Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Lit on the Block :: Niche Magazine

Niche Magazine appears biannually online (Issuu) as well as in PDF format for purchase with plans to release a Amazon Kindle edition.

Editors Katya Cummins, Shannon Hewson,
 Matthew Atkinson,
 Beth Cohen, Katie Cantwell, Mary Keutelian,
 Rebecca Kaplan, and 
Rochelle Liu started Niche Magazine in response to the "many talented artists" looking for a way to break into the literary scene, and even more that merely want to be read, heard, or seen. "The idea in starting Niche Magazine," says Cummins, "was to provide a place where, not one but multiple genres and tiers of communities and artistic ambitions, are satisfied."

The first issue of Niche Magazine includes literary short stories, some experimental creative nonfiction, and "beautiful" poetry, some of which is traditional, some of which is experimental, and "thought-provoking" artwork from seasoned and emerging artists. There is also an interview from the science-fiction writer, Neil Gaiman, and music from the jazz band Comfort Food.

Also featured in the first issue: art from Pearl A. Hodges, Jessica Swenson, and Fabio Sassi; fiction by Bill D'Arezzo, Molly Koeneman, Robert Mundy, Sean Jackson, and Susan Land; non-fiction by Stephen Newton, Yinka Reed-Nolan, and Melissa Wiley; poetry by James Dunlap, Martina Reisz Newberry, Mercedes Lawry, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Scott Starbuck, and William Cordeiro.

Niche Magazine editors are currently reading through submissions for their second issue in which they hope will include some flash fiction, short-shorts, journalism, and literary criticism. "Through this," say Cummins, "we hope to continue breaking down the tensions between genres. More importantly, we hope that readers will continue to find Niche an entertaining and relatable read."

Niche Magazine accepts all genres (including “genre fiction”, journalism, “spoken word” poetry, and literary criticism.) with submissions year round through Submission Manager. The deadline for the next issue is April 1, 2012. For full guidelines, please visit the Niche Magazine website.

Niche Magazine’s website also includes columns by Natala Orobello, Lauryn Ash, and Christopher Smith. Reviews, author interviews, “MFA Spotlights,” and guest posts can be read on Niche’s blog. Niche is currently looking for reviewers, columnists, and current attendees or graduates of MFA programs to conduct interviews for our monthly MFA Spotlights.

Dream Flag Project 2012

The Dream Flag Project, inspired by the poetry of Langston Hughes and the tradition of Nepalese Buddhist prayer flags, is an annual poetry/art/community-connection project for k-12 students. Started in 2003, the project has spread to more than one hundred schools from Portland to Palm Beach. To date, more than 40,000 Dream Flags have been created by students in 34 states of the U.S. and by students in Canada, Australia, Honduras, China, Japan, Costa Rica, Nepal, Rwanda, Kenya, and South Africa.

To participate in the project, teachers register on this web site. There is no fee. Students first read poetry of Langston Hughes, particularly his dream poems. Then they create their own dream poems and transfer them onto pieces of 8 ½ by 11 in. cloth. They decorate the cloth in all sorts of ways, and finally attach the Dream Flags to a line - just like the prayer flags. The result is a visual line of color and hope that gets displayed in the school or in other public places.

The annual kick-off on is on February 1, the birthday of Langston Hughes. Culmination activities are in April, National Poetry Month. Dream Flag Lines are completed by the first week in April. The project can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 9 weeks to complete, depending on what a teacher wants to do with it.

The Dream Flag Project website has plenty of resources to help complete the project.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

New Lit on the Block :: burntdistrict

burntdistrict is a semi-annual (Winter/Summer) journal of contemporary poetry published in print and e-book (Kindle) by editors Liz Kay and Jen Lambert.

When asked what motivated the start of this new venture, Kay responded, "When I think of the best venue for new and exciting poetry, I think of literary magazines. I can easily get absorbed in my favorite collections, but when I want diversity, when I want to see what new work is being created, I look to lit mags. When we decided to start a magazine, like many other editors, we were looking to create something that was magnetic from cover to cover. Naturally, aesthetic is involved, and not all magazines appeal to all audiences, but that is what is so fantastic about them. There is something out there for everyone."

Kay believes burntdistrict fulfills this expectation: "I have read and reread Issue 1, and I am amazed at how every poem in there speaks to me, how when I finish, I am breathless and swooning, and how some of that is caused by the fact that the poets represented in its pages range from successful, widely published poets to students, desperately carving out their craft, from those who work full-time in academia to those who make their livings far outside of it, all of whom come back to the page time and again because something beautiful, something important, happens there."

