Friday, April 30, 2010

Bookstore Destroyed & Bookstore Saved

Destroyed: Cover to Cover Books & Gifts, 202 West Wisconsin Ave., Tomahawk, WI was destroyed by fire last week.

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

Quarter After Eight Contest Winners

Quarter After Eight, volume 16, includes the winners of the 4th Annual Robert J. DeMott Prose Contest as judged by Catherine Taylor: Jendi Reiter, Homa Zaryouni, and Amy Writght.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Back to the Future: TKR Adds Letterpress

The Kenyon Review Editor David H. Lynn's editorial in the newest issue (spring 2010) comments on the "future of literary publishing." TKR itself went part-digital a while back with KROnline to complement TKR in print, as well as adding a daily blog, online book discussions, and collaborating with JSTOR to complete an electronic archive.

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."

Scrabble Lets Nouns Play

"The rules of word game Scrabble are being changed for the first time in its history to allow the use of proper nouns, games company Mattel has said. Place names, people's names and company names or brands will now count." Hmph. Are they going to start including an apostrophe so McDonald's can be spelled correctly?

f Magazine Contest Winners

Volume 8 of f Magazine: Novels in Progress and More announces the winners of their Short and Striking contest: Ryan Sinon (1st place)- whose story "Joseph and the Snowflake Woman" is included in the issue, Norton Girault (2nd prize), and Tom Heymann (3rd prize).

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Flyway Redefining Enviromental Writing & Contest Winners

Flyway: A Journal of Writing and Environment Managing Editor Liz Clift writes: "Flyway begins its 16th year, we reflect on the meaning 'environment' takes on for different people. Traditionally, environmental writing refers to writing about nature, often as an advocate of the natural world. With this in mind, it's easy to view the manmade world as less important and thus deny it a place within the environmental literature canon. However, environmental writing now includes urban and other manmade environments as legitimate components of modern human experience. This issue of Flyway explores both human and nonhuman environments, because we shape the environment that shapes us."

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).

Wallace Stevens Joins PennSound

PennSound has made two recordings of Wallace Stevens available. The recordings were made in Boston - a project in collaboration with the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard. New Stevens recordings will be added to this page in the coming months.

Nominate 40 Under 40: the Future of Feminism

From the Feminist Press:

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

Inkwell 2010 Contest Winners

Manhattanville College's Inkwell Spring 2010 features a number of winners of their 2010 competition:

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

How Did You Meet?

Ploughshares, Spring 2010, edited by Elizabeth Strout, opens with her introduction, not just to this issue of the journal, but to Journals. She writes of her first awkward year away at college, where (like so many of us) she believed others to be so much more confident, comfortable, and learned. She slinks into the library and dashes to the first stacks, the periodical section, where she finds familiar magazines: "But I found a whole row of other things. Journals, some thick, others quite thin, lay on a tilting shelf with their faces toward me. Some had colorful covers, some had very simple and unassuming covers. Inside them--the type pressed into the paper, so that even touching them brought a certain thrill--I found story after story, poem after poem. Who knew? I had not known."

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."

Knockout LGBTQ Youth Suicide

Knockout is doing its part to fight suicide in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth population. Five percent of the proceeds from sales of the Spring 2010 (3.1) issue will go to The Trevor Project, which operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth. For more information, visit thetrevorproject.org.

Film :: Brontë Bonnet Dramas Forthcoming

From the TimesOnline: BBC Films, with the American company Focus Features, is first out of the traps. Jane Eyre is five weeks into a nine-week shoot in Derbyshire. Film4’s Wuthering Heights, made with Ecosse Films, the British company behind Nowhere Boy, is scheduled to start filming in Yorkshire next month...Alison Owen, the producer of Jane Eyre (and mother of the singer Lily Allen), said: “There is something about the current situation that the world finds itself in where the Brontës more suit the mood of the moment [than Austen]. Jane Austen is a lighter cut than the Brontës, who are much more brooding and bleak.”

