Wednesday, November 30, 2011

LGBT Writers in Schools: Pilot Program

The Lambda Literary Foundation is starting a pilot program called LGBT Writers in Schools, in collaboration with the Gay Straight Educators’ Alliance (GSEA), part of The National Council of Teachers of English.

Lambda Literary will coordinate author visits to classrooms — usually via Skype, but in person wherever possible — for authors to discuss their work with students. They are looking for volunteer LGBT authors, particularly in the YA (Young Adult) field, to donate an hour of their time to speak with participating high school and college classes.

For more information about being added to the list of participating LGBT authors, click here.

New Lit on the Block :: The Destroyer

Joining Editors Drew Krewer and Maureen McHugh is Managing Editor Meagan Lehr, Art Editor Andy Campbell and Web Designer Jason Criscio, to bring readers The Destroyer, a bi-annual online publication of text, art, and public opinion. Freely downloadable digital broadsides also available featuring digital art and quotes from texts.

The inaugural issue features Text by Nicole Wilson, Brandon Downing, Natasha Stagg, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Amaranth Borsuk, Chris Hosea, Tony Mancus, Whitney DeVos, Annie Guthrie, and Brian Oliu; Art by Yuko Fukuzumi, Nicholas Hay, Sarah Duncan, and Casey Wilson; Opinion Pieces by Joe Hall, Steven M. Brown, Kim Largey-Soloway, and Lulu Antipyrene; Cheap Papers by Meagan Lehr, Maureen McHugh, and Drew Krewer.

The Destroyer accepts poetry, texts with no determinate genre, video, audio, and new media. Translations welcome as well as art in all media and thoughtful opinion pieces for "the vent." The Destroyer accepts submissions via Submishmash.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

AWP 2012

The AWP 2012 Schedule is online - and includes an electronic schedule planner that allows you to make selections of sessions and print out a personalized agenda (including an option for activities other than those on the AWP schedule).

Why I'm a Net Artist by Jim Andrews

In “Why I am a Net Artist,” long-time “media poetry” practitioner Jim Andrews reflects on the consequences of computation on language, the fundamental virtues of networked digital computing as a poetic medium, and computing’s facilitation of combinatory operations that drive poetic work into emergent territories. [via The Journal of Electronic Publishing, University of Michigan Library]

New Lit on the Block :: First Inkling

First Inkling is an international student literary magazine, publishing short stories, poetry, graphic fiction, one-act plays, short film (screenplays), novel chapters, and more. Works are accepted from students currently enrolled in accredited colleges or universities at the community college, undergrad, graduate, or post doctorate level, from anywhere in the world. Works in languages other than English will also be considered, as long as it is submitted with an English translation.

The inaugural issue features writing by Lauren Fath, Duncan Lennon, Ryan McLean, Danielle M. Gorden, R. Sam Chaney, Phill Korth, Andrew Watt, Sam Sudar, Sally Wen Mao, Jean Kim, Cody Greene, Urban Eisley, Tait Howard, Daniela Maristany, Ryan Cannon, Minh Phuong Nguyen, Idris Goodwin, Amy Porter, Nicomedes Austin Suárez, N. S. Wiley, and Danielle Jones-Pruett.

All works published in First Inkling will be entered in the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker competition, with $750 cash awards going to the best in: Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, and Poetry.

The issue also includes interviews with Rick Moody, Jim Shepard, John “Jack” Allman, and Brad Gooch.

First Inkling invites student writers to become members to the site and then to post to the publication's blog. Interested students are also invited to become Associate Editors.

Carolina Quarterly Contest Winners

The Fall 2011 issue of The Carolina Quarterly includes the winners of the Riding a Gradient Invisible Contest, "an experiment in 'Show, don't tell.'" Editors sought submissions of writing to transition us into a "post-genre world." Judge Amy Hempel made the following selections, all of which are included in the issue:

First Place: "American Desire" by James McFatter
Runner-up: "epitaph #26" by Matthew Vollmer
Runner-up: "Lift" by Courtney Sender
Honorable Mention: "Conditions" by Aaron Krol
Honorable Mention: "Catasrophilia" by Caroline Young

Monday, November 28, 2011

Parks & Occupation from Whiskey & Fox

From Whiskey & Fox:

The second issue of the Parks & Occupation special series is out, and can be downloaded for free at

No. 2 features work by Joshua Zelesnick, Rebecca Mertz, Gloria Frym, Michael Farrell, Andy Spragg, Gracie Leavitt & RJ Maitland, Robin Clarke, Jeff T. Johnson, David Hadbawnik, and Jon D. Witmer.

