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Published August 03, 2011
bioStories is a new online literary web publication edited by Mark Leichliter, writer and freelance editor who publishes fiction, poetry, and essays under the pseudonym Mark Hummel.

bioStories features a blog-post publication of biographies, with some of the portraits featured on the main web site. bioStories does not look to feature the already overly-featured celebs and well-knowns; instead, Leichliter notes, "We particularly look for work that offers slices of a life that help the reader imagine the whole of that life, work that demonstrates that ordinary people's experiences often contain extraordinary moments, visionary ideas, inspirational acts, and examples of success and failure that prove instructive. In short, we believe every life displays moments of grace."

Currently, the site includes works by Murray Edwards, Kimberly Hamilton, Jona Jacobson, Hank Merrell, Peter Derk, and Wilmer Frey

Additionally, the site includes Noteworthy Bios that highlight inspiring stories of ordinary people's lives that make it into the news as a "little reminder that there are people around us practicing life-changing and inpirational acts if only we pay attention."

bioStories is open for submission or original, nonfiction work.
Published August 02, 2011
Daniel Lawless is the editorial effort behind the newly launched Plume, an online publication of poetry. Plume, Lawless writes, "is a magazine dedicated to publishing the very best of contemporary poetry," and though the first issue is "expanded" to include 16 works, the monthly issues will be limited to 12 poems each.

The Plume home page features a slideshow of quotes, short poems, aphorism, snippets, and excerpts of 50 words or fewer. Submissions of this content are accept as well as original poetry submissions for each issue. While Plume will be presented in English, international contributions are welcome, with plans for bilingual editions.

Issue one features poems by Stuart Dybek, Amy Gerstler, Mark Jarman, Kimberly Johnson, Christopher Kennedy, Nin Andrews, Maureen McLane, Rae Armantrout, Jean-Michel Maulpoix, Charles Bernstein, Alicia Ostriker, Carl Dennis, Terese Svoboda, Denise Duhamel, and G.C. Waldrep.

Issue 2 will include works by from Jay Parini, John Kinsella, Lawrence Raab, Linda Pastan, Paol Keineg, Stephen Dunn, Elaine Equi, David Huddle, Cornelius Eady, and others.

[Cover Art by Al Gorman]
Published August 01, 2011
Aldus is Brown University's new Undergraduate Journal of Works in Translation edited by Timothy Nassau and Matthew Weiss, who discuss the role of contemporary literature and literature in translation in their Letter from the Editors. "A translated work," they write, "is always already finished to us; it presents itself as an emissary from a completed world, removed from the pettiness of one's own language, literature, and culture--and no matter how it is perceived in its own land, it always appears unified in another language. As such, it stands above contemporary controversies, like a manuscript from antiquity or a message from the future. It brings into view the following: that a different kind of whole is possible."

Aldus, then, is itself a different kind of whole, presenting works in translation in this first issue from Greek, Slovenian, Latin, Cambodian, Russian, Arabic, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Old English. The original work is sometimes provided, more than not, and the works vary from poetry to prose, an original essay in English by Dore J. Levy, and a translation of the People's Statement from the protesters of Midan Tahrir, which was circulated on the internet and the streets of Egypt during the recent revolution.

Aldus - all 170+ pages of it - is available full-text online using Issuu. Print copies can also be acquired by contacting the journal.

Aldus will publish translations into English from any language, in any genre, from any time, and from any place, as well as essays on the art of translation.

Submissions for the fall issue are due by October 15, 2011. Proposals are also welcome.
Published July 27, 2011
The first issue of Lewis University's The Jet Fuel Review is now online. This student-run literary journal showcases poetry, prose, visual art, and other creative compositions from Lewis students to award-winning authors of books. The second issue of the review will publish in the fall and is open for submissions through September.

