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Wanted :: Editor

Published July 11, 2007 Posted By
Triptych Haiku, an online journal in publication since October 2005, is looking for editors to join their team. For more information, visit Kevin Doran's blog page: New Editorial Team at Triptych Haiku.

Books :: Humanitarian Imperialism

Published July 10, 2007 Posted By
Humanitarian Imperialism
Using Human Rights to Sell War

by Jean Bricmont
Translated by Diana Johnstone
Published by Monthly Review Press

From the MRP web site: Since the end of the Cold War, the idea of human rights has been made into a justification for intervention by the world's leading economic and military powers-above all, the United States-in countries that are vulnerable to their attacks. The criteria for such intervention have become more arbitrary and self-serving, and their form more destructive, from Yugoslavia to Afghanistan to Iraq. Until the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the large parts of the left was often complicit in this ideology of intervention-discovering new “Hitlers” as the need arose, and denouncing antiwar arguments as appeasement on the model of Munich in 1938.

Jean Bricmont’s Humanitarian Imperialism is both a historical account of this development and a powerful political and moral critique. It seeks to restore the critique of imperialism to its rightful place in the defense of human rights. It describes the leading role of the United States in initiating military and other interventions, but also on the obvious support given to it by European powers and NATO. It outlines an alternative approach to the question of human rights, based on the genuine recognition of the equal rights of people in poor and wealthy countries.

Timely, topical, and rigorously argued, Jean Bricmont’s book establishes a firm basis for resistance to global war with no end in sight.
The Poetry at Noon Reading Series at the Library of Congress seeks submissions for the 2007-08 season. To apply, pick one or two themes from among these: "Magic and Magicians" (reading Oct. 9), "Love Poems (reading Feb 12), or Family Names and Nicknames (reading April 22). Include a cover sheet with the theme as the title; list your name, address, phone, and email; include a one-paragraph bio. Submit 2 of your own poems on the theme and 3 by other poets. Open to poets who have not read in the series in the past 3 years. Deadline: July 15 (postmarked). Send to: Patricia Gray, Library of Congress, Poetry and Literature Center, 101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20540-4861.

NewPages Recognized in UTNE Reader

Published July 09, 2007 Posted By
Let's REVIEW
Publications that help readers navigate (and evaluate) the indie press

by Danielle Maestretti
UTNE Reader, July/August 2007

"NewPages is the web's alt-press playground. It's tough to stop by for a quick visit; you may go for the reviews, but you'll stay for the guides, with pages upon pages of links to alternative magazines, small book publishers, and independent bookstores..."

To read more, pick up the latest issue of UTNE Reader - or better yet - SUBSCRIBE!

Resources :: Academy of American Poets

Published July 09, 2007 Posted By
The official website of Academy of American Poets (sponsors of National Poetry Month), Poets.org offers hundreds of essays and interviews about poetry, biographies of more than 500 poets, almost 2,000 poems, and audio clips of 150 poems.

For Educators, the Online Poetry Classroom offers a wealth of resources, including Discussion Forums where teachers can share ideas and seek help from colleagues; Pedagogical & Critical Essays about poetry; extensive links to relevant websites; Curriculum Units & Lesson Plans; biographies of hundreds of poets; and over 2,000 poems.

For Writers, visit the Publishing FAQ, which provides reading resources for the budding poet and answers questions abouts where to submit your poems, what poetry scams to be wary of, and where to get good feedback on your work. There are also more than 400 essays and interviews on Poets.org, and many of them deal with the writing process. Read prose pieces that discuss poetic techniques, interviews about the writing life, and browse our glossaries of poetic terms and concepts.

Visit Poets.org today and consider joining the Academy of America Poets.

