors, Emma Tarlo, Annelies Moors

Best Journal Design
Not awarded

The Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement
Winner: Women's Studies Quarterly, Editors, Cindi Katz and Nancy K. Miller

Distinguished Editor
Winners: George D. Greenia, La coronica and Holly Laird, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature
Honorable Mention: Rick Emmerson, Speculum

New Year's Diet Fads with Julie Klausner

Big Think :: The YouTube for Ideas

Big Think

Ex-Harvard President Meets a Former Student, and Intellectual Sparks Fly
Published: January 7, 2008
Excerpted from the New York Times

In June 2006, Peter Hopkins, a civic-minded and idealistic 2004 Harvard graduate, trekked up to his alma mater from New York for a meeting with Lawrence H. Summers, the economist and former Treasury secretary. Mr. Hopkins, who finagled the appointment through his friendship with Mr. Summers’s assistant, had a business idea: a Web site that could do for intellectuals what YouTube, the popular video-sharing site, did for bulldogs on skateboards.

The pitch — “a YouTube for ideas” — appealed to Mr. Summers. “Larry, to his credit, is open to new ideas,” Mr. Hopkins recalled recently. “He grilled me for two hours.” In the age of user-generated content, Mr. Summers did have one worry: “Let’s say someone puts up a porn video next to my macroeconomic speech?”

It took awhile, but a year after that meeting, Mr. Summers decided to invest (“a few tens of thousands of dollars,” he said, adding “not something I’m hoping to retire on”) in the site, called Big Think, which officially makes its debut today after being tested for several months.

Big Think ( mixes interviews with public intellectuals from a variety of fields, from politics, to law to business, and allows users to engage in debates on issues like global warming and the two-party system. It plans to add new features as it goes along, including a Facebook-like application for social networking, and Mr. Hopkins said he would like the site to become a popular place for college students looking for original sources.

One Short of Two by Jody Brooks on SUB-LIT

complete conversations with my father:
unprovoked and about which i am still confused
by jody brooks
Published in SUB-LIT, Volume 1 Number 3

Dad: “You remember Uncle Snooze?”
Me: “No.”
Dad: “He lived over where I shot that deer in the ass. Had a great swimming pool.”

D: “You ever hear of Goat Man?”
M: “Not that I recall.”
D: “He used to live up in that cove. They called him Goat Man because he came down from the mountains once a month with his cart and his goats. I never knew what he was selling, but people always had to go see him about something.”

D: “You ever meet Bang Bang LaFarr? Guy that sold chicken diapers?”
M: “I don’t understand any part of that question.”
D: [read the rest]

Friday, January 18, 2008

Reader's Choice Awards :: The Pedestal Magzine

The Pedestal Magazine
Fourth Annual Pedestal Readers' Awards
"During the months of December and January, we will be conducting our fourth annual Pedestal Readers' Awards contest. This contest will recognize three works of poetry and one work of fiction that have been published in the past six 'regular' issues (issues 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, and 42) of The Pedestal Magazine. The contest is easy: you simply vote for your favorite work in each category (poetry and fiction) by sending an email to:"

Anthology :: Norilana Books

Clockwork Phoenix
Tales of Beauty and Strangeness

This is a new annual anthology series edited by Mike Allen, to be published by Norilana Books starting in 2008. The anthology's literary focus is on the high end, and it is open to the full range of the speculative and fantastic genres. Rights purchased and payment for selected works.

Deadline: February 1, 2008.

Visit the CP website for details.

Submissions :: Waffle House Anthology 2.15.08

I know in an earlier post I said I was selective about what types of calls for submissions for anthologies I would post on the site, but I just couldn't help this one. File it under...well, wherever you want to file it.

"Now accepting submissions for the Chronicles of Waffle House compilation book! Submission guidelines: Fiction and nonfiction short stories under 3000 words. Poetry and haiku will also be considered for publication. Must be set inside of Waffle House. Original, previously unpublished works only. Deadline February 15, 2008."

You can visit their one-page website to read the rest of the guidelines. And, let me know if you actually get published in this one...maybe.