At least one more Parks & Occ. is on the way.

New Lit on the Block :: Cuckoo

Cuckoo is an online quarterly literary magazine written and edited by writers aged between 11-19. Cuckoo Quarterly aims to "publish the best young writing from all forms and genres and to be accessible and attractive to a wide readership."

The publication is facilitated and administered by New Writing North, a development agency for creative writing and creative reading based in the north east of England.

Submissions for Edition 1 came from attendees of New Writing North’s three fortnightly writers' groups in Newcastle, Hexham and Durham, or from those who participated in New Writing North's Writing Summer Schools.

The issue features poetry, short fiction, 'rants,' reviews, and interviews by Beth Allison, Jacob Armstrong, Anusha Ashok, Laurie Atkinson, Hannah Bash, Shannon Baxter, Adam Bryden, Alice Buckley, Leah Chan, Jessica Graham, Andrew Henley, Scott Houghton, Hannah Morpeth, Daniella Watson, and Jessica Weisser.

Cuckoo Quarterly hopes that future editions will attract submissions from all over the world.

Cuckoo welcomes submissions of original writing by writers under the age of 19. They encourage everything from poetry to prose, short stories to movie reviews, opinion to imagination. It can be work that fits the categories laid out in previous editions or entirely different; don’t feel constrained by form or genre. The deadline for the next issue is December 21.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

New Lit on the Block :: Phantom Limb

Founded by Kelly Forsythe and Kat Sanchez, Phantom Limb is a new online magazine of poetry, "dedicated to publishing good poems."

The inagural issue features poems by Holly Amos, Michael Haight, Jeffrey Allen, Stephen Danos, Kayla Sargeson, y madrone, Jordan Conrad, Dolly Lemke, Late Litterer, Nathan Breitling, Camiele White, Izzy Oneiric, Steve Henry, Jessica Dyer, Chelsea Kurnick, Kristin Ravel, and Sarah Kelley.

Submissions are open until June 1, 2012 for the Fall 2012 issue.

[Phantom Limb image design: Jeffrey Allen]

Guy Owen Poetry Award Winner

Issue 49.1 of Southern Poetry Review includes "Red Rover" by Catherine Staples, the winner of the 2011 Guy Owen Award for Poetry as selected by Carl Dennis.

Fifth Wednesday's Lucky Anniversary

Independent and going strong, with issue number nine, Fifth Wednesday Journal begins its fifth year of publication - its Lucky Anniversary year. Based in Lisle, Illinois, FWJ will be hosting a special reading by Illinois poets on the evening of Friday, March 2, 2012 at the new Poetry Foundation Building (61 W. Superior Street, Chicago).

Fifth Wednesday Journal also has a well-developed Journal in the Classroom program, offering deeply discounted subscriptions and single copy issues to students in undergraduate or graduate classes using the magazine as a teaching/learning instrument in the class for at least one term. FWJ also offers an Editor in the Classroom along with their program, which is run independently of any other similar program.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New Lit on the Block :: Mixer

Founded and edited by Rebekah Hall and Steve Owen, Mixer Publishing is a new small press that publishes a new online magazine - mixer - every other month (bimonthly), one themed print anthology a year, and 1-2 limited edition novels/novellas a year. mixer is supported by a dedicated group of editors who each specialize in a specific genre.

Owen writes, "mixer is a 'literary genre' magazine that seeks to break the boundaries between genre fiction and literature. Many writers and readers desire something 'in-between' these two limited choices: a mix of entertainment and art. mixer's mission is to appeal to genre fans and literati alike because our goal is to expand the market by appealing to a wider range of tastes and sensibilities than the traditional literary magazine. Our stories and poems either do something fresh or interesting with language, or mix forms in new ways. For example: A realist story that upends the traditional epiphany form. Or a romantic noir written in lyrical prose. Or a horrific black comedy written in a realistic, minimalist style. Or a poem that eschews the pastoral and works against tradition by playing with popular genre or iconoclasm."

As a literary site, mixer does not currently plan on archiving issues by date. Rather, as a genre-based publication, old stories will be "archived" in the order they were published (from new to old) under each genre section (realism, romance, horror, noir, poetry, etc).

