Friday, July 29, 2011
This issue’s theme is: DEBT
There are several prompts available on the website - something for everyone, including data collection on how much debt you owe and when you think you'll pay it off (using google docs survey form).
Good luck Longshot! See you done on Monday!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
NewPages now welcomes two new staffers:
Magazine Review Editor Jennifer VandeZande
Jennifer comes to NewPages from radio, television, and the freelance writing world. The Michigan Association of Broadcasters awarded her several times for her work writing and producing feature and journalistic pieces for Public Radio. In addition, she has written for the online cultural magazine, 360MainStreet.com. She is eager to embark on this course with NewPages and looks forward to gathering the finest reviews from experienced writers as well as introducing new writers to the art of reviewing. More than anything, she wants to help NewPages continue its celebration of the literary magazine and review.
Book Review Editor Holly Zemsta
Much of Holly's career has revolved around books, whether editing, publicizing, or selling them. She previously worked in publishing and news media in the Chicago area before spending a couple of years doing studio catalog photography. Now, as the NewPages book review editor, Holly is happy to be involved in the literary world again. She looks forward to working with the talented reviewers who contribute to NewPages, as well as recruiting others who would like to assist us in bringing attention to the work of small and independent presses.
[Cover art Cover by Réjean Roy: "Petit Route de Canot 3," Gallery 78 Fredericton, NB Canada]
The special feature includes a series of oil paintings (full color) by Caryn Friedlander, and long poems or poems in a series by Cecily Parks, Laura Goldsteins, Dan Kaplan, Megan Kaminski, Darin Ciccotelli, Jenny Gropp Hess, Sarah Mangold, James Meetze, Ailish Hopper, Pattabi Seshadri, Terence Huber, Jakob Stein, Nathan Hauke, Alexandra Mattraw, Joyelle Mcsweeney, Rebecca Givens Rolland, and Steve Barbaro.
[Cover art by Caryn Friedlander.]
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Daniel Nester, from "The Writer is Present," published in the independent online lit mag Painted Bride Quarterly #84
The inaugural issue includes:
Fiction by Lucile Barker, Mark Jacobs, Jane Lebak, George Miller, William Sullivan;
Poetry by William Allegrezza, Salvatore Attardo, Hadara Bar-Nadav, Mary Biddinger, Jaswinder Bolina, Jason Bredle, Marcel Brouwers, Meriwether Clarke, Patrick Culliton, Brandon Downing, Gail Eisenhart, Rich Furman, John Gallaher, Howard Good, Sheila Hageman, Brandi Homan, Audrey Keiffer, Alan King, Becca Klaver, Karyna McGlynn, Laura Merleau, George Miller, Jacob Oet, Emmanuel Pendola, Tonya Peterson, Diana Raab, Dean Rader, Michael Robins, Kathleen Rooney & Elisa Gabbert, Michael San Filippo, Patricia Seyburn, Fiona Sinclair, Sean Singer, Lawrence Sisk, Joseph Somoza, Jennifer Sweeney, Truth Thomas, Lina Ramona Vitkauskas;
Art by Kim Ambriz, Melissa Chicola, Julie Clack, Audrey Heiberger, William Hicks, Eric Lee, Grant Palmer, Tonya Peterson, Michael San Filippo;
And an exclusive interview with author Brigid Pasulka.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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The NewPages Big List of Literary Magazines
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ADANNA - feminist poetry, fiction, essays, reviews, visual art [o]
Her Royal Majesty - poetry, fiction, photography, artwork, recipes [o]
Neon - poetry, prose
Mandala Journal - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art [o]
Twenty20 Journal - poetry, fiction, visual art [o]
trans lit mag - fiction, poetry, artwork, literary nonfiction
past simple - poetry
Inlandia - stories, poems, novel excerpts, memoir, images
751 Magazine - poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, reviews
Saxifrage Press – poetry, fiction, art
Algebra – fiction, memoir, poetry, photography
Loaded Bicycle – poetry, art, translation
Hippocampus - nonfiction, essays, memoir, interviews, reviews [o]
Women in REDzine - poetry, prose, artwork, audio, video
ONandOnScreen – poetry, video
Litro Magazine - poetry, fiction, nonfiction [o]
Menacing Hedge - poetry, fiction, artwork [o]
ONandOnScreen - poetry, video [o]
Trigger - poetry, fiction, visual art [o]
Misc Literary Blogs and Websites
The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts - micro fiction, flash fiction, prose poetry, compressed poetry & visual arts
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Joyland – short fiction
escarp - Twitter lit
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Referential Magazine - poetry, fiction, nonfiction
Independent Publishers and University Presses
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Strokestown International Poetry Festival
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LiTFUSE: A Poets' Workshop
North Coast Redwoods Writers' Conference
Still Point Arts Quarterly is The Gallery's print publication. Along with extensive art portfolios, Still Point Arts Quarterly prints short articles and essays (approximately 400-1500 words) about art. These are not articles about art methods, techniques, art supplies, equipment, art marketing, building a website, etc., but rather The Quarterly seeks "provocative and original material that is about art, the idea of art, the making of art, being an artist, creativity, inspiration, the artist’s subject, the artist’s relation to his or her medium."
