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The Humanist Essay Contest 3.3.08

Published October 08, 2007 Posted By
The Humanist Essay Contest is geared toward exposing students in grades 9-12 to humanism and issues of importance to humanists while financially helping these young scholars advance in their studies. Prizes are awarded for originality of thought, sense of emotional engagement, clarity and quality of presentation, amount of research evidenced, and future potential shown by the author. Deadline of March 3, 2008.

Shadow Massacre
by J.B. Marek
Humanist Essay Contest
1st Place Winner 2007

"I always forget them after I kill them." These are chilling words from a bold and intrepid leader known the world over. This youthful hellion led a surefooted band of ruffian orphans through hostile territory seeking blood and revenge. They crept noiselessly along warpaths, silent as shadows, disappearing as quickly as rabbits. Who is this indomitable commander with the courage to challenge a lion, the ability to hear danger in his sleep, and the ruthlessness to chop off a man's hand?

He is a child, the notorious Peter Pan.

[. . .]

Although J.M. Barrie died in 1937, he would not be surprised if he were alive today to hear that many teenage rebels in Sierra Leone were often scared of what Singer refers to as the ruthless "small-boy" units. And yet, while Barrie's character Peter Pan sees many tragedies during his make-believe adventures, he forgets them all. Peter Pan and his cadre of orphans are galvanized by their short memory and the innocence of youth provided by the author. The child soldiers in Sierra Leone had no such protection. They are scarred for life by the violence forced upon them.

[Read the rest of this 17-year-old's compelling essay here.]

Sunday Beer Talk

Published October 07, 2007 Posted By
Since putting up the "Buy NewPages a Pint" link, we have received a few donations - THANKS! It may seem silly, but it's fun to find those notices in the mailbox among the daily spam. No amount is too small to make us smile and feel appreciated!

What's NewPages drinking? Luckily enough, we live within walking (stumbling?) distance of the bar district in our town. Wait, luck? No, actually, we planned it that way when we moved here. "Walking distance to the bars" was on our list of new home requirements. Where we lucked out was finding, also within walking distance, a party store unlike other corner beer shops. The guy who owns this place likes to stock unique beers, wine and liquors, so when we stop in, we're bound to be walking out with something we've never tried before.

Lately, we've been hooked on He'brew: The Chosen Beer from Schmaltz Brewing. The Messiah Bold is a nice ale, and the Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. is indeed to die for - a rye-based double IPA "brewed with an obscene amount of malt & hops." Obscene just barely begins to describe how good this beer is, but at five bucks a bottle - even though it's a big bottle - it's a bit of a luxury beer.

Another couple we've tried recently are from Unibroue, who's motto is "Drink less. Drink better." They don't make a beer under 5.5% alcohol. We've tried the La Fin Du Monde, which is a triple-style golden ale, and Maudite, an amber-red ale. Both very good and neither losing taste to the alcohol content, which some high-content beers will do.

Our current twelve-pack beers just to have on hand (it is football season, you know) are Guinness, Bass and Stella ("Stella!"). Stella is new on our list, and we don't know how we didn't know about it for so long. What a great beer to have on hand. Or rather, IN hand. And in case you're thinking we're some kind of beer snobs around here, well, we are. But hey, I grew up on sneaking sips of my dad's Falstaff (and trying to solve the rebus puzzles printed on the caps), so I still maintain a taste for flavored water: Stroh's and Busch Lite are my slummer beers. As much as I hate Miller products, I also have to admit, I really like their Chill beer. It sounds disgusting - a lime and salt flavored beer - but it did hit the spot this summer! To steal another beer's line: Brilliant!

That said, readers, any recommendations are welcome. We tend to favor IPAs and ESBs, nothing overly sweet. Tell us what you're drinking out there, especially ye small brews, and we'll ask our corner shop guy if he can get it for us.


Jobs :: Various

Published October 06, 2007 Posted By
Colgate University Department of English. Tenure-track position in fiction writing, rank of assistant professor, beginning fall 2008. Jane Pinchin, Chair, Department of English. November 15, 2007.

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

The University of Iowa Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor specializing in literary nonfiction writing. Professor Robin Hemley, Department of English. November 2, 2007.

