Thursday, June 30, 2011

Documentary :: A Road Not Taken

A Road Not Taken is a book/DVD project by two Swiss artists and film makers, Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller, about the story of the Jimmy Carter White House Solar Installation.

Publisher Synopsis:

You may not remember this but in 1979, President Jimmy Carter installed solar panels on the roof of the White House West Wing.

The panels, which were used to heat water for the staff eating area, were a symbol of a new solar strategy that Carter had said was going to “move our Nation toward true energy security and abundant, readily available, energy supplies.”

But in 1986, President Ronald Reagan removed the solar panels while the White House roof was being repaired. They were never reinstalled.

In 1991, the panels were retrieved from government storage and brought to the environmentally-minded Unity College about an hour southeast of Bangor, Maine. There, with help of Academy Award winning actress Glenn Close, the panels were refurbished and used to heat water in the cafeteria up until 2005. They are still there, although they no longer function.

Swiss directors Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller follow the route the panels took, using them as a backdrop to explore American oil dependency and the lack of political will to pursue alternative energy sources.

In the movie A Road Not Taken, the filmmakers took two solar panels from Unity, placed them in the back of two students’ 1990 Dodge Ram pick-up truck (which had been retrofitted to run on vegetable oil) and delivered one of them to the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum in Atlanta and the other to the National Museum of American History in Washington.

In 1979, Carter warned, “a generation from now, this solar heater can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, an example of a road not taken, or it can be just a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people – harnessing the power of the sun to enrich our lives as we move away from our crippling dependence on foreign oil.”

It turns out Carter’s warning was at least partially correct: two of his solar panels are museum pieces now.

Tupelo Press Snowbound Winner

Tupelo Press announced that Ellen Doré Watson has selected Engravings: A Pictorial Dictionary of Visual Curiosities 1851 by Anna George Meek of Minneapolis, Minnesota as winner of the 2011 Snowbound Chapbook Poetry Award.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Request for Small Press Display Books

A letter from Natalija & Ognjen, curators of an upcoming small press book exhibit in Croatia seeking U.S. participation:

Dear colleagues,

we would like to invite you and your press to participate in an exhibition that would present independent US presses and their editions to the literary public, but also to translators, editors, critics, and literary scholars of Croatia and the neighboring region.

This exhibition (IamN – Izlozba americkih nakladnika / Exhibition of American Independent Presses) will be organized under the auspices of ZVONA i NARI (Bells & Pomegranates) Library and Literary Retreat, and curated by us, Natalija Grgorinic & Ognjen Raden.

ZVONA i NARI is a recently founded non-profit organization based in Liznjan, Croatia with a goal of promoting literary communication across the geographical borders (more information, albeit still only in Croatian, is available at The two of us are writers, writing and publishing both in Croatian and English, graduates of Otis College’s MFA Writing Program (Los Angeles, CA), who have just earned a PhD in Literature at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.

Having spent the better part of the past eight years in the US, we have become well acquainted with its literary scene, especially the independent one, and have for some time been aware of how little of that scene is noticed outside of the US borders. Unfortunately, the only literature that ever gets registered on an international scale is the one that gets picked up by commercial, corporate publishers, which, in our view, accounts for a very bland picture of what American literature is about.

Hence, by organizing this exhibition, we hope to offer local Croatian translators and publishers a deeper insight into current US literary trends and potentially establish new routes for literary dialogue and exchange. To participate in this exhibition all you have to do is send us at least one copy of each title you would like us to present. We encourage you to send primarily poetry and prose (meaning fiction and literature-oriented essays) of American writers. Please, accompany your books with any information you find relevant, either in regards to the authors or your press.

Depending on the number of books we receive for the exhibition, by October 2011 we will compile both digital and print catalogues, we will present the exhibition to the general public in participating public libraries in Croatia as well as the region, and will keep the books at our library in Liznjan making them permanently accessible to translators, publishers, and literary scholars who will stay at our literary retreat.

Here we need to emphasize that programs organized by ZVONA i NARI are absolutely free to the public: writers, translators, editors, critics, indeed all active participants in the world of literature. In fact, should you or any of your authors want to visit us, we would be more than happy to present your press and your work. Unfortunately, at this time, we still have no means of covering our guests’ travel expenses – our retreat offers free accommodation and logistical support to visiting writers.

For further information, regarding the exhibition, our literary retreat, or any other matter, contact us at: or + 385 52 540 642.

You can send your entries for the exhibition to:


(for IamN)

Liznjan 840 B

52204 Liznjan

Croatia – Hrvatska

Should you decide to participate, do inform us of your decision by email so that we are aware of your entry, and that we are able to better organize our activities regarding the exhibition.

If, however, you find you have no interest in presenting your titles in this way or at this time, but have other projects we could help you with, please, remain in contact.

Thank you for your time.

Best regards,

Natalija Grgorinic & Ognjen Raden

Think Symposium on Forum

The most recent issue of Think Journal (3.4) is dedicated to the Symposium: What We Talk About When We Talk About Form. "This is a round-table discussion conducted between March and May, 2011, among Ernest Hilbert, Julie Kane, Kate Northrop, David J. Rothman (co-moderator), David Sanders, Timothy Steele, Marilyn Taylor, Deborah Warren, James Matthew Wilson, with Christine Yurick as the moderator. Simon Jarvis and Tom Cable were asked to comment on the discussion in its entirety and their responses are included as an epilogue."

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Lit on the Block :: Inlandia

In an effort to spotlight the Inland Southern California region's rich literary heritage, Inlandia: A Literary Journey features regionally-focused poems, stories, essays, memoir, novel excerpts, book reviews, interviews, and a rotating feature of work produced by participants from the Inlandia Creative Writing Workshops series.