Bellevue Literary Review Prize Winners

Bellevue Literary Review, Spring 2010, features the 2010 BLR Prize Winners in this, the fifth year of the literary competition. Selected from over 900 submissions by judges Phillip Lopate, Tony Hoagland, and Gail Godwin, the Marcia and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry was awarded to Amanda Auchter, the winner of the Carter V. Cooper Memorial Prize for Nonfiction was awarded to Joan Kip (Mark Holden, Honorable Mention), and the winner of the Goldenberg Prize for Fiction was awarded to Larry Hill.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Writing Chaos and Disaster

Worth a listen is this Guardian podcast honoring "the chaos caused by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland" with a program focused on "apocalypse in literature" and the "status of the disaster novel." Discussed with some author interviews:

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

2010 Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere

Billy the Blogging Poet welcomes us - year five - to vote for the 2010 Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere. Voting closes April 20 - midnight.

Art :: Kara Walker

Visit The Georgia Review to view silhouette art by Kara Walker, featured both online and in the newest issue (Spring 2010). From the portfolio introduction:

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.

Ruminate Short Story Prize Winners

The spring 2010 issue of Ruminate (issue 15) features winners of the 2010 Short Story Prize, as judged by David James Duncan. First prize winner Shann Ray's story, "The Miracles of Vincent Van Gogh," and honorable mention Nels Hanson's story, "Now the River's In You," both appear in this issue. "Nothing to Fear," by Susann Childress received second prize, and publication will be forthcoming.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winners Announced

2009 Book Prizes Winners:

•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

Passings :: Alan Sillitoe

The Loneliness Of The Long-Distance Runner carried me through many a mile in my life: "Novelist Alan Sillitoe has died at the age of 82, his family said. The Nottingham-born writer, whose novels marked him out as one of the Angry Young Men of British fiction who emerged in the 1950s, died at Charing Cross Hospital in London..."

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Glimmer Train New Writers Award

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.

First place: Selena Anderson [pictured], of New York, NY, wins $1200 for “Here Come the Brides.” Her story will be published in the Summer 2011 issue of Glimmer Train Stories.

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.

Win a Copy of Annalemma

Annalemma's issue six is the magazine's first themed issue, "Sacrifice," and features images of a variety of art forms by a variety of artists coupled with each written work featured. Want to free copy? Annalemma will give one away to the winner of their Twitter contest. Followers just need to tweet: “I’d be willing to give up (insert noun here) for the new issue of #Annalemma” The best tweet wins. Deadline: Sunday (4/25) at midnight EST.

The Future of Book Publishing

In case you missed it: Bob Edwards Weekend, April 24-25, 2010, features two interviews of interest to writers and readers, and is part one of a three-part series, so stay tuned!

"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.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Elmer Adler Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize

Princeton University Library has awarded its undergraduate Elmer Adler Undergraduate Book Collecting Prizes.

Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present

Currently at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Chicago - Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present - a live exhibition that can be viewed online during museum hours: "Marina Abramović will perform in the Marron Atrium at MoMA throughout the duration of the exhibition, starting before the Museum opens each day and continuing until after closing."

Sonneteering

Beard of Bees shares their celebration of the sonnet in this pdf book: " These sonnets were presented on the evening of September 2d, 2009 at the RecRoom (Reconstruction Room, for long) the amazing Chicago reading series founded by Eric Cressley, Erin Teegarden, and Della Watson."

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Is Your Blog Lit-Worthy?

From Stephen Knezovich, Associate Editor / Mentoring Director, Creative Nonfiction:

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.}

Women Writing on Today's American Family

Submissions are being sought for an anthology about writing and publishing by women with family publication experience. Possible subjects: markets; using life experience; networking; unique issues women must overcome; formal education; queries and proposals; conference participation; self-publishing; teaching tips. Family in creative nonfiction, poetry, short stories, novels.

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 smallwood@tm.net. 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.

Kore Short Fiction Award Winner

Heather Brittain Bergstrom's(Yuba City, CA) manuscript, "All Sorts of Hunger," was chosen out of 250 submissions by readers and final judge Leslie Marmon-Silko as the winner of the Kore Press 2010 Short Fiction Award. Finalists were: "Return," by Sharon May and "Mr. Smith's Tip-Top Tale of Woe and Horror," by Nancy Holyoke.

New Directions New Ferlinghetti Poem Exclusive

New Directions Publishing offers an "exclusive brand-new, never-before-published poem" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti Entitled "At Sea," - inscribed for Paublo Neurada - the poem begins: "The sea through the trees / distant / shining. . ."

