Friday, April 30, 2010
Saved: "The Toronto Women’s Bookstore, which was set to close last Friday [4/16] if a buyer could not be found, will be staying open until the end of May, and perhaps beyond that, if one of two interested buyers comes through with a workable offer." Quill & Quire
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Lynn comments, "It surely would have been easier simply to continue printing this journal four times a year and leave it at that. But I'm convinced that sooner or later, such isolated publications will come to seem anachronisms, curiosities, not vibrant players in the literary community."
But far from being a full-fledged missive on going digital, Lynn recognizes the continuing place of ink and paper in our lives, its historical relevance, and its place in the lives of future readers and writers, which is why TKR will be launching a small letterpress operation. "Even as we develop literary media for the future, I believe it's our responsibility to keep the old technologies, teaching our associates where all the current publishing structures originated. Letting them get their hands dirty."
TKR is planning printing opportunities for their summer program, and looks to add chapbooks and broadsides in the future, "just for the fun of it."
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
This issue also features winners of their "Home Voices" writing contest: Kathryn Sukalich (1st place), Kimberly L. Rogers and Rachael Button (honorable mentions), and their "Notes from the Field" writing contest: Cassandra Kircher (1st place) and Gabriel Houck (finalist).
The Feminist Press is 40 years old in 2010 - what better way to honor the past than by celebrating the future! We are searching for 40 fabulous feminist women and men* to honor as the “40 Under 40” to pay attention to in the future.
Help us choose the women and men of talent and commitment who best represent what feminism is all about: gender equality and social justice.
We are looking for people in all fields: the arts, community organizing, social justice, medicine, law, politics, business, philanthropy, etc. Please be sure to include contact information for your nominee(s).
All 40 honorees will be acknowledged at our 40th anniversary gala at the Roosevelt Hotel in NYC on October 18, 2010. And when you send us your nominations, you'll be entered in a raffle to win a ticket to the gala.
We’ve made history as the world’s oldest continuing feminist publisher. Send us your suggestions for “40 Under 40” and be part of the next 40 years and beyond.
Email your suggestions to Maryann Jacob Macias, Development Manager: mjacob-at-gc.cuny-dot-edu by Friday, May 14.
*Most of our honorees come from the northeast U.S. We wish we could fly people in from further away. Please donate if you can, to help us honor women and men from around the U.S. www.feministpress.org/support-us
Poetry Winner: Starkey Flythe
Honorable Mention: Jim Knowles
Notable Finalists: Phillis Levin, Rachel Michaud, Dan Preniszni, Alinda Wasner (Fall 2010)
Fiction Winner: Aram Kim
Honorable Mention: E. B. Moore
Notable Finalists: Joan Corwin (Fall 2010), Starkey Flythe (Fall 2010), Daniel Austin Warren
Elizabeth McCormack Master of Arts in Writing Poetry Winner: Kristina Bicher
Elizabeth McCormack Master of Arts in Writing Fiction Winner: Terry Dugan
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Do you remember discovering literary magazines? It seems most of us do not know them until our college years, and often times by accident. I have made it my "mission" as a teacher to introduce my students to literary magazines, to make the introduction formal, purposeful, and as often as possible. To put a magazine into a young reader's hands and say, "Read this, I'd like to know what you think of it." And to be rewarded, time and again, as I was the time I put a copy of Agni into a student's hands. She returned next class, looking at me wild-eyed, and said, "I never knew writing like this existed."
And it is to the credit of editors as much as writers that this kind of writing "exists" and can be put into the hands of readers of all ages. New Red Cedar Review Managing Editors Ashley Luster and Emily Wollner comment: "As we embraced our roles as managing editors of Red Cedar Review, the journal that we had grown to love over the past few years, we made it a priority to define the nature of the material with which we were working. What does it mean exactly to be a literary journal? Associated commonly with dusty library tomes and complex pleonastic prose, the 'L' word is one that often frightens away people who lie outside of its writing communities and seemingly elite social circles. It seems, though, that the literary merit of a creative piece is not necessarily a consequence of its form or its language, but is something that lies within the way these factors work in tandem to present an idea. In this way, we strove to expand the definition of literary in this issue of RCR to include any spark of creativity that lends itself to ink and paper."
