Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Narrative Fall Fiction Contest Winners

Narrative Magazine announced the winners and finalists of their Fall Fiction Contest:

FIRST PRIZE
Jackie Thomas-Kennedy "You Cannot Lie about a Mountain"

SECOND PRIZE
Richard Bausch "Reverend Thornhill's Wife"

THIRD PRIZE
Russell Working "Evil Onions"

FINALISTS
Nathaniel Bellows "Forgiveness"
Patricia Engel "The Bridge"
Peter Fromm "Peas"
Abby Frucht "The Dead Car"
Alicia Gifford "Afterlife"
Laura Marello "First Love"
Jerry D. Mathes II "Red Flag Warning"
Viet Thanh Nyugen "Arthur Arellano"
Jason Magabo Perez "Megastardom
Ron Tanner "Art Lesson"

The Third-Person Story Contest, with a First Prize of $3,000, a Second Prize of $1,500, a Third Prize of $750, and ten finalists receiving $100 each, is open to fiction and nonfiction entries from all writers.

Entry deadline: March 31

Glimmer Train Family Matters Winners

Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories of their October Family Matters competition.

First place: Karen Outen of Upper Marlboro, MD, wins $1200 for “Inside the Universe of His Parents”. Her story will be published in the Spring 2010 issue of Glimmer Train Stories, out in February 2010.

Second place: Dana Kinstler of Tivoli, NY, wins $500 for “Eclipse”. Her story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing her prize to $700.

Third place: Luke Fiske of Cold Spring, NY, wins $300 for “Beautiful Jewish Women Will Sleep with You for Free”.

This quarterly competition is open to all writers for stories about family, with a word count range of 500-12,000.

Also: Fiction Open competition (deadline soon approaching! January 2)
Glimmer Train hosts this competition quarterly, and first place is $2000 plus publication in the journal. It’s open to all writers, no theme restrictions, and word count range is 2000-20,000.

New Ohio Review Update

Beginning with its fifth issue, New Ohio Review's contributors will receive honoraria of $10/page for prose and $15/page for poetry, $30 minimum, in addition to two copies of the issue and a one-year subscription.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Writing Institute :: Juniper at UMass

Juniper Summer Writing Institute
& The Institute for Young Writers
University of Massachusetts Amherst
June 21-27, 2009
The University of Massachusetts MFA Program, one of the nation's oldest and finest creative writing programs, invites you to the beautiful Pioneer Valley for a week of intensive writing workshops, craft sessions, readings, Q&As, and manuscript consultations. Faculty include: James Tate, Lydia Davis, Mark Doty, Charles d'Ambrosio, Dara Wier, Noy Holland, Matthew Zapruder, Paul Lisicky, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Holly Black, Lisa Olstein, Kelly Link, Alex Phillips, Chris Bachelder, Arisa White, and Shauna Seliy.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Vote Now! Book Cover of the Year

You have until December 31 to cast you vote for Best Book Cover of the Year from the finalists selected by The Book Design Review.

New Lit on the Block :: The Chaffey Review

The Chaffey Review is dedicated to the promotion of literary arts and is published annually by the students and faculty of Chaffey College. The editorial collective culls from the creative writing and journalism programs, providing effectual experience for students to learn about the publishing industry.

The inaugural issue includes a piece given to the journal by David Foster Wallace before his death. The editorial for the journal includes the details of Michelle Dowd's meeting with Wallace and a dedication of the journal in his memory.

Also included in this issue are works of fiction by John McIntyre, Chelsea Redford, S.D. Asher, and Breinne Morasse, poetry by D.M. Shepherd, Chase Pielak, Brian McConnell, Robert Piluso, and Eleanor Paynter, and creative non-fiction by Renee Summerfield, Sandy Harber, and Angela Bartlett - as well as many other authors.

The Chaffey Review accepts poems, short stories, and creative non-fiction. From the numerous submissions we receive, we accept only the finest, regardless of genre, selections filled with style and surprise, that pay attention to craft, language, and the story well told.

Grace Paley Fans

Grace Paley fans, you'll want to pick up a copy of the most recent Massachusetts Review (or better yet, subscribe!). The entire issue is devoted to Paley and includes works by Mark Doty, Janet Kauffman, Terry Gross, Naomi Shihab Nye, William O'Rourke, and of course many selections by Grace Paley as well as contributions from her daughter, Nora Paley. Eight pages of Paley's manuscript are included, complete with her handwritten notes.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Updates :: Book Contests

New Year's Resolution: Get that manuscript ready to send out to quality lit contests.

How do you find these? On NewPages Guide to Book Contests, of course! Newly updated, so check it out and start planning your year.

Know a contest not listed? Drop me a line: denisehill[at]newpages.com

Friday, December 26, 2008

In Memoriam :: Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter, universally acclaimed as one of the greatest British playwrights of his generation, has died.

The Nobel Prize winner lost his battle with cancer on Christmas Eve, his agent confirmed. He was 78.

Pinter, who also enjoyed success as a screenwriter for film and television, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005, being hailed by the awarding committee as "the foremost representative of British drama in the second half of the 20th century".

Read more on The Times website.

Still Time for End of Year Donations

Dwayne David Hayes, Founding Editor of Absinthe encourages readers to consider end-of-year donations to your favorite non-profit publications to help boost your tax write-offs.

Awards :: New Letters Readers Awards

Announcing Winners of the 2008 New Letters Readers Awards, distinguished by readers from volume 74, issues 1, 2, 3, and 4:

Winning Poem: "Hangman," by Jennifer Maier

Winning Essays (a tie): "How to Succeed in Po Biz," by Kim Addonizio, and "Mrs. Wright's Bookshop," by Thomas Larson

Winning Story: "Two Studies in Entropy," by Sara Pritchard

Essay Runner-Up: "Authority," by Kelly Cherry
Poetry Runner-Up: "Ultrasound," by Kristin Berger

Honorable Mentions:
In Fiction: "Intercourse: Couples in Six Short Stories," by Robert Olen Butler; "In Africa," by Edward Hoagland; "Mixed Breeding," by Scott Solomon; "Honesty," by Ellen Wilbur; "Black Step," by Daniel Woodrell.

In Poetry: "Blue Room," by Peter Balakian; The Inferno of Dante Alighieri, Cantos I-V, a new translation, by Mary Jo Bang; "Once Out of Nature," for Jim Simmerman 1952-2006, by Mark Irwin; "some other god," by Michael Joyce; "The Palmer Method," by William Trowbridge.

In the Essay: "Why I Write Now," by Kelly Cherry.

