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Normals Need Not Apply
by Francesca Mari
[. . .]"My workers," Burgett says, "are all nutcakes, criminals, and druggies — reformed." Then he corrects himself: "Some of them are still in reformation." Burgett hires almost exclusively from drug treatment and psychiatric treatment centers. "We find that most of the time normals don't fit in very well," he says. "I don't know if you want to look at it as me herding a group of freaks—think of it as a group of people who've formed nice symbiotic relation to the world they don't understand."
"I have had Jehovah's witnesses working alongside transsexuals in the middle of their sex change operations. This is fun stuff," Burgett says. "You can't get this in the normal world."[. . .]
Read the rest and more: Terrain Magazine, Spring 2007
by Megan Roth
Dear Creative Writing Programs,
I have applied to many excellent
Graduate schools this year, and each
School has been remarkably competitive.
Due to the large number of programs to
Which I have applied,
I regret that [. . .]
[Read the rest on Defenestration, Issue 7 Volume 4, June 2007.]
If you haven't been there yet, do stop by the website for her new book of short stories: No One Belongs Here More Than You.
In her inexorably and adorably unique fashion, Miranda has created a website of still images of her writing on a make-shift dry erase board: first using the top of her refridgerator, then moving to the stove. Take your time to go through the 31 stills. In one is a link to her site, but that can also be accessed directly: Miranda July.
And, certainly, if you haven't seen it yet - Me and You and Everyone We Know is a must for summer movie viewing. The book? Still on my "Must Read" list; I'm just not there yet.
How America Is Shaped by Its Grossest National Product
By Dave Praeger
Foreword by Paul Provenza, director of The Aristocrats
Published by Feral House "This book is not a history of poop, but a study of today. Its goal is to understand how poop affects us, how we view it, and why; to appreciate its impact from the moment it slides out of our anal sphincters to the moment it enters the sewage treatment plant; to explore how we’ve arrived at this strange discomfort and confusion about a natural product of our bodies; to see how this contradiction-the natural as unnatural-shapes our minds, relationships, environment, culture, economics, media, and art."
For your reading pleasure, another issue full of great writing, articles, and art, featuring the photography of Mary Robison, the illustrations of Jesse Hawley, writing from both seasoned and brand new writers, book reviews, film reviews, and a fascinating piece of travel writing about an American woman's experiences with cheese vendors and effusive neighbors in Turkey.
by Robin Nixon
Genewatch, May-June 2007
"This spring, 450 acres of Kansas will be planted with rice that has been modified to contain human genes. It will look much like any normal field of rice, but the biotechnological innovation within each stalk is being sold as if it were magic from the Land of Oz. Essentially, the Kansas field will be a factory. The machinery is the rice plant itself. The inputs are human genes. The outputs are human proteins — lactoferrin and lysozyme — normally found in breast milk and other secretions, such as tears..." [read more]
by Laurence Senelick
The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, May-June 2007
"'Outing' in our sense comes on stage with the homosexual law-reform movements. In several German plays of the early twentieth century, characters are 'outed' involuntarily. From Ludwig Dilsner’s Jasmine Blossoms (1899) to Reinhart Kluge’s Who Is to Blame? (1923), the exposure of the protagonist’s homosexuality is effected by blackmail or vice-squad raids or the maneuvers of jilted lovers. It is a traumatic and embarrassing experience that blights one’s life. The upshot is almost invariably suicide. Although the goal of these plays was to enlighten the general public as to the sorry lot of those with 'contrary sexual feelings,' the effect upon the homosexual individual was probably a determination to stay under wraps.
It is therefore surprising to find a play about coming out, in the current sense, on the Dutch stage shortly after the First World War..." [read more]
Check out these hot summer reads picked by The Green Guide editors.
