Sunday, October 31, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel by midnight, November 30.

For those who missed it this year, Script Frenzy will be back in April 2011.

Friday, October 29, 2010

On the Best of Translated Book Awards and Amazon

Chad W. Post responds to Melville House's Dennis Loy Johnson on the matter of Amazon funding the American Literary Translators Association 2011 Best Translated Book Awards.

Bob Edwards Series on The Library

Bob Edwards (“The Bob Edwards Show” on Sirius XM Radio and “Bob Edwards Weekend,” distributed to public radio stations by Public Radio International) is wrapping up a four-part series this week on libraries: SHHHH... LIBRARIES AT WORK! This week's segment explores the library’s role in society, and will be available for download on the site after airing. The first three segments are available via download and iTunes.

Part Three focuses on the school library.

Part Two focuses on how libraries and reading can enact change in the lives of patrons and readers, even when change is difficult.

Part One examines the successes and failures of our national library system.

Thema's Lack of Correspondence the Canary in the Coal Mine

In every issue of Thema, editors include correspondence from readers. However, in the most recent issue of the publication (Autumn 2010), the editors note that "for the first time in 22 years, no one communicated with us!" I don't believe this lack of communication is due to any absence of readers, but rather the method of receiving the missives: traditional post. No doubt if Thema were to accept e-mail and text messages (and publish tweets and FB wall scrawls), there would be no lapse in this feedback loop. It seems reflective of the times that the days of letter writing, envelopes and stamps - even for a publications whose readers appreciate the print format - are quickly coming to an end for many.

Freefall Chapbook Contest Winners

The Freefall 2010 Chapbook Contest Winners - Prose Winner: Flee the Rising Sun by Madelaine Wong and Poetry Winner: A Hundred Pelts by Juleta Severson-Baker - both now have their chapbooks available for purchase on the Freefall website.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New Lit on the Block :: Full Metal Poem

Issuing from Amsterdam and Hamburg, Full Metal Poem is a new print journal of poetry, micro-fiction, art and photography. The production consists of concept and graphic design by Floortje Bouwkamp who is joined by Eliza Newman-Saul for art direction, and content editors Cralan Kelder & Mark Terrill.

The inaugural issue of FMP, which comes neatly wrapped in an archery target, was published in June 2010 and includes poetry by Cid Corman, Joanne Kyger, Simon Cutts, Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, Ron Padgett, Harris Schiff, John Wieners. and drawings by the hand of John Casey.

FMP currently solicits all content, but queries are welcome.

Text Tattoos

Misty Harris's article "Tattoos become new 'body' of literature" explores the growing interest in literature tattoos - including a photo of Tess Adamski's tat of the final paragraph of On the Road with an image of Kerouac at his typewriter. Artists Thomas Thorspecken also featured a sketch of Adamski and her tattoo on his blog analog artist.

Jane Austen's Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition

"The Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition gathers together in the virtual space of the web some 1100 pages of fiction written in Jane Austen’s own hand. Through digital reunification, it is now possible to access, read, and compare high quality images of original manuscripts whose material forms are scattered around the world in libraries and private collections. Unlike the famous printed novels, all published in a short span between 1811 and 1818, these manuscripts trace Jane Austen’s development as a writer from childhood to the year of her death; that is, from 1787 (aged 11 or 12) to 1817 (aged 41). Not only do they provide a unique visual record of her imagination from her teenage experiments to her last unfinished writings, these pages represent one of the earliest collections of creative writings in the author’s hand to survive for a British novelist."

Canada's Magazines of the Year Honors Two Lit Mags

Congratulations to two of Canada's literary finest - as recognized by the Western Magazine Awards: Geist received Magazine of the Year - BC/Yukon and Grain received Magazine of the Year - Western Canada.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Let's Dance - Ten Best Balls in Literature

The Guardian's John Mullen picks his Ten Best Balls in Literature - I'm happy to see he expanded the definition a bit to include Stephen King's Carrie.

Where is the Author as a Personality?

Creative Nonfiction Editor Lee Gutkind reminices about "the author as a personality" and how, in the ever changing word of publishing, he misses this.

Audio :: Dana Gioia,"Haunted"

The newest issue of The Hudson Review (Autumn 2010) includes a bonus CD audio recording of the magazines Writers on Writing series featuring Dana Gioia. The program was hosted by Josephine Reed and aired July 5, 2010. The three tracks include an introduction to the poem, a reading of "Haunted" and an interview.

New Lit on the Block :: Raft

Raft Magazine is a spoken-word literary journal on the web, showcasing poetry, fiction, essays, and book reviews. Editor Brian Seabolt writes: "What is invaluable is the mere excitement of language as material with which to make things, as much sensation as sense, as much a stuff whereby to construct as a codex whereby to construe....It is this excitement that Raft Magazine means to put first and last."

The inaugural issue features work by Scott Abels, Niamh Bagnell, Susan Powers Bourne, Ric Carfagna, Jan Carson, Joel Chace, Arkava Das, Mark DuCharme, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Bonnie Emerick, Michael Farrell, Adam Fieled, Thomas Fink, Vernon Frazer, R. Jess Lavolette, David Mohan, Debrah Morkun, Paul Nelson, Francis Raven, Chad Scheel, Sam Schild, Adam Strauss, Mark Stricker, Samuel Day Wharton, and Karena Youtz.

Books reviewed include new works by Raymond Federman, Leslie Scalapino, and Gilbert Sorrentino.

Raft Magazine seeks new fiction, poetry, literary essays, and book reviews. Each contribution published in Raft is accompanied by a sound file (requested once the work has been accepted), a recording of the author reading the work as he or she wishes it to be heard. Submissions are read year-round; the deadline for issue 2 is December 16, 2010.

