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The New New Yorker Poetry Editor

Published December 09, 2007 Posted By
Muldoon Mulls Over Nature, Candy Bars
By Becky Lang
The Minnesota Daily
November 30, 2007


"Finally there's a poet to express the less-than-timeless tribulations of the soccer mom. Princeton professor, New Yorker poetry editor and garage-band lyricist Paul Muldoon has learned the subtle art of inflating virtually anything with poetry. 'The time of day when light fails on the field / and gives back a sky more muddy than mother-of-pearl,' is just one line from the short ode to the Gatorade-toting masters of the minivan. Apparently, rhyming 'soccer ball' with 'shopping mall' is for amateurs.

"With more than two dozen poetry compilations, two children's books, and a few translations on his r

Submissions :: Relief

Published December 09, 2007 Posted By
Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression is entering its second year of publication. This new literary journal is designed for authors who want to write seriously, but struggle to find an outlet for poetry and prose that have a faithful slant. Their goal is to publish poems, creative nonfiction, and short stories that push the envelope beyond stereotypically "fluffy" Christian writing, encouraging writers to feel free to stand out on the edge.

Relief is currently seeking short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry for issue 2.2 (Spring 2008). Cash prizes will be awarded to "Editor's Choice" for each genre. Submissions will only be accepted through our online submission process.

Harvest Tour :: Higher Grounds Coffee

Published December 09, 2007 Posted By
Fair Trade and Indigenous Autonomy in the Mayan Highlands
February 11th - February 18th, 2008


Join Higher Grounds on an adventure through the Mayan Highlands of Chiapas, Mexico visiting two organic and fair trade coffee co-ops working to create community sustainability and various autonomous projects. Trip highlights:

Spend the day at a certified organic, Fair Trade Coffee Cooperative to learn about the positive impacts of Fair Trade

Visit local coffee growing communities to learn about indigenous culture and the use of organic agriculture as a means to self-sufficiency

Learn about the “Other Campaign” – A new political initiative by the EZLN to build a national plan of struggle

Examine the issue of land rights and see first hand the global threats to the Mayan communities very existence

Learn about innovative, sustainable water projects taking place to support communal access to fresh water

Meet with a successful women’s artisan cooperative in the highlands and learn about the production of fair trade artisan goods

Witness first-hand the effects the global economy has on indigenous peoples

If you can't make the trip, at least consider supporting their work through the purchase of their GREAT coffee. A NewPages staple.

Introducing :: Radical Studies Journal

Published December 06, 2007 Posted By
New from Michigan State University, the Journal for the Study of Radicalism engages in serious, scholarly exploration of the forms, representations, meanings, and historical influences of radical social movements.

The first two volumes focus on radicalism and violence and radicalism and music. The include interviews with Lawrence Robert "Pun" Plamondon and John Sinclair.

Future issues will include themes like the re-conceptualization of “left” and “right,” radical groups typically ignored in academic scholarship, such as deep ecologists, primitivists, and anarchists, the role of science and technology in radical visions, transnational and regional understandings of radicalism, and the relationships of radical movements to land and environment.

Submissions :: Thereby Hangs a Tale 2.15.08

Published December 06, 2007 Posted By
Thereby Hangs a Tale is currently accepting submissions for its fourth print issue due out is Fall 2008. Each issue of THaT explores the stories that for around a single word. For Issue Four, that word is TASTE. Accepting fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and essays under 2,000 words. The deadline for submissions in February 15, 2008.

New Lit on the Block :: Knockout

Published December 04, 2007 Posted By
"Knockout is here, and the first issue features some of the finest writers working today. Half of the proceeds from sales of issue one will go to the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, an organizaiton established to help those affected by the civil war in Sudan, and a portion of the proceeds from teh sale of future issues will go to other charitable causes.

"The first issue, all poetry, includes work by a number of well-known writers, including Marvin Bell, Thomas Lux, Todd Boss, Aaron Smith, Carl Phillips, Carol Guess, Larissa Szporluk, Laurie Blauner, Lynn Levin, Timothy Liu, Jonathan Williams, Thomas Meyer, Jim Elledge, Christopher Hennessy, Ronald H. Bayes, CAConrad, Gerard Wozek, Jeff Mann, Michael Montlack, Jeffery Beam, Robert Bly, Ger Killeen, Denver Butson, Dan Pinkerton, Charles Jensen, Brent Goodman, Theodore Enslin, Alberto Rios, David Mason, Billy Collins, Mabel Yu, Kim Lambright and Joseph Massey, among others.

