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New Issue Online :: Contrary [links fixed]

Published September 24, 2007 Posted By NewPages
The Autumn issue of Contrary is now published:

poetry: Grace Wells, Katie Kidder, Lindsay Bell, Amy Groshek, and Allison Shoemaker

fiction: Edward Mc Whinney, Thomas King, and Damian Dressick

reviews: At the Axis of Imponderables by Neil Carpathios; Museum: Behind the Scenes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Danny Danziger; The Boy in the Ring by Dave Lordan; Later, At the Bar: A Novel in Stories by Rebecca Barry; Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert; The Story of French by Jean-Beno

Looking at Book Reviews in a Blog-Filled World

Published September 24, 2007 Posted By NewPages
From Bookselling this Week, by the American Booksellers Association
September 19, 2007
As part of its Save the Book Review Campaign and overall mission to promote book discussion, the National Book Critics Circle [NBCC] held a symposium, "The Age of Infinite Margins: Book Critics Face the 21st Century," last week in New York City. At the Friday, September 14, afternoon roundtable, "Grub Street 2.0: The Future of Book Coverage," NBCC President John Freeman moderated a discussion focusing on the state of book review coverage, its expansion to include blogs, podcasts, and other Web formats, and more. Panelists were Emily Lazar, producer of The Colbert Report; Melissa Eagan, producer of The Leonard Lopate Show; Erica Wagner, literary editor of the Times (UK); Jennifer Szalai, NBCC member and senior editor of Harper's magazine; Steve Wasserman, incoming literary editor of; and Dwight Garner, senior editor of the New York Times Book Review.

Read a synopsis of the panel here.

Submissions :: Slice

Published September 24, 2007 Posted By NewPages
Slice magazine is proud to announce that their groundbreaking debut issue will be available in print on September 28, 2007. Slice is a New York-based literary magazine created to provide a forum for dynamic conversation between emerging and established authors. By combining these two groups, Slice aims to pave a space for writers who may not have a platform but show the kind of talent that could be the substance of great works in the future. Submissions: Slice magazine welcomes short fiction, nonfiction, and novellas for serialization. See website for details.

Poetry :: ELevated Verse in Chicago

Published September 22, 2007 Posted By NewPages

CHICAGO-- The Poetry Center of Chicago’s ELevated Verse will be arriving at platforms across Chicago on Monday, September 10, 2007. The project, now in its second year, places the poetry of Chicago public schoolchildren on Chicago Transit Authority posters located in CTA stations all over the city. The project is entirely sponsored by The JP Morgan Chase Foundation.

ELevated Verse uses poetry created by students enrolled in Hands on Stanzas, The Poetry Center’s literacy-through-poetry program. The project is part of the Poetry Center’s Public Art Initiative, which attempts to stimulate the public’s interest in and knowledge of poetry by placing it in highly visible, much-trafficked areas. The posters will officially be on display From September 10 to October 7.

“I believe there is a need for a more public poetry, “said Poetry Center Executive Director, Francesco Levato. “One that engages an audience who might not otherwise read it and one that gives voice to those who might not otherwise be heard. By placing the poetry of Chicago schoolchildren in the familiar settings of everyday life ELevated Verse does that and so much more.”

The project’s posters, created by designer Emily Calvo, feature a representation of a CTA track behind a featured poem. Said Calvo about her design, “I really like the idea of train track as metaphor for ladder, especially in this context.” PDF files of the posters are available on request.

This year the Hands on Stanzas program reached approximately 5,000 students in 35 public schools across Chicago. Participants are public school students from underserved Chicago neighborhoods, ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade. Roughly 45% are African American, 45% are Latino, and 10% come from other ethnic backgrounds. An average of 85% are from low-income families.

"The poetry-in-the-schools program reinforces the literacy skills we teach in the classroom while providing our students with an amazing opportunity to express themselves and learn more about poetry," said Arne Duncan, Chicago Public Schools CEO. "We are very proud of our young poets and the example they have set for other CPS students."

