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Call for Panel Discussion Proposals 12.1.07

Published October 19, 2007 Posted By
Split this Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness, March 20-23, 2008, Washington D.C., invites proposals for panel discussions and workshops on a range of topics at the intersection of poetry and social change. Possibilities are endless: craft, mentoring young poets, working in prisons, connecting with the activist community, sustaining ourselves in dark times, the role of poetry in wartime... Proposals are due by December 1, 2007.

Jobs :: Various

Published October 19, 2007 Posted By
Northern Arizona University, Creative Nonfiction, Assistant Professor, starting August 2008. Duties include graduate and undergraduate teaching in creative nonfiction workshops, directing/reading theses, and advising students. Dr. Jane Armstrong Woodman, Chair of Creative Writing/Assistant Professor Search Committee. November 1, 2007.

Visiting Professor in Residence of Creative Writing, Murray State University. November 30, 2007.

The English Department at Western Kentucky University seeks applicants for a tenure-track position in Creative Writing-Fiction, beginning August 2008. Dr. Tom C. Hunley Chair, Fiction Writer Search Committee, Department of English. November 2, 2007.

Columbus State University Department of English invites MFAs and PhDs to apply for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor rank. Dr. Pat McHenry, Department of English, Columbus State University. December 1, 2007.

English/Creative Writing Instructor, Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA. Kathleen Clark, Human Resources Department. January 14, 2008.

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Department of Literature. Seeking a creative writer at a senior level to teach in a thriving undergraduate program and new MFA program. November 15, 2007.

Art :: Untitled Love Project

Published October 18, 2007 Posted By
The UNTITLED LOVE PROJECT is an emotionally influenced experiment examining the broken heart. Each individual artist will revisit a past relationship through their medium (illustration, painting, photography, etc). This project will be supplemented by a book, which will feature each original artistic expression accompanied with interviews, short stories, or journal entries regarding the story behind the conceptual recollection. Vulnerability is a necessity. For more information on submitting your emotions, purchasing artwork or joining the movement please email: .

Noir Near You :: Akashic Books

Published October 18, 2007 Posted By
Akashic Books Noir Series
After the stunning success of the summer '04 award-winning bestseller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books launched a groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book. Numerous regional readings are scheduled for new releases, so check your area for events. So far in the series, either done, just released or soon to be (check their website for details):

Havana Noir
Bronx Noir
Baltimore Noir
Brooklyn Noir 2
Brooklyn Noir 3
Chicago Noir
DC Noir
DC Noir 2: The Classics
Dublin Noir
London Noir
Los Angeles Noir
Manhattan Noir
Miami Noir
New Orleans Noir
San Francisco Noir
San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics
Twin Cities Noir
Wall Street Noir
Detroit Noir
Queens Noir
Las Vegas Noir
Toronto Noir
Trinidad Noir
Delhi Noir (India)
Istanbul Noir (Turkey)
Lagos Noir (Nigeria)
Manhattan Noir 2:
Mexico City Noir
Moscow Noir (Russia)
Paris Noir (France)
Rome Noir (Italy)

New Issue Online :: Dark Sky Magazine

Published October 18, 2007 Posted By
Dark Sky Magazine has published its first October issue. It will now be a weekly magazine that features 1 writer, 1 poet, 1 photographer, 1 film article, 1 2-D artist and 1 comic. When subscribing, you'll receive a new issue every Monday morning.

Bizarre Bookplate Contest

Published October 18, 2007 Posted By
Lewis Jaffe of the blog Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie has announced the Bizarre Bookplate Contest. Here is how the contest will work: Send Jaffe a scan of the most bizarre bookplate in your collection. It needs to be received no later than Saturday December 1st, 2007 (see site for more specifics). The winner will receive an original bookplate by Jessie M. King. Each week, Jaffe will show the most recent submissions. Already a few on site worth a look in addition to Jaffe's own posts of bookplate art.
Of course, we sometimes pay attention to other blogs that metion NewPages, but there is a great deal more being said here that I wish librarians, English dept. folk who can bend a librarian's ear and just readers in general would make note of and act on. Schneider, author of the blog Free Range Librarian, tackles reasons librarians cite for not subscribing to lit mags, including cost and "they're online." Below are excerpts - got to the site, read it, send it to the people you know who make these decisions - or print it, hand it to them in person, and say, "Let's talk about this."

The statue on the green: the fate of small literary journals
October 7, 2007 at 5:28 pm by K.G. Schneider

"Most literary journals run about $20 - $50 a pop per year–enough to give casual readers pause, as Stephen King recently observed, but far less than the titles that librarians are talking about when they say serials are expensive. A fairly comprehensive subscription to the Canon could be had for a couple thou a year, which is chump change against the scale of most academic serial budgets. I haven’t run the numbers, but I’m confident you could go hog wild and subscribe to everything on the list of print literary mags and still spend less than you would for one of the top ten high-priced journals at Williams College."

