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Bright Lights Film Journal is "an academic hybrid of movie analysis, history, and commentary, looking at classic and commercial, independent, exploitation, and international film from a wide range of vantage points from the aesthetic to the political. A prime area of focus is on the connection between capitalist society and the images that reflect, support, or subvert it — movies as propaganda. Published quarterly in Portland, Oregon by Gary Morris and Gregory Battle."

In Memoriam :: Sarah Hannah

Published September 18, 2007 Posted By
A memorial for Sarah Hannah (1966-2007), including readings from Inflorescence by poets and friends, will be held October 25 from 7 - 9 pm at Poet's House, 72 Spring St, second floor, New York, NY.

Tupelo Press is also now offering copies of Inflorescence, a memoir in verse by Sarah Hannah in paperback ($16.95)and limited edition, numbered hardcover ($100.00). All proceeds from the sale of the hardcover edition will go to support the Tupelo Press National Poetry in the Schools Program.

Sumbissions :: Blue Earth Review

Published September 18, 2007 Posted By
"Blue Earth Review, founded in 2003, is the official literary magazine of Minnesota State University, Mankato. The magazine publishes annually, and its editors are always seeking quality submissions of poetry, prose, and art." Well, almost always. They opened submissions as of August 2007, and are currently running a flash fiction contest.

Jobs :: Various

Published September 18, 2007 Posted By
Kennesaw State University invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-track assistant professor to teach specifically courses in fiction writing for the M.A. in Professional Writing Program and undergraduate fiction-writing courses as well as other courses depending on the new hire’s interests and other expertise. Dr. Jim Elledge, Search Committee Chair. November 15, 2007.

St. Mary's College of Maryland at Historic St. Mary's City is seeking a tenure-track assistant/associate professor of Creative Writing, PhD or MFA, to begin August 2008. Ruth Feingold, Chair. October 15, 2007.

The Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing Department invites applications for a full-time tenure track/ tenured faculty position beginning with the Fall 2008 semester, teaching fiction to undergraduate and graduate students. Randall Albers, Chair, Fiction Writing Department.

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, is accepting applications for a tenure-track position as either Assistant or Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing, with a primary specialty in literary nonfiction and a secondary specialty in either fiction or poetry, beginning August, 2008. Review of applications will begin October 8, 2007 and continue until the position is filled.

Film :: Deaf Filmaker Gives Voice to Animals

Published September 18, 2007 Posted By
Saving Two Birds with a Stone
The Deaf and Animals -- Striving to Be Heard

By Avery Posner

"As a filmmaker, I do my best everyday to remind others to be more perceptive and sensitive toward the deaf, hard-of-hearing and especially animals. Some of you may want to know why I classify the deaf and hard-of-hearing together with animals. It's comparatively simple. At birth, I was diagnosed with profound and permanent deafness in both ears, a hereditary attribute that resulted in the inability to neither hear my own voice nor others' for the rest of my life. Yes, deafness is a disability in the mainstream society I live in, yet, I am privileged to have integrated deaf culture into my soul and I am a native user of American Sign Language, a language used by millions of hearing, deaf and hard-of-hearing peers throughout the country and Canada. American Sign language has enabled me to express my feelings and thoughts to others. But what about the countless people not familiar with American Sign Language? I am sure you can understand the difficulties I confront daily -- but what about animals? Do we, as humans, understand what animals are trying to communicate? Do we 'hear' animals speaking about their afflictions or discomfort? In fact, I strongly empathize with animals for being incapable of clearly expressing illness, happiness, frustration, hunger, and, especially, pain. It is in this area that all our 'voices' about our feelings fall upon deaf ears."

Read the rest at Vegetarians in Paradise.

Teaching the f-word

Published September 17, 2007 Posted By
Excerpted here - the whole blog entry is a must-read for anyone who has ever thought they were the only one to share the power of English slang with non-native English speakers. I can remember a similar experience, the chalkboard covered with every English slang word, attempting to help the students understand the variety of uses of the f-word. I'd thought for sure I'd lose my job if my department chair saw it - but since the students had asked, I felt the door had been flung wide open. Teachable moments should never be ignored.