Dan Deacon - CRYSTAL CAT

Published October 06, 2007 Posted By

One YA Novel + Ten Authors = Click!

Published October 06, 2007 Posted By
"A video message from a dead person. A larcenous teenager. A man who can stick his left toe behind his head and in his ear. An epileptic girl seeking answers in a fairy tale. A boy who loses everything in World War II, and his brother who loses even more. And a family with a secret so big that it changes everything. The world's best beloved authors each contribute a chapter in the life of the mysterious George "Gee" Keane, photographer, soldier, adventurer and enigma. Under different pens, a startling portrait emerges of a man, his family, and his gloriously complicated tangle of a life." - Scholastic Books

"The idea was that one author would kick things off by writing a chapter, and then that chapter would be passed it along to the next author on the list, and from there the chapters would accrue and the book would grow. We were told we could take as our inspiration any aspect of the chapter or chapters we received in our turn—a character, or an event, or a location, or a word or object—and that we should feel free to follow the story in any direction it took us, forward or backward, up or down, in time or through space." - Ruth Ozeki, contributing author

The full list of authors includes: Roddy Doyle, Nick Hornby, Ruth Ozeki, Margo Lanagan, Linda Sue Park, David Almond, Gregory Maguire, Tim Wynne-Jones, Deborah Ellis, Eoin Colfer.

Zines :: New Zine Site Launched

Published October 05, 2007 Posted By
Zine News & Reviews
Zine News & Reviews is a resource available to the zine, small press, DYI, and self-publishing communities. The only requirement for participation is you agree to information (primarily news and reviews) being harvested from your site/blog and reposted elsewhere for maximum exposure. Includes free listings for zine makers, zine distributors, zine reviewers, zine-related news and announcements. Volunteers are also currently wanted to manage a news blog, and possibly a calendar. Email:

Festivals :: Various Events - Canada

Published October 05, 2007 Posted By
October 9-14, 2007
Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival is a six-day literary festival that takes place annually in the Calgary, Banff and the Bow Valley region. The Festival attracts more than 12,000 individuals each year and is considered amongst the top three literary Festivals in Canada. WordFest features more than 75 writers from the local, national and international stage and hosts more than 65 events.

The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival presents 61 events with writers from around the world from October 16-21, 2007 on Granville Island.

The International Festival of Authors
International Readings at Harbourfront
Toronto, Ontario
October 17-27, 2007
IFOA was inaugurated in 1980 with a mandate to bring together the best writers of contemporary world literature and includes readings, interviews, lectures and round table discussions as well as public book signings and a festival bookstore. The IFOA also presents a number of special events including readings by Scotiabank Giller Prize and Governor General’s Literary Awards finalists, as well as and the highly anticipated awarding of the Harbourfront Festival Prize.

Jobs :: Various

Published October 05, 2007 Posted By
The Department of English of the College of Staten Island, a senior college of The City University of New York, seeks candidates for an anticipated tenure track position as Assistant Professor of English in Creative Writing beginning September 2008. Professor Mary Reda, Chair Creative Writing Search Committee. November 15, 2007.

Western Michigan University seeks applications for a tenure-track position in Creative Writing (Fiction) to begin Fall 2008 at the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor, depending on qualifications, experience, and budgetary approval. Dr. Richard Utz, Chair, Department of English.

The Wellesley College English Department, in connection with the Newhouse Humanities Center, invites applications for the position of Newhouse Professor/Writer-in-Residence, a non-renewable position in creative writing extending from one to three years depending on the interest & availability of the candidate.

Muhlenberg College. MFA in Creative Writing for an appointment beginning January 2008 & renewable through May 2009. Primary interest in either fiction or poetry writing with a secondary interest in nonfiction & literary nonfiction.

The English Department at Columbia College Chicago seeks a nonfiction writer, with a strong secondary interest in poetry, for a tenure-track creative writing faculty position, to begin Fall 2008. David Lazar, Chair, Creative Writing Search Committee Department of English. November 1, 2007.

California State University, Stanislaus. Assistant Professor of English with an emphasis in professional writing or creative writing. Dr. Mark Thompson, Chair, Department of English. November 15, 2007.

University of New Hampshire. The Department of English invites applications for two tenure-track positions in English, in fiction writing, beginning September 2008. Mekeel McBride, Chair of the Search Committee.