Readers of burntdistrict are promised "Beauty and diversity." Kay expands on this: "Every poem we choose takes our breath away in some way or another. burntdistrict poets craft heartbreakingly lovely lines and are so intentional in what they want to pull out of their readers. They are smart with punctuation, enjambment, endings, imagery. They are generous with their talents, and in turn we try to be generous with space. We are happy to take long poems and work in series. We are drawn to poems that speak to one another. Often this represents the work of a single poet over a succession of pages, but at other times, it's the juxtaposition of different voices that sparks the conversation."

Contributors in the first issue include Lindsey Baker, Becca Barniskis, Francesca Bell, Candace Black, Sheila Black, Lori Brack, Allison Campbell, Nancy Devine, Gary Dop, Kelly Fordon, Meg Gannon, Teri Grimm, Amy Hassinger, Paul Hostovsky, Michael Hurley, Natasha Kessler, James Henry Knippen, Steve Langan, Christopher Leibow, Alex Lemon, Matt Mason, Vikas Menon, Joanna Pearson, Jim Peterson, Adrian Potter, Nate Pritts, Rick Robbins, Jane Rosenberg LaForge, Marge Saiser, Erika Sanchez, Joseph Somoza, John Stanizzi, Alex Stolis, Ira Sukrungruang, Benjamin Sutton, Carine Topal, Natalia Trevino, William Trowbridge, Benjamin Walker, and Natalie Young

The future of burntdistrict looks good given the positive energy of its editors, who hope to "keep producing fantastic issues, full of quality writing and a diverse population of writers."

"We are not in this to create a venue to promote our friends," Kay emphasizes, "or to develop a magazine based on swollen bios. Instead, the thing we love most about this endeavor is getting excited by a poem. I hope we continue to maintain our goals of publishing the best poems we can find, and making sure that page after page retains that goal. In terms of future plans, we would love to offer special edition issues (we already have some in mind) and maybe pulling in some guest editors. We are so passionate about this magazine; we can't wait to watch it grow up."

burntdistrict is always open to submissions of original, unpublished poems via Submittable.

Host a CALYX House Party

CALYX has a unique approach to fundraising and raising awareness and support for women's literature through community action: Hosting a Calyx House Party.

The house party can be of any design: intimate reading, dance parties with live music and silent auction, a dinner party for friends who are asked to donate what they would have paid to eat out in a restaurant, etc.

CALYX offers what they can in making the event special. Once a time and place for an event his set, CALYX will help by connecting the host with CALYX authors in the area, and send materials to make the party a success: "Each new friend of CALYX means possible future support."

For more information, click here.

Monday, February 27, 2012

New Lit on the Block :: Ithica Lit

Ithaca Lit: Lit with Art is an end-of-summer print annual with quarterly online issues. Editors include Michele Lesko, founding editor; Sherry O'Keefe, poetry editor; and Madeleine Beckman, nonfiction editor.

Lesko comments on the start-up and focus of the magazine: "Living in Ithaca, I noticed a void in the lit/arts journal world for writers & artists from around the world and in Ithaca. The journals already in place are connected with the colleges. We also intended to represent visual art more vividly within the field of poetry and non-fiction essays that deal with writing and art process. The visual and poetic join together to bring a more stimulating experience to our readers."

Given the intent of the publication, readers can expect to "enjoy discovering a new visual artist featured in each issue with a gallery of images, an interview and a biographic/personal page that gives readers a real sense of the artist in his/her studio. With the same treatment, we feature a well-established poet: a writer with two or more books published and a career in place. The poet contributes new poems, an interview, and a bio page. We publish new poetry from emerging and established poets in each issue and feature interviews with writers and/or artists as well as craft/process non-fiction pieces." [Pictured: Featured Artist Colleen McCall]

Contributors in the first issue include Poets: Renee Ashley, Alex Grant, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingde, Uchi Ogbuji, Diane Lockward, Susan Johnson, Rose Hunter, Kathryn Howd Machan, Kathleen Kirk, Risa Denenberg, and Artist: Lin Price.

As for the future of Ithaca Lit, Lesko says, "We want to nurture the journal's longevity by expanding slowly. The important aspect for us is presenting good writing and visual art to readers. We will eventually establish a poetry contest, where the winner will be featured in the annual print edition. We plan to extend to the local community poetry & short fiction writing workshops along with local readings. We will highlight 'best of' images from the artists in the annual print edition and may include artist interviews." Future formats for the publication may also include Kindle/Nook.

Ithaca Lit accepts poetry and non-fiction re: craft process of writing and visual art as well as interviews with writers or artists. Submission is through Submittable.

Glimmer Train December Fiction Open Winners

Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their December Fiction Open competition. This competition is held quarterly. Stories generally range from 3000-6000 words, though up to 20,000 is fine. The next Fiction Open will take place in March. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

First place: Jonathan Freiberger [pictured], of Fort Lee, NJ, wins $2500 for “Pinsky Gets It Right.” His story will be published in the Spring 2013 issue of Glimmer Train Stories. This is Jonathan’s first print publication.