Brilliant Book Art :: Nina Katchadourian

Published July 09, 2007 Posted By

Sorted Books Project
"The Sorted Books project began in 1993 years ago and is ongoing. The project has taken place in many different places over the years, ranging form private homes to specialized public book collections. The process is the same in every case: culling through a collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence, from top to bottom. The final results are shown either as photographs of the book clusters or as the actual stacks themselves, shown on the shelves of the library they were drawn from. Taken as a whole, the clusters from each sorting aim to examine that particular library's focus, idiosyncrasies, and inconsistencies — a cross-section of that library's holdings. At present, the Sorted Books project comprises more than 130 book clusters."

DeBoer Distribution...or not

Published July 09, 2007 Posted By
Upstreet publisher (Vivian) provides an intense three-part blog on literary magazine distribution woes, and calls out DeBoer for unethical behavior, but not without fairly assessing the why and what she has chosen to do about it. Lit mags looking for distribution may want to take close note: The Upstreet Fan Club blog

Submissions :: Maya Angelou Reference Book

Published July 09, 2007 Posted By
Facts On File, a New York publisher of reference books for schools and libraries, is seeking a scholar to write a one-volume reference book on Maya Angelou, focusing on critical analysis of her works. The ideal author will have a Ph.D., broad knowledge of Angelou's life and works, and an ability to write clearly and succinctly for students in both high school and college. This large project (250,000-300,000 words) must be completed within two years. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines will be required. If interested please send letter and cv, preferably by e-mail, to Jeff Soloway, Executive Editor Facts on File, Inc., .

Submissions :: babel

Published July 05, 2007 Posted By
babel, an online journal promoting freedom of speech, is seeking poems, short stories, essays or interviews touching on the broad themes of identity and culture. Submissions are welcomed year-round.

New Journal :: Jung Journal

Published July 05, 2007 Posted By
From the San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal
Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche

New Lit Site :: Video Poetry

Published July 05, 2007 Posted By
The Continental Review "The web's first forum devoted exclusively to poets and writers on video. It's a continuously updated journal of video-readings and video-interviews with some interesting and well-known members of the literary community. Our launch, for example, featured vids by the likes of Linh Dinh, Noah Eli Gordon, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Allyssa Wolf, and Tom Beckett, and we'll soon be broadcasting an interview, direct from Paris,with the great Cole Swenson, as well as many other new episodes."

E-Books :: Snow Monkey

Published July 05, 2007 Posted By
When the editors of Snow Monkey "feel a need to concentrate on a certain something, they produce an eBook"; in collaboration with Ravenna Press, the following are available via Adobe Reader download and are (as far as I can tell) chapbook-size collections of poetry: Music Volleys Through; Gustatory in Nature; To the Music of Mid-November Rain & Snow.

To download and view, visit Snow Monkey: An Eclectic Journal

Million Writers Award Winners Announced

Published July 04, 2007 Posted By
The winner of the 2007 Million Writers Award for best online short story is "Urchins, While Swimming" by Catherynne M. Valente, published in Clarkesword Magazine. Valente's story received 31% of the public vote. The runner-ups were "All the Way to Grangeville" by A. Ray Norsworthy (Eclectica Magazine) and "The Infinite Monkey Theorem" by Marshall Moore (Word Riot).

The Prague Revue Redux

Published July 04, 2007 Posted By
After a six year hiatus, The Prague Revue will resume publishing regularly in 2007! The revue will continue to promote the best of the Prague literary scene while establishing an outlet for international writers to publish their work in Central Europe.
CROSSING LIMITS is a community outreach project of both the American Muslim and American Jewish Communities. It invites poets who locate themselves within the broad cultural, secular and/or religious contexts of the Muslim and Jewish communities to submit original poetry for an upcoming anthology. There are no subject matter restrictions. Previously published poems are acceptable IF author owns rights or provides permission statement(s). Simultaneous submissions are also accepted. Please paste 1-5 poems as text into the body of an e-mail to:CrossingLimits2(at)aol.com(replace (at) with @) OR submit by land mail to: Crossing Limits, P. O. Box 81268, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Deadline: September 30, 2007.