Monday, April 26, 2010
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester
Kraken by China Miéville
The Stand by Stephen King
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
"There Will Come Soft Rains" (story from the collection The Martian Chronicles) by Ray Bradbury
Critics have assigned labels ranging from “provocative” to “exploitative” to Walker’s overall project. At the crux of this controversy is the silhouette itself, which reduces a subject to the least possible amount of information and forces the viewer to rely on stereotypical hints—clothing, hairstyle, exaggerated physical characteristics—leading toward two-dimensional “truths” that make explicit the work’s deep sense of ambiguity. Viewers must become (discomfortingly) reductionist themselves; Walker offers no choice but to understand and then implicitly to accept the stereotypes in order to identify her characters.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
•Biography: Linda Gordon, Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits (W.W. Norton & Co.)
•Current Interest: Dave Eggers, Zeitoun (McSweeney's Books)
•Fiction: Rafael Yglesias, A Happy Marriage (Scribner)
•Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: Philipp Meyer, American Rust (Spiegel & Grau)
•Graphic Novel: David Mazzucchelli, Asterios Polyp (Pantheon)
•History: Kevin Starr, Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance 1950 – 1963 (Oxford University Press)
•Mystery/Thriller: Stuart Neville, The Ghosts of Belfast (SOHO Press)
•Poetry: Brenda Hillman, Practical Water (Wesleyan University Press)
•Science and Technology: Graham Farmelo, The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom (Basic Books/Perseus Book Group)
•Young Adult Literature: Elizabeth Partridge, Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary (Viking Children's Books/Penguin Group)
•Robert Kirsch Award: Evan S. Connell
•Innovator’s Award: Dave Eggers
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their Short Story Award for New Writers. This competition is held quarterly and is open to all writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation greater than 5000. The next Short Story Award competition will take place in May. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.
Second place: Chase Dearinger, of Edmund, OK, wins $500 for “The Numbskull Piece.”
Third place: Brenna Burns, of New Haven, CT, wins $300 for “River Sans Prière.”
A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.
Deadline soon approaching!
Family Matters: April 30
This competition is held twice a year and is open to all writers for stories about family. Word count should not exceed 12,000. (All shorter lengths welcome.) No theme restrictions. Click here for complete guidelines.
"Publishing industry visionary Richard Nash, will kick off our series on The Future of Book Publishing. Nash is the former publisher of the independent Soft Skull Press and founder of the new social publishing house Cursor."
"Peter Brantley is the director of the Bookserver Project at the Internet Archive. As part of our series on the publishing industry, Bob talks with Brantley about the effects of technology on the future of reading, writing, and selling books."
The program is available for download.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Recently, the NY Times' Paper Cuts blog ran an interesting piece about whether or not a blog could rise to the level of literature (http://tiny.cc/thr48). Their answer, ultimately, was no, but the editors at Creative Nonfiction are trying to remove this "less-than" tag many ascribe to the form. For the past three years we've been featuring blog posts in our publications, and we are currently seeking narrative blog posts to reprint in our next issue (#39: Summer Reading; forthcoming July 2010).
Though it would be great if you passed word along to New Pages' readers, what we'd really love are nominations from folks, like yourself and the other NP contributors, who are truly plugged into the online literary community, and we hope that you will send us your suggestions.
What we're looking for: Vibrant new voices with interesting, true stories to tell. Posts must be able to stand alone, 2000 words or fewer, and posted between November 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010. Deadline for nominations is 12 pm EST, Monday, April 26, 2010.
To nominate a blog post or for more info, go here: http://www.creativenonfiction.org/blog/blog_nomination.html
[Pass it on Bloggers.}
Practical, concise, how-to articles with bullets/headings have proven the most helpful to readers. Please avoid writing too much about "me" and concentrate on what will help the reader. No previously published, co-written, or simultaneously submitted material.
Foreword by Supriya Bhatnagar, Director of Publications, Editor of The Writer's Chronicle, Association of Writers & Writing Programs, George Mason University.
Afterword by Dr. Amy Hudock, co-founder of Literary Mama, an on-line literary magazine chosen by Writers Digest as one of the 101 Best Web Sites for Writers.
