Friday, March 29, 2013

Robertson Prize

The Fall 2012 issue of Glass Mountain features the winners of the Robertson Prize:

Poetry Winner
Sam Coronado: "Pete"

Poetry Runner-Up
Sessa Kratz: "Issac and Abraham"

Fiction Winner
Heather Pedoto: "Imogene the Voodoo Queen"

Fiction Runner-Up
Daniel Chang: "The Slip"

Thursday, March 28, 2013

American Antiwar Poetry Examined

"Resisting Imperial Jouissance: The Transideological Line in Recent American Antiwar Poetry" by Dean Brink has been published in Volume 43, Number 1 /2013 of Canadian Review of American Studies: "This essay critically examines various strategies taken in the most compelling contemporary American antiwar poetry written against the occupation of Iraq. It finds both limitations, as many poets have succumbed to a postmodern distance from events, and brilliance, in poets who have discerned ways of eliciting hope in the aims of such poetry. Linda Hutcheon's term transideological irony is used to show how many poets are complicit, in their irony, with rubrics of the dominant discourse such as 'a nation at war.' In light of Žižek's Lacanian-Marxist formulation of jouissance, the imperial jouissance manifest in much poetry presented as thematically 'antiwar' is examined in terms of both successes and shortcomings." The essay is available for purchase online as a PDF download.

The Antigonish Review Contest Winners

The Winter 2013 issue of The Antigonish Review features the winners of the Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest and the Sheldon Currie Fiction Contest.

Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest
First Prize: Charles P. R. Tisdale
Second Prize: Kim Trainor
Third Prize: Laura Legge

Sheldon Currie Fiction Contest
First Prize: Veronica Ross
Second Prize: Fred Annesley
Third Prize: Joan M. Baril

The issue also includes work from Jocko Benoit, Dwayne Brenna, Jan Conn, Mark Corkery, Mike Donaldson, Aloys Fleischmann, Michelle Glennie, Sean Howard & Mark Silverberg, Kevin Irie, Edward Lemond, Lisa McLean, Jean McNeil, Mark Puhlman, and Reynold Stone.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Naugatuck River Review 2013 Contest

Naugatuck River Review's Winter 2013 issue features the winners of their fourth annual Narrative Poetry Contest, judged by Pamela Uschuk.

First Prize
Diane Lockward “Original Sin”

Second Prize
Doug Ramspeck “Idle Signs”

Third Prize
Bianca Diaz “The Light in the Dark”

Finalists
Lauren K. Alleyne “Dear Christopher”
John Victor Anderson “El Lagarto”
Lana Hechtman Ayers “In My Dreams I Draw Circles But None Of Their Edges Touch”
Wendy Burbank “Frederick”
Judith Waller Carroll “Pas de Deux”
Beth Copeland “Blue Honey”
Maureen Tollman Flannery “Selling the Ranch”
Veronica Golos “China Town Fish Market, New York, Circa Unknown”
Paul Hostovsky “Del Nelmezzo”
Brenna LeMieux “On Mending”
Mary Leonard “Tel Aviv Sonnet”
Taylor Mali “What the Whispering Means”
Thomas R. Moore “Pinus Strobus”
Roger Pfingston “Divorce”
Gail Thomas “Flame”
Lauren Wolk “Wolf Hollow, Pennsylvania”
Lisa Wujnovich “Cynthia”

To view a complete list of the semi-finalists, please click here.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Poetry Trading Cards @ AWP

In addition to their twice annual, large-format (8.5x11) literary journal, Fact-Simile is now in their fourth year of publishing Poetry Trading Cards. Each card features a full-color front with a photograph of the poet and the poem printed on the back using traditional trading card stock. Each card comes in an archival quality plastic sleeve and can be purchased for 99 cents each or $10 for the year (+s/h). You can still subscribe now and get the "back issues" as well as receive monthly delivery for the remainder of the year.

