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Blog Beat :: New Moon News

Published September 10, 2007 Posted By
New Moon is a magazine edited by girls 8-14. It promotes itself as an "Ad-free, imaginative, multicultural bimonthly magazine that girls, parents and educators love" and touts six Parents' Choice Gold Awards for best children's magazine. New Moon News is the companion blog for this publication, and if the thought of it being for "girls" makes you think of ponies, pink, and trite rhyming poetry, then you need an attitude adjustment by taking a look at this blog. The first three entries cover lowering the voting age to 16, a look at suffragists who changed history and recognition of Woman's Equality Day, and discrimination and hate toward LGBT students. Other post topics have included activism, body image and inner beauty, letters to congress, and politics. Not the age-old sugar and spice and everything nice, this is not only a great blog for "grrls" but for adults as well.

Anthology Question Answers

Published September 09, 2007 Posted By
Some nice responses on the The Anthology Question blog posted earlier. To answer one point – it’s not that I won’t list the kinds of anthologies I called into question at all. I have, and I will. I am just trying to be select in what I let through to the blog. I look for well-organized operations and those that are connected in some way with a publisher, publication, academic institution, non-profit, or just a down-right good cause. No fee for submissions is a must. Some I list because it seems like good-intentioned editors making a go at being editors and publishing. I don't see a point (yet) in discouraging them, and in fact, want to encourage their energy and efforts. As I get older, maybe I see this as a way to mentor the younger generation in their literary dreams. They'll get plenty of squashing later...

One comment I received supported not only my own concerns, but my sense of humor: “I think you're correct to be suspicious of these anthologies about left-handed mothers of triplets and dyslexic spouses of insomniac electrical engineers. Don't list them. You do a good job with your posts. More is not necessarily better.” (Pat)

From Dinty W. Moore, editor of Brevity :“I honestly don't know the answer, but thanks for asking all of the right questions. If an anthology ‘packager’ doesn't at least have a plan to find distribution, it seems unlikely anyone will read the book other than the authors and the authors' friends. Which begs the question: if a book falls into the forest of books, and no one hears it fall ...”

This note from Dave really takes a stand I hadn’t as fully considered, but have given thought to its merit since: “Good for bringing the anthology glut up, good for you and NewPages right down the line… Writing that’s merely thematic and anthologies of pieces organized thematically is writing that’s typically soulless. The oomph is in the inspiration, not the motive. Anthologies can be worthwhile as literary documents -- think of John Bennett’s classic old Vagabond Anthology out of the mimeograph era -- maybe in the way working manuscripts are valuable, but they aren’t literary creations.”

Evan was as curious as I had been in his consideration of the calls for submissions, and wrote: “What an interesting post! It never occurred to me that those anthologies might just be revenue generators. It's very telling that of all the anthologies you queried, you got only one response. I've seen their listings, calling for mss in the back of P&W, and they always seemed a little suspicious (i.e., 'Who are these guys, and why have I never actually seen one of these anthologies in a bookstore?'). If, however, a well-known and well-regarded magazine solicits for a theme, I might send something. “

Absolutely. This isn’t meant to knock the lit mags who run themed issues. Certainly, those publications are the most adept at being able to work with themed content to create strong, unified, lasting works of literature, since their purpose is, first and foremost – literature, not the experience of the theme itself as an entity.

Erika Dreifus, publisher of Practicing Writing Blog, admitted to facing the same situation in choosing what to post and not to post: “Typically, I do not post anthology calls for projects that a) do not yet have a publishing plan and b) do not pay their writers. And I'm also opposed to anthologies that require a 'reading fee.'" She also posted a thoughtful article on her blog about this very topic: Five Signs of Auspicious Anthologies.

My thanks to everyone who responded; though I didn’t mention all of you here, your feedback has been most instructive in this discussion.

In Memoriam :: Madeleine L'Engle

Published September 08, 2007 Posted By
Author Madeleine L'Engle, 88, died of natural causes Thursday, September 6, 2007 in Connecticut. She was a beloved children's author who wrote over 60 books, including the multi-generational favorite A Wrinkle in Time, published in 1962. It won the Newbery Medal in 1963 and sold over 6 million copies by 2004. “Of course I’m Meg,” Ms. L’Engle said about the beloved protagonist of “A Wrinkle in Time.”
Read the New York Times article here.

The Education of Race and Gender

Published September 07, 2007 Posted By
Making Black Girls "Ladylike"
by kameelah rasheed
August 22, 2007

"Looking at the intersection of race, gender, capitalism and pedagogy, the disciplinary efforts and hidden curriculum are working toward a desired young Black woman -- one who does not ask too many questions, accepts the power arrangements in schools and becomes a proper young lady -- pink bows and all. Schools since their inception have been focused on the poetics of assimilation and thus are sites of production not only for the ready-made American citizen who does not challenge his government or is a depoliticized consumers, but the 'acceptable' Black woman who is docile, domesticated and unchallenging."