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Sketchbook Project

Sponsored yearly by the Art House Co-op (The Brooklyn Art Library), the Sketchbook Project (for a fee) sends out a blank sketchbook to be filled by participating artists. If completed and sent in by the deadline, the book will join others on a tour around the US and then be housed at the Brooklyn Art Library.

Each book will be given a barcode so it can be cataloged into The Brooklyn Art Library system. Once cataloged, artists will be able to track where on the tour their book is viewed and how many times someone pulled it from the shelf.

Anyone - from anywhere in the world - can be a part of the project. Artist must order the book online by first selecting a theme from those listed (for example: Things found on restaurant napkins; Dirigibles and submersibles; Coffee and cigarettes). Once chosen, the theme must be adhered to in the sketchbook, and number of participants in each theme is limited.

To participate, artists must sign up by Oct. 31. Finished sketchbooks must be returned postmark by January 15, and the tour begins March 2011. So far, cities on the tour include: Brooklyn, NY; Austin, TX; San Francisco, CA; Portland, ME; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC; Winter Park, FL.

New Lit on the Block :: Telephone

Editors Sharmila Cohen & Paul Legault have brought about a playfully serious new lit mag: Telephone - "like the children’s game in which phrases change as you whisper them from one person to the next." The publication features four to five poems from one foreign poet in each issue, which are then translated roughly ten times by multiple different poets and translators. There are no rules about how each poem should be translated and Cohen and Legault solicit a variety of interpretations.

The first issues features orginal poems by Uljana Wolf which are then translated by Mary Jo Bang, Priscilla Becker, Susan Bernofsky, Macgregor Card, Isabel Fargo Cole, Timothy Donnelly, Megan Ewing, Robert Fitterman, John Gallaher, Matthea Harvey, Christian Hawkey, Erín Moure, Eugene Ostashevsky, Nathaniel Otting, Craig Santos Perez, Dr. Ute Schwartz, and Uwe Weiß.

Interested in playing? Sharmila Cohen says, "In general, we select and individually solicit all of the translators. That being said, we have an open door policy to suggestions with regard to interesting translators and foreign poets."

Edward Albee Foundation Retreat 2011

Known as "The Barn," the Albee Retreat is an artist's retreat in Montauk, New York, that accepts up to five guests at a time for stays of 4-6 weeks from May to October. No application fee and no charge to stay at the retreat, but space is limited and admissions are highly competitive. Non-fiction applicants submit three essays or articles, a resume, a one page "artist's statement", and two letters of recommendation. Applications are accepted from January 1 to March 1.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Failbetter Novella Winner Online

Los Angeles writer Lou Mathews was the winner of Failbetter's Tenth Anniversary Novella Contest for his work The Irish Sextet: "the heartrending, ultimately redemptive story of a dedicated LA priest whose life is nearly wrecked when he stands up to the Church's efforts to sweep its pedophilia scandal under the rug."

Failbetter is running Sextet in serial form on their site — the first two installments, "An Education" and "Corporal Punishment," are live now, with the other five coming, about one a month, over the course of the winter.

How to Pet a Kitty

From The Oatmeal - creators of some of the best instructional posters on the planet.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Roanoke Review Fiction Contest Winners

The 2010 issue of Roanoke Review (v35) includes the winners of their 2009 Fiction Contest: First Place - Leslie Haynsworth, "Two Left Feet"; Second Place - Josie Sigler, "El Camino"; Third Place - Alice Stern, "I Hear You Talking."

Based out of Roanoke College in Salem, Virgina, the Roanoke Review annual fiction contest for 2010 is open for submissions until November 8 (postmark or online). Winners receive a cash prize as well as publication.

Lopate In Defense of the Essay Collection

In issue 12.1 of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative, Phillip Lopate's essay "In Defense of the Essay Collection" begins: "In these uncertain times for the book trade,when the very future of the printed word seems in question, the one thing certain is that no one wants to publish a collection of essays. Your agent would prefer not to have to sell it, your old publishers don't want to touch it, and even those pretty young editors who smile enticingly around the buffet table and give midlist authors such as yourself their cards don't want anything to do with it. Perhaps - perhaps - an essay collection with a focus, a hot topic that will get an author on talk shows, yes, that's conceivable. But a mere compendium of random essays previously published in magazines, forget it."

Despite the humorously dismal beginning, Lopate does indeed go on to defend the essay collection (with further poignant humor) and our true - though often publicly inhibited - desire for the form. Lopate is editor of The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

MSR Online Price Reduction - The New Sales Model

M. Scott Douglas, publisher and editor of The Main Street Rag, writes in the Fall 2010 issue editorial: "...a massive price reduction has occurred for ALL Main Street Rag books bought from the MSR Online Bookstore. The idea is to cut the price in such a way that our books will cost less from the MSR Online Bookstore than they would if bought at a bookstore - even with the shipping." Douglass recognizes the "fierce competition for shelf space in bookstores" and that even when obtained, "shelf life is's smarter and more cost-effective to sell at a discount directly to readers than it is to give an even larger discount to bookstores and distributors and never know if you will get paid."

Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award Winner

The winning poem of the Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award for 2010, "Two Ghosts" by Patty Dickson Pieczka, appears in the newest issue of The Bitter Oleander (v16 n2).

The 15th annual competition, for which there is a $1,000 cash award, publication in the Fall-2011 Award issue and 5 complimentary copies of that issue, has a postmark deadline of June 15, 2011.

