Saturday, February 27, 2010

2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Finalists

Judges Rilla Askew, Kyoko Mori, and Al Young have selected five books published in 2009 as finalists for the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, America's largest peer-juried prize for fiction. The nominees are Sherman Alexie for War Dances (Grove Press); Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna (Harper); Lorraine M. López for Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories (BkMk Press); Lorrie Moore for A Gate at the Stairs (Knopf); and Colson Whitehead for Sag Harbor (Doubleday).

This year, judges considered close to 350 novels and short story collections by American authors published in the US during the 2009 calendar year. Submissions came from over 90 publishing houses, including small and academic presses. There is no fee for a publisher to submit a book.

The winner, who will receive $15,000, will be announced on March 23; the four finalists will receive $5,000 each.

Literary Mystery Spot

A Murder and a Metaphor: Litkicks Mystery Spot #1 has been posted by Levi Asher on his blog, Literary Kicks. There is an aerial photo from 1924 for which Asher is taking reader's guesses in identifying it. Here' are some "hints":

• You have definitely read this novel. It's one of the most widely loved novels of all time.

• A person is killed, during one of the novel's climactic scenes, by the forked road near the top right of the photo.

• The vast expanse in the photo's center, which appears to be a work of geometric modern art, provides one of the novel's central metaphors.

Though he has not given an exact deadline, Asher will not post any further comments on this until he decides reveals the answer. And, given the number, it seems this may be a recurring activity on his blog.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Job :: Editor Cleis Press

Cleis Press has an opening for an Editor to work in our Berkeley office. This is a senior position, reporting directly to co-Publishers Felice Newman and Frederique Delacoste. The successful candidate for this job is an experienced editor with 5+ years in trade publishing as an editor, project editor, managing editor, developmental editor, senior editor or acquisitions editor.

The Editor will manage the editorial and production process from manuscript to press:

Work with authors to shape projects and refine editorial content
Evaluate manuscripts and perform developmental editing as needed, collaborating with authors on changes in style, content and format of books
Copyedit 15+ books/year
Supervise freelance copyeditors and galley proofreaders
Coordinate production of new titles with freelance text designers
Write, copyedit or revise all major marketing collateral, such as back cover and catalog copy
Maintain high standards of literary excellence
Participate in our acquisitions team, evaluating book proposals and manuscripts

While acquisitions is not the main focus of this position, the Editor will have the opportunity to acquire up to 10 books/year, generating ideas, recruiting authors and developing content.

We are looking for a candidate with knowledge of the types of book we publish: literature, sexuality, gay and lesbian studies, gender studies, erotica, fiction, human rights, inspiration, gift.

The successful candidate for this position will have excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills. This person will have very strong project management skills and a demonstrated knowledge of the editorial and production process. Must be able to develop and maintain cordial relationships with authors, copyeditors, designers and others. Must be able to balance many projects in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines. Proficiency in Microsoft Word (Mac OS).

Please e-mail your resume and cover letter. No phone calls please.

Send application to Felice Newman, Publisher: fnewman-at-cleispress-dot-com

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tools of Change for Publishing

If you are involved with or interested in publishing, you have got to go spend time at the website of the just ended O'Reilly Tools of Change Conference in NYC. Turn off the phone, make a pot of coffee and settle in. There's a ton of information and videos.

Do MFA Programs Hurt Poetry?

Thoreau Society Online Auction

The Thoreau Society Auction begins today, Wednesday February 24 and will close March 17, 2010. Donated items are also be accepted for the auction.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

NewPages Updates

Welcome the newest additions to NewPages Big List of Literary Magazines:

Buzzard Picnic - short fiction, memoir, essay, criticism, reviews, interviews
Birmingham Arts Journal – fiction, nonfiction, poetry, artwork, photography
Booth - art, poetry, prose, lists, and literary comics
Interrobang?! - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, photography, art, music, video
NoD Magazine
Bone Bouquet – poetry
Stymie Magazine – fiction, poetry, nonfiction, photography
Glass – poetry

Education :: Teaching Film Analysis as Lit

NYT Education section: Analyzing Scenes in Film and Literature. Utilizing a scene from Up in the Air, this is a full lesson plan with standards.

Black River Chapbook Winner

The 2009 Fall Black River Chapbook Competition winner is Lisa Fay Coutley for In The Carnival of Breathing, which will be published by Black Lawrence Press in the summer of 2011.