Read the rest on WireTap Magazine.

Cheers! Sally Molini

Published September 07, 2007 Posted By
Land-O'-Plenty Shubunkin
by Sally Molini

Nothing breathes so well
as my little fish tank life,
its self-protective see-through
will, pink-pebbled with a
sylph or two of plastic grass.
Food dimples the water --
easy to eat and drift as trees
outside wave green fins...
[Read the rest]

From Mad Hatters' Review
Issue 7, February 2007

Alt Mag Mailbag :: September 7

Published September 07, 2007 Posted By
Volume 25 Number 2, Fall-Winter 2007

Humor Times
Issue Number 189, September 2007

In These Times
Volume 31 Number 9, September 2007

Kyoto Journal
Number 67, 2007

Labor Notes
Number 342, September 2007

Volume 32 Number 2, Summer 2007

Off Our Backs
Volume 37 Number 1, 2007

Our Times
Volume 26 Number 3, June/July 2007

Volume 92 Number 5, September/October 2007

Socialism and Democracy
Volume 21 Number 2, July 2007

Space and Culture
Volume 10 Number 3, August 2007

Voices from the Earth
Volume 8 Number 2, Summer 2007

White Crane
Number 73, Summer 2007

Z Magazine

In Memoriam :: Qurratulain Hyder

Published September 06, 2007 Posted By
From New Directions Publishing:

"Qurratulain Hyder, one of the most celebrated of Urdu fiction writers, died on August 21, 2007 near New Delhi, India after a protracted lung illness. She has been buried in the Jamia Millia Islamia cemetery, New Delhi. She was the author of some 12 novels and novellas and four collections of short stories, as well as numerous translations of classics. Aag Ka Darya, her magnum opus, is a landmark novel that explores the vast sweep of time and history. It tells a story that moves from the fourth century BC to the post-Independence period in India and Pakistan, pausing at the many crucial epochs of history. The novel was translated into English by the author and published by New Directions as River of Fire. Hyder was also the recipient of two civilian awards from the Indian government, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan."

New Online :: PLUCK!

Published September 05, 2007 Posted By
PLUCK! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture
"Our mission is to continue extolling the affrilachian aesthetic, 'making the invisible visible.' To that end, our goal is to celebrate outstanding contemporary literature and feature images, essays and articles that celebrate the rich artistic and cultural heritage of the region and the urban centers that are home to many of its migrants, small towns, regional cities like Knoxville, Charleston, Nashville, Chattanooga, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Spartanburg, Lexington, Roanoke and major manufacturing and transportation centers such as Birmingham, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Our distribution area will include every place in the region where excellence, culture and creativity is appreciated.

"Submissions: PLUCK! is looking for voices of color from the states touched by the Appalachians (Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania) and work with a strong sense of place that addresses the poet's unique experience in this brook of the African Diaspora."

Sample PDF issue is available online.

Call for Session Proposals :: Winter Wheat

Published September 05, 2007 Posted By
Session proposals are now being sought for Winter Wheat: The Mid-American Review Festival of Writing, slated for November 13-16, 2008 on the Bowling Green State University campus in northwestern Ohio.

Zine Reviews and News

Published September 05, 2007 Posted By
Zine Related News is a new sister site to Syndicated Zine Reviews. Its purpose is to provide a community bulletin board for news and announcements pertaining to the world of self-publishing. Anyone can post messages simply by sending an email to jackcheiky dot zinenews at blogger dot com. Appropriate news would include conventions and gatherings, the rise and fall of distribution channels, changes or possible changes in laws that affect publishing and free speech, etc. This is NOT a place to promote specific publications beyond changes of address or what have you. All are encouraged to post news here, but content will be closely monitored for appropriateness. Related site: Live Journal Zine Reviews.

