Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Lit on the Block :: The Adroit Journal

The Adroit Journal is a triannual downloadable PDF publication edited by Peter LaBerge (Editor-in-Chief), Ameerah Arjanee and Magen Eissenstat (Poetry Genre Editors), Connor Cook and Kratika Mishra (Fiction Genre Editors), Michele Ang (Art/Photography Editor), and additional staff members.

LaBerge tells me, "The Adroit Journal was conceived for mainly two reasons: as a fundraising vehicle for an organization called Free the Children Organization, and as an opportunity for teenagers to come together to produce a collection of quality literature." A link to Free the Children is provided on The Adroit Journal website, and donors make their contributions directly to the organization.

Readers can expect to find a complete variety of poetry and fiction within the pages of The Adroit Journal. "Often readers and contributors remark that they cannot find a singular type of work that The Adroit Journal considers," LaBerge notes, "because we consider (and publish) all different kinds."

Some of the many contributors to date include: Poetry - Carol Guess, Dorianne Laux, Annie Finch, Lee Upton, Matt Mauch, Laura Kasischke, Darlene Pagán, Wendy Barker, Rebecca Kaiser Gibson, and Lyn Lifshin; Fiction - Kirk Nesset, James Valvis, William Walsh, Joel Allegretti, Kim Chinquee, Lydia Millet, and Karen Lizon.

LeBerge hopes to soon convert the journal to a print publication, and establish a direct way to contribute to the Free the Children organization, rather than the current implemented suggested donation method. This would then more directly fulfill his original goal for the publication and the efforts of its editors and contributors.

The Adroit Journal accepts poetry, fiction, and art/photography for publication in all issues on a rolling basis. Deadline information is made available on the website as deadlines approach. There are no themed submissions calls, and all submitted work should be submitted one at a time (i.e. each poem or piece of flash fiction separately) on the journal's submission server (Submishmash). Please see the website for more specific genre guidelines.

Monday, January 30, 2012

New Lit on the Block :: HOOT

HOOT is a unique monthly traditional-mail delivered postcard print format with additional separate content online.

When asked Why start a literary magazine?, Editors Dorian Geisler and Amanda Vacharat replied: "This is a great question. It does seem counterintuitive, a little bit, to start a literary magazine now, in 2012 - when there are already a bazillion magazines struggling to find readers and subscribers. We started a literary magazine because we thought we saw an unfilled niche, based on what people are looking for right now. It's not that people don't want to read new authors anymore, it's that they don't want it to take up a lot of time. People want concision. Furthermore, they want things that are shareable and self-defining (think Twitter and Facebook posts). So, we made a magazine that's short, and affordable, which (hopefully) looks good enough to be hung on a fridge, and is small enough that it can be easily passed along to others."

I have personally received the HOOT postcards, and as a fan of postcard lit, can attest that these are some of the best quality cards in full color that I have seen.

HOOT editors claim that their publications contain "Zest! We like zest. So readers can expect to find it! By which we mean: surprises - not 'twist' endings, but a wide variety in styles and subject matter from issue to issue. HOOT readers can also expect to find art that is visually appealing and also varied in style."

For the print (postcard) issue, there is only have one author per issue, so to date contributors include J. Bradley, John Steen, William Henderson, and Andrea Uptmor. Online issues, contributors to date are Meagan Wilson, Meghan Slater, Christopher Grosso, Stewart Lindh, William Doonan, Maria Anderson, Justis Mills, Caroline Zarlengo Sposto, Nick Sanford, Stephen Ross, Linda Simoni-Wastila, Thomas Mundt, and Marcy Campbell.

HOOT's plans for the future are "all about the idea that literature isn't just for capital-L Literary types." Editor Amanda Vacharat explains, "There's quality work being written that has appeal for a much larger audience, as long as it fits into their schedules. So, we're playing with the idea of printing literature on a variety of other mediums. We also want to make contemporary writing available to people who might not otherwise have access to it. We're working towards a model where we can send some subscriptions into prisons and inner city schools and libraries. [Editor's note: YEAH!] Also, starting in March, we'll be running free, in-person writing workshops locally (Philadelphia)."

Submissions are year-round and rolling. For print, writers can submit by mail or online. There is a $2 fee for submitting online via Submishmash (which the editors encourage! because this is how they are able pay their authors). But, mail submissions are accepted too, with a SASE. All for-print submissions are automatically considered for online publication. Authors only interested in online publication can submit by email.

