Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Assistant Poetry Editor Sought

Editor-in-Chief Cynthia Reeser writes that Prick of the Spindle is looking for a new assistant poetry editor. Interested individuals can contact Reeser directly: pseditor-at-prickofthespindle-dot-com.

New Lit on the Block :: ouroboros review

Jo Hemmant and Christine Swint have begun a poetry and art journal titled ouroboros review. The magazine is currently published online using a service called Issuu, and is also available in print through a print-on-demand service called Magcloud.

Issue 2 has just been released and includes the works of Jay Arr, John Borcherding, Tammy Brewer, Iain Britton, Dustin Brookshire, Julie Buffaloe-Yoder, Kelly Cockerham, Jill Crammond Wickham, Vanessa Daou, Jennifer Delaney, Nikki Devereux, Michael Doyle, Holly Dunlap, Marchell Dyon Jefferson, Andrew Erkkila, Hunter Ewen, Liz Flint-Somerville, Rebecca Gethin, Christopher Hileman, Dick Jones, Collin Kelley, Blake Leland, Chris Major, Rachel Mallino, Michelle McGrane, Joseph Milford, Steven Nash, January O’Neil, Scott Owens, Amy Pence, Allan Peterson, Robin Reagler, Deb Scott, Carolee Sherwood, Hannah Stephenson, Paul Christian Stevens, Amy Unsworth, J Michael Wahlgren, Christian Ward, Angie Werren, Ernest Williamson III, Robert E Wood

ouroboros is now reading for the third issue. The reading period ends Sunday, May 3.

NewPages Updates :: Literary Magazines

The following have recently been added to NewPages Guide to Literary Magazines:

Zaum – poetry, prose, fiction, visual art
Antennae - experimental writing, language-based music, performance scores
Quiddity – prose, poetry
The Maynard – poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art
Ozone Park – poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, plays, translation

Monday, March 30, 2009

On Newspapers and Journalism

There's been much to read on this topic, but I found this article in The Nation especially informative for its historical perspective - all the way back to the founding fathers - and including the pre-internet decisions/legislation which actually began this downward spiral. Also included are suggestions for change, which is what I have found lacking in most other editorials and articles on the topic. Check it out:

The Death and Life of Great American Newspapers
By John Nichols & Robert W. McChesney
The Nation (April 6, 2009 ed.)
March 18, 2009

Awards :: Sami Rohr

Sana Krasikov, author of the short story collection One More Year, has won the $100,000 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for emerging writers of Jewish literature. "The characters who populate Krasikov’s stories are mostly women–some are new to America; some still live in the former Soviet Union, in Georgia or Russia; and some have returned to Russia to find a country they barely recognize and people they no longer understand. Mothers leave children behind; children abandon their parents. Almost all of them look to love to repair their lives, and when love isn’t really there, they attempt to make do with relationships that substitute for love."

Dalia Sofer, author of The Septembers of Shiraz, won the $25,000 Sami Rohr Prize Choice Award.

The Sami Rohr Prize is the largest monetary prize for Jewish literature, as well as one of the largest literary prizes globally, with fiction and nonfiction considered in alternating years.

Writer Beware Prevails

From the SFWA re: the work of Writer Beware (a site highly recommended by NewPages!):

Retaliatory lawsuit against Writer Beware staff dismissed
March 26, 2009

CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- A Massachusetts Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Ann Crispin and Victoria Strauss, the principal operators of the Writer Beware website, filed by a purported literary agent.

Writer Beware is a publishing industry watchdog group sponsored by Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) which "shines a light into the dark corners of the shadow-world of literary scams, schemes and pitfalls."

The suit, initiated by Robert Fletcher and his company, the Literary Agency Group, alleged defamation, loss of business and emotional distress while making claims Fletcher had lost $25,000 per month due to warnings about his business practices posted by Crispin and Strauss.

The suit was dismissed with prejudice March 18 by the Massachusetts Superior Court due to Fletcher's failure to respond to discovery or otherwise prosecute the lawsuit. Crispin and Strauss, through counsel, intend to file a motion against Fletcher and the Literary Agency Group, Inc., seeking recovery of their legal fees incurred in defending what they believe to be a frivolous lawsuit.

The case dates to February 2008, when Fletcher and his company filed for a temporary restraining order pending a preliminary injunction against Crispin and Strauss in Suffolk County Superior Court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. During a subsequent hearing Feb. 19, the temporary restraining order was dismissed for improper service (Strauss wasn't served until 42 minutes after the time of the hearing, and Crispin was not served at all), but the supporting complaint was allowed to proceed.

Currently, Fletcher and his companies remain the subjects of an active investigation by the Florida Attorney General's Office.

"I’'m very pleased that the case was dismissed. Knowing how hard those involved with Writer Beware work – and how important the work they do is to writers, both within SFWA and outside of it – it’s very good news, indeed," said SFWA President Russell Davis. "Writer Beware is one of the most important and valuable services SFWA provides, and knowing that this frivolous case was dismissed, and that Mr. Fletcher is now the subject of an investigation in Florida only validates the work done by Ann Crispin and Victoria Strauss."

Crispin and Strauss have volunteered countless hours of their time to advising, educating and warning aspiring and established authors about dubious, questionable and outright criminal business practices on the fringes of the publishing industry. They maintain the Writer Beware website (writerbeware.com) and are major contributors to Writer Beware Blogs! (accrispin.blogspot.com).

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Film :: Birmingham Shout Film Fest CFS

The 2009 Birmingham SHOUT Gay + Lesbian Film Festival has announced its Call For Entries for feature-length narratives, documentaries and short film entries. Now in its 4th year, the festival has expanded to include a juried competition! Narrative features, documentary features, and short films will compete in their respective categories for the coveted Best Film and Audience Choice awards.

REGULAR DEADLINE: March 30, 2009

LATE DEADLINE: April 7, 2009

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Writer’s Travel Scholarship

From Jonathan Stray's blog:

The Fifth Annual Equivocality Writer’s Travel Scholarship

This is is a short-form writing contest where the winner gets a round-trip ticket to anywhere in the world. Really.

Naturally, I do see a lot of travel writing submissions, but I’d like to reiterate that this is not about travel writing: it’s about writers traveling. Anything is fair game, as long as it’s prose under 10,000 words. Fiction, non-fiction, memoir, porn, whatever… just make it a good read.

“Why do you do this?” is a frequently-asked-question. So I will repeat (say it with me this time):

I think travel is good. I think writing is good. I think it is important that writers travel.

Applications are open from now until midnight April 30th, 2009. The winner will be announced May 15th.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Sentence Book Award Winner

Sentence has announced Catherine Sasanov the winner of the inaugural Sentence Book Award. Her winning poetry collection Had Slaves will be out in 2009.

The semi-finalists for the Sentence Book Awards are:

WoO, by Renee Angle
Let Me Open You a Swan, by Deborah Bogen
Backwards Rapture, by Cindy Carlson
They Say This is How Death Came Into the World, by Paul Dickey
I am going to clone myself then kill the clone and eat it, by Sam Pink
Post Moxie, by Julia Story
The finalists are:

Some Odd Afternoon, by Sally Ashton
All of Us, by Elisabeth Frost
The Clem System, by Andrew Neuendorf
Dear Editor, by Amy Newman
Aqueduct, by Leanne Tonkin
The Infinite War, by Tom Whalen

MM Images Sought

Daily Immediacy is an online exhibition of mobile media images: "A diary is a daily record of events and experiences. Because of the accessibility and instantaneous nature of camera phones, people are turning into spontaneous photojournalists. They are becoming more aware of their surroundings and more apt to capture aspects of everyday life. From the mundane to the spectacular, images are being inconspicuously captured and transmitted through the wireless infrastructure. These versatile images are an immediate document of daily life and have a unique aesthetic because of their lo-fi/low-resolution quality."

