"Why our continuing attraction to Greece?" writes Keith Taylor in his introduction to the newest issue of Michigan Quarterly Review. "There is something in that small country out there on the edge of Europe that doesn't feel like the rest of the continent. Part of the attraction is certainly to the very different modern history, and to a landscape shaped by human use yet still oddly wild. . . . And, at the risk of belaboring the obvious, we continue to be drawn to Greece by the weight and presence of the classical tradition. We have tried to expand our canon and assume the influence of other traditions, but whether we like it or not, Western ideas continue to reflect the ideas first thought on those dry hills."
Michigan Quarterly Review Fall 2016 presents Returning to Greece: A special section of poetry on Greece with work by Lauren K. Alleyne, Christopher Bakken, Natalie Bakopoulos, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, Adrianne Kalfopoulou, and Allison Wilkins.
Thrice Publishing, from the editors of literary magazine Thrice Fiction, have published their first book: Our Dolphin by Joel Allegretti. In an interview with Thrice Publishing’s Editor-at-Large RW Spryszak, Allegretti discusses the inspiration for the novella, naming it a tribute to a few of his literary obsessions, including the works of Gabriel García Marquez, Jorge Luis Borges, Paul Bowles, William S. Burroughs, and Fellini.
In Our Dolphin, Emilio saves a dolphin that’s trapped on the beach, an act of kindness the dolphin does not forget. To learn more, check out the Thrice Publishing website for the full interview and ways to pick up some copies of the debut collection.
With cover art by Ric Best, the color scheme of issue 19 of Skidrow Penthouse is another kind of warming image - one that invites readers into what Editors Stephanie Dickinson and Rob Cook consider "our best issue yet."
The reproduction can't quite seem to do justice to the vibrancy of the blue, red, and orange hues on the Fall 2016 cover art of Crazyhorse. "City" by W. Case Jernigan provides a unique perspective, as does the content of this publication. A full list of contents for the current issue can be found here.
Buy a broadside; plant a tree.
I can’t imagine a more unique approach to both printing poetry to share with the world and planting trees to renew the planet. It is the creative genius of Under a Warm Green Linden, an online journal of poetry and poetics which publishes poetry (including audio recordings of poets reading their work), interviews with poets, reviews of poetry books, and poetry broadsides. Reviews and interviews are published throughout the year while the poetry journal featuring 24-30 poets is published twice a year, on summer and winter solstices.
Next month, readers can look forward to the publication of two award-winning books: Small Crimes by Andrea Jurjević and When He Sprang From His Bed, Staggered Backward, And Fell Dead, We Clung Together With Faint Hearts, And Mutely Questioned Each Other by Christopher Kang.
Andrea Jurjević won Anhinga Press’s 2015 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry with Small Crimes, which begins during the early 90s, the speaker living their adolescence during the Croatian War, and then moves on to post-war years and life in America. Judge C. G. Hanzlicek says the collection “is often dark but just as often beautiful” with language that “crackles with energy.” Learn more at the publisher’s website.
Christopher Kang’s When He Sprang From His Bed . . . is a daring book that challenges on every read. Made of 880 stories, the collection won the Green Mountains Review Book Prize, selected by Sarah Manguso. From the publisher: “Each story contains a world, tilted on its own axis, strange, remarkable and bursting with heart.” Read more about the book and Kang at SPD.
“Wallis-Wallace” by Myra Malkin
1st Honorable Mention
“Letteromancy” by Mark Wagenaar
2nd Honorable Mention
“Visiting Emily” by Michael Miller
A full list of finalists can be found here.
"In the following pages of this portfolio, each of the contributors approaches the topic with stunning attention in an exploration of the nuanced realities of food and the roles it plays in our lives. . . . To be sure, this topic is largely unending, woven so deeply into our very existence that we may never have enough to say about it. But here you will find a small sampling of the myriad ways we can understand the food of life through the food of language."
Authors whose works are featured in the portfolio include Craig Santos Perez, Uoumna Chlala, Evie Shockley, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Quincy Troupe, Chris Abani, LeAnne Howe, Aimee Nuzhukumatathil, Patricia Smith and Afaa Michael Weaver among others.
This issue is available for purchase in the NewPages webstore, which offers single issue copies of many great lit mags and a flat rate shipping option.
Fiction selected by selected by Ayana Mathis
"Destiny" by Mike Alberti
Nonfiction (Essay) selected by David Shields
"Witness Trees" by Cassidy Norvell Thompson
Poetry selected by Rick Barot
"Calisthenics" by Brandon Rushton
Winning author bios and a full list of honorable mentions can be read here.
Author Adam Ross has assumed editorial responsibility for the publication and plans to roll out a number of changes beginning in 2017. These include moving away from the traditional blue-covered publication to a cover that will vary with each issue, photo content inside the publication, and more online content for subscribers and purchasers to supplement the print copy. The staff has also expanded from three to five, and submissions are now being accepted online via Submittable.
Readers can most certainly depend upon the quality of the publication to remain high end, with content enhanced from contributors with Sewanee connections - both graduates and writers affiliated with the School of Letters and Sewanee Writers’ Conference.
1st place goes to Toby Wallis [pictured] of Haverhill in Suffolk, United Kingdom, who wins $2500 for “The Sudden End of Everything.” His story will be published in Issue 100 of Glimmer Train Stories. This will be his first publication.
2nd place goes to L. E. Rodia of Allston, Massachusetts, who wins $500 for “Always Arriving.”
3rd place goes to Josh Randall of Las Cruces, New Mexico, who wins $300 for “Pump Head.”
A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.
