Tuesday, September 30, 2008

If the Name Doesn't Fit, You Can't Have It

Did you hear the one about the guy acquitted of rape who wanted to change his name to Edmond Dantes? The law trumps literary symbolism in this one - the judge ruled his "desire to distance himself" from the charges did not take precedence over the public's right to identify him with the drug and misdemeanor charges that did stick. Oh, so, not quite as wrongfully charged as the Count of Monte Cristo...

Alexie in the Classroom

Books address racism as it affects daily lives of Indians
By Jodi Rave of the Missoulian

In this article, English literature professors and teachers Heather Bruce, Anna Baldwin and Christabel Umphrey discuss Alexie's paradox of "Indians hating Indians" and how they teach his work to students in the classroom.

The book by Alexie referenced in the article:

Sherman Alexie in the Classroom
"This is not a silent movie. Our voices will save our lives."
Authors: Heather E. Bruce, Anna E. Baldwin, Christabel Umphrey
Published by NCTE, 2008

Montana Lit&Arts :: Germinate & Cultivate

Montana State Univeristy
The University of the Yellowstone's Literature and Arts Conference 2008

November 14 - 16, 2008
Montana State University ~ Bozeman

READ THIS: Montana State University's Literature and Arts Publication is now accepting papers for its inaugural undergraduate academic conference: critical essays, creative non-fiction, original poetry, fiction, drama/screenplays, or panel proposals. Theme: "Germinate and Cultivate," a subject of origins and developments.

Tentative Outline of Conference Schedule
Friday 11/14/08 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Welcome Session on campus with live jazz, hors d'oeuvres, and introductions

Saturday 11/15/08 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Check-in continues
Panel presentations on the MSU Campus
12 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Lunch workshop, lunch provided
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Panels/workshops on the MSU Campus
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Evening banquet with open mic, music

Sunday 11/16/08 Closing Ceremonies

The Screwing of Print Media and Book Reviews

Chronicle loses its books editors
By Will Harper
Published on September 24, 2008

If you're one of the few people still reading newspapers, you've probably figured out this truism: Print media is screwed. You know this because you've read several stories in newspapers about newspapers suffering declining circulation, revenues, and relevance in the Internet age.

Will Harper on McMahon departs from the ChronicleAnother more subtle manifestation of the print-media-is-screwed trend is the scaling back of book reviews in newspapers. Until recently, our very own San Francisco Chronicle was one of only a handful of dailies in the country to maintain a stand-alone books section. That sorta changed in April, when the Chron made its Sunday books "section" an insert in the Insight section...

[Read the rest on the SFWeekly.com.]

Monday, September 29, 2008

E-Lit - D.O.A.?

Hey, don't shoot me, I'm just the blogger, but in his Guardian Unlimited article (8/24/08), "Is e-literature just one big anti-climax?" - Andrew Gallix takes on the rhetorical question with a resounding yes. But not for fault of F-style online reading, or further laments of lack of reading overall; rather, for e-lit's own delivery: "Technology - the very stuff e-lit is made of - has also turned out to be its Achilles heel. The slow switch to broadband limits its potential audience, e-readers are only adapted to conventional texts - and when was the last time you curled up in bed with a hypertext?"

He doesn't, however, throw out the computer with the bathwater. Instead, he poses what might be a kind of "skipped generation" of e-lit: "In spite of all this, Amerika may well be on to something when [Chris Meade, director of the thinktank if:book] claims that we are witnessing the emergence of a 'digitally-processed intermedia art' in which literature and all the other arts are being 'remixed into yet other forms still not fully developed'. My feeling is that these 'other forms' will have less and less to do with literature. Perhaps e-lit is already dead?"

For full effect, read the rest on Guardian.uk.

Arts in Chicago

The Third Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival (CCAF3) takes place October 1-12, 2008, featuring Chicago-based artists collaborating in performances and projects with artists living in other locations — both here in the U.S. and abroad. These collaborations will be prepared or improvised, and some performances will involve live feeds between Chicago and elsewhere.

Among the scheduled projects are: a Chicago-based musician/composer collaborating with a composer from the Philippines, Chicago-based poets connecting over the radio with poets from Hawaii, and a Chicago-based musician collaborating with a British visual artist. Venues for CCAF3 will include Elastic Sound & Vision Gallery, The Velvet Lounge, Black Rock Pub & Kitchen, Heaven Gallery, Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center, WNUR (Northwestern University), Peter Jones Gallery, 32nd&Urban Gallery, AV- aerie, Café Mestizo, and other locations.

Readings :: The Grand Piano in Detroit

The Grand Piano
Saturday, October 4, 3:00 PM
The Wendell W. Anderson, Jr., Auditorium Walter B. Ford II Building College for Creative Studies
John R & Frederick Douglass Streets, Detroit

Steve Benson, Carla Harryman, Lyn Hejinian Tom Mandel, Ted Pearson, Kit Robinson, and Barrett Watten perform an ensemble reading from The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography San Francisco, 1975 - 1980

Followed by a publication party & Grand Piano book display.

The Grand Piano is an experiment in collective autobiography by ten writers identified with the rise of Language poetry in San Francisco. It takes its name from a coffeehouse at 1607 Haight Street in San Francisco where from 1976 to 1979 the authors participated in a reading and performance series.

The Grand Piano Flyer

Free and open to the public

New Guide on NewPages :: Podcasts, Video, Audio

NewPages Literary Multimedia Guide - Podcasts, videos, and audio programs of interest from literary magazines, book publishers, alternative magazines, universities and bloggers. Includes poetry readings, lectures, author interviews, academic forums and news casts. This is a new page under development. If you know of sites that would be relevant for our readers, please e-mail info to: denisehill-at-newpages.com

Sunday, September 28, 2008

5 Under 35 Recognized

Five young fiction writers will be recognized by the National Book Foundation at the “5 Under 35” celebration at Tribeca Cinemas on Monday, November 17, announced Harold Augenbraum, executive director of the National Book Foundation. These five writers have each been selected by a previous National Book Award Finalist or Winner as someone whose work is particularly promising and exciting and is among the best of a new generation of writers.

The 2008 5 Under 35 are:

Matthew Eck
The Farther Shore
(Milkweed Editions, 2007)
Selected by Joshua Ferris, 2007 Fiction Finalist for Then We Came to the End

Keith Gessen
All the Sad Young Literary Men
(Viking Press, 2008)
Selected by Jonathan Franzen, 2001 Fiction Winner for The Corrections

Sana Krasikov
One More Year: Stories
(Spiegel & Grau, 2008)
Selected by Francine Prose, 2000 Fiction Finalist for Blue Angel

Nam Le
The Boat
(Knopf, 2008)
Selected by Mary Gaitskill, 2005 Fiction Finalist for Veronica

Fiona Maazel
Last Last Chance
(FSG, 2008)
Selected by Jim Shepard, 2007 Finalist for Like You’d Understand Anyway

Jobs :: Various

University of North Texas tenure-track assistant professorship in fiction, beginning 9/2009. Prof. David Holdeman, Chair, Department of English. Postmark deadline for applications is October 15.

University of Colorado at Boulder Department of English announces a tenure-track assistant professor position in Creative Writing to begin August 2009. Seeking a poet; especially interested in candidates with a second genre specialty and/or experience in publishing. Review of applications will begin on October 24 & will continue until the position is filled.

The English Department at Washburn University is seeking a poet to join a vital undergraduate writing program with colleagues in fiction and creative nonfiction writing.

U of Ill

Beware the Button Police
by Scott Jaschik
Inside Higher Education
Sept. 24

Sporting an Obama or McCain button? Driving a car with one of the campaigns’ bumper stickers? You might need to be careful on University of Illinois campuses.

