Monday, June 29, 2009
White Space by Janet Burroway
“HIS WRIST IS furred in gold and banded with a, Jesus, Rolex. From the sidewalk it was any other clapboard student digs, but now I remember that he comes from bucks, does Goldenhair. Kenilworth Adamson Lowenthal. What kind of parents pick three dactyls for a name?”
New Year’s Weekend on the Hand Surgery Ward, Old Pilgrims’ Hospital, Naples, Italy by Adam Atlas
“WHEN THE AMBULANCE guys finally came, they were put out and winded. They asked me if I had a plastic bag for the piece of thumb and they watched with their arms folded while I stumbled around and found them a plastic bag.”
That Ain’t Jazz by David Bradley
“COUSIN BERNARD AGREES that I’m trouble, with a capital T. The family buzz is, I'm destined for college. If I don’t get with it now, he says, I’ll end up with some intellectual gig and be swallowed by the Negro Bourgeoisie.”
READ THE WINNING STORIES.
The FIRST ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST, with $3,300 in prizes.
Entry deadline: July 18.
The SPRING 2009 STORY CONTEST, with $6,500 in prizes.
Entry deadline: July 31.
The Savannah College of Art and Design is seeking candidates for a part-time faculty position in nonfiction writing, specifically creative nonfiction and/or magazine journalism.
Lebanon Valley College (PA) invites applications for a one-year, full-time position as a visiting assistant professor of English beginning fall 2009. July 1
"In global terms, Georgia has become more popular because of the Caucasus conflict. When it comes to attracting the attention of the media, all too often, only bad news is good news. However, the newspaper headlines aside, Georgia is a country whose rich cultural history repays our careful attention...Nowadays, Georgian writers, poets most of all, suffer from financial and cultural deprivations in their country. Nevertheless, literature is strong there because of its rich heritage and voluptuous poetic language."
The issue includes the original poems, written in a Georgian alphabet Irtenkauf calls "all its own, not to be confused with the Cyrillic," and Bela Tsipuria, PhD in Georgian Literature, Tbilisi State University, provides an introduction worthy of its own study for the value of Georgian history she provides readers.
This issue of IPR is an outstanding example of the importance of literature in developing a broadly informed view of world cultures.
*The IPR website it a bit outdated, but Editor Mark Smith-Soto assures me updates are in the near future.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Sam Weller, the venerable Salt Lake City bookseller known for his energetic personality and an uncanny ability to match a customer to the perfect book, died Tuesday. He was 88.
His death, attributed to causes of age, marks the passing of a literary era for Utah readers as well as for the nation's dwindling community of independent booksellers.
"It's a big ending," said Linda Brummett, manager of the general book department at the Brigham Young University Bookstore . "Sam really became a mentor to me and many other booksellers. In one way or another, we can all trace our heritage as booksellers back to Sam."
First place: Randolph Thomas of Baton Rouge, LA, wins $1200 for “According to Foxfire”. His story will be published in the Fall 2010 issue of Glimmer Train Stories, out in August 2010.
Second place: Amy S. Gottfried of Thurmont, MD, wins $500 for “Chim Chiminy”. Her story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing her prize to $700.
Third place: Abe Gaustad of Germantown, TN, wins $300 for “A Month of Rain”.
A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.
Fiction Open: June 30
This quarterly competition is open to all writers for stories on any theme, with a word count range of 2000-20,000. Click here for complete guidelines.
Best Start: June 30
This new category is different from their others in that the piece should be an engaging and coherent narrative, but it does not need to be a complete story; it needs to be an important part of a story in progress. Only open to writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed print publication with a circulation over 3000. Maximum word count: 1000. Click here for complete guidelines.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
"I've used up my reality" Tuesday, April 7, 1936 - Friday, June 19, 2009 Gerry, poet, moved into the past tense Friday in Vancouver after a lifetime dedicated to writing, photography and art. He will be greatly missed by his son Jeremy in Toronto and daughter Tamsin Bragg (Ritchie) in Saltspring Island, and by his grandchildren Cassandra and Drew Storey in Saltspring, and Matilda in Toronto. Gerry waspre-deceased by his daughter Lara, sister Linda, and parents Ralph and Betty, all of Vancouver. Gerry, once called the "Jude the Obscure of the Vancouver poetry scene," published many books of poetry and prose, including "Moby Jane," "Grounds" and "Azure Blues" and was for many years host of "radiofreerainforest" on Co-op radio. He published "BC Monthly," a writing journal, and had numerous photographic and audio-visual exhibitions. Through BC Monthly and radiofreerainforest, he was the most active of all the poets in the Vancouver poetry community in promoting and supporting the work of other poets from all the many groups and schools in the city. He lived for the last 40 years in and around Vancouver's Downtown East Side, subsisting on his writing. His family would like to extend their gratitude to Marlene Swidzinsky and James Campbell, Jamie and Carol Reid, and the staff of St. Paul's Hospital palliative ward. Gerry's ashes will be spread over the waters by Jericho Beach, to join his family there who preceded him.