Teaching the f-word
Combative English: lesson one

By Hauquan Chau / Tokyo
Sunday, September 2, 2007

“Very sorry. I have question. What do you say, ‘don’t touch me’ in English?” she asked, in broken, uncertain English.

I asked what she meant. And she began to tell me a story in a pidgin mix of English and Japanese about what had happened to her.

It was at an art museum, she said. While she was examining a print, a man came up to her and began stroking her on the buttocks. She pleaded with him in Japanese to stop, but he continued to harass her, and then began touching her breasts with impunity.

I asked why she didn’t scream out for help or run away, but she only said she didn’t want to make trouble, and therefore endured the harassment. Then she told me it was not the first time. Her pleas in Japanese were always ignored.

If her pleas were in English, she said, everything would change. She’s seen the movies — the Western women on celluloid who take no shit from anyone. Even if the guys who touched her didn’t understand a word, it wouldn’t matter. The English would be enough to send them scurrying away.

From one of many intriguing blogs maintained by In the Fray.

Parabola :: We really are what we eat

Published September 17, 2007 Posted By
Earthly and Celestial Flowers
by Christopher Bamford
"Hermetically, then, we must consider the plants and the plant world as an earthly-heavenly gift, come down to Earth from the cosmos, unfolded through a vast bio-cosmic alchemy. Plants, like all things on Earth, including humanity (which includes them all), are at once earthly and heavenly. Plants and humans mirror each other and both mirror the cosmos."

Read the full article online: Parabola's Fall 2007 issue themed HOLY EARTH.

Poetry Festival :: Palm Beach

Published September 17, 2007 Posted By
Palm Beach Poetry Festival
January 21-26, 2008
Palm Beach Poetry Festival, is held in partnership with Old School Square Cultural Arts Center in the heart of Delray Beach, Florida. The lineup for 2008 includes Kim Addonizio, Claudia Emerson, Major Jackson, Thomas Lux, Campbell McGrath, Malena M

Some Light Verse

Published September 15, 2007 Posted By
The price of pots in Athens!
It really made me burn
when the potter told me just how much
I owed on a Grecian urn.

From Light: A Quarterly of Light Verse, whose goals are "to restore clarity, wit, readability, and enjoyment to the reading of poems through the use of cadence, rhythm, and rhyme, and to promote the learning of such poems by heart."

Dissent Online

Published September 13, 2007 Posted By
Check out some of the content in this latest issue (Summer 2007) of Dissent. Some of it is available full-text online:

Genocide Without End? The Destruction of Darfur

Multiculturalism and Democracy
by Shalom Lappin

Justice Denied in Bosnia
by Courtney Angela Brkic

Why Aren't U.S. Cities Burning?
by Michael B. Katz

Against Academic Boycotts
by Martha Nussbaum

Designer Babies and the Pro-Choice Movement
by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow

Squeezing Public Education: History and Ideology Gang Up in New Orleans
by Ralph Adamo

Universal Health Insurance 2007: Can We Learn From the Past?
by Theodore Marmor

No Refuge Here: Iraqis Flee, but Where?
by Joseph Huff-Hannon

How to Tax the Rich—And Live Happily Ever After
by Robin Blackburn

Notebook A Non-Zionist Reflects on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
by Eugene Goodheart

Who Named the Neocons?
by Benjamin Ross

Plus numerous, in-depth book discussions around relevant, current topics.

Jobs :: Various Posts

Published September 13, 2007 Posted By
The College of Wooster, Ohio: Assistant Professor of English, tenure-track position, beginning Fall 2008. Expertise in African American literature OR in African-American literature and fiction writing.

Texas State University-San Marcos Assistant Professor of English, tenure track, specialty in fiction writing.

University of Tennessee. The Department of English seeks an Assistant Professor in Fiction Writing, tenure track. David Goslee, Associate Head, Department of English.

Creative Writing Fiction. The Department of English at West Virginia University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing with a specialization in Fiction Writing. Donald Hall, Department of English.

Pitzer College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in creative writing (poetry, fiction, or performance) beginning Fall 2008. Areas of interest include nature-writing, urban issues, or gender and feminist issues. Ability to teach multiple genres desirable. Alan Jones, Dean of Faculty.