The university system’s ethics office sent a notice to all employees, including faculty members, telling them that they could not wear political buttons on campus or feature bumper stickers on cars parked in campus lots unless the messages on those buttons and stickers were strictly nonpartisan. In addition, professors were told that they could not attend political rallies on campuses if those rallies express support for a candidate or political party.

Faculty leaders were stunned by the directives. Some wrote to the ethics office to ask if the message was intended to apply to professors; they were told that it was. At Illinois campuses, as elsewhere, many professors do demonstrate their political convictions on buttons, bumper stickers and the like.

Cary Nelson, a professor at the Urbana-Champaign campus and national president of the American Association of University Professors, said that he believes he is now violating campus policy when he drives to work because he has a bumper sticker that proclaims: “MY SAMOYED IS A DEMOCRAT.”

[Read the rest - along with LOTS of reader comments - on Higher Ed Online.]

Joyce Carol Oates on Narrative

Narrative's Story of the Week feature this week:

By Joyce Carol Oates

What to make of loneliness. Can you imagine? Three-fifteen a.m. and you lie spread-eagled in bed in your cocoon of a bed in your ripe swollen cocoon of a body while I drive through the snowy drizzle querying myself about life.

Driving along a deserted boulevard. Yellow street lights high atop slender poles. Rain, snow. Mist. Wind. What to make of loneliness. Not anger, not rage, not the wish to die or even the wish to murder. I’m too exhausted for all that. Just loneliness. What to make of it. Aloneness. Can you hear me? Can you guess? Never. You are eight months pregnant now and lie sleepless beside my lover, your spine aching, your stomach bloated, you are a beached bewildered mammalian creature gasping in the air...

[Read the rest on Narrative]

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Symposium on Literary Translation

University of Georgia
Thursday 10/2 and Friday 10/3

Featuring: Peter Cole Forrest Gander, Michale Henry Heim, David Hinton, Pierre Joris, Susanna Nied, Richard Sieburth, and Cole Swensen.

Thursday, October 2 (UGA Chapel, North Campus):
Opening session, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Public reading, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 3 (Fanning Institute, 1240 S. Lumpkin Street):
Panel: "Translating Poetry, Translating Prose." 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Panel: "Working with an Author, Translating the Past," 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Workshops, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

The event is made possible by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, the Helen S. Lanier Chair, and the English Department. For questions, please contact Jed Rasula (rasulaj-at-uga.edu) and Andrew Zawacki (zawacki-at-uga.edu).

NewPages Update :: New Lit Mag Reviews

Visit NewPages Literary Magazine Reviews to read thoughtful commentaries on the following print publications - Anti- :: The Aurorean :: Crazyhorse :: decomP :: Keyhole :: The Laurel Review :: Michigan Quarterly Review :: The Midwest Quarterly :: New York Tyrant :: Salamander :: Spinning Jenny :: Superstition Review :: Versal :: Whitefish Review.

For information on having your publication considered for review, please visit the NewPages FAQ page.

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Poetry Project

The Poetry Project burns like red hot coal in New York's snow.- Allen Ginsberg

Since its founding in 1966, the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery has been a forum for public literary events and a resource for writers. Over the past 40 years, hundreds of poets, writers and performers, including Allen Ginsberg, John Ashbery, Adrienne Rich, Alice Walker, John Cage, Sam Shepard, Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones), Terri McMillan, Robert Creeley, Alice Notley, Bernadette Mayer, Kenneth Koch, Patti Smith, Yoko Ono, Sherman Alexie, and Michael Ondaatje, have shared their work at the Poetry Project.

With three different reading and performance series a week, plus lectures and special events, the Poetry Project is a vital and hospitable hub for the writing community in New York City. The Poetry Project was the scene of the only joint reading by Robert Lowell and Allen Ginsberg and has been the site of historic memorials to poets Paul Blackburn, Robert Duncan, Charles Reznikoff, Frank O'Hara, Ted Berrigan, Edwin Denby and many others. Staffed completely by poets, the Poetry Project consistently achieves an integrity of programming that challenges, informs and inspires working writers, while remaining accessible to the general public.

Now in its 41st season, the Poetry Project continues to furnish encouragement and resources to poets, writers, artists and performers whose work is experimental, innovative and pertinent to writing that proposes fresh aesthetic, cultural, philosophical and political approaches to contemporary society.

The Poetry Project offers:
A Wednesday night reading series, a Monday night reading/performance series, and a Friday late-evening events series
Four weekly writing workshops
The Recluse, an annual literary magazine
A quarterly Newsletter
Membership in the Poetry Project
A biannual four-day Symposium
Tape and document archives
Special events, such as the Annual New Year's Day Marathon Reading

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wallace Syllabus

A syllabus from a a class taught by David Foster Wallace has been posted by a former student on her blog. Interesting to see in combination with all the responses it has received.

Florida Review :: Bits and Pieces

Flipping through the Spring 2008 issue of Florida Review, I came across a few items of note. I see Billy Collins has two poems in this issue. He'd previously sent his work to FR and been published, and it raised a question about how lit mags deal with "really famous writers" sending in their work. Do they get picked because they're famous and will help to promote/sell the magazine? Or do they get picked on the merit of their work? In which case, they'd be as likely to not get picked, right? I've had a lot of conversations with a lot of editors about this situation, and even though I hear them say it's about the merit of the work, there's always a footnote of commentary about how it helps the magazine. That is the business end of the literature, though. There is also a different level of scrutiny on the authors - to be well known and published raises this question, sort of like doping in sports - to achieve is to be suspect. Even famous poets get rejected. Sounds like a good title for something. I'm not saying anything about the quality of Collins' work in this publication, just commenting on the situation.

I'm also pleased to see FR include a couple comics, one by Jeffery Brown and one by Rachel and Beverly Luria. It's a lot to dedicate as many pages to a comic as they need to tell their story, but a trend I hope to see more of in other lit mags.

And lastly, just a nod to Lisa K. Buchanan, a once-upon-a-time reviewer for NewPages. She's got a nonfiction piece in here, "Tips for the Busy Conversationalist." It's an intense exploration that plays well with the self-help style. Nod.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Happy National Punctuation Day.

Why is punctuation important Jeff Rubin the Punctuation Man and founder of National Punctuation Day explains that without punctuation you would not be able to express your feelings in writing not to mention know when to pause or stop or ask a question or yell at someone and without punctuation you would not be able to separate independent clauses and show an example of how a business lost millions because of an errant comma so dont forget the most important punctuation mark $$$$$$ OK so a dollar signs isnt a punctuation mark but its important dont you agree

(Editor's note: Without punctuation, you also can't show that you have quoted material directly from another source.)

Essays on Craft on Brevity Online

A cool feature on Breavity Magazine - great for teachers - "Essays on the Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction." Newest additions include "Tiny Masters: An Artful Trick to Writing the Personal Essay" by Sherry Simpson, and "On Bridging the Distance Between Therapist and Theorist" by Barrie Jean Borich. Three years of articles are archived and availbe on the site (about a dozen), as well as a link to the blog You Gotta Teach This Essay: A blog for those who teach the essay form.

Want to contribute to this feature? Brevity is accepting submissions of craft essays, author Q&A or podcast interview for upcoming issue of Brevity. See the site for more details.

Audiobooks :: Mistakes to Avoid

Read Me a Story, Brad Pitt
When audiobook casting goes terribly wrong.
By Nate DiMeo
Slate Magazine
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008

"...Audiobooks can be spectacular. But too many fine books are still being turned into bad audiobooks; worse still, their producers are making the same mistakes over and over. What follows are the three most common pitfalls—and how to avoid them."

An insightful article for those interested in making this still-lasting medium for readers/listeners (esp. with easy access to downloads). I know I still enjoy listening to books when I walk, most recently working my way through A Long Way Gone read by author Ishmael Beah. It doesn't always work to have authors read their own books, just like not every poet is great at public readings, but when you can find the right combination of reader (whether author or not) and text, audiobooks are their own literary magic.