Semi-Finalists
Amelia Cohen-Levy – More People than Trees
Christine Klocek-Lim – The Quantum Archives
Darren Morris – Grand Unified Theory
Edward Mullany – A New Russia
Jennifer Michalski – Go to War, Stanley Polensky
Kelly Magee – A Guide to Strange Places: Stories
Rachel Mehl – Letter to Amber in November
Stefanie Freele – Every Girl Has An Ex Named Steve
Susanna Williams – They Say We Don’t Exist
Tracy Geary - Sting
William Snyder – Voices

Finalists
Andrew R. Touhy – Designs for a Magician’s Top Hat
Benjamin Vogt – Without Such Absence
Megan Garr – The Preservationist Documents
Stephanie Gehring – Foghorn Call
David Salner – Summer Words
Alison Pelegrin – Hurricane Party
Benjamin Hollars – Some kind of memorial
Brad Davis – Self Portrait w/ Disposable Camera
Brian Trimboli and Megan Moriarty – Notes from a Zombie Apocolypse

Monday, February 22, 2010

2yr & 4yr CW Faculty Survey

Mary Lannon and Christina Rau (Instructors at Nassau Community College) are "presenting on the impact (if any) of demographics on college-level teaching of creative writing at AWP in April 2010." If you have taught creative writing at the college level, please take the short on-line survey by clicking on the following link: Survey

Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference

Applications are now being accepted for the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference (MA) for March 26-29. This conference has been created for poets who are either ready to publish a book-length (or chapbook-length) manuscript or who feel they need a reality check on their current manuscript-in-progress. Since our first conference, in March of 2006, over 35 Colrain manuscripts have been accepted for publication.

Faculty includes Martha Rhodes, Director of Four Way Books, Peter Covino, Poetry Editor of Barrow Street Press, Jeffrey Levine, Editor and Publisher of Tupelo Press, Ellen Dore Watson, Director of the Smith College Poetry Center, and conference founder, Joan Houlihan, Director of the Concord Poetry Center.

Blogger Betsy Bird

The Double Life of Betsy Bird on Forbes. Never underestimate the power of children's lit, or those who specialize in it.

Job :: Hudson Valley Writer's Center

Executive Assistant/Office Manager
The Hudson Valley Writers' Center
Sleepy Hollow NY

Gerogetown Review Prize Winner

The 2010 Georgetown Review Prize Winner is "Peace Comes to Those Who Wait" by Luke Fiskeand. Each year, GR selects one winning poem, story, or essay on any subject for a cash prize and publication. Runners-up also receive publication.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Who's an Innovative Poet? Help Amy King

Amy King wants to know: Who are the most innovative poets writing today? To be used in a presentation she'll be giving.

Avatar the Novel

So, is Cameron saying the book will be better than the movie? Who else has written the novel to follow the movie? Harold and Maude is one. Others?

Rabinowitz Featured in HA&L

The latest edition of Hamilton Arts & Letters features the work of NewPages reviewer Sima Rabinowitz. She is doubly honored to have her series "Sima Rabinowitz Writes the Collected Poems of Federico García Lorca" in this issue, as well as a special insert devoted to her "Dis-Triology."

Friday, February 19, 2010

Bookstore For Sale

Tales For Sale: Longtime Local Business Burien Books Is On The Market

Glimmer Train December Fiction Open Winners

Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their December Fiction Open competition. This competition is held quarterly and is open to all writers for stories with a word count range between 2000-20,000. No theme restrictions. The next Fiction Open competition will take place in March. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

First place: Stephanie Soileau (pictured), of San Francisco, CA, wins $2000 for “Chemiere Caminada.” Her story will be published in the Spring 2011 issue of Glimmer Train Stories, out in February 2011.

Second place: Diane Chang, of Chicago, IL, wins $1000 for “The Teacher and the Revolution.” Her story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories.

Third place: Naama Goldstein, of Allston, MA, wins $600 for “Stronghold.”

A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.

Deadline soon approaching! February Short Story Award for New Writers: February 28

This competition is held quarterly and is open to writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5000. No theme restrictions. Word count should not exceed 12,000. (All shorter lengths welcome.) Click here for complete guidelines.