I was thrilled when I learned that a number of the Trading Card Poets would be signing cards at the Fact-Simile table at AWP Boston. I've been a subscriber from the start, so picked out the cards, printed the signing schedule, and for three days, I haunted the Fact-Simile staff regularly throughout each day! I was their most obsessed fan, I'm sure of it, and was tolerated with kindness and humor each time I ran back and forth (several times to catch Hoa Nguyen, who in addition to signing cards was giving tarot readings in the aisle way).

My diligence paid off as I was able to meet and have cards signed by Charles Bernstein, Marcella Durand, K. Silem Mohammad, Hoa Nguyen, Jena Osman, Vanessa Place, Elizabeth Robinson, and Lewis Warsh. Huge thanks to Fact-Simile for creating and keeping this series going. It's a treat to get one of these in the mail each month. And thanks for the signing, for obsessed fans like me it was a great opportunity!

Georgia Poets

Southern Poetry Review's new issue features Georgia Poets. In their original call for submissions, they were clear that they weren't necessarily looking for work that addressed Georgia or the South, but instead should come from poets that were from Georgia or had a significant connection to it. "We wanted to see who was, so to speak, out there," writes Co-Editor James Smith. "A few of the poems do, indeed, make passing reference to Georgia, and some of them, to a large extent, are "about" the South, but the reader must decide if the other poems carry any redolence of place. We decided not to arrange the issue, as we usually do, selecting a poem with which to lead off, one with which to end, and intimating connections along the way . . . but in an issue devoted to a particular group of poets, we wanted to be careful not to give the impression of ranking, so we chose the alphabetical approach and found nonetheless many interesting juxtapositions and groupings."

So, in alphabetically order, the issue includes Rebecca Baggett, Coleman Barks, Beverly Burch, Kathryn Stripling Byer, George David Clark, Alfred Corn, Heather Cousins, Blanche Farley, Rupert Fike, Starkey Flythe Jr., Gregory Fraser, Alice Friman, Roberta George, Sarah Gordon, William Greenway, Linda Lee Harper, Gordon Johnston, Robert S. King, Nick McRae, Judson Mitcham, Eric Nelson, William L. Ramsey, Rosemary Royston, Anya Silver, Nancy Simpson, Charlie Smith, Matthew Buckley Smith, Ron Smith, R. T. Smith, A. E. Stallings, Memye Curtis Tucker, Austin Wilson, Edward Wilson, and William Wright.

Map Literary Print Issue

Map Literary, an online magazine, has just put out their second print issue, an anthology collection from the past year. Although it doesn't include everything that was published online, it features the best of the best.

It features the work of Keith Newton, Nicholas Brown, Tina Brown Celona, Michelle Valois, Julia Cohen, Sam White, Joshua Ware, Dan Kaplan, Beth Couture, Paige Taggart, Craig Foltz, Patrick Swaney, Jim Daniels, Simon Perchik, Kirk Curnutt, Joe Lennon, and Joanna Clapps Herman.

Monday, March 25, 2013

William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

Sponsored by The Van Dyke Family Charitable Foundation and judged by Mark Richard, the William Van Dyke Short Story Prize is featured in the newest issue from Ruminate. "It was a pleasure to read this year's submissions," writes Richard. "In one story, grief is made real in images of rain and through music. In another, a woman hopes to find healing from her childhood, trying to accept love from those who often fail her and from a God who never does. A person of faith begins to have doubts during the prolonged death of a loved one, the meaning of the suffering proving elusive. A man struggles to keep the contents of his mind from spilling out at the end of his life. Another person of faith desires to surrender unto death, but the will to survive is stronger."

First Place
David Brendan Hopes: "Saturdays He Drove the Ford Pickup"

Second Place
Terrence Cheng: "In San Francisco"

Honorable Mention
Megan Malone: "Safekeeping"

Finalists
Daniel Casey: "RE: Sentencing"
Peter Court: "The Simple Art of Flight"
A.R. Gardner: "A Mother's Legacy"
Lindsey Griffin: "Tenebrae"
Linda McCullough Moore: "What a Lifetime Is"
Alexandre Puttick: "The Fall"

Richards writes, "David Hopes' 'Saturdays He Drove the Ford Pickup' spoke to me as a parable would, and I'm always inclined toward a parable. And on subsequent readings, it seemed a bit more layered than I originally thought. The things I first thought sentimental about the piece actually gave it ultimate poignancy."


