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Submissions :: The Southern Quarterly 2.08

Published November 07, 2007 Posted By
The Southern Quarterly: A Journal of the Arts in the South. Call for poetry for Volume 45:4 of the Southern Quarterly (Summer 2008) a special issue on the legacy of Emmett Till, Guest Editor, Philip C. Kolin. Philip C. Kolin solicits original poetry on Emmett Till that captures the impact of his tragic lynching and his continuing importance as an icon for the civil rights movement in the United States and worldwide. Deadline for submissions in February 2008.

Film :: Communities Documentary

Published November 07, 2007 Posted By
Visions of Utopia
Experiments in Sustainable Culture

reated by Geoph Kozeny, a core staff member of the first two editions of the Communities Directory and a featured columnist in Communities magazine. This full-length documentary has been more than four years in the making. Now you can actually see how some communities look "up close" while you listen to community members tell their stories in their own words. This first disc features an overview of 2,500 years of shared living, then highlights seven communities and offers insights about what works and what doesn't. Includes:

Ananda Village, CA
Meditation/yoga community

Breitenbush Hot Springs, OR
Worker-owned conference/retreat center

Camphill Special School, PA
School and community for disabled children

Earthaven, NC
Ecovillage demonstration and teaching center

Nyland Cohousing, CO
Suburban cohousing development

Purple Rose Collective, CA
Small urban cooperative of activists

Twin Oaks, VA
Planner/manager government with labor credits

Submissions :: Anthology on Body Marking

Published November 07, 2007 Posted By
Body. Your body. Your lived and living body. In what ways is your body marked? Do you have scars? Plastic surgery? Tattoos or piercings? Crazy haircuts? Have you ever injured yourself on purpose, or had the desire to do so? Do you have special jewelry or clothing that carries meaning for you?

Torn Skin and Soul Clothes: Accepting non-fiction (creative and theoretical), poetry, and photographs. Submission deadline: December 31, 2007. As yet no publisher, but the editor says she is making contacts - needs more submissions to present before publishers will give further consideration.

Jobs :: Various

Published November 07, 2007 Posted By
Roger Williams University Department of Creative Writing invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in poetry beginning Fall 2008. January 15, 2008.

Chatham University invites applications for an assistant or associate level fiction writer with demonstrated commitment to environmental writing or writing with a strong sense of place for our innovative MFA program that focuses on nature, environmental and travel writing. November 15, 2007.

Washington State University Department of English seeks a tenure track assistant professor in creative writing with primary focus in poetry beginning Fall 2008. November 15, 2007.

Goucher College seeks a tenure-track, assistant professor in fiction writing or fiction-writing/poetry. December 15, 2007.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee English Department seeks a tenure-track assistant professor with a specialization in fiction writing. November 19, 2007.

The English Department of Eastern Michigan University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Creative Writing. November 15, 2007.

Northern Michigan University, Assistant Professor, tenure track, in creative writing: fiction; Ph.D. or MFA required, along with successful teaching experience at a college or university. November 26, 2007.

Colorado State University - Pueblo, Lecturer in English.

Utne Award Nominees

Published November 05, 2007 Posted By
Nominees for the 19th Annual Utne Independent Press Awards 2007

"We began by upending the orderly shelves of our library, corralling some 1,300 magazines, newsletters, journals, alt weeklies, and zines into wobbly stacks. Then we dug in to read articles that we might have missed during the year and to reread our favorites—everything from gritty newsprint publications to polished perfect-bound journals. After much deliberation, debate, and a bit of teeth-gnashing, we whittled it all down to 111 standouts.

"Even after 19 years, the Utne Independent Press Awards still manage to surprise and delight our editorial staff—and we trust our readers will be similarly sated. Not only did we consider a vast catalog of longtime heavyweights, we unearthed a host of new darlings and pulled more than a few dark horses into the final stretch."

See the full list at Utne online.

