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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

Job :: SUNY Buffalo

Published August 28, 2007 Posted By
SUNY Buffalo seeks a poet at the senior level who will bring fresh perspectives to the study of poetry & poetics as demonstrated by a record of writing & teaching interests appropriate to undergraduate & PhD mentoring & instruction. Teaching load: 2/2; salary, benefits, & privileges competitive with other Research I-AA universities. Preference given to applications received by October 15. Please submit letter of application, c.v., & a list of recommenders electronically at www.ubjobs.buffalo.edu, posting #0601592

Job :: University of Michigan

Published August 28, 2007 Posted By
The Department of English invites applications for a poet to join the MFA faculty at the level of Assistant Professor, advanced Assistant, or new Associate. Looking for a colleague of distinction, although not necessarily seniority. Candidates should have a strong record of publication (a minimum of one book published or in press, two books preferred) & a history of excellence in teaching. As a member of our department, the candidate will teach graduate & undergraduate poetry workshops & other courses reflecting his/her interests & departmental needs. Members of the MFA Program share administrative duties on a rotational basis, so evidence of administrative talent & experience & willingness to serve will augment an otherwise strong application. Send letter of application, c.v., writing sample (no more than 15 pages; published material only), & evidence of teaching excellence to: Professor Sidonie Smith, Chair, Dept of English Language & Literature, University of Michigan, 3187 Angell Hall, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003, Attention: Recruitment Coordinator. Review of applications will begin September 30 & continue until the position is filled. Women & minorities are encouraged to apply.

Submissions :: Quiet Mountain Essays

Published August 28, 2007 Posted By
Quiet Mountain Essays (QME) is an online journal of original feminist writing, presented in an essays-only format, which publishes five times a year (January, March, June, August, and October). In the pages of QME, a woman writer can openly voice what she thinks without having to be mindful of micro-specialized politics or demographics. Consequently, a QME reader opens each essay not knowing what she or he may find.

Quiet Mountain Essays (QME) publishes in January, March, June, August, and October; accepting submissions all year. Each issue features 1-3 previously unpublished original essays, the number of which is dependent upon the volume of submissions. QME is an online publication only, there is no print companion. Its continued existence depends upon participation from women visiting this site. Male readers and writers should please respect the spirit of this woman-space site, unless responding to the Open Call (April 1- June 15) for the annual August Open Issue.

Resources :: ESL Gold

Published August 27, 2007 Posted By
For teachers and students alike, ESL Gold is packed with free resources (mostly free, with the usual sidebar ads that aren't too annoying). For students: links to places to study English; conversation partners (requires registration fee - but "Telephone Teachers" are paid); textbook recommendations language skills; learning strategies; quizzes; links; software and CD-ROMs (for purchase from site partners); and language exchange. For teachers: job list; handouts; textbook recommendations; teaching skills; TESOL courses; lesson plans and ideas; tips for teaching; teacher resources; ESL/EFL links; supplementary materials; software and CD-ROMs; games and activities. Much of the content is shared from other teachers, so this seems to be a cooperative resource. Great for new or even established teachers as well as ESL students.

New Online Lit Mag Issues Posted

Published August 26, 2007 Posted By
To view these new issues and other online mags, visit NewPages Guide to Online Literary Magazines

Absent Magazine
Issue 2

Boxcar Poetry Review
Issue 9

The Pedestal Magazine
Issue 41

Beer Alert :: Support NewPages Blog

Published August 26, 2007 Posted By
In keeping with our fellow literary web sites that tout their own "donate" buttons and mimic government terroist alerts when their need grows (yellow, orange, red), we felt it was only fair that we make our own request for support. But, as is often asked: What exactly is the money for? Do you really need the money to support your operations? We have been open and honest about exactly how your contribution will be spent: on beer. It is, after all, a major part of what keeps NewPages operational, and as main blogger, I can attest, it certainly would motivate my continued efforts. No donation is too small - since even a dollar can be put in the kitty to get a six-pack from the corner party store, though a true "pint" at our local brewery is about $3. If you really want to show your love, $5 refills one of our growlers on Tuesday nights. What a deal. The pint pictured is one of our favorite varieties - IPA -just click on it to donate through PayPal. We're just trying to devise our own alert system of showing the level going down and issuing a "Foam Alert" when we're staring at an empty glass.