In addition to all of this, HOOT editors run free online workshops every Wednesday evening in a chat room - for flash fiction/non-fiction and short poems (<150 words). "Basically," Vacharat says, "we'll read your work right there and give you immediate feedback. You're also welcome to help give feedback on other people's writing. We're very supportive, while still being honest. We try to give very specific things to work on. It's great for all writers - but especially if you're thinking of submitting, you'll also get a great sense of what we tend to like (and not like)."

[Pictured: HOOT: ISSUE 2, November 2011, "Poem" by John Steen]

Celebrate National Poetry Month with FREE Poetry

Free copies of the April 2012 issue of Poetry will be given to reading groups that request them by March 23. The Poetry Foundation asks that in return, you send a brief account of your discussion. Issues will be shipped in late March. Requests will be accepted online only here.

AWP Women's Caucus Meeting 2012

Where is the place for the woman writer within AWP and within the greater literary community? The women’s caucus discusses this as well as the continuing inequities in creative writing publication and literature. In addition, the panel will explore cultural obstacles in the form of active oppression, stereotypes, lack of access to literary power structures, historical marginalization of women’s writing, issues and perspectives, and the diverse voices of women. Networking opportunities.

Event Participants: Lois Roma-Deeley, Patricia Smith, Rebecca Olson, Kathleen Aguero, Lisa Bowden

Scheduled Day: Friday, March 2

Scheduled Time: 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM

Scheduled Room, Hotel, Floor: Lake Erie, Hilton Chicago, 8th Floor

AWP Conference
Chicago, Illinois
February 29-March 3, 2012
Hilton Chicago & Palmer House Hilton

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers Winners

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 February. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

First place: David Goguen of San Francisco, CA, [pictured] wins $1200 for “Old Teeth.” His story will be published in the Spring 2013 issue of Glimmer Train Stories, out in February 2013. This is David’s first story accepted for publication.

Second place: Allison Frase Reavis, of Carrboro, NC, wins $500 for “Episodic Tremors.”

Third place: James Wheeler, of Baltimore, MD, wins $300 for “The International Typographers Union.”

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

Deadline for the Very Short Fiction Award: January 31 Glimmer Train hosts this competition twice a year, and first place has been increased to $1500 plus publication in the journal. It’s open to all writers, no theme restrictions, and the word count must not exceed 3000.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

2011 Fall Black River Chapbook Competition Winner

Black River Press has announced that Nick McRae has won the Fall 2011 Black River Chapbook Competition for his collection of poems, Mountain Redemption.

Nick McRae's poems, reviews, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Hayden's Ferry Review, Linebreak, Passages North, The Southern Review, Third Coast, and other journals. Formerly a Fulbright fellow in the Slovak Republic and a finalist for the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, he now studies poetry and teaches creative and analytical writing at The Ohio State University, where he also serves as Poetry Review Editor for The Journal.

Complete lists of the Fall 2011 Black River Chapbook Competition finalists and semi-finalists can be found on the Black Lawrence Press blog.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Les Figues Press NOS Contest Winner

Judge Sarah Shun-lien Bynum has selected Among the Dead: Ah! and Afterward Yes! by Becca Jensen as the winner of the first annual Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest.

Among the Dead: Ah! and Afterward Yes! takes place inside a family of five: Mrs. G, Mr. G, the daughter, the collector, and the chorus. It is a book about reading, imagination and the possibility of finding solace — or at the very least, meaning — in beauty. Among the Dead: Ah! and Afterward Yes! will be published in Fall 2012.

2011 NOS Contest Finalists:

Alice Boiln
Louis Bury
Roxanne Carter
Tom Comitta
Dot Devota and Brandon Shimoda
Travis Hessman
Brenda Iijima
Michael Joyce
Karla Kelsey
Katie Price
Theresa Sotto

Still Point Arts Gallery Exhibit Online

Still Point Art Gallery Current Exhibition THE ABSTRACTION ATTRACTION! opened on November 16 and will remain a featured exhibition through February 14. Abstract painting, photography, prints, and sculpture. Artists of Distinction for this show are Steven Bogart, Ling Ling Cheng, Nomi Drory, David Kinsey, Keith Parks, and Cat van der Heiden. These artists have also been awarded the opportunity to have their portfolios published in Still Point Arts Quarterly. The exhibit can be viewed in full on the Still Point Art Gallery website.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Teacher Resource :: Collaborative Literature Study

The New York Times blog The Learning Network offers a post of resources to aid in collaborative literature study with readers who are face-to-face or located separately around the world: Reading With Strangers: Ways to Study Literature Collaboratively by Shannon Doyne and Holly Epstein Ojalvo.

