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New Issue: Contrary Magazine

Published June 23, 2007 Posted By
The summer 2007 issue of Contrary Magazine features the prose poetry of wildlife biologist Patrick Loafman, whose eye for the natural captures the magical. Poetic prose is Contrary's specialty, and you'll find more examples in stories by Thomas King (of McSweeney's and The Believer), Sarah Layden, and Amy Reed. We also have new poetry by C.E. Chaffin, Derek Pollard, Taylor Graham, and Patrick Reichard.

In other news from Contrary:
A poem by Contrary Poetry Editor Shaindel Beers won first place in the Dylan Days Festival, honoring Bob Dylan, in Hibbing Minnesota. Her poem "Rewind" surpassed about 400 poems from 250-300 poets from almost every state and most continents.

Two Contrary contributors have new books out: Mary E. Mitchell's novel Starting Out Sideways (St. Martin's Press), and Corey Mesler's winner of the Southern Hum Chapbook Competition,The Lita Conversation.

Kelly Spitzer: Writer Profile Project

Published June 23, 2007 Posted By
From Kelly Spitzer, currently with Smokelong Quarterly:

"Starting on March 1st, I will be launching the Writer Profile Project. Each profile will consist of approximately ten questions posed to writers at various stages in their careers. During the series, you will meet editors of literary magazines, novelists, poets, and a wide variety of up and coming authors in all genres. I expect the series to run through the end of the year, so check back often for new profiles."

Profiles to date: Mary Akers, Hobart editor Aaron Burch, Kathy Fish, Alicia Gifford, Ellen Meister, Fleur Bradley, SmokeLong Quarterly founder Dave Clapper, Ann Walters (Sharon Hurlbut), Jason Makansi, Mary Miller, Jeff Landon, Jason Shaffner, NO

Punk Planet Ceases Publication

Published June 23, 2007 Posted By
"Dear Friends,
As much as it breaks our hearts to write these words, the final issue of Punk Planet is in the post, possibly heading toward you right now. Over the last 80 issues and 13 years, we've covered every aspect of the financially independent, emotionally autonomous, free culture we refer to as "the underground." In that time we've sounded many alarms from our editorial offices: about threats of co-optation, big-media emulation, and unseen corporate sponsorship. We've also done everything in our power to create a support network for independent media, experiment with revenue streams, and correct the distribution issues that have increasingly plagued independent magazines. But now we've come to the impossible decision to stop printing, having sounded all the alarms and reenvisioned all the systems we can. Benefit shows are no longer enough to make up for bad distribution deals, disappearing advertisers, and a decreasing audience of subscribers."

Read more as to why and what next: Punk Planet

Interesting Times for Lit Mags

Published June 23, 2007 Posted By
Interesting indeed, given the number of lit mags currently in editorial and financial flux, as noted in the Virginia Times Quarterly Blog. Magazines mentioned include Ploughshares, Georgia Review, Southern Review, Granta, Paris Review, The Antioch Review, and most notably (for their unique response) McSweeny's, facing $130,000 debt has turned to an online auction to raise money (a guided tour of the Daily Show with John Hodgman is still availaible - but hurry).

Making Poetry Submissions

Published June 23, 2007 Posted By
From Chris Hamilton-Emery's 101 Ways to Make Poems Sell: The Salt Guide to Getting and Staying Published

Becoming a Player
The world of poetry is not a world of isolated individual practitioners. Hermits in their caves. If you currently find yourself in this position, you should try to get out more. The world of poetry is a very busy place, filled with a wide range of professionals most of whom are eager to tell you about their talents.

The world of poetry is not filled with gentle suffering creatures (to call upon Eliot). It is not fair, just, or particularly caring. It can be supportive, but it is not a self help group. It is not a world based upon power sharing. In fact, the world of poetry can be a bear pit, and like any industry it is competitive and has moments of confrontation and even dirty tricks. Be prepared to take some knocks along the way.

Read the rest - including "50 dos and don'ts" - on Salt Publishing.

Prose: Sheheryar Sheikh

Published June 23, 2007 Posted By
By one of NewPages contributors, Sheheryar Badar Sheikh:

-struck life
I.
Watch the walk, especially the strut, jingle. Hear the curious tinktink of coins, metallic sound in his pocket like rhythm. He lingers in air, suspended, arced in step suspended still in air suspended like air like substance in air. The god in him set to roast out the truth and go deeper until evaporation, until rain. Broad shoulders, cool expanse swarthy balmy calm sea, his shoulders the morph of a sun's arc. Hear jingle, see arcs, see strut, see rhythm in flesh, the timing. Sunchoked sun split sunblonde, dancer in walks sunkissed. Almost god, mostly sun, younger brother of the murderer.

