"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.
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News from Iron Horse Literary Review:
In January, we'll begin publishing five slim chapbooks and an annual summer-read issue (a double-issue) instead of our usual, traditional two-issues-per-year. So our subscribers will receive the best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and photography we can find, packaged in beautiful books, every August, October, December, February, April, and May. And we'll be seeking the work from writers like you to fill our six new issues! AND we still pay our contributors: $100 per prose piece; $40 per poem.
Thematic and Open Issues
In addition to increasing the number of issues we produce, we'll be designating three of our annual six issues as special publications.
• HOLIDAY IRON HORSE: Once a year, we'll release a holiday Iron Horse, celebrating a designated holiday of our choosing, like Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, etc.
• NaPoMo IRON HORSE: Every year in April, we'll publish an issue in honor of National Poetry Month; it will contain poems by the most respected poets writing today and by
several up-and-coming poets who are starting to garner critical attention.
• SUMMER IRON HORSE: Every year in May, we'll release a summer issue, one that is slightly longer than the other five. It will contain some great prose and our annual book review section, featuring our editorial staffs summer read recommendations.
Finally, every year, we'll publish one or two additional thematic issues and one or two open issues: For example, in 2008, our February issue is a Valentine Issue (perfect to send to a loved one as a Valentine), and our August issue will feature manuscripts about school experiences, class reunions, teachers and students.
Discovered Voices Award
Each year, Iron Horse gives out three $100-prizes to graduate students currently enrolled in AWP-affiliated programs. These programs may nominate one poet (3-5 poems), one fiction writer (one story up to 20 pages), and one nonfiction writer (one essay up to 20 pages). We will select a winner from each genre. Applications must be accompanied by a letter from the program's director, and they should include the students' contact information and bio statements. Applications are due Feb. 15 of each year.
"Breaking the Rules"
Volume 66 Number 1
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Barn Owl Review
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Volume 28 Issue 1
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"Derek Walcott, Elean Ferrante & much more"
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The Journal of Ordinary Thought
"The Daily Grind"
"Life Stories II"
Michigan Quarterly Review
Volume 47 Number 1
"The Temptation Issue"
"Mexico in the Heartland: featuring The Mexican Mural Project"
Volume 3 Number 1
The Yale Review
Volume 96 Number 1