Read the article here.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Questions to Ask an MFA Program

Posted on Spalding Universities MFA website - of course with their answers - but a helpful list of questions for those new to the pursuit of MFA programs. Not only are the questions important to ask, but so is being able to compare answers and make the right choice for yourself - for this major investment of both time and money. You might very well be able to find the answers on program websites, but if not, making a contact with the program director or faculty in the program with your questions will help them to know what's important to prospective students. Check out NewPages to Creative Writing Programs in the US to start - or add to - your research. If you don't see a program listed there, let us know!

Narrative Story of the Week

From Narrative Magazine: "We love finding and promoting well-written stories from talented writers. Each week a notable story is selected and featured prominently in the Story of the Week column on our Home Page. An announcement of each new Story of the Week goes out to our readers, and the story is eligible for selection as one of the annual Top Five Stories of the Week. The story is also permanently available in our Archive. We accept fiction and nonfiction manuscripts up to 10,000 words in length, from both published and unpublished writers. We would love to see your stories."

Currently in the story archives are works by Elizabeth Bloom Albert, Tom Grimes, Yuvi Zalkow, and Heather Brittain Bergstrom.

There will also be a "Poem of the Week" feature open for submissions soon!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Darwin and the Church of England

Charles Darwin to receive apology from the Church of England for rejecting evolution
By Jonathan Wynne-Jones
September 14, 2008

The Church of England is to apologise to Charles Darwin for its initial rejection of his theories, nearly 150 years after he published his most famous work.

The Church of England will concede in a statement that it was over-defensive and over-emotional in dismissing Darwin's ideas. It will call "anti-evolutionary fervour" an "indictment" on the Church".

The bold move is certain to dismay sections of the Church that believe in creationism and regard Darwin's views as directly opposed to traditional Christian teaching.

The apology, which has been written by the Rev Dr Malcolm Brown, the Church's director of mission and public affairs, says that Christians, in their response to Darwin's theory of natural selection, repeated the mistakes they made in doubting Galileo's astronomy in the 17th century.

"The statement will read: Charles Darwin: 200 years from your birth, the Church of England owes you an apology for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still. We try to practise the old virtues of 'faith seeking understanding' and hope that makes some amends."


Additionally, The Church of England has developed a new section of its website at to mark the approaching bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth in 1809, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859.

Village Voice Fellowship

The Village Voice is taking applications for the fall 2008 Mary Wright Minority Fellowship. The Mary Wright fellowship is a fulltime, three-month writing job with the Voice that provides an opportunity to work alongside veteran Voice journalists. For recent college graduates with impressive clip files who can demonstrate that they have unique story ideas, excellent writing skills and a desire to do non-intuitive, deeply reported stories about New York City.

Art Exhibit :: WOMAN

a group exhibit
Tuesday, 2 September - Tuesday, 7 October, 2008
FusionArts Museum
57 Stanton Street
Lower East Side of NYC.

Today's popular culture has created a climate where there is scant recognition or respect for female modesty or achievement that isn't coupled with sex appeal. Being "sexy" is the ultimate accolade, trumping intelligence, character and all other accomplishments by a woman during the various stages of her life.

Popular culture has created a climate in which women are valued more for their appearance than for their contributions to society, forcing women of all ages to become willing, active and conscious participants in a tawdry, tarty, and very cartoon-like version of female sexuality.

"WOMAN" FusionArts Museum's first group exhibit by female artists examines this new female imperative with the assistance of the Roman poet Ovid who said: "What one beholds of a woman is the least part of her," reminding us that women are more than their Manolo Blahnik pumps.

Gallery hours are: Sundays, Tuesdays - Fridays from 12 Noon to 6 PM.

Opening reception for the artists: Sunday, 7 September, 2008 / 7 pm - 9 pm

Sunday, September 21, 2008

More About Less Reading

Online Literacy Is a Lesser Kind
Slow reading counterbalances Web skimming
By Mark Bauerlein
The Chronicle of Higher Educaiton
September 19, 2008

"...Those and other trials by Nielsen amount to an important research project that helps explain one of the great disappointments of education in our time. I mean the huge investment schools have made in technology, and the meager returns such funds have earned. Ever since the Telecommunications Act of 1996, money has poured into public-school classrooms. At the same time, colleges have raced to out-technologize one another. But while enthusiasm swells, e-bills are passed, smart classrooms multiply, and students cheer — the results keep coming back negative."

2008 Neustadt Prize Winner Announced

New Zealand author Patricia Grace has been awarded the 2008 Neustadt International Prize for Literature at the University of Oklahoma. Grace is the fourth woman to win the prestigious prize, which is given every two years by OU and its magazine World Literature Today.

She has written six novels, five short-story collections and a number of children's books since the mid-1970s. Her works often describe the everyday life and traditions of Maoris, the indigenous people of New Zealand. Grace received $50,000, a silver eagle feather and a certificate at a ceremony yesterday on campus.

Jobs :: Various

Pending budgetary approval, the English department at the University of Colorado Denver seeks applications for a tenure-track position in creative writing, specialization in poetry. Search committee chairL Dr. Jake York. Initial screening of applications will commence on October 1, 2008.

Northwest Missouri State University seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor of English, specializing in creative writing: fiction, with a secondary interest in creative nonfiction, to teach at the beginning, intermediate, & advanced levels, as well as general education classes. Dr. Michael Hobbs, Chair, Department of English. Screening will begin November 1 & will continue until position is filled.

Emory University two-year Creative Writing Fellowship in fiction in lively undergraduate English/Creative Writing Program, beginning fall 2009. Load 2-1, all workshops; $26,000 salary, and health benefits. November 14, 2008 deadline.

Ohio State University Department of English invites applications for a tenure-eligible assistant professor or an early associate professor in creative writing. Valerie Lee, Chair, Department of English. Review of applications will begin on November 3 & continue until the position is filled.

University of Wyoming English Department invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in nonfiction to join the MFA faculty, appointment to begin in Fall 2009. Beth Loffreda, Director, MFA in Creative Writing. Review of applications will begin November 1.

University of Missouri English Department seeks applications from senior poets for the Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature & Writing. Patricia Okker, Chair, English Department. Review of applications will begin November 14 & will continue until the position is filled.

Susquehanna University Creative Writing: Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing, concentration in fiction. Gary Fincke, Director, Writers Institute.

New Mexico State University Assistant Professor of Creative Writing - Poetry. Dr. Mónica Torres, Head, Department of English. Screening of applications begins October 20 & remains open until filled.

Arizona State University Assistant Professor in Creative Writing, with emphasis on Fiction. Application Deadline Postmarked by October 13, 2008, if not closed, then every Monday thereafter until the search is closed.

The Department of English at Illinois State University seeks a Creative Writing, Poetry, tenure-track, assistant professor: seek candidates prepared to work in a Department that stresses the relationships among literatures, linguistics, rhetoric and pedagogies. We encourage candidates with expertise in experimental poetics and/or oral poetics. Joan Mullin, Chair, Department of English. To assure full consideration deadline November 3, 2008.

CFS :: Tattoos & Poetry

Well, here's a unique call for submissions: Holly Rose Review is looking for poetry and tattoo photos for its premier issue due up in December. For now it's a blog site, but will have a website for the actual publication. Believe it or not, Editor Theresa Edwards says it has been difficult getting any tattoo photo submissions. Seriously? Alright ye poets, give a shout out to your neighborhood tattoo artists and get them in on this. More poetry is also welcome, Theresa says, so you can do your part there as well.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

A Sixth Hitchiker's Guide? Uh-oh...

