Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wolff Translator's Prize Winner 2012

Dalkey Archive Press has announced that translator Burton Pike has been awarded the Goethe-Institut's prestigious Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for his translation of Gerhard Meier's Isle of the Dead, the first title in Dalkey Archive's ongoing Swiss Literature Series. Video of Dr. Pike reading from his translation at New York's Center for Fiction is available online at the Dalkey Archive website.

The Wolff Prize is awarded annually by the Goethe-Institut Chicago to honor an outstanding translation from German to English; each year's winning translator receives $10,000. This is the second year in a row that the Wolff Prize has gone to a Dalkey Archive translator; Jean M. Snook's translation of The Distant Sound, by Gert Jonke, received the award in 2011.

Burton Pike is among the leading translators of German literature into English, known for his translations of, among others, Goethe and Robert Musil. His translation of Rainer Maria Rilke's Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge was published by Dalkey Archive in 2008.

Brevity Facelift - Same Great Content

Brevity has a slick new web design and solid content to back it up! This month features sixteen new flash essays, including work from Ander Monson, Patrick Rosal, Sean Prentiss, Jennifer Sinor, Gary Percesepe, with artwork by Marc Snyder. Brevity also features a writer's best friend: craft essays. This month's column explores the difference between an MFA thesis and a book (by Tabitha Blankenbiller), the pitfalls of writing about family (by Tarn Wilson), and an interview by Christin Geall with Kim Dana Kupperman.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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Documentary :: Waterwalk

Waterwalk: A Journey of 1,000 Miles Might Bring Them Together

After Blue Lake, Michigan, newspaper editor Steve Faulkner is laid off, his 17 year-old son Justin could have easily stepped aside and watched his dad frantically search for another job. Instead he persuades his workaholic dad to join him on the trip of a lifetime, a 1,000 mile canoe journey retracing the Marquette/Joliet discovery route of the Mississippi. Together they travel along Lake Michigan's northern shore, through Green Bay, up the Fox, down the WIsconsin and finally the mighty Mississippi.

Braving rough water, big storms, flood stage rivers and portaging larger sections of the heavily dammed Fox, the Faulkners nearly run out of money, become minor celebrities and confront the ultimate challenge presented to fathers who leave their jobs to spend more time with their children, boredom. Paddling hour after hour they discover that they don't read the same books, watch the same movies and television shows or even know the same songs. Trying to kill time they end up singing the only music they both know, Christmas carols in July. A journey through middle America, Waterwalk is a memorable look at an archetypal journey that defines our nation and informs the heart.

[PR text from Waterwalk website]

New Lit on the Block :: Cactus Heart

Cactus Heart is a new PDF quarterly of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, and art edited by Sara Rauch.

Rauch comments on starting Cactus Heart: “After being in publishing for six years, and a writer for at least double that time, I was inspired to create Cactus Heart as a new forum for engaging work. There are lots of great publications out there, and always more great writers looking to share their work. I wanted to create a literary magazine that felt like a community and a conversation. With all the changes going on in the publishing world, it finally felt possible for me to put together an e-literary magazine – a quality online publication filled with amazing work.”

Cactus Heart readers will be treated to “Spiny, succulent writing! They will find plenty of plot-driven, language-focused fiction, poems that blend images and thoughts seamlessly, deeply felt nonfiction, and full-color photography.”

Contributors in the first issue include Alysia Angel, Glen Armstrong, Eleanor Leonne Bennett, Christine Brandel, Stephanie Callas, Flower Conroy, Sian Cummins, erin feldman, Merlin Flower, Janet Freeman, Diana Gallagher, Christine Gosnay, William Henderson, Courtney Hill Wulsin, Jesse Kuiken, Anthony Lawrence, D Lep, Stewart Lewis, Nico Mara-McKay, Ben Nardolilli, Katrina Pallop, Carol Piva, Jules A Riley, Holly Ringland, Meegan Schreiber, Jenna Whittaker, Theresa Williams, and Christopher Woods.

Rauch hopes to add a print publication to the roster, and possibly move into book publishing as she continues her work with Cactus Heart.