American Literary Review Last Print Issue

If you love American Literary Review, you best get your hands on their current issue. It will be their last print issue. However, this doesn't mean they are extinct! Starting with the Fall 2013 issue, the magazine will be featured exclusively online. "The necessity of change has taken us a little by surprise, although publications before us have taken to the ehter, due to economic circumstances and the attendant promise of a wider readership," writes Editor Ann McCutchan. "And while we mourn the physical journal, we're excited about the advantages of the new format."

With the new format, the magazine can be offered for free—and who doesn't love free—and will be able to fit in even more poems, stories, and essays, with a "substantially beefed-up book review section."

McCutchan extends her gratitude to her editors and everyone that has worked with the magazine as well as to the readership. "Jim Lee imagined that if he built it, 'they' would come. Now after more than two decades, it's fair to say that you've built it, with your writing and readership. Once more, thank you, and we'll see you online."

Friday, March 22, 2013

Seattle Poetry Panels

Seattle Poetry Panels invites you to "The State of Seattle Poetry" at 7 p.m. on March 24. "Founded by Greg Bem and Amber Nelson, Seattle Poetry Panels is a naturally occurring online phenomenon. For each panel, a Seattle poet is designated captain, gathers forces, and leads the charge on tough, in-depth investigations on any given subject related to poetry, Seattle, or Seattle poetry. These panels will take place in google hangout so anyone can watch from the comfort of their sofas and snuggies."

The discussion will also be saved on YouTube to view it in the future. To attend the Google Hangout, please view the Facebook event invitation. Or you can directly email Greg at gregbem[at]gmail[dot]com or Amber at ambydexterous[at]gmail[dot]com.

NYC Literary Festival

For all of you in  NYC in April, there will be a Downtown Literary Festival hosted by McNally Jackson and Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. "The festival will take place at both bookstores simultaneously on Sunday, April 14, 2013, followed by a happy hour mingle at Housing Work Bookstore and an after-party at Pravda, featuring Russian literature–themed cocktails. The goal of DLF is to showcase the literature and writers of New York City. We will aim to reflect the diversity and creativity that characterizes downtown NYC with a day of the non-traditional events for which McNally Jackson and Housing Works Bookstore have become known."

Kites by Robert Gibb

American Life in Poetry: Column 416
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

This kite-flying poem caught me right up and sent me flying as soon as Robert Gibb described those dimestore kites furled tighter than umbrellas, a perfect image. Gibb lives in Pennsylvania.

Kites

Come March we’d find them
In the five-and-dimes,
Furled tighter than umbrellas
About their slats, the air

In an undertow above us
Like weather on the maps.
We’d play out lines
Of kite string, tugging against

The bucking sideways flights.
Readied for assembly,
I’d arc the tensed keel of balsa
Into place against the crosspiece,

Feeling the paper snap
Taughtly as a sheet, then lift
The almost weightless body
Up to where it hauled me

Trolling into the winds—
Knotted bows like vertebrae
Flashing among fields
Of light. Why ruin it

By recalling the aftermaths?
Kites gone down in tatters,
Kites fraying like flotsam
From the tops of the trees.


American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright ©2012 by Robert Gibb from his most recent book of poems, Sheet Music, Autumn House Press, 2012. Poem reprinted by permission of Robert Gibb and Autumn House Press. Introduction copyright © 2013 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.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Chinese Literature

Two current news pieces on literature in China - present and future:

The World has yet to See the Best of Chinese Literature by Samantha Kuok Leese in The Spectator (UK): "...it’s early days for modern Chinese literature...the issue must be understood in the context of the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution. Mao Zedong’s atrocious campaigns all but shut down education, and left a frightening number of Chinese people illiterate. Writers in China are now suffering the aftereffects..."

