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Published November 26, 2007

"Effective immediately" says Editor Susan Burmeister-Brown, "Linda and I have decided to allow simultaneous submissions. We’ve had a policy for 17 years against simultaneous submissions, but now that we’ve tightened up our submission response times, we feel we can manage it better, and it’s been harder and harder to support our position when it is so darned difficult to get one’s work published. We do ask to be emailed immediately should a submitted piece be accepted elsewhere."
Published November 18, 2007
The latest issue of Agni includes a unique bonus feature: A CD to accompany Harrison Solow's essay "Bendithion." This CD, AGNI's first, marks the American recording debut of Welsh tenor Timothy Evans. The essay is as much about Wales as it is about Timothy, as it is about song and emotion and performance and solitude. I'll say no more - you need to read the essay and listen to the CD yourself. (And, yes, I cried.)

From Solow's essay:

"My name is Harrison Solow. I come from Los Angeles and I've never seen, met, known, or heard anyone in the world like Timothy Evans. And unless you live here, in this remote and somewhat implausible Welsh village where Timothy and I live, then neither have you.

"Timothy is our postmaster. He sells stamps, issues various baffling permits, collects payments for bizarre things like television licences and road tax and many nanny-like little punishments which the British government delights in inflicting upon its citizens. (By the way, never mistake 'Welsh' for 'English.' It's far worse than mistaking a Canadian for an American, and in my opinion - having lived for some years in Canada - with good cause.) Timothy makes tea for his employees in the back room every morning, wears what appears to be the same sweater every day, and goes home to an empty house every night.

"He goes home, as well, to acres of soft emerald fields full of the Shetland ponies, Torwen sheep, and Bantam hens that he breeds and cares for single-handedly every morning, some noons (during lambing), and every night of his spectacularly mysterious life.

"He also has a voice that comes pretty close to what 'Let there be Light' would have sounded like had it burst forth from the lungs of an anthropomorphic god in the act of creation. And pretty close to Light itself.

"Let me say at the outset that this is not an objective account. I am absolutely committed to celebrating this man's voice. It is flawless, haunting, and irrefutably magical. You won't be the same after you've heard it. No one else is. And you will have probably wept through every unblemished note. Everyone else does. Of course, right now, 'everyone' doesn't constitute a lot of people. This voice is one of the best (and deliberately) kept secrets in the world, as is so much about Wales. But that's about to change. I'm about to do a little 'let there be light' in America, myself."

The five-track CD and the rest of this essay are available in Agni 66.
Published November 10, 2007

I was a bit surprised to receive the latest issue of Gargoyle - usually a three-pounder publication - in a small, square envelope weighing about an ounce. You guessed it - Gargoyle 52 is a CD version. Personally, I'm psyched about it. I'm a big fan of audio these days, since time to read anything other than the stacks of student papers piling up is out of the question. However, there are inherent risks with listening to literature - poor recording quality, writers who are good writers but bad readers (painfully bad sometimes), bad/annoying/distracting background music (usually played by the ________ [fill in relationship] of a friend who just couldn't be denied), and works that are recorded but really would be better read silently in the privacy of one's own gray matter.

Alas, fear not. With Peabody at the helm, Gargoyle 52 succeeds in taking on these risks. The CD includes groovy music w/lyrics, readings with "poet's voice" (aka no inflections), readings with inflections, some with playful vocal characterizations, readings with sound effects, some true spoken word and music (nearly a lost art these days), and readings with tempos and rhythms that never - never - would have surfaced in this gray matter, but that have made all the difference.

Still, I'm a bit of a hog - it would have been nice to have the liner notes include the words. I'm still a strongly visual learner - I want to see it just as much as I want to hear it. Need to see it in some cases. But then, I guess we'd be back to a three-pounder with a CD accompaniment, and that may well defeat the effort here.

Gargoyle 52 features Cravin’ Dogs, Silvana Straw, Brigitte Diane Knudson, William Levy, Reginald Harris, Mesmer and Passiflora, Miranda Saak, George Kalamaras, Franetta McMillian, KD Rouse and the Sams, Jennifer Cutting, Henry Warwick, Jeffrey Little, Neelam Patel, Jonathan Vaile, Julianna Spallholz, Jillian Ann, Kate Braverman, Thylias Moss, Venus Thrash, David Hernandez.
Published October 27, 2007
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Five Points
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The Hudson Review
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Inkwell
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Mandorla
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Oleander Review
U of Mich - Open submission publication
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Roger
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Santa Monica Review
Volume 19 Number 2
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Southern Review
Volume 43 Number 4
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Thema
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World Literature Today
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Zahir
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Published October 26, 2007
From Jeffrey Lependorf, Executive Director, Council of Literary Magazines and Presses

Dear CLMP Publishers,

We are making a last ditch appeal for horror stories created by the most recent postal rate case. If you would take just a few minutes and outline the problems created by this massive increase, they can be very helpful to our effort. Note that we are looking for stories about how both the PERIODICALS RATE and/or the BULK RATE changes affecting you. There will be parties using your letters representing various aspects of the postal rate hikes, so we want to hear about both.