Second place: J. A. Howard, of Pittsburgh, PA, wins $1000 for “The Way It Is Around Here.” Her story will also appear in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, and this will be her first major print publication.

Third place: Matthew Ducker, of Brooklyn, NY, wins $600 for “Middleweight.” His story will also be published in Glimmer Train Stories, increasing his prize to $700.

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

Short Story Award for New Writers: February 29
This competition is held quarterly and is open to all writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5000. No theme restrictions. Most submissions to this category run 2000-6000 words, but can go up to 12,000. First place prize has been increased to $1500. Click here for complete guidelines.

Audio Podcast: The Weekly Reader

The Weekly Reader is a twenty-minute interview show in which hosts Benjamin Allocco and Amy Fladeboe discuss the craft of writing with their guests and gives them a forum to highlight their work. Any genre of writing is open for discussion - fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, journalism, screenwriting, songwriting, comedy writing, etc.

The Weekly Reader enjoys interviewing lesser known authors from small presses and welcomes review copies of published books in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. The program airs on 89.7 KMSU-FM, based in Mankato, MN and is also available via streaming and an iTunes podcast.

Authors featured on the program include: Tony D'Souza, Dennis Nau, Kim Heikkila, Wayne Miller, Thad Nodine, Mary Jane Nealon, Jessica Lee Anderson, David Gessner, and many, many more.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

TFR Tribute to Jeanne Leiby (Repost)

The newest issue of The Florida Review features a thoughtful and heartfelt editor's note: "In Memory of Jeanne M. Leiby, 1964-2011" written by friend and colleague Jocelyn Bartkevicius. Volume 36 is a double issue dedicated in memory of Jeanne.

This blog has been updated. Since posting it, I have gotten the url for the tribute from Chris Weiwiora, so that will now take readers directly to the text. Chris also shared a link to a site that he organized back in the fall with some other UCF students of Jeanne's: "For You They Call" (from Whitman's "O Captain, My Captain" poem). Thank you Chris.

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Writers: Please visit the NewPages Classifieds for the most up-to-date listings of calls for submissions, contests, new publications, and more!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Reginald Shepherd Poetry Prize Winners

The Spring 2012 issue of Knockout Literary Magazine includes the winners and runners-up of the 2009 The International Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize as selected by Carl Phillips:

First place winner: "Occupation" by Kelly Madigan Erlandson
Second place winner: "Archaic Bronze" by Christian Gullette
Third place winner: "Wood" by Larry Bradley

First runner-up: "Modern Ripple" by Rickey Laurentiis
Second runner-up: "August, near Arles" by Richard Foerster
Third runner-up: "Faggot" by Rickey Laurentiis

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Thank You Ilya

Special thanks to Ilya Kaminsky for his reading at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan last night. What a treat to see him and hear him read in our own back yard. For the time, we forgot about the cold dreary damp of winter, rapt in his lyrical recitations. Still not familiar with Kaminsky? Check out his book Dancing in Odessa from Tupelo Press, and hear him read "Author's Prayer." That's how I got hooked. See you in Chicago, Ilya!

Harvard Review Contributor Data

Harvard Review Editors Christina Thompson & Laura Healy take a playful but serious look at who gets published in HR in their editorial for issue 41 - beginning with how pieces find their way to the publication (via referrals, conferences, previous contributors, and slush). And, as the editors note, because they had so much fun looking at those numbers and creating a corresponding pie chart, they went on to review other data for which they also create pictorial representations: Contributors by Gender & Genre; geographic distribution of current contributors; and age & gender of contributors (topping 200 is Alfred de Vigny, French Romatic poet b. 1797). Take a look at the editorial here.

Tiny Lights Personal Narrative Essay Winners

Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative includes the winners of their annual essay contest, which includes a "standard" category (under 2000 words) and a "flashpoint" category (under 1000 words):

Standard Essay Winners
First Prize: "O, Engineer!" by Anna Belle Kaufman
Second Prize: "Floating" by Tim Bascom
Third Prize: "Nisqually Fish Fling" by Adrienne Ross Scanlan
Honorable Mentions: "Submarine Dreams" by Ed Miracle and "Lost. Found" by Christine Watson

Flashpoint Essay Winners
"Forgiveness" by Mary Zelinka
"I Tell You Something" by Jessica McCaughey
"Rock Bottom" by Marcelle Soviero

A full list of finalists in available on the Tiny Lights website.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Motionpoems: Poetry + Short Film

Motionpoems broadens the audience for poetry by turning great contemporary poems into short films for big-screen and online distribution.