The second issue includes art portfolios by Michal Barkai, Jeanne Bessette, Stephen and Tomasko; articles: "A Confession in Clay" by Amanda Wolfe, "A Terrible Lucidity" by Joyce Glasner, "Learning to Draw" by Peter Steinhart, and "The Art of Noise" by Riley Passmore; and poetry by Charlotte F. Otten, and Michelle Ward-Kantor.
An overview of this content is available on the publication's website, as well as full submission guidelines for The Gallery as well as The Quarterly.
Languages represented in issue #2 include Afrikaans, Croatian, Esperanto, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Macedonian, Nepali, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Swedish.
First published online in 2005, Lishanu fell silent until now. Norman Darlington, founder and editor-in-chief, welcomes readers back with this brand new issue and a call for submissions to continue the publication. Issue #3 will be published by early 2012, but, Darlington notes, "depending on quality and quantity of submissions, we may bring this date substantially forward."
In addition to Darlingon, the Lishanu editorial team consists of the following language editors:
Claire Chatelet (French)
Gerd Börner (German)
Jasminka Nadaškić-Djordjević (Serbian)
Tomislav Maretić (Croatian)
Maya Lyubenova (Bulgarian)
Valeria Simonova-Cecon (Russian)
Carlos Fleitas (Spanish)
Andrea Cecon (Italian)
The second place prize of $100 goes to Paul Hellweg for “Little Chang.”
“Eyes Wide Open” by Colleen Quinn
“Cecilio Breaks the Law” by Mary E. Nelson
“The Stone Carver” by Ann Marie Samson
Read the winning stories and more at www.gemini-magazine.com.
Monday, July 25, 2011
The first issue, available in full online as a pdf download, features fiction by Norah Piehl, Cat Ennis Sears, Christine Gentry, and Kate Racculia, photographs by Jarrod McCabe and paintings by Sean Flood, and poetry by Franz Wright, Kendra DeColo, Laura Cherry, Chris Hall, Mary Beth O'Connor, and Suzanne Frischkorn.
You can also get Printer's Devil Review for your iPad, iPhone, or Ipod Touch from Apple's iBookstore for $1 download.
Additional staff members working on the publication include Fiction Editor Kate Estrop, Nonfiction Editor Chris Willard, Poetry Editors Ian Poole and Bonnie Rubrecht, Visual Arts Editors Jess Barnett and Joshi Radin, and Editorial Consultant Timothy Gager.
Printer's Devil Review is open for submissions for their second issue until August 1.
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 August. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.
First place: James Smart [Pictured], of Hull, England, wins $1200 for “Building Butterflies.” His story will be published in the Fall 2012 issue of Glimmer Train Stories.
Second place: Andrew Bales, also of Wichita, KS, wins $500 for "The Empire Builder.”
Third place: Craig Barnes, of Portsmouth, NH, wins $300 for “The Sky and the Sun Coming Over the Earth.”
A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.
Deadline soon approaching for Very Short Fiction Award: July 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.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
For four years, Avery has been publishing emerging authors alongside established ones; young writers alongside older; women alongside men; urban alongside rural. Every single page of our book is devoted to the unpublished short story, so we’ve been able to get over ninety short stories out into the world.