As I reported previously to you, we are helping the consortium of folks pursuing a Senate Hearing after the Congressional Hearing. The hope is to get the rates revised in a future Rate case.

Please send your letters ASAP to . Even a single paragraph letter is helpful. If you have any questions, please contact John Bell (), who is coordinating this effort (thanks, John!).

Thanks for your support -- it's not too late for things to change for the better, but we need as much participation as possible for it to happen!

Best,

Jeffrey
_______________________________
Jeffrey Lependorf, Executive Director
Council of Literary Magazines and Presses / CLMP - 40th Anniversary Year!
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Published October 22, 2007
"CUE is expanding. In the coming year we'll be moving away from print and towards an on-line format. Away from publishing prose poetry exclusively and towards a more inclusive format that embraces both prose poetry and lineated work. We're also starting a chapbook press, CUE Editions, that will publish limited-edition, hand-made chapbooks." Mark Horosky's Let It Be Nearby will be the first book in Cue's new chapbook series.
Published October 22, 2007
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Backwards City Review
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Fall 2007
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Green Mountains Review
Volume 20 Numbers 1&2
2007
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20th Anniversary Double Issue: American Apocalypse

Image
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Fall 2007
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The Literary Review
Volume 50 Number 4
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Main Street Rag
Volume 12 Number 3
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The Malahat Review
Number 160
Fall 2007
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The New Centennial Review
Volume 7 Number 1
Spring 2007
Triannual

One Story
Issue Number 95
2007
Monthly Balloon Night by Tom Barbash

Oxford American
Issue 58
Fall 2007
Quarterly
The Music Issue (with CD)

Slice Magazine
Issue 1
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Biannual

TriQuarterly
Issue 128
2007
Triannual
Guest Edited by Barbara Hamby and David Kirby

Verbatim
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"Qat in Yemen"
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White Chimney
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The Yale Review
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Published October 15, 2007
Of course, we sometimes pay attention to other blogs that metion NewPages, but there is a great deal more being said here that I wish librarians, English dept. folk who can bend a librarian's ear and just readers in general would make note of and act on. Schneider, author of the blog Free Range Librarian, tackles reasons librarians cite for not subscribing to lit mags, including cost and "they're online." Below are excerpts - got to the site, read it, send it to the people you know who make these decisions - or print it, hand it to them in person, and say, "Let's talk about this."

The statue on the green: the fate of small literary journals
October 7, 2007 at 5:28 pm by K.G. Schneider

"Most literary journals run about $20 - $50 a pop per year–enough to give casual readers pause, as Stephen King recently observed, but far less than the titles that librarians are talking about when they say serials are expensive. A fairly comprehensive subscription to the Canon could be had for a couple thou a year, which is chump change against the scale of most academic serial budgets. I haven’t run the numbers, but I’m confident you could go hog wild and subscribe to everything on the newpages.com list of print literary mags and still spend less than you would for one of the top ten high-priced journals at Williams College."
Published October 12, 2007
Canteen: The literary magazine that comes with instructions.

"Interest in reading literature has been eclipsed by interest in how and why literature is made. At least that’s how we explain why it’s easier to earn money teaching creative writing than practicing it. Add the ascendance of the memoir over the novel, scandal over plot, biography over oeuvre, and you realize something: It’s no longer enough just to experience the arts—we want to be part of their creation.

"Canteen aims to engage readers with both the arts and the creative process. In this inaugural issue, Andrew Sean Greer confesses to his early novels, the first written at age 10; Po Bronson examines a suicide attempt by a reader; Julie Orringer and Ryan Harty make couple’s poetry from a kit; and Dennis Leary pulls off his chef’s jacket to design restaurants of the future."

Canteen accepts poetry, fiction, nonfiction, essays, commentary, and individual or portfolio artwork.
Published October 11, 2007
From Jeoslyn Roebuck: "Plankton was born out of the Virginia Tech tragedy and seeks to showcase new and emerging artists, poets and writers. Each issue will reflect a different angle of creativity. The first issue is designed more or less as a concept album that crafts of story of its own out of eachi individually accepted submission." Plankton is published quarterly and is available as a full-color, full-text PDF (takes several minutes to download). Plankton accepts poetry and art submisisons.
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