Friday, October 30, 2009

NewPages Updates

Added to NewPages Guide to Literary Magazines:
The Breakwater Review – poetry, fiction, nonfiction
14x14 – poetry
Autumn Sky – poetry
Jersey Devil Press - fiction
The Battered Suitcase - fiction, poetry, nonfiction, artwork
The Write Place at the Write Time - fiction, poetry, photos, artwork, interviews
REAL (Regarding Arts & Letters) - poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction
The Furnace Review - poetry, artwork, photography
Confrontation - fiction, memoir, poems, plays, reviews, commentary
Gowanus - essay, short fiction, reviews
Stickman Review - fiction, poetry, non-fiction, photography and artwork
Hack Writers
Poets' Quarterly
The Art of Digital Storytelling
Utne, Nov-Dec 2009.

Poetry as Memory and Moment

The current issue of Cave Wall, adorned by Deborah Mersky's "New Frog" on the cover, opens with some thoughtful considerations by Editor Rhett Iseman Trull on the nature of saving and preservation: "We can't protect everything all the time," she begins. "I used to think I could prevent accidents by performing rituals, like counting my steps or touching the lamps in a certain order I tried to freeze the good times... But we cannot remain in one place. The circle of life keeps turning. In memory and in our art, however, we can revisit a moment, letting it touch and change us anew... Perhaps every poem is a kind of elegy: a song for what cannot last. But each song here is vital, at least to me, in this moment."

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bitter Oleander Autumn Features

The Autumn 2009 issue of Bitter Oleander Review (v15 n2), in addition to a special focus on Elizabeth McLagan with an interview and selection of her poetry, also features the Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award Winner for 2009: Rich Ives.

Art

On Battered Suitcase is worth the second click to enlarge: Randy Thurman, Aunia Kahn, Jessica McKelvin, Jesus Garza Jones, Delbert Michel, Brad Kendall.

CFS: Riverbend Film Festival

River Bend Film Festival (April 30-May 1, 2010, Edwardsburg, MI). Open to all filmmakers, including high school and college students. Seeking Features and Shorts in the following categories: Narrative, Documentary, Music Video, Experimental, Animation, Industrial/Commercial, and Student Project. Deadline: October 1, 2009 (early), January 1, 2009 (regular), March 15, 2010 (late). ENTRY FEE: $0-$30

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Nimrod Contest Winners Featured

The Fall/Winter 2009 issue of Nimrod International Journal from the University of Tulsa is titled "Words at Play" and features works by the 31st Annual Award Winners and Finalists for Poetry and Fiction:

The Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry
First: Mike Nelson, “Acacia”
Second: Alicia Case, “Ascension” and other poems
HM: Natalie Diaz, “The Elephants” and other poems

The Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction
Fisrt: $2,000: Lacey Jane Henson, “Trigger”
Second: $1,000: Margaret Kaufman, “Live Saving Lessons”
HM: Patricia Grace King, “Dogs in Guatemala” and Laura Hulthén Thomas, “Down to the Last Kopek”

Barbara's Rent Woes

Chicago's Barbara's Bookstore could be in some trouble.

T.S. Eliot Prize Short List

The shortlist for the 2009 T.S. Eliot Prize has been announced by the Poetry Book Society:

The Sun-fish by Eiléan Ní Chuilleánain
Continental Shelf by Fred D'Aguiar
Over by Jane Draycott
The Water Table by Philip Gross
Through the Square Window by Sinéad Morrissey
One Secret Thing by Sharon Olds
Weeds & Wild Flowers by Alice Oswald
A Scattering by Christopher Reid
The Burning of the Books and Other Poems by George Szirtes
West End Final by Hugo Williams

According to the guardian.co.uk: "Chair of judges Simon Armitage says writers 'in a holding pattern' have been passed over."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Antioch: A Student Retrospect

While I am aware of the controversy regarding Antioch, I am certainly not "embroiled" in it as many must be. Still, I found myself deeply interested The Antioch Review Editor's comments about a particular aspect of his work at the college. Robert S. Fogerty, in the latest issue (Fall 2009), titles his editorial "Young Man Geertz" after Clifford Geertz, a returning vet who was a senior at Antioch in 1949.

Fogerty has gained access to almost 400 "Senior Papers" - a graduation requirement dating back to the late 1920s. His plans are to write a "prosopography" (collective biography) for which select papers will comprise the focus of his work. In his editorial, he offers selections from a numbers of these, considering what might have happened had Antioch shut its doors for good (it will resume 2011) to the very experiences written about in these essays. In just the small sampling he provides, it is clear that these papers are rich with period perspective, of young people writing of their own time of change, of the future they lived through, the history we look back on, and the Antioch that was: "Utopian, experimental, nonconformist, painfully earnest, desperately intense, and filled with political radicals and and aesthetic free spirits (or were they aesthetic radicals and political free spirits?), it was counter-culture before its time."

Clifford Geertz went on to win a National Book Critics Award as well as many more distinguished awards in social sciences and was honored by numerous universities. His "Senior Essay" is included in this issue of The Antioch Review.

Creative Nonfiction Archeological Find

Apparently, the folks at Creative Nonfiction have done some excavating and recently unearthed a box of classic creative nonfiction books by editor-in-chief Lee Gutkind. Long out of print, limited copies are again available of Lee's landmark work Many Sleepless Nights: The World of Organ Transplantation and One Children's Place. They also have a limited number of Lee's one and only novel, God's Helicopter, for sale. That's right, the "Godfather of Creative Nonfiction" briefly dabbled in the world of fiction.

Interview: Richard Wilbur

Arlo Haskell interviews Richard Wilbur, the only living poet with two Pulitzer Prizes. In it, Wilbur talks about the influences of Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens, playing Anagrams in Key West with James Merrill and John Ciardi, his reputation as a formalist poet, and his forthcoming collection of poetry.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Online vs Print: Professional Considerations

In the Fall 2009 issue of The Kenyon Review, Editor David H. Lynn takes on the issue of "Print vs. Internet: An Ongoing Conversion" in his consideration of where to submit his most recent story - to a print publication or to an online publication. Of course, the fact KR has started its own online edition - KRO - is thrown into the mix, as well as a status check on the professional perception of online publications.

Lynn is troubled by knowing that "Some writers...especially those who have passed through the opening thresholds of their careers, already have a book or two but have not yet been tenured or feel professionally secure, might not even submit their work to us any longer. They worry that if we chose a poem or story for Internet publication instead of print, they wouldn't want to have to decline the offer and risk offending."

