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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)progressive.org (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 www.failbetter.com 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 www.ubjobs.buffalo.edu, 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
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Lit Mag Mailbag :: August 26

Published August 26, 2007 Posted By
Alligator Juniper
Issue 12, 2007
Annual

Beloit Poetry Journal
Volume 58 Number 1, Fall 2007
Quarterly

Calyx
Volume 24 Number 1, Summer 2007
Triannual

Cavaet Lector
Volume 19 Number 2, Summer 2007
Quarterly

Cave Wall
Number 2, Summer 2007
Biannual

Cimarron Review
Issue 160, Summer 2007
Quarterly

Conveyer
Issue Number 2, Summer 2007
Annual?

Fiddlehead
Number 232, Summer 2007
Quarterly

Glimmer Train
Issue 64, Fall 2007
Quarterly

Matter
Issue 10, 2007
Biannual

New Genre
Issue 5, Spring 2007
Annual

New Letters
Volume 73 Number 3, 2007
Quarterly

New York Quarterly
Number 63, 2007
Quarterly

North Dakota Quarterly
Volume 74 Number 1, Winter 2007
Quarterly

Open Minds Quarterly
Volume 9 Number 2, Summer 2007
Quarterly

Poetry
Volume 190 Number 5, September 2007
Monthly

A Public Space (APS)
Issue 4, 2007
Quarterly

River Teeth
Volume 8 Number 2, Spring 2007
Biannual

Salmagundi
Numbers 155-156, Summer-Fall 2007
Quarterly

The Sewanee Review
Volume 115 Number 3, Summer 2007
Quarterly

South Loop Review
Volume 9, 2006
Annual

Tampa Review
Issue 33/34, 2007
Biannual

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.

First Fiction :: Kore Press

Published August 22, 2007 Posted By
Kore Press publishes its first fiction, joining the short story chapbook craze with "The Saving Work" by Tiphanie Yanique, hot off the laser printer this week. As with many of KP's limited edition and handbound books, "The Saving Work" is assembled individually by staff and volunteers; each cover features a unique burn mark, created in-house with a decidedly low-tech candle and flame. "The Saving Work" was chosen by final judge Margot Livesey as the winner of our first Fiction Chapbook competition. The next deadline is October 31, 2007.

Job :: National University

Published August 22, 2007 Posted By
National University invites applications for a fulltime, Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at our Los Angeles campus. M.F.A. or Ph.D. by date of hire and publications in fiction or literary nonfiction required.

BA Seeks MFA or MAw/CW &/or PhD

Published August 21, 2007 Posted By
We have what you're looking for! Created by popular demand:

NewPages Guide to Graduate Creative Writing Programs

This page is "in progress." If you know of a graduate school writing program that is not currently listed, please let us know. More information on listed programs will be posted in Sept. 2007. That is, as they say, the plan.

This page will also link to a larger list of creative writing programs, including undergrad programs and a list of annual creative writing conferences, workshops & retreats. Any not listed that you would like to see? Let us know!

O. Henry? Oh my - it's Shannon Cain!

Published August 21, 2007 Posted By
A short story by Kore Press Executive Director Shannon Cain has been selected for inclusion in the 2008 O. Henry Prize anthology. According to Kore: "These days we often find Shannon at her desk, gazing into space, incredulous and a little bit weepy." Shannon's story, "The Necessity of Certain Behaviors," originally appeared in the New England Review. The O. Henry Prize anthology is due out in May 2008 from Anchor Books. Congrats Shannon - we support you letting this go to your head for as long as you like!

Censorship :: WWJD?

Published August 20, 2007 Posted By

As noted in a previous blog, Jessica Powers, author of the young adult novel The Confessional (Random House, July 2007) had been disinvited to speak at Cathedral High School in El Paso because her book contained "language" and sexual innuendos. The principal of the private, Catholic school spoke with an El Paso reporter for Newspaper Tree saying he felt "compelled to protect our kids [who begin attending at 13 years old] and our school." Has this guy walked down his own hallways lately? Where does he think Jessica got the realistic teen behavior material for her book? Not only that, but didn't these people actually READ her book before inviting her to speak?

Even so, it hardly seems the point, since Powers says she wasn't going to speak about her book, but rather on the issues she writes about in the book: "immigration (illegal and legal); underlying racial tension in a border society like El Paso's; violence and pacifism; social divisions between different groups of people; and faith or doubts about faith." But, as Cathedral is a private rather than public school, its decision was regarded differently by Bobby Byrd, co-publisher and vice president of Cinco Puntos Press, who "said the decision for a private school to cancel a book event is a 'whole different situation' from public censorship. 'The parents are essentially hiring the school to make certain decisions,' he said. 'If a teacher were teaching that book, then it would be a whole different decision.' The decision to cancel the discussion may not have been the correct one, though, Byrd suggested. 'To me it speaks of timidity,' he added. 'Literature is literature.'"