In 2008, animator/producer Angella Kassube animated one of Todd Boss’s poems. The results were so compelling that Boss and Kassube began introducing other poets to other video artists. A year later, a public screening at Open Book in Minneapolis drew a standing-room-only crowd of 150+ to see 12 pieces they dubbed Motionpoems… and a new hybrid form was born. Since then, motionpoems have appeared in mainstream media, blogs, YouTube, international film festivals, art galleries, and on Vimeo.

Past poetry contributions include the works of Thomas Lux, Deb Kirkeeide, David Mason, Robert Bly, Jane Hirshfield, Angella Kassube, K. A. Hays, and many more.

All motionpoems are available for online viewing with the option to subscribe for monthly update notice when new videos become available.

New Lit on the Block :: The Ocean State Review

The Ocean State Review is a new annual print publication from the University of Rhode Island English Department.

Editors include Peter Covino (advisory), Mary Cappello (advisory), Ryan Trimm (advisory), Jay Peters (managing), Don Rodrigues (managing), Nicki Toler (senior), Max Winter (senior), Jacob Nelson (associate), and David O'Connell (associate).

Managing Editor Jay Peters writes that "by producing a high-quality publication of contemporary literature, The Ocean State Review provides an annual record of URI's continued engagement with regional, national and international literary communities. Central to this engagement is the journal's affiliation with URI's annual Ocean State Summer Writing Conference."

Readers of The Ocean State Review can expect to find "two hundred eclectic pages by well-established and newly emerging writers and artists." OSR publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, interviews, and artwork.

The inaugural issue features works by Tomaz Salamun, Denise Duhamel, Richard Hoffman, Louise DeSalvo, Robin Hemley, Julia Glass, and many others. The second volume will be released in June with plans for the journal to develop the capacity to accept online submissions.

Submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, our currently being accepted until February 15; submission by post only at this time.

1,001 Awesome Words Contest Winners

Issue 6 of PANK Magazine includes the winners of the 1,001 Awesome Words Contest, 2011:

Tyler Gobble, "To Toss is to Life"
Erin Fitzgerald, "No One Cares About Your Problems"
Naomi Day, "A List of My Shortcomings"

Monday, February 20, 2012

Lit Mag News & Bits

Chris Hildebrand is the new Managing Editor for New Madrid, the national journal of the low-residency MFA program at Murray State University.

The First Line has gone "Lorax Friendly" and can now be read on Kindle.

Winter 2012 will be the final print issue of Alimentum Journal: The Literature of Food as they move to online only.

Above and Beyond:

PMS poemmemoirstory last year at their publication party held a collection drive of new children's books to give to the Aid to Inmate Mothers Story Book Project at the Tutwiler Women's Prison in Alabama. They collected over 30 books for moms and kids to read together and hope to continue supporting this program.

Thanks to their supporters, CALYX: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women donated 300 copies of their newest book Who in This Room: The Realities of Cancer, Fish, and Demolition by Katherine Malmo to oncology departments, hospitals, women's centers, and support groups in Oregon, Washington, and nationwide.

New Lit on the Block :: The Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is published three times per year and is available online, and via iPad and iPhone Apps. Readers can expect to find "fresh, risk-taking, original poetry, fiction, and non-fiction coupled with intelligent design."

Editors Jessica Schulte and Sasha VanHoven tell me that "The Golden Triangle was created by struggling writers and literary nerds trying to make it in 'the real world' of writing. With the decrease in printed publications, competition to get in became harder, and yet while digital journals were taking off, they severely lacked legitimate design. We decided to become the solution ourselves, offering a digital space for the under-exposed voices of our peers that cared for aesthetics as well as the community behind it."

Contributors in the first issue include Howie Good, Corinna Ricard-Farzan, Jon Gingerich, Brittany Shutts, Lauren Chimento, William VanDenBerg, Corina Bardoff, Justin Mantell, Joanna C. Valente, Devan Boyle, Ansley Moon, and Taylor Saldarriaga.

With ambitious plans for the future, Schulte and VanHoven are looking to become a fully functioning small press within the next five years, in both digital and print media.

The Golden Triangle is open to all genre forms within poetry, fiction, and non-fiction; work that "blurs genre lines and takes risks," is welcome, but editors "warn against 'post-post-post modernism' type work." Only previously unpublished works considered; simultaneous submissions are "a-okay," as long as editors are notified immediately. The next deadline is March 3rd, 2012.