ALSC Seeks New Graduate Student Liaison

The Association of Literary Scholars and Critics is accepting applications for the post of Special Liaison for Graduate Student Affairs.

Ideally, the successful candidate will be enrolled in a program of graduate study in literature, and will have been a member of the ALSC for at least one year. The post carries the following responsibilities:

Create and distribute outreach e-mailings to college and university humanities departments (English, Classics, Theater, Creative Writing, Comparative Literature, Foreign Language, etc.) to promote student membership in the Association

Organize periodic local meetings of graduate students at the Liaison’s home institution and encourage and assist other students to organize meetings on other campuses in the U.S. and abroad

Write a brief quarterly column on graduate-student affairs for publication on our Website and in the ALSC Newsletter

Host and moderate the ALSC’s Graduate Student Listserv on Google.

Attend the ALSC conference each year (at the discretion of the ALSC Executive Council and subject to the budgetary capacity of the ALSC, a travel stipend may be available to defray some or all of the costs of this annual trip)

Produce a report on the annual conference for publication in the winter issue of the ALSC Newsletter

Maintain regular communications with the executive director regarding outreach activities and planning

Report to the Council and executive director on a quarterly basis (including in-person at the annual conference) with news of outreach activities, ideas for future projects, results of graduate student surveys, etc.

This is an unpaid position. Applicants should send a CV and a brief covering letter of interest to the attention of the executive director at alsc(at)

The application deadline is Friday, February 1.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Writers Retreat :: RopeWalk 6.08

RopeWalk Writers Retreat
June 14-21, 2008
University of Southern Indiana
"The weeklong summer RopeWalk Writers Retreat gives participants an opportunity to attend workshops and to confer privately with one of five prominent writers. Historic New Harmony, Indiana, site of two nineteenth-century utopian experiments, provides an ideal setting for this event with its retreat-like atmosphere and its history of creative and intellectual achievement. At RopeWalk you will be encouraged to write, not simply listen to others talk about writing. In addition, several writers will present papers or give lectures, open to all participants, on aspects of the craft of writing."

Submissions :: Poetry Anthology

C&R Press is now accepting submissions for Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes (scheduled for Fall 2008 publication). Our intention is to bring together contemporary American poems that meditate, celebrate, and take stock of our world. We envision this anthology as a roadmap of (1) where we’ve been (our sense of history), (2) who we are (identity and character), and (3) where we’re headed (a re-envisioning of community, self, and the idea of America).

Feel free to challenge the thematic and stylistic limits of these guidelines (and of the ode form itself), and in doing so, help us best represent the range, depth, and veracity of America’s plural voice(s). Though this anthology will contain mostly new, original work by contemporary writers, we might also include select classic odes to show the richness of the tradition in giving poetic utterance to the hopes, dreams, and concerns of the American spirit in an accessible, classroom-friendly gathering.

Visit the C&R Press website for more details.

New Issue & Submissions :: Contrary Magazine

Founded at the University of Chicago, Contrary, the online magazine, wishes all a "Contrary New Year" with the newest issue of Contrary featuring fiction by Laurence Davies of Scotland, Clare Kirwan of England, Ramesh Avadhani of India, Mark Spencer of Arkansas, Edward Mc Whinney of Cork, and B.E. Hopkins, lately of Paris. Poetry by Amy Groshek, whose chapbook — Shin Deep — comes out in February, Robert Gibbons of Janus Head and Counterpunch, and Kristiana Colón of Chicago. Reviews of Georges Perec, Mario Vargas-Llosa, Philip Roth, J.M. Coetzee, Gordon Theisen, Craig Abbott, Billy Ramsell, Kathleen Jamie, Meg Rosoff, Anya Ulinich, Benjamin Percy, Richard Russo, Dalia Sofer.

SUBMISSIONS: The deadline for the Spring issue is March 1. Contrary accepts submissions only through the online form on their submissions page. They pay upon publication.