Read the rest: Cricket Online Review

New Issue: Raving Dove

Published June 22, 2007 Posted By

Raving Dove is an online literary journal dedicated to sharing thought-provoking writing, photography, and art that opposes the use of violence as conflict resolution, and embraces the intrinsic themes of peace and human rights.

Summer 2007 Contributors: Martha Braniff, Howard Camner, Sharon Carter, DB Cox, Arlene Distler, Michael Estabrook, Joachim Frank, David V. Gibson, Cory Hutcheson, John Kay, Laurel Lundstrom, Caroline Maun, Beverly Mills, Russell Reece, Anthony Santella, Dorit Sasson, Sarah Shaw, Roger Singer, Townsend Walker, Harry Youtt, Changming Yuan

Published in February, June, and October, Raving Dove welcomes original poetry, nonfiction essays, fiction, photography, and art. See submissions guidelines for complete details. Now reviewing work for the winter 2007 edition, which will be online on October 21st.

New Contests Posted

Published June 22, 2007 Posted By
I have been updating our contest pages every couple of days. These are contests for single works in all genres for publication in literary magazines (see Lit Mag Contests), both in print and online, as well as book contests.

The contests listed on NewPages are those sponsored by literary magazines (print), online literary magazines, alternative magazines, book publishers and creative writing programs that are listed on our site.

If you have a request to see a contest listed, please e-mail with information about the contest.

M. Allen Cunningham's Newest Novel

Published June 22, 2007 Posted By

A former contributor to NewPages, we're happy to announce Mark's second novel published with Unbridled Books: Lost Son about the great poet Rainer Maria Rilke, author of "Letters to a Young Poet" and "The Duino Elegies."

"Spanning Western Europe from 1875 to 1917, LOST SON brings alive the intellectual and artistic currents that shaped the 20th century and the personalities that made this history their own--from Rainer Maria Rilke himself to the great sculptor Rodin to the fascinating Lou Andreas-Salome, mistress or confidant of Rilke, Freud and Nietzsche. The result is an exploration of the forever imperfect loyalties we face in life and the seemingly immeasurable distances that can separate life and art."

Beginning Monday June 4, Cunningham will be reading at bookstores in Northern California, Oregon, and Seattle. View the event schedule at his author blog here.

Congrats Mark!
How the News Media Handicap Those with Disabilities
by Susan M. LoTempio

"It's a good month when the usual reporting on disability is balanced by even a single good story. Those months are few and far between, but in May The New York Times gave me reason to hope that thoughtful, stereotype-free stories about people with disabilities can actually see the light of day.

But before we get to that, let's first note a few high-profile media events that took place in May that illustrate the status quo..."

Read the rest and other articles on Poynter Online: Everything You Need to be a Better Journalist.

Wanted: Volunteer Teachers in Seattle Area

Published June 22, 2007 Posted By
From Richard Gold, Pongo Teen Writing Project:

WHAT IS PONGO? Since 1992, the Pongo Publishing Teen Writing Project has worked with teens who are in jail, on the streets, or in other ways leading difficult lives. We help young people express themselves through poetry, and the teens often write about traumatic life experiences. Through creative writing, Pongo helps its authors communicate feelings, build self-esteem, and take better control of their lives. Each summer we publish chapbook compilations of the teens’ work. The chapbooks are distributed free to incarcerated youth and others. You can find out more about us at www.pongopublishing.org.

We are looking for mature individuals who have a clear understanding of personal boundaries and an ability to adapt to institutional rules. Ideal candidates will write poetry, have education as teachers or counselors, and have experience working with distressed youth. Candidates must make a commitment to attending the weekly Pongo sessions, being on time, and staying with the program until its completion in April.

If you are interested in becoming a Pongoite, please contact us soon. Spaces are limited, and the application and interview process must be completed in July. You can begin this process by emailing us a copy of your resume and a writing sample to . We welcome your questions, too.

Cheers!

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 NewPages
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 NewPages
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 NewPages
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 NewPages
Truman State University, Division of Language and Literature
Two Positions: English/Creative Writing - Temporary Instructor or Temporary Assistant Professor (posted 6/12/07)
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