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New Alt Mag :: a.magazine

Published November 02, 2007 Posted By
"a.magazine is a nonfiction literary magazine showcasing established and emerging writers and artists from Africa and across the globe. a.magazine takes pride in its innovative style, blending quality narrative with a strong graphic layout for a unique 'lit-trade' mix. It has the permanence of a literary publication and the premium finish of a design magazine. Published quarterly, a.magazine is available in U.S. independent bookstores and to subscribers worldwide. The first issue of a.magazine will hit newsstands at the end of October."

Film :: Word is Out 30th Anniversary DVD

Published November 02, 2007 Posted By
Thirty years ago, in 1977, Word is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives startled audiences across the country when it appeared in movie theaters and on television. The first feature-length documentary about lesbian and gay identity made by gay filmmakers, the film had a huge impact when it was released and became an icon of the emerging gay rights movement of the 1970s.

In honor of its place in our collective history, Word Is Out has been selected for the Legacy Project for GLBT Film Preservation by Outfest and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The original film negative will be restored this year, and the re-mastered 35 mm print will be shown at public events in Los Angeles and San Francisco. It will then be available for international exhibition through Word Is Out's longtime distributor, New Yorker Films.

The 30th anniversary DVD will include the original theatrical version of the film, exclusive updates on the cast and the filmmakers and an homage to Peter Adair, originator and inspired producer of Word is Out who died of AIDS in 1996.

Essays :: Coffee Reconciliation

Published November 02, 2007 Posted By
Shilling for Starbucks
How I Made Peace with Coffee and the Green Machine

By Hal Brill

"I brewed myself a cup of coffee today. No big deal, except that until a few weeks ago I had never done that. Coffee occupied a blurry place in my psyche - I liked it but also feared the bean. A couple of jittery, heart-racing experiences had taught me to minimize consumption. I avoided learning barista skills to keep temptation off the table.

"The blend I had this afternoon was of fresh Starbucks beans that arrived unexpectedly, a gift from the company after our recent tour. It achieved exactly what they hoped, sealing my fate. I've become not only a coffee drinker, but also a converted Starbucks fan. YIKES! How can this be? Is there something in their brew that has crushed my will to resist both stimulants and corporate allegiance?"

[read the rest on GreenMoney Journal]

Howl Against Censorship :: Pacifica Radio

Published October 31, 2007 Posted By
"Fifty years ago, on October 3, Judge Clayton Horn ruled that Allen Ginsberg's great epic Beat-era poem HOWL was not obscene but instead, a work of literary and social merit. This ruling allowed for the publication of HOWL and exonerated the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who faced jail time and a fine 50 years ago for publishing HOWL.

"Fifty years later, with draconian FCC fines for language infractions, you still can't hear HOWL on the radio. That's something to howl about. This October, Pacifica Radio Network released a commemoration of Judge Horn’s ruling on behalf of free speech, with a recording of the poet Allen Ginsberg, himself, reading the unadulterated HOWL."

Download/listen on

Festival :: Nature of Words 11.1-4.07

Published October 31, 2007 Posted By
The Nature of Words, Central Oregon’s premier literary event, annually showcases acclaimed authors and poets whose writing deals primarily, but not exclusively, with the literal and metaphorical Western landscape. Scheduled for November 1-4, 2007, participants in the long weekend can choose from author readings, workshops, and panel discussions.

Art :: Ella Tulin

Published October 30, 2007 Posted By
Feminist Studies, Volume 33 Number 1, features a discussion of the works of Ella Tulin (September 15, 1930 ~ January 27, 2006), who is quoted on her site as saying: "The way I celebrate life is through the making of sculpture. I sculpt women, earthy, vulnerable, open, sexy, joyful, pained and exuding life. The woman's pelvis cradles the world." Worth seeking out this publication, as well as the appreciative perspectives of Tulin's work of the female form.

Essay :: The F_ Bomb

Published October 30, 2007 Posted By
From Maisonneuve's Watch Your Mouth Department:

What the F___?
Film critic Matthew Hays looks at print media's hidebound, prim, knee-jerk, paternalistic, unthinking, programmtic attitude towards the word "fuck."

