Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Contest Winners: Mudfish

The newest issue of Mudfish features the writing and winners of the 10th Annual Mudfish Poetry Prize. The winners were selected by Mark Doty.

First Place
Alison Jarvis: "Elegy for a Drummer"

Second Place
Angelo Nikolopoulos: "Take the Body Out"

Third Place
Nancy Hechinger: "Fireworks on the Fourth in the Town of Margaretville"

Other writers that appear in this issue include Cherri Randall, Jan Ball, Stephen Sandy, Gertrude Morris, Peter Layton, Deborah H. Doolittle, Lyn Lifshin, Kevin King, Dwayne Thorpe, Simon Perchik, Sarah Wyman, Jeff Crandall, Greg Brownderville, Terry Phelan, Tess Carroll, Tim Erickson, Marina Rubin, Sara Sousa, Linda Larson, Henrietta Goodman, Angela Kelly, Brad Buchanan, Carol Matos, Madeline Tiger, Robert Steward, and many more.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Current Western TV Special Issue

The Summer 2012 issue of Western American Literature features Current Western TV. "The essays in this special issue," says Guest Editor Michael K. Johnson, "suggest the range and diversity of western television. The issue seeks to expand the concept of the genre Western and to expand our understanding of the "place" of the Western. There series here combine or draw from multiple genres (police procedurals, biker tales, documentaries, reality TV, etc.) to create new versions of the Western, and they sometimes expand the setting of the Western to include places other than the traditionally defined American West."

"While this issue celebrates the rebirth of the television Western in new twenty-first-century forms, the essays also suggest the necessity of critical engagement with a genre that continues to return to us a complicated, sometimes contradictory, alternately progressive and regressive reflection of our own cultural moment."

Essays featured in this issue come from Jennifer Schell, Kerry Fine, Justin A. Joyce, Sara Humphreys, and book reviews are contributed by Cynthia J. Miller, Corey Dethier, Sue Matheson, Holly Jean Richard, D. B. Gough, Leonard Engel, Melinda Linscott, and John Hursh.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Screen Reading: Online Lit Mag Reviews

You asked for it, NewPages delivered! Now get in there and read Screen Reading - reviews of online literary magazines. Since our last update, Editor Kirsten McIlvenna has been busy reading and critiquing Treehouse, SNReview, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Plume, The Puritan, Contrary, Fox Chase Review,,  The Baltimore Review, Wag's Revue, Blue Lake Review, and Tampa Review Online.

Thank you to those of you who have dropped us a line letting us know how much you appreciate this weekly column. Readers find it helpful for locating good reading and writers like getting a professional opinion of the publication for submission consideration.

NewPages continues to provide thoughtful reviews on these online publications as well as our regular monthly feature of literary magazine reviews and book reviews.

Good reading starts here!

Portland/Brooklyn Mix Tape

Tin House's current issue features a supplemental "mix-tape" and fold-out poster (featuring art from the cover). The editors say, "How could we put out a Portland/Brooklyn theme issue and not include a soundtrack?" This "mix-tape" soundtrack can be listened to and downloaded here.

Tin House editors said, "We invited Brooklyn-based feminist noise-rockers Amy Klein and Catherine Tung of Hilly Eye and, from the City of Roses, the ambient electro-acoustic musician Liz Harris, of Grouper, to curate an epic mix that captures the sonic landscape of our hometowns. 'The music coming out of Brooklyn is receiving a lot of attention right now,' notes Klein and Tun. 'Perhaps because it is being produced by a particularly young, particularly entrepreneurial set. Competition is stiff, which breeds technical and artistic savvy.' To wit: Fiasco, TEEN, and 'Magnetic Island, which melds math-rock rhythms with mind-expanding flights of guitar.'"

The Bands

Magnetic Island
Hilly Eye
Dan Friel

Pulse Emitter
Ilyas Ahmed
Golden Retriever
Indignant Senility

Writing featured in the issue includes work from Hannah Tinti, Jon Raymond, Adam Wilson, Evan Hughes, Vanessa Veselka, Ben Lerner, Ursula K. Le Guin, Karen Karbo, Salma Abdelnour, and more.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Worst Opening Lines

For a little Friday Fun - read the winning entries of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. Sponsored by the English Department at San Jose State University since 1982, this self-proclaimed "whimsical literary competition" challenges writers to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels. There are lots of categories (such as Crime, Romance, Mystery, Sci Fi, Western, etc.) with winner and runners-up as well as "Dishonorable Mentions." It's a lot of fun - and for you teachers out there - a great teaching tool!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Job :: Contest Reader/Screener

Anderbo online literary journal has posted a Craigslist ad for a Reader/Screener for their Fiction Contest, now in its ninth year. Part-time, telecommute is okay; pay is $20/hr. See the ad here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Solstice Contest Winners

In the most recent issue, Solstice publishes the work of their 2012 contest award winners and finalists. They also feature a poem by Stephen Dunn after whom the poetry prize was named. Editor Lee Hope says to “plunge into this special Summer Issue and explore the depth and richness of our writers!"