Cactus Heart is currently accepting submissions for the second issue until August 1 – full guidelines are available on the publication website.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Joyce Collection Now Available Online

The National Library of Ireland has put its collection of James Joyce manuscripts online, free of charge. It’s an excellent resource, but appears daunting at first – so where should the reader start? Terence Killeen of IrishTimes.com gives an overview of the collection.

New Lit on the Block :: The Manila Envelope

Published quarterly in PDF format, The Manila Envelope features poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and art. While the full version is available only by subscription, selected works can be viewed online.

Literary Editor Cristina Querrer and Art Editor Tiana Madison started The Manila Envelope out of a desire “to present another avenue, another platform for writers and artists to publish their exquisite work.” The editors stress, “We want to offer a nurturing environment for everyone, from established or just-starting-out writers and artists. But we also adhere to our own aesthetic guidelines which can be eclectic. As we go along, read our issues, like us on Facebook, get to know us. The editors of The Manila Envelope are writers and artists too.”

Readers can expect the writing to follow a theme that runs through each issue in a variety of styles with the inaugural issue featuring poetry by Tobi Cogswell, Mark Harris, Andrew Mancuso and Mark Wisniewski; essays by S.C. Barrus, Julio Espin, Bennett Zamoff; and fiction by Stephanie Becerra, Larry Kostroff, Amy Meyerson, and Jeffrey Rubinstein.

Querrer and Madison say future plan for the publication are “to stay awhile and to perhaps be able to offer contest prizes or even a possible print anthology to even quite possibly different platforms and digital versions of our magazine.”

Submissions are accepted through Submittable on a rolling basis with accepted works published in the next available issue.

Monday, May 28, 2012

New Lit on the Block :: phren-Z

phren-Z is a quarterly online literary magazine published by Santa Cruz Writes. phren-Z promotes the work of writers with a connection to Santa Cruz County, California, publishing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, monologues, essays, and interviews.

Editors Karen Ackland (fiction), Julia Chiapella (poetry), and Jory Post (non-fiction, plays, and monologues) started phren-Z “ to develop and sustain a vibrant literary community dedicated to the craft of writing and its ability to inform, reveal, and enchant.” As such, readers can find writing in all genres from both established and emerging writers with a connection to Santa Cruz County, California. The Floodlight section provides in depth coverage on a given topic - a specific writer, event, or other issue of significance to the local literary community.

“phren-Z is community oriented,” say the editors, “so each issue will feature a public reading of contributors work, read by the authors themselves. We also will continue to seek opportunities for writers to get their work in front of the public including, but not limited to, radio performances, community TV performances, and an annual printed edition.”

Works available for online reading include essays by Wallace Baine, Don Rothman, Karen Ackland, Sarah Albertson, Vinnie Hansen, Neal Hellman, and Stephen Kessler; poetry by Carolyn Burke, Farnaz Fatemi, Gary Young, Buzz Anderson, Anna Citrino, Arthur Streshly, and Amber Coverdale Sumral; fiction by Clifford Henderson, Micah Perks, Paul Skenazy, Elizabeth McKenzie and Paula Mahoney, an interview with Karen Tei Yamashita, a monologue by Wilma Marcus Chandler, and "Love Letters Project," in which nine Santa Cruz authors participated in The Love Letters Project held at The Museum of Art and History (MAH), Bookshop Santa Cruz, and Felix Kulpa Gallery. Each writer was asked to contribute a poem or letter they had written for someone or something they love. Contributors include Wallace Baine, Lauren Crux, Stephanie Golino, Neal Hellman, Cheyenne Street Houck, Erin Johnson, Wincy Lui, Elizabeth McKenzie, and Alyssa Young.

Those wishing to submit can go to phren-Z’s Submit page. A link to Submittable will guide writers through the process.

