Monday, January 31, 2011

Creative Creative Writing: Ships that Pass

Edited by Brett Fletcher Lauer and Gretchen Scott, Ships that Pass is a collection of "fake, imagined, and literary missed connections posted to Craigslist and then re-posted" online - with the real responses.

New Lit on the Block :: Palooka

Edited by Nicholas Maistros and Jonathan Starke, Palooka is a non-profit journal of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, plays, graphic short stories, graphic essays, comic strips and art/photography. And the editors promise to read everything they receive, "word-for-word, right down to the very last juicy sentence."

The first issue features fiction by Dustin M. Hoffman, Dan Piorkowski, Emma Bean, M.V. Montgomery, and Carl Peterson, poetry by Ryan J. Browne, Jona Colson, Deana Dueno, Liz Kicak and Tomer Konowiecki, nonfiction by Kelley Rae, Alex Park, Amy Bernhard and Natalia Andrievskikh, artwork by Andrew Abbott and Jim Fuess, and a comic by Chrissy Spallone.

Palooka is available both in print and e-version with online samples of published content.

Poet Hunt Winners

The Winter 2011 issue of The MacGuffin features works by winners of the 15th National Poet Hunt. Jim Daniels judged this year's competition and selected Mary Schmitt, "Tribal," for first place and Suzanne Roberts, "The Road," and Rex Richards, "The Washing," for honorable mention. The 16th National Poet Hunt will be judged by Terry Blackhawk.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tipton Poetry: Local Global Lit Mag

Tipton Poetry Journal is one of those great, saddle-stitched journals that looks local, but packs a helluva global content. The Fall 2010 issue includes a kasen renga, a form of Japanese collaborative poetry consisting of a chain of 36 verses. "Kasen Renga: Autumn" is a collaboration between Joyce Brinkman, Kae Morii, and Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda. Also featured is Rohana McCormack's "First Snow" - an English translation of Sergey Yesenin's original Russian poem, "Я по первому снегу бредуand," and Liang Yujing's "Four Pseudo Haiku" written in English and self-translated into Chinese.

Prism Review Fiction and Poetry Prize Winners

This year's winners of the Prism Review prizes in fiction and poetry are Mary Ann Davis for her poem, "From the Sublunary Year" and Becky Margolis for her story, "Weatherization."

Poetry judge Craig Santos Perez says the winning poem "manages to weave lyricism, abstraction, narrative, image, symbolism, formal experimentation, character, and deep emotion into a haunting poetic experience. It’s a heartbreaking attempt to 'fill the silence of illness.'"

Fiction judge Lucy Corin says of "Weatherization," "There's something to the flattened tone that suggests something quite gutsy about the issues the story takes up about violence . . . . In the end, what I ask of a story is that it really push itself beyond its initiating premise, that the issues it raises be taken up with as much complexity as possible, evading every easy answer, every self-satisfaction."

Both winners receive $250 and they will appear in the forthcoming issue of Prism Review, to be published this spring.

Salamander Fiction Contest Winners

The newest issue of Salamander (v16 n2) includes the winners of the magazines first-ever fiction contest with Jill McCorkle as final judge. The first prize winner is Timothy Mullaney ("Green Glass Doors") and runner up is Susan Magee ("The Mother"). The judge for Salamander's 2011 fiction contest will be Jim Shepard. Entry period is April 15 - May 15 (postmark deadline).

Thursday, January 27, 2011

WLT Explores Science and Literature

The January 2011 issue of World Literature Today, guest edited and introduced by Pireeni Sundaralingam, includes a symposium on The Crosstalk between Science and Literature:

Physicist Alan Lightman and philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein discuss how they devise “emotional experiments” in their fiction in order to probe the limits of rational thought. [Full text online]

In a provocative essay, poet and cognitive scientist Pireeni Sundaralingam asks, Are science and poetry inherently at odds with each other? [Full text online]

Authors Suzanne Lummis, Philip Metres, Vincenzo Della Mea, and Tone Hødnebø conduct playful experiments in new poems tied to the issue’s theme.

Berlin-based architect Eric Ellingsen co-opts the repeating structure of the poetic villanelle to remap space and to explore how literature might inform urban design.

Welsh poet-physician Dannie Abse traces the intersections of poetry and medicine in his own life and work.

Playwright Kenneth Lin discusses theater’s ability to convey the grandeur of scientific discovery. [Full text online]

BLP Chapbook Winner

Black Lawrence Press announced that Charlotte Pence has won the Black River Chapbook Competition for her manuscript Branches. Charlotte will receive $500 in prize money and a publication contract from BLP.

A list of finalists for the award is available here.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Issues Green Rose Prize Winner

The Editors of New Issues Poetry and Prose are pleased to announce the winner of the 2011 Green Rose Prize: Corey Marks for his manuscript The Radio Tree. Corey wins a $2,000 award and publication of his manuscript in the spring of 2012.

Also accepted for publication: The Frame Called Ruin by Hadara Bar-Nadav to appear in the fall of 2012

The Green Rose Prize is awarded to an author who has previously published at least one full-length book of poems. Winners are chosen by the editors of New Issues Press.

The Florida Review Native Issue

The newest issue of The Florida Review (35.1) is a special issue - the first "special issue" published by the Review - "Native Issue." Dedicated to memory of the award-winning novelist and critic Louis Owens. Editor Toni Jensen comments on the theme: "The writers whose work is featured in this issue come from any different places - tribal, geographic, aesthetic. These differences are to be celebrated, embraced, because they help eradicate the idea that there is one Native literature or one idea of what it means to be Native."

A full table of contents for this issue is available on The Florida Review website.

CFS: Prairie Schooner Online Digital Literature

The Prairie Schooner literary journal and the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, both of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, are developing a web site devoted to electronic literature: Prairie Schooner Online

A spot in the pilot edition of the Prairie Schooner digital project is open. Artists, filmmakers, and/or programmers may submit finished or near-finished literary-inspired pieces for consideration. Queries also welcome. Submissions/queries accepted through March 15, 2011.

