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2nd River Chapbook Series

Published March 08, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
pamela garveyThings Impossible to Swallow poems by Pamela Garvey is the newest in the 2River Chapbooks Series. 2River chapbooks can be read online, or to make your own print copy, click "Chap the Book" to download a PDF, which you can then print double-sided, fold, and staple to have a personal copy of Garvey's chapbook. There are currently 24 chapbooks available for free download for readers to enjoy.

Books :: Diode Editions First Full-Length Book Contest Winners

Published March 08, 2017 Posted By Katy Haas

starlight error quitter blog postDiode Editions recently held their very first full-length book contest and have announced two co-winners: Remica Bingham-Risher’s Starlight & Error, and Paula Cisewski’s quitter.

Starlight & Error retells through the lens of imagined memory the legacies of love between aunts and uncles, mothers and fathers, children and their children’s children. The poems ask how we transcend the mistakes of those who made us, and who will save us.

quitter is a “thoughtful protest in form, line, and ideology.” The collection invites readers to ask ourselves what we’ve tried, and if we’ve tried hard enough, challenging us to continue looking for solutions.

Learn more about the prize-winning collections at the Diode Editions website where readers can read advance praise and order copies.

21st National Poet Hunt Contest Winners

Published March 07, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
macguffinThe Fall 2016 issue of The MacGuffin features the winners of the 21st National Poet Hunt Contest along with commentary from Judge Li-Young Lee.

First Place
"Pedro" by Elisabeth Murawski

Honorable Mentions
"Things to Know if You Live Here" by Marc Sheehan
"A Woman, Conjured" by Janet Greenberg

The 2017 contest will be judged by Naomi Shihab Nye.

Cover image: "Happy Summer from My Ivory Tower" by Roopa Dudley.

Books :: Award-Winning February 2017 Publications

Published March 07, 2017 Posted By Katy Haas
sun urn retribution binary blog postIn February, Black Lawrence Press released Retribution Binary by Ruth Baumann, which advance praise calls “a study in wreckage and palpable absence” that is “Part dreamscape, part gutter-bucket realism” (Marcus Wicker).  Retribution Binary is the winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition, and Baumann is no stranger to winning chapbook prizes, winning the Salt Hill Dead Lake Chapbook Contest in 2014 and the Slash Pines Chapbook Contest in 2015. Copies of Retribution Binary can be found on the Black Lawrence Press website, where readers can learn more about Baumann, and read an excerpt.

Also released last month was the winner of the 2016 Georgia Poetry Prize, Sun & Urn by Christopher Salerno, chosen by Thomas Lux. Lux calls the collection “madly imaginative, and, ultimately, a brilliant and deeply human book,” imploring readers to read it three times. Salerno’s fourth poetry collection, Sun & Urn is now available from the University of Georgia Press website, a book made from “the wild stuff of grief and loss.” Check out the press’s website for more information.

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

Published March 06, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
hotel amerika"Calmly on Fire," a found photograph and collage on paper by Lorna Simpson, makes it difficult for readers to look away from Hotel Amerika Winter 2017.
into voidPublished in Ireland, this spring 2017 issue of Into the Void cover features "Two Boys in the Woods" by Refael Salem.
animal magazineUnusual beauty seems to be my theme this week, finishing off with "Red Heart Boat" by Andy Levine on the cover of the online Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine.

Books :: The Lost Novel of Walt Whitman

Published March 02, 2017 Posted By Katy Haas

life and adventures jack engle walt whitman blogThe University of Iowa Press brings readers a real treat: the lost novel of Walt Whitman, Life and Adventures of Jack Engle. While we’re familiar with Leaves of Grass, Life and Adventures of Jack Engle was serialized in a newspaper under a pseudonym, read with little fanfare, and then disappeared.

It wasn’t until 2016 that it was found by Zachary Turpan, a literary scholar. While following a deep paper trail into the Library of Congress, he stumbled upon the only surviving copy of Witman’s lost novel.

Now, after lying in wait for over 160 years, Life and Adventures of Jack Engle is available for modern readers both digitally and in print at the University of Iowa Press website.

