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Books :: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Published May 05, 2016 Posted By

sir gawain green knight john ridlandForthcoming from Able Muse Press in August 2016 is Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a new Modern English translation by John Ridland. Advance praise calls this edition one of the most readable and complete translations of the classic tale. Illustrations by Stephen Luke are found inside the pages, and provide the front and back cover art, the cover design similar to that of an old fairytale storybook.

A great addition to classic collections, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is now available for preorder from Able Muse Press.

malahat 194Winning entries for the 2106 Malahat Review Open Season Awards can be read in the newest issue (#194). Interviews with each of the winning authors can be found on The Malahat Review website.

Open Season Award for Poetry Winner
John Pass, "Margined Burying Beetle"

Open Season Award for Fiction Winner
Katherine Magyarody, "Goldhawk"

Open Season Award for Creative Nonfiction Winner
Jennifer Williamson, "Light Year"

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for their annual Open Season Awards, with a prize of $1500 in each of three marquee categories: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.
alex jarosGlimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their 2016 January/February Short Story Award for New Writers. This competition is held three times a year and is open to all writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation greater than 5000. The next Short Story Award competition is open now: Short Story Award for New Writers. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

1st place goes to Alex Jaros of Kansas City, MO [pictured], who wins $2500 for “The Southwest Chief.” His story will be published in Issue 99 of Glimmer Train Stories.

2nd place goes to Gabriel Houck of Lincoln, NE, for “A Working Theory of Stellar Collapse.” His story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train, increasing his prize from $500 to $700.

3rd place goes to Sonia Feigelson of Brooklyn, NY. She wins $300 for “Easy, Exotic.”

A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

Published May 02, 2016 Posted By
three elements reviewBenjamin Duke's Home Again, Home Again fills the front and back covers of the Spring 2016 (#10) issue of 3 Elements Literary Review, an online publication that challenges writers and readers alike with issues themed with three elements. Spring's elements are Measure, Cleave, and Sliver.
apple valley review spring 2016Taking the old and making it new again is this spring issue of the online Apple Valley Review, which features cover artwork: “Cabin in the Woods, North Conway, New Hampshire,” 1848, oil on canvas by Thomas Cole.
michigan quarterly reviewSix Million is the photograph by Conor MacNeill on the cover of Winter 2016 Michigan Quarterly Review. It was taken in Berlin at the Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas - the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and is companion to the opening essay by Philip Beidler, "This Way to the Führerbunker: Gertrud-Kolmar-Straße, Berlin, Mitte."

Books :: The Inklings Coloring Book

Published April 28, 2016 Posted By
inklings coloring bookIf you haven’t joined the adult coloring book bandwagon yet, now is a great time to hop on. Black Squirrel Books, an imprint of The Kent State University Press, released a new coloring book last month. The Inklings Coloring Book—with illustrations by fantasy illustrator James A. Owen—features 15 line drawings inspired by the works of Oxford’s famous Inklings.

Inside, J. R. R. Tolkien has tea, Christopher Tolkien stands outside the Tolkien Home, Charles Williams is at Oxford, and these illustrations are all mixed in with dragons, dwarves, elves, and more, with the Bandersnatch hidden in many of the images.

Fans of fantasy literature can take a break from their latest adventure and relax with some fantastical coloring with The Inklings Coloring Book, available now.
bellevue literary review spring 2016The Spring issue of Bellevue Literary Journal features the winners of their 2016 BLR prizes:

Goldenberg Prize for Fiction judged by Paul Harding
Winner: “The Foreign Cinema” by Lauren Alwan
Honorable Mentions: “Are You Having Suicidal Thoughts?” by John Noonan, and “First Child, Second Place” by Marylin Warner

Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction judged by Mark Vonnegu
Winner: “Askew” by Esther K. Willison
Honorable Mention: “A Member of the Family” by Morgan Smith

Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry judged by Ada Limón
Winner: “The Problem With Anatomical Thinking—” by Meridian Johnson
Honorable Mention: “The Interview” by Kathryn Starbuck

Daniel Liebowitz Prize for Student Writing
Winner: "The Lump" by Susanna Nguy

Uruguay Poet Idea Vilariño

Published April 27, 2016 Posted By
vilarinoPoet Lore Spring/Summer 2016 features Jesse Lee Kercheval's translation of Uruguay poet Idea Vilariño. In her introduction, Kercheval writes of Vilariño's book-length work, Poem de amor, "her own Leave of Grass. . . stands as a testament to both the necessity and the impossibility of love in this world, especially for a passionate, independent woman determined to speak with her own voice." Kercheval adds, "I believe it is important for English-speaking poets and poetry readers in general to have access to work, and am delighted to this selection of poems - in both Spanish and English - in Poet Lore. I hope all of Poemas de amor will soon be available in translation." Several of the works are available in English on the Poet Lore website. A Guest begins:

You’re not mine
you’re not here
in my life
at my side
you don’t eat at my table
or laugh or sing
or live for me.

Southeast Review 2015 Contest Winners

Published April 26, 2016 Posted By
southeast reviewThe Southeast Review spring issue (34.1) is chock-full of finalists and winning contest entries from their 2015 season.

World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest
Judged by Robert Olen Butler

C. A. Kaufman, “Akron, Ohio: 1933”

Amina Gautier, “Thankful Chinese”
Lewis Holt, “Manliness”
Ashton Russell, “We Don’t Talk About Ifs”
Ashley Shelby, “Liberation: Kuwait”
Michaella A. Thornton, “Man Lace”

SER Gearhart Poetry Contest
Judged by David Kirby

Carolyn Moore, “The Teen Romances Her Razor”

Sarah Gordon, “Creases, Folds”
Tom Kelly, “Funeral Glam”
Rebecca Lauren, “Elegy for a Band Mother”
Ralph Sneeden, “Contrapunctus (#2)”
Arne Weingart, “Piecework”

SER Narrative Nonfiction Contest
Judged by Bob Shacochis

Will McGrath, “Death of the Virgin”

Heather Corrigan, “Widmarked”
A. Sandosharaj, “Dead Bird Stories for Nonbelievers”
eloise klein healyThe 28th annual Publishing Triangle Awards were presented on April 21, 2016.

Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement
Eloise Klein Healy [pictured]

The Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction
Winner: A Poet of the Invisible World by Michael Golding (Picador)

Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature
Winner: The Middle Notebookes by Nathanaël (Nightboat Books)

Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
Winner: One Hundred Days of Rain by Carellin Brooks (BookThug)

The Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
Winner: “No One Helped”: Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy by Marcia M. Gallo (Cornell University Press)

The Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction
Winners [tie]:
Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage by Barney Frank (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality by Michelangelo Signorile (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
Winner: Chord by Rick Barot (Sarabande Books)

The Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry
Winner: No Confession, No Mass by Jennifer Perrine (University of Nebraska Press)

For a full list of finalists and winners, visit the Publishing Triangle Awards website.

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

Published April 25, 2016 Posted By
macguffin winter 2016G. Davis Cathcart is the artist behind this sugar-crazed untitled work of a young man/boy enjoying his morning dose of Sugar Pops on the Winter 2016 cover of The MacGuffin.
green mountains reviewAnother comic cover on Green Mountains Review (v29 n1) is an illustration by Tim Mayer from OldGuy: Superhero. Selections of both poetry and images from the illustrated chapbook by William Trowbridge are featured within the issue.