Anderbo Poetry Prize Winner

The winner of the 2009 Anderbo Poetry Prize, judged by William Logan, is Nancy K. Pearson of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Her poem, "Prairies," can be read here on Anderbo.com

Believer Film Annual

McSweeney's will soon be coming out with The Believer's annual Film Issue, "complete this year with a DVD of short films by none other than Karpo Godina, hero of 1960s Yugoslavian "Black Wave" Cinema—and also including Elif Batuman on screenplays by Nabokov, Churchill, and Sartre; Brian T. Edwards watching Shrek in Tehran; Hilton Als on Buddy Ebsen; Ross Simonini v. Harmony Korine; David Mamet's cartoon film treatments; Avatar jokes; Tron; angry British shrubbery; vérité sheep; and more."

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Closings :: Bookworm, West Hartford, CT

As founder-owner Sarah Bedell retires, Bookworm, an independent bookstore that's been a fixture in West Hartford since 1973, will close by the end of this month.

Advice to Pandora

Yet another intelligently fun non-fiction piece from Lisa K. Buchanan - excerpted here from Meridian 24:

Pandora Seeks Advice Online

Dear Pandora,
My vote: Have your husband open it.
~Eve

Panny Love,
Why didn't I think of that?
~Epimetheus

Sweet Pandora,
It's like I told Eve. You will not die. Do you have that straight? Hear me loud and clear. You will not die.
Open it.
~The Serpent

Pick up a copy
to read the rest of advice from other notables: Bluebeard, Plato, Francis Bacon, Snow White, Aphrodite, Zeus, and many more - often with exchanges to one another, and including some "real life" comments by equally archetypal figures from Buchanan's own life.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Share Your Journal

Di Mezzo Il Mare is accepting submissions of snapshots of single pages from your handwritten journal for the Great Handwritten Journal Snapshot Social Experiment.

Photography :: John King Used Books

John King Used Books, located at 901 West Lafayette Boulevard, Detroit, MI, is the subject of a recent photo essay by LAWRENCEcreative. While I often will be sure I have a list of indie and used bookstores to check out while visiting cities, John King Used Books is the kind of place you make the destination of your visit. Unassuming from the outside, it's like stepping into an alternative universe when you walk through the doors - and one where book people (especially collectors) feel incredibly at home.

As LAWRENCEcreative writes:

"No matter what type of book you may be looking for the next time, it is my suggestion that you forego the trip to Borders or Barnes & Noble, and take a trip to see this place. Upon walking in, and after you have picked your jaw up off the floor, be sure to introduce yourself at the front desk and ask for a map to the 4 floors of adventure. Or, as I have done numerous times, just wander. Let yourself get lost between the shelves and discover something you never knew existed. Find a dark corner with enough light and open up that copy of T.H. White's 'Sword in the Stone', and get away from all the economy bullshit of our daily lives. It will reenergize your soul."

Firewheel Editions Book Award Winners

Firewheel Editions announces the winners of the following two competitions:

2010 Sentence Book Award
Sinead O'Connor and Her Coat of a Thousand Bluebirds by Maureen Seaton and Neil de la Flor

Finalists
Matthew Cooperman
Doug Ramspeck
Trigilio

Semifinalists
John Colasacco
Jeannine Gailey
Daryl Scroggins

2010 Firewheel Chapbook Award
25 Sightings of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker by Re'lynn Hansen

Finalists
Susan Briante
Farid Matuk
Edgar Sager
Neil de la Flor
Jennifer Jean
Marc Levy

Semifinalists
Craig Blais
Elizabeth Kerlikowske
Peter Ciccariello

Arts Writers Grants Program

The Arts Writers Grant Program issues awards for articles, blogs, books, new and alternative media, and short-form writing. It aims to support the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship. Through all its grants, regardless of topic or category type, the Arts Writers Grant Program strives to honor and encourage writing about art. Deadline April 26, 2010.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

NewPages February Lit Mag Reviews

Check out this FRESH batch of literary magazines reviews:

Agni
Atlanta Review
Barn Owl Review
Beloit Poetry Journal
Cincinnati Review
Colorado Review
Conjunctions
Grain
Habitus
Magnapoets
Mare Nostrum
NANO Fiction
New England Review
On the Premises
PEN America
Per Contra
PMS PoemMemoirStory
Rattle
Southeast Review
South Loop Review
Straylight
upstreet

Banning the R-Word

In his Wasington Post article, The case against banning the word 'retard', Christopher M. Fairman begins: "Does the word 'retard' have less than three weeks to live?"