The Future of the Novel in China published by the Guardian UK is an edited version of Li Er's speech at the Edinburgh World Writers' Conference 2012-2013, Beijing, translated by Alice Xin Liu. "China's mass media-connected society is more complicated than novelists in the west could ever have imagined, requiring new forms of storytelling to define our subjective experience." Full versions of this and all the speeches are available on the Edinburgh World Writers' Conference website.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

2012 Fiction Contest :: Passages North

Passages North's newest issue (which I must say has a great cover) features the winners of their 2012 fiction contests.

Waasmode Fiction Prize, judged by Caitlin Horrocks
Winner
"We Are Here Because of a Horse" by Karin C. Davidson

Just Desserts Short-Short Fiction Prize, judged by Roxane Gay
Winner
"After the Flood the Captain of the Hamadryas Discovers a Madonna" by Traci Brimhall

Honorable Mentions
"Girl" by Nahal Jamir
"Dirty Girl" by Rochelle Hurt

The rest of the issue features features Kristin Abraham, John Azrak, Jenny Boully, Hans Burger, Christine Caulfield, Michelle Dove, Stefani Farris, Michael Filas, Toni Graham, Karen Hays, Rochelle Hurt, Brandon David Jennings, Hiram Larew, Sally Wen Mao, Roy Mash, Brenda Miller, Jill Osier, Elena Passarello, Emma Ramey, Susan Terris, Matthew Vollmer, Allen Woodman, and many more.

World Literature Today Photography Issue

The most recent, special double issue of World Literature Today features some amazing photography. "Why is World Literature Today, a literary magazine, publishing a photography issue?" writes Editor Daniel Simon. "For one thing, 2013 marks the centenary of popular 35mm still photography: the American Tourist Multiple camera was introduced in 1913, and Oskar Barnack began developing the prototype of the ur-Leica that same year. Moreover, 1913 stands out as a watershed modernist moment." During that same year, Camera Work published a special issue featuring art photography and the movement known as pictorialism. Simon explains, "By juxtaposing photography with other works of modern art and literature, Stieglitz was hoping to promote 'the camera's role as the most apt metaphor for the modernist enterprise' and to defend the use and aims of photography 'as one of the defining tasks of modernism itself.'"

He goes on to say that "one hundred years later—and in a similar spirit—WLT presents a special double issue devoted to the language of photography and, by extension, literature . . . By the conventional measure, the seventy-plus pictures included in this issue must be worth more than seventy thousand words. And while photographers often prefer to let the images they create stand on their won, without comment, in this instance we're fortunate to have their words alongside their photos."

The featured photographers include Yousef Khanfar, David Goldblatt & Nadine Gordimer, Lois Greenfield, Jacko Vassilev, Lisa Kristine, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Lalla A. Essaydi, Kenro Izu, Joyce Tenneson, Misha Gordin, Ken Duncan, Ami Vitale, David Doubilet, Candida Höfer & Umberto Eco, Tim Mantoani, Angela Bacon-Kidwell, Phil Borges, Graciela Iturbide, Jay Dusard, Camille Seaman, and Shahidul Alam.

The issue also contains essays by Kamila Shamsie, Adnan Mahmutović, and Mark Budman, as well as poetry by André Naffis-Sahely.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia Needs Contributors, Editors, Volunteers

From Marju Broder:

The Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia is a project with a very far reaching vision which needs energy, resources and time to develop. The key function of CBE is the combination of IT& computers, digitized Buddhist materials and software and providing everyone with access to Internet the opportunity to use those applications and materials. The author and main organizer of Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia is Vello Vaartnou. The CBE project was officially started in December, 2012, when Vaartnou presented the idea of the CBE at the ECAI conference in University of California, Berkeley.

We are looking for volunteer editors for the Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia project. CBE needs a lot of data research and editing. Usually every editor has their own Buddhism related topic(s) (English and Chinese speakers) on which he/she would gather as much material as possible.

We welcome everyone who could contribute their valuable time by editing and adding materials from different sources all over the internet.

There is much work to do so anyone who would like to give their contribution for the Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia project are most WELCOME to do so.