Other Writers Distinguished by Our Readers:
Willis Barnstone, Beverly Blasingame, Deborah Bogen, Catherine Browder, Patricia Clark, Desmond Egan, Nathan Englander, B.H. Fairchild, Inge Genefke, Robert Gibb, Albert Goldbarth, M. Nasorri Pavone, David Ray, Adrienne Su, Melvin B. Tolson, David Wagoner, Nancy White, Anne-E. Wood.

stroySouth Change of Guard

storySouth's new publisher will be Spring Garden Press in Greensboro, North Carolina. storySouth's new editor is Terry Kennedy, the Associate Director of the MFA Writing Program at UNCG Greensboro and the editor of Spring Garden Press. Joining him as fiction editor is Drew Perry, a UNCG alum who teaches fiction writing at Elon University. Julie Funderburk, who previously served as one of storySouth's associate editors, will be the poetry editor, while Andrew Saulters, who created the websites for the UNCG MFA Program, The Greensboro Review, and Spring Garden Press, will be storySouth's new designer.

Jason Sanford
, founding editor and former publisher, will continue to run the magazine's Million Writers Award, but otherwise all the current storySouth editors will be fading into the journal's background.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

In Memoriam :: Ian MacMillan

MANOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing recently bid farewell to Ian MacMillan, who served as its fiction editor for many years. A recipient of the Hawaii Award for Literature, the Elliott Cades Award for Literature, and numerous other prizes and distinctions, Ian passed away on 18 December after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Ian was also a professor of English at the University of Hawai‘i, where he taught creative writing since 1966. His first book, Light and Power (University of Missouri Press, 1980), won the Associated Writing Programs Award. He has published four books set in Hawai‘i: a novel entitled The Red Wind (Mutual Publishing, 1998); and three story collections from Anoai Press, Exiles from Time (1998), Squid-Eye (1999), and Ullambana (2002). He also published a trilogy of novels set in World War II: Proud Monster (North Point Press, 1987), Orbit of Darkness (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991), and Village of a Million Spirits: A Novel of the Treblinka Uprising (Steerforth Press, 1999, Penguin Books, 2000), which won the 2000 PEN-USA-West Fiction Award. He made over a hundred appearances in such literary and commercial magazines as Paris Review, Iowa Review, Gettysburg Review, and MANOA and appeared in such anthologies as The Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, and The Best of Triquarterly. For his work as a writer and teacher, he received the 1992 Hawai‘i Award for Literature, the highest literary honor in the state.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

POWDER (book trailer Nov. 2008)

Powder: Writing by Women in the Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq
An interesting look at the latest in book marketing - the book trailer. Powder is now available from Kore Press - with a unique online feature: "Send a Copy to Your Congressmember." You click and pay, and Kore will ship it directly to your favorite or least favorite senator. House Members and Military Generals will soon be added.

Cave Wall Updates

Rhett Iseman Trull, Editor of Cave Wall tells me they are now able to take online orders for subscriptions. REMEMBER: Lit mag subscriptions make great holiday gifts! Order online now and let your recipient know they can expect their gift throughout the new year!

ArtBistro :: Artist Community Online

ArtBistro brings members of the visual art community together to network, advance careers, and to foster a community with exclusive benefits where information about artists and designers is provided by artists and designers. Included on the site: News, Portfolios, Videos, Jobs, Education, and more - free sign-up required to access some content.

Conference & CFP :: African American Literature

Celebrating African American Literature: The Novel Since 1988
Penn State U
Oct 23 - 24, 2009

This conference will cover contemporary novelists and their novels produced and published since 1988. The meeting is designed to attract scholars and educators from a variety of fields, including American and African American literary studies, cultural studies, rhetoric, African American studies, and ethnic studies.

CFP: paper, panel, and roundtable proposals on theoretical, critical, or pedagogical approaches to works produced since 1988. Especially interested in proposals that address the work of featured novelists Alice Randall and Mat Johnson. Proposals focusing on satire, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, or any of the topics listed below are also welcomed. Selected essays will once again be edited for publication. Deadline: Feb 5

Monday, December 22, 2008

SPD Sale

End of Capitalism Sale at SPD Books - 75% off several dozen titles.

Kore Press Award Announced

Kore Press First Book Award
Judged by Patricia Smith

Congratulations to Heather Cousins of the University of Georgia, winner of the Kore Press 2009 First Book Award for her poetry collection Something in the Potato Room.

1st runner-up
Mortal Geography by Alexandra Teague
Oakland, CA

2nd runner-up
Threshold by Jennifer Richter
Corvalis, OR

3rd runner-up
American Elegy by Elisa Pulido
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Settling on War and Peace

The most recent issue of New England Review includes in its Readers Notebook feature an essay by Michael R. Katz, "War and Peace in Our Time." This essay is also generously provided online, full-text. In it, Katz comments on why the resurgence of interest in Tolstoy's work, focusing on the three most recently published translations and the controversy surrounding each. Katz's survey, which he humbly calls a "brief comparison," is indeed thorough and provides a final recommendation, which is worth the full read of his commentary to understand.

Jobs :: Various

Gettysburg College Department of English Emerging Writer Lecturer. One-year appointment, beginning August 2009, for a creative writer who plans a career that involves college-level teaching, to teach three courses per semester, including Introduction to Creative Writing and an advanced course in the writer's genre, as well as to assist with departmental writing activities. Mentorship for teaching and assistance in professional development provided.

The DePauw University English Department and its distinguished Creative Writing Program invite poets to apply for one-semester appointment in fall or spring of 2009-2010 as the Mary Field Distinguished Visiting Writer.

Normandale Community College Faculty in English Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing. Cyndee Robinson, Human Resources. January 15, 2009

Composition and Professional Writing, American University of Sharjah. Dean William Heidcamp at cashr-at-aus.edu

Sunday, December 21, 2008

In Memoriam :: Dorothy Sterling


Kid's literature luminary Sterling dies at age 95
By Elaine Woo
Los Angeles Times

Dorothy Sterling, a significant figure in 20th century children's literature for her well-researched portrayals of historical black Americans written decades before multiculturalism became mainstream, died Dec. 1 at her home in Wellfleet, Mass. She was 95.

A self-described accidental historian, Sterling wrote more than 35 books, among the best known of which is "Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman." Published in 1954 and still in print, it was one of the first full-length biographies of a historic black figure written for children.

