Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Jupiter 88 Allen Ginsberg Edition Complete

CAConrad was invited by HOWL Festival to make videos for a special edition of JUPITER 88 of poets discussing the importance of Allen Ginsberg for the 2011 festivities.

Videos are available of the following 31 poets honoring Allen Ginsberg: Eileen Myles and Hank, Stacy Szymaszek and Ginsberg doll, Nathaniel Siegel, Douglas A. Martin, Paolo Javier, Edwin Torres, Vincent Katz, Sharon Mesmer, Dan Machlin, Ariana Reines, Erica Kaufman, Filip Marinovich, Corrine Fitzpatrick, Elinor Nauen, Stephen Boyer, Marc Nasdor, Sarah Dowling, Julia Bloch, Jason Zuzga, Dorothea Lasky, Trisha Low, Frank Sherlock, David Wolach, Greg Bem, Paul E. Nelson, Michael Hennessey, Nicole Steinberg, Guillermo Parra, Fred Moten, and Mark Nowak.

New Lit on the Block :: The Redwing's Nest

The Redwing’s Nest is a community partnership between Sabot at Stony Point, New Virginia Revue and Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts.

The Redwing’s Nest is an online journal of literary and visual arts for children pre-school through 8th grade. The journal provides a place for children to publish and exhibit their work. The goal of the journal is to give children a venue for their creative voices to be heard, as well as building a community of young artists and writers. The journal’s reach is global and inclusive, accepting submissions from children pre-school through 8th grade from public, independent and homeschool learning communities.

The journal is online only and published quarterly. Each issue has a broad theme that addresses archetypal images of childhood that are prominent in the artistic landscape of young artists and writers. Each themed issue will feature a gallery of artists works, poetry, fiction, non-fiction including memoirs, as well as book reviews that broadly connect to the given theme.

This Alpha issue is themed PLACE. The Spring Beta issue is themed MUSIC and SOUND. The Fall 2011 issue is themed ME. Subsequent themes will be announced in the Beta issue.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Fugue Explores New Forms

Fugue's newest issue (#40) has been dubbed the "Play" issue. The introductory note introduces that "Issue #40 of Fugue has been designed to show how writers are beautifully and smartly playing with genre, form, content and idea. Lyric essay, collage, prose poem, micro fiction, the panharmonicon and the experiment are not new terms, but the evolution of these terms, relevant to the evolution of our culture, has caused writers to create new forms of writing that are as inventive as they are accessible."

Authors include (* authors works available on Fugue's website): Rebecca McClanahan & Dinty W. Moore, Michael Martone, Anne Panning, Alexandra Ghaly*, Kim Dana Kupperman, Kyle Dargan, Guy Jean, translated by Ilya Kaminsky and Kathryn Farris, Ander Monson, Marvin Bell, Valerie Miner, Brenda Miller, Jennifer Kanke, S.L. Wisenberg, Ely Shipley, Jennifer Campbell, Laurel Bastian, Rachel Yoder, Derek Juntunen*, Joe Wenderoth, E. Shaskan Bumas*, Rebecca McClanahan, Iris Moulton, and Lia Purpura.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

New Lit on the Block :: Jackson Hole Review

Twice yearly in print and online (aXmag), The Jackson Hole Review publishes fiction, essays, poetry and visual arts emphasizing themes relative to the West in a broad sense: "Small towns and mountain towns from the Rockies to the Great Smokies share their quest for the American identity with the neighborhoods of the Midwest and the coasts, whether city or suburb."

The inaugural Spring 2011 issue is themed Connect/Disconnect. Author Kim Barnes has observed, “There are so many ways in which the West – or at least the idea of the West – is a study in contradictions. We are both nomadic and desirous to put down roots… We want both community and isolation.”

Contributors include Diana Smith, Kirk Vandyke, Jacob Routzahn, Patty Somlo, Tricia Louvar, Caroline Treadwell, Jessica S. Tanguay, Sarah Wang, Courtney Gustafson, Dulco Jacobs, Elizabeth Tinker, Nicole Burdick, Linda Hazen, Marcia Casey, Susan Marsh, Devin Murphy, Jennifer Minniti-Shippey, Cal Grayson, Alexandra Rose Kornblum, Thomas Macker, and Mike Bressler.