Lit Mag Mailbag :: September 5

Published September 05, 2007 Posted By
The American Poetry Review
Volume 36 Number 5, Sept/Oct 2007

Arkansas Review
Volume 38 Number 2, August 2007

Canteen Magazine
Issue 1, 2007

Cut Bank
67, Spring 2007

Feminist Studies
Volume 33 Number 1, Spring 2007

Glimmer TrainIssue 64, Fall 2007

Greensboro Review
Number 82, Fall 2007

Hiram Poetry Review
Issue 68, Spring 2007

Number 21, Spring 2007

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet
Number 16

New England Review
Volume 28 Number 3, 2007

North Central Review
Spring 2007

One Story
Issue Number 93, 2007

The Rambler
Volume 4 Number 5, Sep-Oct 2007

Issue 5, Fall 2007

Southern Humanities Review
Volume 41 Number 3, Summer 2007

Issue Number 49, Winter 2006

World Literature Today
Volume 81 Number 5, Sep-Oct 2007

Film :: King Corn

Published September 04, 2007 Posted By
"We spend less of our income on food than any generation in history. And fewer of us are needed to produce that food than ever before. But we also might be the first generation to live in a time when abundance brings too much." -King Corn

"In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of skeptical neighbors, genetically modified seeds, nitrogen fertilizers and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow the pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about what we eat - and how we farm."

See this as a double feature with Fast Food Nation or make it a triple and add on Supersize Me, and I don't know how you can ever look at the American food system the same way again.

See more info and trailer here.

Jobs :: Numerous Posts

Published September 04, 2007 Posted By
The English Department at Western Kentucky University seeks applicants for the following position: Distinguished Visiting Professor in Creative Writing (Fiction or Creative Nonfiction), Summer 2008. Contact: Dr. Dale Rigby, Department of English Chair.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English & Comparative Literature & the Creative Writing Program seeks to bring an emerging talent to campus for a one-year teaching appointment as the Kenan Visiting Writer, a position that alternates between poetry & prose. Contact: Bland Simpson, Director, Creative Writing Program/Visiting Writer Search Committee.

Wichita State University Director of Creative Writing & Assistant/Associate Professor of English in Creative Writing, tenure eligible, beginning spring or fall 2008. Contact Margaret Dawe, Chair, Department of English.

Western Washington University Tenure-track assistant professor of Creative Writing beginning September 2008. Deadline: November 6, 2007.

Seminars :: SLS Kenya & Russia

Published September 04, 2007 Posted By
Summer Literary Seminars is "premised on the not-so-novel idea that one's writing can greatly benefit from the keen sense of temporary displacement created by an immersion in a thoroughly foreign culture and street vernacular; that one's removing himself/herself from the routine context of his/her life, of one's own free will, tends to provide for a creative jolt, as it were, by offering up a wholly new perspective, new angle of looking at the customary and the mundane." Upcoming seminars include Nairobi & Lamu, Kenya (December 14-28, 2007) and St. Petersburg, Russia (June 15-July 8, 2008).

New Lit on the Block :: St. Petersburg Review

Published September 04, 2007 Posted By
St. Petersburg Review, Issue #1 (216 pages) contains 48 pieces (poetry, fiction, and nonfiction) by 34 writers; 28, or 58 percent of the pieces are in translation, and 16 of the authors(47 percent) are non-American, many, in this issue, Russian writers who teach or lecture at St. Petersburg Summer Literary Seminars (SLS). The first issue is enhanced by its symbiotic relationship with SLS. Besides providing an all-star list of Russian and American writers for SPR editors to solicit, SLS served as the venue for the journal’s launch, and provided a copy to each workshop participant. In the first two weeks of SPR’s launch, over 200 copies were sold and/or distributed. Unsolicited submissions of fiction, poetry, essays, and plays will be accepted September 1 through January 15 of each year.

The Anthology Question

Published September 02, 2007 Posted By
Let’s start the day out with a nice controversy, shall we? Lately, I’ve been running across a lot of “calls for submissions” for anthologies – anything from first-time mom stories to stories from women with diabetes to gay experience poetry and stories to writing from self-abusers – the specialty focus list seems never ending. Now, at first glance, these seem “legitimate” subjects to cover in an anthology, which means to gather together like-experiences to share with others who may be seeking to connect or to understand the experiences of others. So far so good. Where this begins to fall apart for me in terms of legitimacy is when the publisher of the anthology seems to mimic the all-too-famous poetry contest scams (which also seem never ending). That is, the anthology publishes three or four dozen writers, offers a pre-order discount for those whose works are published, and provides no marketing for the book. Basically, all costs are covered and *perhaps* a tidy profit is made from the sales of just those whose work is published. I mean, c’mon – Ellen gets her baby story published in an anthology – how many copies do you think she, her family and her friends are going to buy? There’s at least half a dozen book sales (not to mention putting two copies away for when baby is grown up, so make it eight copies).

Okay, that’s my cynical self. Let’s try the flip side. Anthologies really are a cool creation. They bring like-minded people together, they help us to connect with others in this vast world of ours in which we so often feel disconnected. They put voices out there that might otherwise have never had a chance all on their lonesome and give space to and validate human condition and experience. All good, yes? And let's face it, it's not easy to slog through hundreds of submissions and pick out, edit, layout and publish a solid collection of writing. So if anthology publishers do make any money, they've earned it for their work in publishing you.