Georgia Review on Raymond Andrews

The Fall 2010 issue of The Georgia Review
includes a special feature on Raymond Andrews: "Dreams, Ifs, and Alls." This is the first of a multi-part feature on the Georgia-born author (1934 - 91), and is "the most extended focus on an individual writer in the Georgia Review's Sixty-four-year history." Included: previously unpublished prose and letters by Raymond Andrews, essay about his life and work, photographs from his family and professional life, and art by his brother Benny Andrews (1930 - 2006).

Monday, October 18, 2010

New Lit on the Block :: TRACHODON

Editor and Founder John Carr Walker opens the inaugural issue of TRACHODON with this note: "Since January of 2010, when I founded TRACHODON, a print magazine of lit, art, and artisan culture, I've heard three questions over and over: 1) Are you out of your mind? 2) Is there a nice, quiet place I can take you until the trip wears off? 3) What is a Trachodon, and why are you naming your lit mag after one?" Walker goes on to address each of these, the third one first - which besides being the easiest one to answer, becomes the basis and connecting point for answering the others.

Joined by Associate Editor Katey Schultz, TRACHODON publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art. The first issue features poetry by Chris Dombrowski and Taylor Altman, fiction by Tom Weller and Jo Ann Heydron, a memoir and images by jewelry-maker Amy Tavern, and an article on Brooklyn's Urban Glass by Wesley Middleton.

Reading periods are May-July and November-January; no unsolicited poetry or memoirs are being accepted at this time.

Harpur Palate Contest Winner and Format Change

Harpur Palate 10.1 features Jen Bergmark's story, "You First," the winning selection in the John Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction.

Harpur Palate also introduces a new format with this issue - moving from 9x6 to 8x6 with a slightly smaller font. Cover art for this issue by Bill Plympton.

Consequence Invites Discourse on War, Society and the Arts

The Spring 2010 issue of Consequence : A Literary Magazine Addressing War in the 21st Century includes a new section titled Discourse - "intended to stimulate discussions of war, society and the arts." Consequence invites readers "to rethink these subjects in the context of our young but wounded century, and we invite you to write to the address on our masthead, or send email responses...We will post on our website letters selected for their engagement with the work appearing in Discourse, and the author will respond to them on line." Readers can follow the exchange of ideas on the magazine's website.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Poetry :: Maggie Glover

...I learned
the word “holler” and made friends with a boy who was born into one,
his pin-cushion eyes haunted by whatever took longer than it should,
which was everything...

From Maggie Glover's "In West Virginia" published on Failbetter.

Stunning Covers :: A capella Zoo

A capella Zoo: A Web & Pring Journal of Magic Realism & Slipstream gets my Stunning Cover notice for both the front and back covers of their Fall 2010 issue (#5). The front piece is "Acrobats" by Martha Brouwer, and the back is an untitled work by Feng Sun Chen. Both pieces can be viewed on A capella Zoo's website, along with much of print publication's content online.

Fiction :: Sarah Sorensen

An excerpt from The Bailing Out of Aunt P by Sarah Sorensen:

"Then she stayed at our house for a while. She slept in my Strawberry Shortcake canopy bed. Things were too tough at home, I guess. So there she was. And I liked being there “helping” her. I wanted to ask her things. I wanted to know where you had to go and what you had to do to be a big punk lesbo. I used to think about boy names and try to pick out ones I liked enough to date. I liked girl names better. Aunt P. had figured out a system where it was cool and rebellious to like girls. Who’d she learn that from?"

Read the rest in the Fall/Winter issue of Dark Sky Magazine.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

NPR Overhype on Norris' Book?

NPR looks at its own behavior in "hosting" Michele Norris to talk about her new memoir - over-hype? conflict of interest?

Narrative's Snowball Challenge

Every week, Narrative runs a Literary Puzzler and invites readers to participate. This week, the Literary Puzzler is Narrative's second Snowball challenge.

A Snowball is a poem in which each line consists of a single word, and each successive line contains a word exactly one letter longer than the word above it. You may make a poem of as many lines as you wish, provided each one-word line succeeds the previous line by a single letter.

Here is an example from one of last year’s winners, Maryann Younger:


Send your Snowball to Puzzler by Sunday noon, Pacific daylight time. You may enter as many Snowballs as you wish.

Submissions :: Video Stories for Kids

Authors and teachers can now submit their own films to Smories - video stories for kids read by kids (and now by adults as well).

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Consequence Prize in Poetry Winner

In 2009 Consequence began the Prize in Poetry, an annual award given for an outstanding poem on the subject of war. Kevin Bowen selected Andreas Morgner's winning poem, "N'Djamena Chad," and those of seven finalists published in the Spring 2010 issue: Chris Agee, David Eye, Joseph Hutchinson, Jen Karetnick, Barbara Leon, Marian Kaplun Shapiro, and Danny Wilson.

Morgner's poem is also available full-text on the magazines homepage.

Writer Beware on PubIt!

Writer Beware Blog (Victoria Strauss) takes a look at PubIt!, the new e-self publishing service from Barnes & Noble.

Poets Discuss First Book Process

The Fall 2010 issue of Boxcar Poetry Review includes a conversation with two poets on the process of publishing their first books - from start to finish: Traci Brimhall, author of Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, and Gary L. McDowell, author of American Amen (Dream Horse Press, 2010), winner of the 2009 Orphic Prize for Poetry.

