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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.

Call for Session Proposals :: Winter Wheat

Published September 05, 2007 Posted By
Session proposals are now being sought for Winter Wheat: The Mid-American Review Festival of Writing, slated for November 13-16, 2008 on the Bowling Green State University campus in northwestern Ohio.

Zine Reviews and News

Published September 05, 2007 Posted By
Zine Related News is a new sister site to Syndicated Zine Reviews. Its purpose is to provide a community bulletin board for news and announcements pertaining to the world of self-publishing. Anyone can post messages simply by sending an email to jackcheiky dot zinenews at blogger dot com. Appropriate news would include conventions and gatherings, the rise and fall of distribution channels, changes or possible changes in laws that affect publishing and free speech, etc. This is NOT a place to promote specific publications beyond changes of address or what have you. All are encouraged to post news here, but content will be closely monitored for appropriateness. Related site: Live Journal Zine Reviews.

Lit Mag Mailbag :: September 5

Published September 05, 2007 Posted By
The American Poetry Review
Volume 36 Number 5, Sept/Oct 2007
Bimonthly

Arkansas Review
Volume 38 Number 2, August 2007
Triannual

Canteen Magazine
Issue 1, 2007
Quarterly

Cut Bank
67, Spring 2007
Biannual

Feminist Studies
Volume 33 Number 1, Spring 2007
Triannual

Glimmer TrainIssue 64, Fall 2007
Quarterly

Greensboro Review
Number 82, Fall 2007
Biannual

Hiram Poetry Review
Issue 68, Spring 2007
Annual

Inkwell
Number 21, Spring 2007
Biannual

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet
Number 16
Biannual

New England Review
Volume 28 Number 3, 2007
Quarterly

North Central Review
Spring 2007
Biannual

One Story
Issue Number 93, 2007
Monthly

The Rambler
Volume 4 Number 5, Sep-Oct 2007
Bi-monthly

Ruminate
Issue 5, Fall 2007
Quarterly

Southern Humanities Review
Volume 41 Number 3, Summer 2007
Quarterly

Wasafiri
Issue Number 49, Winter 2006
Triannual

World Literature Today
Volume 81 Number 5, Sep-Oct 2007
Quarterly

Film :: King Corn

Published September 04, 2007 Posted By
"We spend less of our income on food than any generation in history. And fewer of us are needed to produce that food than ever before. But we also might be the first generation to live in a time when abundance brings too much." -King Corn

"In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of skeptical neighbors, genetically modified seeds, nitrogen fertilizers and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow the pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about what we eat - and how we farm."

See this as a double feature with Fast Food Nation or make it a triple and add on Supersize Me, and I don't know how you can ever look at the American food system the same way again.

See more info and trailer here.

Jobs :: Numerous Posts

Published September 04, 2007 Posted By
The English Department at Western Kentucky University seeks applicants for the following position: Distinguished Visiting Professor in Creative Writing (Fiction or Creative Nonfiction), Summer 2008. Contact: Dr. Dale Rigby, Department of English Chair.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English & Comparative Literature & the Creative Writing Program seeks to bring an emerging talent to campus for a one-year teaching appointment as the Kenan Visiting Writer, a position that alternates between poetry & prose. Contact: Bland Simpson, Director, Creative Writing Program/Visiting Writer Search Committee.

Wichita State University Director of Creative Writing & Assistant/Associate Professor of English in Creative Writing, tenure eligible, beginning spring or fall 2008. Contact Margaret Dawe, Chair, Department of English.

Western Washington University Tenure-track assistant professor of Creative Writing beginning September 2008. Deadline: November 6, 2007.

Seminars :: SLS Kenya & Russia

Published September 04, 2007 Posted By
Summer Literary Seminars is "premised on the not-so-novel idea that one's writing can greatly benefit from the keen sense of temporary displacement created by an immersion in a thoroughly foreign culture and street vernacular; that one's removing himself/herself from the routine context of his/her life, of one's own free will, tends to provide for a creative jolt, as it were, by offering up a wholly new perspective, new angle of looking at the customary and the mundane." Upcoming seminars include Nairobi & Lamu, Kenya (December 14-28, 2007) and St. Petersburg, Russia (June 15-July 8, 2008).

New Lit on the Block :: St. Petersburg Review

Published September 04, 2007 Posted By
St. Petersburg Review, Issue #1 (216 pages) contains 48 pieces (poetry, fiction, and nonfiction) by 34 writers; 28, or 58 percent of the pieces are in translation, and 16 of the authors(47 percent) are non-American, many, in this issue, Russian writers who teach or lecture at St. Petersburg Summer Literary Seminars (SLS). The first issue is enhanced by its symbiotic relationship with SLS. Besides providing an all-star list of Russian and American writers for SPR editors to solicit, SLS served as the venue for the journal’s launch, and provided a copy to each workshop participant. In the first two weeks of SPR’s launch, over 200 copies were sold and/or distributed. Unsolicited submissions of fiction, poetry, essays, and plays will be accepted September 1 through January 15 of each year.