Please visit Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia for more information.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Chicago School of Poetics Scholarships

Chicago School of Poetics scholarships are now available thanks to supports of their scholarship campaign. CSP is now able to offer need-based scholarships for up to four students, attending eight-week courses, or up to six students attending the Master Classes for the 2013 school year. For information, see the CSP website.

New Lit on the Block :: Spry Literary Journal

Check out Spry Literary Journal, a brand new online, biannual publication that features creative nonfiction, fiction, flash prose, and poetry that is brief, “works that rely on each word to be agile, lithe, to carry its own weight—to be spry.” Editors Erin A. Corriveau and Linsey Jayne said that inside the issues, readers will find “works that will move them to tears, works that will make them laugh, and works that will challenge them to see the world through new and imaginative lenses. . . . They will find their reflections in magical realism and the art of the real. Readers can expect to find creative nonfiction, poetry and fiction from seasoned authors and first time published writers as well. Their work is risky, vulnerable, historical, and honest.”

Linsey said that as her and Erin came to the end of their MFA program and their work with Mason’s Road journal, they realized that the next step would be to make a literary journal of their own. “During our time in the MFA program, we had each worked on a critical thesis that lent itself to the study and creation of concise literature.”

Eager to branch out, Linsey said that they hope to eventually become a triannual publication, introduce audio/visual elements to the journal, and explore opportunities for other formats beyond the online model. “We are looking forward to planning our first launch party, building up our site, hosting contests, and much, much more,” she said. “We’re more eager than anything, though, to see each new submission that comes through our manager, and to determining which pieces will make future issues come to life.”

Each of Spry’s issues features a five-question interview with an established writer. Linsey is pleased to announce that the first issue features Porochista Khakpour and encourages readers to read the interview and leave comments. “We’re excited for the future,” she said, “we have some exciting interviewees lined up and more great submissions coming through every day.” She expressed that they are always open to new ideas and to contact her at any time.

The first issue also features creative nonfiction by Elizabeth Hilts, Jenni Nance, Alan Shaw, Amy Sibley, and Barbara Wanamaker; fiction by Kate Alexander-Kirk, Jeni McFarland, Wei He, Paul Pekin, and Ben Sneyd; flash by Allie Marini Batts, Lucas Burris, Adrien Creger, Christine Hale, Matt Lucas, Saeide Mirzaei, Bill Riley, Michael Dwayne Smith, Alexandra Todak, and Janna Vought; and poetry by Sheila Black, Conor Bracken, Jeremy Byars, Elizabeth Cooley, B.D. Fischer, Erin Hoover, Leigh Anne Hornfeldt, Paul Hostovsky, Kevin Miller, and Michael Sarnowski.

Submissions of short creative nonfiction, short fiction, flash (in any genre), and poetry are being accepted now through March 31 for the second issue. Linsey notes that for the flash category, they accept “fiction and nonfiction, as well as anything experimental in that genre.” Spry has a blind submission policy and accepts submissions via Submittable. For more submission guidelines, please view their website.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Women and Review Publications

The VIDA Count for 2012 has been posted.

We're Back!

Some of us from NewPages spent last week at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Boston, MA. It was fantastic, and we want to say a huge thanks to everyone who stopped by our bookfair tables to say hello. We spend 99.9% of our work time here at the computer, so being able to meet people face-to-face is a great opportunity for us. We appreciated hearing your comments about the site - what you like and how we can make it better. Ten years ago, when NewPages attended our first AWP, we spent hours walking the bookfair floor, introducing ourselves, explaining our site, our concept, our vision. Now, people recognize our name and shout out: "I love NewPages!" and "You guys do great work!" Thanks to all of you who shouted, stopped, said hello, and chatted it up with us. We do love meeting you and hearing from you. Please excuse our absence from the blog while we caught our breath, but get ready, because we've got tons of great stuff to share from AWP and will be spilling that out over the next few weeks.

[That blue book you see on our table is The NewPages Lit Pak for AWP Boston 2013 and is available for free on our site here.]