The author drew attention to more obscure but important figures in "Captain of the Planter: The Story of Robert Smalls" (1958), the first children's biography of the slave who captured a Confederate gunboat during the Civil War. "The Making of an Afro-American: Martin Robison Delany" (1971) helped stir interest in the little-known abolitionist, Harvard-educated physician and early proponent of black nationalism...[read the rest here]

Saturday, December 20, 2008

NewPages Updates

The New Plains Review - poetry, fiction, essays and creative nonfiction
Sidebrow – poetry, prose, art
Holly Rose Review – poetry, tattoos
Wilderness House Literary Review – poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, book reviews
Qarrtsiluni – non-fiction, poetry, and short fiction, photographs, digitized artwork, and short films
Buffalo Carp – poetry,short story, fiction, non-fiction, essays, playlets

Friday, December 19, 2008

Rain Taxi Online Auction

There's still time left support Rain Taxi and get your bids in on signed first editions, gorgeous broadsides, rare chapbooks, seminal graphic novels, quirky collectible books, handcrafted items, and more! M.T. Anderson, John Ashbery, Paul Auster, Charles Bernstein, Robert Bly, Paul Bowles, Stephen Colbert, Samuel R. Delany, Neil Gaiman, Patricia Hampl, Richard Hell, Jaime Hernandez, Garrison Keillor, Jonathan Lethem, David Markson, Henry Miller, Rick Moody, Barack Obama, Ron Padgett, Jerome Rothenberg, Joe Sacco, Arthur Sze, Jeff Vandermeer, Anne Waldman, Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop, and Marjorie Welish are just some of the authors whose works you'll find. To see the full listings, go to Rain Taxi's online benefit auction.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Interviewing at AWP?

The Chronicle of Higher Ed has some advice "Conference Rookies: Preparing to attend your first big academic convention? Here's what you need to consider," by Julie Miller Vick, senior associate director of career services at the University of Pennsylvania, and Jennifer S. Furlong, associate director of graduate-student career development at Columbia University's Center for Career Education.

Symposium & CFP :: Stepping Out

Stepping Out: Academics, Civic Engagement, and Activism

Miami’s English Graduate and Adjunct Association’s Symposium
The sixth annual symposium will be held Saturday, March 28th, 2009 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

In a time of war and economic crisis, when people are suffering both locally and globally, what is the role of the academic and of higher education? The academy at large has been accused of living an insular existence, speaking only within disciplinary boundaries and rarely reaching the minds and bodies of those not admitted to higher education’s spaces. With this call, we hope to challenge the claim that the academy exists only for the academy’s sake as well as encourage collaboration and community-building across disciplinary and geographic divides that artificially mark sites of education.

CFP - See website. Deadline: Feb 15

Conference & CFP :: Waiting Time

Waiting Time
New York University
Department of Comparative Literature
Graduate Student Conference
April 17-19, 2009

Keynote Speaker: Marshall Berman

What are we waiting for? What awaits us? While often dismissed as a period of wastefulness or lost time, waiting may also intensify experience and become a condition in which to consider questions of modernity, aesthetic process, politics, erotics and the tempos of everyday life.

Amid other theorizations of time, history and eventfulness, waiting offers a thematic axis around which conversation among scholars from a wide range of disciplines and critical perspectives can emerge. How can we unsettle the received divide between waiting and action? Or given this divide, how can we re-think the relationship between the two? Beyond (in)activity, how might waiting also be conceived of as a mode of attention or practice?

CFP
Possible paper topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

-Messianism & eschatology
-Event & revolution
-Fidelity & trust
-Designing patience: waiting rooms, drawing rooms, prisons, train stations
-Style and technique: the pause (in music and beyond), rest, suspense, seriality
-Waiting Faster: technologies of convenience, speed, acceleration
-Bureaucracy: legal process, immigration, the post, (un)employment, drudgery
-Sickness & convalescence
-Ennui, anxiety, boredom, killing time
-Erotics of waiting: desire and deferral, chastity, courtly love, chivalric romance, sexual suspense
-Gestation, inspiration, latency
-Hope, fate, & inevitability
-Progress, process, & telos
-Revenge & ressentiment
-Waiting nations: birth, belatedness, & modernization
-Military strategy: ambush attack
-Immigration & exile

Please send a 300-word paper abstracts due January 20, 2009 via email to WaitingTime.Spring2009_at_gmail.com.

Zombie Fans

You'll love Frederik Peeters celebrity art on Portraits as Living Deads blog. That's Buddy Holly, by the way, in case the glasses didn't give him away.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Jobs :: Normandale CC

Message from Kris Bigalk@Normandale CC:

I wanted to let you know about three positions that are opening up at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota this year, in the event that you or someone you know is looking for a full-time teaching position. We are hiring a Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing (a one-year appointment) and three unlimited full-time English generalist positions.

Our AFA in Creative Writing program is growing, and we are adding a Certificate in Creative Writing program this spring; currently, we offer at least one section of five or more different creative writing courses each semester,including Intro to Creative Writing, Poetry Writing, Fiction Writing, Play and Screen Writing, and Memoir/Creative Nonfiction Writing, and serve over 400 students per year in creative writing courses alone. Our other English offerings are also robust, and include several levels of composition, as well as a variety of literature courses. Normandale's enrollment is around 10,000 students per year.

For more information on necessary qualifications, please see the links below. The application deadline is January 15, so act fast. Feel free to forward this to others, or to e-mail Kris with any questions - Kris.Bigalk-at-normandale.edu

Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing

Three Unlimited Full-time English Positions

Every Best of 2008

Looking for the "Best of 2008" book lists? Look no further, as Largehearted Boy has gone obsessive in collecting them all! I don't have an exact count, but I'd say he's got over 200 online sources on that list - and growing.

Largehearted Boy is a music blog featuring daily free and legal music downloads as well as news from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture. LB has run best-of music lists, but this year is "aggregating 2008 year-end online book lists in this post and updating the list daily as new lists are added." He welcomes you to send along a link to lists not on his, well, list.

Girls Write Now

Thanks to Maude Newton for posting her support for Girls Write Now on her blog, along with a video of one of writers from the program reading. Newton just joined the board of directors with Girls Write Now, a mentor writing program in New York city for young girls at risk. If you visit the video on YouTube, there are many other clips there from this same reading. But, if after watching Emily's clip, My Name is Not My Sky - you aren't in some way compelled to support this program (not just monetarily), or find ways to get involved with young writers, well, I just gotta wonder...

Conference & CFP :: Navigating the Body

Navigating the Body
Spaces, Mapping, and Embodiment

University of Virginia Department of English
Graduate-Student Conference
March 20-22, 2009

The Graduate English Student Association at the University of Virginia is hosting a Spring conference on “Spaces, Mapping, and Embodiment.” This conference is intended to cross several periods and disciplines within the humanities, and to engage with recently opened critical conversations on such issues as: theories and forms of cultural, literary and literary-historical mapping; history and historiography; sexuality and gender; the designation and re-designation of national, political, and cultural spaces; and embodied and performative modes of history and memory.