5x5 New Status and New Poetry Editor


Congrats to 5x5 Magazine for their new nonprofit status: The 5x5 Nonprofit Organization of Literature & Arts Advocates. 5x5 keeps its self-titled size, accepting submissions from high school students and beyond, and providing subscriptions of its magazine at no cost for high school students. Mishon Wooldridge steps down as poetry editor with the Winter 2011 issue, but Jory Mickelson moves from Nonfiction Editor into the role. The new Nonfiction Editor has yet to be announced, but 5x5 assures its readers, "We've got that under control."

Event 2011 Creative Non-fiction Contest Winners

The newest issue of Event (40.3) features winning works of the magazine's annual non-fiction contest judged by Kevin Chong: "Busted" by Chris Donahoe and "Far Away Sick" by Krissy Darch.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Dissing Disability Poetics

On the heels on the Dove v. Vendler Anthology Controversy, I came across a listserv post by Jennifer Bartlett about the (lack of) representation of poets with disabilities and the (un)recognition of contemporary disability poetics. I invited her to expand on her argument/commentary on the NewPages blog. Bartlett welcomes conversation on the issue, so comments for this post have been opened.

In the past few months, there has been some "controversy" in the poetry world regarding the publication of The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry edited by Rita Dove, and Helen Vendler’s scathing review in the New York Review of Books. One of the primary arguments focuses on the idea of inclusion being a factor in poetics to the exclusion of high quality – or what Vendler refers to as “writers . . . included in some cases for their representative themes rather than their style . . . Multicultural inclusiveness prevails . . .”

I have been following the news on Dove/Vedler with a personal interest. What is nagging at me is that a relatively mainstream anthology is causing such a stir. A few months ago Sheila Black, Michael Northen, and I published Beauty is a Verb: The New Disability Poetry (Cinco Puntos Press), and although the book has been well-received, the controversy that seems synonymous with putting together something altogether new has been nonexistent. I would actually like a little more controversy — or at least discussion around the question of inclusiveness as it pertains to writing by and about people with disabilities. My argument isn't that there aren’t real racial and gender issues in the world of poetry and publication. My point is that the arguments about race and gender are so loud that the inclusion of people with disabilities remains a non-issue in poetics, publishing, academia, and otherwise.

First, looking at the Dove anthology itself, what interests me is the glaring lack of attention paid to poets/people with disabilities as a multicultural group. It is striking that an anthology which appears to pay particular, quite conscious attention to inclusion is void of any mention of “disability” as a category. There is no mention of the Crip Poetics movement, and there are no poets in the anthology who either identify as disabled or even have a disability: Larry Eigner, Vassar Miller, Josephine Miles, Jim Ferris, Paul Guest are all absent. Lucie Perdillo, a Random House poet with a McArthur Fellowship who writes on MS is absent, as are any ASL, Deaf or blind poets, including Steve Cannon, a major figure in the Black Arts Movement which Dove champions. The only poet in the collection who might identify as “disabled" is Robert Duncan, and I'm guessing the Duncan poems included don't address his vision/vision which was arguably central to his work.

I do think that an anthology, such as ours, which is entirely new, calls for a little attention. Beauty is a Verb discusses how aphasia is a link to experimental language (Norma Cole), addresses "crip poetics" which most people have never heard of (Petra Kuppers), speaks to the linguistically complexity of translating English to ASL (John Lee Clark), and most of all addresses the inhabiting of the disabled body as a worthwhile experience and an experience that can be complicit in forming a poetics. All of such remains largely ignored in both mainstream and experimental writing.

Attention to and debate about disability is still a thing that makes people nervous — as if they feel afraid of giving disability a voice – or more pointedly giving people with disabilities a voice. The silence is noticeable. For example, there is plenty of discussion regarding race from white people, and unlike skin color, most of the able-bodied will have some disability in their lifetime. More importantly, it seems that people still dismiss disability as a category/identity, and one that is privileged to gain the most simple rights, like getting into the store or having a job — not to mention being in the Penguin anthology.