Monday, March 11, 2013

Snowflakes Fall: Tribute to Sandy Hook

Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan and acclaimed picture book creator Steven Kellogg will collaborate to create the children's book Snowflakes Fall as a tribute to the community of Sandy Hook, Connecticut. The book is slated for release this November from Random House and can be pre-ordered directly from their website. The publisher notes: "Random House Children's Books together with Random House, Inc. will make a significant monetary donation to child-focused organizations that will be chosen by the collaborators."

Friday, March 08, 2013

Matthew Quick Keynote Speech

“When you say you want to write a novel when you’re 17, people think it’s cute,” Mr. Quick said. “When you’re 32 years old and you’re living with your in-laws, especially if you are a man in America and you’re not making any money, people make you feel like you’re committing a crime.” Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook, from his keynote speech at the 23rd Annual Betty Curtis Worcester County Young Writers’ Conference on Saturday at St. John’s High School. Read the rest on Telegram.com.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

The Weekly Reader Welcomes New Hosts

Started in 2010, the KMSU Weekly Reader is an author interview radio program currently hosted by newcomers Kyle Jaeger, Alec Cizak, and Beth Mouw. It airs on KMSU 89.7 FM in Mankato Minnesota, and is available as a podcast through iTunes. The Weekly Reader airs in-depth discussions with authors from all around the country. Authors, publishers, and agents are welcome to contact the hosts and send books to the hosts.

A sample of archived archived programs:

Adams, S. J., Sparks
Bugan, Carmen, Burying the Typewriter
Cohen, Joshua, Four New Messages
D'Souza, Tony, Mule
Fell, Adam, I Am Not A Pioneer
Gabbert, Elisa, The French Exit
Hagy, Alyson, Boleto
Karrow, David and Joseph Butts, The Alpha League
LeBoutillier, Nate, Horse Camp
Memmer, Philip, The Storehouses of the Snow
Nau, Dennis, The Year God Forgot Us
Pinda, Jon, Sleep In Me
Ryan, Matt, Read This Or You're Dead To Me
Sanders, Ted, No Animals We Could Name
Terrill, Richard, Music and poetry, China twenty years later
Vizenor, Gerald, Chair of Tears
Wells, Will, Unsettled Accounts

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

To Copyright or Not To Copyright

If you're not already reading Writer Beware! ("the public face of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s Committee on Writing Scams") on a regular basis, then now the time to start. A recent post by regular blogger and published writer Victoria Strauss examines why and when writers should copyright their work. The post calls out the practice of vanity publishers trolling copyright registration lists for fresh meat new customers.

Poster Your Own Broadsided

Edited by Elizabeth Bradfield, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Sean Hill, Alexandra Teague, and Mark Temelko, Broadsided has been putting literature in the streets since 2005. Each month, a new broadside is posted both on the website and around the nation.

Writing is chosen through submissions sent to Broadsided. Artists allied with Broadsided are emailed the selected writing. They then "dibs" on what resonates for them and respond visually - sometimes more than one artist will respond offering a selection of broadsides.

The resulting letter-sized pdf is designed to be downloaded and printed by anyone with a computer and printer. The goal is to create something both gorgeous and cheap, to put words and art on the streets.

The site contains a gallery of past broadsides, a map of cities/state/countries that have been broadsided (and where you can add yours), and links to other broadside sites.

Staple guns and duct tape to the ready - time to get your city on the map!

[Pictured: Broadsided March 1, 2013: "Landing Under Water I See Roots" Poem by Annie Finch; Art by Jennifer Moses]

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Craft Essays: Glimmertrain Bulletin

The March issue of Glimmer Train's eBulletin features craft essays by writers whose works have recently appeared in Glimmer Train Stories:

In "Literary Fabric," Vi Khi Nao begins, "Writing should be a cinematic moment. The function of a writer is to convert word in such a fashion that its etymological beauty moves from frame to frame. In this state, anything is possible. Including the possibility of levitating, descending, dancing—a cinematic place filled with balletic gestures of human pain, sorrow, and bliss."

William Luvaas in "ON REVISION / REVISION" writes: "Revision can be tedious. Can seem like pathological nit-picking. It can feel like we are endlessly redigesting our own words. But, incredibly, rather than making a story seem labored and lifeless—as intuition suggests it would—revision liberates it and makes it appear effortless."