The Prairie Schooner digital project goes live in fall 2011.

Prairie Schooner Online will feature pieces such as: collaborations between authors and visual/video artists, hypertext projects, and other literary multimedia artwork. Among the contributors are author and filmmaker Terese Svoboda and artist Tim Guthrie, along with various visual artists, animators and videographers. The project will also include an adaptation of stories from the Prairie Schooner archives: Eudora Welty’s “The Whistle” and Alice Hoffman’s “The Bear’s House.”

AROHO Lighthouse Poetry Prize Winner

A Room of Her Own Foundation has announced the 2010 To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize winner: Carolyn Guinzio for her work &. The prize is awarded for the best, unpublished poetry collection by a woman.

2010 Finalists include Jennifer Beebe, Claire Clube, Rebecca Dunham, Laura Dunn, Rebecca Howell, Hila Ratzabi, and Ruth Thompson.

The 2011 competition is open until August 31, 2011 (postmark). See the AROHO website for downloadable cover sheet and details

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Reznikoff's Holocaust Now Available on CD

"Filmmaker and Hampshire College professor Abraham Ravett’s latest creative project — a CD of poet Charles Reznikoff reading Holocaust — took more than three decades to bring to completion." Read more about the project and listen to excerpts from the CD here.

Brown University IWP Fellowship

The Brown International Writers Project is currently seeking nominations and applications for its one-year fellowship with residency.The Fellowship, supported by a grant from the William H. Donner Foundation, is designed to provide sanctuary and support for
established creative writers - fiction writers, playwrights, and poets - who are persecuted in their home countries or are actively prevented from pursuing free expression in their literary art. The application/nomination deadline for the next Fellowship is February 15, 2011.

Yale Review Celebrates 100 Years

From Editor J. D. McClatchy: "This coming year’s issues mark the hundredth anniversary of The Yale Review’s founding, and are designed to celebrate the intellectual riches of this university, present and past. In each, we will feature exclusively work by members of the Yale faculty. Our July issue will be devoted to pieces reprinted by Yale faculty giants of the past. The effect, we hope, will be to compose a portrait of the mind of Yale over the past century, but particularly at this exciting time in its long history."

Read the full editorial, with a narrative history of the magazine, online.

Narrative 30 Below Contest Winners

Narrative announced the winners of their annual 30 Below contest for which all entrants in the contest were between the ages of eighteen and thirty:

First Place: Kevin A. Gonzalez for "Cerromar"

Second Place: Jacob Powers for "Safety"

Third Place: Erika Solomon for "Rules for Jews in Damascus"

Upcoming Narrative contest: The WINTER 2011 STORY CONTEST

Entry deadline: March 31 at midnight, Pacific daylight time.

Monday, January 24, 2011

PEN America Looks at Lovers

PEN America #13 is themed "Lovers" and features a forum on literary love with contributions from Jessica Hagedorn, John Barth, Yusef Komunyakaa, Stewart O'Nan, Anne Landsman, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Lily Tuck, Jesse Ball, Elissa Schappell, Marilynne Robinson, Umberto Eco, Russell Banks, Chinua Achebe, Colum McCann, Michael Cunningham, Philip Gourevitch, Robert Stone, Paul Auster, Arthur Miller, and Willie Perdomo. Also included: short fiction by Don DeLillo, new poetry by John Ashbery and Marilyn Hacker, a conversation between Patti Smith and Jonathan Lethem.

Danticat Interview

Nathalie Handal interviews Edwidge Danticat in the January 2011 issue of Guernica online: We Are All Going to Die.


The Red Earth MFA Low-Residency Program in Creative Writing at Oklahoma City University is pleased to announce five $1,000 merit scholarships for members of its inaugural class.

All merit scholarships are based on the quality of the writing sample supplied as part of the MFA application. Preference will be given to prospective students who complete their application by March 15. Notification of the scholarships will be mailed and also announced at OCU's annual Creative Writing Festival on April 16. Scholarships must be applied towards the first year of study in the MFA program.

In addition, the Red Earth program is offering $1,000 tuition reductions in the first year of study for all of its inaugural class. The summer residency is slated for July 6-16. For more information about the program, visit the Web site or contact MFA Director Danita Berg:

2010 Iowa Review Awards Contest Winners

The Winter 2010/11 issue of The Iowa Review features the winners and runners-up of the annual Iowa Review Awards:

Kathryn Scanlan, "The Old Mill"
Maria Hummel, runner-up

HeatherWinterer, "from Art's Garage"
Jae Choi and Mary Pinard, runners-up

Deborah Thompson, "Mishti Kukur"
Jendi Reiter, runner-up

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers Winners

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 February. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

First place: Clayton Luz [Pictured], of Chicago, wins $1200 for “When the Wind Blows the Water Grey.” His story will be published in the Spring 2012 issue of Glimmer Train Stories.

Second place: Joseph Johns, of Decatur, GA, wins $500 for “Strange Birds.” His story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing his prize to $700.

Third place: Jonathan Tucker, of Mwanza, Tanzania, wins $300 for “The Coffin Makers.”

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

Deadline soon approaching for the Very Short Fiction Award: January 31

Glimmer Train hosts this competition twice a year, and first place is $1200 plus publication in the journal. It’s open to all writers, no theme restrictions, and the word count must not exceed 3000. Click here for complete guidelines.

I Read This: Caribou Island

[A time-to-time post on what I've been reading lately.]

Having finished David Vann's novel, Caribou Island, I'm still trying to figure out how I can possible forgive this author for writing a novel so compelling I could not stop reading it (or wanting to read it when I couldn't be), and coming to a finish that was so disturbing it has disrupted my thoughts - both while awake and sleeping - for the past several days. I DON'T recommend this one to anyone already suffering from seasonal affect disorder or cabin fever bordering on The Shining.