Rattle Poetry on Civil Servants

Published March 01, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
rattle v55 spring 2017 blogIssue #55 (Spring 2017) of Rattle includes a selection of poems on the theme "Civil Servants." "The collection features seventeen civil servants — poets who have worked for various government agencies, including the EPA, the FDA, the CIA, the Census Bureau, and many more," write the editors. "Apparently working for the public produces a dry sense of humor, because many of the poems lean sardonic. These poets are also smart and down-to-earth, and just may restore your faith in bureaucracy." Some of the writers included: Lisa Badner, Dane Cervine, A.M. Juster, Bruce Neidt, Pepper Trail, Jane Wheeler, John Yohe. See a full list of contributors here.

Black Warrior Review 2016 Contest Winners

Published February 28, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
black warrior reviewIssue 43.2 (Spring/Summer 2017) of BWR features winners of their 2016 Contest:

Fiction judged by Sofia Samatar
“Videoteca Fin del Mundo” by Ava Tomasula y Garcia

Nonfiction judged by T Clutch Fleischmann
“Whatever” by Rocket Caleshu

Poetry judged by Hoa Nguyen
“The Autobiographical Subject ”Kirsten Ihns

Each winner received $1,000 and publication, and each runner-up received $100. For a full list of winners and runners-up as well as judge's comments on each, visit the BWR website here.

Cover image: "The Art of Sealing Ends" by Nakeya Brown.

Copper Nickel Becomes Paying Market

Published February 27, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
copper nickelEditor Wayne Miller has announced several changes to Copper Nickel with its recent re-launch, including paying contributors: "starting with issue 24, we'll be paying $30 per printed page. (We wish it could be more!)" Indeed, it is more than nothing, which is a great step for any literary publication to be able to take. Additionally, issue 24 of Copper Nickel includes a flash fiction portfolio featuring 22 works selected by Fiction Editors Teague Bohlen and Joanna Luloff. Cover image: "Tape Loops" by Eleanor King.

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

Published February 27, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
sewanee review "This iteration of the Sewanee Review [Winter 2017], designed by Peter Mendelsund and Oliver Munday, signifies the first substantial redesign this magazine has undergone since Allen Tate's commissioning of legendary printer P.J. Conkwright in autumn, 1944," writes Managing Editor Robert Walker. He thanks the designers "for their beautiful, idiosyncratic vision, which so seamlessly incorporates the old into the new." NewPages agrees.
gettysburg review spring 2017The Gettysburg Review Spring 2017 whimsical cover is a detail of "The Young Owl" by Kevin Sloan.
missouri review"Stress Test" by Eugenia Loli is the eye-catching cover art on The Missouri Review v39 n4 (2016)

2017 CutBank Prose Flash Contest Winners

Published February 27, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
Winners of the CutBank 2016 Big Sky, Small Prose: Flash Contest, judged by Chad Simpson, can be found in issue #86:

alysia0sawchynWinner
"Riverbanks and Honeysuckle" by Alysia Sawchyn [pictured]
[Sawchyn's story is available to read online here.]

Runners-Up
"Planning to Be Amazed" by Daryl Scroggins
"At the Dog Park" by Derek Updegraff

Drunken Boat Black Panel Comics

Published February 15, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
nick potter db 24"It bears acknowledging that Drunken Boat 24 arrives in the wake of a substantial loss," opens Nick Potter's editorial to the comics section of the newest issue. "Amid the varied responses," he writes, "I’ve noticed a subset of my friends on Facebook who have updated their profile pictures to a black square. In our increasingly globalized, increasingly visual culture, this act seems intuitive, marking absence, marking erasure, marking the digital equivalence of donning black in mourning, marking a kind of death. In comics, the filled-black panel has often been used as contextual shorthand for death—a kind of visual euphemism in the structural language of the form."

Potter goes on to offer several panels of black squares, acknowledging the loss of famous people, those whose lives taken made news for their injustice, and for victims of the Pulse Nightclub Massacre, as well as a couple personal losses from Potter's family. "And so," he closes, "as we’ve endured so many black panels this year, it’s worth noting that, in comics, all panels, black or otherwise, are given meaning by the panels that surround them. And how we choose to fill those panels, as artists and patrons, comprises the politics with which we envision humanity."

