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New Re-Lit on the Block: The Public Domain Review

Published September 01, 2011 Posted By NewPages
Founded and edited by Jonathan Gray and Adam Green, The Public Domain Review was launched 1/1/11 to coincide with Public Domain Day celebrations around the world. The aspiration of The Public Domain Review is "to become a bounteous gateway into the whopping plenitude that is the public domain, helping our readers to explore this rich terrain by surfacing unusual and obscure works, and offering fresh reflections and unfamiliar angles on material which is more well known."

Each week an invited contributor presents an interesting or curious work with a brief accompanying text giving context, commentary and criticism. Contributors include scholars, writers, critics, artists, archivists, scientists and librarians. is also now accepting open submissions.

In addition to the articles, The Public Domain Review has begun collections of public domain films, audio, images and texts.

The review is a project of the Open Knowledge Foundation (a not-for-profit organization) and is made possible by funding from the Shuttleworth Foundation.

Updates to NewPages Guides :: August 31, 2011

Published August 31, 2011 Posted By NewPages
Added to The NewPages Big List of Literary Magazines:
Assisi online essays, fiction, poetry, photography, art
The Muse online poetry, scholarly research, essay, interview, book reviews
The Washington Pastime online poetry, fiction, nonfiction
mgversion2>datura online English/French poetry, fiction, nonfiction, essay, art, photography
Anobium online poetry, prose
The Raintown Review online poetry, literary criticism, interviews, translations
Grasslimb online poetry, prose, line art, cartoons, reviews
Voices de la Luna online poetry, prose, graphic art
Mixed Fruit online poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, translations, art
YB Poetry online poetry, reviews
Trans-Portal online essay, creative non-fiction, reviews
Sleepingfish online
Amethyst Arsenic online poetry
Edge Piece online fiction, non-fiction, poetry, reviews, art
Global Graffiti
In The Snake Magazine online fiction
Specter online poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction
Lishnu online haikai, translation
Black Magnolias online poetry, fiction, prose
Moonshot online poetry, fiction, comics, arts
Structo online poetry, fiction, essays, interviews

online = mainly online
online = mainly print

Added toThe NewPages List of Literary Websites:
Turks Head Review - fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, music, video
Northern Poetry Review - poetry, interviews, reviews (Canada)
bioStories - nonfiction, essays
Symmetry Pebbles - poetry
Staccato Fiction - microfiction
Weekly Hubris - Progressive International Commentary
Apropos Literary Journal
Kweli Journal - fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, interview
The New Verse News - poetry

Added to The NewPages List of Independent Publishers & University Presses:
Wordrunner Electronic Chapbooks - poetry, memoir, short story, e-chapbooks
Wolverine Farm Publishing
Kattywompus Press - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, chapbooks, artist's books
Blacksmith Books [Hong Kong] - East Asian nonfiction, photography

Added to The NewPages Big List of Alternative Magazines:
Metta-Physics online exploring the science-spirituality interface
ARC online Caribbean art and culture

Added to The NewPages List of Writing Conferences, Workshops, Retreats, Centers, Residencies & Book & Literary Festivals:
Limestone Dust Poetry Festival (Huntsville, AL)
Las Dos Brujas Writers' Workshops

Please see the NewPages FAQ for information about being listed in one of our guides.

New Lit on the Block :: EdgePiece

Published August 31, 2011 Posted By NewPages
Founded by Sarah Lindsay to "give new writers and artists a place to start - an edge piece for their big-picture puzzle," EdgePiece will publish online tri-annually. Joining in this effort are Developmental Editors Sarah Lucas, Max Pickering, Pamela S. Wall, Dakota Morgan and Copy Editor Pamela S. Wall. Together, the unique promise of this publication is to "never fully reject a manuscript; we work with you, editing your piece and suggesting improvements. This way, everyone gets experience and satisfaction from the process."

Featured in Issue 1.1 is Fiction by George Masters, Elizabeth Dunphey, Tim Martin, Nana Adjei-Brenyah, and Bob Kalkreuter; Non-Fiction by Katie Liming, and Kendra Shirey; Poetry by, Catherine Batsios, Alana Aguilar, Thommie Gillow, Paige Webb, Nico Mara-McKay, and Amanda Montell; Photography by, Kendra Shirey, Vanessa Levin-Pompetzki, and Keith Moul.