Conference :: Labor Notes 4.11.08

Rebuilding Labor's Power
April 11-13, 2008 - Detroit, Michigan

Over 40 workshops will be offered including:
Labor History
Flyers and Newsletters
Assertive Grievance Handling
Internal Organizing: Key to a Strong Union
Getting Ahead of Globalization
Taking Control of the Workplace: A "Continuous Bargaining" Approach
Contract Campaigns
Fighting Blame the Worker Health and Safety Programs
Running for Local Union Office
Dealing with the Media
Strategic Planning: Building a Strong Local
Creative Tactics
Pension Crisis 101
Strike Strategy

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Submissions :: Asian Cha 2.08

From Editors Tammy Ho & Jeff Zroback: Cha: An Asian Literary Journal is the first Hong Kong-based online journal dedicated to publishing English literature from and about Asia. It publishes quality poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews photography & art. The debut issue of Asian Cha was launched in November 2007. It featured creative works by 22 writers/artists: Arlene Ang, Bob Bradshaw, David Clarke, Heng Siok Tian, Kavita Jindal, Christopher Kelen, Diana Louise Kwok, Leon Lai, Elbert S.P. Lee, Mary Lee, Russell C. Leong, Arthur Leung, Leung Ping-kwan, Reid Mitchell, Mani Rao, J. A. Tyler, Cyril Wong, Daphne Wong, Nicholas Wong, Nicole Wong, Bryan Thao Worra and Marco Yan. The second issue of Asian Cha is scheduled for publication in February 2008. We are currently accepting submissions for the third issue of Asian Cha, which will be available in May 2008. For guidelines please visit Cha: An Asian Literary Journal.

Sage Hill Writing Workshops 5.08

Spring 2008 Poetry Colloquium
St. Michael’s Retreat In Lumsden, Saskatchewan
May 14 - 27, 2008
An intensive two-week working and critiquing retreat. There will also be a “wired” follow-up. Each writer will have a publishing record, and will wish to develop his/her craft and tune a manuscript. The rural, reflective setting is ideal for such work. Eight writers will be selected from applications. Writers in and outside Saskatchewan are eligible.

Summer Experience
Dates: July 21 - 30, 2008
Introduction to Writing Fiction and Poetry
Playwriting Lab
Fiction Workshop
Fiction Colloquium
Poetry Workshop
Poetry Colloquium

New Issue Online :: Cadillac Cicatrix

From Executive Editor Benjamin Spencer: "We are very happy to present the second issue of Cadillac Cicatrix, the new, innovative literary and visual art journal based in Carmel Valley, California.

"In this special second installment we focus on a refractive congregate of contemporary life - our multiple behaviors, aspirations, family matters, private contemplations, our public secrets - in an attempt to understand the tender balance between that which is art and that which is personal truth. We examine several themes in plural voices, plural themes in one voice, and everything is very serious. Or is it? Do we mean to say what we mean or what we think will be understood? Did I really want to take that picture? Maybe I should delete it.

"In this issue we focus on focusing; a creative convergenceon the inertia of life's exponents. From that which speaks of truth to a reality that tricks the eye, the authors and artists in this issue exist beyond their creations and in some instances are outlived by them. Writers and artists in this issue: Bob Arnold, Mary Austin, Frederic Berthoff, Chi Birmingham, Tom Birmingham, Susan Cantrell, Sam Causley, Cid Corman, Shizumi Corman, Rob Couteau, Robert Creeley, Albert Flynn DeSilver, Nora May French, James Fowler, Hugh Fox, Don Fredd, Erin Gafill, Arnold Genthe, Wendy A Goldman, Andrew Grace, Nate Haken, Robinson Jeffers, Diane Katsiaficas, Thomas Larson, Taylor Mali, Kanishka Marasinghe, Chaz Reetz-Laiolo, Katey Schultz, Deirdre Sinnott, Mat Snapp, Sterz, BrianTurner, Kim Weston, Tom Whalen.

"We could not do this and would not be here without our contributors andreaders and we thank you for your support."