MR Music Issue

Published February 14, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
massachusetts review musicExecutive Editor Jim Hicks opens the newest issue of The Massachusetts Review: The Music Issue with this from his introduction: "For this particular quarterly, given that 'public affairs' is the kicker to our moniker, the first reaction of readers might well be, 'Why?' Certainly if you think of music as entertainment, as remedy or therapy, you might not see such a theme as urgent. And yet what social movement, what new political formation, hasn’t had its unforgettable soundtrack? Where, after all, do those in the struggle find the force and inspiration to keep moving forward, to get up, stand up, in this world full of tunnels and only occasional light? What brings them together, what lifts their voices, what beats the drum?"

The front cover features "The Music Issue, 2016" created for The Massachusetts Review  by Bianca Stone, and a full list of contributors with access to some of the works can be found here.

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

Published February 13, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
boilerThe Boiler winter 2017 online quarterly of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction features this stunning scene "Horses in Winter" photograph by Ellumyne.
chargrin river reviewChagrin River Review online journal of fiction and poetry is edited by faculty at Lakeland Community College, outside of Cleveland, Ohio. The cover photo for their December 2016 issue, with its unique road reflections, is by Michael Kinkopf.
cleaverI'm pretty sure that's a cockroach orchestra portrayed on the cover of Cleaver online lit mag #16: "The Maestro” by Orlando Saverino-Loeb.

Spoon River Poetry Review 2016 Editors' Prize Winners

Published February 09, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
Issue 41.2 of Spoon River Poetry Review features the winners of the Editors’ Prize Contest, selected by final judge, G.C. Waldrep.

nancy hewittFirst Place Winner
“The Secret of White” by Nancy Hewitt
(pictured)

1st Runner-Up
 "Ramadan Aubade" by Leila Chatti

2nd Runner-Up
"Christ is a Great Blue Heron" by Jennie Maria Malboeuf

Honorable Mention
"Autumn Aubade with Pigeons" by Leila Chatti

2016 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize Winners

Published February 08, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
kenyon reviewThe 2016 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest as selected by final judge Jaimy Gordon are featured in the January/February 2017 issue of Kenyon Review. Included with an introduction by Associate Editor Kirsten Reach are First Prize Winner “Butter” by Eve Gleichman and Runners Up “Dance of the Old Century” by Dan Reiter and “The Babymoon” by Adam Soto. Information about the 2017 prize and a list of winners, including honorable mentions, can be read here, along with the full pieces as published in the print edition. Editor David H. Lynn comments on the history and philosophy behind this contest in his Editor's Note: What Place Literary Contests?

Brevity January 2017 Craft Essays

Published February 07, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
Schrand BrandonBrevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction January 2017 features three new craft essays: "The Essay and the Art of Equivocation" in which Brandon R. Schrand [pictured] considers our ability to equivocate artfully in the essay; "Truth & Delight: Resisting the Seduction of Surfaces" in which Peter Selgin examines the need to resist total seduction by sounds and surfaces; and  "Beyond 'Craft for Craft’s Sake': Nonfiction and Social Justice" with Rachel Tolliver and M. Sausun discussing nonfiction and social justice in the new political era. Brevity's full content can be read online.

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

Published February 06, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
carolina quarterlyAimee Bungard is the featured artist in the Winter 2017 issue of The Carolina Quarterly, with "Eyeris" on the cover and a portfolio of her work inside, in a style which she describes as "ecological expressionist."
mud seasonMud Season Review publishes one story, one portfolio of poems, one essay or piece of narrative nonfiction, and visual art online monthly. The newest issue features artwork by Talal Alyan, who "renders loss into concise and vivid images that feel like an assault on the soul."
positPosit online publishes "finely crafted, innovative, contemporary literature and visual art. Our tastes are broad, but we lean towards the experimental." And the cover art of issue #12 is proof positive, featuring Steve DeFrank's “Big Hairy Mess."

Seneca Review Fall Issue :: Deborah Tall Poetry

Published February 02, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
seneca reviewThe fall 2016 issue of Seneca Review is a book of poems, Deborah Tall’s final collection, Afterings. "It is a remarkable volume by a poet and nonfiction writer at the peak of her powers. Eavan Boland has called it 'an essential collection,' and Mary Ruefle says the poems have 'not what is to be expected – hints of cessation – but an overwhelming sense of blossoming.'" Deborah Tall edited Seneca Review  for twenty-five years, until 2006. This winter, Seneca Review  will include a copy of Deborah Tall's final book of nonfiction, A Family of Strangers, with any new subscription to the journal.

