Monday, March 31, 2008

Issuu :: Online Book Publishing

Issuu
"Issuu is the place for online publications: Magazines, catalogs, documents, and stuff you'd normally find on print. It's the place where YOU become the publisher: Upload a document, it's fast, easy, and totally FREE. Find and comment on thousands of great publications. Join a living library, where anyone finds publications about anything and share them with friends."

I was introduced to this site thanks to Keyhole, who has put their first two issues on the site. It looks just like the magazine, and as you view it, you can see the pages visibly turning. You can also "rate" publications and leave feedback, among other networking features.

It's fun, easy to upload and use (except search categories are a bit limited right now - a lot getting glommed into a few categories). Good for mags to keep the print "look and feel" - even online. Also good for mags that run out of issues before the next one is out.

Downside? Searchability of content using tools like Google. Might be able to find the publication itself, but not content - ? It would be a good duplicate resource for readers, but probably best to keep key searchables (like author names) on individual sites.

Photo Exhibit :: Chelsea Hotel Anniversary 5.9.08

Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Chelsea Hotel
Photo Exhibit
May 9-11, 2008

The Chelsea Hotel, a historic landmark hotel and an iconic gathering place for artists in all genres turns 125 years old this year. To celebrate this glamorous outpost of Bohemia, 30 photographers will exhibit their work in homage to this inspirational place where luminaries such as Mark Twain, Madonna, and Martha Graham worked.

The exhibition will be held in the hotel, located at 222 W 23rd St. It opens Friday, May 9 and runs through Sunday, May 11 from noon to 6pm. (It is the weekend before the first New York Photography Festival.) “The show will unite colleagues in a celebration of this cultural icon,” says curator Linda Troeller, a longtime resident of the hotel and the author of a recent photo book, Hotel Chelsea Atmosphere: An Artist’s Memoir.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Million Writers Award :: Get Your Vote In!

Completely lifted from Jason Sanford's blog:

Final days for Million Writers Award nominations
We're nearing the deadline for reader and editor nominations for the 2008 Million Writers Award for best online short story. Remember, nominations need to be submitted by the end of the day on March 31st. Editor nominations can be made here, while reader nominations go on this page. As always, a big thanks goes to the Edit Red Writing Community for sponsoring the contest, which means there is a $300 prize for the overall winner.

Passings :: Dith Pran

Dith Pran, the Cambodian-born journalist whose harrowing tale of enslavement and eventual escape from that country's murderous Khmer Rouge revolutionaries in 1979 became the subject of the award-winning film "The Killing Fields," died Sunday. He was 65.

Dith died at a New Jersey hospital Sunday morning of pancreatic cancer, according to Sydney Schanberg, his former colleague at The New York Times. Dith had been diagnosed almost three months ago.

[ABC News]

Seven Deadly Words of Review Writing :: Bob Harris

On March 25, 2008, Bob Harris, on New York Times "Paper Cuts: A Blog About Books" posted his contribution, "Seven Deadly Words of Book Reviewing."

Before listing his words and explaining their "deadliness" he comments: "Like all professions book reviewing has a lingo. Out of laziness, haste or a misguided effort to sound 'literary,' reviewers use some words with startling predictability. Each of these seven entries is a perfectly good word (well, maybe not eschew), but they crop up in book reviews with wearying regularity. To little avail, admonitions abound. 'The best critics,' Follett writes, 'are those who use the plainest words and who make their taste rational by describing actions rather than by reporting or imputing feelings.'"

Better still, in the five days the post has been available, over 100 readers have commented with their own contributions to the list. Some offer explanations, some don't need to. It's a rollicking good read. Oh, wait, that's on the list...

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Jobs :: Various

Poetry Foundation Director, Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute.

Kansas State University Department of English invites applications for a visiting assistant professor serving as a one-year replacement in fiction writing beginning August 10, 2008. Karin Westman, Head, Eng. Dept. April 14.

University of Missouri - St. Louis. The MFA Program at the University of Missouri St. Louis seeks a distinguished visiting fiction writer for the spring semester of 2009. Mary Troy, MFA Program Director. April 11.

Assistant Professor in Creative Writing and Contemporary Fiction and Theory
Institution: Pace University (Pleasantville, NY). April 15.

Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Hollins University, one-year leave replacement position for a writer with book publication in fiction or creative nonfiction and some publication in a second genre (poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction), to teach multi-genre creative writing at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as possible literature courses. Ph.D. or creative writing master's with scholarly content required. Open until filled.

Assistant Professors of English: Creative Writing-Fiction; Creative Writing-Fiction/Nonfiction, plus Composition; Creative Writing-Poetry. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Open until filled.

Assistant Professor of English, Central State University, Ohio, teach creative w, prose (fiction and creative nonfiction), as well as composition. Open until filled.

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing -Fiction/Nonfiction/Composition. Eureka College, Illinois. Open until filled.

Assistant professor or instructor, one-year term position; specialty in journalism; M.A. Department fo English, Northern Michigan University. May 2.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Young Writers Residency :: ACA 4.08

Teen Creative Writing Residency at Atlantic Center for the Arts
July 13 through July 26, 2008
Application Deadline: Postmark April 4, 2008

Atlantic Center for the Arts' your word: Teen Creative Writing Residency offers 21 participants from around the country an extraordinary opportunity to explore and expand the power of their individual voices through writing workshops. In this one-of-kind, multi-genre summer writing residency, 9th through 12th grade writers will participate in workshops and be mentored by distinguished authors in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction/memoir.

Master Writers-in-Residence are Thomas Sayers Ellis (Poetry), Maggie Estep(Fiction), and Terese Svoboda (Creative Nonfiction/Memoir). Poet John Murillo is the 2008 your word Fellowship recipient.

LGBT Film Fest :: OUTFEST 7.08

OUTFEST
The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
July 10 - 21, 2008

"More than just a FILM FESTIVAL, it's a full-on HAPPENING." - Los Angeles Times

Outfest is the oldest continuous film festival in Southern California. Since its founding in 1982, Outfest has presented more than 4,200 films and videos for audiences of over half a million people.

Pick Your Price Subscriptions to Fence

An intriguing marketing move from Fence Magazine, good until April 30, 2008:

"We at Fence love Radiohead, and so jumped at the chance to buy their newest album (I'm so old I call it an "album") at the price of our choosing. One of us paid $1 for it; another of us paid $17 for it; these seemed like fair prices. We have heard some paid two months' salary.

"And now we're offering a similar opportunity for you to choose your own price for subscribing to Fence (or re-upping your current subscription). It's very important to us that Fence have readers--that the work inside Fence have readers, really--and so we want you to pay us whatever you want for your year's subscription."

The page is their standard donation page with a PayPal link: here. It will be interesting to see how this works out for Fence.

New Letters Writers Workshop & Conference 6.08

The Mark Twain Writers Workshop
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Department of English and New Letters
June 9 - June 27, 2008

Fiction, poetry, drama, literary nonfiction.
3 Weeks 3 Hours a Day 3 Hours Credit


Writing for Love, Money, & Immortality
The New Letters Weekend Writers Conference
June 27 - 29, 2008

A whirlwind weekend of writing, coached by true professionals, conducted in a gorgeous city venue. Exposure to many genres of writing, as well as workshops in your chosen genre, marketing your work, and the opportunities and obstacles of a successful writing career.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Graff Revisited :: Professing Literature in 2008

The twentieth anniversary reissue of one of my graduate class texts has brought a surge of new discussion on an issue that never really quite found a quiet place for itself. Recently reviewed in The Nation (March 11, 2008), William Deresiewicz writes:

"Graff's new preface reaffirms his belief that the answer to the mutual isolation of competing critical schools is to 'teach the conflicts,' but it doesn't tell us what's happened in the past twenty years (which happen to be the twenty years since I decided to go to graduate school). Broadly speaking, the past two decades have seen a move back toward historicism from the purely rhetorical realms of deconstruction: postcolonialism, New Historicism, cultural studies, history of the book. But the uniqueness of Graff's study was its attempt to offer, in the words of its subtitle, an 'institutional history,' not merely a chronology of intellectual trends. What's been going on there, at the more fundamental level of institutional structure and practice?"

Two points he mentions which make the commentary worth a look: "the profession's intellectual agenda is being set by teenagers" and "the real story of academic literary criticism today is that the profession is, however slowly, dying."

Graff, Round Two - Ding! Ding!

Weirdies and Public Readings :: Ed Lin Speaks Out

In his essay, "Waylaid by Weirdness: On Q&As, Pop-Tarts, and Asian Porn Stars," Ed Lin takes a hindsight humorous look at the "Weirdies" that seem to crop up regularly at public readings. "The only downside to readings is when the Weirdies show up. Weirdies love mouthing along during the reading; asking many, many questions during the Q&A; and following the author for blocks afterward." For specific examples, visit Lin's piece on The Stranger.