Blurring Fiction and Non-Fiction

Great resource: OnFiction: An Online Magazine on the Psychology of Fiction.

Raymond A. Mar, Assistant Professor of Psychology at York University and contributor to OnFiction to comments on "the blurring boundaries between fiction and nonfiction." The post includes a YouTube animation video from This American Life. Read his post here: Lights, Camera, Fiction.

Pongo Blog on Writing

Read founder of Pongo Teen Writing Project Richard Gold's blog post about the poetry workshop he led recently at a women's prison, about how readily the women wanted to write about some of the most difficult experiences in their lives.

Gold has several other posts that would be of interest to those working with writers, especially in similar populations as Pongo's focus on teens who are in jail, on the streets, or in other ways leading difficult lives:

A Black Hole in the Spirit (describing silence in the wake of trauma)
How Do You Talk About Violence?
Lost Family and Deep Shame
Feeling Invisible (what happens when other people tell the stories of who we are and what we will become)
Telling Your Story, Claiming Your Life

Poetry for a Cause

Hypoplastic Right Hearts (a 501 c3 not-for-profit) presents The Heart's Content, a poetry compilation featuring work from Chris Ransick, Michael Henry, Patrick Carrington, Ellaraine Lockie, Bill Roberts, Michael Adams, Sharon Auberle, Fredrick W. Bassett, C.E. Chaffin, J. Glenn Evans, Barbara Larsen, Sam Piper, Joy Roulier Sawyer, Stephani Scaefer, Debra Shirley, Shirley Sullivan, Patricia Wellingham-Jones, and Irene Zimmerman.

All proceeds from the sale of this book benefit the Hypoplastic Right Hearts mission of CHD awareness and education, advocacy, and emotional support of families whose children are afflicted with severe congenital heart disease.

Monday, February 15, 2010

New Lit on the Block :: Bone Bouquet

Editor Krystal Languell is the driving force behind Bone Bouquet, a biannual online journal seeking to publish the best new writing by female poets, from artists both established and emerging. Bone Bouquet will appear in January and July, online only in 2010 and in print in 2011.

The inaugural issue is now available in PDF, and features the works of Toni L. Wilkes, Meghan Brinson, Sarah Vap, Becca Barniskis, Juliet Cook, Danielle Pafunda, Jenny Boully, Sarah Rose Nordgren, Susan Briante, Wendy Taylor Carlisle, Allison Layfield, Paula Koneazny and Carmen Giménez Smith.

Bone Bouquet is open for submissions, and for their second issue, are especially interested in featuring interviews, reviews, and essays on poetry and publishing culture.

U of Nebraska Press Grant Award

The University of Nebraska Press has received a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The award will be used to support publication of translated works in 2010 and 2011. Among the titles the grant will help support are a short story collection by J. M. G. Le Clézio, the winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Poetry: It's Not Dead Yet

Prairie Schooner Managing Editor James Engelhardt takes Patrick Gillespie (Let Poetry Die) to task on several issues: "Patrick Gillespie has some interesting takes on the state of poetry. He’s a thoughtful guy, and the article he’s written is interesting, but I kept disagreeing with the piece. I want to sort out some of my reactions, and I thought it might be useful to share those reactions here." These States of Poetry - Jump in!

Call for Video & Film Extended

Split This Rock Poetry Festival is looking for artistic, experimental, and challenging film/video interpretations of poetry that explore critical social issues. Selected work will be screened during the Split This Rock Poetry Festival film program. Entries can be up to 15 minutes long. New Postmark extended deadline: Friday, February 26, 2010. Guidelines here. Entry form here.

Residency :: LMCC

Workspace is a studio residency program for emerging visual artists and writers focused on the creative process. Residents receive free studio space in Lower Manhattan for nine months, a modest one-time stipend (depending on funding), access to a community of peers, professional development in the form of weekly group and individual meetings with arts and literary professionals called Salon Evenings, and exposure to new audiences through presence on LMCC’s website and public programs like the final Open Studio Weekend. Deadline March 25.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Ultimate Graphic Novel

In six panels.

Calyx Poetry Prize Winner

The newest issue of Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women features "How to Become the Oracle" by Linda Strever, the winner of the 2009 Lois Cranstron Memorial Poetry Prize. Readers of the publication can also go online and offer feedback as to which works by genre they enjoyed best and provide comments for improving the publication. Nice!