"Knockout is considering poems for #2 & #3. Translations are welcome, as long as you have permission of the author (as long as they are still kicking), and we're particularly interested in translations in German, Chinese, the Nordic Languages, and translations from the Middle East."

Judges Wanted :: storySouth

Published December 04, 2007 Posted By
From Jason Sanford, editor of storySouth: a journal of literature from the New South

"...our annual Million Writers Award is gearing up for its 2008 run. We are now accepting applications for preliminary judges and are looking for people knowledgeable in each of the different literary genres. These judges will help screen the nominations and select the list of notable stories of the year. To apply, e-mail me your writing and/or editing experience and why you think you'd make a good preliminary judge."

Submissions :: Ignavia Press

Published December 04, 2007 Posted By
Ignavia is an online journal that promotes fiction that is transgressive in content and form with a bias for material that is dark, edgy and queer. Ignavia seeks transgressive fiction (under 4000 words) for their second issue scheduled for early 2008.

On Vacation :: Diner Literary Journal

Published December 03, 2007 Posted By
"Diner is going on a hiatus - the "On Vacation" sign is taped to the window. We are feeling the financial burden of printing, mailing and lack of staff. The cost of mailing alone went up over 30% last May. Diner as an independent journal has been a labor of love done by volunteers. The Tips jar doesn't begin to cover the printer, the postage, the envelopes, and all the other sundry expenses. We have survived for 7 years – 2 issues printing astounding work – by the skin of our teeth. We thank each and every one of you who have submitted your work – and all those who have subscribed at whatever level – you all count. I wish I could hold a party and make my special blackberry pancakes, with a side of home fries, for all of you.

"Nevertheless we are going out with an explosion of outstanding poetry, fiction, essays and art. Of particular notice is award-winning author Adria Bernard 's elegy to her teacher and friend Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota who died October 22, 2002, in a plane crash. Also of note are our two Blue Plate Specials: James Dempsey with new translations of Chaucer's court poetry and Martha Carlson-Bradley, with an excerpt from her latest manuscript The Sea Called Fruitfulness, poems inspired by the two Jesuits who first mapped the moon.

"Our last issue proclaimed, 'Our intention is not only to preserve the light (of discourse in the midst of increasing darkness) that shines today, but to increase the brightness of that light with every issue.' It is with great sadness that the lights of Diner are flickering off.

"There is a chance that Diner will open again as an online journal or a print journal if we can find a school or sponsor willing to finance what has turned out to be one the best journals in the country. We are proud of every issue we published and whatever happens, we have no regrets. All the effort has been worth it."

Eve Rifkah & Michael Milligan

Dinty Moore on First-Year Writers

Published December 03, 2007 Posted By
Here's a good one for those of us coming to the end of the semester.

On Seeing Clearly
By Dinty W. Moore

From Inside Higher Ed
November 30, 2007

"After sixteen years of pushing that old pedagogical stone up the hill, I sometimes question whether the conventional undergraduate—a nineteen- or twenty-year old American child of the middle class—really wants to see the world clearly. Or if he even has the ability.

"Now there are exceptions, surely, but I am talking about the general mass of students, those that want to write, want to be writers, certainly want to have written, but can’t be prodded or cajoled or threatened into saying something other than what they know to be safe, acceptable, and familiar. These are good students, by and large. Many of them have admirable skill at assembling sentences, images, scenes, and metaphors. But the writing reveals nothing, goes nowhere, and deliberately takes no chances...." [read the rest here]
Colorado Review, Volume 34 Number 3, Fall/Winter 2007 is out and features the winner of the 2007 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction: Thomas Grattan's story "I Am a Souvenir.” Final Judge Charles Baster said of the work: "This story is both elliptical and straightforward, beautifully detailed and psychologically intricate. The events are crisply narrated, surprising, and slightly shocking, though completely plausible." Grattan is a graduate of the Brooklyn College M.F.A. program. His work has been chosen as a finalist for the Iowa Review Fiction Award, and he is also the recipient of the Lainoff Prize for fiction.

Deadline for the Fifth Annual Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction is postmark January 15, 2008 - March 15, 2008.

Lit Mag Mailbag :: December 1

Published December 02, 2007 Posted By
For information about these and many other quality literary magazines, click the links or visit The NewPages Guide to Literary Journals. Also visit the NewPages Literary Magazine Reviews for new reviews as well as an archive of past reviews.