I would respond that there is a change underway, and it will continue as more of those of us in-the-know about online publishing find our ways "in" and put ourselves in positions of making decisions and flexing the standards. I have participated in numerous hiring committees at various colleges where I have worked and continue to educate my colleagues as to the value of reputable online publications.

An interesting paradox I have seen already is the professional value placed on a self-published, POD book, while a peer-edited, online publication is dismissed. It's not enough that we read and write and publish. We also need to involve ourselves in the work that makes professional change "institutional."

Jobs

Penn State University Press Editor in Chief.

The Department of Writing in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College invites applications for a tenure-eligible position in creative writing (fiction), beginning August 16, 2010.

The Department of English at Rhode Island School of Design invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Literature and Writing. November 13, 2009 for full consideration.

Assistant Professor Creative Writing Western Illinois University. Dr. Mohammad Siddiqi, Interim Chair of English & Journalism. Interviews at MLA. Screening begins Nov 30.

The Writing Program in the School of the Arts, Columbia University, announces several full-time positions as Lecturer in Discipline in its undergraduate Creative Writing Program with concentrations in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, effective July 1, 2010.

Digital Lit Community

Jason Nelson wrote to share his most recent digital poetry game: Evidence of Everything Exploding

It's 'a blast' in more ways than one, but even better - I must admit - was his sharing a link to his and Davin Heckman's digi-poetry portal, "a group site of sorts" which can be joined by interested writers/theorists/artists: NetPoetic

Lots here for writers and readers interested in digi-lit of many forms. The most recent post (with comments) asks where the digi-lit-focused MFAs are - so if you're looking or you know, stop on by NetPoetic.

Glimmer Train August Short Story Award

Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their August Short Story Award for New Writers competition. This competition is held quarterly and is open to any writers whose fiction hasn’t appeared in a print publication with a circulation great than 5000. No theme restrictions. Word count range: 500-12,000. Their monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

First place: Evan Christopher Burton (pictured) of New York, NY, wins $1200 for “Exposure.” His story will be published in the Winter 2011 issue of Glimmer Train Stories, out in November 2010. [Photo credit Patrick Buckley.]

Second place: David Rothman of Jackson Heights, NY, wins $500 for “Guided by Voices.” His story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, raising his prize to $700.

Third place: Scott Tucker of Seattle, WA, wins $300 for “Touring.”

A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here. Also: Family Matters competition (deadline soon approaching! October 31) Glimmer Train hosts this competition twice a year, and first place is $1,200 and publication in the journal. It’s open to all writers for stories about family. Word count range: 500-12,000. Click here for complete guidelines.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Photography: Roadside Stranded

Guernica - the online magazine of art and politics - October 2009 features Stranded: "Amy Stein's photographs document stranded motorists on roadsides across the United States - and meditate on how the country was stuck in a similar space between distress & relief after Katrina."

Saturday, October 24, 2009

New Lit on the Block: Jersey Devil Press

Eirik Gumeny and Monica Rodriguez are the ambition behind the newly established Jersey Devil Press, "a small, independent publisher, based deep in the upper right ventricle of northern New Jersey." Their plan includes a monthly online magazine of short fiction, a yearly print anthology, and "a smattering of novels and story collections scattered throughout the rest of the year."

The first issue, October 2009, features works by Kate Delany, Corey Mesler, Stephen Schwegler, Noel Sloboda, Christopher Woods, Robert Levin and Mike Sweeney, as well as "The Legend of the Jersey Devil" by Eirik Gumeny.

Jersey Devil Press is now accepting short story submissions for both their monthly online journal and yearly print anthology (to be published Summer 2010).

Film Promo Contest: Bright Start

From Justin N. Satzman, crew creative:

The film Bright Star, one of the most highly praised films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is a portrait of love and loss between the 19th-century Romantic poet John Keats and the 18-year-old muse next door, Fanny Brawne. Based on the true story, Bright Star chronicles the brief yet torrid love affair between the struggling poet and the girl who would inspire some of the most passionate prose ever written. Academy Award-winner Jane Campion’s return to the big screen features outstanding performances from Abbie Cornish (Stop-Loss, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) as Brawne, Ben Whishaw (I’m Not There, Brideshead Revisited) as Keats and Paul Schneider (NBC’s “Parks & Recreation,” Lars and the Real Girl) as Charles Brown.

In celebration on its theatrical release, a writing contest, "Be My Bright Star Love Letter Contest" is being presented by a Diamond Is Forever and Montblanc. The grand prize winners will receive an Everlon Diamond Pave Ring from ADIF or an Everlon diamond pendant necklace from ADIF.

Friday, October 23, 2009

CFS: Dealing with Dying

From the editors of FREE INQUIRY magazine:

In our October/November 2007 issue, FREE INQUIRY featured "Dealing with Dying," a selection of essays from readers describing their experiences with dying, death, and end-of-life rituals. This feature was very well-received, so in June/July 2010 we plan another such symposium in print. FREE INQUIRY solicits brief essays (or proposals for essays) from readers concerning secular humanist responses to:

serious, debilitating, or chronic illness;
caring for a seriously ill loved one or friend;
end-of-life phenomena; and
issues relating to physician aid in dying, assisted suicide, or other forms of beneficent euthanasia.

Essays or proposals are invited from persons suffering serious illness, who have recovered from serious illness, and from family members, loved ones, caregivers, and concerned professionals. Completed essays will be due no later than February 26, 2010, and may be submitted at any earlier time. If submitting a completed essay, total word count should ideally be shorter than 750 words and must not exceed 1,200 words. You may also write a brief proposal describing the essay you have in mind.

Send your essay or proposal to:

Donna Danford
FREE INQUIRY
P.O. Box 664
Amherst, NY 14226-0664

or e-mail:

ddanford-at-centerforinquiry.net

Essays submitted by mail must be accompanied by a file in rich text or Microsoft Word format on CD, diskette, or flash drive. Essays submitted by e-mail may be included in the body of the e-mail or attached as a file in rich text or Microsoft Word format. Please note, these special submission requirements apply only to this feature.

Unless otherwise specified, submissions become the property of the Council for Secular Humanism. Submissions will be accepted or rejected and may be published in print or online at the exclusive discretion of the editors. Sorry, FREE INQUIRY is unable to offer payment for submissions.