The Nervous Breakdown on POD

"...there’s a difference between writing for oneself and writing for an audience—and that’s a difference that most POD services do their best to obscure." Wherefore Print on Demand? by Marc Schuster, guest post on The Nervous Breakdown. [via SB]

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Mother of Lesbian-erotic Pulp Fiction Wants a Re-do

Tereska Torres hates the fact that her most famous work is considered an erotic classic. So, at 89, she’s going to rewrite it.

New Lit on the Block :: Elder Mountain

Missouri State University-West Plains has published Volume I of its new journal, Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozarks Studies. Published by the Department of English and edited by Dr. Craig Albin, Elder Mountain is a juried journal that seeks to explore all aspects of the Ozarks through literature, scholarship, and the visual arts.

The inaugural issue features poetry by Andrea Hollander Budy, JaneHoogestraat, Matt Brennan, Dave Malone, Gary Guinn, Billy Clem, fiction Katie Estill, Jo Van Arkel, Ryan Stone, nonfiction by Marideth Sisco, Zachary Michael Jack, Kristine Somerville, Jan Roddy, Matt Meacham, Art Home, and visual art by Gary Kolb and Barbara Williams.

Elder Mountain accepts "Ozark-oriented" short stories, poems, creative nonfiction, and visual art. Submissions will be considered for volume III.

Joyce Fellows for Emerging Leaders

A total of five Joyce Fellows from the Great Lakes region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin) will be selected to participate in this program in 2010. Fellows will receive stipends of $3,000 to support their attendance at the 2010 Americans for the Arts 50th Anniversary Summit/Annual Convention, 2010 National Arts Marketing Project Conference, and 2011 Arts Advocacy Day. In addition, fellows will have special opportunities to meet field leaders, connect with mentors, and receive individualized career coaching. Must be an emerging leader (Americans for the Arts defines an emerging leader as someone who is under 35 years of age). Deadline March 1, 2010.

Recognizing Women Writers

Writers, Plain and Simple: Women make up 80% of the fiction reading audience in this country. So why, Guernica's guest fiction editor Claire Messud asks, are women authors so frequently left off the best-of lists, and left out of prestigious book prizes? An enjoinder to think again, and to read these seven emerging stars of world fiction.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Job :: Senior Editor & Literary Programs Manager

The Center for the Art of Translation is a San Francisco-based non profit promoting international literature and translation through programs in publishing, education, and public events. The Center is currently seeking an experienced Senior Editor & Literary Programs Manager for our TWO LINES publications program, which includes the annual TWO LINES World Writing in Translation anthology and the World Library series of regional anthologies. The Two Lines Senior Editor & Literary Programs Manager will provide the editorial and artistic vision for TWO LINES publications and curate the Center’s Lit&Lunch event series, manage TWO LINES staff and volunteers, and will represent TWO LINES externally and in strategic internal discussions and decisions. This position reports to the Executive Director. The ideal candidate will have at least five years experience of publishing/editorial work, familiarity with international literature and literature in translation, will have significant management and arts administration experience, and will share enthusiasm and passion for the Center’s mission. The Senior Editor & Literary Programs Manager must be able to manage staff and multiple projects from inception to completion with minimal direction or oversight, including setting and managing milestones for the project within a set timeline. This position will also coordinate shifting priorities, provide regular reports to the Executive Director, and work effectively both leading and working on a team.

Responsibilities include the following:

EDITORIAL: Oversee artistic vision, editorial planning and production of all publications, including selecting guest editors, regions and/or languages for World Library, soliciting and evaluating monographs for publication, cultivating contacts within the publishing and translation fields, evaluating annual anthology submissions, and editing and proofreading introductions and translations. Provide editorial support on periodic grant writing and fundraising materials.

LITERARY PROGRAMMING: Curate Lit&Lunch series and other events, including event programming and annual publication party planning, act as artistic spokesperson at all Center events, coordinate translation workshops and other collaborative events and pursue partnerships and collaborations with publishers, translators, and cultural institutions.

MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION: Manage TWO LINES staff, volunteers, guest editors, translators, language readers, and copyeditors and act as program representative in staff and executive management meetings. Ensure tasks are coordinated, schedules and budgets are maintained, and provide biweekly reports to management. The Senior Editor & Literary Programs Manager will also develop a process to build TWO LINES supporters in the literary and translation communities. Assist with research to identify potential grants and donors.