You are invited to participate in this new online gallery. Please submit your daily mobile images to mobile.image.gallery@gmail.com. You can email them directly from your phone as a multimedia message (mms) or email them as jpegs. Selected images will be featured weekly on this site.

ALL image submissions can be viewed on Flickr.

Poetry Outloud

Check out the website for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest,an event created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The site includes a daily poet feature with bio and poems, as well as a Best Performances video along with teacher's guide for classroom use and score sheets for students to be the judge. This year, award-winning actress Tyne Daly, Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor, and poet Luis Rodriguez, among others, will judge the fourth annual Poetry Out Loud National Finals on April 28, 2009, in Washington, DC.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

PEN's Online Translation Slam

Inspired by live translation slams that proved to be audience favorites at the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival, and again at PEN World Voices, PEN’s online Translation Slam aims to showcase the art of translation by juxtaposing in a public forum two “competing” translations of a single work.

For the inaugural installment, they asked translators to test their linguistic mettle on 暮色, a poem by Chinese writer Xi Chuan.

At the live slams, audience members were invited to discuss the choices made by each of the translators and the resulting shifts of emphasis in the translated text. Readers of the online slam are encouraged to participate in the discussion by leaving comments on the site. PEN encourages you to cheer for your favorite translation, compare the two, talk about the poem.

Street Art: Joshua Allen Harris's Inflatable Bag Monsters

MQR Names New Editor

Jonathan Freedman, University of Michigan Professor of English and American Culture, has been named editor of Michigan Quarterly Review, the University of Michigan's flagship scholarly and literary journal. Professor Freedman holds a B.A. from Northwestern and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, where he taught before coming to Michigan. He has also taught at Caltech, Oxford University, and the Bread Loaf School of English. He is the author of three books: Professions of Taste (1991), The Temple of Culture (2001), and Klezmer America (2007), and has edited numerous other volumes, including, with Sara Blair, Jewish in America, originally a special issue of MQR. In addition to his previous work with MQR, Freedman was a founding editor of the Yale Journal of Criticism and a member of its editorial collective.

MQR is a journal of the humanities, publishing essays, interviews, memoirs, fiction, poetry, and book reviews. Since 1977 MQR has been edited by University of Michigan Professor of English Laurence Goldstein, whose acute literary sensibilities and critical discernment have made the magazine an important venue for new creative work, and whose broad interests have encouraged its interdisciplinary scope.

He instituted the practice of devoting one issue a year to the exploration across disciplines of some topic of special interest, which has ranged from 1979's "The Moon Landing and Its Aftermath" and 1980-81's "The Automobile and American Culture" to the recent volumes on "Vietnam: Beyond the Frame," The Documentary Imagination," and "China." In the last two decades MQR has published work by Margaret Atwood, Robert Coles, Carol Gilligan, Maxine Hong Kingston, Barry Lopez, Czeslaw Milosz, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Rorty, Eric J. Sundquist, John Updike, William Julius Wilson, and other authorities in their fields, as well as some of the finest contemporary fiction and poetry. Work appearing in MQR is often selected for inclusion in anthologies such as the annual Pushcart Prize, Best American Essays, and Best American Poetry.

Professor Goldstein will complete his editorship with the Spring 2009 issue of MQR.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dueling Austen Scholars

From The Observer, Sunday 15 March 2009, by Vanessa Thorpe, arts and media correspondent:

Oxford academic and Austen authority Professor Kathryn Sutherland is claiming that a new book by award-winning biographer Claire Harman has copied her own radical ideas about the novelist, pulled together over 10 years of research and published by her in 2005...According to Sutherland, the two former friends met in her home shortly after the publication of her own book, Jane Austen's Textual Lives, from Aeschylus to Bollywood, in 2005. She says she let Harman read the book and was distressed to learn later that her friend was working on a popular version of its theories...Nick Davies, Harman's editor at pub­lisher Canongate, is not prepared to accept any large debt to the professor's book and points out that it is listed among the acknowledgments. "Until we receive something on paper from Kathryn Sutherland, detailing where she thinks her ideas have been reproduced, neither I nor Claire can really say any more," he added.

[Well, this should be interesting!]

New Lit on the Block :: Ozone Park

Ozone Park is a biannual online journal (also available PDF) of new writing publishing Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Plays and Translation from emerging and established writers. Ozone Park is edited and designed by graduate students in the Queens College MFA program in Creative Writing and Translation. Ozone Park accepts online submissions from October 15th through June 15th.

Contributors to the first issue include: Oscar Bermeo, Donna Brook, Robert Calero, Christie Casher, Cyrus Cassells, Eric Darton, Mary Christine Delea, Deborah Di Bari, Judy Gerbin, Robert Hershon, Ry Kincaid, Cathy McArthur, Lynne Martens, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Michael Morical, Mihaela Moscaliuc, Rena J. Mosteirin, Susan O'Doherty, Lisa Romeo, Thaddeus Rutkowski, and Diane Shakar.

Annual Prairie Schooner Writing Prizes

Prairie Schooner, the quarterly literary magazine published at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for 83 years has given eighteen writing prizes for work published in its 2008 volume. Thanks to generous supporters, total prize money awarded was $8,500, with the highest individual prize worth $1,500. (Read more about the writers on the PS Blog.)

The Lawrence Foundation Award of $1,000 was won by Paul Eggers for the story “Won’t You Stay?” from the Winter issue.

The $1,500 Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award was won by Marilyn Chin for her “Fables” published in the Summer issue.

Paula Peterson won the Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing of $1,000 for her story “Shelter” from the Spring issue.

Bradford Tice is awarded the Edward Stanley Award of $1,000 for his three poems from the Winter issue.

The Bernice Slote Award of $500 for the best work by a beginning writer was won by James Crews for his four poems published in the Fall issue.

The Annual Prairie Schooner Strousse Award of $500 goes to Christianne Balk for her poems from the Fall issue.

The Jane Geske Award of $250 is awarded to Adrienne Su for three poems from the Summer issue.

Nicholas Rinaldi wins the Hugh J. Luke Award of $250 for his story, “An Insanity, a Madness, a Furor,” from the Summer issue.

There were ten winners of the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Awards of $250 each. These awards are made possible through the generosity of Glenna Luschei.

Mitch Wieland for his story, “Swan’s Home,” in the Fall issue
Allison Amend for her story, “Dominion Over Every Erring Thing,” in the Summer issue
Colette Sartor for her short story, “Lamb,” in the Spring issue
Maggie Anderson for her poem, “Black Overcoat,” in the Summer issue
Ander Monson for five poems in the Spring issue
Valerie Sayers, for her story, “Age of Infidelity,” in the Summer issue
Todd Boss for three poems in the Spring issue
Asako Serizawa for her story, “Luna,” in the Summer issue
Annie Boutelle for her poem, “Hypothesis,” in the Fall issue
Erinn Batykefer for her seven poems in the Fall issue.

NewPages Updates :: Literary Magazines

The following have recently been added to NewPages Guide to Literary Magazines:

Twelve Stories – fiction
nanomajority – literature, art
shaking like a mountain - creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry
Fogged Clarity – fiction, poetry, essay, art, music
Stone’s Throw Magazine– poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art
Zoland Poetry – poetry
The Meadow - poetry, fiction, screenplay, nonfiction, artwork, graphic design, comics, photography

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

ReLit on the Block :: New CollAge

In 1964, Professor A. McA. Miller founded New CollAge magazine, housed on the New College of Florida campus, and welcomed "submissions of poetry from anyone, anywhere." When Professor Miller retired in 2005, so did New CollAge.

Today, a group of New College undergraduates plunge headfirst into the literary conversation to resurrect a magazine and discover - to steal a line from Mark Strand - "the blaze of promise everywhere.”