Eoin Colfer to write sixth Hitchhiker's Guide book

"Douglas Adams's increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy is to be extended to six titles, after Adams's widow Jane Belson sanctioned a project which will see children's author Eoin Colfer taking up the story."[Read the rest here]

I feel a storm brewing among Hitchiker fans...

Teachers Parents Students Young Writers

Please check out the Young Authors Guide on NewPages.com.

This is guide where young authors (as defined by each publication) can find places to publish their writing. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather is a select list of childrens, teen, and early college-age publications in print as well as online that have open submissions with guidelines, an editorial selection process, and a regular print cycle. Some publish only young authors, some publish all ages for young audiences. For more specific submission guidelines, visit the publication's website.

Also included in this guide are contests for young writers. These are carefully selected for quality and sensitivity to not wanting young writers to be taken advantage of (with promises of publication and high entry fees). Almost all are no-cost entry with some awarding scholarship money.

This is not a paid-for page or an advertising page in any way. It is a page I have put together as a resource to encourage young writers in their interest.

If you know of other publications or contests that could be added to this list, please e-mail me with information: denisehill-at-newpages.com

Thursday, September 18, 2008

New Generation Nigerian Literature

Literature Prize, it's new writers' turn
By Gregory Austin Nwakunor
Excerpted from Guardian Newspaper

The new generation of Nigerian writers has never had it so good. Since 2004, when the Nigerian Literature Prize was instituted, this is the first time a new writer will mount the podium to receive the country's most prized literary award.

Only last Thursday, September 4, after months of intensive scrutiny by eminent judges, the Nigeria Prize for Literature committee announced a shortlist of two books, Kaine Agary's Yellow-Yellow and Jude Dibia's Unbridled, as potential winners of this year's Prize.

Both Kaine and Dibia are not only new writers, they were equally born in the 70s. If one of them emerges winner of this year's award, he or she will walk away with a $50,000 prize money, an increase from last year's $30,000. [read the rest]

Poe Home Updated

Just in time of the bicentennial of Edgar Allan Poe's birth, his Philadelphia home is getting a new look. The house is located a few blocks from downtown Philadelphia, where Poe lived for about 18 months in the early 1840s.

The current exhibits in the home are 30 years old, and interpretive program specialist Mary Jenkins says it's time for a change. Jenkins says visitors will see Poe's influence on world literature and on popular culture.

The home will close December 1 and reopen January 17. The Edgar Allan Poe Museum, only blocks from the historic home "boasts the world's finest collection of Edgar Allan Poe's manuscripts, letters, first editions, memorabilia and personal belongings." It remains open to visitors and includes a complete online source of information, works by Poe, educational resources, and Poe "products" - such as books, t-shirts, and - you guessed it - drinking glasses.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Little Blue Books :: Zines that Shaped a Nation

The Henry Ford of Literature
By Rolf Potts
The Believer, September 2008

How one nearly forgotten 1920s publisher's "Little Blue Books" created an inexpensive mail-order information superhighway that paved the way for the sexual revolution, influenced the feminist and civil rights movements, and foreshadowed the age of information.

"When Emanuel Haldeman-Julius drowned in his backyard swimming pool, on July 31, 1951, he was popularly regarded as a has-been, even in his adopted hometown of Girard, Kansas. Denounced as a communist in national newspapers and investigated by J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, he had recently lost a federal tax evasion lawsuit and was facing time in jail. Amid the cold war atmosphere of the time, schoolchildren around Girard whispered that Haldeman-Julius had actually been assassinated for being a Soviet spy; adults speculated that his death was a suicide—though the only note he left behind contained a silly joke meant for his wife." [read the rest]

The Leonard H. Axe Library, Pittsburg State University, maintains an online index of all the Little Blue Books published in The E. Haldeman-Julius Collection.

Mad Men Screensavers

Mad Men fans, get your retro screensavers from Dyna Moe (real name?), a designer and illustrator living in New York. You can check out her full line of work, blood, sweat and tears on her website: Nobody's Sweetheart.

I did start watching Mad Men this season, catching up on all of last season's shows in a week. I'm not sure I'm going to stick with it, though. It's a fairly dark show, in a very sad and miserable way. As much as I like the advertising angle, some of the characters, and all that is retro about the show, there is such a pervasive hopelessness about the storyline that holds no appeal for me. I'm not looking for Disney here, but maybe something in between.

Nairobi Literary Seminar 12.08

Summer Literary Seminars Kenya is now accepting applications for the 2008 program, December 13-28 in Nairobi and Lamu. SLS produces a blended program of workshops, lectures and unique cultural experiences, and has hosted faculty such as Dave Eggers, George Saunders, Padgett Powell, Denis Johnson, Jayne Anne Phillips, and Binyavanga Wainaina. Academic credit is available through Concordia University. See a list of program activities here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

50 Days of Poetry Politic

Poetry Politic: A Blog in 50 Days provides daily political poetry news — from September 15th through November 4th, 2008 — brought to readers "by the citizens at Wave Books." Thus far on the site "Dream Occupation," a poem by J.W. Marshall and Muriel Rukeyser’s FBI File - no kidding - the whole thing as a PDF download - as well as links to some of the original works cited in the document. Much more chilling to view than I had at first thought it would be. Certainly a blog worth watching to steel us through these 50 days.

NewPages Updates :: Listings

The following are recent additions/changes to NewPages Guides:

Print and Online Literary Magazines
Monday Night – poetry, prose
P-QUEUE – prose poetry hybrid
Bent Pin Quarterly - poetry, flash fiction, essays, creative nonfiction, one act plays
Blue Unicorn - poetry
Black Robert Journal – essays, poetry, fiction, vispo, art, photography

Effing Press - poetry
Lost Roads Publishing (updated URL)
Black Heron Press – literary fiction

Contest Winners :: Glimmer Train Family Matters

Glimmer Train announces the three winning stories of our July Family Matters competition:

First place: Nellie Hermann of Brooklyn, NY, wins $1,200 for “Can We Let the Baby Go?”. Her story will be published in the Winter 2010 issue of Glimmer Train Stories, out in November 2009.

Second place: Stephanie Freele of Healdsburg, CA, wins $500 for “Us Hungarians”. Her story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing her prize to $700.

Third place: Rolf Yngve, of Coronado, CA, wins $300 for “Going Back for His Brother”. His story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing his prize to $700.

A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here. This quarterly competition is open to all writers for stories about family (word count range is 1,200-12,000). Submissions may be sent for the October Family Matters using the Glimmer Train online submissions system at www.glimmertrain.org.

Also: Fiction Open contest (deadline soon approaching! September 30)

Glimmer Train hosts this contest four times a year, and first place is $2,000 plus publication in the journal. It’s open to all writers and all themes, with a word count range of 2,000-20,000. Click here for complete guidelines.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Intelligent Digital Literature?

Can intelligent literature survive in the digital age?
The Independent
September 14, 2008

"Is the paper-and-ink book heading the way of the papyrus scroll? Can serious literature survive in the brave new world of web downloads, e-books and ever-shortening attention spans?"

In addition to John Walsh's commentary on the subject, several experts are called upon to predict the future in "What's the word?": Clare Alexander (agent), Sue Thomas (new-media lecturer), Tracy Chevalier (author), Santiago de la Mora (google-guy), Richard Ovenden (librarian), Jeremy Ettinghausen (publisher), Chris Meade (digital convert), and Andrew Cowan (teacher).