PRODUCTION: Oversee the production of all TWO LINES titles, including the production timeline, submissions guidelines and production procedures, submission processing, copyright permissions, final proofreading and editing, and book design.

DISTRIBUTION, MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS: Oversee distribution of all publications and provide feedback and support to marketing staff to develop and implement marketing and public relations plans for publications. Inform Development Director of any potential funding leads or creative fundraising ideas. Seek opportunities to raise awareness of and interest in TWO LINES publications, promote the Center and build connections with other translation and literary organizations, act as a representative of the Center and lead discussions and/or presentations at literary events, forums and conferences (3-5 per year).

Qualifications
• Strong background (5+ years) in book publishing, particularly in a management role
• Experience as a literary translator, editor of translation, or director of a literary center
• Excellent team building skills and the ability to both lead and be a part of a team
• Able to offer contacts within the publishing and translation industries
• Enthusiasm and passion for the Center’s mission
• Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, including editing and proofreading
• Strong organizational sense with a sharp eye for detail
• Ability to prioritize and follow up on activities in a timely manner
• Energetic and a good team player, flexible and willing to learn
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office, familiarity with the Mac environment and excellent analytical skills
• Experience with FileMaker Pro a plus

This is a full-time position with an initial probationary period. The Center is an equal opportunity employer and offers generous vacation package, retirement plan and benefit stipend. Our office is located South of Market near public transportation. To apply, please email twolinesresume@yahoo.com with a resume and cover letter addressed to:

Erin Branagan
Acting Executive Director
Center for the Art of Translation
35 Stillman St., Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94107
Web: www.catranslation.org
How to Apply:
To apply, please email twolinesresume-at-yahoo-dot-com with a resume and cover letter addressed to:

Erin Branagan
Acting Executive Director
Center for the Art of Translation
35 Stillman St., Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94107

NewPages Guide to Creative Writing Programs

Creative Writing Programs - MA, MFA, PhD
This directory of university creative writing programs includes creative writing graduate degree programs. It is still being updated, and we'd appreciate hearing from you if you know of programs not yet listed. Whenever possible, links lead directly to the home page for the creative writing program.

Litmus Press Book Deal

In February and March of 2010, Litmus Press is celebrating some early titles with an Author Spotlight & Book Sale. Every two weeks they will highlight two authors & offer their books for $10 each or 2 for $18. The first Spotlight (February 1st-15th) is on Keith Waldrop (The House Seen from Nowhere) and Mark Tardi (Euclid Shudders).

Menupoems Wanted

Alimentum: The Literature of Food is accepting submissions of poems for their 4th annual menupoems broadside (looks like a menu but has poems on it!) to celebrate April National Poetry Month. Visit their website for more details and samples of previous menupoems. Deadline: March 1

New Lit on the Block :: Booth

Booth is a national literary magazine, sponsored by the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at Butler University. Each monthly issue features a piece of prose, a handful of poems, and some kind of "bonus feature." The power source behind booth includes Butler graduate students, MFA Fellows, and adjunct faculty working in collaboration. Current staff includes: Robert Stapleton, Katie Rauk, Bryan Furuness, Alessandra Lynch, Gautam Rao, Jim Walker, and a large handful of readers.

The current issue of Booth, available as a PDF, includes works by Erica Plouffe Lazure, John Gallaher, Mab Graves, Brian Buckbee, C.J. Hribal, and Jonathan Lethem. Submissions are open for art, poetry, prose, lists, and literary comics. The editors welcome submissions by both emerging voices and established writers.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Closings :: Equator Books, CA

After five and a half years, Equator Books of Venice, California will be closing this week.

Prism Review Contest Winners

Josh Emmons and Joshua Kryah have selected the 2010 winners for the annual Prism Review contest:

Poetry: "Tarantula Fire," by Kelly Madigan Erlandson
Fiction: "From The Factory Where They Manufacture Blue," by Sara Flood

New Lit on the Block :: The Broadsider

The Broadsider is an annual magazine of limited edition, numbered and signed poetry broadsides. All poems selected for publication are solicited. The editors choose previously published poems only and publish the individual broadsides from January thru November of each year. In December, a limited number of complete sets of all broadsides are compiled into two issues and offered for sale: a Limited Edition Issue (numbered and signed), and a Regular Issue (unsigned). Each issue contains a minimum of 20 or a maximum of 30 series broadsides.