CFP Deadline: Jan 23

Study Abroad :: Summer Literary Seminars

Summer Literary Seminars is now accepting applications for their new programs in Italy (May 15-30, 2009) and Lithuania (July 20 - August 4, 2009). Academic credit is available through Concordia University. SLS produces a blended program of workshops, lectures and unique cultural experiences. Deadline: April 15, 2009.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

AWP Student Volunteers

For students interested in attending the AWP in Chicago (February 11-14, 2009) who are also trying to save some cash, volunteer for one four-hour shift in exchange for your reg fee. For more info, click here - soon, while shifts are still available.

Fellowship :: Black Mountain

Black Mountain offers nine-month fellowships to published writers and public intellectuals. The program accepts applications from novelists, poets, playwrights, historians, political scientists, independent scholars, and anyone else whose work is meant for a general, educated lay audience. Black Mountain awards three to five fellowships each year to outstanding writers who have published at least one critically acclaimed book before the time of application. Foreign nationals conversant in English are welcome to apply. There are no degree requirements. Fellows receive a $50,000 stipend, an office, a computer, and access to UNLV's Lied Library. They remain in residence at BMI for the duration of the fellowship term (approximately August 24, 2009 to May 14, 2010) and work daily at the BMI offices. Application deadline: February 1, 2009.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Fellowships :: Terra Foundation

For the ninth consecutive year, the Terra Foundation for American Art is offering ten summer fellowships to artists and scholars from the United States and Europe. These fellowships are awarded to doctoral students engaged in research on American art and to artists who have completed their studies at masters level (or the equivalent). Each Terra Summer Fellow is provided with lodging and study or studio space, daily lunches and a program consisting of independent study, meetings and seminars. During their eight-week stay, senior artists and scholars are in residence to mentor the fellows and to pursue their own work. As Giverny is located less than an hour from Paris, fellows have easy access to the limitless cultural and academic resources of the French capital. Deadline January 15, 2009.

Residency :: Hambidge

The Hambidge Residency Program provides setting, solitude and time for creative individuals working in a wide variety of creative disciplines: visual arts, design, music, dance, writing. Fellowships are offered for two to eight week residencies, year round, except for the month of January. Fellows enjoy the gift of life without every-day distractions, in individual cottage/studios. These sanctuaries are scattered across our 600 acre setting of mountain forests, streams, waterfalls, hiking trails and wildflower meadows in Rabun Gap, Georgia.

Application Deadlines:
January 15, 2009 for May thru August
April 15, 2009 for September thru November
September 15, 2009 for December thru April, 2010

Art on Eating

Visit images from the work in progress: “I Am What I Ate” by Louis Dunn currently showing in Alimentum Journal's online gallery.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Alexie Book Removed

Funny how in the span of a week, I can post a video of Alexie receiving a National Book Award and now this article about the removal of his book from a high school curriculum. I think a letter of concern would be a good holiday gift to send a few people involved:

Jeff Landaker is the board chair who, it is reported, despite the complainants not following proper procedure by first talking with the teacher and going instead directly to the board, supports the ban.
jbarlhorseshoeing@juno.com

Jim Golden is the Principal of the school. Golden was reportedly opposed to banning the book.
Jim.golden@crookcounty.k12.or.us

Rich Shultz is the superintendent of the schools.
rich.shultz@crookcounty.k12.or.us

Crook County removes book from schools after parent complains
by Helen Jung
Thursday December 11, 2008
The Oregonian

Sherman Alexie's book has raised some concerns in the Crook County school district. The Crook County School District has temporarily removed a book from classrooms after one parent complained to the school board that the National Book Award winner was "trashy" and "inappropriate."

Written by Sherman Alexie, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," which is based on Alexie's own experiences, follows a boy who leaves the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white school "where the only other Indian is the school mascot" according to the book jacket description...[read the rest here]

Jobs :: Various

One-year appointment for emerging writer lecturer at Gettysburg College beginning August 2009, for a creative writer who plans a career that involves college-level teaching, to teach three courses per semester, including Introduction to Creative Writing and an advanced course in the writer's genre, as well as to assist with departmental writing activities. Jan 30.

Emory University Two-year Creative Writing Fellowship in poetry in lively undergraduate English/Creative Writing Program, beginning fall 2009. Feb 2.

MSU Mankato English/Creative Writing - Fiction, Assistant Professor. Jan 23.

American University
Department of Literature in the College of Arts & Sciences invites applications for two tenure-track positions in Creative Writing/Fiction & Creative Non-fiction beginning fall 2009. Jonathan Loesberg, Chair, Department of Literature. Until filled. Interviews AWP

Wichita State University Distinguished Writer-in-Residence. Temporary one-month position for a writer of fiction to teach a tutorial course to approximately 15 graduate & advanced undergraduate fiction writing students. Margaret Dawe, Chair, Department of English. Feb 15.

California Institute of the Art
s MFA Writing Program, based in the School of Critical Studies, invites applications for a regular faculty position (two courses per semester) in fiction and/or creative non-fiction. Jan 5.

Lyon College seeks a distinguished writer of fiction for its 4th biennial Visiting Fellowship in Creative Writing (fiction), a semester-long residency scheduled during the autumn 2009 semester. April 1.

Wichita State University Distinguished Poet-in-Residence. Temporary one-month position for a writer of poetry to teach a tutorial course to approximately 15 graduate & advanced undergraduate poetry writing students. Margaret Dawe, Chair, Department of English. Feb 15.

Grinnel College
two-year leave replacement position in the English Department in Fiction Writing. Professor Ralph Savarese, Department of English. Jan 16.

Friday, December 12, 2008

New Lit on the Block :: experiment-o

experiment-o is published annually as a PDF magazine "with the aim of bringing attention to works that do what art is supposed to do and that is to risk." Amanda Earl of AngelHousePress is behind this new project, and the first issue contains what appear to be several AHP regulars, though the publication is open for submissions.

experiment-o will consider interviews, reviews, visual art, visual poetry, concrete poetry, poetry, prose, manifestos, maps, rants, blog entries, translations and other digital miscellany. Only contributions that are possible in PDF form will be considered.

Issue 1 features: Gary Barwin, Camille Martin, rob mclennan, Pearl Pirie, Roland Prevost, Jenny Sampirisi, Emily A. Falvey, Steve Venright, and Spencer Gordon.

Watercolors :: Candy Witcher


I came across Witcher's work published in the most recent issue of the Wilderness House Literary Review - an online with a print annual. I'm a sucker for watercolors, and these images won me over. It's worth checking out Witcher's site as well; the Elephant Eye pencil drawing is especially worth a gaze.