Books :: Health Care in America

Cover Me
A Health Insurance Memoir
by Sonya Huber; Published by University of Nebraska Press

From the Publisher: Growing up in middle-class middle America, Sonya Huber viewed health care as did most of her peers: as an inconvenience or not at all. There were braces and cavities, medications and stitches, the family doctor and the local dentist. Finding herself without health insurance after college graduation, she didn’t worry. It was a temporary problem. Thirteen years and twenty-three jobs later, her view of the matter was quite different. Huber’s irreverent and affecting memoir of navigating the nation’s health-care system brings an awful and necessary dose of reality to the political debates and propaganda surrounding health-care reform.

“I look like any other upwardly mobile hipster,” Huber says. “I carry a messenger bag, a few master’s degrees, and a toddler raised on organic milk.” What’s not evident, however, is that she is a veteran of Medicaid and WIC, the federal government’s supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children. In Cover Me, Huber tells a story that is at once all too familiar and rarely told: of being pushed to the edge by worry; of the adamant belief that better care was out there; of taking one mind-numbing job after another in pursuit of health insurance, only to find herself scrounging through the trash heap of our nation’s health-care system for tips and tricks that might mean the difference between life and death.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize Winners

Ruminate: Faith in Literature and Art #17 features works by the winners of the 2010 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize as judged by Vito Aiuto: first place Hannah Vanderhart; runner-up Ryan Harper; honorable mention Ellaraine Lockie.

Georgia Review Offers Nobel Laureate Issues

In honor of Nobel month The Georgia Review is placing on sale two unique Nobel laureate issues from Spring and Winter 1995. Until 31 October, these limited-supply back issues are available as follows: Spring 1995, $20; Winter 1995, $15; both, $30.

During the planning stages for the summer 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and the satellite Cultural Olympiad program, Georgia Review editor Stanley W. Lindberg proposed that the living laureates of literature—they numbered sixteen at the time—should be invited to appear together in Atlanta for an unprecedented multi-day program. His proposal was embraced, and on 23–25 April 1995 eight laureates convened at the Carter Center for readings, panel discussions, press conferences, and social activities. Never before or since have so many of these distinguished prizewinners been in the same room anywhere in the world.

The laureates in attendance were Joseph Brodsky, Czeslaw Milosz, Toni Morrison, Kenzaburo Oe, Octavio Paz, Claude Simon, Wole Soyinka, and Derek Walcott. The introducers and moderators for the event were former President Jimmy Carter, United States Poet Laureate Rita Dove, ABC’s Nightline host Ted Koppel, and Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games President and CEO Billy Payne.

The 350-page Spring 1995 issue of The Georgia Review is entirely given over to the Nobel laureates and comprises the following:

Full texts of the Nobel acceptance lectures given by all sixteen then-living laureates—the eight in attendance plus Saul Bellow, Camilo Jose Cela, Odysseas Elytis, Nadine Gordimer, Halldor Laxness, Naguib Mahfouz, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Commissioned original essays on all sixteen laureates, written by a range of notable critics—among them Henry Louis Gates Jr., Trudier Harris, Edward Hirsch, Richard Howard.

Bibliographies, photographs, and original drawings of all the laureates, the last by Darrell Rainey.

The Winter 1995 issue of The Georgia Review includes a sixty-page section of material transcribed from the Nobel laureates’ gathering:

Remarks by Jimmy Carter and Rita Dove.

A panel discussion featuring Joseph Brodsky, Toni Morrison, Kenzaburo Oe, and Wole Soyinka, with Ted Koppel moderating.

A panel discussion featuring Czeslaw Milosz, Octavio Paz, Claude Simon, and Derek Walcott, with Ted Koppel moderating.

Four pages of photographs taken during the events.

New Lit on the Block :: Ghost Ocean Magazine

Ghost Ocean is a new online publication edited by Heather Cox, Emily Hansen, and contributing editors Madeline Phillips and Timothy Moore, who hope that Ghost Ocean will be a "venue for writing that is surprising, engaging, clever, and downright fun to read" and will include both new and established writers.

Issue one features poetry by Brandon Courtney, DSD, Flower Conroy, and Robert Lee Brewer; flash fiction by Cee Martinez and Nick Kimbro; and an interview with Susan Slaviero, author of CYBORGIA (Mayapple Press).

Ghost Ocean is open for submissions of poetry and flash fiction year round. The theme for issue two is "ghost / ocean / ghost ocean / ocean ghost -- basically anything somewhat relevant to the title of the magazine."

Springback Binders

This is a repost by popular demand - as it seems the time of year for writers to be looking for that perfect presentation binder!

Our friend Judy Kerman at Mayapple Press has searched high and low to bring back one of the greatest inventions of all time: Springback Binders. The entire spine of the binder is a steel spring clip (the big brother of those binder clips everyone uses nowadays for papers). The boards and spine are covered with black leatherette, good for years of use. To insert pages into a springback binder, you bend back the covers until they almost touch and the clip opens. The binder comes with a black tagboard folder to hold your pages. You just insert the folder with the pages (or the pages alone) and return the cover to the "closed" position. No holes, no mess, no fuss. And very professional-literary looking. Great for those who do public readings and for keeping manuscripts organized. Order online from Mayapple Press. Click on "Manuscript Binders" link in the left navigation bar.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Nimrod Literary Awards 2010

The Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Nimrod (University of Tulsa) includes works by winners, honorable mentions, finalists and semi-finalists of the 32nd Nimrod Literary Awards.

For The Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry: first prize winner Terry Blackhawk; second prize winner Jude Nutter; and honorable mentions Harry Bauld, Katie Kingston, and Francine Marie Tolf.

For The Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction: first prize winner Shannon Robinson; second prize winner Laura LeCorgne; and honorable LydiaKann and Sue Pace.