It also seems true that in the poetry world you have to insult someone directly or indirectly to get attention - which I did a few years ago when I called out Paul Guest for allowing John Ashbery to refer to Guest as an invalid on his book blurb. All hell broke loose and, evidently, the right to call a person an invalid is something to which people are very attached. I was mortified but also exhilarated over the debate — I found it exciting that poets with disabilities could be seen as not always agreeing, as debating and negotiating what is meant by a disability or what it means to be a person with a disability. Anything better than the constantly imposed “code of silence.”

One flaw in Vendler’s arguments concerning the Dove anthology is that she is so sure of the standards she is defending. Rather, poetics, writing, and language for that matter are things always in flux and subject to debate. An exciting side to Beauty is a Verb and the poets it includes is that these poets are generally engaged in poetry as a revolutionary activity — one that seeks not merely to reflect or “measure up” to existing standards, but in subtle and not so subtle ways to remake them. And part of that remarking, the first part, but by no means the simplest, is resisting the silencing of disabled voices in poetry and out in the world.

Was it way back in the Sixties when Norman Mailer had a blurb on one of his books — his third novel Deer Park, in fact, that said "Burn this book!"? I know he collected all the worst blurbs about the book — which received generally negative reviews and plastered them on the back cover. But that story has always stuck with me. And when I think about what I'd like to see happen as far as disability poetics, well, one answer would be buy Beauty is a Verb and/or support the strong and beautiful poems being written by a wide range of poets with disabilities. And if not that, then I hope people burn our book - at least that will get the conversation/controversy started that seems necessary in order for us to begin to be seen and heard.

[Jennifer Bartlett is author of Derivative of the Moving Image, (a) lullaby without any music, and co-editor of Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability.]

New Lit on the Block :: Prick of the Spindle Print Edition

Edited by Cynthia Reeser, Prick of the Spindle Print Edition comes to readers biannually in October and April of every year and is available in paper copy and eBook (Kindle).

Already having established the well-known and respected online quarterly publication, Prick of the Spindle, Reeser comments: "I started the print edition in part to expand our audience and readership, as well as the scope of what we publish. As a nonprofit, we wish to initiate subscriptions and also to be able to pay our contributors, and the print edition helps us to do both."

Prick of the Spindle readers can expect to find fiction, drama, nonfiction, poetry, interviews, and essays of a more formal nature, as well as artwork and experimental text/image pieces.

The inagurual print edition includes an interview with Sandy Longhorn, poetry by Jessica Cuello, Nandini Dhar, Claire Stephens (text/image), nonfiction by Juan Daniel Millán and Allan Ross, and fiction by Andrew Wallace Chamings, Adèle Cook, Caitlin Galway, Rachael Katz, Nichole LaVigne, Nick Stokes, Jill Stukenberg, Susannah M. Wilson, Olga Zilberbourg and Bonnie ZoBell, as well as back cover art by Lottie Cellini-Corley.

Future goals for Prick of the Spindle include increasing readership and distribution of the print edition while continuing to adhere to a mission of publishing authors not widely known or recognized.

Prick of the Spindle accepts submissions year-round online via Submittable or by post.

Prairie Schooner Contemporary Irish Writing Issue

Prairie Schooner Winter 2011 is a special issue devoted to contemporary Irish writing. As Interim Senior Editor Stephen C. Behrendt writes: "Unlike many 'special issues' of journals, this one has not begun with a predetermined narrow list of contributors from whom we solicited the contributions that now appear here. Instead, we have happily welcomed the work of many writers who responded to our general invitation for submissions, and this present issue samples some of the most compelling and vibrant contributions from among this wealth of splendid material. It represents, then, a cross section of the Irish writing community today, in all its rich diversity. . . The poetry , fiction, and drama in this issue testify to the enduring themes not just of Irish culturebut indeed of the whole human enterprise."