You Had Me at Cello

The newest issue of The Hudson Review (Autumn 2008), celebrating its 60th anniversary, includes a CD: "Poetry into Music with Dana Gioia." The CD includes the intro track with Gergory Hesselink on cello and baritone, Leon Williams. Dana Gioia speaks on intermittent "Conversations" tracks between combined singers and musicians. A great holiday gift (if you're STILL shopping).

Film :: Rwanda Film Festival

In East Africa, a new generation of storytellers is emerging. For the first time in history, Rwandans are using film and an inflatable screen to tell their own stories, in their own language. A film festival in which "the theater is coming to you..."

Film Festival: Rwanda is a feature-length documentary that follows Rwandan filmmakers producing their own films, and screening them in remote villages for hundreds to thousands of people. For many Rwandans, this is the first time they’ve seen a film, let alone one in their local language, “Kinyarwanda”.

Rather than re-examining the past, these young storytellers are using film to project a positive vision of their country’s future. Their motivation, energy and creativity, inspired us to start following them last year.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

17 Years Ago Today

This short preface to the Winter 2009 issue of Glimmer Train was a nice look back. It's not a birthday or anniversary, just years of living life and saying, Whew! it's been a long road, a hard road, and a bad road, and a good road: "Seventeen years ago we published our first issue of Glimmer Train Stories. The Gulf War had just ended, the Soviet Union was collapsing, the first-ever documented South Atlantic tropical cyclone developed in the Southern Hemisphere, the Dow passed 3000 for the first time, Tim Berners-Lee released an article describing his idea for the World Wide Web, and the first President Bush was in the final year of his presidency. We're sending this issue to press just weeks before the November 4 election, an old chapter closing and a new one pushing open. And for the two of us, as well: We have now both crossed into our second half-century, and life is a compelling as it's ever been. It's good being alive, being sisters, and doing this work." Susan and Linda - keep it going girls!

Nobel Winner Exhibits Art

Museo Wurth La Rioja hosts After the Flood an Exhibition by Gao Xingjian
From Art Knowledge News

AGONCILLO-LA RIOJA, SPAIN - Museo Wurth La Rioja presents the exhibition After the Flood, which brings together the work by the prestigious Chinese artist Gao Xingjian (Ganzhou, China, 1940), 2000 Nobel Prize in Literature. A selection of 80 recently created artworks, including ink paintings on canvas and paper. Regarded as one of the most important Chinese writers at present, Gao Xingjian still is not well known as a painter in Spain, although he is recognized by the international art scene and his oeuvre was previously exhibited at the Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid, 2002). His work has been presented in several solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Asia and the United States, and is included in important art collections around the world. [Read the rest on Art Knowledge News]

Life Photos Online

LIFE photo archive hosted by Google
Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.

Dr. Seuss Secrets...Shhhh...

10 Stories Behind Dr. Seuss Stories
by Stacy Conradt
Mental Floss
November 16, 200

Okay, I'll give away number one, but fans of Horton and Cat, visit the site:

1. The Lorax. In case you haven’t read The Lorax, it’s widely recognized as Dr. Seuss’ take on environmentalism and how humans are destroying nature. The logging industry was so upset about the book that some groups within the industry sponsored The Truax, a similar book—but from the logging point of view. Another interesting fact: the book used to contain the line, “I hear things are just as bad up in Lake Erie,” but 14 years after the book was published, the Ohio Sea Grant Program wrote to Seuss and told him how much the conditions had improved and implored him to take the line out. Dr. Seuss agreed and said that it wouldn’t be in future editions. [Sorry Seuss, but we need the line back for those bastards...]

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Red Hen Press Holiday Sale

Red Hen Press is offering some sweet deals for the holidays, including select titles at 40% off until December 31, and one-year gift subscriptions for the upcoming publishing year - you can get select poetry (12 titles) or prose (8 titles), as well as a catalog subscription (20 titles!).

As with any of these great publisher deals, if not for you or a loved one, don't forget your local library, public school, care homes, prison reading programs, community centers, ETC! Share the love of READING!

Geof Huth on VisoPoetry

The November 2008 issue of Poetry features a nice, full-color photo section on visual poetry. You can read Geof Huth's commentary on Poetry's website, but for the full visual imagery, you've got to get your hands on a copy.

"Few visual poems these days function as poems do. Instead, they encompass a wide range of verbo-visual creations that focus on the textual materiality of language. The form includes poems written as mathematical equations, collage poems, xerographic pieces that include no words but concentrate on the meaning that has built up within the shapes of letters, and even asemic writings in invented scripts created to mean through shape rather than word. Visual poetry is written for the eye, but its methods and intentions, even in those works most limited in their verbal content, are always poetic, always compelling the reader forward into the transformative power of language, always entranced by—and entrancing through—the text that is before us." (pictured: "jHegaf" by Geof Huth)

New Lit on the Block :: The Honey Land Review

The Honey Land Review is a contemporary web journal dedicated to the poetry and photography of both emerging and established artists.

The Honey Land Review has designed a spotlight feature to highlight the work of current graduate students. Their intention is to maintain a forum where graduate students can showcase their work as well as provide some insight into the many wonderful creative writing programs available to writers today.

HLR is open for submission Dec - Sept.

[photo by Christina Ebel, featured in HLR]

e-Poetry Festival :: Barcelona


E-Poetry Festival
5th Annual
Universitat Obertat de Catalunya (UOC)
Barcelona
May 24-27, 2009

E-Poetry is both a conference and a festival on digital poetry. The festival is the most significant digital literary gathering in the field. Authors and researchers worldwide meet and present their researches and works. This will permit researchers to present their latest research and artists to premier their newest works. A selection of the papers will be published after the conference following the peer review system and we will also like to publish proceedings of the conference.

Artistic events will take place at key Barcelona venues such as the Barcelona Center for Contemporary Culture (CCCB), providing authors the opportunity to present their works to a public curious about new poetry and artistic trends employing technology and communication during the Setmana de la Poesia, that is also sharing a part of our artistic program.

Katherine Hayles (Duke), Roberto Simanowski (Brown University) and Jean Clément (Université Paris 8) have already accepted to be key-note speakers.

The UOC’s research group Hermeneia with the collaboration of Electronic Poetry Center (University of Buffalo) and the Laboratoire Paragraph (Univ. Paris VIII) will organize the event.

Papers and works for the Conference & the Festival are currently being accepted. Deadline December 1, 2008.

Board Games Anyone?

Five Centuries of Board Games on BibliOdyssey: Books,Illustrations, Science, History, Visual Materia Obscura, Eclectic Bookart

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Tupelo Holiday Sale

Just in time for the holidays: every full-length paperback book is $10.00 from now until January 1, 2009, when ordered directly from the Tupelo Press website.