And yet, no matter how widely we cast the net, we’re always going to miss a few states, a few cities, a few voices. Sometimes a story’s voice is too good, too different, too true to fit into an issue.
We decided something had to be done.
The 25 Cities Project is our effort to offer readers even more variety, to encourage writers from more diverse backgrounds to throw their hats in the ring. The short story has been evolving for quite some time now, and through each phase we see changes in style, tone, mood. Above all else, though, we see and seek out changes in voice. So much depends upon who’s telling us the story, and from what vantage point they’re telling.
Visit Avery for a full list of cities, submissions received thus far (some cities still not represented!) and guidelines. PHOTOGRAPHY submissions are also being accepted.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Lantern Puzzle by Ye Chun (叶春) of Columbus, Missouri [Photo Credit: Shawn Flanagan]
Malachi Black of Provincetown, Massachusetts for Storm Toward Morning
Juliette Rodeman of Columbia, Missouri for Reckless Fire
The Editors of Tupelo Press singled out for Honorable Mention Kathy Nilsson of Cambridge, Massachusetts for The Infant Scholar.
Other Distinguished Finalists:
Joseph Campana of Houston, Texas for Natural Selections (withdrew prior to judging, won the Iowa Prize)
J.L. Conrad of Madison, Wisconsin for Disaster Fruit
Rebecca Hazelton of Madison, Wisconsin for Fair Copy
Anna Journey of Fairfax, Virginia for Whisper to the Hive
Stacy Kidd of Stillwater, Oklahoma for Red House Over Yonder
David Roderick of Greensboro, North Carolina for Dear Suburb
Siobhán Scarry of Ridgewood, New Jersey for Pilgrimly
Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer of St. Louis, Missouri for Clarkston St. Polaroids
Eliot Khalil Wilson of Denver, Colorado for This Island of Dogs
This annual competition has historically been open to any poet writing in English who has not previously published a full-length collection of poetry. In 2011, in recognition of how difficult publishing a second book can be, Tupelo Press also accepted submissions of manuscripts from poets who have previously published one full-length book of poems.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Contributors to this first issue include Meagan Dye, J. Bruce Fuller, Russie Wight-Waltman, Erica McCreedy, Marjorie Maddox, Hillary Joubert, Mojie Crigler, Gabrielle Grace, John Peterson, Howie Good, Emily Alford, Liam Daly, Ryan De La Hoz, Joshua Canipe, Steven Brown, and Tim Bruehl.
Additional Note from TP: "Because we can only pray for art, but can actually do something tangible about hatred, injustice and the sufferings of children, Tupelo Press will donate 10% of every dollar received for this magnificent broadside to a worthy nonprofit organization. This month we will donate to Join with Joplin, a program designed to raise funds to assist seniors displaced or injured in the recent Joplin, Missouri tornado."
[NP Note: I ordered a copy of this broadside, and it is GORGEOUS.]
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The August 2011 Postcard Poetry Fest is now open for registration!
Here's what's involved:
Get yourself at least 31 postcards. These can be found at book stores, thrift shops, online, drug stores, antique shops, museums, gift shops. (You'll be amazed at how quickly you become a postcard addict.)
On or about July 27th, write an original poem right on a postcard and mail it to the person on the list below your name. (If you are at the very bottom, send a card to the name at the top.) And please WRITE LEGIBLY!
Starting on August 1st, ideally in response to a card YOU receive, keep writing a poem a day on a postcard and mailing it to successive folks on the list until you've sent out 31 postcards. Of course you can keep going and send as many as you like but we ask you to commit to at least 31 (a month's worth).
What to write? Something that relates to your sense of "place" however you interpret that, something about how you relate to the postcard image, what you see out the window, what you're reading, using a phrase/topic/or image from a card that you got, a dream you had that morning, or an image from it, etc. Like "real" postcards, get to something of the "here and now" when you write.
Do write original poems for the project. Taking old poems and using them is not what we have in mind. These cards are going to an eager audience of one, so there's no need to agonize. That's what's unique about this experience. Rather than submitting poems for possible rejection, you are sending your words to a ready-made and excited audience awaiting your poems in their mailboxes. Everyone loves getting postcards. And postcards with poems, all the better.