A half dozen characters take the lead by chapter for the third person omniscient narration. Irene sees her marriage to Gary coming to an end. Their daughter Rhoda can't see it coming any more than she can see the fault line in her own engagement to Jim, her cheating fiancee. Other characters move in and out of the story, like storm clouds across the Alaskan sky, and each seems to be the other's antagonist. In fact, if asked, I'm not sure I could clearly identify a single protagonist in this story. I suppose each character has their moment: Carl, when he finds out Monique is banging Jim and takes of into the cold Alaskan night; Gary as he struggles against the northern snow and wind to build his "dream" island cabin; Irene as she finally sees a doctor who might just help her to understand the cause of the splitting headaches she suffers.

But just as it seems a character is the lead of the plot, breaking away from adversity, each is confronted yet again with an adversary - another of the characters or the unflinching, damnable Alaskan nature.

Vann's story is an exploration of the human psyche, that which fails us is that which we are and continue to grasp onto. Each character seems to realize this: Gary knows in fits and starts that his cabin is a stupid idea, but he stubbornly persists; Irene knows their marriage is ending, but goes along with the cabin building because she knows they have to play the final card; Rhoda knows her relationship to Jim is nothing more than what she always felt was the right thing to want, whether she feels passionately about it or not. It's this kind of knowing that makes the writing both so compelling and devastating to read. As much as I would like to see one thing work out well for one character, there are no happy endings here. This is simply a reflection of real life that has its moments of just enough insight to help us accept what we have as good enough and move on. Or not.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Black River Chapbook Competition Winner

Charlotte Pence has won the Black River Chapbook Competition for her manuscript Branches. Charlotte will receive $500 in prize money and a publication contract from BLP. See a full list of finalists here.

Charlotte Pence is a Ph.D. candidate in creative writing at the University of Tennessee and former editor of Grist: The Journal for Writers. She most recently received the 2009 Discovered Voices award from Iron Horse Literary Journal given to one graduate student in the country for poetry each year. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review Online, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, North American Review, Denver Quarterly, RATTLE, Tar River, and many other journals. She also has an anthology forthcoming with University Press of Mississippi titled Lyrical Traditions: The Intersections Between Poems and Songs.

Tribute to Robert Von Hallberg

The Chicago Review (55:3/4) includes a feature of ten essays which mark the retirement of Robert Von Hallberg from the University of Chicago. "They are all by former staff members of Chicago Review, who also completed dissertations under his supervision. The essays all address some aspect of poetry's relation to power." The essays include:

Devin Johnston, "The Needs of Ghosts: On Poems from the Margins of Thom Gunn's Moly"
Elizabeth Arnold, "The Rhythm of the Actual in Basil Bunting's 'Chomei at Toyama'"
Alan Golding, "Louis Zukofsky and the Avant-Garde Textbook"
Mark S. Morrisson, "Ezra Pound, the Morada, and American Regionalism"
Matthias Regan, "Remembering Edward Dorn"
Robert Huddleston, "Myth and Education"
Andrea Scott, "Gerhard Falkner's Ground Zero"
Lynn Keller, "'Post-Language Lyric': The Example of Juliana Spahr"
Peter O'Leary, "Apocalypticism: A Way Forward for Poetry"
Keith Tuma, "After the Bubble"

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ukrainian Poetry

The newest issue of International Poetry Review (Fall 2010) is a special issue celebrating twenty-five years of Ukrainian poetry: "This collection of Ukrainian poetry in translation comprises a representative sampling of the poetry created under twenty-five years of creative freedom for Ukrainian writers that began during Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev's policy of "openness" and that has continued to flourish after Ukrainian independence in 1991." The poetry includes 24 poets in translation, ranging from the oldest writer - Oleh Lysheha (62) to the youngest - Iryna Shuvalova (24).

Michael M. Naydan, Woskob Family Professor of Ukrainian Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, provides an introduction to the issue, including a historical overview of the Ukraine poetic movements as well as a memorial to three Ukrainian poets - Attila Mohylny, Ihor Rymaruk, and Nazar Honchar, to whom the issue is dedicated.

Crazyhorse 50th Anniversary Issue

In celebration of its 50th year of continuous publication, Crazyhorse offers readers a "sort of" Editors' Picks Bonus Anniversary Issue. It includes works from issues edited at College of Charleston in hopes that it will stand as a show of appreciation for all the writers and editors who have come before as well as ("with any luck") those who will continue the come to the publication.

Taking Night to Film

Film School Rejects blogger Cole Abaius names Elie Wiesel's Night as "one of the three cornerstones of Holocaust literature [that] still hasn’t seen the big screen for an adaptation." Read his perspective on how it could happen, and who should direct it.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

"[Bleep] the Sonnet" Jennings Says

In the newest issue of Arc Poetry Magazine, Chris Jennings takes on the sonnet in his like-named essay "On the Sonnet." He begins: "I haven’t dedicated many musty hours to counting rather than reading poems. I’m willing to bet, though, that no one can readily dispute the fact that more poets attempt sonnets, create variants of sonnets, publish sonnets, anthologize sonnets, dive headlong into sequences of sonnets, or come to have their reputation rest on sonnets than any other set form in the English language. This used to intrigue me, then it began to puzzle me, and now it annoys me so much that the right stimulus sends me into a rage. Frankly, I am done with sonnets."

Arc Poetry Magazine's website includes the opening paragraphs of Jenning's attack of the sonnet form (the end lines of which I can at least say you won't find repeated on FCC airwaves) - for the full text, you need to get a hold of a copy of Arc.

Writing Technology into Fiction

Laura Miller of the looks into how novels came to terms with the internet: "We spend hours on the web, but you wouldn't know that from reading contemporary fiction. Novelists have gone to great lengths – setting stories in the past or in remote places – to avoid dealing with the internet. Is this finally changing?"

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

2011 Caldecott and Newberry Winners

The 2011 Caldecott Medal winner is A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead. A Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing.