Name Your Essetial Biopunk Pick

Toward a list of essential readings in biopunk fiction
From Enter the Octopus
September 13, 2008

Enter the Octopus has invited readers to add their "essential biopunk" pick to the list already started on the site. Not sure what that means? According to ETO:

"Biopunk is a subcategory of futuristic science fiction characterized by an emphasis on the plasticity of the flesh, genetic modification and self-determination, a blurring of the lines between human, post-human and animal hybrids, and the utilization of biological/genetic technologies to manipulate the external environment and body for reasons both practical - security, hazard mitigation - and aesthetic. The biopunk environment may be dystopian or utopian depending on the ways in which these technologies may be utilizied. While biopunk fiction may also incorporate other science fiction and technological elements - artificial intelligence, cyber-enhancements, alien contact - most of the problems and solutions posed by the narrative will find their origin in humanity’s dabbling in genetic and biological technology."

Read the rest on ETO.

[via Gerry Canavan]

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Jobs :: Various

Comp/Creative Writing: Illinois Valley Community College, located in North Central Illinois, anticipates filling this position to begin January 2009. Glenna Jones, Director of Human Resources.

The Department of English at Salisbury University is accepting applications for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in creative writing specializing in fiction. November 17, 2008.

The English Department of Bowling Green State University seeks applicants for the Arts & Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer. The successful candidate will be in residence spring 2010; teach one workshop in our BFA program and one workshop in our MFA program; give a reading and a lecture; and advise theses. Dr. Kristine L. Blair. Screening of applicants will begin March 16, 2009 and continue until the position is filled.

The School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas invites applications for a tenure track position, rank open, in Creative Writing, with an emphasis on prose fiction.

The College of Idaho announces a tenure-track position in environmental literature and creative writing (non-fiction prose) at the Assistant Professor level to begin fall 2009. Application review will begin on November 1.

The Washington College Department of English seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor with specialization in creative writing (poetry). Dr. Kathryn Moncrief, Chair, English. Applications must be received by Nov. 1, 2008 for full consideration.

University of Central Oklahoma: Teach First-Year Composition classes and serve as Executive Editor of New Plains Review; qualified applicants may teach occasional Creative Writing classes, as needed by the department. Dr. David Macey, English department Chair.

Marshall University tenure-track position; rank open. Ph.D. in Creative Writing required at time of appointment; strong record of creative publication; teaching experience; primary area in creative non-fiction with secondary emphasis in fiction or poetry or literature or screen writing. Donna Spindel, Interim Chair English.

Iowa State University Assistant Professor of English in creative writing. Tenure-track. Beginning August 2009. Accomplished writer in one genre with the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in a second genre for the newly-formed MFA program in Creative Writing and Environment. Interviews with selected candidates may be conducted at the AWP Conference in Chicago (2009). Apply online by November 1, 2008.

San Jose State University, California: Creative Writing - Fiction/Non Fiction. John Engell, Chair, Department of English & Comparative Literarture.

Central Michigan University, Creative Writing: Fiction. Tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of English. Dr. Marcy Taylor, Chair, Department of English Language and Literature. Screening of applications will begin on October 20, 2008, and continue until filled.

Texas State University MFA program invites applications for a tenure-track position in poetry writing. Prof. Tom Grimes, Chair, Poetry Search Committee, Department of English,

Reginald Shepherd

Reginald Shepherd, born 1963, died September 11, 2008.

From his own blog: Shepherd is the editor of The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries (University of Iowa Press, 2004) and of Lyric Postmodernisms (Counterpath Press, 2008). He is the author of: Fata Morgana (2007), winner of the Silver Medal of the 2007 Florida Book Awards, Otherhood (2003), a finalist for the 2004 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, Wrong (1999), Angel, Interrupted (1996), and Some Are Drowning (1994), winner of the 1993 Associated Writing Programs’ Award in Poetry (all University of Pittsburgh Press). Shepherd's work has appeared in four editions of The Best American Poetry and two Pushcart Prize anthologies, as well as in such journals as American Poetry Review, Conjunctions, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and The Yale Review. It has also been widely anthologized. He is also the author of Orpheus in the Bronx: Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry (Poets on Poetry Series, University of Michigan Press). Shepherd has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, the Florida Arts Council, and the Guggenheim Foundation, among other awards and honors.

Shepherd was also a regular contributor to The Poetry Foundation's blog, Harriet.

David Foster Wallace

Writer David Foster Wallace found dead
Marion Ettlinger
Los Angeles Times
September 14, 2008

David Foster Wallace, the novelist, essayist and humorist best known for his 1996 novel "Infinite Jest," was found dead Friday night at his home in Claremont, according to the Claremont Police Department. He was 46.

Jackie Morales, a records clerk at the department, said Wallace's wife called police at 9:30 p.m. Friday saying she had returned home to find that her husband had hanged himself.

Wallace, who had taught creative writing at Pomona College since 2002, was on leave this semester...[read the rest here]

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Man Booker Prize Finalists

"The Man Booker Prize 2008 shortlist was announced Tuesday September 9. Two first-time novelists, Aravind Adiga and Steve Toltz, survived the cull of the longlist from thirteen novels to just six. Pevious winners of the Booker Prize, John Berger and Salman Rushdie, failed to make this year's shortlist and Sebastian Barry is the only novelist shortlisted for this year's prize to have been previously shortlisted (in 2005).

"Linda Grant, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2000 and longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2002, is the only female author to make the shortlist of six. She is joined by Philip Hensher, longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2002 and a Booker judge in 2001, and the widely-acclaimed Indian writer Amitav Ghosh."

The Man Booker Prize 2008 shortlisted novels are:

Aravind Adiga The White Tiger (Atlantic)
Sebastian Barry The Secret Scripture (Faber and Faber)
Amitav Ghosh Sea of Poppies (John Murray)
Linda Grant The Clothes on Their Backs (Virago)
Philip Hensher The Northern Clemency (Fourth Estate)
Steve Toltz A Fraction of the Whole (Hamish Hamilton)

The winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008 will be announced October 14.

Job :: Poetry Foundation Web Editor

Editor and Online Program Manager, Poetryfoundation.org
The deadline for applications is September 25, 2008.

Job Description
The role of editor of poetryfoundation.org includes the following responsibilities:

Provide editorial direction to staff editors, producers, and consultants in order to publish the site’s frequently updated content. This includes acquiring and approving all articles and other content such as feature articles, podcasts, and other audio and visual features.

Work with other Foundation program senior managers to publish online content and information from all program areas at the Foundation.

Develop marketing plans and campaigns to promote the website as needed.

Direct the process by which poems and other materials about poets and poetry are added to the site’s archive. This includes supervising the permissions process for all published content.

Collaborate with other editors at the Foundation on poetry issues and judging of awards as necessary.

The role of online program manager includes the following responsibilities:

Manage the technical staff and consultants who design and develop the site’s user interface to ensure the quality of the user experience.

Manage technical consultants, including developers, usability experts, and hosting providers, to ensure the security and performance of the underlying technical infrastructure.

Develop and execute plans to steadily increase traffic to the site, including managing the process for gathering and reporting web traffic data, search results, and web traffic marketing plans, and establishing partnerships with other websites important to the mission of the Foundation.


Extensive background and familiarity with contemporary poetry

Extensive experience with managing editorial processes, including web publishing processes.

Strong knowledge of web technology and web design

Substantial project management experience

B.A. degree or greater in English literature or computer-related studies

Friday, September 12, 2008

Digital Art Weeks

The DIGITAL ART WEEKS program is concerned with the application of digital technology in the arts. Consisting of symposium, workshops and performances, the Digital Art Weeks program offers insight into current research and innovations in art and technology as well as illustrating resulting synergies in a series of performances during the Digital Art Weeks Festival each year, making artists aware of impulses in technology and scientists aware of the possibilities of application of technology in the arts.

New Lit on the Block :: In the Mist

In the Mist is and online outdoor literary magazine for women and by women. The work is meant to "inspire you to seek adventure whether it is in your garden, on horseback, or while climbing glaciers"; or, as Thoreau put it: “Live the life you imagined.” Ange Tysdal is the editor (you may know her also from Marginalia), and Mark Todd the poetry editor.