Open Letters Quiz :: Piggies!

Published July 04, 2007 Posted By
"There’s nothing quite like a good quiz, but they’ve become intensely problematic in this age of instantaneous Internet content. Google and Wikipedia are pirate-coves for the lazy and the cheatful, and so the monthly Open Letters quiz will rely entirely on the honor system: readers are expected to rely on their memories alone. And no quiz would be complete without incentive! The first reader to respond with the highest number of correct answers will receive a book in the mail, courtesy of the editors at Open Letters." Take the quiz on Open Letters - and let us know if you win (esp. since I couldn't get past the first question!).

College Prep Egyptian Style

Published July 04, 2007 Posted By
Education Ordeal
by Dena Rashed
Al-Ahram Weekly, June 28 - July 4, 2007

"Looking at Sahar Zakaria, a mother of two, you'd think she was the one taking the thanawiya amma (TA) exams. It's actually her daughter. For two years now Zakaria has been following up on her daughter's studies, making sure she does her work and, well, worrying. For her part Heba Khaled, said daughter, is significantly more relaxed: "I've been TA mode for two years, I'm sort of used to its kind of stress by now." But having obtained an average grade of 64 per cent last year, Khaled is already aware that her state-university options are already limited..."

Read more on Al-Ahram Weekly
The Mad Hatter's Review, Issue 8
Stop for tea and stay a while!

From Carol Novack, editor and publisher:
"We're extremely pleased to present our most extravagant and colossal uber issue to date, overflowing with wondrous featured art, music and writings. Many of the written offerings (in our main issue) were chosen by our guest editor Debra Di Blasi in concert with our literary editors. Our guest editor was also responsible for introducing us to solicited offerings by several cutting edge writers, as well as the very fine art of Anne Austin Pearce and the stunning music of Christopher Willits. As usual, we are offering new and updated columns, book reviews, cartoons, custom-made art and collages, videos, a featured country or part of country section (in this issue, Part I of the already much e-buzzed about 'Eclectic England')."

The Mad Hatter's Review also offers a biannual contest for written works inspired by the current image on their site.

The Mad Hatter's submission period is open September 8 - 22, but as any good writer knows: READ BEFORE YOU SUBMIT!

Postal Hiked Up My...

Published July 03, 2007 Posted By
I received this correspondence in response to my letter writing to express concern for the fate of the small press if postal rate hikes were to go into effect. Bottom line is: rates went up, and the "incentive" the postal service means to provide is a euphemism for "screw 'em." Any publishers/small press folks out there want to respond - please write me and I'll post commentary here - maybe I'm way off on this, and we'll all be just fine...

(Oh, and my favorite part of this was undergoing gender reassignment...)

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UNITED STATES
POSTAL SERVICE

June 12, 2007

Mr. Denise R. Hill
Editor
NewPages
Post Office Box 1580
Bay City, Ml 48706-1580

Dear Mr. Hill:

This responds to your recent letter to Postmaster General John E. Potter concerning the approved rate increase for Periodicals.

While most United Postal Service price changes and new mailing standards went into effect on May 14, 2007 (including the 41-cent price for First Class Mail stamps), the Postal Service Board of Governors delayed the implementation of new Periodical prices and mailing standards until July 15, 2007. The delay will give mailers and the Postal Service more time to prepare for the new pricing structure recommended by the Postal Regulatory Commission.

The United Postal Service has proposed revisions to the Periodical (magazine and newspaper) portion of its mailing standards that will accompany the new Periodical pricing that will go into effect on July 15, 2007. Periodical mailers will have new incentives to use efficient containers and bundles, and copalletization (publishers/printers merging bundles from separate publications or titles on the same pallet) becomes a permanent offering to encourage more publishers to combine mailings.

You may visit our website at www.usps.com for the proposed revised standards. This site also contains rate charts and other helpful information for mailers.