The Anthology Question

Published September 02, 2007 Posted By
Let’s start the day out with a nice controversy, shall we? Lately, I’ve been running across a lot of “calls for submissions” for anthologies – anything from first-time mom stories to stories from women with diabetes to gay experience poetry and stories to writing from self-abusers – the specialty focus list seems never ending. Now, at first glance, these seem “legitimate” subjects to cover in an anthology, which means to gather together like-experiences to share with others who may be seeking to connect or to understand the experiences of others. So far so good. Where this begins to fall apart for me in terms of legitimacy is when the publisher of the anthology seems to mimic the all-too-famous poetry contest scams (which also seem never ending). That is, the anthology publishes three or four dozen writers, offers a pre-order discount for those whose works are published, and provides no marketing for the book. Basically, all costs are covered and *perhaps* a tidy profit is made from the sales of just those whose work is published. I mean, c’mon – Ellen gets her baby story published in an anthology – how many copies do you think she, her family and her friends are going to buy? There’s at least half a dozen book sales (not to mention putting two copies away for when baby is grown up, so make it eight copies).

Okay, that’s my cynical self. Let’s try the flip side. Anthologies really are a cool creation. They bring like-minded people together, they help us to connect with others in this vast world of ours in which we so often feel disconnected. They put voices out there that might otherwise have never had a chance all on their lonesome and give space to and validate human condition and experience. All good, yes? And let's face it, it's not easy to slog through hundreds of submissions and pick out, edit, layout and publish a solid collection of writing. So if anthology publishers do make any money, they've earned it for their work in publishing you.

I don’t know. I guess I’m stuck on the more cynical perspective at the moment. Help me out readers – I try to post valid calls on this blog – not wanting to become just another clearinghouse where anyone and everyone can get listed. Are these random anthologies valid? Should they be listed? Would you want to send your writing in to them? Would you list it as a publishing credit on your vitae?

To clarify – I’m not talking about ALL anthologies. Generally, the ones I question are those that are not associated with any other organization or publication, that seem to only publish this one book and that’s pretty much all they do. I also often e-mail the contact people for these and ask them two questions: Who is sponsoring this publication? How do you plan to market the book once it’s published? So far, of the dozen or so queries I’ve sent out, only one has replied answering both questions. The answers? No one and none. At least they were honest.

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Job :: U of Southern Cal

Published August 31, 2007 Posted By
Director of Professional Writing Program, University of Southern California. The USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences seeks an outstanding full-time director of the Master of Professional Writing (MPW) Program beginning January 2008.

High School Prize for Female Poet

Published August 31, 2007 Posted By
High School Prize - an annual prize for sophmore & junior girls in Massachusetts.
Award: $500
Judge for 2008: Sharon Olds
The winner & three finalists will read their poems at the Judge’s reading Smith College, April 8, 2008
Submissions accepted: October 1 - December 1, 2007
One poem per student, maximum of 25 lines.
No entry fee. Application form required.
Winners will be announced March 1, 2008

BookCrossing: The Catch and Release of Books

Published August 31, 2007 Posted By
This is a blast. You register your book on the site (for free) and get a printout to post in the book. Then you "release" the book into the human wilds with a note on it that indicates it's a free book for the finder to read, log onto the web site and write about (track), and re-release it for another reader to find. Finders/Readers can make their own comments on the book - where they found it, what they thought of it, where they've left it, etc. It's a great community recycling project that has to make somebody's dream come true: "If I ruled the world, books would be free and would just appear on park benches or on subways at random..." Go now, register one of your (many, many - I know you have TOO many) books, and set it free. It's time. BookCrossing.

Job :: U of Nebraska

Published August 30, 2007 Posted By
University of Nebraska - Omaha. Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Fiction with a secondary area of specialization in Screenwriting, Playwriting or other area wanted. Twelve-hour workload in a nationally rrecognized BFA creative writing program within the College of Communication, Fine Arts, & Media. Teaching duties may include Fundamentals; Studio, basic to advanced levels; Contemporary Writers In Print & In Person; Form & Theory (may be designed to reflect instructor

Eco-Libris: The Guiltless Gift

Published August 30, 2007 Posted By
Have a big reader on your gift list? Tired of buying corporate gift cards? Here's a twist: help your reader reduce their footprint (or is it spine print) on the planet with Eco-Libris. For every book you read, you can "balance it out" by paying Eco-Libris to plant a tree for you. And it's cheap: five bucks to balance out five books. A buck a book. There's a slight break the higher you go, but seriously, this is cheaper than my state tax on a single book, and I have NO idea where that money even goes (although the nightly news does give some indication). The goal of EcoLibris is grand: "We want to balance out half a million books by the end of 2008." Okay folks, let's get started!

Job :: U of Wisconsin

Published August 30, 2007 Posted By
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh. Assistant Professor of English wanted for a tenure-track position in Creative Writing: Non-Fiction, beginning Sept. 1, 2008. MFA or PhD required. Expectations include college teaching experience; an active publication agenda; & the ability to teach undergraduate & graduate courses in creative writing as well as general education courses in literature & composition. Opportunity to direct MA theses. Service oon committees & advising of English majors expected. Twenty-four credit teaching load with six credits reassigned to writing for active writers. Competitive salary, strong support for professional activity, & excellent benefits. Send letter of application, c.v., statement of teaching philosophy, three current letters of recommendation, & official graduate transcripts to: Dr. Ron Rindo, Chair, Department of English, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI 54901-8692 . Application deadline: November 12. Employment will require a criminal background check. AA/EOE.