Behind the scenes, Jackson Hole Review is made up of Editor-in-Chief Matthew Irwin, Managing Editor Amy Early, Art Director Benjamin Carlson, Associate Editors Benjamin Bombard and Robyn Vincent, Contributing Editors Nicole Burdick, Marcia Casey, Robin Early, Linda Hazel, Sarah Kilby, and Publisher Mary Grossman, Planet Jackson Hole, Inc., Jackson, Wyoming.

BPJ Symposium: Gay Poetry, Politics, Poetics

The Summer 2011 of Beloit Poetry Journal includes Jeff Crandall, Garth Greenwell, Peter Pereia, and Brian Teare in conversation on Gay Poetry, Politics, and Poetics. The symposium is also available full-text (pdf) on BPJ's website.

Hayden's Ferry on Short Forms

The Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Hayden's Ferry Review includes a special section on Short Forms and includes works by Kevin McIlvoy, Darryl Joel Berger, Anne Earney, Tara L. Masih, Sally Bellerose, Katie Farris, Chidelia Edochie, Julie Thi Underhill, Michele Ruby, Krista Eastman, Carment Lau, Emma Hine, Jamison Crabtree, Simeon Berry, Michael Brooks Cryer, Michael Meyerhofer, Chad Sweeney, Caroline Clocksiem, Erika eckart, Translator E.C. Belli ("The Prose Poem in France"), and Pierre Peuchmaurd.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New Lit on the Block :: Prime Mincer

Edited by Peter Lucas, Abigail Wheetley and Amy Graziano, Prime Mincer publishes fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry in a print and e-version (Smashwords) three times a year (March, July, November). Free previews are available online.

The first issue includes works by David Cozy, Jared Yates Sexton, Rusty Barnes, Hobie Anthony, Eleanor Levine, Jackson Lassiter, John C. Mannone, JP Dancing Bear, Stephanie Dickinson, Portia Carryer, Dustin Monk, Desiree Dighton, Michael Meyerhofer, Lisbeth Davidow, Bryan Estes, Paul Kavanagh, Shawn Mitchell, Wendy Taylor Carlisle, Grace Koong, Kate Ristow, Jay Boyer, Jon Tribble, and Amy Schreibman Walter.

Prime Mincer accepts fiction and creative nonfiction submissions up to 7500 words and graphic narratives up to 25 pages (print size — 6×9).

For poetry, Prime Mincer's 2011 poetry contest with final judge Rodney Jones, is open until October 1. First prize is $300, publication, 10 copies, and runner-up receives $50, publication, and 5 copies. All entries considered for publication.

Inkwell 2011 Competition Winners

Inkwell and he Manhattanville College Master of Arts in Writing Program have announced the 2011 winners of their annual competitions. Winners appear in the Spring 2011 issue.

The 13TH Annual Short Fiction Contest
Grand Prize: $1500 & Publication In Inkwell
Competition Judge: Catherine Lewis
Winner: "Jesus Permit" by Janet Hilliard-Osborn
Notable Finalist: Gregg Cusick

The 14th Annual Poetry Contest
Grand Prize: $1000 & Publication in Inkwell
Competition Judge: Mark Doty
Winner: "My Father Was a Detective" by Jeanne Wagner
Notable Finalists: Sharon Klander, Tara Taylor, Leslie St. John

The Elizabeth McCormack/Inkwell MAW Student & Alumni Contests in Poetry & Fiction
Poetry Winner: Shane Cashman
Fiction Winner: Todd Bowes

Persimmon Tree Regional Poet Feature

Persimmon Tree’s online magazine featuring "the creativity and talent of women over sixty to a wide audience of readers of all ages" includes a special section in their Spring 2011 issue of poems from the East Coast States, guest edited by Hannah Stein. Authors include Sasha Ettinger, Sandra Kohler, Janet Krauss, Diana Pinckney, Marjorie Norris, Susan Roche, Ada Jill Schneider, Dorothy Schiff Shannon, Carole Stone, and Dale Tushman.

Persimmon Tree ordinarily does not accept submissions of poetry. However, two times a year they hold contests and publish the winning poems submitted from poets who live in a specific geographical region. Here is the schedule:

Fall 2011 — WESTERN STATES (WA, OR, CA, AK, HI, NV, ID, AZ, UT, MT, WY, CO, NM). Submissions accepted April 15-June 15, 2011.