Canzine 2009

Canada's Largest Zine Fair and Festival of Alternative Culture
Sunday, November 1, 2009
1pm - 7pm
The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St. West (Queen just East of Dufferin)
Toronto

2009 Governor General’s Literary Awards

Canada Council for the Arts announced the finalists for the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Awards. The finalists include authors, illustrators and translators from ages 27 to 78. The English and French awards are in the categories of fiction, non‑fiction, poetry, drama, children's literature (text and illustration) and translation. In total, 70 books are shortlisted.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Book Awards Explained - Sort of

Monica Hesse via journalgazette.net gives it a shot - but probably not enough for the Nobel naysayers.

Why the Fuss Over Indie Bookstores?

According to Praveen Madan on the Huffington Post, Indie Bookstores:

Provide a Cultural Experience for Readers
Provide a Nurturing Environment for Lesser Known and Emerging Writers
Enable Positive Social Change in Local Communities

Where are your local indie bookstores? How about finding a few when you travel? Check out the NewPages Guide to Independent Bookstores - and please let us know if there are any you think we should add to our guide (denisehill-at-newpages-dot-com).

Silverman's Story Offered to Readers

From David and Robin at Blue Cubicle Press:

Blue Cubicle Press announces the publication of our tenth hour of Overtime: “The Home Front” by Paul Silverman, a story of war, racism, and courage set in the kitchen of a Boston deli.

Paul lost his battle with depression this past August, which we discovered while preparing his story for print. You can read a little about Paul’s life in this article from The Boston Globe.

In honor of Paul’s passing, we’d like to offer his story for the cost of a first class stamp. Send us a stamp (no letter needed, we’ll know what it’s for), and we’ll send you a copy. You can also log on to our site and order a copy of “The Home Front” for a dollar (the extra money will help cover the PayPal fee).

For you teachers out there – or book clubbers – we’re offering 10 copies of Paul’s story for $5.00.

Blue Cubicle Press
P.O. Box 250382
Plano, TX 75025-0382

National Book Foundation Names Nominees

The National Book Award Nominees

Fiction
Bonnie Jo Campbell, American Salvage (Wayne State University Press)
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin (Random House)
Daniyal Mueenuddin, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (W. W. Norton & Co.)
Jayne Anne Phillips, Lark and Termite (Alfred A. Knopf)
Marcel Theroux, Far North (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Nonfiction
David M. Carroll, Following the Water: A Hydromancer's Notebook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Sean B. Carroll, Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search
for the Origins of Species (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Greg Grandin, Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt)
Adrienne Mayor, The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy (Princeton University Press)
T. J. Stiles, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Alfred A. Knopf)

Young People's Literature
Deborah Heiligman, Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith (Henry Holt)
Phillip Hoose, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
David Small, Stitches (W. W. Norton & Co.)
Laini Taylor, Lips Touch: Three Times (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)
Rita Williams-Garcia, Jumped (HarperTeen/HarperCollins)

Poetry
Rae Armantrout, Versed (Wesleyan University Press)
Ann Lauterbach, Or to Begin Again (Viking Penguin)
Carl Phillips, Speak Low (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Open Interval (University of Pittsburgh Press)
Keith Waldrop, Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy (University of California Press)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Press 53 Spotlight Anthology

Press 53 has announced for a new anthology series called Press 53 Spotlight that will showcase five poets and three short story authors who are gaining recognition and building solid reputations through publication and awards but have yet to publish a book-length collection in that particular discipline. Press 53 Spotlight will debut in January 2010.

Founding editor Kevin Morgan Watson and poetry editor Tom Lombardo will co-edit the anthology. The featured writers were found by way of the Press 53 Open Awards, through the general submissions process at Press 53, and from reading print and electronic literary journals and magazines.

The selected poets for the inaugural issue of Press 53 Spotlight are:

Alexa Selph of Atlanta, GA
Austin Segrest of Birmingham, AL
Clinton B. Campbell of Beaufort, SC
Lisa Zerkle of Charlotte, NC
Malaika King Albrecht of Pinehurst, NC

The featured short story writers are:
Ray Morrison of Winston-Salem, NC
Shaindel Beers of Pendleton, OR
Taylor Brown of Asheville, NC

What's in a Name? Eat Me Daily

Eat Me Daily - besides being one of the greatest website names I've seen in a long time - is a website/blog "about food with a critical (and sometimes cynical) take on the culture at large, including media, books, cookbooks, art, design, celebrity, fashion, robots, and cookery." It was this post that led me there in the first place: Food Writing in Magazines is Alive and Well. And a nod to Alimentum Journal: The Literature of Food for getting on the comment radar - let's get the foodies to expand those literary horizons, shall we?

Kaufman Attacks the E

Alan Kaufman's essay The Electronic Bookburning on The Evergreen Review addresses a number of issues on "the impact of Hi-Tech on Book Culture." An essay from which every single line is integral and effective quoting nearly impossible, but, alas, if you are still resisting going to read it, here are a few lines that might take you there:

"One wonders why Nourrey cannot simply advise E- Book to go fuck itself..."
"The book is fast becoming the despised Jew of our culture."
"I know many writers who do not see anything wrong in any of this..."
"Not since the advent of Christianity has the world witnessed so sweeping a change in the very fabric of human existence."
"And its endgame is the disappearance of not just books but of all things human."

While its "Holocaust as metaphor" may be strong for some, its position of resistance is a valid voice in this ongoing discussion.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

CFS: Librarians Plan for Fiscal Survival

Beyond Austerity; Facing Recession, Massive Reductions in Funding and Personnel-Librarians Plan for Fiscal Survival

Publisher: major, long established, in the library field

Editor: Carol Smallwood, MLS. Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook, American Library Association 2010; Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook, American Library Association, 2010; Thinking Outside the Book, McFarland 2008. Some others are Peter Lang, Libraries Unlimited, Linworth, Scarecrow

Foreword: Dr. Ann Riedling, Associate Professor, University of South Florida; An Educator's Guide to Information Literacy, Libraries Unlimited, 2007; Writing and Publishing: Contributor, The Librarian's Handbook, American Library Association, 2010. A two-time Fulbright Scholar included in Contemporary Authors

Afterword: Dr. Loriene Roy, Professor in the School of Information, the University of Texas at Austin, Past President of the American Library Association, Director/ Founder, If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything Reading Club.
Contributor, Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook, American Library Association, 2010

Articles sought by practicing academic, public, school, special librarians sharing their experiences on how librarians are handling the recession. Concise, how-to articles using bullets, headings, by librarians in the trenches using creativity and innovation

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One article sharing the range of your experience, 2100-2300 words total. If you must use citations, use MLA style faithfully. Articles welcomed by one librarian, or co-authored by two

Possible topics: creative staffing, financial planning, grant writing, community donations, sharing facilities, cooperative buying, maximizing the media, legislative participation, workshops for job hunters

The deadline for completed articles (Call #1) is November 30, 2009. Contributors will receive an agreement to sign before publication. Compensation: a complimentary copy, discount on additional copies

To avoid duplication, please e-mail up to three topics each clearly proposed with three separate short paragraphs by October 31 along with a 75-85 word bio beginning with: your name, library of employment, employment title, awards, publications, and career highlights. If co-authored, each of the two librarian-writers will need to send a separate bio. You will be contacted as soon as possible telling you which one (if any) of your topics will work, inviting you to e-mail your article; an invitation doesn't guarantee acceptance. Please place AUSTERITY/your name on the subject line to: smallwood-at-tm.net

Florida Review Award Winners

The Florida Review has announced the winners and finalists in their 2009 Editors’ Awards Competition. Their work will appear in the Winter 2009 issue of The Florida Review.