EdgePiece is "hungry for fiction, non-fiction and poetry" but will also consider book/essay/poetry/film reviews, photography, and other graphic/visual art.

Bacopa 2011 Literary Review Prizes

Published August 30, 2011 Posted By NewPages
The newest edition of Bacopa: A Literary Review from the Writers Alliance of GAinesville, includes the winners of the 2011 Bacopa Genre Awards:

1st JoeAnn Hart, "Open House"
2nd Mandy Manning, "Growth"
Honorable Mention Q. Lindsey Barrett "Toro-nado"

1st Amanda Skelton, "Warding off the Monkey"
2nd Carolyne Wright, "Los Olvidados: The Forgotten Ones"
Honorable Mention Ed McCourt, "Watching Rocco"

1st Colleen Runyan, "me or the tea"
2nd Erika Brumett, "Fight Overheard in Sign Language"
Honorable Mention Carolyne Wright, "Acrostic: Evcharistoic Eulene"

New Lit on the Block :: Amethyst Arsenic

Published August 30, 2011 Posted By NewPages
Based out of Somerville, Mass, Amethyst Arsenic publishes "all forms of poetry from new and established voices" as well as art. Edited and published by Samantha Milowsky with copy editing by Kasandra Larson and design by Emily Crandall, Amethyst Arsenic will appear at least twice a year, regularly offering opportunities for guest editors.

Issue 1.1 (Summer 2011) with Guest Editors Lucie Monroe, Michael Gill includes works by Brandon Amico, Rusty Barnes, Gale Batchelder, Cassandra Clarke, Jim Cronin, Gregory Crosby, Judson Evans, Reinhard G

Mental Shoes Will Knock Yer Socks Off

Published August 29, 2011 Posted By NewPages
Mental Shoes: Footwear and the life of the mind is an online publication of "arts and ideas" - which includes fiction and viso-writing. Each issue downloads as a pdf.

The current issue (shown) is 300 pages - takes a while to download - but completely worth it (as are the previous issues - some shorter and quicker to download).

Especially worth the wait is "Mississippi Beaches: One Year After the BP Oil Spill" - a series of photographs by Julie Dermansky - a poignant reminder of how "clean up" does not equate to cleaned up.

New Lit on the Block :: Specter Literary Magazine

Published August 29, 2011 Posted By NewPages
The two founders of Specter Literary Magazine - husband & wife, mensah demary & Athena Dixon-DeMary, prose writer & poet respectively - take the Gen Y labels, embrace them, and consider them as the very complexity that writers regularly address: "Are we all frightened, passive, coddled? Are we all spoiled & flighty? Do we all dream? If Generation Y is so different from our parents and grandparents, then what does it mean to: love today; raise children today; keep religious faith today? The work some might consider 'navel-gazing' and 'postmodern' and 'boring?' We want that work. Writers who believe literature can reveal and–dare we say–save the world? We want those writers. We want dreamers."

Published online, the first issue of Specter, launched at the end of July, features works by Mick Davidson, Lois Harrod, J. Bradley, Noriki Nakada, Bradley Warshauer, Jasmon Drain, Chris Castle, and Tom Sheehan.

Specter accepts poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and flash via Submishmash.

Closings :: Just Books

Published August 27, 2011 Posted By NewPages
It's 'the end' for Greenwich's Just Books (via Greenwich Times online).

Confrontations Takes on Art

Published August 26, 2011 Posted By NewPages
According to editor Jonna G. Semeiks, for the first time in its over 40-year publishing history, Confrontations has included a section devoted to visual art. The artist (whose work is also featured on the cover) is Esteban Vicente, "an immigrant who left Spain during the Civil War in the 1930's and settled on the Lower East Side of Manhattan." Along with the editorial introduction, there is an bio before the images, and eight four, two-sided, full-color, full-bleed pages of his paintings featured. For its inaugural foray into art inclusion, Confrontations has shown great sensibility it how to do it right.