Monday, April 19, 2010

Job :: Waldorf College

Waldorf College seeks a full-time Assistant Professor of English to teach writing and direct first-year composition. A Ph.D. in composition / rhetoric is preferred, though a terminal degree in a closely-related field will be considered with extensive teaching experience and an evidenced passion for teaching first-year students. Responsibilities include directing the first-year composition sequence and (possibly) the campus writing center, as well as teaching developmental writing and composition. A secondary interest in introduction to literature, global literature, advanced composition, writing center tutor training, English secondary education, or online teaching is preferred. The position carries a 4/4 load, with release time depending on duties. Evidence of superior teaching is essential. Position begins August 2010. Review of applications continues until position is filled.

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 academicaffairs@waldorf.edu.

VidPoetry

You still have several days left in this celebration of National Poetry Month to enjoy Diesel Bookstores 30 Videos in 30 Days. Just like it says, each day for the month of April they are uploading a video reading. Selections range from Rumi to Roger Creely to William Blake to Molly Bendall. Sometimes you see the readers, sometimes you don't - but the select non-traditional sceneries make for interesting interpretations of the works. My favorite so far is Anna Kaufman's delivery of Philip Larkin's "This Be the Verse." Nice.

Jobs

Rowan University Instructor/Assistant Professor, Creative Writing, Full-Time Temporary. May 1

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

New Lit on the Block :: Assisi

St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York has published their first issue of Assisi: An Online Journal of Arts & Letters. The biannual, online magazine "will offer an eclectic mix of essays (both academic and personal), short fiction and poetry. . .photographs, drawings and other art works."

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.

NewPages Updates

Newly added to The NewPages Big List of Literary Magazines:

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

Friday, April 16, 2010

Step Up Ohioans!

Call for Submissions: Ohio Childhood Poems
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.

2009 Best of the Net Anthology

With over 500 submissions from 75+ online journals and presses, Sundress Press has completed their fourth year of culling works for the Best of the Net Anthology.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Reader's & Educator's Guides

Reader's guides are one of my favorite features to encourage teachers to use lit mags in the classroom. The Healing Muse, SUNY Upstate Medical University's journal of literary and visual arts, has begun developing Reader's and Educator's Guides for their publication. On the site now are guides for volumes 7 and 8. Here are a couple of the questions for volume 8:

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?

New Lit on the Block :: Mandala

Mandala Journal, a publication of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Georgia, defines itself as "an online student-run multicultural journal for poets, writers, artists, and thinkers."

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 Launched

WILLA (Women in Letters & Literary Arts) seeks to explore critical and cultural perceptions of writing by women through meaningful conversation and the exchange of ideas among existing and emerging literary communities.

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.

SCR "Virtual" Themed Issues Library

From the SCR website: Occasionally The South Carolina Review will publish an issue devoted in large part to a particular theme. Examples in the past have included Virginia Woolf International (vol. 29.1), Ireland in the Arts and Humanities (vol. 32.1), and James Dickey Revisited (vol. 37.2).

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

BECA Accepting Guest Curator Proposals

BECA: Bridge for Emerging Contemporary Art is now accepting exhibition proposal summaries from both professionally affiliated and independent curators. Proposal summaries are being reviewed for consideration with regards to the exhibition planning for the months May - December 2010. Exhibitions will be held at the temporary home of BECA ICAD located at 527 St. Joseph Street, New Orleans, LA across from the Contemporary Arts Center.

Prairie Schooner Adds Editor

Hilda Raz, Editor of Prairie Schooner, has announced a new editorial position: Digital Development and Online Editor. Timothy Schaffert will be the energy behind the keyboard for Prairie Schooner's blog, tweets and Facebook updates as well as moving PS into new digital domains.

Massachusetts Review = More in Translation

Jim Hicks of the Massachusetts Review notes some changes to the publication, "dramatically increasing the amount we publish in translation." To that end, he notes: "Edwin Gentzler, head of the Translation Center at UMass, will be joining Ellen Doré Watson as Translation Editor; Michael Thurston, professor of English and American Studies at Smith College and an incorrigible internationalist, will be added to the Editor ranks; and Charles M. Sennott, co-founder of the Internet news service GlobalPost.com, will be joining the review as Contributing Editor. And, beginning this year, the journal will also award annually a new literary prize for translation, the Jules Chametzky Prize to the single best translations, in prose and in poetry, published within our pages." (Spring 2010)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

AWP 2010

NewPages has just returned from AWP 2010 in Denver - WOW! Always such anticipation building up to it, getting ready for it, getting there, and then - whoosh - those three days go by so fast!