The first issue includes fiction by Rachel Bell, Lucia Cockrell and Emma Larkins, non-fiction by Sarah Coury, Holly Marie Garrell, Andrea M. Jones, Olga Pavlinova Olenich, Jill Paris, Gabrielle Sierra, poetry by Kristin Berkey-Abbott, Laurie Wagner Buyer, Jenn Campbell, Melissa Carroll, Anne Hasenstab, Ginger Knowlton, Peggy Landsman, Arlene L. Mandell, Martha Meltzer, Caroline Misner, Sheila Nickerson, Mary Rohrer-Dann, Emma Sovich, Ann Walters, and photos/art by Diane Elayne Dees, Erica Lynn Johnson, Diane Parisella-Katris, Christel M. Ruddy, Donna Vorreyer.

In the Mist is seeking submissions from women who play, or write about playing, in the mist. Send poetry, fiction, nonfiction, photography, and artwork about being outside. Interested in anything from doing yoga in the park to walking your dog to bombing down the Anasazi Descent in Durango, Colorado or sailing from California to Hawaii in a kayak with outriggers. See website for more information.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

From Page to Stage :: Writing Aloud

Writing Aloud

Founding program director David Sanders established Writing Aloud in 1999 to present diverse voices in contemporary fiction by the region's best writers, read on stage by professional actors. Writing Aloud quickly established itself as the region's premiere reading series and has attracted sold-out audiences, has been featured in special broadcasts on WHYY-FM public radio.

The 2007-2008 season featured writing by Carol F. Dixon, Vashti Bandy, JB Traino, Tally Brennan, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Jennifer Williamson, Harry Humes, Julia MacDonell, William Hoffman, Maggie Fay, R.A. Lopata, Jacob M. Appel, Randall Brown, Alix Ohlin, and many more.

Produced by InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia, Writing Aloud is a reading series that presents contemporary short fiction read on stage by professional actors. Writers featured in the series are from Pennsylvania and the greater Philadelphia area, or have a strong Philadelphia connection. Selected stories are read before a live audience at InterAct Theatre.

InterAct offers a variety of internships both during the summer and during the academic year, covering all areas of production, development, and administration. All internships at InterAct have a modest component of general company work, including but not limited to helping with mailings, general office work, and phone answering. In addition, there are several ways to get involved with the company as a volunteer.

Digital Media Writing/Performance :: Interrupt 10.08

October 17-19, 2008
Rhode Island

Interrupt is a festival celebrating writing and performance in digital media, busting onto the scene in Providence, Rhode Island. Events are hosted by Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. The festival is continuing in the tradition of Brown's E-Fest, but is expanding/augmenting it, and also streamlining into Pixilerations.

Participating artists will share work that in some way addresses the theme of the festival: Interrupt. In computing, an interrupt is a command sent to the processor to get its attention, and indicates a need for change. We understand "interruption" as a useful metaphor for imagining the role of digital arts practices in contemporary society. The festival is being organized with the aim of showcasing arts practices hybridized not only by digital mediation, but by a spectrum of cultural practices including electronic poetry, information design, net art, video art, interactive music, and performance art.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

A Publishing Primer

"Don't know your French flaps from your headbands? Here's a guide to the arcane terminology of the book world...[read it here]"

By Rachel Toor
The Chroncicle of Higher Education
August 11, 2008

William Carlos Williams Symposium 9.20

On September 17, 2005, several thousand people attended a day-long William Carlos Williams Symposium honoring Rutherford’s native son on the anniversary of his birth. Sponsored by the newly-formed William Carlos Williams Poetry Symposium (WCWPS), this was the first celebration of the Pulitzer Prize winning poet in his hometown in 22 years, and featured the premiere of a double-screen documentary on WCW and his family, an award-winning slide presentation and bus tour of historic WCW sites in Rutherford, and the first full-length performance of a Williams play in Rutherford. Since 2005, the non-profit WCWPS has held annual events honoring Williams. This year it will host a gala celebration of the poet’s 125th birthday on September 20 and 21, 2008, at the Williams Center, with related activities at the Rutherford Library and Meadowlands Museum.

Books :: Poets for Palestine

Poets For Palestine was published to unite a diverse range of poets, spoken word artists, and hip-hop artists who have used their words to elevate the consciousness of humanity. Sixty years after the dispossession of the Palestinian people, this anthology presents forty-eight poems alongside original works by Palestinian artists. All proceeds from the sale of this collection will go toward funding future cultural projects that highlight Arab artistry in the United States.

100 Words a Day? Every Day?

100 Words is an online writing project that began in January 2001, as an exercise between friends to write one hundred words a day for one hundred days. Now online, members (join for free) can write a hundred words a day for a month and be "featured" for having completed their "batch." Don't write every day that month, and you will not be featured. Currently, there are 43 writers featured for August. Jeff Koyen and "Uncle" Roy Batchelor are the masterminds behind 100 Words. Think it sounds easy? Give it a try.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Stanford Festival Seeks Sponsors

The organizers of the Frank Stanford Literay Festival - a three-day event in Fayetteville, Arkansas - are looking for help to honor a few central figures in Stanford's creative career by supporting their travel to participate in the festival.

Sponsors will be acknowledged in promotional materials and in a commemorative, hand-sewn program designed by Cannibal Books. Sponsors will also receive a broadside of a poem from Stanford's final book, You, designed and printed collaboratively between Lost Roads Publishers, Cannibal Books and Effing Press. Sponsors will also be verbally recognized at all events, which include a Small Press Reading, several Stanford readings, two panels, a screening or Irving Broughton's legendary Stanford biopic It Wasn't a Dream It Was a Flood, and a marathon reading of Stanford's epic poem The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You.

Donations are tax deductible and payable to Lost Roads. For more information, query Matthew Henriksen at frankstanfordfes-at-gmail.com.

Orlowsy Interview Online

The Cervena Barva Press online newsletter for September includes and interview of Ukrainian poet Dzvinia Orlowsky by Alexander J. Motyl. In it, she comments on the state of reading in America, her influences for writing poetry, why she writes so much about Ohio, what makes a good poem, and translating others' works. A truly full-breadth interview that provides both a great introduction as well as an inside look at this Pushcart Prize winning poet.

Dzvinia Orlowsky is the author of four poetry collections, the most recent of which is <em>Convertible Night, Flurry of Stones. Her first collection, A Handful of Bees, was reprinted as a Carnegie Mellon University Contemporary Classic in 2008. She is a founding editor of Four Way Books and teaches at a low-res MFA program at Pine Manor College.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

ZYZZYVA Seeks a New Editor

In the Editor's Note of the most recent ZYZZYVA, Howard Junker announces his intent to retire from the magazine, which is now seeking his successor, someone who "will have to be different, will have to take a new direction, because the times have changed." The informal job description Junker gives draws upon a response he once gave to a Paris Review Questionnaire about "the key ingredients needed to keep a literary magazine afloat." Junker writes: "Taking its editor George Plimpton as my model, I declared: An independent income is the basic flotation device. Having the office in the editor's basement reduces rent and the editor's commute. Also helpful because, even if the budget remains modest, attracting money is key: good looks, charm, guts, a thick skin, a sense of humor, a good work ethic, luck, and the ability to spot and nurture talent." Sound like anybody you know? If so, Junker closes his editorial: "If you have someone in mind, please let me know."

Job :: Distinguished Visiting Prof

The English Department at Western Kentucky University seeks applicants for the following position: Distinguished Visiting Professor in Creative Writing (Poetry), Summer 2009

Duties: Teach a four-week intensive three-credit undergraduate/graduate workshop sometime during Summer 2009. Give a public reading.