The American Poetry Review
Volume 36 Number 6
Nov/Dec 2007
Bimonthly

Antioch Review
"Falkland (Malvinas) Islands: Sounth Atlantic's Forgotten War”
Volume 65 Number 4
Fall 2007
Quarterly

Callaloo
The Cultures and Letters of the Black Diaspora: 30th Anniversary Issue 3/4
Volume 30 Number 2
Spring 2007
Quarterly

Cimarron Review
Issue 161
Fall 2007
Quarterly

Fifth Wednesday Journal
Issue 1
Fall 2007
Biannual

Gargoyle
Audio CD only
Number 52
2007
Annual

The Gettysburg Review
Volume 20 Number 4
Winter 2007
Quarterly

Hollins Critic
William Steinkraus
Volume 44 Number 4
October 2007
Five Times

Hunger Mountain
Issue 11
Fall 2007
Biannual

The Journal of Ordinary Thought
Lessons Outside: JOT Writers on Formal and Informal Education
Summer 2007
Quarterly

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet
Number 21
November 2007
Biannual

The Land-Grant College Review
Issue Number 4
2007

The Missouri Review
"Exposed"
Volume 30 Number 3
Fall 2007
Quarterly

NANO Fiction
"A Journal of Short Fiction" from UoHouston Undergrad
Volume 1 Number 2
2007
Biannual

One Story
“Bar Joke, Arizona” bySam Allingham
Issue 97
2007
Monthly

Opium
Number 5
Winter 2007
Biannual

Pembroke Magazine
African American Literature (U of N.C.)
Number 39
2007
Annual

Poetry
Volume 191 Number 2
November 2007
Monthly

[sic]
2
2007
Annual(?)

Watershed
CSU, Chico's Literary Magazine
Volume 30 Number 2
Spring 2007
Biannual

Alt Mag Mailbag :: December 1

Published December 02, 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 22 Number 4
November/December 2007
Bimonthly

Feminist Studies
Volume 33 Number 3
Summer 2007
Triannual

Free Inquiry
Volume 28 Number 1
December 2007/January 2008
Bimonthly

Funny Times
December 2007
Monthly

Humor Times
Issue Number 192
December 2007
Monthly

In These Times
"iPower to the People"
Volume 31 Number 12
December 2007
Monthly

Labor Notes
Number 345
December 2007
Monthly

Space and Culture
International Journal of Social Spaces
Volume 10 Number 4
November 2007
Quarterly

Turning the Tide
Journal of Anti-Racist Action, Research & Education
Volume 20 Number 5-6
Oct-Dec 2007

Z Magazine
November 2007
Monthly

Education :: Gay Lit Class @ WWC

Published November 30, 2007 Posted By
Dear folks--

I want to ask you to let friends know about the Gay & Lesbian Lit class I am teaching at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago. As you know, word of mouth about classes like these tend to fill their seats, so any publicity you can give the class would be really appreciated. You can forward this message to people who would be interested, post it on your MySpace page or blog, etc.

Let me know if there's anything I can do that will help promote the course.

Cheers,
Dr. Aldo Alvarez
English Department
Wilbur Wright College

***

Dear Students:

This is just a short note to let you know that we are offering a new literature course for Spring 2008.

Literature 153: Gay & Lesbian Literature offers a survey of novels, plays and graphic novels by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered authors. This course introduces students to a literature based on LGBT themes, to practical approaches to the determination of literary meaning, and to the concerns of literature in general.

This course will be taught by Dr. Aldo Alvarez, an expert in LGBT literature with a Ph. D. in English from SUNY-Binghamton and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University of the City of New York. Dr. Alvarez is the author of INTERESTING MONSTERS (Graywolf Press), a collection of short stories, and the founder of *Blithe House Quarterly: queer fiction lives here*, which for ten years was the preeminent literary magazine for LGBT-themed short fiction by emerging and established authors.

Lit 153 is *fully transferable* as a humanities elective to any four year college. As you may know, humanities electives make you a more appealing candidate for a four year school so this is a great opportunity for you to diversify your student course portfolio. This course can also be taken by students currently attending other schools who want to take advantage of the reasonable tuition per credit hour available at Wilbur Wright College. The only prerequisite is eligibility or completion of English 101 or consent from the English Department chairperson.

This is the information you need to register for this course online at https://my.ccc.edu/.

56541 - Lit 153 - Section E - M/W 11 AM - 12:20 PM -- A210 -- Alvarez

If you require help, you may register in person on campus.