A short list the noteworthy online contributors to date include: Brian Evenson, Kate Braverman, Kevin Prufer, Daniel Grandbois, Myfanwy Collins, John Jodzio, and Aaron Burch.

Mixer Publishing's first anthology, of Love & Death: heartburn, headaches, & hangovers, also has additional stories from Kate Braverman and Myfanwy Collins, as well as Kirstin Allio.

mixer accepts submissions via Submishmash.

Antioch Celebrates 70

Founded in 1941, the newest issue of The Antioch Review (Fall 2011) celebrates the publications 70th year and features the best work we’ve published in the last decade. A full table of contents is available on the magazines website under Current Issue. Each selection for this retrospective celebration includes the original publication date of the piece as well as a current biography of the author. Robert Fogarty has also provided a history of the publication which can be read on the magazine's home page.

Carolina Quarterly Tagline Contest

Here's something to talk about over turkey: The Carolina Quarterly is asking readers to come up with a tag line for issue 61.3 with a free 1-year subscription prize. You submit your entry by posting to the comments section on the CQ website. Here's a bit more from their post:

Since 2010, each issue of The Carolina Quarterly has contained a unique tag line, appearing on the title page at the front and subscription form at the back of the journal. Now we want your help to come up with the next one.

Recent tag lines include:
Punctilious Whimsy Since 1948
Obdurate Effervescence Since 1948
Habitually Nascent Since 1948
Prurient Scripturience Since 1948
Comfortably Eclectic Since 1948

Guidelines: Tag lines must be 22 characters or less, and ideally two words, in keeping with precedent. The tag line should make sense as a descriptor of The Carolina Quarterly and should indicate something we’ve been/been doing “Since 1948.”

Deadline: December 1

Monday, November 21, 2011

Gemini Flash Fiction Contest Winners

The winner of the Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest is Xavier McCaffrey for his work "Drinks on the Doctor," with second place awarded to "Death in Nairobi” by Agatha Verdadero. These as well as honorable mentions by Todd Benware, Geoffrey Uhl, Heather Sappenfield, Laura Loomis, and Corey Ginsberg are all available to read on the Gemini Magazine website.

Midway Additions

Currently in its sixth year of operations, Midway Journal welcomes the addition of Assistant Poetry Editor, Molly Sutton Kiefer and Non-fiction Editor, Priscilla Kinter to the staff. Midway Journal is an online publication of drama, fiction, poetry, nonfiction. The newest issue features works by Ray Gonzalez, Timothy Gager, Elizabeth Aoki, Drew Jennings, Richard Lovejoy, Sarah Katherine McCann, Lucas Pingle, and Phillip Sterling.


Phillip Barron and Katy Ryan are the collaborative effort behind OccuPoetry, a new journal, collecting and publishing poetry about economic justice/injustice, greed, protest, activism, and opportunity.

Barron writes, "The Occupy Movement is speaking to people in all parts of the country (and even the world), and as the next few weeks unfold, you'll see that the wonderful submissions we are receiving reflect this geographic diversity. The protesters are being evicted from the parks that, up to this point, have been the symbols of the occupation. But the movement will adapt, and the poetry will continue because the pursuit of economic justice grows only more intense."

Already featured on the site are poems by Carrie Osborne (CA), Richard Downing (FL), and Louie Crew (NJ). A unique feature of the site is recordings of poets presenting their poetry, emphasizing the oral quality of the poetic discipline and also making the website more accessible to people with different abilities.

Three times a week, OccuPoetry will publish poetry three times a week. Information on submissions is here.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Graduate CW Classes for Audit

Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA has a select number of graduate-level creative writing courses open to the public for auditing during the winter residency of its Solstice MFA Program, scheduled from December 30, 2011 to January 8, 2012. Classes are open to serious writers working at all levels; auditors are encouraged to complete the advance preparation requirements for any MFA class they wish to attend. The registration fee is $30 per course for Solstice graduates/$40 per course for the general public; the deadline for enrolling as an auditor for winter 2011 Residency is Friday, December 23, 2011.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Endings :: Northwest Review

Editor Daniel Anderson bid readers farewell in the final issue of Northwest Review (v49 n2). The Creative Writing Program of the University of Oregon website notes: "This was not an easy conclusion for us to reach. However, the current economic climate, as well as the rapidly evolving nature of literary quarterlies today, present challenges that we simply do not have the financial and human resources to overcome. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years - as readers and as writers - and we wish all of you success in placing your poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction elsewhere."