Screenwriting Workshop :: Community of Writers 8.08

Community of Writers
Squaw Valley California
Screenwriting Workshop
August 2-9, 2008

"The Screenwriting Program is an intensive, week-long program which focuses on individual attention and work-in-progress, by award-winning writers and writer/directors. Film clips, lectures and writing exercises are incorporated into daily workshops, emphasizing the grammar of film, story development, narrative point of view, character analysis and scene structure. This unique program is designed for screenwriters and filmmakers, (of narrative features and, for the first time, documentaries). Additionally, fiction writers and playwrights who wish to translate their work into the film medium may apply. Our goal is to assist writers to improve their craft and thus move them closer to production."

Poetry Workshop :: Community of Writers 6.08

Community of Writers
Squaw Valley California
Poetry Workshop
Juy 19-26, 2008

"The Poetry Program is founded on the belief that when poets gather in a community to write new poems, each poet may well break through old habits and write something stronger and truer than before. To help this happen we work together to create an atmosphere in which everyone might feel free to try anything. In the mornings we meet in workshops to read to each other the work of the previous twenty-four hours; each participant also has an opportunity to work with each staff poet. In the late afternoons we gather for a conversation about some aspect of craft. On several late afternoons staff poets hold brief individual conferences."

Visiting poets include Lucille Clifton, Robert Hass, Sharon Olds, C.D. Wright, and Dean Young.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Podcasts :: Ninth Letter

Check out Ninth Letter's array of podcasts, which include video and audio casts of written works, interviews, performances, you name it! Featured on the casts (though not always performing their own works): Archie Dick, Ander Monson, Richard Powers, Jim Wicks, Ron Carlson, Amy Guth, and James Fortier. My personal favorite: Steve Krakow walking the interviewer through his Chicago apartment to see his incredible collection of "all things punk-psychedelia and much, much more." Uh, they're being conservative on the "much, much" part.

Conference :: Napa Valley 7.08

28th Annual
Napa Valley Writers' Conference

July 27 - August 1, 2008

This year’s conference features fiction writers Ron Carlson, Lan Samantha Chang, Ehud Havazelet, and Ann Packera, and poets Mark Doty, Nick Flynn, Brenda Hillman, and Claudia Rankine, offering workshops, readings and lectures, all with the goal of helping writers develop their craft.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Audacious Women Writers :: $50,000 10.31.08

$50,000
2009 Gift of Freedom
A Room of Her Own

AROHO is interested in supporting women who have a track record of commitment to their art and who are also making a substantial effort to be self-sufficient. The successful applicant will have a well articulated creative project concept and a clear plan for how it may accomplished. Now accepting applications in poetry, playwriting, creative nonfiction, and fiction.

Applications must be postmarked on or before October 31, 2008

Tom Batiuk :: Cancer and Comics

Lisa’s Story
The Other Shoe
by Tom Batiuk
Published by The Kent State University Press

Tom Batiuk spent several years as a middle school art teacher before creating the comic strip Funky Winkerbean in 1972. Originally a “gag-a-day” comic strip that portrayed life in high school, Funky has evolved into a mature series of real-life stories examining such social issues as teen dating abuse, teen pregnancy, teen suicide, violence in schools, the war in the Middle East, alcoholism, divorce, and cancer.

In 1999, Lisa Moore, one of Funky’s friends and a main character, discovered she had breast cancer. Batiuk, unsure about dealing with such a serious subject on the funny pages, decided to go ahead with the story line. He approached the topic with the idea that mixing humor with serious and real themes heightens the reader’s interest. Lisa and husband Les faced the same physical, psychological, and social issues as anyone else dealing with the disease.

After a mastectomy and chemotherapy, Lisa was cancer free. She finished her law degree, opened a practice, and had a baby daughter, Summer. Then, in the spring of 2006, the cancer returned and metastasized. Lisa’s Story: The Other Shoe is a collection of both the 1999 comic strips on Lisa’s initial battle with cancer and the current series examining her struggle with the disease and its outcome. Additionally, it contains resource material on breast cancer, including early detection, information sources, support systems, and health care.

Tom Batiuk is a graduate of Kent State University. His Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft comic strips are carried in over 700 newspapers throughout the U.S. In 2006, he was honored by the American Cancer Society and presented its Cancer Care Hall of Fame Award for his sympathetic work in highlighting the experiences of those with cancer.

Portions from the sale of this book will go towards cancer research and education. Visit Lisa’s Legacy Fund to learn more or to make a direct donation.

Conference :: Postgrad at Vermont College 8.08

Postgraduate Writers' Conference
Vermont College of Fine Arts
August 8-14, 2008

The annual Vermont College of Fine Arts of Union Institute & University's Postgraduate Writers’ Conference is open to all experienced writers, with or without graduate degrees. The conference emphasizes process and craft through its unique program that includes intimate workshops limited to 5-7 participants, individual consultations with faculty workshop leaders, faculty and participant readings, issues forums and master classes, all in a community of writers who share meals, ideas, and social activities in scenic Vermont. Workshop manuscripts are sent out to all workshop participants in advance.

The Novella :: MHP Series

Too Short to be a novel, too long to be a short story - what, exactly, is a novella?

An award-winning series from Melville House Publishing answers the question by taking a look at the renegade form in all its varieties, as practiced by some of history's greatest writers. It does so in a beautifully packaged and inexpensive line featuring many titles that have never been published as stand-alone books before, many that are otherwise unavailable, and many that are in sparkling new translations. Consider these for classroom use as well as personal reading! Visit The Art of the Novel page on MHP's Web site for more information.

BARTLEBY THE SCRIVENER by HERMAN MELVILLE mhp

THE LESSON OF THE MASTER by HENRY JAMES

MY LIFE by ANTON CHEKHOV

THE DEVIL by LEO TOLSTOY

THE TOUCHSTONE by EDITH WHARTON

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES by ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

THE DEAD by JAMES JOYCE

FIRST LOVE by IVAN TURGENEV

A SIMPLE HEART by GUSTAVE FLAUBERT

THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING by RUDYARD KIPLING

MICHAEL KOHLHAAS by HEINRICH VON KLEIST

THE BEACH OF FALESA by ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

THE HORLA by GUY DE MAUPASSANT

THE ETERNAL HUSBAND by FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY

THE MAN THAT CORRUPTED HADLEYBURG by MARK TWAIN

THE LIFTED VEIL by GEORGE ELIOT

THE GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN EYES by HONORE DE BALZAC

A SLEEP AND A FORGETTING by WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS

BENITO CERENO by HERMAN MELVILLE

MATHILDA by MARY SHELLEY

A CASTLE IN TRANSYLVANIA by JULES VERNE

STEMPENIU: A JEWISH ROMANCE by SHOLEM ALEICHEM

FREYA OF THE SEVEN ISLES by JOSEPH CONRAD

HOW THE TWO IVANS QUARRELLED by NIKOLAI GOGOL

THE LEMOINE AFFAIR by MARCEL PROUST

THE COXON FUND by HENRY JAMES

MAY DAY by F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

RASSELAS, PRINCE OF ABYSSINIA by SAMUEL JOHNSON

THE DECEITFUL MARRIAGE by MIGUEL DE CERVANTES

Monday, March 24, 2008

Summer Residency :: Poetry Center Chicago 5.9

The Poetry Center of Chicago
Summer Residency

One poet will be awarded a month-long poetry residency with housing. This residency is open to poets who have published no more than one book of poetry, not including self-published work. In addition to housing, the Poet will receive a $1,000 stipend. The Poet is responsible for his/her own travel and meal expenses.

Submission deadline Friday, May 09, 2008. Applications and supporting materials must be received in office by 6 pm on Friday, May 09, 2008. Download application here.

Poem :: Armando T. Zuniga

Almonds
by Armando T. Zuniga
Featured poet in the inaugural issue of The Straitjackets

First we shake the trees
and almonds fall from the sky,
like hundreds of tan little hearts.
Kneeling down,
beneath the shade of the young tree,
I pick up earth and nuts from the ground,
carry good and bad in the palm of my hand,
foreman's eyes peer upon me punitively.
I don't want to do this forever .
Shaking and picking.
So early in the morning.
Within us workers,
tan, falling to the ground, good and bad,
there is a heart and feeling,
not to be shared beneath the trees,
beneath the foreman's eyes,
until we pick ourselves up from the ground.


The Straitjackets publishes short stories, essays, political commentary, personal memoirs, poetry, book excerpts, etc. Next issue: Works By or About Women. Taking submissions until April 1.