Breaking Face :: The Facebook Review

Published October 15, 2007 Posted By
Taken from the Facebook profile of The Facebook Review:

Description: This might just be an original idea.

Welcome to the pre-natal version of The Facebook Review, the first and only Literary Review that uses Facebook as its means of publishing, of marketing, and of editing. We are essentially an online magazine with the (titular) difference of location. Our manifesto is humble and somewhat weak-kneed. Apologies. All we want is to publish the best work by Facebook members and to do so free-of-charge, free-of-cost, and completely within the confines of the Facebook network and software environment.

Process: Submissions will be accepted, for now, from the following disciplines: poetry, short fiction (sub 1600 words), prose poetry, drama (again, sub 1600 words) and creative non-fiction. Other genres may be accepted at some point in the future. The first issue will have no set start date, and will go live at some point in the future when enough good material has been submitted and the group has enough "subscribers" (read: members.) That first issue will be edited by our managing editor, Jacob McArthur Mooney. All future editions (which will then occur in monthly installments) will be edited by something called an "editorial train." What's an editorial train, you ask? Please read on... [visit The Facebook Review]

The Nation Student Contest Winners Announced

Published October 15, 2007 Posted By
The Nation announces that Ryan Thoreson of Fargo, North Dakota has won the second annual Nation Student Writing Contest. Thoreson, a 2007 graduate of Harvard University, wrote "Candidates: Leave US Alone," which argues that the electorate's top priority should be the re-establishment of the right to privacy, which has been under siege for decades. Thoreson essay was published in the October 22, 2007 issue of The Nation.

Five finalists were also chosen and their essays are available online:
Jason Kaye, Weston HighSchool, Weston, CT
Ketan Ramakrishnan, MadisonHigh School, Madison,WA
Ned Resnikoff, Middletown High School, Middletown, CT
Daniel Mootz, Carlisle HighSchool, Carlisle, PA
Alyssa Battistoni, Stanford University

**Attention student activists! If you're involved in organizing an event on your campus or in your community and would like to distribute free copies of The Nation, click here.**
From Burnside Review Editor (aka The Vacationing Editor) Sid Miller: "Although we're normally based in Portland, Oregon, I've just moved to L.A. for 6 months or so to assemble our first ever themed issued, 'The L.A. Issue'. We're looking for writing (mostly poetry, but also fiction, nonfiction and essay) from L.A.-based writers or work that is either about or centered in L.A. The deadline for submitting is April 30, 2008. Complete details are available on our website. I've also created the blog to chronicle the experience."

RumiNation800 :: Barks and Bly Together

Published October 14, 2007 Posted By
A couple weeks ago, I had the great honor to see and hear both Coleman Barks and Robert Bly read in Ann Arbor. The event was RumiNations800 – a birthday celebration for Mawlānā Jalāl-ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, or as we know him in the western world: Rumi. Both Barks and Bly are known for their work with Rumi’s poetry; Bly also for his work with the poetry of Khwāja Šams ud-Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Šīrāzī, or Hafez. Both ancient Persians, Rumi and Hafez reknowned for their roles as mystics and poets. Still don’t know what I’m talking about? Whirling dervishes. That should do it.

The night with Bly and Barks was, by most accounts, an intimate and moving experience. They stood at either side of the stage and read Rumi poems back and forth, accompanied by David Darling on the cello and Marcus Wise on tablas. As the night was one of celebration, both Barks and Bly played to the enjoyment of their reading – Barks with his deep southern hum of a chuckle and boyish smirk before he would read some lines, Bly talking interpretations and side notes along with his lines: “Let me read that again. I’m not sure you got it.” and, “Isn’t that wonderful? Just wonderful.”

It was a delight to see Bly in what must really be his element from early days of reading poetry in coffee shops in clouds of cigarette smoke, listeners jazzing and humming along with his lines and his arm motions – sweeping and jabbing the words through the air. That night in Ann Arbor, he conducted David and Marcus, “More cello,” he would command, followed by a gravely, “Yeah, that’s it.” and then, “Lay me some tabla on this one,” to Marcus. Musicians and poet together took that stage and the audience up into their own whirling mysticism.

It’s not so rare that I hear audience response at poetry readings. That is, hear someone laugh or let out a sigh at the poem’s resolve. But this night, so many having come to hear the words of Rumi in a tongue they could understand, among the crowd I heard gasps and even low moans, at one point a soft, lilting sob that quieted to a hum. Was it Rumi's poetry? Was it Barks or Bly that had this affect? Perhaps just the culmination of one’s life in that moment, among others, within the celebration, a joining of great poets through millennia, through words and thoughts and souls.