"This past April, as the final season of The Sopranos was about to unravel on HBO, I came across what seemed like a perfect Canadian angle on the iconic American series: a Quebec actor, Philippe Bergeron, had landed a small but pivotal role in the final season’s first episode. He was playing one of two petty crooks from Quebec who conduct some business with Tony Soprano. I pitched the story to the Globe and Mail and the editors bit..."

Submissions :: Coal Hill Review

Published October 30, 2007 Posted By
Published online by Autumn Press, Coal Hill is dedicated to publishing fine poetry by both emerging and established writers. The inageral issue features Timothy Donnelly, David Huddle, Thomas Lux, Hila Ratzabi, David Swerdlow, Jennifer Wallace and Lissa Warren. Joshua Storey, Editor and Anna Catone, Associate Editor. Reading period of September 1 to May 1.

New Issue Online :: Paradigm

Published October 29, 2007 Posted By
Rain Farm Press announces the release of the fourth issue of Paradigm arts journal. Dubbed "The Vintage Issue," this final issue of 2007 features exclusive interviews with bestselling Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt ("Will in the World") and Emmy-winning TV personality and vintner Michael Chiarello, host of Food Network's "Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello."

New Lit on the Block :: Bruiser

Published October 29, 2007 Posted By
Bruiser Review is a tri-quarterly publication, printed in January, June and October of each year. BR have an open submissions policy and welcome your unsolicited fiction, poems, articles and artwork year round. BR seeks to publish the finest writers in America and abroad. As a general rule, we prefer literary pieces with an emphasis on character development, written in a realistic language. The first issue of BR will hit the streets in January 2008. (Thanks to Matt Bell for this find.)

New Lit & Submissions :: Arch

Published October 29, 2007 Posted By
Arch Journal is a web-based annual journal publishing poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, and translations sponsored by Washington University English department and run by the graduate students of the Arts & Sciences programs of Washington University. The first issue is expected by the January 2008.

Books :: Design Like You Give A Damn

Published October 28, 2007 Posted By
The greatest humanitarian challenge we face today is that of providing shelter. Currently one in seven people lives in a slum or refugee camp, and more than three billion people — nearly half the world's population — do not have access to clean water or adequate sanitation. The physical design of our homes, neighborhoods, and communities shapes every aspect of our lives. Yet too often architects are desperately needed in the places where they can least be afforded.

Edited by Architecture for Humanity, Design Like You Give a Damn is a compendium of innovative projects from around the world that demonstrate the power of design to improve lives. This first book to bring the best of humanitarian architecture and design to the printed page offers a history of the movement toward socially conscious design and showcases more than 80 contemporary solutions to such urgent needs as basic shelter, health care, education, and access to clean water, energy, and sanitation.

Design Like You Give a Damn is an indispensable resource for designers and humanitarian organizations charged with rebuilding after disaster and engaged in the search for sustainable development. It is also a call to action to anyone committed to building a better world.

Powers Receives High Praise - from Homeless

Published October 28, 2007 Posted By
From the blog of J.L. Powers, author of The Confessional and *hopefully* forthcoming second novel, Killing Isaac:

What You Leave in the Trash Can
By Jess | September 21, 2007

A couple of months ago, I started shredding my rough drafts before I took them out to be recycled. I’m not sure why, exactly, except for this vague uneasy totally paranoid feeling that maybe somebody might steal my latest, almost completed novel Killing Isaac and somehow manage to get it published before I do, with their name attached instead of mine.

Absurd, right?

Well, about four weeks ago...[read the rest - it's short and funny]

Jobs :: Various

Published October 28, 2007 Posted By
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Creative Writing-Fiction, San Diego State University. William A. Nericcio, Chair, Department of English and Comparative Literature. November 2, 2007.

The College of Wooster Visiting Assistant Professor of English, beginning fall 2008. Three-year position. Jennifer Hayward Department of English. December 4, 2007.

