Though Sin Fronteras is based out of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Young warns the biggest mistake writers make in their submissions: "Sending something because it is about New Mexico instead of sending fully polished work. In deciding what to submit, remember that the border between the U.S. and Mexico is not the only border that raises issues. We are interested in work that describes or challenges borders of all kinds: physical, social, intellectual."
In her Editor's Note, Jessica Faust explains how she was first asked about publishing some of Levis's unpublished poems which were being compiled for a book edited by David St. John. "In subsequent conversations with other contributors, I came across many poets who had been either mentored by Levis or influenced by his work. I was not surprised: my own admiration for Levis's work draws me to writing that echoes his style and subjects. What began as a suite of Levis poems grew into a tribute that would also include works by writers he taught or inspired or who were his friends."
The selection includes an introduction by David St. John, five poems by Levis, and poetry by Philip Levine, David St. John, Ryan Teitman, Peter Everwine, Anna Journey, John Estes, and Joshua Poteat.
First Place: Emily Zhang (Boyds MA), "Midwestern Myth"
Lindsay Emi (Westlake Village, CA), "Latin Class in Seven (VII) Parts"
Gabriel Braunstein (Arlington MA), "Family on the Commuter Rail"
Oriana Tang (Livingston NJ), "Bildungsroman"
You can start by checking out Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles on the CSU website.
In keeping with that refreshing spirit of variation, Julep publishes all genres – fiction, poetry, creative essays, academic treatises – and, according to the editors, "we especially love pieces that exist between or beyond those boundaries. In other words, if it doesn't fit in with more rigid, binary journals, there is a home in Julep."
Giving this new writing a home are founding editors Joseph Storey, Kevin Foster and Greg Frank, and editors Brittney McKenna and Theron Spiegl, who "like good Southerners, believe in the power and beauty of a fine physical object."
When asked the motivation for starting up a literary magazine, the editors go back: "Years ago, we would sit around coffee shops and complain about the state of cultural journals. So many do little more than spin the wheels of their chosen genre, advance a binary political position with an inherently limited type of nuance, or represent only a corner of a region. We dreamt of a journal that advances art, represents the spectrum of the creative work of a region, and pushes beyond political binaries. The narrative of the Southern Renaissance, Nashville and the surplus of its creative economy, was rolling at the time. So we decided to start a journal as a platform for the work that was happening."
As such, readers of Julep can expect to find anything and everything that fundamentally excellent writing and visual art. "A distinctly Southern, non-binary artistic and cultural perspective," the editors promise readers. "The best work of upcoming Southern intellectuals and artists." The most recent issue features works by Eileen Fickes, Stephen Mage, Daniel Pujol, Cameron Smith, Matthew Truslow, Jessica Kennedy, and featured artist Robert Scobey.
While publishing as a triannual the first year, the editors are planning to extend the length and cultural commitment of each journal and move to biannual printing. "We want every issue to eclipse the last in cohesiveness of theme, quality of work, and physical beauty. In order to accomplish this, we're planning to publish twice yearly rather than thrice, with a greater range of art. We also want to build and grow our partnerships with artistic and cultural institutions across the South, including cohosting events of all types. Why create if it's not ambitious?"
For writers, the editors are always accepting new pieces. The next issue will be available in mid-June, with plans to select pieces for Issue Five by the end of July. Visit the Julep website for more specific information about genres.
The most unique quality of Julep's model is editorial. We reject the notion that ideas – and the attempts of writers and artists to express those ideas – exist in a vacuum. Julep's team of editors support writers as they hone – and even sometimes create – their pieces. It's a messier process, but the pieces turn out better and the final product is more thematically cohesive.
What authors, editors, and others would like to see next from LGBTQ publishing
How some key LGBTQ publishers are pushing boundaries in the category
How official classifications of LGBTQ books have evolved over the decades, and what that's meant for readers
How religion houses are adapting to shifting public opinion around LGBTQ issues
How transgender characters are being depicted in books for children and young adults
Why one transgender author writes about all sorts of experiences, not just her own
How a Philadelphia AIDS charity stepped in to keep the historic Giovanni's Room bookstore thriving
In addition, PW is running a "Queering the Title" contest, #queerabook. "We want to hear your boldest ideas for titles of LGBTQ books that don't exist—yet. Yes, it's a fun game, but it's also a way of getting people to think about how much space there is in the 'canon' for queer and trans stories." Twittering begins June 1.
Main Street Rag Editor and publisher M. Scott Douglass also contributes to this issue's cover. A dog will always make my pick for the week, and this one, with animals stacked lazily about just looked too comfortable to pass up.
I guess the theme for this week's covers could be "things that are stacked" or something like that. Mamalode makes it for its special edition "Better Together." Jessica Shyba's photo models are two of her four children and her dog, Theo.
The Malahat Review #190 features the winners of the 2015 Open Season Awards:
Rebecca Salazar, "synaesthesia"
Wanda Hurren, "Rain Barrel"
Michael Carson, "The Neanderthal and the Cave"
The publication includes an interview with each winning author which are also available on the publication's website here.