The final edition is a celebration of the work of "poet, colleague, mentor, and friend" Charles Wright and includes poetry by Charles Wright, poetry in tribute to Charles Wright (Yusef Komunyakaa, James Tate, Charles Simic), reminiscences about Charles Write (James Tate, Chase Twichell, Ann Beattie, David Young, Adrienne Su, Mark Strand), essays on Charles Wright (Garrett Hongo, Mark Jarman), two symposium sections with a dozen works, and a final section of appreciations for Charles Wright (Michael Collier, Edward Hirsch, Aaron Baker, Dave Smith, Jahan Ramazani). Additionally, there is a final contribution of poetry to close this final issue of Northwest Review.

New Lit on the Block :: The Prompt

Editor Kim Hunter-Perkins brings us the prompt, a new online literary magazine that hopes to encourage submissions based on prompts. The editors clarify that they mean "to provide a place for work that often has no place in a traditional literary magazine because of its form or function." That is, writing that is the result of a workshop or writing exercise that is "pretty darned good," but is rejected on the basis of being "too workshoppy."

To further encourage prompt-based writing, and to solicit submissions, the prompt provides an array of prompts, including text prompts, photo prompts, audio prompts and video prompts. If you haven't tried it, it's pretty amazing what a 30-second audio clip can inspire!

the prompt website also includes commentary and resources on a featured form (currently "The Post-Apocalyptic Genre"), and "practical pedagogy" on how teachers can use the prompt in the classroom.

Working to produce a quality publication are Associate Editors Dan Davis, Natalie Doehring, Luke Kingery, Kristi McDuffie, Whitney Noland, Anna-Elise Price, Clint Walker, and Artists in Residence Heidi Butler Mitchell and Christy Blew.

the prompt is accepting submissions of poetry, including flash-based poetry, prose - including fiction and creative non-fiction, and "non-traditional selections" such as scenes, character profiles, "snapshots," etc. The Prompt accepts submissions via Submishmash.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Narrative Poetry Contest Winners

Winners of the Narrative Third Annual Poetry Contest have been announced, with poems available to read on the Narrative website:

Willa Carroll "No Final Curtain"

Emma Gorenberg "Miscellany"

Shivani Mehta "Twenty-One People between My Legs (and Counting)"

Melissa Barrett
Rebekah Bloyd
Heather Gibbons
Shane Lake
Jodie Marion
Kristina McDonald
Maya Pindyck
Diane Seuss
Allen Speed
Sarah Wedderburn

New Lit on the Block :: Petrichor Review

Founded and edited by Emma Nichols, Pete Viola, and Sean Case Petrichor Review is a new online triannual of poetry, fiction, and art.

The first issue features fiction and poetry by Corey Mesler, G.A. Saindon, Howie Good, James Valvis, Jason Kalmanowitz, John Grey, Joseph Farley, Kyle Hemmings, Larry Gaffney, Len Kuntz, Les Wicks, M. Chandler Rodbro, Matthew Dexter, Paul David Adkins, Peter Marra, Thomas Zimmerman, Valentina Cano, and Walter Campbell, and artwork by Charlotte McKnight, Doris Case, Jim Fuess, Kimberly Marra, Lindsey Buckley, Thomas Zimmerman, and Vinny Carnevale.

Petrichor Review is open for submissions for their next and upcoming issues.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Narrative Spring 2011 Story Contest Winners

The Narrative Spring 2011 Story Contest Winners have been announced and are available on the publication's website:

Nickolas Butler “Underneath the Bonfire”

Jan Ellison “Second First Night”

Katie Cortese “The Promised Land”

Douglas Bauer
Wesley Brown
Leslie Ingham
Hannah Johnson
Jerry D. Mathes II
Lewis Moyse
Rina Piccolo
Rickey Pittman
Charlotte Price
Lynn Stegner

New Lit on the Block :: Antiphon

Edited by Rosemary Badcoe and Noel Williams, Antiphon (UK) is a new online quarterly of poetry and reviews of poetry books. The Antiphon website also includes an online forum for opinions on poems and articles related to poetry.