Caldecott Honors
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Interrupting Chicken illustrated and written by David Ezra Stein, published by Candlewick Press.

The 2011 Newbery Medal winner is Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Newberry Honors
Turtle in Paradise written by Jennifer L. Holm, published by Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Heart of a Samurai written by Margi Preus, published by Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams.

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night written by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen, published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

One Crazy Summer written by Rita Williams-Garcia, published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Closings :: The Mystery Bookstore (CA)

The Mystery Bookstore in Los Angeles, CA, will be closing, effective January 31, 2011.

Tin House eMakeover

Tin House has a new web design, including Submishmash for online submissions and eBook versions in both the ePub (iPad, Sony eReader, B&N Nook) and MobiPocket (Kindle) formats "wherever possible," and, on the magazine side, featuring the full text of several stories, poems, essays, and interviews.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Helping Out Those Down Under

Australian poet Graham Nunn created the Ocean Hearted Flood Relief Project to raise funds for flood relief in QLD (Queensland, Australia). Here's his plan:

From January 12 to January 26 Nunn will donate 100% of all sales of his book Ocean Hearted to flood relief and "to add to that, I will personally give an extra $5 for every book sold." Copies of Ocean Hearted can be purchased for $15 (incl. postage) via paypal or check/money order.

Visit his blog for more details.

All monies will be given to the Premiers Disaster Relief Appeal, a Queensland Government established Distribution Committee that includes representatives from the Australian Red Cross to manage the disbursement of the donated funds.

Call for Guest Editors

Status Hat Productions is currently seeking guest editors for the SUMMER 2011 (3 issues) and FALL 2011 (3 issues) editions of their monthly artszine, STATUS HAT!

Editors will be responsible for 3 issues of STATUS HAT, for either the Summer or Fall quarter. SHP seeking editors with diverse backgrounds in the arts, as our editors do not work in one area, but select visual content, fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as seek out additional content or explorations of themes as necessary to create engaging issues of Status Hat.

Guest editors must be able to commit to reviewing and selecting submissions for their assigned issues over a 3 month period prior to the quarter (Summer or Fall, 2011) they are working on, and demonstrate excellent communication skills.

Contact with an inquiry by January 31, 2011. Please have "GUEST EDITOR INQUIRY" in the subject line of your email.

Singleton and Weales Featured

The Winter 2010 issue of The Georgia Review offers two special features: one on George Singleton and one on Gerald Weales.

The Singleton feature includes two stories, "Vaccination" and "Jayne Mansfield," which, Editor Stephen Corey notes brings the total number of Singleton stories published by TGR to 11 - putting him "at the head of the quantity class for our fiction writers." But, more importantly, Corey notes, these two selections "show one of America's best seriocomic authors at the height of his varied strengths." Also included in the Singleton feature is "A Holy Impropriety: the Stories of George Singleton" by William Giraldi.

The Weales feature includes "Being Out Front at American Theater: An Interview with Gerald Weales" by Stephen Corey and "American Theater Watch, 1977-2010" - excerpts from decades of Weales annual feature. Corey introduces these selections he made from over 400 pages of Weales's contributions to the magazine.

New at AWP 2011 - Women’s Caucus

AWP Conference: The Women's Caucus, led by Lois Roma-Deeley, Patricia Smith, Cheryl Dumesnil, Anna George Meek, Amy King, and Katherine Arnoldi, is scheduled to meet for the first time on Saturday, February 5 from 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM in the hotel Mezzanine Le.

Lois Roma-Deeley sent the following description: "Where is the place for the women writer within AWP and within the greater literary community? The women's caucus discusses this as well as continuing inequities in creative writing publication and literature. In addition, issues centering on cultural obstacles in the form of active oppression, stereotypes, lack of access to literary power structures, historical marginalization of women's writing, issues and perspectives and the diverse voices of women will explored. Networking opportunities."

The mission of the AWP Women's Caucus is the following:
--to expand networking opportunities for women writers
--to recognize the contributions of women writers nationally and internationally
--to enhance understanding of the relationship between gender and creative writing
--to expand literary and cultural dialogue to encompass all genres of creative writing specific to women writers
--to encourage an open forum for dialogues about feminist literary perspectives
--to support education about the contributions of women writers
--to support women writers on local, national, and global levels
--to advocate for equity in creative writing for all

Friday, January 14, 2011

Job :: Poetry Inside Out Outreach Manager

The Center for the Art of Translation is seeking an Outreach Manager to help place their Poetry Inside Out program in Bay Area, CA schools.

The PIO Outreach Manager works as part of a team to accomplish a number of goals and objectives for the Center. They include:

• Plan the growth and implementation of the program.
• Build relationships with school administrators, districts, teachers, professional organizations, and students and their families.
• Create new systems and revise existing ones for overall program efficiency and documentation.
• Promote opportunities for collaboration with other organizations.
• Oversee and promote PIO public events.
• Assist the PIO staff with defining the goals for and expanding the various PIO curriculum.
• And act as an ambassador of the program and the Center.

For a complete job description and instructions on how to apply, visit PIO's Get Invovled page.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Native American Voices in Art and Literature Online

Issue #4 of the online lit mag Ekleksographia is a special issue: The Emerging Native American Voices, guest Curated by Ann Filemyr and Jamie Figueroa.

In the introduction, Ann Filemyr writes: "Twenty-first century Native American literature is vibrant and evolving. It invites us into the creative lives and ideas of writers whose cultures are demonstrating an incredible capacity for cultural survivance against all odds."

Art, poetry, and prose contributors include: Ungelbah Daniel-Davila, Anna Nelson, Ruben Santos, Paige Buffington, Nathan Romero, Vernon Begay, Sara Marie Ortiz, Alice M. Azure, Ann Filemyr, Jamie Figueroa, Celeste Adame, Autumn Gomez, Evelina Zuni Lucero, and Marcia Smith.