Submissions :: Kudzu 2.1.08

From Ashley Mullins, editor: "Kudzu is a small literary magazine published by Hazard Community and Technical College. We publish once a year in the spring with openings for essays, reviews, poetry and short fiction and nonfiction. We also have two contests with a $5 reading fee, one for poetry and the other for short fiction. We also choose a few pieces of black and white photography or pen and ink drawings for every issue. In the past we have published works by or about Gurney Norman, Frank X Walker, Kelly Ellis, G. C. Compton, Miriam Woolfolk, and Scott Russell Sanders. February 1st is the deadline for our 2008 publication."

Monday, January 14, 2008

Submissions :: Cezanne's Carrot 2.20.08

From Editors Barbara Jacksha & Joan Kremer: Cezanne’s Carrot is now reading for its 2008 Spring Equinox edition and beyond. Deadline for the spring issue is midnight, February 20, 2008 (US Mountain time). Current needs: fiction (short stories and flash), creative nonfiction, and visual art. We’re especially interested in work with a metaphysical bent - work that pushes beyond the physical world as we know it. Full submission guidelines, including the email addresses for submitting work, are available at the website.

Cezanne’s Carrot publishes high-quality literary work that explores spiritual, transformational, visionary, or contemplative themes. We are most interested in the personal quest for evolution and understanding, whether that quest takes place within the context of a religious tradition, an inner temple of your own making, or a seemingly mundane neighborhood or backyard. Cezanne’s Carrot appears quarterly, each Equinox and Solstice, in alignment with the Earth’s rhythms.

Submissions :: TGAPS

"The Great American Poetry Show is a hardcover serial poetry anthology open year-round to submissions of poems in English on any subject and in any style, length and number. We have three editors who can handle a lot of submissions. So please send us a lot of poems. If we do not accept your poems, please send us another group to go through. Simultaneous submissions and previously published poems are welcome. Response time is usually 1-3 months. Each contributor receives one free copy of the volume in which his/her work appears. Volume 2 of the Great American Poetry Show is now taking submissions by email and by regular mail. Volume 2 is scheduled to appear in 2008 if we have enough good poems (about 120); if not, we will wait until we do. Please take a look at our website where you can preview Volume 1 of TGAPS and also purchase a copy."

AWP Off-site Events Listing

In addition to letting us here at NewPages know about your AWP events, if you are hosting any kind of event off-site in New York, meaning any event that is NOT taking place at the AWP Conference Hotels, AWP will help you promote this event. Please visit the Writers Circle on-line, and post your event on the discussion, and AWP will include it in a list of off-site events to be posted on their web pages. AWP hopes that those who are not able to register for the conference will still attend these off-site events, which are open to the public. The more word on the street, the better.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Submissions :: Innisfree 2.1.08

Submissions for the March 2008 issue of The Innisfree Poetry Journal are being accepted until February 1, 2008.

AWP Announcement :: Redivider

Redivider will be hosting, for the second time, an "AWP Quickie" contest for short-short fiction, short-short nonfiction, and poetry. There's no entry fee and the first prize winners will receive $50.00 and publication in the fall 2008 issue of Redivider. The judges are Brock Clarke for fiction, Ravi Shankar for poetry, and Lee Martin for nonfiction. In order to participate, conference attendees just need to stop by Redivider's table, grab a quickie card, then write their story, poem, or essay the back and return the card by the end of the bookfair.

Jobs :: Various

The English Department of Bowling Green State University seeks strong applicants for the College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer. Dr. Kristine Blair, Chair. February 1, 2008.

Franklin Pierce University-the College at Rindge invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in English-Creative Writing/Composition to begin Fall 2008. Apply online. Interviews will be conducted at the 2008 AWP Conference on Thursday or Friday (January 31 or February 1, 2008).

The English Department at Illinois College is now accepting applications for the newly-established Claridge Writer-in-Residence, a one-semester teaching position in Creative Writing, for the fall semester 2008 (August 25-December 12) or spring semester 2009 (January 12-May 15). Professor Robert Koepp, English Department Chair. March 1, 2008.

The Department of English at Gettysburg College seeks an Emerging Writer Lecturer. Professor Fred Leebron. January 26, 2008.

The Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University is seeking a fiction writer of national/international reputation.