Founded in 1974, the award-winning Poetry Center of Chicago is an independent not-for-profit arts organization that is committed to building Chicago’s access to poetry through readings, workshops, residencies and arts education. The Poetry Center is currently in residence at the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago. Visit for more. For more information about the Poetry Center or the ELevated Verse project, please contact Francesco Levato at 312 899-7483 or at .

Jesca Hoop - Big Fish

Published September 22, 2007 Posted By NewPages

Jobs :: Various

Published September 21, 2007 Posted By NewPages
The English Department at Illinois Wesleyan University invites applications for an Assistant Professor (Creative Writing) to begin 2008-2009. Alison Sainsbury, Chair, Department of English. November 15, 2007.

Creative Writing Job: SUNY Purchase. The Creative Writing Board of Study offers an undergraduate major in Creative Writing.

Poetry and Fiction Fellowships (2 positions). Writers who have received their terminal degree within the last five years in Creative Writing are invited to apply for an Axton Fellowship in Creative Writing. Paul Griner, Director of Creative Writing, Department of English. November 2, 2007.

Gettysburg College: one-year appointment as a sabbatical replacement, beginning August 2008, for a fiction/nonfiction writer with demonstrated expertise in both genres to teach three courses per semester ("Introduction to Creative Writing" and advanced writing courses in memoir, personal essay, and fiction writing) and assist with departmental writing activities. Prof. Jack Ryan, Chair, Department of English. November 16, 2007.

University of Albany. The Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track position in creative writing & literature at the rank of Assistant professor to begin August 2008. Pierre Joris, Chair, Search Committee, English Department. November 9, 2007.

University of Wyoming. The English Department invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Nonfiction to join the MFA faculty, appointment to begin in the fall 2008 semester. H. L. Hix, Director, Creative Writing. November 1, 2007.

Stetson University. Assistant Professor of English. Stetson University seeks a Fiction Writer for a full-time, tenure-track position in English. Terri Witek, Chair of the Search Committee. November 15, 2007.

Lit Mag Mailbag :: Sep 21

Published September 21, 2007 Posted By NewPages
The Antigonish Review
Number 150
Summer 2007

Burnside Review
Volume 3 Number 2

Volume 4 Issue 1
Winter 2007

Grain Magazine
Volume 35 Number 1
Summer 2007

Number 71
Autumn 2007

Iodine Poetry Journal
Volume 8 Number 2
Fall/Winter 2007/2008

Issue 5
Summer/Fall 2007

The Massachusetts Review
Volume 48 Number 3
Fall 2007

New Madrid
Volume 2 Number 2
Summer 2007

Notre Dame Review
Number 24
Summer/Fall 2007

One Story
Issue Number 94

Volume 10 Number 2

Quay: A Journal of the Arts
Volume 1 Issue 2
September-December 2007

Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics
Number 5

Volume 57 Number 2
Fall 2007

Alt Mag Mailbag :: Sep 21

Published September 21, 2007 Posted By NewPages
Feminist Studies
Volume 33 Number 1
Spring 2007

Free Inquiry
Volume 27 number 6
October/November 2007

Issue 25
Fall 2007

Rad Feys DC
Volume 34 Number 1 Number 131
Fall 2007

Sing Out!
Volume 51 Number 3
Autumn 2007

Volume 31 Number 1, Spring 2006
Volume 31 Number 2, Summer 2006

Nonfiction from Identity Theory by J.D. Riso

Published September 20, 2007 Posted By NewPages
No Taking Pictures
by J. D. Riso
September 5, 2007

“Here. Eat this,” my sister Stephanie says as she plucks a small green fruit-looking thing from a street vender’s cart.

I look at it for a moment. The middle of the fruit is hollowed out and stuffed with a white paste.

“It’s betel nut. The white stuff is a stimulant. Some say it’s cocaine, but I doubt it. It does give you a good rush, though.” She waits. “Don’t worry. It won’t stain your teeth red, unless you mix it with this green mustard paste.”

I take a breath and pop it into my mouth. At least she hasn’t tried to make me eat the fish eyes or chicken feet for sale in the night markets of Taipei.