Additionally, phren-Z is interested in exploring where and how writing intersects with other creative disciplines. The editors seek out events, performances, exhibitions, etc., that offer opportunities for writing within a creative context.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mad Hatter Tribute to Carol Novack

Mad Hatters' Review 13 is a tribute issue to founder and editor Carol Novack (1948-2011). The issue includes a number of her works as well as works by others in tribute to Carol. Editor Marc Vincenz (Reykjavik, Iceland) in his editor's stateme writes of working with Carol, those final months which came too quickly, and the continuation of Mad Hatter ventures:

"I have heard whispers that a few of you of little faith believed that MadHat in all of its incarnations would never survive Carol—some, I understand, have questioned the viability of Mad Hatters’ Review without its revolutionary leader at the helm. Well, I hope with the advent of this tribute issue, that your doubts will have been swayed. MadHat will continue, and we shall strive to bring you more exuberant content than ever before. Long live MadHat! ¡Viva la Revolución!"

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Big Bridge Celebrates 15

For 15 years Big Bridge has published a wide and varied selection of poetry, fiction, art, essays, and more. "And through this work," comment the editors, "we hope we have conveyed our respect and love for all the great creative efforts of poets and artists we have known." The 15th Anniversary Edition is a fine continuation of this work, including the Feature Chapbook "bridge work" by Andrei Codrescu with illustrations by Nancy Victoria Davis.

Also included are several edited sections:

30 POETS, a poetry anthology dedicated to Akilah Oliver

Big Tree Poems: An exploratory anthology of contemporary tree poems

Cuyahoga Burning, a feature on current Ohio literature, dedicated to Nobius Black

15th Anniversary Fiction Feature, multifaceted stories orchestrated around four themes

Translations:

Poetry from Japan, A Contemporary Anthology of Japanese Poetry

Voices for Change: A Contemporary Anthology of Moroccan Poets

A Tribute to Andrey Voznesensky (1933-2010)

Poetry Slam Guatemala

And a whole lot more! Visit Big Bridge to see full contents.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The New Flare

The Flagler Review, the journal of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, screenplays/plays, and artwork published by the students of Flagler University has undergone a slight name change, and will now be known as FLARE: The Flagler Review. "FLARE," the editors write, will be "a new light in the literary world. We want our journal to engage the mind and be visited over and over. This is our journal's chance to shine, to catch our readers' attention with creative and original works that kindle the imagination." FLARE is available in print in the fall and spring along with online features. [Pictured: cropped cover art "Artemis on the Hunt" by Brianna Angelakis]

YES! Magazine Student Essay Contest Winners

The YES! National Student Writing Competition gives students the chance to write for a real audience and be published by an award-winning magazine. Each quarter, students have the opportunity to read and respond to a selected YES! Magazine article.

For Winter 2012, participants read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "What's the Harm in Hunting?" by Alyssa Johnson. All of the winning essays are available full-text online.

Winter 2012 Writing Competition Winners

Middle School: Stro Hastings

High School: Johnny Bobo

College: Jenny Courtney

Powerful Voice: Lisa Schwartz


Monday, May 21, 2012

Conclave News

Conclave: A Journal of Character has announced several recent changes, including publishing the magazine on a bi-annual cycle as well making it available in e-format and including interviews. Conclave also wants to place literary journals in inner-city schools and libraries with help from supporters. Visit their website for more information on how you can help in their effort.
Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their March Fiction Open competition; the Fiction Open competition is held quarterly. Stories generally range from 2000-6000 words, though up to 20,000 is fine. The next Fiction Open will take place in June. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

First place: Silas Dent Zobal [pictured], of Freeburg, PA, wins $2500 for “The Hospital.” His story will be published in the Summer 2013 issue of Glimmer Train Stories.

Second place: Devin Murphy, of Buffalo Grove, IL, wins $1000 for “Levi’s Recession.” His story will also appear in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories.

Third place: Amina Gautier, of Chicago, IL, wins $600 for “Aguanilé.” Her story will also be published in Glimmer Train Stories, increasing her prize to $700.

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

Deadline soon approaching for the Short Story Award for New Writers: May 31
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 1500-6000 words, but can go up to 12,000. First place prize has been increased to $1500.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sentence New Editor

Sentence: A Jounral of Prose Poetics (published by Firewheel Editions) welcomes Brian Johnson as its new editor with this year's annual issue (#9). "I am naturally curious," Johnson writes, "how the issue before you, Sentence 9, will relate to the eight that came before it. It will be different, of course, but whether that difference is subtle or radical I will leave to the judgment of those of you who have written for, read, and admired the journal since its debut in 2003.