The inaugural issue offers new work from Catherine Edmunds, Martyn Crucefix, Andrew Shields, Larry Jordan, Angelina Ayers, Jane Røken, Richard Moorhead, James Howard, Michaela Ridgway, Cora Greenhill, Mario Petrucci, Claire Dyer, John C Nash, Janet Fisher, Thomas Zimmerman, Jan Fortune, Brian Edwards, David Harmer, Pippa Little, and David Callin. The publication also features book reviews of works by Christy Ducker, Michael Mackmin and Helena Nelson, and a column called “Debating Point,” with this issue’s focus being: “Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Submissions are open through Submishmash.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology

The Poetry Anthology at Occupy Wall Street currently cataloged in the Occupy Wall Street library and maintained by the Occupy Language (formerly Occupy Poetry) seeks poems to place in the anthology. Send poems via e-mail (attachments accepted) to the librarian at the People’s Library: stephenjboyer [at] gmail [dot] com. You will receive and automated response. The anthology is currently organized in binders by week, with plans to migrate portions or all to the Web. Read more: here.[via Sarah Sarai]

Occupy Wall Street Library

The People’s Library is the collective, public, open library of the Occupy Wall Street leaderless resistance movement.

Located in the northeast corner of Liberty Plaza, the library provides free, open and unrestricted access to our collection of books, magazines, newspapers, ‘zines, pamphlets and other materials that have been donated, collected, gathered and discovered during the occupation.

The Occupy Wall Street Library website provides an overview of how the borrowing system works at the lending FAQ, a link to a catalog for a list of titles, the library's history, and information on contributing to learn how you can help.

New Lit on the Block :: FictionNow

Editor Marge Lurie of FictionNow writes that the online magazine's mission is "connecting good writers of short fiction with hungry, interactive readers. You'll find stories that honestly reflect what it's like to be alive in the 21st century - stories that wrestle, as all good fiction must, with how to construct meaning out of the welter of untamed experience."

The first issues features works by Elizabeth England, George Dila, Richard Smolev, Ray Abernathy, Joel Hinman, Pamela Painter, Joanne Avallon, Silvia Bonilla, Seth Kaufman, and Susan Buttenwieser.

Submissions are open for previously unpublished fiction between 250 and 4,000 words.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

NewPages Young Authors Guide

Please check out the Young Authors Guide on

This is guide where young authors (as defined by each publication - sometimes it includes college-age) can find places to publish their writing. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather a select list of publications in print as well as online that have open submissions with guidelines, an editorial selection process, and a regular print cycle. Some publish only young authors, some publish all ages for young audiences. For more specific submission guidelines, visit the publication's website.

Also included in this guide are contests for young writers. These are carefully selected for quality and sensitivity to not wanting young writers to be taken advantage of (with promises of publication and high entry fees). Almost all are no-cost entry with some awarding scholarship money.

This is not a paid-for page or an advertising page in any way. It is a page I have put together as a resource to encourage young writers in their interest.

If you know of other publications or contests that could be added to this list, please e-mail me with information:

Friday, November 11, 2011

What's New?! NewPages Updates

New addition to the The NewPages Big List of Literary Magazines:

Beecher’s Magazine [P] - poetry, fiction, nonfiction
Clover [P] - poetry, fiction
Efiction Notice [O] – serial novels, short stories, plays, essay, poetry, children’s stories
Efiction Notice [O] - poetry, fiction, serial novels, drama, essays, children's stories
The Fib Review [O] - poetry
New Purlieu Review [O] - poetry, fiction, artwork, photography
Scintilla [O] - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual works
Shot Glass Journal [O] - poetry
Stoneboat [P] - poetry, prose
Armchair/Shotgun [P] - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual arts
The Coffin Factory [P] - poetry, fiction, essays, art, interviews
Little Patuxent Review [P] - poetry, prose, visual art
Magnolia Journal [P] - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, photography
Matter Journal [P] - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art
Phantom Drift [P] - poetry, fiction, nonfiction
Vlak [P] - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, photography

[O] = mainly online
[P] = mainly print

Newly added to the NewPages Guide to Literary Links:
Freshly Hatched - nonfiction
Glimpse - Your stories from abroad
Ray's Road Review - poetry, fiction
Rufous Salon - flash fiction, poetry, artwork

Newly added to the NewPages Guide to Alternative Magazines:
Autostraddle - news, entertainment, opinion and girl-on-girl culture
Zocalo - connects people to ideas and to each other in an open, accessible, non-partisan and broad-minded spirit

Newly added to NewPages Guide to Independent Publishers & University Presses
ELT Press - academic, nonfiction, literary criticism

Thursday, November 10, 2011

New Lit on the Block :: Yew

Edited by designer Stephenie Foster and poet Carolyn Guinzio, Yew: A Journal of Innovative Writing and Images by Women will showcase three writers per month online with visual art provided by the writers, their collaborators, other artists or the editors.