Lit Mag Mailbag :: August 26

Published August 26, 2007 Posted By
Alligator Juniper
Issue 12, 2007
Annual

Beloit Poetry Journal
Volume 58 Number 1, Fall 2007
Quarterly

Calyx
Volume 24 Number 1, Summer 2007
Triannual

Cavaet Lector
Volume 19 Number 2, Summer 2007
Quarterly

Cave Wall
Number 2, Summer 2007
Biannual

Cimarron Review
Issue 160, Summer 2007
Quarterly

Conveyer
Issue Number 2, Summer 2007
Annual?

Fiddlehead
Number 232, Summer 2007
Quarterly

Glimmer Train
Issue 64, Fall 2007
Quarterly

Matter
Issue 10, 2007
Biannual

New Genre
Issue 5, Spring 2007
Annual

New Letters
Volume 73 Number 3, 2007
Quarterly

New York Quarterly
Number 63, 2007
Quarterly

North Dakota Quarterly
Volume 74 Number 1, Winter 2007
Quarterly

Open Minds Quarterly
Volume 9 Number 2, Summer 2007
Quarterly

Poetry
Volume 190 Number 5, September 2007
Monthly

A Public Space (APS)
Issue 4, 2007
Quarterly

River Teeth
Volume 8 Number 2, Spring 2007
Biannual

Salmagundi
Numbers 155-156, Summer-Fall 2007
Quarterly

The Sewanee Review
Volume 115 Number 3, Summer 2007
Quarterly

South Loop Review
Volume 9, 2006
Annual

Tampa Review
Issue 33/34, 2007
Biannual

In Memoriam :: Grace Paley

Published August 24, 2007 Posted By

Short story writer Grace Paley, 84, passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2007.

NPR offers a special remembrance with numerous audio archive pieces.

First Fiction :: Kore Press

Published August 22, 2007 Posted By
Kore Press publishes its first fiction, joining the short story chapbook craze with "The Saving Work" by Tiphanie Yanique, hot off the laser printer this week. As with many of KP's limited edition and handbound books, "The Saving Work" is assembled individually by staff and volunteers; each cover features a unique burn mark, created in-house with a decidedly low-tech candle and flame. "The Saving Work" was chosen by final judge Margot Livesey as the winner of our first Fiction Chapbook competition. The next deadline is October 31, 2007.

Job :: National University

Published August 22, 2007 Posted By
National University invites applications for a fulltime, Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at our Los Angeles campus. M.F.A. or Ph.D. by date of hire and publications in fiction or literary nonfiction required.

BA Seeks MFA or MAw/CW &/or PhD

Published August 21, 2007 Posted By
We have what you're looking for! Created by popular demand:

NewPages Guide to Graduate Creative Writing Programs

This page is "in progress." If you know of a graduate school writing program that is not currently listed, please let us know. More information on listed programs will be posted in Sept. 2007. That is, as they say, the plan.

This page will also link to a larger list of creative writing programs, including undergrad programs and a list of annual creative writing conferences, workshops & retreats. Any not listed that you would like to see? Let us know!

O. Henry? Oh my - it's Shannon Cain!

Published August 21, 2007 Posted By
A short story by Kore Press Executive Director Shannon Cain has been selected for inclusion in the 2008 O. Henry Prize anthology. According to Kore: "These days we often find Shannon at her desk, gazing into space, incredulous and a little bit weepy." Shannon's story, "The Necessity of Certain Behaviors," originally appeared in the New England Review. The O. Henry Prize anthology is due out in May 2008 from Anchor Books. Congrats Shannon - we support you letting this go to your head for as long as you like!
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