Fiction Prize
Judge: Jennifer Haigh

First Place: $1,000
Amy L. Clark: “Rheumatic Fever”

Cameron MacKenzie: “Ruffly Like Christmastime”

Silvia Moreno-Garcia: “Translucent Skin”
Morgan Smith: “Messengers of God”
Janet Hilliard-Osborn: “In the Shade of the Black Walnut Tree”

Stephen Dunn Poetry Award
Judges: Kathleen Aguero and Danielle Georges

First Place: $500
Mike Nelson: “Via Dolorosa”

Emily Van Duyne: “I Blame the Ronettes”

Don Colburn: “Technicalities and the Heart”
Kristen Havens: “Centinela”
Read Trammell: “Fisherman on the Pier”

Nonfiction Prize
Judge: Jerald Walker

First Place: $500
Dawn Haines: “Aleatorik”

Gaynell Gavin: “A Failure of Narrative Distance”
Deborah Taffa: “On Bison Skulls and Trains”

Fence Editor Changes

The editor’s note in the most recent issue of Fence comes from Fiction Editor Lynne Tillman in honor of it being her last issue. “This is my fifteenth issue, and my last,” she says. “I figured it was time, which is a conveniently abstract way of saying a lot and not much. As editor, I satisfied a desire to get first-timers published. I loved bringing well-published writers into Fence, and having them share the Table of Contents with newer ones. I looked for and published many stories in translation. As editor, I could select pieces by different kinds of writers, who had varied approaches to prose and narrative. All of this made me very happy.”

“It was an honor being the fiction editor of Fence, and I thank Rebecca Wolff for the chance. What will come can only be terrific—and different. Vive la.”

This issue itself contains work from Denis Johnson, Paul Lisicky, Marin Buschel, Judith Goldman, Geoffrey Nutter, Cathy Eisenhower, Rosmarie Waldrop, Keith Waldrop, Daniel Tiffany, and more.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Baltimore Review's Print Issue

Since transitioning to an online magazine, The Baltimore Review publishes their first cumulative print issue, which includes work from their first two online issues. “In the future, our annual print issues will include the work from all quarterly issues,” the editor’s note indicates. “We hope that you will enjoy the array of voices in these pages. There is music in the language here. There are stories you will remember for a long time.”

Included in the print issue is the 2011 Short Fiction Competition’s first place winner Linda Barnhart’s “The New Victorians.” There is also writing from the Room Theme Contest:

First Place
Emily Roller: “Improvement"

Second Place
Jen Murvin Edwards: “Come In, Come In”

Third Place

Heather Martin: “On Maime√≥"

Other contributors to the issue include Ned Balbo, Harry Bauld, Nathan Gower, Josh Green, Paul Hostovsky, Tim Kahl, Todd Kaneko, Michael Kimball, Peter Kispert, Beth Lefebvre, Christopher Lowe, Jen Michalski, Devin Murphy, Andrew Purcell, Seth Sawyers, Catherine Thomas, Angela Narciso Torres, Michelle Valois, James Walser, Stephen J. West, Gregory Wolos, and many more.

True Crime Creative Nonfiction Issue

The most recent issue of Creative Nonfiction is all about true crime. "In this issue," says Editor Lee Gutkind, "we have some pretty compelling, real-life, true crime essays: 'Origami & the Art of Identity Folding,' by AC Fraser, winner of CNF’s $1,000 'True Crime Essay Contest' prize, takes us inside the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women in Vancouver, British Columbia, where Fraser served time for identity theft. In 'Grave Robber: A Love Story,' Joyce Marcel recalls her 30s, when, having run away from an unhappy marriage, she supported her travels for several years by buying and selling and smuggling ancient ceramics from Peru."

