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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) (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 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, 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

Beloit Poetry Journal
Volume 58 Number 1, Fall 2007

Volume 24 Number 1, Summer 2007

Cavaet Lector
Volume 19 Number 2, Summer 2007

Cave Wall
Number 2, Summer 2007

Cimarron Review
Issue 160, Summer 2007

Issue Number 2, Summer 2007

Number 232, Summer 2007

Glimmer Train
Issue 64, Fall 2007

Issue 10, 2007

New Genre
Issue 5, Spring 2007

New Letters
Volume 73 Number 3, 2007

New York Quarterly
Number 63, 2007

North Dakota Quarterly
Volume 74 Number 1, Winter 2007

Open Minds Quarterly
Volume 9 Number 2, Summer 2007

Volume 190 Number 5, September 2007

A Public Space (APS)
Issue 4, 2007

River Teeth
Volume 8 Number 2, Spring 2007

Numbers 155-156, Summer-Fall 2007

The Sewanee Review
Volume 115 Number 3, Summer 2007

South Loop Review
Volume 9, 2006

Tampa Review
Issue 33/34, 2007

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.

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