The reborn New CollAge magazine is seeking your poetry submissions for a late spring printing and a spiffy new website! Deadline April 15

Independents :: Survival and Rescue

Hirsh Sawhney is not only hopeful for the survival of independent publishing in these trying times, he's practical in his understanding of just how independents may be the ones to save literature: "Could literary culture really be breathing its last? Should readers and writers be running for cover? Of course not. But what, then, will save literature from economic disaster? Simple: independent publishing. Yes, independents – the ones who struggle to sell enough books to make payroll – will ensure that engaging, challenging books continue to be produced and consumed. It's they who'll safeguard literature through the dark economic days ahead." [read the rest here]

Poems About Radio

Local public radio station wants to feature poems about radio experiences of any kind and/or fundraising to be read by area poets during the final day of pledge drive, April 4, in the afternoon. Station streams on internet so you can hear your poem. If you have anything, please mail to [mme642-at-yahoo.com] WMUK (Kalamazoo, Michigan) is the station. Humor good. Sentiment good. No cussin'. (Elizabeth Kerlikowske)

Awards :: Glimmer Train Family Matters

Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their January Family Matters competition. This quarterly competition is open to all writers for stories about family, with a word count range of 500-12,000.

First place: Jeremiah Chamberlin of Ann Arbor, MI, wins $1200 for “What We Can”. His story will be published in the Summer 2010 issue of Glimmer Train Stories, out in May 2010.

Second place: Yuval Zalkow of Portland, OR, wins $500 for “God and Buses”. His story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing his prize to $700.

Third place: Adam Rensch of Bronxville, NY, wins $300 for “Everything in Its Right Place”. 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.

Also: Fiction Open competition (deadline soon approaching! March 31)

Responding to Canada

In "Why should I pay for your hobby?" (MastheadOnline) Stacey May Fowles responds to the CPF's established 5,000 annual circulation floor and the ignorance it will sustain: "But if you can’t get your business going, why should the average Canadian taxpayer be responsible for your personal passion? Your niche interests? Your 'little' magazine?"

Monday, March 23, 2009

Man Booker Prize Judge's List Announced

The Man Booker International Prize
14 authors from 12 countries make it on to Judges’ List

The Man Booker International Prize differs from the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction in that it highlights one writer's continued creativity, development and overall contribution to fiction on the world stage. It is awarded every two years.

The winner of this year's Man Booker International Prize will be announced in May 2009, and the winner will be presented with their award at a ceremony in Dublin on 25 June 2009. Seven of the authors are writers in translation. They are:

Peter Carey (Australia)
Evan S. Connell (USA)
Mahasweta Devi (India)
E.L. Doctorow (USA)
James Kelman (UK)
Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru)
Arnošt Lustig (Czechoslovakia)
Alice Munro (Canada)
V.S. Naipaul (Trinidad/India)
Joyce Carol Oates (USA)
Antonio Tabucchi (Italy)
Ngugi Wa Thiong'O (Kenya)
Dubravka Ugresic (Croatia)
Ludmila Ulitskaya (Russia)

CW Residency :: Lyon College

Creative Writing Residency
Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas, a highly selective four-year liberal arts college, seeks a distinguished writer of fiction for its 4th biennial Visiting Fellowship in Creative Writing, a semester-long residency scheduled during the autumn 2009 semester. April 1, 2009 deadline.

Zissner on On Writing Well

"Visions and Revisions" follows the 35-year history of multiple editions of William Zissner's best-selling book On Writing Well. From its inception (""You should write a book about how to write,' my wife said in June of 1974 when I was complaining to her, as I often did, that I had run out of things to write about."), Zissner discusses each of the subsequent editions and their changes:

"By 1990, however, America had changed considerably. On Writing Well was a child of the 1970s. I knew that its principles were still valid. But what about its references and its tone? Would it strike a new generation of readers as an old man’s book? I took a closer look and saw that my 14-year-old product was slowly slipping out of touch. Without a major overhaul it would wither and die.

"Most obviously, much of the nonfiction I now admired was written by women. Yet my excerpted passages were still mostly by men—the graybeards who had been models for my generation of journalists, now gray-bearded ourselves. The language was also lopsidedly male; he and him were still the prevailing pronouns, though women readers had chided me for referring to the reader as he, pointing out that they did much of the nation’s reading and resented having to picture themselves as men...."

Read the rest on American Scholar.

Just When You Thought Canada Was Better

Literary publishers protest cuts
Malahat Review among smaller periodicals facing loss of funding
By Randy Boswell, Canwest News Service
March 11, 2009

"The new Canada Periodical Fund, announced last month by Heritage Minister James Moore and still being designed by government officials, would deny certain federal grants to most publications with annual sales of fewer than 5,000 copies. 'The government is improving the way it does business to meet the changing needs of Canadians,' Moore said when the program was announced in February. 'The way in which support to Canadian periodicals is delivered will be reformed to maximize value for money and to seize opportunities in today's global, technological environment.'" [read the rest here]

Sunday, March 22, 2009

New Literary Magazine Reviews

Visit NewPages Literary Magazine Reviews to read thoughtful commentaries on the following print publications and online publications - 20x20 :: Amarillo Bay :: Antigonish Review :: Boston Review :: Hudson Review :: Isotope :: Main Street Rag :: MiPOesias :: Ninth Letter :: The Normal School :: One Story :: Underground Voices :: Waccamaw :: Washington Square.

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

CFP :: Split this Rock Poetry Festival

"Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2010 invites poets, writers, and activists to Washington, DC, for poetry, community building, and creative transformation as our country continues to grapple with a crippling economic crisis and other social and environmental ills. The festival will feature readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, film, activism – opportunities to imagine a way forward, hone our activist skills, and celebrate the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for social change. We invite you to send proposals for panel discussions, group readings, roundtable discussions, workshops, and small-scale performances on a range of topics at the intersection of poetry and social change. Possibilities are endless. Challenge us." The deadline is May 30, 2009.

2009 Poetry Contest Deadline Extended to March 23!
The deadline for the 2nd annual Split This Rock poetry contest, to be judged by poet and National Book Award finalist Patricia Smith, has been extended.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

In Memoriam :: Sal Salasin

Sal, the founding editor of RealPoetik, passed away Thursday, March 19. In a letter to the "Friends of Sal Salasin" posted on the RealPoetik blog, Sal's niece, Elisa Salasin, shares the very touching account of the final moments of his life, of his "going upstairs with Shakespeare."

Friday, March 20, 2009

Pitch Black Makes Top Ten

I am happy to see Pitch Black by Youme Landowne and Anthony Horton (Cinco Puntos Press) made the 2009 Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teens named by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Landowne and Horton's work, which at the start of reading I thought might be "too dark" for teens, is indeed dark, but in a realistically compelling manner of story, character, and style. It's the kind of graphic story teens can read and be informed and educated in a way that they'll feel is subversive to their 8-4 schoolwork, while being completely acceptable to adults who want teens to know "the truths" that exist in life.

Others on the top ten list (and visit the site for even more complete lists):

Life Sucks
Jessica Abel, Gabriel Soria and Warren Pleece
First Second, 2008

Sand Chronicles, v. 1 - 3
Hinako Ashihara
VIZ, 2008

Atomic Robo: Atomic Robo and the Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne
Brian Clevinger and Steve Wegener
Red Five Comics.