A couple of years ago someone took me aside and, in a wise-man-giveth-advice tone, told me to take "literature" out of Alimentum's subtitle.
"Literature scares people," he said.
Imagine that. Literature - the word, the idea, the stuff itself - scary. Not scary as in frightening, but as in boring. He thought literature was synonymous with snooze. As if, from this label, people would expect to find dry, bland, sleepy stuff between our covers.
Nothing's asleep between these covers. Every word is awake and raring to go.
The one thing we didn't want Alimentum to be is boring. In fact, one of our modi operandi is UNboring. Along with delightful, charming, chewing, tasty (even disturbing), and whoa and wow. And GREAT writing tops our list.
And guess what great writing is called?
Even Merriam-Webster says so:
Literature: writings in prose or verse; especially: writing having excellence of form or expression and expressing ideas of permanent or universal interest.
Now who wouldn't want to read something like that. Turn these pages and you'll find: literature profound and soul-searching, ironic and funny, irreverent and silly, naive and sophisticated. And sexy, too.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
"For the sake of transparency… We realize entry fees are controversial—acknowledged. Whether you believe us or not, this isn’t a reading fee — we consider it a privilege and pleasure to read your work. While we are hoping this will make us some money, we mostly want to hold a contest and we want to pay the winners, and we want the winners to truly benefit from participation. That said, the announced prize money is predicated on getting enough entrants (we don’t anticipate a problem). However, if PANK draws a prize pool less than $1500, we will announce how many entries we received, and we will pay the three winners on a graduated scale of 50%/33%/17% of the total prize pool. Good news last — if the prize pool exceeds $2000, PANK will lock its profit at 25% and increase the prize pool accordingly."
The runners-up are Margaret Cardillo with "Hysterical," and Patricia Engel with "The Bridge."
The New York Public Library has created a new campaign for libraries: "Shout It Out" - hoping to raise awareness for libraries in a time of drastic budget cuts. They've made a video callout featuring writers Colson Whitehead, Malcolm Gladwell, Amy Tan, and Nora Ephron as well as celebs Bette Midler, Jeff Daniels, Barbara Walters, Tim Gunn, and more. They hope that people will be inspired to speak out for their libraries and help make sure we can keep providing writers, readers, students, scholars, and so many more, the resources we all need. People can add their own response video, and visit the New York Public Library for other ways to take action. (via Deanna Lee, VP of Communications of The New York Public Library)
Monday, June 22, 2009
Issue #1 includes a feature with poet Carla Conley, as well as works by Heather Lazarus, Colin James, Lise Whidden, Mary Susan Clemons, Ellen Bihler, Lisa Cronkhite, Lesley Dame, Donal Mahoney, Howie Good, Jasmine Templet, Lynn Otto, S. Thomas Summers, Leanne Drapeau, Dave Mehler, and Mal.
Triggerfish is published quarterly and open for submissions: Summer deadline May 15; Fall deadline August 15; Winter deadline December 15; Spring deadline March 15.
Full-time Editor-Berkley Books, Penguin Group(NY).
Simon & Schuster Associate Publisher, Touchstone/Fireside (NY).
Full-time Editor, John Wiley and Son's Inc (Malden, MA).
Full-time Associate Editor, Palgrave Macmillan (New York, NY).