New Lit on the Block :: Holly Rose Review

The Holly Rose Review is a unique online journal featuring poetry and tattoos - Honest! - on the theme of "Peace." Not only will readers find text and images, but recordings of some of the authors reading their own works.

Issue 1 features: Lori Schreiner, Karen Neuberg, Jane Wohl, Cyril Wong, Maxime Lanouette, Arlene Ang, Lane Falcon, Beatrix Gates, Rhonda Palmer, Scott Corbin, Debbi Brody, Danny Bellinger, Santi Ruiz, Mani Rao, Jon Gerhard, Robin King, John Bloomberg-Rissman, Maria Williams-Russell, Tony Gibert, Donnell McGee, Peter Joseph Gloviczki, Simon Petkovich.

Submission are being accepting for Issue Two on the theme of "Passion" according to the following dates: December 1, 2008, to April 30, 2009, for tattoos, and February 1 to April 30, 2009 for poetry.

Video :: Toni Morrison Interview

Video conversation of NYT Book Review Editor Sam Tanenhaus with Toni Morrison - about her new novel and the election of Barack Obama.

Goofus and Gallant


I grew up with them, how 'bout you?

Monday, December 08, 2008

New Lit on the Block :: Sidebrow

Sidebrow is an online & print journal dedicated to innovation & collaboration. Sidebrow provides a forum for exploring the collective and the singular in literary arts. Submissions that re-imagine or explore interstices between posted pieces or respond to ongoing projects are encouraged.

The first issue of Sidebrow includes an impressive lineup: Jenny Allan, A.K. Arkadin, Jeff Bacon, Andrea Baker, Julia Bloch,Lawrence Ytzhak Braithwaite, Nick Bredie, Amina Cain, Kate Hill Gantrill, Nona Gaspers, Jimmy Chen, Kim Ghinquee. John Cleary, Steve Dalachinsky, Catherine Daly, Brett Evans, Brian Evenson, Raymond Farr, Sandy Florian, Paul Gacioch, Anne Germanacos, Scott Glassman, Noah Eli Gordon, Paul Hardacre, HL Hazuka, Anne Heide, Malia Jackson, Carrie-Sinclair Katz, Susanna Kittredge, Richard Kostelanetz, Kristine Leja Norman Lock, Doug MacPherson, Scott Malby, Bob Marcacci, Bill Marsh, rob mclennan, LJ Moore, Greg Mulcahy, Cathi Murphy, Eireene Nealand, Daniel Pendergrass, Kristin Prevallet, kathryn 1. pringle, Stephen Ratcliffe, Francis Raven, AE Reiff, Daniel C. Remein, Elizabeth Robinson, Zach Savich, Len Shneyder, Nina Shope, Kyle Simonsen, Ed Skoog, Jason Snyder, Anna Joy Springer, Chris Stroffolino, Cole Swensen, Joanne Tracy, Chris Tysh, Nico Vassilakis, James Wagner, Derek White, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, and Angela Woodward.

Thomas Lynch on Paper Cuts

One of my all-time favorite writers and human beings in general: Thomas Lynch - given the "Stray Questions" by Gregory Cowles on the NYT Paper Cuts blog.

How much time — if any — do you spend on the Web? Is it a distraction or a blessing?


"The Web is like having my favorite haunts — library and post office, theater and gallery, newsroom, museum and archives — all in the same stone’s throw. No less the mall, casino and bawdy house; but those are dissipations I’ve, for the most part, avoided. For pure pleasure, an hour’s mousing around dictionary.com is hard to better."

Read the rest here.

New at West Branch

West Branch Editor Paula Closson Buck introduces a few new names to the publication starting with this latest issue - Fall/Winter 2008. New Advisory Editors include Shara McCallum, Chris Camuto, Deidre O'Connor, Robert Rosenberg, and G. C. Waldrep. Dinty Moore will become a contributing editor drumming up creative nonfiction submissions. And a new feature from Contributing Editor Garth Greenwell will be the annual column "To a Green Thought" - this issue includes the first installment: "Beauty's Canker: On Jorie Grahma." (Linked because it's generously available full-text on the WB site.)

Writing Workshops :: NY and Italy

A fun way to see Italy: Peter Selgin's Annual Writing Workshop in Vitorchiano, Italy. He also has another weekend workshop he does in the Catskill Mountains, NY, for those not looking to travel abroad..

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Calls from Home

Join the ninth annual CALLS FROM HOME radio broadcast for prisoners.

Thousand Kites is asking you to call their toll-free line 877-518-0606 and speak directly to those behind bars this holiday season. An answering machine will record your message. Read a poem, sing a song, or just speak directly from you heart. Speak to someone you know or to everyone - make it uplifting. Call anytime, now through December 9, and record your message.

The United States has 2.4 million people behind bars. Thousand Kites wants you to lend your voice to a powerful grassroots radio broadcast that reaches into our nation's prison and lets those inside know they are not forgotten.

Each call will be posted to the website as it comes in.

CALLS FROM HOME will broadcast on over 200 radio stations across the country and be available for download from their website on December 13. This is a project of Thousand Kites/WMMT-FM/Appalshop and a national network of grassroots organizations working for criminal justice reform.

Jobs :: Various

The Department of English at the American University of Sharjah is seeking a full-time faculty member. Dec 28. Dean William H Heidcamp: cashr-at-aus.edu

Indiana State University tenure-track assistant professor. Dec 1 until filled.

Northwestern University Simon Blattner Visiting Assistant Professorship in fiction. Mary Kinzie, Director of Creative Writing, Department of English.

Georgia College & State University Limited Term Temporary Creative Writer. Mary Kinzie, Director of Creative Writing, Department of English. Dec 15.

Columbia College Chicago visiting poet for the Elma Stuckey Liberal Arts and Sciences Emerging Poet-in-Residence. Feb 15 deadline.

Concordia College-Moorhead
Fiction Writing Assistant Professor, tenure-track. Dec 10 until filled.

Visiting Poet at the University of Missouri-St. Louis MFA Program for the spring semester of 2010. Karen Bartoni, Department of English. Jan 9.

Western State College of Colorado invites applications for a Creative Writing tenure-track position in English starting August 2009. Jan 26.

Bowdoin College Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track/tenured position in creative writing (fiction & creative non-fiction). Elizabeth Muther, Chair, Department of English. Dec 15 until filled.