Poetry: Comfort in Form

In the editor's introduction to issue 17 of Spillway, themed "Crossing Boarders," Susan Terris comments on the number of poetry submissions received "in exacting poetic forms." She explains, "In these pages, you'll find five sonnets. A sonnet, historically, is a little song; and you'll see this volume is threaded with them, many more small songs of 10-16 lines. We also have a villanelle, a pantoum, several invented forms unique to particular poets. In addition, we have Asian forms of haiku, tanka, and haibun. Why all these poetic forms? I have a facile answer: the greater the danger (and all borders are fraught with danger), the more form works to add control and comfort to an out-of-control and uncomfortable world."

Alligator Juniper Contest Winners

The newest issue of Alligator Juniper from Prescott College (AZ) features the winners from the publication's annual writing and photography contest, as well as the winners of the Suzanne Tito Prize (a full list of finalists can be found on the website):

National Poetry Contest Winner
Elton Glaser, “Coupling on the Edge of Entropy”
Finalists: Christopher Buckley, Iris Marble Cushing, Marta Ferguson, Lexa Hillyer, Althea Rose Schelling
Suzanne Tito Prize Winner: Laura Hitt

National Creative Nonfiction Winner
Eli Connaughton, “Burial”
Finalists: Chris Guppy, Debra Marquart, Natalie Vestin
Suzanne Tito Prize Winner: Laura Hitt

National Fiction Winner
Janet Hilliard-Osborn, “Mycology”
Finalists: Veronica Castro, Julie Hensley, Michael Pearce, Josh Peterson, Sarah Elizabeth Schantz
Suzanne Tito Prize Winner: Molly Kiff

National Photography Winners
First Place Prizewinner: Morgan Neuharth
Second Place Prizewinner: Christine Weller
Third Place Prizewinner: Don Fike
Finalists: Morgan Neuharth, Christine Weller, Don Fike, Barbara Burghart-Perreault, Cloe Cox, Elektra Fike-Data, George Lewis, Dan Meylor, Arlene Minuskin, Seth Quigg, Amy Siqveland

Monday, May 14, 2012

Audio Interview with YA Author J.L. Powers

I had the opportunity to interview J.L. (Jessica) Powers about her latest young adult novel, This Thing Called the Future (Cinco Puntos, 2011) set in a South African Zulu community. We discussed issues of appropriate content for YA novels, the responsibility of the writer in representing cultures other than her own, and the importance of literature as a voice for controversial issues. Listen to the full interview here.

This Thing Called the Future, J.L. Powers second novel, was listed as one of the Best Teen Books of 2011 by Kirkus Magazine. It made the American Library Association's Best Fiction for Young Adults 2012 list and was listed with "Outstanding Merit" by Bank Street as one of the Best Books for 2012 (fourteen and up category). It also won the Best Young Adult Book literary prize awarded annually by the Texas Institute of Letters and was recently awarded the 2012 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. J.L. Powers is the editor of That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone, An Anthology of Essays from Around the Globe, which will be released in June 2012. She teaches at Skyline College in San Bruno, California.

New Lit on the Block :: Treehouse

Treehouse is a new online literary hub with weekly updates of creative nonfiction, fiction, short genre-benders and short screenplays or scenes.

The editors of Treehouse  hope their site “provides a place for new and established writers alike to exhibit writing that is brief in length, but interesting and unique in content” with a mission “to publish pleasingly unusual literature. Readers can find creative writing from new and established writers short enough to read on a coffee break, but good enough to linger over.”  Treehouse also publishes informative nonfiction about the contemporary literary scene.

Some current contributors include Roxane Gay, Kyle Minor, and Marie-Helene Bertino.

Treehouse editors plan, in addition to continuing weekly publications,  to add blog content, retrospectives regarding acclaimed writers, contests, and much more as they continue to grow.