Writer/Editor, Membership Resources for adult audiences, Girl Scouts USA.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
"The new literary journal for EKU's MFA program would like to announce a special call for non-fiction submissions. The deadline has been extended to July 15th. All submissions should be sent to: nonfiction(at)jellybucket(dot)org. All contact information should be on your submission. The inaugural issue will be released this November. Payment will be two contributor's copies." (Tasha Cotter, Poetry Editor/Editor-In-Chief)
Friday, June 19, 2009
First Person America: In These Hard Times
A national competition seeking the best videos, photographs, and stories describing how individuals, families and communities are managing during these hard times.
Writing submissions – up to 2,500 words.
Film and video submissions – up to five minutes, excluding credits.
Photography submissions - may include up to five photographs, with or without accompanying text of up to 100 words per image.
Submission deadline: June 30, 2009
First place: "The Fisherman's Wife" by Jenny Williams (LitNImage)
Runner-up: "Fuckbuddy" by Roderic Crooks (Eyeshot)
Honorable mention (third place): "No Bullets in the House" by Geronimo Madrid (Drunken Boat)
Thursday, June 18, 2009
2nd River accepts submissions for their chapbook series. Submissions should consist of no more than 23 poems, and authors are asked to browse the series before submitting to be sure their work is a good match for 2nd River.
2nd River is also currently accepting submissions of unpublished poetry (June 1 - Aug 31) for their fall 2009 issue.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Pongo is doing wonderfully and looking for volunteers for the fall. Pongo volunteers will make a six-month commitment (once a week for three hours plus), and they will learn our techniques for helping abused, neglected, and other traumatized youth to express themselves therapeutically through poetry. More information is included below.
WHAT IS PONGO? Since 1992, the Pongo Publishing Teen Writing Project has worked with teens who are in jail, on the streets, or in other ways leading difficult lives. We help young people express themselves through poetry, and the teens often write about traumatic life experiences. Through creative writing, Pongo helps its authors communicate feelings, build self-esteem, and take better control of their lives. Each summer we publish chapbook compilations of the teens’ work. The chapbooks are distributed free to incarcerated youth and others. You can find out more about us at www.pongopublishing.org .
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AND FREE TRAINING: Are you interested in learning how to use creative writing therapeutically with incarcerated, homeless, and other distressed youth? The Pongo Publishing Teen Writing Project is offering volunteer opportunities and trainings at several sites this fall, to run mid-September 2006 to mid-April 2007. The sites and possible schedules include:
King County Juvenile Detention, Seattle, Tuesdays, noon-3:15 PM
Child Study and Treatment Center (state psychiatric hospital), Tacoma, Mondays, noon-3:15 PM
(Please feel free to contact us if you will not be available on these schedules but would like to be informed about schedule changes or other volunteer opportunities.)
People who join the Pongo program will be well-trained and well-supervised, and they will work as part of a close-knit team of four to six people, under the direction of a Pongo project leader. Every weekly session includes one hour of training (with discussion about poetry, traumatized youth, and writing activities).
We are looking for mature individuals who have a clear understanding of personal boundaries and an ability to adapt to institutional rules. Ideal candidates will write poetry, have education as teachers or counselors, and have experience working with distressed youth. Candidates must make a commitment to attending the weekly Pongo sessions, being on time, and staying with the program until its completion in April.
If you are interested in becoming a Pongo volunteer, please contact us soon. Spaces are limited, and the application and interview process must be completed in early August. You can begin this process by emailing us a copy of your resume and samples of your poetry. Our address is info-at-pongopublishing-dot-org . We welcome your questions, too.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Each year Black Lawrence Press awards The Hudson Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. Winning manuscripts are published by the press and their authors are awarded cash prizes of $1,000.
One Page Stories – fiction, memoir, personal essay
Chtenia Readings - Russian fiction, translation
Arroyo Literary Review - poetry, fiction, artwork
Second Run - poetry, fiction, plays, essays
The Sienese Shredder - poetry, critical writing, art, music
Cafe Review - poetry, reviews, artwork
Gigantic - fiction, dialogues, artwork
Hobble Creek Review - poetry, nonfiction
Siren - poetry, prose, nonfiction
Everyday Genius - poetry, fiction
Eyeshot - fiction, essays, rants, reviews, photographs
Farrago's Wainscot - poetry, fiction, nonfiction
Fiction Weekly - fiction
On the Premises - fiction
Lalitamba - poetry, fiction, essays, translations, interviews
Paul Revere's Horse - poetry, fiction
Guernica - poetry, fiction, features, interviews, art, photography (a long-time favorite listed as alternative, now also listed as lit)
[THANKS NP blog readers for the adds on this list!]