"Being Open to Opportunities" for Matthew Salesses is two-sided, "Whenever I am asked to do anything, in the literary world, I agree if at all possible. I hate to turn down anyone genuinely interested in me or my work. How rare and amazing that attention is. This kind of philosophy can backfire, of course."

Joyce Thomson learned, as she expresses in "The Fan Letter": "I had wanted to be able to make readers laugh, cry, and think. Now I amended my wish list: I want to make people identify beyond the furthest outposts of their prejudices."

The bulletin is a free, monthly publication.

Court Green Gets Steamy

Court Green, published in association with Columbia College Chicago, publishes a new dossier of poems each year. This year, the theme is sex.

Poems include titles such as "Where the Mood Struck Me" (Jeffery Conway), "Quiet, I come Alive" (Phillip B. Williams), "The Fury of Cocks" (Anne Sexton), "Blowjobs" (Sarah Crossland), "How Did Dinosaurs Have Sex?" (Lois Marie Harrod), "A Psalm Praising the Hair of a Man's Body" (Denise Levertov), "Fertility" (Christopher Davis), and many more.

Other poets in this issue include Jan Beatty, Anselm Berrigan, Denise Duhamel, Kimiko Hahn, George Kalamaras, Ron Koertge, R. Zamora Linmark, Gillian McCain, Karyna McGlynn, Randall Mann, Gordon Massman, Richard Meier, Harryette Mullen, Kathleen Ossip, Mary Ruefle, Jerome Sala, Jason Schneiderman, Maureen Seaton, Terence Winch, and many more.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Call for Undergrad/Grad Comparative Lit Papers

The Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia is launching a new journal of comparative literature, Xenophile. This journal will feature the works of undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. They are currently seeking submissions for the premiere issue. This is a perfect opportunity for undergraduate students seeking their first (or second, or third) scholarly publication, as well as for graduate students hoping to reach a new audience.

Papers will be evaluated on a rolling basis, but the final deadline is March 15th, 2013. The editors seek literary scholarship with a global scope, keeping in mind the comparative aspect that distinguishes the literary discipline from others. For more information, please refer to the publication website.

Literary Audio for Your Road Trip

Be sure to check out the NewPages Literary Multimedia Guide - podcasts, videos, and audio programs of interest from literary magazines, book publishers, alternative magazines, universities and bloggers. Includes poetry readings, lectures, author interviews, academic forums and news casts. Great for downloading and listening during the upcoming winter months - while traveling, walking, shoveling the sidewalks - you name it. If you have a site you'd like us to consider for listing, send a link with a description and contact information to  denisehill at newpages dot com. Good reading starts here! (And listening, too!)

The McGinnis Ritchie Award

Southwest Review announces the winners of The McGinnis Ritchie Award for 2012. Robert F. Ritchie was a huge supporter of the magazine. After he died in 1997, the magazine was able to give an award each year to the best works of fiction and nonfiction published in that year. Each award is worth $500.

J. F. Glubka
2012 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction
"Heat Lightning"
(Volume 97, number 4)

Jacob Newberry
2012 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction
"The Long Bright World"
(Volume 97, number 4)

Gorman Beauchamp
2012 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Nonfiction, Essay
"'But Tiepolo is My Painter': Twain on Art in A Tramp Abroad"
(Volume 97, number 4)

Ann Peters
2012 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Nonfiction, Essay
"The House on the Ledge"
(Volume 97, number 1)

Friday, March 01, 2013

AWP Tips on Visiting Boston

A friend and colleague who is familiar with the Boston area shared the following with me when I asked her: "What should I do/see while I'm in Boston? If you could tell me one really great/cool/fantastic/don't-miss-this 'thing' about Boston what would it be? And then, add all the runner-ups to that one best thing." She couldn't contain herself - obviously, she's a fan of the area - so here's what she sent me and agreed to allow me to share. So, thank you Lauren!

Sights/things to do very near the conference

1. The Prudential (the Pru) Building and Top of the Hub: Wonderful view of the city from the top of a landmark building. The food and drinks are way overpriced, but you could splurge on maybe one drink.