Co-Editor Colleen S. Harris is a 2010 Pushcart Prize nominee. Her book of poetry, God in My Throat: The Lilith Poems (Bellowing Ark Press, 2009), was a finalist for the Black Lawrence Book Award; These Terrible Sacraments, is forthcoming in 2011. Colleen has a MFA degree in writing and has appeared in The Louisville Review, Wisconsin Review, River Styx, and Adirondack Review, among others. She's included in Library Journal; and Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages.
Co-Editor Carol Smallwood is a 2009 National Federation of State Poetry Societies award winner included in Who's Who of American Women who has appeared in Michigan Feminist Studies, The Writer's Chronicle, The Detroit News. She's included in Best New Writing in Prose 2009. Her 23rd book is Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook (American Library Association, 2010). A chapter of newly published Lily's Odyssey was short listed for the Eric Hoffer Prose Award.
Please send 3-4 possible topics you would like to contribute each described in a few sentences and a 65-75 word bio using the format like the bio's above. Please send by May 24, 2010 using FAMILY/your last name on the subject line to email@example.com. You'll receive a Go-Ahead and guidelines if your topics haven't been taken. Contributors will be asked to contribute a total of 1900-2100 words. You may contribute one article 1900-2100 words or contribute two articles that combined equal 1900-2100 words. Those included in the anthology will receive a complimentary copy as compensation.
Monday, April 19, 2010
More information about Waldorf College can be obtained at www.waldorf.edu.
Application by persons in under-represented groups is particularly encouraged.
Send letter of application addressing the qualifications above, a current vita, teaching philosophy, teaching evaluation summaries (if available), three letters of recommendation, and copies of graduate transcripts to Dr. Robert Alsop, VPAA, Waldorf College, 106 S. Sixth Street, Forest City, IA 50436 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The English Department of Bowling Green State University seeks strong applicants for the College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer. June 14
Teacher & Program Coordinator in Writing for UW-Madison Continuing Studies. Work in a team environment teaching and creating online and in-person workshops. May 7
The Liberal Arts Department at D'Youville College is seeking an Assistant Professor of English beginning August 2010. Linda Moretti, Office of Human Resources. May 1
McNeese State University's Department of English and Foreign Languages and the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing seek an Assistant/Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing, Fiction. Amy Fleury, Department of English and Foreign Languages. April 21
The University of Wisconsin-Marathon County and the University of Wisconsin Colleges English Department invite applications for a position as full-time lecturer. Charlene Schmidt. May 16
Included in the first pdf issue are works by Sharmon Goff, Linda Simone, Julie L. Moore, Virginia Franklin, Marissa C. Pelot, Carol Berg, Christopher Woods, Amber Jensen, Carol Carpenter, Arthur Powers, Joseph Somoza, Virginia Franklin, Mitch Levenberg, Kate Bernadette Benedict, Srinjay Chakravarti, Jonterri Gadson, Elizabeth Oakes, Diana Woodcock, Kristina Roth, Helen Ruggieri, Virginia Franklin, LB Sedlacek, Lyn Lifshin, Barbara H. Edington, Mary MacGowan, Andrea O’Brien, Francis Raven, Cherri Randall, Tatiana Forero Puerta, Obododimma Oha, Louis E. Bourgeois, Kevin Brown, and Anna Catone.
Assisi is currently accepting submissions for their second issue.
The Umbrella Factory
Two-Bit Magazine - fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, serialized novels/novellas, graphic novels, comics, academic papers, reviews, essays.
Nowhere Magazine – travel writing
Mud Luscious Press
The Writing Disorder
Gertrude – poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, novel excerpts, interviews, art
Whiskey & Fox - poetry, theory, and queer-heterotopoi
Nashville Review - fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, drama, music, audio, and more
Newly added to NewPages Guide to Writing Conferences, Workshops, Retreats, Centers, Residencies & Book & Literary Festivals:
Fernie Writers Conference (CA)
War, Literature & the Arts Conference
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Extended Deadline - August 1
Poems of place and on characters might be especially welcomed for this collection. Name the people, places, brands, businesses, landmarks, institutions, locations that impacted your life as a child and your life as a poet. The collection will be edited by Robert Miltner of Kent State University and published by Pudding House Publications in Columbus, Ohio.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
In the third paragraph of Bromberg’s “Poetry and the Creative Healing Process” (p.31), the author discusses the relationship between community and healing. In what ways can writing about illness be therapeutic? What difference does it make to write for an audience?
