Also shared within this historical collection is the "Preamble and Statement of Principles" collectively written by The Association of Literary Magazines of America when those 19 magazine organizers first met in 1961. It begins: "Resolved, that we form an association, the purpose of which is to increase the usefulness and the prestige of the literary magazines in the United States and Canada," and later makes the following statement that still rings true today: "A nation's body of literature does not depend wholly on a the great, and since the magazines have served as a seedbed for each generation of creative writers they have also helped to preserve the very impulse to literary creation. The literary magazines of the present generation are continuing this indispensable tradition."
Every one of us who teaches in higher ed should buy copies of this issue to give to our dean, provost, vice president, president. board of trustees - whomever is responsible for the decision-making that retains, and continues to increase, these miserable working conditions for adjunct faculty. Perhaps better still, assign this issue in your classes, have students read it; the real change will need to come from dissatisfied "customers." If they are outraged about egregious labor practices and refuse to buy their products from certain companies, they should be as equally outraged about the education for which they are paying a premium price to support an oppressed working majority. [Rattle cover artist Allison Merriweather]
If anyone needs more encouragement to subscribe to your favorite literary magazines, Rattle’s latest issue to subscribers serves as a reminder.
Included in the package for Issue 53 (which features a tribute to 22 adjunct instructors) is a complimentary copy (regularly $6.00) of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize Winner: 3arabi Song by Zeina Hashem Beck.
From Rattle’s website:
3arabi Song is a song of sorrow and joy, death and dance. Yes there is unrest, war, and displacement in countries like Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, and Egypt. But there is also survival, music, and love.
Also on the website, find sample poems, including a recording of Zeina Hashem Beck performing a poem with the Fayha Choir. And while you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe to Rattle.