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Poem

Published June 20, 2007 Posted By
From one of NewPages own review writers, Andrew Madigan:

Dale’s faded bluejeans

are getting tighter
so the brass zippertop buckles
and his coconut-hairy beergut
flaps over like a fanny pack
[...]

Read the rest online at Bath House

Happy 10th to The Barcelona Review!

Published June 20, 2007 Posted By
The Barcelona Review, June - August 2007

Books :: Jia by Hyejin Kim

Published June 20, 2007 Posted By

Jia
by Hyejin Kim
"Based on true events, Jia is the first novel about present-day North Korea to appear in English. All but closed to outside visitors, North Korea is among the most opaque nations on earth. While most readers know only the bleak outlines of its politics and history, Hyejin Kim illuminates Korea from within."
From MIDNIGHT EDITIONS, an imprint of CLEIS PRESS.

The Man Booker International Prize 2007

Published June 20, 2007 Posted By
13 June 2007
Chinua Achebe, the father of modern African writing, wins 2007 Man Booker International Prize.

"The Man Booker International Prize is worth

Poem

Published June 20, 2007 Posted By
Joan Siegel
Getting Ready for Winter


Sunlight hardens like resin.
Squirrels quiver on high branches
stuffing their hoard in hollows.
The cat thickens his fur.
[. . .]

Read the rest on Folio: A Literary Journal at American University

Submissions: Poetry on Girlhood

Published June 20, 2007 Posted By
For an anthology of contemporary poetry on girlhood aimed at high school and college level readers, co-editors Arielle Greenberg and Becca Klaver seek submission of poems on or relevant to any aspect of the experience of girlhood, from childhood to young adulthood by poets with at least one published or forthcoming poetry collection from a nationally-distributed press.

For more information: Switchback Books

Retreat as Activism: David Gessner

Published June 18, 2007 Posted By
On Space
by David Gessner, Ecotone Editor

Ecotone, Volume 2 Issue 2

"I admit that it is a strange and contrary impulse to focus on retreat during times of war, when you can’t help but find a military connotation in the word. But one thing I’ve learned from my reading is that retreat often leads to its opposite..."

Read more: Ecotone.

Weed Wars

Published June 17, 2007 Posted By
The War on Dandelions
by John A. Johnson


"The lawn is a symbol that humankind, with its big brains, has fought nature for survival, and won. And because nature got it wrong the first time, we're re-making it the right way. The idea is that we take nasty, 'undeveloped' land, and reshape it, groom it, and reconfigure it into proper, 'developed' land, which can be sold for a nice chunk of change. Sans dandelions, of course..."

More serious irreverence can be found at Eat the State! A Forum for Anti-Authoritarian Political Opinion, Research and Humor.

Seeing Celeb in Africa

Published June 17, 2007 Posted By
Bono, I Presume? Covering Africa Through Celebrities
By Julie Hollar
Extra! May/June 2007

“Africa is sexy and people need to know that,” declared U2 singer Bono (New York Times, 3/5/07), promoting his new (RED) line of products that propose to save Africa one iPod at a time.

Celebrity interest in Africa is not particularly new, but today more stars than ever seem to be converging upon the continent, with television crews seldom far behind. But, as Bono clearly understands, what media tend to find sexy about Africa is not Africa itself, but the stars like himself who have taken up causes in the region. In television news in particular, with its typically cursory treatment of subjects and emphasis on the visual, African countries and issues are to a striking degree seen through the prism of celebrity.

Read this and more from Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) at Extra! online.
Jerome Anthology Call for Submissions
Milkweed Editions seeks works of short fiction for an anthology to be published in fall 2008. The editors hope to solicit work suggestive of the increasingly diverse and multicultural nature of Minnesota, and the volume’s publication is timed to mark the sesquicentennial of the founding of the state. Authors must be residents of Minnesota, and may not have more than one previous book-length publication. Unpublished writers and writers of color are encouraged to submit manuscripts for consideration. All contributors will receive an honorarium of at least $500 (the final amount to be determined according to the number of contributors included).

For more information visit Milkweed Editions.

Load it, crank it! Wax Poetic

Published June 16, 2007 Posted By
Wax Poetic
"This is the first in a three-part series from Nublu founder and band leader Ilhan Ersahin's Wax Poetic project. On this record, there's a subdued Northern European energy creeping through the rocky, Garbage-esque tracks. This series will take Ersahin to different countries to collaborate with its musicians. Next up is 'Wax Poetic Istanbul,' followed by 'Wax Poetic Brasil.'"

