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Parabola :: We really are what we eat

Published September 17, 2007 Posted By
Earthly and Celestial Flowers
by Christopher Bamford
"Hermetically, then, we must consider the plants and the plant world as an earthly-heavenly gift, come down to Earth from the cosmos, unfolded through a vast bio-cosmic alchemy. Plants, like all things on Earth, including humanity (which includes them all), are at once earthly and heavenly. Plants and humans mirror each other and both mirror the cosmos."

Read the full article online: Parabola's Fall 2007 issue themed HOLY EARTH.

Poetry Festival :: Palm Beach

Published September 17, 2007 Posted By
Palm Beach Poetry Festival
January 21-26, 2008
Palm Beach Poetry Festival, is held in partnership with Old School Square Cultural Arts Center in the heart of Delray Beach, Florida. The lineup for 2008 includes Kim Addonizio, Claudia Emerson, Major Jackson, Thomas Lux, Campbell McGrath, Malena M

Some Light Verse

Published September 15, 2007 Posted By
The price of pots in Athens!
It really made me burn
when the potter told me just how much
I owed on a Grecian urn.

From Light: A Quarterly of Light Verse, whose goals are "to restore clarity, wit, readability, and enjoyment to the reading of poems through the use of cadence, rhythm, and rhyme, and to promote the learning of such poems by heart."

Dissent Online

Published September 13, 2007 Posted By
Check out some of the content in this latest issue (Summer 2007) of Dissent. Some of it is available full-text online:

Genocide Without End? The Destruction of Darfur

Multiculturalism and Democracy
by Shalom Lappin

Justice Denied in Bosnia
by Courtney Angela Brkic

Why Aren't U.S. Cities Burning?
by Michael B. Katz

Against Academic Boycotts
by Martha Nussbaum

Designer Babies and the Pro-Choice Movement
by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow

Squeezing Public Education: History and Ideology Gang Up in New Orleans
by Ralph Adamo

Universal Health Insurance 2007: Can We Learn From the Past?
by Theodore Marmor

No Refuge Here: Iraqis Flee, but Where?
by Joseph Huff-Hannon

How to Tax the Rich—And Live Happily Ever After
by Robin Blackburn

Notebook A Non-Zionist Reflects on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
by Eugene Goodheart

Who Named the Neocons?
by Benjamin Ross

Plus numerous, in-depth book discussions around relevant, current topics.

Jobs :: Various Posts

Published September 13, 2007 Posted By
The College of Wooster, Ohio: Assistant Professor of English, tenure-track position, beginning Fall 2008. Expertise in African American literature OR in African-American literature and fiction writing.

Texas State University-San Marcos Assistant Professor of English, tenure track, specialty in fiction writing.

University of Tennessee. The Department of English seeks an Assistant Professor in Fiction Writing, tenure track. David Goslee, Associate Head, Department of English.

Creative Writing Fiction. The Department of English at West Virginia University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing with a specialization in Fiction Writing. Donald Hall, Department of English.

Pitzer College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in creative writing (poetry, fiction, or performance) beginning Fall 2008. Areas of interest include nature-writing, urban issues, or gender and feminist issues. Ability to teach multiple genres desirable. Alan Jones, Dean of Faculty.

Wired for Books from Ohio University

Published September 11, 2007 Posted By
Wired for Books: "For many years, most of the best writers of the English language found their way to Don Swaim's CBS Radio studio in New York. The one-on-one interviews typically lasted 30 to 45 minutes and then had to be edited down to a two-minute radio show (Book Beat). Wired for Books is proud to make these important oral documents publicly available for the first time in their entirety. Listen to the voices of many of the greatest writers of the twentieth century." There are around 600 interviews posted as MP3, over ten years ('82-'93) of Swaim's work.

Featured Online Alt Mag :: Bad Subjects

Published September 11, 2007 Posted By
"Bad Subjects, founded in 1992 at UC Berkley, is a collective that publishes a magazine (Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life) and provides access to it via a public-access website. In 1998, Bad Subjects founded a small educational nonprofit corporation, also called Bad Subjects, which promotes the progressive use of new media and print publications. Donations to the nonprofit go toward funding printed copies of the magazine Bad Subjects (distributed for free), and other related projects, such as Bad Subjects books. Bad Subjects seeks to revitalize progressive politics in retreat. We think too many people on the left have taken their convictions for granted. So we challenge progressive dogma by encouraging readers to think about the political dimension to all aspects of everyday life. We also seek to broaden the audience for leftist and progressive writing, through a commitment to accessibility and contemporary relevance."