I don’t know. I guess I’m stuck on the more cynical perspective at the moment. Help me out readers – I try to post valid calls on this blog – not wanting to become just another clearinghouse where anyone and everyone can get listed. Are these random anthologies valid? Should they be listed? Would you want to send your writing in to them? Would you list it as a publishing credit on your vitae?

To clarify – I’m not talking about ALL anthologies. Generally, the ones I question are those that are not associated with any other organization or publication, that seem to only publish this one book and that’s pretty much all they do. I also often e-mail the contact people for these and ask them two questions: Who is sponsoring this publication? How do you plan to market the book once it’s published? So far, of the dozen or so queries I’ve sent out, only one has replied answering both questions. The answers? No one and none. At least they were honest.

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Job :: U of Southern Cal

Published August 31, 2007 Posted By
Director of Professional Writing Program, University of Southern California. The USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences seeks an outstanding full-time director of the Master of Professional Writing (MPW) Program beginning January 2008.

High School Prize for Female Poet

Published August 31, 2007 Posted By
High School Prize - an annual prize for sophmore & junior girls in Massachusetts.
Award: $500
Judge for 2008: Sharon Olds
The winner & three finalists will read their poems at the Judge’s reading Smith College, April 8, 2008
Submissions accepted: October 1 - December 1, 2007
One poem per student, maximum of 25 lines.
No entry fee. Application form required.
Winners will be announced March 1, 2008

BookCrossing: The Catch and Release of Books

Published August 31, 2007 Posted By
This is a blast. You register your book on the site (for free) and get a printout to post in the book. Then you "release" the book into the human wilds with a note on it that indicates it's a free book for the finder to read, log onto the web site and write about (track), and re-release it for another reader to find. Finders/Readers can make their own comments on the book - where they found it, what they thought of it, where they've left it, etc. It's a great community recycling project that has to make somebody's dream come true: "If I ruled the world, books would be free and would just appear on park benches or on subways at random..." Go now, register one of your (many, many - I know you have TOO many) books, and set it free. It's time. BookCrossing.

Job :: U of Nebraska

Published August 30, 2007 Posted By
University of Nebraska - Omaha. Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Fiction with a secondary area of specialization in Screenwriting, Playwriting or other area wanted. Twelve-hour workload in a nationally rrecognized BFA creative writing program within the College of Communication, Fine Arts, & Media. Teaching duties may include Fundamentals; Studio, basic to advanced levels; Contemporary Writers In Print & In Person; Form & Theory (may be designed to reflect instructor

Eco-Libris: The Guiltless Gift

Published August 30, 2007 Posted By
Have a big reader on your gift list? Tired of buying corporate gift cards? Here's a twist: help your reader reduce their footprint (or is it spine print) on the planet with Eco-Libris. For every book you read, you can "balance it out" by paying Eco-Libris to plant a tree for you. And it's cheap: five bucks to balance out five books. A buck a book. There's a slight break the higher you go, but seriously, this is cheaper than my state tax on a single book, and I have NO idea where that money even goes (although the nightly news does give some indication). The goal of EcoLibris is grand: "We want to balance out half a million books by the end of 2008." Okay folks, let's get started!

Job :: U of Wisconsin

Published August 30, 2007 Posted By
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh. Assistant Professor of English wanted for a tenure-track position in Creative Writing: Non-Fiction, beginning Sept. 1, 2008. MFA or PhD required. Expectations include college teaching experience; an active publication agenda; & the ability to teach undergraduate & graduate courses in creative writing as well as general education courses in literature & composition. Opportunity to direct MA theses. Service oon committees & advising of English majors expected. Twenty-four credit teaching load with six credits reassigned to writing for active writers. Competitive salary, strong support for professional activity, & excellent benefits. Send letter of application, c.v., statement of teaching philosophy, three current letters of recommendation, & official graduate transcripts to: Dr. Ron Rindo, Chair, Department of English, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI 54901-8692 . Application deadline: November 12. Employment will require a criminal background check. AA/EOE.

Submissions :: Columbia Poetry Review

Published August 30, 2007 Posted By
Columbia Poetry Review is accepting submissions from now until November 30th.

Submissions :: Front Porch

Published August 30, 2007 Posted By
Front Porch is now accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, reviews, and AV for their fall issue. FP has a new online submission system.

Online Lit Mag :: Fresh Yarn

Published August 30, 2007 Posted By
FRESH YARN is "the first Online Salon for Personal Essays. Part literary publication, part virtual spoken-word, all personal essays. Every four weeks, FRESH YARN presents six new pieces written by a diverse lineup of all-star writers, directors, producers, performers and personalities."

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