Middlebury College. Established poet with Ph.D. and ability to teach introductory and advanced poetry-writing workshops, courses on the theory and history of poetic forms, and British and international authors and literatures.

Framingham State College English Department invites gifted writers & teachers to
apply for a position as a tenure-track Assistant Professor, to begin September 2008, to teach creative writing, literature, & first-year writing. Professor Elaine Beilin, Chair, English Department. November 30, 2007.

Wabash College Department of English invites candidates with primary specializations in fiction writing & American literature for a full-time, tenure-track position. Thomas P. Campbell, Chair, Department of English. November 16, 2007.

Nebraska Wesleyan University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Creative Writing (Poetry and Fiction). Sarah Kelen, Chair, English Department. November 16, 2007.

Adelphi University, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Fiction. November 12, 2007.

Books :: Little Toot Redux

Published October 27, 2007 Posted By
From NPR: "In honor of what would have been Gramatky's 100th birthday, Penguin Putnam is reissuing a restored version of Little Toot, reviving the rich colors that were diminished in subsequent editions. The book also features full-color manuscript sketches, and reintroduces parts of the book's original bindings. Scott Simon and Daniel Pinkwater preview [audio online] the newly released version of the children's classic."

Alt Mag Mailbag :: Oct 27

Published October 27, 2007 Posted By
For information about these and many other quality alternative magazines, click the links or visit The NewPages Guide to Alternative Magazines.

America's leading magazine on the art of politics and the cinema
Volume 32 Number 2
Spring 2007

The Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion
Volume 28 Number 3
Autumn 2007

For Social Responsibilities, liberty and dissent
Volume 10 Number 3
Summer 2006

The Essential Worldwide Roots Music Guide
Number 293
November 2007

Ideas and Culture :: Made in Canada
Volume 16 Number 66
Fall 2007

Guild Practitioner
A journal of legal theory and practice: "…to the end that human rights shall be more sacred than property interests."
Volume 64 Number 1
Spring 2007

Korean Quarterly
Tenth Anniversary Issue
Volume 11 Number 1
Fall 22007

The Spirit in Life
Issue 49 Volume 23
Autumn 2007

Independent, Jewish & frankly feminist
Volume 32 Number 3
Fall 2007

White Crane
Gay Wisdom and Culture
Number 74
Fall 2007

Lit Mag Mailbag :: Oct 27

Published October 27, 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 Bitter Oleander
Includes Rob Cook interview and selections
Volume 13 Number 2

Five Points
Volume 11 Number 3

The Georgia Review
Volume 61 Number 3
Fall 2007

The Hudson Review
Volume 60 Number 3
Autumn 2007

Number 22
Fall 2007

New Writing from the Americas
Issue 10, 2007

New Letters
Volume 73 Number 4

Oleander Review
U of Mich - Open submission publication
Issue 1
Fall 2007

One Story
The Strings Attached by James Scott
Issue Number 96

Volume 2
Spring 2007

Santa Monica Review
Volume 19 Number 2
Fall 2007

Southern Review
Volume 43 Number 4
Autumn 2007

Volume 19 Number 3
Autumn 2007

World Literature Today
Volume 81 Number 6
Nov-Dec 2007

A Journal of Speculative Fiction
Issue 14
Winter 2007

Postal Rate Hike from Hell - Last Call

Published October 26, 2007 Posted By
From Jeffrey Lependorf, Executive Director, Council of Literary Magazines and Presses

Dear CLMP Publishers,

We are making a last ditch appeal for horror stories created by the most recent postal rate case. If you would take just a few minutes and outline the problems created by this massive increase, they can be very helpful to our effort. Note that we are looking for stories about how both the PERIODICALS RATE and/or the BULK RATE changes affecting you. There will be parties using your letters representing various aspects of the postal rate hikes, so we want to hear about both.

As I reported previously to you, we are helping the consortium of folks pursuing a Senate Hearing after the Congressional Hearing. The hope is to get the rates revised in a future Rate case.