The inaugural issue includes:

Fiction by Lucile Barker, Mark Jacobs, Jane Lebak, George Miller, William Sullivan;

Poetry by William Allegrezza, Salvatore Attardo, Hadara Bar-Nadav, Mary Biddinger, Jaswinder Bolina, Jason Bredle, Marcel Brouwers, Meriwether Clarke, Patrick Culliton, Brandon Downing, Gail Eisenhart, Rich Furman, John Gallaher, Howard Good, Sheila Hageman, Brandi Homan, Audrey Keiffer, Alan King, Becca Klaver, Karyna McGlynn, Laura Merleau, George Miller, Jacob Oet, Emmanuel Pendola, Tonya Peterson, Diana Raab, Dean Rader, Michael Robins, Kathleen Rooney & Elisa Gabbert, Michael San Filippo, Patricia Seyburn, Fiona Sinclair, Sean Singer, Lawrence Sisk, Joseph Somoza, Jennifer Sweeney, Truth Thomas, Lina Ramona Vitkauskas;

Art by Kim Ambriz, Melissa Chicola, Julie Clack, Audrey Heiberger, William Hicks, Eric Lee, Grant Palmer, Tonya Peterson, Michael San Filippo;

And an exclusive interview with author Brigid Pasulka.
Published July 26, 2011
Still Point Art Gallery is a virtually art gallery that opened its first show on April 14, 2009. The Gallery presents several group exhibitions each year "organized around a topic or theme as a way to attract a wide range of artists and as a way to creatively curate the exhibitions to the online public." The Gallery also presents work from a number of "Gallery Artists" whose submissions for exhibitions "were so skillful and engaging that they were invited to show more of their art for a longer period of time."

Still Point Arts Quarterly is The Gallery's print publication. Along with extensive art portfolios, Still Point Arts Quarterly prints short articles and essays (approximately 400-1500 words) about art. These are not articles about art methods, techniques, art supplies, equipment, art marketing, building a website, etc., but rather The Quarterly seeks "provocative and original material that is about art, the idea of art, the making of art, being an artist, creativity, inspiration, the artist’s subject, the artist’s relation to his or her medium."

The second issue includes art portfolios by Michal Barkai, Jeanne Bessette, Stephen and Tomasko; articles: "A Confession in Clay" by Amanda Wolfe, "A Terrible Lucidity" by Joyce Glasner, "Learning to Draw" by Peter Steinhart, and "The Art of Noise" by Riley Passmore; and poetry by Charlotte F. Otten, and Michelle Ward-Kantor.

An overview of this content is available on the publication's website, as well as full submission guidelines for The Gallery as well as The Quarterly.
Published July 25, 2011
Editor & Fiction Editor Thomas Dodson introduces the first issue of Printer's Devil Review by presenting two stories on the origin of the term "printer's devil" and likening the efforts of this new journal to that of the apprentice version of the story: "We are not publishing industry professionals, but rather practicing writers and artists who volunteer our time to bring work we admire to a wider audience. Because we’ve never published a journal before, we accept that we’re bound to botch pages, spill ink everywhere, and occasionally step on some toes. At the same time, we want to indicate our desire to encourage writers and artists who are, like us, in the journeyman stage of their creative careers. The magazine exists specifically to provide new and emerging writers and artists with access to publication."

The first issue, available in full online as a pdf download, features fiction by Norah Piehl, Cat Ennis Sears, Christine Gentry, and Kate Racculia, photographs by Jarrod McCabe and paintings by Sean Flood, and poetry by Franz Wright, Kendra DeColo, Laura Cherry, Chris Hall, Mary Beth O'Connor, and Suzanne Frischkorn.

You can also get Printer's Devil Review for your iPad, iPhone, or Ipod Touch from Apple's iBookstore for $1 download.

Additional staff members working on the publication include Fiction Editor Kate Estrop, Nonfiction Editor Chris Willard, Poetry Editors Ian Poole and Bonnie Rubrecht, Visual Arts Editors Jess Barnett and Joshi Radin, and Editorial Consultant Timothy Gager.