The online sampler for Copenhagen includes two music videos and two songs, and for Istanbul and Brasil, two songs each. Full album available for purchase via Amazon and iTunes. Worth the Quicktime download to check this smack out!

Common Ground Regained in The Big Easy

Published June 16, 2007 Posted By
Malik Rahim: Spreading Common Ground
An interview with the cofounder of New Orleans' Common Ground Collective
by Doug Pibel


Doug: What has the experience of Common Ground taught you about how communities can learn to act together?
Malik: I’m going to tell you, that’s the reason why I continue on. Not only has it taught me what we can do, it has shown me the true greatness of this nation. Yes we are a rich nation; yes we are one of the most powerful nations. But, the greatness of our nation is not in our government—it is in our people. I have seen the essence of that greatness in those who made sacrifices to come down to help us in our time of need.

Read the rest of this interview and more on Yes! Magazine, Summer 2007 Issue: Latin America Rising.

Z Magazine Memorials: Olsen and Ivins

Published June 16, 2007 Posted By
Memorial for Tillie Olsen
Tillie Lerner was never supposed to be a writer. She grew up poor. She dropped out of high school. She was a teenage mother. She worked long hours to support her kids. She got fired. Too often, she recalled, “the simplest circumstances for creation did not exist.” Yet, she wrote. (More at Z Magazine Online)

Memorial for Molly Ivins
Mary Tyler “Molly” Ivins (August 30, 1944–January 31, 2007) was a U.S. newspaper columnist, political commentator, and bestselling author from Austin, Texas. Ivins was born in Monterey, California, raised in Houston, Texas and attended St. John’s School in Houston. (More at Z Magazine Online)

Job Posting: Truman State University, MO

Published June 15, 2007 Posted By
Truman State University, Division of Language and Literature
Two Positions: English/Creative Writing - Temporary Instructor or Temporary Assistant Professor (posted 6/12/07)
MS: What message, if any, do you have for the several thousand people who are going to graduate this year with MFAs?
BH: Remember that, when I say I want my root beer without ice, I mean it.

Read the full interview in Gulf Coast, Volume 19 Number 2, Summer/Fall 2007, where you'll find more humor as well as insight in response to questions such as:
MS: So many poets are rushing to get that first book out, spending hundreds of dollars on contests and reading fees. Do you believe this is the best way for young poets to get noticed?
and
MS: Some of your newer poems seem to be much more meditative and less "witty" than your earlier work. Also, I've been told that you are trying to turn away from this perception of you being a "funny" poet. Is this true" If so, what do you find troubling about being called a "funny" poet?
Muckraking Around the Globe
"BBC investigative reporter and international gadfly Greg Palast has dug into many critical stories in recent years—particularly those, like the vulture funds saga (see Palast's article in the current issue of D&S), that lie at the intersection of political decision-making and corporate greed. Dollars & Sense recently interviewed Palast about the sometimes-surprising appraisals that he offers in his latest book, Armed Madhouse, which came out in a revised paperback edition in April."

Also from the current issue of Dollars and Sense and available online:

The Homeownership Myth by Howard Karger
A contrarian asks whether homeownership really benefits low-income families.

The Real Political Purpose of the ICE Raids by David Bacon
Using immigration raids as a pressure tactic to get Congress to approve new guest worker programs is not a legitimate use of enforcement.

Fidelity and Genocide by Chris Sturr
Activists are calling on Fidelity and other investment houses to divest from Chinese oil companies that help fund the killing in Darfur.

Special Poetry Offer

Published June 14, 2007 Posted By
From April 1 until June 30, 2007, a list of Godine and Black Sparrow poetry titles will be available at up to 75% off the retail price. Great deal for poetry addicts. Visit Black Sparrow Press.

New & Forthcoming from Anhinga Press

Published June 14, 2007 Posted By
My Last Door by Wendy Bishop (2007)

Yellow Jackets by Patti White (2007)

The View from Zero Bridge by Lynn Aarti Chandhok, winner of the Levine Prize in Poetry (2007)

All you have to do is ask by Meredith Walters, winner of the Anhinga Prize for Poetry (2006)

Visit Anhinga Press for more on their publications.