Renumeration: $10,000 + housing

Requirements: Significant teaching experience, at least one published book

Review of applications begins October 31, 2008, and will continue until position is filled. Each applicant must submit a letter of interest, a vita, a copy of one of his/her books, and two letters addressing his/her teaching expertise, to:

Dr. Tom C. Hunley
Department of English Chair
Distinguished Visiting Creative Writing Professor Search Committee
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11086
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1086

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Antioch Fiction Issue :: Difficult Choices

The all-fiction issue of The Antioch Review is out. Editor Robert Fogarty comments on the subtitle "Difficult Choices" - about the range of difficult choices faced by the submissions (aka slush) readers. Their choice, which often involves "the dreaded 'r' word" becomes what Fogarty refers to as the Key Question: "Should we publish this story or should we encourage to writer to send on another, better story?" Better than saying the story is rejected, I like Fogarty's perspective of encouragement, which promotes the concept a writers community - a reason why so many people got into publishing lit mags in the first place.

Being responsive to their writers, Fogarty says they must make a "firm and quick judgement about a story" - but there is no doubt they are also good at what they do, with a number of their fiction writers having received awards and placement in "best of" collections. "I expect," Fogarty writes, "that several of the writers included in this issue will in the future make a 'best' list." That kind of comment makes it no difficult choice at all to pick up this mag and give it a look see!

CFS :: Two Unique Calls for Librarians

1. Seeking Submissions from Practicing Librarians (U.S. and Canada) for The Published Librarian: Successful Professional and Personal Writing (publisher: American Library Association)

Foreword: Bob Blanchard, Adult Services Librarian, Des Plaines Public Library. Contributor to Illinois Library Association Reporter; Thinking Outside the Book: Essays for Innovative Librarians (McFarland, 2008)

Introductory Note: Wayne Jones, Head of Central Technical Services, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Ed., Ontario Library Association, Access; Ed., E-Journals Access and Management (Routledge, 2008)

Contributors need significant publication credits in order to write practical, concise, how-to articles to help the reader. No previously published, simultaneously submitted, co-authored material. Two articles sharing the range of your publishing experiences: 1900-2100 words total; for example, one article could be 1000 words, another 900-1100 words on another topic. Librarians with ethnic backgrounds serving diverse cultures are encouraged. Contributor's sign an ALA Writer Agreement before publication. Compensation: a complimentary copy, discount on additional copies

Possible topics: marketing, online publishing, where to send reviews, research skills for historical novels, diversity in publication, ideas from students for YA books, using tools like BIP to locate publishers for your books, storytellers turned picture book authors, interviewing, networking, using a technology edge, promoting your books at conferences. Using issues librarians face such as censorship in poetry, essays, memoir, short stories, columns.

The deadline for current cycle of submissions is October 30, 2008.

Please submit 3-4 topic proposals with a 65-70 word bio beginning with your library of employment, highlighting your publications. Place LIBRARIANS/your name on the subject line to: smallwood@tm.net

2. Seeking Submissions from Practicing Librarians (U.S.) for Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook (publisher: American Library Association)

Foreword: Kathy Barco, READiscover New Mexico: A Tri-Lingual Adventure in Literacy (Sunstone Press, 2007); children's librarian, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Library

Afterword: Edith Campbell, Media Director, Arlington High School, Indianapolis. Indiana Libraries, Viewpoints; http://campbele.wordpress.com

Articles by practicing academic, public, school, special librarians sharing their experiences on how U.S. librarians are not tied to computers inside libraries: how librarians partner, outreach, and market libraries in their communities. Librarians with ethnic backgrounds serving diverse cultures are encouraged.

One article, 1900-2100 words; no co-authors. Practical, concise, how-to contributions are needed.

Possible topics: workshops at senior centers, story hours at community swimming pools, innovative literacy outreach, partnering with artists and writers, creative youth participation, effective advocacy with elected officials, working with the media.

The deadline for current cycle of submissions is October 30, 2008.
Contributor's sign an ALA Writer Agreement before publication. Compensation: a complimentary copy, discount on additional copies,

Please submit 3 topic proposals (each 3-4 sentences) in descending order of choice--hopefully your first will not have been already taken. Please also send a 65-70 word bio beginning with your library of employment, title, highlights of your community library outreach activities, awards, and related professional contributions. Place PARTNERS/your name on the subject line to: smallwood@tm.net


Editor Carol Smallwood, MLS, has written, co-authored, edited 19 books such as Educators as Writers and Thinking Outside the Book: Essays for Innovative Librarians. Her work has appeared in English Journal, Clackamas Literary Review, The Detroit News, and several others including anthologies. Pudding House Publications published her 2008 chapbook.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Cheers! Beer! Bowling - ?

Speaking of beer - many thanks to the NewPages supporters who have been contributing to the blog beer fund! Now that school has started up again and I'm back in the classroom, your support means all the more (and goes much faster...). Add to that: I've joined a bowling league. I only did so under the promise that it was really a drinking league using bowling as the guise. Our team name? We're still working on it, but here’s one I liked: We Make Obama Look Good.

Drinking and Writing Brewery

I've found a new support group: The Drinking and Writing Brewery.

"Through a radio show, productions on stage and in bars, a website, and on the page, The Drinking & Writing Brewery exists to preserve the spirit and devotion of the hard drinking writer and to uphold the rituals of creativity through their passion for the written word. We strive to attract others who share these principles."

The radio show is one hour long and each show explores the connection between creativity under the influence and includes interviews and reports on a featured writer, a featured bar/brewery, music, and original writing by artists from Chicago and everywhere else. The Drinking & Writing Brewery Radio Show on WLUW, 88.7FM is aired the first Sunday of every month at 6PM and is available via download on the website after the air date.

Also included on the roster of events, the Beerfly Alleyfight, in which contestants must match homebrew, homemade food, and an art interpretation of both in an "asskicking alleyfight." And then there's the Drinking & Writing Festival which requires a two-drink minimum of all participants - images of this year's winners are on the site.

The masterminds behind this? Pete Crowley, Steve Mosqueda and Sean Benjamin - with plenty of nods to Bukowski.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Conference :: Charles Olson 10.10-11

CHARLES OLSON: Language as Physical Fact
University of Arizona Poetry Center
1508 E. Helen St.
Tucson, Arizona
October 10 - 11, 2008

A Conference and Exhibition sponsored by Chax Press.

What's New at the Pew

"The Pew Internet Project is an initiative of the Pew Research Center, a nonprofit “fact tank” that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. Pew Internet explores the impact of the internet on children, families, communities, the work place, schools, health care and civic/political life. The Project is nonpartisan and takes no position on policy issues."

Recent reports/memos include (visit the site for complete data):

Podcast Downloading 2008
Mary Madden Sydney Jones
As gadgets with digital audio capability proliferate, podcast downloading continues to increase. Currently, 19% of all internet users say they have downloaded a podcast so they could listen to it or view it later. This most recent percentage is up from 12% of internet users who reported downloading podcasts in our August 2006 survey and 7% in our February-April 2006 survey. Still, podcasting has yet to become a fixture in the everyday lives of internet users, as very few internet users download podcasts on a typical day.

Search Engine Use
Deborah Fallows
The percentage of internet users who use search engines on a typical day has been steadily rising from about one-third of all users in 2002, to a new high of just under one-half (49%). With this increase, the number of those using a search engine on a typical day is pulling ever closer to the 60% of internet users who use email, arguably the internet's all-time killer app, on a typical day.

Home Broadband 2008
John Horrigan
Some 55% of all adult Americans now have a high-speed internet connection at home. The percentage of Americans with broadband at home has grown from 47% in early 2007. Poorer Americans saw no growth in broadband adoption in the past year while at the same time nearly one-third of broadband users pay more to get faster connections.