New Issue Online :: JMWW

Published October 04, 2007 Posted By
From Editor Jen Michalski: "The Fall 07 issue of JMWW is now floating in space--featuring artists Elizabeth Crisman and Peter Schwartz; Eric D. Goodman's five favorite Johns; and new expanded fiction, flash, essays, poetry, and book reviews! We are seriously rich with pleasure this issue, so sit back and have a cuppa."

Find this and many more quality online lit mags on the NewPages Guide to Online Literary Magazines.

Born Again - But Not G-A-Y

Published October 04, 2007 Posted By
Queer Magazine Born Again
Founder of Venus, a publication for black lesbians, repudiates lifestyle
By Joseph Hart
Utne Reader September / October 2007 Issue

"Regular readers of Venus magazine got a shock when they picked up the January issue. Instead of the usual rabble-rousing stories for African American gays and lesbians, they found a cover photograph of editor and publisher Charlene Cothran with the headline: "Redeemed! 10 Ways to Get Out of 'The Life' if You Want Out!" Overnight, and without warning, the country's leading publication for the black queer community had gone straight..." [read the rest on Utne Reader]
Tupelo Press has announced the publication of Dorset Prize winner Davis McCombs's Dismal Rock. In addition to the paperback publication, signed, numbered, limited hardcover edition of 100 are available for $100. The purchase of the special hardcover edition supports the Tupelo Press National Poetry in the Schools initiative, bringing the literary arts alive to students in elementary schools across the country.

New Issue Online :: 2River

Published October 03, 2007 Posted By
New release: The 2River View, 12.1 (Fall 2007) issue with new poems by Ingrid Chung, Michelle Bitting, Michael Flanagan, EllenKombiyil, Robert Nazarene, Amy Pence, Lynne Potts, Terry Savoie, Sarah Sorenson, Anne Whitehouse, and Erica Wright, with art by Robert Biscayart.

With the publication of the Fall 2007 issue of 2RV, 2River is now reading for Winter 2008. Before submitting, please read the guidelines. 2River is also interested in reading chapbooks for possible inclusion in the 2River Chapbook Series. Before submitting, please read several entries to get a sense of the series.

Find this and many more quality online lit mags on the NewPages Guide to Online Literary Magazines.
From The Inkwell Bookstore Blog, Tuesday, October 2, 2007:

We Sell 'Banned Books'
(but only after the ban is over)
(and only if it's politically correct to do so)

"Banned Book Week is the book industry's annual celebration of their own self-satisfaction and self-importance. Bookstores everywhere (including us) hang signs in their windows and around their stores boasting that THEY. SELL. BANNED. BOOKS. They get a write up in the local paper, place little white cards around their store and (inevitably) blog about it, and for what? To make themselves feel progressive and important. But of all the books that they are so 'bravely' selling, how many have been considered 'dangerous' in the past ten years? How many have been banned in a marginally enlightened society in the past twenty years? None. sell Uncle Tom's Cabin and Huck Finn. How cutting edge! That really sticks it to The Man. Are you serious? I bet you Bill O'Reilly wouldn't even say anything bad about freakin' Huck Finn. But how many copies of the Anarchist's Cookbook does your store have on hand? Or Mein Kampf? Or..."[Read the rest.]

New Issue Online :: Prick of the Spindle

Published October 03, 2007 Posted By
Prick of the Spindle has just launched its second issue!

Interview with Gail Adams by Ann Claycomb, Prick of the Spindle Fiction

Editorials: Reviews for How We Were Lost and Fairytales for Writers

Poetry by Eric Mohrman, Sarah J. Den Boer, Evan Daily, and more

Fiction by Shannon Joyce Prince, K. Rose Miller, and Jacqueline May

Drama by Michael Wright and Sandra Gail Teichmann

Nonfiction by Derek Holst

Congratulations to Prick of the Spindle's nominees for the Best of the Web 2007 Anthology:
Maggie Glover for "Free Stitchery on Readily Countable [Love]"
Sandra Maddux-Creech for "Bibliomasochism"
Alice Rhee for "Darkroom"