Books :: Combat Boot Moms

My Mother Wears Combat Boots
A Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us
AK Press
November 2007

"Jessica Mills is a touring musician, artist, activist, writer, teacher, and mother of two. Disappointed by run-of-the-mill parenting books that didn't speak to her experience, she set out to write a book tackling the issues faced by a new generation of moms and dads. The result is a parenting guide like no other. Written with humor, extensive research, and much trial and error, My Mother Wears Combat Boots delivers sound advice for parents of all stripes. Amid stories of bringing kids (and grandparents) to women's rights demonstrations, taking baby on tour with her band, and organizing cooperative childcare, Jessica gives detailed nuts-and-bolts information about weaning, cloth vs. disposable diapers, the psychological effects of co-sleeping, and even how to get free infant gear. This book provides a clever, hip, and entertaining mix of advice, anecdotes, political analysis, and factual sidebars that will help parents as they navigate the first years of their child's life."

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Site Trouble

NewPages has been experiencing some technical difficulties with the site this weekend. (And though that looks like the computer is hungover, it's not, and neither are we, really - it's a TECH problem...) If you've have any trouble accessing the site, it should now be taken care of. Please post to the blog if you experience any difficulties accessing the site so we can take care of it pronto. Thank you!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Beatles Fans :: Namarupa Delivers

"Namarupa, Categories of Indian Thought, is a new journal that conveys the vast scope of sacred philosophical thought that has emanated from the land and people of India over many millennia." Issue Number 7 (November 2007) of Namarupa features The Beatles on the cover and the article "The Beatles in India" by Paul Saltzman.

Naropa Summer Writing Program 6-7.08

Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics
Naropa Summer Writing Program

June 16-July 13, 2008
Boulder, CO

Credit and noncredit programs available
Poetry • Fiction • Translation • Letterpress Printing

Week One: The Wall: Troubling of Race, Class, Economics, Gender, and Imagination
Monday, June 16–Sunday, June 22, 2008

Week Two: Elective Affinities: Against the Grain: Writerly Utopias
Monday, June 23–Sunday, June 29, 2008

Week Three: Activism, Environmentalism: The Big Picture
Monday, June 30–Sunday, July 6, 2008

Week Four: Performance. Community: Policies of the USA in the Larger World
Monday, July 7–Sunday, July 13, 2008

2008 Faculty:

Charles Alexander, Will Alexander, Sinan Antoon, Amiri Baraka, Dodie Bellamy, Lee Ann Brown, Junior Burke, Reed Bye, Jack Collom, Thulani Davis, Samuel R. Delany, Linh Dinh, Rikki Ducornet, Marcella Durand, George Evans, Brian Evenson, Raymond Federman, Forrest Gander, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Anselm Hollo, Bob Holman, Laird Hunt, Brenda Iijima, Pierre Joris, Ilya Kaminsky, Daniel Kane, Bhanu Kapil, Kevin Killian, Lewis MacAdams, Douglas A. Martin, Miranda Mellis, K. Silem Mohammad, Tracie Morris, Anna Moschovakis, Harryette Mullen, Laura Mullen, Eileen Myles, Sawako Nakayasu, Alice Notley, Akilah Oliver, Maureen Owen, Kristin Prevallet, Karen Randall, Margaret Randall, Max Regan, Joe Richey, Elizabeth Robinson, Selah Saterstrom, Julia Seko, Eleni Sikelianos, Stacy Szymaszek, Anne Tardos, Steven Taylor, Roberto Tejada, Donna Thomas, Peter Thomas, Anne Waldman, Orlando White, Daisy Zamora

2008 Guests:

Mei Mei Berssenbrugge, Joanna Howard, Carol Moldaw, Sue Salinger, Rani Singh, Arthur Sze, Richard Tuttle

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Independent Thieves :: Paul Constant Chases 'em Down

As if the idea of owning and operating an independent bookstore hadn't been de-romanticized enough, enter Paul Constant's "Flying Off the Shelves: The Pleasures and Perils of Chasing Book Thieves" published in Seattle's The Stranger. Yet, for all the possible laments, Constant expresses pleasure in his literary taunting of literate unlikelies who come in with the "top five" fencable books to check his inventory. And given the comment on the masturbating chain-store security guard, staying independent and investing in a good pair of running shoes seems the better alternative. Maybe independent isn't so unromantic after all.

First Issue Online :: Storyscape Journal

Storyscape Journal's first issue hit the screen in February. Divided into the following categories: Truth; Untruth; We Don't know and They Won't Tell Us; and Stories without Words. Under "We Don't Know" are two interesting bits - one a "found" story and the other an "overheard" story, and under "Stories without Words," I found "The Blues" by Mike Lewis to be the most storyish image of them all. Although, Cameron McPherson's environmentally unfriendly but intriguing video entry is probably the closest to Storyscape's personal-ad style call for submissions: "Looking for slim blond straight-acting 18-24 year old hunk into bran muffins and bubble wrap." I said closest, not exact. You have to see it for yourself.

Fellowship :: VCCA Nonfiction 5.15

Goldfarb Family Fellowship for Nonfiction Writers
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

A fully funded two-week residency to enable a nonfiction writer to concentrate solely on his or her creative work. This sponsored fellowship is provided through the generosity of former VCCA Board member Ronald Goldfarb, author and literary agent and is offered each year to one nonfiction writer during the fall scheduling period (October through January). Writers will be provided a private bedroom, separate studio, and three prepared meals a day. The application process is the same as the regular VCCA application process. Deadline May 15.

Jobs :: CCCC Editor

CCCC is seeking a new editor of College Composition and Communication. The term of the present editor will end in December 2009. Interested persons should send a letter of application to be received no later than June 2, 2008.

Letters should be accompanied by (1) a vita, (2) one published writing sample, and (3) a statement of vision, to include any suggestions for changing the journal as well as features of the journal to be continued. Do not send books, monographs, or other materials which cannot be easily copied for the Search Committee. Applicants are urged to consult with administrators on the question of time, resources, and other services that may be required. NCTE staff members are available to provide advice and assistance to all potential applicants in approaching administrators about institutional support and in explaining NCTE’s support for editors. The applicant appointed by the CCCC Executive Committee in November 2008 will effect a transition in 2009, preparing for his or her first issue in February 2010. The appointment term is five years. Applications or requests for information should be addressed to Kurt Austin, CCC Editor Search Committee, NCTE, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096; (217) 328-3870, extension 3619; booksteam@ncte.org.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

New Online Lit Mag :: Glass

Glass: A Journal of Poetry
"Poetry that enacts the artistic and creative purity of glass."
Volume One Issue One
March 1, 2008

Featuring Rane Arroyo, Anne Baldo, Tom Carson, Lisa Fay Coutley, Jeff Crouch, Lightsey Darst, Taylor Graham, John Grey, Peter Gunn, Adam Houle, Joseph Hutchison, Jackson Lassiter, Frederick Lord, David McCoy, Ryan McLellan, Amanda McQuade, Sally O'Quinn, Adam Penna, Kenneth Pobo, Joseph Reich, Celeste Snowber, Ray Succre, Daria Tavana, Allison Tobey, Carine Topal, Davide Trame, JR Walsh, Lenore Weiss, and Martin Willitts, Jr.

Glassis published three times a year, on the first of March, June, and December, and accepts submissions between September and May.

Indie Film Means to Stay Indie and Succeed

"A group of international movie-goers announced today that they are backing filmmaker Jessica Mae Stover's fundraising project around her original motion picture, Artemis Eternal, and are inviting other film fans to do the same. On the official site for the project, visitors can explore an interactive map of the movie's development, track progress and impact production by contributing funds directly. By relying on contributors to promote the website, reach out to local press and even create press releases [such as this one], Stover has cut out the middleman, and allied with the audience to break ground on a new formula for film finance, production and exhibition."

Check out the interactive press release, which includes a YouTube video interview. Stover makes some great comments on the need for independent ventures and the essential nature of marketing, as well as offers a detailed discussion of filmmaking.

Feminism in the Mass Media - Does it exist?

Feminist Studies
Volume 33 Number 2

From the preface:

"Is there such a thing as feminism in the mass media? What does it look like? These are some of the questions explored in this volume. Covering texts as diverse as Hollywood movies, Taiwanese women’s magazines, the HBO series The Sopranos, and science fiction, the writers represented here all argue that in some complex way mainstream films and bestselling publications are developing their own feminist language, whose alphabet we still need to learn. Does the gendered violence in The Sopranos simply reproduce misogynist prejudice, or does it challenge it? Does the emphasis on beauty and fashion in the coverage of feminism in women’s magazines in Taiwan challenge Western Second Wave ideals of what feminism should be? Is the Borg Queen in the Star Trek movie First Contact really a feminist role model? Are the beauty parlors in films like Desperately Seeking Susan and Legally Blonde represented as oppressive or liberating for women? Twenty-first century mass media offer possibilities for the creation of feminist spaces and the discovery of feminist voices that often constrain as much as they liberate."