The Big Ugly Review, Issue 6, "The Body Issue" includes:
Fiction by Peter Orner, Mary Kolesnikova, Wendy Van Landingham, Mark MacNamara, Kristina Moriconi, Chad Morgan, Angela Marino, RG McCartney, Sabrina Tom, Michelle Morrison
Non-fiction by Laura Fraser, Joe Loya, Derek Patton Pearcy, Mimi Ghez, Laura Barcella, Andy Raskin
Poetry by John M. Anderson, Amanda Field, Denise Dooley, Grey Held, Edward Smallfield
Music by Audrey Howard, Sez Giulian, Thomas Kilts, Vanessa Peters
Photo essays by Daniel Hernandez, Stephanie Gene Morgan
Film by Kia Simon (*the most absorbingly gorgeous four minutes you could spend staring at the computer today - trust me - open in your own player to watch full screen for best effect)
by Stephanie Dickinson
I’m looking at myself in the taxi’s side mirror. You will never get a kiss because you’re invisible, the mirror says, a glare of sun where my face should be...[Read more]
by Craig Terlson
Their harmonies teeter on the edge of sweetness and mournful whine. It's that high lonesome sound. The bluegrass band enraptures the pierced patrons, their ghost-white faces tilt toward the stage...[Read more]
Turning the Bones
by Marcy Campbell
Jillian and I are sitting on the hard-packed earth in front of a large fire, the flames illuminating the faces of the others in the circle. The air is saturated with the smell of spice, strong coffee and sweat...[Read more]
If You Don't
by Rob Bass
When Ryan is four and Colleen is two, another toddler comes up to her in the sandbox and kicks over the upside down bucket mold she's just finished patting down to perfection. She throws her hands up in the air and lets loose with a great wail and Ryan stomps over to push the offending party down into the sand...[Read more]
New York, NY, June 22, 2007—PEN American Center has released a statement of principle opposing academic and cultural boycotts, saying such actions threaten the internationally guaranteed right to freedom of expression.
The statement cites PEN’s commitment over many decades to the principle that knowledge, literature, art, and cultural materials belong to humanity as a whole and should circulate freely even in times of conflict and political upheaval, and declares PEN American Center’s opposition to “any efforts to inhibit the free international exchange of knowledge, literature, or art, including academic and cultural boycotts.” Academic and cultural boycotts harm free expression in both the targeted country and the country where the boycott is practiced, PEN contends, insisting that “the universally guaranteed right of all to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers includes the right to engage in direct, face-to-face discussions, debates, challenges, and collaborations.”
The statement follows a vote last month by the University and College Union in the United Kingdom to refer an appeal for an academic and cultural boycott of Israel to its membership for discussion and possible action. That vote has sparked an international debate over the ethics and efficacy of such boycotts.
“We felt it was important to articulate this essential principle at this time,” said Larry Siems, Director of Freedom to Write and International Programs at PEN American Center. “We commend this statement to our academic colleagues in the U.K. for their consideration, and to all who may be asked to consider similar measures now and in the future.”
PEN American Center Statement on Academic Boycotts
PEN is an organization founded on the principle that the unhampered transmission of thought within each nation and between all nations is essential for human coexistence and understanding. It believes that literature, works of art, and ideas must remain common currency among people despite political or international upheavals, and that political and national passions should not prevent or interrupt intellectual and cultural exchange.
In this spirit, PEN American Center emphatically opposes any efforts to inhibit the free international exchange of literature, art, information, or knowledge, including academic and cultural boycotts. We believe that such boycotts threaten the free expression rights not only of those associated with the boycotted institutions but also of those in the countries where the boycott is practiced, and that the universally guaranteed right of all to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers includes the right to engage in direct, face-to-face discussions, debates, challenges, and collaborations.
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In other news from Contrary:
A poem by Contrary Poetry Editor Shaindel Beers won first place in the Dylan Days Festival, honoring Bob Dylan, in Hibbing Minnesota. Her poem "Rewind" surpassed about 400 poems from 250-300 poets from almost every state and most continents.
Two Contrary contributors have new books out: Mary E. Mitchell's novel Starting Out Sideways (St. Martin's Press), and Corey Mesler's winner of the Southern Hum Chapbook Competition,The Lita Conversation.
"Starting on March 1st, I will be launching the Writer Profile Project. Each profile will consist of approximately ten questions posed to writers at various stages in their careers. During the series, you will meet editors of literary magazines, novelists, poets, and a wide variety of up and coming authors in all genres. I expect the series to run through the end of the year, so check back often for new profiles."