The editorial staff is made up of: Cati Porter, Editor-in-Chief; Maureen Alsop, Associate Editor, Poetry; Jo Scott-Coe, Associate Editor, Nonfiction; Gayle Brandeis, Associate Editor, Fiction; and Ruth Nolan, Associate Editor, Fiction.

The first issues available online include fiction by Kate Anger, Rebecca K. O’Connor, Samantha Lamph, Rayme Waters, E.J. Jones, and Valerie Henderson; poetry by Nicelle Davis, Karen Greenbaum-Maya, Stephanie Barbé Hammer, Gregory Liffick, Louise Mathias, Jeff Mays, Shin Yu Pai, Jean Waggoner, Cynthia Anderson, Nancy Scott Campbell, Marcyn Clements, Mike Cluff, Rachelle Cruz, Sheela Free, Karen Greenbaum-Maya, Cindy Rinne, and Ash Russell; nonfiction by Judy Kronenfeld, as well as Inlandia Creative Writing Workshop Features.

Inlandia reads submissions year-round.

New Lit on the Block :: Adanna

Adanna: A Journal for Women, about Women was created by Editor Christine Redman-Waldeyer as a way that she, a mother of three with a teaching career, could "pursue the writing life without traveling." Her lifetime of wanting "to be utterly female and to do what the boys could do" is also in the philosophy of creating a magazine open to all, but that specifically "celebrate[s] the lives and writing of women." Redman-Waldeyer hopes that Adanna will "offer women a new opportunity to publish in a publishing world where the gender scales are too often unfavorably tilted."

The next submission period for Issue #2 is January 31-April 30, 2012, but Adanna is currently accepting "love poetry" for a contest. The 50 poems selected will be published in a perfect-bound print edition.

The inaugural issue of Adanna is guest edited by Diane Lockward, and includes the following contributors:

Jennifer Arin, Janet A. Baker, Carol Berg, Kristin Berkey-Abbott, Pam Bernard, Debra Bruce, Sarah Busse, Laura Cherry, Laura E. Davis, Jessica G. de Koninck, Erika Dreifus, George Drew, Lois Parker Edstrom, Susan V. Facknitz, Patricia Fargnoli, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Alice B. Fogel, Ruth Foley, Maria Gillan, Maryanne Hannan, Penny Harter, Ann Hostetler, Adele Kenny, Claire Keyes, Kathleen Kirk, Jacqueline Kolosov, Judy Kronenfeld, Michelle Lerner, Robin Lim, Diane Lockward, Sandy Longhorn, Angie Macri, Marjorie Maddox, Greg McBride, Judith H. Montgomery, Julie L. Moore, Jim O’Rourke, Connie Post, Susanna Rich, Helen Ruggieri, Judith Skillman, Sarah J. Sloat, Molly Spencer, Christine Stewart-Nunez, Madeline Tiger, Ingrid Wendt, Laura S. Whalen, TJ Wiley, Lisa Zimmerman

Margo Berdeshevsky, Colleen S. Harris, Liesl Jobson, Lani Friend, Nwamaka Osakwe, Pramila Venkateswaran

Jessica McCaughey, Yelizaveta P. Renfro

Beatrice M. Hogg

Monday, June 27, 2011

Memoir (and) Prize Winners

The Memoir (and) Prizes for Memoir in Prose or Poetry are awarded to the most outstanding prose or poetry memoirs—traditional, nontraditional or experimental—drawn from the submission period.

Issue 8 (2011) of Memoir (and) awarded Grand Prize to David Norman, "Flight Patterns"; Second Prize to Charles Atkinson, "Passing Bell for Kobun Chino, Sensie"; and Third Prize to William Caverlee, "Longleaf Parish." Each contributor receives a cash award in addition to publication.

The submission period for Issue 10 is now open and will close at noon Pacific time, August 16, 2011.

Michael Redhill Steps Down

Michael Redhill will step down as proprietor and publisher of Brick effective with the publication of the current issue (87). In his introduction to the issue, Redhill explains that he will still be with the magazine as part of an editorial/ownership collective which also includes Michael Helm, Michael Ondaatje, Esta Spalding, Linda Spalding, and Rebecca Silver Slayter.

Redhill imparts some of what he has learned from his having "been involved with Brick, in one form or another, for much of [his] adult life." He writes:

This is the eighty-seventh issue of Brick, a small Canadian literary journal that has existed for thirty-three years and, at any given time, has never had more than 2.5 employees. As a business model, Brick could be in MBA textbooks as an example of what not to do. A small cultural concern is about the worst kind of business you could have: humans may begin to die from the moment they're born, but arts businesses need daily resuscitation from the moment of inception. Innovation, legwork, networking, enthusiasm, and a refusal to be surprised by disaster are just a few things you need to make a go of it. And success is not expressed in profit, or even survival. Success for something like Brick is simply being able to play a meaningful role in a time and place, be part of a conversation, and stick around at least long enough to be taken seriously. In that regard, Brick has been a smashing success and all signs point to it continuing to succeed for many years to come.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Cooking in Rome with Alimentum

Cook & Tour in Rome, Italy w/ Alimentum Publisher Paulette Licitra
October 11-17, 2011

Shop at the outdoor food markets, small food shops, Roman supermarkets and bring the bounty back to a fabulous apartment in the historic center of Rome to cook and dine.

Tour Rome's best of best places: Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Capitoline Hill, Coliseum, St. Peter's, Teatro Marcellus, Bocca di Verita, and more, plus great neighborhoods for shopping: boutiques, flea markets, and department stores.