Spring 2012 — CENTRAL STATES (TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, ND, MN, IA, MO, AR, LA, MS, AL, TN, KY, IN, MI, WI, IL, OH, WV, PA). Submissions accepted Oct. 15-Dec. 15, 2011.

Fall 2012 — INTERNATIONAL. Submissions accepted April 15-June 15, 2012.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Afghan Women's Writing Project

Begun by novelist Masha Hamilton, The Afghan Women's Writing Project allows Afghan women a direct, unfiltered voice in the world. The project includes US women author/teachers on a volunteer, rotating basis, to teach Afghan women online from Afghanistan.

Open City RRofihe Trophy Winner 2010

Read the 2010 OPEN CITY RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest Winner: "The Wrong Heaven" by Amy Bonnaffons.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Caliban is Back - Online

Editor Larry Smith has revived Caliban, now Calibanonline:

In the mid-80s, American politics and writing took a turn to the right. The great American tradition of innovative, imaginative writing, from Whitman and Dickinson through the giants of the 20th century, was overshadowed by an obsession with literary formalism. Lawrence R. Smith founded Caliban in 1986 to counter this tendency. Writers who flourished in George Hitchcock’s legendary kayak magazine, which closed in 1984, moved to Caliban: Raymond Carver, Robert Bly, Colette Inez, James Tate, W.S. Merwin, Michael McClure, Charles Simic, Diane Wakoski, Philip Levine, Louis Simpson, Russell Edson, and many others. Writers who had never published in kayak also joined the Caliban scene: William Burroughs, Maxine Hong Kingston, Jim Harrison, Wanda Coleman, Louise Erdrich, William Stafford, among a host of others. Caliban was an instant success, praised by Andrei Codrescu in a review of issues #1 and #2 on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and given a Coordinating Council of Little Magazines award for outstanding new magazine. The original Caliban was also awarded three National Endowment for the Arts grants in support of the publication costs of the magazine. The Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley, purchased the Caliban archives in 1997.

In 2010, fourteen years after the physical magazine closed, Smith started an online version. It looks just like the old Caliban: it has the same design, format, and even the same typeface. You hear the sound of turning pages as you move through it in virtual space. As one artist remarked, “This is the way angels read.” In addition to the outstanding contributors that characterized the old magazine, the new Calibanonline features full color, high-resolution art reproductions throughout each issue, short art videos, and recordings of original musical compositions. In that sense, the new online version offers even more than the original.

Pictured: Issue #3 is a celebration of George Hitchcock, who died in August of 2010 at the age of 96, featuring a portfolio of his artwork and late poems, an interview with Marjorie Simon, and contributions from Robert Bly, Wanda Coleman, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, John Digby, Nancy Willard, Charles Bernstein, Ray Gonzalez, Jim Hair, Christine Kuhn, A.A. Hedgecoke, Greg Sipes, Nico Vassilakis, Thomas Lux, Marjorie Simon, Shirley Kaufman, Margaret Atwood, Tim Kahl, Stephen Kessler, William Harmon, Deanne Yorita, Robert Peters, Jack Anderson, Vern Rutsala, Lou Lipsitz, Tom Wayman and Linda Lappin.

Sawtooth Poetry Prize 2011 Winner

Ahsahta Press has announced the winner of the tenth annual Sawtooth Poetry Prize competition: Karen Rigby of Gilbert, Arizona [pictured], whose manuscript Chinoiserie was selected by Paul Hoover. She will receive the $1,500 prize in addition to the publication of her book by Ahsahta Press in January 2011.

Hoover also selected Early Poems by Lucy Ives of Flushing, New York, as the runner-up in the competition; her manuscript will be published by Ahsahta in September 2013.

Full list of semifinalists and finalists available here.

Sawtooth Poetry Prize 2012 Call for Manuscripts: January 1, 2012 through March 1, 2012. Final Judge: Heather McHugh. The winning volume will be published in January 2013 by Ahsahta Press.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New Lit on the Block :: tak′tīl

tak′tīl is a new quarterly online journal of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and art. It's the aim of tak′tīl to keep the power of 'touch' even in an online format: "we look for work with haptic memory: sense-oriented poems and pieces of prose that convey as much through words as our synapses do when we touch and taste and smell. We want work that's blunt, raw, human, focused. We are less interested in pieces that are cerebral, and more in those that offer a unique sense experience—for instance, writing about food so vivid readers can taste oysters on their tongues, can feel the stretch and give of bread dough in their hands."

tak′tīl is Kaitlyn Siner, Editor-in-Chief & Non-fiction Editor, Michele Harris, Poetry Editor & Webmaster, Demetra Chornovas, Fiction & Marketing Editor, and Emily Frey, Managing Editor & Art Editor.