The Creative Writing Program at Oberlin College is looking for a fiction writer to fill a temporary full-time faculty position in the College of Arts & Sciences. Sylvia Watanabe, Co-Director, Creative Writing. February 15, 2008.

Youngstown State University invites applicants to apply for the position of Instructor/Assistant Professor in Creative Writing & Fiction. Dr. Gary Salvner, Chairperson. February 2, 2008.

The Columbia College Chicago - Elma Stuckey Liberal Arts and Sciences Emerging Poet-in-Residence. Annual, one-year nonrenewable position: starts August 2008. Tony Trigilio, Director, Creative Writing - Poetry. March 1, 2008.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

New Issues Online :: Spindle Magazine

A note from Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, Editor & Publisher Spindle Magazine:

Spindle Magazine is an online literary magazine with a twist, featuring creative non-fiction, poetry and short fiction by, for and about New Yorkers - literal and spiritual. Showcasing emerging writers, artists, musicians and other notable New Yorkers, it offers a multi-faceted look at New York City and the world beyond through the eyes of both those who love it and hate it, and in many cases, a peek inside the minds of the people themselves.

Like New York City, Spindle Magazine is best experienced with an open mind and a healthy dose of intellectual curiosity. There are no tour guides here, so readers are encouraged to take their time and casually explore the site, whether a section at a time, via the "related article" links, or by doing a keyword search.

Log on now for new poetry and fiction from Larry Jaffe, Kevin MacDonald, Marie-Elizabeth Mali and Skip Shea, plus the debut of our newest column, Stephanie Myers' “Myers Music Experience”.

NOTE: We'll be updating weekly in January, so be sure to sign up for our RSS feed and our mailing list to keep abreast of the latest content, features and announcements.

Books :: Mary Oliver

Book Review Excerpt from LA Times Books by Susan Salter Reynolds, January 6, 2008:

Our World by Mary Oliver
The photographs of the late Molly Malone Cook, with a text by her partner, poet Mary Oliver
Published by Beacon Books
ISBN: 978-080706880-9
Pages: 96

Used to be, if you telephoned the poet Mary Oliver, her partner Molly Cook would invariably answer. She'd ask you to hold on a moment, feign footsteps and return to the phone as Oliver, making no pretense at a different voice (editors across the country routinely played along). Cook was, for many years, Oliver's agent. Oliver, everyone understood, was a bit of a recluse. She needed nature and solitude to create her poems. "Writers must . . . take care of the sensibility that houses the possibility of poems," she wrote in "A Poetry Handbook." Cook, who died in 2005 of lung cancer, at 80, was the sociable one.

These days the phone goes pretty much unanswered. "From the complications of loving you," Oliver wrote in "A Pretty Song," "I think there is no end or return. / No answer, no coming out of it. / Which is the only way to love, isn't it?"

Molly Malone Cook was a photographer, but she was far more comfortable promoting the work of others (Edward Steichen, Berenice Abbott, Minor White, Harry Callahan and Ansel Adams, to name a few) in her Provincetown gallery than with the idea of making her own work public. Cook wouldn't put her photographs into a book, no matter how often people, including Oliver, asked. After she died, Oliver decided to do it. She went through thousands of negatives, many never printed, and boxes and boxes of photographs...[read the rest]

Fellowship :: Image

The Luci Shaw Fellowship at Image

"The purpose of the Luci Shaw Fellowship is to expose a promising undergraduate or graduate student to the world of literary publishing and the nonprofit arts organization, and to introduce fellows to the contemporary dialogue about art and faith that surrounds Image, its programs, its contributors, and its peer organizations. In short, we're looking for summer fellows who share our vision for the place art has in the life of faith, and who are also diligent, meticulous, and responsible about the daily details."

Eligibility: Any person currently enrolled in a four-year undergraduate institution or graduate school.

Applications are due February 1, and applicants will be notified by February 15.

More information and an application can be found on Image's website.

