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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Coffee Shop on Haight Street, a singular venue for poetry readings during a time in which the interest in poetry had been replaced by the music, drugs, etc.)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.

Podcast :: Interviews from the Edge

Published October 22, 2007 Posted By
Chiamus Press has its very own October surprise: Interviews from the Edge. It's a new podcast series hosted by CP's east coast commandant, Shane Hinton, and features conversations with Chiasmus authors and artists. Episode #01 features a reading and conversation with 10: 01 author Lance Olsen. Interviews from the Edge will compliment CP's existing podcast, and will also be released on a monthly basis. Click and enjoy this inaugural episode and stay tuned for future ones. The next show will likely be released around the first of November.

Lit Mag Mailbag :: Oct 22

Published October 22, 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.

580 Split
Issue 9

Alaska Quarterly Review
Volume 24 Numbers 3&4
Fall&Winter 2007

Backwards City Review
Volume 3 Number 2
Fall 2007

College Literature
Volume 34 Number 4
Fall 2007

Green Mountains Review
Volume 20 Numbers 1&2
20th Anniversary Double Issue: American Apocalypse

Number 55
Fall 2007

The Literary Review
Volume 50 Number 4
Summer 2007

Main Street Rag
Volume 12 Number 3
Fall 2007

The Malahat Review
Number 160
Fall 2007

The New Centennial Review
Volume 7 Number 1
Spring 2007

One Story
Issue Number 95
Monthly Balloon Night by Tom Barbash

Oxford American
Issue 58
Fall 2007
The Music Issue (with CD)

Slice Magazine
Issue 1
Fall/Winter 2007

Issue 128
Guest Edited by Barbara Hamby and David Kirby

Volume 31 Number 2, Summer 2006
"Classical Music Terms Unravelled (or UnRavel-ed)"
Volume 31 Number 1, Spring 2006
"Qat in Yemen"

White Chimney
Issue 2
Summer 2007
"The Creative Arts Journal" - London, UK

Willow Springs
Issue 60
Fall 2007

The Yale Review
Volume 95 Number 4
October 2007

Creative Nonfiction :: Michale Stusser

Published October 21, 2007 Posted By
Down Dog!
True confessions of that lone guy in your yoga class
by Michael Stusser
From Concsious Choice
October 2007

"I was trying to stay focused — tame my monkey mind and concentrate on the lunge at hand. Really. But the woman in front of me was a dead-ringer for Halle Berry: honey-toned skin, sparkling teeth, hour-glass figure. Drishti! As we set up in Warrior, I noticed a tattoo at the small of her back. Focus! Then came the forward bends.

"Not to sound like a sexist yogic pig, but I’m the only guy in my yoga class, and at times I find it challenging to ignore the fact that I’m surrounded by people of the opposite sex, lunging and thrusting and breathing heavily. The ancient Hindu text Upanishads describes the mind as a chariot being dragged around by a team of wild horses that need to be reigned in hard. I think my horses are those Clydesdales on the Budweiser commercials..." [read the rest]

Jobs :: Various

Published October 21, 2007 Posted By
George Washington University. For appointment beginning in the fall of 2008, seeking a fiction writer to teach two semesters as the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington. Professor Jeffrey Cohen Chair, Dept. of English. November 15, 2007.

St. Olaf College, Assistant Professor of English: Creative Writing to teach creative writing, primarily poetry, with additional teaching responsibilities in literature & first-year writing. Mary Titus, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of English. November 9, 2007.

Villanova University tenure-track assistant professorship beginning Fall 2008 in creative writing, specializing in fiction; a secondary specialization in creative non-fiction is desirable. Prof. Evan Radcliffe, Chair, English Dept. November 9, 2007.

Florida Southern College, regular full-time position in English, with a concentration in creative writing, beginning August, 2008. Dr. Susan P. Conner, VPAA and Dean.

Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, invites applications for a one-semester leave replacement position in writing starting in January 2008. Pavel Cenkl,Dean of Academics. November 16, 2007.

The English Department at Bridgewater State College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing with a specialization in poetry.

Roosevelt University invites applications for a tenure-track position as fiction writer and director of our thriving creative writing program, to begin Fall 2008.

The English Department at Western Carolina University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor (Creative Writing, Fiction) to begin August 2008. Dr. Elizabeth Addison, Department of English. November 15, 2007.

Axton Poetry Fellow and Axton Fiction Fellow (2 positions), University of Louisville, Fall 2008 - writers who have received their terminal degree within the last five years in Creative Writing are invited to apply. Paul Griner, Director of Creative Writing. November 2, 2007,

Rollins College, Department of English, Theodore Bruce and Barbara Lawrence Alfond Chair of Creative Writing. Endowed Chair. The Department of English, Rollins College, invites applications and nominations for a Writer in Residence and Theodore Bruce and Barbara Lawrence Alfond Chair of Creative Writing, beginning August 2008. M.F.A. or Ph.D. preferred. Screening of nominees and applicants will begin October 20, 2007, and continue until the position is filled. Philip F. Deaver, Selection Committee Chair.

Jobs :: Various

Published October 20, 2007 Posted By
The Hendrix College Department of English seeks applications for a two-year teaching residency in poetry or fiction writing, beginning in the fall, 2008. Alice Hines, Search Committee Chair, Department of English. October 26, 2007.

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, Assistant Professor of English wanted for a tenure-track position in Creative Writing: Non-Fiction, beginning Sept. 1, 2008. Dr. Ron Rindo, Chair, Department of English. November 12, 2007.

Gilman School, Reginald S. Tickner Writing Fellowship in any genre: fiction, poetry, playwrighting, or creative non-fiction. Dr. Meg Tipper, Director, Writing Center. January 8, 2008.

Cleveland State University, Assistant Professor/Director of Creative Writing Programming, English Department. Dr. Louis Barbato, Chair, Department of English. November 1, 2007.

Franklin & Marshall College English Department invites applications from fiction writers for a possible one-year visiting Assistant Professorship, to begin in the fall of 2008. Judith Mueller, Chair, English Department. December 1, 2007.

Temple University English Department is looking to hire a distinguished fiction writer for one year to teach in our graduate creative writing program. Samuel R. Delany, Director of Graduate Creative Writing Program. December 10, 2007.

Ohio Wesleyan University seeks a specialist in creative non-fiction & expository writing with a compatible literary field. A full-time, tenure-track position, pending approval. Lynette Carpenter, Chair, Department of English. November 9, 2007.

Colgate University Olive B. O'Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing. January 1, 2008

First Book at the 2007 Quill Book Awards

Published October 19, 2007 Posted By
First Book has been selected as a signature charity of the Quills Literacy Foundation. First Book will be featured at the 2007 Quill Book Awards gala ceremony in New York City, hosted by NBC’s Ann Curry and Al Roker, with special guest Stephen Colbert. FB's long-time supporter, Academy Award-nominated actress Joan Allen, will present on their behalf. Check your local listings to watch the Quill Awards television special on NBC on Saturday, October 27.

The Quills Literacy Foundation, in partnership with NBC Universal Television Stations and Borders, Inc.®, will be auctioning a selection of autographed notable books and 2007 Quill Award winner and nominee titles between October 22 and midnight October 31 to raise funds for First Book.

First Book is a nonprofit organization with a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. They provide an ongoing supply of new books to children participating in community-based programs serving children in need.

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.

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