Cover Image: "Timeless" by Marcia Smith

Art :: Fresco Books

Fresco Fine Art Publications produces unique books and catalogs for artists, galleries and museums throughout the United States. Fresco was founded in response to the need in the Santa Fe art community for "beautifully designed art books and catalogs that could be produced at a cost that was affordable, and within a time frame that kept the project fresh and enjoyable."

Recently featured publications include:

Tom Kirby Light Passage, with inspiration for his work drawn from extensive travels throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan and North Africa. "Tom’s work is distinctly modern yet deeply influenced by past masters, most importantly, Carravagio. His work is a synthesis of expressionistic and minimalist influences."

Art alive! A Fresh Approach to Teaching the Basics: The Teaching Techniques of Sally Bartalot

With work by almost 100 artists, Visual Journeys: Art of the 21st Century edited by Nina Mihm and Mary Carroll Nelson is a publication of The Society of Layerists in Multi-Media, an international group of artists sharing a holistic world view. The thought that unites the society is, "We are all connected. There exists a oneness and unity to everything, everyone, and the whole.” This philosophical premise distinguishes it from other art societies that are based on a single medium.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Ne'er-Do-Well Does Well for Workers

Issue Number 3 of The Ne'er-Do-Well Literary Magazine focuses on Working-Class Stories, with new stories, essays, and comics from Willy Vlautin, Kevin Sampsell, Suzanne Burns, Gigi Little, Chris A. Bolton, Sheila Ashdown, Megan Zabel, Daniel Hall, Christina Mackin, Jill Holtz, and John Gifford.

From the editors: "If the phrase 'working class' conjures vintage images of lumberjacks and Rosie the Riveter [R.I.P.], it’s time to reboot your brain for the twenty-first century. This issue of working-class stories casts a fresh light on the absurdity, banality, and redemption of contemporary wage-slavery. Join us for a shift at the circus, the Outback Steakhouse, a Minnesota dairy farm, a Plaid Pantry convenience store, and more."

Profits from the sale of this issue will be donated to the strike fund of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Sonora Limited Edition Letterpress Issue

University of Arizona's Sonora Review 58 is a limited edition, hand-bound by Spork Press using their signature letterpressed two-color raw board cover and letterpress pages within.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Zahir Anthology

Zahir: A Journal of Speculative Fiction is trying out a creative approach to publishing. The magazine had appeared in print three times a year from 2000-2009, but in 2010, moved to publishing quarterly online. However, the full content of the four online issues is now available in print as an anthology and can be ordered through Creative Space and Amazon.

The anthology (at 302 pages) includes stories by Sarah Cornwell, Jefferson Burson, Trent Hergenrader, Kim Goldberg, Richard Wolkomir, Alexander Weinstein, Jennifer Griffin Graham, Vishwas R. Gaitonde, Susannah Mandel, Andrew Hook, John Brantingham, John Zackel, Thoraiya Dyer, William Alexander, Daniel Brugioni, Dallas Woodburn, Nick Jackson, Kevin Frazier, Joseph R. Quinlan, M.Lamaga de Sanchez, N.D. Segal, Lawrence Buentello, Jeffrey Greene, and Roderick B. Overaa as well each each of the four "cover" images by artists Alyson Lamanes, Dan Ruhmanty, Adam Yeater, and Yael Degany.

Literature Rewards Patience

New Letters Editor Robert Stewart comments on the role of "slow" literature in our fast-paced world:

"From the audience recently, where I sat at the downtown public library in Kansas City, a man asked the visiting speaker, Joyce Carol Oates, how she managed to write her many books all in longhand,as she just had revealed. 'My mind thinks faster than my hand can write,' said the man. 'I need a computer keyboard to keep up with my thoughts.' A general assent seemed to puff across the audience.

"The question highlighted a feature — call it a value — of literary art, not always or easily acknowledged: Literature slows us down. Here was an author, Ms. Oates, emblematic in our culture for productivity, who had just baffled the crowd by her adherence to a human-scale, physical scratching out of one sentence after another, although she happens to do so, as she pointed out, hour after hour, day after day. Of her slow method, she made a joke, citing Shakespeare, who worked in longhand, of course, and, yes, it might be said that his mind was pretty quick.

"Shakespeare, let’s admit, might have worked by computer or Tweets if he could have, but the point has been made by the work, itself. It holds up. It rewards patience."

The full Fall 2010 issue editorial is available online.


Descant Arts & Letters Foundation's NOW HEAR THIS! literacy program sends professional writers into schools to conduct writing workshops with students. These workshops help develop literacy skills, cultivate talent and creativity, encourage self-expression and foster analytical skills and critical thought.

After a "smashingly successful" third year, Descant presents The BARRACUDA, their latest anthology of student-written stories, poems, and personal essays documenting the success of Toronto's first-ever ongoing writers-in-schools program.

Monday, January 10, 2011

West Branch Wired

West Branch Wired is a distinct quarterly extension of the West Branch semiannual print magazine. Issues are released on the solstice or equinox in March, June, September, and December and feature poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that are exclusive to WBW. Book reviews and columns run in both WBW and the print magazine.

Guest edited by Deb Olin Unferth, the first issue, Fall 2010, includes an interview with Orlando Menes, poetry by Brian Barker and Doug Ramspeck, and fiction by Patrick Dacey. Also featured are reviews by Matthew Ladd, "To a Green Thought," an annual column from Garth Greenwell, and Marginalia - recommendations from contributing and advisory editors.

New Lit on the Block :: Post Poetry

Edited by Sarah Katharina Kayß (London), PostPoetry is a bilingual print publication including texts in both English and German.

Not only publishing poetry, PostPoetry is open to a wide range of forms and styles utilizing "quickened language (Epic poetry, diary-parts, comments, essays, plays with thoughts, experimental and absurd texts) that offers a new approach to the political and social landscape of the last century and the present."

PostPoetry does not set any thematic limits, though in future issues "will put a concrete political event or a statement that can be discussed in the centre of PostPoetry" as a way to give writers "the chance to say what you have to say."

