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Published September 01, 2017
breathe free press coverEmma Lazarus’ sonnet “The New Colossus” has gained new popular attention of late, thanks in part to White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller’s comments dismissing the value of its message to immigrants. But, before Miller, this poem engraved on The Statue of Liberty was the inspiration for Breathe Free Press, a magazine the Editor Deborah Di Bari says was “founded in great part to resist the Trump administration’s oppressive policies.” Read more...
Published August 31, 2017
An exerpt from "Darling America" by Kelli Russell Agodon from the ongoing series of Letter to America published on Terrain.org:
...
kelli russell agodonListen, the dolls in my dollhouse

are being deported and the landlord is typing
in all caps. How do we recognize humanity

when we’re just a name on a screen? An avatar
of a flag or resist, a red cap or a pink hat?

We’re holding the door for people, until we know
how they voted then we’re tripping each other

into the future, getting high off how fast they fall.
...
Read the full poem and hear it read by the author here.
Published August 30, 2017
southern humanities reviewPublishing fiction, poetry, and essays from the Department of English at Auburn University, Alabama, Southern Humanities Review celebrates 50 year in print with volume 51.1. The issue features an essay by Greg Varner; fiction by Craig Bernardini, Megan Fahey, Beck Hagenston, Ted Morrissey, and Hannah Pittard; and poetry by Jessica Rae Bergamino, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Tarfia Faizullah, Joe Jiménez, Elizabeth Langemak, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Melissa Mylchreest, Sam Ross, sam sax, Derek Sheffield.

Southern Humanities Review  is available for single issue purchase on the NewPages Magazine Webstore.
Published August 24, 2017
tfl aquiferAfter the first few months of getting their online feet wet, Aquifer: The Florida Reviw Online is now open for general submissions. Writers are encouraged [as always] to review the publication content to make sure their writing is a good fit before submitting. "We are seeking top-quality digital stories, graphic narrative, creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry" the editors say. TFR  is also introducing a January annual $50 "staff picks" award from among all the authors published in the print TFR  and Aquifer.
Published August 23, 2017

fiddleheadFiddlehead Fiction Editor Mark Anthony Jarman introduces this issue's contents as a showcase of "great, sensuous stories from the east coast and west coast and around the world," and adds that the issue also features a nonfiction work, "The Foxes of Prince Edward Island," by Matthew Ferrence. ". . . it is our desire," Jarman explains, "to include more creative nonfiction in future issues of The Fiddlehead." Readers can find Jarman's introduction and Eden Robinson's story "Nanas I Have Loved" available to read online.

Published August 22, 2017
under the sunUnder the Sun online creative non-fiction annual offers teachers "Ten reasons why our online journal would be a good choice in your writing courses," including the fact that the editors are teachers and writers themselves. They've tested Under the Sun  in their own classrooms to positive feedback from students. And students - you have a voice! Let your teachers know about Under the Sun  and other great, free access, literary and alternative magazines at NewPages!
Published August 11, 2017
arkanaArkana is a new biannual online journal published by the Arkansas Writers MFA Program at the University of Central Arkansas. While the name may seem obviously connected to the place, “arcana” can also mean a secret or a mystery, or a powerful and secret remedy, some “great secret of nature that the alchemists sought to discover.” This definition, the editors explain, is what they want Arkana  to be all about: “discovering powerful voices that haven’t previously been heard, but speak to human nature and the human experience. Publishing every genre possible, and with the welcoming flexibility online offers, the editors want to “be the literary journal of mysteries and marginalized voices—to champion the arcane.” Read more...
Published August 09, 2017
willow springsHappy 40th Anniversary to Willow Springs magazine of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and interviews published out of Spokane, Washington. Issue 80 features approriate celebratory cover art by Marta Berens ("Crystal Structure") of a small girl seeming to be caught in mid-dance, and inside this issue, the poem "Anniversary," by Elizabeth Austen includes these closing lines: "I twist as if I, like the jellyfishdress, / am suspended, still / thick with possibility, still buoyant."

May Willow Springs continue on another forty years - buoyant and thick with possibility!
Published August 01, 2017
Glimmer Train Bulletins are produced monthly with essays written by writers (published in GT) and creative writing teachers on topics related to craft and the industry.

silas dent zobalIn the most recent issue, #157 August 2017, Rowena Macdonald offers 10 tips for writing dialogue, offering this advice: ". . . remember, when it comes to writing dialogue in prose you need to convey the impression of reality rather than verbatim speech." Silas Dent Zobal [pictured] offers a meaningful exploration of finding the heart of the story and the difficulty of writing about what can't be written: "That's what I want to tell you. Here, right here, is where you can find the heart of the heart of your story. Not in a place but in no place. Not in clarity but in ambiguity." And Joshua Henkin provides commentary on developing character background: when Mia comes from Montreal instead of Maryland, it changes how her family got there and the impact of their choices on her character in story - and the writer's responsibility to the "seeds of a narrative."

Three excellent essays that would be great semester kick-off reading for any creative writing class, and some great basic craft conversation for all writers to consider. Signing up for the bulletins is free.
Published July 31, 2017
lucille cliftonSecond Look is a section in One online poetry journal in which various writers are asked "to take a second look at poems they admire and discuss informally what they admire about the work." Some of the poems include "Woman Falling" by Franz Wright, “homage to my hips” by Lucille Clifton, "A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London" by Dylan Thomas, "Looking for Songs of Papusza" by Bronisława Wajs, "Celebrating Childhood" by Adonis, "Looking for my Killer" by Thylias Moss, and "Requiem" by Anna Akhmatova.
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