Submissions :: Kaleidoscope 3.08

Published October 12, 2007 Posted By
Kaleidoscope Magazine has a creative focus that examines the experiences of disability through literature and the fine arts. Unique to the field of disability studies, this award-winning publication expresses the experiences of disability from the perspective of individuals, families, healthcare professionals, and society as a whole. The material chosen for Kaleidoscope challenges and overcomes stereotypical, patronizing, and sentimental attitudes about disability. Although content always focuses on a particular aspect of disability, writers with and without disabilities are welcome to submit their work. The criteria for good writing apply: effective technique, thought-provoking subject matter, and in general, a mature grasp of the art of story-telling. Writers should avoid using offending language and always put the person before the disability.

Kaleidoscope is published twice a year, in January with a submission deadline of August 1, and in July with a submission deadline of March 1.

Upcoming Themes
The Effects of War: Body, Mind, and Spirit, Deadline: March 2008
Disability and Childhood, Deadline: August 2008

New Lit Mag Reviews Posted

Published October 12, 2007 Posted By
Visit NewPages Literary Magazine Reviews to read thoughtful commentaries on the following publications: Aufgabe, Bayou Magazine, Clackamas Literary Review, Eclipse, Frogpond, Luna, Minnetonka Review, Paterson Literary Review, PMS poemmemoirstory, Ruminate.

New Lit on the Block :: Canteen

Published October 12, 2007 Posted By
Canteen: The literary magazine that comes with instructions.

"Interest in reading literature has been eclipsed by interest in how and why literature is made. At least that’s how we explain why it’s easier to earn money teaching creative writing than practicing it. Add the ascendance of the memoir over the novel, scandal over plot, biography over oeuvre, and you realize something: It’s no longer enough just to experience the arts—we want to be part of their creation.

"Canteen aims to engage readers with both the arts and the creative process. In this inaugural issue, Andrew Sean Greer confesses to his early novels, the first written at age 10; Po Bronson examines a suicide attempt by a reader; Julie Orringer and Ryan Harty make couple’s poetry from a kit; and Dennis Leary pulls off his chef’s jacket to design restaurants of the future."

Canteen accepts poetry, fiction, nonfiction, essays, commentary, and individual or portfolio artwork.

Alt Mag Mailbag :: October 12

Published October 12, 2007 Posted By
For information about these and many other quality alternative magazines, click the links or visit The NewPages Guide to Alternative Magazines.

Against the Current
Volume 21 Number 4
September/October 2007

American Book Review
Volume 28 Number 6
September/October 2007

Live in Cooperative Culture
Number 136
Fall 2007

Humor Times
Issue Number 190
October 2007

In These Times
Volume 31 Number 10
October 2007

Labor Notes
Number 343
October 2007

Science & Society
Volume 71 Nubmer 4
October 2007

Shambhala Sun
Volume 16 Number 2
November 2007

Whispering Winds
American Indians: Past & Present
Volume 37 Number 1 Issue 257, 2007

Z Magazine
October 2007

Art :: Bunnies in NY

Published October 12, 2007 Posted By
I know, I know - it's a Sony ad by Bravia, with the Rolling Stones - who are just as commercial - but the artistry is amazing. Utilizing 2.5 tons of plasticine (you remember - Play-Doh) this stop-motion animation on the streets of New York City employed 40 animators and took three weeks to complete: "the most ambitious piece of stop-motion animation ever undertaken." You gotta give props to the artists. Once it gets through the fun trivia intro, click on "Watch Our Play-Doh Ad." This is out on YouTube, too, but the quality is way better on the commercial site.

Vote for Poetry :: Prick of the Spindle

Published October 11, 2007 Posted By
Cynthia Reese, Editor-in-Chief of Prick of the Spindle invites readers to vote for their favorite poem. Prick of the Spindle will be selecting five poems from vol.1.2 for the Featured Poets. Cast your vote for your favorite poem by sending an email with the title of your favorite poem from this issue! Email address is available on the website.

New Lit on the Block :: Plankton

Published October 11, 2007 Posted By
From Jeoslyn Roebuck: "Plankton was born out of the Virginia Tech tragedy and seeks to showcase new and emerging artists, poets and writers. Each issue will reflect a different angle of creativity. The first issue is designed more or less as a concept album that crafts of story of its own out of eachi individually accepted submission." Plankton is published quarterly and is available as a full-color, full-text PDF (takes several minutes to download). Plankton accepts poetry and art submisisons.

Jobs :: Various

Published October 11, 2007 Posted By
Delta College, "one of America's leading community colleges," has openings for full-time faculty in the following areas: Business & Information Technology Accounting Instructor (One-year Renewable); Business & Information Technology Computer Science & Information Technology Instrutor (Tenure-track); Business & Information Technology Marketing Instructor (Tenure-track); English Division (Two positions - One Tenure-track, One One-year Renewable). Evaluation of potential candidates will begin in October Fall, 2008; all positions open until filled.

