March 14, 2008 by Randy Souther
"With the passing of its editor, Raymond J. Smith, Ontario Review itself will cease publication with the forthcoming Spring 2008 issue. Smith began Ontario Review in 1974 in Windsor, Ontario, with his wife Joyce Carol Oates as associate editor; the Review later moved with its editors to Princeton, NJ..." Read the rest here.
"For any Robert Olen Butler fans out there, Redivider just posted a web exclusive of the title story from Butler's forthcoming collection, Intercourse, which is scheduled to be published by Chronicle Books in late May. You can check out the story at www.redividerjournal.org and, if you enjoy, of course please feel free to share."
The Hunger Mountain Third Annual Fundraising Auction will begin on May 1, 2008 (noon EST) at http://stores.ebay.com/Carolines-Hunger-Mountain-Store. Between May 1-8, 2008, you can bid on manuscript critiques with notable authors, custom signed new books, and limited edition letterpress broadsides.
"Issuu is the place for online publications: Magazines, catalogs, documents, and stuff you'd normally find on print. It's the place where YOU become the publisher: Upload a document, it's fast, easy, and totally FREE. Find and comment on thousands of great publications. Join a living library, where anyone finds publications about anything and share them with friends."
I was introduced to this site thanks to Keyhole, who has put their first two issues on the site. It looks just like the magazine, and as you view it, you can see the pages visibly turning. You can also "rate" publications and leave feedback, among other networking features.
It's fun, easy to upload and use (except search categories are a bit limited right now - a lot getting glommed into a few categories). Good for mags to keep the print "look and feel" - even online. Also good for mags that run out of issues before the next one is out.
Downside? Searchability of content using tools like Google. Might be able to find the publication itself, but not content - ? It would be a good duplicate resource for readers, but probably best to keep key searchables (like author names) on individual sites.
"We at Fence love Radiohead, and so jumped at the chance to buy their newest album (I'm so old I call it an "album") at the price of our choosing. One of us paid $1 for it; another of us paid $17 for it; these seemed like fair prices. We have heard some paid two months' salary.
"And now we're offering a similar opportunity for you to choose your own price for subscribing to Fence (or re-upping your current subscription). It's very important to us that Fence have readers--that the work inside Fence have readers, really--and so we want you to pay us whatever you want for your year's subscription."
The page is their standard donation page with a PayPal link: here. It will be interesting to see how this works out for Fence.
by Dr. David Rabeeya
Featured on Poetica Magazine, February 2008
I. In Iraq
My placenta has tasted the aroma of my mother's Mesopotamian cardamon
Its aroma has been planted in me in the Baghdadi Bedouim market
My nostrils still breathe its mist in my everyday coffee and tea
When she separated its shells from its grains
I have witnessed the splitting of my world
II. In Israel
The seeds have traveled in my pockets to the Promised Land
It has dried and withered in the sun
No more rivers to quench
My appetite for the yellow cardamon
Its black seed has turned brown and pale
III. In America
I saw it in a book of Iraqi recipes
Shinning in nearby supermarkets in glossy jars
It was idle, almost quiet to its grain
Only leaves of cardamon are lying now on my suburban shelf
And I can easily read traces of my records in my empty coffee
I will blog when new postings have been made to the Magazine Stand. The stand will include hotlinks, longer descriptions from NewPages sponsors, and a short note for all other mags. This will allow for more information to be included for each magazine, sometimes even sooner than the mags have it on their own web sites and sooner than in bookstores/libraries! Yes, we're that good sometimes...
By Edward Nawotka
The saga of the Oxford American magazine, which has twice ceased publication after financial setbacks, added yet another episode when earlier this month the magazine’s office manager was arrested after being accused of embezzling $30,000. The woman, Renae Maxwell, may face as much as 30 years in prison; she has been released on $15,000 bail and awaits trial.
“We’ve now found out she may have taken as much as $70,000,” said founder and editor Marc Smirnoff. “She’s left us with just $3,000 in the bank.”
He doesn’t believe restitution is an option. “I just don’t expect Renae has any of the money left: she bought cars, got a tattoo, spent it on a ‘sweet sixteen’ party for her daughter at the best hotel in town. Who knows, she might have even used the money she stole from us to pay for bail,” he said.
Originally established in 1992 in Oxford, Miss. with the assistance of John Grisham, Oxford became a widely respected showcase for Southern writing and went on to win numerous National Magazine Awards. When Grisham ended his support it closed for a year, was bought by At Home Media Group, based in Little Rock, Ark., and revived, but was shuttered again one year later. In 2004 the magazine was again re-launched, this time as a non-profit affiliated with the University of Central Arkansas, which put up the money to keep it going. The magazine has about 19,000 paid subscribers and a print run of 35,000 copies.
The new twist has made the resilient Smirnoff even more determined and, surprisingly, optimistic. “I’m confident that this year we’ll get an infusion of cash. I don’t know why, I just am,” he said. “Soon, I know we’ll be able to pay back the money the university loaned us and begin paying our writers better.” Publisher Ray Wittenberg concurred. “This has been a set-back, but not one that we can’t overcome,” he said.
Smirnoff said that despite the lack of ready cash, the quarterly magazine will ship its April issue on time. Other forthcoming editions will cover Southern film and the magazine’s popular music issue. In the fall, the University of Arkansas Press will publish The Oxford American Book of Great Music Writing, the second anthology to emerge from the magazine.