It was Jessica's contention that her visit had been cancelled because of a coinciding visit to take place by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. The cancellation itself was brought on, not by school members, but by Former Chief Justice Barajas – who I also doubt even read the book. Ironically enough, on August 12, Jessica made note in her blog that the superintendent of the schools actually gave her approval of the book: "Because of all the brouhaha, a teacher made sure the superintendent of Catholic schools in El Paso had a copy of the book. She read it and called the principal up and said she didn't see what all the fuss was about. She said, 'I don't want our boys to talk this way…but they do.' Former Chief Justice Barajas, the one who forced the cancellation of the event, had allegedly said this was an attack on the church and a threat. But a teacher who read it said, 'Every time the boys get in trouble, they return to what they were taught. They pray, they go to confession….What else can you ask for?'"

Only what's left to ask: WWJD?


In Memoriam :: Chauncey Bailey

Published August 20, 2007 Posted By
A crusading editor, gunned down for the story
by Tim Jones / Chicago Tribune (MCT)
17 August 2007
OAKLAND, Calif.—Until the sawed-off shotgun was raised and aimed at him, Chauncey Bailey, the tall, swashbuckling media celebrity who always walked and talked with a purpose, didn’t seem to worry that his reporting might put his life in danger.

He was the hard-charging and controversial advocate for the black community in this uncelebrated city by the bay. And that, Bailey’s friends say, led him to assume a cocoon of personal safety, if not immunity from the black-on-black violent crime afflicting Oakland. There had been death threats before, but nothing came of them...[Read the rest on Pop Matters]

New Lit Mag Reviews :: August 16

Published August 17, 2007 Posted By
A new batch of lit mag reviews has been posted. Go see: Literary Magazine Reviews.
From his first questions, Abdul Ali gets to the heart of the matter in his interview with E. Ethelber Miller: "Can you tell me what a literary activist is, and what kinds of work they take up? When did you become a literary activist, what events revealed this calling?" Miller's responses define as well as inspire readers to follow his actions to become leaders themselves. Read the interview on Ali's blog: Poetic Noise 1984.

It's Not Dead Yet...Parnassus Lives

Published August 15, 2007 Posted By
Parnassus Lives
August 12th, 2007 by Jeremy Axelrod for the Kenyon Review
Parnassus: Poetry in Review will not be closing shop with Volume 30, after all. Until recently, financial woes made that round, impressive number seem like a sensible finale for the journal’s magnificent run. As Meg Galipault noted on KR Blog [Kenyon Review Blog], Willard Spiegelman wrote in the Wall Street Journal about its “commitment to intelligence and beautiful writing” — an achievement that’s sadly not enough to fill the till. But sometimes poetry does make things happen, or at least poetry critics do. A very generous reader of the Wall Street Journal saw Spiegelman’s article and offered to fully fund Parnassus for two more years. In the last few months, many magazines and newspapers have lamented the end of Parnassus and praised its decades of excellence. Nobody spoke too soon. When the donation materialized, it was an utter surprise for everyone. [Read the rest on KR Blog]

Photography :: Larry Schwarm

Published August 15, 2007 Posted By
One of Larry Schwarm's photographs adorns the cover of the most recent issue of New Letters. At first I thought it was an image from Katrina, but there was something more colorful about it than those now, all too familiar waterlogged and mildewed landscapes. Schwarm's subject is the Greensburg Tornado that swept through and destroyed his home town on May 4, 2007. Schwarm was out the next day documenting the devastation. It's odd to say there's something beautiful about the images he captures, but then, maybe it's an odd kind of beauty - to be awed by the end result of an F5 tornado, to see an ordered world turned upside down, to be witness to death and chaos that comes to rest under sunny blue skies. Had Schwarm shot this photo essay in black and white, my feelings might be different, more somber perhaps, less mesmerized by the intricacies of these ruins. As it is, it's like looking at the pages of a children's seek and find book, trying to pick out and make sense of the pieces and how they should have fit together. And being stunned to see a single green plate, whole and intact at the top of a heap of brick and mortar rubble, or a closet full of clothes and personal items left completely intact while the entire structure around it is obliterated. This issue of New Letters is worth picking up just for Schwarm's photos alone, though the images are also on his web site. Also on his site, the one black and white photos he shares is 7.5x36.5 inches and is composed of nine negatives. Prints are available for $100 each, with 100% above printing costs donated to the Kiowa County (Greensburg, Kansas) Historical Society. In print or online, well worth the look.

Poem of the Hour :: Donovan Chase

Published August 15, 2007 Posted By
Untitled, for a Good Reason
by Donovan Chase

What follows will make no sense.
I intend for this to happen,
And so it will.
I want my poem to be considered deep, so I’ll have it make no sense.
I’ll use random bits of
pretentious nonsense,
To make a point
That doesn’t exist...

[Read the rest on 24:7 Magazine.]
[Or don't.]
[But then you'll miss this part:

I’ll use “vague but disturbing imagery”
Like the idea of someone taking a cat
and putting it in a cheese taco
to make the poem seem to have meaning...]

[And other funny bits.]
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