The Good Books

Issue #14 of PEN America features The Good Books, in which over fifty writers — including Yiyun Li, Anne Fadiman, Karen Russell, Gary Shteyngart, David Shields, and many more — choose the works in translation they’d bring to a great global book swap. Several contributions are available for reading online.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Vote: Million Writers Award 2011

The storySouth Million Writers Award is for any fictional short story of at least a 1,000 words first published in an online publication during 2010. "Publication" means any magazine or journal with an editorial process (so self-published stories are not eligible). The deadline for nominations was March 15, 2011. The list of notable stories of the year was released on April 17, 2011, and the top ten stories were released on June 6.

NewPages Reviewer Henry Tonn offered his own take on the selections before they went to Sanford and two other judges to choose the final ten.

Voting on the top stories of the year will last for one month after the top ten stories are released, so the rest is up to you! Visit storySouth Million Writers Award page by July 6 to read and vote on the following top ten online stories of 2011:

"Hell Dogs" by Daphne Buter (FRiGG: A Magazine of Fiction and Poetry)
"Arvies" by Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed Magazine)
"The Green Book" by Amal El-Mohtar (Apex Magazine)
"Do You Have a Place for Me" by Roxane Gay (Spork Press)
"Here is David, the Greatest of Descendants" by Spencer Kealamakia (Anderbo)
"The Incorrupt Body of Carlo Busso" by Eric Maroney (Eclectica)
"Cancer Party" by Nicola Mason (Blackbird)
"Arthur Arellano" by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Narrative Magazine)
"Elegy for a Young Elk" by Hannu Rajaniemi (Subterranean Magazine)
"Most of Them Would Follow Wandering Fires" by Amber Sparks (Barrelhouse)

EdgePiece Promises to Work With You

Just when I thought I'd heard it all (sometimes over and over), along comes a whole new and ambitiously innovative new publication. Still in the submission stage for its inaugural issue, EdgePiece is a collective of "emerging editors launching emerging writers."

The editors include Head Editor Sarah Lindsay, Readers and Developmental Editors Sarah Lucas, Dakota Morgan, Pamela S. Wall, Katie Damphousse, Max Pickering, and Copy Editor Pamela S. Wall.

The editorial process, and the use of "developmental editors" means the editors will work with authors to help them polish their work to prepare them for publication: "We edit for spelling, grammar and in some cases, clarity/strength of arguments/purpose. We do NOT touch the author/artist’s voice, vision, or personal style, and we never fully reject a piece. We suggest improvements and encourage the author/artist to resubmit, for we are capable of seeing the potential in all submissions we receive."

EdgePiece is currently "hungry" for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, with consideration for book/essay/poetry/film reviews, photography and other graphic/visual art for their first tri-annual issue.

Interviews: Amy Chua and Jessica Hagedorn

Kartika Review, a national Asian American literary arts journal, recently published Issue 9 for Spring 2011. The issue features two author interviews, with Amy Chua on her memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and Jessica Hagedorn on her novel Toxicology. Kartika Review is available in print as well as online.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New Lit on the Block :: Fjords

Editors John Gosslee and Sarah Gallagher, along with a full staff, bring forth Fjords, a full-color, print annual "comprised of new cultural developments in art and literature," featuring fiction, poetry, photography, visual art, new voices, authoritative figures, occasional biographies, interviews and film reviews.

The editors both solicit works from writers and artists, but maintain an open submission policy, "which creates a diverse collection of regional and international works from different eras, movements, and languages." In addition to the print publication, Fjords also publishes some of its authors in a strictly audio format, which can be found on their website.

Included in the first print edition: poems by Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Corey Mesler, Olympia Sibley, Juliana Kocsis, J. J. Steinfeld, and 20th Century Ukrainian Poet Pavlo Tychyna translated by Stephen Komarnyckyj; the article "Ecclesiastic: a Font Orphan: Typographer Ed Edman restores a Font" by John Gosslee; prose by Judy Light Ayyildiz, Stephen Wade; art by Clay Witt and Suzun Hughes.

Fjords's next deadline for submissions is August 1, 2011

Publications :: Public Knowledge

Public Knowledge Journal is a multidisciplinary, graduate student-run, electronic journal hosted by the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture at Virginia Tech (ISSN 1948-3511). The journal incorporates a variety of communication technologies to sustain a conversation about the topics and questions raised in each issue. The journal welcomes contributions of articles for peer review, as well as book reviews, essays, interviews, and other works using a variety of media.

Public Knowledge Journal seeks articles, book reviews, essays, interviews, and multimedia submissions for Volume 3, Issue 2, on Academic Research. The deadline for scholarly articles and book reviews is September 1, 2011. Non-peer-reviewed and multimedia work will be considered throughout the lifespan of the issue.

Bloomsday and Difficult Pleasures

"I wonder if we're in danger of forgetting that the difficult pleasures of literature are not unscaleable peaks but exhilarating walks amid the joys of mountain air." - Peter Craven, The Drum

NewPages Updates

Added to NewPages Big List of Literary Magazines
Timber - poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, digital lit
Tulane Review - poetry, fiction, artwork
Caesura - poetry
bottle rocket - haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun
Thoughtsmith - poetry, prose, drama, articles, essays, critiques, photography, digital art
5 Chapters
Doorknobs & BodyPaint - fiction, poetry, essay, reviews
Calibanonlione – online poetry, fiction, art, music, art video
Narwhal – fiction
Tak’til – poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art
The Quotable - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, photography
C4 - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, digital art
Entasis - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, photography
The White Review - (UK) poetry, fiction, nonfiction, essays, politics, culture, translations
Scythe Literary Journal - poetry
Untitled Country Review - poetry, art, book reviews, interview