I chew on the nut as we walk through the garishly lit streets, searching for Snake Alley...[read the rest on Identity Theory]

Featured Online Alt Mag :: Bright Lights Film Journal

Published September 20, 2007 Posted By NewPages
Bright Lights Film Journal is "an academic hybrid of movie analysis, history, and commentary, looking at classic and commercial, independent, exploitation, and international film from a wide range of vantage points from the aesthetic to the political. A prime area of focus is on the connection between capitalist society and the images that reflect, support, or subvert it — movies as propaganda. Published quarterly in Portland, Oregon by Gary Morris and Gregory Battle."

In Memoriam :: Sarah Hannah

Published September 18, 2007 Posted By NewPages
A memorial for Sarah Hannah (1966-2007), including readings from Inflorescence by poets and friends, will be held October 25 from 7 - 9 pm at Poet's House, 72 Spring St, second floor, New York, NY.

Tupelo Press is also now offering copies of Inflorescence, a memoir in verse by Sarah Hannah in paperback ($16.95)and limited edition, numbered hardcover ($100.00). All proceeds from the sale of the hardcover edition will go to support the Tupelo Press National Poetry in the Schools Program.

Sumbissions :: Blue Earth Review

Published September 18, 2007 Posted By NewPages
"Blue Earth Review, founded in 2003, is the official literary magazine of Minnesota State University, Mankato. The magazine publishes annually, and its editors are always seeking quality submissions of poetry, prose, and art." Well, almost always. They opened submissions as of August 2007, and are currently running a flash fiction contest.

Jobs :: Various

Published September 18, 2007 Posted By NewPages
Kennesaw State University invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-track assistant professor to teach specifically courses in fiction writing for the M.A. in Professional Writing Program and undergraduate fiction-writing courses as well as other courses depending on the new hire’s interests and other expertise. Dr. Jim Elledge, Search Committee Chair. November 15, 2007.

St. Mary's College of Maryland at Historic St. Mary's City is seeking a tenure-track assistant/associate professor of Creative Writing, PhD or MFA, to begin August 2008. Ruth Feingold, Chair. October 15, 2007.

The Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing Department invites applications for a full-time tenure track/ tenured faculty position beginning with the Fall 2008 semester, teaching fiction to undergraduate and graduate students. Randall Albers, Chair, Fiction Writing Department.

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, is accepting applications for a tenure-track position as either Assistant or Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing, with a primary specialty in literary nonfiction and a secondary specialty in either fiction or poetry, beginning August, 2008. Review of applications will begin October 8, 2007 and continue until the position is filled.

Film :: Deaf Filmaker Gives Voice to Animals

Published September 18, 2007 Posted By NewPages
Saving Two Birds with a Stone
The Deaf and Animals -- Striving to Be Heard

By Avery Posner

"As a filmmaker, I do my best everyday to remind others to be more perceptive and sensitive toward the deaf, hard-of-hearing and especially animals. Some of you may want to know why I classify the deaf and hard-of-hearing together with animals. It's comparatively simple. At birth, I was diagnosed with profound and permanent deafness in both ears, a hereditary attribute that resulted in the inability to neither hear my own voice nor others' for the rest of my life. Yes, deafness is a disability in the mainstream society I live in, yet, I am privileged to have integrated deaf culture into my soul and I am a native user of American Sign Language, a language used by millions of hearing, deaf and hard-of-hearing peers throughout the country and Canada. American Sign language has enabled me to express my feelings and thoughts to others. But what about the countless people not familiar with American Sign Language? I am sure you can understand the difficulties I confront daily -- but what about animals? Do we, as humans, understand what animals are trying to communicate? Do we 'hear' animals speaking about their afflictions or discomfort? In fact, I strongly empathize with animals for being incapable of clearly expressing illness, happiness, frustration, hunger, and, especially, pain. It is in this area that all our 'voices' about our feelings fall upon deaf ears."

Read the rest at Vegetarians in Paradise.

Teaching the f-word

Published September 17, 2007 Posted By NewPages
Excerpted here - the whole blog entry is a must-read for anyone who has ever thought they were the only one to share the power of English slang with non-native English speakers. I can remember a similar experience, the chalkboard covered with every English slang word, attempting to help the students understand the variety of uses of the f-word. I'd thought for sure I'd lose my job if my department chair saw it - but since the students had asked, I felt the door had been flung wide open. Teachable moments should never be ignored.