Fiction Prize
Pictured: Fred Setterberg, “Catechism”

Fiction Finalist
Steven Gehrke, “The Terraformation of Mars”

Nonfiction Prize
Deborah Thompson, “Buying Time”

Nonfiction Finalist
Christine Gelineau, “Cops”

Poetry Prize
Emily Van Kley, “Before Ghosts,” “Vital Signs,” and “Last of the Month”

Poetry Finalist
Susan Rich, “Facing 50 with a Line by Robert Hayden” and “For My Student, Who Would Prefer to Remain Anonymous”

Vonnegut Story e-Released

The Big Trip Up Yonder by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., published in Galaxy Science Fiction, January 1954, and, having fallen out of copyright, now reproduced on The Project Guttenberg. Includes an illustration by Kossin

New Lit on the Block: Rivets

Edite Christy Frantz and Dale Debakcsy have started up Rivets Literary Magazine, an online publication of art, poetry, and fiction. The first issue features works by Brent Schaeffer, Jaime R. Wood, Alice Osborn, Laura Riggs, Danny Sullivan Rice, Janet Yung, Scott Michel, Ken Pobo, and KJ. Rivets is accepting submissions for their next issue until November 30.

Here's and excerpt from "Revenge Poem Cycle" by Laura Riggs:

Revenge Poem #2
when i said “you don’t know me,”
i meant, “and you’re not going to.”
actually, i was thinking you knew me as much as i wanted you to already.

Monday, October 19, 2009

NewPages Updates

Alternative Magazines
The Rumpus "focused on culture, as opposed to 'pop culture'”

Literary Magazines
matchbook
Hinchas de Poesia - poetry, fiction, non-fiction, photography and painting
Connotations Press – poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, screenplay, visual art, interviews, reviews, video
Electric Literature - fiction
Rivets - poetry, fiction, art
Suss - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, interviews, reviews, gossip
Painted Bride Quarterly - poetry, fiction, essay, reviews
Splash of Red - poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art
Gutter Eloquence - free verse poetry
The Hummingbird Review - essays, prose, lyrics, interviews

Bookstores
Eco Books Tempe, AZ (used)

Blogs
Almonry - Henry Whittlsey
An attempt to organise scattered thoughts- Tammy Ho Lai-Ming
Butt to Chair: Thoughts on the Writing Life - Melissa Hart
Button Tapper - Laura Roberts
Doppelgangrene - Juliet Cook
The Eyeless Owl - David Metcalfe
Fleur's Rainbow Realm - Jenni Derfoldy
It Goes Without Saying - Matthew Nienow
mythical creatures - Leigh Stein
NickSeagers.com - Nick Seagers
No Hope, No Despair - Bruce Gatenby
the split infinitive - Maria Robinson
the blog poetic - Alexis Orgera
The Tiger in My Ribcage - Lilah Clay
Treatsa's tasty taters - Teresa Houle
Writing Shed - Karen Hogan

Food for Poems poetry, recipes, food
Litagogo literary podcast guide, reviews, poetry
Multiverse Poetry poetry, readings, news
Poet Verse poetry
The Rondeau Roundup exploration, publication of the rondeau, rondel, roundel, rondeau redouble, rondolet, triolet, and ballade
Literature in a Digital Age
2009 Brooklyn Book Festival
John Freeman; Dwight Garner; Sarah Schmelling
watch it online - 43 minutes

Lots more from this and other "parties and festivals" on C-Span2 BookTV online.

Caso Awarded Premio Planeta

Spanish author Angeles Caso has won the prestigious Premio Planeta, the second richest literature prize after the Nobel, for her novel about an African woman’s travails in Europe. The Asturian writer was awarded the prize late Thursday in Barcelona for her novel Contra el viento (Against The Wind) centered around a woman from the tiny African island nation of Cape Verde who emigrates to Portugal and then to Spain. Misfortune hounds her in Portugal and even after she leaves for Spain. Caso, born in 1959, is also a newspaper columnist. The prize comes with a cash award of 601,000 euros (895,096 dollars). (AP)

New Lit on the Block: The Breakwater Review

The Breakwater Review is the biannual online literary journal run by students in the creative writing MFA program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. The first issues features (mostly poetry) works by J. Tamayo, Joyce Peseroff, Mark Pawlak, Michael Kroesche, Robert Edwards, Frannie Lindsay, Jason Roush, Laura Davenport, Cate Whetzel, Jeffrey Taylor, Caroline A. LeBlanc, Janelle Adsit, Kenneth M. Camacho, Rory Douglas.

TBR is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction until November 15 for their next issue.

Here's an excerpt from west by Jeffrey Taylor (all formatting is lost in blogger, so do be sure to check out the full text on TBR):

he:

called
his
boss

said
i
aint

gonna'
make
deadline

got
robbed
and

i
liked
it!

i
liked
it!

felt
like
nothin'

i
ever
felt

Jobs

Assistant Professor in Creative Writing - Nonfiction University of Alabama. Prof. Michael Martone, Search Committee Chair, Assistant Professor (Creative Non-Fiction). Review begins Oct 15.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of English. Dr. Donald Revell, Search Committee Chair. Review begins Nov 16.

Delta College tenure-track Mainstream and Developmental Composition Instructor. Review begins Nov 1.

Saginaw Valley State University Assistant Professor of English-Creative Writing

University of Alabama Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in Fiction. Dr. Wendy Rawlings, Search Committee Chair, Assistant Professor (Fiction) Search. Review begins Oct 15.

The English Department of Eastern Michigan University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Creative Writing. Review begins Nov 15.