"'Leviathan,' by David McGlynn, is the story of a brutal triple-murder of the author’s close friend, age 15, and his brother and father, while 'Addict,' by Lacy M. Johnson, tells the mind-boggling story of how the writer’s ex-boyfriend kidnapped her and bolted her to a chair he built in a basement apartment. And that’s just in the beginning."

"Finally, Steven Church’s 'Speaking of Ears and Savagery' is a sprawling discourse on Mike Tyson, Travis the Chimp, Van Gogh, David Lynch and more, exploring our conflicted relationship with brutality."

"The rest of the issue circles around this same theme, exploring our fascination with true crime stories and tales of true violence. Harold Schechter, the author of many carefully researched true crime stories, starts off the issue with a long view of the true crime genre, which, he argues, dates almost as far back as type. In this issue’s Encounter, Donna Seaman talks with Erik Larson, author of 'The Devil in the White City' and 'In the Garden of Beasts,' about the work he puts into his meticulously researched best sellers. There’s also a thoughtful round-table discussion about the challenges of writing honestly—and ethically—about violence."

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Molly Beth Griffin Wins Children's Lit Prize

Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature was awarded to Molly Beth Griffin for her novel Silhouette of a Sparrow. Molly Beth Griffin is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Grant, a graduate of Hamline University’s MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and a writing teacher at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

"Silhouette of a Sparrow is a coming-of-age story about the search for wildness in a confining time—a tale of a young woman discovering both the art of rebellion and the power of unexpected love. Sent to spend the summer with distant relatives at a resort hotel in Excelsior, Minnesota, sixteen-year-old Garnet Richardson—budding ornithologist; reluctant troublemaker; adventurous spirit—quickly compiles a list of all the things she wants to do: sneak into the new amusement park, wander the countryside looking for new birds, and somehow convince her mother to let her attend college. It’s 1926 and Garnet is well aware of the world’s expectations for her: after this summer with her relatives, she is to marry, settle down, and become a housewife. But what no one expects—least of all Garnet—is that she’ll fall in love with the beautiful and daring Isabella, a flapper at the local dance hall. It is she who will give Garnet the courage to take control of her own life and pursue her dreams."

The title will be released next month by Milkweed Editions.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Literary Postcard Story Contest Winners

Geist announces the winners of their 9th Annual Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest. "For eight years now," the editors say, "Geist has been asking writers to send in short stories inspired by postcard images. This year Geist shook things up by asking contest entrants to write short stories inspired by postcards they had made themselves, or by images in the public domain."

1st Prize
“Spooning” by Davey Thompson and Cameron Tully

2nd Prize
“The Paper Dress” by Susan Steudel

3rd Prize
“Layover” by Michelle Elrick

Honorable Mentions:
“Kiwi” by Britta Boudreau
“Spit-Wet Fingers and a Kiss” by Carin Makuz
“Members” by Jannie Edwards
“Schr√∂dinger’s Cat” by Jessica Michalofsky
“Space Aliens” by R. Daniel Lester
“After Lydia” by Raoul Fernandes
“String Theory” by Salvatore Difalco

You can read the winning stories online here. The three prize winners are also in print in Geist 85.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Interview Section in CALYX

With the print of their newest issue, CALYX announces and presents a new section to the magazine: an interview section. This issue features an interview by one of the CALYX editors Bethany Haug with Rebecca Lindenberg, author of Love, An Index (McSweeney's, 2012). The interview discusses Lindenberg's new book, her inspiration for poetry, and how her experience of gender has shaped her identity as a writer.

Lindenberg says, "Well, in the sense that [gender] has centrally shaped my identity as a human, I'd say it shapes my identity as a writer quite a lot. And like it or not, I think the truth is that in writings as in all things, women and their work still encounter a degree of mostly unconscious skepticism from people—male and female—who are in positions to select or publish (or praise) our work, or give us jobs, or claim us as influences." She goes on to say, "I aspire to be the same kind of poet as I am a woman/human—educated, inventive, generous, curious, ethical, attracted to quick wit and drawn to big, ambitious ideas, and maybe a little sassy, when the price is right."

Senior Editor Rebecca Olson says, "You can continue to look forward to this interview section in future issues where we'll feature discussions with the best and brightest women writers and artists today."

The rest of the issue features poetry, prose, and art from Lisa Bellamy, Susan Nisenbaum Becker, Jung Hae Chae, Sandra Cisneros, Vanessa Hua, Julie Lein, Stephanie Glazier, Judy Halebsky, Jody Joldersma, Theresa Anderson, Katie Cercone, and more.