Chinua Achebe Symposium

Published April 21, 2016 Posted By
massachusetts review spring 2016Chinua Achebe fans: You're going to want the newest issue of The Massachusetts Review (v.LVII, n.1; Spring 2016) "A Gathering in Honor of Chinua Achebe" on the front cover doesn't quite convey the powerhouse of essays included within. The editor’s note gives more specific context: "In our Spring issue the Massachusetts Review is honored to feature the contributions to a recent symposium held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on October 14 and 15, 2015. 'Forty Years After: Chinua Achebe and Africa in the Global Imagination' was hosted by the university’s Interdisciplinary Studies Institute . . ." and included physician-executive Dr. Chidi Achebe (third son of Chinua and Christie Achebe), Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Ekwueme Michael Thelwell, Denja Abdullahi, Jule Chametzky, Caryl Phillips, Okey Ndibe, Chika Unigwe, Chuma Nwokolo, Maaza Mengiste, and Achille Mbembe. Each of their contributions are included in this issue along with the originating essay, "An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness" by Chinua Achebe.

Happy 10th Anniversary Ruminate

Published April 20, 2016 Posted By
AWBAruminate 38The Spring 2016 issue of Rumninate Magazine celebrates ten years of publication! The volume features comments from readers, staff, and contributors who share their experience with "ruminating and contemplation - being still and attentive, pausing and listening." The cover art, "Rhino" by Nicholas Price, actually appeared on the very first cover of Ruminate. Editor Brianna VanDyke says it is featured again as "a playful nod to our roots and the beautiful and gusty perserverances of a little arts magazine celebrating ten years." And, in gratitude to their readership, tucked into each anniversary issue of Rhino is a gorgeous letterpress broadside which reads, "Always We Begin Again" - After St. Benedict. What a treat Ruminate has been for the past decade, and we all hope for many more to come!
cleveland state univ logoSpring has sprung at Cleveland State University Poetry Center with freshly published titles added to their spring catalog, including the Editor’s Choice for the 2015 First Poetry Competition, Residuum by Martin Rock; the winner of the 2016 First Book Poetry Competition selected by Eileen Myles, My Fault by Leora Fridman; the winner of the 2015 Open Book Poetry Competition selected by Lesle Lewis, Shane McCrae, and Wendy Xu, The Bees Make Money in the Lion by Lo Kwa Mei-En; and the winner of the 2015 Essay Collection Competition selected by Wayne Koestenbaum, A Bestiary by Lily Hoang.

Readers can learn more about the individual titles (all four of them decked out in beautiful cover art) at the CSU Poetry Center website where links to interviews, past works, and author websites can also be found.

Much to Recommend Georgia Review

Published April 19, 2016 Posted By
georgia reviewI normally try to focus my blog notes on one "something" per lit mag per post, but the newest issue of The Georgia Review has several somethings worth note. First, congratulations to the Review for achieving 70 years of continuous quarterly publication! Congratulations to Emily Van Kley whose poem "Dear Skull" won the 2015 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize and is featured as the first work in the issue. Editor Stephen Corey's "To Our Readers" takes a fun trouncing on the form when he declares: "I hearby announce the invention and likely demise of the 'braided editorial,' an offshoot from the 'braided essay' that has been rather de rigueur in recent years in some literary circles - to such an extent that people teach how-to classes, and anthologies of such works are probably imminent." Also worth note: William Walsh's interview with and inclusion of several poems by Rita Dove. And this among so much else to recommend.

Books :: 2015 New Issues Writing Prizes

Published April 18, 2016 Posted By
her infinite sawnie morrisThe New Issues Poetry Prize is awarded annually for a first book of poems, and was awarded to Sawnie Morris in 2015 for her collection Her, Infinite. The annual Green Rose Prize is awarded to an established poet with Bruce Cohen as the 2015 winner with his collection Imminent Disappearances, Impossible Numbers & Panoramic X-Rays. Both the winning books were published last month.

Advance praise calls Morris’s collection a “polyvocal, strident book of immense intelligence” (Major Jackson) and a “sensual and imaginative evocation of the heroin’s journey” (Annah Sobelman).

Cohen “might be the keeper of some vast secret surveillance system” as his collection is filled with the our day-to-day, and our intimate thoughts and feelings (David Rivard).