Submissions :: Columbia Poetry Review

Published August 30, 2007 Posted By
Columbia Poetry Review is accepting submissions from now until November 30th.

Submissions :: Front Porch

Published August 30, 2007 Posted By
Front Porch is now accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, reviews, and AV for their fall issue. FP has a new online submission system.

Online Lit Mag :: Fresh Yarn

Published August 30, 2007 Posted By
FRESH YARN is "the first Online Salon for Personal Essays. Part literary publication, part virtual spoken-word, all personal essays. Every four weeks, FRESH YARN presents six new pieces written by a diverse lineup of all-star writers, directors, producers, performers and personalities."

Online Poetry :: bear parade

Published August 29, 2007 Posted By
With no dates on the site, I can only guess this is a new effort that will be growing: bear parade - "raaaar" - is electronically published collections of poetry and short fiction, free for everyone. Currently on the site, works by Mazie Louise Montgomery, Ellen Kennedy, Tao Lin, Ofelia Hunt, Noah Cicero, Matthew Rohrer, Michael Earl Craig. The site also includes a classics section - "raaaareth" - which thus far only contains Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, which, if you are not familiar with this work, is well worth the trip to read, or rather, the trip it provides in reading. bear parade - check it out.

Job :: Colorado College

Published August 28, 2007 Posted By
Colorado College - Assistant Professor. The Department of English seeks a fiction writer with a strong record of publication & teaching for a tenure-track position. Terminal degree such as MFA or PhD or equivalent preferred. Send letter of application, c.v., statement of teaching philosophy, & four letters of recommendation by October 29 to: Professor David Mason, Department of English, Colorado College, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

Featured Mag :: RootsWorld

Published August 28, 2007 Posted By
"RootsWorld: Listening to the Planet is primarily a world and roots music magazine" whose "first mission is to bring our readers good information and knowledgeable opinions about the world of music and culture."

RootsWorld is a great portal to world music. "World music." Once when this was my answer to a co-worker asking me what I liked to listen to, he then said, "That's what people say when they don't know what they like." Clearly, his concept of "world music" was overplayed cafe loops of Putomayo CDs. Don't get me wrong, I have a few of those brightly colored CDs in my collection, but they served their purpose - to get me out looking for the individual musicians. That's where RootsWorld comes in.

RootsWorld features a dozen musicians and their albums on their homepage with links to more information about each and a sample track. Additionally, the site offers interviews, reviews, and Roots Radio - extended programs of music from several artists. Defnitely the place to visit if you are indeed a true world music fan!

Submissions :: The Progressive

Published August 28, 2007 Posted By
"The Progressive, a national magazine that has been a leading voice for peace and social justice since 1909,seeks submissions of previously unpublished poetry for inclusion in its pages. While we are a political magazine, the poems need not be overtly political in subject; politics is enacted at all levels, from the public to the private, and we seek strong work that speaks meaningfully to a wide range of experience. For a better idea of what we publish, we encourage you to read the magazine before submitting. Please send up to five poems and include your name, address, email (if applicable), and phone number on each page. Submissions may be sent by regular mail to: The Progressive, 409 E. Main St., Madison, WI 53703, or emailed to: poetry(at)progressive.org (replace (at) with @)."

Thomas Lynch on Cemetary Scams

Published August 28, 2007 Posted By
The following is an excerpt from one of my all-time favorite writers and funeral directors, Thomas Lynch. True, I know only one funeral director, so making him my all-time favorite may not be saying much, but I do know quite a few writers, if that helps the recommendation. Thomas is no-nonsense in his balancing words with our culture's treatment of death and dying, and at the same time, his writing is a lot of serious fun. For example, his idea of combining golf courses with cemetaries to make better use of land space and encourage family visitation. This latest contribution offers humor, but delivers and even stronger message on the role of politics and greed in our simple desire to rest in peace.

In Michigan, Not Even the Dead Are Safe
By Op-Ed Contributor Thomas Lynch
Published: April 29, 2007

THE big cemetery with the name like a golf course out on the Interstate across from the mall was seized by a state conservator this winter. Seems someone took the money — $70 million in prepaid trust funds — and ran. It’s one of those theme park enterprises with lawn crypts and cheap statuary and an army of telemarketers calling up locals in the middle of dinner to sell us all our “commemorative estates.”

“You don’t want to be a burden to your children, do you?” So says the “memorial counselor” with the sales pitch and the flip chart and the forms to “sign here” on the bottom line — the bargain-in-the-briefcase peace of mind. Why not? I say, though never out loud. My children have all been burdens to me. Isn’t that what the best of life is — bearing our burdens honorably?

[Read the rest: NY Times Online.]

New Issue Online :: Failbetter 24

Published August 28, 2007 Posted By
failbetter 24 is up now, at www.failbetter.com It features stories by Daniel Alarc
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