Treehouse accepts submissions on a rolling basis via e-mail. All genres are accepted.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Drunken Boat Special Features

Drunken Boat, the international online journal of the arts, Spring 2012, features two special folios, including one on Native American women poets curated by Layli Long Soldier and another curated by Deborah Poe (Postcard Project) on Handmade/Homemade, a collection in video and photos of homemade and letterpress chapbooks, one-of-a-kind editions, broadsides and books made from unorthodox materials. Also included in this issue is a special Nonfiction section guest-edited by Suzanne Paola on "The Body Silent: nonfiction on illness and the body." [Pictured: Holly Woodward's handmade books.]

NewPages Updates

Check out the latest additions to NewPages:

NewPages Big List of Literary Magazines
Big Fiction [P] - novellas
Birdfeast [O] - poetry
Gambling the Aisle [O] - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, interviews, art
Literary Juice [O] - "Produced from 100% pure originality. . .works of fiction and poetry that are clever, bold, and even weird!"
The Manila Envelope [O] - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art
Mizna [P] - poetry, prose
Treehouse [P] - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, cross-genre
Exit 7 [P] - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art
Floodwall [O/P] - poetry, fiction, criticism
Glass Mountain [P] - fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art
The Lindenwood Review [P] - poetry, fiction, nonfiction
The Boiler [O] - poetry, fiction, nonfiction
Canary [O] - poetry, fiction, nonfiction
Crack the Spine [O/P] - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, reviews
Glassworks [O/P/e-pub] - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, photography
THRUSH [O] - poetry
Torrid [P/O] - poetry, fiction
In/Words [O] - (Canada) poetry, fiction, photography, reviews
The Sim Review [O] - poetry, fiction

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[O] = mainly an online publication

NewPages Guide to Literary Links
The Mustard Seed Risk - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art
The Volta - multimedia project of poetry, criticism, poetics, video, conversation, interviews
Work Stew - a collection of essays and interviews
Spinozablue - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, reviews, music, video
Mouse Tales Press - poetry, fiction
Papirmasse - art, writing
The Blind Hem - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, photography, art

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NewPages Guide to Writing Conferences, Workshops, Retreats, Centers, Residencies, Book & Literary Festivals
The Creative Writer's Workshops Ireland Writing Retreats
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Western Literature Association Conference
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NewPages Guide to Independent Publishers & University Presses
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Tiny Toe Press - handpressed novels, novellas
Winter Goose Publishing - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, YA
Tu Books - multicultural speculative fiction books for children and teens, imprint of Lee & Low Books

Monday, May 07, 2012

Hanging Loose 100

Begun in 1966, Hanging Loose magazine quietly celebrates 100 issues with its most recent publication.

First published as mimeographed loose pages in a cover envelope, inaugural contributors included Denise Levertov, John Gill, Jack Anderson, and Victor Contoski. As the publication continued, "the editors were in agreement that they were not interested in begging poems from famous writers but that they wanted to stress work by new writers and by older writers whose work deserved a larger audience. In 1968, the magazine introduced a feature which has become celebrated over the years, a regular section devoted to writing by talented high school writers." This section printed early work by such writers as Evelyn Lau and Sam Kashner.

The loose-page format gave way to the bound edition we now celebrate, and features portfolios of work by a single artist or photographer.

The Poetry Station

The Poetry Station is a freely accessible web-based video channel and portal for poetry created by the English & Media Centre from a small grant from Arts Council of England.

Poets currently reading or being read on the site include: Menna Elfyn, John Agard, Moniza Alvi, Gillian Clarke, John Donne, Philip Gross, Hafez, Tony Harrison, Seamus Heaney, John Hegley, Nathan Jones, Jenny Joseph, Jeffrey Lewis, Andrew Marvell, Daljit Nagra, Jeff Price, Michael Rosen, William Shakespeare, Jo Shapcott, Jean Sprackland, Tomas Tranströmer, Dannie Abse, Patience Agbabi, Maya Angelou, Simon Armitage, Aphra Behn, William Blake, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Robert Browning, Leonard Cohen, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Tim Cumming, Laura Dockrill, Maura Dooley, Martin Doyle, James Fenton, Andrew Forster, Sophie Hannah, W. N. Herbert, Ian Horn, JC001, Jackie Kay, Jacob Sam La Rose, Philip Larkin, Gwyneth Lewis, Roger McGough, Ian McMillan, Adrian Mitchell, Dorothy Molloy, Naomi Shihab Nye, Dans le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Anne Stevenson, Natalie Stewart, Kate Tempest, and Benjamin Zephaniah.