TakeReal, v. 1 & 2
hiko Inoue

Uzumaki, v.1.
Junki Ito

Japan Ai: A Tall Girl’s Adventures in Japan
Aimee Major Steinberger
Go Comi

Mariko Tamaki and Jilliam Tamaki
Groundwood Books

Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite
Gerard Wayand Gabriel Ba
Dark Horse

G. Willow Wilson and M. K. Perker

Detroit Poet Kim Hunter

Eating from the skull of the fallen angel
Music, myth and the spiritual in the poetry of Kim Hunter
Detroit Metro Times
By Norene Smith

Detroiter Kim Hunter's new collection of poems, edge of the time zone, is a winding road lined with imagery, political thought and courageous dreaming. That beautiful stretch of imagination parallels a real-life journey. As much as it represents his own growth as a poet and an advocate of poetry, it charts changes and realities he's observed in the world around him, especially in the realms of politics, media and race.

"I'm obsessed with the interplay between capitalism and media," he says. "And the dehumanization that can happen when those two things cross."

Read the rest.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Prose Poem Online

The Digital Commons @ Providence makes use of Institutional Repositories, which bring together all of a University's research under one umbrella, with an aim to preserve and provide access to that research. "IRs are an excellent vehicle for working papers or copies of published articles and conference papers. Presentations, senior theses, and other works not published elsewhere can also be published in the IR."

Currently available: The Prose Poem: An International Journal

Art :: Andy Kehoe

Visit these darkly enticing images that will no doubt draw upon your own childhood literary experiences.

Children's Book Writers

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, formed in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles based writers for children, is the only international organization to offer a variety of services to people who write, illustrate, or share a vital interest in children’s literature. The SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. There are currently more than 19,000 members worldwide, in over 70 regions, making it the largest children's writing organization in the world.

The SCBWI sponsors two annual International Conferences on Writing and Illustrating for Children as well as dozens of regional conferences and events throughout the world. It also publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, offers awards and grants for works in progress, and provides many informational publications on the art and business of writing and selling written, illustrated, and electronic material. The SCBWI also presents the annual Golden Kite Award for the best fiction and nonfiction books and the Sid Fleischman Humor Award.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

River Teeth Celebrates 10 in Quiet Style

Without the usual fanfare I've seen on lit mag covers and PR, River Teeth celebrates its 10th year of publication with a fabulously packed double issue. I was surprised at the size, which is what led me to the Editors' Notes (mind you even seeing "Volume 10" didn't set off any anniversary alarms). As quietly and as calmly as their publication has always presented itself (same gorgeous blue-tinted cover), Editors Joe Mackall and Daniel W. Lehman make no grand statements about a decade of publishing creative non-fiction. Instead, and as always, they defer to the efforts of their writer's and to their ever-important readership:

"Ten years ago we penned the first editors' notes to our readers. At this point ten years later, we should be writing at length about our humble beginnings and singing of the heights we've reached. Our words should reveal just the right amount of nostalgia, pride, and just a hint of self-congratulation. But there is no time for that; or rather, no space.

"We have to keep this note short. In the ten years River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative has been around, we have received over twenty thousand submissions, and we've published about three hundred of those twenty thousand. Most of what we reject is the work of fine writers. And now we've had to reject the work of writers whose work we've previously accepted. Worse than that - we've had to reject the very same pieces we once accepted! We had to choose the best forty or so pieces of the three hundred we've published. To make matters worse, we've had to divide the pieces up into four categories: Essay, Memoir, Literary Journalism, and Craft and Criticism. If there were no space concerns, we'd write a few sentences about how difficult it can be to say, for instance, where memoir ends and a kind of literary journalism begins, and how much we like pieces that flirt with those boundaries. If we had more space, we'd brag about our Pushcart Prize and our Best American Essays. We'd love to pat ourselves on the back and tell you how many Pulitzer Prize winners we've published — and with even more pride — shine a light on the people whose River Teeth publication was their first.

"Saying no to our own writers was the hardest thing we've had to do as editors. We hate to reject a piece we love because there's simply no more space. So the best thing we can do right now is to shut up, and thank you for reading."

Interview :: Jericho Brown

Abdel Shakur has some fun and funky, down home talk in his interview with poet Jericho Brown on his blog. Shakur is the former editor of Indiana Review (he did the Funk issue) and is now teaching high school in the Chicago Public schools. Brown's newest book of poetry, Please, was published by New Issues Poetry & Prose (October 2008).

Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program

The Creative Capital / Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program will open for submissions on April 27, 2009. Designed to encourage and reward writing about contemporary art that is rigorous, passionate, eloquent and precise, as well as to create a broader audience for arts writing, the program aims to strengthen the field as a whole and to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts. The program’s renewal signals the continued commitment of Creative Capital and the Warhol Foundation to these goals.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Job Site for People with Disabilities

"Where people with disabilities gather, network, and find success in the workplace with enlightened employers."

Recommended by Disability Nation

Who's a Sad Bastard?

Well now here's something to take advantage of from Marginalia: "Nobody likes rejection, but every rejection gets you one step closer to publication—we mean it! For a limited time, Marginalia is offering a Sad Bastard discount: send us ANY 10 of your rejection slips and a dollar, and we'll mail you an issue of Marginalia for your perusal. Read Marginalia, know Marginalia, get published by Marginalia."

Classic Lit Studies? What For?

Earlier, I linked to an article re: the educational shift (perhaps) away from classics such as Milton. Now a recent article, New Curriculum Becomes A SpringBoard For Teacher Criticism, Marilyn Brown reports on one Tampa school district's shift away from traditional language arts classes (world, American, and Brit lit) to themed studies, such as "Culture" (world lit = Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and Soviet Nobel literature prize-winner Alexander Solzhenitsyn's writings, "Cinderella" and clips from "I Love Lucy"), "The American Dream" (American Lit = Arthur Miller's play about witchcraft, "The Crucible," clips from the movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"), and "How Perception Changes Reality" (Brit Lit = media reports of the 1991 Waco massacre, the contemporary novel "My Sister's Keeper," and clips from "Forrest Gump").

This new math and language arts curriculum in middle and high schools is called SpringBoard, and it has met with mixed reviews from educators, especially as it concerns college prep: "All classical literature is gone," said Lee Rich, a Sickles High School language arts teacher in her 24th year. "They're going to go to college with no classical literature and limited poetry instruction."

Is this limitation, or shifting expectations?

Read more here.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Teaching Place via Elsewhere

In Volume 2 Issue 1 of Elsewhere, Editor J.D. Schraffenberger comments: "Very early on, we imagined Elsewhere as a journal that might also be used as a teaching tool and a forum for educators interested in exploring place as a theme in their classrooms." Check out this incredible collection of essays on the theme "Teaching Place," which can be found - wholly accessible via the publications online pdf format:

“Why Read for Place? Can Place Writing Matter?” by Casey Clabough
“Pastoral Science Fiction: The Landscape of Ray Bradbury’s Midwestern Stories” by Patricia Kennedy Bostian
“Teaching Sense of Place in Environmental Studies: From Cooperative Learning to Critical Thinking” by Keely Maxwell
“The Rhetorics of Place / Teaching Place as Text” by Matt Low
“Creation by Disruption: Regionalist Approaches to Contemporary Canadian and American Literature” by Julie W. O’Connor
“Using Houses to Teach Place” by Anastasia L. Pratt
“Literature and Journalism of the West: The Study of Regionalism in a Capstone Course” by Jan Whitt
“Taking Education to the Streets, Parks, and Malls: Field Study to Teach Place” by James Guignard
“Multi-modal Explorations of Place in an Interdisciplinary Course” by Mary Newell
“Writing the Place You Know” by James Engelhardt
“Open Letter to the SUNY Brockport College Community” by William Heyen
“Layers of Place” by SueEllen Campbell
“Academic Treatise or Personal Essay? Reflecting on Rival (?) Discursive Modes for Place and Nature” by Peter Hay

Comics as Lit

In addition to Gerry Canavan's "Comics as Literature" summer course, there's a whole list of cool special topics classes being offered through Duke this summer. (Gerry adds: "I've recently found out that UNC student can take for UNC tuition. Tell everyone.")