The inaugural issue features Laynie Browne's poem "An Urgent Walk Across a Moor" paired with Stephenie Foster's photograph series "Drawn to the Light: Images of Mexico"; Andrea Baker's work comprised of her own text and images; and Doro Boehme's text paired with her own photographs.

Upcoming issues will feature writing and art by Maureen Alsop, Rosebud Ben-oni, Carol Berg, Grace Cavalieri, Jeri Coppola, Carolina Ebeid, Merlin Flower, Michaela Gabriel, Anne Gorrick, Endi Bogue Hartigan, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Megan Kaminski, Genevieve Kaplan, Deborah Poe, Maritza Ranero, Petra Whitaker, Marcela Sulak, and Carol Szamatowicz.

Yew welcomes submissions of poetry, hybrid writing, photography, or other visual art via email.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Lit Mags Gone Gorgeous :: South Dakota Review

Part of what makes the newest issue of South Dakota Review so stunning, in addition to the cover art by Oscar Howe (and design by Holly Baker) is the fact that the magazine changed its format to a luxurious 9x9, which allows two columns to ease the prose and wide margins to frame poetry.

Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing at The University of South Dakota, and now the new Editor-in-Chief of SDR, Lee Ann Roripaugh says the format change is permanent: "Our former editor, Brian Bedard, retired from USD this past spring, and I subsequently inherited the editorship of SDR. While I definitely wanted to retain the unique flavor of South Dakota Review, particularly with respect to its longstanding commitment to explorations of place/space/landscape and support of place-based and indigenous writers, I also wanted to both complicate these explorations, as well as contextualize them within larger national and even global literary contexts. Our goal is to broaden the aesthetic and cultural scope of the magazine in eclectically exciting ways, and broadening this conversation, to my mind, also included broadening the design. In particular, I wanted a larger page to allow for more possibilities in terms of framing and accommodating a wider variety of poems. Also, with the proliferation of so many excellent electronic magazines, it seems that if one is going to do a print magazine, the magazine should take delight in the sensuous and aesthetic pleasures of its own 'printishness.'"

Mission accomplished SDR.

New Lit on the Block :: scissor and spackle

Jenny Catlin, Founder/Editor In Cheif, and Matt Schmid, Editor, bring readers scissors and spackle an online publication with a print companion, both available on the twenty-third of each month.

Issue II includes poetry and fiction Adrian Mitchell, Alex Schillinger, Anja Vikarma, Ariana D. Den Bleyker, Carla Sarett, Chris Castle, Cody Deitz, Corey Mertes, D.G. Bracey, Dennis Nau, DJ Swykert, Donna d. Vitucci, John Fields, Josh Goller, Kaydi Johnson, Laura LeHew, M.P. Powers, Mark.Farrell, Mather Schneider, Robert Kulesz, Robert Levin, Sandra K. Woodiwiss, Steven Finkelstein, Tim Schumacher, and Wendy Bradley, as well as the photo essay "Making of the Gods: Snippets of the life and craft of the god makers of Kumortuli as seen and felt by Anurima Das and Saikat Sengupta."

scissors and spackle is open for submissions of comics, short stories, poetry, art, photography, erotica, genera-fiction, audio, and video.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Lit Med Database

Literature, Arts, and Medicine

This site, sposored by NYU, is a resource I keep coming across in my research. Time and again, when working on analysis of literature, this site pops up, and I have found it immensely helpful in guiding some of my work. Specifically, "The Literature, Arts, & Medicine Database is an annotated multimedia listing of prose, poetry, film, video and art that was developed to be a dynamic, accessible, comprehensive resource for teaching and research in MEDICAL HUMANITIES, and for use in health/pre-health, graduate and undergraduate liberal arts and social science settings."

Fine for med students, as a lit student/teacher, this site works great for me! Each entry specifies genre (including medium for art), keywords (which help direct analysis from a medical perspective and are linked to others with the same theme), summary and commentary. Bibliographic information is also provided.