Workshop :: Marick Mini 5.03.08

The Marick Press Mini-Literary Festival
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Grosse Pointe Park, MI

Meet an outstanding group of nationally known writers: Ilya Kaminsky, G.C. Waldrep, Susan Kelly DeWitt, Peter Conners, Derick Burleson and Sean Thomas Dougherty. They will be conducting poetry and fiction workshops during which participants will have the opportunity to discuss manuscripts or work in progress. Regitser by April 25, 2008.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Summer Poetry in Idyllwild 6.08

Summer Poetry in Idyllwild
July 13–July 19, 2008

Summer Poetry in Idyllwild is designed to offer friends and aficionados of poetry a wide range of opportunities for participation, from six hours of daily immersion to an hour each evening of engaged listening. In order to provide even more options, the week is divided into two similar, but not identical, three-day sessions, July 13–15 and July 17–19, with a day off between sessions. For all activities, participants may choose either three-day session or the entire week. In addition to the Intensive Poetry Writing Workshop, a new workshop option will be available, focusing on making a chapbook. Visiting poets include Ted Kooser & Natash Trethewey, and resident poets Terrance Hayes, Eloise Klein Healy, Marie Howe, Charles Harper Webb, Ceclia Woloch, among others.

It's Ba-a-a-ack :: Exquisite Corpse

A note from Andrei Codrescu, Editor of Exquisite Corpse:

Did you miss us? We missed you. It's only been a brief eon but the idiots have taken over the world, and the internet is seducing us all into trading in our brains for beads. Welcome back to the Post-Katrina Resurrection Corpse, back from a dank hiatus of one year in a formaledehyde-poisoned FEMA trailer. We festered, we raged, we contemplated suicide, and in the end, voted for life because we are a Corpse already and we hate to keep on dying, just like the ideals of the Republic.

Our guest-editor for this issue is the formidable poet, publisher, New Orleanian, and homme-du-monde-et-de-lettres, Bill Lavender. Bill has ploughed through the accumulated debris in our trailer, turning over towers of submissions and lovingly removing mold and giving new lustre to tarnished but potent weapons of poesy, crit, and story-time. We will continue to exalt, irritate, surprise, be loving, merciless, and obscene, just like you.

Our Bulgarian genius, Plamen Arnaudov, has updated our technology so that the Corpse may flow continually, with updates posted as quickly as the zeitgeist requires.

We also welcome Vincent Cellucci, poet and chef to Our Gang, so that we might eat well while we tryst and plunder.

Readers, please come back, visit, and, most importantly, re-register to join our raiding parties, and ride with the Resurrected Corpse. You don't need to bring your own horse to the raiding parties because we are planning (secretly) to offer ship cruises to our subscribers (it costs nothing to subscribe).

The Corpse is back.

Conference :: Not the Same Ol' Same Ol' 4.5.08

Second Annual Conversations and Connections
April 5, 2008
Washington, DC
Keynote: Author Mary Gaitskill

Get the connections and information you need to take your writing — and publishing —to the next level. Panelists in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, writing for children, making connections, using the web, marketing, and everything in between. Over 30 literary magazines represented. $45 registration fee includes the full day conference, plus face-to-face “speed dating” with literary magazine editors, a subscription to the lit mag of your choice, and a book by featured speakers.

Malahat Poetry Award :: Jeff Latosik

The Malahat Review
2008 P. K. Page Founders' Award for Poetry

Jeff Latosik of Toronto has won the P. K. Page Founders' Award for Poetry for his poem "Cactus Love" which appeared in the Winter 2007 issue of The Malahat Review. Jeff Latosik's poem was chosen by Gary Geddes.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Poem :: David Rabeeya

Moments and Memories
by Dr. David Rabeeya
Featured on Poetica Magazine, February 2008

I. In Iraq

My placenta has tasted the aroma of my mother's Mesopotamian cardamon
Its aroma has been planted in me in the Baghdadi Bedouim market
My nostrils still breathe its mist in my everyday coffee and tea
When she separated its shells from its grains
I have witnessed the splitting of my world

II. In Israel
The seeds have traveled in my pockets to the Promised Land
It has dried and withered in the sun
No more rivers to quench
My appetite for the yellow cardamon
Its black seed has turned brown and pale

III. In America
I saw it in a book of Iraqi recipes
Shinning in nearby supermarkets in glossy jars
It was idle, almost quiet to its grain

IV. Now
Only leaves of cardamon are lying now on my suburban shelf
And I can easily read traces of my records in my empty coffee

E-Lit in Education Examined

Electronic Literature
New Horizons for the Literary

N. Katherine Hayles
Notre Dame Press
March 2008

"Hayles’s book is designed to help electronic literature move into the classroom. Her systematic survey of the field addresses its major genres, the challenges it poses to traditional literary theory, and the complex and compelling issues at stake. She develops a theoretical framework for understanding how electronic literature both draws on the print tradition and requires new reading and interpretive strategies. Grounding her approach in the evolutionary dynamic between humans and technology, Hayles argues that neither the body nor the machine should be given absolute theoretical priority. Rather, she focuses on the interconnections between embodied writers and users and the intelligent machines that perform electronic texts.

"Through close readings of important works, Hayles demonstrates that a new mode of narration is emerging that differs significantly from previous models. Key to her argument is the observation that almost all contemporary literature has its genesis as electronic files, so that print becomes a specific mode for electronic text rather than an entirely different medium. Hayles illustrates the implications of this condition with three contemporary novels that bear the mark of the digital.

"Included with the book is a CD, The Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 1, containing sixty new and recent works of electronic literature with keyword index, authors’ notes, and editorial headnotes. Representing multiple modalities of electronic writing—hypertext fiction, kinetic poetry, generative and combinatory forms, network writing, codework, 3D, narrative animations, installation pieces, and Flash poetry—the ELC 1 encompasses comparatively low-tech work alongside heavily coded pieces. Complementing the text and the CD-ROM is a website offering resources for teachers and students, including sample syllabi, original essays, author biographies, and useful links. Together, the three elements provide an exceptional pedagogical opportunity.

"N. Katherine Hayles is John Charles Hillis Professor of Literature and Distinguished Professor in the departments of English and Design/Media Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles."

Award :: Matthew Dickman

The American Poetry Review announced the 2008 Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry winner: Matthew Dickman for his work All American Poem , selected by Tony Hoagland.

Conferences & Residency :: The Frost Place

The Frost Place
A nonprofit educational center for poetry and the arts based at Robert Frost’s old homestead, which is owned by the town of Franconia, New Hampshire, offers an annual residency and numerous event throughout the year, including:

Frost Day
July 6, 2008, 2:00 pm

30th Anniversary
Festival and Conference of Poetry
July 27 – August 2, 2008

Young Poets Conference
April 25 – 27, 2008

Conference on Poetry and Teaching
June 30 – July 4, 2008

Frost Place Seminar
August 3 – 8, 2008

Sunday, March 16, 2008

New Issue Online & Submissions :: Apple Valley Review

Apple Valley Review
Volume 3, Number 1 (Spring 2008)

The Apple Valley Review is an online literary journal. It is published twice annually, once in spring and once in fall. Each issue features a collection of poetry, short fiction, and essays.

This issue features fiction by Kathy Anderson and John Lowry; poetry by Pat Daneman, Anna Evans, Lucia Zimmitti, Laurie Junkins, Brian R. Lutz, Lyn Lifshin, David N. DeVries, Elizabeth Barbato, Lori Huskey, George Moore, Tammy Ho Lai-ming, Julie L. Moore, and Mark Thalman; and cover art by Cynthia Tom.

News from the Editor: Apple Valley congratulates writers whose work previously appeared in AV: Kerri Quinn’s short story,“How to Leave,” was selected by fiction judge Merrill Feitell for Best of the Net 2007. Quinn’s story was one of only six selected for this annual compilation. “Pageant Queen,” an essay by J. W. Young, and “Island Fever,”a poem by Edward Byrne, were selected by series editor Nathan Leslie and guest editor Steve Almond for Best of the Web 2008. This print anthology, forthcoming from Dzanc Books, has an anticipated release date of July 2008.

We will accept submissions for our Fall 2008 issue until August 17, 2008. For more information, please review our submission guidelines.