Blue Mesa Contest Winners

The new issue of Blue Mesa Review features the winners of the magazine's 2012 Fiction and Poetry Contest. The fiction contest was judged by Kate Braverman, and the poetry contest was judged by Dana Levin.

Fiction Contest Winners
First Place: Tom Watters with "National Steel"
Second Place: Alison Hess with "Admission"

Poetry Contest Winners
First Place: Cynthia Monroe with "Lemon Fervor"
Second Place: Benjamin Garcia

Monday, August 13, 2012

What's New in Nonfiction?

In a creative introduction to the nonfiction feature in New Madrid, Editors Lisa Luton and Elena Passarello address the ongoing debate in nonfiction writing—how far from the truth can a writer wander.

The introduction is a dialogue between two characters, Memoir and Essay. At first the two argue. Essay argues that "essayists try to create a new, fully realized contract with each piece of writing, one that is grounded and centered in art rather than proving anything. The trying is what turns us on, and hopefully what turns readers on. Why put art first? Because art is greater than fact." To which Memoir says, "I think we are the purveyors of the existing, deeper truths of the world. We are not here to make art out of facts, but to find an portray the art that is already there."

However, as they carry on, they realize that they have a lot in common with each other and that "Maybe nonfiction is about both the trying and the answering, and, just like with a painting, it is the audience's interpretation of the art that makes the true meaning." Essay goes on to say that "the greatest thing we can learn from all these submissions is that we nonfictioneers might have core values that go in opposite directions, but there's enough room under this genre umbrella for all of us."

This nonfiction feature in New Madrid includes both essays and memoirs—and pieces that perhaps can't be defined one way or the other. Writers featured include Kim Trevathan, Kirby Wright, Matthew Gavin Frank, Sean Christopher Lewis, Frankie Finley, Briandaniel Oglesby, Sara B. Levi, Vincent Scarpa, Daniel Aristi, John Proctor, Tom Elliot, and Alison Stine.
The Baltimore Review editors have announced the winners of their Summer Issue “Heat” theme contest as selected by Final Judge Jean McGarry, Professor and Co-Chair, The Writing Seminars, Johns Hopkins University. All winning works appear in the Summer Issue online and will appear in the review's annual print collection in 2013.

First Place
Ann Cwiklinski
“Selkie” – Short Story

Second Place
Moira Egan
“Hot Flash Sonnet” and “Sisters in Sweat Sonnet” – Poems

Third Place
Claudia Cortese
“The field curdles” and “Slippery Banjo” – Poems

Honorable Mention
Jennifer Fandel
“Heat Wave” – Poem

Friday, August 10, 2012

Podcast :: Jane Borden Interview

Virtual Memories Show is a monthly podcast hosted by Gil Roth about life and books, including interviews with authors about books that have helped shape their lives. The August episode features a conversation with Jane Borden, improv junkie, standup comic, and author of I Totally Meant To Do That (2011), a memoir about how she went from being a North Carolina debutante to a Brooklyn hipster.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Petition to Save UNO Press

From Marthe Reed, Skip Fox, and Anny Ballardini to all authors, translators, editors, scholars, and readers of fine literature:

As you may well have already heard, the University of New Orleans Press has just recently been put on "hiatus" and its innovative and energetic editor, Bill Lavender, fired. The presumptive reason concerned budget constraints, but in fact the Press was cost free, and gained UNO a significant reputation for the past five years (since Bill Lavender’s tenure). It also published an international range of writers, many of them prize winners or otherwise notable. As you are probably aware, Bill Lavender had taken a rather lifeless creature in 2007 and enlivened it with over 80 publications, a remarkable achievement.

In support of UNO Press, Bill Lavender, fine literature and good reading, please consider signing a petition indicating your support. The petition has many more details concerning the recent (5-6 day) history of events.

Sign the petition here: Petition Site

There was a significant item in The Times Picayune and one in Inside Higher Ed in the past few days, as well as this article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

You may also wish to pass this information on to other writers through a blog, facebook, etc., or even write personal letters to the President and Provost of UNO:

Provost Louis Paradise

President Peter Fos

Master Class with Ron Silliman

The Chicago School of Poetics offers online and F2F workshops for writers who "feel the need for more specialized instruction" beyond the traditional academic program.