Submissions :: Mosaic

Published November 05, 2007 Posted By
Founded in 1967, Mosaic is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to publishing the very best critical work in literature and theory. Submissions: Essays must represent innovative thought (either in the form of extending or challenging current critical positions). Focus can be on literary works or issues related to any historical period, national culture, ethnic group, genre, or media. Any interdisciplinary critical approach or methodology may be employed. Essays may be mainly theory-oriented or may conjoin theorizing with practical application or examination of specific texts. Essays must be thoroughly researched and make concrete reference to recent scholarship in the given area.

Festivals :: Memory Festival

Published November 05, 2007 Posted By
The Vancouver Memory Festival is a free-floating series of public events focused on public and private memory, and the questions that surround acts of memory and forgetting: How are memories made and re-made, lost, and found again? How is memory preserved? What are memories? Is there such a thing as public memory? When does Memory enter into History, and whose memory is it then? The Memory Festival is improvised and open-ended. It will unfold in different venues around the city throughout 2008—the year of the already nearly forgotten sesquecentennial of British Columbia. You are invited to participate. The Memory Festival consists of things people want to do with and about Memory.

Novel at 90 by Creator of Mr. Magoo

Published November 04, 2007 Posted By
Bowl of Cherries
Millard Kaufman
"Kicked out of Yale at age fourteen, Judd Breslau falls in with Phillips Chatterton, a bathrobe-wearing Egyptologist working out of a dilapidated home laboratory. There, young Valerie Chatterton quickly leads Judd away from his research and into, in order: the attic, a Colorado equestrian ranch, a porn studio beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, and a jail cell in southern Iraq, where we find him awaiting his own execution while the war rages on in the north. Written by a ninety-year-old debut novelist, ex-Marine, two-time Oscar nominee (screenwriting, Bad Day at Black Rock and Take the High Ground!), and co-creator of Mr. Magoo, Bowl of Cherries rivals the liveliest comic novels for sheer gleeful inventiveness — this is a book of astounding breadth and sharp consequence, containing all the joy and derangement and terror and doubt of adolescence and of our time."

Millard Kaufman

Published November 04, 2007 Posted By

Festival :: Kenyon Review

Published November 02, 2007 Posted By
The Kenyon Review First Annual Literary Festival
Gambier, Ohio
November 9-10
This festival complements the sixth annual Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, which will take place on November 8 in New York City. The award recipient this year is Margaret Atwood. A full schedule of events is available on The Kenyon Review website.

New Alt Mag :: a.magazine

Published November 02, 2007 Posted By
"a.magazine is a nonfiction literary magazine showcasing established and emerging writers and artists from Africa and across the globe. a.magazine takes pride in its innovative style, blending quality narrative with a strong graphic layout for a unique 'lit-trade' mix. It has the permanence of a literary publication and the premium finish of a design magazine. Published quarterly, a.magazine is available in U.S. independent bookstores and to subscribers worldwide. The first issue of a.magazine will hit newsstands at the end of October."

Film :: Word is Out 30th Anniversary DVD

Published November 02, 2007 Posted By
Thirty years ago, in 1977, Word is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives startled audiences across the country when it appeared in movie theaters and on television. The first feature-length documentary about lesbian and gay identity made by gay filmmakers, the film had a huge impact when it was released and became an icon of the emerging gay rights movement of the 1970s.

In honor of its place in our collective history, Word Is Out has been selected for the Legacy Project for GLBT Film Preservation by Outfest and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The original film negative will be restored this year, and the re-mastered 35 mm print will be shown at public events in Los Angeles and San Francisco. It will then be available for international exhibition through Word Is Out's longtime distributor, New Yorker Films.

The 30th anniversary DVD will include the original theatrical version of the film, exclusive updates on the cast and the filmmakers and an homage to Peter Adair, originator and inspired producer of Word is Out who died of AIDS in 1996.