The Department of English at Old Dominion University invites applications for an entry-level, tenure-track appointment in fiction-writing. Dr. David Metzger, Chair, Department of English. November 15, 2007.

Gettysburg College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor level, beginning August 2008, for a poet to teach five courses over two semesters (3/2) in introduction to creative writing and advanced poetry writing. M.A., with a concentration in creative writing, M.F.A., or Ph.D., with creative dissertation, required. Prof. Jack Ryan, Chair, Department of English. November 9, 2007.

Film :: AIFI Film Fest

Published October 10, 2007 Posted By
The 32nd Annual American Indian Film Festival
San Francisco, CA
November 2-10, 2007
The American Indian Film Institute (AIFI) and Title Sponsors, the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, proudly announce the 32nd annual American Indian Film Festival, premiering over 70 innovative feature films, shorts, documentaries, public service announcements, and music videos from USA American Indian and Canada First Nation communities. The 2007 American Indian Film Festival is a nine-day event with an anticipated attendance of over 6,000. The Film Festival takes place at two theatre venues in San Francisco. The Landmark Embarcadero Center Cinema, One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level, will hold screenings November 2-7; The Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St. @ Bay St., November 8-10. A complete schedule will be available October 8, 2007 on the AIFI website. The American Indian Film Institute (AIFI) is a non-profit media arts center founded in 1979 to foster understanding of the culture, traditions and issues of contemporary Native Americans.

Submissions :: Barnaby Jones

Published October 10, 2007 Posted By
Pinch Pinch Press is a new small press in Ashland, Oregon, now taking submissions for the first issue of their journal Barnaby Jones. They are looking for poetry, short fiction and visual art for the first issue due out early 2008.

A Literary Journal is Reborn

Published October 10, 2007 Posted By
Quarterly 'Hopkins Review' will launch this month

From Greg Rienzi's contribution to The JHU Gazette:

"Dormant for more than five decades, The Hopkins Review makes a triumphant return to the literary landscape this fall.

"The original Hopkins Review was launched in 1947 by the Writing Seminars, then called the Department of Writing, Speech and Drama. The literary magazine back then was a thin paperback volume that sold for 25 cents a copy. Acclaimed novelist and short-story writer John Barth, a Writing Seminars alumnus and later a JHU faculty member, published his first story in its pages, which also included the works of such celebrated poets as Richard Wilbur and E.E. Cummings.

"The magazine eventually languished due to a lack of funds and a dwindling number of full-time faculty in the department. It folded in 1953.

"The 190-page quarterly literary magazine will publish fiction; poetry; memoirs; essays on literature, drama, film, the visual arts, music and dance; and reviews of books in all these areas, as well as reviews of performances and exhibits."

Read more about JHR Reborn.

The Deep South Festival of Writers 11.01.07

Published October 08, 2007 Posted By
One of the oldest literary conferences in the country, the Deep South Festival of Writers is an annual event run by the Creative Writing Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Festival encourages innovative cultural exchange by providing panel discussions, performances, readings and craft lectures by prominent artists and writers from across the nation. This year’s featured writers include Mary Gaitskill and Rikki Ducornet. Festival dates: November 1st—4th 2007. Location:
UL Lafayette Alumni House

The Humanist Essay Contest 3.3.08

Published October 08, 2007 Posted By
The Humanist Essay Contest is geared toward exposing students in grades 9-12 to humanism and issues of importance to humanists while financially helping these young scholars advance in their studies. Prizes are awarded for originality of thought, sense of emotional engagement, clarity and quality of presentation, amount of research evidenced, and future potential shown by the author. Deadline of March 3, 2008.

Shadow Massacre
by J.B. Marek
Humanist Essay Contest
1st Place Winner 2007

"I always forget them after I kill them." These are chilling words from a bold and intrepid leader known the world over. This youthful hellion led a surefooted band of ruffian orphans through hostile territory seeking blood and revenge. They crept noiselessly along warpaths, silent as shadows, disappearing as quickly as rabbits. Who is this indomitable commander with the courage to challenge a lion, the ability to hear danger in his sleep, and the ruthlessness to chop off a man's hand?

He is a child, the notorious Peter Pan.

[. . .]

Although J.M. Barrie died in 1937, he would not be surprised if he were alive today to hear that many teenage rebels in Sierra Leone were often scared of what Singer refers to as the ruthless "small-boy" units. And yet, while Barrie's character Peter Pan sees many tragedies during his make-believe adventures, he forgets them all. Peter Pan and his cadre of orphans are galvanized by their short memory and the innocence of youth provided by the author. The child soldiers in Sierra Leone had no such protection. They are scarred for life by the violence forced upon them.

[Read the rest of this 17-year-old's compelling essay here.]

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