Submissions :: The Rambler

"The best stories are sometimes the most personal ones, and we want to hear yours. In each issue of The Rambler we feature stories from you, our readers, based on a photograph of a moment from 'out in the world' we offer for inspiration. Your story might not have anything to do with the chosen image directly (or maybe it does), but we hope the images here trigger a story inside you that needs telling." Visit website for images, guidelines and deadlines.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Borders Open Door Poetry

Borders has created an online presence for poets - Open Door - and features an upcoming poetry contest judged by Mark Strand (my guess would be that he's the "final" judge). The site also includes the opportunity to submit poetry questions, some of which will be selected and answered onsite by Paul Muldoon, and a "Gather and Write" space lead by Anthony Tedesco. There's also the "Poetry Show," Episode 1 of which includes videos of the following poets reading their works: Donald Hall, Taylor Mali, Oveous Maximus, Valzhyna Mort, Paul Muldoon, Patricia Smith, Mark Strand, Buddy Wakefield.

Poets and Poems :: Library of Congress

Something done right by our government is the Library of Congress online resource for poetry, which includes news and events, information about the current Poet Laurate (Charles Simic) (really? did I need to add that for you?), resources for teachers and students - including the "Poem a day for American high schools" (Billy's legacy), and two webcast series:

Poet Vision Series featuring "great poets reading and talking intimately about their work. Originally filmed and broadcast in Philadelphia from 1988-90, the 12 episodes capture for posterity insights from and about Lucille Clifton, Rita Dove, Allen Ginsberg, Louise Glück, Sam Hamill, Michael Harper, Stanley Kunitz, Denise Levertov, and Robert Penn Warren."

The Poet and the Poem, "an ongoing series of live poetry interviews at the Library of Congress with distinguished artists. Webcasts are now available of recent events, including the appearances of two U.S. Poets Laureate and several Witter Bynner fellows."

All of this, and need I say, much much more. A great resource for writers, teachers, students, readers, researchers, and all who adore poetry.

Book :: The Creative Imagination

Imagination in Action
Edited by Carol Malyon
The Mercury Press

"This book is a collection of essays and articles by Canadian painters and sculptors, musicians and composers, poets and novelists and journalists. Teachers, choreographers, actors, book-store owners, cooks, farmers, needle-workers... Trying to understand the world and our place in it; to bring order out of chaos; to figure out who we are, where we are, what we are doing here. Sometimes trying to communicate with others. Who are you? What are you doing? Here’s what I’ve been creating. This is my version of the world. Is it the same as yours? Creative folks discuss what they do, and why, and how they do it. Apparently there’s not one correct way. Forget those how-to books. Find your own method. You too can be creative."

Wine & Stories :: 2nd Story Monthly & Annual Festival

"The best stories I’ve ever heard come from hanging out with friends over a good bottle of wine. That’s when people really start talking, really get to the meat of their experiences—the wild beauty of it all, the destruction and the hope. That's the feeling we're going for: the crowd at Webster’s Wine Bar has the intimacy of my own living room and the crazy, wine-warm secrets that have been told there.”
—Megan Stielstra, Director of Story Development

"2nd Story is a hybrid performance event combining storytelling, wine, and music that is produced by the Serendipity Theater Collective as both a Monthly Performance Series and an Annual Festival. A typical 2nd Story evening goes something like this: you hang out with your friends at Webster's Wine Bar and eat and drink and make merry, and four or five times during the night, the lights go down, a spot comes up on somebody—maybe the person sitting next to you!—and they tell you a story. It's a great time, and our hope is that if we do our job right, you'll leave telling your own stories."

View a schedule of monthly meetings as well as videocasts from previous readings.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Digital Storytelling :: In the Community, Classroom, and Online

Every community has a memory of itself.
Not a history, nor an archive, nor an authoritative record...
A living memory, an awareness of a collective identity woven of a thousand stories.

"The Center for Digital Storytelling is a California-based non-profit 501(c)3 arts organization rooted in the art of personal storytelling. We assist people of all ages in using the tools of digital media to craft, record, share, and value the stories of individuals and communities, in ways that improve all our lives.

"Many individuals and communities have used the term 'digital storytelling' to describe a wide variety of new media production practices. What best describes our approach is its emphasis on personal voice and facilitative teaching methods. Many of the stories made in our workshops are directly connected to the images collected in life's journey. But our primary concern is encouraging thoughtful and emotionally direct writing."