Once you start receiving postcard poems in the mail, you'll be able to respond to the poems and imagery with postcard poems or your own. That will keep your poems fresh and flowing. Be sure to check postage for cards going abroad. The Postcard Graveyard is a very sad place.
That's all there it to it. It's that fun and that easy.
To get started, click here register. Once you've registered, you just need to login to see the list of participants.
There is also a new Facebook group for those who sign up for the activity.
The summer issue of ONandOnScreen is a collaboration with BOMB Magazine, with new selections highlighted each week.
Contributors to the issue include Cedar Sigo, Elaine Equi, Susan Briante, Rosanna Bruno & Jeanine Oleson, Ernest Hilbert, Carter Ratcliff, Christina Davis, Kyle Schlesinger & Scott Stark, Joseph Massey, Matthew Zapruder, Jeannie Simms, Fiona Ng, Susie Hu & Miles.
[Thanks Thomas Devaney!]
Additionally (and on the even more fun side of life), MH offers authors whose works are accepted to submit one of their "most cringeworthy efforts from the misty past to Menacing Hedge's evil twin, Scary Bush." Currently on Scary Bush is the poem, "The Poet" by Juliet Cook, written in high school with teacher comments in the margins.
The first issue of Menacing Hedge includes works by P. Hurshell, Nancy Ibsen, Chenelle Milford, Nathan Moore, Paul Nelson, Meg Pokrass, Julene Tripp Weaver, Lucile Barker, Leo Briones, Juliet Cook, Beth Coyote, Christine Hamm, Jeremy Halinen, and Lauren India Henley.
[Cover Image: "Larva Live" by Scott Summers]
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Burrow Press, a new local Orlando publisher hosting this project on their website while Nathan Holic, an instructor at the University of Central Florida and local writer is the curator of the project.
Chris Wiewiora authored the second installation - currently on part six - and all will be collected into a chapbook and sold for the chairty Page 15.
An all-new content Adult Writer’s Regimen runs twice to coincide with the publication of each new issue of SER, in the fall and the spring.
SER will replay each new adult regimen once, in the winter and summer.
SER will run an all-new content Young Writer’s Regimen once per school year, in the spring. That regimen will be repeated during the fall semester.
The content for adult and young writer regimens vary slightly, but include such content as daily prompts for multiple genres, writing exercises, quotes from famous authors, reading suggestions, mimicry reading-writing exercises, craft talk, podcast of the day, back issue content, etc.
The cost for the Young Writer Regimen is $10 with scholarships and fee waivers available for Title I schools. The cost for the Adult Writer Regimen is $15.
For specifics of each regimen, visit The Southeast Review Writing Regimen website.
First Place: Brock Marie Moore
Second Place: Louise Lane
Third Place: Zan Bokes
Honorable Mentions will appear in the Fall 2011 issue: April Bulmer, John Laue, L.Z. Trembley, and Louise Lane.
Monday, July 18, 2011
First place: "Arvies" by Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed Magazine)
Runner-up: "The Incorrupt Body of Carlo Busso" by Eric Maroney (Eclectica)
Honorable mention/third place: "The Green Book" by Amal El-Mohtar (Apex Magazine)
Visit the Million Writers Award site for links to each of these winning stories.
Rafal Maleszyk - Outstanding Photo Award, Professional
Bonnie Jones - Editor's Choice Award, Professional
Kalliope Amorphous - Outstanding Photo Award, Non-Professional
Hugh Jones - Editor's Choice Award, Non-Professional
Finalists – Professional
Alan Brown, Bonnie Jones , Catherine Martinoff, Chan Kwok Hung, Claudio Allia, Daniel Haeker, Jana Asenbrennerova, Jeremy Fokkens, Juergen Lechner, Marcella Hackbardt, Matt Walford, Nicholas Bardonnay, Patrizia Burra, Peter Ciccariello, Sabato Visconti, Svetlana Batura
Finalists - Non-professional
Daniel Haeker, Daniel L Camacho-Sanchez, Estelle Joannou, Habeeb Ali, Haeker Daniel, Hugh Jones, Jacqueline Langelier, Jenn Verrier, Jörgen Rönn, Louis Staeble, Nitin Budhiraja, Sabato Visconti, Scarlett Rooney, Tom Maciejewski
Saturday, July 16, 2011
THE OTHER MAN anthology is a compendium by and about gay men and their relationships, specifically their either being the other man, suffering the other man or having their lives affected in some way by infidelity.