In this first issue, writers include Arno Abendschön, Kyle Austin, Gary Beck, Stephanie Bognar, Nahshon Cook, Steve Coffman, Kristian Goldmund Aumann, Marc Nikolas Freund, Gregory Gilbert Gumbs, Charles Johnson, Paul Lomax, Francis Raven, Christian Gabriel Riedl, Clemens Schittko, Wolfgang Uster, and Henry Whittlesey.

Photographers and Artists include Aurélien Huyghe, Katrin Jahn, Sharon Lenger, Francis Raven, Thomas Schlereth, Jennifer Stahlschmidt, Kaspar Steffen, Hadas Tapouchi, and Karsten Wilms.

CT Review Vetrans of War Special Section

In addition to its usual general content (poems, essays, and fiction) the Fall 2010 issue of Connecticut Review features a special section entitled "Veterans of War" guest edited by Lisa Siedlarz, who writes, "...the creative works of warriors are such an important part of our history. these poems, stories, and photographs preserves a significant part of our freedom, and make as real as possible to noncombantants the things that are not discussed," and as contributor Horace Coleman notes about the subject of his photo: "The young mourning a soldier from his outfit killed in a war that's fought by few and ignored by most." The section contains stories and poems by vets from the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as Vietnam and World War II.

Henry F. Tonn, a reviewer for NewPages, has a piece featured in this section in which he recounts the story of WWII veteran Richard Daughtry's visit to the Buchenwald concentration camp after the US occupation. Tonn clearly and specifically details Daughtry's harrowing encounter with "freed" prisoners whose bodies and minds were so ravaged by their ill-treatment that they would not live to enjoy their freedom.

Also included are works by Donald Anderson, Christopher Lee Miles, Terry P. Rizzuti, William Childress, Joseph Giannini, Rick Christman, David Abrams, Tim Skeen, Jason Poudrier, Dario BiBattista, Benjamin Simon, Allan Garry, H. Palmer Hall, Greg McBride, Jason Armagost, Adam King, John Balaban, Sonja Pasquantonio, Brian Turner, Benjamin Busch, Kevin Siedlarz, Troy Walker, Horace Coleman, and Pit Menousek Pinegar.

The cover image for the issue is most stunning: "Blood Trail" a digital photograph taken by Benjamin Bush in Ar Ramadi, Al Anbar Province, Iraq (2009). "This is an insurgent's footprint on a sidewalk, left in blood, as he fled from a failed attack on a U.S. Marine position in Ar Ramadi. He died 27 steps from this one. The photographer took this photograph on the morning afterward."

Friday, January 07, 2011

Filmpoem Collection by Alastair Cook

"Filmpoem is a project by artist Alastair Cook, dedicated to the filming of poetry. The combination of film and poetry is an attractive one. For the poet, perhaps a hope that the filmmaker will bring something to the poem: a new audience, a visual attraction, the laying of way markers; for the filmmaker, a fixed parameter to respond to, the power of a text sparking the imagination with visual connections and metaphor." Cook's collection includes poetry by Andrew Phillip, Mairi Sharratt, Juliet Wilson, Gérard Rudolf, Jane McKie, Clair Askew, and Morgan Downie, and was inspiried by This Collection, a collaborative arts project based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Books :: Poet Cookery

The Sound of Poets Cooking edited by Richard Krawiec is a collection of poetry, poetry-recipes, recipe-poems, and just outright recipes. Five dozen poets are featured in the anthology, and the recipes range from spicy hard-boiled eggs to balsamic mangoes to Malaika's crockpot Irish stew to Aunt Wilma's coconut cake - 54 recipes in all. The impetus for the book - to feed readers as well as writers while doing a good turn for the community. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be used to pay writers a stipend to teach poetry workshops to underserved community groups. Included in the book is an application for writers interested in offering workshops - though published by Jacar Press in North Carolina, there's no specifics on where the workshops will/must take place. For further information and/or to purchase a copy of the book, visit the Jacar Press website.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Flyway Hazel Lipa Chapbook Winner

Volume 13.1 of Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment includes several poems from Hazel Lipa Chapbook finalist Corrie Williamson as part of the regular content, with winner Lois Marie Harrod's Cosmology receiving the final pages of the magazine to feature her 28 poems in full chapbook form with cover image, table of contents, acknowledgments, author biography and author's note.

Talk is Cheap Haiku Contest

Alright, now here's a fun one. Off the Coast is having a "Times Are Tough; Talk is Cheap" Haiku Competition. The impetus: "At a recent poetry reading, a poet gave a five-minute introduction to a haiku. Absurdities not being lost on us, we began generating our own haiku responses." Writers are asked to complete one of the following two haiku prompts: "Five minute intro" or "Times are tough, talk cheap." The entry fee is 25¢ for each haiku, with first prize being $5.75. The deadline is Benjamin Franklin's Birthday: January 17, 2011.

Hampden-Sydney Broadside Series

The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review Broadside Series offers a limited edition of artist-designed illustrations of poems which have been published in the Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review. Each broadside is numbered and signed by the author. Currently available is "The Persimmon Tree" by Maurice Manning, letterpress in two colors on handmade paper with deckle edge, 7x7 inches, signed and numbered edition of 50 ($15) and "Loved & Lost" by John Burnside, giclee on watercolor paper with deckle edge, 7x10 inches, signed and numbered edition of 50 ($15). Broadsides can be ordered directly from the Review.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Journal of Ordinary Thought Seeks Director/Editor

The Neighborhood Writing Alliance (NWA) of Chicago, IL, is a small literary arts and community building organization with a large agenda. With three full-time staff members, and a handful of volunteers, NWA conducts ten weekly writing workshops with over 270 adult participants, publishes quarterly issues of the Journal of Ordinary Thought, and hosts or participates in 35 public events and readings each year.

The Neighborhood Writing Alliance has launched a search for a new Program Director/Associate Editor of the Journal of Ordinary Thought. Applications will be accepted through January 17, 2011 for an experienced and enthusiastic candidate with a strong commitment to community-based writing and publishing.