The first issue includes poetry by Ana Garza G'z, Cara Kelly, Kit Kennedy, Alan King, Karen Lake, Heather Wyatt; fiction by Louis Bourgeois, James H. Celestino, Andy Cerrone; non-fiction by Joel Coblen, Susan Hodaral, Sheila Squillante; art by Paul Shampine and George Shaw.

Tupelo Press 2010-2011 Dorset Prize Results

Tupelo Press has announced that Lynn Emanuel has selected as winner of the 2010-2011 Dorset Prize: Ruth Ellen Kocher of Boulder, Colorado [pictured] for her manuscript, /domina Un/blued.

Hadara Bar-Nadav of Kansas City, Missouri and Malachi Black of Provincetown, Massachusetts were named runners-up.

Versal @ AWP 2011

Versal all the way from Amsterdam at AWP Washington DC 2011. I especially love the looks from the bystanders! Versal rocks!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

new graffiti: Literature on the Streets

new graffiti: Literature on the Streets is the monthly literary broadside published by new graffiti Publishing, pairing poetry, fiction, essays and art to "create a unique story." new graffiti comes in the form of broadsides, flyers, magazine inserts, post cards, and "anything else that can be thrown into a public space." Each month new graffiti: Literature on the Streets will publish a new writer and artist with everything published also appearing on the new graffiti Publishing website.

new graffiti is open for submissions twice per year, extending its first biannual call until the end of May.

New Lit on the Block :: Monkey Business

The newest venture by A Public Space is an annual English-language version of the acclaimed literary magazine Monkey Business: New Voices from Japan. The magazine is edited by Motoyuki Shibata (curator, along with Roland Kelts, of the Focus: Japan portfolio in APS 1) and Ted Goossen.

"We offer nothing in the way of a 'concept' or 'lifestyle' aimed at a particular age bracket or social group, no useful information to help you get ahead," write the editors. "Our inspiration for the name Monkey Business is the immortal Chuck Berry tune. No other work of art that I know of deals with the aggravations we face every day so straightforwardly and with such liberating humor. That is the guiding star we follow on this journey."

The first issue includes literary works by Hideo Furukawa, Hiromi Kawakami, Mina Ishikawa, Atsushi Nakajima, Barry Yourgrau, Yoko Ogawa, Inuo Taguchi, Koji Uno, Masayo Koike, Shion Mizuhara, Minoru Ozawa, and Sachiko Kishimoto with translations by Ted Goossen, Jay Rubin, M. Cody Poulton, and Michael Emmerich. Also included is a manga by the Brother and Sister Nishioka, based on the story by Franz Kafka, translated by J. A. Underwood.

Twenty-five percent of all sales of Monkey Business will benefit Japan's Nippon Foundation/CANPAN Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.

The Fiddlehead Prize Winners

Winners of the 20th annual Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, Susan Steudel, and the Best Short Fiction Prize, Will Johnson, have their winning works published in the spring 2011 (#247) edition of The Fiddlehead: Atlantic Canada's International Literary Journal. Also included are poetry and fiction honorable metions: Catherine Owen, Tim Bowling, Charmaine Cadeau, and Sandra Jenson. These winning entries can also be read on The Fiddlehead website.

This annual contest awards $1500 to the Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem, $500 each for Two Honourable Mentions and $1500 for the Best Story, $500 each for Two Honourable Mentions. The deadline for entry is December 1, 2011. The winning entries will be published in the Spring 2012 issue of The Fiddlehead (No. 251) and on their web site. The winning authors will be paid for publication in addition to their prizes.

[Cover image: "The Hill" by Glenn Priestley]

Monday, May 16, 2011

Roethke's 103

Join local poets and lovers of poetry May 20 - 22 (Saginaw, Michigan) in celebration of Theodore Roethke's 103rd birthday. Also in attendance will be the late poet’s widow, Beatrice Roethke Lushington and Tess Gallagher, contemporary poet and Roethke student. Visit the Friends of Roethke website for more information and a full schedule of events.