New Lit on the Block :: Aesthetix

Aesthetix is a new online poetry publication with a unique approach: poets are required to write a poem using one specific title per issue. According to the editor, "This results in a really interesting variety of approaches to a subject ('aesthetix') juxtaposed in ways that are not common in the average poetry journal."

The first issue, "Red Car in the Future," includes works by Seth Landman, Wendy Xu, Sean Williams, Rob MacDonald, Adam Clay, Ed Haworth Hoeppner, Matt Anserello, Parker Tettleton, Nick Lantz, B. Medrev, John Gallaher, Nick Sturm, Matthew Henriksen, Kimiko Hahn, JoAnna Novak, and Elisabeth Workman.

Aesthetix will post one featured title quarterly for submission consideration. Submissions accepted from new and established writers, with a particular interest in publishing long poems, collaborative poems, poems with nontext elements, poems by children, and poems by non-poets.

Narrative Medicine

Two related pieces from MedPage Today:

A Love Story, in Print and in the Clinic
Kistina Fiore's special report on the practice of medical professionals and writing. Includes interviews with editors and contributors from The Healing Muse, Bellevue Literary Review, Ars Medica, Creative Nonfiction, and Third Space. Also includes a video interview with BLR's publisher, Dr. Martin Blaser.

Fiore writes: "Physicians are, by virtue of their profession, enmeshed in the human condition, so it's not surprising that many are drawn to literature...Moreover, there is an increasing recognition of the value of the reflective process involved in writing as a means of honing a healer's skill."

Narrative Medicine and the Godfather

An excerpt from Kristina Fiore's interview with Lee Gutkind.

Monday, November 07, 2011

New Lit on the Block :: ffrrfr

Jim Cole is founder and editor and Ana Machuca the fiction editor of the newly launched ffrrfr, an online and "occasional print journal" of short fiction devoted to "creative storytelling and intriguing uses of language."

The first issue features works by Miranda Mellis and David-Glen Smith along with an interview with each.

ffrrfr is accepting submissions for their winter 2011-12 issue through November 30. ffrrfr us "open to all styles" and is "most interested in writers who are doing interesting things with language, such as the use of Oulipian constraints."

Six Poets on Six Movies

Issue #10 of New Ohio Review includes a section in which six poets were asked to write about movies that had a particular impact on them. Claudia Rankine writes about 35 Shots of Rum, Jeffrey Harrison about Antonioni's The Passenger, George Bilgere about No Country for Old Men, Lloyd Schwartz about Angel by German-born director Ernst Lubitsch, Laurence Goldstein about the 1946 film Tomorrow if Forever, and Linda Bamber about the 2011 documentary Long Night's Journey Into Day.

Friday, November 04, 2011

PEN's Prison Writing Fundraiser

Breakout: Voices from Inside
The 2011 PEN Prison Writing Program Fundraiser

With Cara Benson, Hettie Jones, Claudia Menza, Marie Ponsot, Susan Rosenberg, Jackson Taylor, John Paul Infante, Randall Horton, and other special guests

Join PEN Members and special guests for a reading of award-winning prose and poetry from the PEN Prison Writing Contest. Proceeds from the event help ensure that PEN’s hallmark program continues to promote the restorative and rehabilitative power of writing by providing hundreds of inmates with skilled writing mentors, free Handbooks for Writers in Prison, and a forum where inmates are encouraged to use the written word as a legitimate form of power.

This event will feature a special reading of poems and prose by incarcerated men and women everywhere from El Paso to Riker’s Island, from Ft. Leavenworth to San Diego.

When: Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Where: The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York City
What time: 7 p.m.
Tickets: $25. Purchase online or e-mail

**If you can’t attend, please sponsor an MFA writing student to go in your place.**

In 2011, PEN’s Prison Writing Program:
• Distributed more than 8,000 copies of the PEN Handbook for Writers in Prison free of charge to men and women serving sentences throughout the United States
• Connected over 100 mentors with writers in prison for one-on-one instruction
• Judged over 1,500 manuscripts in our Prison Writing Contest
• Reprinted an Anthology Doing Time, with a new forward

Thursday, November 03, 2011

New Lit on the Block :: Magnolia

Published by the Institute of Arts and Social Engagement, Magnolia: A Journal of Women's Literature publishes "socially engaged works of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry that interact with and challenge social injustices of our time."