Check out some of these others (seriously, where were cool classes like this when I was in school?):

Black Feminist Interventions and Black Women Writers
The New Middle Class in China
The Politics of Religion in the Twenty-first Century
Education through Film
Cyberpunk and Technofiction
Inquisition and Society in the Early Modern World
Nostalgia for the 1950s
Fashion, Literature and the Avant-Garde
Contemporary Detective Fiction: The Politics of Writing about “Crime”
Imagined Islands
Human Development in Literature
Mass Media and Mental Illness
Atheists, Libertines and Machiavels
The Extremes of Horror
The Ghost in the Machine: Approaches to Self-Control
Migrant Women

Why Shop Indies Reason 215

To answer the question raised by Slate writer Paul Collins in his exposé of Amazon.com's lack of professed corporate giving, there indeed ARE lemonade stands that donate more money to charity.

Like you needed another reason to shop your local indie bookstores?

Don't know where they are? Well, check out NewPages Guide to Indie Bookstores! Don't see your favorite listed, let us know, we'll be happy to add them.

Catch a Narwhal

New from Cannibal Books: Narwhal, a compendium of seven chapbooks, 180 pages, hand-sewn in signatures, screen-printed cover, limited edition of 100 for $20.

Four Cities by Kazim Ali
Luminal Equation by Maureen Alsop
House by Sommer Browning
Into the Eyes of Lost Storms by Karla Kelsey
Sycorax's Retinue by Laura Goode
You do damage by Kate Schapira
Yellowcake by Jared White

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Lit Mag Covers Matter

Can I just say how happy I am with the new Chattahoochee Review covers? Okay, I will. Not that traditionally-styled lit mag covers don't have their place, but with the concern about lit mags being able to survive these days, and the more "image-driven" culture in which we live, it does become more important (perhaps critical) for publications to be able to "catch" new readers. Covers are the place we all begin, like it or not: we do judge our reading material by this to some degree. Funny enough, you can't even find an image of CR's old cover on their website. Erased from memory. Perhaps they'll end up as collector's editions on ebay.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Princeton Poetry Festival

Princeton Poetry Festival, Monday, April 27 and Tuesday, April 28 with readings and panel discussions by the following line-up of writers:

John Ashbery
Seamus Heaney
Troy Jollimore
Sally Van Doren
Tina Chang
Michael Dickman
Matthea Harvey
Jeff Dolven
Kevin Young
C.K. Williams
Durs Grünbein
Michael Hofmann
Ellen Doré Watson
Lucille Clifton
Galway Kinnell
Naomi Shihab Nye
Gerald Stern

The e-mail I received said tickets were free as long as they lasted, and the site includes event sign-up. Ah, to be at Princeton...

Happy 10k+ Birthday to I, Two, and Three

'Oldest English words' identified
BBC News

Medieval manuscripts give linguists clues about more recent changes
Some of the oldest words in English have been identified, scientists say.

Reading University researchers claim "I", "we", "two" and "three" are among the most ancient, dating back tens of thousands of years.

Their computer model analyses the rate of change of words in English and the languages that share a common heritage.

The team says it can predict which words are likely to become extinct - citing "squeeze", "guts", "stick" and "bad" as probable first casualties.

Queer Film Classics from Arsenel Pulp Press

Arsenal Pulp Press is pleased to introduce Queer Film Classics, a new series of books on classics of LGBT cinema from around the world written by leading LGBT film writers and scholars. Under the new imprint, edited by award-winning Arsenal authors Thomas Waugh (Out/Lines, Lust Unearthed) and Matthew Hays (The View from Here), there will be three new titles per year, beginning in the fall of 2009 with books on Paul Morrissey's Trash, Pedro Almodovar's Law of Desire, and Bill Condon's Gods and Monsters.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Poetry Lesson Plans

Teachers: As we approach National Poetry Month, here are Curriculum and Lesson Plans from the Academy of American Poets. Those of you who have successful plans you use in the classroom, the Academy is looking to add to this resource.

"All the Curricula and Lesson Plans were created by secondary school teachers in New York and Colorado. Each teacher developed their unit over the course of an academic year and has tested his or her lesson plans in the classroom. Many of the units use visiting poets or writers-in-residence. You can see how to bring one to your classroom on our Writers in the Schools section in the Teachers Resource Center. Our hope is to expand this page frequently. We welcome you to share with us your own successful poetry units." [e-mail address on site]

New Lit on the Block :: Fogged Clarity

From the combined efforts of Benjamin Evans, Ryan Daly, Lee Mcewen, Ian Kelly Davis, and Nick Lill: "By incorporating music and the visual arts and releasing a new issue monthly, Fogged Clarity aims to transcend the conventions of a typical literary journal. Our network is extensive and our scope is as broad as thought itself; we are, you are, unconstrained. With that spirit in mind Fogged Clarity will examine the work of authors, artists, scholars, and musicians, providing a home for art and thought that warrants exposure. All work selected to be displayed on our site will automatically be considered for our print journal. The first edition of our publication will debut in 2009, and will be a compendium of the most dynamic material from our first four monthly issues."

March 2009 issue includes Fiction by Marcos Soriano, Kristen O'Toole, Braden Wiley; Poetry by Michael Tyrell, Barbara Barnard. Larry Sawyer, Donald Illich, Obododimma Oha, Sarah Sarai, James Sanders with Zac Denton; Visuals by Mollie Bryan, Patrice Tulai, Jamieson Michael Flynn; Polemics by Jascha Kessler, Joe Wagner; and Music by Strand of Oaks.

Birthdays of Poets Blog

Here's another great way to celebrate National Poetry Month, as well as poetry year-round. This site is tirelessly maintained by Andrew Christ of the River Junction Poets, who welcomes you to copy their Poets Birthday Readings where you live:

"Since June 2005 the River Junction Poets have hosted free Poets Birthday Readings at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Saginaw, Michigan to read and discuss life, poetry and the pursuit of happiness. We plan our events around the birthdays of poets; the bookstore mentions our events in its monthly in-store Newsletter. When we send a birthday card to the poet we celebrate, we include the Newsletter that mentions the event. We've received Thank You notes from several of these poets.

"The ongoing series of Poets Birthday Readings serves as a reminder that poetry comes from poets. By providing a friendly, non-threatening reading experience, poetry in general can become something for inexperienced readers to engage themselves in more. This blog features lists of poets and their birthdays, titles of their recent works and links to publishers and other pages with information about the poets."

Read a great deal more about on the Birthday of Poets blog.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Graphic Novel :: Six Kinds of Sky

One of my favorite stories by Luis Alberto Urrea - and apparently a favorite of many - has been made into a graphic novel, published by Cinco Puntos Press, and available as of March 1: Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush. If you are not familiar with the story or the author, now would be a great time to discover both. The book is illustrated by Christopher Cardinale, "a muralist and artist with a social message. His large-scale murals against globalization and war can be seen in New York, Italy, Greece and Mexico. He is a regular contributor to the zine World War Three." He also made a trip from Brooklyn down to visit Rosario, Sinaloa in Mexico, where Urrea's story takes place.

Icon LIt

The following comes from “The Book of the Ground” by artist Xu Bing. It is a story told in icons that he has been collecting and organizing over the past several years. More than this is the computer program he has written that "translates" the typed message into icons. Visit his website to be even more fully amazed by his visionary art.

New Lit Online :: Linebreak Poetry Weekly

Edited by Ash Bowen, Johnathon Williams, Ashley McHugh, and Jennifer Jabaily, "Linebreak is an online journal with a bias for good poetry. We look for poems that we wish we had written and take us somewhere we didn’t even know we wanted to go."