You can be assured that we will continue our efforts to keep our cost as low as possible while continuing to provide the American public with consistent, reliable, and economical mail service.

Sameatria Morton
Consumer Research Analyst
Reference: HQ31719362

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Is it just me, or does "copalletization" sound smutty?

Writers Revealed

Published July 03, 2007 Posted By
Join host Felicia Sullivan (editor and publisher of Small Spiral Notebook) each week in a new kind of Sunday Book Review. Participate in live discussions, book giveaways, and opportunities to get between the sheets with some of today’s most buzzworthy writers. Writers Revealed is not about name-dropping obscure authors and talking about the “process” of writing – this show is all about the hilarious and heartbreaking stories you can relate to. Archives available on podcast.

Coming up:
Sunday, July 8 - I Love You, Let’s Meet
@7PM EST / 4PM PST
Virginia Vitzthum

Sunday, July 15 - Ace of Spades
@7PM EST / 4PM PST
David Matthews

Human Rights Watch

Published July 03, 2007 Posted By
"Human Rights Watch is the largest human rights organization based in the United States. Human Rights Watch researchers conduct fact-finding investigations into human rights abuses in all regions of the world."

Recent Photo Essays:
Gay Rights Under Attack in Russia
Wal-Mart Denies Workers Basic Rights
Iran: Release Women's Rights Advocates
Sri Lanka - Karuna Group Abducts Children for Combat
...and dozens more archived.

Recent HRW Publications available online, print, or as .pdf download:
Indiscriminate Fire: Palestinian Rocket Attacks on Israel and Israeli Artillery Shelling in the Gaza Strip
Scared Silent: Impunity for Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines
Unfinished Business: Serbia’s War Crimes Chamber
The Poisoned Chalice: A Human Rights Watch Briefing Paper on the Decision of the Iraqi High Tribunal in the Dujail Case
Bottom of the Ladder
Exploitation and Abuse of Girl Domestic Workers in Guinea
...and many, many more.

Poet's Favorite Movies

Published July 03, 2007 Posted By
Visit Speechless: Straight out of L.A.—the oddest little literary magazine on the Web

Suzanne Lummis invited a select group of poets to "name their ten favorite movies—or twelve, or seven, or fifteen, or however many they had..." with the resulting opinion that "now we know how different the Top Grossing Movies of all Times list would look if poets would just spend more money attending the ones of their choice—or, if the world had more poets. No Titanic, no Star Wars sequels, no Passion of the Christ..."

Each poet is given their own page on which the movies are listed and comments noted. Some of the poets include: John Allman, Ellen Bass, Wanda Colean, Allen Ginsberg, Terence Hayes, Philip Levine, Judith Taylor, and a couple dozen more.

Visit: Poet's Favorite Movies

zines we got :: July 2

Published July 03, 2007 Posted By
The Cupboard, Volume 8

dig, #12
Jennifer Love Grove

Galatea's Pants, #20
Lauren Eggert-Crowe

Jesus the Non-Denominational Robot, Volume 1
Ryan Sotomayer

miss karen is stylish
manda hadley

Pudd'nhead, #3
Mike Pudd'nhead

The 7 Habits of Highly Negative People
Lev

underworld crawl, number five
R. Lee

Words and Pictures
Andy C.

Zen Baby, #17

Beyond Sicko

Published July 02, 2007 Posted By
Michael Moore's Sicko
by Christopher Hayes
The Nation
Posted June 27, 2007 (July 16, 2007 issue)

"In what may be a tacit acknowledgment of this unfortunate fact, Sicko is different from Moore's last two efforts. Not just because of an absence of gimmicky gotcha moments, or a reduction in screen time for Moore himself, but because its topic isn't fundamentally polarizing in the way his previous works were. There's a whole lot of Americans who love their guns, and in 2004 there were a lot of Americans who loved their President, but it's pretty hard to find anyone who loves their health insurance company."

Read the rest at The Nation
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