Stunning Covers: Calyx

Published August 26, 2011 Posted By NewPages
Celebrating 35 years of continuous publishing, Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women Summer 2011 features the cover art "Adaptation" (acrylic on canvas, 36" x 48") by Amy Guidry. It can be viewed in a larger image in the Calyx website. More of Guidry's work is featured inside the magazine, along with that of Christine Wuenschel, Marie Le Glatin Keis, Alethea Norene, RoByn Thompson, Kathline Carr and Lu - all in full color on glossy center pages.

In Aporia: The Annual Akilah Oliver Memorial Reading

Published August 25, 2011 Posted By NewPages
The annual Akilah Oliver Memorial Reading honors the memory of Lang professor Akilah Oliver, a radical poet, feminist, and activist. As the first of an annual reading series, this reading will feature the work of Oliver's contemporaries Julian Brolaski, Rachel Levitsky and Lauren Nicole Nixon, along with Oliver's former students Erik Freer, Karl Leone and Kaley Foley.

The event is scheduled to take place Monday, September 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm at The New School: Lang Cafe, 65 West 11th Street; New York, NY.

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New Lit on the Block :: The Snake

Published August 25, 2011 Posted By NewPages
Editors Marc & Morgane McAllister founded In The Snake Magazine "to provide quality short literature that is both meaningful as well as enjoyable to read." Launched July 2011, the monthly publication thus far features the short stories of Rose Droll, Jennifer Moore, and Carmen Maldonado, Yarrow Paisley, Jesse Rubin, A. Kham and Shauna Brock.

In The Snake Magazine is currently holding a short story contest for their Summer 2011 Elephant Prize. Deadline for submissions is August 31.

In The Snake Magazine is also accepting submissions for upcoming issues, offering guidelines with detailed expectations of plot, theme, style, and existential conflict: "We look for stories that build strong, dynamic characters that reflect the nature of the human experience." In addition to cash awards for their contest, In The Snake Magazine is a paying market.

Anniversary: Ploughshares 40th

Published August 25, 2011 Posted By NewPages
To celebrate its 40th year of publication, the Fall 2011 issue of Ploughshares brings back former guest editors "to contribute new works of their own, to nominate and introduce an emerging writer, or to give an account of turning points in their careers." A full list of the contents is available on the website, though it does not indicate which new writers are being introduced by guest editors. Ploughshares changes active content links each day for the current issue.

New Lit on the Block :: Trans-portal

Published August 24, 2011 Posted By NewPages
"Written for an intelligent reader," Trans-portal: The Hub of Trans-Formation Studies features contributions that "exhibit the highest qualities of scholarship while also being accessible by a wide audience."

Trans-portal's Founding Editor/Curator Michael Broek is joined by Contributing Editors Patrick Donnelly, Stephen D. Miller, Susan Castillo, Matthew Carter and Tarfia Faizullah, and Editor-At-Large Laura McCullough in producing an online biannual, appearing summer and winter.

The first issue (Summer 2011) features lyrical essays by Amanda Abel, Elizabeth Howort, and Steve Newton; scholarly essays by Camille Alexander, Danielle Mortimer, Margaret R. Borders, Bryce Christensen; an audio essay by Paul Lisicky, a photo essay by Tarfia Faizullah, and a review of Lisa See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and and Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom by Judy Chen-Cooper.

Trans-portal also includes individual resource pages for essays an articles on a variety of "trans" concepts: Trans-Personal, Trans-Cultural, and Trans-National. I hope to see this become a wealth of resources that continue to grow with the longevity of the publication.

Trans-portal is seeking creative non-fiction lyric essays and scholarly articles pertaining to any of our themes, with an emphasis on synthesis and contemporary relevance.

Sycamore Review Editor Changes & Contest Winner

Published August 24, 2011 Posted By NewPages
The Summer/Fall 2011 issue of Sycamore Review features the winner of their annual Wabash Prize for Fiction: Joe B. Sills, "the Duck."

There are also a number of staff changes taking place: Editor-in-Chief Anthony Cook is stepping down (congratulations on the new baby!); the new editor will be Jessica Jacobs. Poetry editors Mario Chard and Josh Wild and nonfiction editor Chidelia Edochie will also be moving on, with replacements yet to be announced.