Jobs :: Various

Harvard University Department of English & American Literature & Language is seeking a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer on Poetry and a Lecturer on Literary Nonfiction. James Engell, Chair, Department of English & American Literature & Language. March 24

The School of Arts & Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas invites applications for a tenure-track advanced Assistant or Associate Professor of Literary Studies: Creative Writing. Specialization in the following areas is desired: prose fiction, playwriting, &/or screenwriting. March 25

Bucknell University invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing (Fiction). Open until filled.

Houston Baptist University seeks Professor, Creative Writing (fiction, non-fiction, and freshman composition).

Author Culture :: Tattoo You

Authors with Tattoos
Excerpted from AbeBooks


Authors just don't spring to mind as the most likely people to have tattoos. But authors are showing their tattoos in publicity shots, they are arriving at award ceremonies with tattoos clearly visible, and they are loud and proud about the words and images that adorn their bodies.

Get that stereotyped picture of tattooed sailors and truck drivers out of your head. Tattoos are mainstream and have been for several decades now, plus the literary world actually has a long tradition of wearing tattoos and also writing about them.

Herman Melville wrote with humour about South Pacific tattooists and the tattooed in his 1846 novel Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life and George Orwell, who rarely conformed with the British establishment, had blue spots tattooed on to his knuckles. In 1951, Ray Bradbury published a book of short stories called The Illustrated Man – all the stories were linked together by a tattooed vagrant. Each one of the character's tattoos had a story to tell. America poet and writer Dorothy Parker had a star on her elbow. Sylvia Plath wrote about The Fifteen Dollar Eagle, while Franz Kafka wrote about a nightmarish tattoo machine in his short story In The Penal Colony. The list goes on.

In fact, the book Dorothy Parker's Elbow – edited by the tattooed duo of Kim Addonizio and Cheryl Dumesnil – reveals how writers have addressed the issues surrounding the needle and the ink including the actual process, the tattooists and their work, the reaction of friends and family to the artwork, mirrors, meanings, and even the tattoos forced upon prisoners in German concentration camps...[read the rest at AbeBooks.com]

Literary Seminar :: Key West 2009

"The Key West Literary Seminar has been drawing lovers of literature to our small island in the subtropics for more than a quarter of a century. Each January an audience of passionate readers gathers together under the tropical sun for three and a half days of conversations, readings, panel discussion, lectures,and festive Key West parties where it is possible to mingle with the world's most illustrious writers.

"In 2009 we will explore HISTORICAL FICTION and The Search for Truth. Speakers will include Andrea Barrett, Geraldine Brooks, E.L. Doctorow, Allan Gurganus, Thomas Mallon, Barry Unsworth and Gore Vidal among others. This is sure to be one of our more popular events, and we highly recommend early registration."

Saturday, March 15, 2008

WWJHD? :: A Tribute to J. Hoberman

30 Years of J. Hoberman
Brooklyn Academy of Music

March 10 - April 3

BAM: "J. Hoberman is one of the greatest film critics to emerge from his generation—his writing is adventurous, erudite, and provocative, while simultaneously expressing a boundless pleasure in the art of cinema. To celebrate his 30th year as film critic for The Village Voice, we've asked Hoberman to select films that have sparked some of his most stimulating reviews and articles, as well as a few personal favorites. All text excerpted from reviews by J. Hoberman."

The site includes a PDF of J. Hoberman's reviews and articles for each of the films featured in this series. A MUST for avante garde film fans.

John Del Signore interviewed Hoberman for the Gothimist (March 5). Here's an excerpt:

JS: Besides Manhattan, can you cite some films you reviewed that you feel differently about now?

JH: There are some films I like less, certainly. I liked Diva when it came out but I don’t think that held up as well. There are some movies I possibly appreciate more now than when I first saw them and Eraserhead would be one of those. I liked it but I didn’t realize how good it was when I saw it. I think there were filmmakers I was initially cool to; Abbas Kiarostami would be an example. It took me a while to appreciate what he and others were doing.

Video Poetry :: Poetryvlog.com

Poetryvlog.com is a weekly video reading of poetry by the poet. Currently, the site hosts over 90 video readings, George Wallace, poetry editor. Each poet has their own page feedback capability. Some of the poets included: David Axelrod, Thórdís Björnsdóttir, Star Black, Laura Boss, thomas brinson, Richard Bronson, Paula Camacho, Aleksey Dayen, Arthur Dobrin, Jack Kerouac Tribute, Evelyn Kandel, Charlene Knadle, Mindy Kronenberg, Aileen La Tourette, Donald Lev, Diane Simone Lutz, Mira McEwan, Sandy McIntosh, Bart Mallio, Mankh, Aoife Mannix, Maxwell Corydon Wheat Jr., Clare Nicolas White.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Books :: Underground Indie or Corporate Ape?

Unmarketable
Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity
The New Press

"For years the do-it-yourself (DIY)/punk underground has worked against the logic of mass production and creative uniformity, disseminating radical ideas and directly making and trading goods and services. But what happens when the underground becomes just another market? What happens when the very tools that the artists and activists have used to build word of mouth are coopted by corporate America? What happens to cultural resistance when it becomes just another marketing platform?

"Unmarketable examines the corrosive effects of corporate infiltration of the underground. Activist and author Anne Elizabeth Moore takes a critical look at the savvy advertising agencies, corporate marketing teams, and branding experts who use DIY techniques to reach a youth market—and at members of the underground who have helped forward corporate agendas through their own artistic, and occasionally activist, projects.

"Covering everything from Adbusters to Tylenol’s indie-star-studded Ouch! campaign, Unmarketable is a lively, funny, and much-needed look at what’s happening to the underground and what it means for activism, commerce, and integrity in a world dominated by corporations."

Read the eXpress Milwaukee for a review and commentary by Michael Carriere.

In Praise of the Independent Bookstore

A look at L.A.'s independent bookstore scene
LA Times
March 9, 2008

Despite the pending demise of Dutton's, special bookstores remain. Writers describe their favorites:

"Independent bookstores are not just treasure troves for writers and readers because of the shelves filled with books that may be out of print or published by small presses, like Milkweed; they are the literary writer's champion and hand-seller and friend. The independent bookstores around the nation where I go to read now on a book tour are oases of knowledge and goodwill, with owners and staff who know my work and the work of writers I admire. They are great places to give readings, because of their loyal customers and their quirky environments. (In fact, when I read at Elliott Bay in Seattle, many years ago, it was the first time I'd ever seen coffee in a bookstore, and look how that works now.)" -- Susan Straight

Read more from Susan Straight as well as Janet Fitch, Marisa Silver, Chris Abani, T. Jefferson Parker, Eric Lax, and Yxta Maya Murray on LA Times.

Writing Festival :: Winter Wheat 10.08

Winter Wheat
November 13-16, 2008
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio

"Winter Wheat is all about inspiration, and this year's featured readers and presenters will provide an excellent spark. We're excited to welcome Mary Biddinger, Anna Leahy, W. Scott Olsen, and Joe Meno to our festival. Sessions will be offered for beginners - those who are curious about getting started with writing - through professionals, who can get help in areas like polishing their finished work or marketing their manuscripts. There is something for every writer at Winter Wheat."

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Lit Mag & Alt Mag Mailbag :: March 13

Yet another shift from the blog to the site. The Lit Mag and Alt Mag Mailbag will be regularly updated on the NewPages.com site: NewPages Magazine Stand. This will include new issues of literary and alternative magazine recieved here at NewPages World Headquaters.

I will blog when new postings have been made to the Magazine Stand. The stand will include hotlinks, longer descriptions from NewPages sponsors, and a short note for all other mags. This will allow for more information to be included for each magazine, sometimes even sooner than the mags have it on their own web sites and sooner than in bookstores/libraries! Yes, we're that good sometimes...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Workshop :: San Miguel 6.23

The Writing Workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Eastern Kentucky University
The University of New Orleans
Jue 23 - July 18, 2008

Announcing the inaugural year for the Writing Workshops in San Miguel de Allende.

"Join us this summer in lovely San Miguel de Allende for an unforgettable month of writing and community. We're very excited about our newest program and plan to kick it off with a bang. Faculty and Guests will include: Joseph and Amanda Boyden, Susan Schultz, Dinty W. Moore, Bill Lavender, Jim Grimsley, Janice Eidus, Michael Winter, Christine Pountney, Christian Bök, and many more."

Festival :: PEN World Voices 4.28

PEN World Voices Festival
April 28–May 4

Mark your calendars for the 2008 PEN World Voices Festival, featuring more than 100 writers for six days of literary discussion and exchange. Full program details will be available on PEN.org on March 20.