Misty Ericson, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of, an online portal of women's creative arts and activism, writes in the journal's foreword: "Magnolia: A Journal of Women's Literature, and its precursor,, were established in an effort to bridge the gap created by both political and market censorship, as a space wherein women can speak freely the truth of female experience, to draw our attention to the atrocities of our world, and to act as catalysts for social, cultural, and political change."

With selections chosen and introduced by Gayle Brandeis, Volume One features works by Mary Akers, Andrea Berthot, Lorraine Caputo, Stephanie Dickinson, Bonnie Fortune, Ana Garza G’z, Eliza Kellley, Kathleen Kirkm Sari Krosinsky, Peggy Landsman, Simone Martel, Adriana Paramo, Carol Smallwood, Sami Schalk, Jill Stukenberg, Sheila Thorne, and Linda Whittenberg.

Submissions for this annual print publication are accepted from September - December. See the magazine's website for full guidelines.

Biographies :: Lifelines

Delta College Professor Emeritus John Augustine hosts Lifelines, a weekly public radio program spotlighting biographies of famous people we want to or ought to know better through books.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

New Lit on the Block :: Armchair/Shotgun

John Cusick, Laura McMillan, Adam Read-Brown, and Evan Simko-Bednarski make up the editorial board at Armchair/Shotgun, a print journal of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and visual arts "published occasionally, and for good reason."

Currently in its second issue, Armchair/Shotgun features works by Zachary White, Brian Morrison, Kimberly Grey, Marvin Shackelford, Sono Osato, Sarah Kate Levy, Alanna Bailey, Kevin Brown, Alicia Dreilinger, Cory Schubert, Kevin Dugan, Matthew Montesano, Cecilia Galarraga, and Jackson Culpepper.

Armchair/Shotgun accepts submissions "on real honest-to-goodness paper" and professes to "not care about your bio. We read all submissions anonymously, and conceal even an author’s name until a piece has been selected for publication. We feel that good writing does not know one MFA program from another. It does not know a PhD from a high school drop-out. Good writing does not know your interstate exit or your subway stop, and it does not care what you’ve written before. Good writing knows only story."

Arkansas Review: 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement

The Summer/August 2011 issue of Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies, commemorates Civil Rights Activism in Arkansas. Induced in the issue are the articles: "Battle Cry of Freedom: Little Rock, Arkansas, and the Freedom Rides at Fifty" by John A. Kirk, "'We Became Radicalized by What We Experienced': Excerpts from an Interview with William (Bill) Hansen, Director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee's Arkansas Project, July 22, 1997" by Jennifer Jensen Wallach, and "Why the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement is More Important than the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War" a panel discussion with John A. Kirk, Grif Stockley, and Spirit Trickey.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

New Lit on the Block :: The Coffin Factory

Published & Edited by Laura Isaacman & Randy Rosenthal, with Managing Editors Brendan Kiely & Jessie Chaffee, and Editorial Assistants Darcey Glasser, Jessica Kagansky, and Leah Clancy, The Coffin Factory intends to serve as "a nexus between readers, writers, and the book publishing industry" and to "provide great literature and art to people who love books, including those who do not usually read literary magazines." The Coffin Factory publishes fiction, essays, and art three times a year in print.

The inaugural issue features written works by Roberto Bolaño, Steve Danziger, Craig Epplin, Milan Kundera, Pablo Medina, Bonnie Nadzam, Andrés Neuman, Joyce Carol Oates, Bernard Quiriny, John Reed, Fred Reynolds, José Saramago, Rabindranath Tagore, and Justin Taylor, and artwork by Ron Agam, Sean Anderson, Sylvia Brewster, Kim Dorland, Michael Draghi, Stefanie Gutheil, Jenny Jozwiak, Kaoruko, Niki Khindri, John Lees, Yigal Ozeri, Joon Park, Marc Séguin, and Christian Vincent.

The Coffin Factory accepts electronic submissions of fiction, essays, and art. Full guidelines are available on the magazine's website.

NOR Contest Winners

The Fall 2011 (#10) issue of New Ohio Review includes their 2011 Contest Winners. The poetry winners, selected by Nancy Eimers, are Julie Hanson ("A Mile In"), awarded first prize of $1,500; and Angie Mazakis ("Pretending to be Asleep" and "Owen and Paul"), awarded second prize of $500. The fiction winners, selected by Don De Grazia, are Daniel Larkins ("The Rush of Losing"), awarded first prize of $1,500; and Emily Nagin ("The Truest Thing") awarded second prize of $500.