Added to NewPages Guide to Independent Publishers & University Presses
Ashland Creek Press
Greenpoint Press
Cy Gist Press
Tiny Hardcore Press
Arbutus Press
Infra-Thin Press
Engine Books
One Peace Books

Added to NewPages Guide to Misc Lit Sites and Blogs
The Monarch Review - Seattle's literary & arts magazine
Red Booth Review - poetry, photography, artwork

Monday, June 20, 2011

April Family Matters Contest Winners

Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their April Family Matters competition. This competition is held twice a year and is open to all writers for stories about family. The next Family Matters competition will take place in October. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here. First place: Rebecca Podos, of Brookline, MA, wins $1200 for “The Fourth.” Her story will be published in the Fall 2012 issue of Glimmer Train Stories. [Photo credit: Holli Downs.]Second place: Marjorie Celona, of Madison, NY, wins $500 for “Gladstone.” Her story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing her prize to $700.

Third place: Clark Knowles of Portsmouth, NH, wins $300 for “Each Other’s Business.” His story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing his prize to $700.A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.Deadline soon approaching for the Fiction Open: June 30Glimmer Train hosts this competition quarterly, and first place is $2000 plus publication in the journal. It’s open to all writers and there are no theme restrictions. The word count generally ranges from 3000 – 8000, though up to 20,000 is fine. Click here for complete guidelines.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Go The F*ck to Sleep

Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach and illustrated by Ricardo Cortes, published by Akashic Books. Pre-orders are still being accepted and will come signed by both the author and illustrator. It's also available for download on Audible, read by Samuel L. Jackson.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Event: Notes on Writing Issue

Issue 40.1 of Event: Poetry and Prose includes a special section titled "Notes on Writing" and features works by Lynn Crosbie, Amber Dawn, Charles Demer, Jenn Farrell, Ray Hsu, Debra Marquart, and Susan Olding.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

New Managing Editor at Artifice

One of Artifice's founding editors, Rebekah Silverman, is leaving the magazine to pursue a position advancement with her job at a nonprofit called Growing Home. James Tad Adcox remains as editor, and Ian McCarty is stepping in as the new managing editor. Apparently "more changes" are afoot, but nothing has yet been revealed.

Chicago Review: New Italian Writing

Chicago Review 56.1 is an issue devoted to New Italian Writing: Poetry, fiction, and criticism translated into English for the first time. Translators include: V. Joshua Adams, Anne Milano Appel, Sarah Arvio, Robert P. Baird, Lisa Barca, Patrick Barron, Jacob Blakesley, Joel Calahan, Maggie Fritz-Morkin, Elizabeth Harris, Chris Glomski, Peter Hainsworth, Laura Modigliani, Dylan J. Montanari, Gianluca Rizzo, Jennifer Scappettone, Dominic Siracusa, Kate Soto, and Paul Vangelisti.

The issue also includes a comprehensive checklist of recent Italian anthologies and letters by Cole Swensen, Kent Johnson, John Gallaher, and Richard Owens in response to Keith Tuma's essay "After the Bubble" (CR 55-3/4).

A complete list of contents is available on the here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New Lit on the Block :: The Newtowner

Based out of Newtown, CT with a focus on the local arts community, The Newtowner is also open to and encouraging of national readership and submissions. The quarterly, trade-sized print publication includes fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, essays, features, columns, artwork and photography, cartoons, profiles and interviews with local writers and artists, book reviews, "On the Town" - arts reviews of local theatre, dance, music and arts events, "Off Main St" - cultural events and locations of interest outside our local area, "The Newtowner Book Club" - read along and join discussions online, a directory of local arts and literary groups, and a calendar of local arts and literary events.

The Newtowner also includes "Youth Expressions," a section of the magazine for young artists, poets and writers and visual artists. Currently, The Newtowner accepts creative nonfiction, fiction, columns, poetry, art and photography mediums from high school- and middle school-aged students.

Founding Editor Georgia Monaghan writes: "Newtown has a unique literary, artistic, and community spirit dating back to the philanthropist Mary Hawley, who laid the foundation for Newtown's excellence in education and the arts. Boasting an inordinate number of literary and artistic residents both past and present, Newtown continues to act as a magnet, attracting established and emerging writers and artists of every kind. How many small-town libraries have a whole section dedicated to their town's authors and illustrators? How many towns of this size can boast upwards of twenty book clubs within its borders?"

And now The Newtowner itself can be added to those bragging rights!

Full subscription and submissions guidelines can be found on The Newtowner website.

Farid Matuk's Debut Collection Recognized

Letter Machine Editions celebrates the dual selection of Farid Matuk's debut collection This Isa Nice Neighborhood for Honorable Mention in the 2011 Arab American Book Awards (administered by the Arab American National Museum) as well as the runner-up for the Norma Farber First Book Award by the Poetry Society of America. This September, Farid will be honored at the Awards Ceremony of the Arab American National Museum in Washington, D.C. In anticipation of this event, Letter Machine Editions is offering copies of the book for $10 postage paid until September 1.

TLR Goes Emo

"Emo, Meet Hole" is the title of The Literary Review's Spring 2011 issue. Editor Minn Proctor writes, "Whether or not I associate emo (acute aesthetic sensitivity disorder coupled with a tendency to self dramatization) with poetry because Lord Byron is an oft-cited progenitor or because my ex-poet-boyfriend liked Morrissey too much, the spectre of a brooding young man with wet eyes and disheveled hair looks quaintly over a certain tenor of literature...and exes, too. Much to my poetry editor's dismay, I called for an emo-themed issue of TLR. My undergraduate interns thought it was hilariously apropos and everyone else thought I was speaking in tongues. And yet we moved forth."