NewPages Updates

NewPages works to keep its links fresh! The following are new listings in our guides - while some you may be looking for have been removed. Listings are removed when magazines don't update their websites, don't appear to have kept up with their publishing cycle, and don't respond to inquiry e-mails from us about what is going on with their magazine. If we can't recommend the publication - which includes all of the above and more - we won't list it. If you know something we don't about a listing for any of our guides - be it new or no longer in existence or a bad link - please drop us a line and let us know:

Lit Mags
Jellyfish Magazine - poetry
Tapestry - poetry
Raft - spoken-word poetry, fiction, essays, and book reviews
Barely South Review - poetry, fiction, nonfiction
Thysia - poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, art
Psychic Meatloaf – poetry
The Susquehanna Review - undergraduate poetry, fiction, nonfiction
Polari Journal – LGBTIQ short stories, poetry, essays, one act plays/scripts, reviews
Soundzine - poetry, fiction, music, art, photography, readings
Otis - poetry, prose, music, visual art, video
Under the Sun – national print nonfiction mag based out of Tennessee Tech
The New Guard – new print lit mag
Another Chicago Magazine - poetry, fiction, nonfiction
North American Review - poetry, fiction, nonfiction

Independent Publishers & University Presses
Argos Books – poetry, translations, hybrid, collaborations
Magic Helicopter Press
Spooky Girlfriend Press
Mindmade Books – poetry chapbooks
ExquisiteDisarray – mainly poetry from North Western (particularly WA) writers

Writing Conferences, Workshops, Retreats, Centers, Residencies & Book & Literary Festivals
Susquehanna University’s Undergraduate Literature & Creative Writing Conference
Summer Advanced Writers Workshops - Sponsored by Susquehanna University’s Writers Instituted and it is for High School students in grades 11 & 12

Podcasts, Video, Audio
Center for the Art of Translation - Audio

It's True: Anyone Can Publish a Book

"You know who’s got a brand new book in the bookstores right now? Snooki. Snooki is a published author. I’m blaming Sarah Palin; she lowered the bar." David Letterman

And from Sarah Crow: Read Excerpts From Snooki's Book, Prepare to Have Mind Blown

"Faulkner, Hemingway and Fitzgerald may be widely acknowledged as America's preeminent literary talents, but none of them have gotten down with The Situation in a hot tub. This is where Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi enters the equation.

"The Jersey Shore star's first novel, A Shore Thing, is scheduled for release this week and early buzz has contenders for the National Book Award shaking in their boots."

And then Crow goes on to compare lines from Polizzi's book with writing by Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Didion, and Faulkner.

At least it's been worth the laugh.

Poetry :: The View From Here

"The View From Here" is a occasional feature in the Poetry Foundation's Poetry in which people from various fields comment on their experience of poetry. The January 2011 issue features the eighth installment of the series and includes comments from Daniel Handler, Madeleine Avirov, Helen Fisher, Jolie Holland, Stephen T. Ziliak, and Tracey Johnstone.

Gary Finke Creative Writing Prize Winners

The 2010 annual issue of The Susquehanna Review of undergraduate writing features the winners of the Gary Finke Creative Writing Prize: Caitlin Moran, winner in prose for "All Her Numbered Bones" and Sky Shirley, winner in poetry for "The Paper Called them Black-Fish." Both winners were selected by Gary Finke for the prize in his name which was established this year in his hone. Finke has directed the Susquehann University Writers Institute since he founded it in 1993. Through the contest, TSR hopes to pay tribute to extraordinary student writers outside the Susquehanna community in both poetry and prose.

New Lit on the Block :: Women Arts Quarterly Journal

WomenArts Quarterly Journal (WAQ), an initiative of Women in the Arts, "aspires to nurture, provide support, and challenge women of all cultures, ethnicities, backgrounds, and abilities in their role in the arts and seeks to heighten the awareness and understanding of the achievements of women creators, providing audiences with historical and contemporary examples of the work of women writers, composers, and artists."

With some content available online, this inaugural print issue includes a review of Isabelle O'Connell's new album Resevoir, a conversation with violist Kim Kaskashian, poetry by Julia Gordon-Bramer and Kelli Allen, an excerpt from the novel Saint Monkey by Jacinda Townsend, silk screen prints on paper (reproduced in full color) by Ellen Baird, non-fiction by Beth McConaghy, and B&W photograms by Vanessa Woods.

Submissions are open for fiction, personal essay, poetry, visual art, and reviews (books, articles, biographies, catalogues, profiles, DVDs, CDs) with full guidelines available on the WAQ website.

[Pictured: The Blessed Imelda silk screen prints on paper by Ellen Baird]

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

New Lit on the Block :: Assaracus

"Assaracus (say it with me: Ass-UH-rack-us)," writes editor Bryan Borland in his inaugural issue introduction, "came about after a drunken ménage à trois featuring Mouth of the Dragon, Tribe, and Ganymede." Borland goes on to recognize the contributions of many poets and publications, but impresses the need and place for a publication of gay men's poetry: "True, we have Britain's Chroma, which recently announced a restructuring. We have Gay and Lesbian Review - Worldwide, but that publication serves another (necessary) purpose. Then there's Mary: A Literary Quarterly, which gives us a welcome tastes of everything. But what I want to put into the world, because I yearn for it, because I think we need it, is a place for our poetry to dance with its own kind, to stand independently as a genre, just the words on the page and us, gay men, passing the book to our friends. No e-version. No iPhone. Just our fingers touching as we exchange a moment of electricity, a documentation of how we live, a love song through verse, a kinky couplet, a vivid memory, a night of sex with a stranger, and the morning after, when we return to the comfortable familiarity of home."

Assaracus, which takes its name from the earth-bound brother of Ganymede, will be a quarterly publication with no set themes or limits on style of poetry, just that the works be authored by gay men.