Included on the site currently: over a dozen digital stories, information about workshops (with on-site and online classes, and a certificate program), and a wealth of resouces for digital storytelling and storytelling in the curriculum.

Submissions :: Rural Medicine Anthology 2.1.08

Beyond the Country Doctor
Published by Kent State University Press and Hiram College Center for Literature, Medicine and Biomedical Humanities

It is more than Marcus Welby or the country doctor taking care of the farmers/ranchers. Today a diverse group of clinicians, have added cell phones and PDAs to their black bags and minister to a multi-colored patchwork quilt of patients.

This anthology means to show the breadth of rural medicine in the United States today. Seeking poems, essays, and short stories (fiction and creative nonfiction, max 5000 words) written by health professionals (doctors, nurses, midwives, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, mental health providers and students of all of the above) that address the following:

--Who you are (exploring diverse providers)
--Who you serve (exploring the variety of patients)
--Where you are (sense of place)
--The resources you have and the challenges you face (i.e. tele-medicine, electronic health record, part of larger health systems, limited services, insurance, etc.)

There is no pay for contributions. The book will be published in Fall, 2009. Already published work considered with permission to reprint. Work should not include the identifying information of patients unless permission is granted. Authors with contributions published in the collection will receive a free copy of the anthology.

Submission due by February 1, 2008 by email attachment to:
zink0003(at) or mail CD to UMN address.

For further information:

Therese Zink, MD, MPH
zink0003(at) (replace (at) with @)
Dept. of Family and Community Medicine
University of Minnesota
MMC 81
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis MN 55455
612 625 9197 phone
612 624 2613 fax

Monday, January 07, 2008

Submissions :: Poemeleon 2.28.08

The editors of Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry are now reading persona poems for Volume III Issue 1, slated for release in early June. They are also interested in relevant essays, book reviews and interviews.

Also, the first Mystery Box Contest winner has been announced, and a new box is up for viewing. There is no deadline. There is no entry fee. There are no rules. The only requirement is that the poem must somehow respond to the box. The most stunning poem will be featured in an upcoming issue.

Past contributors include Jimmy Santiago Baca, Tony Barnstone, Catherine Daly, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Richard Garcia, Eloise Klein Healy, Bob Hicok, Roy Jacobstein, Christina Lovin, Shin Yu Pai, William Reichard, Dana Sonnenschein, Kathrine Varnes, Cecilia Woloch, and lots more.

All submissions must come through our new online submissions process. Please visit the website for full guidelines.

Deadline for this issue: February 28, 2008.

Lego Poetry

Bill Ward, Lego Professional, whose profile succinctly tells visitors, "I'm Male and Taken." built lego models to illustrate scenes from poetry by A. E. Housman and Robert Frost. They were orginally built for BrickFest 2006 and later featured in the MOC display area. Bill Ward collaborated with Holly Ward for this display. Visit this lego tribute on his flickr site.

Submissions :: Switched On Gutenberg 3.1.08

Switched-on Gutenberg is looking for poems that explore scientific puzzles, use wonderfully obscure terminology, formulae or other forms of discourse usually foreign to the 'hazy' world of poets. They don't mind if you want to take on the issues of the day (global warming, genetic engineering, etc), but make it marvelous.

Poems on the theme: Science and Technology.
Submissions for the next issue: December 1, 2007 to March 1, 2008.
ONE POEM ONLY, not to exceed 48 lines, original and not simultaneously submitted (previously published work is okay if credits are included).

Festivals :: Faith & Writing 4.08

The Festival of Faith & Writing
April 17-19, 2008
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

The goal of the festival is to provide a vibrant community where readers and writers come together to discuss, celebrate, and explore the ways in which faith is represented in literature and how it plays out in our world today. Speakers include Elizabeth Berg, Michael Chabon, Gail Godwin, Mary Gordon, Edward P. Jones, Yann Martel, Kathleen Norris, Katherine Paterson, Luci Shaw, Krista Tippett, Franz Wright and many others.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

AWP NYC 2008

NewPages in New York City!