Book Trout, Old Saratoga Books (Schuylerville, NY)
Buy the Book (Kawkawlin, MI)
Loganberry Books (Shaker Heights, OH)
Wolfgang Books (Phoenixville, PA)
Yesterday's Muse (Webster, NY)
The Bookery Nook (Denver, CO)
Urban Think! Kids (Orlando, FL)
Inner Wisdom (Galesburg, IL)
Old Saratoga Books (Schuylerville, NY)
Big Sleep Books (St. Louis, MO)
Next Chapter Bookshop (Mequon, WI)
Paragraphs (South Padre Island, TX)
[Words] (Maplewood, NJ)
Barner Books (New Paltz, NY)
Sandman Book Co (Punta Gorda, FL)
Writing Conferences, Workshops, Retreats & Book & Literary Festivals
Wildbranch Writing Workshop
NorthWords Writers Festival
Whitehorse Poetry Festival
Squire Summer Writing Residency
Monday, June 15, 2009
Read more about Norse on his site and on his page with the Beat Museum.
The Beat Museum will be hosting a Memorial for Harold on Sunday, July 12th, time TBA.
1. The original author must not have intended the text to be poetry.
2. The found poem may not be sourced from literary fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. If the author seems to have been intentionally using poetic elements, it does not qualify for our purposes, even if those elements were employed in prose.
3. The original source of the text must be known. Source material may be anonymous, such as graffiti, signage, etc., but all published works must be properly cited.
4. The original text must not be edited by the finder, except by omission, punctuation, or lineation. Finders may cut words and add line breaks, but may not add words or rearrange text.
5. Finders may either choose to leave the poem untitled, or add their own.
Submissions are open, limited only by your own vision to see the poetry.
Issue Number 1 features poetry by Wendy Taylor Carlisle, Adrian Gibbons Koesters, Anne McDuffie, Kristine Ong Muslim, Peggy Shumaker, Patricia Staton, and Julie Marie Wade; fiction by Simon Fruelund and David Huddle; essays by Susan Casey, Leslie Haynesworth, and Anne-Marie Oomen; humor by Brian Doyle.
AR&SR also produces a live literary productions and releases them as podcasts: "it's a fresh and humor-filled presentation of a literary reading, one like you've never heard or seen before." Averaging nee show every 12 weeks AR&SR will open to booking performances. Their upcoming live shows include Tacoma, WA on August 9, featuring David Huddle and Jennifer Culkin with musical guest Jerin Falkner, and on to Seattle in October with Crab Creek Review.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Also included on the site is a video of RQ publishers, Greg Behr and Billy Warden on the program The Artist's Craft hosted by Stacey Cochran in a discussion of the future of literature, publishing on the Web.
Should creative writing be taught?" Louis Menand takes on the creative writing program through a thorough response to Mark McGurl's The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing. Coming to the comment, "For, in spite of all the reasons that they shouldn’t, workshops work," how Menand gets there is worth the read.
Read more here.
Writer Beware by Victoria Strauss
Excuse Me, How Much Did It Cost You? by A.C. Crispin
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Chronicle Books announces openings for a Children’s Marketing Manager, an Editor of Art and Design, as well as ongoing internships and biannual design fellowships.
Oxford University Press Acquisition Editor, Journals.
Simon & Schuster Associate Editor for The Atheneum Books for Young Readers & Margaret K. McElderry Books.
Labletter – fiction, poetry, text and image, photography, criticism, interviews
Puffin Circus – poetry, prose, creative non-fiction, artwork, cartoons
Mayday Magazine - nonfiction, microfiction, poetry, political/cultural commentary, translation, and visual art
The Writer’s Block - poetry, fiction, flash fiction, reviews, photography, and artwork
322 Review – fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art
New additions to the NewPages List of Writing Conferences, Workshops, Retreats & Book & Literary Festivals:
Rosemont Writers Retreat
DePaul Summer Writing Conference
Words Alive Literary Festival
Roaming Writers Workshop
If you have suggestions for additions to any of our guides, please drop us a line: denisehill[at]newpages[dot]com
Denied the leap and dash up the ice,
what goalies know is side to side, an inwardness of monk
and cell. They scrape. They sweep. Their eyes are elsewhere
as they contemplate their narrow place. Like saints, they pray for nothing,
which brings grace. Off-days, what they want is space. They sit apart
in bars. They know the length of streets in twenty cities.