There were 690 poetry manuscripts and 571 short stories submitted to the 2010 competition. The finalists’ manuscripts, without cover letters or names, were sent to the judges for 2010, Molly Peacock, poetry, and David Wroblewski, fiction. They chose the winners and honorable mentions from the finalist group. Semifinalists and finalists are also noted on Nimrod's website.

The 33rd Nimrod Literary Awards competition begins January 1, 2011; the postmark deadline is April 30, 2011.

New Lit on the Block :: Burner Magazine

Sarah Miniaci and Leah Stephenson are editors of the newly launched online (Issuu) Burner Magazine "a digital pop art magazine" that "aims to take the boring out of the literary and arts scenes, bringing together original and edgy artists of all shapes and sizes. It promises to get your blood pumping, heart racing, and to induce literary and visual crushes. The Burner contributor is a muse and amusing, compelling and never complacent. Burner is about science, art, truth, conspiracies, naturalism, cyborgs, music, beauty, sex and everything in between."

The first issue of Burner features:

Short Fiction by Kate Baggott. Anne Baldo, Guy Cranwick, Joseph DeSimone, Jeremy Hanson-Finger, and Margaret Zamos-Monteith

Poetry by Walter Beck. Dylan Carpenter , Jack Conway, William Doreski, Gail Ghai, Zakia Henderson-Brown, Meredith Holbrook, Mark Jackley, Alex Linden, Joseph Reich, Robert Spiegal, Ben Zucker, and Leah Stephenson & Sarah Miniaci

Photography and Visuals by Greg Andruszcenko, Josephine Close, Julie Dru, Kelly Evers Jackson, Matt Hannon, Yumi Ichida, Christina Luther, David Platt, Bea Sabino, Jak Spedding, Lisa Stegman, and Grace Suwondo

and an Interview with Nadja Sayej.

Burner is accepting submissions of poetry, short fiction/non-fiction, photography, visual art, music, and "gak" - which is anything that "doesn't fit into any of the above categories." Deadline for next issue: October 20

CFS :: Women and Poetry

Women and Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets
Book Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc.

Contributors needed for articles about: websites for women poets, using life experience, magazine markets, networking, managing family, blogs, unique issues women must overcome, lesbian and bisexual poetry, continuing education, queries and proposals, anthologies, conference participation, contests, promotion, self-publishing, teaching tips, and other areas women poets are interested.

Practical, concise, how-to articles with bullets/headings have proven the most helpful. Please avoid writing too much about "me" and concentrate on what will most help the reader. No previously published, co-written, or simultaneously submitted material.

Foreword: Molly Peacock, the author of six books of poetry, including The Second Blush (W.W. Norton and Company, 2008).

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. She's included in Best New Writing in Prose 2010. Her 23rd book is Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook (American Library Association, 2010). The first chapter of Lily's Odyssey (2010) was short listed for the Eric Hoffer Prose Award; chapbook by Pudding House Publications;

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. Her second and third books, These Terrible Sacraments and Gonesongs, are forthcoming in 2011. Colleen holds an MFA degree in writing and has appeared in The Louisville Review, Wisconsin Review, River Styx, and Adirondack Review, among others. Her work has been included in Library Journal, and Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages.

Please send 2-3 topics you would like to contribute each described in a few sentences and a 65-75 word bio using the format of the bio's above. Please send in a .doc Word (older version) file by November 15, 2010 using POETS/your last name on the subject line to (replace (at) with @).

You will receive a Go-Ahead with guidelines if your topics haven't already been taken. Contributors will be asked to contribute a total of 1900-2100 words. Those included in the anthology will receive a complimentary copy as compensation.

Jobs :: Palehouse Books

From Brent Peterson at Palehouse Books:

We are looking to hire a copy editor, freelance writers, marketing specialists, and sales associates. If you or anyone you know would like to work for an independent publisher please send us an email with resume to: contact-at-palehouse-dot-com - list the position you are applying for in the subject line.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

NewPages Updates

The following have recently been added to the NewPages guides - click the guide link to go to the full list.

NewPages Guide to Literary Magazines
esque – poetry
Spooky Boyfriend – poetry
Rubric (AU) – fiction, poetry, ficto-criticism, critical theory
Harp and Alter – poetry, prose, reviews
The Common – fiction, essays, poetry, documentary vignettes, images
Lowestoft Chronicle - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, artwork
Pebble Lake Review - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, reviews
Paper Darts - art, writing comics, video, music
The Ante Review - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, dramas, book reviews
Curly Red Stories - flash fiction
The Licking River Review - poetry, prose or creative non-fiction
Southern Grit – fiction
Burner Magazine - poetry, short fiction/non-fiction, photography, visual art, music
Liminal – fiction, nonfiction, book reviews, music reviews, poetry, artwork, comics, photography, short film
Willard & Maple - poetry, fiction, artwork

NewPages Guide to Small, Independent and University Publishers

Black Radish Books - poetry
H_NGM_N BKS - poetry
Browser Books Publishing - poetry, prose
Raw Dog Screaming Press - fiction, nonfiction, children's
GenPop Books - fiction, poetry
Spring Garden Press - poetry, chapbooks

NewPages Guide to Podcasts, Audio, and Video
New York University Creative Writing Program - Podcasts of Writing Series Highlights
Babylonian and Assyrian Poetry and Literature - recordings of modern Assyriologists reading ancient Babylonian and Assyrian poetry and literature aloud in the original language.