These are seven texts we will be reading in Lit 153: Gay & Lesbian Literature on Spring 2008:

-- FUN HOME: a family tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (Graphic Novel) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fun_Home

-- A SINGLE MAN by Christopher Isherwood (novel) : http://www.glbtq.com/literature/isherwood_c,3.html

-- ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT by Jeanette Winterson (novel) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oranges_are_not_the_only_fruit

-- ANGELS IN AMERICA: A Gay fantasia on National Themes by Tony Kushner (two plays) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angels_in_america

-- CHINA MOUNTAIN ZHANG by Maureen McHugh (novel) : http://my.en.com/~mcq/cmz.html

-- KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN by Manuel Puig (novel) : http://www.enotes.com/kiss-spider/

-- BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA by Dorothy Allison (novel) : http://www.enotes.com/bastard-out/

Lit 153: Gay and Lesbian Literature course will not be offered again for *another four years*. If this course appeals to you, NOW is the time to register for it.

Please contact me at if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Dr. Aldo Alvarez
English Department
Wilbur Wright College

Jobs :: Various

Published November 30, 2007 Posted By
Ohio Wesleyan University Department of English invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of English with an August 2008 starting date. Lynette Carpenter, Chair, Department of English.

Loras College, Dubuque, IA. Fiction Writing Specialist FT, tenure-track position in the Division of Language and Literature.

Chester College of New England is searching for a full-time Assistant/Associate Professor in the Department of Writing and Literature with an emphasis in fiction writing, beginning August 2008. Feb. 1, 2008.

Gettysburg College Emerging Writer Lecturer One-year appointment, beginning August 2008. Prof. Fred Leebron,
Department of English. January 26, 2008.
Woman Made Gallery supports all women in the arts by providing opportunities, awareness and advocacy. Unlike the mainstream art world, we are building an alternative community where the artistic values and criteria are determined by women, for women. Woman Made Gallery is dedicated to promoting the equal placement of women's art in the world. Through programming which examines the female experience, the organization educates and serves as a forum for dialogue between artists and the community.

Upcoming Calls for Submissions :

Clay and Fiber
Exhibition Dates: April 4 – May 15, 2008
Entry Deadline: January 23, 2008

Tradition and Transformation: Art by Jewish Women
Exhibition Dates: May 23 – June 19, 2008
Entry Deadline: February 27, 2008

Drawing on Experience
Exhibition Dates: June 27 – July 24, 2008
Entry Deadline: March 19, 2008

Her Mark 2009
WMG invites women artists to submit images of up to three artworks in all media for its annual datebook publication.
WMG invites women to submit poetry for Woman Made Gallery's annual publication. All styles, themes and media considered.
March 7, 2008 - Final Entry Due Date

Film :: Helvetica Documentary

Published November 30, 2007 Posted By
Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. The film is an exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the creative process, and the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type.

The film was shot in high-definition on location in the United States, England, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France and Belgium. Interviewees in Helvetica include some of the most illustrious and innovative names in the design world, including Erik Spiekermann, Matthew Carter, Massimo Vignelli, Wim Crouwel, Hermann Zapf, Neville Brody, Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Bierut, David Carson, Paula Scher, Jonathan Hoefler, Tobias Frere-Jones, Experimental Jetset, Michael C. Place, Norm, Alfred Hoffmann, Mike Parker, Bruno Steinert, Otmar Hoefer, Leslie Savan, Rick Poynor, Lars M

Technology for Writers with Disabilities

Published November 30, 2007 Posted By
Helping Out Ten
Ten Things For Impaired/Handicapped Writers


Posted Monday, November 06, 2006, it is a year old, but all of the links are still good. Worth checking out and passing along - especially to campus offices for students with disabilities and to school and local public libraries. From the blog Paperback Writer.

New Lit on the Block :: Oleander Review

Published November 30, 2007 Posted By
The Oleander Review started in October 2006 as a project of two ambitious undergraduate English students. After speaking with a friend and editor of Michigan State University's Red Cedar Review, Amanda Nichols decided that the University of Michigan needed such a publication. That is, prior to the founding of the Oleander Review, a student-produced publication of writing and art from both students and established writers did not exist at UM. With the direction of faculty advisor Keith Taylor, Amanda and Sarah Sala met and quickly transformed Amanda's idea into a reality. Oleander Review publishes fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and visual art.