Andrew Suknaski Memorial

Via Chaudiere Books:

A memorial/wake reading for the late prairie poet Andrew Suknaski (July 30, 1942 - May 3, 2012), the poet of Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan, will be held upstairs at The Carleton Tavern, 233 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale), Ottawa on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 7:30pm.

Hosted by rob mclennan, this informal gathering of friends, admirers, fans and otherwise well-wishers will feature readings of Suknaski's own words as tribute by some of his friends

If you would like to say a few words about/for Suknaski, or have the opportunity to read a short selection from one of his works, email rob mclennan at rob_mclennan (at) hotmail.com.

For those inquiring about There Is No Mountain: The Selected Poems of Andrew Suknaski, edited by rob mclennan, it will be appearing later this year (thanks to a generous offer made to help offset production costs).

Thursday, May 03, 2012

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2012 Tusculum Review Winners

The newest issue of Tusculum Review includes the finalists and winners of their 2012 contest:

Fiction Prize, Final Judge Jaimy Gordon
Winner: Elizabeth Gonzalez
Finalists: Jacob M. Appel, Sean Lanigan, Shena McAuliffe

Poetry Prize, Final Judge Amy Gerstler
Winner: Jacqueline Berger
Finalists: Katie Cappello, Anna Marie Craighead-Kintis, Luisa A. Igloria, Leslie Williams

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

AQR Celebrates 30 with Photo Narratives

Alaska Quarterly Review celebrates 30 years of publishing with its Spring & Summer 2012 issue (v29 n1&2). Not to be missed in this issue is a stunning special feature: "Liberty and Justice (for all): A Global Photo Mosaic." This special feature includes 68 photographers from 22 nations with both narratives and photo captions. Though some photos are black and white, the entire section is given full color, glossy paper with the photo receiving its own facing page to the text narrative. This is an impressive inclusion for any literary magazine to provide its readers, and the force of these images and text - running the gamut from hopeful to heart wrenching - is truly astonishing.

Grain Contest Winners

The Winter 2012 (v39 n2) issue of Grain features the winners of the 23rd Annual Short Grain Writing Contest.

Fiction - Judged by Zsuzsi Gartner
1st Prize - Pete Duval
2nd Prize - Zack Haslam
3rd Prize - Zoey Peterson

Poetry - Judged by Jeramy Dodds
1st Prize - Tim Bowling
2nd Prize - Phoebe Wang
3rd Prize - Vincent Colistro

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Neil Gaiman Interviews Stephen King

From Neil Gaiman's online journal: "I interviewed Stephen King for the UK Sunday Times Magazine. The interview appeared a few weeks ago. The Times keeps its site paywalled, so I thought I'd post the original version of the interview here. (This is the raw copy, and it's somewhat longer than the interview as published.)" [via Gerry Canavan]

The Mom Egg Celebrates 10 Years

The Mom Egg is an annual print literary journal of poetry, fiction, creative prose and art by mothers about everything, and by everyone about mothers and motherhood. The Mom Egg was founded in 2003 by Joy Rose, as the official literary magazine of Mamapalooza, an annual festival for mother-artists. Alana Ruben Free, a poet and playwright, took the helm as editor, a post she held through 2008; Marjorie Tesser joined as an editor in 2006. The Mom Egg’s mission is to expand the conversation to include varied perspectives by and of mothers, and to increase opportunities for mothers, women and artists. Congratulations Mom Egg!

2011 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose Winners

The winner and runners-up for the 2011 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, as judged by Sarah Manguso, appear in the Summer/Fall 2012 issue of Gulf Coast:

Winner
"Grand Canyon II" by Erica Olsen of Dolores, CO

Runners-up
"Why I Became a Fireman" by Paul Zaic of Dumfries, VA
"Master Bedroom" by Sonja Vitow of Brighton, MA

Anderbo Creative Nonfiction Prize Finalists

The works of four Anderbo Creative Nonfiction Prize Finalists can be read online: Erin Wood, Rob Lavendar, Lisa Shannon, and Suzanne Roberts.