WHO IS THE OTHER MAN?
He's a trespasser, an interloper, the peckerwood who gets between you and your lover, partner or mate. The male equivalent of Cleopatra, Mae West and Jessica Rabbit rolled into one threatening package. He charges into a committed relationship without a thought to the pain and misery he inflicts on the injured parties.
Sometimes, the other man is guilty of nothing more than falling in love with the wrong person - or the right person at the wrong time. And sometimes the other man is YOU. We are not all victims in other man scenarios.
In THE OTHER MAN anthology, twenty gay men write candidly about either being the other man, suffering the other man, or in some way having their lives affected by infidelity. Felice Picano, David Pratt, Tom Mendicino, Erik Orriantia, Tom Mournian, T.J. Parsell, and others dig deep to discover the truth about this OTHER MAN phenomenon. In their funny, poignant, and highly memorable pieces, these acclaimed writers explore the terrain of this sexy, yet unpredictable being.
Personal essays ONLY (4,000 words MAX).
Please send an email, expressing your interest in the anthology and a 100-word bio including publications and awards if appropriate, to Paul Fahey: paul1189-at-sbcglobal.net
Deadline: July 31, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
For the first time in its history, the University of Michigan Press is offering two brand-new novels FREE for reading, a chapter at a time, on its Facebook page starting next week.
The two novels are:
Marjorie Kowalski Cole’s A Spell on the Water, about a woman attempting to put her family back together in a small town after her husband’s death. Barbara Kingsolver said, “I couldn’t put it down.”
Becky Thacker’s Faithful Unto Death, a historical whodunit set at the turn of the last century. When a mother of five mysteriously dies, is it illness, murder—or suicide?
Both novels are being serialized free of charge online for all UofM Press Facebook Friends.
The online serialization is free, and will be up until Labor Day weekend.
The full magazine is available on the LTSG Press website, along with back issues.
The first and second issue include works & translations by Esao Andrews, Alejandro de Acosta, Jorge Carrera Andrade, Johsua Beckman, Ana Božičević, Melissa Broder, Anne Carson, Mrb Chelko, Alan Daniels, Claire Devoogd, Karen Emmerich, Quintus Horatius Flaccus, Matthea Harvey, Madra Hill, Melinda Kosztaczky, F.T. Marinetti, Kate MccGwire, Idra Novey, Elsbeth Pancrazi, Susanne Petermann, Rainer Maria Rilke, Matthew Rohrer, Craig Rubadoux, Glenn Shaheen, Michael Shapcott, Egor Shopavolov, Bianca Stone, Tricia Taaca, Micah Towery, Paul Tunis, Eleni Vakalo, M.A. Vizsolyi, and Jean Zapata.
Though Loaded Bicycle does not accept fiction or non-fiction, the editors are open to short cross-genre work. Loaded Bicycle will publish three issues per year with an on-site archive.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
[Cover Image: Rawlings and the Eggs , oil on canvas, 24 " x 24", by Ellen Siebers, 2008]
Cover image: "Self Portrait" by Kristin Halldorsdottir Eyfells
Eileen Moeller, Philadelphia, PA “Milk Time”
José Antonio Rodríguez, Binghamton, NY “Veins Like Maps”
Josh Humphrey, Kearney, NJ “Catherine Rose at One Week Old”
Sarah Jefferis, Ithaca, NY “Learning to Spell”
Kevin Carey, Beverly, MA “Loved Hockey
A full list of poets and their winning works can be found on the PLR website, along with information about this and other annual contests.
From the publishers website: "Based on the model that A+B = X, Algebra features a range of local and international writers responding, questioning and expanding on specific themes explored in Tramway’s programme. Their contributions range from fiction and memoir to poetry and photography.