Teaching the f-word
Combative English: lesson one

By Hauquan Chau / Tokyo
Sunday, September 2, 2007

“Very sorry. I have question. What do you say, ‘don’t touch me’ in English?” she asked, in broken, uncertain English.

I asked what she meant. And she began to tell me a story in a pidgin mix of English and Japanese about what had happened to her.

It was at an art museum, she said. While she was examining a print, a man came up to her and began stroking her on the buttocks. She pleaded with him in Japanese to stop, but he continued to harass her, and then began touching her breasts with impunity.

I asked why she didn’t scream out for help or run away, but she only said she didn’t want to make trouble, and therefore endured the harassment. Then she told me it was not the first time. Her pleas in Japanese were always ignored.

If her pleas were in English, she said, everything would change. She’s seen the movies — the Western women on celluloid who take no shit from anyone. Even if the guys who touched her didn’t understand a word, it wouldn’t matter. The English would be enough to send them scurrying away.

From one of many intriguing blogs maintained by In the Fray.

Parabola :: We really are what we eat

Published September 17, 2007 Posted By NewPages
Earthly and Celestial Flowers
by Christopher Bamford
"Hermetically, then, we must consider the plants and the plant world as an earthly-heavenly gift, come down to Earth from the cosmos, unfolded through a vast bio-cosmic alchemy. Plants, like all things on Earth, including humanity (which includes them all), are at once earthly and heavenly. Plants and humans mirror each other and both mirror the cosmos."

Read the full article online: Parabola's Fall 2007 issue themed HOLY EARTH.

Poetry Festival :: Palm Beach

Published September 17, 2007 Posted By NewPages
Palm Beach Poetry Festival
January 21-26, 2008
Palm Beach Poetry Festival, is held in partnership with Old School Square Cultural Arts Center in the heart of Delray Beach, Florida. The lineup for 2008 includes Kim Addonizio, Claudia Emerson, Major Jackson, Thomas Lux, Campbell McGrath, Malena M

Some Light Verse

Published September 15, 2007 Posted By NewPages
The price of pots in Athens!
It really made me burn
when the potter told me just how much
I owed on a Grecian urn.

From Light: A Quarterly of Light Verse, whose goals are "to restore clarity, wit, readability, and enjoyment to the reading of poems through the use of cadence, rhythm, and rhyme, and to promote the learning of such poems by heart."

Dissent Online

Published September 13, 2007 Posted By NewPages
Check out some of the content in this latest issue (Summer 2007) of Dissent. Some of it is available full-text online:

Genocide Without End? The Destruction of Darfur

Multiculturalism and Democracy
by Shalom Lappin

Justice Denied in Bosnia
by Courtney Angela Brkic

Why Aren't U.S. Cities Burning?
by Michael B. Katz

Against Academic Boycotts
by Martha Nussbaum

Designer Babies and the Pro-Choice Movement
by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow

Squeezing Public Education: History and Ideology Gang Up in New Orleans
by Ralph Adamo

Universal Health Insurance 2007: Can We Learn From the Past?
by Theodore Marmor

No Refuge Here: Iraqis Flee, but Where?
by Joseph Huff-Hannon

How to Tax the Rich—And Live Happily Ever After
by Robin Blackburn

Notebook A Non-Zionist Reflects on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
by Eugene Goodheart

Who Named the Neocons?
by Benjamin Ross

Plus numerous, in-depth book discussions around relevant, current topics.

Jobs :: Various Posts

Published September 13, 2007 Posted By NewPages
The College of Wooster, Ohio: Assistant Professor of English, tenure-track position, beginning Fall 2008. Expertise in African American literature OR in African-American literature and fiction writing.

Texas State University-San Marcos Assistant Professor of English, tenure track, specialty in fiction writing.

University of Tennessee. The Department of English seeks an Assistant Professor in Fiction Writing, tenure track. David Goslee, Associate Head, Department of English.

Creative Writing Fiction. The Department of English at West Virginia University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing with a specialization in Fiction Writing. Donald Hall, Department of English.