[Cover Art: Étant donné: the Loris perched on his neoclassical plinth, 2008. Polystyrene, concrete adhesive, paper, paint / 68 in. × 24 in. × 21 in. / Collection of the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art / Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay]
George David Clark, with his first collection of poems Reveille, is the 2015 winner. Editor-in-Chief of 32 Poems Magazine, Clark has also earned the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Poetry and a Lily Postdoctoral Fellowship, among other honors.
Published this past February, Reveille, the publisher’s website says, “is rooted in awe and driven by the impulse to praise. At heart, these are love poems, though their loves are varied and complicated by terrible threats: that we will cry out and not be answered, fall asleep and never wake. Against such jeopardy Reveille fixes our attention on a lightening horizon.”
Readers can pick up a copy of this prize winner from the University of Arkansas Press website.
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Our first interivew features Robert Fanning, author of Our Sudden Museum (forthcoming, Salmon Press), American Prophet (Marick Press), The Seed Thieves (Marick Press) and Old Bright Wheel (Ledge Press Poetry Award). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, and other journals.
In these interviews, writers who also teach discuss publishing, teaching, the business of editing and managing literary journals, and, of course, their own work and process. They offer advice and hard-won wisdom for burgeoning writers and their teachers. We also ask them about their favorite music, and who knows, maybe a favorite writer or two, and a great coffeeshop or beer to add to your "must try" list.
The interviews will be conducted by teacher/writer and editor of Pea River Journal, Trish Harris.
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Robin Beth Schaer is the 2014 prize winner with her first book of poetry Shipbreaking. Her work has also appeared in Tin House, Bomb Magazine, Paris Review, Denver Quarterly, Washington Square, and Guernica, among others.
From Schaer’s website: "Shipbreaking charts a beautiful and dangerous journey. It is an intimate and interstellar odyssey where seas rise, mastodons roam, aeronauts float overhead, bodies electrify, and a child is born as a ship wrecks in a hurricane. The speaker here is curious and fierce, consulting scientists, philosophers, ancient maps, fossil bones, and lovers in order to survive and understand the strange majesty of living. With empathy and exaltation, the poems collapse the distance between natural disasters and human struggles, interweaving relationships between the upheavals and renewals that both the heart and Earth undergo."
Shipbreaking will be published this August.
Published from Amherst College, Massachusetts, The Common #9 includes a unique section Bombay/Mumbai: India from Inside and Out—Essays & Recipes, which I thought was just a catchy metaphor. But, sure enough, Nonita Kalra, Suketu Mehta and Amit Chaudhuri each contribute essays, but "Mom's Dal" is a recipe from the kitchen of Nirmala Swamidoss McConigley handed down to her daughter Nina McConigley; "Pomfret Chutney Masala" is from the kitchen of Bijoya Chaudhuri handed down to her son Amit Chaudhuri; and "Bhel Puri" is from the kitchen of Jehangir Mehta, executive chef and owner of New York City restaurants Graffiti, Me and You and Mehtaphor. As a fan of the essay and Indian cuisine, you can't go wrong with this issue!
From the editors: “Jacob Appel’s fiction book, The Magic Laundry, is superbly written with that quirky quality that lets the reader know that somehow Mr. Appel has experienced something close to what he’s written about. Love of children and spouses and acquaintances in all their beauty and irrationality is depicted with an eye to what makes them lovable and yet hard to understand.”
To get your own copy of The Magic Laundry, check out the press’s website.
To make art representing another victim's pain can be ethically thorny. Susan Sontag wrote, "The appetite for pictures showing bodies in pain is as keen, almost, as the desire for ones that show bodies naked." Images of suffering can arouse our horror, simulating an illusive identification between us and the victim or "a fantasy of witness" before we are conveniently deposited back into our lives so that someone else's trauma becomes our personalized catharsis.A note following the essay eplains that it was commissioned on the occasion of Doris Salcedo, curated by Madeleine Grynsztejn and Julie Rodrigues Widholm, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. It is the first retrospective of the work of sculptor Doris Salcedo. The essay is available in full online and includes numerous full color photos from the exhibit.
Leigh Camacho Rourks [pictured], "Pinched Magnolias"
Juliana Daugherty, "Aubade"
Each winner receives $1000 plus publication. The deadline for this year's contest is September 15, 2015. The entry fee includes a one-year subscription to the publication. See the publication's website for more details.
The second was just the titles of some of the poems in the table of contents. These would grab the attention of even the most reluctant poetry reader: "For Sale: Positive Pregnancy Test, Used"; "The Morning Police Found You in a Green Recycling Bin"; "Encounter in East Coker"; "Looking for God in a Panel of Stained Glass"; "Your Presence Was the Question"; "A Kite Addresses Benjamin Franklin"; "Eighteen Photos of Me Holding Up a Boulder"; "[If You are Squeamish]"; "We Were Warned" - and many more.
The poems behind these titles do not disappoint, though the Crazy Horse NaPoMo issue never has!
by Cynthia Pelayo
As soon as I wake the sun is dying
No matter what you believe that orb is the ultimate trickster
Making you promises that its brilliance will give you solace
It moves from you, slipping away and falling behind
. . .
Read the rest and several others by Pelayo on Danse Macabre #90 online.