NewPages Updates

Polyphony H.S. – fiction, nonfiction, poetry
Annalemma – prose, art
a s l o n g a s i t t a k e s - poetry
10x3 plus – poetry
Amoskeag – fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art
HeartLodge - poetry
A Cappella Zoo – poetry, fiction, drama, art
Matrix – poetry, fiction
Black & White Journal for the Arts – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art

Saturday, December 06, 2008

In Memoriam ;: Forrest J Ackerman

Sci-fi's grand old man, Forrest J Ackerman, dies
By John Rogers
SouthFlorida.com

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forrest J Ackerman, the sometime actor, literary agent, magazine editor and full-time bon vivant who discovered author Ray Bradbury and was widely credited with coining the term "sci-fi," has died. He was 92.

Ackerman died Thursday of heart failure at his Los Angeles home, said Kevin Burns, head of Prometheus Entertainment and a trustee of Ackerman's estate.

Although only marginally known to readers of mainstream literature, Ackerman was legendary in science-fiction circles as the founding editor of the pulp magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland. He was also the owner of a huge private collection of science-fiction movie and literary memorabilia that for years filled every nook and cranny of a hillside mansion overlooking Los Angeles.

"He became the Pied Piper, the spiritual leader, of everything science fiction, fantasy and horror," Burns said Friday.

Read more here.

Visual Arts Submissions Sought

PRISM is extending the deadline for its Spring 2009, Visual Arts theme issue!

Deadline for Visual Arts Issue Extended
November 19, 2008 3:31PM
New deadline: December 15, 2008

Send your writing (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) about art, art about writing, creative projects that involve both, and conversations between artists and writers.

PRISM is also seeking compelling illustrations for our inside pages.

All submissions should be sent to:

PRISM international
Creative Writing Program, UBC
Buch. E462 – 1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1
Canada

Please indicate Visual Arts Theme Issue in your cover letter. Regular submission guidelines apply.

100 Notable Books

Nice to see a few small presses in the NYT 100 Notable Books of 2008.

Sherman Alexie accepting 2007 National Book Award

Friday, December 05, 2008

Disability Nation Charge :: Where Were You on Prop 8?

Commentary: Why PWD Need To Care About Prop 8
Submitted by Erika Jahneke
Disability Nation
November 18, 2008

"I have often thought that people with disabilities and people who are gay should be natural allies, even before all of the No on Proposition 8 protests and the subsequent rallies after election day started across the nation. The protests bring back memories of ADAPT actions I've been involved with in the past...

"I've had many amazing gay attendants, who each contributed in their own way to expanding my worldview beyond my suburban upbringing, and I owe them a great debt, as well as to many of my online friends, whose only agenda for me is that I do what makes my life better, and I'm feeling like they all got maligned on Election Day. I'm not okay with that. And, of course, many disabled people are gay, bisexual, or transgendered, and we should make it abundantly clear that anyone who tries to take their rights away has a fight with all of us. Yes, it's a pain, but just think of it as a gift-with-purchase for the time we spent together on Hitler's shit list..."

Read the rest on Disability Nation.

Will Read for Food

The 14th anniversary of Will Read for Food, the annual program of readings by local authors to benefit Greensboro charities, was held Thursday, November 20th, at the Weatherspoon Auditorium as The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Featured writers were Michael Parker, Stuart Dischell, Craig Nova, Terry Kennedy, Jennifer Grotz, Mark Smith-Soto, Allison Seay, and Lee Zacharias. The event raised $1,100 for the Glen Haven Community Development Center, which serves immigrant and refugee populations.

The event was recorded and photographed by Tina Firesheets and Jerry Wolford of the Greensboro News & Record.

Listen to each of the readings here.

Resource :: Jobs Fellowships Scholarships

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship
The fundamental objective of MMUF is to increase the number of minority students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will pursue PhDs in core fields in the arts and sciences. The Program aims to reduce over time the serious under-representation on the faculties of individuals from certain minority groups, as well as to address the attendant educational consequences of these disparities.

The MMUF website includes a bibliography of dissertations, books, and articles, and updated lists of jobs, fellowships, scholarships, programs, and grad and post-doc programs.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Conference & CFP :: Beat Studies

The Beat Studies Association invites proposals for papers on all aspects of Beat literature and Beat studies for the two panels the association anticipates sponsoring at this year's American Literature Association Conference (May 21-24 in Boston). Proposals of one to two pages (250-500 words) should be sent electronically to Tim Hunt at tahunt-at-ilstu.edu by January 2, 2009.

The Beat Studies Association would especially welcome proposals that engage understudied figures central to or related to the Beats and proposals that consider the significance of current and emerging critical paradigms for study of the Beats.

Rejection Letters as Advice

They come more frequently than electric bills for some of us. So, what's the upside of rejection letters? Debra Darvick tells us in her post on Guide to Literary Agents, 10 Hidden Gifts of Rejection Letters.

Is Sci Fi Dying?

Sci-fi special: Is science fiction dying?
by Marcus Chown
New Scientist
12 November 2008

Chown takes a look at the current state of SciFi lit and includes a section from each of six leading science fiction authors who comment on where they think the genre is going: Margaret Atwood, Stephen Baxter, William Gibson, Ursula K Le Guin, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Nick Sagan.

Fellowship :: Bolin Fellows at Williams College

The Bolin Fellowships are two-year residencies at Williams College, and three scholars or artists are appointed each year. Fellows devote the bulk of the first year to the completion of dissertation work—or in the case of MFA applicants, building their professional portfolios—while also teaching one course as a faculty member in one of the College's academic departments or programs. The second year of residency (ideally with degree in hand) is spent on academic career development while again teaching just one course.

Gaius Charles Bolin was the first black graduate of Williams. The fellowship program was founded in 1985, on the centennial of his admission to the College.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Election 2008 :: It's Not Over Yet

Worth checking out if you're not a regular viewer of The Daily Show: Calvin Trillin banters with Jon Stuart and reads some of the poems from his "epic" Deciding the Next Decider: The 2008 Presidential Race in Rhyme.

Some excerpts from Powell's entry:

ON OBAMA:
Obama's rhetoric, she said, was lofty
But unsubstantial air, like Mr. Softee.

ON MCCAIN:
His party was no longer torn asunder,
And all he'd had to do was knuckle under.

ON BIDEN:
Joe carries many thoughts inside his head,
And often leaves but few of them unsaid.

ON PALIN:
On Russia's being not too far away
She sounded eerily like Tina Fey.

New Lit on the Block :: A Cappella Zoo

A Cappella Zoo is a new literary magazine of "experimental and magical realist works" published twice a year by Colin Meldrum (with readers Devori Kimbro, Syndie Allen, Michael Lee, Micah Unice, and Gail Spencer). A cappella Zoo invites submissions of "memorable prose, poetry, drama, and genre-bending works" and are "especially excited about magical realism, bilingualism, and experiments with technique, form, language, thought, truth, dichotomy, and variation."