The Broadsider, Volume 1, Series 1-30 features the works of Paul Fericano, Angelica Jochim, Cielle Tewksbury, Klipschutz, Dan Gerber, Ann Menebroker, Barry Spacks, Ellen Bass, AD Winans, Joyce Odam, Edward Field, Robert Bly, Joyce La Mers, B.L. Kenned, Wanda Colemanm Hugh Fox, leah angstman, Irene McKinney, Carol DeCanio, Roger Langton, Gerald Locklin, Laurel Speer, Ron Koertge, Lyn Lifshin, Penelope Rosemont, Perie Longo, and Ligi.

Pictured: "Phone Booth" by Carol Decanio, The Broadsider: Volume One, Series Twenty-Two. Regular Issue.

Long Live the Slush Pile

Seth Fischer on The Rumpus responds to WSJ's article on the death of the slushpile: A Necessarily Incomplete But Hopefully Helpful List That Proves The Slush Pile Has a Pulse - includes a short list of "mags that writers have reported are good about actually reading and publishing from the slush pile" and reader comments.

Jobs

Park University has a position open for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in English. Cherie Smith, Human Resource Services. March 1

Wayne State University tenure track Instructor/Assistant Professor, Creative Writing (tenure track) Department of Language and Literature.

Lecturer in Creative Writing (Fiction) for the Department of English & Philosophy at Murray State University. Full-time, non-tenure track position to begin August 2010. March 5

Brandeis University English Department seeks a poet with a distinguished publication record and teaching experience for a half-time appointment (2 workshops per year, 1 per semester) as Ziskind Poet in Residence in the Creative Writing Major of the English Department to begin Fall 2010. First consideration Feb 5.

Pending budgetary approval, Creighton University’s English department seeks to fill a tenure-track, entry-level Assistant Professor position in Creative Writing (area open).

Taunton Press of Newton, CT currently has several openings:

Assistant Editor - Books
Associate Editor - Fine Cooking
Customer Sales/Service Representative
Director of Creative Marketing Services
Director, Product Development & Market Innovation
Senior Acquisitions Editor - Books

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Got Legos to Share?

River Rock School in Montpelier, Vermont, is looking for LEGOs: "We are in need of many, many LEGOs for our summer LEGO camp. Check out our website to learn more about us. No LEGO collection is too big or too small. A small bag of 50 or 100 LEGOs would be greatly appreciated. Please call 802-223-4700 for details (or email riverrockschool@comcast.net), or to arrange pick up of your donation (locally). Or mail them to River Rock School, 252 N. Main St., Montpelier, VT 05602. Many thanks!"

Friday, February 05, 2010

Literary Art

Hey Oscar Wilde - It's Clobberin' Time! is an "extension of a personal art collection of various artists interpreting their favourite literary figure/author/character." [via Jacket Copy]

Celebrity Houses, Celebrity Politics - Antioch Review

The newest edition of Antioch Review couldn't be more timely, with its focus on "Celebrity Houses." The issue opens with an essay by Daniel Harris, who takes readers into the newest realm of "celebrityhood - politicians as celebrity." The issue includes a several essay on France "all of which praise it, its citizens, an the French way of life," and includes a look at their celebrities and politicians in turn.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Norman Mailer Writers Colony Fellowships

The Norman Mailer Writers Colony is accepting applications for the Second Annual Norman Mailer Writers Colony Fellowships at Provincetown, MA.

Fiction and non-fiction writers can apply for a 28-day residency in Provincetown, Massachusetts, near Mailer’s home beginning July 5, 2010. Seven Fellows will be selected. In addition, as many as 66 applicants will be offered scholarships to one week writing workshops in Provincetown during May, June, August and September, 2010.

Applications must be received by March 13, 2009.

Outrage - In Theatres May 8th

Academy Award nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated) delivers a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of closeted politicians who actively campaign against the LGBT community they covertly belong to. Outrage boldly reveals the hidden lives of some of our nation’s most powerful policymakers, details the harm they've inflicted on millions of Americans, and examines the media's complicity in keeping their secrets.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

American Indian Youth Services Literature Awards

The 2010 American Indian Youth Services Literature Awards, presented by the American Library Association, have selected the following recipients:

Best Picture Book - A Coyote Solstice Tale, written by Thomas King and illustrated by Gary Clement, published by Groundwood Books, 2009.

Best Middle School Book - Meet Christopher: An Osage Indian Boy from Oklahoma by Genevieve Simermeyer, with photographs by Katherine Fogden, published by the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution in association with Council Oak Books, 2008.