Lois Cranston Prize Winner

The poem of the 2011 Lois Cranston Memorial Prize Winner is featured in the newest issue of CALYX (27.1): "The Apple Orchard" by Bethany Reid. Honorable mentions by Beth Ford, J. Angelique Johnson, and Amy Schutzer (as well as the winning poem) are available on the CALYX website.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New Lit on the Block :: Beecher's Magazine

Beecher's Magazine is the graduate student-run literary journal at the University of Kansas (KU) MFA program. The print annual has an editorial board, which for 2011-2012 includes Iris Moulton and Ben Pfeiffer (co-editors); Mark Petterson (fiction); Amy Ash (poetry); and Stefanie Torres (nonfiction).

The impetus for Beecher's served to expand the options and offerings in the KU MFA program. Pfeiffer writes, "Our program was geared almost exclusively to teaching, not to publishing or to editing; in order to give the students a chance to try out this vocation, we thought having some kind of graduate student-run literary journal was important. So a bunch of students rolled up their sleeves and set to work. The administration supported us with money, but all the heavy lifting was done by students. Beecher's One is the result."

The publication features stories, poems, essays, and interviews. The inaugural issue includes works by Alec Niedenthal, Rebecca Wadlinger, Joshua Cohen, Rhoads Stevens, John Dermot Woods, Phil Estes, Creed J. Shepard, Lincoln Michel, Adam Robinson, Stephen Elliott, Yelena Akhtiorskaya, John Coletti, Colin Winnette, Dana Ward & Stephanie Young, James Yeh, Alexis Orgera, Rozalia Jovanovic, Ricky Garni, and Justin Runge.

Beecher's Magazine has just selected the winners of their first contest, and editors and staff are preparing for AWP 2012 in Chicago. Issue #1 of Beecher's Magazine was a limited run and has sold out, but the second issue is underway.

Beecher's accepts poetry, fiction, and nonfiction via Submishmash for both print and online (forthcoming) consideration.

Dos and Don'ts for AWP Newbies

From LA Times Books Blog Jacket Copy, I saved this post by Carolyn Kellogg from last year, and it's time to revisit it: 21 dos and don'ts for an AWP newbie. My favorite is lucky #13 "DO: Give yourself plenty of time to walk around the conference exhibit floor." Of course, this is where you'll find NewPages! At tables M8 & M9.

New to NewPages

New additions to The NewPages Big List of Literary Magazines:

971 Menu [O] -fiction, nonfiction
and/or [P] - poetry, fiction, comics, visual art
Under the Gum Tree [O]
Peripheral Surveys - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, photography
Mangrove [O/P] - undergraduate poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art
Peripheral Surveys [O] - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, photography
Thrice Fiction [O] - fiction
Valparaiso Fiction Review [O] - fiction
Ink Tank [o] - poetry, prose, editorials, essays, multimedia
Carbon Copy Magazine [P] - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, visual art
Heavy Feather Review [O] - poetry, fiction, nonfiction
IthacaLit [O] - poetry, nonfiction, art
Penduline [O] - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, artwork
HOOT [O] - a postcard and online review of poetry and prose

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

New additions to Literary Links - hybrid and experimental online and print literary endeavors that do not adhere to traditional models (magazines, publishers, booksellers), but still meet criteria for recommendation.

The Danforth Review - fiction
Every Day Fiction - Short fiction in your inbox, Daily!
Every Day Poets - poetry
Kindling - poetry, prose, black & white art
mixer - literary genre
OccuPoetry - poets supporting economic justice
Pigeon Town - nonfiction, photography
Safety Pin Review - A weekly of short fiction
Third Space | Soapnotes - stories from the bedside
Truck – monthly blog of guest edited poetry

Newly added to the NewPages Guide to Alternative Magazines:

Multicultural Review - dedicated to reviews of a better understanding of diversity

Newly added to NewPages Guide to Independent Publishers & University Presses:

Trembling Pillow Press - poetry, translations, critical/historical essays, chapbooks
Parthian Books - (UK) poetry, fiction, nonfiction
Pond Road Press - poetry, chapbooks

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

New Lit on the Block :: Literary Juice

Executive Editor and Founder Sara R. Rajan and Assistant Editors Dinesh Rajan P and Andrea O'Connor are the force behind Literary Juice, an online bimonthly publication of works in a wide variety of genres, including comedy, romance, and fantasy. A unique feature in Literary Juice is "pulp fiction": stories written in just 25 words - no more, no less - with one-word titles.

Rajan founded Literary Juice as "a creative outlet for both established and emerging poets and writers, as well as an avenue for readers looking to indulge their imaginations in a world of absolutely remarkable and unforgettable talent." As such, audiences will read works by "authors who are bold and not afraid to cross into unconventional territory. Literary Juice showcases poetry and works of fiction that are dramatic, playful, and even outright weird!"