Linebreak is updated each Tuesday and features a single poem for the entire week. Published poems are archived indefinitely. Linebreak accepts only original, previously unpublished poetry. In addition to text, Linebreak publishes audio recordings of all poems. Each poet’s work is read and recorded by another working poet selected by the editors. To that end, Linebreak is always seeking volunteer readers.

Some of the 59 currently posted poems include such authors as Bob Hicok, Bruce Bond, Barry Ballard, D.A. Powell, Dorianne Laux, Zachary Schomburg, Daniel Nester, Carolyn Guinzio, Richard Siken, Anthony Robinson, C. Dale Young, Seth Abramson, Amanda Auchter, Lola Haskins, Quan Barry, Alison Stine, Heather Christle, David Graham, Sandra Beasley, Christina Davis, Ryan Courtwright, Paul Dickey, Jehanne Dubrow, Adam Clay, and many, many more.

Interview with Rachel Maddow

From the Mother Jones extended interview, January/February 2009 issue:

MJ: Olbermann renegotiated his contract for a reported $7.5 million a year. When do you get to renegotiate?

RM: For $7.5 million? Ha! It remains to be seen whether I'm a flash in the pan. I haven't been on the air that long, and my initial ratings were great, but I've got a lot to prove.

I know I've seen enough of her to hope she'll stick around!

"If you don't know by now, Rachel Maddow is the world's most unlikely cable news talk-show host. For one thing, she doesn't watch TV. And she's young (35), is a Rhodes scholar with a PhD from Oxford, and is openly gay—an industry first. (More than one friend has told me that her ascent is some consolation for the passage of California's anti-gay-marriage Prop 8.) But her combination of lefty sensibilities, a hipster vibe, wicked smarts, and genuine good cheer has taken the entire country by storm. She's made msnbc competitive against cnn's Larry King for the first time. Existing in the space between Jim Lehrer's NewsHour and Jon Stewart's Daily Show, Maddow's hour-long show privileges reporters and actual experts over pundits, real information over blather and fake fights, and comes with healthy sides of sass and sarcasm. It's a mix she learned at the left-of-center radio network Air America, where she still broadcasts a live show each weekday. In her spare time, Maddow's writing a book on the role of politics in the US military. In her other spare time, she's an enthusiast of graphic novels and mixology."

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Nominations Accepted for Million Writers Award

The storySouth The Million Writers Award, which honors the best short stories published each year in online magazines and journals, is now open for nominations. The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2009.

Jason Sanford, founding editor of storySouth writes: "In previous years, the award had a $300 prize for the overall winner. Unfortunately, the economic downturn is affecting everyone and we no longer have a monetary sponsor. To compensate, I am putting up $50 of my own money as prize money, while storySouth's new publisher, Spring Garden Press, is putting up another $50. However, we'd like to give the winner more, so I hope people will consider a donation to increase the amount of prize money." Donations can be made using PayPal via the storySouth website.

New Lit on the Block :: Stone's Throw Magazine

Stone's Throw Magazine, edited by Russell Rowland, Tami Haaland, and Malia Burgess and based in Montana, publishes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, and "brief accounts of daily life from around the world."

The inaugural issue includes Poetry by Melissa Kwasny, Alison Colgan, Adrian Potter, Cynthia Anderson, Jim Peterson, Francis Raven, Lisa Kemmerer, Shirley Steele, Jim Peterson; Fiction by Rick Maloy, Catherine Parnell, JS Breukelaar, Lesley C. Weston, Kris Saknussemm, Shelley Freese, Peggy Heckler, Sid Gustafson; Nonfiction by SuzAnne C. Cole, Julia Michaels, Peter Klingman; Photographs by Sharareh Malek Mohammadi.

T&W Felloship

Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) announces the 2009-2010 T&W Fellowships, awarded to support early-career development for two emerging writers. Applicants for T&W Fellowships must:

Be age 35 or younger at the beginning of the Fellowship period;
Live in New York City or be able to plan an extended stay in the area (T&W cannot assist with finding housing for individuals who do not currently live in New York.);
Show exceptional artistic promise and a commitment to a writing career;
Demonstrate financial need.

The 2009-2010 T&W Fellowship period is September 14, 2009, to June 18, 2010. $20,000 stipend, office space and supplies, Opportunities to meet with experienced professionals. Deadline June 19, 2009.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Visiting Writer :: Bowling Green

Bowling Green State University English Department seeks strong applicants for the College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer. The successful candidate will be in residence spring 2010; teach one workshop in the BFA program and one workshop in the MFA program; give a public reading and a lecture; and advise theses.

Qualifications: 1) MA, MFA, or PhD by time of employment; 2) At least one book of poetry and critical recognition consistent with a writer of national reputation; and 3) Evidence of outstanding undergraduate & graduate teaching.

Send letter, c.v., transcripts, three current letters of reference, writing sample (one book), a list of courses taught with brief descriptions of each, and 1-2 sample undergraduate and graduate syllabi to:

Kristine Blair, Chair
English Department
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0191

The starting date of employment for this position is January 2010. Screening of applicants will begin March 16, 2009 and continue until the position is filled.

Writer Residency :: Lynchburg College

Lynchburg College Thornton Writer Residency, Spring 2010. A fourteen-week residency at Lynchburg College, including a stipend of $12,000, is awarded annually to a poet or creative nonfiction writer for the spring term. The residency also includes housing, some meals, and round trip travel expenses. The writer-in-residence will teach a weekly creative writing workshop, visit classes, and give a public reading.

Submit a copy of a previously published book of poetry or creative nonfiction, a c.v., a cover letter outlining evidence of successful teaching experience, and contact information for three references by March 16. There is no entry fee. These are the complete guidelines.

Lynchburg College
Thornton Writer Residency
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
1501 Lakeside Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24501

Joanna Turner
(434) 544-8690

Poem :: Jacob Scheier

Dear Office of Homeland Security
Jacob Scheier

It’s my duty to inform you I saw a flag waving suspiciously
outside Grand Central Station.

I held my hands to my ears and opened my mouth
and stood on one leg,
trying to signal the authorities
just like the website told me to,
but was only given quarters by a street mime.

So I bought beer nuts from a guy standing next to a guy selling
watches, because you can’t buy sugar coated nuts on the streets
in Canada and I wanted to know what it meant to be an American.


Read the rest on Geist.

Awards :: Perugia Press Prize

Perugia Press Prize: A prize of $1000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a first or second unpublished poetry collection by a woman. Winner of the 2009 Perugia Press Prize:

How to Live on Bread and Music
by Jennifer K. Sweeney

"Life-affirming but without illusions, How To Live on Bread and Music showcases poet Jennifer K. Sweeney’s mature consciousness and circumspect intelligence. This collection, made up of poems that stand firmly on their own, takes us on a physical and spiritual trip, symbolized often in the recurring image of the train. Exploring broad themes such as identity formation, nostalgia, and impermanence, the poet passes through risk to find refuge in the sensory world. What is most remarkable is Sweeney’s ability to confide without burdening, her gift for arranging enough silence between words for us to locate the pulse of meaning."

Jennifer K. Sweeney lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her first book, Salt Memory, was winner of the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award in 2006. How To Live on Bread and Music is due to be released in September 2009. To order this book and other titles, visit Perugia Press.

SEMI-FINALISTS: Shannon Amidon, Emma Bolden, Amy Benson Brown, Peg Davis, Joanne Diaz, Rachel Contreni Flynn, Elizabeth Frost, Kate Lynn Hibbard, Vera Kroms, Charlotte Pence, Alexandra Teague, Melissa Tuckey, Leslie Williams, Dede Wilson, Abe Louise Young.

New Lit on the Block :: Gigantic

Gigantic is a forthcoming print magazine of short prose and art (arriving in April) founded about a year ago by four former Columbia MFA students: Ann DeWitt, Rozalia Jovanovic, Lincoln Michel (who was a former reviewer at NewPages - Hi Lincoln!), and James Yeh.