Issue 1 Fall 2008 includes:

Drama by Kathy Coudle King

Poetry by Margaret Bashaar, C. E. Chaffin, Yu-Han Chao, Nik De Dominic, Carol Dorf, Justin Hyde, Marc Jampole, Miah Jeffra, Jane Knechtel, J. R. Pearson, Rolli, Omar Singleton, Krysten Tom, Shellie Zacharia

Fiction by Melinda J. Combs, Brendan Connell, Matthew Falk, Heather Fowler, Liza Granville, Tania Hershman, Cicily Janus, Hank Kirton, Drew Lackovic, Allan M. McDonald, Corey Mesler, John Jasper Owens, Patricia Russo, Robert J. Santa, Ben Segal, Noel Sloboda, Lydia Williams

Art by Peter Schwartz

Dueling MFA Programs Head to Court

Poetry program heads to court
NEC sues over exit of director to N.J. school
By AnnMarie Timmns
Concord Monitor
November 23, 2008

New England College is about to lose its status as the one school in the country with a poetry-only master's degree program. And administrators blame the program's former director, who they say stole NEC's faculty and students and re-created its program at Drew University in New Jersey... [read the rest here]

Biblio File Interviews James Meek

Nigel Beale is a writer/broadcaster who specializes in literary journalism. In his role as host of The Biblio File he has interviewed Nobel, Man Booker, IMPAC, and many other Award and Prize winning authors; plus publishers, booksellers, editors, book collectors, librarians, conservators, illustrators... He has recently interviewed James Meek's on We are now Making our Decent; Nam Le, this year’s winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize; Rebecca Rosenblum, Nam Le, and Anne Enright on those qualities which Flannery O’Connor thought best constituted a good short story; Rawi Hage 2008 IMPAC Award Winner; and many more.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Un-awarding Literature?

We’re Not Worthy
By David Kelly
NYT PaperCuts
November 24, 2008

I stole an idea from Rolling Stone a couple of months ago, so now I’ll swipe one from Entertainment Weekly. That magazine is conducting a survey called “Recall the Gold,” in which voters pick some of the most undeserving Academy Award winners. Kevin Costner, be prepared to cough up your Oscar. You, too, Roberto Benigni.

Which literary-award winners have been the most undeserving? Good luck ripping the Pulitzer away from Margaret Mitchell or Herman Wouk. When it comes to Nobel laureates, of course, the list is almost endless...[read the rest here]

How Does Your Reference Rate?

Literature E-Reference Ratings
The purpose of this tool is to provide an overview and evaluations of some of the most well-known and respected subscription-based electronic resources in 14 subject categories. Each database is rated based on the seven criteria librarians consider the most when making purchasing decisions. Covered in this category: American literature; British literature; world literature; literary biography; literary criticism; fiction; poetry; drama; readers’ advisory (RA) tools.

By Lauren Lampasone
Library Journal
November 15, 2008

New Lit on the Block :: Infinity's Kitchen

Infinity's Kitchen is a graphic literary journal featuring experimental writing and art. The publication is online and in print. "We'd like to cook up a tasty mishmash of words, sounds and images, using whichever ingredients seem best." Infinity’s Kitchen is an independent publication of essays, fiction, poetry, art and whatever else that’s cooking. It is a place for creative people to work out their ideas. They're an arts and letters publication with a focus on the experimental and the avant-garde. Some of their influences include DaDa magazines and manifestos, Futurist publications, UbuWeb, Ray Gun Magazine.

Poetry :: Indian Heritage Explored

The PBS News Hour The News Hour Poetry Series, funded by the Poetry Foundation, intends to engage a broader audience with poetry through a series of thoughtful, in-depth reports on contemporary poets and poetry.

The series includes the production of short-form profiles on living American poets and long-form segments on current debates in poetry that will air on the NewsHour starting in 2006. The pieces are also available on PoetryFoundation.org as audio and video.

The collaboration will allow the NewsHour to draw from the foundation's extensive research on the state of poetry in American culture, as well as the foundation's knowledge of various issues -- from the plethora of MFA programs to the current neglect of some of the art form's living masters.

Currently featured on the site: Spoken Word Club Explores Indian Identity, History. Through verse, members of the Spoken Word Club at the Santa Fe Indian School articulate identities both modern and traditional, and maintain links to the past through native language and culture. Video readings by members of the Spoken Word Club are included.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Bad Economy? HHM Halts Acquisitions

HMH Places "Temporary" Halt on Acquisitions
By Rachel Deahl
Publishers Weekly
November 24, 2008

It’s been clear for months that it will be a not-so-merry holiday season for publishers, but at least one house has gone so far as to halt acquisitions. PW has learned that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has asked its editors to stop buying books.

Josef Blumenfeld, v-p of communications for HMH, confirmed that the publisher has “temporarily stopped acquiring manuscripts” across its trade and reference divisions. The directive was given verbally to a handful of executives and, according to Blumenfeld, is “not a permanent change.” Blumenfeld, who hedged on when the ban might be lifted, said that the right project could still go to the editorial review board. He also maintained that the the decision is less about taking drastic measures than conducting good business... [read the rest here]

Indie Secret Santa

HTML GIANT is playing Secret Santa as a way to support independent literature. Sign up now, and you're name will be exchanged with another participant. The gift-giving is anything indie lit - subscriptions to magazines, books from indie publishers, a print anthology from online publications, etc. Deadline for getting your name in the exchange is December 5.

Holiday Shopping? An Easy Suggestion from NewPages

I am absolutely NOT a shopper, let alone a holiday shopper. Ugh! So, my suggestion to help save time and gas, avoid the crowds, and support independent publishing? The coolest, easiest, bestest gift you could possibly give this holiday season:

A MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION!

Visit the links on NewPages Guide to Literary Magazines and NewPages Guide to Alternative Magazines. Most mags are set up to take payments online, but there is also still time to print an order form and get it sent in. Some mags even offer a discount gift subscription if you get one for yourself as well. (Replies from mags offering this are welcome on this blog!)

Given the price of some of the mags, you could even mix and match a couple - maybe an annual with a quarterly, an alternative mag and a literary mag, one poetry and one fiction mag - the creative possibilities are endless!

Don't think anyone on your list would "appreciate" this idea? (Well, first of all, get some new people on your list!) Then "gift" yourself a subscription or two, tell others it's what you want if they insist on buying you something, send a subscription to your local high school creative writing teacher, library, senior center, shelter, teen center, prison, political official who could use (more) poetry, etc.

'Tis always the season to support lit/alt mags!