New Lit on the Block :: Prime Mincer

Edited by Peter Lucas, Abigail Wheetley and Amy Graziano, Prime Mincer publishes fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry in a print and e-version (Smashwords) three times a year (March, July, November). Free previews are available online.

The first issue includes works by David Cozy, Jared Yates Sexton, Rusty Barnes, Hobie Anthony, Eleanor Levine, Jackson Lassiter, John C. Mannone, JP Dancing Bear, Stephanie Dickinson, Portia Carryer, Dustin Monk, Desiree Dighton, Michael Meyerhofer, Lisbeth Davidow, Bryan Estes, Paul Kavanagh, Shawn Mitchell, Wendy Taylor Carlisle, Grace Koong, Kate Ristow, Jay Boyer, Jon Tribble, and Amy Schreibman Walter.

Prime Mincer accepts fiction and creative nonfiction submissions up to 7500 words and graphic narratives up to 25 pages (print size — 6×9).

For poetry, Prime Mincer's 2011 poetry contest with final judge Rodney Jones, is open until October 1. First prize is $300, publication, 10 copies, and runner-up receives $50, publication, and 5 copies. All entries considered for publication.

Books :: Torture of Women by Nancy Spero

From Siglio Press: Torture of Women is Nancy Spero's fierce and enduring contribution to contemporary art, to feminist thought and action, and to the continuing protest against torture, injustice, and the abuse of power.

This epic artwork, juxtaposing testimony by female victims of torture with startling imagery from the ancient world, is as powerful now as when it was created in 1976. Artistic ingenuity coupled with boldly feminist and political intent, Torture of Women is a public cry of outrage and a nuanced exploration of the continuum of violence and the isolation of pain. It is also a pivotal work by an American artist whose immense impact has yet to be fully examined.

Siglio's publication, three years in the making, translates the 125 ft. work into nearly 100 pages of detail so that the entirety of Torture of Women---with legible texts and vibrant color reproductions---can be experienced with immediacy and intimacy, providing a unique opportunity to engage this influential but infrequently exhibited work of art. Siglio's publication of Torture of Women also serves as a centrifuge for conversation, raising provocative questions that cross the borders of art, politics, feminism, and human rights.

With an essay "Fourteen Meditations of Torture of Women by Nancy Spero" by Diana Nemiroff; "Symmetries," a story by Luisa Valenzuela; and an excerpt from The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World by Elaine Scarry.

$48 Clothbound 156 pages, Illustrated ISBN 978-0-9799562-2-5

Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize Winners

The latest issue of The Missouri Review (v34 n1) includes the winners of the Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize: John Hales for his essay "Helpline"; anna Solomon for her fiction "The Long Net"; and George Looney for his poems "To Account for Such Grace," "Early Pastoral," "The Consolation of a Company of Acrobats," and "A Temporary Delyaing of the Inevitable."

Friday, May 13, 2011

Richard Hugo House Seeks Writer-in-Residence

SEATTLE — Richard Hugo House is seeking 1-2 accomplished authors/teachers (funding dependent) to become the next writers-in-residence at the nonprofit literary arts center on Capitol Hill.

Applicants for the position should be practicing, published (or produced) writers of poetry, fiction, plays or creative nonfiction and accomplished and dedicated writing teachers with experience working with writers of all levels in a traditional workshop setting and on a one-on-one basis as a mentor offering criticism and professional development advice.

Applicants should have a specific artistic project they are working on during their residency (i.e. developing a manuscript for publication) and should have a special interest in the role of writing as a means of engaging people of all cultures and in all sectors of society.

Applications are due by June 6, 2011 to Richard Hugo House, c/o Writer-in-Residence Search Committee, 1634 11th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122. Full details regarding the application process are on the RHH Website. No phone or e-mail queries please.

Booth Chapter One Contest Winner

Richard Russo has selected Kevin Ducey’s Calamity’s Child as the winner of the Booth Chapter One Contest.

“Ducey is a terrific writer who’s going to do great things,” Russo said. Russo went on to praise the humor and imagination in the opening twenty pages of Calamity’s Child, currently available on Booth's website.

Booth is a literary journal powered by the MFA program at Butler University. Booth publishes fresh material on their website every Friday, in addition to an annual print collection.