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

NewPages Literary Magazine Reviews Posted

Check out the latest great post of NewPages Literary Magazine Reviews, including both new and established publications in print and online:

Alaska Quarterly Review
Bellevue Literary Review
Black Lantern Publishing
Booth
CaKe
The Carolina Quarterly
Faultline
The Helix
Magnolia
The Main Street Rag
New Orleans Review
Off the Coast
Palooka
Paul Revere's Horse
Phantom Drift
Post Road
River Teeth
Silk Road
Straylight
Tin House

You Had Me at "My Father Stood Loading His Gun"

I love it when I find a story I simply cannot turn away from reading, even when I think I should because I think I know where it's going, and especially when I'm wrong and it takes me somewhere unexpected. Lucas Dean Fiser's story in Pif Magazine had me at the title: "My Father Stood Loading His Gun," and after this opening, I was spellbound:

"My father stood in my doorway holding his .45 caliber handgun. He leaned against the wood framework smoking a cigarette, loading the gun. Smoke circled his head like a halo, and I gently laid the book I was reading into the sheets. Every time he loaded a bullet you could hear the steel snap into the magazine. His mouth moved when he did this..."

Read the rest here. It's not long to read, but be ready for it to stay with you for a while.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Missouri Review Audio Contest Winners

Winners of the The Missouri Review Fourth Annual Audio Contest include:

Poetry - Greg Brownderville, "Sex and Pentecost"
Prose - Rachel Yoder, "I'm White and I'm Mennonite"
Self-Recorded Documentary - Ken Cormier, "Voices of the Dead"
Professionally Recorded Documentary - Anna Pinkert, "After the Flood"

All recordings, along with past audio entries, can be heard on The Missouri Review Audio Page.

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Moth: Pitch Your True Story Online

The Moth: True Stories Told Live began in 1997 as a venue of storytelling in front of a live audience. The Moth Radio Hour, begun in 2009, is now on over 200 radio stations nationwide. There are a number of stories that can be accessed from the web, and The Moth is currently accepting stories to feature on its website. Storytellers are invited to record their one-minute pitch right on The Moth website, or if you have trouble with the online recording gizmo, there is a phone number to call and pitch your story via phone. All stories must be true - and no cliffhangers. What are your waiting for?

Able Muse Write Prize Winners 2011

The Winter 2011 issue of Able Muse includes winners and finalists for its 2011 Write Prize contest:

Write Prize for Fiction - Final Judge: Alan Cheuse
Winner: Douglas Campbell - "Sunflowers, Rivers"

Write Prize for Poetry - Final Judge: Rachel Hadas
Winner: Jean L. Kreiling - "Waiting for a Helicopter"
Second: Susan McLean - "Teaching to the Test"
Finalists: John Beaton - "Your Voice"; Catherine Chandler - "This Dusky Arc"; T.S. Kerrigan - "Missing the Sunset at Sounion"; Joshua Lavender - "The Guest"; Gabriel Spera - "Bread and Fish"; Richard Wakefield - "Crossing"

An additional list of poetry honorable mentions can be found on the publication website.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

2011 Iowa Review Contest Winners

Winners and runners-up of the 2011 Iowa Review Awards Contest are featured in the Winter 2011 publication:

Nonfiction Winner: Helen Phillips, "Life Care Center"
Poetry Winner: Emily Van Kley, 10 poems
Fiction Winner: John Van Kirk, "Landscape with Boys"

Runners-up
Maria Rapoport (nonfiction); Kimberly Burwick (poetry); Suzanne Scanlon (fiction)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Clapboard House 2011 Short Story Contest Winners

Judged by writer Gerald Duff the winner of the 2011 Clapboard House Short Story Contest is “The Bet” by Steven D. Stark. His story, along with those of the nine runner-ups, are available in the newest online issue of Clapboard House. Stark's winning story will also be included in the planned print edition of THE BEST OF CLAPBOARD HOUSE.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Lit on the Block :: Enizagam

What do celeb’ author Lemony Snicket (AKA Daniel Handler), luminary poet Nikki Giovanni, Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler, Sister Spit founder Michelle Tea, MacArthur Genius Award winner Yiyun Li, literary legend Walter Mosley, Pushcart nominee Soma Mei Sheng Frazier, and thirty young writers at an urban public high school have in common?

Rewind back exactly one year, to January 2011: in a renovated Art Deco theater complex in Downtown Oakland, CA, a seminar-sized group of young writers put their noses to the grindstone. That day marked the first day of the Enizagam course at Oakland School for the Arts (OSA), a public charter school that admits students grade-blind on the basis of artistic auditions.