Georgia Review Features Stephen Dunn

Published August 24, 2011 Posted By NewPages
The Summer 2011 issue of The Georgia Review includes a special feature on Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn: "Many a Beautiful Strangeness." The feature is well deserved, as TGR Editor Stephen Corey notes: "...since 1980 The Georgia Review has, up through this issue, presented more than fifty of Stephen Dunn’s poems and five of his essays—plus an interview conducted by Laura McCullough [available in full on the TGR website] and a self-conducted 'intraview,' both of which appear here in Summer 2011. All told, Stephen Dunn’s Georgia Review poetry offerings would fill a book of nearly one hundred pages — W. W. Norton, are you listening? — and the full body of his contributions would just about flesh out an entire issue of our journal." Read the full editorial online here, as well as the full table of contents here.

BPJ Devotes Issue & Forum to "The Logic of Yoo"

Published August 23, 2011 Posted By NewPages
The Fall 2011 issue of Beloit Poetry Journal is devoted to chapbook of poems which come from a larger manuscript of the same name, Michael Broek's "The Logic of Yoo." The poem "probes the moral logic of George W. Bush's legal counsel John C. Yoo from the perspective of a graduate student who supplements his income by writing academic papers for hire. Ten years into the 'war on terror,' the issues the poem raises remain acutely relevant." (BPJ) The BPJ website includes a PDF of the first dozen pages of the poem. The BPJ website will also feature Michael Brock moderating a discussion of The Logic of Yoo for the September Poet's Forum. (Great opportunity for teachers and their students!)

[Cover Image: Photograph by Linda Connor]

New Lit on the Block :: Mixed Fruit

Published August 23, 2011 Posted By NewPages
Mixed Fruit is a bi-monthly online publication co-founded by editors Lindsay Shields and Abby Norwood. Mixed Fruit has an varied and energetic editorial staff reading poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, translations, and reviewing art submissions.

Editors include Kat Lewin (fiction), Jessica Plante (poetry), Matthew Burnside (fiction/poetry), Kea Wilson (fiction/Spanish/Greek translation), Courtney Thomas Vance (fiction), Summer Greer (poetry/Thai/German translation) and contributing editors Peter Alan Herbert (fiction/copy), Bethany Sarah Startin (poetry reader/French/Ancient Greek/Latin translation), Donna Vorreyer (poetry reader), Olga Mexina (Russian translation), Elisa Fernandez-Arias (Spanish/French translation), and Paula Bertr

Wave Books Subscription = Free Festival Pass

Published August 23, 2011 Posted By NewPages
In addition to receiving all the books published by Wave Books in 2011, this year's subscription ($75) comes with complimentary passes to the Wave Books Poetry Festival: Three Days of Poetry in Translation ($25 value), coming up November 4-6 in Seattle. Even if you can't attend the festival (donate your passes?) subscribers will receive all materials included in festival participant packets, including limited edition pamphlets and a handmade book.

For a full list of the books included, visit Wave Books website.

Passings :: Scott Wannberg

Published August 22, 2011 Posted By NewPages

WLT: Poetry Untethered

Published August 22, 2011 Posted By NewPages
The newest issue of World Literature Today (celebrating 85 years of continous publication) includes the special section "Poetry Untethered: 10 Voices from the English-Speaking World." In addition to their regular content, this section includes contributions from John Mateer, Dana Gioia, Stephanie McKenzie, Nicholas Samaras, Bill Manhire ("Cream Torpedoes: Recent Poetry in New Zealand"), Maya Khosla, Ilya Kaminsky, Jane Hirshfield ("What is American in Modern American Poetry: A Primer with Poems"), Ngwatilo Mawiyoo, and Ian Brinton ("Pods, Presses, and Pamphlets: Poetry in England Today"). Also included is an extensive interview by Michelle Johnson with Dana Gioia.

A full table of contents is available online with access to some of the above listed features. WLT also offers exclusive web content available for all visitors.

