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Books :: 2016 Akrilica Series

Published October 13, 2016 Posted By Katy Haas

you ask me to talk about the interior carolina ebeidSince 2013, Noemi Press and Letras Latinas (the literary imitative at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame) have been co-publishing under the Akrilica Series to showcase innovative Latino writing.

You Ask Me To Talk About the Interior by Carolina Ebeid joins the ranks of the Akrilica Series, published in September 2016. Ebeid’s first book, You Ask Me To Talk About the Interior has been called “a book of listening and responding and listening again” (Shane McCrae) that uses “[t]he voice of a mother, of lover, of friend” (Julie Carr).

More information about the book and the series can be found at the Noemi Press website.

Ruminate 2016 Prize Winners

Published October 12, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
The Fall 2016 issue of Ruminate features winners and select honorable mentions and finalists from their 2016 contests:

2016 Janet B McCabe Poetry Prize
Judge Alice Fulton
FIRST PLACE: “Yellow” by Melissa Reeser Poulin
SECOND PLACE: “Small Implosions” by Barbara Ellen Sorensen
HONORABLE MENTION: “The Lord, Walking in the Evening” by Michael Schmidtke and “Deer Apples” by Sally Thomas

Books :: October Award Winners

Published October 12, 2016 Posted By Katy Haas

of this new world allegra hydeWith October here, it’s time to announce a couple of the award-winning books slated for publication this month.

Winner of the 2016 John Simmons Short Fiction Award, Of This New World by Allegra Hyde, hit the shelves earlier this month. The collection starts at the Garden of Eden and ends on a Mars colony, each story wrestling with “conflicts of idealism and practicality, communal ambition and individual kink,” and asking the fundamental human question: “Is paradise really so impossible?” Of This New World is Hyde’s first collection, and it’s now available at the University of Iowa Press website (now currently on sale for the frugal reader!).

Love Give Us One Death: Bonnie and Clyde in the Last Days by Jeff P. Jones is the winner of the 2015 George Garrett Fiction Prize. Final Judge Tracy Daugherty says the book of the two famous outlaws shows “larger dimensions: the spiritual shadows and compulsive needs from which our nation springs and through which it has found its many forms of speech.” This is Jones’s first book, and copies are available from the Texas A&M University Press website.

CNF 3rd Readers' Choice Theme Issue

Published October 11, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
creative nonfictionContinuing an annual tradition started three years ago, Creative Nonfiction presented a list of topics to its newsletter subscribers and social media followers and had them vote for the ones they liked best. "Mistakes" was the first issue (#53), followed the next year by "Waiting" (#56), and now, for 2016, "Childhood" (#60), with the subtitle: "It's not all fun and games." Each Readers' Choice issue also includes a Best Essay contest. Readers can access on the CNF website the winning essay, “The Walk Home" by Judith Barrington, and an interview with Barrington; "Before We're Writers, We're Readers" by Randon Billings Noble - 15 nonfiction authors on the true (or mostly true) stories they read as kids; Lee Gutkind's introduction; and two additional pieces: "I Survived the Blizzard of '79" by Beth Ann Fennelly and "Writing Motherhood" by Marcelle Soviero.

Able Muse New Poetry Editor

Published October 11, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
nicole caruso garciaAble Muse has announced that Nicole Caruso Garcia has joined their staff as Assistant Poetry Editor, replacing the departing Richard Meyer. Nicole Caruso Garcia was born grew up in New Jersey and Connecticut, earned her B.A. in English from Fairfield University, and an M.S. in Education from University of Bridgeport. She was a 2006 Summer Institute Fellow of the Connecticut Writing Project and currently teaches poetry and creative writing at Trumbull High School in Connecticut. Her poetry has appeared in Mezzo Cammin, Willow Review, The Raintown Review, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Soundings East, The Ledge, Poetry Midwest, and Small Pond Magazine of Literature, and she received the Spring 2010 Willow Review Award. But, to show her ability to flex poetic styles, while she tends toward formalist poetry, "her rapping alter ego, Capital G, often visits to bust a rhyme for her students." We at NewPages can dig it.

Nimrod 38th Awards Issue

Published October 10, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
The Fall/Winter 2016 issue of Nimrod Magazine includes the winners, runners-up, and numerous finalists from thier annual literary awards.

Nimrod Literary Awards: The Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry
FIRST PRIZE: Markham Johnson, OK, “Greenwood Burning, 1921”
SECOND PRIZE: Bryce Emley, NC, “Thesis/Antithesis” and other poems

Nimrod Literary Awards: The Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction
FIRST PRIZE: Chad B. Anderson, D.C., “Maidencane”
SECOND PRIZE: Ruth Knafo Setton, PA, “Swamp Girl”
HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Susan Finch, TN, “My Friends, My Sisters, My Doppelgangers”
Daniel Hamilton, KY, “Dragonslayers”

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

Published October 10, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
crabfat magazinePhotographer John Chavers' kaleidoscope image is featured on the October 2016 online issue of Crab Fat Magazine, a journal "founded on the principles of inclusive & diverse writing/publishing." And they mean it.
georgia reviewThe Georgia Review has been turning heads for 70 years and will be celebrating through the year with a variety of special events that they will update on their website. The Fall 2016 cover art ("#1637") is by Masao Yamamoto, whose work is also featured with an introduction and full-color, twelve-page portfolio within.