OSA was founded in 2002 by CA Governor Jerry Brown—then Mayor of Oakland. It serves over 600 talented middle and high school students. Soma Mei Sheng Frazier, Chair of Literary Arts, explains: “These kids competed for acceptance into the program. They want to be here, and I want to give them a private-school-caliber experience, tuition free. To do that, I completely overhauled our literary journal, which was once a typical publication featuring student work.” It hasn’t been easy. While the school has stacked up accolades for its arts-based methodology, and for closing the achievement gap between student subgroups, its arts programs receive zero public funding.

The students, and Frazier, run the journal as a labor of love. Frazier describes the young staff as “sophisticated readers, poised to apply razor-sharp focus.” The students gain the nuts-and-bolts experience of running a serious literary journal, and Enizagam’s readers gain access to stunning new writing selected by fresh editorial eyes.

Enizagam’s goal? To become the first secondary-student-run literary publication with serious national acclaim. It may already have achieved that. While run by urban high school kids, it is written by and for adults. Last year, it received submissions from award-winning authors working across—and beyond—the U.S. Contributors included Jendi Reiter, Laura Shearer, Nick Kriefall and Rae Gouirand, who has just come out with a new book of poetry: Open Winter, winner of the 2011 Bellday Poetry Prize. Bookstores have begun shelving Enizagam, and the 2012 issue’s literary contest judges will be Lemony Snicket and Nikki Giovanni. Robert Olen Butler and Michelle Tea judged last year’s competition.

Yiyun Li and Walter Mosley will soon be interviewed by the journal’s student staff for the 2012 issue. Kerby Lynch, Student Co-Editor in Chief, interviewed Farm City phenom’ Novella Carpenter for the 2011 issue. Says Lynch: “Among other questions about her urban farm, I asked Novella how often the goats’ breath smelled delicious. Her answer? ‘Always.’” The student staff is “juiced” to see the new next issue on bookstore shelves in 2012.

Writers: “We can’t wait to dig into this year’s submissions!” Check out the 2012 Enizagam Literary Awards in Poetry and Fiction at: http://enizagam.org

[Press release provided by the editors of Enizagam; Cover Art: Zooey Yi]

MAR Fiction & Poetry Award Winners

The newest issue of Mid-American Review (v31 n2) includes the 2010-11 Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award: Lydia Fitzpatrick ("Flood Lines") and winner of the 201-11 James Wright Poetry Award: Katie Umans ("Forecast").

Monday, January 09, 2012

Spoon River Poetry Review Contest Winners

The Summer/Fall 2011 issue of Spoon River Poetry Review features the 2011 Editors’ Prize Winners selected by final judge Cecil S. Giscombe:

First Place ($1,000): Jennie Ray
First Runner Up ($100): Craig Blais
Second Runner Up ($100): Ben Purkert

Honorable Mentions: Miles Waggener, Molly Tustison, Neal Shipley, Suzume, Laura Sherwood Rudish.

One winning poem will be awarded $1000 and two runners-up awarded $100 each in this annual contest. Winning poem, runners-up, and honorable mentions are published in the fall issue.

New Lit on the Block :: Kudzu Review

Kudzu Review is a biannual online ecojournal. Editor-in-Chief M.P. Jones IV writes that the title is from his grandfather’s, Madison Jones, house "which we lovingly called 'Kudzu' for the plant which proliferated along the property line. He was a farmer, writer, literary critic, and professor in Auburn, Alabama."

The biannual publication is available in PDF and on Issuu, and looks to publish "savvy, sharp, well polished literature that captures life in a post-natural world" and works that "cast new light on rapid species extinction, climate change, food production, technology, sustainability and community."

The first issue of Kudzu Review features fiction, poetry, and artwork by
Aaron Poller, André Babyn, Ann Cavlovic, Anthony Rintala, Ashleigh Rajala, Becky Garrison, Cassie Premo Steele, Dominic James, Donal Mahoney, Donna Emerson, Drew Jennings, Dwain Wilder, Ed Zahniser, Jack Foster, Jeanpaul Ferro, Joan Colby, John Bohannon, Joseph Rhea, Karla Linn Merrifield, Kenneth Pobo, Lakshmi Eassey, Laurie A Skelton, Maggie Koger, Mercedes Lawry, Sue Blaustein, Susi Lovell, Thomas Fussey, Trent Laubscher, and Tiffany Morris.