The Chapter One contest asked for novelists to submit up to 25 pages of an unpublished work. Ducey will collect a $500 prize.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Black Lawrence Press Contest Winner

The editors at Black Lawrence Press have announced that Tracy DeBrincat has won The Big Moose Prize for her novel Hollywood Buckaroo. Tracy will receive $1,000 in prize money and a publication contract from BLP. The Big Moose Prize is an annual award for an unpublished novel. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The deadline is January 31.

New Lit on the Block :: Badlands

Badlands is an annual bilingual literary journal that publishes original creative work in Spanish and English, and original translations from Spanish and Latin American literature. Badlands is published by the students at the Palm Desert Campus of California State University, San Bernardino. The publication is made possible by funds from the Instructionally Related Programs Board.

Issue One includes:

Poetry translations of Pablo Neruda translated by William O’Daly, Lope de Vega translated by Boyd Nielson, and Jan Neruda translated by A. K. Adams.

Poetry by Jay Lewenstein, Maria Elena B. Mahler, Elsa Frausto, Orlando Ramirez, Lois P. Jones, Derek Henderson, Jeff Poggi, Katherine Factor, Monte Landis, Nicole Comstock, Paula Stinson, Günther Bedson, A. N. Teibe, Wendy Silva, Nikia Chaney, Ash Russell, Susan Rogers, Russell Hoberg, Patricia D’Alessandro, Ruth Nolan, Isabel Quintero-Flores, and Kath Abela Wilson.

Fiction by Eileen Chavez, G. Gordon Davis, David Camberos, Mariano Zaro, Celia, Demi Anter, Bruce Chronister, and Tony O’Doherty.

Nonfiction by Diana Holdsworth and Linda Marie Prejean.

Submissions for 2011 have closed, but will reopen for 2012.

[Cover art: Stephen Linsteadt's "Beyond Words."]

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Response: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami 2011

From Broadsided: Putting Literature and Art on the Streets -

At Broadsided, we believe that art and literature belong in our daily lives. We believe they are not just decoration, but essential communication. They inspire and they demonstrate the vitality and depth of our connection with the world.

Moved by the plight of post-tsunami Japan, Broadsided artist Yuko Adachi sent us the image "Love Heals Japan" (pictured) and asked if we would help her find writing to accompany it. We were inspired by her idea, and decided to ask other Broadsided artists if they had been similarly moved and, if so, if they'd be willing to share their work.

On the site are the visual pieces Broadsided artists created in response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We now ask you to respond with words.

We will select one poem/story for each piece and publish them on the Broadsided website in a way similar to last year's "Attic Inspiration" series with Emily Dickinson.

Yuko will create a high-quality print of her collaboration and sell it on her Etsy site. All proceeds will go to the relief effort in Japan.

Deadline for Writing: May 20, 2011. Complete guidelines on the site.

New Lit on the Block :: Three Coyotes

Three Coyotes publishes the work of our best poets, writers and artists in response to the environment, the American West, current issues, animals, the arts, imagination and survival. The staff behind the publication includes Joan Fox, editor, Judy Eddy, business manager/proofreading & editing, and Peter Schnittman, technical support/design & layout.

Issue One features fiction by Meg Files, Alex Kuo, and Gerald Vizenor, nonfiction by Joan Burbick, BK Loren, Heidi MacDonald, and Steve Pavlik, poetry by Francisco X. Alarcon, janice Gould, David Ignatow, Yaedi Ignatow, Adrian C. Louis, and Afaa Michael Weaver, and photography by Wesley Rothman and a thirteen-photograph portfolio with artist statement by Chuck Fox.

Looking ahead, Issue Two will feature an exclusive essay by Janay Brun about her experience as a whistleblower reporting the roles and actions leading to the killing of Macho B, the last known wild jaguar in the United States; an interview with a wildlife rehabilitator; an essay about rattlesnakes; and, more.

Issue Two will also include a "Subscriber Forum Topic" for essays, poems, short stories, and artwork reflecting upon the difference between hunting and killing.

These and all general submissions are accepted via email only during the months of October, November, April and May.

[Issue One Cover, Cane Creek Branch, Utah, Chuck Fox, photographer]

READ: Poet-to-Poet Translation Exchange

Each spring Tamaas, a cross-cultural arts organizaion, hosts a week-long poetry translation workshop at Reid Hall, the home to Columbia University’s Paris study abroad program. Poets of different nationalites and generations, based or sojourning in Paris, are invited by Tamaas to work in pairs with other poets to translate each other’s work.