NewPages Guide to Alternative Magazines
On the Issues Magazine - a magazine of critical, independent thinking

NewPages Guide to Writing Conferences, Workshops, Retreats, Centers, Residencies & Book and Literary Festivals
Books & Publishing - An International Conference at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Ted Hughes Poem Made Public

Ted Hughes’s poem on the night Sylvia Plath died - Published in the October 7 issue of New Statesman.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Call for Editor Nominations: BEST OF THE WEB 2011

Dzanc Books' Best of the Web series is a yearly anthology compiling the best fiction, poetry, and non-fiction published in online literary journals. Previous editions have been guest-edited by Steve Almond, Lee K. Abbott, and Kathy Fish, and have published award-winning writers such as Chris Bachelder, Robert Olen Butler, Dan Chaon, Kim Chinquee, Elizabeth Crane, Brian Evenson, Amelia Gray, Stephen Graham Jones, Ander Monson, Christine Schutt, Terese Svoboda, and Kevin Wilson, as well as many of today's most exciting emerging fiction writers, poets, and essayists.

This year's guest editor will be Adam Robinson, the founding editor of Publishing Genius, an independent press based in Baltimore, and the author of two books of poetry, including Adam Robison and Other Poems. Writing inBest of the Web 2011 will be selected Mr. Robinson, series editor Matt Bell, and other in-house Dzanc editors.

Nominations for Best of the Web 2011 will be accepted until October 31st, 2010. Each online literary journal is allowed to nominate up to three works they've published, in any combination of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.

To be eligible, works must have been published exclusively online between November 1st, 2009 and October 31st, 2010.

For full nomination guidelines and to submit work from your magazine for consideration in Best of the Web 2011, please visit:

Friday, October 08, 2010

It's What's for Breakfast

BREAK-UP BARS (A Recipe...)
Rick Rofihe

Books :: Yes, We Are Still Dancing

Yes, We Are Still Dancing is the collaborative work of Susan Amstater, artist, Connie Dillman, artist, and Jacquelyn Stroud Spier, poet. The book is a project published in partnership with the Frontera Women's Foundation (FWF), El Paso, Texas, dedicated to increasing resources and expanding opportunities for women, girls and their families who reside along the U.S./Mexico border. The mission of FWF is to improve the conditions and status of these women by fostering positive social and economic change through education, economic empowerment, improved health, and safety in their communities. All profits from this publication will be used to fund an arts and culture endowment to support those pursuing arts in the Borderland.

This is a gorgeous book (11 x 11 format; glossy throughout), published by Fresco Fine Art Publications in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Every page is full bleed with full, vibrant colors in a range of subject, from families to landscapes to fish, flowers, and fruit, as well as a range of mediums that makes each turn of the page a fascinating new discovery. The poetry is infused throughout in a symbiotic relationship with the art - but don't be thinking of light "gift book" poetry here. While some of it is joyful and some humorous and sweet, there's also some grit in here, some grief, and some final lines that will keep readers staring at the words and images deep in thought. There are also poems written in Spanish with English translations provided at the back of the book.

There are several versions of the book available for purchase, each in a limited run with its own level of cost. The collectors first edition includes signed archival mounted and framed original artwork from the book, a linen hard-cover book w/linen slip cover, and is signed by all three artists. The deluxe first edition includes linen hard-cover book with linen slip cover (signed by all three artists). A linen hard-cover first edition, a flex bound first edition, and a soft-cover first edition are also available.

Any one of these would certainly make a great gift for yourself or someone else, and provide support for a worthwhile effort.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Canteen Photo Contest Winners and Non-Winner

Issue Six of Canteen devotes forty pages of the journal to the 2010 Canteen Awards in Photography: Anatomy of a Photo Contest, including a comment about this inaugural event from Stephen Pierson, introductory and individual portfolio remarks from judges Arnold Lehman, Director of the Brooklyn Museum, and Matthew Porter, Photographer. Rowan James was selected as the winner, and Shea Naer, Tracey Mancenido-Tribble and James Frank Tribble as runners-up. There is also the inclusion of a selection of divisive "non-winning" photos with the opposing viewpoints of the judges as well as the comments of the photographer himself, Geoff Smith. An epilogue by Porter with several other non-winners rounds out the collection.

Alimentum NYC Food Walking Tour & Writing Workshop

In their first ever three-day tour, Eat These Words, Alimentum editors Paulette Licitra and Menupoemer Esther Cohen take attendees out to sample and dine, talk with cooks and purveyors, tour the markets and food malls, and take breaks to write about the experience and inspirations. From Friday October 29 - Sunday October 31, this first tour includes the neighborhoods of Queens with future tours planned to explore other NYC neighborhoods for tasty places not normally visited. Included each day: Walking Tour; Writing Workshop; Food artisans & Chef meetings; and ALL MEALS. Limited to 15 participants.

New Editor at Event

Rick Maddocks announced in the Fall 2010 issue of Event: The Douglas College Review that after four years as editor of the publication, he will be handing over the reins to Poetry Editor, Elizabeth Bachinsky.

5x5 Call Out to High School Students

Emma Brown Trithart, the visual arts editor for 5x5 put a special note in her editorial comment in the Fall 2010 issue: "A quick note to all the high school students out there: submit your stuff! I was once in high school and was drawing constantly, just like you. I wish I would have put an effort into putting my work out into the world more, just to get into the habit of it. We’d love to publish your paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture…any of it!" Upcoming themes for 5x5 include Labor (Nov 1 deadline) and Secrets (Feb 1 deadline).

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

New Lit on the Block :: Arcadia

Arcadia is a new literary journal from the MFA program at the University of Central Oklahoma. Arcadia will publish quarterly online with an print annual "best of" fiction, poetry, and drama (next issue due out in April).