Essays :: Coffee Reconciliation

Published November 02, 2007 Posted By
Shilling for Starbucks
How I Made Peace with Coffee and the Green Machine

By Hal Brill

"I brewed myself a cup of coffee today. No big deal, except that until a few weeks ago I had never done that. Coffee occupied a blurry place in my psyche - I liked it but also feared the bean. A couple of jittery, heart-racing experiences had taught me to minimize consumption. I avoided learning barista skills to keep temptation off the table.

"The blend I had this afternoon was of fresh Starbucks beans that arrived unexpectedly, a gift from the company after our recent tour. It achieved exactly what they hoped, sealing my fate. I've become not only a coffee drinker, but also a converted Starbucks fan. YIKES! How can this be? Is there something in their brew that has crushed my will to resist both stimulants and corporate allegiance?"

[read the rest on GreenMoney Journal]

Howl Against Censorship :: Pacifica Radio

Published October 31, 2007 Posted By
"Fifty years ago, on October 3, Judge Clayton Horn ruled that Allen Ginsberg's great epic Beat-era poem HOWL was not obscene but instead, a work of literary and social merit. This ruling allowed for the publication of HOWL and exonerated the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who faced jail time and a fine 50 years ago for publishing HOWL.

"Fifty years later, with draconian FCC fines for language infractions, you still can't hear HOWL on the radio. That's something to howl about. This October, Pacifica Radio Network released a commemoration of Judge Horn’s ruling on behalf of free speech, with a recording of the poet Allen Ginsberg, himself, reading the unadulterated HOWL."

Download/listen on

Festival :: Nature of Words 11.1-4.07

Published October 31, 2007 Posted By
The Nature of Words, Central Oregon’s premier literary event, annually showcases acclaimed authors and poets whose writing deals primarily, but not exclusively, with the literal and metaphorical Western landscape. Scheduled for November 1-4, 2007, participants in the long weekend can choose from author readings, workshops, and panel discussions.

Art :: Ella Tulin

Published October 30, 2007 Posted By
Feminist Studies, Volume 33 Number 1, features a discussion of the works of Ella Tulin (September 15, 1930 ~ January 27, 2006), who is quoted on her site as saying: "The way I celebrate life is through the making of sculpture. I sculpt women, earthy, vulnerable, open, sexy, joyful, pained and exuding life. The woman's pelvis cradles the world." Worth seeking out this publication, as well as the appreciative perspectives of Tulin's work of the female form.

Essay :: The F_ Bomb

Published October 30, 2007 Posted By
From Maisonneuve's Watch Your Mouth Department:

What the F___?
Film critic Matthew Hays looks at print media's hidebound, prim, knee-jerk, paternalistic, unthinking, programmtic attitude towards the word "fuck."

"This past April, as the final season of The Sopranos was about to unravel on HBO, I came across what seemed like a perfect Canadian angle on the iconic American series: a Quebec actor, Philippe Bergeron, had landed a small but pivotal role in the final season’s first episode. He was playing one of two petty crooks from Quebec who conduct some business with Tony Soprano. I pitched the story to the Globe and Mail and the editors bit..."

Submissions :: Coal Hill Review

Published October 30, 2007 Posted By
Published online by Autumn Press, Coal Hill is dedicated to publishing fine poetry by both emerging and established writers. The inageral issue features Timothy Donnelly, David Huddle, Thomas Lux, Hila Ratzabi, David Swerdlow, Jennifer Wallace and Lissa Warren. Joshua Storey, Editor and Anna Catone, Associate Editor. Reading period of September 1 to May 1.

New Issue Online :: Paradigm

Published October 29, 2007 Posted By
Rain Farm Press announces the release of the fourth issue of Paradigm arts journal. Dubbed "The Vintage Issue," this final issue of 2007 features exclusive interviews with bestselling Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt ("Will in the World") and Emmy-winning TV personality and vintner Michael Chiarello, host of Food Network's "Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello."