Wired for Books from Ohio University

Published September 11, 2007 Posted By
Wired for Books: "For many years, most of the best writers of the English language found their way to Don Swaim's CBS Radio studio in New York. The one-on-one interviews typically lasted 30 to 45 minutes and then had to be edited down to a two-minute radio show (Book Beat). Wired for Books is proud to make these important oral documents publicly available for the first time in their entirety. Listen to the voices of many of the greatest writers of the twentieth century." There are around 600 interviews posted as MP3, over ten years ('82-'93) of Swaim's work.

Featured Online Alt Mag :: Bad Subjects

Published September 11, 2007 Posted By
"Bad Subjects, founded in 1992 at UC Berkley, is a collective that publishes a magazine (Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life) and provides access to it via a public-access website. In 1998, Bad Subjects founded a small educational nonprofit corporation, also called Bad Subjects, which promotes the progressive use of new media and print publications. Donations to the nonprofit go toward funding printed copies of the magazine Bad Subjects (distributed for free), and other related projects, such as Bad Subjects books. Bad Subjects seeks to revitalize progressive politics in retreat. We think too many people on the left have taken their convictions for granted. So we challenge progressive dogma by encouraging readers to think about the political dimension to all aspects of everyday life. We also seek to broaden the audience for leftist and progressive writing, through a commitment to accessibility and contemporary relevance."

Issue 78 (July 2007), devoted to "Hope," includes the following:
Introduction: Hope Floats on a Paper Boat by Zack Furness
The Moral Politics of Hope by Gary McCarron
Utopia and the City: An Interview with David Pinder by Zack Furness
The War FOR Illegals by Helen Hintjens
The Sanctity of Life by Tamara Watkins
Future Now! Criticism Machines Strengthen Communities by Mike Mosher
(The Invisibles) Hope: A Comic Interlude by Maxwell Schnurer
Reflections on the Sixties by Anonymous
Our Arrest: Four Women's Antiwar Action in Chicago by Rosalie Riegle
If George Bush Were a Religious Man... Cartoon by Myrrh
Snapshots of Hope, Part One: The New Bird Flu by Chelsea Robinson
Snapshots of Hope, Part Two: Trapped in a Box by Brandy Betz
Snapshots of Hope, Part Three: The Situation by Bianca Wylie
Snapshots of Hope, Part Four: The American Shabbiness by Braxton Marnus

Submissions :: Online Audio Mag - Bound Off

Published September 11, 2007 Posted By
Bound Off is a monthly literary audio magazine, broadcasting literary short fiction with the new podcasting technology. "We aspire to showcase work that is compelling and driven by narrative, with a force that keeps the listener listening. We are dedicated to publishing stories by both the established and emerging writer. Bound Off's editors, Ann Rushton and Kelly Shriver, live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. When they turn 75, Ann intends to start smoking again, and Kelly will stop wearing sunscreen." Women after my own heart... Bound Off seeks original literary fiction between 250 and 2500 words long for upcoming podcasts. See site for submission - and possible recording - guidelines.

Job :: Habitus - Brooklyn, NY

Published September 10, 2007 Posted By
Habitus: A Diaspora Journal, the new magazine of international Jewish literature, Brooklyn, NY, is looking for a part-time Managing Editor with a record of success to assist with marketing, distribution, production, and administration. This is an excellent opportunity for a creative, independent candidate who values flexibility and diverse responsibilities. The Managing Editor will play a vital role in shaping public awareness of our work.

The Word on the Street Festival - Toronto

Published September 10, 2007 Posted By
The Word on the Street Book and Magazine Festival
On the last Sunday in September, Queen’s Park will transform into a booklover’s paradise with a marketplace of more than 250 book, magazine and literacy exhibits, readings by more than 170 Canadian authors, poets, storytellers, and performers, and a myriad of workshops for aspiring writers. All events are free. Sunday, September 30th, 2007 - 11:00 am to 6:00 pm - Queen's Park.