The English Department at Rhodes College seeks a Fiction Writer to join the Department at the level of Assistant Professor (Tenure Track). Tina Barr, Chair, Search Committee, Department of English. Deadline Nov 6.

The English Department at St. Lawrence University invites applications for a one-year, visiting position in poetry. Mr. Pedro Ponce, Department of English. Review begins Nov 15.

Writers Press for Accountability on Torture

Audio, manuscripts, and photos from Reckoning with Torture: Memos and Testimonies from the "War on Terror" are now available online at PEN.org. Listen to Don DeLillo, A.M. Homes, George Saunders, and others read from recently disclosed documents, legal memorandums, and first-hand accounts of government abuse.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Emma Goes Bollywood

Having already captured Jane Austen in Bollywood (Bride & Prejudice), Emma is the next adaptation. Aisha will be co-produced by Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire), to be released in 2010.

Chilling Effects Clearinghouse

From Chilling Effects Clearinghouse: "Do you know your online rights? Have you received a letter asking you to remove information from a Web site or to stop engaging in an activity? Are you concerned about liability for information that someone else posted to your online forum? If so, this site is for you."

Chilling Effects is a joint project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, University of San Francisco, University of Maine, George Washington School of Law, and Santa Clara University School of Law clinics.

[Mentioned on the Rachel Maddow Show.]

nor 2009 Contest Winners

This latest issue of New Ohio Review (6, Fall 2009) features the 2009 New Ohio Review Contest Winners, as selected by Peter Ho Davies and Philip Levine: Christine Nicolai for fiction Cecilia Woloch for poetry. Nicole Lee, one of the finalists, will have her story published in the spring 2010 issue.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowships

The Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine announced the five recipients of the 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowships: Malachi Black, Eric Ekstrand, Chloë Honum, Jeffrey Schultz, and Joseph Spece. Among the largest awards offered to aspiring poets in the United States, each Lilly Fellowship carries a $15,000 scholarship prize for fellows to use as they wish in continued study and writing of poetry.

Guidelines and applications for the 2010 Ruth Lilly Fellowships will be available February 1, 2010.

Connotation Press Undergrad Feature

Connoation Press: "For the undergrad section we are asking writing teachers around the world for their best and brightest new writers. Our hope is that the teacher will nominate the undergrad and work with the undergrad to compile a submission. For some new writers this will be their first submission process, and we gratefully welcome those writers."

Bradbury to Sign Books & Art

On October 24, Ray Bradbury will visit Every Picture Tells A Story, a gallery dedicated to the art of illustration and children's literature, to sign copies of his book and giclee prints purchased on site.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Rona Jaffe Foundation Awards

The Rona Jaffe Foundation recognizes the special contributions women writers make to culture and society, with an emphasis on those in the early stages of their writing careers. The six 2009 winners have been singled out for excellence by the Foundation and will receive awards of $25,000 each: Krista Bremer, Vievee Francis, Janice N. Harrington, Lori Ostlund, Helen Phillips, and Heidy Steidlmayer.

New Lit on the Block: Hinchas

Co-edited by Yago Cura (New York City) and J. David Gonzalez (Miami), Hinchas de Poesia is a "digital codex of modern, American writing" publishing fiction, poetry, and prose of authors from the Americas, which the editors interpret in the broadest geographical sense. The first issue of Hinchas includes works by Abel Folgar, Marco Bravo, Daniel B. Johnson, Yaddyra Peralta, Luivette Resto-Olmeteotl, Jesse Tangen-Mills, Adolfo Barandiaran, Bishop Sand, Oliverio Girondo.

The Georgia Review Still Seeks Devil's Definitions

A Devil's Dictionary for the Twenty-First Century

Submission Deadline Extended to 1 December 2009

The Georgia Review continues to accept submissions for a planned special feature, “A Devil’s Dictionary for the Twenty-First Century” — an update of sorts of Ambrose Bierce’s brilliant satirical work The Devil’s Dictionary, published just about one hundred years ago.

Taking Bierce as a model, all writers are invited to send one or two original dictionary entries — maximum length, two hundred words each — for publication consideration; those writers who include with their submission a paid order for a new, renewed, or gift subscription to The Georgia Review ($30) may send up to six dictionary entries.

All entries will be considered for publication in our pages and/or on our website. All accepted authors will receive an honorarium and also will be eligible to receive “The Devil’s Due” in the amount of $500 for first place, $150 for second, and $100 for third.

A few representative entries from Bierce's Devil's Dictionary:

Apologize, v. i. To lay the foundation for a future offence.

Bigot, n. One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain.

Defame, v. t. To lie about another. To tell the truth about another.

Dictionary, n. A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic. This dictionary, however, is a most useful work.

liberty, n. One of Imagination's most precious possessions.

Novel, n. A short story padded . . .

peace, n. In international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting.

scribbler, n, A professional writer whose views are antagonistic to one's own.

and, of course,

Editor, n. . . . a severely virtuous censor, but so charitable withal that he tolerates the virtues of others and the vices of himself; who flings about him the splintering lightning and sturdy thunders of admonition till he resembles a bunch of firecrackers petulantly uttering its mind at the tail of a dog; then straightway murmurs a mild, melodious lay, soft as the cooing of a donkey intoning its prayer to the evening star . . .

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

2009 Far Horizons Award Winner

The Malahat Review announced Eliza Robertson the winner of the 2009 Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction, selected from over 100 entries by final judge Anne Simpson. Robertson's story is included in the latest issue (168, Fall 2009).

Jobs

The English Department at Rhodes College seeks a Fiction Writer to join the Department at the level of Assistant Professor. Tina Barr, Chair, Search Committee, Department of English. Oct 15

The Texas Christian University Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor in creative writing with a specialization in poetry, contemporary literature, & creative nonfiction. Brad Lucas, Chair, Department of English. Nov 19

5 Under 35 Named

The National Book Foundation 2009 5 Under 35 Honorees Are:

Ceridwen Dovey, Blood Kin (Viking, 2008)
Selected by Rachel Kushner, 2008 Fiction Finalist for Telex from Cuba

C. E. Morgan, All the Living (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009)
Selected by Christine Schutt, 2004 Fiction Finalist for Florida

Lydia Peelle, Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing
(HarperCollins, 2009)
Selected by Salvatore Scibona, 2008 Fiction Finalist for The End

Karen Russell, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
(Vintage, 2006)
Selected by Dan Chaon, 2001 Fiction Finalist for Among the Missing

Josh Weil, The New Valley (Grove Press, 2009)
Selected by Lily Tuck, 2004 Fiction Winner for The News from Paraguay

Are You the Target of Blog Ads?