Profiles to date: Mary Akers, Hobart editor Aaron Burch, Kathy Fish, Alicia Gifford, Ellen Meister, Fleur Bradley, SmokeLong Quarterly founder Dave Clapper, Ann Walters (Sharon Hurlbut), Jason Makansi, Mary Miller, Jeff Landon, Jason Shaffner, NO
As much as it breaks our hearts to write these words, the final issue of Punk Planet is in the post, possibly heading toward you right now. Over the last 80 issues and 13 years, we've covered every aspect of the financially independent, emotionally autonomous, free culture we refer to as "the underground." In that time we've sounded many alarms from our editorial offices: about threats of co-optation, big-media emulation, and unseen corporate sponsorship. We've also done everything in our power to create a support network for independent media, experiment with revenue streams, and correct the distribution issues that have increasingly plagued independent magazines. But now we've come to the impossible decision to stop printing, having sounded all the alarms and reenvisioned all the systems we can. Benefit shows are no longer enough to make up for bad distribution deals, disappearing advertisers, and a decreasing audience of subscribers."
Read more as to why and what next: Punk Planet
Becoming a Player
The world of poetry is not a world of isolated individual practitioners. Hermits in their caves. If you currently find yourself in this position, you should try to get out more. The world of poetry is a very busy place, filled with a wide range of professionals most of whom are eager to tell you about their talents.
The world of poetry is not filled with gentle suffering creatures (to call upon Eliot). It is not fair, just, or particularly caring. It can be supportive, but it is not a self help group. It is not a world based upon power sharing. In fact, the world of poetry can be a bear pit, and like any industry it is competitive and has moments of confrontation and even dirty tricks. Be prepared to take some knocks along the way.
Read the rest - including "50 dos and don'ts" - on Salt Publishing.
Watch the walk, especially the strut, jingle. Hear the curious tinktink of coins, metallic sound in his pocket like rhythm. He lingers in air, suspended, arced in step suspended still in air suspended like air like substance in air. The god in him set to roast out the truth and go deeper until evaporation, until rain. Broad shoulders, cool expanse swarthy balmy calm sea, his shoulders the morph of a sun's arc. Hear jingle, see arcs, see strut, see rhythm in flesh, the timing. Sunchoked sun split sunblonde, dancer in walks sunkissed. Almost god, mostly sun, younger brother of the murderer.
Read the rest: Cricket Online Review
Raving Dove is an online literary journal dedicated to sharing thought-provoking writing, photography, and art that opposes the use of violence as conflict resolution, and embraces the intrinsic themes of peace and human rights.
Summer 2007 Contributors: Martha Braniff, Howard Camner, Sharon Carter, DB Cox, Arlene Distler, Michael Estabrook, Joachim Frank, David V. Gibson, Cory Hutcheson, John Kay, Laurel Lundstrom, Caroline Maun, Beverly Mills, Russell Reece, Anthony Santella, Dorit Sasson, Sarah Shaw, Roger Singer, Townsend Walker, Harry Youtt, Changming Yuan
Published in February, June, and October, Raving Dove welcomes original poetry, nonfiction essays, fiction, photography, and art. See submissions guidelines for complete details. Now reviewing work for the winter 2007 edition, which will be online on October 21st.
The contests listed on NewPages are those sponsored by literary magazines (print), online literary magazines, alternative magazines, book publishers and creative writing programs that are listed on our site.
If you have a request to see a contest listed, please e-mail with information about the contest.
A former contributor to NewPages, we're happy to announce Mark's second novel published with Unbridled Books: Lost Son about the great poet Rainer Maria Rilke, author of "Letters to a Young Poet" and "The Duino Elegies."
"Spanning Western Europe from 1875 to 1917, LOST SON brings alive the intellectual and artistic currents that shaped the 20th century and the personalities that made this history their own--from Rainer Maria Rilke himself to the great sculptor Rodin to the fascinating Lou Andreas-Salome, mistress or confidant of Rilke, Freud and Nietzsche. The result is an exploration of the forever imperfect loyalties we face in life and the seemingly immeasurable distances that can separate life and art."
Beginning Monday June 4, Cunningham will be reading at bookstores in Northern California, Oregon, and Seattle. View the event schedule at his author blog here.
by Susan M. LoTempio
"It's a good month when the usual reporting on disability is balanced by even a single good story. Those months are few and far between, but in May The New York Times gave me reason to hope that thoughtful, stereotype-free stories about people with disabilities can actually see the light of day.
But before we get to that, let's first note a few high-profile media events that took place in May that illustrate the status quo..."
Read the rest and other articles on Poynter Online: Everything You Need to be a Better Journalist.