"The first issue, inspired by Keith Farquhar show, More Nudes in Colour, Glasgow looked at the nude and nudity and featured writers including novelist, Ellis Avery, playwright, Oliver Emmanuel and short-story writer, Linda Cracknell. The second takes the theme, In the Days of the Comet, from the British Art show as its starting point and will include contributions from Ronald Frame, Nicola White and Helen Sedgewick."
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
WLT also offers exclusive web content: poetry by Ascanio Celestini, Leonardo Sinisgalli and Julian Stannard, and fiction by Ermanno Cavazzoni.
Katie Cortese, "Thrill Ride"
Laura Kate Resnik, "Ms. Muffet"
Allison Alsup, "Pioneers"
Jeanne Emmons, "Vinyl"
Kim Henderson, "Girls"
Thomas Israel Hopkins, "When the Immigrant Is Hot"
Hugh Martin, "Three Months Before We Ship to Iraq"
Francine Witte, "Husband Weight"
The publication's mission is truly unique among literary publications: "At The Ides of March, we think history is anything but boring. It's fun. It's interesting. And, depending on the subject, it can be dramatic, barbarous, beautiful, gross, bloody, smutty - pretty much anything . . our shared experiences as a people, as a species, as living creatures . . is something that should be celebrated, studied, and never forgotten. Not that we have such noble purposes here. We just think historical poetry is pretty sweet."
The table of contents for the first issue is enough to prove they have succeeded in their efforts:
Zann Carter - "The Night John Lennon Died"
Clarence Dearborn - "Vlad Tepes of Wallachia" and “William Howard Taft"
Jenna Kelly – “Apocalypse Now, or Maybe Later: Rapture 2011"
Julie Laws – “Caligula 'Invades' England: 40CE" and “Salad for Hilter"
Mike Miller – “Isambard Kingdom Brunel. 1806-1859"
Amit Parmessur – “Lord Shiva"
Annie Perconti – “Uroboros" and “Xochiquetzal"
Megan Peterson – “Henry VIII,” “Socrates, Dear Friend" and “Catherine the Great of Russia (Who am I?)"
Mark Young – “Enola Gay” and "The Wright Brothers, December 17, 1903"
The Ides of March is open for submissions.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The first issue features writing by Margaret Elysia Garcia, Celeste Auge, Kenna Lee, Mai'a Williams, Jenny Hayes, Jenny Forrester, David Rynne, Rebeca Dunn-Krahn, and art by Verone Flood, Christopher Bibby, and Richard Lishner.
Penduline is accepting online submissions for Issue 2 through September 1, 2011. The theme is "Angst."
Her first young adult novel, The Confessional (Random House/Laurel-Leaf, 2009), endeared her fiction writing to me, especially after it was banned from (and her speaking engagement cancelled with) the Jesuit high school that influenced the setting for the story. I taught the book in my college developmental writing class, and while it was challenging - dealing with issues of drugs, alcohol, homosexuality, immigration, racism, and all starting off with a murder - it was very well received by the students because of its honesty in discussing real-life issues. This Thing Called the Future might be the book to take its place. No less controversial, and no less honest in dealing with difficult subject matter, This Thing Called the Future is the story of 14-year-old Khosi set in HIV-ravaged South Africa.
The story begins -
A drumbeat wakes me. Ba-Boom. Ba Boom. It is beating a funeral dirge.
When I was my little sister Zi's age, we rarely heard those drums. Now they wake me so many Saturdays. It seems somebody is dying all the time. These drums are calling our next-door neighbor, Umnumzana Dudu, to leave this place and join the ancestors where they live, in the earth, the land of the shadows.
- and follows Khosi through several weeks of her life, living with and caring for her aging grandmother and little sister while their mother works away in the city to help (just barely) support them. The story deals very openly and matter-of-factly about the threat of HIV for young girls in Africa, but does so through the strength of Khosi's character - providing a clear and level-headed role model for any young adult responding to such challenging life issues. Khosi watches her careless friend Thandi involve herself with older men (who prefer younger girls less likely to have been exposed, and virgins most especially). Khosi cautions Thandi against her reckless behavior, warning her time and again of the dangers of HIV. Thandi's response is unfortunately typical of so many young people who believe they are infallible. Any young reader will have no trouble identifying with Khosi's rational and sexually conservative stance of self-preservation.