NER Rediscovers Dickens

Published February 01, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
new england reviewIn its regular "Rediscoveries" section, the newest issue of Middlebury's New England Review (v37 n4) features "Two City Sketches" by Charles Dickens. Editor at Large Stephen Donadio provides an introduction, noting that after the serial publication of The Pickwick Papers, "there was indeed popular demand for a second selection of sketches. . . The complete collection of some fifty-six pieces came out in 1839, by which time Dickens's commanding presence on the scene had been securely established. In that 1839 volume, the pieces are grouped in four categories: 'Seven Sketches from Our Parish,' 'Scenes,' 'Characters,' and 'Tales.' The two city sketches presented here are the first two included under 'Scenes'; they are taken from the illustrated Sketches by Boz in the Standard Library Edition of Dickens's Complete Writings published in thirty-two volumes by Houghton Mifflin & Company (Boston and New York) in 1894." NER  treats readers to several selections from its current print issue to read online, including these sketches by Dickens.

Books :: 2017 BOA Editions Spring Publications

Published February 01, 2017 Posted By Katy Haas

gravity changes zach powersBOA Editions has announced spring publications of the winners of the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the BOA Short Fiction Prize, and the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize.

Gravity Changes by Zach Powers was awarded the 2015 BOA Short Fiction Prize. The collection of fantastical, off-beat stories views the quotidian world through the lens of the absurd. The stories take wide steps outside of reality as they find new ways to illuminate truth.

Bye-Bye Land by Christian Barter, winner of the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, “is a medley of voices in dialogue with each other [ . . . ] that represents a mind at work as it considers the destructiveness of human nature, the hypocrisy and artifice of the American dream.”

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. In this debut, “Chen Chen investigates inherited forms of love and family [ . . . ] all from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives.”

Stop by the BOA Editions website to learn more about the individual titles and pre-order copies.

Constance Rooke CNF 2016 Prize Winner

Published January 31, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
lynn eastonLynn Easton's "The Equation," winner of the 2016 Contance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize as selected by final judge Lee Maracle, is featured in the Winter 2016 issue of The Malahat Review. A conversation with Canadian editor and poet, Kate Kennedy and prize winner Lynn Easton (pictured) can be read on the Malahat website here. A full list of finalists can be read here.

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

Published January 30, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
malahat reviewLawrence Paul Yuxweluptun 's "Christy Clark and the Kinder Morgan Go-Go Girls" draws readers to the Winter 2016 cover of The Malahat Review, with guest editors Philip Kevin Paul (poetry), Richard Van Camp (fiction), Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (CNF) making selections for the theme "Indigenous Perspectives."
fiddlehead winter2017I was mesmerized by Ann Manuel's "Blur I" on the Winter 2017 cover of The Fiddlehead, Atlantic Canada's International Literary Journal.
salamander plainAnd just one more splash of color to brighten a winter's day: "Gouache on Newspaper" by Elizabeth Doran on the cover of Suffolk University's Salamander #43.

Able Muse New Imprint Press

Published January 25, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
sir gawainAble Muse Press publishes poetry and short story collections, and novels from emerging and established authors. Though not exclusively, their focus has been primarily formal poetry. They have just announced the launch of the imprint Word Galaxy Press, which Editor Alexander Pepple says "will be somewhat more inclusive, relative to Able Muse Press, toward poetic styles, and will lean especially toward fiction. Pictured: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - a new Modern English translation by John Ridland.

Books :: Brick Road Poetry Contest Winner

Published January 25, 2017 Posted By Katy Haas

lauren bacall shares limousine susan erickson blogWith the annual Brick Road Poetry Contest, Brick Road Poetry Press seeks a collection that fits their mission of publishing poetry that entertains, amuses, and edifies.

Winner Susan J. Erickson’s Lauren Bacall Shares a Limousine was published this past December. The collection explores the lives of women across centuries and continents, including narrators like Lady Godiva, Lucy Audubon, Janis Joplin, and Marilyn Monroe, and gives voice to the critical moments of women’s lives.

This is Erickson’s first full-length collection. Sample poems can be found at the publisher’s website.

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