Volume 1 of the publication is in print, and includes works by Jeffrey Alfier, Rilla Askew, Jenn Blair, Andrew Coburn, Robert Dugan, Alana Elyshevitz, Adam Ferrari, Gaynell Gavin, Douglas Goetsch, Andrei Guruianu, Christopher Linforth, Patrick Moran, Tanya Perkins, Johanna Stoberock, and Dallas Woodburn.

Volume 2 will be online this month, and Arcadia is accepting a broad range of submissions: short stories, short films, music, flash fiction, poetry, drama performances, stand-up routines, photographs, artwork.

Babylonian and Assyrian Poetry and Literature: An Archive of Recordings

The Babylonian and Assyrian Poetry and Literature website collects recordings of modern Assyriologists reading ancient Babylonian and Assyrian poetry and literature aloud in the original language. It is the first undertaking of its kind and is intended to serve several purposes, some for Assyriologists, and some for the wider public.

First, it aims to foster interest among students of Babylonia and Assyria in how these civilisations’ works of verbal art were read aloud in the past, and how they should be read aloud today.

Second, it provides a forum in which scholars who have theories about Babylonian and Assyrian pronunciation, metre, etc. can present a concrete example of how their theories sound in practice. (In this function the archive does not of course aim to replace scholarly discussion in established channels, but rather to provide a useful complement to written publications.)

Third, as a record of the ways in which contemporary scholars read Babylonian and Assyrian, it will some day serve a historical function. Many great Assyriologists, including some who had influential theories of Babylonian metre and phonology, passed into history without leaving a single recording of how they read Babylonian and Assyrian. This archive will provide at least some record of how scholars read Babylonian and Assyrian in the twenty-first century.

Finally, but not least, the questions which students of ancient languages most frequently hear from laymen are: "How did they sound? And how do you know?" This website is meant to serve as an introduction to these issues, providing the public with some idea of how modern Assyriologists think Babylonian and Assyrian were pronounced.

Design Matters

Designmatters is an educational department that partners with every discipline at Art Center to focus on art and design education with a social impact agenda and “real-world” outcomes that are implemented through a series of unique partnerships and alliances with global development agencies, government groups, academic institutions, local and national non-profits, and leading industry. Artwork by Ani Gevorgian from a series of posters created by Art Center College of Design students in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers Winners

The Fall 2010 issue of The Kenyon Review includes several of the Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers Award Recipients. Of the 590 entrants, first prize went to Anna Faison (Aiken, South Carolina). Her poem "Han" appears in The Kenyon Review. Runners up whose works were also published include Emma Broder (Hamden, Connecticut) and Megan Gallagher (Greenville, South Carolina). Though their works do not appear in print, special merit recognition was given to Kevin Hong (Needham, Massachusetts), Mallory Weiss (Franklin Lakes, New Jersey) and Vienna Wagner (Carmel, Indiana).

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers is open for electronic submissions November 1 through November 30, 2010. The link to the submissions page for the contest will be active from this webpage on November 1, 2010.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

New Lit on the Block :: The Pedestrian

Edited by Chrisopher Spiker, The Ped­es­tri­an is a new quarterly journ­al that "seeks to ex­plore the or­din­ary." Using offset printing for the text and letterpress for the cover, each is­sue explores a single topic from a variety of perspectives using the personal essay. The Pedestrian also anthologizes previously published essays that are relevant to the issue's topic as well as trans­la­tions.

The first issue of The Pedestrian - themed Empathy - features works by G. K. Chesterton. C. S. Lewis, Patrick Madden, Anna Taft, Anne Goldman, Anne Goldman, Robert Louis Stevenson, Anthony Lawton, Roman Krznaric, Adam Smith, Silke Georgi, Phillip Lopate, as well as a piece by the editor on the magazine's namesake: "Pedestrianism." Some essays are available in full online. Subscribers have full online access.

The magazine's website has the link: "Why the Essay?" which when clicked is answered with a brief commentary: The Charm of the Personal Essay, as well as further links for "Quotations about the personal essay" and "Resources on the personal essay."

The submissions deadline for Number 2 (Tools) has passed, but open deadlines include Number 3 (Play, Nov 15), and Number 4 (Quiet, Mar 15).

PCA/ACA Rollins Documentary Film Award

The jury for the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Peter C. Rollins Documentary Award is currently accepting film and video documentary/nonfiction entries that treat aspects of popular and American culture. Selection for the Rollins Award will be based primarily on strength of message, creativity, technical innovation, and overall style as the work treats popular and American culture topics or themes.

Submission for the award is open to professional and amateur moving-image makers working in film, video, and digital media. Work must be completed within the last three years in order to be considered. Entries may consist of one feature-length or up to three short works and must be provided with the completed entry form below. Entries must be in VHS videotape or DVD formats. Two copies of each work must be submitted. Submitted copies will not be returned. There is no entry fee.

The award includes a $500 travel grant to assist winners in attending the conference. The winning work and a short program of finalists will be exhibited during the 2011 national Popular Culture/American Culture Associations’ meeting April 20-23, 2011, in San Antonio. See the PCA/ACA website for more information about the national meeting.

Send submission copies with completed entry form to the jury chair. Materials must be received by December 20, 2010. Inquiries are welcome via email: dennis_cutchins[at]byu[dot]edu

Mail Submission Entries to:

Dr. Dennis Cutchins, Jury Chair
PCA Rollins Documentary Award
English Department
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602

How To Write About Pakistan

Four authors - Mohsin Hamid, Mohammed Hanif, Daniyal Mueenuddin and Kamila Shamsie - in the same seering, satirical tone as Binyavanga Wainaina's "How to Write About Africa" (originally published in Granta, 1992) have created their own advice on How to Write About Pakistan. Here's the start of Hanif's list:

1. Must have mangoes.
2. Must have maids who serve mangoes.
3. Maids must have affairs with man servants who should occasionally steal mangoes.
4. Masters must lecture on history of mangoes and forgive the thieving servant.
5. Calls to prayer must be rendered to capture the mood of a nation disappointed by the failing crop of mangoes.
6. The mango flavour must linger for a few paragraphs.