In addition to this clear front message of the book, Powers includes a great deal of South African Zulu culture as it straddles the generations and struggles to survive. Powers's own background includes a master's degree in African History from State University of New York-Albany and Stanford University, a Fulbright-Hayes to study Zulu in South Africa, and serving as a visiting scholar in Stanford's African Studies Department in 2008 and 2009. Her acknowledgements for the book give credit to a number of people with whom she worked in Africa to gain education and insight into the culture, as well as to live it day in, day out. This becomes fully integrated into the writing with the use of Zulu language throughout the text, and a full glossary of the terminology in the back of the book. This is the best kind of cultural exposure and immersion for young (and old) adults. Because there is repetition of key terms and concepts early on in the writing, readers come to learn this language by the end of the book.
Khosi's character and her relationship with the women in her family and the women in her community provide the symbol of the struggle for Zulu cultural survival. Khosi's grandmother believes in the traditional medicine and healing rituals of the Sangoma (female healer) and engages Khosi in a ritual cleansing with her. Khosi's mother has abandoned these 'ancient ways,' but also is either not accepting of contemporary, Western medicine, or is in denial of needing it. Khosi often finds herself conflicted, growing up in this divide of adults and their beliefs. Through the scope of the novel, she comes to make her own decision about what she will choose to follow - traditional medicine to help heal her AIDS-ravaged community, or the way of the sangoma to maintain the strong connection with her ancestral roots.
While Khosi's character provides a strong model of coming to "right behavior" in a variety of situations, understanding how scary and difficult it can be to make the right choices is only evident because Powers writes this fearlessly into the novel. Without knowing the truth of what exists and what young people face - in South Africa, in the United States, in ANY country - we cannot have the real and truthful conversations about what is right behavior, what it means to self-preserve, and what it means to honor both the past and the future. This Thing Called the Future does it all through the voice of a South African teen, tiny in stature, but large enough to shadow all we see looming.
Many YA titles deal with controversial subject matter, and I can only imagine many of them do not make it onto school reading lists. I am hopeful, though, that the young adults themselves are still finding access to these books - in libraries, bookstores, or on their personal e-readers. Controversial subject matter is the most difficult to discuss with young people, and all the more why it needs venues - such as books of fiction - that make it accessible for them to find.
The first five chapters of This Thing Called the Future are available on Powers's website, as well as AIDS & South Africa: A Teacher’s Guide to This Thing Called the Future.
Monday, July 11, 2011
The Annie Dillard Award in Creative Nonfiction
Final Judge: Ira Sukrungruang
First Place: Jay Torrence - “Buckshot”
The 49th Parallel Award in Poetry
Final Judge: Lia Purpura
First Place: Jennifer Militello - “A Dictionary of Mechanics, Memory, and Skin in the Voice of Marian Parker”
The Tobias Wolff Award in Fiction
Final Judge: Adrianne Harun
First Place: Lauri M. Anderson - “Hand, Mouth, Ring”
"With essayists — including Elizabeth Alexander, Robert Hass, and Patricia Smith — describing how poets and artists have brought poetry into different kinds of communities, and a 'toolkit' loaded with experience-based advice, tools, and strategies, Blueprints is a necessity for arts organizers and those in the poetry community." A copublication with The Poetry Foundation, this book is also available for purchase in print.
trans lit mag publishes fiction, poetry, artwork (including cover art), and literary nonfiction, with "special attention given to pieces that play with form in some way, but this should be very loosely translated. Transform comes from the Latin word meaning to change in form, and characters often do undergo a change in appearance or character, but we can also be changed by what we experience – as readers and as artists."
Contributors to past issues include Eric Sasson, Elana Seplow, Douglas Silver, Denny E. Marshall, Jaime Karnes, Shannon Anthony, Sergio Antonio Ortiz, Mitchell Waldman, Parker Tettleton, Jane Hardwidge, Donal Mahoney, Jim Fuess, Andrew McLinden, Jim Fuess, Anna North, Katherine Don, Edwina Attlee, Elizabeth Tenenbaum, Edwina Attlee, Jacqueline Simonovich, Howie Good, Hubert O’Hearn, Hillary Walker, Chizuco Shophia Yw, Jane Elias, Rigby Bendele, and Hubert O’Hearn.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Saturday, July 09, 2011
Call for Design Entries
Each issue will be illuminated by designers whose work reflects and responds to contemporary culture. We believe that good design encompasses art, typography, motion, photography, and illustration, and welcome it as an element that both complements and enhances the quality writing that has always been at the heart of the magazine.