Contributors to the first issue include Craig M. Workman, Joel Bonner, Jennifer McIntosh, Amy Agrawal, Storm J. Shaw, Pamela Evitt-Hill, Jessie Duthrie, Angela Huston, Sarah Helen Bates, Amanda Little Rose, W. Walker Wood, E. Drape, Michelle L. Hill, Vita Duva, Matthew L. Wagner, Sydney Rayl, Jerry Judge, Helen Stamas, John Grey, George Freek, Liz Minette, Aurélie Asseo, Keith T. Hoerner, Jared Pearce, and Hans H.

As Literary Juice further expands, the editors will "continue to strive in establishing a creditable artistic domain featuring writers from all backgrounds, writers with diverse methods of storytelling and an unparalleled use of language.

Literary Juice allows electronic submissions only. Response time can take up to 3 months. No simultaneous submissions or works that have already been published elsewhere.

Constance Rook CNF Prize Winner

The Malahat Review Winter 2011 includes the 2011 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize winner “Hoarding” by Anne Marie Todkill. The Malahat Review website also includes a Web exclusive: Interview with Anne Marie Todkill and a link to another review with the author in The Martlet.

Art :: I Just Don't Read Like I Used To

In this series, I Just Don't Read Like I Used To, featured in Atticus Review, artist and writer Cheryl Hicks "cut strips of text from classic novels that have been made into film and used the pieces to create portraits of the characters. This project is a commentary on the way media has changed the experience of literature."

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

New Lit on the Block :: Barge Journal

Barge Journal is a biannual print publication with preview content available on the website and e-reader formats forthcoming.

Editors Shawn Maddey, Justin Maddey, Christine McInnes, and Hallie Romba say they started Barge Journal "when we realized that there was a particular aesthetic that we shared and found in many up-and-coming writers, but that seemed relegated to the internet. We really wanted to bring the fervor and style of innovative internet publications to the print world, where a lot of it is highly underrepresented and overwhelmed by more 'literary' styles. We also wanted to be able to raise awareness of indie publications to broader audiences of artists and readers."

What can readers expect to find in Barge Journal? Maddey writes, "We like to say 'stuff, not things.' Expect lots of playfulness with language and form, expect risks, expect stuff that you'd be hard-pressed to find in print many other places. Few works we publish are easy reads, and you won't find any traditionally structured stories or hard genre delineations - instead we strive to publish work that pushes its readers to think, to think differently about literature, and to enjoy the process of doing it. It doesn't hurt to find comfort in a bit of ugliness, either."

Contributors to the inaugural issue include Gregg Williard, Yarrow Paisley, M.J. Nicholls, R.L. Swihart, Joshua McKinney, Matthew Dexter, Kristine Ong Muslim, Art Zilleruelo, Colin Winnette, Thomas O'Connell, Nicolas Destino, Paul Kavanaugh, Jonathan Dubow, Margaret Bashaar, Zdravka Evtimova, Andrew Borgstrom, Parker Tettleton, Bob Shar, Travis Blankenship, William Akin, Janann Dawkins, and Neila Mezynski.

As Barge Journal moves forward putting together Issue #2, the editors' goal is "to always be pushing the boundary a little bit further while having as much fun with it as possible. We would love to be able to include more visually-oriented work and comics/art as well. A lot of our current efforts are focusing on expanding our role as a press, beyond the journal. We will have a series of chapbooks forthcoming (currently by solicitation only, sorry), and are soon going to print with our first full-length book (a comix anthology) as well as a series of literary/arts greeting cards with some great artists and literary works paired up - so, a few great projects to get excited about."

Barge Journal accepts submissions only online through Submishmash on a rolling basis. Genre identification is open, and the editors state a preference for work that is difficult to classify by genre.

Maddey adds, "We love to interact with our readers, submitters, and contributors, so we invite you to follow us @bargepress on twitter or /bargepress for facebook."

A Must Read: Writer Beware Blogs!

Now in it's 14th year, Writer Beware is an excellent professional/educational resource that every writer who submits work should read. Writer Beware is "a publishing industry watchdog group sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America with additional support from the Mystery Writers of America, shining a bright light into the dark corners of the shadow-world of literary scams, schemes, and pitfalls."