The speakers of “Puzzled” (p. 81) and “After a Mastectomy” (p. 32) both express yearnings to be made “whole.” How do physical changes in the body affect self-perception and identity? In what ways do the speakers seek help from others to work through these feelings?
The first online issue launched April 14 and includes a conversation with Kwame Anthony Appiah, poems by Cave Canem poet Raina Leon, a short story by Philippine playwright and fiction writer, Peter Mayshle, an essay by academic/artist Shanti Pillai about living each year in Havana, NYC, and Chennai, a photo essay by Toronto-based photographer Jose Romelo Lagman exploring "Rooted Cosmopolitanism", art and writing from Athens Clark Co. elementary school students PLUS work by writers and artists across the US and Canada whose works were selected via open submissions.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
WILLA was founded in August 2009 to address the need for female writers of literature to engage in conversations regarding the critical reception of women's creative writing in our current culture.
WILLA's structure is "grass-roots." The individuals presently involved in creating WILLA are spread across the country, represent different identities, work from within a range of aesthetics, and share the common goal to create a forum at which all women writers may engage in much longed for conversations about literature being produced by women and its reception by the larger culture.
Such themes, however, often transcend the boundaries of any particular issue of The South Carolina Review: the idea for a themed issue may grow out of past submissions, and the themed issue itself can elicit writings in response years down the line. In addition, the publication of a themed issue often generates other projects for the Press. (The Virginia Woolf International issue, for example, led to a series of Woolf conference proceedings volumes, among other publications.)
The virtual "Themed Issues" in the South Carolina Review On-Line Library therefore expand considerably upon their original, paper-and-ink counterparts. Not only do they include articles and other writings from past issues of The South Carolina Review, but they also incorporate other relevant CUDP publications as well as links to related online resources. Be sure to check back periodically, as new content is added as it becomes available.
The following virtual themed issues are currently available:
* Virginia Woolf International
* Ireland in the Arts and Humanities
* James Dickey Revisited
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Our dearest gratitude to all of you who took the time to stop by the table to say hello and offer your support for our work. Your comments truly help to fuel our energy and keep our passions burning here. So often, day after day, behind the screen and keyboard, it does get a bit lonely and our minds sometimes trail into existential wanderings. But, AWP is our once-a-year reminder of how many of you there are who use the site and appreciate our tappings-away.
Thanks to all the exhibitors - lit mags, publishers, creative writing programs, and authors - who actually smiled in recognition when they saw us coming down the aisles with our NewPages t-shirts announcing our presence. And thanks to all our newly made friends in these endeavors - AWP is great for meeting new people in the "scenes".
Thanks to reviewers - including Jennifer Sinor's students - who stopped by. So nice to see the people behind all those thoughtful words.
Thanks to all the blog readers who mentioned how helpful this is. It is indeed a great deal of work, but work I love all the more when I know it is appreciated by others. "Heroic" was one word I will keep with me. Good to have a bit of an ego boost for when the beer fund runs low.
And speaking of beer fund...CODE ORANGE!
Denver was a blast, and Denver Pale Ale - or DPA - is certainly a brew I can recommend to visitors.
I will no doubt have more AWP comments intertwined in the blog in the days and months upcoming, but for now - time to get back into the NewPages groove (after a full night's sleep!).
[Pictured: Part of the NewPages table exhibit. / The blue bear butt at the conference center as seen from the hotel. / The steady flow of the nearly 10,000 attendees. / The golden dome of the capitol building.]
Friday, April 09, 2010
“It's hard to believe that the Land of the Free was treating human beings like that,” said Conor E. Shea.
Idaresit O. Uko said the fact that Tom and Huck were, it turns out, trying to hide a slave who was already freed, is a metaphor for how the country was trying to keep blacks enslaved even after the Civil War.
Jonathan H. Sokolowski said the book reminds readers that, “You need to keep knowledge of the past so that you can move forward.”