In addition to publishing short and innovative fiction from such writers as Ed Park (founding editor of The Believer and author of Personal Days) and Justin Taylor (who has edited for McSweeney's), they have several interviews either completed or lined up with: Malcolm Gladwell, Gary Shteyngart, Sam Lipsyte, Tao Lin, as well as a conversation between Joe Wenderoth and Deb Olin Unferth.

Already on their website are "preview teasers" including a Prose preview, an Art preview, and most recently an Interview preview with excerpts from each of the aforementioned interviews - more than enough to pique a reader's curiosity!

Gigantic is open for submissions, and includes a list of "a few of our favorite things" to give writers an idea of the type of aesthetic they would be interested in seeing.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Jobs :: Various

English, Assistant Professor of English/Children's Literature U of Nebraska-Kearney. OUF

Literary House Director for The Rose O'Neill Literary House. March 16

The Creative Writing Program at the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University is seeking distinguished writers for openings in fiction, poetry, translation, autobiography/biography.

Sunday Fun :: Book Recommendation Contest

The Quarterly Conversation asks readers, in 200 words or less, to tell about the best book they’ve never heard of but need to read. "Make sure it’s something we’ve never seen, and make sure you make us understand why we need to track down a copy." The winner will receive books and store credit at the online store of Chicago’s Seminary Co-op Bookstore. Prizes for runners-up as well. Details in Issue 15.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

NewPages Update :: Lit Mag Reviews

Visit NewPages Literary Magazine Reviews to read thoughtful commentaries on the following print publications - Agni :: Alimentum :: Basalt :: Bateau :: Cave Wall :: Freshwater :: High Desert Journal :: Indiana Review :: The Literary Bird Journal :: POOL :: Reed :: Santa Monica Review :: Southern Humanities Review.

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

NewPages Updates :: Submissions

Updated today, but won't post on homepage until tomorrow, so blog readers get an advance peek! Check out NewPages Calls for Submissions page where we list calls from both our sponsors as well as non-sponsors. To have your call listed, e-mail: denisehill-at-newpages.com

Love Your Writing, Hate Your Beliefs

Revered author still hated for his Nazi stand
New Zeland Herald
Saturday Feb 28, 2009

Hamsun was celebrated and loved by Norwegian readers until the war. Some 15 years ago, sculptor Skule Waksvik started work on a statue of 1920 Nobel Literature Prize winner Knut Hamsun, a Norwegian admired by his countrymen for his writing - and despised for supporting the Nazis during World War II...[read the rest]

Buck's Good Earth Goes Home

PERKASIE, Pa. (AP) — The long-lost handwritten manuscript of Pearl S. Buck's classic novel "The Good Earth" is set to go on display next month at the late author's home outside Philadelphia.

The Pearl S. Buck House, in Hilltown Township, will display the 400 hand-edited pages for six months, beginning March 3.

It will be the first time since May 1930 that the manuscript will be reunited with the desk, chair and typewriter that Buck used when she wrote the novel, said Donna Rhodes, a curator at Buck's home.

The manuscript had been missing for about 40 years when it was found in June 2007. The daughter of Buck's longtime secretary said she found the pages in a suitcase in her basement and took them to a Philadelphia auction house, which called the FBI.

The manuscript has spawned a legal fight involving Buck's heirs and foundations with links to her. A lawyer representing Buck's birthplace in Hillsboro, W.Va., also staked a claim for ownership based on a notarized "bill of sale" that Buck signed in 1970, three years before she died.

Janet Mintzer, president of Pearl S. Buck International, said a will filed in Vermont, where the author died, gave the Buck family estate rights to her literary works, but that the family didn't want to lend out the manuscript until the matter was settled.

The Buck family trust has formed an agreement with Pearl S. Buck International to display the manuscript for six months. The foundation maintains Buck's home and manages its international adoptions program.

"We've been waiting literally a year and a half for it," Mintzer said. "We're very excited. It's a great piece of history."

"The Good Earth," Buck's most famous book, follows the life of a peasant farmer in pre-Revolutionary China as he marries, accumulates wealth and experiences both success and heartache. Buck, the daughter of Presbyterian missionaries, lived mostly in China from infancy through age 40.

The novel won the Pulitzer Price in 1932 and helped earn Buck the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.

Friday, March 06, 2009

NewPages Book Reviews

Swing by the NewPages Book Review page to read great reviews on the following small/indie press books:

Secret of Breath
Poetry by Isabelle Baladine Howald
Translated from French by Elena Rivera
Burning Deck Press, October 2008
Review by Joseph P. Wood

Poetry by Chris Vitiello
Ahsahta Press, February 2008
Review by Karyna McGlynn

A Fixed, Formal Arrangement
Prose by Allison Carter
Les Figues Press, November 2008
Review by Sarah Sala

Big World
Stories by Mary Miller
Short Flight/Long Drive Books, February 2009
Review by Ryan Call

Novella by Tim Horvath
sunnyoutside, March 2009
Reviewed by Jason Hinkley

The Islands of Divine Music
Novel by John Addiego
Unbridled Books, October 2008
Review by Laura Di Giovine

The White Space Between
Novel by Ami Sands Brodoff
Second Story Press, October 2008
Review by Christina Hall

Family Secret
Poetry by Rich Murphy
Finishing Line Press, 2008
Review by Roy Wang

Flash Fiction by Howie Good
Paper Hero Press, Achilles Chapbook Series,
December 2008
Review by Ryan Call

When You Come Home
Novel by Nora Eisenberg
Curbstone Press, November 2008
Review by Jessica Powers

Job :: Dzanc Development Director

Dzanc Books is looking for an individual to provide strategic direction and coordination for all fundraising efforts. The candidate will be an experienced person able to help create fundraising strategies that increase donations to Dzanc from individuals, corporations, agencies and foundations. Position will develop / implement a major gifts fundraising program, and solicitation strategies. Experience with grant writing a plus but not necessary. Send resume to dan@dzancbooks.org For further information about Dzanc, check their website.

Feminism: The Icelandic Perspective

Feminism, a Dirty Word
Nanna Árnadóttir
From Iceland Review

Feminism has become something of a taboo I’ve noticed. It’s beginning to annoy me a little actually.

It’s like some dirty word now. Feminist. Like saying you’re a feminist equates you with standing on the steps of City Hall and setting your bra on fire. I cherish my bra, anything that can support these puppies is alright in my book, and I still call myself a feminist...Now some might argue that feminism has always been taboo because any attempt by women to create equality is taboo, but I’m not of that opinion. I think feminism in the Nordic countries (Iceland included) has become taboo because most women think they evened the playing field already...And yet women in countries like Iceland are being abused by stuff that—if feminism were more integrated into people’s lives—might not actually be happening...[read the rest]

Red Mars, Green Earth: Science Fiction and Ecological Futurity

Read Gerry Canavan's recap of his above titled presentation, which includes the following major points:

1) Science fiction should be understood as an ecological literature
2) I use the distinction between Coruscant and Trantor to draw a line between science fiction (SF) and science fantasy
3) How the current environmental crisis demands not just this sort of methodological ecology but a politically environmentalist consciousness
4) Taxonomy

Publishing :: Found in Translation

Europa Editions finds success in translations
By Motoko Rich
International Herald Tribune
February 26, 2009

It does not sound like a recipe for publishing success: a roster of translated literary novels written mainly by Europeans, relying heavily on independent-bookstore sales, without an e-book or vampire in sight.

But that is the formula that has fueled Europa Editions, a small publisher founded by a husband-and-wife team from Italy in 2005...[read the rest]

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Yet Another Protest :: Orestimba High School

District took Bless Me, Ultima off sophomore reading list
By Danielle Gaines
February 24, 2009

Two teachers from Orestimba High School, upset that a book has been removed from their class reading lists, met with UC Merced students on Monday night.