Congratulations also to Prick of the Spindle's 2007 Nominees for the Best of the Net Anthology:
Juliet Cook for "Some Explanations for Fainting Goats"
Maggie Glover for "Free Stitchery on Readily Countable [Love]"
Leigh Holland for "For I Will Consider Becoming a Nun"
Sandra Maddux-Creech for "Bibliomasochism"
Yousi Mazpule for "Becoming Americana with a Stolen Line" and "Myopia"
Joseph Murphy for "The Vanity"
Qiana Towns for "Sestina for Mamas"

Lit Mag Mailbag :: October 2

Published October 03, 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 American Scholar
"Brooklyn Books of Wonder"
Volume 76 Number 4
Autumn 2007

American Short Fiction
Volume 10 Issue 38
Summer 2007

Bellevue Literary Review
Volume 7 Number 2
Fall 2007

Volume 36 Number 2

Fourth Genre
Volume 9 Number 2
Fall 2007

Harpur Palate
Volume 7 Issue 1
Summer 2006

Light: A Quarterly of Light Verse
Numbers 56-57
Spring-Summer 2007
Featured Poet: Melissa Balmain

Michigan Quarterly Review
Volume 46 Number 4
Fall 2007

Volume 51 Number 1
Fall/Winter 2007
29th Annual Awards Issue

Volume 191 Number 1
October 2007

Volume 10 Number 2

Prairie Schooner
Volume 81 Number
Fall 2007

Santa Monica Review
Volume 19 Number 2
Fall 2007

South Dakota Review
Volume 45 Number 2
Summer 2007

Virginia Quarterly Review
Volume 83 Number 4
Fall 2007
South America in the 21st Century

Yellow Medicine Review
A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought
Volume 2

Submissions :: Alternative Medicine Literature

Published October 01, 2007 Posted By
A Call for Poems & Stories on Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM)

A retreat for medical residents sponsored by The AtlanticCare Regional Medical Center, Department of Graduate Education to be held in Atlantic City in December, 2007.

We are looking for poems (Up to 30 lines) and short prose pieces (Fiction & Creative Non Fiction up to 500 words) on Complementary & Alternative Medicine* to use as discussion pieces for a medical retreat for residents in internal medicine and psychiatry, as well as nurses, social workers, administrators, physician educators, clergy, ethicists, poets, writers and patients, all with stories and knowledge to share.

This is NOT a request for publication, and there will there no payment of any kind including copies. Your work, should it be accepted, will become part of a small anthology of imaginative texts to be read and discussed during the day for the benefit of the medical residents and other attendees.

*CAM includes but is not limited to:
Chiropractic, Acupuncture, manipulation & massage
Homeopathy, Naturopathy
Aromatherapy, Magnetic Therapy, Pet Therapy
Traditional Chinese & Native American Medicines
Meditation, Yoga, Reiki
and the healing qualities associated with poetry, literature, art, music,
religion & belief systems.

All submissions should be original, unpublished or published (Please include details), in English and original languages with English translation.

Submit your work attached as a word doc to Peter Murphy at litmed(at) (replace (at) with @) by November 15, 2007. Include your name, address, emaill & phone number on each page.

Submissions :: Paradigm

Published October 01, 2007 Posted By
Paradigm, Issue Five. To be released in January 2008, Rain Farm Press's quarterly journal is looking for a wide range of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, plays, and visual art. We're continuing our mission to find new and innovative writers, poets, and artists in the hope of developing a community of artists whose work we can publish and promote. For more information on submissions, visit Rain Farm Press

Art Exhibits :: Loaded Landscapes

Published September 28, 2007 Posted By
Loaded Landscapes
August 16 – October 13, 2007
Museum of Contemporary Photography
Chicago, IL

"Loaded Landscapes offers a peculiar type of landscape photography, one concerned with place, but place laden with human experience. The twelve contemporary artists in this exhibition seek politically charged sites with significant histories, yet their images offer little or no discernible evidence of either past events or current tension. Often invoking the conventions of romantic landscape painting and photography, these artists directly raise the question of photography’s real ability to document a place and expose its history. A picture of a field can be simply a picture of a field; its significance can only be materialized by human experience..." [read the rest]

