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.
Both Lillian Li and Cristine Sneed offer advice on writing characters in their Glimmer Train Bulletin #100 craft essays. The GT Bulletin allows writers published in Glimmer Train Stories to offer their advice to other writers in short essays availble free monthly.
Li's essay "I Want You Bad: Can Nice People Make for Good Characters?" shares advice she's received - and broken away from - about creating 'interesting' characters without navel gazing: "I've started creating characters first, without wondering how they'll benefit the pace of the story. I write the characters I want, and because I want them around, I also want to get to know them."
Sneed's essay "What a Character! Incorporating a Living Person into a Work of Fiction" explores that very complicated issue, sharing the one - and only time - she included a real life friend as a character in her writing.
Also included in the May 2015 GT Bulletin is Courtney Sender's essay "Narrative Arc in the Novel," rounding out a great installment of craft essays to guide writers in their work.
From the foreword, written by Thomas Sayers Ellis: “Like a projection of testimony, like the shadows that run-off from the plan-projector-tation immediately after you’ve lived and left the theater, like the dark figures moving through the haunted noirs of Aaron Douglas, the widescreen stare of Trouble Sleeping is a mighty mise-en-concern.”
Ali’s poems have previously appeared in Gargoyle, A Gathering of Tribes, and New Contrast, among others. To learn more about Trouble Sleeping, check out the New Issues website.
A visit to its recently revamped website reveals a clean and easy navigation design, leading visitors to one of three areas: Grist Essentials (information about the print publication); The Writing Life; Online Companion.
Grist promotes The Writing Life as "a place to learn about, hone, and discuss your craft as a writer . . . a dynamic discussion of contemporary writing—thoughts on craft, publishing, and the life that both shapes and is shaped by the words we put on the page." Features include news, craft essays, aspects of living the writing life, and Grist and writing-related events.
Grist Editors write that the Online Companion "allows us to showcase the highest quality writing we receive throughout our reading period while also allowing those less familiar with Grist and Grist's content to get a feel for the wide variety of work we champion. Grist: The Online Companion is also a way to expand what we're able to publish because the online arena is more hospitable to a wider formal variety than is often able to fit in the print issue's 6 x 9 format." The current issue, #8, features poetry, collaborative poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and collaborative creative nonfiction by Mary Jo Balistreri, Ashley-Elizabeth Best, Matt Cashion, Jacqueline Doyle & Stephen D. Gutierrez, Alex Greenberg, Jennifer Savran Kelly, Joseph Mulholland, Brianna Noll, Nicole Oquendo & Mike Shier.
Emily Pease [pictured], "Foods of the Bible"
Landon Houle, "The Exterminator"
Caitlin Scarano, "Sick Day"
Lee Conell, "Matt's Comics"
The deadline for this annual contest is July 31 and the entry fee includes a subscription to the magazine. In addition to publication, the first-place winner receives $1000.
What're you waiting for? Go find your next favorite book.