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New Lit on the Block :: Canteen

Published October 12, 2007 Posted By
Canteen: The literary magazine that comes with instructions.

"Interest in reading literature has been eclipsed by interest in how and why literature is made. At least that’s how we explain why it’s easier to earn money teaching creative writing than practicing it. Add the ascendance of the memoir over the novel, scandal over plot, biography over oeuvre, and you realize something: It’s no longer enough just to experience the arts—we want to be part of their creation.

"Canteen aims to engage readers with both the arts and the creative process. In this inaugural issue, Andrew Sean Greer confesses to his early novels, the first written at age 10; Po Bronson examines a suicide attempt by a reader; Julie Orringer and Ryan Harty make couple’s poetry from a kit; and Dennis Leary pulls off his chef’s jacket to design restaurants of the future."

Canteen accepts poetry, fiction, nonfiction, essays, commentary, and individual or portfolio artwork.

Alt Mag Mailbag :: October 12

Published October 12, 2007 Posted By
For information about these and many other quality alternative magazines, click the links or visit The NewPages Guide to Alternative Magazines.

Against the Current
Volume 21 Number 4
September/October 2007

American Book Review
Volume 28 Number 6
September/October 2007

Live in Cooperative Culture
Number 136
Fall 2007

Humor Times
Issue Number 190
October 2007

In These Times
Volume 31 Number 10
October 2007

Labor Notes
Number 343
October 2007

Science & Society
Volume 71 Nubmer 4
October 2007

Shambhala Sun
Volume 16 Number 2
November 2007

Whispering Winds
American Indians: Past & Present
Volume 37 Number 1 Issue 257, 2007

Z Magazine
October 2007

Art :: Bunnies in NY

Published October 12, 2007 Posted By
I know, I know - it's a Sony ad by Bravia, with the Rolling Stones - who are just as commercial - but the artistry is amazing. Utilizing 2.5 tons of plasticine (you remember - Play-Doh) this stop-motion animation on the streets of New York City employed 40 animators and took three weeks to complete: "the most ambitious piece of stop-motion animation ever undertaken." You gotta give props to the artists. Once it gets through the fun trivia intro, click on "Watch Our Play-Doh Ad." This is out on YouTube, too, but the quality is way better on the commercial site.

Vote for Poetry :: Prick of the Spindle

Published October 11, 2007 Posted By
Cynthia Reese, Editor-in-Chief of Prick of the Spindle invites readers to vote for their favorite poem. Prick of the Spindle will be selecting five poems from vol.1.2 for the Featured Poets. Cast your vote for your favorite poem by sending an email with the title of your favorite poem from this issue! Email address is available on the website.

New Lit on the Block :: Plankton

Published October 11, 2007 Posted By
From Jeoslyn Roebuck: "Plankton was born out of the Virginia Tech tragedy and seeks to showcase new and emerging artists, poets and writers. Each issue will reflect a different angle of creativity. The first issue is designed more or less as a concept album that crafts of story of its own out of eachi individually accepted submission." Plankton is published quarterly and is available as a full-color, full-text PDF (takes several minutes to download). Plankton accepts poetry and art submisisons.

Jobs :: Various

Published October 11, 2007 Posted By
Delta College, "one of America's leading community colleges," has openings for full-time faculty in the following areas: Business & Information Technology Accounting Instructor (One-year Renewable); Business & Information Technology Computer Science & Information Technology Instrutor (Tenure-track); Business & Information Technology Marketing Instructor (Tenure-track); English Division (Two positions - One Tenure-track, One One-year Renewable). Evaluation of potential candidates will begin in October Fall, 2008; all positions open until filled.

The Department of English at Old Dominion University invites applications for an entry-level, tenure-track appointment in fiction-writing. Dr. David Metzger, Chair, Department of English. November 15, 2007.

Gettysburg College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor level, beginning August 2008, for a poet to teach five courses over two semesters (3/2) in introduction to creative writing and advanced poetry writing. M.A., with a concentration in creative writing, M.F.A., or Ph.D., with creative dissertation, required. Prof. Jack Ryan, Chair, Department of English. November 9, 2007.

Film :: AIFI Film Fest

Published October 10, 2007 Posted By
The 32nd Annual American Indian Film Festival
San Francisco, CA
November 2-10, 2007
The American Indian Film Institute (AIFI) and Title Sponsors, the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, proudly announce the 32nd annual American Indian Film Festival, premiering over 70 innovative feature films, shorts, documentaries, public service announcements, and music videos from USA American Indian and Canada First Nation communities. The 2007 American Indian Film Festival is a nine-day event with an anticipated attendance of over 6,000. The Film Festival takes place at two theatre venues in San Francisco. The Landmark Embarcadero Center Cinema, One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level, will hold screenings November 2-7; The Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St. @ Bay St., November 8-10. A complete schedule will be available October 8, 2007 on the AIFI website. The American Indian Film Institute (AIFI) is a non-profit media arts center founded in 1979 to foster understanding of the culture, traditions and issues of contemporary Native Americans.

Submissions :: Barnaby Jones

Published October 10, 2007 Posted By
Pinch Pinch Press is a new small press in Ashland, Oregon, now taking submissions for the first issue of their journal Barnaby Jones. They are looking for poetry, short fiction and visual art for the first issue due out early 2008.

A Literary Journal is Reborn

Published October 10, 2007 Posted By
Quarterly 'Hopkins Review' will launch this month

From Greg Rienzi's contribution to The JHU Gazette:

"Dormant for more than five decades, The Hopkins Review makes a triumphant return to the literary landscape this fall.

"The original Hopkins Review was launched in 1947 by the Writing Seminars, then called the Department of Writing, Speech and Drama. The literary magazine back then was a thin paperback volume that sold for 25 cents a copy. Acclaimed novelist and short-story writer John Barth, a Writing Seminars alumnus and later a JHU faculty member, published his first story in its pages, which also included the works of such celebrated poets as Richard Wilbur and E.E. Cummings.

"The magazine eventually languished due to a lack of funds and a dwindling number of full-time faculty in the department. It folded in 1953.

"The 190-page quarterly literary magazine will publish fiction; poetry; memoirs; essays on literature, drama, film, the visual arts, music and dance; and reviews of books in all these areas, as well as reviews of performances and exhibits."

Read more about JHR Reborn.

The Deep South Festival of Writers 11.01.07

Published October 08, 2007 Posted By
One of the oldest literary conferences in the country, the Deep South Festival of Writers is an annual event run by the Creative Writing Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Festival encourages innovative cultural exchange by providing panel discussions, performances, readings and craft lectures by prominent artists and writers from across the nation. This year’s featured writers include Mary Gaitskill and Rikki Ducornet. Festival dates: November 1st—4th 2007. Location:
UL Lafayette Alumni House

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"

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