Best Young Adult Book - Between the Deep Blue Sea and Me: A Novel by Lurline Wailana McGregor and published by Kamehameha Publishing, 2008.

Book :: Kamchatka

Kamchatka: Wilderness at the Edge: "Astoundingly beautiful book on one of the most special wilderness and cultural areas on the planet – Kamchatka. This peninsula hangs into the Bering Sea and Pacific Ocean off the very eastern end of Russia. It is home to the world’s highest diversity of salmon with huge runs up wild rivers; large populations of brown bear; traditional reindeer-herding cultures; Krontosky Nature Reserve and its Valley of Geysers (a World Heritage Area); and much more." Available exclusively from Wild Foundation; proceeds from the book to benefit the foundation.

By Igor Shpilenok and Patricio Robles Gil
Edited by nature writer Laura Williams
Full color, 121 pages, 7.5" square, hard cover, in hard-case gift box.
ISBN 978-1-56373-187-0

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

storySouth Million Writers Award

The storySouth Million Writers Award is now open. Readers and editors can nominate their favorite online story, with the deadline for nominations being February 28, 2010. Donations for prize money are also being accepted, with final winners selected by reader votes, making this a true community of readers award.

February Book Reviews

Check out the NewPages February Book Reviews (Ed. Gina Myers):

Easter Rabbit, Fiction by Joseph Young
Review by John Madera

Shot, Poetry by Christine Hume
Review by Marthe Reed

The River Flows North, Novel by Graciela Limon
Review by Christina Hall

Tsim Tsum, Poetry by Sabrina Orah Mark
Review by Roy Wang

Catch Light, Poetry by Sarah O’Brien
Review by Gina Myers

The Bigness of the World, Fiction by Lori Ostlund
Review by Laura Pryor

Dangerous Places, Fiction by Perry Glasser
Review by Alex Myers

Death at Solstice: A Gloria Damasco Mystery, Novel by Lucha Corpi
Review by Elizabeth Townsend

Closings :: The Open Book, SC

The Open Book in Greenville, SC, will be closing its doors next month after 40 years in business. The economy and changes in the book business - big box stores and digital readers - are what owner Duff Bruce cites in his reasons. "I've loved books, loved putting books in people's hands over the years," Bruce said.

Best Small Library in America 2010

The Glen Carbon Centennial Library, IL, has been named the "Best Small Library in America" for 2010 by Library Journal. At a time when all libraries, big and small, are stuggling to survive, John Berry looks at what makes this library thrive.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Thumbs Down Agency List

Writers Beware has updated its Thumbs Down Agency List: "a list of the currently active literary agencies about which Writer Beware has received the largest number of complaints over the years, or which, based on documentation we’ve collected, we consider to pose the most significant hazard for writers." Writers Bewared outlines "abusive practices" which guides the selection of those listed.

CFS :: Lit Mag Editors

From Seth Horton Co-editor Best of the West: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri, an annual anthology of short fiction that is set in the West. "We are currently considering work published between fall 2009-fall 2010. If you are an editor of a literary journal and would like us to consider any of the stories that you (will) have published during this time, please send a complimentary subscription to Best of the West, 824 W. 28th Street, Richmond, VA 23225. Feel free to contact the editor with any questions that you may have at bestofthewesteditor_at_hotmail_dot_com."

New Lit on the Block :: Buzzard Picnic

In her Editor's Note, Abby Holcomb writes: "Technological advances have certainly expanded our worldviews, yet they have also managed to diminish our attention spans and cheapen our appreciation of art. Much like Marx described the alienation of the worker from the fruits of his labor, James might identify the disconnect that certain technologies have created between an artist and his art and that art and its audience. This debut issue of Buzzard Picnic will deal thematically with the matter of alienation in all its manifestations."

Featured in this inaugural issue is an interview with Hannah Tinti, "Bibliophilia," an essay by Lauren Avirom, a review of E.L. Doctorow's Homer and Langley by Shelley Huntington, fiction by Ingrid Wenzler, Dominic Preziosi, and Steve Duno, and poetry by Mather Schneider and Gary Leising.

Edited by Abby Holcomb and Lauren Avirom, with web designer Jason Thompson, Buzzard Picnic is open for submissions of short fiction, memoir, essay, criticism, book and story reviews, and author interviews; relevant comic strips, art and/or design will be considered for publication.