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

Still Teaching Huck Finn

In Mr. Secino's class, students said the book was valuable as a way of understanding history. “It reminds you that this (slavery) actually happened,” said Mariana Z. Peltier.

“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.

Point Me to Guthrie

New highway signs will mark Guthrie, Kentucky as the birthplace of literary figure Robert Penn Warren.

Western Humanities Review Contest Winners

The Winter 2010 issue of the Western Humanities Review includes the works of poetry competition winner Esther Lee and prose contest winner Natanya Ann Pulley. Judges of both genres give thorough remarks on their selections in the Editor's Note of this issue.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Gratitude

The role of a simple 'thank you' in the greater scope of gratitude - including plenty of literary references. Of course, a beer can be just as nice, and only a click away...

Guernica Interviews Alice Walker

"Everything and Nothing: The iconic writer and activist, Alice Walker, on the similarities between Tibet and Palestine, womanism versus feminism, and Carl Jung."

Naugatuck River Review Contest Winners

Naugatuck River Review - a journal of narrative poetry - Issue 3 Winter 2010 is the all-contest-entry issue, featuring a piece by Contest Judge Lesléa Newman, First Prize Thomas R. Moore, Second Prize Jeanne Julian, Third Prize Kathryn Neel, and all finalists and semi-finalists.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Alimentum Wants YOU on Video!

To celebrate April as National Poetry Month, Alimentum: The Literature of Food creates Menupoems. This year, they are inviting all of us to enjoy the full menu, and to share our feast of reading with others. Here's how:

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:

Walter Ancarrow
Lara Candland
Kim Goldberg
Catherine Harnett
Jen Karetnick
Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis
Mark Kurlansky
Paul S. Piper
Shweta Rao
Linda Simone
Emily Stokes
Alexis Weber
and menupoems editor Esther Cohen

Grain Contest Winners

Grain's new issue includes their new byline: The journal of eclectic writing. Grain's Winter 2010 issue, TROPHY, features the winners of Grain's 21st Annual Writing Contest, judged by Tonja Gunvaldsen Klaassen (Poetry) and Elise Levine (Fiction). All seven winning entries are included, most notably the 1st and 2nd Prize fiction - Matthew Heiti and Marilyn Gear Pilling - and poetry winners - Danny Jacobs and Medrie Purdham.

Full details for Grain's 2010 contest are available on their website and are published in the back of TROPHY.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

New Lit on the Block :: Nashville Review

Nashville Review has made a huge splash in the web pond with their inaugural issue. Hailing from Vanderbilt University (edited by MFA students) NR was founded with two guiding principles: "that our venue would be inclusive to all forms of storytelling, and that it would be both free and available to everyone. Thus, NR seeks to feature those forms of writing not often recognized as literature—music, comics, film, creative nonfiction, oral storytelling, dance, drama, art—alongside the more traditional forms of fiction and poetry. It is published entirely online, and its readership includes visitors from over 50 countries."

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.

Beltway Poetry Celebrates DC

Offering full online content, Beltway Poetry's Literary Organizations Issue (11.2) is the fourth in a series of special issues documenting the rich literary history of Washington, DC. This issue celebrates groups and organizations (spanning from 1881 to the present) that have nurtured writers in the region, providing important places to gather, workshop, publish, learn, and read. The issue features:

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

Jobs & Residencies

Oxford University Press Higher Ed. Editorial Fall Internship, New York. April 26

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

Southeast Review Contest Winners

The newest issue of Southeast Review (v28n1) includes the winning entries from their 2009 writing contests — Dina Hardy in the Poetry category, Martin Cloutier in the Short Short category, and Heather Bryant in the Narrative Nonfiction category as well as finalists for each.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Hempel Selects 21 Innovative Fiction Writers

The Alaska Quarterly Review Spring & Summer 2010 issue includes a special feature: "Innovative Fiction: 21 Writers," Amy Hempel, Guest Editor. Her picks and works from each of the following fill the first hundred pages of the journal:

Patricia Lear
Lily Tuck
Mi Ditmar
Peter Markus
Paola Peroni
Daryl Scroggins
John Rybicki
Katie Arnold-Ratliff
Robert Lopez
Michael Ahn
Jamie Quatro
Nick Falgout
Megan Mayhew-Bergman
Anna DeForest
James Donovan
Patricia Volk
Christopher Kennedy
Timothy Liu
Joe Stracci
Julia Slavin
Bernard Cooper

TriQuarterly 45 and Moving Online

Celebrating 45 years of publishing, TriQuarterly's double spring issue will be its final in print publication: TriQuarterly will be moving online. Editors Susan Firestone Hahn and Ian Morris offer a simple dedication-style page on the matter:

Tiferet Prose Contest Winner

Richard P. Krepski's prose contest winning essay "Center of the Universe" is published in the newest issue of Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature (Issue 13). "It is based on a chapter in Mr. Krepski's forthcoming book, Alchemical Gold - Exploring Substance to Realize Spirit, targeted for publication later in 2010."