Pitzer College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in creative writing (poetry, fiction, or performance) beginning Fall 2008. Areas of interest include nature-writing, urban issues, or gender and feminist issues. Ability to teach multiple genres desirable. Alan Jones, Dean of Faculty.

Wired for Books from Ohio University

Published September 11, 2007 Posted By NewPages
Wired for Books: "For many years, most of the best writers of the English language found their way to Don Swaim's CBS Radio studio in New York. The one-on-one interviews typically lasted 30 to 45 minutes and then had to be edited down to a two-minute radio show (Book Beat). Wired for Books is proud to make these important oral documents publicly available for the first time in their entirety. Listen to the voices of many of the greatest writers of the twentieth century." There are around 600 interviews posted as MP3, over ten years ('82-'93) of Swaim's work.

Featured Online Alt Mag :: Bad Subjects

Published September 11, 2007 Posted By NewPages
"Bad Subjects, founded in 1992 at UC Berkley, is a collective that publishes a magazine (Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life) and provides access to it via a public-access website. In 1998, Bad Subjects founded a small educational nonprofit corporation, also called Bad Subjects, which promotes the progressive use of new media and print publications. Donations to the nonprofit go toward funding printed copies of the magazine Bad Subjects (distributed for free), and other related projects, such as Bad Subjects books. Bad Subjects seeks to revitalize progressive politics in retreat. We think too many people on the left have taken their convictions for granted. So we challenge progressive dogma by encouraging readers to think about the political dimension to all aspects of everyday life. We also seek to broaden the audience for leftist and progressive writing, through a commitment to accessibility and contemporary relevance."

Issue 78 (July 2007), devoted to "Hope," includes the following:
Introduction: Hope Floats on a Paper Boat by Zack Furness
The Moral Politics of Hope by Gary McCarron
Utopia and the City: An Interview with David Pinder by Zack Furness
The War FOR Illegals by Helen Hintjens
The Sanctity of Life by Tamara Watkins
Future Now! Criticism Machines Strengthen Communities by Mike Mosher
(The Invisibles) Hope: A Comic Interlude by Maxwell Schnurer
Reflections on the Sixties by Anonymous
Our Arrest: Four Women's Antiwar Action in Chicago by Rosalie Riegle
If George Bush Were a Religious Man... Cartoon by Myrrh
Snapshots of Hope, Part One: The New Bird Flu by Chelsea Robinson
Snapshots of Hope, Part Two: Trapped in a Box by Brandy Betz
Snapshots of Hope, Part Three: The Situation by Bianca Wylie
Snapshots of Hope, Part Four: The American Shabbiness by Braxton Marnus

Submissions :: Online Audio Mag - Bound Off

Published September 11, 2007 Posted By NewPages
Bound Off is a monthly literary audio magazine, broadcasting literary short fiction with the new podcasting technology. "We aspire to showcase work that is compelling and driven by narrative, with a force that keeps the listener listening. We are dedicated to publishing stories by both the established and emerging writer. Bound Off's editors, Ann Rushton and Kelly Shriver, live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. When they turn 75, Ann intends to start smoking again, and Kelly will stop wearing sunscreen." Women after my own heart... Bound Off seeks original literary fiction between 250 and 2500 words long for upcoming podcasts. See site for submission - and possible recording - guidelines.

Job :: Habitus - Brooklyn, NY

Published September 10, 2007 Posted By NewPages
Habitus: A Diaspora Journal, the new magazine of international Jewish literature, Brooklyn, NY, is looking for a part-time Managing Editor with a record of success to assist with marketing, distribution, production, and administration. This is an excellent opportunity for a creative, independent candidate who values flexibility and diverse responsibilities. The Managing Editor will play a vital role in shaping public awareness of our work.

The Word on the Street Festival - Toronto

Published September 10, 2007 Posted By NewPages
The Word on the Street Book and Magazine Festival
On the last Sunday in September, Queen’s Park will transform into a booklover’s paradise with a marketplace of more than 250 book, magazine and literacy exhibits, readings by more than 170 Canadian authors, poets, storytellers, and performers, and a myriad of workshops for aspiring writers. All events are free. Sunday, September 30th, 2007 - 11:00 am to 6:00 pm - Queen's Park.

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