The result is the current issue, with poetry, fiction, and essays by over a dozen authors as well as a variety of book reviews. Several pieces are available full-text online: Poetry by Michael Morse, "Void and Compensation (Poem as Aporia Between Lighthouses)," and Michael Homolka, "Thirteenth Birthday"; Fiction by Christine Sneed, "Roger Weber Would Like To Stay"; and an essay by Anthony D'Aries, "The Language of Men."

[Cover art by Carrie Marill.]

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hollis Summers Poetry Prize Winner

Ohio State University Swallow Press announced the 15th Annual Winner for the 2011 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize winner is Nick Norwood for Gravel and Hawk. Final Judge for the competition was Mark Halliday. This is an annual contest open to both those who have not published a book-length collection and those who have. Deadline is October 31.

New Publication :: Boat Magazine

In the introduction to the inaugural issue of Boat Magazine, Editor Erin Spens writes, "We got a few blank stares when we told people we were picking up our 8-month-old studio and moving it to Sarajevo for a month to make a magazine. We suspected there were a few reasons for the confusion; magazines seem to be a dying art form, moving a brand new business in the middle of a recession is ludicrous, and Sarajevo? Where is Sarajevo? Precisely."

The concept for Boat Magazine is a fresh one. Travel to "forgotten cities," dock there for a month and set up a publication studio that pulls together "the most talented people we know; writers, photographers, illustrators, musicians… gave them a blank canvas, and set them loose on the streets" to create a magazine focused on that host city. Sarajevo is their first stop on this new venture.

The magazine features works by Dave Eggers, Jasmin Brutus, Lamija Hadžiosmanović, Ziyah Gafić, Max Knight, Sarah Correia, Jasmin Brutus, Zoë Barker, Davey Spens, Milomir Kovačević, Danis Tanović, Lara Ciarabellini, Bernie Gardner, Enes Zlatar Bure, Jonathan Cherry, Sam Baldwin, Neno Navaković, Agatha A. Nitecka, and Sophie Cooke.

Monday, June 13, 2011

New Lit on the Block :: The 22

If there's one thing the Internet is good for, it's publishing visual art. And if there's one magazine that has shown just how great this can be, it's The 22, a new online magazine based out of Brooklyn, NY.

Simply titled to reflect its content, The 22 features 22 contributors each issue. The magazine’s mission is to "publish art, music and writing as integrated structures that play off each other and enhance the whole." Editor and publisher, Cat Gilbert says they're looking for "intriguing art," poetry, fiction, non-fiction, video, music, animation and more. "The restrictions are few and the work is chosen by the creators or a visiting guest editor." Some issues will revolve around themes which will be posted in advance. The inaugural issue editors include Gilbert, Contributing Editors Ansel Elkins and Dolores Alfien, with Guest Editor Laura Grandmaison.

The first issue features works by Adriean Auguste Koleric, Alan Bigelow, Andrew Topel, Ansel Elkins, April Gertler, Brian Dettmer, Dolores Alfieri, Douglas Pierre Baulos, Edgar Oliver, Eric Zboya, Erin Snyder, Jeff Burns, John Jennison, Joseba Eskubi, Kate Javens, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, Louise Robinson, Max Evry, Michael Babin, Samantha Kostmayer Sulaiman, Threefifty Duo, and Tobias Stretch.

The 22 is currently accepting submissions for their next volume (no theme or restrictions); deadline July 1st.

The 22 is also holding their first annual Bloomsday Contest. Deadline June 14.

[Artwork by Joseba Eskubi.]

Photographs: Entropy by David Perry

David Perry is an inspirational photographer, a willing teacher, and a captivating storyteller who brings the unique insights and skills garnered in his 30 years of professional photography to each new project he encounters. View 12 photographs (with narratives) of entropy in the garden and beyond on A Journal of the Built and Natural Environment.

Sinister Wisdom: Dykes in Amerika in the 70s

In the editor's note to the Spring 2011 issue of Sinister Wisdom, Julie R. Enszer comments on attending the October 2010 conference sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) titled In Amerika They Call Us Dykes: Lesbians in the 70s. This issue is compiled of works from this conference by Agatha Beins, Evelyn Torton Beck, Cheryl Clarke, Madeline Davis, Tucker Pamella Farley, Myriam Fougere, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Patricia A. Gozemba, Jeri Hilderley, Bonnie J. Morris, Amanda Ream, Mimi Iimuro Van Ausdall, Fran Winant, Renee DeLong, Lisa C. Moore and Tiona McClodden.

Enszer writes: "Attending the conference and compiling this issue of Sinister Wisdom, I've been thinking about these questions: How do we narrate and share history between generations? How can we pass on traditions, ideas, and values to new generations while still giving younger women the space to experiment and formulate their own traditions, ideas, and values? How do we honor the past and think critically about it as a way to refine our strategies for change? How do we honor the past while still celebrating the current achievements and future dreams of women who have already made extraordinary contributions? Contributors to this issue of Sinister Wisdom grapple with these questions and more.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

NewPages Interview with James Engelhardt

Jessica Powers interviews James Engelhardt, [former] editor of Prarie Schooner, in which reveals his enthusiasm for the literary life: "We keep going over the same ground as humans, as writers, the same emotional or intellectual ground — we keep exploring what it means to be human, finding new ways to explore the human condition. You’d think we’d have done that already, that we would know everything there is to know about love, or loss, but we don’t. The world seems to excite the imagination endlessly."

James also shares the news that he will be leaving Prairie Schooner to take a new position as acquisitions editor with the University of Alaska Press. Kwame Dawes will be the new editor-in-chief with Prairie Schooner beginning this fall.