But it's their saving sense of irony that further
isolates them as it saves.
- from "One of You"
Published by Brick Books: "In compact, conversational poems that build into a narrative long poem, Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems follows the tragic trajectory of the life and work of Terry Sawchuk, dark driven genius of a goalie who survived twenty tough seasons in an era of inadequate upper-body equipment and no player representation. But no summary touches the searching intensity of Maggs's poems. They range from meditations on ancient/modern heroism to dramatic capsules of actual games, in which the mystery of character meets the mystery of transcendent physical performance. Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems is illustrated with photographs mirroring the text, depicting key moments in the career of Terry Sawchuk, his exploits and his agony."
In addition to and interview with and featured writing by Thaddeus Rutkowski, issue one includes fiction by Douglas Bruton, Kristopher Jansma, Douglas Bruton, and George Ganigan; creative nonfiction by Kaysie Norman; poetry by Richard Fein, Howie Good, Jill Jones, Niels Hav, Robert K. Omura, Charles Musser, Ray Succre, Leslie Tate, and Rachel Bellamy.
The site also features an online gallery of works by artists Boz Schurr, Danni Tsuboi, Lauren Taylor Tedeschi, Peter Schwartz, John Berry, Sean Jewell, Christopher Woods, and Adriana Brattelli.
322 Review will publish online quarterly and run its "most exemplary" submissions in print twice a year. Full submission information and deadlines can be found under Writer's Guidelines.
[Image: jaco2 by Danni Tsuboi]
First Book will also be bringing back their "vote for a state" campaign to give the state which receives the most votes 50,000 new books. Past winners include Oklahoma and Kentucky.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
From the Terrain.org blog, posted by Simmons B. Butin:
I have very sad news to share -- news I learned yesterday but wasn't prepared to share until today (and I do have permission). As many of you know, Christopher Cokinos founded and has served as the editor of the outstanding journal Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing for more than a decade now. Many of you also know that state university funding has been drastically cut nearly everywhere. Combine those two, and we learn that Utah State University will no longer be publishing Isotope.
Folks, Isotope is one of the three or four best environmental literary journals, and its closure is a huge blow not only to the good folks working on the journal at USU, but to environmental and science literature readers and writers everywhere. But what to do? We need to find a large endowment to sustain the journal, under Chris's excellent editorial skills, and find it now. So ante up!
There is a possibility that Isotope will move to another university or other editing team, but unless it stays at USU, as far as I know Chris will no longer be the editor. That is sad, indeed.
Vivid Lines in Graphic Times
May 21 to July 26, 2009
This selection of works, specifically paintings and works on paper from the museum's permanent collection, shares a graphic quality. Whether these artists appropriated images from consumerist culture, took influence from comic books, or simply utilized graphic techniques in their creative process, their works illustrate how meaning and feeling can be conveyed differently through the graphic line. While clearly referencing the Pop Art movement, these works from the 1970s through the late 1990s incorporate the movement's vibrant color and readymade images but deliver a more serious message. [Image: David Wojnarowicz]
Grand Text Auto
April 14 through July 26, 2009
Many blogs have spawned books over the last few years, but grandtextauto.org is the first to become an art exhibition. This blog about computer mediated and computer generated works of many forms—including net.art, hypertext fiction, and computer games—is collaboratively written by Mary Flanagan, Michael Mateas, Nick Montfort, Scott Rettberg, Andrew Stern, and Noah Wardrip-Fruin. In this exhibition, the bloggers put their ideas into practice by displaying a variety of cutting edge works of digital art of their own creation.
Monday, June 08, 2009
To participate in the 1000 Pieces of Peace, visit this page for submission information. Though the website says the deadline has passed, Judy has assured me she will accept submission until June 30. Don't delay your piece of peace!
The Survey Lab is collaborating with the National Opinion Research Center to carry out the first large scale survey of teaching artists. They are currently in the phase of locating teaching artists to participate in a web survey they expect to field in Spring 2009.