Music :: Give US Your Poor

Published September 27, 2007 Posted By
From Appleseed Recordings: a multi-artist fund-raising project for the homeless, Give US Your Poor, is now available, containing 17 new recordings by Springsteen and Seeger (a second collaboration), Jon Bon Jovi, Natalie Merchant, Sonya Kitchell, Madeleine Peyroux, Keb’ Mo’ and Bonnie Raitt, among others – many of them paired with currently or previously homeless musicians. The majority of the profits raised by Give US Your Poor will be spent, on the national level, in pushing for legislation and awareness/action programs designed to stem the growing crisis of homelessness, and, on the local level, to fund homeless shelters. All of the professional musicians involved donated their time and are waiving artists’ royalties for contributions. For more information, visit Give Us Your Poor or Appleseed Recordings.

Kore Press :: Grrrls Gone Literary

Published September 27, 2007 Posted By
Highschoolers take their writing public: The Grrrls Literary Activism Project takes a leap forward with a grant from the Every Voice in Action Foundation, which has awarded Kore Press $15,000 to launch an Advanced Class on literary activism. The program is currently accepting applications for advanced and beginning workshops. Young women ages 14 to 18 living in Tucson are eligible to participate. For more information or to apply, contact Lisa Bowden at . Photo: grrrls wear their own poetry. Visit Kore Press to what other cool things they do.

Submissions :: Abacot Journal

Published September 26, 2007 Posted By
The Abacot Journal, an online short story magazine, is looking for quality magic realism, urban fantasy, and fabulist fiction for its first issue. Please see our website for full guidelines. Electronic submissions only. The Abacot Journal is a quarterly publication, with new issues appearing in January, April, July, and October. It will debut in January 2008.

Books to Movies

Published September 26, 2007 Posted By
From Bitter Lemon Press:
Location work has begun on the filming of Tonino Benacquista’s bestselling novel Holy Smoke, which BLP published in 2004. The film, retitled Holy Money, features Aaron Stanford (X-Men, Live Free or Die) in the lead role and features Anouk Aimée and Ben Gazzara. It is directed by Maxime Alexandre.

BLP has acquired the rights to the Italian bestseller Blackout by Gianluca Morozzi. Set in Bologna in mid-August, it’s a thriller about three people trapped in a lift for twelve hours. A waitress still in her Lara Croft uniform, a punk and a serial killer. The novel will be out in English in June 2008. Blackout is soon to be a Hollywood film starring Amber Tamblyn (Grudge, Stephanie Daley) and Aidan Gillen (Mojo and The Wire) and directed by Mexico’s Rigoberto Castaneda.

New Issue Online :: NO

Published September 25, 2007 Posted By

Jobs :: Various

Published September 25, 2007 Posted By
Northern Arizona University. Visiting Writer/Instructor of English in Creative Writing for Spring 2008. Dr. Jane Armstrong Woodman, Chair of Instructor/Visiting Writer Search Committee. October 24, 2008.

Central Michigan University. Creative Writing: Poetry. Two tenure-track positions as Assistant Professor of English, beginning fall 2008. Dr. Marcy Taylor, Chair, Department of English Language & Literature. October 26, 2007.

Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY. Full-time Associate or Full Professor (Fiction Writing). Michael T. Hewitt, Assistant Vice President for Human Resource Services. Application Due: Open Until Filled.

The English Department at Washburn University is seeking a Creative Nonfiction writer to join a vital writing program, with well-published colleagues in fiction and poetry. Professor Thomas Fox Averill, Department of English. October 29, 2007.

University of Kansas. Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing. Tenure-track; expected start date: August 18, 2008. Dorice Elliott, Chair, Department of English. November 15, 2007.

The University of Iowa Department of English invites applications for a Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing within the English major to be appointed as tenured or tenure-track Associate Professor of English. Professor Judith Pascoe, Undergraduate Creative Writing Search. November 2, 2007.

Conferences and CFPs :: African American Studies

Published September 25, 2007 Posted By
The National Association of African American Studies Conference
Baton Rouge Marriott, Baton Rouge, LA
February 11-16, 2008

The ALA African American Literature and Culture Society Symposium
“Traditions and Revisions: New Directions in African American Literature and Scholarship”
Saint Louis University St. Louis, MO
October 25-27, 2007

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