Road Trip! Brooklyn Book Festival

Published September 10, 2007 Posted By
Brooklyn Book Festival
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Major free public event: A.M. Homes, Dave Eggers, Edwidge Denticat, Mary Gaitskill, Jonathan Safran Foer, Gloria Naylor, Francine Prose, Jonathan Lethem,George Packer, Chuck Klosterman, Melissa Marr, Jim Carroll, Kimiko Hahn, John Leland, George Saunders, Joshua Ferris, Uzodinma Iweala, Pete Hamill, Paula Fox, Colson Whitehead, David Bouley, Amy Sohn, Reverend Run, Charles Hynes, and more!

Blog Beat :: New Moon News

Published September 10, 2007 Posted By
New Moon is a magazine edited by girls 8-14. It promotes itself as an "Ad-free, imaginative, multicultural bimonthly magazine that girls, parents and educators love" and touts six Parents' Choice Gold Awards for best children's magazine. New Moon News is the companion blog for this publication, and if the thought of it being for "girls" makes you think of ponies, pink, and trite rhyming poetry, then you need an attitude adjustment by taking a look at this blog. The first three entries cover lowering the voting age to 16, a look at suffragists who changed history and recognition of Woman's Equality Day, and discrimination and hate toward LGBT students. Other post topics have included activism, body image and inner beauty, letters to congress, and politics. Not the age-old sugar and spice and everything nice, this is not only a great blog for "grrls" but for adults as well.

Anthology Question Answers

Published September 09, 2007 Posted By
Some nice responses on the The Anthology Question blog posted earlier. To answer one point – it’s not that I won’t list the kinds of anthologies I called into question at all. I have, and I will. I am just trying to be select in what I let through to the blog. I look for well-organized operations and those that are connected in some way with a publisher, publication, academic institution, non-profit, or just a down-right good cause. No fee for submissions is a must. Some I list because it seems like good-intentioned editors making a go at being editors and publishing. I don't see a point (yet) in discouraging them, and in fact, want to encourage their energy and efforts. As I get older, maybe I see this as a way to mentor the younger generation in their literary dreams. They'll get plenty of squashing later...

One comment I received supported not only my own concerns, but my sense of humor: “I think you're correct to be suspicious of these anthologies about left-handed mothers of triplets and dyslexic spouses of insomniac electrical engineers. Don't list them. You do a good job with your posts. More is not necessarily better.” (Pat)

From Dinty W. Moore, editor of Brevity :“I honestly don't know the answer, but thanks for asking all of the right questions. If an anthology ‘packager’ doesn't at least have a plan to find distribution, it seems unlikely anyone will read the book other than the authors and the authors' friends. Which begs the question: if a book falls into the forest of books, and no one hears it fall ...”

This note from Dave really takes a stand I hadn’t as fully considered, but have given thought to its merit since: “Good for bringing the anthology glut up, good for you and NewPages right down the line… Writing that’s merely thematic and anthologies of pieces organized thematically is writing that’s typically soulless. The oomph is in the inspiration, not the motive. Anthologies can be worthwhile as literary documents -- think of John Bennett’s classic old Vagabond Anthology out of the mimeograph era -- maybe in the way working manuscripts are valuable, but they aren’t literary creations.”

Evan was as curious as I had been in his consideration of the calls for submissions, and wrote: “What an interesting post! It never occurred to me that those anthologies might just be revenue generators. It's very telling that of all the anthologies you queried, you got only one response. I've seen their listings, calling for mss in the back of P&W, and they always seemed a little suspicious (i.e., 'Who are these guys, and why have I never actually seen one of these anthologies in a bookstore?'). If, however, a well-known and well-regarded magazine solicits for a theme, I might send something. “

Absolutely. This isn’t meant to knock the lit mags who run themed issues. Certainly, those publications are the most adept at being able to work with themed content to create strong, unified, lasting works of literature, since their purpose is, first and foremost – literature, not the experience of the theme itself as an entity.

Erika Dreifus, publisher of Practicing Writing Blog, admitted to facing the same situation in choosing what to post and not to post: “Typically, I do not post anthology calls for projects that a) do not yet have a publishing plan and b) do not pay their writers. And I'm also opposed to anthologies that require a 'reading fee.'" She also posted a thoughtful article on her blog about this very topic: Five Signs of Auspicious Anthologies.