We'll be there - TABLE 215 - Stop by and see us!

If you'll be attending, let us know. If you have readings, parties, panels, parties, off-site events, parties, nearby bars/restaurants to recommend - drop us a line (esp. for good Thai food and microbrew beer). We'll post what you want made public here on the blog and keep the rest to ourselves.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Submissions :: Paddlefish 2.29.08

The editors of Mount Marty College's literary journal Paddlefish are interested in poetry (3-5 poems), short/short fiction (2,500 words or less), graphic fiction, nonfiction, illustrated essays, graphic memoir and narrative documentary photography in all genres and styles. Their online extension is also accepting a variety of media arts including: video, motion graphics and animation (submitted via CD/DVD and limited to ten minutes). Submission Dates: November 1st, 2007 - February 29th, 2008

Submissions :: Poetry Midwest 2.16.08

Poetry Midwest, a downloadable online literary journal, seeks poetry, micro-fiction, and creative non-fiction brief (prose limit is 350 words) for the Winter 2008 and other future issues. Poetry Midwest is published three times per year as a downloadable Adobe Acrobat PDF document. Deadline for the Winter 2008 issue is February 16, 2008, or thereabouts.

MLA Chicago 2007

NewPages had the honor of attending Modern Language Association convention in Chicago this past weekend (December 27-30). I love Chicago - even in the dead middle of winter. It is a friendly, easy-to-get-around-in city. Anytime we found ourselves a bit lost, we only needed to stop and ask anyone for directions. People are, as my brother says, "Midwesterners," and that is enough explanation for why they are so curteous and helpful.

I attended MLA in Chicago eight years ago, and it was a flashback to be walking the Hyatt halls again, surrounded by English folk (you know who you are). The conference is one of the best organized and tightly run events I have attended. There isn't a hall or corner without a person there to help attendees, which is essential for a convention spread across the river in two hotels.

The exhibitor floor was spacious and well organized. There were no major gaps from absent participants and plenty of room to enter in bookseller areas or stand in the aisleway without getting bumped. There was very little representation of small presses. I don't dare say "independent" presses, because as I was corrected by one publisher, many university presses are "independent." I'm still thinking about that one. I'm sure some non-univeristy affliated independents would be better posistioned to call these U presses brethren or not.

It's evident that larger presses, as we've known for some time, are delving more into the market of alternative titles, translations and speciality publications. Given as they have the money to enter such ventures with less of a loss to their overall budget should the return be moderate to even negative, this is not surprising to see. Nor is it cheap for them to attend the MLA - with exhibiting costs in the thousands, they really are hoping for several academic sales from this conference. I can see how it would make it difficult for small presses/publications to be well represented here, if at all. This is something NewPages is talking about being able to provide for next year's MLA, so interested presses/publications, contact Casey (

There was also the individual sale aspect happening in this area, as writers pitched their book ideas to publishers, and publishers had signs on their tables with "calls for proposals." Another area the small presses might want to consider, given the type of acadmic authors in attendance.

Of the sessions we attended, while interesting, they really are geared toward their specific academic areas of interest and research. I was disappointed to sit through several more "paper lectures" than actual talks or discussions. I realize presenters need to present, but given the repeated cut-offs for Q&As, there is more conversation that begs for time. And that's really what this kind of convention is mostly about: like-minded and interested people being able to gather and have critcally thoughtful conversations that they might otherwise never have the opportunity to enjoy. I mean, how many people in one college department are interested in really talking about Wolfgan Iser or Margaret Fuller? It takes joining cross-national panelists who then gather a cross-national group of interested attendees to create exactly the kind of community necessary for these engagements.

The sessions were all extremely well attended - though we weren't there the last day to see the usual gotta-catch-a-plane drop off. For a conference that begins two days after a major holiday and in some pretty crappy weather for travel, numbers were great, and the experience enjoyable overall. Next year, though, MLA 2008 will be in San Francisco. I won't be complaining about the time of year to travel west for a little bit of sun and warmth!

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