We wish both the best in their new roles!

Friday, June 10, 2011

On the Freedom to Lit Mag

From Tricia Currans-Sheehan's Editor's Note to the 2011 issue of The Briar Cliff Review:

In November I went to Beijing to visit my daughter who was teaching English there. What struck me was the silence about Liu Xiaobo, who had just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. There was a disconnect. Here I was in this city of 18 million, near a shopping mall, which was putting up Christmas decorations, selling KFC, Big Macs, and Gucci bags and yet the people didn't know what was happening in their own country or if they knew they couldn't talk about it. I wondered how long those Gucci bags would keep them satisfied.

While in Beijing my daughter couldn't blog, connect to Facebook, YouTube or Twitter and only had access to a censored Google. In The New York Times on January 23, 2011, Nicholas Kristof wrote, "...the Chinese cyberspace remains a proletarian dictatorship. In November the government sent a young woman, Cheng Jianping to labor camp for a year for posting a single mocking sentence."

The connection between freedom of speech and the press and my job as editor of The Briar Cliff Review was so clear. As editor I read hundreds of manuscripts that cover all topics and issues. If I lived in China, there wouldn't be a magazine like this.

High Desert Journal Change of Editor

Formerly the assistant editor of High Desert Journal, issue #13 of the publication brings Charles Finn on as editor, with Elizabeth Quinn moving into the newly developed role of managing editor. Finn writes that Elizabeth is "still very much a part of the High Desert Journal. High Desert Journal is her creation, her 'baby' as she sometimes calls it and will continue to be so." The change in roles will allow Elizabeth to "tackle the difficult and necessary job of keeping the magazine financially afloat, arriving on newsstands and in your mailbox twice a year." With readership and subscriptions on the rise as well as an increase in submissions, the change is a necessary business decision.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Abolish Poetry Book Contests?

From The Huffington Post - Poetry Book Contests Should be Abolished: Why Contests Are the Stupidest Way to Publish First Books, in which Anis Shivani argues (with selected examples from recent contest-winning poetry books) that "the contest system is at least partially responsible for: 1. A halt to aesthetic progression; 2. An encouragement of mediocrity and ambition; and 3. A corruption of the poetic process itself."

NDQ Looks at Hemingway Then & Now

Volume 76, Numbers 1 & 2 of North Dakota Quarterly is devoted to "Hemingway in His and Our Time" and features the following authors and their works:

H. R. Stoneback
For Whom the Flood Rolls: Ernest Hemingway and Robert Penn Warren—Connections and Echoes, Allusion, and Intertextuality

Ben Stoltzfus
Hemingway's Iceberg: Camus' L'Etranger and The Sun Also Rises

Jeffrey Herlihy
The Complications of Exile in Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises

Joseph Holt
The Textual Condition of Hemingway's African Book

Walter Houk
Hemingway's Cuban Son Looks Back on Life with Papa

Allen Josephs
Confessions of an Animal Lover: Clearing Up a Few Things about Hemingway, Spain, and the Bulls

Allen Josephs
Picasso, Hemingway, and Lorca: or Toreo As a Modernist Principle

Melanie Conroy-Goldman
10,000 Words (story)

Matthew Nickel
Lighthearted Sinners and Pious Puritans, Followers, and Believers: Hemingway's "Holy War Meat Eaters and Beer Drinkers Happy Hunting Ground and Mountain Religion" in Under Kilimanjaro

Brad McDuffie
Teaching In Our Time to Freshmen (poem)

Donald Junkins
Martha Gellhorn's Letters

David Raabe
Dempsey over Hemingway in Three Rounds

Robert E. Fleming
The Deaths of the Children in Islands in the Stream

Robert E. Gajdusek

Ron McFarland
Three Novels on Hemingway in Cuba

Zak Haselmo
Hemingway: Eight Decades of Criticism

Donald A. Daiker
"Don't Get Drunk, Jake": Drinking, Drunkenness, and Sobriety in The Sun Also Rises

Marina Gradoli
Hemingway's Criteria in Ordering the Sequence of the Vignettes of in our time (1924) and In Our Time (1925)

Phoebe Contest Winners

The newest issue of George Mason University's Phoebe: A Journal of Literature and Art (Fall 2011 Issue 40.2) features works by the winners of the magazine's annual contest:

Winter Fiction Contest
Judged by Caitlin Horrocks
Winner: Aja Gabel, “Little Fish”
Honorable Mention: Dwight Holing, “Spines”

Greg Grummer Poetry Award
Judged by Dan Beachy-Quick
Winner: Mark Wagenaar, “Moth Hour Reliquaries”
Honorable Mention: Grace Curtis, “Wordsplay”

Inaugural Nonfiction Contest
Judged by Shauna Cross
Winner: R.B. Moreno, “I’d Like to Talk About the Bigger Stuff”
Honorable Mention: Jessica McCaughey, “On the Music of Distraction”

Aufgabe: French Poetry & Poetics

Along with a full section of poetry and essays, notes, and reviews, French poetry and poetics in translation (English only) are featured in Aufgabe #10, guest edited by Cole Swensen and introduced with her essay "Dossier: Contemporary Poetry in France."

Authors whose works are translated include Oscarine Bosquet, Stéphane Bouquet, Marie-Louise Chapelle, Suzanne Doppelt, Caroline Dubois, Frédéric Forte, Isabelle Garron, Éric Houser, Virginie Lalucq & Jean-Luc Nancy, David Lespiau, Sabine Macher, Vannina Maestri, Jérôme Mauche, Anne Parian, Véronique Pittolo, Virginie Poitrasson, Pascal Poyet, Nathalie Quintane, Sébastien Smirou, Gwenaëlle Stubbe, Éric Suchère, and Bénédicte Vilgrain.