Residencies :: Kerouac Project 4.08

The Kerouac Project of Orlanda is now accepting applications for the September-November 2008, December-February 2008, March-May 2009, and June-August 2009 residencies. The application period will be from January 2008 through April 2008. We will read the applications in May and announce the winners in June. The intent is to have four residencies annually: September-November, December-February, March-May, June-August.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Oxford American Holds Strong - Again

Office Manager Plunders ‘Oxford American’ Magazine
By Edward Nawotka
Publishers Weekly
2/27/2008

The saga of the Oxford American magazine, which has twice ceased publication after financial setbacks, added yet another episode when earlier this month the magazine’s office manager was arrested after being accused of embezzling $30,000. The woman, Renae Maxwell, may face as much as 30 years in prison; she has been released on $15,000 bail and awaits trial.

“We’ve now found out she may have taken as much as $70,000,” said founder and editor Marc Smirnoff. “She’s left us with just $3,000 in the bank.”

He doesn’t believe restitution is an option. “I just don’t expect Renae has any of the money left: she bought cars, got a tattoo, spent it on a ‘sweet sixteen’ party for her daughter at the best hotel in town. Who knows, she might have even used the money she stole from us to pay for bail,” he said.

Originally established in 1992 in Oxford, Miss. with the assistance of John Grisham, Oxford became a widely respected showcase for Southern writing and went on to win numerous National Magazine Awards. When Grisham ended his support it closed for a year, was bought by At Home Media Group, based in Little Rock, Ark., and revived, but was shuttered again one year later. In 2004 the magazine was again re-launched, this time as a non-profit affiliated with the University of Central Arkansas, which put up the money to keep it going. The magazine has about 19,000 paid subscribers and a print run of 35,000 copies.

The new twist has made the resilient Smirnoff even more determined and, surprisingly, optimistic. “I’m confident that this year we’ll get an infusion of cash. I don’t know why, I just am,” he said. “Soon, I know we’ll be able to pay back the money the university loaned us and begin paying our writers better.” Publisher Ray Wittenberg concurred. “This has been a set-back, but not one that we can’t overcome,” he said.

Smirnoff said that despite the lack of ready cash, the quarterly magazine will ship its April issue on time. Other forthcoming editions will cover Southern film and the magazine’s popular music issue. In the fall, the University of Arkansas Press will publish The Oxford American Book of Great Music Writing, the second anthology to emerge from the magazine.

Beall Poetry Festival :: Baylor University 4.03

Beall Poetry Festival
April 3-5, 2008
Baylor University, Waco, TX

A three-day celebration of some of America's finest contemporary poets, with readings, a panel discussion, and the Virginia Beall Ball Lecture on Contemporary Poetry. Participants include Gary Snyder, Langdon Hammer, Li-Young Lee, Jean Valentine.

Baylor University's 14th annual Beall Poetry Festival is supported by the John A. and DeLouise McClelland Beall Endowed Fund, established in 1994 by Mrs. Virginia B. Ball of Muncie, Ind., to honor her parents and to encourage the writing and appreciation of poetry. For more information, write to the Baylor University Department of English at One Bear Place #97404, Waco, TX 76798-7404 or call (254) 710-1768.

All events are free and open to the public.

Oh, Those Ladies of the Renaissance

Women on the Margins
The 'beloved' and the 'mistress' in Renaissance Florence
By Dr. Catherine Lawless
Three Monkeys
January 2008

"This article will discuss women who found themselves in irregular relationships in late medieval and Renaissance Florence. It will look both at women who were idealised as love objects and women who were in fact involved in pre- or extra- marital sexual relationships. Numerous histories of women have been written in the last thirty years or more. Social history has examined the roles of women in the family, the convent, in urban trades and as peasants. Woman as wife, mother, homemaker has been studied with regard to the formation of early modern ideology of the state, where the home or family can be seen as a microcosm of the state. Historians of art and literature have shown how images were gendered and also how male artists/writers mediated female forms or types..."

Read the rest on Three Monkeys online

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Sven Birkerts on Literary Publishing at Agni

We just got back from one of those refreshing getaways that help us to survive long Michigan winters and living in a small town. The event was “Writing in Public: A Celebration of Karl Pohrt,” sponsored by the University of Michigan and the support of the good people of Ann Arbor. Karl Pohrt is the founder and owner, for the past 27 years, of Shaman Drum Bookshop in downtown, a-block-from-the-university Ann Arbor. He is one of a dwindling breed of independent bookstore owners and book lovers who works tirelessly and with a continued passion to bring both new and well-known authors and important and sometimes difficult issues to his community.

There to celebrate Pohrt were guest authors Andrea Barrett and Gary Snyder, both of whom read on Thursday evening. On Friday, there were three panels: Literary Publishing, Writing in the Schools, and From Page to Screen. We were able to attend Literary Publishing with Sven Birkerts, Editor of Agni, Michale Wiegers, Executive Editor of Copper Canyon, and Rebecca Wolff, Editor and Publisher of Fence Magazine and Fence Books.

Each of these three speakers provided great insight into their particular niche of publishing. (I hope Michael will hold good on his word and provide us with a copy of his remarks to be published on the site soon.) Birkerts, being the college professor that he is, is the kind of speaker from whom I wish I could take a class, just to hear him speak. He is interesting, thoughtful and honest, and whether from reading his books or hearing him speak, always strikes a chord with me that resonates in my thinking for days, and, in some cases, years.

Birkerts talked about his daily grind as editor of Agni, of coming to work each day to find a mail bin filled with manila envelopes, most of which he knows will be returned to the sender. Each day, he enters and there’s a full bin, and when he leaves, it’s empty: “it’s the systole-diastole of literary respiration in the American culture,” he commented. And “rather than being cynical or jaded” about the repetitiveness of the work, he described it instead as renewing a feeling of “ongoingness” for him, to come in each day and see the bin refreshed with submissions.

The process, he went on to detail, starts with his opening each envelope, beginning to read, and “waiting to be struck.” He’s not “looking to determine the ultimate value and worth” of the piece, but rather is “looking for traces of something we would want for the journal.” How often I have heard the woes of editors upon reading submissions: “Don’t they even read our journal before they submit?” Birkerts’s comments hit to the heart of this, assuring that “it may be a great story, but not what we are looking for.”

And what is Birkerts looking for? He commented that his role is not in personal reading but rather “public reading: in the capacity as a representative of the journal.” That he looks at the work in the larger context of “what’s going on in our culture. What our culture needs. What there’s too much of in our culture. What’s under threat in our culture.” Surely, a huge role for any one individual to take on, but at the same time, the very reason Agni has been and endures as a leading literary journal.

Knowing that the majority of the submissions will be sent back to the authors, Birkerts commented that he makes rejections very carefully: “I’m aware that every submission that goes back, goes back to a person that invested a lot of hope in this.” Indeed, a writer friend of mine who has been rejected a *few* times by Agni said he was actually okay with the rejection because he at least got a note with each one. He felt his efforts had been respected, and in turn, he respected the rejection. What a great comment on the sense of connection and community inherent in the submission and publishing process.

However, Agni, like so many publications now, is turning to e-submissions. After the panel, I questioned Birkerts on how this process was going to change what he had so endearingly referred to as his 'morning meditation,' and I, his 'zen process' of handling manuscripts. He offered his cautious concern, indicating he was still sorting his feelings on this one, that, like so many of us who hold to our books vs. ebooks, he will miss the tactile nature of the process. Ultimately, though, his reconciliation was that the origin and the destination of literary submission has not changed, only the process in the middle. That the writer is still creating and making art, and the publication to which it is submitted still involves a reader who is making meaning. It seems to touch upon a “deep grain of literary opposites” he contended, yet at the same time, e-submission is something he believes will help offer a “kind of leveling” for those making their submissions (specifically, he mentioned receiving submissions from India; that e-submissions may open that international door a bit wider).

Perhaps for the publisher, this is true, but for those like my writer friend, I’m not sure getting a form e-response rejection will be a welcome component of this methodology. Let’s just hope if there’s a space for “comments” on those e-submission rejections that will allow publishers to continue (or in some cases begin) to maintain the connection between writer and reader by offering a few words in respect of that investment of hope.

Without a doubt, there would likely be fewer of those rejections if only writers would familiarize themselves with the journals to which they send their works. Sending out blind submissions with greater ease (I know it happens because NewPages often gets literary submissions for our “magazine”- ?!) or using database services to mass-submit to magazines the writer has never even heard of , let alone read, have become the downside of e-submissions.

For editors like Birkerts, who are seasoned professionals in their work, handling the onslaught may not prove as great a challenge. If the first few lines don’t ring true, Birkerts moves on. In a final demonstration of his process, Birkerts opened the most recent issue of Agni (66) and read the opening lines from Harrison Solow’s essay, “Bendithion”:

“Vulcans have an inner eyelid.