More information on both these titles, as well as sample poems, can be found at the New Issues Press website.

[quotes from publisher's website]

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

Published April 18, 2016 Posted By
hamilton arts letters"Ill Met by Moonlight" is the theme of Hamilton Arts & Letters Magazine issue 8.2, which features a collage of works from artists featured in the issue, including "Steve" by Lisa Wöhrle from the portfolio "Then and Now: The (Young) Contemporaries."
raleigh review spring 2016"Crow Chief" by Geri Digiorno is also a collage which invites readers in to the spring 2016 issue of Raleigh Review Literary & Arts Magazine. The publication's new, larger format provides a spacious canvas for this work.
arroyo spring 2016It helps to see the full spread on this cover art for the spring issue of Arroyo Literary Magazine: "Fiori Bacio (Lovers)" by ALE + ALE.

Books :: 2015 Able Muse Book Award

Published April 15, 2016 Posted By
borrowed world emily leithauserThe Borrowed World by Emily Leithauser is forthcoming this July from Able Muse Press. Winner of the 2015 Able Muse Book Award, the poetry award presented annually, The Borrowed World is Leithauser’s first book.

Judge Peter Campion says of his selection, “Leithauser portrays the inevitability of loss, in romantic and familial relationships, and yet, without ever offering false resolutions or pat conclusions, she manages to make her poems themselves convincing stays against loss. I mean that this book is made to endure. The Borrowed World marks the arrival of a major talent.”

The Borrowed World is available for order at the Able Muse Press website, where digital editions will also be available upon publication.

New Letters 2015 Literary Award Winners

Published April 14, 2016 Posted By
new lettersNew Letters (v82 n2) features the winners of their 2015 Literary Awards:

The New Letters Prize for Poetry
Judge Ellen Bass
Five poems by Elizabeth Haukaas

The Alexander Cappon Prize for Fiction
Judge Jayne Anne Phillips
"A Tzaddikah Goes on the Lamb" by Cady Vishniac

The Dorothy Cappon Prize for Nonfiction Essay
Judge Floyd Skloot
"Our Little Jewish Girl" by Mindy Lewis

The contest deadline for this year is May 18, 2016 and awards a $1,500 prize for the winner in each category in addition to publication.
univ arkansas pressEvery year, the University of Arkansas Press awards the Miller Williams Poetry Prize to four authors: one winner and three finalists, all of which are published with the winner receiving $5,000 in cash.

March 2016 saw the publication of the three 2016 finalists: When We Were Birds by Joe Wilkins, See You Soon by Laura McKee, and Cenotaph by Brock Jones.

Series Editor Billy Collins writes in each book’s preface:
See You Soon, the casual title of Laura McKee’s book, contains poems of powerful feeling that seem composed in the kind of tranquility of recollection. [ . . . ] [R]eaders will find in Brock Jones’s Cenotaph a new way of thinking and feeling about the reailties of combat. [ . . . ] Joe Wilkins’s [ . . . ] When We Were Birds, as the title indicates, is full of imaginative novelty as well as reminders that miraculous secrets are hidden in the fabric of everyday life.
All three titles—as well as the winning [explicit, lyrics] by Andrew Gent—are now available at the University of Arkansas Press website.

Books :: 2014 Hudson Prize

Published April 13, 2016 Posted By
blood matthew cheneyBlack Lawrence Press annually awards The Hudson Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. In 2014, Matthew Cheney brought home the prize with his story collection Blood.

The stories in Blood, published in January 2016, range across various styles, modes, genres, and tones as they explore the worlds of family, love, memory, and loss.

More information about Blood can be found at the Black Lawrence Press website, where readers can also order copies of Cheney’s collection.