Copper Nickel Translation Folios

Published October 06, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
copper nickelCopper Nickel, the national literary journal housed at the University of Colorado Denver, features several Translation Folios in each issue, spotlighting the works of several writers in translation. The Fall 2016 (#23) issue includes five poems by Jerzy Ficowski introduced and translated by Jennifer Grotz and Piotr Sommer, three prose poems by Shoba introduced and translated by Paula Gordon, and four poems by Grzegorz Wróblewski introduced and translated by Piotr Gwiazda.

SHR 2015 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize Winners

Published October 05, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
Southern Humanities Review 49.4 includes a special poetry section of the winners, runners-up, and finalists of their 2015 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize honoring Jake Adam York. In addition to publication, the winner, Mark Wagenaar [pictured] received $1,000 and travel to Auburn, Alabama in October 2015 to read his award-winning poems at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art alongside Richard Tillinghast, the final judge of the 2015 prize. This event kicked off the 2015 Auburn Writers Conference. The contest is held annually in honor of Jake Adam York, poet, fifth-generation Alabamian, and an undergraduate alum of Auburn University, whose works "examined race relations in the South, celebrating the triumphs of the Civil Rights movement and questioning, as a native son of the South, his own complicity in its tragedies."

wagenaar mWinner
Mark Wagenaar

First Runner-up
Susan O'Dell Underwood

Second Runner-up
Doug Rutledge

Finalists
Mehul Bhagat
Ryan Black
Cortney Lamar Charleston
Meghan Dunn
Jennifer Givhan
Pamela Hart
Susanna Lang
Ansley Moon
Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

Antioch Review Celebrates 75 Years Part I

Published October 04, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
antioch reviewThe Antioch Review, "one of the oldest, continuously publishing literary magazines in America," celebrates 75 year of publishing fiction, essays, and poetry from both emerging as well as established authors. The celebration begins with the Summer 2016 issue, Part I, with a selection of "firsts" and a few "favorites" from the 40s - 60s. Editor Robert S. Fogarty includes the first poem and first story published in the journal, as well as the "most downloaded" essay which was first published in 1943.

Also shared within this historical collection is the "Preamble and Statement of Principles" collectively written by The Association of Literary Magazines of America when those 19 magazine organizers first met in 1961. It begins: "Resolved, that we form an association, the purpose of which is to increase the usefulness and the prestige of the literary magazines in the United States and Canada," and later makes the following statement that still rings true today: "A nation's body of literature does not depend wholly on a the great, and since the magazines have served as a seedbed for each generation of creative writers they have also helped to preserve the very impulse to literary creation. The literary magazines of the present generation are continuing this indispensable tradition."

American Poetry Review Featured Works

Published October 04, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
american poetry reviewThe American Poetry Review provides readers a glimpse inside their bi-monthly publication by providing featured works of poetry on their website. From the September/October 2016 issue, readers can enjoy works by Marie Howe, Afaa Michael Weaver, Nicole Steinberg, Jane Wong, Carlos Pintado, and Beth Ann Fennelly. Available in the print edition is the full content, which includes Michael Dowdy's commentary "Reading Latina/o Poetry in the Summer of Trump" and Edward Hirsch's "What is the Task?" - a version of an essay which appears as the introduction to The Best American Poetry 2016.

Lit Mag Covers Picks of the Week

Published October 03, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
raleigh reviewThe Raleigh Review Fall 2016 issue features "Red Madonna" by Geri Digiorno on its cover, an appropriate welcome to its contents, which Editor Rob Greene comments: "Many of us enter the arts as a way to heal . . [the arts] is about real people trying to make a better world. We hope the work in this volume guides you a better understanding of humankind."
carolina quarterly"Jenna's First" by William Paul Thomas adorns the cover of The Carolina Quarterly Fall 2016, with a full-color portfolio of his work within. "I paint representations of disembodied heads of people in my social circle and sometimes scrawl text directly over their likenesses," Thomas writes in his Artist's Statement. "As it relates to my portraits, whatever the viewer derives from looking is the correct interpretation. I embrace symbolic ambiguity while clinging to observational specificity."
haydens ferry review"My work explores narratives that recognize the urgency and conflict in our continuing attempts to connect to the world around us," writes Hanna Dansie in her Artist's Statement. Her work is featured both on the cover of the Spring/Summer 2016 Hayden's Ferry Review and with several internal pages as well.