Sunday, April 04, 2010

NaPoWriMo 2010

National Poetry Writing Month has begun!

Job :: Managing Editor Orion Magazine

Orion Magazine, a twenty-eight-year-old bimonthly concerned with nature, culture, and everything in between, seeks a managing editor to join our creative, hard-working, and somewhat irreverent team in producing six print issues a year as well as a variety of digital and multimedia content. Chief among the expectations of the managing editor are the ability to acquire and edit top-notch features and to actively participate in a visionary and wide-ranging editorial conversation. The managing editor is also responsible for editing print and online departments; orchestrating the meeting and line-up process; overseeing contracts and permissions, interns and freelancers; and ensuring clear and constant communication between editorial, marketing, development, and digital media.

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
Orion
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

Grants for Women in Film

Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 grant cycle for the WIF Foundation Film Finishing Fund. The application period is March 23 - April 30, 2010, with winners notified August 15, 2010. The Women In Film Foundation’s Film Finishing Fund (WIFF FFF) supports films by, for or about women by providing cash grants of up to $15,000 and in-kind services.

Reel Love

PoetrySpeaks Reel Love Poetry Film Contest: "Submit a poetry film based on what you consider to be the greatest poem about love. Share your artistic vision and love of poetry with us and our community! Whether you are in love with love, or screaming 'to hell with love,' we want you to express your vision in the Reel Love Poetry Film Contest."

Contest Judges:
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

Endings :: Isotope

Despite a heroic battle to save the publication, Isotope (Utah State University) will cease with issue 7.2 - a special, double issue. Special thanks to Christopher Cokinos and all those who did what they could and have done all they have over the past nearly-decade of publishing Isotope.

The Short Movie Review

Edited by Francis RavinThe Short Movie Review (TSMR) online publishes reviews of movies that are available for free on the internet and that are 40 min or less in length. Now accepting submissions of reviews.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

CNF Gets a New Look

After 15 years of, Issue 38 of Creative Nonfiction is "a magazine," taking on the larger, trade-size format on the outside, and on the inside, updated layout and design as well as expanded content: essays, columns, and more. Additionally, CNF will be adding exclusive online content for each issue. Check it all out here.

Audio :: Poets Weave

Poets Weave is five minute weekly poetry program (podcast and stream), broadcast on the NPR station WFIU, Bloomington, Indiana, featuring guest poets reading their own poems as well as poetry read by the host, Christopher Citro. Online audio archives contain 100s of shows, dating back to 2006. Recent shows include live readings by poets such as Ross Gay, Debra Kang Dean, and Alyce Miller.

If you are interested in more audio, podcasts and video, visit NewPages Guide to Multimedia.

Alimentum Poetry Contest Winner

The Alimentum Poetry Contest winning poems will be featured in the Summer 2010 issue. As selected by Contest Final Judge Dorianne Laux:

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

Ne'er Do Well Doing Well

Want to know how to get a literary magazine started, here might be a good person to ask: "The Ne'er Do Well founder and editor and superwoman extraordinaire Sheila Ashdown has really outdone herself. TNDW started out as a one-woman operation and thanks to a call for volunteers has grown to a staff of a half a dozen people. Issue No. 2 features the work of Eve Rosenbaum, Lacey Jane Henson, Maggie Morgan, Kara Weiss, Stephen D. Kelly, Jane Rosenberg LaForge and yours truly, former NewPages contributor, Dan Moreau." Also available from TNDW is this funky-cool two-color, limited-edition 11x17 poster featuring the full text of Ryan Davidson’s “El Niño Walks Into a Bar” and a custom illustration by artist Keith Rosson. Signed, numbered, and "perfect for covering up a medium-sized hole in any wall in your home or business." A simple seven bucks, shipping included. I ordered mine.