Wallace Stevens Feature

Published April 13, 2016 Posted By
new england reviewNew England Review v37 n1 includes a literary criticism section entitled The Mind at the End of the Palm: Wallace Stevens Thinking. In a series of five essays, "five poet-critics consider Wallace Stevens, with a focus on Stevens as a 'philosophical' poet (or not). The first four were presented as a symposium at the AWP Conference in 2014 [by David Baker, Linda Gregerson, Carl Phillips, Stanley Plumly], then gathered by David Baker and edited for print; the final essay, by Carol Frost, came to NER serendipitously, at about the same time. They all look closely at Stevens's poetry and why it continues to engage us so deeply, more than a hundred years after he published his first poems." Baker's contribution can be read on the NER website here.

Dimitris Lyacos Feature

Published April 12, 2016 Posted By
dimitris lyacosThe newest issue of The Bitter Oleander: A Magazine of Contemporary International Poetry & Short Fiction (v22 n1) features an interview with comtemporary Greek writer Dimitris Lyacos as well as a seletion of his poems from his Poena Damni triology, translated by Shorsha Sullivan. An excerpt from his interview with TBO's editor and a selection from his featured work can be read on The Bitter Oleander's webite here.

The Writer's Hotel :: 2016

Published April 11, 2016 Posted By
writers hotel blogThe Writer’s Hotel, a hybrid writers conference that meets each June at a floating campus between three hotels in Midtown, Manhattan, is not just another writers conference. With an environment much like that of a Creative Writing MFA community, they work with each writer on a target manuscript from the moment of acceptance, for months before the conference, and offer the rare opportunity to polish manuscripts with professional editors before meeting with instructors, writers, agents, industry professionals and editors on site. There is no other writers conference quite like The Writer's Hotel.

Writers tend to arrive at the conference feeling an artistic momentum, and come ready to bring their work to market at the heart of the publishing industry in New York City. Writers will have reading opportunities at a well-known NYC venue, will attend daily events held in inspiring locations around the city, and will participate in several intensive writing workshops, attend lectures, pitch meetings and literary events, and go on historic literary walking tours.

This year’s conference takes place from June 1-7 and faculty includes Meghan Daum, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Scott Wolven, Shanna McNair, Marie Howe, Tim Seibles, Roger Bonair-Agard, Elyssa East, Wesley McNair, Bill Roorbach, Kevin Larimer, Carey Salerno, Elaine Trevorrow and Bethany Ball. Conference space is limited and the deadline for application is April 22, 2016Free to apply, writers may upload 20 -25 pages of writing with a brief letter of interest at TWH’s Submittable.

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

Published April 11, 2016 Posted By
fieldField: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics Spring 2016 issue features a strking image - no photo credit given - which shows I'm not always drawn to splashy color covers. You can read some sample poems from the issue here.

literary juice march 16Literary Juice is an online bi-monthly of all genres of prose, poetry, and art. As the editors note: "Lately, we've done away with all artistrict boundaries." This issue's cover photo is "We Almost Rejected the Barn But No One Wants To Be Trolled by Cows" by A. Riding.

hermeneutic chaos 13 march"Sad Cactus" by Netherlands photo artist Stanislaw Lewkowicz is featured on the cover of the online Hermeneutic Chaos March 2016 issue. Lewkowicz's mezmerizing image is the perfect match for Hermeneutic Chaos, which editors consider a collection of "beautifully crafted narrative mindscapes that move us with their linguistic, emotional expanse and powerful imagery."

Books :: 2015 A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize

Published April 10, 2016 Posted By
trouble the water derrick austinIn 2015, Derrick Austin was announced as the winner of the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize through BOA Editions, Ltd. The prize is awarded to honor a poet’s first book, as well as honoring the publisher’s late founder. Austin's winning title Trouble the Water will be published this month.

Rich in religious and artistic imagery, Trouble the Water is an intriguing exploration of race, sexuality, and identity, particularly where selfhood is in flux, interrogating what it means to be, as Austin says, “fully human as a queer, black body” in 21st-century America.

Copies of Trouble the Water are available for preorder at BOA Editions, Ltd.’s website.

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