Read the full story on Worcester's telegram.com.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
1. Print out our menupoem menu
2. Read a menupoem at your favorite restaurant
3. VIDEO your reading
4. Send it to Alimentum and you'll appear on their website & Alimentum's YouTube channel
Visit their screening room to see already completed videos
Here are our menupoets for 2010:
Paul S. Piper
and menupoems editor Esther Cohen
Full details for Grain's 2010 contest are available on their website and are published in the back of TROPHY.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
To uphold its end of the vision, NR's first issue includes:
Fiction by Eric Sasson, John Minichillo, Pamela Main, and Peter Jurmu
Poetry by Rickey Laurentiis, Heather Derr-Smith, Yaul Perez-Stable Husni, Sarah Maclay
Music (Jukebox - some with video) by Efterklang, Jeff Harms, Nora Jane Struthers, Dark Dark Dark, Sufjan Stevens, Paul Epp, Tyler James, The Farewell Drifters, Symbion Project, Breathe Owl Breathe
Comics by Eric Garcia, Keiler Roberts, JooHee Yoon
Interviews with Salvador Plascencia, Maira Kalman, and Beth Bachmann
Nashville Review accepts submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, comics, lyrics and audio by up-and-coming musicians.
Contributors are offered up to $100.
Nashville Review has three reading periods: Jan 1-Feb 1, May 1–June 1, and Sep 1–Oct 1.
Comics and music may be submitted at any time.
All submissions may be made through NR's online submissions manager.
Sarah Browning on DC Poets Against the War
Regie Cabico on DC Slam
Grace Cavalieri on "The Poet & The Poem"
Zachary Elkin on DC Scores
Julie R. Enszer on The Furies
Danielle Evennou on mothertongue
Sunil Freeman on The Writer's Center
Brian Gilmore on Drum & Spear Bookstore
Gray Jacobik on The Capital Hill Poetry Group
Alan King on Karibu Books
Martin G. Murray on the Washington Friends of Walt Whitman
Kim Roberts on Bethel Literary and Historical Society
Kim Roberts on DC Poetry Anthologies
The Washington Post on Some of Us Press
Oxford University Press Editorial Assistant, New York.
The Committee on Creative Writing at the University of Chicago is accepting applications for a 3 year, renewable, lectureship (posting 00306). The effective date for this teaching appointment will be July 1, 2010.
The English Department of the State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor position in Creative Writing to begin Fall 2010. Materials received by April 12, 2010 will be guaranteed full consideration.
Lincoln Memorial University invites applications for the position of Writer-In-Residence.
The University of Cincinnati Department of English & Comparative Literature invites applications for a visiting position for the 2010-11 academic year. May 1
The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology offers three Writer-in-Residencies. April 9
The English Program at Penn State Altoona is taking applications for a one-semester teaching residency in fiction writing. Emerging Writer Residency, Dr. Thomas Liszka. May 17
Monday, April 05, 2010
Sunday, April 04, 2010
The person we are looking to hire is organized yet flexible, earnest, outgoing, and fun-loving, a deep thinker capable of making significant contributions to a creative conversation, with the right measure of conscience and assertiveness to keep the magazine on track. A belief in the power of writing and an understanding of environmental thinking and writing are essential, as are enthusiasm for the marriage of print and digital products and the ability to independently take projects from start to finish. The successful candidate will have at least five years’ experience as a managing or senior-level editor for a reputable general-interest or literary magazine alongside a proven track record with acquisitions.
To apply, send a résumé, cover letter, three professional references, two magazine-length editing clips (both original and final, published text), and one unedited writing sample (not to exceed 2,000 words) to:
H. Emerson Blake
187 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. No phone calls or e-mails, please. Submitted materials will not be returned without a SASE.
Friday, April 02, 2010
PoetrySpeaks Advisory Board
Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate
Anne Halsey, media director of Poetry Foundation
Jim Schley, managing editor of Tupelo Press
Bruce George, poet and co-founder of Def Poetry Jam (HBO)
Emily Warn, former editor-in-chief of the Poetry Foundation
Thursday, April 01, 2010
If you are interested in more audio, podcasts and video, visit NewPages Guide to Multimedia.
Winner "Substitutes" by Maya Stein
1st Runner-up "Before I tell him I am leaving" by Salita S. Bryant
2nd Runner-up "Water of Life" by Catherine Freeling
Our Poetry Contest Finalists:
"Rabanada" by Margaret K. Menges
"Cutlet" by Rhona McAdam
"Soup and Bread" by Mary McGinnis
"Ropa Vieja" & "Wine" by Ricardo Pau-Llosa