Amercian Life in Poetry :: Barbara Crooker

Published October 01, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
American Life in Poetry: Column 601
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

Barbara Crooker, who lives in Pennsylvania, has become one of this column's favorite poets. We try to publish work that a broad audience of readers can understand and, we hope, may be moved by, and this particular writer is very good at that. Here's an example from her collection, Gold, from Cascade Books.

Grief

is a river you wade in until you get to the other side.
But I am here, stuck in the middle, water parting
around my ankles, moving downstream
over the flat rocks. I'm not able to lift a foot,
move on. Instead, I'm going to stay here
in the shallows with my sorrow, nurture it
like a cranky baby, rock it in my arms.
I don't want it to grow up, go to school, get married.
It's mine. Yes, the October sunlight wraps me
in its yellow shawl, and the air is sweet
as a golden Tokay. On the other side,
there are apples, grapes, walnuts,
and the rocks are warm from the sun.
But I'm going to stand here,
growing colder, until every inch
of my skin is numb. I can't cross over.
Then you really will be gone.

We do not accept unsolicited submissions. American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright ©2013 by Barbara Crooker, “Grief” from Gold, (Cascade Books, 2013). Poem reprinted by permission of Barbara Crooker and the publisher. Introduction copyright ©2016 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006.

Gina Myers On Writing

Published September 24, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
gina myers"On Writing" is a series of guest posts written by writers for the Ottawa Poetry Newsletter, curated by Rob McLennan. On Writing #107 features former NewPager and poet Gina Myers. Entitled "Is there room in the room that you room in?," borrowed from the opening sonnet in Ted Berrigan's The Sonnets, Myers explores the concepts of community and inclusivity as place in poetry. Read the full post here.

2016 Baltimore Review Print Issue

Published September 14, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
baltimore review 2016The annual print issue of Baltimore Review allows readers to catch up on a full year of reading in one volume. The 2016 print issue includes poems, stories, and creative nonfiction from the Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, and Spring 2016 online issues, as well as contest winners for the Summer 2015 and Winter 2016 issues.

New on NewPages :: September 13, 2016

Published September 13, 2016 Posted By Katy Haas

mi grand rapids books mortarThe NewPages Guide to Independent Publishers grew by five today, welcoming Hohm Press, Measure Press, Oneworld Publications, 3 Mile Harbor Press, and SolsticeLit Books (the book publishing arm of Solstice magazine).

Bookstore fanatics will find two new independent bookstores, Old Books on Front Street in Wilmington, North Carolina, and Books & Mortar in Grand Rapids, Michigan (shown right).

And finally, readers and writers can find three online literary magazines newly added to our Big List of Lit Mags: Starwheel Magazine, a short-works publication of The Riding Light Review; Cede Poetry, a new Canadian poetry magazine; and Beech Street Review, with submissions currently open for their second issue.

2015 Boulevard Short Fiction Winner

Published September 13, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
boulevardBoulevard #94 features the winner for their 2015 Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. Joshua Idaszak's "The Last Laz of Krypton" was awarded $1,500 and publication. Honorable Mention "Mrs. Lana Greer" by Chloe Packer is also included in this issue.

New on NewPages :: September 12, 2016

Published September 12, 2016 Posted By Katy Haas

Check out the new sites added to NewPages today.

In Literary Links, the Second Hand Stories podcast showcases writing and writers from all around the world, stories read by Jim Szabo and Colleen Stewart. Heartbeat Literary Magazine, on the Big List of Lit Mags, publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork in frequent, online issues.

On the Big List of Alt Mags, find VIDA Review, the newly named section of the VIDA website that features interviews, articles, and essays on intersectional feminist and womanist thinking.

New on the Publisher's Guide, Nomadic Press publishes chapbooks, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; and in Independent Bookstores, Wisconsin sees the addition of Downtown Books - Bought & Sold, a used bookstore located in Milwaukee.

And of course, it's a Monday, so our Magazine Stand features blurbs of fresh, new magazines issues.

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

Published September 12, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
lalitambaLalitamba, which means Divine Mother, calls itself a "journal of international writings for liberation" and was inspired by a pilgrimage through India. Each issue, the cover is meditaion on the publication's focus and inspiraiton. [No photo credit.]
michigan quarterly reviewMichigan Quarterly Review Summer 2016 cover photo is a rich perspective on the beauty of summer. "A Patch of Green" photo by MIchael Owen, 2014.
subprimalCynthia Low's artwork appears both on the cover and is featured inside Subprimal Poetry Art, an online journal. See the full print and Low's commentary here.