Writing, Technology and Teens
Amanda Lenhart Sousan Arafeh Aaron Smith Alexandra Rankin Macgill
Teens write a lot, but they do not think of their emails, instant and text messages as writing. This disconnect matters because teens believe good writing is an essential skill for success and that more writing instruction at school would help them.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Reissue :: On Reading

On Reading
W.W. Norton, September 2008
ISBN 978-0-393-06656-2
68 duotone photographs/80 pages

"André Kertész (1894-1985) was one of the most inventive, influential and prolific photographers in the medium's history. This small volume, first published in 1971, became one of his signature works. Taken between 1920 and 1970, these photographs capture people reading in many parts of the world. Readers in every conceivable place—on rooftops, in public parks, on crowded streets, waiting in the wings of the school play—are caught in a deeply personal, yet universal, moment. Kertész's images celebrate the absorptive power and pleasure of this solitary activity and speak to readers everywhere. Both playful and poetic, On Reading is reissued with striking new duotone reproductions. Fans of photography and literature alike will welcome this classic."

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

NewPages Update :: September Book Reviews Posted

Once again, the NewPages Book Reviewers have outdone themselves with a unique selection of books. Stop by and check out these reviews:

Dear Everybody
Novel by Michael Kimball
Alma Books, September 2008
Reviewed by Josh Maday

Novel by Deb Olin Unferth
McSweeney's, September 2008
Review by Matt Bell

Liam’s Going
Novel by Michael Joyce
McPherson & Company, July 2008
Review by Rav Grewal-Kök

In the Land of the Free
Flash Fiction by Geoffrey Forsyth
Rose Metal Press, July 2008
Review by Sean Lovelace

New World Order
Stories by Derek Green
Autumn House Press, June 2008
Review by Dan Wickett

Sound + Noise
Novel by Curtis Smith
Casperian Books, September 2008
Review by Matt Bell

Bill’s Formal Complaint
Poetry by Dan Kaplan
The National Poetry Review Press, March 2008
Review by Micah Zevin

Lands of Memory
Stories by Felisberto Hernández
Translated from the Spanish by Esther Allen
New Directions, July 2008
Reviewed by Josh Maday

Who Can Save Us Now?
Brand-New Superheroes and their Amazing (Short) Stories

Ed. by Owen King and John McNally
Free Press, July 2008
Review by Matt Bell

In Hovering Flight
Novel by Joyce Hinnefeld
Unbridled Books, September 2008
Review by: Christina Hall

LGBT Thowback :: Freaky Lit

FREAKS READ showcases gay literature, erotica in East Village
by Scott Stiffler
EDGE Contributor
Thursday Aug 28, 2008

Just as the city’s gays were starting to clean up their act, along comes a bold and unapologetic happening that puts specific elements of gay life behind the mic and back on the front burner.

Working in the tradition of literary salons set in literate saloons, FREAKS READ is a new monthly event whose gay bar location and 21-plus policy guarantees exposure to the sort of provocative adult content on which urbane LGBTs used to thrive.

Founder and host Charlie Vazquez books the unconventional talent.

"We call it FREAKS READ because we started the reading as part of Freak Week, a week of events leading up to Pride," he said.

In the true spirit of Pride and all things freaky, Vazquez sorts through the submitted material to ensure the poetry and fiction on display is filled with enough sex, gore and out there concepts to provide LGBTs with an antidote to the encroaching world of baby carriages, Jamba Juice franchises and other soul-crushing hallmarks of urban hetero-assimilation...[read the rest]

A Day of Literature in the Park

On Sunday, Sept. 7, the Christopher Morley Knothole Association will present a "Day of Literature in the Park: Poetry and Prose Picnic." The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Christopher Morley Park, located on Searingtown Road in Roslyn Estates, New York.

The Knothole Association will present live readings and interpretations of classic works of literature. Local residents can be part of the fun by bringing their own poems or novels to read from and then share what they believe the author is saying, what the author's history is, and why that work of literature has significant meaning. The Day of Literature will be held outdoors under the shade tree at the Knothole, itself the preserved study of Christopher Morley.

Job :: Executive Director SPT

It's not to late to change your life: Small Press Traffic announces a call for applications for the position of Executive Director, to begin employment on January 1, 2009. Deadline for application September 15, 2008.

Rusty Sighting :: Fried Chicken and Coffee

I just got a note from Rusty Barnes about his newest literary endeavor, starting right now as a blog and seeing where interest might take it: "I'm doing periodic blogposts as well as interviews and reviews and publishing fiction and poetry, all of which is related to rural literature, Appalachian literature, and redneck/white trash literature in general. It's at friedchickenandcoffee.blogspot.com. Right now I have a couple poems and a story posted, and interviews scheduled with Ron Rash and Silas House, as well as a review of Jayne Pupek's Tomato Girl."

Monday, September 01, 2008

NewPages Updates :: New Mag Listings

New Literary Magazines Listed
The Prague Revue – fiction, poetry, reviews, drama, essay, photography
Toward the Light – poetry, fiction, essay, photography
Rabbit Light Movies – video poetry
Torch – poetry, prose, artwork, video
Hawk & Handsaw - poetry, nonfiction, stories, visual art
Wild Violet – poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, essay, art, reviews, interviews
Dreaming Methods – media fiction

New Alternative Publications Listed
RiseUp - a newspaper and online magazine celebrating race and ethnicity

Jobs :: Various

Hartwick College Department of English and Theatre Arts invites applications for a full-time, 3-year position in fiction writing commencing September 2009 (pending final administrative approval) at the rank of assistant professor. Dr. Robert Bensen, Acting Chair, English and Theatre Arts. November 15, 2008.

University of Michigan Department of English Language & Literature invites applications for the Helen Herzog Zell Visiting Professorship in Creative Writing visiting appointment in fiction, which is a three-year appointment (through April 30, 2012), with potential renewal for two additional years (through April 30, 2014). Candidates should be emerging writers (no more than one or two books published or under contract) who have achieved distinction in their writing & excellence in their teaching or who have demonstrated the promise of such distinction & excellence. Send letter of application, c.v. & short writing sample (25 pages) by November 10 to: Professor Sidonie Smith, Chair, Department of English Language & Literature, University of Michigan, 3187 Angell Hall, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003.

Arkansas Tech University invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor in fiction writing, beginning August 11, 2009. Dr. Carl Brucker, Head, Department of English. November 25, 2008.

The 2009-10 Stadler Fellowship offers professional training in arts administration & literary editing in a thriving, university-based poetry center, while also providing the Fellow time to pursue his or her own writing. December 6, 2008.

The Creative Writing Program, New York University seeks a renowned fiction writer of national reputation who will play a leading role within the Creative Writing Program, & will hold a tenured appointment in the Department of English. Position to begin September 1, 2009, pending final administrative & budgetary approval.

University of California, San Diego, Department of Literature is seeking a poet to teach in a thriving undergraduate program & new MFA program. November 15, 2008.

Colby-Sawyer College has an opportunity for an innovative and energetic full-time Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Writing in the Department of Humanities. This is a tenure-eligible faculty position available in late August 2009. October 15, 2008.

Narrative Contest Winners Announced

Narrative Magazine announces the winners of the 2008 First-Person Story Contest:

First Place ($3,000) Gina Ochsner On Principle
Second Place ($1,750) Heather Brittain Bergstrom Celilo Falls
Third Place ($1,000) Holly Wilson Night Glow

Ten Finalists ($125 each)
Alethea Black Mistake
Abby Frucht But You’re Not
Lisa Fugard The Ghost of Anton Viljoen
Ed Gray Freedom Cross
Barb Johnson Turn It Up
Twister Marquiss Spectator Sports
David Peters The Dressing Room
Marc Petersen Shopping in the Middle of the Night
Debra Spark 46
Terese Svoboda Recon