“On one of the episodes of Star Trek, Mr. Spock is invaded by a fatal parasite on a remote planet. Exposure to high-intensity light appears to be the only cure—a treatment that would blind humans. Because of Vulcan physiology, however, a hidden ocular membrane descends to shut out intrusive rays, and Spock emerges intact, undamaged by his contact with an alien world.

“It turns out that y Cymry have an inner eyelid as well. More like an obfuscatory veil than a solid barricade, it allows the Welsh to see out, but effectively shades the inner self from the eyes of the inquisitive, casting all that is behind it in shadow. It is a dusky looking glass, presented innocently enough to the stranger, deceptively luminous and reflective, its transparency clearly controlled by time and measured, in nanobytes, by trust.”

And Margo Berdeshevsky’s story “Pas de Deux, à Trois”:

“Ok, blond. Ok, fifty. Ok, an emotional centipede, a poet, a vagabond. Ok, she drinks tea with milk, café au lait, when it doesn't make her breasts ache. Ok, is homeless in spirit and has a house between a sleeping volcano and the wind-slapped sea and nowhere—now she has a pied à terre in Paris. Lucky bitch. Wait. Needless. Survivor. And suckles love like every other human. Meditative. Can sing in an alto-husk sort of way. Can climb hills. Can speak French very well, Russian very badly, can say good night in Indonesian, good morning in Tagalog. Can dance a tango barefoot, worries about her shape, waltzes clumsily. Likes: nakedness, Renoir, early Picasso, late Pinter, late Shakespeare, early W. S. Merwin, nature, beauty, sex, cognac, museums, cello, empty space, solid oak tables, old torqued trees with twisted fattened trunks and dwarf red birds fighting over high notes, the taste of rain, the taste of sperm, the smell of Eau Sauvage Cologne for men splashed on her own skin, Fragonard perfume, the smell of darkest red, the smell of praise, bundled wheat, mountains, the cry that might be love, kissing, white silk, walking-boots. There are wiser women. The tests of our faith are like that classic: spin flax into gold, empty thimblefuls of lakes into thirsty canyons.”

After both of which he commented, “These are stories I want to know more about.”

***

In addition to having selections from past issues accessible online, Agni has started a new online exclusive feature through which they hope to publish as much original content online per year as they do in the print journal. But, don’t worry, for now at least, Agni has no intention of going completely online. When that happens, Birkerts said he would need to “go find a small patch of woods in which to live, if there’s any left.”

New Online Lit Mags Added to NewPages

Maybe not new to you, but new to us, here are online lit mags just added to our Online Literary Magazine Guide.

If you have any favorite online or print mags you don't see on our lists - please drop me a line with a link: newpagesdenise@hotmail.com

The Chimaera

Delaware Poetry Review

Hospital Drive

Midway Journal

New Verse News

Shit Creek Review

Lit Mag Mailbag :: March 9

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.

Abraxas
46
2007
Irregular Print Schedule

Barrelhouse
Issue 5
2008
Biannual

Circumference
Poetry in Translation
Issue 6
Autumn 2007
Biannual

Cut Bank
68
Winter 2008
Biannual

The Dos Passos Review
Volume 4 Number 2
Fall 2007
Biannual

Fairy Tale Review
The Violet Issue
2007
Annual

Habitus
“Buenos Aires”
Number 3
Fall/Winter 2007
Biannual

Jubilat
14
2007
Biannual

Light: A Quarterly of Light Verse
Number 58
Autumn 2007

Lilies and Cannonballs Review
Volume 3 Number 2
2008
Biannual

Marginalia
Volume 3 Issue 2
Fall 2007
Annual

The New Quarterly
Number 105
Winter 2008

Northwest Review
Volume 46 Number 1
2008
Triannual

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Jobs :: Various

Monmouth University seeks a creative writer for a tenure track appointment at assistant or associate professor. We seek candidates who have an established record of publication including two highly regarded books; a record of excellent university teaching and a terminal degree (Ph.D. or M.F.A.). March 15, 2008.

University of Nebraska at Omaha. The Writer’s Workshop seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Fiction with a secondary area of specialization in Screenwriting, Playwriting or other area. March 31, 2008.

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Lecturer in English/Creative Writing. March 17, 2008.

The MFA Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis seeks a distinguished visiting fiction writer for the spring semester of 2009. Mary Troy, MFA Program Director. April 11, 2008.

Submissions Have Left the Blog

Due to popular request (and a few obnoxious demands and one really pathetic whine),I have moved calls for submission off the blog and created a submissions page on the NewPages site: Calls for Submission.

I will update this reguarly and remove expired calls, and will post on the blog when I have updated this page.

If you have calls for submission you would like to see listed, drop me a line with a link: newpagesdenise@hotmail.com

Poem :: M. C. Allan

The Neighbors
by M.C. Allan

They are moving out today,
the couple down the hall,
who kept us up with their screaming.
She is a flirt; he a tyrant;
we know; we have overheard.
And when they forgave each other
they kept us awake
with their forgiveness: never
has the giving over of anger
been done so loudly, with such
banging of walls [. . .]

Read the rest on Delaware Poetry Review.

Books :: Hotel Stories by Mike Tyler

Hotel Stories
by Mike Tyler
Published by The Art Cannot be Damaged

When Tyler was on tour with the Nuyorican Poets Café, he was locked out of his apartment by a girlfriend. He moved into a hotel – not just any hotel, The Carlton Arms Hotel, on East 25th in Manhattan, where all the rooms are decorated by artists from around the world. Tyler found a home there, becoming the poet-in-residence for eight years. These eleven "hotel stories" cover everything from the sharp edges of intimacy and the posing extremes of a high, to the complexities of friendship and the philosophy of everyday life, all prospering or wilting under the atmospheric protection of anonymity that a hotel provides.

Tyler is a celebrated artistic writer, but more akin to street artists like Banksy (who regularly sprays his words) and musicians like Beck (credited by Spin magazine as influenced by Tyler). His work includes appearances in magazines, anthologies, college-reading lists, as well as three books of his own, and is an acclaimed and influential performer (infamous for breaking an arm while doing a reading).

Thursday, March 06, 2008

NewPages Press Publishes First Book

Yes, NewPages has taken a foray into the wild, woolly world of publishing. Our first book is a collection of poems by David Fraser. Dave grew up in Detroit with the likes of Andrei Codrescu and Ken Mikilowski among his poet friends, and myriad other 60s artists and musicians, all before they became great, fizzled out, or disappeared. Dave may have left Detroit, but Detroit never left Dave, and his writing is a blend of brick buildings, hot pavement, jazz and indie rock, and the deep woods, cool flowing rivers and tempestuous nature of "up north" Michigan. He'll be reading at his local town library in April, so we'll see if we can get some decent YouTube video. In the meantime, the book is available directly from NewPages: catch it here. A limited number of signed copies available while they last; make a note in your order form if you'd like one.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Poetry Festival :: Split This Rock

From Beltway Poetry Quarterly editor, Kim Roberts:

If you have not yet registered for Split This Rock: Poetry of Provocation and Witness, I urge you to do so! The festival kicks off with a press conference Thursday, March 20 and ends with a silent march and closing ceremony in front of the White House on Sunday, March 23. In between, we will celebrate poetry and activism with panel discussions, workshops, collaborative writing, walking tours, film, and readings.

There is only one week left to save on registration! Before March 10 registration is only $75 or $40 for students, which includes entry to all readings, workshops, panels, receptions, walking tours, and other activities. A day pass is available for $25, which includes readings, workshops, panels and other activities for one day. Some scholarships are available.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly is a co-sponsor (and is coordinating the guided walking tours). The festival will also include readings, workshops, panels, films and activism. Featured poets: Chris August, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Princess of Controversy, Robert Bly, Kenneth Carroll, Grace Cavalieri, Lucille Clifton, Joel Dias Porter (aka DJ Renegade), Mark Doty, Martín Espada, Carolyn Forché, Brian Gilmore, Sam Hamill, Galway Kinnell, Stephen Kuusisto, Semezhdin Mehmedinovic, E. Ethelbert Miller, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sharon Olds, Alix Olson, Alicia Ostriker, Ishle Yi Park, Sonia Sanchez, Patricia Smith, Susan Tichy, Pamela Uschuk, and Belle Waring.