Deadline soon approaching for Family Matters: January 2
Glimmer Train hosts this competition once a year, and first place has been increased to $2500 plus publication in the journal, and 10 copies of that issue. It’s open to all writers for stories about family of any configuration. Most submissions to this category run 1000-5000 words, but can go up to 12,000. Click here for complete guidelines.
Southeast Missouri State University Press announces the winner of the third annual Cowles Poetry Book Prize, held in honor of Vern Cowles: James Crews of Shaftsbury, VT with his winning manuscript Telling My Father.
Readers may recognize James Crews’s work which has appeared in Ploughshares, Raleigh Review, Crab Orchard Review and The New Republic, among other journals. No stranger to writing award-winning books, his first poetry collection The Book of What Stays won the 2010 Prairie Schooner Book Prize and received a Foreword Magazine Books of the Year Award. Telling My Father will be published by Southeast Missouri State Press.
Winners of the 2016 Raymond Carver Contest
"And It Is My Fault" by Janet Towle
"Come Down to the Water" by Emily Flamm
"A Working Theory of Stellar Collapse" by Sam Miller Khaikin
Selected by Anna Zumbahlen
"Mostly Sunny (With a Slight Chance of Rain)" by Chelsea Catherine
Selected by Claire Schadler
"A Wave Breaking" by Phoebe Driscoll
Ohio State University Press has announced Mad River Books, their new literary imprint. Mad River Books will publish diverse and creative literary writing that’s both artistic and daring as they push boundaries, explore uncharted areas, and generate new ideas.
One of the first books under this imprint is Don’t Come Back by Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, who won the 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. The collection of lyrical and narrative essays, experimental translations, and reinterpreted myths explores home, identity, family history, and belonging while examining what it means to feel familiarity but never really feel at home.
Copies of Don’t Come Back are available for pre-order at the Ohio State University Press website, or readers can sign up to be alerted when the book is published without pre-ordering. While at the website, readers can also check out the other books forthcoming from the Mad River Books imprint.
Back in September, we let you know about Zeina Hashem Beck’s prize-winning chapbook 3arabi Song. Fans of Beck’s chapbook, chosen out of 1,720 entries to the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize, may also enjoy the chapbooks of the three runners-up: Kill the Dogs by Heather Bell, exploring an overarching metaphor of women fighting dog; Ligatures by Denise Miller, revealing the honesty and depth that is lost when the media reports on murders of black people by police; and Turn Left Before Morning by April Salzano, about the daily struggles when parenting a child with autism.
Subscribers to Rattle received 3arabi Song with their copy of the literary magazine earlier in the year, and then received one of the three runners-up with the latest issue, good motivation for subscribing to magazines.
Submissions to the 2017 Rattle Chapbook Prize are now open until January 15, so consider submitting while you’re picking up copies of last year’s four chosen chapbooks.
2016 Rattle Poetry Prize Winner
Julie Price Pinkerton, “Veins”
C. Wade Bentley
Rhina P. Espaillat
Craig Santos Perez
In addition, six other poets' works were offered standard publication in future issue: Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Leila Chatti, Chera Hammons, Liv Lansdale, Christine Potter, and Wendy Videlock.
Dylan D. Debelis’s poetry and vignette collection The Garage? Just Torch It. was published earlier this week from Vine Leaves Press. A semi-finalist in the Vine Leaves Annual Vignette Collection Award (submissions currently open until February 28), this collection is, according to the Vine Leaves website, a “rally cry for the healing power of wonder and the disarming catharsis of grief.” Debelis “balances themes of belonging, love, politics, illness, family and forgiveness with stunning imagery and an intense playfulness.” Paperback and e-book copies are available at the publisher’s website.
Published by BkMk earlier in the month was Bonnie Bolling’s The Red Hijab. The poetry collection won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by H.L. Hix in 2015, and is written from the perspective of an American poet living in the Middle East. In his foreword to the collection, Hix says it “does not pretend divine perspective, and does not purport to have an answer to the conflicts reported in the news. It does, though, adopt an alternative form of attention and offer an alternative kind of account.” This results in a “more complex portrait than the news presents.” Stop by the publisher’s website to learn more about The Red Hijab.
Judged by Kate Bernhiemer
Winner: “Varya’s Black Suede Shoes” by Peter Justin Newall
Finalist: “Everest” by Scott Spires
Judged by Lauret Savoy
Winner: “Geography of the Self” by Catherine Mauk
Finalists: “Life After Life” by DJ Lee and “The Fursuit of Happiness” by Meg Brown
Judged by Eamon Grennan
Winner: “Boyhood Trapped Between Water and Blood”, a long poem by William Wright
Finalists: “Smoke and Miracles” by Kevin Miller, three poems by Cecily Parks, and three poems by Katie Prince
The next Terrain.org contest is open for submissions in January 2017. Winners receive $500, finalists $100.
Winner 2015 Fiction Prize
Judge Laura van den Berg
Simon Han, "Be Tanly"
Winner 2016 Poetry Prize
Judge Camille Rankine
Alicia Wright, "His Father's Wake"
Finalists 2016 Poetry Prize
Anna Leigh Knowles, "The First Year We Lived Underground"
Talin Tahajian, "Hibernation"
"We want your writing and art in response to the Action at Standing Rock," write the editors. "In the past, we've provided art for you to spring from. This time, we want to open our submissions to visual artists as well as writers. Guest editor Tiffany Midge will help select final pieces. We waive submission fees for those directly involved in the resistance. Please help share the word."
Broadsided Press was founded in 2005 and publishes an original literary/artistic collaboration each month for download with the mission, quite simply, "to put literature and art on the streets."