Here's a list of Writer Beware's most notable posts and warnings from 2011:

First One Publishing's Writing Contest
Karma's a Bitch (For Scammers)
Why Your Self-Publishing Service Probably Didn't Cheat You
The Interminable Agency Clause
Book Fair Bewares
Net Profit Royalty Clauses
Literary Agencies as Publishers: a Trend and a Problem
Getting Out of Your Book Contract--Maybe
Clark, Mendelson and Scott: New Name for a Fee-Charging Agency
The Cruelest Hoax
Farrah Gray Publishing
Taking Famous Names in Vain
The Agenda of The Write Agenda
A Small Press Implodes: The Inside Story of Aspen Mountain Press
The Brit Writers Awards: Questions and Threats
Introducing Writer Beware's Small Presses Page
The Fine Print of Amazon's New KDP Select Program
Publisher Alert: Arvo Basim Yayin

"Kepler's 2020" Project

MENLO PARK, CA - The Kepler's Transition Team, a group of local business and community leaders, have announced the launch of "Kepler's 2020," an initiative that will transform Menlo Park's historic independent bookstore into a next-generation community literary and cultural center. The project aims to create an innovative hybrid business model that includes a for-profit, community-owned-and-operated bookstore, and a nonprofit organization that will feature on-stage author interviews, lectures by leading intellectuals, educational workshops and other literary and cultural events.

Monday, February 06, 2012

New Lit on the Block :: The Baltimore Review

Senior Editors Barbara Westwood Diehl and Kathleen Hellen are directing The Baltimore Review on a new venture with an online quarterly publication and print annual.

The Baltimore Review was founded by Barbara Westwood Diehl in 1996 as a literary journal publishing short stories and poems, with a mission to showcase the best writing from the Baltimore area and beyond. Their mission remains just that. "However," Diehl writes, "in our new online format, we can now bring that fine writing to the world's attention, more frequently, and at less cost. We can also explore new ways to bring the world of writers and writing to the reader's attention. This doesn't mean that we've fallen out of love with the printed book. Work accepted for online publication will also be collected for annual print issues."

Readers of The Baltimore Review can expect to find fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and poems from established and emerging writers - "work we hope will take readers into unfamiliar worlds or deeper into familiar ones, work that knocks the walls down," Diehl says.

The first online issue includes: Poems by Edgar Silex, Al Maginnes, Dorianne Laux, W. Todd Kaneko, Paul Hostovsky, Tim Kahl, John Walser, Angela Torres, Ned Balbo, and David Dodd Lee; Fiction by Devin Murphy, Christopher Lowe, Josh Green, Gregory Wolos, Catherine Thomas, Peter Kispert, Nathan Gower, Ryan Millberg, Ajay Vishwanathan, Catherine Parnell, Jen Murvin Edwards, and Emily Roller; Creative Nonfiction by Heather Martin, Stephen J. West, Colin Rafferty, Bram Takefman, Michelle Valois, Lockie Hunter, and Seth Sawyers.

The Baltimore Review hopes to continue forward with quarterly online and annual print issues, always seeking new ways to engage their readers.

Submissions are accepted through Submittable. Details available on BR website.

2011 Jeanne Leiby Chapbook Award Results

The Florida Review has announced the results for the 2011 Jeanne Leiby Chapbook Award. The winner is "Rubia" by Patricia King. She will receive $500, and the story will be published in a letterpress, hand-bound chapbook. Second place goes to "Foreign Service" by Julia Lichtblau, and third place to "The Geometry of Children" by Mary Sheffield. They will receive tuition at writers conferences and their work is under consideration for The Florida Review.

NEH Summer Institute: Contemporary African American Lit

The Africana Research Center at The Pennsylvania State University has announced it will host the 2012 NEH Summer Institute for College Teachers: Contemporary African American Literature, on July 8-28, 2012. During the three-week program, teachers will engage in an intensive program of reading and discussion with leading scholars, reviewing new and recent scholarship and a variety of literary works.

Institute faculty will include Trudier Harris, Maryemma Graham, Dana Williams, Howard Rambsy, Eve Dunbar, L.H. Stallings, Evie Shockley, and Greg Carr. Participation is supported by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Participants receive a stipend to assist in defraying the cost of travel, food, lodging, books and supplies related to the institute. Transportation to off-site program activities related to the institute will be provided as part of the grant.

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2012.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Donation Appreciation

Special thanks to Sally and Bryan for their donations to the blogger beer fund. You've put a happy end to my dry spell. Cheers!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

NewPages Book Reviews

Visit NewPages Book Reviews for February to read thoughtful commentary and analysis of the following titles:

Against the Workshop: Provocations, Polemics, Controversies
Nonfiction by Anis Shivani
Texas Review Press, October 2011
Review by Patrick James Dunagan

Half in Shade
Nonfiction by Judith Kitchen
Coffee House Press, April 2012
Review by Ann Beman

St. Agnes, Pink-Slipped
Poetry by Ann Cefola
Kattywompus Press, August 2011
Review by Alyse Bensel

The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia’s Convict Women
Nonfiction by Deborah J. Swiss
Berkley Trade, November 2011
Review by Lydia Pyne

In the Absence of Predators
Fiction by Vinnie Wilhelm
Rescue Press, October 2011
Review by Wendy Breuer