Printer's Devil Review is open for submissions for their second issue until August 1.
Published July 21, 2011
Christopher Lowe is the editor and Carli Castellani the artistic director of Trigger, a new bi-annual publication from Status Hat Productions that showcases fiction, poetry, and visual art. Available online, each edition of Trigger will focus exclusively on a different topic relating to the exploration of narrative's role in the arts. The first edition, released on July 1, is a collaborative project, pairing visual artists with writers - eight artists and eight writers shared works to create 16 new creations. Each of the contributors was also asked to share notes about their process and approach to the response pieces they created as part of the project.

Contributors to this first issue include Meagan Dye, J. Bruce Fuller, Russie Wight-Waltman, Erica McCreedy, Marjorie Maddox, Hillary Joubert, Mojie Crigler, Gabrielle Grace, John Peterson, Howie Good, Emily Alford, Liam Daly, Ryan De La Hoz, Joshua Canipe, Steven Brown, and Tim Bruehl.
Published July 20, 2011
Menacing Hedge premiers from the efforts of Managing Editor Kelly Boyker, Technical Editor and Proofreader Martha Vallely, and Webmaster and Paperwork Dealer-Wither Gio Guillemette. Menacing Hedge is an online quarterly journal of poetry, fiction and artwork, that is "committed to fostering access to emerging and experimental poetry and prose." Ongoing publication is scheduled for the first weeks of July, October, January, and April with a yearly "best of" print edition.

Additionally (and on the even more fun side of life), MH offers authors whose works are accepted to submit one of their "most cringeworthy efforts from the misty past to Menacing Hedge's evil twin, Scary Bush." Currently on Scary Bush is the poem, "The Poet" by Juliet Cook, written in high school with teacher comments in the margins.

The first issue of Menacing Hedge includes works by P. Hurshell, Nancy Ibsen, Chenelle Milford, Nathan Moore, Paul Nelson, Meg Pokrass, Julene Tripp Weaver, Lucile Barker, Leo Briones, Juliet Cook, Beth Coyote, Christine Hamm, Jeremy Halinen, and Lauren India Henley.

[Cover Image: "Larva Live" by Scott Summers]
Published July 15, 2011
Editor-in-Chief Martin Rock, along with Editors-at-Large Traci Brimhall and Phillip D. Ischy, bring readers and writers Loaded Bicycle, an online journal of poetry, art, and translation by emerging and established writers, translators, and artists, with a special interest in collaborative projects that include comic artists.

The first and second issue include works & translations by Esao Andrews, Alejandro de Acosta, Jorge Carrera Andrade, Johsua Beckman, Ana Božičević, Melissa Broder, Anne Carson, Mrb Chelko, Alan Daniels, Claire Devoogd, Karen Emmerich, Quintus Horatius Flaccus, Matthea Harvey, Madra Hill, Melinda Kosztaczky, F.T. Marinetti, Kate MccGwire, Idra Novey, Elsbeth Pancrazi, Susanne Petermann, Rainer Maria Rilke, Matthew Rohrer, Craig Rubadoux, Glenn Shaheen, Michael Shapcott, Egor Shopavolov, Bianca Stone, Tricia Taaca, Micah Towery, Paul Tunis, Eleni Vakalo, M.A. Vizsolyi, and Jean Zapata.

Though Loaded Bicycle does not accept fiction or non-fiction, the editors are open to short cross-genre work. Loaded Bicycle will publish three issues per year with an on-site archive.
Published July 14, 2011
Scotland's Tramway writer-in-residence Beatrice Colin is editor of the new online quarterly journal Algebra.

From the publishers website: "Based on the model that A+B = X, Algebra features a range of local and international writers responding, questioning and expanding on specific themes explored in Tramway’s programme. Their contributions range from fiction and memoir to poetry and photography.

"The first issue, inspired by Keith Farquhar show, More Nudes in Colour, Glasgow looked at the nude and nudity and featured writers including novelist, Ellis Avery, playwright, Oliver Emmanuel and short-story writer, Linda Cracknell. The second takes the theme, In the Days of the Comet, from the British Art show as its starting point and will include contributions from Ronald Frame, Nicola White and Helen Sedgewick."
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