Call for design submissions that explore text and image in a dynamic way. We believe that good design encompasses art, typography, motion, photography, and illustration, and welcome it as an element that both complements and enhances the quality writing that has always been at the heart of the magazine.
Work will be selected by our design editors and a guest designer. Please enter unpublished original designs. Each designer is allowed up to 5 submissions. Winners will be featured in the first redesigned issue of New Orleans Review due out in early 2012.
Open to all designers with the exception of current students, or employees, or others affiliated with New Orleans Review or Loyola University of New Orleans.
Deadline October 1, 2011. Please label files accordingly: Smith_John_01.jpeg (or other acceptable formats), Smith_John_02.jpeg (or other acceptable formats), etc. Winners will be contacted by October 15, 2011 for print-ready files.
Friday, July 08, 2011
Wilson accepts submissions of unfinished works, then publishes them on the site with the book’s title, author's name, the number of pages or words completed, a short summary of the work, and a reason for not finishing novel. This information appears on the front page for the site (blog entries) with a link to a PDF of the first ten pages of the novel. Readers can leave comments.
The site is still in beta, and the blog format allows for easy scrolling through the newest entries, but there are no other ways to search through the content other than by the monthly entries.
After a few visits to the site, I admit I haven't gone into any serious reading beyond the front page. I've actually enjoyed reading the "Reason Abandoned" for each story, some are humorous, some painful, and some, so common with reasons we tend to "abandon" anything in our lives. And some of the writers, while unsuccessful in completing their novels, profess success in other areas. Realizing novel writing wasn't their thing, they pursued other genres with better success. It's entertaining, affirming, and insightful to read these comments - for writers of any genre or length.
Wilson himself actually has been successful in publishing the nonfiction book, The Boys From Little Mexico: A Season Chasing The American Dream (Beacon Press, 2010). Still, he writes, "My Unfinished Novels exists to explore that idea: why was this novel abandoned? The answers, hopefully, will elucidate and entertain." In this, I do say, Wilson is successful yet again.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
[Illustration by Nicoletta Ceccoli]
"The site is a gold mine of information, with well over 100 syllabi and a fascinating range of courses. Some syllabi include extensive bibliographies."
The WLA welcomes suggestions for improving the site, including courses not already listed, or recommending contacts for requesting syllabi. WLA plans to update the syllabus exchange about every six months, so welcomes syllabi and encourages spreading the word about this generous resource.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
All proceeds will be donated to GlobalGiving in aid of victims of the earthquake and tsunami. GlobalGiving will disburse the funds to relief organisations and emergency services on the ground, including International Medical Corps and Save the Children.
Stories for Sendai is available for only $7.99 on Amazon. Send in a copy of your receipt to the editors, and you can be entered in a prize drawing for a number of fun prizes. See Stories for Sendai website for details.
Poets who write in languages other than Irish or English are welcome as are translations of their work into English or other International languages. The review first issue contains the work of sixty-seven poets who have contributed work from the five continents. The poets have contributed work in a range of languages including English, Finnish, French, German, Irish, Japanese, Malay and Spanish.
The review contains work by well-known poets, such as Niyi Osundare one of Africa's best poets, Kimiko Hahn from Japan, Lorna Goodison from Jamaica, Biddy Jenkinson from Ireland, Regina Derieva from Russia, Gerardo Gambolini from Argentina, Rae Armantrout, 2010 Pulitzer Prize Winner from the US with Paul Muldoon, Andrew Motion from the UK, National Literary Laureate Muhammad Haji Salleh from Malaysia, Tom Dawe from Newfoundland and Jennifer Maiden from Australia.
New writers are also included, such as Liz Bachinsky from Canada and Déborah Vuhusic and Ana Vega from Spain.
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Winning stories and full list of finalists available at Narrative.
Narrative Spring 2011 Story Contest deadline is July 31, 2011.