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Published July 09, 2009
For the month of July, Indiana Review is giving away free copies of their newest issue (31.1 Summer 2009). Every Wednesday IR will post a question on their blog and the first correct response emailed to us will receive a free copy!
Published July 01, 2009
Yet another great literary publication through which global cultures and perspectives can be explored is Obsidian: Literature of the African Diasporas. The most recent issue (v8 i2 - don't let the 2007 date throw you; it just came out) focuses on Ghana - "Honoring the Legacy and Literature of Independent Africa, 1957-2007."

Editor Sheila Smith McKoy introduces the issue: "As the first sub-Saharan African country to gain its independence from its 'colonizer,' Ghana set the stage for the domino effect of freedom across the African continent...In this issue, Obsidian celebrates the legacies of Independent Africa, her literature, her cultures, and their impact across Africa, her Diaspora and our world."

Poets in this issue include Kofie Anyidoho, Makuchi, Shane Book, and Sheila Smith McKoy - "all offer riffs on the issues that contextualize the experiences of African and Diasporan identity." M. Genevieve West interviews Makuchi, several essays "provide diverse perspectives on Ghana and her legacy," and Kim Coleman Foote contributes to the fiction.
Published June 09, 2009
This is indeed sad news for me, since it was only after reading Isotope that I believed English and science could really get along in the same mind of appreciation and learning. Something countless years of education failed to convince me of.

From the Terrain.org blog, posted by Simmons B. Butin:

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I have very sad news to share -- news I learned yesterday but wasn't prepared to share until today (and I do have permission). As many of you know, Christopher Cokinos founded and has served as the editor of the outstanding journal Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing for more than a decade now. Many of you also know that state university funding has been drastically cut nearly everywhere. Combine those two, and we learn that Utah State University will no longer be publishing Isotope.

Folks, Isotope is one of the three or four best environmental literary journals, and its closure is a huge blow not only to the good folks working on the journal at USU, but to environmental and science literature readers and writers everywhere. But what to do? We need to find a large endowment to sustain the journal, under Chris's excellent editorial skills, and find it now. So ante up!

There is a possibility that Isotope will move to another university or other editing team, but unless it stays at USU, as far as I know Chris will no longer be the editor. That is sad, indeed.
Published June 05, 2009
Alimentum: The Literature of Food has a special offer for new and renewing subscribers: "Tell us your Secret Food and receive one free issue! Your Secret Food is the food you love but tell no one about. Tell us and we'll not only gift you an extra issue but broadcast your Secret Food on our website this Fall. Your chance for Food Fame!"

All you have to do is place a regular subscription order online (or by mail) then send Alimentum an email with your secret to secretfood[at]alimentumjournal[dot]com. You'll get three issues for the price of two.
Published May 30, 2009
The most recent issue of The Missouri Review (v32n1) includes the winners of the Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize:

First Place Fiction: Roy Kesey, "Double Fish"
First Place Essay: Deborah Thompson, "What's the Matter with Houdini?"
First Place Poetry: Frannie Lindsay (seven elegies)
Published May 29, 2009
The newest issue of Merdian (22/May 09) includes the winners of the Editor's Prize 2009:

Fiction Winner Helen Phillips, "The Eyes of Cecile"
Fiction Finalist Nahal Suzanne Jamir, "In the Middle of Many Mountains"
Poetry Winner: Angus A. Bennett, "Muted with a Line from Someone Else's Memory"

Also announced in this issue are next year's editors: Jazzy Danziger, head editor; Jasmine Bailey, poetry editor; Kevin Allardice and Memory Peebles, fiction editors.
Published May 22, 2009
Celebrating 20 years of publishing Free Lunch: A Poetry Miscellany, Editor Ron Offen and his staff look forward to many more years to come, as do their readers. Congrats!
Published May 21, 2009
The Massachusetts Review celebrates its 50th year of publishing, surviving, and thriving. Congrats MR!
Published May 20, 2009
The Iowa Review offers a number of works from their most recent issue (v39n1) online, including a link to an audio excerpt of Tom Montgomery-Fate's Saunter: A Conversation with Henry David Thoreau, and a work by Ron Tanner, "Cats as Tuna" which I will whet your appetite with here: "I filled a pot with housecats. The pot was my biggest. Still, there were a lot of cats. They didn’t seem to mind being in the pot. I knew they weren’t tuna. But I needed to make tuna salad. And all I had were cats. Cats always seem to be around and underfoot, winding through my legs. Cat hair floats through my house like dandelion down."
Published May 18, 2009
Booklist editor Donna Seaman was the guest editor for the most recent issue of TriQuarterly (133). In her introduction, she begins: "My respect for the mystery implicit in creativity runs high, so I decided not to interfere with the process in my role as guest editor for this brimming issue of TriQuarterly. I did not name a theme, or assign a topic. Instead, I sought out writers who see life whole, who are curious about the interconnectivity and complexity of existence, and who care, deeply and unabashedly, about the world. When asked what I was looking for, I simply said, 'strong medicine.'"

"Good writing," she goes on, "is a tonic. The work of inquisitive, imaginative, unfettered, and courageous observers, thinkers, and dreamers provide succor. Heat and light. Food for thought and balm for pain. Lucid and compassionate literature breaks the isolating fever of the self."

Seaman has more to say on the parallels of this soul-felt medicine, introducing numerous contributors in the issue and their works, but it was her closing remark on the concept I was most comforted by, as so often, I don't find what I read so much soothing as jarring, awakening me to feelings unlike any salve should. Seaman addresses this as well: "Strong medicine may make you sick before it makes you better. Here, writers and readers alike face harsh truths about humankind's diabolical paradoxes and planet-altering endeavors. Strong medicine goads us into asking questions, articulating objections, and fueling the coalescence, let us hope, of new ways of seeing, and new ways of being."

Will my insurance cover this prescription of TriQuarterly? Oh, heck - the cover price is less than my co-pay, and no nasty side effects!
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