Starring Madame Modjeska: On Tour in Poland and America
Nonfiction by Beth Holmgren
Indiana University Press, November 2011
Review by Patricia Contino

Exhibit of Forking Paths
Poetry by James Grinwis
Coffee House Press, October 2011
Review by Gina Myers

Lucky Bruce: A Literary Memoir
Nonfiction by Bruce Jay Friedman
Biblioasis, October 2011
Review by David Breithaupt

The City, Our City
Poetry by Wayne Miller
Milkweed Editions, September 2011
Review by James Crews

Nonfiction by Dana Teen Lomax
Black Radish Books, December 2011
Review by Aimee Nicole

Drunken Angel
Nonfiction by Alan Kaufman
Viva Editions, November 2011
Review by Audrey Quinn

The Day Before Happiness
Fiction by Erri de Luca
Translated from the Italian by Michael F. Moore
Other Press, November 2011
Review by Olive Mullet

Already It Is Dusk
Poetry by Joe Fletcher
Brooklyn Arts Press, September 2011
Review by H. V. Cramond

Poetry by Leigh Kotsilidis
Coach House Books, October 2011
Review by Alyse Bensel

The Cisco Kid in the Bronx: Episodes in the Life of a Young Man
Fiction by Miguel Antonio Ortiz
Hamilton Stone Editions, January 2012
Review by Paul Pedroza

Lunch Bucket Paradise
Fiction by Fred Setterberg
Heydey Books, November 2011
Review by Audrey Quinn

selected unpublished blog posts of a mexican panda express employee
Poetry by Megan Boyle
Muumuu House, November 2011
Review by Aimee Nicole

New Lit on the Block :: Heavy Feather Review

Heavy Feather Review is a biannual ebook published by editors Nathan Floom and Jason Teal

HFR editors describe the content as "an eclectic mix of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, or any hybrid thereof. Every issue of HFR is its own animal. Writers, and those concerns of writers, change with time, and so does HFR."

Contributors to the inaugural issue include Alex Austin, Nick Barr, Anhvu Buchanan, Seth Berg, J. Bradley, Chloe Caldwell, Karen Craigo, Lori D’Angelo, Rick D’Elia, Larry O. Dean, Elizabeth Ellen, Nicolle Elizabeth, Ricky Garni, Roxane Gay, Amy Glasenapp, Howie Good, David Greenspan, Len Kuntz, Thomas Patrick Levy, D.W. Lichtenberg, Adam Moorad, Meg Pokrass, Molly Prentiss, Andrew Rihn, Paul Arrand Rodgers, Steve Roggenbuck, Matthew Savoca, Bradley Sands, Peter Schwartz, Gregory Sherl, Zulema Renee Summerfield, J.A. Tyler, James Valvis, Robert Vaughan, John Dermot Woods, Jake Wrenn, and Joshua Young.

Future plans for HFR include "print, press, music festival." As Teal notes, "HFR is actively looking to exist in more real and real forms."

HFR is taking submissions for both its homepage —thoughtful essays/posts concerning art, life, anything — reviews, interviews — and HFR 1.2, arriving in summer 2012. Deadline for 1.2 is August 15, 2012. Submission accepted via Submittable.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

New Lit on the Block :: Northern Wanderer

Northern Wanderer is a new online quarterly edited by Dr. Darren Richard Carlaw and Elena Kharlamova.

The inspiration for Nothern Wanderer, write the editors, was the poem “After Breakfast (With Peter) Costing 5/6d” which appeared in Newcastle upon Tyne poet Barry MacSweeney’s first collection, The Boy from the Green Cabaret Tells of his Mother (1968):
“After Breakfast…” is a pastiche of Frank O’Hara’s “A Step Away from Them,” the walking poem from which Northern Wanderer's sister publication, StepAway Magazine, takes its name. Mr. MacSweeney’s after breakfast wander, however, takes place in his hometown of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, beginning outside the Cloth Market Café and ending outside the Green Market

Northern Wanderer is a way of encouraging contemporary northern writers to follow in Barry MacSweeney’s footsteps, to explore and observe the North East of England on foot.

Which is precisely, then, what readers can expect to find in Northern Wanderer: A series of poetic walking narratives which celebrate street life in northern towns and cities.

Contributors to the first issue include Barry MacSweeney, Stevie Ronnie, Ira Lightman, Bob Beagrie, Ian Davidson, Lizzie Whyman, and Keith Parker.

In upcoming issues, editors expect that Northern Wanderer "will grow to become a repository of poetry and prose devoted to walking in the North East of England."

Writers are encouraged to submit one story or poem at a time via e-mail (no attachments). Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Response time is within 14 days with acceptance/rejection on a rolling basis. For more information, visit Northern Wanderer.