Film :: Black International Cinema Proposals

Published November 30, 2007 Posted By
Call for entries: "Diverse & Together" in co-operation with Foundation Diversity Forum, Warsaw/Poland in association with Classic In Black Production & Direction: Fountainhead

Submissions :: Anti-

Published November 30, 2007 Posted By
"Anti- a new poetry journal set to launch in early 2008, seeks submissions. Anti- is not aesthetically affiliated with Nicanor Parra’s school of antipoetry, though the editor does share his skepticism about the supposed mystical powers of poetry. Anti- is contrarian, a devil’s advocate that primarily stands against the confinement of poetry in too-small boxes. Anti- wants to provide a single arena for a wide range of styles and ideas, so these different kinds of poets and poems can either fight it out or learn to coexist."

Essay :: English as a Foreign Language

Published November 29, 2007 Posted By
Broken Language
English and its misusage

Mle Davis
Sanaa, Yemen
November 8, 2007
"One of the perks of teaching abroad is getting to witness those serendipitous moments when another's attempt at English yields something so ludicrous that it could never have been imagined by a native speaker. We go to work every day and we work very hard to teach people the language, but secretly we love when they fail miserably (just for a moment!) and say something totally ridiculous. Did he just say I am a pen? Did she just say that her family went out to Hwang's Crap House? That his father wore a suitcase to work yesterday? We collect the stories of our students who, in desperation, write Dear Ruler Friend to get around the ban of copying the original text, Dear Pen Friend. But we excuse them as we giggle-after all, they're just kids... [read the rest on WorldView Magazine]
The November/December issue of Sierra features "Cool Schools" with online articles:

Go Big Green
A new generation looks beyond the Ivies and party schools to colleges that teach how to change the world. Better yet, some are already changing it.

10 That Get It
From tiny Warren Wilson College (850 students) to the University of California (214,000 and counting), here are Sierra's Big Ten.

Talk of the Quad
Go ahead — steal these great ideas for your own campus.

Hot Jobs for a Warming Planet
Want to save the earth and make a living too? Here's what it takes.

Submissions :: Junctures

Published November 29, 2007 Posted By
Now entering its fourth year of publication, Junctures: the Journal for Thematic Dialogue is a multidisciplinary academic journal which provides a forum for discussion on themes of interest to a wide range of disciplines. The guiding principle for Junctures is that interaction between specialists on a common theme provides an enriching intellectual experience. Junctures encourages submissions of papers from any discipline providing an insight on the theme identified for each issue, including experimental, theoretical, artistic and experiential reflection. Full instructions on manuscript preparation are available in our submissions section. Junctures is available online as well as in print. Past themes include: Body, Language, Control, Play, Movement, Space.

R&PA :: Special Issue on Iraq

Published November 28, 2007 Posted By
Michigan State University's Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Issue 10:2, offers a unique scholarly analysis of the rhetoric that led to U.S. engagement in Iraq and then influenced perceptions as the conflict progressed from occupation to all-out war.

From the Introduction (full-text of which is available online) by Herbert W. Simons:

"It’s no longer terribly controversial that the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was a mistake of monumental proportions.(1) Even the war’s continuing defenders acknowledge that it has adversely affected America’s standing in the world and capacity to meet other global threats while also devastating Iraq. Declines in public support for the war leading to Democratic takeovers of both houses of Congress in 2006 evidence the disaster it has been for the Bush administration.(2)

"This special issue takes up the role of rhetoric in the Iraq debacle, beginning with the once ballyhooed crisis rhetoric of the Bush administration in response to the 9/11 attacks.(3) All but one of the essays scrutinize the rhetoric that brought America into war; the lone exception deals with presidential signing statements. The authors’ critical perspectives are reflected in the questions they pose: Why did we Americans enthusiastically support a preemptive invasion of Iraq when the people and governments of most nations did not? What does this support tell us about ourselves as a people? How did the Bush administration make its case? What fig leafs hid its real motives for war as it put forward its since-discredited weapons of mass destruction (WMD) arguments and its spurious hints of linkage between Saddam and Osama bin Laden? How different was the Bush administration’s war hype from that of past administrations? Why did so many leading Democrats go along? Why did the news media, including the opinion columnists and editorialists, lend their support? Should press, politicians, and even the general public have been able to see through the administration’s slipshod case for war? Most intriguing for me: did the initial success of the Bush administration’s hyperbolic crisis rhetoric in response to the 9/11 attacks prefigure its subsequent failures over Iraq? I address this question, among others, in the issue’s context-setting lead essay. This introduction provides a preview of the other essays."

Read the rest on Rhetoric & Public Affairs.
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