Currently offered is a master class workshop with poet Ron Silliman: “'What does not change / is the will to change' : Embracing transformation in writing poetry". The one-day (Oct. 20) workshop will run for three hours (1-4pm) in an online, video-conferenced classroom and is limited to ten students.

In addition to this master class and weekly salons, online classes offered include Poetics (I, II, & III), Documentary Poetics, Risk: Writing at the Edge, Erasure to Automatism, The Poetry of Cubism, Queer Poetics, Working Poets, Personal Archeology, Publishing, The Poem as Remix, Visual Poetry, and Hybrid Texts.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Novella Contest Winner: The Malahat Review

In the most recent issue, The Malahat Review publishes Naben Ruthnum's novella "Cinema Rex" as the winner for the 2012 Novella Contest. His entry was selected from 215 submissions by three judges: Terence Young, Valerie Compton, and Gabriella Goliger. In addition to publication, Ruthnum was awarded $1500 CAD prize money.

Judges said the following about his piece: “[it] incorporates footnotes to explore a different kind of omniscience. The story, set in exotic Mauritius, follows three adolescent boys on the opening day of the town’s newest theatre, Cinema Rex. They skip school when they discover their teacher slumped over on his desk in a drunken sleep, and from there events build to the evening’s entertainment, a translated version of 'The Night of the Hunter.' Throughout, the footnotes move us forward in time to the boys’ adult lives, creating a kind of sympathetic cosmic irony. The language of 'Cinema Rex' is precise, the tone engaging, and the characters compelling. It has an unstoppable momentum, often surprising details and vivid dialogue. This is a novella that has been pared to essentials, with every element working together.”

A web exclusive interview with Ruthnum about his prize can be found here.

Editor Changes: Denver Quarterly

In the current issue of Denver Quarterly, Editor Bin Ramke announces the issue as his last as editor. After serving for seventeen years, he expresses his gratitude for the writers over the years.

"It can be an enormous amount of work to publish a literary journal four times per year," he says in his editor's note, "but when that work is shared it can also be a joy, and it was. I trust that joy will be part of Laird Hunt's experience as he negotiates the burdens and opportunities of editorship, and I know he will renew the energy of the Denver Quarterly as he guides it toward and past its fiftieth year."

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

American Life in Poetry

American Life in Poetry provides individual readers, newspapers and online publications with a free weekly column featuring contemporary American poems. The sole mission of this project is to promote poetry: American Life in Poetry seeks to create a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. There are no costs for reprinting the columns; they do require that you register your publication on their site and that the text of the column be reproduced without alteration. Below is the most recent column, with introductory comments from  Ted Kooser.


American Life in Poetry: Column 385

I am very fond of poems that don’t use more words than they have to. They’re easier to carry around in your memory. There are Chinese poems written 1300 years ago that have survived intact at least in part because they’re models of succinctness. Here’s a contemporary version by Jo McDougall, who lives not in China but in Kansas.

Telling Time

My son and I walk away
from his sister’s day-old grave.
Our backs to the sun,
the forward pitch of our shadows
tells us the time.
By sweetest accident
he inclines
his shadow,
touching mine.

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright ©2001 by Autumn House Press. Jo McDougall’s most recent book of poems is Satisfied with Havoc, Autumn House Poetry, 2004. Poem reprinted from The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, 2nd ed., 2011, by permission of Jo McDougall and Autumn House Press. Introduction copyright © 2012 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

New Editor :: Illuminations

The new issue of Illuminations marks the first issue for new Editor Meg Scott Copses. "In this first year as new editor," she says, "there are many moments of blinking cursors, and quite a few question marks penciled in as my editorial team has worked to launch a new website and boost subscriptions and general readership for Illuminations. The component that remains more certain, that feels right, is the poetry itself, and the integrity of the poets who craft the lines that get sent my way. It has been such a sincere pleasure to read and correspond with this year's contributing writers."

And with a new editor comes changes to the way the magazine is run. Traditionally, the magazine has "published all work by a single author on adjacent pages." With this issue, the poems are organized loosely into five larger themes or groupings: Speak, Season, Desire, Portrait, and Place. "A photograph by Lisa Scott Jones introduces each section," says Scott Copses, "and while the photograph isn't meant to represent anything literal about the poems in that section, I hope contributing writers will enjoy considering her photography alongside their own work. I hope also that the new arrangement fosters a conversation between poems and poets. My assistant editor and I have so enjoyed the many moments of resonance we discovered in arranging the magazine this way."