The educators -- Catherine Quittmeyer, chairwoman of the English department, and Andre Powell, English teacher -- spoke to about a dozen Chicano literature students and future teachers on the university's campus.

"This was an event for the students; a lot of them want to become teachers," Quittmeyer said. "This is something I wish I was able to ask questions about when I was becoming a teacher." [read the rest]

Contest Winners :: Indy Poetry 2009

The Independent Weekly has announced their selection of picks for their 2009 Poetry Issue. Preliminary judges Brian Howe and Jaimee Hills passed along their selections to kathryn l. pringle who selected the following:

First Place: Christopher Salerno
Second Place: Alisha Gard
Third Place: James A. Hawley
Honorable Mention: C.P. Mangel

All have MP3s for your listening pleasure along with their poems to read.

New Lit on the Block :: nanomajority revived

From editors Mark Stricker and Jolynne Roorda: "nanomajority ia back from an unplanned hiatus, excited to reset the clock for our upcoming issues and planning to unveil some new projects in the near future. Thanks to our contributors for being so patient! From an editorial standpoint, nanomajority is interested in the various ways in which artists, writers, and critics intersect (or don't); there is no single stylistic container or grouping from which we select projects to highlight. There is no overarching manifesto to guide us. We simply publish what interests us."

nanomajority does not accept submissions in general, but if you have a project in mind - and after reviewing their site, you'll see how broad a mind they have - you can contact them with a proposal.

In the most current issue: Lizzie Hughes, Myron Michael, e.t. and Michael Bolsinga.

Internship :: US Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
Summer Research Assistantships for Graduate Students

The Center is now accepting applications for graduate student summer research assistants. Recipients will have the opportunity to participate with the Center’s staff scholars in cutting-edge research and publication projects relating to key areas of Holocaust scholarship. Sample projects may include writing and editing for the Museum's /Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945; /research and translating for the Center’s archival source series on /Documenting Life and Destruction/; and preparing in-depth studies and reports about the archival collections of the International Tracing Service (ITS), among others.

Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to a graduate program at a North American university. The Center is unable to provide visa assistance for non-U.S. citizens. Applicants must have basic knowledge of the Holocaust, experience in conducting archival or library research and the ability to work as part of a team. In addition to English, fluency in one or more of the following languages is desired: German, Russian, Polish, Romanian Hebrew, Yiddish, French, Dutch, Hungarian, Slovak, and/or Croatian. Each assistantship will last for up to three months during the May-August time frame. Awardees will receive a stipend of $2,500/month. The Center will also provide funds for one roundtrip airline ticket to and from Washington, D.C. for travel within North America.

Application Procedure:

Applicants should submit a resume, a personal statement of no more than two pages in length, and one letter of recommendation from a faculty member or dean at his/her institution that speaks to the applicant’s qualifications. The personal statement must explain the significance of the assistantship to the applicant’s professional and/or academic goals, and the contributions the applicant’s skills and interests could make to the Center’s research and publication projects. Application materials must be received by March 31, 2009. All applicants will be notified of selection results by early April 2009.

Application materials should be sent to: Dr. Lisa Yavnai, Director, Visiting Scholar Programs, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington, DC 20024. Inquiries may be addressed to Dorot@ushmm.org or via telephone at 202-314-7829.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

In Memoriam :: Scott Symons

"Controversial gay writer Scott Symons, whose scandalous life and 1967 novel "Place d'Armes" rocked Canada's literary world, has died at age 75. The Toronto-born author passed away at a Toronto nursing home on Monday after several years of poor health, his lawyer Marian Hebb said WednesdayShe remembered Symons as a bold personality who never shied away from strong views on politics, love and literature, at times to the detriment of his personal relationships."

Residency :: Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site offers two residencies each of two to four weeks from May 1 through September 30. Residencies are open to all professional American artists. Application deadline: February 28

Writers Retreat :: AROHO

A Room of Her Own
2009 Writers' Retreat
Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico
“My Country is the Whole World”—Virginia Woolf
August 10-16, 2009

Includes: Meredith Hall on crafting memoir; Dana Levin on Sylvia Plath and the creation of "self"; Pamela Painter on double endings; Ellen McLaughlin on lies, secrets, and subtext; A special seminar with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Rita Dove, and more.

Limited scholarships available; deadline midnight, March 15th, 2009. General Applications accepted on a rolling basis until June 1st, with notifications of acceptance beginning in early April and occurring roughly every two weeks until all slots are filled.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Conference :: Conversations and Connections

The third annual Conversations and Connections conference will be held in downtown DC on April 11, with Amy Hempel as the featured speaker. Registration includes the full day conference, one ticket for "Speed Dating with Editors," a book, and a literary magazine subscription. Breakout sessions are geared to appeal to new and experienced writers of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and include topics like Fighting Writer's Block with Play and Experimental Prompts, Sentence Power, Creative Nonfiction: Where are the boundaries? Do they exist?, The Digital Literary Landscape, Writing Sex Scenes, Grants for Writers: Where's the money and how do you get it?, and more.

Art :: Prick of the Spindle

Galleries from AmateurArtwork.com are now in their new home at Prick of the Spindle, along with 12 new artists. View art from Jesse Lindsay, David Scott Tenorio, Amy Bernays, Pam Ross, Dave Mullins, Christy Call, and many more. Look for new artists to be added on a weekly or semi-weekly basis.

Also check out the graphic short, The Dragoon, written by Lane Kareska and illustrated by Cynthia Reeser.

Prick of the Spindle is open to submissions year-round.

New Lit on the Block :: Twelve Stories

Twelve Stories is an online literary journal dedicated to publishing quality short fictions of up to 1,500 words each. Editors are Molly Gaudry and Blythe Winslow, whose credentials are as follows: "One of us is a writing professor; the other works in a head shop. One of us is outspoken; the other is passive aggressive. Neither can sing." Fair enough!

As the publication cycle is whenever Gaudry and Winslow receive "twelve stellar stories," submissions are open, and sim/subs welcome.

The first issue features stories by Steve Almond, J.R. Angelella, Rusty Barnes, Matt Bell, Jimmy Chen, Timothy Gager, Richard Garcia, Kathryn Good-Schiff, Jim Hanas, Jeff Landon, Jennifer Levin, and Dan Moreau.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Festival :: Get Lit!

Get Lit!
April 10-19, 2009
Spokane, WA

The Northwest's best festival for readers and writers features author presentations and readings, writing workshops and panels, author visits to schools throughout eastern Washington and into northern Idaho, youth poetry slams, and more. Many events are free to the public. The festival, now celebrating its 11th year, is produced by Eastern Washington University Press.

This year's authors include: Simon Armitage, Charles Baxter, Margaret Lippert, Paul Roberts, Jane Smiley, David Suzuki, Ellen Wittlinger, Pamela Aidan, Zan Agzigian, Glenda Burgess, Patrick Carman, Sarah Conover, Chris Crutcher, Claire Davis, William Dietrich, Kathy Fagan, Deby Fredericks, Sam Green, Adina Hoffman, Christopher Howell, Sandra Hosking, Sherry Jones, John Keeble, Jim Kershner, Melissa Kwasny, Laurie Lamon, Ken Letko, Phillis Levin, Buddy Levy, Samuel Ligon, Tod Marshall, Brenda Miller, Kelly Milner Halls, Kenn Nesbit, Laurie Notaro, Oliver de la Paz, Midge Raymond, Claire Rudolf Murphy, Brandon Schrand, Martha Silano, Gregory Spatz, Mark Steilen, Rachel Toor, Manny Trembley and Eric Anderson, Kathryn Trueblood, Jeanette Weaskus