Read the rest on

Many Mountains Moving Contest Winners

The 2010 print annual of Many Mountains Moving: A Literary Journal of Diverse Contemporary Voices features the winners of their contests from the past two years:

2008 Flash Fiction
Winner: Laura Loomis
Runner-up: Maureen O'Briend

2008 Poetry
Winner: Brian Brodeur
Finalists: Susan Deer Cloud, John Jeffire, Mark Wagenaar, and Sarah Zale

2009 Flash Fiction
Winner: Francisco Q. Delgado
Runner-up: Karin Lin-Greenberg

2009 Poetry
Winner: Margaret Walther
Finalists: Brian Brodeur, Ellen LaFleche, Christa Setteducati, and Kathryn Winograd

MMM 2010 Flash Fiction and Poetry Contest is open until December 30, 2010; MMM also has a Poetry Book Prize with an extended deadline of September 20, 2010.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Art :: Art Quilts by Jan Rickman is featuring ten art quilts of textile and mixed media by Colorado artist, designer, and clothing creator Jan Rickman, who has concentrated in the past 15 years on textile art.

Books :: Voice from the Planet

Edited by Charles Degelman, Voice from the Planet includes award-winning and new authors from Congo to Hollywood joining forces in Harvard Square Editions’ second volume of Living Fiction. Net proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to the Nobel Prize-winning charity Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Some of the authors whose works make up this anthology are: Alisa Clements, Tom Dolembo, Maya Levantini, Jorge Contreras, Charity Shumway, Stan G. Duncan, Geoffrey Fox, Jonathan Facelli, Phyllis Helene Mattson, Guy Kuttner, Tony Rogers, Lowry Pei, Margot Singer, and J. L. Morin.

New Lit on the Block :: Southern Grit

Kevin Baggett is the sole editorial force behind Southern Grit, an online journal that seeks "to uncover the hidden talents and authentic voices of the American South." Currently, Southern Grit publishes only fiction.

The inaugural issue features stories by Mike Hampton, M. Alexander Bass III, John Solensten, Michael Smith, Brian Tucker, Jason Stuart, and a review of The Help by John Gifford.

Submissions for Volume 1 Issue 2 are being accepted until December 1.

New Lit on the Block :: Liminal Journal

Young Adult Author Amy K. Nichols is editor of Liminal Journal, a literary journal for teens. Liminal publishes original and unpublished fiction, nonfiction, book reviews, music reviews, poetry, artwork, comics, photography and short film from artists aged 13-19. Liminal will appear online quarterly with biannual print "best of" issues.

The inaugural issue feature poetry by Tiffany St. John, Nina Kentwortz, Roopa Shankar, Mara Kachina and fiction by Nana Kwame Adjer-Brenyah and Antonia Angress.

Liminal is currently accepting submissions on a rolling basis.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Passings :: Michael Gizzi

Author Michael Gizzi (1949 - 2010)
Hard Press Editions Bio
Penn Sound
The Poetry Foundation

Job :: Professor/Editor of Prairie Schooner

The Department of English at the University of Nebraska Lincoln seeks applications and nominations for an advanced associate professor or a full professor to serve as the Glenna Luschei Professor and Editor of Prairie Schooner. Candidates must have a distinguished publication record as a poet, significant experience as an editor of creative works, a record of excellent teaching, and an active creative/research program. The Editor of Prairie Schooner is a tenured member of the English Department faculty with a one-one assignment teaching both undergraduate and graduate classes and is also expected to assume normal service responsibilities. As Editor of Prairie Schooner, the faculty member supervises all aspects of the journal and the Book Prize Series, makes all final production and editorial decisions, monitors budgets, and supervises the managing editor, graduate assistants, and interns.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a PhD or MFA in English or closely related field, a significant nationally recognized record of publication in poetry, substantial editorial experience, and evidence of excellence in teaching.

Applicants must complete the Faculty/Academic Administrative Information form, requisition #100576 and attach required documents.

For information about the application process, contact:

Professor Marco Abel, Recruitment Chair

For information about the position, contact
Professor Susan Belasco, Department Chair

Review of applications will begin October 25, 2010 and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

The University of Nebraska has an active National Science Foundation ADVANCE gender equity program, and is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers.

Application Information

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Online App. Form:


PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. There is also a series of PostSecret books published by Harper Collins, and "PostSecret Live” - a multi-media presentation by Frank Warren, founder of PostSecret. Audience members can see postcards that were banned from the books, hear the inspiring and funny stories behind the secrets, and share their secrets at the microphone. The schedule for upcoming performances (many sold out) in on the site.

Lupus Alliance of America Fundraiser: Clash of the Geeks

Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi and Subterranean Press are proud to announce the publication of Clash of the Geeks, a special and fantastical electronic chapbook featuring stories by Wheaton, Scalzi, New York Times bestseller Patrick Rothfuss, Norton Award winner and Hugo Best Novel nominee Catherynne M. Valente, Hugo and Nebula Award nominee Rachel Swirsky and others, for the benefit of the Michigan/Indiana affiliate of the Lupus Alliance of America. The chapbook is free to download, but voluntary payment is strongly encouraged, via Paypal or by tax-deductible donation forms. All proceeds go to the Michigan/Indiana affiliate of the Lupus Alliance of America.