Rattle Tribute to Adjuncts

Published September 08, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
rattleIn addition to work by 17 poets that opens the issue, Rattle #53 features a Tribute to Adjuncts. The editors write, "Over 65% of U.S. college faculty now work as adjuncts, facing low wages, limited hours, and high instability. We wanted to highlight their writing, while also showing support for recent efforts at gaining better treatment by the university system. As always, the goal was to show the wide range of creative work that the featured group is producing, so while many poems address their careers, others cover a variety of subjects. All of them share their thoughts on adjuncting in the contributor notes section."

Every one of us who teaches in higher ed should buy copies of this issue to give to our dean, provost, vice president, president. board of trustees - whomever is responsible for the decision-making that retains, and continues to increase, these miserable working conditions for adjunct faculty. Perhaps better still, assign this issue in your classes, have students read it; the real change will need to come from dissatisfied "customers." If they are outraged about egregious labor practices and refuse to buy their products from certain companies, they should be as equally outraged about the education for which they are paying a premium price to support an oppressed working majority. [Rattle cover artist Allison Merriweather]

Fiddlehead Summer Poetry 2016 Issue

Published September 08, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
If you want a concentrated dose or a total immersion introduction to Canadian poetry, then The Fiddlehead Summer Poetry 2016 issue (#268) is for you. But, don't think it's all-Canada all the time, as Editor Ross Leckie writes, "A big part of what we do at The Fiddlehead is to place the best of Canadian writing in the context of international work, and that is the motivation for our retrospectives with new poems. We present this year Mary Jo Salter and Les Murray. We have also included our old friend Charles Wright and the magnificent poet Thylias Moss." Mary Jo Salter offers 26 pages of poetry as well as her own introduction.

Books :: September 2016 Award-Winning Titles

Published September 07, 2016 Posted By Katy Haas

field guide to the end of world jeannine hall gaileySeptember seems to be the month for award-winning book releases. This month, find the winners of Moon City Press’s 2015 Moon City Poetry Award, the 2015 The American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize, and The University of Tampa Press’s 2015 Anita Claire Scharf Award.

Jeannine Hall Gailey brought home the Moon City Poetry Award with her fifth collection Field Guide to the End of the World, with a cover designed by the talented Charli Barnes (shown on the right). The poetry collection “delivers a whimsical look at our culture’s obsession with apocalypse.” Readers can pre-order copies from The University of Arkansas Press.

Likenesses by Heather Tone was chosen by Nick Flynn as the winner of The American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. Flynn says Likenesses, is an origin myth in its “attempts to create a world by naming it.” Copies of Tone’s first full collection of poetry will be distributed by Copper Canyon Press.

Patricia Hooper, the author of three previous books of poetry, received the Anita Claire Scharf Award, winners selected by the editors of the Tampa Review from among the manuscripts submitted to the annual Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. Hooper’s collection, Separate Flights, “quite literally lifts off,” says Tampa Review Editor Richard Mathews, and is “musical and powerful in its impact.”

Check out these three award-winning poetry books, all hitting shelves sometime this month.

DWW MacGuffin Poetry Prize Winners

Published September 06, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
The Spring-Summer 2016 issue of The MacGuffin features the winners of the Detroit Working Writers MacGuffin Poetry Prize. This annual competition is open to DWW members as well as Michigan writers, from new to established. This year's first place winner is "The Mathematician's Daughter" by Alexander Payne Morgan,  and Diana Dinverno won both 2nd prize with "The World Spins" and 3rd prize with "Letting Go." Copies of this issue of The MacGuffin can be purchased on the NewPages Webstore.

Books :: 2015 Michael Waters Poetry Prize

Published September 06, 2016 Posted By Katy Haas

into the cyclorama annie kimAt the end of the year, find Annie Kim’s Into the Cyclorama, winner of Southern Indiana Review’s 2015 Michael Waters Poetry Prize.

From back of the book:

We enter works like the 19th-century Gettysburg Cyclorama at the heart of this book, asking: What art can we make out of violence? What shape from loss? Like snow that leaves no trace in the photographed garden, Into the Cyclorama answers: Form is everything, even at its most transient.

Preparing for December, when the poetry collection will be released, readers can check out the Southern Indiana Review website where they’ll find sample poems, a link to Annie Kim’s website, and an interview with the poet conducted by Michael Collins.

WLT Writing from the Gulf of Mexico

Published September 05, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
The September-October 2016 issue of World Literature Today includes the special section, "Writing form the Gulf of Mexico." Starting with an introduction by Dolores Flores-Silva, the feature includes: poetry by Jesús J. Barquet, Charo Guerra, Jay Wright, Luis Lorente, Brenda Marie Osbey, José Luis Rivas; audio poetry by Feliciano Sánchez Chan; prose by Bárbara Renaud González, Agustín del Moral Tejeda, and LeAnne Howe; and an interview with Agustín del Moral Tejeda by Dolores Flores-Silva. Many of the pieces are availble to read (limited access for non-subscribers) in full or excerpted online.
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