Puerto del Sol Contest Winners

Published August 22, 2011 Posted By NewPages
The Summer 2011 issue of Puerto del Sol features works by the winners of their Poetry and Fiction Contests:

2011 Fiction Contest (Dawn Raffel, judge)

1st Place: Joe Aguilar, "The Flood"
2nd Place: Jen Bergmark, "Boyle Heights"
3rd Place: Kellie Wells, "The Incinerating Place"

2011 Poetry Contest (Julie Carr, judge)

1st Place: Amy Woolard, "The Housewarming"
2nd Place: Amy Woolard, "The Petty Arsonists"
3rd Place: Denise Leto, "Jaw Simulacra"

Best of Net Submissions Sought

Published August 19, 2011 Posted By NewPages
From Sundress Publications: "Since 2006 the Best of the Net Anthology has sought to represent the best of the online literary world in poetry, fiction, and in 2010 non-fiction. Sundress Publications is seeking submissions to the sixth volume of Best of the Net. This project aims to represent the expanding, although often disregarded, online venue and bring more prestige to the innovative and continually growing medium. This collection intends to bring greater respect to the voices of those writers who choose to publish their work online. Our last issue included work by poetry by B.H. Fairchild, Karin Gottshall, Maxine Lopez-Keough, fiction by, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Max Everhart, Dominic Preziosi and non-fiction by Amy Clark, Mark Dowie, and Emma Trelles. Submissions from editors will be open from July 1 to September 30th. Winners will be announced in February, 2012." Full details available here.

New Lit on the Block :: The Muse (India)

Published August 17, 2011 Posted By NewPages
The Muse: An International Journal of poetry is a new biannual online publication with Chief Editor Pradeep Chaswal and Editors Dr. Mohammad Arif and Deepak Chaswal.

The first issue includes poetry by A. D. Winans, Adam Bogar, Adrienne Wolfert, Alan Lindsay, Anca Vlasopolos, April Avalon, Benjamin Myers, Boghos L. Artinian, Carl Scharwath, Carrie Allison, Chris Tanasescu, Christina Murphy Dalel Sarnou, Devreaux Baker, Gale Acuff, Hal O'Leary, Hugh Fox, Jennifer C. Wolfe, Judith Prest, Kathleen Specter, Kenneth Pobo, Linda Appleby, Michael D. Sollars, Michael Lee Johnson, Mike J Gallagher, Paul Lobo Portuges, Phillip A. Ellis, Raj Vatsya, Richard Oko Ajah, Rebeca Sara, SamEisenstein, ShradhaKamra, ThomasZimmerman, Valentina Cano, Victor W. Pearn, and William John Watkins.

Also featured in this issue are research papers and essays "Pet Trees & Dancing Bay Ponies" by Joseph Powell, "How Dangerous Is Digital Literature?" by Felix Nicolau, and "A Tribute to Raymond Garlick (1926 - 2011)" by Byron Beynon, as well as interviews with Hugh Fox and Al Beck and book reviews.

The Muse is open for submissions of poetry, research papers, essays, and reviews. The deadline for the December issue is November 10.

New Lit on the Block :: Anobium

Published August 16, 2011 Posted By NewPages
Based in Chicago, but with "values that extend beyond borders," Anobium aims to "print literature in a digital world" and do so with quality and brevity, keeping the volume small (5"x&', 84pp), portable, durable (laminated matte cover with 55lb stock), and accessible ($10).

Anobium's masthead is: Senior Editor Mary J. Levine, MFA; Managing Editor Benjamin D. van Loon, BA; Assistant Editors Jon-Erik Means, BA, Michael Zielinski, BA, Lauren Monokian, BA; Illustrator & Assistant Designer Jacob van Loon, BFA; and Executive Administrator Sarah E. Docherty, BM.

Anobium: Volume 1 (Summer 2011) features new writing from Laura Carter, Jennifer Collins, William Doreski, Eric Evans, Ricky Garni, Jonathan Greenhause, Luke Irwin, Rich Ives, Eddie Jones, J.S. MacLean, Claire McCurdy, Bethany Minton, Thomas Mundy, Ben Nardolilli, James Payne, Stephanie Plenner, Graham Tugwell, Meredith Turits and Susan Yount. Also included is a feature story and interview with "Chicago favorite," Joe Meno.

Submissions for volume 2 are now open for poetry and prose. Specific guidelines are available on the Anobium website.
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