If you are a teaching artist, or if you manage a program that hires teaching artists - you can register for the survey on the site. They will send a link to the survey itself as soon as it "goes live" in your community.
If you are someone who hires teaching artists, you can help the project to develop a more complete list. Contact info available on the site.
Learn more about the Teaching Artist Research Project here.
Sunday, June 07, 2009
Saturday, June 06, 2009
From West End Press: Bill Witherup was born in 1935. He grew up in eastern Washington, around Hanford from the time his father took a job there.
After graduating from the University of Washington, he moved to San Francisco in 1960, later dividing his time among rural retreats near Monterey and Big Sur in California and a ranch outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.
His poetry darkened following the death of his father in 1983. While Witherup has endured periods of breakdown and hospitalization during his adult life, his dedication to poetry has remained unrelenting.
David Bromige’s bold and experimental poetry won him multiple literary honors and the respect of readers around the world. But the retired Sonoma State University professor and former Sonoma County Poet Laureate, who died June 3 at home in Sebastopol at the age of 75, will be remembered by those who knew and loved him for his rapier wit and generous support of other writers.
“I am happy to say that in the last week of his life his family was reading to him my new memoir and he was laughing at my jokes. He never missed a joke,” said former SSU colleague and novelist Jerry Rosen.
Bromige, he praised, “knew as much about contemporary poetry as any person in the world” and managed to communicate his love for poetry to his students during 25 years at SSU.
Read the rest here.
Friday, June 05, 2009
For more on the issue, see also The Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog and Michael Leddy's blog Orange Crate Art.
All you have to do is place a regular subscription order online (or by mail) then send Alimentum an email with your secret to secretfood[at]alimentumjournal[dot]com. You'll get three issues for the price of two.
The Splinter Generation is looking for the best poetry, creative nonfiction and fiction. In particular, they're looking for work that captures what it is to be a member of this generation. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, but the reading period will end on November 1.
"Company of Heaven" by Marc Harshman
"Mirror" by F. J. Bergmann
"Real Self" by Suzanne Lamb
"Take Me Away, Spank Junkies" by Penni Jones
"Loose" by Tammy Delatorre
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Though we readers of literary magazines and small press publications know that these stories are being written and published, you just may not find them on the chain bookstore best seller shelf or paid-for-promotional-space tables.
Two such examples of these pockets of publication include two upcoming collections:
Anthology. On the Clock: Contemporary Short Fiction of People and Their Work. Working Lives Series from Bottom Dog Press Inc. Oct 1
Anthology: Out Behind the Desk: Workplace Issues for LGBTQ Librarians (a working title), edited by Tracy Nectoux and published by Library Juice Press as part of the series Gender and Sexuality in Librarianship. Dec 31
Judged by George Singleton
Winner: "Confession" by John Stadler
Finalists: J. Bowers, Ashley Luster, Roberta Hartling Gates, James Tadd Adcox
Judged by Rane Arroyo
Winner: "Tinnitus Valentine" by Erin Keane
Finalists: Judy Halebsky, T.A. Noonan, Sean Keck, Donna Vorreyer
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
First place: Justin Torres of New York, NY, wins $2000 for “Surrender Unto Us”. His story will be published in the Summer 2010 issue of Glimmer Train Stories, out in May 2010.
Second place: Vauhini Vara of Iowa City, IA, wins $1000 for “We’ll Rise Above the Sky”. Her story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories.
Third place: Keith Meatto of New York, NY, wins $600 for “Tierra Santa”.
A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.
And beginning June 1, Glimmer Train opens a brand new category! Guidelines here: Best Start.
The new program, which is the first of its kind in the world, was created in response to the need on a national and international level for providing practical experience to young literary translators. Although only in its first year, the program received over 130 applications from 35 countries.
The four recipients are Rhett Warren McNeil (USA), Ursula Meany Scott (Ireland), Jamie Richards (USA) and Kerri Pierce (USA).
Read more about the fellows here.