2. The Hancock Tower: Another cool building. It's not as tourist-friendly as the Pru, but people enjoy the view.

3. Trinity Church: Beautiful old church and set for many movies.

4. The Trident Booksellers and Cafe: A MARVELOUS independent bookstore on Newbury Street (one street over from Boylston). A staple of progressivism, too.

5. If the weather is bearable, and you like looking at old architecture, you could spend a few hours walking around the Back Bay neighborhood. Boylston, Newbury, Commonwealth, Marlborough, and Beacon Streets are the major thoroughfares. Boylston is probably the least interesting, but it's home to lots of lunch and coffee places (mostly chains from what I remember). Newbury Street is for art and fashion - this is where the rich and au courant live. You might find more adventurous lunch places along Newbury. Commonwealth, Marlborough, and Beacon are residential and lined with beautiful brownstones. Commonwealth is a wide street with little spots of green in it.

6. The Public Garden: You get to this historic, European-style garden from the end of Boylston or Newbury Street. Serene and dignified.

7. Across from the Garden is the Boston Common, a larger and less refined park. It is the oldest public park in America, though, and it offers the starting point for the Freedom Trail. If you like colonial history, it's cool to walk the Freedom Trail. Sometimes, you end up on it accidentally - it's marked with a big red line. I recommend a stroll through the Common if you want to see normal Bostonians in action.

8. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: A quirky, gorgeous museum with a great restaurant. You can take a cab or the T (Get on at the Pru station and take an E train to the “Museum of Fine Arts” stop).

Food and drink near the conference

1. The Cactus Club: Decent Mexican food and margaritas.

2. Bukowski Tavern: One of my favorite bars of all time!!! Large selection of beers in a cozy environment. I suggest bringing a book, a tablet, your lovely spouse, etc., and settling in for a few hours. It will likely be packed the whole time we're there - it's a hipster mecca already, and with this hipster conference in town...still, worth it!

3. Legal Seafoods: A favorite with seafood fans. Very corporate but also very good. Inside the Pru.

Food and drink somewhat near the conference

1. Beer Works: For your microbrew needs! It might be easier to take the T there (Green Line to Kenmore or Yawkey), but it really wouldn't be that far of a walk. It’s nothing special in terms of food and decor, but the beers are tasty. It’s next to the famous Fenway Park.

2. Addis Red Sea: Amazing Ethiopian food. Likely to be crowded, and worth the small cab fare it will take to get there.

3. The Green Dragon Tavern: Charming, friendly old bar dating back to the Revolutionary War. Take the Green Line to Government Center.

4. The Union Oyster House: I've never eaten there, but it’s a Boston institution. For chowder and lobster. Take the Green Line to Government Center.

5. Brown Sugar Café: Excellent Thai food! Somewhat T –accessible, but it’s probably easier to take a cab.

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If you have the time, I definitely suggest a side trip to Cambridge, an intensified, bigger version of Ann Arbor [a Michigander reference]. Harvard Square is easy to get to by T (the Red Line to “Harvard Square”), and it’ll offer you no shortage of cool places to visit.

You can get great, great beer at John Harvard’s. It’s a little stuffy for a brewery, but I like it better than Beer Works. I’m also fond of Shay’s - although their website makes it look more upscale than I remember.

For a more working-class, grubbier part of Cambridge, go to Central Square (Red Line to “Central Square”). You can get a feel for it walking up and down Massachusetts Avenue (the main street in Cambridge). Western Avenue and Prospect Street are also fun to explore. The best Indian and Middle Eastern food and markets are found here.

Go to either location of the 1369 Coffee House if you want to hear people planning the revolution.

My favorite Central Square Irish pubs:
The Field
The People’s Republik

The Cantab Lounge hosts a fantastic poetry slam on Wednesday nights. Lots of slam greats got their start there. And only in Cambridge does a poetry slam occasionally get SOLD OUT.

While I don’t especially love the MIT bar The Miracle of Science, it’s unique and extraordinarily popular.