A full table of contents is available here.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Poetry: The Translation Issue

The June 2011 issue of Poetry is "The Translation Issue" and includes works in translation by Amrita Pritam, Juhan Liiv, Angelos Sikeliano, Lucie Thésée, Claude Esteban, Antoine de Chandieu, Abid B. al-Abras, Labid, Arseny Tarkovsky, Eugénio de Andrade, Cynewulf, Edith Södergran, Elena Shvartz, Reina María Rodríguez, Bertolt Brecht, Rainer Maria Rilke, Federico García Lorca, Ouyang Jianghe, Hsia Yü, and Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven.

The poems are also available online at the Poetry Foundation website, one of the most complete poetry sites around. Along with many of the poems are biographies of the poets, other poems, articles and information about the poet, and translator's notes on each work.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

New Lit on the Block :: The Quotable

The Quotable is a quarterly online and print magazine "showcasing tomorrow’s quote-worthy authors." Each issue will feature short stories, essays, poetry and artwork based on a specific theme and quote. The first issue is available online at no cost, and in print, epub, mobi both for single issue purchase and subscription.

The inaugural issue features works by A.J. Kandathil, Eddie Jones, Brooke Bailey, Jasmon Drain, Chris Wiewiora, Joseph Pravda, Rob McClure Smith, Bruce Bischoff, Alicia Dekker, William Zebulon Peacock, and Don Campbell.

Behind the scenes of The Quotable are Editors Eimile Denizer, Lisa Heins, and Leslye PJ Reaves, Poetry Editor Deborah Preg, Art Editor Michael Reid, Associate Editor Mary Wilt, and Copy Editor Cassie Pinner.

The Quotable accepts submissions during the following reading periods:

December 1 – February 1 : Spring Issue
March 1 – May 1 : Summer Issue
June 1 – August 1 : Fall Issue
September 1 – November 1 : Winter Issue

Unless otherwise noted, each issue will be centered around a theme. The next theme for Issue III is Transformation: “The universe is transformation; our life is what our thoughts make it.” ~Marcus Aurelius

The Quatable accepts flash fiction (under 1,000 words), short fiction (under 3,000 words), creative nonfiction (under 3,000 words), poetry (up to three submissions of one poem per submission), art and photography.

Introducing Southword: A New Multimedia Partnership with NPR

The Oxford American is pleased to announce the launch of Southword, a multimedia partnership with NPR designed to present thoughtful and textured reporting about the people, places, and trends that are shaping the modern American South. The OA's award-winning filmmaker, Dave Anderson, teams up with NPR's celebrated journalists to go wherever an important or interesting story is unfolding. Together they produce video and radio pieces that provide timely and artful perspectives on a region that continues to evolve in unexpected ways.

In Southword's first episode, NPR's Debbie Elliott and The OA's Dave Anderson explore issues of appetite and health in Holmes County, the most obese county in Mississippi.

Visit NPR's website to see the program with additional information and related links.

25 Books for 25 Cents

Unbridled Books is partnering with the American Booksellers Association for a promotion that highlights 25 Unbridled eBooks for 25 cents. The titles, all Google eBooks™, will be available for 25 cents via IndieCommerce websites for three days, June 9 - 11.

The 25 Unbridled eBooks for 25 Cents

Conscience Point by Erica Abeel
The Islands of Divine Music by John Addiego
Panopticon by David Bajo
Shimmer by Eric Barnes
The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish by Elise Blackwell
Green Age of Asher Witherow by M. Allen Cunningham
Breath and Bones by Susann Cokal
The Journal of Antonio Montoya by Rick Collignon
The Good Doctor Guillotine by Marc Estrin
Wolf Point by Edward Falco
Small Acts of Sex and Electricity by Lise Haines
The Distance between Us by Masha Hamilton
Stranger Here Below by Joyce Hinnefeld
Vanishing by Candida Lawrence
Song of the Crow Layne Maheu
The Evolution of Shadows by Jason Quinn Malott
The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel
The Pirate’s Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson
Captivity by Deborah Noyes
Hick by Andrea Portes
The Wonder Singer by George Rabasa
Taroko Gorge by Jacob Ritari
Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters by Timothy Schaffert
Rain Village by Carolyn Turgeon
Sometimes We’re Always Real Same-Same by Mattox Roesch

Monday, June 06, 2011

New Lit on the Block :: Chamber Four

The folks at Chamber Four (C4), in addition to their book review and book news website, and on the heels of their fiction anthology of the web's best stories, have launched their own literary magazine. C4 Magazine features fiction, nonfiction, poetry and artwork and is available in print ($12) and online and in various ebook formats for free: PDF, ePub, and Mobi. You can also get Issue 1 at Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Diesel eBooks, on Stanza apps on iPhone and iPad, and on the Nook app on Android and other devices (in apps, search for "C4 issue 1"). Coming soon to the Kobo and Sony Reader ebookstores.

Issue 1 includes fiction by Gregory Blake Smith, Bilal Ibne Rasheed, Margaret Finnegan, Kim Henderson, Michael Henson, Anne Leigh Parrish, Ron Koppelberger; nonfiction by Marc Levy, Terra Brigando, M.J. Fievre; poetry by D.H. Sutherland, Gale Acuff, William Doreski, Yaul Perez-Stable Husni, Shannon C. Walsh, Luca Penne, Julian Smith-Newman, Katelyn Kiley, Daniel Lawless, Jenn Monroe, Greg Hewett; artwork by Ganesha Balunsat, Eleanor-Leonne Bennett, Guillermo Esteves, Dennis van Dijk, Christoph Zurbuchen, Sandro Garcia, Christopher Woods, Paivi Salonen, Ivo Berg.