If you are, you should know it - some how, some way. NPR ran a brief story on the new FTC guides that bloggers who blog product endorsements must make such relationships known to their readers. Of course, how they do so is still a bit sketchy. And just to clarify - NewPages has never blogged for money. None of the "products" mentioned on the blog have ever paid for their placement there; any mention of them has been earnest sharing.

Also somewhat sketchy is whether or not reviewers are taking "payment" if they receive free books and then review them on their blogs, regardless of whether or not the review is favorable. This is pretty much the way of reviewing - either review writers request "review copies" at no cost or are sent unsolicited copies. Advanced Review Copies (ARCs) may help avoid this sketchy area altogether as they do not carry a sale price, and while some review publications accept only ARCs, here at NewPages, we rarely see ARCs, nor do they even exist for literary magazines.

Read the full FTC Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Monday, October 12, 2009

New Lit on the Block :: Wanderlust Review

Edited by Phil Duncan, Cindy Chang, and Erin Foran, The Wanderlust Review is a biannual print and online magazine based out of Seattle and includes literary non-fiction (features), fiction, poetry, drama, and photography related to the theme of travel and journeying: "Whether the piece explores the winding markets of Marrakesh, a long lonely road in Wyoming, or the journey from friendship to love in New York, it has a home here."

WLR's first "digital-only" issue was originally published in July and August, 2009. WLR's first print issue and corresponding online version will be available in February, 2010.

Issue 01 is jam-packed and includes:

Nonfiction by Theresa Bucher, Conal Darcy, Noelle V. Dor, Brian Eckert, Erin Foran, Molly Golubcow, Sjimon Eden Gompers, Laura Heldt, Daniel Hudon, Liz Lank, Jessica Seck Marquis, Tim Marsh, Mindy Moreland, Andrew Morris, Edward Palm, Jayms Ramirez, Mark Wasserman, Emily Whistler,

Photo Essay by Jayms Ramirez

Fiction by Chris Allen, Charlotte Austin, Sean Brown, Julien Levy, Juan Carlos Mendizabal, Kerri Schmanek, Alexander J. Theoharides, D.L. Wechner

Poetry by Amelia Apfel, Andrés Norman Castro Arévalo, Olivia Arieti, John Bicello, Toby Bielawski, Amy Copperman, Michela A. Costello, Ainsley Drew, Robert Francis Flor, Dom Giovanni, Morgan Louis Graham, Amanda M. Halkiotis, Brittany Faith Harmon, Frank J. Hopkins, Holly Kent-Payne, Natalie Korman, Barbara F. Lefcowitz, Jesse Putnam, Ali Shapiro, J.D. Smith, Valeria Tsygankova

Photography by Marissa Barker, S.N. Jacobson, Cheri Lucas, Mariette Papic, Mariette Papic, Suzin Porter, Aaron Schmookler, D.L. Wechner

NewPages Updates

Added to the NewPages Guide to Literary Magazines

New Collage - poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, artwork, hybrids
Salt River Review – fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essay, review
CommonLine - poetry, book reviews, author reviews, magazine reviews, criticism, interviews
The Ambassador Poetry Project – poetry, narrative, book reviews, artwork
Wazee – poetry, fiction, nonfiction
The Hopkins Review - fiction, poetry, memoirs, essays on literature, drama, film, the visual arts, music, and dance, reviews of books, performances, and exhibits
The Caribbean Writer - poetry, short fiction, personal essays, one-act plays, translations, book reviews
Otoliths - poetry, vispo, fiction, essays, photographs, art
Florida English
Triggerfish - poetry
The Wanderlust Review - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, photography, artwork

Added to the NewPages Guide to Independent Book Publishers & University Presses

Dos Madres

Added to the Writing Conferences, Workshops, Retreats, Centers, Residencies & Book & Literary Festivals

Southern Festival of Books

nor's Underappreciated Stories

New Ohio Review, Fall 2009, features a section entitled: "Stories You May Have Missed: Fifteen Fiction Writers Reflect on Underappreciated Contemporary Stories." In "presenting" a favorite story published between 1970 and 2000 that has not been given the attention it deserves, each writer gives an analytical/personal response reason for the selection. The stories themselves are not included, but source information for their publication is included. Writers and stories presented include:

Lydia Davis presents "Maggie May" by Lucia Berlin
Stuart Dybek presents "Bad Jews" by Gerald Shapiro
Carol Anshaw presents "Dog Heaven" by Stephanie Vaughn
Max Apple presents "The School" by Donald Barthelme
Alan Cheuse presents "In Kew Gardens" by Bernard Malamud
Erin McGraw presents "The Comedian" by John L'Heureux
Robert Cohen presents "The Moon In Its Flight" by Gilbert Sorrentino
Nicholas Delbanco presents "The Ebony Tower" by John Fowles
Lynne Sharon Schwartz presents "The Accompanist" by Anita Desai
Tracy Daugherty presents "Enough" by Alice McDermott
Steven Schwartz presents "In Miami, Last Winter" by James Kaplan
Andrea Barrett presents "The Remission" by Mavis Gallant
Francine Prose presents "Mlle. Dias de Corta" by Mavi Gallant
Jim Shepard presents "Helping" by Robert Stone
Rosellen Brown presents "Fenstad's Mother" by Charles Baxter

Ruminate Poetry Prize Winners

The newest issue of Ruminate: Faith in Literature and Art (Issue 13, Fall 2009) features the 2009 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize Winners as well as poems from many of the fifteen finalists. First prize went to Courtney King Kampa, runner-up was Lauren Schmidt, and honorable mentions to Karen Luke Jackson and Adie Smith, all whose poems appear in this issue.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Passings: Susan Fiol

Suzanne Fiol, the visionary artist behind the Issue Project Room, a world-renowned hub for experimental music that was based in Gowanus, died on Monday after a long battle with cancer. She was 49. (more on The Brooklyn Paper)

Passings: Raymond Federman

Ramond Federman (1928-2009) novelist and academic. Charles Bernstein's blog includes several links to interviews and other sites devoted to Federman.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Man Booker Prize

Hilary Mantel wins The Man Booker Prize for Wolf Hall.