Issue 78 (July 2007), devoted to "Hope," includes the following:
Introduction: Hope Floats on a Paper Boat by Zack Furness
The Moral Politics of Hope by Gary McCarron
Utopia and the City: An Interview with David Pinder by Zack Furness
The War FOR Illegals by Helen Hintjens
The Sanctity of Life by Tamara Watkins
Future Now! Criticism Machines Strengthen Communities by Mike Mosher
(The Invisibles) Hope: A Comic Interlude by Maxwell Schnurer
Reflections on the Sixties by Anonymous
Our Arrest: Four Women's Antiwar Action in Chicago by Rosalie Riegle
If George Bush Were a Religious Man... Cartoon by Myrrh
Snapshots of Hope, Part One: The New Bird Flu by Chelsea Robinson
Snapshots of Hope, Part Two: Trapped in a Box by Brandy Betz
Snapshots of Hope, Part Three: The Situation by Bianca Wylie
Snapshots of Hope, Part Four: The American Shabbiness by Braxton Marnus

Submissions :: Online Audio Mag - Bound Off

Published September 11, 2007 Posted By
Bound Off is a monthly literary audio magazine, broadcasting literary short fiction with the new podcasting technology. "We aspire to showcase work that is compelling and driven by narrative, with a force that keeps the listener listening. We are dedicated to publishing stories by both the established and emerging writer. Bound Off's editors, Ann Rushton and Kelly Shriver, live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. When they turn 75, Ann intends to start smoking again, and Kelly will stop wearing sunscreen." Women after my own heart... Bound Off seeks original literary fiction between 250 and 2500 words long for upcoming podcasts. See site for submission - and possible recording - guidelines.

Job :: Habitus - Brooklyn, NY

Published September 10, 2007 Posted By
Habitus: A Diaspora Journal, the new magazine of international Jewish literature, Brooklyn, NY, is looking for a part-time Managing Editor with a record of success to assist with marketing, distribution, production, and administration. This is an excellent opportunity for a creative, independent candidate who values flexibility and diverse responsibilities. The Managing Editor will play a vital role in shaping public awareness of our work.

The Word on the Street Festival - Toronto

Published September 10, 2007 Posted By
The Word on the Street Book and Magazine Festival
On the last Sunday in September, Queen’s Park will transform into a booklover’s paradise with a marketplace of more than 250 book, magazine and literacy exhibits, readings by more than 170 Canadian authors, poets, storytellers, and performers, and a myriad of workshops for aspiring writers. All events are free. Sunday, September 30th, 2007 - 11:00 am to 6:00 pm - Queen's Park.

Road Trip! Brooklyn Book Festival

Published September 10, 2007 Posted By
Brooklyn Book Festival
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Major free public event: A.M. Homes, Dave Eggers, Edwidge Denticat, Mary Gaitskill, Jonathan Safran Foer, Gloria Naylor, Francine Prose, Jonathan Lethem,George Packer, Chuck Klosterman, Melissa Marr, Jim Carroll, Kimiko Hahn, John Leland, George Saunders, Joshua Ferris, Uzodinma Iweala, Pete Hamill, Paula Fox, Colson Whitehead, David Bouley, Amy Sohn, Reverend Run, Charles Hynes, and more!

Blog Beat :: New Moon News

Published September 10, 2007 Posted By
New Moon is a magazine edited by girls 8-14. It promotes itself as an "Ad-free, imaginative, multicultural bimonthly magazine that girls, parents and educators love" and touts six Parents' Choice Gold Awards for best children's magazine. New Moon News is the companion blog for this publication, and if the thought of it being for "girls" makes you think of ponies, pink, and trite rhyming poetry, then you need an attitude adjustment by taking a look at this blog. The first three entries cover lowering the voting age to 16, a look at suffragists who changed history and recognition of Woman's Equality Day, and discrimination and hate toward LGBT students. Other post topics have included activism, body image and inner beauty, letters to congress, and politics. Not the age-old sugar and spice and everything nice, this is not only a great blog for "grrls" but for adults as well.

Anthology Question Answers

Published September 09, 2007 Posted By
Some nice responses on the The Anthology Question blog posted earlier. To answer one point – it’s not that I won’t list the kinds of anthologies I called into question at all. I have, and I will. I am just trying to be select in what I let through to the blog. I look for well-organized operations and those that are connected in some way with a publisher, publication, academic institution, non-profit, or just a down-right good cause. No fee for submissions is a must. Some I list because it seems like good-intentioned editors making a go at being editors and publishing. I don't see a point (yet) in discouraging them, and in fact, want to encourage their energy and efforts. As I get older, maybe I see this as a way to mentor the younger generation in their literary dreams. They'll get plenty of squashing later...

One comment I received supported not only my own concerns, but my sense of humor: “I think you're correct to be suspicious of these anthologies about left-handed mothers of triplets and dyslexic spouses of insomniac electrical engineers. Don't list them. You do a good job with your posts. More is not necessarily better.” (Pat)

From Dinty W. Moore, editor of Brevity :“I honestly don't know the answer, but thanks for asking all of the right questions. If an anthology ‘packager’ doesn't at least have a plan to find distribution, it seems unlikely anyone will read the book other than the authors and the authors' friends. Which begs the question: if a book falls into the forest of books, and no one hears it fall ...”