New Lit on the Block :: Bruiser

Published October 29, 2007 Posted By
Bruiser Review is a tri-quarterly publication, printed in January, June and October of each year. BR have an open submissions policy and welcome your unsolicited fiction, poems, articles and artwork year round. BR seeks to publish the finest writers in America and abroad. As a general rule, we prefer literary pieces with an emphasis on character development, written in a realistic language. The first issue of BR will hit the streets in January 2008. (Thanks to Matt Bell for this find.)

New Lit & Submissions :: Arch

Published October 29, 2007 Posted By
Arch Journal is a web-based annual journal publishing poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, and translations sponsored by Washington University English department and run by the graduate students of the Arts & Sciences programs of Washington University. The first issue is expected by the January 2008.

Books :: Design Like You Give A Damn

Published October 28, 2007 Posted By
The greatest humanitarian challenge we face today is that of providing shelter. Currently one in seven people lives in a slum or refugee camp, and more than three billion people — nearly half the world's population — do not have access to clean water or adequate sanitation. The physical design of our homes, neighborhoods, and communities shapes every aspect of our lives. Yet too often architects are desperately needed in the places where they can least be afforded.

Edited by Architecture for Humanity, Design Like You Give a Damn is a compendium of innovative projects from around the world that demonstrate the power of design to improve lives. This first book to bring the best of humanitarian architecture and design to the printed page offers a history of the movement toward socially conscious design and showcases more than 80 contemporary solutions to such urgent needs as basic shelter, health care, education, and access to clean water, energy, and sanitation.

Design Like You Give a Damn is an indispensable resource for designers and humanitarian organizations charged with rebuilding after disaster and engaged in the search for sustainable development. It is also a call to action to anyone committed to building a better world.

Powers Receives High Praise - from Homeless

Published October 28, 2007 Posted By
From the blog of J.L. Powers, author of The Confessional and *hopefully* forthcoming second novel, Killing Isaac:

What You Leave in the Trash Can
By Jess | September 21, 2007

A couple of months ago, I started shredding my rough drafts before I took them out to be recycled. I’m not sure why, exactly, except for this vague uneasy totally paranoid feeling that maybe somebody might steal my latest, almost completed novel Killing Isaac and somehow manage to get it published before I do, with their name attached instead of mine.

Absurd, right?

Well, about four weeks ago...[read the rest - it's short and funny]

Jobs :: Various

Published October 28, 2007 Posted By
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Creative Writing-Fiction, San Diego State University. William A. Nericcio, Chair, Department of English and Comparative Literature. November 2, 2007.

The College of Wooster Visiting Assistant Professor of English, beginning fall 2008. Three-year position. Jennifer Hayward Department of English. December 4, 2007.

Middlebury College. Established poet with Ph.D. and ability to teach introductory and advanced poetry-writing workshops, courses on the theory and history of poetic forms, and British and international authors and literatures.

Framingham State College English Department invites gifted writers & teachers to
apply for a position as a tenure-track Assistant Professor, to begin September 2008, to teach creative writing, literature, & first-year writing. Professor Elaine Beilin, Chair, English Department. November 30, 2007.

Wabash College Department of English invites candidates with primary specializations in fiction writing & American literature for a full-time, tenure-track position. Thomas P. Campbell, Chair, Department of English. November 16, 2007.

Nebraska Wesleyan University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Creative Writing (Poetry and Fiction). Sarah Kelen, Chair, English Department. November 16, 2007.

Adelphi University, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Fiction. November 12, 2007.

Books :: Little Toot Redux

Published October 27, 2007 Posted By
From NPR: "In honor of what would have been Gramatky's 100th birthday, Penguin Putnam is reissuing a restored version of Little Toot, reviving the rich colors that were diminished in subsequent editions. The book also features full-color manuscript sketches, and reintroduces parts of the book's original bindings. Scott Simon and Daniel Pinkwater preview [audio online] the newly released version of the children's classic."

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