This poet-to-poet exchange of approaches to translation is a distinctive feature of this cross-cultural workshop, and draws upon participants’ capacities as writers to handle the challenges of rendering poetry in another language. Students and the general public are welcome to attend the closing night reading of translations-in-progress. The fruits of this workshop are published annually, as the volume entitled READ through 1913 Press.

The 7th Annual Tamaas READ Translation Seminar will take place June 21-25, 2011. The public reading will be June 25th at 19h Reid Hall, 4, rue de Chevreuse 75006.

The 2011 Participants include: Oscarine Bosquet, Norma Cole, Jean Daive, Sandra Doller, Ben Doller, Jérôme Game, Liliane Giraudon, Michelle Noteboom, Michael Palmer, and Cole Swensen.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Mississippi Review Prizes 2011

The Winter 2011 issue of Mississippi Review is devoted to the winners and finalists of the 2011 Mississippi Review Prize:

Fiction Winner
Rachel Swearingen, “Felina”

Finalists in Fiction
Cheryl Alu, “Generally Recognized as Safe”
Laurie Blauner, “In the Real World”
Elisabeth Cohen, “Irrational Exuberance”
Peter Grimes, “Head Game”
Michael Pearce, “Dragon Arm”
Jamie Poissant, “The Cost of Living”

Poetry Winner
Harry Waitzman, “The Red Dress”

Finalists in Poetry
J.P. Dancing Bear, “Genesis in Retrograde”
Susan Browne, “A Brief History of My Life”
Johanna Dominquez, “When There is Death Everywhere”
Paul Doty, “Box Kite”
Ansel Elkins, “Ghost at My Door”
Bryan Emory-Johnson, “Mose T.”
Julie Hanson, “Grab the Far End”
Elizabeth Harmon, “The Danger of Being a Sister”
Sara Hong, “Porky Pigs”
Rich Ives, “An Extraordinary Display of Restraint Concerning Her Festival of Big Sticks”
Mary Emma Koles, “Parched”
Debra Marquart, “Nil Ductility”
Elisabeth Murawski, “Lost Art”
Patricia Colleen Murphy, “Good Fences”
Frank Ortega, “Laundry”
Nancy K. Pearson, “Margalo”
Laura Read, “After the Hysterectomy”
Jonathan Rice, “In the Old Metropolitan Hospital”
Jesse Schweppe, “July Rain, Amherst”
John Surowiecki, “Janice, Who Was Tall”
Jennie Thompson, “Animals”
Wallis Wilde-Menozzi, “Often, not Always”
Harry Waitzman, “Fish Ball Soup and Flowers”
Maya Jewell Zeller, “My Brother’s Fish”
Kristin Hotelling Zona, “The Gut”

Help Tuscaloosa Writers

From Dinty Moore, Brevity's Nonfiction Blog:

Help Tuscaloosa: Brief Essays from Michael Martone and Wendy Rawlings

One week ago, a massive tornado tore through Tuscaloosa, Alabama, home of a vibrant writing community associated with the U of A's esteemed MFA program. Brevity has been gifted with stellar essays from Tuscaloosa students and alums over the years, and our next issue will feature essays from Michael Martone and Wendy Rawlings.

Martone's essay was written just days after the deadly tornado touched down, killing at least 40 individuals and leaving many, town and gown alike, homeless; Rawlings' poignant look at her Tuscaloosa neighborhood was written before the storm, and sat in our submissions queue on the evening the tornado turned the city's neighborhoods inside out.

We've decided to extend the reach of our Tuscaloosa benefit by releasing these two essays one week early: MARTONE ESSAY and RAWLINGS ESSAY. Please spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, or whatever method you choose. These beautiful essays deserve as wide a readership as possible, and we hope that after reading them, you will make a donation to Give Tuscaloosa tornado relief or to the West Alabama Food Bank.

Gulf Coast Celebrate 25

This year marks the 25th anniversary for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. To celebrate, the publication includes a Visual Art Retrospective - featuring full-color works of a dozen artists from the past 25 years, and "Looking Back: Two Essays on LIterary INfluence and the Craft of Writing": Phillip Lopate's "Hazlitt on Hating" and Michael Parker's "Catch and Release: What We Can Learn From the Semicolon (Even If We Choose Never to Use it In a Sentence)."

