Monday, November 26, 2012

End of the World. End of the Book?

Supposedly, this is the year of the end of the world. Editor Richard Newman says, "The first books predicted the end of the world, and probably not long after, people began predicting the end of the book." With the close of book publishers, magazines, and distributors, it's easy to get downhearted about the situation, but Newman says he is not "singing the death song of the printed word." He says, "Good literature will survive the trends and weather the storms and droughts, even if only a handful of people keep it alive and don't surrender to the rapture of destruction."

The most recent issue of River Styx is based on the theme of the end of the world. "In these pages we have presented the irrational struggle with the end of everything—our fear of the end at odds with our odd hope for it," Newman says. Contributors include Bruce Bennett, Lee Upton, Albert Goldbarth, Juliana Gray, Gary Leising, Michael Salcman, Rachel Christilles, William Greenway, Dorianne Laux, Lawrence Raab, Alison Pelegrin, Maura Stanton, Michael Derrick Hudson, Erika Meitner, Greg Pape, Gaylord Brewer, Andrew Hudgins, Jeffrey Hammond, Robert Finch, George Singleton, and Geoff Schmidt.

In addition, the winners of the 2012 River Styx International Poetry Contest are included. The submissions were judged by A. E. Stallings, and the contest is in memory of Anne and James Lindsey.

First Place
Hailey Leithauser: "Minnows"

Second Place
Debra Marquat: "Ground Oregano"

Third Place
Brain Brodeur: "Cousins"

Honorable Mentions
Michael Derrick Hudson
Josephine Yu
Alison Pelegrin
Ryan Wilson