Diaz On Wussies

"There aren't enough tough guys in literature today. There aren't any of those characters created by the likes of Ernest Hemingway. Now they are all a bunch of wussies. That's why I wanted to introduce a tough, rugged character with this book. I want to bring edginess back to literature. My goal is to make literature thrilling, exciting and dangerous again." Tony Diaz on his new book The Protesters Handbook

Rabia Hits Toronto and US

A film adaptation of Sergio Bizzio’s Rabia, produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Sebastián Cordero, was presented at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Bitter Lemon Press will publish the novel in the US under the title Rage in November 2009.

Bubble Bubble Boil and Brew

Special thanks to recent contributors to the NewPages Beer Fund!

Yes, in case you're wondering, we are still drinking beer here at NewPages World Headquarters, and contributions of any size can be made by clicking the pint glass.

We are microbrew fans, and a favorite - Short's Brewing from Bellaire, Michigan, has started bottling and shipping out around the state. Huma Lupa Licious is not only fun to say, but one of the sharpest IPAs we've ever tasted. It's a house favorite, and now we can drink it without having to drive all the way up north to get it!

Additionally, I've started brewing again after a ten-year hiatus. That's right - NewPages World Headquarters is now officially NewPages Brewing. Thanks to donations to the Blog Pint, readers have graciously helped to support this renewed hobby and old habit.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Saw Palm in Print

Saw Palm, University of South Florida's online journal has announced their first issue in print available for purchase Winter 2009. The journal will feature content not available on their website.

*Previously posted as UF, not USF - thanks Eric for the correction.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

UK Names Top 50 for 2009

The year is already over for the London's Times - already naming the top 50 paperbacks for 2009.

KS Rives on Fogged Clarity

Fogged Clarity online arts review has several artists featured in their newest issue, but I found the work by KS Rives, After India, particularly compelling. She had been on a visit to India when she began this series: "The ideas for these pieces originated from my visions during meditation while staying at the ashram, and the drawings of them were done before returning to the states. These works were finished in Chicago, and are also greatly affected by the tumult that overtook my life upon reintroduction to the West. All of the materials found [in the artwork] were picked up off the litter-filled streets of Indian towns: Delhi, Amenebhad, Kochin, and Varanasi. The writings (on the back of each piece and journal-style on paper) serve to reflect both my time in India and life since coming home."

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Writers Seeking Publishers - Beware

Victoria Strauss on Writers Beware has once again posted a must-read blog: "The Perils of Searching For Publishers on the Internet."

21 Explores Contemporary Fiction

21: Journal of Contemporary and Innovative Fiction is a peer-reviewed, online critical journal exploring contemporary and innovative fiction: "We are interested in cutting edge fiction from the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, whether in the short story, the novel or hybrid forms; in print or hypertext. This includes all literature written in English or published as translation."

Issue 1 (autumn/winter 2008/09) contains essays and articles on authors including J.G. Ballard, Anne Enright, A.M. Homes, Tim O’Brien, Annie Proulx, Jenefer Shute and Graham Swift written by Elizabeth Baines, Brian Baker, Kym Brindle, Alison Kelly,Paola Trimarco, Ursula Hurley, and Rob Spence interviews Charles Lambert, and Ailsa Cox writes on the Edge Hill Prize.

Monday, October 05, 2009

American Book Review Call for Submissions - Bad Books

From American Book Review:

Richard Ford once said that it takes as much effort to produce a bad book as a good book.

And as disheartening as that sounds, what Ford’s assertion might raise, and what most everyone who has attempted the task of a book-length work already knows, is the notion that effort alone does not ensure a book’s success, and that there are probably more ways for a good book to be overlooked than a bad book to never make it into print.

That said, what constitutes a bad book? Is it an overrated “good” book? Can an otherwise good author produce a “bad” book? Is the badness in style, in execution? Or is it in theme or outlook?

In the spirit of such focuses as 100 Best Last Lines of Novels and Why Teach Creative Writing? and the most recent Fiction’s Future, American Book Reviewseeks entries for consideration in an upcoming “Bad Books” focus. Whether it’s a novel, memoir, collection of poems, how-to or self-help book, select a book that you think belongs on the “Bad Books” list and accompany it with a two hundred and fifty word essay illustrating just what’s bad about it.

Submissions are due by Nov. 1, 2009

American Book Review
School of Arts & Sciences
University of Houston-Victoria
3007 N. Ben Wilson
Victoria, TX 77901
USA

Lynchburg College Residency

The Lynchburg College School of Humanities & Social Sciences announces the Thornton Writer Residency, a fourteen-week residency at Lynchburg College, including a stipend of $12,000, will be awarded for the Fall 2010 term to a fiction writer with at least one previously published book.

The residency also includes housing, some meals, and roundtrip travel expenses. The writer-in-residence will teach a weekly creative writing workshop, visit classes, and give a public reading.

Denison University seeks a tenure-track assistant professor in fiction writing; possible secondary interests may include playwriting, screenwriting, hypertext, graphic novels, or new media. Nov 13. MLA Interviews.

Submit a copy of a one book (will be returned), a c.v., a cover letter outlining evidence of successful teaching experience, and contact information for three references by October 15, 2009 (postmark deadline).

There is no entry fee.

These are the complete guidelines.

Lynchburg College
Thornton Writer Residency
c/o Joanna Turner
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
1501 Lakeside Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24501

(434) 544-8820
(434) 544-8820

Allison Wilkins, contact

Narrative Prize Winner: Maude Newton

The 2009 Narrative Prize winner is Maud Newton for her story "When the Flock Changed": “My mother was a preacher until the cops shut her down. Well, okay, she kept at it halfheartedly in our living room for a while, but the fire had wiped out not just her warehouse church, but her passion, her commitment, and deep down, her belief. Worse, her flock knew it and was slipping away.”

The $4,000 Narrative Prize is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative.

Jobs

The University of Dayton is accepting applications for the Herbert W. Martin Post-graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing, with possibility of renewal for a second year. Review begins Nov 6.

The Department of English at Ohio University tenure-track assistant professor in Creative Writing: Non-Fiction. Review begins Nov 6.

The Department of English and Modern Languages at Shepherd University seeks to fill a tenure-track position in Creative Writing, beginning in August 2010. Dr. Heidi M. Hanrahan, Department of English and Modern Languages. Oct 30 for full consideration.

The Department of English at the University of San Francisco invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in creative writing with an emphasis in creative nonfiction.Kimberly Garrett, Program Assistant Department of English. Nov 1

The Amherst College Creative Writing Program invites applications from fiction writers for the position of Visiting Writer, to begin July 2010. Nov 15

The Department of English and Philosophy, Murray State University seeks a Visiting Professor in Residence for the Nancy and Rayburn Watkins Endowed Professorship
in Creative Writing. This full-time, nine month, non-tenure track position begin August 2010. Nov 27 deadline.