The Freedom to Read

Liberally Dispensing Death
by Ranjit Hoskote
nthposition
"Half a decade after the overthrow of the Taliban, young Afghans can still risk their lives by pressing the copy-paste buttons on their PCs. As you read this, a 23-year-old journalist sits in prison in the northern city of Mazhar-e-Sharif, sentenced to death by a religious council. His crime? He downloaded an article on Islam and its views on women from the internet, and distributed it among fellow students with a view to promoting discussion." [Read the rest on ntnthposition]

Proposals :: Florida Literary Arts Council 11.08

The Florida Literary Arts Coalition is Florida's voice for independent literary magazines, publishers, & writers. Founded in 2004 by Anhinga Press, Fiction Collective 2, and the University of Tampa Press, the Florida Literary Arts Coalition works to advance new writing and independent publishing throughout the state and region.

"Other Words" a FLAC's annual conference of literary magazines, independent publishers, and writers. This year's conference will take place November 6-8, 2008, at Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida. Panel proposals relating to writing, publishing, and literary arts are being accepted now and should be sent to Jim Wilson at jmwilson@flagler.edu.

Fiction Writing Workshop VCCA

The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Fiction Workshop
Getting it Down, Getting the Story

6 Nights/7 Days of fiction intensive

June16 - June 22, 2008

Instructor: Janet Fitch & Bruce Bauman

This workshop begins with the assumption that every writer has his or her own own creative DNA and leaders will work with participants to help them discover and refine their own personal paint box of tools, talents and concerns.

VCCA also hosts several other writing and painting workshops and cultural tours in France.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

New Issue Online :: Paradigm

Paradigm
The Kepler Issue

The Kepler Issue, the first Paradigm of 2008, features all-new interviews with bestselling novelist Louis Bayard (Mr. Timothy and The Pale Blue Eye), singer-songwriter Liz Pappademas, renowned concept artist James Clyne (The Polar Express, Minority Report), and award-winning crop-circle designer John Lundberg. The Kepler Issue also boasts brand-new fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and screenplays that continue to prove that art is everywhere. Visit our new site at www.paradigmjournal.com.

Submissions :: Homophonic Poetry

You're going to love this, all you homophonites out there. Circumference, a journal of poetry in translation out of Columbia University, has posted several untranslated lines of poetry on their web site and is calling for translations based only on their sound for their seventh homophonic feature. Here's a taste:

Mbas ndarjes
fjalët janë Afërdita të thyera,
trena të përmbysur nga shinat.

Circumference regularly welcomes submissions of new translations of poetry as well.

Book Review :: That First Amendment

Fourteen Little Words
Anthony Lewis, Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment
Reviewed by Victor Navasky
The Nation
February 21, 2008

When I was a first-year student at the Yale Law School in 1956, I was deeply impressed when my torts professor, Fleming James Jr., to underline his point that in the old days one could be imprisoned for seditious libel (even if what one wrote was the truth), quoted I-don't-know-who, saying:

Then up rose Lord Mansfield.
He spake like the Bible.
"The greater the truth, sir
The greater the libel!"

As Anthony Lewis makes clear in his elegant new book, Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment, those days are gone forever. Although his approach is not legalistic, he thoroughly discusses the great libel cases, like Near v. Minnesota, which in 1925 established the principle that the First Amendment protects the press from prior governmental restraints on publication, and New York Times v. Sullivan, which in 1964 extended the principle of First Amendment protection to include subsequent-to-publication punishment (even if what one wrote was false--unless there was reckless disregard for the truth).

Read the rest on The Nation.

Student Publishers :: Apprentice House

Apprentice House is the country’s only campus-based, student-staffed publishing company. Directed by professors and industry professionals, it is a nonprofit activity of the Communication Department at Loyola College in Maryland. The Apprentice House model creates an unprecedented collaborative environment among faculty and students.

Apprentice House's mission is, first and foremost, to educate students about the book publishing process. As a program within the Communication Department at Loyola College (www.loyola.edu/communication), it is driven by student work conducted in three courses: Introduction to Book Publishing, Book Design and Production, and Book Marketing and Promotion. Therefore, students in these courses serve as staff in Apprentice House's acquisitions, design, and marketing departments, respectively. After students move on, AH professor-managers (and members of the AH Book Publishing Club) sustain the on-going operation of the company and market its frontlist and backlist titles.

Apprentice House also runs an annual chapbook contest (deadline March 14). Guidelines can be downloaded from their website. Katherine Cottle was the winner of their first contest with the publication of My Father's Speech.

Monday, March 03, 2008

New Issue & Submissions :: Raving Dove

Raving Dove: A Literary Journal
Spring 2008
Issue #12

Featuring: Adina Davis, William Doreski, Ruth Goring, Dixie J-Elder, Michelle Lerner, Paul D. McGlynn, Gregg Mosson, Sheila Murdock, Robert K. Omura, Martin Ott, Michelle Tandoc-Pichereau, CC Thomas, Lily Thomas, Jon Wesick

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

Published in February, June, and October, Raving Dove welcomes original poetry, nonfiction essays, fiction, photography, and art, and is now reviewing work for the summer 2008 edition, which will be online on June 21.

Raving Dove, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, also announces the first annual Evolve Beyond Violence Nonfiction Essay Award, accepting nonfiction essays between 600 to 800 words with sentiments that reflect one or more of the following themes: Anti-war, anti-violence, human rights, peace. Your essay can either depict the tragedy of violence and war, or the hope that one day we can evolve beyond it.

See Raving Dove website for more details.

Emerson + Free Speech = Suspension

Ripping into the Bible
by Maggie Ardiente
Published in The Humanist, March/April 2008

On the morning of December 7, 2007, Christopher Campbell walked into his English Honors class at Parker High School, prepared to tear out pages of the Bible.

Earlier that week his teacher had taped aphorisms by Ralph Waldo Emerson on the blackboard. Students were to select an aphorism of their choice, explain what they thought Emerson’s words meant, and relate it to a personal experience, accompanied with a visual aid.

Campbell picked, “So far as a man thinks, he is free,” and spent the next few nights composing a rough draft in preparation for his speech...

[. . . ]

Reactions from fellow students have been mixed. “At the end of the class two students approached me,” Campbell explains. “One said, ‘You’re my hero,’ and another said, ‘Wow, you have a lot of [expletive] to do something like that.’ No negative comments at all. But a friend told me later that someone in his class said, ‘He should be beat up for his atheist [expletive].’”

Read the full story on The Humanist.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Poetry :: Shanté Paradigm Smalls1

They Call Me "Star Fucker"
by Shanté Paradigm Smalls1
suspect thought: a journal of subversive writing

High school. Tuesday morning.
Typical teenager, I was
Big-mouthed, fast-assed, loose-tongued.
In spite of myself, I told tales
To fit, to be a part of.

Who am I when I am myself?
Nobody. Unknown. Black girl interrupted.
Plain and beautiful
And exotic and ugly
And placid and dangerous
Black girl.
Black girl...

Read the rest and more on suspect thought

Books :: The Forgotten People of the Middle East

Tragedy in South Lebanon
The Israeli-Hezbollah War 0f 2006

by Cathy Sultan
Published by Scarletta Press

"Cathy Sultan combines compelling history and vivid personal interviews to relate the lives of the oft-ignored civilians of southern Lebanon and northern Israel during the July war of 2006. Throughout the book, these narratives of mothers, soldiers, activists, de-miners and ambulance drivers on both sides are memorable for their detail, honesty, and deep sense of tragedy. Sultan also addresses media treatment of the war and policy decisions, both historical and contemporary, made by Lebanon, Israel and the US."

Iowa Summer Writing Festival

University of Iowa
Summer Writing Festival

June 8 - July 25, 2008

A short-term, noncredit writing program for adults, the festival offers 130 workshops across the genres, including novel, short fiction, poetry, essay, memoir, humor, travel, playwriting, writing for children, and more. All levels. There are no requirements beyond the desire to write. Open to writers 21 and over. Week-long and weekend workshop options available.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

storySouth Million Writers Award 2008

From Jason Sanford, editor of storySouth:

The 2008 Million Writers Award for best online short story is now open for nominations from editors and readers. Once again, the Edit Red Writing Community is sponsoring the contest, which means there is a $300 prize for the overall winner.

For those who don't feel like wading through the rules, here's the award process in a nutshell:

Any story published during 2007 in an online magazine journal is eligible. The caveats are that said online mag or journal must have an editorial process - meaning no self-published stories - and the story must be at least a 1,000 words in length. Readers may nominate one story for the award. Editors of online publications may nominate up to three stories from their publication. All nominations are due by March 31.

A group of volunteer preliminary editors will go through the nominated stories - along with other stories that catch their interest - and select their favorites. These will become the Million Writers Award notable stories of the year. I will then go through all the notable stories and pick the top ten stories of the year. The general public will then vote on those ten stories, with the overall winner receiving the award and cash prize.

Complete information on all this, along with links to where people can nominate stories, is available on the award website. I will also be regularly publishing comments and information on my blog and website as the award process as it unfolds.