C4 Magazine is open for submissions for its second issue: fiction (short stories, flash fiction); nonfiction (personal essays, memoir excerpts, travel writing); poetry (traditional, experimental); digital visual art (anything 2D and static, i.e. pictures, drawings, etc.). Deadline: July 1, 2011

Audio :: Jesse Glass and Ahadada Authors Featured

Cover to Cover on WKPFA (Berkeley, CA) hosted by Jack Foley features weekly interviews and readings with Jesse Glass and authors from Ahadada Books from June 1 - July 8, 2011. Available online (mp3).

June 1
This is the first of three shows featuring Jesse Glass, American expatriate poet, publisher, artist and folklorist. In 1992, Glass moved to Japan, where he currently lives and teaches. In this show, Jack and Jesse particularly discuss The Passion of Phineas Gage and Selected Poems and Lost Poet: Four Plays by Jesse Glass.

June 8
Jesse Glass interviewed, Part Two.

June 15
Jesse Glass reading from his work.

June 22
A celebration of Ahadada Reader 3, published by Jesse Glass and Ahadada Press. Four chapbooks by four poets are featured in the Reader: Mary-Marcia Casoly, Katherine Hastings, Melanie Moro-Huber and Jack Foley. This show features Mary-Marcia Casoly reading from Australia Dreaming.

June 29
Ahadada Reader 3, Part Two. Katherine Hastings reads from Fog and Light.

July 1
Ahadada Reader 3, Part Three, selections from Melanie Moro-Huber's The Memory of Paper read by Jack Foley.

July 8
Ahadada Reader 3, Part Four. Jack Foley reads from Disordered City.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Two Bookstore Closings

Village Books in Pacific Palisades, CA
"It was with great regret and sadness that Katie O'Laughlin announced on Thursday, June 2 that Village Books would be closing on June 30, after fourteen years in business. 'Village Books has struggled financially for the past 10 years,' says O'Laughlin, 'but I was able to somehow make it work. Unfortunately, recent changes in the book business have made it impossible to continue operating the store in its present form.' To read the full story, click here.

The Bookstore in Radcliff, KY
"There are plenty of books on the shelves at The Bookstore in Radcliff. But there are not enough customers. So after 37 years in business, owner Jerry Brown is closing his bookstore. Blame the electronic revolution. 'With the e-readers, the Nooks, and the Kindles, all of my best customers instead of coming in here and buying books, I think now they are downloading books,' says Brown." To read the full story, click here.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Glimmer Train March Fiction Open Winners

Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their March Fiction Open competition. This competition is held quarterly and is open to all writers for stories with a word count range between 2000 – 20,000. The next Fiction Open will take place in June. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

First place: Melissa Yancy, of Los Angeles, CA, wins $2000 for “Teeth Apart.” Her story will be published in the Summer 2012 issue of Glimmer Train Stories. [Photo credit: Stacy Clinton.]

Second place: Susan Messer, of Oak Park, IL, wins $1000 for “Angstschweiss.” Her story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories.

Third place: Nellie Hermann, of Brooklyn, NY, wins $600 for “Meanness.” Her story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing her prize to $700.

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

Deadline soon approaching: Short Story Award for New Writers May 31

This competition is held quarterly and is open to all writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5000. No theme restrictions. Most submissions to this category run 1500-6000 words, but up to 12,000 is fine. Click here for complete guidelines.

New Lit on the Block :: Crashtest

The first issue of Crashtest, a literary magazine run, edited and published in by high school age writers, is up and running. In addition to featuring work from students across the country, each issue will also showcase a piece by an established adult author looking back in some form or fashion on their teenage years. For their inaugural issue, Crashtest includes a piece of short prose by Michael Martone.

Student writers in Volume 1 Issue 1 are Mollie Cueva-Dabkoski, Jules Cunningham, Meredith Evett, Bobby Gaines, Emily Gaudet, Sophie Gibson, Chloe Gordon, Shady Kievannia, Peter LaBerge, Michael Martone, Julia McCrimlisk, Kathleen Radigan, Abigail Schott-Rosenfield, and Stephen Urchick.

Crashtest publishes poetry, stories and creative non-fiction in the form of personal essays, imaginative investigation, and experimental interviews from students in grades nine through twelve.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

New Lit on the Block :: Entasis

Entasis is a new, online literary quarterly based out of Irvine, California. Editors Robert Anasi and Greg McClure accept poetry, with fiction, literary non-fiction, and art at their discretion.

"Badlands" is the theme of the current issue. Anasi writes, "We weren’t thinking about the Civil War when we picked ‘Badlands’ as the theme for this issue but division and darkness were on our minds. In America today, we see a country that seems increasingly at odds with itself and a media that resounds with rage, mendacity and shrill desperation. The artists and writers for this issue all explore these growing divisions, separations, cruelties."

Entasis contributors include: Michael Barach, Nicelle Davis, Susan Davis, Brandi George, Evan Peterson, Justin Rigamonti, Elizabeth Wyatt, Cynthia Mitchell, Steve Geng, Sara Jimenez, Daniel Kukla, Joe Heaps Nelson, Andrew Lichtenstein, Angela Koh, Beth Raymer, Leah Kaminski, Lena Firestone, Mike Dubisch, Nathan Bishop, Rachel Hinton, Rosemary McGuire, and Travis Lindquist.

Entasis is open for submissions, accepts simultaneous submissions with an approximate one-month response time. The deadline for Fall 2011 is August 10.