Kudzu Review is also offering a "fundraiser" for their publication: woodcut carving t-shirts, each individually hand pressed with a unique front design and back logo. T-shirt buyers have their names listed on a page "forever" in recognition of their support.

Kudzu Review is open on a rolling basis for e-mail submissions of short stories, flash fiction and poetry, and Submishmash submissions of art and photography.

Kudzu Review is staffed by Senior Editors: M.P. Jones IV, Editor-in-Chief; Arthur Wilke, Field Editor; Robin Ward, Web-Design Editor; and Associate Editors: Powell Burke, Fiction & Revisions Editor; Jane Alford, Nonfiction & Revisions Editor; Rivers Langley, 20-Year-Man Assistant Editor; and Ashley Sams, Visual Art Editor.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Broadsided "2011 Haiku Year-in-Review"

Poems by Peter Kline, Steve Brightman and Jennifer Jabaily-Blackburn were selected via reader vote for the 2011 Haiku Year-in-Review Broadside, combined with art by Kara Searcy, Caleb Brown, Jennifer Moses and Kevin Morrow. The Broadsided website features writers' and artists' responses to this collaborative, innovative project in which four artists were asked to choose a subject that rang out from a season of 2011 as significant. Then, writers were invited to submit haiku on the same subject. Haiku finalists were chosen by the Broadsided editors, then posted online for readers to view alongside the art and vote for which poem/art combinations should represent each season. The full-color broadside includes all four haiku with art and is available for free download and distribution.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

MQR Tribute to Jeanne Leiby

Editor Jonathan Freeman shares a sweet memory and kind words in memoriam of Jeanne Leiby in the Fall 2011 of Michigan Quarterly Review. While not available for online reading, friends of Jeanne will appreciate getting a hold of a copy of the magazine for our own personal collections.

2011 River Styx Poetry Contest Winners

Winners of the 2011 River Styx International Poetry Contest are included in the newest issue of River Styx.

1st Place: Stephen Kampa, "Small Change"
2nd Place: Tara Taylor, "Sea Glass"
3rd Place: Julie Hall, "Octopus"

This annual contest awards $1500 First Prize plus one case of micro-brewed Schlafly Beer as well as publication of top selections. A complete list of winners and honorable mentions are available on the publication's website.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

New Lit on the Block :: The Bacon Review

The Bacon Review, edited by the writer/designer Eric Westerlind and philosophy acquisitions editor Jason Barry, was founded in 2011 as a review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and intellectual life. After only two issues, Westerlind and Barry have just announced that they would like to shift from a bi-monthly to a monthly publication, but will continue to limit content to four pieces per issue.

The Bacon Review also includes a featured called "Hot Seat" where authors whose works are selected for publication will be asked to participate in a half hour online chat regarding their "piece/writing/bovines/whatever else comes up" in the site's chatroom (open to members who sign in). As Westerlind and Barry write, "We are interested in our authors as people; we want to know what inspires and motivates our contributors to write their stories, poems, and non-fiction." The chats will be live with discussions archived on the site. Members will receive advance notice of scheduled chats.

The Bacon Review ontributors to date include Parker Finn, Melanie Braverman, William Doreski, Howie Good, Keith Batter, James Collector, Pablo Armando Fernández, and Stephen Graham Jones.

The Bacon Review accepts submissions of poetry, fiction and nonfiction online via their website.

Salamander 2011 Fiction Contest Winners

The newest issue of Salamander (v17 n1) includes the winning story of the 2011 Salamander Fiction Contest, "The Aerialist" by Hester Kaplan, and honorable mention, "The Blue Demon of Ikumi" by Kelly Luce. This year's contest was judged by Jim Shepherd. A full list of finalists is available on the publication's website.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Anderbo Contest Winners

Open City 2011 RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest
Winning Story "A Pair of Soup" by JL SCHNEIDER

Anderbo 2011 No-Fee Novel Contest / The Mercer Street Books Fiction Prize Winner
DORETTE SNOVER for "THE CITY OF LADIES"
Read the First Chapter here

2011 Anderbo Creative Nonfiction Prize FINALISTS
Judged by Elizabeth Wurtzel (PROZAC NATION)
Winner to be announced soon...