On April 6, 1970, Sean Flynn, along with his friend and fellow photojournalist Dana Stone, were captured by Communist forces near Cambodia and never seen again. Sean was 28 at the time of his capture; he would have been 68 years old this year. Sean Flynn was the son of legendary film actor Errol Flynn. His capture in 1970 set off an international plea for his release and the release of several other journalists who were captured while covering the war.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
The first issue features poetry and prose by Joseph Reich, Kenneth Pobo, Michelle Danner, Laura Garrison, Hannah C. Langley, Barbara Crooker, James Rioux, Richard Fein, and Rudy Sturk, short stories by David Moyer and Wayne H. W. Wolfson, an essay by Francis Raven, creative nonfiction by Robyn Bolton, and art by Francis Raven, Paul Woods, and Tim Welch.
Submissions are being accepted for the second issue of Puffin Circus, and, as always, writers are encouraged to read a copy before deciding if their work is right for submission.
Know of a bookstore not listed? Please let us know!
Contributors are often artists and poets who view language and its component parts as visual objects that lend themselves to shifting meanings and therefore recognize that words visually contain multiple entryways into understanding. Other Clutter is a space for both writers and artists to dismantle and reconstruct the political and representational overtones of text and art.
Other C/lutter also sponsors The Scream Literary Festival, July 2-13 in Toronto, for which they are seeking art submissions for gallery display.
[Image: from (th)ink: a collaboration between andrew topel and john m. bennett]
Monday, June 01, 2009
Once again the Dublin Writers Festival has excluded Irish-language writers from any meaningful participation in the Festival events and activities. This behaviour by the organizers is shameful, offensive, and imperious. Indeed, I call for a boycott of the Dublin Writers Festival. It is my intention to urge writers, artists, and other citizens (in Ireland, Britain, the U.S. and other countries) to withdraw any and all support from the Festival and its activities. I urge an earthquake of a protest campaign until there is a constructive remedy to this imperiousness!
For creative diversity in Ireland,
[Reprinted here by permission of the author.]
Articles in this first issue include “Introducing the Urdu Short Story in Translation” by Muhammad Umar Memon; “Community Learning Center Programs and Community Literacy Development in Asian and the Pacific Countries: Bangladesh, Iran, Vietnam and Pakistan as Case Studies” by Akbar Zolfaghari, Mohammad Shatar Sabran, and Ali Zolfaghari; “The Mediatization of Politics in Pakistan: A Structural Analysis” by Muhammad Atif Khan.
The publication also features book reviews, poetry and prose, translations, interviews, and Urdu works. All text is available online and can also be ordered in print copy.
Young Writers (13-17)
Judge Tavia Stewart
First Prize: Beckett Bathanti of Vilas, NC for Short Story: “The Return”
Second Prize: Clara Fannjiang of Davis, CA for Poetry: “Letter to My Sentry,” “Foible,” and “Shakespeare's Curse”
Judge Kathryn Stripling Byer
First Prize: Janice Townley Moore of Young Harris, GA for “Windows Filled With Gifts,” “I'd Like to Think the Truth About the World,” and “Beginning Homer's Illiad Once Again.”
Second Prize: Malaika King of Pinehurst, NC for “On Your Birth Day,” “Sweat Test for Cystic Fibrosis,” and “Swift Water.”
Judge Mark Budman
First Prize: Shannon Barton-Wren of San Francisco, CA for “San Diego, 1978”
Second Prize: Jason Stout of Atlanta, GA for “Paper Boats”
Judge Scott Yarbrough
First Prize: Kirk Barrett of Wilmington, NC for “Sarajevo Roses”
Second Prize: Jesse Tangen-Mills of Bogata, Columbia for “Twenty Ways to Love Before Dying”
Judge Rusty Barnes
First Prize: Ryan Stone of Rossville, IL for “Run Nowhere”
Second Prize: Taylor Brown of San Francisco, CA for “Kingdom Come”
Judge Laura Benedict
First Prize: Alexander Lumans of Carbondale, IL for “Haruspices”
Second Prize: Jeff Bond of Midland, MI for “Motown Mojo”
Judge Dinty W. Moore
First Prize: Laura S. Distelheim of Highland Park, IL for “On Ruth, Whom I Couldn't Let Slip By”
Second Prize: Kate Carroll de Gutes of Portland, OR for “Cure”
Judge Ashley Warlick
First Prize: Jan Parker of Fuquay-Varina, NC for Hard Times and Happenstance
Second Prize: J.W. Robison of Effingham, IL for The True Adventures of Mustard Tater