Friday, May 06, 2011

Bombay Gin and Harry Smith's Anthology

The newest issue of Bombay Gin (37.1) is a tribute issue to the final years of Harry Smith at The Naropoa Institute. "Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music," as the issue is titled from Smith's own anthology, features poetry, music, and fiction from Kerouac School associates organized into the three sections Smith devised for his Anthology: Ballads, Social Music, and Songs, as well as "an extra chapter, 'Secret Volume,' for the originally never-released fourth set of vinyl discs. There are interviews with Steven Taylor, Greil Marcus, and Daniel Pinchbeck on the Anthology."

See the Bombay Gin website for the full editorial and table of contents.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

JOT Writers on Food

The Neighborhood Writing Alliance publication Journal of Ordinary Thought focuses its Winter 2011 on food: "I Always Like Plenty of Napkins." From the introduction: "There is very little about food that remains unexplored in this delectable volume of reflections, prose, and poetry. And because food arguably stimulates our sensorium like nothing else possibly can, these texts give powerful expression to the entire range of our sentient existence."

Read the full introduction at JOT as well as two sample poems, "By the Roaring Fire" by Allen McNair and "MORE THAN SOUP" by Hector Vasquez.

BWR Contest Winners

The Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Black Warrior Review includes the winners for the Sixth-Ever Fiction and Poetry Contests: Phillip Tate, first place fiction; Kimberly Burwick, first place poetry; and the First-Ever Nonfiction Contest winner: Molly Schultz, first place.

Black Warrior Review’s 2012 Contest is open for submissions until September 1, 2011. Winners in each genre receive a $1,000 prize and publication in the Spring/Summer issue.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011


Burnside Review: The Whiskey Edition

Need I say more?

Donald Bartheleme Prize Winners

Gulf Coast Summer/Fall 2011 includes the winners of their 2010 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, as chosen by Joe Bonomo. Lillian-Yvonne Bertram won first place for "Animals Do Not Have Delusional Acts." Honorable mentions were Benjamin Glass for "Tennessee Apology," and Robert Thomas for "Picnic."

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Good Art Bad Art: Is There A Difference?

The Spring-Summer issue of Salmagundi boldly takes on the question of "Good Art Bad Art: Is There A Difference?" in the following symposium:

"Vagrant Thought About Quality" by Jed Perl
"Aesthetic Values" by Rochelle Gurstein
"Patriotism, Autonomy and Subversion" by Benjamin Barber
"On Emily Dickinson" by Brenda Wineapple
"The Attack on Beauty" by Robert Boyers
"Art and Values: What is Possible" by Charles Molesworth
"Why is a Good Poem Good?" by James Longenbach
"On Bad Writing" by Alix Ohlin
"Words in Search of a Masterpiece" by Mitchell Cohen

Utah Writers' Contest Winners

The Winter 2011 issue of Western Humanities Review includes the winners of the 18th Annual Utah Writers' Contest. David Baker selected works by Christopher Patton for the poetry prize, and Laird Hunt selected "The Nest We Live In" by Timothy O'Keefe.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Counting Citizens: AALR Examines Race & Census

The Winter/Spring 2011 issue of The Asian American Literary Review includes a forum in response to "Counting Citizens": "According to the 2000 census, the first to include the option of checking multiple race boxes, nearly seven million American identify and multiracial. One in six babies born in Seattle, Sacramento, and San Antonio is multiracial. Now the 2010 census is here. One imagines the census-taker, going steadily from door to door, perhaps surprised at what she finds. What of the artist, canvassing the same neighborhoods, equally concerned with representation and identity - what does she see? What response does she fashion?"

The Forum allows Jeffry Yang, C. Dale YOung, and Srikanth Reddy to give first and second responses in a discussion on the topic.

Also included with the magazine is a DVD of the making of Kip Fulbeck's Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids (also available on the author's website).

The video is a short (5 minute) but insightful, with clips on the 1967 Loving vs. Virginia case that ended race-based marriage restrictions (Fulbeck's parents were not legally allowed to be married in the US in 1965), the 2000 decision of Bob Jones University to end its ban on interracial dating, and the 2009 refusal by a judge in Louisiana to marry an interracial couple out of concern of "what would happen to the children." To which Fulbeck responds: "What would happen to the children? They might become President."