The first issue features works by Shane Allison, Jay Burodny, Gavin Dillard, Christopher Hennessy, Matthew Hittinger, James Kangas, Raymond Luczak, Frank J Miles, Stephen Scott Mills, and Eric Norris.

Submissions by gay male poets of any age, regardless of background, education, or level of publication experience are welcome.

Able Muse Inaugural Print Issue

Reversing the print-to-online trend in literary magazines, biannual online lit mag Able Muse has come out with its inaugural print issue of poetry, prose and art with its Winter 2010 publication (different from its print 'best of' anthology). Some online content from the issue is open (including some audio), the majority of it is accessible to subscribers only.

The Antigonish Review Contest Winners

Celebrating 40 years in print (1970 - 2010), the fall 2010 issue of The Antigonish Review features works by the winner of the 'TAR 40' open-genre contest, Jennifer Kirkpatrick Brown, and honorable mentions Steve Lautermilch and Royston Tester. Also included in this issue are winners of the Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest: First Prize Moez Surani, Second Prize Margaret Slavin Dyment, and Third Prize Patricia Young; and winners of the Sheldon Currie Fiction Contest: First Prize Amber Hayward, Second Prize Ben Hart, and Third Prize Peter S. Lee.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Langston Hughes Tribute Issue

Volume 12.1: Winter 2011 of Beltway Poetry Quarterly is a Langston Hughes Tribute Issue co-edited by Katy Richey and Kim Roberts. The publication contains 34 poems inspired by Hughes's legacy, commemorating his residence in DC in the early days of his career. Featured authors include Luis Alberto Ambroggio, Holly Bass, Remica L. Bingham, Derrick Weston Brown, Sarah Browning, Regie Cabico, Kyle Dargan, Hayes Davis, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Brian Gilmore, Reginald Harris, Randall Horton, E. Ethelbert Miller, Gregory Pardlo, Joseph Ross, Dan Vera, and many others. This issue also includes an essay by Kim Roberts on the places in Washington, DC where Hughes lived and worked, with a map by Emery Pajer.

Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction Winner

The fall/winter print issue of Colorado Review features the winner of the 2010 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction: Katherine Hill, "Waste Management." Hill's story is also available full-text online. The prize was established in memory of Liza Nelligan - a classmate, student, teacher, colleague, and friend of many in the English Department at Colorado State. This year's final judge for the prize was Andrea Barrett.

The 2011 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction is now open March 11, 2011 (postmark)

Afghan Women Writers Featured

The 2010 annual issue of PMS poemmemoirstory features Masha Hamilton and her authors from the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. Editor Carry Madden writes: "Hamilton traveled to Afghanistan several times to listen to the stories of Afghan women. It was from these trips and meeting the women of Afghanistan that she came to establish the 'Afghan Women's Writing Project,' giving Afghan women a place to tell their stories, publishing only under their first names for reasons of safety. From Seeta's 'Under Burqa' to Shogofa's 'Kill Silence' to Meena's 'My First Namaz,' we catch a glimpse of what it means to grow up in a world where women's silence is not only mandatory, it is celebrated. But Hamilton's own determination to 'kill silence' has sparked and underground movement of change. She not only found teachers and established secure on-line classrooms for Afghan women to study and write, she conceived perhaps the rarest freedome of all in Afghanistan - a place for women to unlock their words to share with the world."

In addition to its regular content, issue 10 of PMS features the work of Hamilton and six of the Afghan women - Roya, Seeta, Shogofa, Meena Y, Freshta, and Tabasom.

New Lit on the Block :: The Village Pariah

The Village Pariah, a bi-annual literary journal sponsored by the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, launched its inaugural issue in Spring/Summer 2010. TVP is interested in publishing poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction inspired by the writings and life of Mark Twain, his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, the Mississippi River, the Midwest, and small town or rural life in America.

Each issue will also include an introductory essay by an established author, poet, artist, songwriter, etc. who speaks of Twain's influence on his or her art or life.

The magazine is available as PDF download as well as in print.

The first issue includes an opening essay by Pulitzer Prize-winner Ron Powers. Other contributors include: Alec Binyon, Salita S. Bryant, Rachelle L. Escamilla, Richard Garey, Judy Lee Green, Cindy Lovell, Marsha Mentzer, Rosanna Osborne, Dawn Potter, Karen Schubert, Julia Meylor Simpson, Patty Somlo, A.D. Wiegert, Earl J. Wilcox, Melissa Scholes Young, Elizabeth Schumacher, and Dusty Zima.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

The Usefulness of Poetry

To start our new year with a strong literary framework, I offer an excerpt of Nathan Perry's comments from his Editor's Note to the Winter 2010 issue of The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review:

"We so easily doubt the things we love. While it is often those who don't read poetry who distrust its motives or dismiss any notion of its utility, many writers and serious readers of poems . . . also wonder what good poems can really amount to, if they really can be enough. Poets are accused of not being political enough. Poets are accused of being too political and not timeless enough. Poets are accused of hiding in their stanzas and not being civic enough. Poems are accused of being too plain and poems are accused of being too cloudy and unclear, of deliberately hiding their meanings. I'd argue that all such fussing at least belies that we acknowledge some underlying importance, and thus usefulness, in poetry. Others agree: Hayden Carruth chides, 'Why speak of the use of poetry? Poetry is what uses us,' and Frost famously has it that any 'little form' (and we can read here, poetry) should be 'considered for how much more it is than nothing.'

"But still, why should we care about a poem about an owl, or the drift of pollen, or chickens in the street, or ageing drywall, or tinnitus? Well, for the same reasons we care about a poem about the recent oil spill, or a poem about perfidy in Washington DC, or a poem about war and the television's witness. William Carlos Williams asserted, in his oft-repeated maxim, that we come to poems not for the usual news, but for something less tangible, with mortal stakes. I think what he did not say is that we come to poems for the world itself, not just the human headlines, and that ignoring the world around us always has mortal stakes."

The full text of Perry's editorial is only available in print.