Winners of Logline Contest

In the most recent issue, Vine Leaves Literary Journal announced the winners for the Logline Contest in which writers submitted the logline for their current novel. Winners receive free critiques from publishing experts and a one-year subscription to

First Place: Lynn Hartzer
In a future society where men are extinct, the last born clone must follow her sister back through time to find the perfect 21st Century specimen to help repopulate the world.

Second Place: Taffy Lovell
Angelica remembers nothing about the deaths of her nine best friends, even though she was there for each of them.

Third Place: Elizabeth White

Every teacher has a fish story about working for a psychotic principal. Annie Smart's is true.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Open Minds Quarterly Contest Winners

Open Minds Quarterly announces and publishes the winners of their tenth annual BrainStorm Poetry Contest in the current issue.

First Place

D. Brian Anderson: "To Sylvia Plath"

Second Place

Donald W. Boyles: "To My Father"

Third Place
Kristina Morgan: "Excerpt from Shade"

Honorable mentions Andrew Boden, April Bulmer, and D. Brian Anderson will have their work published in the Fall 2012 issue.

"This year's BrainStorm Poetry Contest," say the editors, "is dedicated in greatest appreciation and fondest memory to Ann Morrison, who volunteered her time and passion for many years as one of our contest judges before passing away on Friday, May 25, 2012. Thank you, Ann. Your presence and insight will be very missed."

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Verse Wisconsin Changes

Verse Wisconsin announces, in their most recent issue, that it will be the last summer issue printed. Starting in 2013 they will move to a biannual cycle, to be published in fall and spring. "This change will allow us to pay some attention to our press, Cowfeather, not to mention enjoy a few more summer evenings with our families and friends," say Co-Editors Sarah Busse and Wendy Vardaman. "As much as we're looking forward to publishing a few more books each year, we will miss sending out this gift of verse and voice to you each midsummer."

They say that this last issue focuses on community, saying that they imagine that the poems "form their own sort of community of voices, which will thread its way through your summer days." An online version of this issue features "brief essays by poets describing their various communities and community-oriented projects" as well as poems excerpted from the 2013 Wisconsin Poets' Calendar, published by the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, "an organization that exists primarily to create community among poets across the state."

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Anniversary Issue: Green Mountains Review

Green Mountains Review celebrates its 25th anniversary with a retrospective poetry issue. The issue not only includes poetry from the past 25 years but also commentary from more than half of the writers about what inspired their work and how the response to it had changed over time.

"How enlivening, enlightening (and exhausting!) to read back through almost 50 issues of Green Mountains Review in search of the best poems, interviews, and essays on poetry to be published in the past quarter-century," says Senior Editor Neil Shepard. "And then came the difficult task: to pick and choose among the thousands of texts the 100-plus I could truly not resist, those pieces gathered here in GMR's 25th Anniversary Retrospective issue."

"Reading back through a quarter-century's worth of literature," he says, "I admire both the poems that shape, challenge, or unsettle their time, as well as the poems that assimilate, distill, and crystallize the experiments of the past; I hope they're all brilliantly on display in GMR's 25th Retrospective Anniversary on poetry."

Included in this issue is poetry from David Wojahn, David St. John, David Mura, Larry Levis, Mark Doty, Molly Peacock, H.L. Hix, Dara Wier, G.C. Waldrep, Russell Edson, Peter Johnson, Paul Hoover, Quan Barry, Barbara Hamby, Laura Kasischke, Sherman Alexie, Melissa Stein, Robert Hill Long, and many more.

Best of the Net Call for Submissions

Sundress Publications has opened submissions the seventh volume of the Best of the Net Anthology: "The internet continues to be a rapidly evolving medium for the distribution of new and innovative literature, and the Best of the Net Anthology aims to nurture the relationship between writers and the web. In our first six years of existence, the anthology has published distinguished writers such as Claudia Emerson, B.H. Fairchild, Ron Carlson, Dorianne Laux, and Jill McCorkle alongside numerous new and emerging writers from around the world."

Submissions must come from the editor of the publication (journal, chapbook, online press, etc), or, if the work is self-published, it must be sent by the author. Submissions must be sent by September 30th, 2012.

Full submission guidelines can be found here.

Sundress Publications also announced that this year will mark the first year they will also be publishing an e-book (completely free) of the anthology as a compendium to the online anthology.

[Artwork: Cover image for the 2011 Best of the Net online publication by Rhonda Lott.]