In anticipation of future openings, Ashland University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing is accepting the submission of resumes by creative writing faculty in poetry and creative nonfiction for their low-residency MFA program. Stephen Haven, Director, MFA in Creative Writing.

The Creative Writing Program of the Department of English at the University of Houston is seeking to fill a tenure track or tenured position in poetry at a level to be determined by relevant experience & publications. J. Kastely, Director, Creative Writing Program, Dept. of English. Nov 1

The English Department at Western Kentucky University seeks applicants for Distinguished Visiting Professor in Creative Writing (Creative Nonfiction), Summer 2010. Dr. Dale Rigby,Department of English. Review begins Nov 2.

The Northern Kentucky University Department of English announces an open position for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English in Creative Writing. P. Andrew Miller, Search Committee Chair, Department of English

Sunday, October 04, 2009

A Nod to Jesse

Jesse Glass, publisher, of Ahadada Books. We met him at AWP Chicago, 2009. He flew in from Japan to attend the conference and staff the publisher's table at the book fair. I've never met anyone suffering from jet lag who was as energetic and humorous as this guy, and wholly passionate about books, publishing, meeting writers, and talking reading. His energies are as boundless as his compassion for words and people alike. He also runs a mean blog and is himself a damn fine poet. You can read his work and see/hear him read on the site.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Call for Support: Room 302 Books

From Roland Prevost (with collusions with curry):

john curry, certainly a world class poet living in our community, is presently facing almost certain eviction.

Stephen Brockwell alerted me of this precarious situation, by phone, and asked if I would get the word out, most recently at the TREE Reading Series on September 22, where we were able to scare up enough to cover one of his 5 months owed rent & save his telephone service.

curry's been in constant production of his own and hundreds of others work since 1979. He's mainly ineligible for grants. His bookstore is mainly an unused resource. His archive documenting the growth of avant-garde writing in Canada is one of the key collections in the country. Nicky Drumbolis has said: curry and his work are the best-kept secret in Canada.

Since time is of the essence, if curry is to avoid eviction, there are a few ways you can help:

Start to use his goddamn store!
Room 302 Books is the only bookstore in Canada ever to focus specifically on the avant-garde and overlooked outsiders, specializing in concrete/visual/sound poetries (mainly Canadian) with a stock of over 20,000 mainly rare titles, including elusive ephemera, and probably the only source of most of jwcurrys various imprints and titles (which number in the thousands). currys current lists finally focus on his own work as artist & publisher, virtually the first time everything that's (still) available has been made commonly available. You can purchase bookstore IOUs (or set up an account) today in any amount for those who would like to do that.

Subscribe to Curvd H&z, curry's serial imprint.
Donor subscriptions (please indicate) of $100 or more get the stash in a sampling of available titles from various of his imprints immediately, the remaining put on account for forthcoming titles.

Donate outright.
I would like to encourage you to donate something so as to keep this excellent bookstore, publisher, archive and artist alive, and at the same time help prevent curry's eviction from his apartment. For those who would like to purchase bookstore IOUs, Id ask you to write (#302-880 Somerset Street West, Ottawa Canada K1R 6R7) or call him at (613) 233 0417. Please contribute as you can.

Friday, October 02, 2009

October Book Reviews Posted

NewPages Book Reviews

Reading Kafka Makes You Smarter

From Science Daily: Reading a book by Franz Kafka – or watching a film by director David Lynch – could make you smarter. "The idea is that when you're exposed to a meaning threat –– something that fundamentally does not make sense –– your brain is going to respond by looking for some other kind of structure within your environment," said Travis Proulx, a postdoctoral researcher at UCSB and co-author of the article. "And, it turns out, that structure can be completely unrelated to the meaning threat."

My colleague watched Ace Ventura 2 with his daughter and swears it lowered his IQ. Can the same be said for some reading? Where's that study?

25 by 25 over 25 to celebrate 25

To celebrate over 25 years of publishing, Wasafiri asks 25 international writers to name the top 25 most influential novels over the past 25 years.

Robin Blaser

The Capilano Review Series 3, No. 9 Fall 2009 remembers Robin Blaser (1925-2009).

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Performance Poetry

One of my favorite lines of all time is delivered by Joan Cusack's character Cyn in Working Girl (1988): "Sometimes I sing and dance around the house in my underwear. Doesn't make me Madonna. Never will."

I feel the same way about the explosion of "performance poets" and "spoken word artists" thanks to the advent of YouTube. 'Just because you have a poem and a video camera doesn't make you a performance poet.' At least there's still hope you could become one, however. And for an great example of what it means to be a performance poet and spoken word artist in this digital age, check out Cassandra Tribe.

And, of course, there's the indomitalbe Maggie Estep with one of my favorites: "I'm an Emotional Idiot." For aspiring spoken word artists, she should be on your list.

Oregon 150 Poetry Book List

In celebration of Oregon's sesquicentennial anniversary, Poetry Northwest and the Oregon State Library gathered nominations for this list of 150 outstanding Oregon poetry books - one for each year of statehood.

New Lit on the Block :: Gigantic Sequins

Gigantic Sequins is a biannual not-for-profit literary-arts magazine that "especially likes to print artists and writers who are involved in other creative endeavors." Staffing Gigantic Sequins are Kimberly Ann Southwick, Shereen Adel, Daniel Christensen, Paul Medina, and Kenneth Polonski. The publication welcomes individuals interested in becoming readers or interns to apply.

The first issue of Gigantic Sequins features works by Gleni Bartels, Evan Ross Burton, Johnny Chinnici, Ben Fama, Molly Finkelstein, Max Goransson, Alia Hamada, Peter Harren, shoney lamar, Jeff Laughlin, Chris Peck, Ryan Sanborn, Theadora Siranian, and Sophia Natasha Sunseri.

Reading periods for poetry, fiction, essays and visual art are March 1 – June 30 (Fall) and September 1 – December 31 (Spring).

Fellowships :: Black Mountain Institute

Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas will offer from two to five nine-month fellowships for the academic year 2010–11 to published writers and public intellectuals. Applications will be available from the site on October 1, 2009 and must be postmarked by February 1, 2010. Current and past fellows (2007-2010) include Tom Bissell, Donna Hemans, Luljeta Lleshanaku, Lavonne Mueller, Judith Nies, Josip Novakovich, Timothy O’Grady, Mary Palevsky, and Robert Rosenberg.