Talk the Talk Online with Writers Revealed

Published June 14, 2007 Posted By
Join Felicia Sullivan (Editor of Small Sprial Notebook) each week in a new kind of Sunday Book Review: Writers Revealed. 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.

This Sunday, June 17, chat live with Kevin Smokler, David Wellington, Andi Buchanan and Josh Kilmer-Purcell about successful online marketing and how you can be your own marketing & publicity machine. Previous shows available on podcast.

Visit Writers Revealed: www.writersrevealed.com.

NCAC's Censorship News, Spring 2007

Published June 11, 2007 Posted By
Check out the National Coalition Against Censorship Newsletter: Censorship News, No. 104. Available online and as PDF, "NCAC's newsletter, published quarterly, contains information and discussion about freedom of expression issues, including current school censorship controversies, threats to the free flow of information, and obscenity laws." In this issue:

Reading the Fine Print

Published June 11, 2007 Posted By
A Minor History of Miniature Writing
By Joshua Foer
Cabinet Magazine Online
"Miniature book collector George Salomon of Paris disperses his seven-hundred-title collection, a library that reportedly “could be carried in a moderate-sized portmanteau.” His spirit lives on today in the Miniature Book Society, an organization whose interests extend only to printed works three inches or smaller."

Read the article and see images of miniature writing through history on Cabinet Magazine Online.

Pinsky Speaks on Music and Literature

Published June 10, 2007 Posted By
Poetry Northwest Web Exclusive
"On March 21, 2007, in Portland, some 400 people crammed the sold-out Wonder Ballroom to hear to hear the former poet laureate speak, read poems, & launch the Music Issue. Robert Pinsky condemned educational administrators who want to break the chain of culture by cutting funding to music, arts, & creative writing programs. 'Woe unto them,' said Pinsky, who also read recent & new poems, & closed the night with an electrifying reading of John Keats's hymn to music & poetry, 'Ode to a Nightingale.'"

Listen to an excerpt (apprx 45min) of this performance lecture on Poetry Northwest.
"Founded in 1971, the PEN Prison Writing Program believes in the restorative and rehabilitative power of writing, by providing hundreds of inmates across the country with skilled writing teachers and audiences for their work. The program seeks to provide a place for inmates to express themselves freely with paper and pen and to encourage the use of the written word as a legitimate form of power. The program sponsors an annual writing contest, publishes a free handbook for prisoners, provides one-on-one mentoring to inmates whose writing shows merit or promise, conducts workshops for former inmates, and seeks to get inmates' work to the public through literary publications and readings."

For more information about this program, read writing from contest winners, or how to get a copy of the writing handbook, visit PEN American Center.

How to Sustain Your Labor of Love

Published June 09, 2007 Posted By
Love’s Labour Lost?: Working for a sustainable alternative press
By Nicole Cohen
Briarpatch Magazine
June/July 2007

"I don’t recall the exact moment I became skeptical of the term labour of love, but I do remember the day it began feeling like an inappropriate descriptor for Shameless, the independent, feminist magazine for teens I co-founded in 2003 and edited until recently.
[. . .]
While it is critical for media activists to talk seriously about the business of producing alternative media and to find innovative ways to boost circulation, it is dangerous to believe that the only way to become commercially viable is to make content more mainstream. Alternative media exist to disseminate an oppositional or radical stance, and the development of creative, sustainable business models should centre on strengthening that goal, not abandoning it."

Read the rest of the article HERE, with Cohen's assessment as well as advice for small, independents who wish to remain alternative.

Recipe for Inspiration

Published June 09, 2007 Posted By
File this under the "finding writing ideas in the most unlikely places" category. Check out some of these great recipe names, courtesy of Backwoods Home Magazine:

Dragon’s Breath Chili
Earth’s Greatest Cookies
Egg Thingies
Humble Stew (Served with humble pie for dessert? Oh, c'mon, you saw that one coming...)
Dishpan Cookies
Baked Macaroni and Cheese to Kill For
Czarist Chicken Salad
Chow-chow (I read the recipe and still don't know what this is - ?)
Lazy Housewife Pickles
Emergency Casserole (Maybe to help the person killed for the mac and cheese...)

Can't you just see it now: "She went to the kitchen and started banging pots and pans onto the stove. She'd have the last laugh for his cheating on her, the Dragon's Breath Chili would see to that..."

Inspiration can indeed come from the strangest places. If nothing else, some of these really do sound worth trying!
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