This note from Dave really takes a stand I hadn’t as fully considered, but have given thought to its merit since: “Good for bringing the anthology glut up, good for you and NewPages right down the line… Writing that’s merely thematic and anthologies of pieces organized thematically is writing that’s typically soulless. The oomph is in the inspiration, not the motive. Anthologies can be worthwhile as literary documents -- think of John Bennett’s classic old Vagabond Anthology out of the mimeograph era -- maybe in the way working manuscripts are valuable, but they aren’t literary creations.”

Evan was as curious as I had been in his consideration of the calls for submissions, and wrote: “What an interesting post! It never occurred to me that those anthologies might just be revenue generators. It's very telling that of all the anthologies you queried, you got only one response. I've seen their listings, calling for mss in the back of P&W, and they always seemed a little suspicious (i.e., 'Who are these guys, and why have I never actually seen one of these anthologies in a bookstore?'). If, however, a well-known and well-regarded magazine solicits for a theme, I might send something. “

Absolutely. This isn’t meant to knock the lit mags who run themed issues. Certainly, those publications are the most adept at being able to work with themed content to create strong, unified, lasting works of literature, since their purpose is, first and foremost – literature, not the experience of the theme itself as an entity.

Erika Dreifus, publisher of Practicing Writing Blog, admitted to facing the same situation in choosing what to post and not to post: “Typically, I do not post anthology calls for projects that a) do not yet have a publishing plan and b) do not pay their writers. And I'm also opposed to anthologies that require a 'reading fee.'" She also posted a thoughtful article on her blog about this very topic: Five Signs of Auspicious Anthologies.

My thanks to everyone who responded; though I didn’t mention all of you here, your feedback has been most instructive in this discussion.

In Memoriam :: Madeleine L'Engle

Published September 08, 2007 Posted By
Author Madeleine L'Engle, 88, died of natural causes Thursday, September 6, 2007 in Connecticut. She was a beloved children's author who wrote over 60 books, including the multi-generational favorite A Wrinkle in Time, published in 1962. It won the Newbery Medal in 1963 and sold over 6 million copies by 2004. “Of course I’m Meg,” Ms. L’Engle said about the beloved protagonist of “A Wrinkle in Time.”
Read the New York Times article here.

The Education of Race and Gender

Published September 07, 2007 Posted By
Making Black Girls "Ladylike"
by kameelah rasheed
August 22, 2007

"Looking at the intersection of race, gender, capitalism and pedagogy, the disciplinary efforts and hidden curriculum are working toward a desired young Black woman -- one who does not ask too many questions, accepts the power arrangements in schools and becomes a proper young lady -- pink bows and all. Schools since their inception have been focused on the poetics of assimilation and thus are sites of production not only for the ready-made American citizen who does not challenge his government or is a depoliticized consumers, but the 'acceptable' Black woman who is docile, domesticated and unchallenging."

Read the rest on WireTap Magazine.

Cheers! Sally Molini

Published September 07, 2007 Posted By
Land-O'-Plenty Shubunkin
by Sally Molini

Nothing breathes so well
as my little fish tank life,
its self-protective see-through
will, pink-pebbled with a
sylph or two of plastic grass.
Food dimples the water --
easy to eat and drift as trees
outside wave green fins...
[Read the rest]

From Mad Hatters' Review
Issue 7, February 2007

Alt Mag Mailbag :: September 7

Published September 07, 2007 Posted By
Volume 25 Number 2, Fall-Winter 2007

Humor Times
Issue Number 189, September 2007

In These Times
Volume 31 Number 9, September 2007

Kyoto Journal
Number 67, 2007

Labor Notes
Number 342, September 2007

Volume 32 Number 2, Summer 2007

Off Our Backs
Volume 37 Number 1, 2007

Our Times
Volume 26 Number 3, June/July 2007

Volume 92 Number 5, September/October 2007

Socialism and Democracy
Volume 21 Number 2, July 2007

Space and Culture
Volume 10 Number 3, August 2007

Voices from the Earth
Volume 8 Number 2, Summer 2007

White Crane
Number 73, Summer 2007

Z Magazine

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

Arkansas Review
Volume 38 Number 2, August 2007

Canteen Magazine
Issue 1, 2007

Cut Bank
67, Spring 2007

Feminist Studies
Volume 33 Number 1, Spring 2007

Glimmer TrainIssue 64, Fall 2007

Greensboro Review
Number 82, Fall 2007

Hiram Poetry Review
Issue 68, Spring 2007

Number 21, Spring 2007

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet
Number 16

New England Review
Volume 28 Number 3, 2007

North Central Review
Spring 2007

One Story
Issue Number 93, 2007

The Rambler
Volume 4 Number 5, Sep-Oct 2007

Issue 5, Fall 2007

Southern Humanities Review
Volume 41 Number 3, Summer 2007

Issue Number 49, Winter 2006

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

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).

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