Please send your letters ASAP to . Even a single paragraph letter is helpful. If you have any questions, please contact John Bell (), who is coordinating this effort (thanks, John!).

Thanks for your support -- it's not too late for things to change for the better, but we need as much participation as possible for it to happen!


Jeffrey Lependorf, Executive Director
Council of Literary Magazines and Presses / CLMP - 40th Anniversary Year!
Small Press Distribution / SPD
Literary Ventures Fund / LVF
154 Christopher Street
Suite 3C
New York, NY 10014

tel: (212) 741-9110 X14
fax: (212) 741-9112

Art :: The Southern Review

Published October 26, 2007 Posted By
The latest issue of The Southern Review feature the artwork of Makoto Fujimura. The eight paintings come from two of Fujimura’s recent collections: The Splendor of the Medium, which uses carefully ground minerals to spectacular effect, and Water Flames, based on Dante’s Divine Comedy. The images are available on TSR's website, though it's worth getting a hold of this issue of the magazine for the gorgeous full-color reproductions on glossy pages.

Podcasts :: Sierra Club Radio

Published October 26, 2007 Posted By
Sierra Club Radio is a weekly half hour program produced by Sierra Club staff and hosted by Orli Cotel. Each week you'll hear in-depth interviews with politicians, authors, celebrities, artists, and activists inspired by nature. We also feature lifestyle tips from Sierra magazine's "Green Life" editor, Jennifer Hattam, and from advice columnist "Mr. Green," as well as occasional commentary from Club Executive Director Carl Pope. Each program is approximately 30 minutes.

Readers Awards :: New Letters

Published October 24, 2007 Posted By
New Letters wants you to name your favorite stories, your favorite individual poems, and favorite essays you read in New Letters this past year, from volume 73, nos. 4 (current issue), 3, 2 or 1. Complete their online form by November 5, 2007, and they will honor your choices in the next issue of the magazine.

Submissions :: Quiddity

Published October 24, 2007 Posted By
Quiddity Literary Journal, along with its companion public radio program, are pleased to announce a call for submissions for its inaugural print issue. Quiddity is seeking short fiction and poetry from emerging and established writers. International submissions are encouraged. Work accepted for the inaugural issue of Quiddity will be published in the spring 2008 issue of the literary journal, published by Springfield College-Benedictine University. Contributors may be asked to read their work for the companion public radio program on WUIS-WIPA.

Wrirting Workshop in Italy

Published October 24, 2007 Posted By
Narrative Prose Writing Workshop
June 15 - 22, 2008
Vitorchiano, Italy
Peter Selgin, author of By Cunning & Craft: Sound Advice and Practical Wisdom for Fiction WritersIncludes workshops, conferences, excursions, day off, readings, gala dinner.

In Memoriam :: Laura Ulewicz

Published October 22, 2007 Posted By
Poet Laura Ulewicz
1930 - 2007

An excerpt from Stephen Vincent's blog, October 14, 2007:

"In the late fifties through the early seventies, Laura Ulewicz - a Polish-American woman from Detroit - was very present in both North Beach and the Haight-Ashbury. (In the late sixties she owned the I & Thou Coffee Shop on Haight Street, a singular venue for poetry readings during a time in which the interest in poetry had been replaced by the music, drugs, etc.) [. . .] I would say that Laura wrote some very significant poems, indeed quite fierce, probing and smart - drawing from her Polish American roots, her wanderings back and forth across the country, and her encounters in California. Romantic in its sense of quest, but definitely very smart and counter-romantic in terms of its continental yield [read the rest along with SV's response to one of her poems]."

Cue News

Published October 22, 2007 Posted By
"CUE is expanding. In the coming year we'll be moving away from print and towards an on-line format. Away from publishing prose poetry exclusively and towards a more inclusive format that embraces both prose poetry and lineated work. We're also starting a chapbook press, CUE Editions, that will publish limited-edition, hand-made chapbooks." Mark Horosky's Let It Be Nearby will be the first book in Cue's new chapbook series.

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