My thanks to everyone who responded; though I didn’t mention all of you here, your feedback has been most instructive in this discussion.

In Memoriam :: Madeleine L'Engle

Published September 08, 2007 Posted By
Author Madeleine L'Engle, 88, died of natural causes Thursday, September 6, 2007 in Connecticut. She was a beloved children's author who wrote over 60 books, including the multi-generational favorite A Wrinkle in Time, published in 1962. It won the Newbery Medal in 1963 and sold over 6 million copies by 2004. “Of course I’m Meg,” Ms. L’Engle said about the beloved protagonist of “A Wrinkle in Time.”
Read the New York Times article here.

The Education of Race and Gender

Published September 07, 2007 Posted By
Making Black Girls "Ladylike"
by kameelah rasheed
August 22, 2007

"Looking at the intersection of race, gender, capitalism and pedagogy, the disciplinary efforts and hidden curriculum are working toward a desired young Black woman -- one who does not ask too many questions, accepts the power arrangements in schools and becomes a proper young lady -- pink bows and all. Schools since their inception have been focused on the poetics of assimilation and thus are sites of production not only for the ready-made American citizen who does not challenge his government or is a depoliticized consumers, but the 'acceptable' Black woman who is docile, domesticated and unchallenging."

Read the rest on WireTap Magazine.

Cheers! Sally Molini

Published September 07, 2007 Posted By
Land-O'-Plenty Shubunkin
by Sally Molini

Nothing breathes so well
as my little fish tank life,
its self-protective see-through
will, pink-pebbled with a
sylph or two of plastic grass.
Food dimples the water --
easy to eat and drift as trees
outside wave green fins...
[Read the rest]

From Mad Hatters' Review
Issue 7, February 2007

Alt Mag Mailbag :: September 7

Published September 07, 2007 Posted By
Volume 25 Number 2, Fall-Winter 2007

Humor Times
Issue Number 189, September 2007

In These Times
Volume 31 Number 9, September 2007

Kyoto Journal
Number 67, 2007

Labor Notes
Number 342, September 2007

Volume 32 Number 2, Summer 2007

Off Our Backs
Volume 37 Number 1, 2007

Our Times
Volume 26 Number 3, June/July 2007

Volume 92 Number 5, September/October 2007

Socialism and Democracy
Volume 21 Number 2, July 2007

Space and Culture
Volume 10 Number 3, August 2007

Voices from the Earth
Volume 8 Number 2, Summer 2007

White Crane
Number 73, Summer 2007

Z Magazine

In Memoriam :: Qurratulain Hyder

Published September 06, 2007 Posted By
From New Directions Publishing:

"Qurratulain Hyder, one of the most celebrated of Urdu fiction writers, died on August 21, 2007 near New Delhi, India after a protracted lung illness. She has been buried in the Jamia Millia Islamia cemetery, New Delhi. She was the author of some 12 novels and novellas and four collections of short stories, as well as numerous translations of classics. Aag Ka Darya, her magnum opus, is a landmark novel that explores the vast sweep of time and history. It tells a story that moves from the fourth century BC to the post-Independence period in India and Pakistan, pausing at the many crucial epochs of history. The novel was translated into English by the author and published by New Directions as River of Fire. Hyder was also the recipient of two civilian awards from the Indian government, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan."

New Online :: PLUCK!

Published September 05, 2007 Posted By
PLUCK! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture
"Our mission is to continue extolling the affrilachian aesthetic, 'making the invisible visible.' To that end, our goal is to celebrate outstanding contemporary literature and feature images, essays and articles that celebrate the rich artistic and cultural heritage of the region and the urban centers that are home to many of its migrants, small towns, regional cities like Knoxville, Charleston, Nashville, Chattanooga, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Spartanburg, Lexington, Roanoke and major manufacturing and transportation centers such as Birmingham, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Our distribution area will include every place in the region where excellence, culture and creativity is appreciated.

"Submissions: PLUCK! is looking for voices of color from the states touched by the Appalachians (Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania) and work with a strong sense of place that addresses the poet's unique experience in this brook of the African Diaspora."

Sample PDF issue is available online.

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